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[[caption-width-right:187:Danzo's payback]]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4119917/1/Hakumei Hakumei]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1232431/Pryotra Pryotra]].

A ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' ForWantOfANail that takes the WhatIf of [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic Danzo's bastardry]] taken to its LogicalExtreme. Danzo kills TheLeader of the Leaf Village and in the following ReignOfTerror takes over. Unfortunately, he didn't count on six neglected children witnessing him in the act. As the kids escape with secrets given by the dying Hokage, aided and abetted by one of the ANBU, they pick up other lost children... and a force that will be the twilight of its enemies is born.

The fic itself is complete. A sequel started in August 2015, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11457678/1/ Hakumei: Kakumei]]'', picks up three years after the series left off.

!!This fanfic contains examples of:

* ActionGirl:
** [[CuteBruiser Sakura]].
** Hinata tends to work in the background but [[MinoredInAssKicking she's also not to be sneezed at.]]
** Isaribi after [[HeelFaceTurn she turns]] and [[spoiler:Yugito Ni]].
* AllTheOtherReindeer: Naruto and Sakura when they were in Konoha, Gaara when he was still in Suna, Rock Lee for being unable to mold chakra, and {{implied|Trope}} for Tenten later on for being a foreign-born Konoha nin. As a result, Tenten is trying desperately to fit in.
* AmazonChaser: Despite the fact that [[spoiler:he beat her]], Neji thinks this of Tenten.
* AndThatLittleGirlWasMe: Tsunade tells the kids the story of the Sannin as a warning to keep them from [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup breaking up over something stupid.]]
* AngerBornOfWorry: After nearly crushing Naruto's lungs in a BearHug, Iruka demands to know where the hell he's been for the past six years. [[NoIndoorVoice Loudly.]]
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Gamatatsu is an idiot.
* AntiVillain:
** Isaribi, [[spoiler:Kakashi and Shino]] during the Wave arc and the Inuzuka clan.
** Of all people, [[spoiler:Orochimaru]] is more well intentioned than he is in canon.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler:Neji]] to Tenten:
-->''"I can see that you don't even like what Konoha stands for now. So why pretend?"''
* ArrangedMarriage: The important clans practice these. [[spoiler:Itachi]] and [[spoiler:Yumi]] were arranged to marry each other. Neither was thrilled with the idea. [[spoiler:Yumi]] in fact was in a relationship with [[spoiler:Shisui]].
* AxCrazy: Yumi is incredibly violent, and her mental instability comes to the fore when she sees [[spoiler:Itachi]]. Sora has apparently been driven mad by a combination of the Kyuubi's influence and Danzou's personal training, and the scene of one of his fights in the Forest of Death later makes even [[TheStoic Kimimaro]] feel sick.
* BabiesEverAfter: When Haku expresses his desire to create a clan with his Bloodline Limit.
* BackToBackBadasses:
** Jiraiya, Zabuza, [[spoiler:Itachi and Yugito]] in chapter 32.
** Neji comes in to help Gai against a large group of opponents.
** Hakumei and Kinen in general, metaphorically.
* BadassAdorable: After the Third's death, the kids manage to survive an entire year by themselves with few comparable mishaps. For reference, [[ImprobableAge they are between the ages of six and nine.]]
* BadassCrew: Starts out as a FiveManBand with [[TheLeader Naruto]], [[TheLancer Sasuke]], [[TheSmartGuy Sakura]], [[TheBigGuy Neji]], [[TheHeart Hinata]]. Later Sai joins. Then they add a power trio with another SmartGuy in "closet evil genius" Haku and two much more powerful [[BigGuy Big Guys]] in Gaara and Kimimaro.
* BadassGrandpa: Jiraiya is as old and badass here as he is in canon.
* BadassLongcoat: The uniform Hakumei eventually develop includes a white sleeveless coat with blue flames on the bottom, modeled on (but not identical to) the one worn by the Fourth Hokage.
* BatDeduction: Using just the fact that [[spoiler:Hinata and Neji are alive]], [[spoiler:Hiashi]] is able to correctly conclude that a) [[spoiler:the rest of the kids are also alive]] and b) Konoha done fucked up.
* BattleStrip: Kimimaro shrugs out of his shirt when he has to fight seriously because clothes get in the way of bones pushing out of his skin.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between [[IronLady Tsunade]] and [[DirtyOldMan Jiraiya.]]
