There are [[TropeOverdosed so many tropes]] in ''{{Naruto}}'' that we had to split its trope page. The second half: [[Naruto/TropesLToZ Naruto: Tropes L to Z]]. Tropes about the anime, merchandising and video games: [[Naruto/AnimeAndOthers Naruto: Anime And Others]].

Please add character tropes directly to said character entry on one of ''Naruto'''s numerous [[Characters/{{Naruto}} characters sheets]], unless it is a key point or a remarkable recurring trope (e.g. on this page: ArtAttacker).
This is to keep these pages from inflating artificially.

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* ActionGirl: Any competent female ninja, by definition, though there are issues with whether and to what degree any of them qualify for competence (see under "FauxActionGirl").
* ActionMom:
** Tsume Inuzuka has remained an active kunoichi and mother of two teenagers while managing her clan, all after her husband left (Kiba suspects it's ''because'' she was such an ActionMom).
** Kushina Uzumaki. She restrained the Nine-Tails with chakra chains, then used her own body to stop its claw from striking Naruto, not an hour after she gave birth and had the Fox forcibly dragged out of her body. And she was dying from having a spiritual behemoth ripped out of her the entire time.
** [[spoiler:Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, otherwise known as the mother of the [[PhysicalGod Sage of the Six Paths]]. The Sage himself states that Kaguya was even more powerful than him, and easily the strongest person to ever live. Shame that her power [[HeWhoFightsMonsters corrupted her eventually]]...]]
* AdultFear:
** Chapter 501 has Tobi threatening a newly born Naruto as an ultimatum to Minato and Kushina.
** Later, we have this: your eldest son, whom you love and raised/trained? He's commissioned with killing you and your spouse. And ''everyone else in your family''. And when he comes for you, '''you clearly know it''', as well as how said son is suffering for it. Your only option is to tell him "well, our deal sucks, but go ahead and kill us if that's what you truly have to do. We love you no matter what. Just take care of your little brother."
** And yet another example, pulled from a pre-Five Great Nations flashback: [[spoiler:Back in the old days, the war meant that ''everyone'' fought. The series was already known for having ChildSoldiers running around willy-nilly, but at least they're trained for combat and start out as civil servants/citizen soldiers--in the bad old days, this kind of thing amounted to ''seven-year-olds'' being declared shinobi, stuffed in armor and sent to the front lines. It's exemplified by how, when Hashirama Senju and Madara Uchiha's fathers met on the battlefield with their sons in tow, [[NightmareFuel each adult's reaction was to]] ''[[NightmareFuel immediately]]'' [[NightmareFuel go for the other's kids]]. [[WarIsHell Morality? What's that]]?]]
* AesopAmnesia: Naruto averts this to the nth degree. He seems to keep a mental list of the aesops he has so far learned and refers to them constantly for guidance and clarification as to what he should do next. Well, except for the many times he goes LeeroyJenkins. He never did learn the meaning of "look before you leap."
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Literally. The only two named, currently living characters who have mutual feelings for each other are a pair of one hundred year old frogs, which stands in stark contrast to all the endless one-sided crushes in the series.[[note]]Suprisingly enough, the 3rd official databook tones it down more than a notch: Of the myriad one-sided crushes in the series, only Sakura's and Karin's feelings for Sasuke are explicitly called as such.[[/note]] Most, if not all, of the pining parties seem to be [[StatusQuoIsGod stuck in limbo]] -- they don't ever move on, and the pined-afters don't ever [[LetsJustBeFriends give them the talk]] or [[RelationshipUpgrade agree to try it and see where it goes]] -- [[AnchoredShip for reasons that are at best implicit and at worst intractable]]. Eventually this was pointed out to the author at a Q&A session, and he conceded that yes, now that his attention has been drawn to it there really is an awful lot of unrequited love in the series, and maybe he can arrange for some of it to be requited [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants if and when he figures out a way]].
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Villagers toward the tailed beast hosts. Inverted, or perhaps reinforced, in one of the most recent chapters: through flashbacks from a minor character who'd previously adhered to this trope in a big way, it turns out the Konoha villagers have actually been paying attention to Naruto's development from BrattyHalfPint to Heroic {{Determinator}}.
