Nonetheless, Hinata persevered and from her observation of Naruto Uzumaki especially, Hinata found an example to follow. Through her membership with Team 8 , she sought to become strong enough to change herself, if even a little at a time. When she was still a child, Hinata was almost kidnapped by the-then Head Ninja of Kumogakure , who was visiting Konoha under the guise of signing a peace treaty between their two villages. But even at a young age, her father came to believe that Hinata was not suited for the role of heiress, as she struggled under his gruesome training regime, on top of him also believing that her timid personality prevented her from truly excelling. When Hinata's younger sister Hanabi started displaying superior talent, Hiashi began to reconsider Hinata's selection as heiress. Because Hinata was unwilling to harm Hanabi - a hesitation Hanabi did not share - she was defeated, disappointing her father. On the day of her enrolment in Konoha's Academy ,  Hinata was picked on by three bullies because of her unusual eyes. Naruto, despite not knowing her, immediately came to her defence, but he was outnumbered and knocked unconscious, and the bullies damaged the red scarf he was wearing. When he regained consciousness, Hinata thanked him for helping her and returned his scarf to him, but he let her keep it. Hinata started watching Naruto from that point onwards, and by doing so saw Naruto's desire to gain attention and his struggle to exceed the low expectations others had for him.
During the written exams, Hinata sees Naruto struggling to complete his test. She offered her own test as a cheating source, but before he responded to her, Naruto pondered if her offer was a trick set by Kiba Inuzuka , her teammate. Realizing Hinata would never do something like that, Naruto nearly agrees, though he does ask her why she would let him cheat off her paper. In reply, Hinata shyly states that it would be nice for all of the nine rookie ninja to stay together. Naruto smiled, and was about to cheat off her test, only to stop himself at the last moment, as he saw the instructor watching him. Finally, Naruto decided not to cheat off her paper, and told Hinata the reason for him refusing was not only would he get in trouble, but she would as well. Blushing, Hinata thinks to herself, " He does care. Seeing her, Naruto asks Hinata why she is by herself. Replying she was fine, Hinata sees a cut on Naruto's face.
At the start of the series, Hinata has strong admiration toward the main protagonist — Naruto Uzumaki , which eventually turns into love as the story progresses. Hinata has appeared in several of the series' feature films , most notably The Last: Naruto the Movie , which revolves around her relationship with Naruto. Kishimoto had originally created Hinata as person who would not fight across the story, but in the end he chose to portray her as a kunoichi.