Of the characters in the manga/anime series Naruto, a particular fan-favorite is Hinata Hyūga. Initially shy and lacking confidence, she admired the series’ titular protagonist Naruto Uzumaki from afar while being burdened with pressure from her own family as the heir to the prestigious Hyūga Clan.
But starting in Naruto: Shippuden, Hinata became a stronger and more proactive character, leading to further admiration from fans who supported her eventual marriage to Naruto. With that said, she has become the subject of many memes like the rest of the characters, and arguably the funniest ones are highlighted down below.
10 Beat Up In Front Of Crush
When guys are bullied in front of the girls they like, they usually try not to seem weak by shrugging off whatever injuries they might have sustained in order to appear tough. Now how this applies to the above meme is Naruto’s face, which seems like the perfect reaction a guy would make to act tough despite getting beat up, thus making it funny in the process.
This, in turn, is aided by Hinata’s face, as she looks genuinely concerned. But it’s even funnier in context since in actuality it is Hinata crushing on Naruto and not the other way around.
Invented in the '90s, ‘Friendzoned’ is a popular expression to use when a person who’s crushing on another person doesn’t have their feelings aren't reciprocated. This is often applied to love triangles in TV shows, where one person’s feelings aren’t reciprocated, and Naruto is no exception.
Because Naruto didn’t acknowledge Hinata’s obvious feelings for him until The Last: Naruto the Movie, which was the final Naruto-focused film in the Naruto franchise, she was basically friendzoned for most of the series. So her blank, yet calm face in this meme is funny in contrast to the sarcastic tagline outlining her face.
8 Before It Was Mainstream
While most people are familiar with the term ‘Hipster,’ its definition has changed over time. For instance, in the 1940s and '60s, it referred to people who liked jazz and lived vagabond lifestyles. But in the 21st Century, it’s come to refer to people who reject mainstream things in general and are often characterized by wearing square-shaped glasses.
So this meme makes fun of Hinata by framing her as a modern hipster by claiming that she liked Naruto before it was popular. This is especially true in context with the series, as Naruto wasn’t liked by his village until about midway through Naruto: Shippuden.
7 Never Got Mad
Those who’ve seen the Naruto series in its entirety, along with its ongoing sequel Boruto, will get a kick out of this meme due to its truthfulness. What it mostly makes fun of is Hinata’s personality, as she rarely got mad in both Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden since she was usually unassuming and not impulsive in her reactions unless Naruto was involved.
Yet in Boruto, this changed as she became more prone to getting angry especially when it came to her husband Naruto and her children Boruto and Himawari. So this contrast is what makes the above meme funny.
6 Gets Hurt
A common trope in Shōnen series is the tendency for female leads to get injured, which in turn sparks the male lead to unleashing their full power on whoever harmed her. Thus leads the perpetrator to get hurt or even killed in some cases. We see this trope played out twice in Naruto, which the above meme points out and makes fun of.
The first time, Sakura Haruno gets hurt fighting a team of Sound Ninja during the Chūnin Exams all by herself when she’s conveniently saved by Sasuke Uchiha who’s activated the Curse Mark that Orochimaru gave him earlier which makes him stronger but less mentally stable. This causes Sasuke to hurt one of the Sound Ninja team members, as opposed to Naruto who nearly kills Pain in his unstable Six-Tail form for injuring Hinata during Pain’s attack on Konoha Village in Naruto: Shippuden.
5 Sakura Vs Hinata
Because Sakura was the girl that Naruto had feelings for despite Hinata’s own affection for him, this naturally led fans to compare the two in terms of which one was the better love-interest. As the above meme shows, it seems more people supported Naruto getting together with Hinata instead of Sakura.
While the obvious contrast in the crowds’ reaction is certainly funny in of itself, it does ring true base on each girl’s actions. For instance, Hinata loved Naruto unconditionally throughout most of the series while Sakura didn’t care for Naruto until later. Plus, when she did claim to have feelings for him she was really lying to herself.
4 Kissed Naruto-Kun
Due to Hinata’s shyness, she was usually nervous in the presence of Naruto. Even thinking about him would make her nervous, and sometimes this led to comedically timed fainting spells which would end up surprising her teammates Kiba Inuzuka and Shino Aburame.
So the humor in this meme comes from how the adult Hinata finally worked up the courage to kiss Naruto, which was the main highlight of The Last: Naruto the Movie. By contrast, her younger selves could only dream of such a thing before fainting at the sheer thought of it.
3 Cannot Be Unseen
Apart from the action scenes and drama that make up most of the Naruto series, there was also the comedic elements which often came from the characters’ reactions to ridiculous things that happened. Such is the case in the above meme where we see Hinata looking extremely shocked at something offscreen with an appropriately funny tagline.
Though considering that she’s hiding behind a post, we can assume that Hinata is spying on Naruto which she occasionally did in the show. Plus, her reactions tended to be the strongest if it involved something with Naruto, which made them funny when they happened.
2 Love Emilia
At a glance, this meme may not make much sense with Naruto declaring his love for someone named Emilia right after Hinata says she loves him. But this meme is actually quite funny if one is familiar with another anime series called Re: Zero - Starting Life in Another World. In the anime, an ordinary boy named Subaru Natsuki is transported to a parallel fantasy world where he meets an elf girl named Emilia whom he falls in love with.
However, a shy demon girl named Rem also has feelings for Subaru and eventually confesses though he ultimately declares his love for Emilia. This enraged so many Re: Zero's fans who liked Rem that it became a meme that has been used in other anime series including Naruto.
1 Even Lift?
While this meme speaks for itself in relation to the tagline, the hilarity of it comes from the significance of the scene itself. It’s arguably a pivotal moment in not just the Naruto: Shippuden series, but also in Hinata’s character arc.
During Naruto’s battle with Pain, the designated leader of the notorious Akatsuki organization, he gets pinned down and is about to get killed when Hinata steps in. She uses all of her power to protect him from Pain, and in the process, she finally confesses her feelings for Naruto, which would significantly change how he felt about her down the line making this moment memorable and therefore easy to make fun of.