* AllThereInTheManual: The databooks hold a lot of information never revealed in the anime or manga, like the backstories of Akatsuki members Hidan and Kakuzu and how the former's immortality technique works. The jinchūriki (and their Tailed-Beasts) who were killed offscreen and only appeared on the splash page for chapter 420 got named and pictured in an art book month before being properly named and shown in the manga. The real names and ordinals of the current Mizukage, Tsuchikage, and Raikage were revealed in the fanbook.
* AlliterativeFamily: The Hyuga. Hiashi, Hinata, and Hanabi. Also Hiashi's brother Hizashi.
* AlwaysSecondBest:
** Sasuke wanted to surpass his brother so he could gain full acceptance from his family, but always fell short. When he saw that Naruto was growing at a faster rate, he started to worry he'd become the weaker of the two.
** Lee always came second to Neji, despite his incredible dedication and strength.
** Madara refused Hashirama's call to peace, but his own clan chose to accept it against his objections. When the first Hokage was named Madara wanted the position, but Hashirama was chosen. He finally defected and tried to kill Hashirama, and failed. His desire to create a world where nobody would be trapped in such a position was the driving force behind most of the manga.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Neji's death is treated as this huge thing, while potentially hundreds of other ninjas who died in previous skirmishes—and even from the same attack—are given nary a reference.
* AnachronismStew: They live in a world with wireless radio headpieces, handheld video games, cars and movie theaters, and have electricity; but then they communicate via messenger birds and many people use horses to get around.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: From practically everyone to practically everyone else, especially in Shippuuden. Usually with less than stellar results.
* AnimalMotifs: It's a veritable zoo in there!
** [[GenerationXerox Jiraiya and Naruto -> Toads ; Tsunade and Sakura -> Slugs ; Sasuke and Orochimaru -> Snakes]]. Much later: Sasuke -> Hawks - [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands New Animal Motifs As The Plot Demands]].
** Neji -> Birds.
** Team 10 - Ino, Shikamaru and Choji -> Boars, Deer and Butterflies, respectively. It plays off of a high-ranking combination in the card game Hanafuda.
** Inuzuka clan -> Dogs ("''inu''" meaning "dog") ; Aburame clan -> Bugs
** Third Hokage -> Monkeys.
** Akatsuki - Itachi -> Crows ; [[MeaningfulName Sasori]] -> Scorpion ; Konan -> origami-style Butterflies ; Kisame... Well, no arrow there. [[PettingZooPeople Shark]].
** Iruka -> [[MeaningfulName Dolphins]]. He even has ''sonar'' as his trademark ability.
** Itachi has another one, given his first name means "weasel"
** Temari -> [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamaitachi Weasels]]
** Kabuto -> Snakes -> [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Dragon]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** Pain asks Naruto: "Well, what's ''your'' solution?". Naruto loses all his enthusiasm to fight because he doesn't know the answer.
** Gaara asks the council of Kages, "When did you all forsake yourselves?". This has a particular impact on the Tsuchikage, who had been most dismissive of him.
* ArmorIsUseless: Flak jackets are designed specifically to stop...well... flak. That should also include slow sword swipes, shuriken, kunai, bits of rock, etc. Somehow, they don't. Unless the ninja tools are being flung with such a velocity as to pierce leather-coated-armor, then normal kunai piercing body armor should not be possible.
** Note that the old style metal-plated armor worn by Madara and company also follows this trope. It does nothing, except serve as weight training.
* ArmyOfTheAges: The Fourth Ninja War arc features heavy use of a resurrection jutsu that brings back a wide range of ninja that had been previously killed, including past villains the protagonists had faced.
* ArtAttacker: Something of a theme: puppets, Konan's origami, Deidara's clay, Sai's paintings, etc. What is "true art" is even discussed several times.
* ArtEvolution: {{Justified|Trope}} as puberty and aging for most characters, but the artwork in both manga and anime has changed quite a lot since the early chapters. It's become apparent in the newest chapters. Ten year old characters look different than before. There have been complaints on Haku's even more bishie look and, apparently, makeup.
