In some notable ways, the Naruto series reinvented or avoided a handful of shonen action clichés, proving just how creative and thoughtful Mr. Kishimoto was when drawing this story. Still, Naruto couldn’t help but embrace a few clichés along the way, and while none of these worn-out tropes ruined the story by any means, they are still rather stale in the eyes of modern viewers. When did Naruto fall back on time-worn shonen clichés?
It’s not just Batman who’s lost his parents as an action hero. Many shonen heroes have one or both parents missing or dead, often so the main character is forced to grow and survive on their own. Luffy rarely has any parental figures in his life, for example, and Ichigo Kurosaki lost his mother when he was young.