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Boruto Uzumaki

Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei, Kokoro Kikuchi (young) (JP), Amanda Céline Miller (EN, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Boruto), Maile Flanagan (EN, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, The Last: Naruto the Movie), José Ángel Torres (Latin America, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 700 (Manga), The Last: Naruto the Movie (Anime)

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"To me, the Hokage is just a path. Just because my grandpa and dad are Hokage, doesn't mean that I have to walk the same path. Sarada… What I'm really aiming for is to become a shinobi like your dad. I'm going to follow my own ninja way."

The protagonist, The Hero of Boruto, In case you couldn't tell. Naruto and Hinata's son. Born shortly after his parents wedding and the eldest child of the Uzumaki Family. Boruto used to look up to his father when he was very young but soon his admiration changed to resentment when Naruto was appointed Hokage. Due to the Hokage's heavy workload, Naruto found himself unintentionally neglecting his family, causing Boruto to lash out with pranks to get his father's attention. Boruto ended up hating the Hokage's job and makes it known that the Hokage is something he NEVER wants to become, causing some friction with his teammate Sarada, who DOES admire the position and wishes to become it someday. After the events of his own movie, Boruto eases up on his father and comes to understand the hardships of Hokage, thus restoring his happy relationship with Naruto again.

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Currently a genin in Team Konohamaru. As far as ability goes, he proves to be much more talented compared to his father, but unlike him, he doesn't really like to train and doesn't really want to be acknowledged by anyone. This makes him rather unmotivated to train and progress, which all changes after Momoshiki's attack on Konoha. Now, Boruto's dream is to become as strong as his teacher Sasuke and protect his home from the shadows.


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  • Accidental Kiss: Subverted. In episode 38, Sarada has quick reflexes and thus Boruto kissed the sole of her shoe instead of her mouth.
  • The Ace: Boruto is quite popular among his peers and is able to make friends wherever he goes. This along with his Child Prodigy status and Blue Blood made everyone believe that he will follow in the footsteps of his father and paternal grandfather into becoming a Hokage.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His eyes are blue in the manga, but are colored lavender in The Last. This is corrected for his own movie debut.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Zigzagged. The anime portrays him as The Ace, a fairly good tactician, and one of the best fighters of the Leaf Village. But in order to adapt the Boruto movie as faithfully as possible, his characterization is altered to make him less intelligent and strategic.
  • Advertised Extra: Even though he's the one taking central stage of promotional material (to a degree of sharing a cover with Luffy and his father), Boruto only made a small cameo in the entirety of Naruto Gaiden. Even the last chapter's preview still advertises the Gaiden as "Naruto and Boruto's" story when that's nowhere close to truth.
  • Almighty Janitor: Kakashi acknowledges even before graduating from the academy that Boruto is powerful enough to be a chunin.
  • Always Second Best: All of his accomplishments are overlooked because of his relation to Naruto. He vows to surpass his father to prove his worth.
  • The Apprentice: He becomes an apprentice to his father's old rival, Sasuke Uchiha.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Being the best fighter in class, Boruto often look down on his opponents, even against those who are more experience than him.
  • Ascended Extra: He went from being a Last Episode, New Character to the protagonist of his own spin-off movie. It goes even further with a new manga and anime starring him!
  • Attention Whore: Much of his pranks are done so as to receive undivided attention from his extremely busy father, Naruto. Also, much of his early reasons for his admiration of Sasuke also stemmed around his desire to outshine his father as a shinobi while not becoming a Hokage.
  • Badass Family: A member of the Uzumaki clan and related to the Hyuga clan.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He inherited his mother's fighting style, the Gentle Fist, which references the Eight Trigrams in its moves; it's even based of a real martial art called Baguazhang.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He asks Sasuke to make him his apprentice so that he could discover his father's weakness and surpass him. Well, he does find Naruto's weak spot: himself. Naruto is so preoccupied with his son's safety he turns his back on the people attacking him.
  • Beneath the Mask: Under his Smug Super attitude, there lies a insecure little child who just wants to be acknowledged by his father and to be seen outside of his shadow.
  • Berserk Button: He does not like the Hokage title, job, or anything to do with it. Instead, he would rather pass the Hokage title to Sarada in the upcoming future.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's absolutely this towards his little sister, Himawari, whom he deeply adores. He even threatens his father to not miss her birthday.
  • Big Man on Campus: Boruto is a noted troublemaker but remains a popular leading figure in the academy because he is so talented and personable.
