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''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6778627/1/And_then_suddenly_Ninjas And then suddenly, Ninjas!]]'' by ''[[Fanfic/{{ARSENAL}} The]] [[FanFic/TheKeyToASuccessfulInterview Sage]] [[Fanfic/BeautifulDestroyerSailorMoon of]] [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1854667/The_Sage_of_Toads Toads]]''
* Recommended by: Andrew J. Talon, @/UncloudedTJ, @/{{Mcnickel}}
* ''Pairings'': Not at all the focus of the story.
* ''Synopsis'': On the day Naruto is born and the Nine-Tailed Fox is sealed inside him, the Third Hokage decides to hide what happened from everyone, claim the fox is dead, and raise him as he would his own son...a decision that will most likely doom him, Konoha, and the Elemental Countries
* ''Status'': Last updated February 2012.
[=[[reviews:And then suddenly, Ninjas]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3524043/1/The_Art_of_the_Deal The Art of the Deal]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1219365/Case13 Case13]]
* Recommended by: @/{{Kajeet}}, boonerunner, @/{{arrowstorm}}, Kraesil
* ''Synopsis'': Naruto was damaged at an early age to where he couldn't use chakra. After seeing a stranger barter he decided to try to learn from him. He learns the "Art of the Deal" He uses it to help him convince Anko to join him in building a vast large profit empire. They get a reasonable bit of profit buy a ghetto of a town and turn it into a shining metropolis. Along the way he [[spoiler: gets his own clan of ninja body guards, and even deals with Yakuza for using his warehouses for drugs...via actually buying the Akatsuki to take them down, Yes That Akatsuki]]. Also he and Anko use disguises that are vaguely described to look like Urahara and Yoruichi
* Status: Dead.
[=[[reviews:The Art of the Deal]]=]

''[[http://www.branchandroot.net/archive/category/naruto/avalanche/ Avalanche]]'' by [[http://branchandroot.dreamwidth.org/ branchandroot]]
* Also found [[http://branchandroot.dreamwidth.org/tag/fic:+naruto:+avalanche here]].
* Recommended by Sheliak, boonerunner, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'': Naruto/Sakura/Sasuke, Hinata/Neji, Kakashi/Iruka, others.
* ''Synopsis'': Kakashi gives Sasuke a different piece of advice following an early fight with Naruto, and the Sound Five never have a chance to try to get him to defect. Team Seven stays together a bit longer, and when they split up, it's along somewhat different lines than in canon- Naruto is apprenticed to Tsunade in the hopes she can help with his chakra control, Sasuke is sent with Jiraiya, and Sakura goes into Intelligence.
[=[[reviews:Avalanche]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6557238/1/Better_Left_Unsaid Better Left Unsaid]]'' by Kenchi618
* Recommended by @/UncloudedTJ
* ''Pairings'': Naruto/Ino.
* ''Synopsis'': Mizuki never got to shoot his mouth off at Naruto the night he took the Scroll of Seals. Other than skipping a half-manic monologue from him what exactly did this change for everyone's favorite blonde ninja? Who knows?
[=[[reviews:FanFic/BetterLeftUnsaid]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10604168/1/Birth-of-a-Ninja Birth of a Ninja]]'' by Captain Enigma
* Recommended by lightace
* ''Synopsis'': What does it mean to be a ninja? This is the question that guides Uzumaki Naruto through his life as a shinobi of Konoha. Along that path, witness as he meets friends, fights evil, and keeps his eyes fixed on the ultimate dream... AU focused around Kakashi getting his act together and training the team to be like real ninjas
* ''Status'': Ongoing as of 15th August 2014, updated regularly
[=[[reviews:FanFic/BetterLeftUnsaid]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3776405/1/Blind Blind]]'', by Tazaki4
* Recommended by @/{{Donomni}}
* ''Synopsis'': A ''{{Naruto}}'' fic that's one of ''many'' (read "thousands of") ForWantOfANail stories made regarding the series. What makes it stand out is how a single theft not only [[spoiler:causes a war]] but also [[spoiler:produces a bunch of mutant humans that make up a large portion of the enemy army, all looking like something out of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''.]]
* ''Status'': Complete
[=[[reviews:Blind]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3371184/1/Blind Blind]]'', by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/563067/ObsidianSickle Obsidian Sickle]][[note]]not the same as ''Blind'' by Tazaki4, recommended above[[/note]]
* Recommended by Kurtulmak, @/{{Nitramy}}
* ''Pairings:'' [=SasuSaku=], [=ItaKonan=] (of all things).
* ''Synopsis:'' It was almost time, Orochimaru was going to take his body as a vessel. He hated being used... He refused to be used. With that thought, he took the kunai in his hand and slashed across his eyes.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/Blind]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3775026/1/Butterfly_Wings Butterfly Wings]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/968038/Bjorn Bjorn]]
* Recommended by: capeclare
* ''Synopsis'': Years before Uzumaki Naruto was born, one Namikaze Minato convinced one Orochimaru to stay in Konoha. The world changed. They are ninja not samurai a fact that is often too forgotten both in fanfiction and canon. Maybe a dead fic but the chapters that are there are just so good.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/ButterflyWings]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3817829/1/Clash_in_the_Land_of_Snow_Legacy_Version Clash in the Land of Snow: Legacy Version]]'' by [=FictionReader98=]
* Recommended by FLCNPNCH, Ramenth, Jomlos, [=ZeroXSEED=]
* ''Synopsis'': It's Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow - adapted to the Legacy of the Rasengan universe!
* ''Status'': Last updated 3rd July 2014
[=[[reviews:Clash_In_The_Land_Of_Snow]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5831241/1/The-Cost-of-Living The Cost of Living]]'' by ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2293884/livezinshadowz livezinshadowz]]''
* Recommended by: @/{{ZeronosVega}}
* ''Pairings'': Naruto/Fū
* ''Synopsis'': My response to pudgypudge's Jiongu challenge. Watch as Naruto is mentored by Kakuzu to become a powerful ninja and bounty hunter, and follow him as he discovers that his new life requires a payment in blood to live successfully. Jiongu!Naruto.
* ''Status'': Complete.
* ''Sequel'': ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10018620/1/Checkmate Checkmate]]''
[=[[reviews:The Cost of Living]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5450759/1/Curse_of_a_Hanyou_Love_of_an_Angel Curse of a Hanyou, Love of an Angel]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1806953/Saemon Saemon]]
* Recommended by Supernatural
* ''Pairings'': Naruto x Hinata
* ''Synopsis'': Cursed mere hours after his birth to wander the world as a Kitsune Hanyou, Naruto Uzumaki is forced to find light in a cruel world. Is it possible to live life as a half-demon and earn the acceptance of those around you. If so, is love also possible?
* ''Status'': Last updated Jan 2012
[=[[reviews:Curse of a Hanyou, Love of an Angel]]=]

''FanFic/CuttingLoose'' ([[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5661129/1/Cutting_Loose Link]]), by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1623010/Chengar_Qordath Chengar Qordath]]
* Recommended by Chuckg, @/{{Zeful}}, Life of Pi
* ''Pairings:'' Naruto and Tenten are ''very'' good friends, with significant ShipTease, but not a couple yet.
* ''Synopsis:'' Naruto and Tenten become friends in the academy, and with her help he's able to pass the genin exam a year earlier. He ends up assigned to Team Gai in place of Neji, and with teammates who like him and a sensei who actually works hard at teaching...
* ''Status:'' Last updated Oct 2011
[=[[reviews:FanFic/CuttingLoose]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7822195/1/Danzos_Team Danzo's Team]]'' by [=Kosmos00=]
* Recommended by lostcargo, @/UncloudedTJ, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'': None yet, hints of Naru/Saku
* ''Synopsis'': A what-if fan fiction where Danzo coerces the third hokage into making him the team sensei for team seven. Notable for being the only fic I have found that actually portrays Danzo close to how he is in Canon.
** This troper will note that with the sheer amount ''Naruto'' fic this is not the only one that has Manipulative!Konoha-obsessed!Danzo- Introverted by Shadenight123, for example.
* ''Status'': Last updated September 2012
[=[[reviews:Danzo's Team]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9668429/1/Dawn-s-Sage Dawn's Sage]]'' by [=Panory Bro=]
* Recommended by FTGMinato
* ''Pairings'': Hints of Naruto/Fem!Deidara
* ''Synopsis'': When Gamabunta returned to Mount Myoboku after fighting the Kyuubi, he accidentally brought baby Naruto with him too. Naruto is trained on Mount Myoboku, becoming a master of Sage jutsu, before joining Akatsuki.
* ''Status'': Completed, with an epilogue in the works.

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7478793/1/Daybreak-Part-I Daybreak: Part 1]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/479762/DigitalTart DigitalTart]]
* Has its own tropes page (along with prequel ''One Small Kindness'' [[Fanfic/OneSmallKindness here]]).
* Recommended by Komuro, @/KaiserinKai
* ''Pairings'': Too early to tell and not really the focus.
* ''Synopsis'': A sequel to ''One Small Kindness'' and expands upon that universe in a truly epic fashion. One of Konoha's greatest enemies is long dead, but Akatsuki lives on, and a new threat to peace is rising in the shinobi nations. The question is... who are the heroes, and who are the villains?
* ''Status'': Part 1 is completed, but the author has stated that there will not be a part 2.
