->Sarutobi had asked her to revive an old tactical concept, and lead a team of reconnaissance specialists. The last one had come to grief, but she didn't think the concept itself was flawed. What happened to Nomaru, Mattai, and Kobaru-sensei had been a tragic accident. At least that was what she told herself on her good days.
->On her bad days, her thoughts were much darker. Sometimes they flirted with treason. Of a sort, anyway. If her suspicions were correct, she wasn't alone in such thoughts, just in failing to act on them.
-->--'''part of Kurenai's exposition'''.
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''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2731239/1/Team_8 Team 8]]'' is a ''{{Naruto}}'' fanfic written by ace author [=S'TarKan=] (known in some places as Viridian or Evil Author Lord) which has risen to near-legendary status in the Naruto fanfiction community, especially among Naruto/Hinata shippers.

The story is a ForWantOfANail concept based on the idea that Yuuhi Kurenai scouts the newest class of genins the afternoon before the teams are assigned, and makes note of Hinata's crush on Naruto (among other things). This leads to her requesting that Naruto be placed on her team, replacing Kiba as part of Kurenaiís plans to create a team specializing in reconnaissance. Naturally, this leads to a completely different set of interactions than Naruto had in the canon series, including an original story replacing the "Wave Country" arc, among many others.

With Naruto and Hinata now being on the same team, naturally the story is a Naruto/Hinata pairing, but Shino and Kurenai also receive their fair share of attention, with Kurenai in particular receiving a more fleshed-out characterization than in canon.

The story was on hold in the "Search for Tsunade" arc for slightly over two years, but was updated on September 6 2013. The author maintains [[http://www.viridiandreams.net/ a blog]] and [[http://www.viridiandreams.net/forum/index.php an active forum]] where he posts occasional word count updates and is also involved in several other projects, such as the equally well-written ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheNightmaresOfFuturesPast''.

Of related interest is ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3079936/1/Snapped Snapped]]'', a Team 8 AU also written by [=S'TarKan=].

[[Characters/{{Team8}} A character page has been made.]] Please contribute.
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!!This fanfiction series contains examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Hiashi is portrayed as one of these toward Hinata, with such [[SarcasmMode admirable parental habits]] as physically abusing Hinata during "training exercises" or not allowing her to sleep until she masters a new technique.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: You're not supposed to be able to infuse shadow clones with a full personality, but no-one told Naruto. Not surprising since (in this alternate universe) Naruto's education is implied to have been sabotaged.
* ActionGirl: Hinata and Kurenai, most notably.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: The effects of this on Naruto's everyday life are taken UpToEleven. Vendors who don't outright refuse him service instead overcharge him. He isn't allowed to open a bank account, and it's heavily implied he gained a reputation as a thief as well as a vandal from unscrupulous businessmen exploiting and exaggerating his prankster antics to dip into a fund set up by the Sandaime to pay for any damages done by him. Then there's the academy therapist that intentionally gave him ''horrible'' advice, and the med-nins who don't want to treat him...
* [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Big Cousin]]: Neji, as always.
* [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Amazingly Embarrassing Parent]]: Amusingly, Shino's mom invokes this trope when Naruto and Hinata visit the Aburame household for the first time. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
-->'''Shino:''' *Embarrassed sighs*
-->'''Misato:''' ShinoÖ *In a dramatic voice but with mischief in her eyes* This ''is'' the first time you've brought friends home. I have a lot of time to make up for.
* [[AFatherToHisMen A Mother To Her Genin]]: Kurenai.
* AnAesop: Kurenai likes to turn various mishaps into inpromptu lessons for her genin, asking them what they can take away from the experience
* AnyoneCanDie: [[WordOfGod S'TarKan officially claims this]] about his story, after he [[KilledOffForReal killed off]] [[spoiler:Kurenai]].
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Hinata declares that she's worthless because her father said so, Kurenai asks whom she spends more time with (Naruto) and whether he'd agree with her father. Cue {{Flashback}} to him saying "Hinata, you rock!" and one stunned-silent heiress.
** She's on the receiving end of another one just before the Tsunade Retrieval mission and [[spoiler:before Kurenai gets killed]]. "Hinata, you know what you did wrong, what good would it do to keep reminding you of it?" Innocuous enough, but considering what Hinata has been through her whole life, it ''made her entire world begin to unravel.''
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Part of Sasuke's characterization due to Naruto not being on Team 7. [[CurbstompBattle Being on the losing end of a curbstomp battle]] with Naruto seems to have weakened this trope somewhat.
* AscendedExtra: Kurenai. In the original manga, she's given little characterization and mostly just serves as the one in charge of Team 8. Here, she's a major character with a [[DarkAndTroubledPast troubled history]] who serves as both the ObiWan and TeamMom to her students, especially Naruto and Hinata.
* {{Badass}}: [[WorldOfBadass Virtually everyone.]]
* BadassAdorable: Hinata.
* BadassCrew: Team Eight.
* BadassGrandpa: The Hokage, as usual. Also, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Jiraiya]].
* BadassTeacher: Kurenai, Iruka, Gai, Kakashi and Asuma. The first three also count as [[CoolTeacher Cool Teachers]]. The other two are more of [[SinkOrSwimMentor Sink or Swim Mentors]] though.
* BatmanGambit: Naruto uses one to [[spoiler: convince Tsunade of returning to Konoha]]. See the Awesome entry for more details.
** Tsunade attempts one to get rid of [[spoiler: Jiraiya and Hinata]] when they ask for help to cure [[spoiler: Naruto from the effects of Itachi's [[MindRape Tsukuyomi]]]]. It backfires on her. [[spoiler: [[DidntSeeThatComing Who would have thought there WAS a Hyuuga willing to accept her proposal of servitude]]?]]
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler: Kurenai overcomes Tsukuyomi this way. By working ''with'' the genjutsu rather than against it. However, it should be noted that this is not how Tsukuyomi works in canon.]]
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: A double subversion of sorts. While in [[spoiler:the Forest of Death]], Hinata's face is ''badly'' bruised. It remains that way for the rest of the chapter and at least a third of the next one [[spoiler: until a medic nin heals her.]]
* BerserkButton: Don't call Hinata weak in Naruto's company. Also, dare to seriously threaten or, worse, actually hurt his teammates. He will go Kyuubi on you.
** This is not as major as the above example, but as the PrecisionFStrike demonstrates below, don't call Naruto a monster because, to Hinata, that's bullshit.
** Avoid any and all sexist remarks in Kurenai's presence. Also avoid being a dick to Naruto; she will scare the shit out of you.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Hinata is a victim of severe emotional abuse, with major self-esteem problems. She's gentle, kind, and refuses to speak ill of anyone, even her screwed up family. And if you threaten her teammates in her presence, she will ''smash in your face''.