  • Blue Blood: His mother, Hinata Hyuga, is the former heiress of the Hyuga clan, one of the four noble clans of Konohagakure.
  • Blow You Away: Without even trying, Boruto can use his wind element chakra to infuse his Rasengan, a feat his paternal grandfather failed to accomplish and his father could only do after training with thousands of clones.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Implied with Sarada. As part of their Ship Tease, Boruto intends to be her bodyguard when she becomes Hokage.
  • Book Dumb: Inverted. His intelligence in the data stats show that he is not the brightest in Team Konohamaru (he is fifth place in intelligence out of the six ninjas), but Boruto is portrayed as incredibly book smart is hampered by his brash and often thoughtless way of doing things. In fact, he has the top grades in his class.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Back when he was an academy student, Boruto was a brash and troublesome kid who loved to pull pranks in search of attention, just like his father was.
  • Break the Haughty: Due to never experiencing any of the hardships his parents had gone through during childhood, Boruto becomes quite arrogant and doesn't understand the concept of teamwork well. He even resorts to cheating if it means the task is done easier, whether at video games or at life. Following the events of his own movie, Boruto is humbled by his experiences and becomes a better person as a result.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: He dons his father's old jacket and Sasuke's scratched forehead protector.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: While Boruto is a Child Prodigy, unlike his parents at his age, he lacks their work ethic. His friends call him out on this, with Shikadai and Inojin calling out Boruto's use of cheats at video games, and Sarada stating that Boruto can be a brilliant shinobi and team-player if he would just get his head in the game.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Subverted. He yells at Naruto for seemingly caring more about the Hokage position than he does his own family and wishes that he never had him as a father. However, he doesn't realize that Naruto is trying his best to spend time with his family and he does love his family very much, but being the leader of a country leaves him little time to spare.
  • Can't Catch Up: He feels this way about the expectations put on his shoulders; at the beginning of the Naruto Gaiden, he was shown very excited to become a ninja, but during the timeskip between Gaiden and the movie, he seems to be completely lost due to his father's shadow over him and doesn't even want to take part in Chuunin Exams.
  • Character Development: In his own spin-off movie, Boruto get a lot of this.
    • He learns exactly how important his father's job as Hokage and why he is so busy.
    • He learns the importance of working hard as well as teamwork.
    • He grows to admire Sasuke's shinobi way for what it is rather than just appearing cool.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Initially, Boruto doesn't see the problem with cheating to get ahead of the curve in either video games or utilizing high-level Ninjutsu, but when he finally gets his father to notice him, he begins to crack under the pressure and winds up getting caught and humiliated in front of the whole Chunin Exam Stadium, which includes the other four Kages, his teammates, and his entire family. Ouch.
  • Child Prodigy: Something he definitely didn't get from his parents but from his namesakes; his maternal cousin and paternal grandfather. In addition to being a Straight-A student with little effort, he is already able to use Lightning, Water, and Wind Release at will as well as the Shadow Clone technique and invents new techniques on the fly, such as his trademark Boruto Stream. He is no slouch at Taijutsu either, being able to effectively use the Hyuga's Gentle Fist Style despite his lack of a Byakugan. Then there's the fact that he is able to infuse his Rasengan with elemental natures, which the Fourth Hokage, a renowned genius in his own right, failed to do and Naruto only accomplished by practicing with thousands of clones but still injured himself in the process.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Sumire admits she has an obvious crush on him while Sarada has a lot of ship tease with him as well and just like his parents before him, he has no clue about their feelings towards him.
  • Color Motifs: Boruto is represented by the color pink, the color between his father's orange and his mother's purple.
  • Composite Character: An older Boruto takes on the appearance and traits of both Kakashi and Obito. Like Kakashi, he now sports a vertical scar over his right eye and keeps the eye closed until he needs to activate his Magical Eye. Like Obito, all of his powers from his Bloodline Limit only resides in one eye, and the right eye no less.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Naruto.
    • Whereas Naruto grew up without a family and thus acted out as a means for attention and affection, Boruto has a family and acts out to get attention from his father. Similarly, Naruto's lifelong dream was to become Hokage, while Boruto has no interest in it. Lastly, Naruto was a weak ninja as a kid, where's Boruto is a Child Prodigy like his late paternal grandfather.