* ArtificialHuman: Zetsu and his various clones are the products of a failed experiment by Madara using Hashirama's [=DNA=] and the Juubi's body. Though sapient, they are completely subservient to their creator.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Kishi, on several occasions, would appear to have no idea how the human body actually works, or simply doesn't care — ironic given the fact that Medical-nin and the ANBU of various villages, specifically the Hunter-nin Corps of Kirigakure, are supposed to have detailed knowledge of how the body works. Most notable would be anytime a transplant is featured in the series; eyes, limbs, etc, all appear to be transplanted into the body well without fear of the body rejecting them; the most notable being Danzou, who assimiliated the eyes of ''various Uchiha'' into his arms, blood-types be damned, and Madara and Obito, who transplant limbs and eyes like they're legos, the former somehow managing to [[spoiler:tear out Kakashi's Sharingan while running past him ''without stopping or slowing down'' or otherwise damaging Kakashi's face and then simply popping it into his own empty eye socket without needing to reconnect the optic nerve]].
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Kakashi can shout clearly while in Zabuza's Water Prison Jutsu. Ninjas in general don't seem to have to fight gravity to stay straight while standing sideways on a vertical surface
* AscendedExtra: Shikamaru. The rest of the Konoha 11 also often receive central roles in filler arcs.
* AsHimself: The anime has some after-credits gags showing the characters in a studio, where it is revealed they themselves are doing their own dubbing for the show. Here they discuss their own problems in the show, whether justified or simply personal bias.
* AssShove: The "1,000 Years of Death" technique.
* AssimilationBackfire:
** When Orochimaru tried to steal Sasuke's body, Sasuke reversed the process and absorbed him instead.
** Also, there's always the threat that the [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Tailed Beasts]] can take control of their hosts and go on a rampage. But a strong enough host can instead summon their power at will, and an even better host can make friends with their beast.
** [[spoiler:Obito barely avoided this when trying to seal the Juubi into his body. The pressure was so severe his mind started to break apart until [[ThePowerOfLove he remembered why he was sealing it]]]].
* AssimilationPlot: A major villain claims to be collecting the tailed beasts in order to use the Moon as a conduit to cast a happy-happy-unity genjutsu on everyone and TakeOverTheWorld.
* AssholeVictim: The Fourth Kazekage (Gaara's dad).
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The principle is that the head of a ninja village (the Kage) is its strongest fighter. It is shown several times that reality is a bit more complicated than that.
* AuthorAppeal: Kishimoto seems to have a thing for eyes. He also likes drawing toes, which is why almost everyone has opened shoes.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Justified in-story for the Kages (see AsskickingEqualsAuthority above).
** Pain, who we are led to believe is Akatsuki's leader, had never lost a battle before fighting Naruto. Later the situation is kind of complicated by TheReveal that even though Pain was the acting leader, he was taking orders from TheManBehindTheMan, who is also very powerful (but not nearly as powerful as Pain [[FromNobodyToNightmare at the time]]).
* AwfulTruth:
** The reason [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler why the villagers hate Naruto]] is that he's [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan the can]] of [[EldritchAbomination the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]] which killed many of them and destroyed a good part of the Leaf Village.
** Sasuke was far happier when he thought his brother killed his entire family out of his own volition, as some twisted form of target practice. [[FromBadToWorse Then he finds out]] this massacre was carried out under direct village orders. [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope He doesn't take it well]].
** {{Inverted}} with Neji, who finds out that the truth is far less awful than he thought; his father Hizashi ''willingly'' gave himself up in place of Hiashi. Hiashi just [[PoorCommunicationKills kept it from him]] until he thought Neji was ready to hear it and wouldn't blow it off as more lies and manipulation (which he nearly did anyway).
** Also Inverted with Gaara. He eventually finds out that what he'd been told as a child about his mother not loving him was in fact a lie designed to test his control of [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Shukaku]].
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* BackFromTheDead:
** Gaara, by getting a LifeEnergy [[EquivalentExchange transfer]].
** All of Konoha, due to Naruto talking some sense into Pain.
** The entire premise of Edo Tensei. In Part I, the 1st and 2nd Hokages. In the final arc, almost every major bad guy, a few good guys (including Asuma and Tsunade's fiancé, Dan), some of the previous Kages and Jinchûrukis, and pretty much every relatively famous ninja Kabuto could think of.
** Apparently, no matter what you do to him, Orochimaru simply ''refuses to permanently die''.
* BackToBackBadasses:
** Kakashi and Gai during Orochimaru's invasion, and then again during the Fourth Ninja World War.
** Neji and Hinata during the Fourth Ninja World War, which carries significant meaning in light of the Main House and Branch House's bitter grudge being finally put to rest.