[=[[reviews:Daybreak: Part I]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7173680/1/Dead_Garden Dead Garden]]'' by [[{{Tropers/Anowack}} Aaron Nowack]]
* Drafts and discussion can be found at Space Battles [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showthread.php?t=196459 here.]]
* Has its own tropes page [[Fanfic/DeadGarden here]].
* Recommended by spacemonkey37, @/ArcaneAzmadi, Nshosha, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'': None yet.
* ''Synopsis'': The Fourth Hokage left a behind a legacy, a cruel burden that would change the fate of a world. It should have gone to a hero, a champion who could mend the broken and save the hopeless. Instead it fell on Haruno Sakura. Good thing she'll have some help.
* ''Status'': Active. Last updated September 2012.
[=[[reviews:Dead Garden]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9255749/ Déjà vu no Jutsu ]]'' by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2685743/Vixen-Tail Vixen Tail]]
* Also found in [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1018305/chapters/2024813 AO3]].
* Recommended by Aki-no-hikari, aightaight, Me Myself And I, [=MizuKitsune10=]
* ''Pairings'': Minato/Kushina, Shikaku/OC
* ''Synopsis'': Take one dead, thirty year old career soldier, stick in the body of a child during the Second Great Shinobi War. Add a mini-Namikaze Minato, ninjas, chakra, tailed beasts, and shake well. Is it any wonder she thought she was insane? Second/Third Great Ninja War era SI AU.
* ''Status'': Complete as of Sept 7, 2014, but with the possibility of an epilogue and sidefic.
* ''Notes'': Just. This fic is amazing. Wonderful grammar and language combined with plot twists that you will not believe, Vixen Tail does what Kishimoto failed to do. Even if you're not one for SI/OC/AUs (and this troper should know, they don't really like them themselves), Vixen pulls it off incredibly well.
* Now with a ''[[FanFic/DejaVuNoJutsu tropes page]]''
[=[[reviews:Déjà vu no Jutsu]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4131566/1/ The Demon in the Hyuga Clan]]'' by Dark Sword Mage
* Recommended by @/{{AkatsukiDaybreak}}, [=ThatIrishReader=]
* ''Pairing'': Naruto/Hinata
* ''Synopsis'': As its name suggests, its a Main/WhatIf fic in which Hinata is the Kyuubi jinchuriki and both of Naruto's parents are alive and well, with the two of them ending up in the same squad under Kurenai.
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Comments'': I second this recommendation but with mixed feelings. This story was somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me mainly for the fact that Hinata turns into a MarySue eventually but the interesting AU made me finish the story. However, due to people constantly criticizing the author and comparing the story to ripping off Team 8, another NaruHina fanfic, the author posted one final chapter that was more of a plot outline to end the story. To say the least, it's rare to find someone who liked the chosen ending. Asides from that, the story is practical but entertaining and is well thought-out at some points.
[=[[reviews:The Demon in the Hyuga Clan]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7421841/1/Destiny-is-a-Hazy-Thing Destiny is a Hazy Thing]]'' by ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2869569/Calanor Calanor]]''
* Recommended by Priopraxis
* ''Pairing'' Naruto/Hinata, 9-tailed-fox/[[spoiler:Yog-Sothoth]]
* ''Synopsis:A desperate supernatural entity cuts a deal with the sealed 9-tailed-fox, setting off major changes for Naruto when both beings begin communicating with him at age three.
* Status:In progress.
* Really needs a [[Fanfic/DestinyIsAHazyThing page.]]
[=[[reviews:Destiny is a Hazy Thing]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8864982/1/Devil-s-Advocate Devil's Advocate]]'' by ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2293884/livezinshadowz livezinshadowz]]''.
* Recommended by: Leid, @/{{ZeronosVega}}
* ''Pairings'': Hints of Naruto/Tenten & Naruto/Ino
* ''Synopsis'': An accidental meeting brings Zetsu into Naruto's life as his tutor. With Zetsu intending to sway Naruto to his own philosophy of "the only one you can rely on is yourself", Naruto discovers that the world isn't as black and white as his tutor is, that there are at least two sides to every story, and that he has a lot to learn.
* ''Status'': Active - Last updated July 3, 2014.
[=[[reviews:Devil's Advocate]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4061318/1/Diary_of_a_Madman_Memoirs_of_a_Nukenin Diary of a Madman: Memoirs of a Nukenin]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/294007/Bloodreaver_Alpha Bloodreaver Alpha]]
* Recommended by: eternalentity
* Pairings: Naruto/Yugito, with hints of Itachi/Tayuya
* ''Synopsis'': Uchiha Itachi: Missing Nin, Akatsuki member, mass murderer. He has power, and a lot of it. But after an encounter with the Kyuubi Jinchuuriki, he begins to wonder what the point of it all is. What good is power if you've no good reason to use it?
* Status: Last updated Apr 2010
[=[[reviews:Diary of a Madman: Memoirs of a Nukenin]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2405426/1/The-Difference-A-Moment-Makes The Difference A Moment Makes ]]'' by Sessy-sama
* Recomended by Littlegal100
* ''Synopsis'': What if Hiashi was the one to die instead of Hizashi? How would the clan react? How would Hinata and Neji grow up? This delves into the world that didn't happen because of one decision. Hyuuga centered begins with child Neji and Hinata.
* ''Status'': Active.
[=[[reviews:The Difference A Moment Makes]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7347955/1/Dreaming_of_Sunshine Dreaming of Sunshine]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/315314/Silver_Queen Silver Queen]]
* Recomended by Kalvan, spacemonkey37, star trail
* ''Pairings'': None yet
* ''Synopsis'': Life as a ninja. It starts with confusion and terror and doesn't get any better from there. OC Self-insert
* ''Status'': Active - Being updated fairly regularly.
* ''Comments'': Incredibly good, this fic is most likely the reason behind the recent surge of Naruto OC SI's. Suffice to say, pretty much none of them live up to their inspiration.
* ''[[FanFic/{{DreamingOfSunshine}} Tropes Page]]''
[=[[reviews:Dreaming of Sunshine]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8833703/1/Drifting Drifting]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1168462/AlphaDelta1001 AlphaDelta1001]]
* Recommended by: deadman2020, @/{{Mcnickel}}, @/{{Wint}}, @/KaiserinKai
* ''Synopsis'': Naruto is many things; troublesome, wild, unpredictable, adventurous, untamable, unique. But there's a benefit to being wild and unpredictable; no one has the faintest idea what you're going to do next. [=NarutoHarem=]
* ''Pairing(s)'': Naruto/Tayuya, by virtue of an early meeting.
* ''Tags'': AU
* ''Status'': fairly regular updates, at 370,000 words and counting, we may need a new [[Fanfic/{{Drifting}} fic page]] soon.
** As of 2/20/14, this fic is at 915,000 words. The fic page is practically required at this point.
[=[[reviews:Drifting]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4573620/1/A_Drop_of_Poison A Drop of Poison]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/438958/Angel_of_Snapdragons Angel of Snapdragons]]
* Recommended by Angel Form
* ''Synopsis'': Officially the 'nail' is that because Mizuki used poison on Iruka. Naruto didn't get promoted after learning the Shadow Clones and was forced to repeat the academy. However the real difference is that Naruto uses shadow clones to their fullest potential, rapidly becoming a one man army.
* ''Status'': Updated April 2014
[=[[reviews:A drop of Poison]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7028564/1/Echoes Echoes]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2825943/Kagaseo Kagaseo]]
* Now has a [[FanFic/{{Echoes}} trope page.]]
* Recommended by: [=ChessKindred=], @/StormOfScript, AQZT
* ''Synopsis'': At the battle of Land of Grass, one alternate version of Naruto got his seal twisted by Orochimaru, gaining the power to travel into other alternate realities where he is a girl, a puppeteer, and many other possibilities. However he's also being [[SternChase followed]] [[BigBadDuumvirate by very unpleasant people]]...
[=[[reviews:Echoes]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6257660/1/Eternal_Legends_Konohas_Transcendent_Ninja Eternal Legends: Konoha's Transcendent Ninja]]'' by Arashi the Solar Phoenix
* Recommended by [=TacticalFox88=]
* ''Pairings'': Implied and outright stated to be [=NaruSaku=]
* ''Synopsis'': Team 7 through an act of fate meet each other in their childhood and become best friends who walk the path of ninja together. GrowsTheBeard around chapter three or four and hooks you in and doesn't let go.
* "Status": Ongoing
[=[[reviews:Eternal Legends: Konohas Transcendent Ninja]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3235630/1/Everyday Everyday]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/600925/angel_puppeteer angel_puppeteer]]
* Recommended by: pika09, @/{{Cinderflame}}
* ''Pairings'': Sasuke/Sakura
* ''Synopsis'': Sasuke orders Sakura to marry him. She agrees, but only upon the condition that he must first spend a day without her. [[FromBadToWorse It got worse.]]
[=[[reviews:FanFic/Everyday]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3242113/1/A_Day A Day]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/600925/angel_puppeteer angel_puppeteer]]
* Recommended by: @/{{Cinderflame}}
* ''Pairings'': Sasuke/Sakura
* ''Synopsis'': She said she's marry him after twenty-four hours. Companion piece to Everyday.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/ADay]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3794957/1/bExistence_b Existence]]'', by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1031979/Denim88 Denim88]]
* ''Recommended by'': @/REV6Pilot
* ''Pairings'': Mainly Naruto/Temari
* ''Synopsis'': After the battle on the Wave bridge, Naruto runs off, thinking the Kyuubi's seal is weakening. His defection eventually takes him to the Land of Wind, and to a completely new future.
