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Naruto's family tree explained: Everything you need to know about Naruto's connection to the ninja world

His ancestry makes him related to just about everyone in the anime.

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What does Naruto, the anime about a plucky young ninja who overcomes all manner of obstacles to become the most powerful ninja in his village, and The Fast and the Furious franchise, the long-running film series about driving cars in increasingly ridiculous ways, have in common? They’re both all about family.

Not only is finding his family a core part of Naruto’s journey as a character, but family lines also carry special weight within the lore of the setting. As such, understanding Naruto’s family tree is an important part of understanding the world created by Masashi Kishimoto.

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It all starts with Kaguya Otsutsuki

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In the beginning, there was Kaguya Otsutsuki, the origin of all chakra in the Naruto universe. This makes her one of the most important figures in the setting’s lore. Kaguya rears her head multiple times throughout the series as a major antagonist bent on trying to control all of mankind. Her twin sons, Hamura and Hagoromo, were the first people born with chakra and used their powers to battle their mother and seal her in the moon.

Naruto Uzumaki can trace his line back to the Sage of Six Paths

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Hagoromo Otsutsuki is often referred to as the Sage of Six Paths for his role in founding ninshu, which would become the basis for all of ninja society in Naruto. Hagoromo helped defeat his mother, spread chakra to every living creature, and split the powerful ten-tailed beast into multiple creatures. His sons, Asura and Indra, would be continually reincarnated into the world as bitter yet loving rivals. Not only is Naruto the reincarnation of Asura but he also has a literal blood connection to Hagoromo through his mother’s Uzumaki bloodline.

Naruto is a cousin to most of the major clans in the show

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Because nearly every major family in the Naruto universe inherited a powerful jutsu through their bloodline, they can all trace their ancestry back to the Sage of Six Paths. This means that the Senju, the Uchiha, and the Hyuga clans are both distant cousins to the Uzumaki clan that Naruto comes from. Knowing this kind of frames most of the major events in the Naruto manga as a big family dispute – just with the end of the world at stake.

In addition to his bond with the notable clans in the Hidden Leaf Village, Naruto also has a notable cousin in the form of Kimimaro Kaguya. He is the last member of the Kaguya clan which was founded by Kaguya Otsutsuki herself.

Of all his distant relatives, Naruto has just one true cousin that we see in the show. That is Karin, one of the last members of the Uzumaki clan in existence. She plays a major role in Naruto Shippuden as a follower of Sasuke after his defeat of Orochimaru.

Naruto’s immediate family

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Throughout his adventures, the one thing that Naruto always wanted was a family of his own. This is because he never really knew who he was growing up. His father was Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki, both of whom died before the anime even begins. Minato was the Fourth Hokage and considered one of the most powerful ninja of his time while Kushina was one of the last members of the Uzumaki clan that had been nearly wiped out years before.

Naruto eventually finds a sense of family in the form of Team 7, which consists of Sakura and Sasuke along with their teacher Kakashi, and earns the acceptance of the entire Hidden Leaf Village, but he also gains a true family when he marries Hinata Hyuga. This makes him a member of the Hyuga clan by marriage as well as sharing a distant ancestor with them.

Naruto’s legacy continues with Boruto

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Because a great show can’t be stopped by something as simple as the manga ending, a sequel series to Naruto was announced shortly after the anime ended. Titled Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, it largely did what it advertised – it is about Naruto’s son, Boruto, and the adventures he goes on.

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