* TheBadGuyWins: The end of Part I: Sasuke goes to Orochimaru willingly, just as the latter had planned.
* BadassFamily: In a WorldOfBadass, every family is a BadassFamily. The only family introduced that is not badass is Inari, Tsunami, Kaiza and Tazuna the bridge builder from the Wave Country arc, and even they are merely not badass by the standards of this particular universe; in a normal world, they would definitely stand out. You'd think Naruto would be exempt from this by virtue of being an orphan and you would be wrong: his father was hokage and his mother was a jinchuriki.
* BagOfHolding: Just where do they store all those kunai and shuriken, anyway? Some characters such as Naruto wear pouches on their legs, but those things can't hold nearly as many shuriken as they throw.
* BalanceOfPower: The distribution of the Tailed Beasts among the earliest villages helped stabilize the region. One of the main reasons the 4th Hokage couldn't simply let the Nine-Tails escape was that its presence would disrupt that balance and potentially start a new war.
* BattleCouple: Minato and Kushina.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Naruto vs. his dark side (or something to that general effect) at the Waterfall of Truth, and later Naruto vs Kyuubi.
* BatmanGambit: Nothing is more satisfying than watching a character screwing their opponent(s) over in a way that ''in retrospect'' [[MagicAIsMagicA they should have totally seen coming]]. Naruto lives by this, but many other characters get their share, including villains.
* BearsAreBadNews: Sasuke saved Karin from an attacking bear during the [[TournamentArc Chuunin Exams]].
* BigBad: Orochimaru for Part 1; Akatsuki in Part 2, with their leader Tobi as the true BigBad.
** Later, Madara returns as the new BigBad, then [[spoiler:[[TheDogWasTheMastermind Black Zetsu, who in turn serves Kaguya]].]]
* BigBadDuumvirate: Kabuto and Tobi during the Ninja World War arc. After Kabuto's defeat, this changes to Madara and Tobi.
* BigBadEnsemble: Following the TimeSkip, the series featured multiple antagonists of conflicting agendas who were competing to be the main villain. Over time, they were slowly replaced, one by one, and several seem more interested in their own personal vendetta than in scheming against one another. As of the Ninja World War arc, the power dynamics have gradually shifted away from the "ensemble" approach to a more traditional setup with one main villain at a time, where that villain [[GambitPileup is wont to be eventually backstabbed and]] [[TheManBehindTheMan supplanted by an even worse villain]].
* BigBadassBattleSequence: The Invasion of Pain and the Invasion of Konoha.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Played straight as much as you can expect given [[{{Shonen}} the genre]] (Naruto for Iruka, Sakura and Naruto for Sasuke, The Sand siblings for Team Shikamaru, etc.).
** [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] with Naruto's return to Konoha when Pain attacks. When Naruto arrives Pain has already destroyed the village and got the intel he was looking for. He was ''leaving'' and pretty much nobody needed to be saved anymore or ''could'' be saved anymore. Then Naruto goes ahead and [[LogicBomb saves the day anyway]], because [[TheHero that's what he does]].
* BigEater: Somewhat of a running gag. Naruto can eat several bowls of ramen for dinner without gaining weight. Anko often eats dozens of sticks of dumplings for lunch- and several days' worth of calories. Chouji and his whole clan are like this, as they use the extra body mass for their fighting style. Tsunade boasts a huge appetite when she wakes up from her coma. Obviously a case of RuleOfFunny, RefugeInAudacity and NegativeContinuity in one of the {{Omake}}s where a huge ramen eating contest takes place and ''[[ShrinkingViolet Hinata]]'' wins, of all people.
* BigFancyHouse: The Uchiha extended-family compound stands out particularly for its size, being the size of a small village. The Hyuuga's place is pretty impressive as well, looking more like a palacial estate than a housing complex.
* BigShutUp: Naruto says this to Chiyo when the latter tells him to calm down following Gaara's death.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Kaguya Otsutsuki, only coming in the very end.]]
