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Novel The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi
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Sex Gender Male Male
  • Shuku Village
    "Shuku Village" is not in the list of possible values (Allied Shinobi Forces, Akatsuki, Root, Aburame Clan, Academy, Akagahara, Akimichi Clan, Allied Shinobi Forces' Headquarters, Amagiri Clan, Amaguriama, Ame Orphans' Hideout, Amegakure, Bamboo Village, Benisu Island, Castle Dusk, Cat Fortress, Chinoike Clan, Curry of Life Shop, Dango Shop, Demon Desert, Eastern Great Sand Dune, Falls of Truth, Fire Temple, Five Great Shinobi Countries, Forest of Delusion, Forty-Fourth Training Ground, Fūma Clan, Fūma Clan (Land of Sound), Garden of Ryūmyaku, Genbu, Genjutsu Tree Village, Genjutsu World, Great Naruto Bridge, Hachō Village, Hagoromo Clan, Hatake Clan, Hirasaka Clan, Hokage Residence, Hokage Rock, Hōki Family, Hoshigakure, Howling Wolf Village, Hōzuki Castle, Hōzuki Clan, Hyūga Clan, Iburi Clan, Inaho Village, Inuzuka Clan, Ishigakure, Iwagakure, Jiraiya's Memorial, Jofuku Forest, Mount Jofuku, Jūgo's Clan, Jōmae Village, Jōnin Standby Station, Kagerō Village, Kagetsu Family, Kaguya Clan, Kaguya's Dimensions, Kamizuru Clan, Kamui's Dimension, Kannabi Bridge, Katabami Gold Mine, Kazahana Castle, Kazekage Clan, Kazekage's Office, Kedōin Clan, Kikyō Castle, Kikyō Pass, Kirigakure, Kisaragi Village, Kodon Clan, Kohaku Clan, Konoha Archive Library, Konoha Aviary, Konoha Cemetery, Konoha Hospital, Konoha Hot Springs, Konoha Library, Konoha Ninja Tool Research Facility: Detached Office, Konoha Orphanage, Konoha Sealed Hall, Konoha Strict Correctional Facility, Konohagakure, Konohagakure Intelligence Division, Kumanoi Clan, Kumogakure, Kurama Clan, Kusagakure, Land of Ancestors, Land of Bean Jam, Land of Bears, Land of Birds, Land of Claws, Land of Demons, Land of Earth, Land of Fangs, Land of Fire, Land of Fire Bounty Station, Land of Forests, Land of Frost, Land of Honey, Land of Hot Water, Land of Iron, Land of Keys, Land of Lightning, Land of Mountains, Land of Neck, Land of Noodles, Land of Rivers, Land of Sand, Land of Silence, Land of Snow, Land of Sound, Land of Stone, Land of Swamps, Land of Tea, Land of That, Land of This, Land of Valleys, Land of Vegetables, Land of Water, Land of Waves, Land of Whirlpools, Land of Wind, Land of Woods, Land of the Moon, Land of the Sea, Land of the Sky, Lee Clan, Memorial Stone, Minato's Safe Houses, Mission Assignment Desk, Mokuzu Island, Mokuzu Ramen, Momoshiki's Planet, Moon, Mount Katsuragi, Mount Koryū, Mount Myōboku, Mount Shumisen, Mountains' Graveyard, Nadeshiko Village, Nagato and Yahiko's Shrine, Naka River, Naka Shrine, Nanakusa Island, Nara Clan, Nara Clan Forest, Nikkō Inn Town, Otogakure, Ōtsutsuki Clan, Pain's Tower, Raikage's Office, Ramen Ichiraku, Rinha Clan, Ryū Clan, Ryūchi Cave, Rōran, Rōran Palace, Samurai Bridge, Sarutobi Clan, Sea Route of Silence, Sealing Room, Sendō Clan, Senju Clan, Seventh Front, Shiin Clan, Shikkotsu Forest, Shimogakure, Shimura Clan, Shirogane Clan, Shukuba Town, Sora-ku, Source of the Ryūmyaku, Stone Monument, Sugi Village, Summoning Island, Suna Aviary, Suna Greenhouse, Suna Hospital, Sunagakure, Tailed Beast Temple, Taketori Clan, Takigakure, Takumi Village, Tanigakure, Tanzaku Quarters, Temujin's Continent, Tenchi Bridge, Tenrō Clan, The Hole, Third Training Ground, Tonika Village, Training Cave, Tree Felling Village, Tsuchigumo Clan, Tsuchigumo Village, Tsukigakure, Uchiha Clan, Uchiha Hideout, Uchiha Senbei, Uzumaki Clan, Uzumaki Clan's Mask Storage Temple, Uzushiogakure, Valley of Clouds and Lightning, Valley of Hell, Valley of Judgement, Wagarashi Family, Wasabi Family, Yakiniku Q, Yamanaka Clan, Yamanaka Flowers, Yamanaka, Nara, and Akimichi Clan Memorial, Yosuga Pass, Yota's Clan, Yotsuki Clan, Yugakure, Yukigakure, Yumegakure, Zabuza and Haku's Grave, Zeroth Training Ground, Coliseum, Konoha Bank, Konoha Mountain Villa, Kara, Ceramic Village, Geography, Hoshigaki Clan, Karatachi Family, Kirigakure Academy, Land of Mountain Streams, Memorial Park, Nue's Dimension, Ridge Tower, Senju Park, Shangri-la, Shin Uchiha's Hideout, Shushu-ya, Training Hall, Valley of Lies, Valley of the End, Green Banks, Pale Blue Valley, Advanced Technology Research Institute, Unidentified World, Fire Park, Information & Receiving Centre, Kaminarimon Company Headquarters, Lightning Burger, Ninjutsu Research Centre, Ōtsutsuki Castle, Daidai Village, Ankorodō, Land of Medicines, Ninja Tools Roll Roll Roll, Sanzu Plains) for this property.
  • Team Shū
Ninja Rank
Academy Grad. Age 6
Nature Type