* TheBerserker: Sora. Naruto and Gaara have to remind themselves ''not'' to do this because they are People of Mass Destruction.
* BerserkButton:
** Haku being mistaken for a girl annoys him most of the time, but the pressure builds up over time until every once in a while he snaps and attacks the current offender.
** Sasuke is usually calm, but whenever another member of Hakumei gets gravely injured he goes into "Avenger mode", which is described as a state of berserker rage but apparently isn't a mindless one.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Haku is probably the nicest, kindest member of Hakumei. But if you manage to annoy him, you are in trouble.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: [[spoiler:Shino]] knew all along who the Hakumei were and simply waited until they needed help to reveal [[spoiler:himself]].
* {{BFS}}: Zabuza, as usual. He's obsessed with the thing and the kids are quick to speculate about [[CargoShip their relationship]]. Sasuke thinks the thing must be impractical to wield.
* BigBrotherInstinct:
** Kimimaro is the oldest member of Hakumei, and he would do anything for them.
** Itachi feels this way about Sasuke, it's just that he can't ''find'' him[[spoiler: for a few years]].
** Neji [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] his by calling Hinata "Imouto" (Little Sister).
** Hinata and [[spoiler:Temari]] subtly develop this towards their own siblings.
* BigBrotherWorship: Sasuke worships his big brother Itachi. Hanabi looks up to her big sister Hinata almost as strongly.
* BigDamnHeroes: Hakumei is this to Tazuna during the Wave arc. During the Chuunin Exams: [[spoiler:[[NeverMessWithGranny Chiyo]], [[CuteMonsterGirl Isaribi]] [[BigBrotherInstinct Itachi]], [[TheBeastmaster Shino]]]], and Sai.
** [[spoiler:Zabuza]] to [[spoiler:Yugito Ni]] on behalf of [[DeclarationOfProtection Naruto]].
** [[spoiler:[[PapaWolf Hiashi]]]].
* BigFancyHouse: Jiraiya's "hermitage" is significantly more extravagent than the name implies.
* BigGood: Tsunade and Jiraiya are the strongest good guys, and they train the main protagonists.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Kekkei Genkai families in general. The Uchihas are violent and generally unpleasant (and supposedly cursed). The Hyuugas are extremely prideful and enslave their own relatives. The Kaguyas are bloodthirsty nutcases. Two out of three have been shown to be affected by the disease known as Tainted Blood, which is hinted to be caused partly by inbreeding.
* BitchAlert: It is quite obvious that Yumi Uchiha is one nasty piece of work.
* BittersweetEnding: To the [[spoiler:Invasion]] arc. The [[spoiler:Kinen/Hakumei rebellion]] might have been able to defeat [[spoiler:Danzou]] and his allies had things gone according to plan... but the addition of [[spoiler:the Sand/Sound invasion]] on the same day turns the whole thing into a MeleeATrois, and the extra enemies combined with some mistaken assumptions about [[spoiler:Danzou]]'s own plans mean that the best the heroes can do is retreat before they're wiped out. At the same time, it is noted that Konoha's reputation has taken a massive hit with some of Hakumei's members' identities being revealed, [[spoiler:the village]] has taken significant losses due to the three-way battle, and [[spoiler:the invasion]] has shown that Konoha ''can'' be attacked, and has permanently destroyed the village's image of military superiority. This combined with the defection of Jiraiya and Tsunade leaves the village much worse off than it was at the beginning of the arc. Plus, the population is going to be rather unhappy with [[spoiler:Danzou]] for hiding and keeping his own skin safe while people were dying.
* BloodKnight: Zabuza, Sasuke, and Sakura all enjoy battle. Zabuza, in particular, is happiest when he's on a killing spree. %%Neji's not a Blood Knight; he's itching to fight at the bridge because it's Hakumei's first fight against a serious opponent and he wants to test himself, not for the the sake of fighting, and after that it's only because he didn't get to fight at the bridge. Once he gets a fight in against someone, he's fine.
* BodyDouble: During the Chuunin Exams, [[spoiler:Danzou]] has [[spoiler:Uchiha Fugaku]] pose as him.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Orochimaru.]] Also, this is what Tsume ''thinks'' is going on when the "kidnapped children" reappear.