* BittersweetEnding: The End of Part 1 has the effort to retrieve Sasuke fail, and he officially defects over to Orochimaru, who plans to take his body for his own purposes. Everyone was injured in the mission, but end up surviving and begin to recover. Then Jiraiya shows up and says that he found out that Orochimaru cannot accomplish his plans with Sasuke for 3 more years, and the Akatsuki will not target Naruto for the same period of time. This prompts Naruto to leave the village and go train with Jiraiya for a few years, in order to get stronger and rescue Sasuke later on.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The Land of Iron is located around the "Three Wolves"; three "mountains" [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/naruto/images/c/c2/LandofIron.jpg which are shaped like canine mouths]]. How the hell does ''that'' happen?
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Anyone summoned by Edo Tensei gets these, as does Naruto's "Dark Side" at the waterfall of truth.
* BlockingStopsAllDamage: A common problem cited is in the Gaara vs. Rock Lee fight, Gaara manages to continue fighting when his gourd intercepts the damage from the final blow. He had already taken a large amount of hits at high speed and the physics behind the second last hit would have made it much stronger than the last. When the round ends he doesn't even limp or show any type of injury afterwards.
* BloodMagic:
** Summoning techniques require a tribute of blood to call forth a creature with which you have a contract; most shinobi bite their thumb to obtain it.
** Hidan's curse. Hidan licks the blood of his opponent off his scythe, turning himself into a living voodoo doll for his enemy.
* BloodOath:
** As early as the first arc, when Naruto stabs his hand, bleeds and vows to not be saved again (namely by Sasuke).
** An interesting variation appears later, during the Chunin Exam arc: Naruto swears to defeat Neji not on his own blood, but on Hinata's, during the Chunin exam preliminary battles for the final test.
* BodyHorror: There are many examples of it.
* BondBreaker: Due to Sasuke and Itachi's reunion in part one. After NoHoldsBarredBeatdown meets MindRape courtesy of Itachi, Sasuke snaps. He becomes obsessed with revenge while unleashing his frustration and anger upon [[TheHero Naruto]] (because of the latter's progress). Meanwhile [[TheHeart Sakura]] cannot do anything but witness this, and [[{{Mentor}} Kakashi]]'s good words don't have the time to sink in. Sasuke leaves Konoha soon after, rejecting Sakura's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove, before defeating Naruto in an epic duel.
* TheBookCipher: Jiraiya uses his books for this. Played for laughs due to type of content his books hold.
* BoringButPractical: Kunai and Shuriken. They're the most basic ninja tool, but they have a place in the highest level battles.
** Karin's abilities aren't flashy, but instant healing and chakra sensory can be invaluable on an [[{{BFS}} offensive]] [[SuperPoweredEvilSide focused]] [[MagicalEye team.]]
* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: One of the foundations of Root. Also the officially stated motivation behind the BigBad's master plan - placing the entire population of the world under an illusion where there is no more war, pain or negative feelings.
* BrawlerLock: During their Chunin exam fight, Sakura and Ino end up briefly doing this, along with [[CrossCounter cross counters]], and [[PunchParry Punch parries]].
* BreakThemByTalking: An antagonist will give this a shot more often than not. Sometimes the target [[ShutUpHannibal shrugs it off]]; other times, it starts sinking in, and another character will have to break them out of it.
** [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Part-1 Neji]] delivers one so effective to Hinata that by the end she's in hysterics and on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Later he tries to do the same to Naruto, who needs something like three flashbacks, six {{Theme Music Power Up}}s and a WorldOfCardboardSpeech to break out of it.
** Pain almost completely breaks Naruto with one of these; it ends up being overridden with an UnstoppableRage when Pain crosses the line and, in order to prove a point, kills yet another person close to Naruto right in front of him (or at least, [[AntiVillain he pretends to]]).
** Attempted by The Kyuubi every once in a while whenever it feels like there's something to be gained by messing Naruto up. This is no longer the case after the Kyuubi's HeelFaceTurn, though.
** Obito's overwhelming power and nihilistic worldview make his alarmingly effective. When he gets started on Kakashi, Naruto ends up having to snap him out of it; when he later gets started on ''Naruto'', the effect doesn't go away until [[ShrinkingViolet Hinata]] ''[[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan slaps him in the face]]''.