** Naruto [[spoiler:swiping Neji's face with a Kyuubi powered claw from point-blank range for what he did to Hinata]]. Gets an immediate lampshade from Sakura.
--> "I never knew Naruto could be so... brutal."
* BigBrotherMentor: Iruka towards Naruto, obviously. Given that he was one of the few teachers in the academy who treated Naruto fairly, he is also one of the few male characters that [[TeamMom Kurenai]] trusts.
* TheBigGuy: Naruto, despite being the shortest member of the team, thanks to his nearly unending stamina, chakra and use of [[ZergRush shadow clones]]. Also Rock Lee and/or Kiba, whenever they are around Team 8.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Hyuga in general, even more so than in canon. So far Hinata seems to be [[WhiteSheep the only decent person]] out of all of them.
** Although, like in normal canon, Neji appears to be coming around recently.
** He [[spoiler: goes as far as to help Hinata hide from her father, which given that Hiashi is one ''nasty'' case of [[AbusiveParents Abusive Parent]] is a pretty good deed.]]
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]: Shown at least twice in the story with the older sister jumping into the fray to protect a younger sibling: The first time with Hinata trying to rescue Hanabi from a group of kidnappers, the second time with [[spoiler: Temari]] trying to defend [[spoiler:Gaara]] during the Sand/Sound invasion.
* BloodyHilarious: Talking through a broken nose is a laugh riot. Right, [[spoiler:Orochimaru]]?
* BoisterousBruiser: Lee and Gai, [[LargeHam of course]].
* BookDumb: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed.]] Naruto's horrible grades at the Academy came less from genuine ineptitude and more from many of the instructors (except [[CoolTeacher Iruka]]) actively trying to sabotage his progress. Under Kurenai's mentorship, he improves enough to be a serious contender for chuunin within a few short months.
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:Kurenai's death.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Sasuke and Neji. Time will tell if any other Hyuugas will get their turn.
* BrickJoke: At chapter 4, Naruto uses his chakra pulse (see ChekhovsSkill below) for the first time. It's casually mentioned that among the effects, the wives of some village elders lost the cosmetic genjutsu they used to look younger. More than 16 chapters later, [[spoiler: guess what happens when Naruto uses the pulse with Tsunade.]]
* BrokenBird: Kurenai. Itís shown and remarked how much she was affected by the death of her teammates as well as other [[DarkAndTroubledPast unsavory events in her past]]. As a result, her outlook on life can be quite cynical and pessimistic at times. However, in a subversion of how the trope usually plays when it comes to mentorship roles, she acts quite sympathetic and encouraging towards her students (although she still can be very stern when needed), and proves to be quite a [[CoolTeacher good teacher]] and [[AFatherToHisMen team leader]] despite her personal issues.
* BullyingADragon: Some of the villagers towards Naruto. [[spoiler:Sasuke]] can be forgiven for this, before the Chunin exams. After the Forest of Death, he no longer has an excuse.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Kurenai believes that as ninja become more experienced, they also become more eccentric to deal with the stress. Might Guy is the poster boy for this theory, but Kakashi and Jiraiya also fit.
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling The Old Men Out]]: Shino goes before his clan's elders after learning about the Kyuubi, and, as is said later in this entry, verbally tears them apart.
** Naruto does this on behalf of [[spoiler:Hinata to Neji.]]
** Kurenai does this on separate occassions to both the Third and Jiraiya regarding Naruto's poor upbringing and unfair treatment in the village. Unlike the other examples presented here, both [[DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou had decent reasons and good intentions,]] [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime eventually realized they made serious mistakes there]], [[ItsAllMyFault and feel incredibly ashamed of how things turned out]].
* CantCatchUp: Discussed by Shino and his parents when they learn of the [[TrainingFromHell insane training regime]] that Naruto (and later Hinata) takes daily. In order to avert it, Shino gets training with a new fighting style and [[NothingUpMySleeve some cool new weapons]].
* ChekhovsClassroom: Subverted. Kurenai teaches the squad a jutsu to charge one's fist with electricity, and informs them of how useful it is against an enemy wearing steel. In the following chapter when [[spoiler: the group is fighting 3 ninjas and one of them turn his skin into steel, you'd think Naruto would use this jutsu. Instead he uses the Kyuubi's power to punch a hole in the guy's chest.]]
** Played straight later in combination with the ChekhovsGun of Naruto's electroshock alarm clock, [[spoiler:Naruto uses the technique to wake Gaara and end his demon's rampage.]]
** Earlier, a psychiatrist speaks individually to each of the new genin, saying [[ItGetsEasier the first time they kill someone while on a mission is the most difficult]]. Except for Naruto, who he coldly dismisses as a monster who will probably enjoy killing. This comes back to bite him in the ass ''hard'' when [[spoiler:ANBU Black Ops show up and take him away for interrogation]].
** Back in Chapter 4, Kurenai's explanation of how to realize you're in a Genjutsu involves searching out discrepencies. This is how [[spoiler:she managed to break Itachi's Tsukuyomi.]][[spoiler:However, it should be noted that this is not how Tsukuyomi works in canon.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Haku. In chapter 9, Team 7 (which includes Kiba in place of Naruto) explains the result of their mission [[spoiler:in Wave Country. It's mentioned that Haku survived the fight with Zabuza and was brought back to Konoha with them.]] In chapter 12, Sakura is surprised to see [[spoiler: Naruto escorted by a Chuunin proctor to the bathroom.]] Finally, in chapter 18, [[spoiler:that same proctor is revealed to be Haku, who helps the Sandaime in the battle against Orochimaru, heavily affecting the outcome of the fight.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: In chapters 4 and 6, Kurenai is shown teaching some simple jutsu to her students. Given his [[PowerIncontinence enormous chakra reserves and poor chakra control]], Naruto ends up supercharging the jutsu leading to hilarious effects. It turns out the supercharged versions become very useful later, [[spoiler:particularly during the Chuunin exam and Orochimaru's invasion.]] The most relevant include:
** A condensation jutsu used to gather little amounts of water from the surrounding atmosphere [[MundaneUtility in order to accomplish menial tasks]] (like refilling a canteen). [[spoiler: By supercharging it, Naruto creates a [[MakingASplash giant torrent of water]] that he uses to decimate Gaara's sand shield during their fight in chapter 17.]]
** A brief chakra pulse used to cancel genjutsu; generally a short-range tactic, it's limited by the amount of chakra put into it. [[spoiler:By supercharging it, Naruto creates the equivalent of a chakra [[ElectroMagneticPulse EMP]] capable of covering the entire village and disrupting all kind of techniques beside genjutsu. In chapter 17, Naruto uses it to cancel the genjutsu that Kabuto puts on the stadium during the invasion to the village, but the pulse is so big it ends messing up other jutsu in the area, particularly ''those neccesary for Orochimaru's plans.'']]