    • Boruto is incredibly book smart, getting top marks in class and finding tests too easy, while Naruto struggled with the most basic of ninja academics at that age. Conversely, Naruto was very cunning and had a knack for unorthodox tactics and crafty ingenuity under pressure, while Boruto tended, initially, to charge into danger with arrogance and impatience instead of assessing situations before acting. This underlines their key differences, as Naruto had to fight for every advantage in life and battle, teaching him pragmatism, while such things come easily to Boruto, making him overconfident.
    • Naruto did have the Nine Tails, but had a difficult time accessing it when he was still a child. He wasn't naturally The Ace and had to work hard to reach his goals and get there. Boruto, meanwhile, has The Gift but would rather slack off and even cheat to get ahead. This extends to their philosophy as people who fight. Where he disapproves of the Hokage's responsibility to prioritize The Needs of the Many over those close to him, he chooses to instead never forsake his friends and family.
  • Cool Big Bro: He is very sweet and doting to Himawari and even threatened his father to not miss her birthday.
  • Curse: Momoshiki warns Boruto after being killed by the boy that not only is his eye cursed, but killing a God means he can never be normal. The curse seal karma appearing on Boruto palm afterwards.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Boruto wears a black tracksuit and despite his brattiness, he's a brave and selfless individual when the chips are down.
  • Dead Guy Junior: His name (which can be read as "Bolt") was inspired by his mother's cousin Neji, whose name translates to "screw".
  • Death Glare: Gives a fantastic one to Ao in chapter 22 of Boruto manga.
  • Declaration of Protection: In Boruto: The Movie, Boruto makes a promise to one of his friends. Specifically, Boruto tells Sarada that he intends to be her bodyguard when she becomes Hokage.
  • Demoted to Extra: For Naruto Gaiden, which was advertised to be the story of him and Naruto but revolves around Sarada instead.
  • Depending on the Writer: In Boruto: Naruto the Movie he was established as a poor team-player, and as someone who's always looking for the easy way, even willing to cheat both in games and in life. In Boruto: Naruto Next Generations he's the nucleus of his class, he outright refuses to cheat in a card game with Himawari's "souvenir" on the line, and passes the written part of the Graduation exam by answering the questions on his own, and acts surprised when his classmates reveal they all cheated, because they were outright encouraged to do so.
  • Determinator: During his Academy years, Boruto showed shades of this in dire situations whereas he was otherwise the epitome of Brilliant, but Lazy. Once he Took a Level in Jerkass following graduation, he steadily loses those traits and even resorts to cheating during the Chunin Exams despite his vast talent. It was only following the traumatic events and the humiliation he faced during that arc that he becomes this. His fight with Ao cements that he has completely become this.
  • Ditzy Genius: Boruto is the only member of his class not to realize the written portion of his exam was meant to be too difficult to solve to encourage the class to cheat without getting caught to test a ninja's information gathering skills. Boruto however got a perfect score on the exam because he found the test easy.
  • Elemental Punch: He has a lightning elemental punch but it wasn't powerful enough to demagnetize Shinki's Iron Sand on its own.
  • Energy Ball: Unlike his predecessors,note  Boruto is actually capable of throwing his Rasengan.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The epilogue starts with him trying to pull off a prank.
  • Facial Markings: He inherited Naruto's fox whiskers, but only two on each cheek.
  • Family Theme Naming:
    • Boruto shares his last syllable with his father, Naruto and his paternal grandfather, Minato.
    • In Japan's preview show segment, Kishimoto confirmed that Boruto (which is how the English word "Bolt" is pronounced in Japanese) was named directly after his late uncle Neji's Affectionate Nickname, which meant "screw" in Japanese. Not only was this name Naruto and Hinata's tribute and remembrance towards Neji, but this also fits in with Naruto's spiral motif.
  • Fastball Special: His Boruto Stream attack involves using his Shadow Clones to give him a Nitro Boost with their Wind Release: Gale Palm, however much like Kakashi's use of Chidori/Raikiri, he's moving too fast to read his opponents move, leaving him vulnerable to a counter. To compensate for this, he and Mitsuki can use the same technique to launch Sarada at an enemy, who's Sharingan negates this weakness.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: When Boruto, Shikadai, and Inojin play their favourite Role-Playing Game together, Boruto is an offense-focussed Light Warrior dual-wielding a light sword and a cursed one, effectively acting like the Rogue. In terms of his team itself, Boruto is the Mage, having excellent Ninjutsu, and several nature elements already under his belt despite being fairly younger. However, he's weaker than Sarada in physical strength, and while intelligent and crafty, is not as strategic as Mutsuki, who is very cunning.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Unlike his sister, Boruto pulls pranks, disrespects their father, and is quite arrogant.
