Minato, Sakumo, Asuma, Mighty Duy - death
Might Die, at least was a parent before his deaths for a good number of years, and as well seemed to be a pretty good one at that from what we've seen. So I wouldn't list him as failure in parenting, when he actually was a parent.
Also on the matter of people being considered failures on the concept of "dying". I really don't think that can be held against characters as being a failure on their part, since nobody can prevent their own deaths nor know when or how it'll happen.
I mean by that logic, would that mean that say my mother dying after giving birth to me would then in part mean that despite having no control over the matter, that she was a failure as a parent?
Rather however I think if "death" is to be considered a failure towards a character in terms of being a parent. It might as well have to come down to how they died. So say Asuma dying in the line of duty, shouldn't be held against him as a failure.
Though for somebody like Minato .......
Put it simply that bastard didn't have to die, but instead chose to die and hope everything with his son an the village worked out in the end. So perhaps failure can be tagged to him.Others ... not so much IMO.
Sakumo didn't seem to be a bad father before his death. Though he still could have lived on in life and not abandon his son. So yeah he's a bit of failure in parenting as well.
Naruto/Sasuke/Sakura - fail
Sasuke, yes, yes, and absolutely an unquestionably YES!!!
Naruto and Sakura?
We know Naruto before taking on the role of Hokage was a good parent and spent time with his family. So he's not really a bad parent IMO. Though true he's now more tied to his work then his family, all of which from what seems to be his own choosing. But still he's not a bad parent or a failure for that matter. Just not a great one.
As for Sakura. Her character has been used an abused in some of the worst ways by Kishi an so. So her character has been rather flawed in more ways than one. But in regards to her being a parent? I don't think she's bad or a failure either. I mean she raised her child from birth to the age she is now, all on her own. An when we see Sarada we don't see anything that says Sakura was/is a bad mother to her child. Considering that Sarada seems like your typical happy normal child with a good upbringing. Sure Sakura's poor explanation of Sasuke an such was shitty, but alas again that's Kishi's horrid usage of her at work once more. Overall however, nothing says that Sakura was a bad parent.
Shikuro - Shino infused with insects at birth
It's eerie and discomforting for sure. But I can't say that's really anything to label as a failure.
I mean that's a "Clan" thing, that everyone in the clan goes through. It's their tradition and so on.
For sure there's bound to be things in tribes/clans past and present that do things that are sacred, honorable, or whatever, that we would think is horrible or disgusting. But that's their way. An calling somebody a failure for that ..... just doesn't seem right IMO.
However if there's a thing about putting into babies/children that could be considered as a failure or example of bad parenting. It'd probably be the sealing of Bijuu's. Sure your giving the child a great means of power. However it's a power that they could have little to no control over, and loose control at points an be killed by it. That and the whole people are going to hate an fear you just for having said creature sealed inside of you.
Kaguya - worst
Kaguya's character is really unknown and with little sense to it.
Sure there was filler that tried to go into her character. But that's just filler and as such is non-canon.
So I don't really know if we can say she's the worst or not. Sure she's not good or anything (still tried to kill her children after all), but the worst ... is unclear.
Though we do have to take into consideration that she did raise both of her children and let them grow into men with children of their own (since I recall her knowing her grandchildren before her supposed death), before she tried to kill them or whatever.
But .... I don't know really.
Hagoromo - best
I don't know about that. Sure maybe he seemed okay for the most part. But y'know considering how his thing about peace, working together an all, you'd think he'd entrust both of his sons with his legacy, rather than choose whichever one he liked more over the other, and cause a bloody rivalry that'd last for numerous generations to come between his children's descendants.
An for that reason. I say no to him being among the best.
Edited by Narubi, 01 December 2016 - 06:20 PM.