The current Hokage is the main character of Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, Naruto Uzumaki. Well, apparently he is also the father of the main character of the show Boruto. As he is the 7th Hokage, the question also arises that who would be the next Hokage. More specifically the question is who can possibly become the 8th Hokage.
Here are 5 candidates who could become the 8th Hokage in different situations. I will describe under which circumstances, they are eligible for such a crucial position.
1) Konohamaru Sarutobi
The grandchild of the Third Hokage Hiruzen Sarutobi is undoubtedly the best choice for the next Hokage. The kid we all used to see nagging around Naruto in Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, is no longer a kid. He is probably the most elite Jounin in the Hidden Leaf right now.
Why should Konohamaru d become the 8th Hokage?
There are many reasons behind the possibility (or option). Some of them are:
The Will of Fire
Konohamaru inherits the will of fire which is essential to sit on the Hokage seat. As we saw, from the very beginning of the Leaf Village, the will of fire was passed down to the current generation.
Will of Fire was originated from Asura Otsutsuki’s belief that love is the key element to bring peace to this world. Later, the 1st Hokage Hashirama Senju and the Senju Clan lived by. After that, the 3rd Hokage, 4th Hokage, 5th Hokage, 6th Hokage, and the 7th Hokage also held will of fire inside their heart.
According to the 3rd Hokage, the Will of Fire gives strength to fight against all kinds of odds.
Konohamaru is Smart
Konohamaru is a smart Jonin of the Hidden Leaf. He has what it takes to lead a village and counter any possible dangers from the outsiders. He might not be as smart as Shikamaru, but at least he is smarter than Naruto.
Konohamaru is the most renowned Jonin in the village right now. His abilities as a ninja are unparalleled among the other Jonin. So, the villagers often consider him as the next Hokage, in Boruto series. With vast chakra reserve and S rank jutsu like big ball Rasengan he surely lives up to his name.
2) Shikamaru Nara
Shikamaru is probably the 2nd most intelligent character in the entire Naruto and Boruto series. He has worked as the Kakashi’s advisor when he was the 6th Hokage. He still is working as the advisor of the current Hokage that is the 7th.
Why should Shikamaru become next Hokage?
Shikamaru is the smartest ninja alive
In Boruto series, Shikamaru is the smartest character. Though, he is nowhere near to the point to the Hokage Level, in terms of raw power. However, that should not be a problem to govern a country or village, if you have Shikamaru level IQ. Even in the real world, the leaders of the countries are the one who knows how to do the job smartly not the physically strongest person.
That is why Asuma also told him, he would be a great Hokage in his dying moments.
3) Sarada Uchiha
Sarada is the daughter of Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno. As she is still a genin, she always boasts about being a Hokage. Just like the young Naruto she also dreams of becoming Hokage. In fact, she idolizes Naruto- the current Hokage and wanted to become a Hokage just like him.
Why should Sarada become next Hokage?
Will of Fire
Will of fire strongly posses in Sarada. The will of fire is passed down to this generation. The belief that peace is the key to maintain harmony and love is the key to peace. That is what will of fire truly is.
Sarada is the daughter of Sasuke
Sarada is the daughter of Sasuke Uchiha who is only rivaled to Naruto. So as a shinobi his abilities are almost unparalleled. As his daughter, it is quite safe to say Sarada will also inherit some of his prowess and who knows she might even surpass his father.
Sarada has sharp Intellect
Sarada is very sharp at analyzing the situation and making a quick decision upon it. So, when she grows up it is very much possible that her intellect would grow higher and match at a level of the Hokage.
4) Boruto Uzumaki
Boruto is the son of Naruto and Hinata. He is the main character of the continuing story of Naruto series called Boruto: Naruto next generation. Though, he does not want to be the Hokage himself. Not yet at least. However, it is very much possible that as he grows up and has to sit on his old man’s throne as the Hokage. Who knows what lies ahead in the series.
Why should Boruto become next Hokage?
Boruto is the son of the 7th Hokage
As we already know he is the son of present Hokage, Boruto is also the Grandson of Minato. It is very much possible that at some point he might be the future Hokage. Maybe not the 8th Hokage, he could be the 9th Hokage. It all depends on the author.
5) Sasuke Uchiha
Sasuke is one of the main characters of Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. As he gone rogue and decided to avenge for his clan, eventually he learned the truth and wanted to become the Hokage at last. Obviously, Naruto remains the Hokage as long as he lives or grows old that is. However, if something is to happen to Naruto, then Sasuke might have to act as a Hokage.
Why should Sasuke become next Hokage?
He wanted to become the Hokage himself
Sasuke wanted to become a Hokage at the end of the 4th great ninja war. He wanted to become the real shadow of the Hidden Leaf village referring to the literal meaning of Hokage. He later after fighting against Naruto at his final battle, in the final valley he decided to keep his belief on Naruto. Sasuke then started working in the shadow.
Till this day, he is the literal shadow of the Leaf as Naruto is the Light and the symbol of Hope.