  • Force and Finesse: He is the Finesse using the graceful Gentle Fist style of martial arts to Sarada's Super Strength Force.
  • Fragile Speedster: According to the stats of all the New Era shinobi, Boruto is the fastest, but his strength is 4th place out of the six ninjas. His melee stats rank three out of five stars as well. He's the fastest in Team Konohamaru, but the weakest in strength.
  • Future Badass: Boruto's manga opens with what appears to be a Flash Forward to a Bad Future where Naruto is dead/missing/gone (it's ambiguous), Konoha is wrecked and Boruto, who's picked up a nasty scar over one eye along the way, is about to throw down with the guy that did it.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Like his father, Naruto:
      • He pulls pranks to get attention just like Naruto did.
      • Like how Naruto bears a striking resemblance to Minato but got his face and eye shape from Kushina, Boruto bears a striking resemblance to Naruto but got his face and eye shape from Hinata.
      • He's the shortest ninja of Team 7, just like how Naruto was.
      • He also calls his parents the same way Naruto did with his ("Tou-chan" for Dad, "Kaa-chan" for Mom).
      • In the dub of The Last, he shares the same voice actress as Naruto.
      • Similarly to Naruto, he is in Team 7 with two teammates associated with the colors red and blue (Sarada being red like Sakura and Mitsuki being blue like Sasuke).
    • Like his mother, Hinata:
      • Like Hinata, Boruto wishes to be acknowledged by his father.
      • Like Hinata, Boruto has a younger sister with the Byakugan.
    • He resembles his uncle Neji and paternal grandfather Minato with his prodigy status. With Neji, he even shares the same type of relationship with Naruto.
    • Similar to Asuma in his youth (at least according to him), in which he didn't get along with his father being the Hokage and being overshadowed as ninja by his Hokage father.
  • Giftedly Bad: Boruto is proud of his nonexistent artistic talent, happily trying to get his ideas across through sketches that wouldn't look out of place in a pre-school. He doesn't seem to realize this at all even after Sai and Inojin (who are both artists by trade) call him out on it.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: An older Boruto now sports a scar on his right eye that leads into his forehead protector. Even a piece of his eyebrow is missing.
  • Guile Hero: Boruto's battle with Ao definitely establishes him as this, if his Child Prodigy status hadn't already done that.
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    H - O 
  • The Heart: Is this to his entire Academy class. This point is particulary emphasised by those who appeared for the Academy graduation exams alongside him in Episode 37. He is definitely considered this by his teachers and mentors for his peers.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: Played With. Boruto has spiky, blonde hair like his father and grandfather, but in a different style: His hair is wavy which flares out on the sides and back, is shaped like a leaf, and has an ahoge.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Wields Sasuke's katana in the flashforward.
  • Heroic Lineage: He's the son of Naruto and Hinata, both of whom are veterans of the Fourth Shinobi World War and have saved the world on other occasions. His father is also the reincarnation of Asura Ōtsutsuki, the younger son of the Sage of Six Paths; and his mother was dubbed the Byakugan Princess by Hamura Ōtsutsuki, the Sage of Six Path's brother.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Shikadai is introduced as his best friend. Later, he gains a close bond with Mitsuki, declaring he was so close that they were practically in sync.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Boruto has shown to be quite perceptive, quickly realizing other people's true intentions from the look in their eyes, and is considerate of other people's feelings.
    • Though he may not be as intelligent as his classmates or know much about the ninja world, he is actually the top in his class.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: In regards to his father; while on the outside he is openly disrespectful towards him, in reality Boruto deeply cares for and loves his father and just wants his acknowledgement.
  • Humble Pie: In his movie as part of his character development. He leaves his arrogant ways and accepts the importance of hard work.
  • Hypocrite: For all his talk that his father doesn't care about other people's feelings, Boruto acts selfishly most of the time in the movie until his Character Development.
  • I Am Not My Father: He explicitly does not want the thing that is his father's stated goal for most if not all of his initial series. Ironically, he takes on many of his father's old traits such as desperately looking for attention as well as looking after his friends.
    "I don't even want to become...the Hokage!!"
  • Idiot Hair: Has a small ahoge between his bangs and his back spikes.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • At the beginning of Gaiden, Boruto complains how his father is never around in front of Sarada, whose father is never around since her birth.
    • Boruto fails to understand his father's hardship during his youth and thinks that without Minato, Naruto has a good childhood. He also misinterprets that Naruto is the type of person who doesn't care of others.
