ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Why Sakura Haruno Does Not Work

Updated on January 19, 2014
Sakura before the timeskip
Sakura before the timeskip | Source

Sakura Haruno, the third person on the main team of Naruto, is definitely also the third wheel. I would say she never managed to evolve as a character the way Naruto and Sasuke did, and now she is outside of the essential plot, staying on the sidelines. But why? This is why I believe Sakura does not reach up to the same levels as her companions.

Sakura after the timeskip
Sakura after the timeskip | Source

The Central Theme of Naruto

Now, please bear with me for a moment, as I would like to say what I believe is the central theme of Naruto. Naruto is basically set in a post-war world, and the story is about the people colored by the dreadful wars of the past. Naruto and Kakashi both lost at least one parent to the wars, as did Orochimaru, Nagato, Sasori and a lot of others, and these deaths would set them on the paths to the ones they are today. For example, Orochimaru's obsession with immortality seems to have started with his parent's deaths. Naruto and Gaara were both turned into living weapons which were useless when the war ended. The massacre of Sasuke's family could be seen as a reaction to the wars, with Itachi having been traumatized in them.

We see the world that war has created, the problems and struggles that still remain, and the traumas, wishes and fears that the people influenced by these problems have. And then there is Sakura, who seems completely removed from all this. We do not know much of her family, but for all we know her parents are alive and well(she briefly talks to her mother at the very beginning of the series, but no family is mentioned after that). She has no relation to the war, nor with any struggles. Now, one might question why Sakura's parents have never been shown, and I would guess it is because Kishimoto could not think of a subplot to put them in. Still, this means that Sakura is largely removed from the manga's central theme, and that her past is partially empty. And that is a big handicap in a show with so many flashbacks, where a person's motivations and personality is largely shown to us through their past.

Sakura as a child.
Sakura as a child. | Source


So what conflicts are there in Sakura's life? Her past as we know it centers around two characters: Ino and Sasuke. Now, Sasuke was just a boy she was in love without really knowing him, and as far as we know they had never spoken prior to the show's beginning. Still, he does symbolize love, which is one of her struggles. Sakura's fanlike adoration going over to full love, only to then have her heart broken as her beloved turns into a criminal is one of the most interesting aspects of the character, and the meeting between Sasuke and Sakura after the summit of the Kage's was very emotional. Yet this relationship suffers from one thing: Naruto.

Now, enough jokes about Naruto being in love with Sasuke has been made already, so I will not go there, but I will say that Naruto's relationship with Sasuke completely overshadows Sakura's. This makes sense, Naruto is the main character, but it means that Sakura does not evolve much. In the meeting between Sasuke and Sakura I mentioned, Naruto quickly arrives and when he does, the story starts focusing on him and Sasuke, not on Sakura. When Sasuke leaves Konoha, he and Sakura has a scene, but while Sakura is crying, we start focusing on Naruto, and Sakura never gets any more development. She stays behind, because this is Naruto's story.

The next conflict is with Ino. Ino was once a friend of Sakura who then became her rival, and the two of them fight and bicker constantly. Her conflict with Ino is overcoming her inferiority complex, brought on by Ino always protecting her. But this all ended more than a decade ago, during the Chuunin Exams. So this part of Sakura has mostly been finished.

Sakura and her teacher Tsunade
Sakura and her teacher Tsunade | Source


The final conflict would be Sakura's weakness compared to the other characters. Sakura has never had the same strength as Naruto and Sasuke, a fact she is painfully aware of. Once again, this may partially come from Sakura's lack of a past. Most of the younger characters inherited jutsu from their families, but Sakura does not have anything like that, nor does she have a demonic trapped inside of her like certain others. Early in the manga she was the smart one, with lots of theoretical knowledge about the ninja world, but even then that hardly translated to fighting power. But at least she recognized this and tried to change herself. Sadly, this did not work out well.

Sakura modeled herself after Tsunade, but unlike Naruto and Sasuke she did not have any particular skills herself, so she basically ended up as a slightly weaker version of Tsunade and the healer of the team. For her fight against Sasori this worked well, and she really kicked ass. Sadly, this would be the only time her medical knowledge would be essential in defeating an enemy. Then she is demoted to full time healer, a thankless job in fiction. While in real life and games healers and doctors are essential, in fiction the fighters will always heal as the plot demands it. Naruto is already said to have superhuman healing abilities.

So this last plot following Sakura ends with a sigh, as Sakura simply acknowledges that Sasuke and Naruto are stronger than her. And for now it seems that that is the end of Sakura, I do not foresee that she will suddenly become extremely relevant in the near future. In the end, Sakura was never a main character, and she was never given the attention from the author to be one. Sure she hung around with the main characters, but she did not have the depth, the past and the powers of the others, and in an action manga, not possessing any of those those qualities will make you useless. Quite sad, really.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)