* BrokenAesop:
** ScrewDestiny! Even someone with no grand legacy, ominous prophecies or hax genetics can defeat a genius through hard work!—Such was Naruto's assertion when he faced off against [[TheAce wunderkind]] Neji. Come Part 2 this is turned completely on its head: We find out that Naruto's dad was one of the strongest ninjas ever; that Naruto is probably ultimately descended from ''the'' greatest ninja ever, and his conflict with Sasuke is part of a cycle that has been repeated through the ages; and that Naruto is the [[TheChosenOne "Child of Prophecy"]].
** Revenge. Whereas Naruto goes through great pain to avoid the temptations of revenge, Shikamaru exacts it with no consequence whatsoever.
** The series has gotten flak for supposedly espousing hard work while its characters practice HardWorkHardlyWorks. The reality is a bit more nuanced. Rock Lee is the poster boy for hard work yet is [[TheWorfEffect Worfed]] in almost every fight he gets into. However, that Worfing usually comes from the strongest opponent of the arc and everyone who knew him before he started TrainingFromHell agrees he was a complete joke. On the other end of the scale we have Sasuke, who is stated to have been training over the TimeSkip, but we never get to see any of it nor any training after and he has gotten several powerups thanks to his SuperpowerfulGenetics. As for Naruto, despite his incredible lineage he inherited precisely zero ability and has had to work for most of his powers, although he tends to skip on the required time via shadow-clone spam. The only 'innate' power he had, the Kyuubi's chakra, required considerable effort to master. And yet, he is [[TheChosenOne supposedly destined to be successful]], so your mileage may vary on how much of his power can be attributed to him after all.
** Early on, the story emphasized that the new generation surpasses the old and that this is inevitable. However, characters like the third Raikage, Madara and Hashirama blatantly put this to shame.
** If nobody is born bad or anything, then why does [[spoiler:the Uchiha clan have a genetic disposition towards turning evil built in their brains?]]
** If Kakashi had abandoned Obito and completed his mission, then Obito would not have become [[BigBad Tobi]], which in turn would have made Kiri a better place, Madara's plans would have died with him, Naruto would live a happy life, and the Fourth Shinobi world war, and by extension the Juubi's revival, would not have happened.
** With all of the [[WhatMeasureIsAMook nameless mooks]] slain in Naruto, killing only seems to be a problem when it becomes inconvenient for the main character or any character focused on at the time. The First refused to kill Madara, the Third refused to kill Orochimaru, the Fourth refused to kill Obito, Naruto refuses to kill Sasuke. All of these examples went on to kill many innocent people, whose deaths the "heroes" could have prevented.
* BullyingADragon: Bullying someone who as an überpowerful and bloodthirsty monster sealed inside him/her is obviously a bad idea. And yet, Jinchūriki are usually reviled and excluded from the community. This is especially dangerous if the host doesn't fully control their beast... which is true in the overwhelming majority of cases. Consequently, at least three Jinchuriki left their village and became wanderers, and one of them became a murderous sociopath who would kill someone just for looking at him the wrong way.
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* CainAndAbel: Sasuke's backstory involving his inexplicably AxCrazy brother Itachi. It turns out there's a bit more of a story to this. This theme goes all the way back to the first ninja clan in history; it had two brothers which went on to found two ninja clans whose bitter, bloody rivalry still influences the plot to the present day.
* CallBack: Quite a few. Some of them going back to the very beginning of the manga
** When Kakashi gives team 7 the bell test, he challenges them on what they would do if one of them were captured and they were told to kill their other teammate to save the hostage. Several hundred chapters later, that exact situation plays out for Yahiko, Konan and Nagato. Yahiko's solution was to throw himself on Nagato's kunai, solving the immediate problem, but ultimately causing [[FreakOut a much greater one]].
** Several with Zabuza and Haku. They involve the former's sword, and them being revived and Haku using himself as a human shield for Zabuza to take advantage of against Kakashi.
** Very subtle, but during the Chunin Exams, Kakashi and Sasuke appear for Sasuke's battle at the last possible second in a cloud of smoke, with Kakashi remarking "Sorry we're late." Over one hundred episodes later, in Shippuden Episode 86, "Shikamaru's Genius," Naruto and the rest of Team Kakashi come to the rescue of Kakashi, Choji and Ino, and after the smoky mist clears, Naruto uses the exact same phrase to Kakashi Sensei.