* BrattyHalfPint[=/=]MouthyKid: Inari gets told off for acting like he has the worst life in the world. Konohamaru meets Naruto and doesn't stop pestering Naruto to train him. Even when he tries to help, he mostly just gets in the way or unwittingly makes things worse.
* BreathWeapon: Shizune teaches [[spoiler: Hinata]] a jutsu that involves exhaling DeadlyGas.
* BrokenBird: Isaribi is mutated to the point of CuteMonsterGirl and upon seeing how [[RedOniBlueOni many]] [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl different]] [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan personalities]] are in Hakumei, doesn't understand why they don't kill each other.
* BrutalHonesty: Sai, as usual. He never loses it but eventually learns when to be quiet.
%%* ButtMonkey: Kiba.
* CainAndAbel:
** Expected in-universe for Uchiha brothers, averted for Itachi and Sasuke. Their father was somewhat disturbed that Itachi ''didn't'' try to kill his younger brother at birth. DysfunctionJunction, much?
** Averted for the Hyuuga sisters and their cousin, despite the latter's initial condition of slavery to the former and the former's long separation.
* CassandraTruth: No one really believes Gaara when he talks about the monster eating his mind whenever he sleeps until they learn about the Kyuubi in Naruto and Gaara expresses his relief and joy that he's not alone in his situation. In the Chunin exams, Ino uses her Mind Transfer Jutsu on Gaara to try to cheat and the audience discovers that Shukaku is ''literally'' gnawing on Gaara's mind, which Ino finds extremely uncomfortable.
* CastSpeciation: Hinata's Tenshi Byakugan serves to give her a different powerset than Neji's, rather than the canonical situation where their abilities are basically the same but he's better at using them. Also, the three medics, aside from all having completely different fighting styles, end up with different medical specialties; for example, Haku focuses on medicinal herbs rather than using chakra to heal.
%%* CharacterDevelopment
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Yumi]] is actually mentioned in Part 1.
* ChekhovsSkill: Hinata removing Neji's Caged Bird seal in the very first scene gets a Call Back when Jiraiya asks her to do the same to the seal on [[spoiler:Orochimaru's brain]].
%%* TheChessmaster: Danzo.
* ChickMagnet: The Uchiha brothers as usual. Sasuke fears fangirls. [[PlayedForLaughs Sure enough, they always find him]].
* CloudCuckoolander[=/=]CuteAndPsycho: Gaara comes across as vaguely psychotic (in the medical sense) to the others but this is only because they didn't know immediately that the monster in his head is real.
* CombatMedic: Sakura is this in contrast to Haku's DeadlyDoctor.
* ComedicSociopathy: Sai and [[ItAmusedMe his comments]], Kimimaro and [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant his pranks]], Zabuza being... [[AxCrazy Zabuza]].
** HeroicComedicSociopath: All of the above plus Sakura and Anko.
%%* CompetitiveBalance:
* CoolTeacher: Jiraiya tries and sometimes, he is... until Tsunade bursts his bubble.
%%* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Mostly played straight. [[RunOrDie Mostly.]]
* CreepyChild: Sai, Gaara and [[spoiler:Shino]] are heroic examples and Yumi is a villainous one. [[spoiler: Subverted in Yumi's case because she's not really a child, [[OlderThanTheyLook just passing for one]].]]
* CurbStompBattle: In the Chuunin Exams, every time a Hakumei member faces an actual genin and isn't taking a dive. Against other fake genin, things are more complicated.
%%* DarkActionGirl: Yumi.
* DarkestHour: None of the kids are sure they'll survive their first winter. [[spoiler: That's when they meet Tsunade...]]
* DeadlyDoctor:
** Haku's medical abilities rely on herbs and chemicals; he also uses drugs and poisons in battle.
** Hinata may be another example, since her fighting style involves poison.
* DeadpanSnarker: Sasuke, Sai, Neji and Kimimaro.
* DeathByAdaptation: The Third Hokage dies earlier in this adaptation than he does in canon.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Sakura vs Yumi. [[spoiler:Yumi wins but presumably only because Sakura's undercover and can't use her more powerful, flashy techniques.]] Hinata vs Matsuri could count, except [[CurbStompBattle it isn't a fight]].
* DiscardAndDraw: After Hinata awakens the Tenshi Byakugan, she is no longer able to use normal Byakugan.
