Uzumaki Naruto is the main character of 'The Swirling Tides', and hence presumed to be a protagonist. Despite this, his actions are questionable at best, and even antagonistic from a certain point of view. He does not believe in 'good' and 'evil', and doesn't really care about it either way. His goals aren't clear as of yet, but it's been hinted that he's currently focusing on rebuilding Uzushiogakure and gathering enough power to fend off his enemies. He seems content to live a peaceful life with his family once the threats are taken care of, but isn't sure if such a time will ever truly come.
With blond hair and blue eyes, Naruto's appearance greatly resembles that of his biological father Namikaze Minato. His choice of clothing is different however. Instead of a jōnin vest, Naruto wears grey ANBU armor and arm guards with long black gloves and black shinobi pants and sandals. He usually carries a sword either in his hand, in a seal on his right hand, or strapped diagonally across his back.
Having had a variety of tutors who specialize in different fields of combat and supplementary abilities, Naruto's arsenal is highly versatile and flexible, allowing him to take advantage of almost any weakness the opponent may have.
The most remarkable fact about his combat style is that he often uses more than one type of elemental manipulation to negate any advantage the opponent may have, or maybe just because he can. Thanks to the Rinnegan, he has the ability to use any of the five basic elements as offense or defense, and in case of emergencies he relies on gravity waves to fend off otherwise crippling attacks with little effort. Additionally, his Yogengan allows him to combine his elemental affinities, making him capable of using sub elements. He has yet to learn any sub elemental manipulation aside from Mokuton though.His skills in kenjutsu are unknown, but they're assumed to be at a moderately good level at least since he's been training in the field with the dragons. His sister is confident that Naruto is also a fūinjutsu master, and his familiarity with seals confirms this fact.
Kushina believes that Kyūbi may be helping Naruto learn some genjutsu as well, but that is yet to be confirmed.
Naruto's life has been full of hardships since the very beginning. As soon as he was born, he was carried away from his mother by Namikaze Minato to be made into a vessel containing Kyūbi's soul.
Once the fact that he was a human sacrifice became public knowledge, he became subjected to the scorn and hatred of everyone in Konoha except his family, although the villagers never opted for physical violence partially due to being scared themselves, and partially because of the fear Kushina's presence instilled in them.
When Naruto was just three years old, his mother decided to go out on a mission and leave the twins in Sandaime's care for a day. Unfortunately, the Sandaime