The Naruto franchise has several powerful members. Most of these powerful shinobi and kunoichi come from strong clans. The importance of clans in Naruto is immeasurable. Most of the time, clans come together to form a village. The Leaf Village was formed through the unification of the Uchiha Clan and the Senju Clan. Later, many other clans joined to make it a wholesome village.
Naruto is one of the most popular anime on the planet. The fandom often projects Uchiha and Senju Clans to be the most powerful. But there are a few clans that deserve more attention than the Uchiha Clan. These underrated Clans have formed a major part of the story, yet they are always pushed away. Let us look at 5 such underrated clans that deserve more attention than the Uchiha clan.
5. Nara Clan
Nara Clan is one of the strongest clans in the Leaf Village. Their special jutsu is the Shadow Imitation Jutsu. The Shadow Imitation Jutsu can be branched off into several powerful techniques. The Nara Clan does this jutsu with the Yin release. Apart from that, the Nara Clan is one of the smartest clans in the Naruto-verse and its members are considered great strategists. They are a part of the Ino-Shika-Cho formation. Shikamaru of the Nara Clan was the advisor of the Sixth Hokage and the advisor of the Seventh Hokage.
4. Aburame Clan
Aburame Clan possesses a unique ability to control and talk with insects. They are one of the most underrated clans in the franchise. They are one of four noble clans of the Leaf Village. The Aburame Clan offers the newborn babies as a nest to special insects. Since then, the insects live under the host’s skin and form a bond with them. With time and training, these insects grow and become deadly. Shino Aburame made his insects stay with a certain type of poisonous insect and made them immune to that poison.
3. Yamanaka Clan
The Yamanaka Clan forms another part of the Ino-Shika-Cho formation. The Yamanaka Clan specializes in mind reading and body-possessing jutsu. They form an important part of the Leaf Village’s intel-gathering group. The members of the Yamanaka Clan can take over someone’s mind and gather all the information. Inoichi Yamanaka used her mind-possessing jutsu to help locate several enemies during the Fourth Great Ninja War.
2. Sarutobi Clan
The Sarutobi Clan was one of the early clans to join the Leaf Village during its formation. With immense chakra flow, the Sarutobi Clan is, without a doubt, one of the strongest and most underrated clans of the Leaf Village. Even if their fire jutsu are not as powerful as the Uchiha, they are strong enough to decimate any enemy.
Hiruzen Sarutobi was so talented that he could use all five releases on Ninjutsu. He later became the Third Hokage of the Leaf Village. Hiruzen Sarutobi’s father, Sasuke Sarutobi, is also one of the most powerful shinobi in Naruto.
1. Hyuga Clan
Hyuga Clan members possess a strong ocular Kekkai Genkai known as Byakugan. The Byakugan allows the user almost to get a 360-degree view of the surroundings and read the chakra points of their enemy. The Otsutsuki Clan originally possessed Byakugan. Being the descendants of Hamura Otsutsuki, it was manifested within the Hyuga Clan.
The Hyuga Clan is one of the four noble clans like the Aburame Clan. They have mastered several powerful ninjutsu techniques due to the Byakugan. Some of them are Eight Trigrams 64-Palms, Eight Trigrams 128-Palms, Rotation, Gentle Fist, etc.