  • Invisible Means Undodgeable: Boruto's Vanishing Rasengan goes invisible before striking making it difficult for enemies to predict it coming.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: His genin outfit from the movie as well as the anime counts as this. His teen outfit definitely counts as this.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: He has three long bangs that hang over his forehead and the rest of his hair flares out on the sides and back, and has an ahoge on the top of his head, which resembles the stem of a leaf.
  • Irony:
    • Boruto's childhood was the polar opposite of Naruto's, having everything the latter could have ever wanted as a child: a number of friends, excelling in the Ninja Academy, the respect of the village and, above all, a loving family. Despite all this, he ends up doing the exact same thing his father once did (namely, vandalizing the Hokage monument) for similar reasons (a lack of attention).
    • In the videogame he plays with Shikadai and Inojin he's a Light Warrior, a Lawful Good goody-two-shoes character that protects the rest of the party, won't tell a lie to save his life and, in most RPGs, refuses monetary rewards. Boruto wins the game by cheating and is not big on teamwork.
  • It's All About Me: His attitude throughout his movie and in the anime following his graduation till upto the Chunin Exams arc is this: he has become incredibly self-centred, as he feels that he has to be the best to get out from under Naruto's shadow. This has even impacted his performance as a ninja; despite being a Child Prodigy coming from two famous clans he's lazy and normally cheats to get what he wants, as well as is a troublemaker. He's also impulsive and reckless. It takes all the trauma he suffers in the movie to snap him out of it and make him become a better person.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: Yells at his father that he would rather have had no parent than a father like him. Of course, he ends up regretting it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Boruto intially fails to understand how important Naruto's job as Hokage is, he is not entirely wrong that Naruto's frequent absence has caused Himawari and Hinata a good deal of emotional pain. Boruto eventually grows to accept his father's frequent absence. What he does not absolutely accept is Naruto breaking his promise to him by sending only a shadow clone, which disappears anyway, on Himawari's birthday party and not turning up in person.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As disrespectful and bratty Boruto is to his father, he is shown to be well-mannered and polite to most people, but not to the point of being formal like his mother. And underneath the attitude he projects, deep down he really loves his father.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Boruto and Himawari have Naruto's fox whiskers even though they are not a genetic trait, though Naruto also had fox whiskers prior to becoming a jinchuriki as a result of one of his parents being Kurama's host.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: As noted in Cheaters Never Prosper, using an illegal device bites him right in the butt.
  • The Lancer: Later, as Boruto would follow Sasuke's path in protecting the Hokage in a shadow, Boruto also sees and entrusts Sarada as a future leader to inherit the Hokage title.
  • The Leader: Played straight during his Academy years where he was regarded as such. Despite not being the class representative, Boruto nearly always took the charge, whether for pranks or fun activities. He was also the Field Trip Manager during the School Trip Arc. Slowly subverted as he turns into The Lancer for Sarada's The Leader during his early genin days. His Lancer status is reinforced by his dream which is play support to Sarada's Hokage role in the future.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: At first glance Boruto is the exact copy of his father. However as we get to learn more about his character, differences start to appear. First of all Boruto has the complete opposite of early childhood Naruto had, living with two Doting Parents and a little sister. He's also a Child Prodigy, very unlike his Boisterous Weakling father. And compared to how Naruto was at his age, Boruto is well mannered and socially adjusted. He resents his father and has no respect for him (Naruto always respected Minato, no matter what) or the Hokage title nor he has any will to pursue his father's path.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Zig-Zagged. While most of his features come from his father, he is shown using the Hyuga clan's Gentle Fist Style.
    • The novelization of Boruto: The Movie states that his large chakra reserves are from both Naruto and Hinata's blood, but mainly towards the latter due to the Hyuga clan being the most prominent in Konoha.
    • Subverted in the Boruto manga where Boruto was able to sense a projection of Momoshiki due to Hinata's blood inside of him.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Due to not accompanying Sarada when she meant to meet her father, he has no idea who Orochimaru is.
  • Love Triangle: He is in the center of one between Sarada and Sumire, not that he can tell.
  • Magical Eye: Boruto has a mysterious eye power known as the Jogan which gives him the ability to detect malicious intent, the power to cross dimensions and Aura Vision, implicitly of a different type than what the Byakugan can detect, although it later developed the power to see the tenketsu. He has no control over its activation but can wield it on command by the time the Cold Open takes place.