** During Naruto's fight with Neji in the Chunin Exams, Neji asks why Naruto is trying to defy his destiny. He replies "'Cause people called me a failure." During the Fourth Ninja War when Neji [[TakingTheBullet is hit]] with a fatal blow while protecting Naruto and Hinata, Naruto asks why he did that. Neji replies "Because people called me a genius."
** Several are made to events from the beginning of the series after [[spoiler:Team 7 reunites and are the only ones left to fight Kaguya]]. For example: when fighting Haku on the bridge, Sasuke jumps in the way of an attack to save Naruto. Naruto asks him why he did it and Sasuke says, "I don't know why. My body just moved." After [[spoiler:Kaguya first transfers them to a new dimension]], Naruto saves Sakura and Kakashi from falling into lava. Sasuke tells Naruto they have to let the others go if it means saving the world, and Naruto says he'd planned to act that way but "My body just moved. [[LampshadeHanging You know what I mean, Sasuke?]]"
** Many of Naruto's tactics during the final battle are actually ones that he relied on during the earlier half of the manga. [[spoiler: First, for the first time since the post-time skip section of the series began, Naruto attacks with a swarm of shadow clones, which he'd been using much more conservatively since he got back from his training trip. Then, he disguises one of the clones as the real him in order to lure Kaguya into attacking it, all while having the rest of the clones defend it fiercely, which is the same tactic he used against Neji during the Chuunin Exam.]]
* CallingTheOldManOut:
** Naruto punches his father when he meets him in the mindscape, angry about having the fox sealed in him.
** {{Inverted}} later when Gaara's father calls ''himself'' out. Instead of raging at his father, Gaara calmly declares that he's surpassed/defied everything the former Kazekage expected of him... And then the 4th Kazekage reveals that Gaara's mother and his uncle Yashamaru always did truly love him, while admitting that he himself doesn't deserve to be Gaara's father.
** Itachi even managed to do this to his father in a flashback despite being completely and totally respectful, threatening to quit an important mission to go to Sauske's academy entrance ceremony when his father decided to skip it to go on Itachi's mission with him. Fugaku was not happy.
* CanonImmigrant:
** [[FillerVillain Raiga]]'s twin swords from the ''Curry of Life'' filler arc have been included in canon since they appeared in chapter 523. Raiga was a former member of the Seven Swordsman of The Mist (according to filler), and they are seen being wielded by another former member in the manga.
** Gari of the Hidden Stone Village, Chukichi of the Hidden Mist Village, Pakura of the Hidden Sand Village and Toroi of the Hidden Cloud Village were all originally from the sixth Naruto movie.
* CantCatchUp: Remember when Naruto and Sasuke were more or less on the same level as the rest of the rookies? Remember when Rock Lee could hand anyone of the Konoha 11 their behinds in a fight? Remember when the Byakugan was hyped as something on equal footing with the Sharingan? Characters affected rarely make themselves useful for a few minutes once in a blue moon, but these are the exception rather than the rule.
* CartesianKarma: Sasuke's fall and betrayal of Konoha has continually been a plot point, with the eponymous character constantly hoping for his return. Obstructing this is not only the fact that he's now an internationally wanted criminal, but also had a central antagonist absorbed into his body at one point, and he had gone nearly blind. He seems to be getting better, at least in the seeing department.
* CastFromLifespan: Commonly enough. The really powerful techniques have shades of this more often than not, and several characters end up dropping dead just from the sheer toll their techniques are taking on them. Naruto has to deal with the Kyubi's chakra having this effect, but he gets something of an equalizer in that his clan is ''really'' long lived. Kabuto seems to be aware that a lot of techniques work like this, and makes a point of bragging that Summoning: Impure World Resurrection has ''no'' such drawbacks or trade-offs. Except, as always, Itachi begs to differ.
* CerebusSyndrome: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzags]]. Part I goes back and forth between Naruto's borderline {{sitcom}} interactions with his classmates and ominous angst (like Sasuke's "death" and anything ''at all'' having to do with Orochimaru). The very beginning of Part II has it completely settling in- from that point on, barring {{filler}}, the episodic comic relief is gone.
* CharacterShilling: Everyone lines up to say how perfect Itachi is - even Naruto and Sasuke, who have very good reasons to dislike him, or [[spoiler: the First Hokage]], who says that Itachi is a better shinobi than him even though they've never met.
* CharacterTitle: ''{{Characters/Naruto}}''
* ChaseFight: Deva Path vs the Nine-Tails.
