Naruto: The Worst Villains

Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto series has some of the most intriguing villains with some great motivation that make them compelling characters. While the majority of the villains in the story have made quite an impression on the fans by having memorable character arcs, there are some who simply aren’t good enough.


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These villains, despite having a decent story in some cases, ended up having unsatisfactory conclusions to their arcs. Consequently, they turned out to be some of the worst villains in Naruto.

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7 Kabuto Yakushi

Kabuto Yakushi started his journey in Naruto as a great secondary antagonist and the right-hand man to Orochimaru. After his master’s death, however, Kabuto was given a primary role in the story. He played a major role in starting the Fourth Great Ninja War, where he didn’t even get to shine much.

In the end, he had a change of heart and, as a villain, all his potential was killed. Kabuto certainly had the makings of a decent Naruto villain, however, the direction that his character took ensured that he never hit his ceiling. He ended up helping in the war, despite being the trigger for it. After the conclusion of the war, Kabuto gave up being a ninja and started an orphanage. In Boruto, the many Shin clones were seen here.

6 Danzo Shimura

Danzo was one of the elders of Konoha who played a significant role in the second half of the story. His hardline philosophy made for some interesting conflict in the story and had Kishimoto focused more on him as an antagonist, he certainly would’ve been great.

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Unfortunately, Danzo wasn’t given enough time to establish himself as a major threat in the story. He took the role of an antagonist primarily after Pain’s Invasion and shortly after that was finished off by Sasuke in a gruesome battle.

5 Mizuki

Mizuki is the very first minor antagonist to be introduced in Naruto and also quite possibly one of the most disappointing ones. His role was to set Naruto on the true path of ninja by bringing out a display of his latent skills and while he certainly succeeded in doing that, his character itself wasn’t all that memorable.

Mizuki lacked the strength needed to be a Chunin and was defeated by someone who hadn’t even graduated from the Academy yet. Mizuki was certainly quite weak and was dealt with rather ease. Nonetheless, he served his purpose and gave Naruto a platform to display his true abilities.

4 Kinshiki Otsutsuki

Kinshiki Otsutsuki was introduced in Boruto: Naruto the Movie and he was revealed to be a massively powerful foe who even Kaguya Otsutsuki feared. In combat, he was certainly impressive against Sasuke Uchiha, however, later on, his role was reduced to him being meat for Momoshiki.

Kinshiki lacked the characterization to be a decent villain and apart from raw strength, he didn’t offer much. Furthermore, even his strength was countered rather easily when the Kage combined to deal with him towards the end of the movie.

3 Momoshiki Otsutsuki

Momoshiki Otsutsuki was the main antagonist in the Boruto movie and an incredibly powerful foe for the ninjas to deal with. Just like Kinshiki, his threat was such that even Kaguya feared him. However, other than being a powerful figure, Momoshiki had very little depth as a character.

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His abilities, too, were underwhelming to an extent, and, in the end, he was taken down with relative ease by Naruto, Sasuke, and Boruto Uzumaki teaming up. Momoshiki’s role continues to grow in Boruto but, as a villain, he certainly is one of the weakest written ones from Kishimoto.

2 Kaguya Otsutsuki

Kaguya Otsutsuki was the final villain in the Naruto series and the strongest foe that the world of ninja faced in the Fourth Great Ninja War. Although she was extremely powerful, she was shoehorned into the story out of absolutely nowhere and, what’s worse, at the expense of Madara Uchiha.

Kaguya offered very little as a character, other than just being a strong foe for Naruto and Sasuke to overcome. At the very least, Kaguya provided a decent challenge for Team 7 and closed the Fourth Great Ninja War in decent fashion, but it goes without saying that her character was largely unsatisfactory for the fans.

1 Black Zetsu

Black Zetsu was one of the members of the Akatsuki and he was introduced quite early in the series. Although one of their weakest in some ways, Black Zetsu was revealed to be the mastermind behind nearly every major event in the story, such as the Fourth Great Ninja War and the revival of the Ten-Tails.

He even killed Madara Uchiha and paved way for Kaguya’s return, being her will incarnate. Zetsu was certainly not written up to the standard and as a character, he had little to no interesting qualities. Undoubtedly, he is one of Naruto’s weakest written villains.

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