* ''Status'': Ongoing. Updated every few months, with the occasional multi-chapter streak.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/Existence]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5661555/1/ Expectations of Development]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1169079/ kiraiakuma]]
* Recommended by: @/{{Nitramy}}, boonerunner
* ''Pairings:'' [=SakuSasu=], [=NaruHina=] (the usual Fanon pairings)
* ''Synopsis:'' One year of easy missions. That's all Sakura wanted. Instead she gets Zabuza and Orochimaru. Well, if fate wants to throw her head first into the ninja world, she'll oblige. Even if she has to sacrifice her innocence.
[=[[reviews:Expectations of Development]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5831425/1/ Familiarity Ends Contempt]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2284899/Discordia19 Discordia19]]
* Recommended by [=TfichVe=]
* ''Pairing(s)'': None so far, and the author claims he has no interest in writing any among the main cast.
* ''Synopsis'': The Nail in this story is [[spoiler: Iruka being killed by Mizuki in the forest]] at the very beginning, which leads to Naruto talking with the Kyuubi very early on, creating a dynamic between the two very similar to Killer Bee and the Eight Tails.
* ''Status'': Last updated Aug 2010
[=[[reviews:Ends Contempt]]=]

''Fanfic/FirstTrySeries'' by Creator/{{Lucillia}}
* Recomended by Koneko Otome, @/UncloudedTJ, Kraesil, @/KaiserinKai
* List of Stories on the Wiki Page!
* ''Synopsis'': Due to a quirk of fate, Naruto passes the Academy Graduation Exam on his [[TitleDrop first try]], and his life takes an interesting turn from there. Follows the adventures of Naruto, Team 5, Team 7 and the others as the world witnesses the ripple effect caused by this change.
* ''Status'': Completed, with the sequels in-progress.
[=[[reviews: First Try]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1978502/1/A_Fox_and_a_Shark_Walk_into_a_Bar A Fox and a Shark Walk into a Bar]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/233785/ Gigabomb]]
* Recommended by Bon Us
* Pairing(s): A [[HeterosexualLifePartners platonic]] Naruto/Gaara and Itachi/Kisame, along with some Might Guy/Anko.
* ''Synopsis'': (from author's summary) "In a universe where Itachi and Kisame succeeded in capturing Naruto, an Akatsuki delegation is sent to Konoha to negotiate a treaty in the midst of war. The only problem is, everyone in Konoha thinks Naruto is dead." In a nutshell, Naruto was successfully captured by Itachi and Kisame, but instead of having the Kyuubi extracted from him, Naruto is made to join the organization.
[=[[reviews:A Fox and a Shark Walk into a Bar]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2422718/1/Fox_Identity_ Fox Identity]]'': by Arkhe
* Recommended by Antiguo Nonun
* ''Pairings'': None.
* ''Synopsis'': An alternate universe where Naruto discovered he was the Jail of the Kyuubi at a very young age but with the catch that believes he is the Kyuubi. This caused a entire shift of his personality, creating the facade of a buffoon while researching a way to regain its former body and bring its revenge to Konoha. All would be going its merry way if it wasn't for those annoying feelings and its teammates.
* ''Status'': Dead Fic; Last updated Nov 2005
[=[[reviews:Fox Identity]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4307275/1/Fox_of_Konoha Fox of Konoha]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1572001/ CrazyLikeAnko]]
* Recommended by da fox22, Blue Magicite
* ''Pairing(s)'': Minato/Shizune; teases of Naruto/Anko, Naruto/Kurenai, Naruto/Hinata...
* ''Synopsis'': The Kyuubi attack never happened, the hero of the village never died, and a child sits in the forest alone, waiting to show the world his power.
* ''Status'': Last updated Jun 2010
[=[[reviews:Fox of Konoha]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6097762/1/Geniuses_of_Hard_Work Geniuses of Hard Work]]'' by ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1326331/froznfox72 froznfox72]]''
* Recommended by: [=ShadesofGrey18=], @/UncloudedTJ, mumismatist
* ''Pairings'': Naru/Hina and Lee/Ayame
* ''Synopsis'': Might Guy trades Neji and Tenten to take Naruto and Hinata on his team. Can he take this group of misfits and turn them into a team of geniuses...or will he be forced to give up wearing spandex forever?
* ''Status'' Complete. The planned sequel has unfortunately been scrapped.
[=[[reviews:Geniuses of Hard Work]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4068154/1/ The Genius Losers of Konoha]]'' by Stigma (secret history)
* Recommended by @/{{Donomni}}
* ''Synopsis'': This is what happens when someone writes Naruto and Hinata to be {{Teen Genius}}es (And [[TheRival rivals]], no less) on a level higher than Shikamaru (or the same level but not lazy), and makes it something you can't stop reading. It continues to follow the canon story, but everything you read is behind the scenes.
* ''Status'': Last updated Aug 2009
[=[[reviews:The Genius Losers of Konoha]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3541463/1/Genius_of_Konoha Genius of Konoha]]'', by Mrriddler (character death)
* Recommended by @/{{RedViking}}, Kraesil
* ''Synopsis'': An arguably dark fic that answers the question: What would things be like if Naruto were a [[ThePlan plan loving]] MagnificentBastard willing to do anything to keep Konoha safe instead of his canon, idealistic self?
* ''Status'': Last updated Nov 2009
* ''Comments'': Be forewarned: AnyoneCanDie.
[=[[reviews:Genius Of Konoha]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3883902/1/The_Ghost_and_the_Darkness The Ghost and the Darkness]]'' by Kirsdarkenvar
* Recommended by Cherico, Serbii, @/AkatsukiDaybreak, @/VoidHerald, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'': None so far
* ''Synopsis'': Sasuke meets Naruto after the Uchiha massacre. Naruto has issues and they end up having a codependent relationship.
* ''Status'': Last updated Jun 2011
[=[[reviews:The Ghost and the Darkness]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9672103/1/The-Guardian-Director-s-Cut The Guardian]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/578611/ SGTBrowncoat]]
* Recommeneded by: Ricochet2002
* ''Pairings'': Some Itachi/Hana, but not a huge part of the plot
* ''Synopsis'': In an alternate universe where the Uchiha Massacre never happened, Itachi Uchiha receives his first mission in ANBU: protecting Naruto Uzumaki. He bonds quickly with the young Jinchuriki, but dark forces rise to threaten Itachi, Naruto, and those they care for most.
* Status: Complete, Sequel Coming
[=[[reviews:The Guardian]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4119917/1/Hakumei Hakumei]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1232431/Pryotra Pryotra]]
* Recommended by: @/{{Cinderflame}}, Jomlos, @/USABobcat, @/KaiserinKai
* As noted, has [[FanFic/{{Hakumei}} a trope page]].
* Pairings: [[OneTruePairing Naru/Hina, Sasu/Saku]], [[ShipTease Sai/Ino, Neji/Tenten, Gaara/Matsuri]], [[spoiler: possible Haku/Isaribi (obscure anime character)]], [[ToyShip Konohamaru/Hanabi]], [[CrackPairing Iruka/Anko]] ([[CrazyAwesome Yes, really]])
* ''Synopsis'': A ForWantOfANail that takes the WhatIf '''[[RightWingMilitiaFanatic Danzo's]] [[MoralEventHorizon bastardry]] [[UpToEleven taken to its logical extreme]]'''. [[spoiler: Danzo kills the Sandaime and [[ReignOfTerror takes over the village.]]]] Unfortunately, he didn't count on six neglected children to see him.
[=[[reviews:Hakumei]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3341014/1/Hell-s-Radiance Hell's Radiance]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1188649/Angel-of-the-Godless Angel of the Godless]]
* Recomended by [=MissTikilicious=]
* Paring: Sakura/Naruto/Kyuubi, Sasuke/Hanabi, Hinata/Shino
* ''Synopsis'': Fate can be a twisted thing, some only exist in hate. Sakura was one of those, a container of the most feared demon in history, hated by her village. Lost in the darkness, she tried to find a reason for living. Through chance and bad luck, Sakura is chosen as the container of the Kyuubi instead of Naruto. She discovers what has been done to her, decides to [[spoiler: restore the Kyuubi to it's former glory]], bring Konoha to it's knees with violence, madness and corruption and make them love every momment of it.
* Status: Complete
[=[[reviews:Hell's Radiance]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5498273/1/The_Hope_of_the_Senju_Clan The Hope of the Senju Clan]]'' by Aragon Potter
* Recomended by autopanda
* ''Synopsis'': What if instead of Kushina being Naruto's mother and through a trick of fate Naruto's mother was Tsunade after a drunken night with Minato in which Naruto becomes both the heir and hope of the Senju clan. Find out what life would be like now for Naruto.
* ''Status'': Active. Last updated March 16, 2014. Also, very similar to (the deadfic) Senju Naruto.
[=[[reviews:The Hope of the Senju Clan]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4451412/1/Houses_of_the_Holy Houses of the Holy]]'', by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1633755/HowdyU HowdyU]]
* Recommended by av12971, Kraesil
* ''Pairings:'' Naruto/Yugito, you read that right.
* ''Synopsis:'' Spirited away from Konoha at an early age, Naruto finds a new family amid the strife of a battlefield as old as the shinobi nations. But what will he do when his new allies' ambition is to change the world through a baptism by fire?
