As the story of Naruto developed, more and more now-classic characters were introduced. These include the bushy-browed Rock Lee, as well as the villainous Orochimaru. One character who was brought in and quickly gotten rid of, however, was Haku. This underling of Zabuza was part of one of the franchise's earlier arcs, but many fans continue to ask about the mysterious Haku's gender.
Haku is incredibly soft-spoken, and due to the character's appearance, even Naruto isn't sure what to make of the situation. Despite this confusion, the gender of Haku is indeed clearly stated in the manga and anime. Here's which sex the young ninja belongs to.
What Is Haku's Gender In Naruto?
The "Prologue - Land of Waves" arc was one of the earliest in Naruto, directly preceding the Chunin Exams. The central villain of this saga was Zabuza, a ninja who wielded a gigantic sword. Serving alongside him was the much more diminutive Haku, who also had a much less obviously masculine design. Thanks to this, combined with a soft voice and kimono, many erroneously assume that Haku is female. Naruto even mentions this, stating that the young person he encounters is even prettier than Sakura.
Haku, however, is not a young lady, but instead a young man. He makes this plain to Naruto, who then states his aforementioned attraction to the lad. From then on, any confusion as to which gender Haku is has been clarified, and he's firmly referred to as a boy for the rest of his short life.
What Is Haku's Origin in Naruto?
Before tagging along with Zabuza, Haku was a young boy who lived with his parents in the Land of Water. Unfortunately, this happy domestic existence soon came to an end when it was revealed that Haku had inherited a kekkei genkai, or bloodline trait technique. An example of this includes the classic Rasengan and Sharingan attacks. The ensuing conflict led to the death of Haku's parents, with the orphan thereafter staying with the wayward Zabuza.
There's nothing about this origin that really explains why Haku is so feminine in appearance or voice. This is accentuated by some of the clothing he wears, which is vibrant and pink. To be fair, softer features and voices would definitely be more common in the East for men, especially for someone as young as Haku. Sadly, he didn't live much longer after Naruto met him, dying to defend his friend Zabuza. They were both later revived by Kabuto, though these were mindless zombies without the personality of who they once were. Since then, the delicate looking young Haku has never been seen again.