dkfsajkdljfl it’s haaard because I love Naruto a lot for his strength of character and relentless optimism and his devotion to his friends? BUT I LOVE GAARA A LOT TOO. His arc was one of the best arcs in the story.
I also really love Pain/Nagato a lot? I have a thing for well constructed complex anti-heroes. And I loved the Naruto vs Nagato arc so much because it just wasn’t a fight, it was a fight of the idea of justice and that really fascinates me in the world of Shinobi where justice is defined by things like clan, blood-bonds, revenge and politics etc? And both Naruto and Nagato’s view of justice formed by their perception of war and being war kids are so fundamentally different at first despite them both sharing similar sights, but in the end it amounts to the same thing and that is why Nagato loses; not because he’s weaker in mapower or ninjutsu/chakra wells, but because it’s a battle of wills and ideals and he allows himself to open his mind up to the idea that there might be more than one form of justice.
whoops that didn’t answer your question at all but those are my three favorites? I SORT OF LOVE EVERYONE which isn’t narrowing it down much since there are like, 100 characters in naruto…..