  • Magnetic Hero: Like his father before him, Boruto has gathered a number of close friends who might otherwise have been his enemies, like Iwabee, who started out as an antagonist and Mitsuki, who outright defies Orochimaru's orders because he's interested in seeing where Boruto's path leads, or been just another face in the crowd, like Denki.
  • Making a Splash: As a prodigy, Boruto can use water jutsu without a source with his Surging Sea technique.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: He is a student of Konohamaru, to whom his father was a Big Brother Mentor to. In his titular movie, he strong-arms his father's best friend/rival, Sasuke, into training him too.
  • Me's a Crowd: Like his father, he knows the shadow clone jutsu.
  • Momma's Boy: He has a soft spot for his mother. Part of the reason why he relents in relaying through Sarada the lunch his mother made in Naruto Gaiden is that his father receiving it would make his mother happy.
  • Morality Pet: He instinctively does his best to prevent Mitsuki from engaging in casual brutality.
  • Mouthy Kid: A difference from his father, his overly cocky attitude and prodigy status makes him being able to raise his voice against authority.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes how his actions, cheating in particular, have made things worse for him and those he cares about, especially his father.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Attacking Momoshiki with the Ninja Tool inadvertently powered him up, making him more deadly. Later against Delta, by trying to hit her with the Vanishing Rasengan while she was fighting Naruto, she ends up absorbing and charging herself up, knocking Boruto down and attacking Himawari who was close by...
  • Nitro Boost: His Gale Palm ninjutsu boosts his speed allowing him to do his Boruto Stream attack.
  • Ninja Brat: Just like dear old father.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: While Boruto might be the best fighter in his class, he is still an inexperienced and naive rookie who had recently graduated from the Academy and has no idea how tough life is even in an era of peace. Being overconfidence, he thinks he has the chance to take on more experienced such as Kakashi and Mirai and the only reason he won was mostly because of his underhand tactics, teamwork or his opponents holding back their full strength against him. When he encountered Momoshiki the first time and all his attacks are absorbed, Boruto become helpless for the first time in his life, shocked to see an opponent on a completely different level than him about to kill him.
  • Oedipus Complex: His initially poor relationship with Naruto and bratty attitude stems from a desire for his father's undivided attention, as well as his desire to surpass him.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • What Boruto thinks to himself when his father is accidentally knocked out by his little sister Himawari and she starts chasing him through the house.
    • Has another one when Momoshiki absorbs all of his techniques from his elemental wrist device and it runs out of energy. He gets an even bigger one when Momoshiki fires them all back at Naruto, after augmenting them a bit.
    P - Z 
  • Parental Title Characterization: He often refers to Naruto as "old man" (oyaji) due to feeling neglected by him. However, he also uses the more affectionate tou-chan.
  • Performance Anxiety: Boruto is shown to have the skills and talent to overcome the obstacles he faces in the chunin exams with his ninjutsu and shuriken skills, but his desire to look impressive in front of his father causes his confidence to waver and he instead relies on the Science Ninja Tool rather then his own abilities.
  • Pink Heroine: A very exceptional male example. Boruto's main color scheme has black and white as a base with pink being his signature color. This is a case of Values Dissonance for the western audience as in Japanese culture, pink is the traditional colour of masculinity, the opposite of Western Values for pink. The color is often associated with the cherry tree, symbolising a young samurai who had died at their prime. Considering the dark implications of flashforward where a sixteen years old sword-wielding Boruto is facing an enemy who implies that he killed Naruto as well as Momoshiki's prophecy which tells him that he will lose everything he holds dear, this trope is very symbolically foreboding in nature.
  • Pint Sized Power House: Of his class only Denki is smaller and even in the flash forward where he is sixteen Boruto is still noticeably smaller then even his father at the same age according to the anime's model sheets.
  • Power Glows: Possesses black tattoos that glow when powering up, akin to Sage Mode. His right arm glows blue while Kawaki's left arm glows red.
  • Power Palms: Boruto only rarely attacks with a closed fist, preferring to use the open palmed martial arts his mother's clan is famous for.
  • The Prankster: The epilogue stars him trying to pull off a prank.
  • Princely Young Man: Of the Spoiled Brat type, he's considered to be "The Ouji" of Konoha. He uses his status to get his hands on the latest technology advancements and cheats for gameplays. This makes him the obvious target of Katasuke's manipulations to promote his latest ninja tool.
  • The Protagonist: Of the Boruto franchise.
  • Protagonist Title: Boruto: Naruto Next Generation .