* DittoFighter: [[spoiler:[[FauxActionGirl Matsuri]]]] figures out how to use [[DeadlyGas "Dokugiri"]] after [[TookALevelInBadass only seeing it once.]]
* DoomItYourself: Do NOT ask Kimimaro [[EpicFail to fix your house.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: After the 3rd Hokage's death, Gekkou Hayate tells Iruka that Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Hinata and Neji are all missing, presumed "kidnapped by the Rock nin that assassinated the Sandaime." Iruka then silently changes his plans for the evening to "get black-out drunk."
* DualWielding: Yumi dual-wields kunai in a style that is noted to look like it's meant for dual-wielding swords.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: This becomes a sore spot with Haku. He and Deidara bond over it in an omake.
* DramaticUnmask: During their battle, [[spoiler:Yumi]] breaks [[spoiler:Sasuke]]'s mask with her whip, revealing his face and [[spoiler:active Sharingan]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: Konan and Zabuza in Chapter 3. Zabuza doesn't appear again until Chapter 11, and Konan doesn't reappear.
%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Yumi. Also, RavenHairIvorySkin.
* ElementalPowers:
** DishingOutDirt: Gaara, of course, attacks using sand, and it's shown that for his powers "sand" includes any kind of dirt. Also, one of [[spoiler:Yumi]]'s elemental affinities is earth.
** ExtraOreDinary: [[spoiler:Yumi]] uses ninjutsu that manipulate metal.
** AnIcePerson: Haku uses ice attacks due to his kekkei genkai.
** MakingASplash: Mist ninja, Kakashi, and [[spoiler:Itachi]] are seen using water attacks.
** PlayingWithFire: Sasuke, Yumi, and in theory all Uchiha have an affinity for fire.
* EnemyMine: During the invansion/rebellion, the joint Sound/Sand forces and Kinen/Hakumei all agree on taking out any ROOT nearby befoore attacking each other.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: [[spoiler:Sasuke]] [=BSODs=] because of this. The others remind him that not being completely heartless is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming a GOOD thing.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: Technically she's been dead for 13 years but [[spoiler:Kushina and [[LadyMacbeth Mikoto]]]] were once thick as thieves. Yumi invokes this by [[spoiler:killing Inuzuka Hana to gain the Mangekyou Sharingan]]. [[spoiler:Kiba]] sees Naruto as this when he learns that Naruto is working to take down the current Konoha regime.
* EvilMatriarch: Mikoto Uchiha. During the confrontation, Sasuke suspects that she only wants him back for political reasons. Her later conversation with Hiashi confirms it.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Sai develops this when the kids are homeless fugitives after escaping Konoha.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Naruto dubs the Nine-Tailed Fox and One-Tailed Tanuki "Fuzzy Wuzzy" and "Sandy Wandy" after the rest of the group find out about them.
* ForgottenFriendNewFoe: Naruto is actually insulted that it takes so long for [[spoiler:Kiba]] to remember who he is.
* AFriendInNeed: Hakumei will gladly abandon their mission to rescue either [[TrueCompanions their teammates]] or [[ChronicHeroSyndrome innocents.]] This is seen when [[spoiler:Naruto is interrogated by Ibiki (who, luckily, is in Kinen)]] and when Sasuke is cornered by [[spoiler:his mother and the Uchiha]] as Hakumei escape Konoha.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: In chapter 18, Sasuke has to remind Naruto just what's at stake in Konoha.
* GlamourFailure: Naruto can't hide his whiskers.
* GoodParents: Tenten's foster father is apparently the only one who didn't treat her poorly for being a foreigner before he brought her foster mother around.
* TheGreatOffscreenWar: By the sequel, Konoha conquered the Sand and Rock villages, leaving the Hidden Cloud as the last major village while the Mist is recovering from another revolution.
* HarmfulToMinors: Putting aside the murder of the Third Hokage, its effect on the protagonists and their various familial troubles, Itachi once took his mother's place in assisting medic-nin in battle since she was pregnant with Sasuke at the time. Itachi was five. He still has nightmares from the experience.
* HeelFaceTurn: Isaribi, Zabuza, Rock Lee, [[spoiler:Shino, Itachi, Ten-Ten and Hiashi]], though it's debatable how much of a Heel everyone but the first two actually was.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason why the kids have to leave Konoha in the first place: they know Danzou will kill them for having witnessed the actual circumstances of the Third Hokage's death. Later on, some members of Hakumei consider killing [[spoiler:Shino]] when they realize he has put two and two together.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Hakumei in the sequel.
