The position of Hokage requires the skill, intelligence, ability of jutsu, speed, as well as other qualifications that are needed in a leader to help control and guide the village to a brighter future. As for the position of the Fourth Hokage, we all know there were two main candidates for this determined by the Third Hokage. Those two were Orochimaru and Minato Namikaze.
And although we know who became the fourth Hokage, there is a certain conversation and decision made not by Kishimoto for why Naruto’s father became the Hokage. Today we are going to be discussing the original concept for the Fourth Hokage that wasn’t Minato or Orochimaru! To begin with, all of this information is legit and sourced from an original interview with Kishimoto by Kobayashi.
In this interview, Kishimoto explained that he always wanted to incorporate Minato in Naruto’s life but he didn’t know when he would do it. The original idea he pitched to his editors at Shueisha believe it or not was for the Fourth Hokage to be a DOG. Yes, you read that right. Masashi Kishimoto wanted the Fourth Hokage to be a dog ninja.
When Shueisha heard of Masashi Kishimoto’s intention to make the Fourth Hokage a dog, they quickly shut it down and demanded that they make Naruto’s father as the Fourth Hokage.
So believe it or not, Shueisha’s editors or Kishimoto’s editors are the ones responsible for the creation of Naruto’s dad (Minato) and the Fourth Hokage being the same person. The Orochimaru segment was added later on to give Orochimaru more intent on taking revenge for not being trusted by his Sensei, the Third Hokage.