. Previously... In the series, it was stated that the Hokage is supposed to be the strongest ninja in the village. Tsunade was somewhat of an exception, as when she was appointed, she was strongest after Jiraya, but since he refused the role, she was chosen. Despite Hiruzen's own strength, and status as Hokage... when he recognized that Minato was stronger, Minato was made Hokage. Age cannot be of too much concern as Gaara was made Kazekage at 15. At the point following Naruto defeating Pain... it is indisputable that Naruto was (BY FAR) the strongest ninja in the leaf! Danzo, Kakashi, and Tsunade working together could have NEVER defeated Pain! Yet, single-handedly (more or less) Naruto defeated Pain, cementing his status as the strongest ninja in all of the leaf, and by FAR!!! The whole point of an Kage is that they are the strongest... and thereby most capable of defending their village. We saw this with Hiruzen vs. Orochimaru (where Hiruzen died, but saved many lives of villagers) We saw this with Minato vs. Kurama (where Minato died, but saved many lives of villagers) We saw this with Gaara vs. Deidera (where Garra was defeated and subsequently died, but saved many lives of villagers) THEN... we have Naruto vs. Pain (where Nautro beats Pain does NOT die, and saves many lives of viligers) So... Naruto took on the chief responsibility of a Hokage... fought an opponent that was far stronger than Orochimaru and Deidera, and actually WON, yet... is NOT made Hokage?! WHY?!?!?! 1. He is the Strongest and most capable ninja of defending the village 2. He is older than Gaara and Hiruzen when they were made Kage. 3. Already successfully executed the chief responsibility of a Kage. Danzo gets appointed?!?!?! For doing what exactly?!?!?! He is NOT the strongest, he did absolutely NOTHING when the village was attacked by Pain... the Hokage's role is to be the one to eliminate that type of threat/attack on a village, that is the chief responsibility of a Kage, and why they are supposed to be the strongest... yet, he did NOTHING... AND... yet, Naruto did!!! SO... WHY WASN'T NARUTO MADE HOKAGE?! Despite all Naruto did... his name wasn't even mentioned... they suggested Danzo and Kakashi, yet neither of them eliminated Pain, or where even capable of such a thing!