* HeroicBystander: Rock Lee (Danzo instates laws that prevent him from attending the Ninja Academy) and the proprietor of Ichiraku Ramen ([[CrowningMomentOfAwesome who manages to clock some]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome utterly surprised]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Sand and Sound ninja with his ladle)]].
* HeroicBSOD: Both [[spoiler:Sasuke]] and [[spoiler:Hinata]] in chapter 32. [[spoiler:Hinata]]'s is because of [[spoiler:Hiashi's death]]. [[spoiler:Sasuke]]'s is because despite having declared a blood feud against [[spoiler:the Uchiha clan]], he still hesitated in front of [[spoiler:his mother]]. Naruto helps [[spoiler:Hinata]] get over it. [[spoiler:Sasuke]] determines that he will never hesitate again, and that the next time he meets [[spoiler:his family]], he will destroy them.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Hiashi]]. See You Shall Not Pass below.
* ICallHerVera: Zabuza refers to his sword as female, though name is explicitly given.
* IHaveNoSon: Hyuuga Hiashi disowns Hinata and Neji after Hinata removes Neji's [[RestrainingBolt Caged Bird seal]].
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Since Hakumei are undercover during the Chuunin exams, there's a lot of this going on.
* IllBoy: Kimimaro has mostly recovered from his illness, thanks to Tsunade, but it still saps his endurance.
* ImprobableAge: Naruto and co. successfully escape a very large village with very important information, collect three other strangers, two of whom are three years older than they are, and live on their own for at least a year, all at the tender ages of six or seven. Then again, [[CombatMedic Tsunade]] notes that [[DeconstructedTrope the kids have various amounts of ailments when she finds them]] and, well, [[GratuitousNinja they're ninja-in-training]].
* InSpiteOfANail:
** Gaara gets the same nickname as in canon.
** Itachi still goes rogue despite the changes that have occurred by then.
** Sasuke still has an avenger complex waiting to be triggered despite not seeing his whole clan get killed or being mind-raped by Itachi.
** Naruto and Konohamaru's interaction is almost exactly the same despite Naruto being supposedly a foreign ninja when the meet.
* TheInsomniac: Gaara, as usual.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Tsunade, after having Naruto & co. get all cleaned up:
-->'''Tsunade''': My, what pretty little...''[recognizes Naruto's whiskers, Gaara's eye rings, Hinata & Neji's eyes, Sakura's pink hair]''...chil...dren...''[flops into her seat]'' I NEED A DRINK. NOW.\\
'''Shizune''': I knew that you wouldn't want to drink in front of the children, so I've made some lemonade!
* IOweYouMyLife: Hakumei believe in calling in any and all [[BigDamnHeroes life-preserving favors]] they've been presented with.
* IShallTauntYou: Sai, [[ItAmusedMe always.]]
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: Neji]] thinks it's weird to fight alongside [[spoiler: Gai and Lee]].
* ItsPersonal: Sasuke always disliked Yumi, but when she [[spoiler:nearly kills Sakura in the Chuunin Exams]] he declares a blood feud against her clan. [[spoiler: Which is also ''his'' clan.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Yumi, Gato and Sora. Surprisingly, the Sound nin behave themselves outside of battle.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Zabuza would rather be fighting... but given the chance to honestly help, he can be talked/guilted into it. Kiba has been raised on Danzou's propaganda, but deep down his heart's in the right place.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: In Chapter 32, [[spoiler:Yumi murders Hana in order to unlock her Mangekyou Sharingan.]]
* KickTheDog: Sora tries to kill Dosu in their preliminary match even after the match is called. Yumi does it pretty much whenever she talks.
* KickTheMoralityPet: AsYouKnow, gaining the Mangekyou Sharingan means killing the person closest to you. [[spoiler:Hana Inuzuka]] is pretty much the only living person in-story that Yumi is comparatively nice that isn't an Uchiha. [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope So...]]
* KilledOffForReal: The Third Hokage, Minato, Kushina, Hizashi, several Uchiha, [[spoiler:Hiashi]], and [[spoiler:Hana]].
* LadyMacbeth: The author notes that it is rare for a Naruto fanfic to have an evil [[spoiler:Mikoto Uchiha]] in it.