* ''Status:'' Quite possibly a [[DeadFic dead fic]], considering it's been a long time since it was updated. Shame.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/HousesOfTheHoly]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8326169/1/How-to-Win-Friends-Influence-People How to Win Friends, Influence People]]'' by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/4120384/sparrowette sparrowette]]
* Recommended by Lustheron, @/KaiserinKai
* ''Synopsis'': And Start Your Very Own Secret Ninja Organization. Three months into Naruto's training trip Jiraiya must leave him behind to go to check on a situation in Iwa, leaving Naruto to his own devices. Naruto thinks everything he did makes perfect sense, Kiri thinks he is a cult leader and Tsunade thinks she doesn't get paid enough to deal with this.
* ''Status'': Complete
[=[[reviews:FanFic/HowToWinFriendsInfluencePeople]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8550403/1/The-Howling-Wind The Howling Wind]]'', by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2661190/JMenace JMenance]]
* Recommended by Kraesil
* ''Synopsis:'' When demons walk the earth, bending the very forces of nature to their will, there's little humans can do besides fight, run, and die. No matter how big they dream or how loud they shout, the demons always win. Because in the end, what's a boy to a Bijuu? What's a breath to a raging gale?
* ''Status:'' Last updated Nov 10 2013
[=[[reviews:FanFic/The Howling Wind]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5207262/1/Indomitable Indomitable]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1960462/ShaperV ShaperV]]
* Recommended by @/KhymChanur, @/UncloudedTJ
* Pairings: Sex-only (no romance) Naruto/Anko, eventual Naruto/Multi
* ''Synopsis'': A single conversation near the beginning of Naruto's training trip with Jiraiya sends Naruto's training in a vastly different direction, leading to a ''much'' more powerful Naruto after the time-skip.
* Status: Last updated June 25 2014
[=[[reviews:FanFic/Indomitable]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9125398/1/Introverted Introverted]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/3864170 Shadenight123]]
* Recommended by The Roaming Shadow, Leidolf, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'': None
* ''Synopsis'': Being ignored and gazed at with hatred can lead someone to become a boisterous and loud orange-wearing shinobi, but it can also drive him to become a silent and invisible introvert. Of the two, Naruto takes the logical choice for a future in the Ninja World. Team Sai-Naruto-Sakura.
* ''Comments:'' A fanfic where Naruto is more quiet and closed off due to [[spoiler: Teuchi Ichiraku's death]]. This Fic practically updates Daily.
* ''Status'': Ongoing, last updated Nov 17, 2013.
* [[Fanfic/{{Introverted}} Now has a tropes page.]]
[=[[reviews:Introverted]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9313254/1/Iryo-nin-Kasa-医療忍-傘 Iryo-nin Kasa]]'' by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/620686/Vaengir Vaengir]]
* Recomended by Hollownerox
* ''Pairings'': None
* ''Synopsis'': Whoever said death is nothing to be afraid of have likely lived a full life. Though, I suppose the same could be said for the reverse. Those who fear death have never truly lived, but I'm getting a little ahead of myself. My name is Kasa, the idiot who doesn't know how to die properly. And let me tell you, dying hurts. OC Self-insert.
* ''Comments'': A self-insert fic that really delves into the insecurties and possible mental instability of someone shoved into a world they once thought was fictional. This fic is also unique due to the fact that it has a companion story [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10104920/1/Cheating-Fate-運命を浮気 Cheating Fate]] that is from Obito's perspective of events, revealing that not only is the story a self-insert, but a PeggySue fic as well, though the OC herself is unaware of this fact.An interesting change of pace considering most self-inserts make the OC nigh omnipotent in terms of how events run, so it is quite rare to see a story take the plunge and have things occurring outside of the main characters, and by extension the readers, point of view.
* ''Status'': Ongoing, last updated Sept 13, 2014
[=[[reviews:Iryo-nin Kasa]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2580061/1/Juniper Juniper]]'' by Agent Spielplatz
* Recommended by orpheus-izanagi, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'': None as of yet.
* ''Synopsis'': "A conspiracy within Konoha leads to a near fatal encounter for Naruto on the night of the Genin Exams. As he copes, his team struggles to work together and live up to the Hokage's expectations."
* ''Staus'': Dead. Last updated 4/15/2010.
[=[[reviews:Juniper]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6309413/ Kagemane Complete]]'' by Anbu-Dave
* Recommended by @/KhymChanur
* ''Pairing(s)'': None yet
* ''Synopsis'': Shikamaru makes a single, different choice at the beginning of the chunin exams. With it he makes a mortal enemy of Orochimaru and must try to outmaneuver the sanin.
* ''Comments'': The nail consists of Shikamaru deciding to get an early start on the second part of the chunin exams by having Ino posses one of the Sound genin before they enter the forest, leading her to learn that they've been sent by Orochimaru to kill one of the test takers.
* ''Status'': Abandoned?
[=[[reviews:Kagemane Complete]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9358586/1/Kakashi-s-Kid Kakashi's Kid]]'' by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2888338/Silimaira Silimaira]]
* Recommended by Ripplefish
* ''Pairing(s)'': None yet.
* ''Synopsis'': I wasn't asking, but then this guy with gray hair seemed to think he'd found an answer. . . . A self-insert fic with excellent characterization, humor, wit, and plot.
* ''Status'': Active.
* ''[[FanFic/{{KakashisKid}} Tropes Page]]''
[=[[reviews:Kakashis Kid]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4693530/1/Konoha_Narutos_Playground Konoha: Naruto's Playground]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1325292/MegaB MegaB]]
* Recommended by Kurtulmak, @/KaiserinKai
* ''Pairing(s)'': None, though there's some doses of platonic Naruto x [=TenTen=] WAFF.
* ''Synopsis'': When Naruto finally decides that the Konoha populace doesn't deserve his protection, he moves to another goal... Have fun! But his fun turns to fear when his vow to never fight as a Shinobi is broken.
* ''Status'': Complete
[=[[reviews:Konoha: Narutos Playground]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3122801/1/Konohas_Legacy_An_Alternate_Version Konoha's Legacy: An Alternate Version]]'' by The Gemini Project
* Recommended by Clendy82
* ''Synopsis'':Taking place in an alternate world where the Fourth Hokage is alive and well, and the Nine-Tailed Fox never attacked Konoha, the story follows the events of the series as they are altered through the Fourth's presence.
* ''Status'': Last updated Feb 2008
[=[[reviews:Konohas Legacy: An Alternate Version]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5374005/1/Kumogakure_Ninja_Birth_of_a_Legend Kumogakure Ninja Birth of a Legend]]'' by ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1314481/Iron_Monkey_Fist Iron Monkey Fist]]''
* Recommended by: [=FellowNerd=]
* ''Pairings'': Naruto/Yugito, Its part of the plot but not the focus
* ''Synopsis'':Pushed to his limits at a young age, Naruto flees the Hidden Leaf. A perhaps fated encounter with Kirabi leads to the birth of a new legend. The path to greatness is paved with blood and tears. Gradually becomes darker in content. Gradually gets better.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/KumogakureNinjaBirthOfALegend]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4194164/1/The_Lavender_Beast_of_Konoha The Lavender Beast of Konoha]]'' by Mark Hoherty
* Reccomended by: capeclare, Dermonster
* ''Synopsis'': In a fit of hubris, Hiashi forced Hinata to attend the same Academy class as Neji. Having never been in the same class as Naruto, who shall serve as her inspiration to grow stronger? AU Team Gai: Lee, Tenten, Hinata. Gen for now. Surprisingly not crack.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/TheLavenderBeastOfKonoha]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2099569/1/The_Lazy_Uchiha The Lazy Uchiha]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/283534/Hibiki54 Hibiki54]] ( [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] )
* Recommended by [=CrowKenobi=]
* ''Synopsis'': The Uchiha clan were known as genius ninja. But all clans have that one black sheep. Meet Uchiha Itachi, a born genius and the laziest ninja you will ever find!
* ''Status'': Last updated September 2012
[=[[reviews:The Lazy Uchiha]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2938888/1/Legacy_of_the_Rasengan_I_Naruto Legacy of the Rasengan I: Naruto]],'''' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3631232/1/Legacy_of_the_Rasengan_II_Makaze_Rekidaishi Legacy of the Rasengan II: Makaze Rekadaishi]],'' and ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3894376/1/Legacy_of_the_Rasengan_III_Chuuten Legacy of the Rasengan III: Chuuten]]'' by Tellemicus Sundance
* Recommended by Clendy82, Jomlos, @/{{arrowstorm}}
* ''Pairings'':
* ''Synopsis'': A very good interpretation of the story, told from the very beginning and following the events of the series all the way through. Like many other ''Naruto'' fanfics, it makes full use of ForWantOfANail and a Naruto [[TookALevelInBadass mildly increased in ability]]. The first volume only has slight changes to the overall plot. The second volume, which takes place during the {{timeskip}}, is very much OriginalFlavor with a completely original story arc. And the third volume and is still in progress, which follows the events beyond the timeskip, follows the main story but begins to branch off to follow its own plots.
* ''Status'': Complete. More precisely, discontinued by the original author and adopted by the author of the following entry.
