If you're the type who doesn't like any MAIN character to die in a story, then this probably isn't the thread for you. Keep in mind by main I mean people who get a lot of spotlight and story. Like Naruto/Kakashi/Lee/Neji/Sakura/Sasuke etc, not someone like Chouji/Ino. I prefer stories where a main character dies, it adds depth, excitment, drama, suspence, and brings several emotions into the story. I was thinking, if a character was to be killed, who would it be? I tried to think which death would add the most to the storyline, as well as which would make sense. Now Naruto isn't really the type of anime where the REAL main character dies (Naruto himself), so I don't see that happening. I also feel one promise Naruto will keep will be his promise to bring Sasuke back in the end. I also don't feel Sakura's death would add much to the storyline, unless they use it as a reason to make Naruto/Sasuke go berserk, which still wouldn't be that great of a plot device. So I find myself looking at characters like Kakashi, Neji, Lee, and Jiraiya. I first thought about Jiraiya. What purpose/plot device would be gained by Jiraiya's death? How would it add to the storyline? How would it add to his character? We've already had one extremely powerful "Old man" character sacrafice himself to save everyone (Sandaime) so Jiraiya doing it would seem redundant. So I crossed him out. Next I thought about Neji. I asked myself the same questions, and came up with the same conclusion as I did with Jiraiya. I don't really see anything great being added to the overall storyline, or the character himself. He's already had a "Death" scene. He's been saved from the "Darkness" as he put it, and has already redeemed himself. He has also proven without a doubt he is a true genius of incredible talent with nothing left to prove. So I crossed Neji out. Now I had Lee and Kakashi left. My mind instantly went to Kakashi. Who better? He has a lot of backstory that hasn't fully been fleshed out yet. He is also filled with regrets and is left to prove that he will not repeat the mistakes of his past. I pondered it for a while until I thought about Kakashi's father. I thought to myself, not only would Kakashi have to prove he wouldn't repeat past mistakes, but he'd also more than likely have to outshine his father in some way (not nessicarily become stronger). But with his father commiting suicide, to have Kakashi sacrafice himself on some mission to save his friends, would also feel a bit redundant. I don't see it having a huge impact on his character, and he'd have a lot to prove before getting to that point. So while I feel Kakashi has a lot to prove, I don't think death would be the best way to improve his character or the storyline. Then there was Lee. Not the adorable Lee, kick ass Taijutsu user?! Certainly he can't die, I love him too much! Much to my dismay, after thinking about it for a while, I decided he was the perfect choice. It has even been foreshadowed a little bit with the mention of the 8 gates, and death upon opening the 8th. He also has a lot left to prove, he hasn't won a single serious fight since he was introduced. His goal is to prove he can become a great ninja, even without Gen/Ninjutsu, a goal he has yet to achieve. He also desires to be strong enough to protect those he cares for. What better way for him to die? Fulfilling his goal and dreams in blazing glory, opening all 8 gates to protect those he cares about (Possible some Akatsuki member)and proving to all he is indeed and great Ninja. It would be such an emotional moment in the story, and make Lee complete. As much as I'd be happy NEVER seeing Lee die, I see no better choice, provided someone will die eventually. Thoughts? Comments? Anyone thing there's a better choice?