* LaResistance: Kinen, to Danzou's regime.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Orochimaru]] has absolutely no idea what [[spoiler:he]]'s been up to for the past 13 years.
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: Thanks to his actions, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Danzo inadvertently forms Hakumei]], who seek to destroy him. [[LampshadeHanging Tsunade even points it out.]] Considering that Akatsuki is one of the reasons that Naruto and Gaara are Jinchuuriki,they also count toward them as well.
* LastOfHisKind: Kimimaro is the last of the Kaguya clan and the first to have their Bloodline Limit in a long time. It does not seem to bother him.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: It was highly probable that members of Hakumei would fight one another in the Chuunin Exams, but for their fight, [[spoiler:Naruto and Haku]] set their own victory conditions--[[spoiler:Taijutsu only, with a five minute time limit; whoever does the worst forfeits]].
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Naruto, Sasuke and Hinata are this to Iruka, Itachi and [[spoiler:Hiashi]], respectively, as the former's absence brings about drastic changes in the latter's lives; i.e., Iruka becomes bitter and jaded, Itachi falls out of favor with his family, and [[spoiler:Hiashi]] [[DespairEventHorizon gives up on the world]].
* MamaBear: Tsunami standing up to the goons that Gato sent after her and Inari.
* TheMedic: Sakura, Hinata, and Haku fill this role for Hakumei. All of them have medical skills.
* MeleeATrois: The [[spoiler:Kinen/Hakumei rebellion]]? It's on the same day as the Sound/Sand Invasion. Cue a three-way battle between [[spoiler: the rebels, the invaders, and Danzo's forces]]. Things get messy quickly, and because no one planned for this, [[spoiler:no one wins]]. All three sides take losses, but [[spoiler:Hakumei and the exposed members of LaResistance have to cut and run, leaving Danzou still in power.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Ibiki]] is a member of Kinen, but he acts loyal to Danzo because his position is too important to Kinen's survival for him to be able to afford rebelling openly.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: The Inuzuka clan are loyal to Danzo simply because he's the Hokage. They're pretty decent people, but due to their animal pack mentality they don't question orders that seem to come from a legitimate authority.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Tsunade gives the kids some very badass nicknames, partly in the hopes they'll grow into them, partly to give them a treat, and largely to keep from using their surnames which are... conspicuous. Here are the characters' new full names as translated by the author:
** Sabaku no Gaara (Gaara of the Desert)
** Haka no Kimimaro (Kimimaro of the Tomb)
** Shin’en no Sai (Sai of the Abyss)
** Rasen no Neji (Neji of the Spiral)
** Hara no Haku (Haku of the Tundra)
** Gesshoku no Hinata (Hinata of the Lunar Eclipse)
** Nisshoku no Sakura (Sakura of the Solar Eclipse)
** Arashi no Sasuke (Sasuke of the Tempest)
** Shippuu no Naruto (Naruto of the Hurricane)
* NeverMessWithGranny: Tsunade [[spoiler:and Chiyo]]; the same as canon.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Good work running straight to Danzo with Hakumei's identities, [[spoiler: ''Konohamaru'']].
* TheNicknamer: Tsunade gives the nine members of Hakumei their distinctive names.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Kimimaro likes telling weird stories, and reanimating his bones while they're not in his body, and freaking people out in general.
* OddFriendship: Neji and Shikamaru. Haku and [[spoiler:[[DudeLooksLikeALady Deidara]]]] of all things.
* OffWithHisHead: Kakashi does this to [[spoiler:Gato]]. Later, Zabuza does this to [[spoiler:Kisame]].
* OhCrap: The kids when, after escaping Danzo, [[spoiler:Itachi]] finds them escaping Konoha in a merchant's cart. [[PetTheDog He gives a scroll to Sasuke]] and sends them on their way.
* OfficialCouple: Naruto and Hinata, Sasuke and Sakura. It's announced in the intro to the first chapter. In-story, Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura remain oblivious.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler: Uchiha Yumi]] manages to fool everyone about her actual age, although most people think ''something'' is off about her.
* {{Omake}}: There are short scenes at the end of most chapters, mostly for fun with loose connections to the main story (though some are referenced in the story proper) including one that has [[spoiler: Santa Claus]] make an appearance; as Naruto declares, he may be the greatest ninja in the world for sneaking past the Sannin.
