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NARUTOP99: Naruto’s World Popularity Poll Results Get Revealed; Naruto, Sasuke Miss Out On Top 5

The official website of NARUTOP99 revealed the long awaited final results of Naruto franchise’s world popularity poll. And much to the surprise of fans, both Naruto and Sasuke missed out on the top 5 spots!

An estimated 4.6 million votes were cast in the poll by fans across the world between December 2022 and January 2023.

All 488 characters that made an appearance in Naruto were ranked in the results of NARUTOP99. An announcement video featuring the top 99 characters from the poll was also put out, along with a special message from manga author Masashi Kishimoto.

The character who topped the poll result was Minato Namikaze, the fourth hokage and Naruto’s dad, with 792,257 votes. He trumped over the second placed Itachi Uchiha by close to 300,000 votes. Minato also topped the poll in North America, Asia, Oceania, Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

As revealed earlier when NARUTOP99 was announced, the winner is bound to get a new one shot, meaning, Minato Namikaze will be getting a new one shot in the future. The exact date of release or the premise of the one shot has not been revealed yet.

However, Minato fans across the globe can look forward to see their favorite character getting a spin-off story!

Check out the list below for the the top 20 characters (worldwide) as voted by fans.

20. Rock Lee (39,325 votes)
19. Sasori (40,732 votes)
18. Neju Hyuga (49,526 votes)
17. Deidara (56,320 votes)
16. Hashirama Senju (66,519 votes)
15. Gaara (70,557 votes)
14. Tobirama Senju (87,442 votes)
13. Shikamaru Nara (87,838 votes)
12. Jiraiya (117,825 votes)
11. Obito Uchiha (132,252 votes)
10. Hinata Hyuga (144,484 votes)
9. Madara Uchiha (144,947 votes)
8. Sasuke Uchiha (170,665 votes)
7. Sakumo Hatake (170,940 votes)
6. Naruto Uzumaki (182,911 votes)
5. Kakashi Hatake (212,403 votes)
4. Shisui Uchiha (279,062 votes)
3. Sakura Haruno (489,619 votes)
2. Itachi Uchiha (505,014 votes)
1. Minato Namikaze (792,257 votes)

Note: Scroll down to check the region wise results!

Sakura Haruno was the biggest gainer in the top 10 of the list, as she had come in at 9th place when the preliminary results of the poll were announced. Minato had come first in the preliminary results too!

Check out the the video announcing top 99 characters below!

NARUTOP99: Final Results

These 20 characters have received a special illustration by author Masashi Kishimoto.

Naruto

Check out Kishimoto’s special message below!

Thank you for the incredible amount of votes!
It was fun seeing how results varied from region to region.
I was shocked to see Minato at the top for all regions, and the fact that Sakura is so beloved by many people around the world made me proud as a writer.
To tell you the truth, I was actually rooting for Kurama.
I was planning on drawing only the top 20 characters, but I really wanted to add Kurama, who was close at 22nd…
So I ended up including him and Guy, who was in 21st place!
Sorry for completely ignoring the original plan to have the top 20 characters for the 20th anniversary because of my personal attachment.
Right now I’m working on the short manga for Minato who placed 1st.
While trying to make a story that would match the expectations of his fans, I ended up with more pages than I had originally anticipated.
Please look forward to the secret story behind Minato’s jutsu!
I want to thank you all very much again for voting!

Masashi Kishimoto

In addition to this, a region wise poll result was also announced!

JAPAN REGION POLL RESULTS:

10. Deidara
9. Gaara
8. Minato Namikaze
7. Obito Uchiha
6. Shikamaru Naru
5. Sasuke Uchiha
4. Naruto Uzumaki
3. Sakura Haruno
2. Kakashi Hatake
1. Itachi Uchiha

NORTH AMERICA REGION POLL RESULTS:

10. Jiraiya
9. Sasuke Uchiha
8. Madara Uchiha
7. Hinata Hyuga
6. Kakashi Hatake
5. Sakumo Hatake
4. Itachi Uchiha
3. Shisui Uchiha
2. Sakura Haruno
1. Minato Namikaze

For more regions, check out the link in the source!

NARUTOP99 was carried out as part of Naruto anime’s 20th anniversary celebrations!

Based on the manga series of the same name by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto anime began airing on Oct 3, 2002. Produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex, the first part of Naruto anime aired from 2002 to 2007 with 220 episodes. A sequel titled Naruto: Shippuden began airing the same year, and continued till 2017 before ending.

Naruto: Shippuden aired for a total of 500 episodes.

The main story then continued, focusing on the younger generation, with Naruto’s son Boruto, playing the titular character in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

Source: Official website