The ninja tell stories while they rest between missions. Their heroes are the strongest, the sneakiest, the best; the ones with the most powerful chakra, the cleverest stratagems, the greatest courage.
But though one man saved a village and maybe the entire land, his story is never told. It involves no astounding jutsu, no staggering bloody to his feet to strike the final blow—no fighting! All Iruka did was buy ramen for a lonely boy; all Iruka did was make him a man instead of a monster.
When Naruto becomes Hokage, that’s one story that Konoha will never forget.