* OneManArmy: Naruto and Gaara, for obvious reason. [[spoiler:When Gaara sends a distress signal at the Hokage monument, it's a major OhCrap moment.]]
* PapaWolf: [[spoiler:Hiashi]] faces off against the entire Uchiha clan to protect his children.
* ParentalNeglect: Sasuke in the opening sequence.
* ParentsAsPeople: [[spoiler:As it turns out, the reason why Hiashi disowned both Hinata and Neji is that Hinata is too gentle for the village elders to ever allow her to be clan leader and she would need protection, something that Neji could provide. [[FridgeLogic Why he decided this when they were 6 and 7 years old is anyone's guess]] but for once, he wasn't motivated by spite.]]
* PrimalScene: One night, Gaara goes looking for something do with his insomnia-induced boredom and finds [[DirtyOldMan Jiraiya's]] library. Hilarity and mentally scarring imagery ensues.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** Haku to some Iwa genin in the Chunin exams: "I. Am. Not. A. Girl."
** Kimimaro to Kiba during their match in the preliminaries.
--->''"A. True. Ninja. Is. Always. Growing," [[spoiler: Kimimaro]] said between punches, "Always. Learning. Stronger. Techniques. And. Never. Allowing. Themselves. To. Stop."''
* ReignOfTerror: Danzo runs the Village Hidden in the Leaves ''[[RightWingMilitiaFanatic his]]'' way: a police state at home and backstabbing everyone he can get away with abroad. He replaces the regular ANBU with his ROOT forces and has them out in the open, and gives the Uchiha clan's Military Police nearly total free reign to do whatever they want. leaving the villagers living in a state of constant fear. Konoha's international reputation goes in the dumpster due to his "betray everyone before they can betray us" frenzy.
* TheRival: Kiba to Kimimaro, Yumi to Sakura and Sasuke, and Zabuza to Kisame.
* RunningGag:
** Ninja Puffs cereal.
** Neji kicking people in his sleep.
** Haku, the [[BewareTheNiceOnes "closet evil mastermind"]] [[DudeLooksLikeALady who looks like a girl.]]
* RunOrDie: At the beginning of the story, the children are faced with these options after seeing the Hokage's death.
* SadisticChoice: Yumi imposes one on Sasuke when she [[spoiler:brings his mother into the street to convince him to stay in Konoha]]. It stalls him, right up until [[spoiler:[[BigDamnHeroes Hiashi]] shows up]].
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Iruka and Anko.
* SecretIdentity: In Part Two, although with the twist that the kids use part of their real names when masked, and use false names and backgrounds while unmasked.
* SecretProjectRefugeeFamily: Hakumei again. They are children on the run that bonded while running and living in hiding.
* ShoutOut:
%%** To, of all things, ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''.
** To Anime/{{Digimon Tamers}}: Haku's surname is Akiyama and his pseudonym is Ryou.
* ShownTheirWork: The author has extensive knowledge of Eastern cultures and it shows. For the sake of those who don't, she points it out in the author's notes.
%%* SilkHidingSteel: Hinata. Hanabi is trying to be this.
%%* TheSnarkKnight: Zabuza.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Hakumei is this to the [[spoiler:Sand/Sound invasion]]. Although [[spoiler:they don't win the fight]] (for reasons explained in Bittersweet Ending), four out of nine of its members are recognized as the children that Konoha originally went to war to save. This means that not only will it get out that Konoha utterly failed to achieve its directives but their resources didn't even get their info right. Thus, Konoha's reputation takes a dive.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Kimimaro's terminal illness is caught early and cured by Tsunade. The Uchiha clan don't get massacred because Danzo secures their loyalty to him after he takes over. Haku joins the kids and avoids getting picked up by Zabuza, so he doesn't die on the bridge with him. Zabuza doesn't die on the bridge, either, for that matter.
* TheStationsOfTheCanon: Granted, the events of the stations happen much differently, but the Wave and Chunin Exam arcs take up almost the entirety of part 2. Because those events are much different, it would be damned hard to follow the stations coming next, so ultimately averted.
* StepfordSmiler: Sai at the beginning. He still does the fake smiling thing, but now mostly when he's angry and [[InvisibleToNormals doesn't want a normal person to notice]].
* SternTeacher: Although she does her share of mothering them, Tsunade has high standards for Hakumei and very firmly guides them.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Zabuza has a moment like this when [[spoiler: he rescues Yugito Nii during the Sound/Sand Invasion]]. In a twist, he doesn't say it aloud and it ''still'' comes out wrong.