[=[[reviews:Legacy of the Rasengan I: Naruto]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7745648/1/Legacy_of_Uzushiogakure Legacy of Uzushiogakure]]'' by Marquis Black
* Recomended by @/UncloudedTJ, Tropers/CaellachTigerEye, @/KaiserinKai
* ''Synopsis'': The 2nd Shinobi World War left Uzu destroyed out of fear. Its inhabitants were left slaughtered or scattered. However, what if the members of Uzushio's famed Uzumaki weren't as scattered as people thought? What would it mean for one Uzumaki Naruto?
* ''Notes'': FakeCrossover with ''Manga/FairyTail'' through [[{{Expy}} Expies]].
* ''Status'': Last updated August 2012.
[=[[reviews:Legacy of Uzushiogakure]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3430516/1/Lost_soul Lost Soul]]'', by [=LD1449=]
* Recommended by Krow Blood, @/ShadowAI, FLCNPNCH
* ''Synopsis'': This fic is massive, over 600,000 words and 100 chapters, tells the story about Naruto being raised to be a weapon, and anything else would spoil ALL of the story.
* ''Status'': Complete
[=[[reviews:Lost Soul]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5316196/1/Loyalty Loyalty]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/975220/A_True_Radical_Dreamer A True Radical Dreamer]]
* Recommended by Capeclare
* [[FanFic/{{Loyalty}} Trope page]]
* ''Synopsis'': In her last year at the academy Sakura is accidentally recruited by Kabuto and is forced to help him him with his spying efforts. This fic sounds like a Sakura sue but nothing could be further from the truth. Sakura's spy efforts are realistic and limited in importance, she basically does the boring trash rooting jobs that Kabuto doesn't want to do. Sakura in this fic is a more scrappy appealing character than in canon as well as more competent. Due to her spying efforts there is also little in the ways on wangst or angst especially after the first chapter is done. This fic also has an original plotline as the author avoids the wave arc and is now heading in a really interesting and original direction.
** A word of warning: this fic is very, ''very'' dark.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/Loyalty]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3481273/1/The_Melody_of_the_Fox Melody of the Fox]]'', by Jetslinger
* Recommended by {{@/XShouldveDied}}, @/{{AkatsukiDaybreak}} templar627
* ''Pairings'': Naruto and Tayuya
* ''Synopsis'': Tayuya survives the Valley of the End, but not without taking crippling injuries from having a few trees dropped on her. Tsunade drafts her into Konoha's forces at knife point to get information on Orochimaru. Naruto finds himself being shanghaied into being her guard. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Status'': Last updated June 2012
[=[[reviews:Melody of the Fox]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4057805/1/The_Melt The Melt]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1415139/pudgypudge pudgypudge]].
* ''Recommended'' by @/{{Ansela}}, @/REV6Pilot, @/{{arrowstorm}}, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'': [=NaruHina=] with hints of [=AnkoNaru=]
* ''Synopsis'': As a child, Naruto is taken in by Sarutobi to be his chosen successor to the mantle of Hokage. He develops a bloodline long thought lost to the world and learns along the way that, though he may be hated for his demon, his Will of Fire will burn brightly.
* ''Status'': Last updated Jul 2009
[=[[reviews:The Melt]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7817775/1/Mission_Accomplished Mission Accomplished]]'' by [=The Authorman=]
* Recommended by [=MarxistStruggle=]
* ''Pairings'': None yet.
* ''Synopsis'': Sarutobi realizes that Naruto will never have a normal childhood, not when he has the Kyuubi locked inside him. To this end, he assigns ANBU to guard and mentor the boy. After all, they aren't normal.
* ''Status'': Last updated February 8, 2012.

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8052959/1/Mizukage Mizukage]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/89592/Dragon6 Dragon6]]
* Recommended by Ninmikey01
* ''Pairings'': Naruto/Sakura, Neji/Hinata, Shikamaru/Temari
* ''Synopsis'': Though successful in retrieving Sasuke, Naruto is banished for harming him. Years pass and the Land of Waves dissapeared from the world's notice. A new Mizukage and his country will fight in a new war.
* ''Status'': Complete
[=[[reviews:Mizukage]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3922556/1/A_Mothers_Love A Mother's Love]]'' by Lord of the Land of Fire (AU, character death)
* Recommended by @/{{SAMAS}}, Clendy82, @/{{Nitramy}}, @/{{Wint}}
* ''Pairings'': [=NaruHina=] is this author's OTP. Believe it.
* ''Synopsis'': Kushina Uzumaki survives childbirth by sheer force of will (and the timely arrival of Tsunade). Things ''change''.
* ''Status'': Complete
[=[[reviews:A Mothers Love]]=]

''[[http://soulriders.net/brian/fanfic/motivation/ Motivation]]'' by Durandall
* Recommended by @/UncloudedTJ, Kraesil
* ''Synopsis'': Mizuki used a poisoned blade on Iruka that night and caused not only Iruka's but his own death as a result of an angry Naruto. This lead to a quick reorganization of the "Rookie Nine". According to the Author: "a story where Shikamaru acts to his potential, because I think he's awesome, Shino gets to be badass, because he is badass, and Naruto pays a little more attention, because he has the right ... ''Motivation''."
* Forever unfinished. [[AuthorExistenceFailure The author is no longer with us.]]
[=[[reviews:Motivation]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3392032/1/Naruto_Alone Naruto: Alone]]'', by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1081832/Arganaut Arganaut]]
* Recommended by Kurtulmak
* ''Pairings:'' Naruto / Hinata (eventually)
* ''Synopsis:'' Naruto grows up on the streets of Konoha as a homeless street urchin, stealing to survive, when political pressures prevent the Third from helping him out directly. How will the Street Fox of Konoha survive, and what kind of future awaits him as a ninja?
[=[[reviews:Naruto: Alone]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3149411/1/Naruto_Altered_History Naruto: Altered History]]'', by Geor-sama
* Recommended by @/{{RedViking}}, boonerunner
* ''Pairings'':
* ''Synopsis'': A ForWantOfANail story, as suggested by the title. This story basically explores what would have happened had no one in the village known that the Kyuubi had been sealed inside Naruto.
* ''Status'': Complete
[=[[reviews:Naruto: Altered History]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5403644/1/ Naruto Asunder]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1992963/WrathfulSE WrathfulSE]]
* Recommended by Fellownerd, Jomlos
* Pairings: Naruto/Hinata mostly teasing though,
* ''Synopsis'': The smallest of pebbles can create thousands of ripples. A simple off hand remark can create a lasting message. In the ninja world, these ripples will someday become the tidal waves that will tear the ninja world asunder.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/NarutoAsunder]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5570573/1/Naruto_Bijuu_Chronicles Naruto: Bijuu Chronicles]]'' by ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2022239/YetAnotherAnon YetAnotherAnon]]''.
* Recommended by roflMons
* ''Synopsis'': The Bijuu were much more intelligent then assumed, and not nearly as blindly malevolent. In addition, there were two moves before Kage Bunshin on the Forbidden scroll.
* Status: Ongoing, with giant updates about every month.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/NarutoBijuuChronicles]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4515454/1/Naruto_Captured Naruto:Captured]]''by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1483577/EdStargazer EdStargazer]]
* Recommended by 23, Clendy82, [=CompleteNerd=]
* Pairings none confirmed so far but leaning towards [=NaruSaku=]
* ''Synopsis'': What if Naruto hadn't been able to steal the Forbidden Scroll? What if that led to the Hokage discovering that Naruto had been sabotaged at the academy? A fairly unique fic that has a pretty mature take on the Naruto universe and Konoha. Features politics, realistic training and some gore and well written chapters with actual drama.
* ''Status'': Updated August 10th, 2013
[=[[reviews:Naruto:Captured]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5141800/1/Naruto_bChosen_b_bVessel_b Naruto: Chosen Vessel]]'' (previously ''Naruto: Another Version'') by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/968819/BlueGlass54 BlueGlass54]]
* ''Recommended by'': @/REV6Pilot
* ''Pairings'': Hints of Naruto/Ino
* ''Synopsis'': Due to some twists of fate, Naruto discovers he's involved in more than one dark plot. Can he push forwards without breaking down and messing everything up?
* ''Status'': Resumed in April 15th, 2K11.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/NarutoChosenVessel]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4611673/1/Narutos-Compensation Naruto's Compensation]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1228238/DisobedienceWriter DisobedienceWriter]]
* Recommended by: Faraway_2, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'': None. Same as above entry.
* ''Synopsis'': Young Naruto is prohibited from being Ninja of the Leaf. Left to his own devices he takes an unusual path to power as a Puppeteer. Smart!Powerful!Wily!Naruto. Lots of conflict with Orochimaru, Sasori and other Akatsuki.
* ''Comments'': A must-read. Seriously. Very plausible, and ''that'' is hard to find with the rampant Super!Naruto fics.
* ''Status'': Complete.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/NarutosCompensation]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5538660/1/Naruto-Demon-s-Path Naruto: Demon's Path]]'' by Scribe of the Apocalypse
* Recomended by [=AbZHz101=]
* ''Synopsis'': A six-year-old Naruto taps into the Kyuubi to save Hinata from a cloud-nin who is being helped by Mizuki. Events force him to flee the village and he eventually apprentices under 'The Demon of Mist' Zabuza. (Straight from FanFic.net's summary)
* ''Comments'': At over 300,000 words and 60+ Chapters be ready for a long haul. One can really see the evolution of Scribe's writing style and be ready for a lot of plot twists- some predictable, some not. Warning Uchiha Bashing.
