Naruto was born on October 10 to an unknown couple in the fictional village of Konoha. When Naruto was a newborn infant, a powerful nine-tailed demon fox attacked his village. In order to save the village from destruction, the demon fox was sealed in Naruto’s body by the Fourth Hokage, leader of the village at the time of the attack.

Despite the Fourth Hokage’s wish that Naruto be veiwed as a hero who was forced to encase the demon, the villagers of Konoha harbored a fierce hatred for him, some believing that Naruto and the demon were a single entity. However, nobody told Naruto about what his body harbored until he was twelve years old, leaving him confused for most of his childhood about why the villagers of Konoha treated him with malice.

Naruto is seen to be a prankster and a loner, living by himself in a small apartment. Even though Naruto was treated as an outsider, he was befriended by his compassionate ninja instructor named Iruka Umino. Although Iruka’s own parents perished during the battle with the demon fox, he refused to view Naruto as the cause of their deaths. Instead, Iruka attached himself to Naruto, because he too was once an outcast and desired recognition. Naruto is obsereved to be deeply moved by Iruka’s kindness, and confidence in him. As a result, Naruto is seen to value Iruka more as an older brother or even a father, than an instructor.

As the host of the demon fox, both Naruto’s body and mind (occasionally) are influenced by it. Physically, Naruto has some of the demon fox’s characteristics, such as whisker-like marks on his cheeks and larger canines than normal. His eyes are also somewhat slitted like a fox. He also has increased stamina and healing ability, which allows him to recover from major injuries within a day and minor injuries within a few seconds. Mentally, Naruto remains largely unaffected, save for a few animalistic traits that slip through, such as his occasional tendency to leap between trees on all fours. Since the demon fox was sealed inside Naruto at birth, it is unclear just what parts of his personality it has had an effect on; however, it could explain Naruto’s devilish side for pulling pranks to gain attention, as well as his stubbornness to never back down from a challenge. These traits become more pronounced as he draws upon the demon fox’s chakra.

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