A strong argument for Boruto’s potential is based on the idea that it will descend into darker territory. The opening of the manga and series has alluded to such a scenario that sent fans into a panic but has managed to create enough intrigue to hang on.
The series has hinted toward a darker turn for Boruto, which begs the question, ‘does Boruto become evil or a rogue ninja?.’
1. Quick Answer
Boruto will not become evil of his own accord. If a scenario arises that he does, it will be because of the Karma seal attached to him. That being said, the possibilities of him becoming a rogue ninja should not be ruled out.
2. Will Boruto become Evil?
The recent chapter of Boruto addresses this possibility. Chapter 46 of Boruto had some pretty interesting developments which addressed the mysterious karma seals within the show. Karma seals are the Otsutsuki’s curse-stamps that became a basis for the bond between Boruto and Kawaki.
In light of the opening scene of the manga and the series, it’s seen that this friendship takes a painful turn, strongly resembling that of Naruto and Sasuke. While it is confirmed that Kawaki turns evil and either kills/severely injures or transports Naruto jeopardizing the security of Konoha.
Boruto says something quite eerie and distinct while clutching his head, “when I’m still a ninja” and, consequently, prepares to take down Kawaki. Now, this shows that Kawaki turns evil, and Boruto still holds his morality and fullfils his duty to protect Konoha. Therefore, Boruto has not turned evil, at least till then.
But chapter 46 reveals that Kawaki and Boruto share the same fate. The details regarding karma seals revealed in this chapter shed light on this flash-forward. In this chapter, Boruto and Kawaki learn more about the karma seals inflicted on them.
Karma seals are a gateway to the revival of the Otsutsuki members. Amado reveals that karma seals are bite-sized data from the Otsutsuki member that has been planted into a host. This will allow the Otsutsuki members to rise from the dead and take over their hosts completely.
He claims that they’re data of the Otsutsuki members that are downloading over time and will overwrite and override the host once all the data is absorbed. The techy touch is much appreciated, but what’s concerning is that Boruto is a host for Momoshiki Otsutsuki, and Kawaki is the host for Isshiki Otsutsuki.
So, during the movie Boruto: Naruto, the movie, we see Momoshiki’s spirit implant the seal into Boruto, which triggers a flash-forward of the boy’s future, which is filled with death and destruction.
Most importantly, Amado claims that the only way to prevent this from happening is to kill the host, i.e., Boruto and Kawaki. This claim could possibly be what Boruto refers to when he says this was the only possible outcome in the first chapter.
The flash-forward probably indicates that Kawaki’s possession is complete, whereas Boruto’s is still undergoing. So, Boruto’s body can be used for evil deeds once Momoshiki takes over like Isshiki takes over Kawaki in the future.
But while in control, Boruto still chooses to protect Konoha and his loved ones. Whether a solution will be found to counter Boruto and Kawaki’s precarious condition is only something the progression of the story can tell.
3. Will Boruto become a Rogue Ninja?
The possibilities of Boruto becoming a rogue ninja are dim but possible. It would be a darker twist to the story and a much-required catalyst to its mellow progression. The rogue ninja does not necessarily mean evil and that it could be possible that Boruto’s circumstances might lead him to leave the village.
This could be an Itachi-esque style of dealing with evil where he could gain insight on Kara as many of the Kara members possess karma seals just like Boruto. It gives him an opening to blend in and learn more about the inner workings of this evil organization linked to the Otsutsukis.
A reason other than this could be Boruto’s temporary loss of faith in Konoha’s ways, which would absolutely spice up the story and spark interest. It is understandable for a kid who’s been struggling for recognition to realize his doomed fate and, therefore, walk a nihilistic path.
Many of these concerns arise from his fate but also from the headband he wears in the flash-forward. This could very well be the headband he usually wears that was finally crossed off once he left the village.
But this could also be the headband Sasuke gives him as a token of symbolism. This context makes more sense as the headband is symbolic of Sasuke and Naruro’s first fight. It is the fight where Naruto seeks to help his friend Sasuke and bring him back to Konoha.
It makes sense for Boruto to wear once he goes into battle with Kawaki, his friend, to protect Konoha. Therefore, the reasons behind Boruto becoming a rogue ninja (if ever) would be quite circumstantial and not inimical to Konoha.
4. About Boruto
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is written and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto, and supervised by Masashi Kishimoto himself. It came into serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in June 2016.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is the series that follows the exploits of Naruto’s son, Boruto, during his academy days and further on. The series follows the character development of Boruto and the looming evil that challenges the fate of him and his loved ones.