[=[[reviews:Naruto Demon's Path]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5621668/1/Naruto_Sensei Naruto-Sensei]]'', by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/313170/ Tyler Marcoz]]
* Recommended by [=AMusingWriter=], @/UncloudedTJ
* ''Pairings:'' None yet, though the canon crushes still exist. How the author's self-stated obsession with [=NaruHina=], if at all, is an interesting question given the rank differences.
* ''Synopsis:'' Beginning with the ever popular What If, what if Naruto had been born earlier in the timeline, changing his history forever. Having been born three years earlier, into a world where Minato never became the Fourth Hokage, the Third Great Shinobi War never ended, and a chain of events led to none other then Itachi becoming the Fifth Hokage, Naruto is instead a fresh jounin, just as a new batch of genin are graduating from the academy.
* ''Status:'' Last updated January 2013
[=[[reviews:Naruto-Sensei]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3922662/1/ Naruto: Shattered Eyes]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1156528/Lithius_Osmius Lithius Osmius]]
* Recommended by: Pyro Ninja, @/VoidHerald
* ''Pairings'': None confirmed yet, though [=SasuSaku=] looks pretty solid.
* ''Synopsis'': Naruto awakens a new Transcendant Bloodline: the Kyoukagan, source of all bloodlines and peer of the Rinnegan.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/NarutoShatteredEyes]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2292009/1/Never_Cut_Twice Never cut Twice]]'': by shadowmaster62
* Recommended by: Antiguo Nonun, [=UltraSonikku=]
* Pairings: Naruto/Temari, Sakura/Sasuke, Itachi/Pocky
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Synopsis'': Naruto could not deal how he failed Sakura, Sasuke, Konoha in general, so he decided to become a nuke-nin and find his place in the world. In his travels, he takes Zabusa's sword, finds a harsh but cute Sand Nin, helps Garaa create an Emo epic, fights against mobsters, swordmasters, the Seven of the Mist, Akatsuki, the Fall of Orochimaru and a belligerent Demon God. Also [[spoiler: Disco breakdance, Icha Icha Paradise the Movie, Nunekin guitar Duel and Pocky]].
[=[[reviews:Never Cut Twice]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4043196/1/New-chance New Chance]]'' by Hektols
* Recommended by [=KrspaceT=]
* ''Synopsis'' A 10 years old Naruto meets a man who will change his life and the Ninja Nations, but will it be for good? The Yondaime has returned and he is not happy. [=NaruHina=] later.
* ''Status'': Still updating
* ''Comments'': A truly good story that delves into how Minato's return could impact Naruto and everyone around him. Also, a rare fic where Haku is in fact, male and where [=NaruHina=] can be shipped without Sakura and Sasuke being demonized.
[=[[reviews:New Chance]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6906882/1/Nice_Dream Nice Dream]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2615522/ShirouHokuto Shirou Hokuto]]
* Recommended by: [=IraeNicole=], @/{{Haustere}}
* ''Pairings'': Hints of Naruto/Sasuke and Ino/Sakura but fic is slowly building to that and focus is more the plot.
* ''Synopsis'': Following the Uchiha massacre Itachi refuses to leave Konohoa and his little brother. Sasuke must grow up and deal with the trauma of his family's loss while living with their killer.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/NiceDream]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3687756/1/The_Nine_Broken_Mirrors The Nine Broken Mirrors]]'', by Ayien
* Recommended by @/{{AkatsukiDaybreak}}, Yogi, Serbii, @/SomePoorSod, The Tambourine Man, @/{{arrowstorm}}, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'':
* ''Synopsis'': A tale of Naruto and Gaara joining forces after the Chuunin Exam to gather together the rest of the jinchuriki in order to prevent a future full of carnage.
* ''Status'': Last updated Jun 2010
[=[[reviews:The Nine Broken Mirrors]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2755569/1/Nine_Tailed_Serpent Nine Tailed Serpent]]'' by [=LT2000=]
* Recommended by FLCNPNCH
* ''Pairings'':
* ''Synopsis'': How ''Naruto'' would play out if the titular character [[TookALevelInBadass took a level in badass]], complete with [[BadassLongcoat badass longcoat]] and {{BFS}} [[spoiler:Zabuza's, to be specific =P]]. How, you ask, does that work? Well, THIS Naruto's been aware of and in cahoots with Kyuubi since he was about seven...
* ''Status'': Complete
[=[[reviews:Nine Tailed Serpent]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2663204/1/One_Hundred_Days One Hundred Days]]'' by [[{{Tropers/Anowack}} Aaron Nowack]]
* Recommended by @/{{Komanda}}, Serbii, boonerunner
* ''Synopsis'': Naruto leaves on his three-year training trip, and Sakura begins the struggle to improve herself. How much will they have changed when they meet again in one hundred days?
* ''Sequel'': ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6942340/1/One_Hundred_Weeks One Hundred Weeks]]''
* ''Status'': Complete with sequel last updated Jul 2011
[=[[reviews:One Hundred Days]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6813473/1/bOne_b_bSmall_b_bKindness_b One Small Kindness]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/479762/DigitalTart DigitalTart]]
* Recommended by [=BlackAlchemist=], Trickdice, @/KaiserinKai
* ''Synopsis'': Uchiha Mikoto takes the hand of an outcast child, and with it rewrites the destiny of her clan. AU.
* ''Status'': Complete
[=[[reviews:FanFic/OneSmallKindness]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4139575/1/One_Small_Step One Small Step]]'' by Shawny Wong
* Recommended by Chuckg, @/ArcaneAzmadi
* ''Pairing'': Naruto/Hinata
* ''Synopsis:'' AU where Naruto and Hinata become childhood friends at age 7, very early in their tenure in the Ninja Academy.
* ''Animated:'' Fanart donations have led to [[http://shawnyw.livejournal.com/41818.html Chapter 1]] and [[http://shawnyw.livejournal.com/42572.html Chapter 2]] of this fic being available as webcomics. Pure cuteness.
* ''Status'': Last updated Sep 2008
[=[[reviews:One Small Step]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3745099/1/People_Lie People Lie]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/768029/Nugar Nugar]] [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]]
* Recommended by Gamma Wolf, @/{{XanderK}}, boonerunner, @/AckSed, @/{{JasonCarter}}, amatakamata, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'': Naruto/Hinata
* ''Synopsis'': Lies have power. They can change a simple-minded believer into a two-faced schemer and a timid follower into a fanatical devotee. They can change a child angry at the world into a man consumed by more than vengeance. But that power is a lie as well.
* ''Status'': Last updated Jul 2010
[=[[reviews:People Lie]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3175216/1/Perfect_Pair Perfect Pair]]'' by mysterious-mask
* Recommended by [=TropeKira=], [=Lionheart0=]
* ''Synopsis'': An AU fanfic that has Naruto adopted by the Haruno family. The series starts before the events of the anime, depicts the events of part 1 and 2 differently as wll.
* ''Status'': Complete
[=[[reviews:Perfect Pair]]=]


''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4452720/1/ The Point of Divergence]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/89214/ EliadS]]
* Recommended by Judge King
* ''Pairings'': Naruto/Ino
* ''Sypnosis'': Sasuke died during the battle in the Land of the Waves and the Narutoverse is changed forever. But how radically will one divergence in fate effect the entire Shinobi world? Read and find out. AU, Slight [=NaruIno=], Spoilers from the advanced mangaverse.
* ''Status'' : Complete thirty chapters.
[=[[reviews:The Point Of Divergence]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10105256/1/Rebirth Rebirth]]'' by ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2955316/Kenshin-Akagi KenshinAkagi]]''
* Recommended by: FTGMinato
* Status: Ongoing, updates roughly every week.
* Synopsis: (Copied from summary) Princess Kaguya failed to bring peace. Hagoromo failed to seal the Juubi. Madara never met Hashirama. How can all of these changes, seemingly minor on their own, affect the lives of everyone in the ninja world? Can Naruto, as a new Sage, spread Peace to a world ruled by clans and war? Story will get much darker. MASSIVE AU. Rinnegan!Naruto.

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3223070/1/The_Reflection_of_Oneself The Reflection of Oneself]]'' by ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/308170/The_White_Wanderer The White Wanderer]]''
* Recommended by: Atryru
* ''Pairings'': Hints of multiple parings, but focuses on the plot
* ''Synopsis'': Naruto dies while fighting Sasuke at the Valley of the End and has his DNA stolen by Kabuto for the sake of cloning. Thirteen years later a repentant Sasuke finds himself serving as the BigBrotherMentor for the last remaining clone, Nanikato.
* ''Status'': Discontinued
[=[[reviews:The Reflection of Oneself]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5821042/1/The_Reluctant_Hokage The Reluctant Hokage]]'' by Aishuu.
* Recommended by Sheliak, @/UncloudedTJ
* ''Synopsis'': The Sandaime Hokage finds an alternative to ordering the Uchiha Massacre. Each chapter focuses on a different character's reaction to the new Godaime Hokage, Itachi.
* Status: Ongoing, but updates have slowed down lately.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/TheReluctantHokage]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4052133/1/Rise_Of_Naruto_Shinigamis_Touch Rise Of Naruto: Shinigami's Touch]]'' by Matrix Explosion
* Recommended by Gore17
* ''Pairings'': [=Naru/Hina/Moko(OC)=]
* ''Synopsis'': There are three tiers of power in the universe; Humans, Demons, and Gods. Jinchuuriki have been created to harness the power of demons. Yet, nobody has been able to successfully harness even a fraction of the power of a god -- until now. How was the Kyuubi actually sealed? The Yondaime may have used the Shiku Fuujin, but even he doesn't have enough chakra to match Kyuubi. So he did the only thing he could -- use the power and chakra of a God.
