* ''Naruto'' has tons of PeggySue fics.
* A lot of fics in which the genin teams are different, either because someone else is teaching Team 7 or someone else wanted Naruto (such as, for example, ''[[FanFic/{{Team8}} Team 8]]''), which shuffled the teams around. (These fics are most often [[FanPreferredCouple Naruto/Hinata]])
* The in/famous Clan Restoration Act, where one male character is forced/ or wants to pair with multiple women to revive his clan.
* Also there multiple fics when Naruto gains an awesome power and virtually every girl except (in most cases) [[RonTheDeathEater Sakura]], usually fall for him that includes his mother, Tsunade and girls he never met like Yugito.
* Nearly every story starts with Naruto being hated and attacked by the citizens of Konoha and the Third doing absolutely nothing about it or is too late.
** He is sometimes saved by a crossover character or an OC.
* Also there are many fics that deal with Naruto bringing back Sasuke only to be betrayed by Sakura and is later exiled/executed by the elders and the "civilian council".
** It usually ends up with Naruto gaining ComboPlatterPowers, becoming the leader of a village while Konoha gets destroyed economically and loses their allies as well. With war between Orochimaru, Kumo and Iwa.
* Twelve-plus young characters of the same age, with a variety of personalities? Let's put them in [[HighschoolAU high school]]!
** Let's add Camp or a rock band.
** And one or two are {{New Transfer Student}}s.
* Another really common one is the non-massacre AU, usually used as an excuse to pair Itachi and Sakura up.
* Fanfics where Naruto turns out to be the last survivor of a made up clan[[labelnote:note]]Usually the Namikaze[[/labelnote]] and gets a new bloodline (particularly the Rinnegan) or Kurama some unexplained way gives alters his genes giving him the bloodline. [[spoiler: Before the Uzumaki Clan was revealed in canon but Naruto still doesn't have a bloodline.]]
** Wouldn't the fact that all Uzumaki possess pretty much the same physical attributes count as a bloodline? Kushina flat-out says that the Uzumaki were famous for their massive chakra levels, almost endless stamina and inherent skills in fuinjutsu.
* There's also the always popular "Naruto turns against Leaf and gets revenge on everyone that abused him". Or, more accurately, "Naruto turns against Leaf and kills [[RonTheDeathEater the characters that the author doesn't like.]]
* Another very popular is [=NaruHina=] shippers making Naruto as dumb as possible and having constantly mocked by everyone for not noticing Hinata's feelings. Hinata, herself is usually portrayed as a stuttering like crazy for two seconds before fainting.
* Sasuke at times is usually portrayed as a SmallNameBigEgo SpoiledBrat. Demanding everything should be handed to him because he is an Uchiha.
** Sakura is also portrayed as a screeching harpy and Sasuke's loyal groupie. This ''has'' some canonical basis as in the early days Sakura would yell at Naruto for insulting Sasuke, but [[RonTheDeathEater because a number of fans hate her]], this gets taken UpToEleven in fanfics.
* There's also the ever popular de-aged fic, which typically involves a jutsu going wrong and the main character of the story being turned into a child version of him or herself.
* A lot of crossovers usually start with the Naruto and Sasuke fighting at Valley of the end and the Kyuubi's and the Curse Seal's chakara will merge and create a portal taking Naruto to a new world.
* "Naruto is a [[ObfuscatingStupidity secret genius]]".
* Various characters become members of Anbu. Or join Akatsuki.
* "Itachi never killed his clan, wasn't a evil bastard, and really did love his brother". [[spoiler: At least, until that was revealed in canon.]]
* "Tobi is Obito" stories. [[spoiler: [[AscendedFanon Before it was canon.]]]]
* Usually as an excuse to make Manga/{{Naruto}} "[[DarkerAndEdgier Better]]" are plots that go "what if Naruto was 'realistic?[[note]]realistic in this case often meaning turning Konoha into a military dictatorship, or some other bizarre alteration to canon[[/note]]'"
* Hiashi being an physically and sometimes sexually AbusiveParent.
* The Uzumaki clan turns out to have survived the [[DesignatedVillain Iwa and Kumo]] attack.
* Naruto snaps and become a cold-blooded killer.
* Crossovers usually make it so outside the Elemental Nations is a part of the world of whichever series the author may choose which will be referred as 'outside the veil'.
* A lot of crossovers mostly Franchise/TheDCU have Naruto be a Demon and a cult dedicated to him will awake him and he'll often be a [[VillainProtagonist villain]].
* Superhero crossovers will have Naruto be an [[AntiHero antihero]] who'll kill villains[[note]]Even though he doesn't believe in killing either and some crossovers may take place after he fought Pain and established his no killing rule[[/note]] and will berate certain [[Franchise/{{Batman}} heroes]] for not killing.[[note]]Mainly because the author wants them to despite the fact most heroes will usually have grounded reasons for not killing.[[/note]]
** Though it's worth noting that quite a few examples use an alternate backstory for Naruto (being trained and joining ANBU, for example) that led to him not developing his [[AllLovingHero canon moral code]] or have him come really close to crossing the DespairEventHorizon at some point in the series and changing because of that.
* Minato and Kushina survives the Kyubi attack and has another child. They later focuses all their attention on the [[TheFavorite child]] completely [[ParentalNeglect neglecting]] [[TheUnfavorite Naruto]] in the process..
** For some reason the other child will usually be a girl.
* There are many fics with Sakura having just about every Naruto guy under the age of 30 fall in love with her and it's pretty popular to top this off with AU as well.
* Some will have it that Kurama invented the Sharigan mostly just so Naruto can get it.
* The reason Kurama attacked Konoha is someone(usually Orochimaru) wearing Konoha headband killed his (or depending on the story her) cubs.
* Not necessarily a huge part of a story but when Naruto meets someone there may be a debate if Naruto's name stands for 'fishcake' or 'maelstrom'.
* Danzo kidnaps Naruto and wipes his memories clean turning him into a WildChild in the process.
* Anko or Kakashi adopts Naruto.
* A take on what could happen [[AfterTheEnd after the antagonists are defeated]].
** May involve BabiesEverAfter.
* A FreakyFridayFlip story, which is usually started because of Ino's technique GoneHorriblyWrong.
* Naruto get a sword and becomes a MasterSwordsman.
* Kurama mentors Naruto, calls him [[AffectionateNickname "Kit,"]] and helps him learn assorted cool demon powers.
* While not always the main plot of a fanfic, some fanfics have Naruto decide Sasuke is beyond redemption and kill him or capture him and leave him to his punishment. These are often done by people who dislike Sasuke and/or the idea of Naruto continuing to try to bring him back after all he's done.