* TheChick: Tenten and/or Sakura, whenever Team 7 and/or Team Gai act in tandem with Team 8.
* ColossusClimb: The fight between Naruto and Gaara during the Sand/Sound invasion eventually involves this. [[spoiler: Given that he didn't sign the toad summoning scroll and can't call Gamabunta, when his opponent enters the Shukaku form, Naruto doesn't have any other option than [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome running over the Giant Tanuki Demon in order to reach Gaara and awaken him.]] Granted, he used the Nine tails's chakra to power himself up for the climb, but still...]]
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Hanabi does. Loudly. Obnoxiously. Ungratefully.
* CrazyPrepared: Naruto strangely enough. During the Forest of Death chunnin exam the characters kept mentioning how they had no idea why Naruto brought X item but it sure came in handy: e.g. he brought multiple collapsible tents by himself and other things.
** This is Hinata's influence. One way her poor self-esteem manifests is that she always makes sure she has any item that she might foreseeably need, within reason. Naruto notices this tendency in chapter nine (after Naruto throws up during a training session, Hinata offers him a clean cloth and cup of tea from her thermos) and decides he should emulate it. Being Naruto, of course, he doesn't worry about the 'within reason' part.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Team 8 was originally assembled to specialize in reconnaissance. Kurenai, however, chose to switch Naruto in place of Kiba to avert this trope.
** Naruto, Shino, and Hinata were able to defeat an enemy Jonin early on partially because he specialized more in ''stealth'' than in fighting.
* CurbStompBattle: Naruto vs Sasuke. [[spoiler:One punch, right in the jaw, and Sasuke is '''OUT'''.]]
** Well, Sasuke had only [[spoiler:deliberately and with malice aforethought slammed down on Naruto's BerserkButton regarding Hinata, ''immediately after Naruto had just watched Neji beat her half to death''. WhatAnIdiot.]]
** [[WordOfGod The author did give some rather convincing arguments as to why]] [[spoiler: Sasuke]] lost, at the end of chapter 15.
*** But not as to why Sasuke would uncharacteristically [[spoiler:[[BullyingADragon make a rude remark against someone who almost died]]]] in the first place.
* CuteBruiser: All of Team 8 eventually, but [[LightningBruiser Naruto]] takes the cake.
* [[spoiler:DeadManWriting: Kurenai in her letters in Chapter 22.]]
* [[spoiler:DecoyProtagonist]]: Prior to [[spoiler:Chapter 20]], if not for the fact that [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata are displayed as the two main characters]], you could be forgiven for thinking that [[spoiler:Kurenai is TheHero of this story.]] Much of the altered backstory and the changes the proverbial nail has wrought are thanks to [[spoiler:her mentoring of Team 8]], after all.
* DeconstructionFic: The entire story deconstructs many aspects, plot points, and characterizations of ''{{Naruto}}'' as a whole. Naruto's status as a pariah is the result of something more serious than a case of AllTheOtherReindeer. The teaching methods of a SinkOrSwimMentor like Kakashi are shown to be vastly inferior when compared to the more involved methods of Kurenai and Gai. The abuse Hinata has to deal with at home has horribly warped her sense of self worth [[spoiler: to the point where she would rather die in a pointless duel than lose and be considered a failure again]]. Even Naruto's [[HighlyVisibleNinja own style of dress]] is attacked and addressed in a realistic fashion.
* DesignatedGirlFight: [[spoiler:Hinata versus Temari]] during the Sand/Sound invasion stands out. In part because most of the previous group battles involving Team 8 had been against fully male teams (so Hinata and Kurenai tend to fight men more often than not), in part because of the intensity of the fight, as both combatants were desperately trying to defend someone.
* {{Determinator}}: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] during Hinata's fight with Neji, where instead of showing how determined she is toward living up to her and Naruto's ninja way, Kurenai instead interprets Hinata's actions (aka - fighting doggedly) as a failed suicide attempt, followed by a scene in the hospital where Hinata denounces her own existence and confirms Kurenai's suspicions.
** KnowWhenToFoldEm: Kurenai actually brings this up earlier when the team is just formed: don't keep fighting a losing battle that is, in the grand scheme of things, unimportant, especially if the only reason you're still fighting at all is pride.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Naruto's "unfortunate metaphors" would be this to anyone else.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Naruto, did you just break [[spoiler:Orochimaru]]'s nose?
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Iruka. During the border patrol mission in chapter 7, Naruto and his team confront a trio of missing ninjas that kidnapped Konohamaru and Hanabi. Konohamaru tries to prevent Naruto from fighting them, telling him that they killed Iruka, which only contributes to Naruto's moment of UnstoppableRage. Turns out later that Iruka was alive, just badly injured, and Naruto visits him in the hospital. This instance only makes it more poignant when another character [[KilledOffForReal really dies]] later in the story.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: How Kakashi coped with his own sensei dying.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Kurenai forces [[MindRape Tsukuyomi]] to its logical conclusion (However, it should be noted that this is not how Tsukuyomi works in canon.), ''[[{{Badass}} breaks it,]]'' and gets head-shotted for her trouble. [[TearJerker We'll miss you, Kurenai.]]]]
* DynamicEntry: [[AwesomeMoment Shino kills a giant snake this way.]]
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: Hinata's BigScrewedUpFamily. All of Team 8, the Third and Jiraiya know about it. Gai, Kakashi, Asuma and Iruka also seem to have an inkling. Not only can they not really talk about it publicly, but Hiashi has such powerful connections that he won't answer for his actions (something the Sandaime points out). They collectively decide to come up with plausible reasons for her not to be at her house or near her father.
** To a lesser extent, Naruto and Gaara being jinchuuriki.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Team 8 and Team 7 against Orochimaru, Naruto and the Kyuubi breaking the Cursed seal.]]
* ExactWords: Strangling someone isn't the same as beating them with one finger.
* {{Expy}}: Shino seems to be based on [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]]. Misato and Shibi Aburame share traits with Spock's parents as well.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: For all his BloodKnight tendencies, Kisame seemed pretty shocked and disturbed when Itachi acted against their assigned orders and [[spoiler:killed Kurenai in cold blood.]]
* FiveManBand: When Team 8 is in tandem with either Kakashi or Gai's team combined.
* ForWantOfANail: The storyís premise. [[WordOfGod According to the author]], the nail isnít Kurenai requesting Naruto for Team 8, but [[DarkAndTroubledPast some unspecified event in her backstory that led to the deaths of her old teammates]], a recon oriented team, which means that when she is offered a chance to form a new recon team, she decides to scout the class rather than simply take the students based on written reports. The author also directly indicates that Hiashi is more nasty than he would be in canon, due to the changed course of history.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Naruto is sanguine, Kurenai is choleric, Hinata is melancholic and Shino is phlegmatic.
