Dattebayo - The true meaning of Naruto's speech

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The Japanese word Dattebayo is heard a lot by fans who watch the anime Naruto or read its original manga. You may also have heard some variations of the word like dattebane and dattebasa said by other characters.

This word arouses a lot of curiosity, so much so that more than 50,000 people search for this word every month. In this article, we are going to do some deep research into the meaning of dattebayo , dattebane and dattebasa .

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Datebayo in the anime Naruto

The Japanese expression dattebayo [だってばよ] is often used by the protagonist Naruto at the end of his sentences. If you usually watch it with subtitles, you will realize that there is no correct translation for this word. 

The expression dattebayo is nothing more than an emphasis on what he just said. In reality, in the Naruto anime and manga, dattebayo is part of a Japanese dialect, which Naruto inherited from his mother.

He doesn't just speak dattebayo but ttebayo or simply bayo , it all depends on the sentence Naruto uses. There is a deeper meaning behind this expression, but for that we need to understand it first.

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Dattebayo - the true meaning of naruto's expression

What does dattebayo mean?

The ending or suffix dattebayo is composed of:

  • GIVES – だ – an informal verb equivalent to desu [です];
  • TTE – って – Elongation that forms datte [だって];
  • BA – ば – used to express results and conditions;
    • if, then, when, why, since;
  • YO – よ – particle for emphasis (hey!);

The ttebayo is not used in Japanese, but it conveys a feeling of extreme determination, drive, uneducated, blunt and childish. The theba [てば] also conveys the idea of annoyance and emotional closeness to someone, or it can simply be a "come on, hey hey" as if Naruto was upset and restless the whole time.

Teba [てば] is a very common particle in the Japanese language, you've probably heard a character wanting to get someone's attention in the anime saying neeetebaaa? Naruto's speech turns out to be a combination of da [だ], teba [てば] and yo [よ].

In the English version of Naruto they sometimes translated dattebayo as "Believe!". In Portuguese they were sometimes translated as “ Se Liga! ” or ” I’m Right! 🇧🇷 It is not a necessary translation, ttebayo is nothing more than a slogan that Naruto uses to make his sentences more original and unique.

Dattebayo - the true meaning of naruto's expression

Dattebayo is somewhat equivalent to dazo (だぞ) or daze (だぜ). Dazo is not childish (compared to dattebayo), and is mainly used by men. Both are impolite and strong.

As already explained, some sentences end up being modified. In some cases you will see expressions like sattebayo or nandattebayo .

What do dattebane and dattebasa mean?

In the anime we can see his mother say “ dattebane ” where the ne [ね] is a particle equivalent to our “Ne?” or “Isn’t it?” and it sounds more feminine. We also hear “dattebasa” in Boruto, where the sa [さ] expresses affirmation, indication, and difference. The possibilities are endless, we just need to place the particle we want.

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It is very common in Japanese, especially children or anime characters, to use suffixes or endings in sentences, but it does not change the meaning of the expression at all. The most these particles can do is add emphasis or draw attention.

He can use it in different ways, without even using the particle da or datte. In some cases he said urusette bayo ! which means shut up! In reality the possibilities are endless!

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It was a genius for the author to try to create his own dialect in his work. The particle choices matched the characters perfectly and gave the right emphasis. Of course, the author was also inspired by other real things to make his work.

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Below we have a video explaining in detail the meaning of Dattebayo, Dattebane and Dattebasa:

What does Shippuden mean?

The word shippuden literally means legend of the gale or something like hurricane chronicles. It is the combination of 3 ideograms [疾風伝] that mean [疾] to be fast, [風] wind and [伝] that means chronicle or legend. This indicates Naruto's rapid growth.

Naruto's nature transformation is wind, he was the first to add the nature transformation to Rasengan, something that Minato and Kakashi couldn't. The Rasenshuriken remains one of Naruto's strongest attacks and is very symbolic.

The name is the perfect choice for the second part of the Naruto story. There was a three year gap between Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. The word also means, to some extent, to run during a battle.

Naruto Uzumaki's surname is also related to storms and the name Shippuden is just trying to say that it is the legend of Naruto and how he grew up and became a true ninja.

The word Uzumaki means spiral, and Naruto's strongest move is the Spiral Sphere or its variations. The spiral is also the insignia of his mother clan, from which he inherited strong chakra and even the seals. The nature of Naruto's chakra is wind.

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