Originally Posted by Trey
The only reason Naruto can even be mentioned is because he has the Kyuubi and plot protection.
True. But Sasuke and Itachi to some extent have plot protection also. They need to be kept alive for the sake of the huge show down.
You know, I forgot that alot of the cast have jobbed terribly to Naruto. Neji and Kiba come to mind off the top of my head.