* ''Status'': Last updated Dec 2010
[=[[reviews:Rise Of Naruto: Shinigamis Touch]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7096419/1/Rise_of_the_Uchiha Rise of the Uchiha]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2933548/AlphaEph19 AlphaEph19]]
* Recommended by Chaosjunction, Grand Prince Paul II, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'': None yet
* ''Synopsis'': In a world where the Uchiha clan, led by Uchiha Madara successfully takes over Konoha, Itachi and Sasuke leave the village, with Itachi vowing to return to save it. Jiraiya smuggles Kiba, Shikamaru, Ino, Sakura, Chouji and Shino to Suna, where they befriend a young Gaara and his siblings. Meanwhile Naruto grows up as Madara's son and heir.
* Status: Active
[=[[reviews:Rise of the Uchiha]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4054990/1/ Rising Star]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1347216/dead_witch dead witch]] (Implied Noncon)
* Recommended by kakatana59
* ''Synopsis'': Another "what if" story... What if Naruto had made contact with the Kyuubi when he was younger? What if there was no ban on Naruto's origins to the younger generation? A very good read, though it tends to be wordy, especially in the first real arc. A touching [=NaruHina=] at times. Rated M for a reason, though. Getting close to epic length, though not quite there yet.
* Status: Currently on indefinite hold due to serious issues in the author's life; he left a "so long for now" message after 41 chapters.
[=[[reviews:Rising Star]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9486691/1/Sage Sage]]'' by ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/4036329/Digitize27 Digitize27]]
* Recommended by LordHerobrine
* ''Synopsis'': When Naruto is given a gift considered legendary even in a world where walking on water is a daily occurrence for some, will it lead him on a path towards peace or will the consequences of said gift leave a hole in his heart too large to fill?
* Status: Active
* Parings: Naruto/Fuu
* Tags: Adventure/Romance/Drama. "M" rating.
[=[[reviews:Sage]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8261994/1/The-Scorned-Son The Scorned Son]]'' by ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2869569/Calanor Calanor]]''
* Recommended by Lustheron
* ''Synopsis'': They say hell hath no wrath like a woman scorned, but the wrath of a scorned son comes pretty close. The day his brother massacred the Uchiha clan, Sasuke shrugged. None of those people cared about him anyway. Years later he tries to leave his clan's shadow as a loyal shinobi of Konoha.
* Status: Active
[=[[reviews:The Scorned Son]]=]

''Fanfic/ScorpionDisciple'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1980911/nobody102 nobody102]]
* Recommended by: Quote Marx, Bored Australian, @/UncloudedTJ
* ''Synopsis'': AU. Orochimaru's resignation from Akatsuki is more intense than in canon, resulting in a meeting between young Naruto and Sasori. Currently halfway through the Chunin Exam arc.
* Status: Abandoned with summary at the end of fourteen long chapters.
[=[[reviews:Scorpions Discipline]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4234399/1/Senju_Naruto Senju Naruto]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1565105/Baal_of_Yarns Baal of Yarns]]
* Recommended by @/{{AkatsukiDaybreak}}, Psalm of Fire, boonerunner
* ''Pairings'': Naruto/Temari or Naruto/Tenten
* ''Synopsis:'' An AU fic in which Tsunade is Naruto's mother, with an exploration into how Naruto would turn out raised outside of Konoha with a Sannin mother and a bloodline competing with the demon inside of him.
* ''Status'': Last updated May 2009
[=[[reviews:Senju Naruto]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5746791/1/Sinister_Chakra Sinister Chakra]]'' by [=williams5505=]
* Recommended by litewarior
* ''Pairings'': Naruto/Hinata
* ''Synopsis'': When the Fourth Hokage sealed the Kyuubi into Naruto, Madara got sealed into him as well. Also, Hinata isn't a Hyuuga, but a Senju adopted by the clan.
* ''Status'': Last updated May 2013
[=[[reviews:Sinister Chakral]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3003800/1/Something_to_Die_For Something to Die For]]'', by Macavity the Mystery Cat
* Recommended by @/{{anowack}}, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'':
* ''Synopsis'': A well-written and unique (to this troper's knowledge) take on the "Team Seven has a different teacher" genre, with Morino Ibiki, head of ANBU's torture and interrogation squad, as the teacher.
* ''Status'': Last updated Jul 2010
[=[[reviews:Something to Die For]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1434049/1/Suiren Suiren]]'', by Eimii
* Recommended by @/{{anowack}}, Clendy82
* ''Pairings'': Anko/Sakura
* ''Synopsis'': One of the best Sakura-focused fanfics out there, diverging during the Chuunin Exam when Sakura decides to actually ''do something'' during the wait for the final part of the exam, and (eventually) winds up attracting the attention of Mitarashi Anko.
* ''Status'': Last updated Aug 2008
[=[[reviews:Suiren]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9427112/1/The-Tale-of-Nagato-Uzumaki The Tale of Nagato Uzumaki]]'' by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/1389929/YAXON YAXON]]
* Recommended by @/{{JohnPeacekeeper}}
* ''Pairing'': [[spoiler: Nagato x Konan, Obito x Rin, Yahiko x Pakura]] Minato x Kushina, Kakashi x Anko
* ''Synopsis'': After training the three Orphans from Rain to defend themselves adequately, Jiraiya returns home, confident that they will change the future of the world. Poor Jiraiya has no idea how true that will be, because the Ame Trio doesn't want to part ways. What changes will be brought about when Nagato, Yahiko, and Konan become Shinobi of the Leaf...?
* ''Status'': Active; Last updated on August 8, 2014
* ''Comments'': As the synopsis suggests, in this universe, Nagato, Konan, and Yahiko make the small decision to follow Jiraiya home to the Hidden Leaf Village, and from that point, the entire shinobi history of two generations is rewritten. Nagato not becoming Pain is a given, but the story is not all happiness from then on. The story makes excellent use of EquivalentExchange: Tsunade is no longer accounted for and has no reason to return; while the Land of Rain allies with the Hidden Leaf Village, relations with some of the other Great Five lands worsen; [[spoiler: the Uchiha clan is spared from destruction, but Root is completely wiped out, leaving the Leaf a little more vulnerable in some aspects; and Shisui of the Body Flicker takes Obito�s place as Madara�s extension]]. On top of this, [[InSpiteOfANail some inevitabilities still occur]], such as Orochimaru�s defection, Madara�s plan for the Infinite Tsukuyomi with his own group, the Moon�s Eye, Nagato discovering the power of the Six Paths, [[spoiler: Minato and Kushina STILL sacrificing themselves to seal Kurama into their newly born son, and Naruto and Sasuke still being the reincarnations of Indra and Asura]], to name a few. What really makes the story interesting is how some existences can influence one another in such a way that changes their paths, and yet keeps them very consistent with how their canon selves would be. It is also almost completely free of any sort of OriginalCharacter, and those that do appear have minimal importance�almost the entire cast has existed somewhere in the manga or anime, some more obscurely than others. The story is well written and easy to read while also dynamic and well balanced between humor, action, angst, among other tones, and transitions between them believably, not unlike canon Naruto. Of note, there are actually two heroes of this tale�while Nagato is the protagonist, Naruto (as deuteragonist) is still the same as he has always been, minus an extremely painful childhood. It�s a fairly recent work in need of some love, so I highly recommend this if you want a fic that is up to date with what has been revealed in canon up to now.
[=[[reviews:The Tale of Uzumaki Nagato]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6940744/1/A_Teachers_Glory A Teachers Glory]]'' by ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2062884/Larry_Huss Larry Huss]]''
* Recommended by: Angelform, Leid, Frodo Lives, Kraesil, @/KaiserinKai
* ''Synopsis'': Kakashi demonstrates why you shouldn't order a team of miniature assassins to come at you with intent to kill and then not take them seriously. Anko demonstrates how to train a team of messed up miniature assassins.
[=[[reviews:A Teachers Glory]]=]

''[[FanFic/Team7Ascension Team 7's Ascension]] by Eilyfe''.
* Recommended by Leid
* ''Pairings'': None
* ''Synopsis'': To Kakashi, the Genin of Team 7 were morons of the highest order. Despite that, he still saw the potential in each of them and he'd be damned before he let it go to waste. Features a strong Kakashi, a less forgiving Sandaime, and three terrified Genin. [AU]
* ''Status'': Last updated March 2014.
[=[[reviews:Team 7 Ascension]]=]

''[[FanFic/{{Team 8}} Team 8 by S'TarKan]]''.
* Recommended by @/{{Rogue 7}}, @/Clendy82, @/Azuriyuu, @/Psalm of Fire, @/UmbreonMessiah, Chuckg, @/RedSavant, @/{{Draga}}, boonerunner, @/UncloudedTJ, @/AckSed, @/ArcaneAzmadi, [=WarriorDrgnMage=], [=HonorableBaldy=], @/KaiserinKai, @/ChaosKnux
* ''Pairings'': Mostly [=NaruHina=]
* ''Synopsis'': A what-if fan fiction that places Naruto on Kurenai's team at the beginning, reimagining the series. Currently just moving beyond the Search for Tsunade arc.
