Naruto was born as the son of the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, and Kushina Uzumaki, the second jinchūriki of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox. Before his birth, they had decided to name him after the main character in Jiraiya's first book, hoping their son would be as great a ninja as the character was. This made Jiraiya Naruto's godfather.[4]

Prior to Naruto's birth, his parents knew that the seal that kept the Nine-Tails within Kushina would weaken during childbirth, so they set up a plan to prevent that from ever happening. Kushina was taken a short distance outside of the village to give birth in secret, with Biwako Sarutobi and Taji as her midwives, a few ANBU as security, and with Minato keeping the seal in place. Immediately after Kushina gave birth, Madara Uchiha appeared and took Naruto, demanding Minato to step away from Kushina or he would kill the newborn Naruto. Madara then craftily threw Naruto, instinctively making Minato catch him, allowing Madara to escape with Kushina. Minato then teleported himself and Naruto to a safer location before going after Kushina. Unfortunately, Madara had already succeeded in removing the Nine-Tails from Kushina. Kushina, who survived the extraction thanks to her unique chakra and longevity, was saved by Minato and brought to Naruto, leaving the weakened mother to care for the crying Naruto while Minato went to deal with Madara.

To save the village, Minato engaged the Nine-Tails in combat and sacrificed his life by sealing it within Naruto (as well as imprints of his and Kushina's soul), believing his son would someday have use for it. Naruto was left to grow up knowing nothing of his parents, receiving only his mother's last name since the Third Hokage felt that it was best that nobody knew that he was related to the Fourth Hokage.Naruto is also the main protagonist of Naruto ultimate ninja heroes 2 and other major naruto games.