-->''This little chick was a little too sure of herself for him. He actually liked shy girls. Particularly when they were younger than him. Zabuza blinked as the thought occurred to him. Somehow...that didn't sound right...''
* TheTeam:
** TheLeader: Naruto.
** TheLancer and NumberTwo: Sasuke, a role he proves very competent at.
** {{The Smart Guy}}s: Sakura, Haku and Sai.
** {{The Big Guy}}s: Neji, Gaara and Kimimaro.
** TheHeart: Hinata.
** TeamDad: Jiraiya.
** TeamMom: Tsunade.
* TechnicalPacifist: As usual, if Haku can avoid it, he doesn't kill people.
* TeenSuperSpy: Being the GoodCounterpart to Akatsuki, Hakumei becomes a group of these. [[BadassAdorable Damned proficient ones, too.]]
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Naruto learns about his family and his condition early on thanks to Tsunade.
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler:Sasuke]] when confronting [[spoiler:his mother]].
-->''"I won't be coming home again. It's too late. This is my life now. I...am not [[spoiler:Uchiha Sasuke]]. My name is [[spoiler:Arashi no Sasuke]]. The one who will break the power of [[spoiler:the Uchiha clan]]."''
* ThemeNaming:
** The two Hakumei girls become “Hinata of the Lunar Eclipse” and “Sakura of the Solar Eclipse”.
** More subtly:''Hakumei'' means "twilight". Seeing as two of the group are jinchuuriki, [[FridgeBrilliance Hakumei is almost certainly going to end up fighting against Akatsuki ("daybreak")]].
* TitleDrop: Memorably in Chapter Six:
-->'''Tsunade''': From this day on, you are Hakumei, the twilight of your enemies. You will call yourselves that, or I won’t teach you.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Sakura and Hinata.
* TookALevelInJerkass: While he never stops being who he is, Iruka misses Naruto when he escapes and it shows. He warms back up when he returns.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Sasuke really, really likes tomatoes.
* TrueCompanions:
** The group that gives the fic its name. Tsunade calls them the "assorted mudpuppies" when she's not calling them "Hakumei."
** The Legendary Sannin ''used'' to be this. One of the first things Tsunade does once she takes the kids in is tell them the history of her "family" and warn them not to make the same mistakes.
** Zabuza muses that Hakumei's bond with each other is similar to the bond the Seven Swordsmen once had.
* {{Tsundere}}: Tsunade, Anko, and Zabuza are Type A. Sakura [[CharacterDevelopment develops]] from a ShrinkingViolet to a Type A.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Danzo. After six years of his rule, Konoha is practically unrecognizable.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom:
** [[spoiler:Konohamaru]] runs to tell Danzo that some of Hakumei's members are the kids who disappeared six years earlier, not understanding that Danzo is the bad guy.
** [[WhatAnIdiot Mikage Satoshi]] gives the signal to start the Sand/Sound invasion way too early. To be fair to him, though, someone ''did'' trip on the stairs at just the right place (which was the signal for him to give his signal).
* WellDoneSonGuy: Sasuke's case of this leads eventually to enough frustration that he runs away. Returning as a member of Hakumei gives him an outsider's perspective on his family that makes him wonder why he wanted the parental approval in the first place.
* WhipItGood: Yumi's element allows her to control the metal whip she uses.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Hakumei, Shino, Hanabi and Gamakichi.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: When the kids begin acting as Hakumei in Part Two, they wear full-face white masks with the kanji of their [[{{Codename}} codenames]] on the forehead, as shown in [[http://stray-ink92.deviantart.com/gallery/26780922#/d302591 the fanart that serves as the page image]] and [[http://stray-ink92.deviantart.com/gallery/26780922# the rest of that artist's Hakumei pictures]].
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Both [[spoiler:Sasuke]] and [[spoiler:Itachi]] hate what the [[spoiler:Uchiha]] clan have become. Both of them state that they plan to destroy it.
* YouShallNotPass:
** Gaara holds back the majority of Danzo's counterattack forces with a little help from the Nara clan at the Hokage monument.
** [[PapaWolf Hiashi]] holds off the entire Uchiha clan to cover [[spoiler:Hakumei and Kinen]]'s retreat.