* ''Status'': Last updated Sep 2013. Update progress available at http://viridiandreams.net/
[=[[reviews:Team 8]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5699961/1/That_Most_Heinous_of_Crimes That Most Heinous of Crimes]]'' by Andrew Joshua Talon
* Recommended by Frodo Lives
* ''Status'': Last Update July 2011
* ''Pairings'': OC/Anko, Naruto/Hinata
* ''Synopsis'': Team 7 is led by Andoryuu, the Spider Sage. Due to a series of unexpected events involving a spider summon, cross-team training, and a soccer ball, Team 7 end up having adventures on the Plane of Spiders.
[=[[reviews:That Most Heinous of Crimes]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5794659/1/Tis-Femina Tis Femina]]'' by Sythe
* Recommended by Nogoodnms, Kraesil
* ''Status'': Ongoing - Updates can take time
* ''Pairings'': Eventual Fem!Naruto/Hashirama Senju
* ''Synopsis'': 'Naruto had gone to his last battle with Madara fully prepared to die with his enemy. He did not think he'd be manipulated by old toad sages and thrown to the far past. He did not expect to wake up in the Senju clan compound either.' Basically, Naruto becomes a girl and gets teleported back in time to when Hashirama was a young man, before he became the badass he is considered in Konoha's history. Warning: This fic is not for the immature. Not because there's a lot of sex, but because there are some things that are just incomprehensible to younger readers. It is very, very dark.
* Comments: The Naruto fandom has a lot of fem!Naruto fics. Of the one where Naruto was originally male and not a girl to begin with, this is the only one I know of that actually explores it in-depth, with a plausible reason, and not just the GAH-JUTSU-GONE-WRONG-I-HAZ-BOOBS-NAO part. Also notable for a less-than-stellar portrayal of Senju Hashirama. (In other words, non-canon portrayal.)
[=[[reviews:Tis Femina]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7821250/1/The_Traitor_and_the_NineTails The Traitor and the NineTails ]]'' by Loudest Voice
* Also found [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/348783/chapters/567159 here]]
* Recomended by Nshosha, Grand Prince Paul II, @/{{Haustere}}, Nero
* ''Synopsis'': Itachi finds alternate means to stop the Uchiha uprising. Five years later, he's assigned his first genin team. Focuses on both Itachi and team seven, with a very interesting portrayal of Itachi.
* ''Status'': Active. Last updated June 2014.
[=[[reviews:The Traitor and the NineTails]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9158198/ To Shape and Change]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/4245482 This-is-not-a-FanFiction]]
* Recommended by The Roaming Shadow
* ''Pairings'': None
* ''Synopsis'': After helplessly watching the murder of his son by the hands of the civilians he had sworn to protect, Minato Namikaze breaks inside. When the god of Death, Shinigami, offers the chance to walk among the living once more, he accepts. Only catch is, he has to live in the body of his son, Naruto Uzumaki. How will the world change with the Yellow Flash taking his sons place?
* ''Status'': Ongoing, last updated April 11, 2013.
[=[[reviews:To Shape and Change]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3977593/1/Two_Halves Two Halves]]'', by [=DameWren=]
* Recommended by Dragontrapper
* ''Pairing'': Naruto/Hinata
* ''Synopsis'': A [=NaruHina=] Pairing fic where Naruto, instead of training with Jiraiya by himself, goes to train with a former student of Tsunade with Hinata for the three years. The entire story takes place in a region to the west of the Ninja regions.
* ''Status'': Complete
[=[[reviews:Two Halves]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6418801/1/Uchiha_Obito_Ghost Uchiha Obito Ghost]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2581556/Namikaze_Artemis Namikaze Artemis]]
* Recommended by narutoxhinata09, luciamalpense, [=LaughterMostInsane=]
* ''Pairings'' : None
* ''Synopsis'' : Naruto isn't exactly alone anymore. A ghost came back to help him along. A ghost named Uchiha Obito. With Obito's help, Konoha's not going to know what hit them.
* ''Status'': Abandoned after 69 chapters
[=[[reviews:Uchiha Obito Ghost]]=]


''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9175739/1/Unmasked Unmasked]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/3916262/WiseMan24 WiseMan24]]
* Recommended by Danny007, @/{{WalkingOedipus}}
* ''Synopsis'': Taken directly from the summary: Minato didn't know that when he shattered Tobi's mask in his fight, he set in motion a series of events that would shake the very foundations of the Shinobi world. AU.
* ''Pairing:'' Naruto/Hinata.
* ''Comments'': The author paints the scenario of what could've happened had Minato broken Tobi's mask in their brief fight. The best Obito and Orochimaru characterization I've seen on fanfiction.net, but YMMV as the author does change a lot of things from canon.
** @/{{WalkingOedipus}}: Seconded, as of now it's really really good- I hope it stays this way- and a breath of fresh air in the stale Naruto fanfiction section. Orochimaru is a MagnificentBastard, but I like it.
* ''Status:'' WIP, last updated September 2013.
[=[[reviews:UnMasked]]=]


''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5288868/1/Uprooted Uprooted]]'' by Orrunan
* Recommended by: Quotemarx, @/BlitzBlast, @/KaiserinKai
* ''Synopsis'': (from author's summary) "Naruto makes a good shinobi, but a lousy weapon. Danzo has finally managed to connive Naruto into Root, or so he believes. Naruto, who will now be within reach of his emotionally inept, traumatized, fanatical devotees. What on earth was he thinking?"
[=[[reviews:Uprooted]]=]

''{{FanFic/Vulpine}}'' by Saphroneth
* Recommended by: @/UncloudedTJ, Kraesil, @/KaiserinKai
* ''Synopsis'': (from author's summary) "Not entirely serious story. So, performing a summoning technique without a contract lands you with your most appropriate summon? Naruto sees someone summoning while still in the academy, and gives it a go."
* ''Comments'': Mcnickel: Reads less like a story and more like an analysis of how TheStationsOfTheCanon are changed by Naruto getting a summons at an early age. Still, its a good read, at the very least for time killing. Complete at around 100,000 words.
* ''Status:'' Complete.
[=[[reviews:Vulpine]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2422891/1/The_Way_of_the_Apartment_Manager The Way of the Apartment Manager]]'' by Elizabeth Culmer
* Recommended by @/{{Universalperson}}, Kraesil, @/KaiserinKai
* ''Synopsis:'' Typical AU where an OC adopts Naruto. Only it ends up being much more than that.
* ''Status:'' The sequel just updated in May 2010 after a 2 1/2-year hiatus.
* ''Status'': Complete
[=[[reviews:The Way of the Apartment Manager]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5945831/1/Where-the-Heart-Is Where the Heart Is]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/678852/Shana-the-Short Shana the Short]]
* Recommended by Dellanotte
* ''Pairings:'' Little tease, despite the [[RunningGag abundance of pretty boys]].
* ''Synopsis:'' "Well, he did just give you his first born son, after all." In which a ten-year-old Sakura is, along with her extended family, [[PromotionToParent left with the care of her big brother's baby boy]]. Naturally, the increased responsibility leads to a few changes.
* ''Status:'' Last updated October 2012.
[=[[reviews:WhereTheHeartIs]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7380887/1/The_Whims_of_Fate The Whims of Fate The Possibilities of Time, Book I]]'' by Not Quite a Drifter
* Recommended by [=KantonKage=], @/UncloudedTJ
* ''Pairings'': [=NaruHina=] ShipTease
* ''Synopsis'': What if Naruto had developed a completely different personality? What if the first to enter the world had been Neji's father instead of Hinata's? Even the simplest of fate's whims can change the course of history...
[=[[reviews:The Whims of Fate]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4860864/1/Who_I_Am Who I Am]]'' by [=TwinTrouble=]
* Recommended by kjjejones42, @/BlitzBlast, @/USABobcat, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'': None as of yet
* ''Synopsis'': Naruto has been keeping dangerous secrets for years. A long-forgotten dream that just won't die, an ally he shouldn't know and a friend no one thought he had are what keep him going. Graduating is the least of his problems...
[=[[reviews:Who I Am]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4370189/1/Will_of_Fire_Heart_of_Stone Will of Fire, Heart of Stone]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1228238/DisobedienceWriter DisobedienceWriter]]
* Recommended by: @/MuchGoodLittleTime and @/JasonCarter, Kraesil
* ''Pairings'': None really that come to mind; this fic seems to have set canon so thoroughly on its ear that you really have to wonder whether or not your OTP is actually going to happen or not.
* ''Synopsis'': The Hokage faces a terrible potential crisis when the Village Council spreads news of the young jinchuuriki, Naruto. The world changes when a more attentive, forceful Sandaime rears his head and takes back full control of his village. Sarutobi-centric.
* ''Comments'': Warning for YMMV. This story is dark, even compared to the violence filled Naruto world, and has several very disturbing elements.
[=[[reviews:FanFic/WillOfFireHeartOfStone]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8067258/1/Worth-Dying-For Worth Dying For]]'' by Shadow Rebirth
* Recomended by Mcnickel, Kraesil
* ''Synopsis'': My name is Uzumaki Naruto. I am a shinobi by profession, an advisor by chance, and a warmonger according to my enemies. My story started with a death god, ended with an empire, and struck up a revolution somewhere along the way.
* ''Status'': Last updated August 2012.
[=[[reviews:Worth Dying For]]=]
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