There were many characters in Naruto who had the potential to become one of the greatest shinobi ever. Some of them actually managed to do so, however, the others were hampered by, well, death. Yes, there are many Naruto characters who would’ve only increased in power if they hadn’t died so early. Today, I’ve made a list of characters who died before reaching full potential.
Nawaki was the brother of Tsunade Senju. He was also Hashirama’s grandson, and this meant he was one of the very last Senju. Nawaki aimed to become Hokage, like Hashirama. However, he died an early death. I’m sure he would’ve been powerful if he had lived longer.
09. Neji Hyuga
Neji Hyuga was considered to be a genius among geniuses. He had mastered the Byakugan at around 13 years of age, despite being from the branch family. Neji was a true genius. I’m sure he’d have become even stronger if he survived the 4th Great Ninja War. He would’ve truly been an amazing character had Kishimoto focused on him a little more.
Yahiko was a war orphan from Amegakure. He aimed stop all the wars across the five nations. Yahiko was also the creator of the Akatsuki, and he was one of its top members. Being a student of Jiraiya, he must’ve been strong. I’m sure he would’ve become even stronger if he was alive.
Haku was the last known survivor of the Yuki Clan from Kirigakure. He was a young boy, who was trained by Zabuza Momochi. Despite being very young, Haku was exceptionally talented. He could even do seals with one hand. That’s something! It’s a shame he died too young.
06. Itachi Uchiha
I’m sure you all are aware of this one. Yes, Itachi Uchiha was another one who never reached full potential. Itachi’s growth was curbed by a terminal disease. Nonetheless, he was still very strong. I personally would’ve loved to see him grow more power along the way. So, it would’ve definitely been fun.
Yagura was the 4th Mizukage of Kirigakure. He was a Perfect Jinchuuriki of Isobu, the Three Tails. Further, Yagura was very young, and despite his age, he managed to become a Kage. Think of the potential he carried! If he lived longer, it would’ve been amazing to see his progress.
Kimimaro was the last known survivor of the Kaguya Clan. He carried the precious Kekkei Genkai of the Shikotsumyaku. Kimimaro was very powerful, but, like Itachi, he had a terminal disease. This led to his death ultimately. Despite being sick, he was able to fight and push back both Rock Lee and Gaara at the same time. Kimimaro was amazing for sure!
03. Izuna Uchiha
Izuna Uchiha was one of the brothers of Madara Uchiha. He was one of the two Uchiha of his time who possessed the Mangekyo Sharingan. Izuna was also an extremely powerful, and proud Shinobi. Had he lived, he many even have reached the same heights that Madara reached. But, unfortunately, he met his end after being mortally wounded by Tobirama Senju in battle.
02. Shisui Uchiha
Shisui Uchiha was a Jonin from Konohagakure, and a member of the Uchiha Clan. He was also said to be the strongest Uchiha of his generation. Shisui took his own life after Danzo snatched his eye. He would’ve been so much more powerful if he had lived. I know very few care about him, but he also had the ultimate Mangekyo Sharingan, and his prowess was amazing as well.
01. Minato Namikaze
Minato Namikaze was the 4th Hokage of Konoha. Yes, he was one of the strongest in the series. But, he also died at a young age of 24. Minato also had so much more to learn, but he met his death too early. I’m sure he would’ve been far more powerful than he was during the time of death.
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