Why does Kawaki want to kill Boruto?


Boruto has taken us on quite the ride, and one intriguing aspect is how it’s structured. The series has essentially been one long flashback, leading up to that gripping opening scene we saw in the very first episode. Thanks to this, we’ve always known that something major was about to go down between Boruto and Kawaki around the series’ finale.

But it’s still quite puzzling to think that Kawaki, who over the course of the series had developed a strong bond with Naruto and began to see him as a father figure, and even considered Boruto as his brother, would take such drastic actions.

Before the betrayal, he’d practically became a part of the Uzumaki family. So, the idea of him sealing Naruto and Hinata in another dimension, framing Boruto for their murder, and using it as a pretext to try and kill him raises a lot of questions. So, why does Kawaki want to kill Boruto?

Why does Kawaki want to kill Boruto? Explained

Kawaki’s journey in Boruto is deeply influenced by his traumatic past. Raised in an abusive environment by his real father, he had never experienced genuine fatherly love or affection until he met Naruto. This newfound connection with Naruto plays a pivotal role in his transformation from a troubled youth to a complex character with both noble and destructive intentions.

  • Kawaki’s descent into villainy is largely fueled by his obsession with protecting Naruto at any cost. His unwavering determination to keep Naruto safe leads him to make some shocking decisions, even killing Boruto.

Kawaki thinks Boruto is a threat to Naruto

During the battle with Code, Boruto became possessed by Momoshiki, and Kawaki knew he posed a threat to Naruto and others. Given Kawaki’s deep-seated hatred for the Otsutsuki clan, stemming from years of brutal experimentation at the hands of Jigen, he stepped in with the intent to eliminate Momoshiki, and by extension, Boruto.

  • Boruto, understanding the urgency of the situation, agreed to the plan. And Kawaki did not hesitate to stab Naruto’s son through the chest, right in front of him.
  • Of course, Boruto came back to life thanks to the power of karma (plot armor, essentially), but this meant that Momoshiki would live inside a part of Boruto’s conscious for as long as the boy could suppress him. Pretty similar to Yuji and Sukuna’s situation, if you think about it.

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Kawaki and Himawari in Boruto: Two Blue Vortex Chapter 2 | Image Courtesy of Shonen Jump

Even after the battle with Code concluded, Kawaki’s perception of Boruto as a potential threat persisted. Despite Naruto and Hinata’s attempts to reason with him, assuring him that they would find a solution without resorting to violence, Kawaki remained resolute in his belief that Boruto posed a danger to those he cared about.

In response, he used his unique abilities to create a rift, separating Naruto and Hinata from the situation and sealing them away in another dimension.

  • When his second attempt to eliminate Boruto proved unsuccessful, Kawaki had no choice but to depart from Konoha. Later, with the assistance from Ada, he manipulated the fabric of reality itself, orchestrating a scheme to frame Boruto for the deaths of Naruto and Hinata and taking his place as Naruto’s son.
  • Kawaki’s ultimate goal is likely to bring Naruto and Hinata back once he’s dealt with the Otsutsuki threat. In his perspective, he sees his actions as necessary, even though they appear drastic and misguided to others.

In many ways, Kawaki’s journey in Boruto echoes certain aspects of a young Sasuke Uchiha. Both characters are willing to go to great lengths for their personal quests, even if it means taking a path that challenges their own moral compass and relationships.


Say what you want about the series, but Kawaki’s evolution from a troubled youth to a character torn between his loyalty to Naruto and his own convictions is really well done in Boruto.

His drastic actions, including separating Naruto and Hinata from the situation and framing Boruto for their deaths, leave us with a myriad of questions and an eagerness to see how this complex web of relationships and conflicts will unfold. What do you think?

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