* FriendshipMoment: Hinata calming Naruto down after his first kill, Shino verbally tearing into his family for their treatment of Naruto, Naruto visiting Hinata in the hospital and [[spoiler:Hinata and Shino comforting Naruto when he goes to pieces at Kurenai's funeral.]]
** Naruto has one earlier, when he muses on how badly Hinata got hurt, and the stray thought of "no one does this to my friends" completely unhorses him.
* FreudianTrio: [[TheMcCoy Naruto]], [[TheKirk Hinata]], and [[TheSpock Shino]]. [[spoiler:[[MentorOccupationalHazard Not that they have a choice in the matter.]]]]
* GenkiGirl: Hilariously, Shino's mom appears to be at least a partial example.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Kurenai knows a small-scale genjutsu that gives her eyes a subtle glow. She often uses it to unnerve people, especially if they push her [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]].
* GlassCannon: Hinata's eyes and reflexes make her quick to react to danger and any hit she lands with her Jyuuken has the potential to be a OneHitKill. However, her defenses and recovery time seems to be lower than the rest of Team 8.
* GoodParents: [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Shibi and Misato Aburame]].
* GoryDiscretionShot: Invoked multiple times in chapter 18, as the story cuts from one fight scene to another just as one character is about to get mauled by his opponent [[spoiler: and subverted just as often, as the character about to be injured [[IAmNotLeftHanded reveals to still not be out of the fight.]] ]]
* GovernmentConspiracy: [[spoiler:There is one going on inside the Leaf Village between the Hyuuga Clan and many members of the Village Council, with the ring leaders seemingly being Hiashi and Danzo. While their exact goals and motivations have not been clarified yet, is heavily implied that they ordered the murder of Kurenai's former team and had been actively promoting hate against Naruto inside the village. Some characters, including the Hokage and Kurenai are aware of its existence, but have been unable of bringing it down through legal means.]]
* GracefulLoser: Chouji takes his defeat at Shino's hands during the Chuunin Exam very well, even giving him a bag of chips when all is said and done.
* GratuitousJapanese
* GuileHero: In his spare time, Shino seems to be becoming one. Naruto even lampshades it:
-->''"No one wins an argument against him!"''
** Naruto himself has shades of this, such as [[spoiler: manipulating Tsunade into returning to Konoha.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: Excluding [[WhiteSheep Hinata]], the Main House Hyuugas always seem to be pissed off about something.
* HalfTruth: Shino's comment about what flowers would be appropriate for [[spoiler:Neji]]'s funeral is construed as a public death threat. It could be, but what he was talking about was [[spoiler:Neji's funeral after [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Naruto rips him limb from limb]].]]
** This is also how Hinata managed to evade her father's questioning in regards to what Naruto did during the fight with the three Iwa shinobi after returning from the border patrol.
* HappilyMarried: Appears to be the case for Shino's parents, despite or perhaps due to being very different.
* HappinessInSlavery: [[spoiler: Hinata is more than willing to be Tsunade's personal assistant for six months if it means Tsunade will return to the village to help Naruto and so that Hinata won't have to go back to her BigScrewedUpFamily.]]
* TheHeart: Hinata has some traits of this. Despite her poor self esteem issues (or maybe [[{{Deconstruction}} because]] of them), she is very gentle and kind, always willing to help other people. She tends to act as a conciliatory voice between the [[RedOniBlueOni rather disparate personalities]] of her teammates. More importantly, she helps Naruto to overcome the HeroicBSOD mentioned below, she is the first person to point out to Shino that Naruto is actually a valuable teammate when the Aburame had initial doubts about his competence,[[spoiler: and she even convinces Naruto of sparing Neji's life despite what [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown he did]] to her.]]
* TheHero: Naruto
* HeroicBSOD: Naruto starts to have one of these after he makes his first kill, but Hinata helps him snap out of it before he gets too angsty.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Hinata is especially plagued with feelings of self-doubt and inferiority, in large part thanks to her [[AbusiveParents abusive father]].
** Occasionally, Naruto does this as well.
* HumblePie: Naruto serves it up to both Sasuke and Neji.
* IAmAMonster: One of the major reasons behind Naruto's HeroicBSOD mentioned above. [[spoiler: Given that he was using the demon's chakra at that moment and felt vindicated by the death of his opponents, he started to believe he was turning into the fox. Hinata and Kurenai help him to put things in perspective.]]
** Eventually, both [[spoiler:Neji and Sakura]] realize that they could stand to [[TookALevelInKindness be better and nicer people]], similar to their canon counterparts.
* IHitYouYouHitTheGround: Chuunin Exam preliminary battles. [[spoiler:Naruto hits Sasuke out of the Chuunin Exam. Sasuke hits the ground with a broken jaw.]]
* ImStandingRightHere: A dramatic example; Hiashi Hyuuga very plainly speaks of Hinata's weakness and uselessness to Kurenai when he entrusts her to train her as a ninja. Hinata is standing a few feet away when he does.
* InSpiteOfANail: While several of the Chuunin Exam matches are different, some match-ups are the same as in {{Canon}}. [[spoiler:Tenten vs. Temari]], [[spoiler:Hinata vs. Neji]], [[spoiler:Sakura vs. Ino]], [[spoiler:Lee vs. Gaara]], [[spoiler:Naruto vs. Neji]] and [[spoiler:Temari vs. Shikamaru]]. The ''actions'' in many of this match-ups change due to the altered circumstances, however...
* IronLady: As a jounin and team leader, Kurenai carries herself as one. She ''has'' to, given the chauvinistic mentality of some of the people around her (like a weapon shopkeeper in one of the first chapters).
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When Shino [[spoiler: deconstructs Naruto's personality traits and deduces that he's the host of the nine-tailed fox demon]], the thing that really gets under Naruto's Skin is that [[spoiler:Shino's bugs fed off his chakra until they were full and Naruto didn't even notice]]. Naruto even goes so far as to declare that he's cheating.
* ItIsDehumanizing: Shino [[ShutUpHannibal does not take well]] to [[TrueCompanions Naruto]] being referred to as an "it" by his clansmen.
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: On the eve of [[spoiler:Kurenai's funeral]], Naruto asks Jiraiya if losing people close to you eventually becomes easier. His response:
-->''"No, and if it ever does, I donít want to know you"''.
* JackOfAllStats: Shino. He has no trouble at all keeping up with the rest of his team but lacks Naruto's stamina. He's physically stronger than Hinata, has a longer reach than both of them and recovers faster but he doesn't react as fast as she or Naruto do. Kurenai combines this and her [[SquishyWizard genjutsu moveset]] as the team's KungFuWizard.
