Naruto worse character than Sakura and Hinata?
Of course. Worse than them combined.
Sakura and Hinata are bad characters in their own right, but they’re not relevant enough to ruin the moral foundations of the story. Naruto is the one who got put on the pedestal, who’s supposed to stand for something, who’s supposed to be the light and savior of the shinobi world. Yet, he’s shallow, self absorbed just like Sakura and Hinata, but he got away with far less criticism cos the narrative mask his flaws. Most things he stands for are either not good messages or poorly executed, or they’re actually dangerous values.
At least Sakura and Hinata were never supposed to stand for anything important in the story anyway. tbf, sometimes when Sakura was being a bitch, she got bitchslapped, like her fake confession and insults of orphans. In contrast, Naruto’s annoying behaviour or obsessive need for validation were often portrayed as sympathetic, perhaps even inspirational…I find this far more irritating.
tbh, I don’t know why you guys are so obsessed with Sakura and Hinata, it’s Naruto Uzumaki had been ruining his own series for years. Only a small part of my post about his character was about the Last, other bad writing surrounding his character has nothing to do with pairings, he doesn’t even get to use the “ruined by romantic subplot” as excuse.