Iruka, the first to openly acknowledge Naruto and say he was more then just some nuisance kid, but someone who deserves love. The first one to voice that he is a ninja of the hidden leaf. Risked his life for Naruto for no reason other then that pure reason of knowing just how tough Naruto had it and wanted to be there for him.
Sasuke, the first one to ever notice Naruto. Silently, he felt his loneliness and pain like he felt his own. Naruto made him feel warm and fuzzy and reminded him of his family. Sasuke was the first to acknowledge Naruto’s skill and was his first friend.
Jiraya, his Sensei, an inspiration and father like figure who not only saved Naruto, taught Naruto, but handed him lessons he would cherish forever. Never giving up on peace in the face of adversity.
Kakashi: Aloof asshole but was a mentor and friend to Naruto. Protected and trained him.
Sakura: Healed Naruto, kept his heart beating. Believed in him even if in the beginning she did not. Healed him again. Risks her own life to protect him from himself when he’s going into tail beast mode after Orochimaru taunted him about Sasuke. Healed him again. Cheered him on in the chunin exams, became an almost big sister type little shit who hits him all the time but really cares for him.
Hinata:…..um that one time with Pein … I guess? Failed attempt, called it selfish….
????? Ft. Hiding behind trees, tripping, mumbling Naruto Kun. That one time she made him that healing cream in the chunin exams? Even tho he has the Kyuubi but I’ll give her that