* JerkAss: As mentioned before, most members of the Hyuuga clan fall into this, including Neji, Hanabi and ''especially'' Hiashi. The members of Team 7 are initially portrayed as this as well.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Similar to canon, Kiba can be very brash, arrogant and belligerent. He nevertheless is loyal to his teammates and cares about them, despite the ocassional squabbles.
* KickTheDog / WhatTheHellHero: While is still in the air whether or not Sasuke will go the same path as in canon, some of his actions can be interpreted as either one of these tropes. [[spoiler: Namely, [[KickTheSonOfABitch his killing of one of the Sound team]] in the Forest of Death after receiving the cursed seal from Orochimaru, and his [[BerserkButton mocking of Hinata to Naruto's face]] during the preliminaries.]]
** A lesser example is Naruto taunting Neji by saying his dead father would be disappointed in him. Only slightly mitigated by it probably being quite right then (Hizashi was more-or-less a good man, Neji was, at the time, a {{Jerkass}}).
** Narrowly averted during [[spoiler:Kurenai's funeral; Naruto becomes an emotionally distraught mess, so Hinata rushes to his side without thinking (or even acknowledging the DeathGlare her father was giving her). This pissed Hiashi off. Shino then comforts the grieving Naruto. This pisses Hiashi off further. He's about to haul an also-grieving Hinata off when Asuma and Kakashi [[StealthHiBye appear on either side of him]]; their reaction to Hiashi's intentions is summed up as 'One step further and I will Chidori you right in the face, then teach the entire village how to Chidori you right in the face'.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Kurenai]].
* KnifeNut: '''ALL''' ninja love kunai but Kurenai seems to somehow always have one in her hand when she's angry.
* LampshadeHanging: On HighlyVisibleNinja.
* TheLancer: Hinata
* LaymansTerms: Naruto tends to be confused by Shinoís [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness speech patterns]], requiring someone (usually Kurenai) to translate for him. Eventually, an exasperated Shino starts doing the translation himself.
* LeftForDead: [[spoiler:Iruka]], with Konohamaru fully believing he ''was'' dead.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: The battle between Shino and Chouji during the Chunnin exams is impeccably civil.
* LetsGetDangerous: A non-combat variation occurs when Jiraiya drops his pervert facade after Kurenai asks him to take her seriously.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: The battle between [[spoiler: Orochimaru and the 3rd Hokage]] ends with this... For both combatants!!
* LightningBruiser: Thanks to the supplemental training in taijutsu he is taking with Gai and Rock Lee, Naruto has gradually turned into an example. This is especially evident during his fight with Gaara in the Chunin Exams. [[spoiler: He not only manages to outrun the other jinchuuriki's sand defenses, but hits him so hard that Gaara ends up with a concussion]]. And that's not taking into account the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Kyuubi chakra]], which not only increases his speed even more, but also gives him enough strength [[OhCrap to punch through metal]].
* [[LikeASonToMe Like A Daughter To Me]]: Kurenai says she would be proud to call Hinata her daughter. [[spoiler:In her will.]]
* LittleMissBadass: Hinata, regardless of [[HeroicSelfDeprecation what she thinks.]]
** LadyOfWar: And she's working up to this, as far as Naruto's concerned.
* LocalHangout: Ichiraku Ramen. Kurenai sometimes takes the team to Moritake's (''her'' favorite restaurant) when she wants to talk about something serious.
* LoopholeAbuse: Misato, Shino's mother, knows a secret fighting style involving [[SinisterScythe kama]] of which she was instructed to not teach to anyone outside the Hidden Mist Village. Since Shino was actually born there, she sees no harm in passing it down to him.
* LoveEpiphany: Hinata realizes that what she feels for Naruto is not merely admiration or a crush while watching over him [[spoiler: after the battle with Orochimaru in the Forest of Death.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Kurenai believes this is what happened to her original team. [[spoiler: The details are expounded on chapter 22.]]
* MamaBear: Kurenai is mildly disturbed to realize that she would put the safety of Naruto, Hinata and Shino above the village, if it came down to that.
** Exemplified in her talk with Jiraiya, which can best be summed up as: "Don't you ''DARE'' [[CorruptTheCutie corrupt my kids.]]"
* MasterOfIllusion: Kurenai, of course. Unlike the manga, she's shown actually being able to kick ass with it. [[spoiler:To the point of being able to dispel the Tsukuyomi while under its effects. However, it should be noted that this is not how Tsukuyomi works in canon.]]
* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler:Kurenai]] receives one in chapter 21. It's a serious TearJerker.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Kurenai, except that she's not an old man.]]
* MindRape: Genjutsu in general, [[spoiler:with Tsukuyomi]] being the crowner. Beating it gives [[spoiler:Kurenai her DyingMomentOfAwesome. However, it should be noted that this is not how Tsukuyomi works in canon.]]
* MoodWhiplash: In Chapter 11, following their dinner with the Aburame Clan and [[spoiler:Shibi apologizing to Naruto on behalf of their clan]], Naruto and Hinata play a game of tag that leads to [[spoiler:their first encounter with Gaara]].
* MoralMyopia: During their battle at the Chuunin Exam, Kiba and Akamaru use Gatsuuga on [[spoiler:Shino]]... and when Kiba sees his partner was wounded?
-->'''Kiba:''' YouBastard! You hurt Akamaru!
* MundaneUtility: Shadow clones. Good for supply gathering, gardening, and making take-out runs. Of course, this was sort of a given, as Naruto's first solution to any problem seems to be [[ZergRush 'throw a bunch of clones at it']].
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Spoofed in chapter 14. Naruto and Kurenai have a very serious talk [[spoiler:regarding the Kyuubi.]] Given the seriousness of the matter involved, [[HotBlooded Naruto]] decides for once in his life to be silent. Cut to a scene of Iruka suddenly getting shivers, reacting as if a major violation of the Universe laws was happening.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Tsunade.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Despite Hinata's increased training and confidence, Neji still beats her within an inch of her life in the Chuunin Exam preliminaries.
** In payback for the above, although it's not a complete CurbStompBattle, Naruto ''brutalises'' Neji when they meet in the finals, [[spoiler:finishing up by ''ripping Neji's face open'' when he's already virtually unconscious.]]
--->'''Sakura:''' I never thought Naruto could be so... brutal.
** To a lesser extent, Naruto's first sparring sessions with Lee and Gai, with the latter having Naruto describe it as 'knowing what a pachinko ball feels like'.
* NotSoDifferent: Shino invokes this in a positive way during his confrontation with his clan's elders:
-->'''Elder''': "He's still a damn demon!"\\
'''Shino''': "No. He's the demon's ''jailer''. We, of all people should understand that what someone holds inside themselves is not the sum total of their being. I've dealt with that issue among my peers, as I am sure each of you have done at some point. Many cannot look beyond our allies. The presence of kikai bugs hosted within our bodies makes it impossible for many to relate to us in any meaningful way. But just because I have two colonies of kikai doesn't mean I ''am'' a kikaiÖ just as Uzumaki Naruto containing the Kyuubi no Kitsune doesn't mean he ''is'' the demon."
