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Naruto pairings:


  • Sasuke and Sakura were teased together for most of Part I, most notably in the Chunin Exams arc, where Sasuke activates his Curse Mark and viciously breaks Zaku's arms because Zaku hurt Sakura, and then Sakura is able to calm down Sasuke from an early Start of Darkness with a Cooldown Hug. Another notable moment comes in the Invasion of Konoha arc, where Sasuke tells Naruto to save Sakura and run while he holds off Gaara, because he doesn't want anyone who is precious to him to die before his eyes again. They weren't teased together for most of Part II because of Sasuke's absence. However, once Team 7 reunited in the War Arc, they started being teased together again. First, when Sakura shows the power of her Yin Seal by demolishing a bunch of Ten-Tail clones, Sasuke is shown sporting a proud and flirty smirk, while Naruto looks absolutely terrified of her. Then, Naruto and Kakashi individually ask Sasuke if he thanked Sakura for saving him and try to persuade him to think of her unwavering love for him. Sasuke eventually accepts and reciprocates Sakura's feelings. They are married with a daughter in the epilogue.
  • Near the end of Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, there's a shot of Sasuke lying in Sakura's lap.

  • Shikamaru and Temari. Particular tease-worthy are their scenes in Shippuden, where the only member of the Rookie 9 besides Sakura that Naruto sees before leaving to help Gaara is Shikamaru...and all his appearances are partnered up with Temari, and that's not even getting into the actual interactions the two have in those scenes. Naruto even asked them if they were on a date, which they both deny. They are married with a son in the epilogue.
  • When Temari rescues Shikamaru during the "Sasuke Retrieval" arc, Shikamaru notes that she's just like his mother. Temari is also there when Shikamaru ends up crying later.

  • There was a fair amount of this between Naruto and Sakura, although, in retrospect, almost all of their moments are negative and not very romantic, largely because they get ruined as soon as they come and are often Played for Laughs for the sake of comic relief. It starts with Naruto thinking that he likes her a lot because she's pretty in her debut, and then realizing in final movie that the only reason he has a crush on her is because he merely wants to win her over to beat out his rival Sasuke at something for once; Sakura blushing when Naruto was fighting Zabuza and wondering since when he made her blush; Sakura willing to let her team fail during a test to protect Naruto's dream of becoming Hokagenote ; Sakura going on a date with him in Part Inote ; Sakura blushing when Naruto returns to the village after the three-year Time Skipnote ; Sakura trying to calm him down when he was out of control by the Nine-Tails and being willing to give up the hunt for Sasuke because Naruto was hurtnote ; Sakura going to feed him when he is unable to move an armnote ; Sakura hugging him after he defeats Painnote . There was also a scene in which Sakura laments being only able to do small things for Naruto as she was healing him after he gradually grew into his four-tailed state. Yamato then says what she can do is less important because, according to him: "I can tell just by watching you, Sakura, just how much you—" (Naruto wakes up, interrupting him). Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews that all of the above was deliberately written to make their definitive and repetitive Ship Sinking in Chapter 469, the epilogue, and The Last: Naruto the Movie all the more noteworthy.


Boruto pairings:

  • In Boruto: Naruto the Movie Sarada compliments Boruto's Innocent Blue Eyes, making him blush. Later he makes a Declaration of Protection to her, which makes her blush.
  • In the Anime, when Mitsuki says that Boruto and Sarada make a nice couple, they both vehemently deny it on several instances, but both are visibly blushing in episode 24.note 
  • There's this image from the Shonen Jump 2017 calendar.
  • On the scene mentioned below between Sarada and Sumire, Sarada is visibly surprised of learning of Sumire's crush on Boruto.
  • Played for Laughs when, as a Call-Back to their parents' Accidental Kiss, Boruto falls onto Sarada and ends up kissing... her foot.
  • In the final chapter of the Naruto manga (which wasn't adapted into the anime), Sarada follows Boruto around.

  • In Manga Chapter 19, Sumire asks Sarada if she's attracted to Boruto, which she denies, to which Sumire responds that she in fact is attracted to him, and coyly winks at Sarada.
  • In Episode 15 of the Anime, the background music when Sumire and Boruto meet again is "Naruto And Hinata" from "The Last: Naruto Movie".
  • In the third Boruto novel, Boruto is almost moved to tears when he sees Sumire lying hurt in hospital. He was so eager to see her that he doesn't even notice that he slammed Metal Lee into the hospital wall when urgently opening the door to her room. She tries to reassure him that shes ok, but that only affects him more.
  • In Manga Chapter 56, While Sumire gives Kawaki an injection, she reassures him that he doesn't need to worry about her medical skill, and besides, tending to him means she gets to ask him more about Boruto. Kawaki responds by asking if she likes Boruto and she freaks out and begs him to keep her crush a secret. Sumires' boss, Katasuke, comments to himself that her crush on Boruto is "so very obvious" anyway.
  • In Episode 219 of the anime, Sumires romantic feelings for Boruto are finally adapted from the manga. When Sumire is watching Borutos interview with her friends, she is the only one to notice that something isn't right with Boruto and worries he might be pushing himself too much. When Cho-Cho then comments that "You watch Boruto quite closely, don't you Class-Rep?", Sumire gets flustered. Later, when working with her colleague Katasuke, he notices her feelings and asks if she's worried about Boruto. When he goes to make her a cup of coffee, she blushes to herself and wonders "Why am concerned about Boruto?"



Alternative Title(s): Boruto