Naruto Musasabi is a fictional character in service to Shuku Village from The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi novel written by Jiraiya. He is featured as the novel's main character alongside his partner Tsuyu, who also is written as his primary love interest.


When Naruto was young, his father, whom he never met, was killed in the First Shinobi World War. Upon hearing stories about his father from the Second Kokage, Naruto decided to live up to his father's example of a shinobi as "one who endures".

At age six, Naruto graduated from the Shuku Academy and was placed on Team Shū under Shū's leadership alongside Tsuyu and Renge Momoashi. Naruto almost immediately developed romantic feelings for Tsuyu, but she was uninterested in him, much to his grief. He started a bitter rivalry with Renge during the course of their training. At one point, Naruto tried to spy on Tsuyu changing into her swimsuit, and she nearly killed him in retaliation.

During the Second Shinobi World War, Naruto and the rest of Team Shū rose to the rank of jōnin and became involved in many battles. One battle in particular where they managed to hold their own against rival village leader Maei Yagyū, who bestowed the three the title "The Three Ninja of Shuku".

At some point, Naruto was trained by Grand Master Fūtenso, the Rat Sage, in order to become a Sage. He succeeded in master senjutsu and the Sage Mode.


Naruto is determined, good-natured, hard-working, and has a dedicated personality that forces him to never give up. Tsuyu also describes him as dumb and an idiot for his antics.


Naruto's appearance is currently left mostly up to reader interpretation, but he normally wears the jōnin uniform throughout the novel.


Naruto is a powerful and skilled shinobi having attained jōnin rank and being declared one of "The Three Ninja of Shuku".


Naruto is skilled in ninjutsu, taijutsu, and senjutsu. His nature transformations include wind, lightning, and yang. His signature techniques include "Gale Supreme Slash" (Jinpū Hazan), which generates a focused whirlwind, and "Comet Sphere" (Suseigan), a giant ball of wind and lightning.

Naruto had the ability to summon giant mice to aid him in battle and his senjutsu. Three of the nice are Tora, Miki, and Mini.

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When his team-mate Renge defects from Shuku and becomes a missing-nin right after the village of Ton has been destroyed, Naruto and Tsuyu are ordered to chase after him.

After Renge takes over Kon Village and becomes the Kaosu, Kon kunoichi Shima joins Naruto's mission to stop Renge.


  • Much of Naruto's character appear to be inspired by Jiraiya himself, something Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki noticed. This most notable in Naruto perverse personality and his mainly one-sided strong romantic feelings for his team-mate. A good deal more of his personality appears to be inspired by Jiraiya's own students Minato, Yahiko, and Nagato, the former of which the novel is dedicated to.
  • Two of Naruto's mice summons, Miki and Mini, were inspired by Jiraiya's own summons: Fukusaku and Shima. Their names are a reference to Disney's mascots Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

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