** PlayedForLaughs when Kiba and Naruto get into a tussle right after [[spoiler:fighting the Sound Genin]] in the Forest of Death.
-->'''Shino and Sakura:''' Can't you control him?
-->'''[[BeatPanel Beat]]'''
-->'''Sasuke:''' Idiots...
** Naruto has a moment like this at the end of his fight with [[spoiler: Gaara]], but not only in relation to the similarity between him and his opponent, but also in the similarity between [[spoiler: Gaara and Hinata]]. Basically, Naruto realizes [[spoiler:both Gaara and Hinata were raised to believe their existence was worthless and meaningless.]] This revelation upsets him so much that he vows to fix it.
* NothingUpMySleeve: Shino's kamas.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Played with by Maito Gai, of all people: while his speeches about the Power of Youth and generally overreacting to anything are part of his character, he is fully aware that people tend to daze off when he's making those speeches, and is not above using it at his advantage.
* TheObiWan: Kurenai may count as this [[spoiler:up to the dying part.]]
* ObliviousToLove: Naruto to Hinata, [[UpToEleven even more so than in canon]]. It's remarked on and justified several times, but considering they spend every day together here, it's ''astonishing''. Even Shino [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by both Naruto's stunted emotional development keeping him from noticing the subtle cues and Hinata's lack of self-worth and shyness keeping her from being more forward.
** [[spoiler:Kurenai finally spits it out for Naruto in her letter to him in chapter 22.]]
* OddFriendship: [[TheMcCoy Naruto]] and [[TheSpock Shino]] eventually become good friends despite [[RedOniBlueOni how different]] [[HotBlooded their]] [[TheStoic personalities]] are. Naruto and [[BoisterousBruiser Lee]] may count as an example too.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: Shino, upon learning that Jiraiya offered Naruto the summoning contract for toads.]]
** [[spoiler:Because of his reaction, Naruto does not sign the contract. Time will only tell how this will affect his future battles.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Shino is the only member of the team who's not maladjusted in any way that matters.
** The more humorous variant is also employed, with Naruto of all people being cast on the role whenever he interacts with Lee and/or Gai.
* OutDamnedSpot
* PapaWolf: Kurenai points out to Hinata that Naruto fully intends to avenge [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown her fight against Neji]] in the Chuunin Exam Finals and that ''[[TheStoic Shino]]'' would gladly pick up the slack if Naruto should fail.
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler: In chapter 22 Gai presents Naruto with the Turtle Summoning contract and Naruto accepts.]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil: At the end of their fight, Naruto grabs the already beaten and defenseless [[spoiler: Neji ]] by the collar of his shirt and [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown claws at his face with the Kyuubi chakra]]. While [[WhatTheHellHero he does get called on it]], most spectators of the fight think it was done in retaliation for [[spoiler:Neji almost killing Hinata during the preliminaries]], so they don't really make a ruckus about it. [[spoiler: The trope is actually [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when the [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming real reasons]] behind Naruto's actions are revealed later.]]
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: Sasuke actually gets one in Chapter 20, by clearly stating he doesn't want to let Itachi kill anyone else if he can help it.]]
** Temari realizing [[spoiler:that for once, she's not terrified ''of'' Gaara; she's terrified ''[[BigSisterInstinct for]]'' Gaara.]]
* PlotArmor: Oh, ''so'' averted.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Kurenai works very hard to [[AvertedTrope avert]] this with her team. For instance, she tries to steer Naruto towards opening up more to his teammates, and works hard to get Shino to understand she's not favoring Naruto over the others by having him train with Gai's team.
* PragmaticVillainy: [[spoiler: Orochimaru]] refuses to attack the team in chapter 21 as fighting them [[spoiler: and two sannin with only one arm]] would be too difficult. He still laments being unable to [[spoiler: [[DealWithTheDevil corrupt Tsunade]]]] though.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner:
-->'''Neji:''' That's impossible.\\
[[spoiler:'''Naruto:''']] Just as impossible as fighting against fate. Just as impossible as [[spoiler:fighting a Jyuuken user hand to hand.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: During the above-listed [[HeroicBSOD BSOD]], Naruto recounts the advice he received from an academy psychologist regarding making his first kill. Hinata does ''not'' take this well.
-->'''Naruto:''' Well, he told me he didnít think Iíd have any problems at all... like Iím some monster that would probably enjoy killing.
-->'''Hinata:''' Thatís ''bullshit!'' *sudden horrified pause, claps both hands over her mouth*
** Although his language is generally coarser, Naruto dropped his first actual F bomb on Neji in chapter 19 (although it may have been more of an F mine, since it was in the middle of a prepared speech).
* {{Protectorate}}: Kurenai selected Naruto for the role of the heavy hitter of the team, in order to protect his teammates in case something goes awry during a recon mission. Given that Hinata and Shino turn out to be his [[TrueCompanions very first real friends]], Naruto took that obligation to heart.
* PyrrhicVictory: In Chapter 20 [[spoiler:Kurenai does the impossible and succeeds in dispelling Itachi's Tsukuyomi. The fact that she was able to pull such an act results in Itachi killing her on the spot afterwards. [[RunningGag However, it should be noted that this is not how Tsukuyomi works in canon.]]]]
** A more humorous example happens in the next chapter, which is appropriately named for this trope. [[spoiler:Tsunade does manage to beat Naruto in their duel. But she lost the bet that she would do so with only one finger when she opted to wring his neck.]]
* TheQuietOne: Shino. Him surprising Naruto by speaking quickly becomes a RunningGag.
* ARareSentence: Lampshaded in that it was something he ''never'' thought he would say:
-->'''Naruto''': ''(to Rock Lee)'' Have you forgotten what [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Gai-sensei]] said?!
* RealityEnsues: Naruto gives up on Sakura, Hinata is ''still'' beaten up by Neji, [[spoiler:Sarutobi loses an arm and Kurenai is killed after escaping Tsukuyomi.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Naruto and Shino, respectively.
** Also, Lee and Naruto, in a rare case of ''[[HotBlooded Naruto]]'' being the blue oni.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated:[[spoiler: [[BadassGrandpa Sarutobi.]]]] Said almost literally.
