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12 'Boruto' Fan Theories That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

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Boruto is an ongoing series with new things being revealed every time a chapter or episode comes out. While its fans wait to learn more, some of them are busy coming up with fan theories that explain unsolved mysteries, fill in details about the characters, and overall make sense of the series. This list will be spotlighting some of those theories. 

Many fans have speculated that Naruto Uzumaki will lose his life permanently. He's certainly come close, and there's a surprising amount of evidence to support the idea. Here's one that's a little less depressing: no one knows who Metal Lee's mother is, but many people think that it's probably Rock Lee's former teammate, Tenten. There's more where that came from, but be warned: this list is absolutely full of Boruto spoilers.

  • 5. Kara Could Be Influenced By Buddhist Concepts

    It's not at all uncommon for Naruto and Boruto to be influenced by Buddist concepts, but does that extend to Kara? Maybe

    The ability most closely associated with Kara is the Karma seal. Karma is a Buddhist concept that involves actions having consequences that reflect the original action. This concept appears not just in the name, but in members of Kara being able to use technology to absorb and then send back ninjutsu moves. 

    Here's another connection. The Noble Eightfold Path is a Buddhist idea that prescribes eight practices to help achieve enlightenment: right view, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right samadhi ('meditative absorption or union'). Koji Kashin has a move called True Fire of Samadhi, which is a clear reference to one of the 'rights.' What's more, there are eight inner members aside from Kawaki, who isn't really a core member. 

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  • 6. Moegi Is A Member Of The Senjuu Clan

    One of the weirdest details about Boruto is that Konohamaru's childhood friend Moegi Kazamatsuri is able to use Wood Release as an adult.

    Wood Release is a kekkai genkai, a type of jutsu that's typically only possible to use if you possess certain genetics. Outside of members of the Otsutsuki clan whose abilities operate outside the usual rules, Hashirama Senju and those who have had his cells implanted in their bodies are the only ones who have ever been able to use Wood Release. This is incredibly rare - Orochimaru destroyed countless children in an attempt to replicate the technique using Hashirama's cells. 

    So, what's going on with Moegi? Some fans think that she may actually have some Senju blood. There's nothing about the Senju clan that makes this impossible, and it would explain why she was able to use the ability. 

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  • 7. Tenten Is Metal Lee's Mother

    Most of the new-gen characters in Boruto have clearly established origins - we know, for example, that Boruto is the son of Naruto and Hinata, while Sarada is the daughter of Sasuke and Sakura. The only one whose full story we don't know is Metal Lee, Rock Lee's son.

    The identity of Metal's other parent has been the subject of much speculation, but most fans think it's probably Tenten, Lee's former teammate and friend. Both their connection and the fact that Metal does look a little like Tenten support this theory. 

    Tenten rarely shows up in Boruto, and she isn't shown acting motherly towards Metal or interacting with Lee at all. But that doesn't disprove the theory: it's totally possible that she could have had a fling or a one-night-stand with Lee, given birth to their child, decided she's not interested in full-time parenting, and let Lee take on most or all of the childcare duties. 

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  • 8. Boruto Might Be A Villain

    There's a lot of speculation going on about who the ultimate villain of Boruto is. Could it be Boruto himself? Redidtor u/MrRudraSarkar thinks so. 

    When Boruto begins, Boruto and Kawaki are battling on a destroyed landscape. We don't know who started the fight, or what the terms of it are. Boruto isn't villainous now, but that could change. What if, say, Naruto had to sacrifice someone else for the good of the village, and Boruto turned to villainy in response?

    But there's more to this theory than just speculation - there's also some visual evidence. Boruto appears wearing a headband with a crossed-out Konoha symbol. These are worn by missing-nin - shinobi who abandon their home villages, like Sasuke did. Since Boruto idolizes Sasuke, it wouldn't be at all surprising if he repeated Sasuke's actions - especially if he had a good reason to. 

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