Regardless of how much you may have loved Naruto, odds are that there are some things that you would have changed about the final season or two or the seasons. It’s equally like that there are just as many changes preferred, if not more, for Boruto.
Some fan made theories ended up being better than what was actually provided to us – sadly not an uncommon trend in longstanding series. Here’s a list of some of the most entertaining and well thought out ones. There certainly isn’t any shortage to dig through.
10 Naruto Shippuden Should Have Ended After the Pain Fight
First fan theory isn’t technically a theory, but a preference. Naruto ended after Sasuke bailed and left for Orochimaru’s team. The series then picked up again as Naruto: Shippuden. It jumped ahead a few years – giving everyone a chance to age and progress. It also allowed the series to age with its fans.
Imagine what would have happened if they had done the same thing after the Pain fight, the series had once again concluded. It would have given them a chance to reset some things, and once again allowed characters to catch up with the audience. They easily could have picked up the series under a new title. It worked well before, so reason stands that the fans would follow it once again.
9 Karin Was Brainwashed by Orochimaru
So this theory doesn’t actually pertain to the conclusion of the series or anything like that, but it’s still a good one. The theory is that Karin was actually brainwashed by Orochimaru, instead of actually being in love with Sasuke. Yes, we know that she was more obsessed with the way his abilities felt than anything else, but it was still creepy and obsessive.
This theory makes a lot more sense, and it fits in better too. For one thing, it’s absolutely something that Orochimaru would have done, for a number of different reasons (one of which being simply that he could). The other reason is that Karin has the ability to heal, but due to the way she heals, she will only do it for people she cares for. Having her care for Sasuke means that Orochimaru’s future body is kept safe. If she was brainwashed instead of truly in love, that conditioning would transfer over when he finally took over the body.
8 Yamato’s True Heritage
This is another one of those theories that have never really been confirmed – so we can only assume that it isn’t true. Even while we hope that it is. The theory about Yamato is that we actually do know his heritage, or at least who his mother is.
Yamato was orphaned at a young age, and he never actually names his parents, implying that he didn’t know who they were. He was taken by Orochimaru and experimented on, eventually adding Hashirama’s DNA to the mix. Yamato was one of the only children that survived this process, leaving us to wonder if there’s a reason for it.
What if Yamato was actually Tsunade’s son? She came and went quite frequently, and the ages are right. Her bloodline would possibly be enough to increase Yamato’s resistance, since it would naturally be a part of him to begin with.
7 A Different Balance
One thing we see again and again when looking through the fans theories is that Naruto and Sasuke should not have been made equals for the final fight. It made little sense to reduce Naruto, the lead character, to a lower ability set simply for the sake of matching Sasuke’s strength.
We can all understand what Kishimoto was trying to do here with iconic matching, but the truth of the matter is that it just fell flat. So much work had already gone into bringing Naruto up, so it was upsetting to see him torn down. Many fan theories out there suggest a form of rebalancing, where Naruto is closer to the power scale he had been at, resulting in no loss. As a bonus, it would hopefully have taught Sasuke some humility.
6 Naruto Dies
Realistically no fan would have actually been happy with Naruto’s death, but bear with us here. One fan theory posits that Naruto doesn’t survive the final battle. The Reddit user cited Kishimoto’s commentary on the possibility of Sasuke becoming Hokage as their reasoning.
There was one dramatic moment during the fight against Madara where we were all sincerely concerned about Naruto’s fate. What if he hadn’t survived that moment – though something else would have to happen first, to allow some closure to fans. From there Sasuke steps up and wins the battle. Seeing Naruto die was the final driving force to get Sasuke to take care of his village, and thus he eventually becomes Hokage.
5 Short But Sweet
One fan theory out there is really more of a gag than a theory, but it’s still worth mentioning, for its brevity if nothing else. Reddit user Athroes theorizes that it was all a dream, and no, we’re not talking about a post-Madara fight here.
This one is short enough to quote directly: “Naruto dreamed everything and wakes up after napping in class. Iruka-sensei gives Naruto a surprise test, Naruto fails and can never become a ninja. The End.” If that actually happened the fans would riot, and we all know that. However, given the quality of some of the material we’ve been given, it’s hard not to sympathize with the sentiment.
4 Naruto Gets the Rinnegan
This theory has been debunked again and again, but fans sure loved it at the time. The theory was that Naruto would (somehow) get the Rinnegan, thus bringing a balance between him and Sasuke for the final fight. There were plenty of other ways to balance out the two characters, though admittedly the iconic matching for this theory is strong.
There are a lot of problems with this theory, of course. One of the problems being that Naruto doesn’t have the prerequisite DNA to make it work. But you can’t argue that it wouldn’t have been better, or at least more interesting, than what we were actually given.
3 Jiraiya’s Alive
This theory stems from the Boruto series. The theory points out that Kashin Koji and Jiraiya look so similar that there’s a chance they’re one and the same person. Now, fans have been trying, quite desperately, for years to argue that Jiraiya is still alive. So this theory is really just a new iteration of the same thing.
To be fair, there are a lot of things in common between the two characters. Kashin Koji has lines under his mask – most notably around his eyes. These look very similar to the markings Jiraiya had. Additionally Kashin Koji also summons toads, and somehow keeps bringing up the Leaf Village in conversation. The more it goes on, the more it seems likely. However, nothing has been proven one way or the other. So for now we can only assume that Jiraiya has been lost.
2 Madara Won
Another fan theory floating around online actually argues that nothing we’ve seen after the fight against Madara is canon. By that I mean; none of it is actually happening. Instead, picture a world where Madara won, and everybody ended up in the dream world of his.
The argument is this; the heroes of Naruto are dedicated to winning the fight, right? So in their perfect dreamscape, they would merely continue the fight, not knowing that they’ve lost, and eventually ‘win’ said fight. All the events that follow that fight therefore were just their dreams continuing.
1 No Kaguya
This one is somewhat related to theory/wish number two. Many many fans wish that Kaguya never appeared and that Madara had been the final villain (win or lose). Her backstory was too rushed, and honestly it didn’t fit in well with the series.
Some fans will even go so far as to say that they don’t consider it canon beyond that point. Others simply haven’t watched that part of the series – knowing full well what they were in for thanks to the fans that read the manga.