* TheRival: Played with in the relationship between Team 8 and Team 7. While they are not enemies in the proper sense, at the beginning of the story they ''can't stand'' each other (in part thanks to the already present animosity between Naruto and Sasuke). However, as the story progresses [[spoiler:and especially after the events of the Forest of Death]], the members of each team start to understand (and in some cases, even respect) the members of the other team. They arenít yet on the friendliest of terms, but at least they are more civil towards each other. [[spoiler:One has to wonder how things will proceed between them now that Naruto has said to Sasuke that Team 8 also plan to hunt down Itachi because of what he did to Kurenai.]]
* RunningGag: "Lee!!" "Gai-sensei!!"
** Also, Naruto's ruminations on spoiled milk.
** Although he's only done it twice, Naruto's slightly disturbing but surprisingly accurate metaphors.
** Kunai appearing in Kurenai's hand when she gets angry.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Poor Kurenai.]]
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Shino's parents have this dynamic.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: As head of the Hyuuga, Hiashi has and exploits this.
* SelfDeprecation: Naruto demonstrates being more than willing to sometimes crack a joke at his own expense. More often than not, this ends up having a DudeNotFunny effect on his teammates.
-->"Send them[[note]]a group of Hidden Stone ninja encountered during the border patrol mission.[[/note]] my grades from the Academy. Let them know they were scared of the 'dead last' in his class."
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Kurenai tells the Sandaime it'd be a miracle if the way the villagers have treated Naruto doesn't result in this.
* SeriousBusiness: The protocol of respect and proper behavior in the Hyuuga clan. Hiashi is even willing to [[spoiler:separate Hinata from a distraught Naruto during Kurenai's funeral]] just so he doesn't look bad. Thankfully, [[spoiler:Kakashi and Asuma won't have any of this, and let him know quite clearly. Threateningly.]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Shino. Taken UpToEleven by his father, Shibi.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Used (sometimes word for word) by Naruto whenever Jiraiya teases him about his relationship with Hinata.
* ShipTease: Obviously, there is a far amount of it between Naruto and Hinata, but Shikamaru/Temari and Iruka/Kurenai also receive a few scenes of this. [[spoiler: Too bad in the case of the later, considering what happens in chapter 20.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: There's [[TeamMom Kurenai]], [[TheStoic Shino]], [[CoolBigSis Ayame]], [[TookALevelInKindness Sakura]] and [[DirtyOldMan Jiraiya]], all for [[{{OTP}} NaruHina]].
** It says something when even [[spoiler:the local EldritchAbomination]] thinks they're [[YouGotSpunk a decent enough match]].
*** Although to be honest its exact words were [[spoiler:"Perhaps you'd make good breeding stock."]]
* ShoutOut: Lines from Film/TheMatrix and StarWars are occasionally added almost word for word. These are not quotations by the characters, of course, but nice little stealth references.
** Also a significant one to TheTerminator during Naruto's fight with Neji:
--> "There is no fate but what we make."
** Worth of noting that Gai refers to the boss of the Turtle Summons as the [[{{Gamera}} Friend of All Children]].
* ShutUpHannibal: Shino fires one off to the Aburame elders when he notices [[ItIsDehumanizing they refer to Naruto as "it" and not "he"]].
-->"Your choice of pronoun speaks volumes, esteemed elder."
* SilkHidingSteel: Hinata has [[ShrinkingViolet too many self-esteem issues]] to truly qualify, but she is slowly getting there. Besides her many moments of combat prowess, the best example might be when she is interrogated by Hiashi [[spoiler: about Naruto using the Kyuubiís chakra during the border patrol mission]]. Despite being utterly terrified of her father, Hinata deduces he wants that information for nefarious purposes, so she decides, much to her own surprise, to not reveal anything, claiming she didnít see what happened. The deception works and a frustrated Hiashi [[GoToYourRoom dismisses her]].
* SinisterScythe: [[ActionMom Misato]] dual wields a pair of kama and eventually, so does Shino.
* SixthRanger: Neji and/or Sasuke have a similar role when Team 7 and/or Team Gai act in tandem with Team 8, given how distant and aloof they act towards their teammates.
* SleepCute: Happens accidentally with Naruto and Hinata; Hinata can't keep her eyes open and nods off, her head against Naruto's shoulder, while Naruto is too panicked to move an inch because of this. It actually makes Shino ''laugh''.
** Happens again in the Forest of Death, when Hinata falls asleep on Naruto's shoulder [[spoiler:after he's left comatose during the fight with Orochimaru.]]
* TheSmartGuy: Shino. He, among other things, figures out [[spoiler:Naruto is the Nine-tails Jinchuuriki]] all by himself.
** Kiba and Sasuke also refer to Sakura as ďthe brainĒ of their team.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler: Naruto becomes this in chapter 17 and 18. During the invasion to Konoha, Kurenai orders Naruto to use his chakra pulse (see ChekhovsSkill above) to remove the genjutsu that Kabuto put on the stadium. Naruto creates such a giant pulse that it covers the entire village with impressive results: By pure accident, the pulse ends up not only dispelling the genjutsu but making Orochimaru's plan fall to pieces.]] The nature of this trope is even pointed out by [=S'TarKan=] in his Author's Notes regarding said chapter.
* [[SparedByTheAdaptation Spared by the Fanfic]]: At present, [[spoiler:Haku, Hayate and Sarutobi]]. By [[DeathByAdaptation contrast]], [[spoiler:Kurenai and Tazuna]].
* StationsOfTheCanon: It's actually going down the road towards ultimate defiance; the divergence point is set well before the anime opens, and ultimately will part with established canon altogether. Granted, [[JustifiedTrope this is largely because]] the fic itself was fully outlined before posting, and so contradicts many subsequent plot points and revelations made in canon.
* TheStoic: Shino, of course.
** NotSoStoic: He yells for medics after Hinata's brutal beatdown by Neji. He soon followed that with the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome most epic]] display of TranquilFury in the story.
* StuffBlowingUp: Naruto gets all starry-eyed over the explosive tags sold by Tenten's father. He's also ecstatic upon discovering that ''trees'' can explode, despite [[spoiler:being caught in the blast radius because ''he'' was the one who made it blow up with an overcharged electric attack]]. Kurenai, by contrast, is not pleased.
* StupidSacrifice: [[spoiler:Haku]] gleefully throws his body in front of [[spoiler: Orochimaru's blade to protect the Hokage]] rather than try to block it or throw it off course. [[spoiler: It gets subverted because the [[BadassGrandpa Third]] [[CoolOldGuy Hokage]] won't have any of it.]]
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Shino, as the story goes along. Stoic, [[TheSpock logical]], quiet, at one point, not quite used to human contact outside of his family and will fuck you up proper if [[BerserkButton you hurt his friends]].
** According to [[HappilyMarried Misato]], Shibi is as well.
* TakeThat: There's one against Sasuke and Sakura when Naruto is contemplating Hinata and Shino learning his secret [[spoiler: shortly after their first mission outside the village.]] Sakura didn't learn about Kurama until after the timeskip, while Sasuke acknowledged Kurama's presence during their fight at the end of Part I.