  • The Proud Elite: Don't look at him badmouthing his father; he's very proud of the blood he carries (half-Hyuga, half-Uzumaki) to a degree coming off Smug Super and accepts it all way through at the end of his movie.
  • Punny Name: His name is how the English word "Bolt" is pronounced in Japanese; so while "Boruto" is a play on his father's name, the "Bolt" meaning (as in either the building material or a bolt of lighting) is both referencing his late uncle Neji's name and his chakra nature.
  • Rebel Prince: Boruto is considered as the natural candidate for the Hokage mantle by those around him and is constantly reminded of it. He does NOT want to become a Hokage and loudly states it as such.
  • The Rival:
    • To Sarada, just like their fathers were for each other. Also to his own father, and it comes to no surprise that he turns to his father's old rival for apprenticeship. Unlike their respective parents in their youth, though, she and Boruto are more in friendly terms.
    • There also appears to be a rivalry between Boruto and Shikadai, given how much emphasis is placed on their big fight in the Chunin exams.
  • Royal Blood: He's looked to as the definite candidate for Hokage position due to his elite status. His mother is the princess of the Hyuga's main family, whereas his father is the son of legendary Fourth Hokage.
  • Royal Brat: Son of the Byakugan Princess and the Seventh Hokage, yet isn't above pulling pranks and causing trouble all around.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Boruto is afraid of ghosts like Naruto. He also shares the same verbal quirks as his father and paternal grandmother, with his being "dattebasa."
  • Signature Move: The Boruto Stream has had a place in all of Boruto's major fights in the anime.
  • Shock and Awe: He has affinity to Lightning and from Sasuke has learned Uchiha-style shurikenjutsu which allows him to infuse his throwing stars with lightning and can also use his Thunderclap Arrow technique to electrify his own water jutsu in a combination attack.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Himawari. Unlike him, his sister is nice, considerate and very mature for her age. Also while Boruto is always complaining about their father being busy at work, Himawari is much better at dealing with it.
  • Ship Tease: Naturally, he and Sarada have a bit going on throughout his movie.
  • Smug Super: Unlike his father at his age, Boruto is acting smug because he's good at what he does.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Bolt" or "Boruto"? The official movie website for Boruto: Naruto the Movie uses "Boruto" while Viz's official manga translation originally used "Bolt", but later switched to "Boruto" as well.
  • Spoiled Brat:
    • His Attention Whore behavior towards his father mostly stems from his spoiled childhood, as he wants his father all to himself.
    • Sasuke even points out his clean and new-looking mission gear to make this point; his parents spoiled him for the entirety of his early childhood so much so that he has no idea about any hardships previous generations faced.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Subverted. He is Naruto's son and looks near-identical to his father (complete with spikey hair, albeit in a different style and more combed downward), however he has a completely different personality. His clothes are black with some pink, in contrast to the primary colours of his father. He's a powerful Child Prodigy, even before getting into the ninja academy, but is an overly cocky Smug Super at the same time. Boruto can be knuckleheaded but is not an Idiot Hero, instead being Brilliant, but Lazy, and he isn't quite the All-Loving Hero his father is. He doesn't seem to be a Big Eater but does like eating burgers a lot.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks near-identical to a younger Naruto, except for the rounder facial features and eye shape that he inherited from Hinata. Like Father, Like Son mixed with It Runs in the Family, since Naruto himself looks near-identical to Minato but has Kushina's face and eye shape.
  • Superior Successor: Unlike his father at his age, he's a Child Prodigy. He even invokes this by making it his goal to surpass his father.
  • Super Wrist-Gadget: Boruto initially wields an experimental ninja tool that allows him to cast all five basic elemental ninjutsu without using his own chakra by loading special scrolls with ninjutsu sealed inside them. Naruto disapproves of such a device, and it gets Boruto disqualified from the Chunnin Exams as a result. Later, when Momoshiki attacks the stadium, all of Boruto's attacks with the device merely strengthen Momoshiki and seeing the trouble such a device brought into his life, Boruto discards it with disgust.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: As a tot, he wore the symbol of the Hyuga clan on the front of his jacket, and while he was in the Academy, he wore a jacket with a bolt on the back, and finally when he became a genin, he wears a jacket with a spiral printed on it. He also wears a bolt as a necklace.
  • Take a Third Option: Mitsuki observes and remarks that finding unconventional solutions and making options of his own is one of Boruto's talents. This especially stands out to him when Mitsuki's logic concludes that someone has to die in some situation, and then Boruto goes and finds a way to save everyone.
