One of the reasons why I will always love the NaruHina pairing:
I feel that Kishimoto has focused so much of the story on the fact that Naruto used to be looked down upon. He was originally criticized by the elders, ridiculed by his classmates, and essentially deemed as this ‘loser’ who would never amount to anything.
As a result of that, Sasuke, the sort of ‘golden boy’ who everyone in the village expected the most out of (not to hate on Sasuke because he’s my favorite character) became his rival.
And while all of the other girls (and some boys) in the academy cheered for Sasuke, his rival, Hinata was the only one shown cheering for Naruto.
She didn’t gradually learn to like him as he became the ‘hero’ like some of the other characters did, she always liked him, from the very beginning. Even when he wasn’t at his best; Even when he was just the infamous ‘loser.’
And it was noted that they were similar, in the way that they were both looked down upon,
but yet Hinata found inspiration of self-worth and self-belief in Naruto.
And the thing is, that’s what Kishimoto has symbolized with Naruto Uzumaki; believing in yourself. And the notion that Naruto changed from someone who was ridiculed and criticized to admired and respected. And with a lot of the characters, he had to sort of ‘prove’ himself in order to gain that admiration and respect.
But Hinata didn’t need that ‘proof.’ She saw the greatness of his character right from the start; when everyone else judged him, she admired him. She knew.
She saw him when he was invisible.