--->"His teammates would have to have been extremely dense or self-centered for him to be able to conceal his differences for much longer".
* TeamChef: Hinata. Overlaps with SupremeChef and ChefOfIron, Type 1.
* TeamDad: The Hokage, especially to Naruto.
* TeamMom: As the Jonin instructor of Team 8, Kurenai naturally fills this role, and she's the closest thing to a mother figure that Naruto and Hinata have. [[spoiler:Guess how [[HeroicBSOD Naruto reacts after she's murdered]]?]]
* TemptingFate: [[BlatantLies Good news]], [[spoiler:Kurenai]], you ''won't'' ''have'' to [[spoiler:[[KilledOffForReal take your]] ''[[KilledOffForReal own]]'' [[KilledOffForReal life]]]] to preserve your dignity.
* ThatCameOutWrong: In chapter 3, Naruto tries to compliment Hinata on how she's worried about doing her fair share of the work [[spoiler: a D-rank mission where they do housework for an injured homeowner]] and not avoiding it altogether like he believes other girls would. With each word out of his mouth, [[EpicFail he fails harder]], [[HilarityEnsues and harder]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and harder]].
* ThereAreNoTherapists: The one that's actually mentioned turns out to be an asshole, making this a moot point. Kurenai, on the other hand, makes an adequate stand-in.
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: [[HeroicBSOD Naruto]] after his first kill. Hinata and Kurenai snap him out of it.
* TookALevelInBadass: The entirety of Team 8. All three of them are ''way'' above where they were in canon at this point in the story.
* TookALevelInKindness: Sakura overhears Naruto talking to Lee about how mean she is, as opposed to Sasuke calling her annoying, and resolves to become a better person. Like in canon, Neji also does a HeelFaceTurn after fighting Naruto, and receiving a far more savage beatdown.
* TrainingFromHell: Naruto starts working out with Guy and Lee to improve his taijutsu skills. Later in full effect when Naruto trains with them 3 times a day while Hinata is in hospital after the Preliminaries. Especially when Gai himself spars with Naruto.
** Eventually, Team 7 demands this from Kakashi in light of Team 8's successes.
* TranquilFury: ''Shino'' after [[spoiler:Neji cruelly demolishes Hinata in the Chuunin Exam preliminaries]]:
-->'''Shino:''' What variety of flowers would be appropriate?
-->'''Tenten:''' What?
-->'''Shino:''' For your teammateís funeral.
** Also this, after Naruto returns the favor to Neji in the finals:
--->'''Shino:''' We are establishing a precedent regarding acceptable behavior towards allies and team members. To that end, we propose to demonstrate a willingness to use any and all means to obtain an equitable response, ranging from coercion, influence, and tactical intelligence, to, as needed, extreme levels of physical violence.
** His reaction to the WHAM event in Chapter 20, while said in a cold but level tone, is enough to send chills down an eavesdropping Sasuke's spine.
** Before the confrontation of his clan's elders, he tells his father just what he thinks of the air of passive-aggression and hatred toward Naruto; it's described as the Aburame equivalent of screaming himself hoarse and setting all their houses on fire.
*** Hinata also invokes this in ''Snapped''. Didn't do her as much good as it does for Shino, but it was still pretty awesome.
* TrapMaster: Shino notes that Sakura appears to have a talent for setting up effective traps.
* TrueCompanions: One of the most heartwarming elements of the story is seeing the members of the eponymous team turning into this as time goes on. Specially in the case of [[AllTheOtherReindeer Naruto]] and [[AbusiveParents Hinata]], as the team eventually becomes their main solace given their horrible childhood and the closest thing they have to a real family.
* TryNotToDie: Anko's standard encouragement for the Forest of Death section of the Chuunin exam.
** Naruto receives this advice from [[spoiler:the Kyuubi]] before [[spoiler:it uses its chakra to dispel the seal Orochimaru placed on him]].
* {{Twitchy Eye}}brow: The primary way of [[TheSpock gauging Shino's mood]] is the position of his eyebrows.
* TurtlePower: [[spoiler: Gai offers Naruto the turtle summoning contract and Naruto accepts.]]
* [[UngratefulBastard Ungrateful Bitch]]: Hinata puts herself through the wringer to rescue Hanabi, her younger sister, from a trio of missing nins that kidnapped her. [[{{Jerkass}} Hanabi]] is not impressed.
* UnstoppableRage: Naruto using the Nine-tails chakra for the first time.
** Also implied when Kurenai explains the situation with Hinata and her BigScrewedUpFamily to Jiraya: [[spoiler:She wouldn't put it past Hiashi to arrange Hinata's death, possibly via MakeItLookLikeAnAccident; if that were to happen, Naruto (and most likely Shino) '''''will''''' retaliate, consequences be damned.]]
--->'''Jiraiya''': It's ''that'' serious?
** Kurenai also [[spoiler:turns an illsionary Naruto's unstoppable rage against Itachi ''in the middle of his Tsukiyomi'' to escape it, using the knowledge that if anyone ever murdered her and his friends - especially Hinata - in front of him, Naruto would fully unleash the Kyuubi without a moment's hesitation or regret.]]
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Hinata may not be his girlfriend but [[HeroicSelfDeprecation one way to get her to stop fretting over her own flaws]] is to endanger Naruto in any way.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 20.
* WhatTheHellHero: Kurenai to Hinata, regarding [[spoiler:pushing herself too far, believing that she doesn't care how they would react if she died]]. Naruto takes issue with her doing so.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Naruto's reliance on his Kage Bunshin is remarked on. It's not his only technique but it is the [[MundaneUtility most]] [[ZergRush convenient]].
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Most of the interactions that Kurenai has with Hinata are aimed at Hinata realizing that, regardless of what [[AbusiveParents her father]] or [[BigScrewedUpFamily her family]] thinks of her, she does have worth.
* YouAreNotAlone: Naruto has this revelation during [[spoiler: Kurenai's funeral]]. After bottling up his emotions for most of the day, he finally breaks down and starts crying. It doesn't pass much time before [[TrueCompanions Hinata and Shino]] appear at his side to comfort him.
* YouGotSpunk: [[EldritchAbomination The Kyuubi]] says this to [[spoiler:Hinata]]. Really.
* ZergRush: Naruto's standard tactic, as usual. Special mention goes to the final stretch in the Forest of Death, the team realizes that there are probably several traps and opponents between them and the castle and stealth may not get them far. But then Naruto realizes, "We don't have to conceal that we were here, we just have to make it impossible for anyone to pick us out before we reach the finish line." Cue [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer Kage Bunshin]].
** In the Sound and Sand invasion, Naruto spends 30 Kage Bunshin to disable [[spoiler: a Sound jonin]].
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