  • Terrible Artist: He sometimes doodles in order to explain something. However, his skills as an artist stupefies everyone that sees it.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: A firm believer in this. When Sumire, the culprit behind the possessions threatens to destroy the entire Leaf Village, he refuses to allow Mitsuki to take the lethal route even though it would be the fastest way to resolve the issue. Also, with Ao despite the fact that the latter was trying to kill him and his comrades. Averted when it is shown that he has no qualms about killing Momoshiki.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Boruto in his young adult years now sports a cape similar to his father's, a scarred eye similar to Kakashi's, a katana similar to his master Sasuke and, most important of all, his very own doujutsu, inherited from his mother.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He gets worse and worse each new day after his father's promotion to Hokage just prior to him entering the Academy. He improves by the time he graduates but steadily grows reckless and egoistic. It takes his disqualification in the Chunin Exams and his father nearly dying at Momoshiki's hands to finally humble him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After being caught cheating, removed from the exams, and seeing his father nearly die, Boruto finally understood the meaning of being a shinobi and respects the title of Hokage and his father.
  • Touch of Death: He uses the Gentle Fist style of taijutsu.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: While his father's favorite food is ramen, Boruto's favorite food are hamburgers.
  • Tsundere: He puts a tough guy act to hide his softer side, especially towards his father, but everyone knows he's a lovable Momma's Boy with Big Brother Instinct deep inside. It's practically lampshaded by the way he addresses Naruto. When he's happy, he calls him "tou-chan" ("dad" or "daddy"), a very affectionate term, but when he's angry with his father and feels neglected by him, he switches to "kuso oyaji" ("shitty old man"), a very rude and disrespectful term.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Seeing his father being clumsy most of the time has give Boruto the impression that his father (or the Hokage title in general) isn't as strong as everyone claimed he is. When he finally sees his father in his Jinchūriki mode for the first time, Boruto is shocked to see how powerful Naruto really is.
    • Even when against more experience opponents such as Kakashi, Boruto still thinks he had a chance against them.
    • Becomes nearly fatal for his family against Delta, as her Scientific Drone can pick up on invisible objects, nullifying the surprise of his Vanishing Rasengan. The result is Delta absorbing his jutsu for a quick recharge and launching a counterattack, nearly killing both his father and sister.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The Last has Boruto openly showing Naruto love and respect. Come Boruto: The Movie, he's grown quite bratty and disrespectful towards his father.
  • Verbal Tic: End his sentences with "dattebasa", like how Naruto and Kushina end theirs with "dattebayo" and "dattebane", respectively.
  • Warrior Prince: He's the son of the Seventh Hokage and the Byakugan Princess, so close enough to a prince, and is training to be a ninja for the Warrior part.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Boruto is physically the weakest of his team and unlike his father he cannot make a large amount of clones to overwhelm enemies, but his skill with the Gentle Fist and maneuvering with the few clones he has gives him the top score in his class in hand to hand combat.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Boruto is the epitome of this trope in story. Having a great childhood with his family—especially in comparison to the hell that both Naruto and Hinata went through when they were his age—Boruto's life turns upside down when Naruto is appointed as Hokage. Losing his hero's attention and feeling distant to him, Boruto does everything to spend time with his father, even acting out just so he could be lectured by him. On the other hand, his accomplishments are overlooked due to being the son of Naruto, which makes him feel inadequate and insecure, even though he's a prodigy. During the Chunin Exams, when he receives a "Well Done" from his father for passing the test, he is moved to tears. This desperation to keep his father's acknowledgement drives him to cheat. And it goes without saying, everything ends in a fiasco. It's even lampshaded by the movie's theme song, "Diver", which revolves around Boruto's desire to be acknowledged by Naruto. However, it puts blame on both sides: the father treats his son like a child, while the son acts tough towards his father to hide his frustration and insecurity.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Boruto receives a lot of these in Boruto: Naruto the Movie for his selfishness and/or arrogance.
    • Gets a subtle one from Shikadai and Inojin for cheating in their co-op videogame. Shikadai refuses to accept his "borrowed" stats because, unlike Boruto, he spent hours leveling up his character behind Temari's back.
    • At the same time, he gets a violent one from Sarada and a non-violent but equally firm one from Mitsuki because his refusal to participate in the Chunin Exams bars both his team-mates from getting a promotion.
    • Gets one from his father due to cheating in the Chunin Exams. Unlike the above, this one finally makes an impact because Naruto is deeply hurt by it, looking like he was the one caught cheating.

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