The Hokage is the title bestowed upon the leader of the Konohagakure village in Naruto. Wielding great authority and power, they're responsible for defending the village from any incoming threats and looking after its development at the same time. Naruto Uzumaki is serving as the Seventh Hokage of Konoha right now, but his reign can only last so long and there will be a time when the 8th Hokage will be expected to step up.
Strong and determined shinobi are already lined up to take the helm after Naruto Uzumaki, unsurprisingly. Here are 10 characters who could actually become the 8th Hokage.
10 Shikamaru Nara
Shikamaru is the advisor to Naruto Uzumaki, and he previously served the Sixth Hokage, Kakashi as well. With an awfully high intellect, few are as calculating and calm as he is. According to Kakashi Hatake, Shikamaru would make an able Hokage, even though he doesn't have strength comparable to the likes of Naruto Uzumaki, or Sasuke Uchiha.
As evident from a multitude of events, Shikamaru has always been at the top of every decision that Konoha has taken. Therefore, he is arguably the most likely candidate to replace Naruto Uzumaki as the 8th Hokage in the series if the need arises.
9 Konohamaru Sarutobi
Konohamaru Sarutobi is the apprentice of the Seventh Hokage, Naruto Uzumaki, and the grandson of Konoha's Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi. He aims to become Hokage, and his drive comes from his idolizing of Naruto Uzumaki. Konohamaru has become an excellent shinobi over the years, and is, unquestionably, one of Konoha's strongest Jonin.
His vast arsenal of Jutsu and impeccable judgment are some of the things that would make him a great Hokage. Although not the best candidate, he's certainly going to be in the running for the spot of the 8th Hokage in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
8 Sasuke Uchiha
Also known as the 'Other Hokage', Sasuke Uchiha is an exceptionally powerful shinobi, being the only one capable of matching Naruto Uzumaki in battle. He boasts incredible command of his Jutsu, along with a keen intellect as well. Sasuke might have been against the notion of peace and unity among the Five Nations at one point, but right now, he's certainly trying to uphold it with all his might.
There are few better candidates for the 8th Hokage spot in the village than Sasuke Uchiha. After Naruto getting sealed by Isshiki Otsutsuki, we might as well see the rise of Sasuke as the interim Hokage of Konoha.
7 Sakura Haruno
Sakura Haruno is one of the members of the former Team 7, and a tremendous medical ninja. Being the apprentice of the Fifth Hokage, Tsunade Senju, Sakura is certainly not a Kunoichi to be underestimated. Despite being subject to a lot of hate, Sakura is actually a suitable candidate for the seat of the 8th Hokage.
By adulthood, Sakura has managed to surpass Tsunade Senju as a ninja, and if Tsunade was capable of leading the village as a Jonin, so can Sakura Haruno. She has everything that a smart leader should possess in the bag, and under her, Konoha would definitely prosper.
6 Moegi Kazamatsuri
Moegi Kazamatsuri was once a member of Team Ebisu and over the years, she's risen to the rank of a Jonin. Although she hasn't been focused on much, and her skills remain a mystery, it is known that she's a master of Water Release and Earth Release Ninjutsu.
Added to that is the fact that, somehow, Moegi is capable of using Wood Release as well, which no other shinobi other than Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage, could use naturally. As such, Moegi could well be one of Konoha's strongest Jonin ever.
5 Mirai Sarutobi
Mirai Sarutobi is the daughter of Asuma Sarutobi and Kurenai Yuhi, and the granddaughter of Konoha's Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi. She possesses the abilities of both her father and her mother, and therefore, wields the potential to surpass them both.
Furthermore, Mirai has been chosen by Kakashi Hatake as his personal bodyguard on more than one occasion, which speaks volumes about her dependability and skill. Although she's just a Chunin right now, Moegi is definitely going to grow to be a great Kunoichi, and, hopefully, also someone who could lead the village one day.
4 Sarada Uchiha
The daughter of Sasuke Uchiha, Sarada is a Kunoichi carrying tons of potential. Wielding the strength of both her mother and her father, Sarada is definitely one of the ninjas who could grow up to be Hokage someday. Sarada believes in her abilities to the fullest and even rivals her own teacher, Konohamaru Sarutobi for the spot of the 8th Hokage.
Although she isn't as powerful as a Hokage should be, she has lots of room to grow, and it won't take her long to become the strongest from her generation if she keeps training her skills rigorously.
3 Boruto Uzumaki
The son of Konohagakure's Seventh Hokage, Boruto is the protagonist of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. He's described as a prodigy who possesses immense talent. Even before graduating from the Academy, Boruto displayed skill comparable to that of a Chunin.
With the Jougan and the Karma at his disposal, he's on the path to becoming a strong and dependable ninja. Although he doesn't aim to become a Kage, there's a lot of room for his character to develop and along the way, he could end up becoming the 8th Hokage as well, just as Mitsuki thinks he will.
2 Shikadai Nara
Shikadai Nara is the son of Shikamaru and Temari Nara. Being a member of the Nara clan, it isn't hard to guess that he possesses a high intellect. Despite lacking strength, Shikadai has previously defeated the likes of Boruto Uzumaki in combat, displaying his vast array of skills in the process.
Along with his father's Shadow Manipulation Jutsu, Shikadai also wields the ability to use Wind Release, making him doubly special. He is, undoubtedly, one of the few from the next generation who could grow up to be a Kage at some point in time.
An extraordinary creation of the Sannin Orochimaru, Mitsuki is often described as the perfect being. Despite his young age, he possesses skill that far surpasses an average Jonin, which speaks volumes about his capabilities. Although he doesn't seem to be interested in being Hokage, Mitsuki is well on the process of 'finding himself'.
Down the road, he could potentially want to become Konoha's leader and there's no denying that he has all the tools to become the 8th Hokage if he chooses to aim for the position.