* TheChooserOfTheOne: Jiraiya was told by the Toad Sage that he would train the Child of Prophecy.
* ChekhovsBoomerang:
** "''Icha Icha Tactics''" is used as a silly gag during the first few episodes of Shippuden. Then again as a serious plot device a hundred chapters later.
** Jiraiya's first book features a story with a character named Naruto who has a tough battle against a rogue ninja. At first Naruto thinks the story is dedicated to him. Turns out the story is much more complicated than that.
** If it starts looking like the Sharingan has been implanted in every possible way and every possible person towards any possible goal, that's a sure sign yet more sharingan shenanigans are afoot.
** Orochimaru's experiment that ended up giving Yamato his powers. Turns out Yamato was not the only one to survive the procedure.
** Early on, Naruto solves the riddle of learning a technique that is "like looking to the left and the right at the same time" by using the Shadow Clone Technique. Much later, when learning Sage Mode, the Fukasaku says the same phrase again
* ChekhovsGag: Possibly the most EPIC ChekhovsGag in the manga, as it showed up in the ''very first'' chapter of the manga (or at least an early variant of it) and has been played for laughs in EVERY previous appearance for good reason. And yet it's the ONLY technique that works well on [[spoiler: [[PhysicalGod Kaguya.]]]] It is... [[spoiler: SEXY JUTSU!]] [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer No, really.]] It doesn't win the battle, but the protagonists can't land a single hit on [[spoiler: Kaguya]] until they use it. [[note]][[spoiler: Sexy Reverse Harem Jutsu, to be specific.]][[/note]]
* ChekhovsGun:
** The Uchiha shrine. It turns out the origin of the Tailed Beasts is down in the shrine, and is also tied to the origins of the Moon.
** At one point, Itachi makes Naruto swallow a crow. Metaphorically, in genjutsu-scape, however that is supposed to work. Naruto spits it back out in chapter 549, ''two years'' of real life running time later. It was a contingency plan for when Naruto would confront Sasuke; it ended up being triggered by completely different conditions even Itachi didn't foresee.
** Kakashi's pre time skip lecture to Sasuke about revenge. Guess what becomes one of the major themes of the entire manga (and not just Sasuke)?
** During the Hinata vs. Neji match in the Chunin Exams, Kakashi mentions that the Sharingan is said to have been derived from the Byakugan. Over a decade later in real time, [[spoiler:Kaguya, Byakugan user and progenitor of all chakra, is revealed and confirmed to have been the first Sharingan user.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Shisui Uchiha was introduced as a skilled member of the clan to show how even more impressive Itachi was in comparison. Later it's revealed that Danzo has Shisui's right arm and eye, and the latter has MindControl powers.
** Obito Uchiha and everything about him.
* ChekhovsSkill:
** The Rasengan. Learnt pre-TimeSkip, and then much, much later on, [[spoiler:when Killerbee thought it was hopeless to use the Tailed Beast Bomb, the Rasengan turned out to be the answer: it was based from the Tailed Beast bomb. Release chakra, compress to sphere (rotate if it's Rasengan), and release]].
** [[BackFromTheDead Summoning: Impure World Resurrection.]] Introduced by Orochimaru during his invasion of Konoha in the Chunnin Exam Finals pre-TimeSkip, this jutsu plays a pivotal role in the World War arc.
** A smaller-scale example: right after Shikamaru is promoted to Chunin, there is a scene that reveals Choji believes the last bite in a meal is sacred. A few episodes later, Shikamaru recruits Choji into the Sasuke Retrieval Squad by eating a bag of potato chips and leaving only one left, causing Choji to run outside and eat it.
* ChildSoldiers: The main cast of teenagers became ninja in their early teens. Most of the characters became ninja at early ages; Kakashi became one at ''five''.
** Far more chilling is the revelation that during the Warring Clans Era, children as young as seven were sent into battle only to be mercilessly slaughtered. So many died, it lowered the average life expectancy to around 30.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Kabuto and Sasuke are only loyal to Orochimaru and the Uchiha clan, respectively.
* CigarFuseLighting: How Shikamaru sets off a huge array of explosive tags during his fight with Hidan.
* TheClan: Plenty, though the most high-profile are Hyuuga and Uchiha.
* CloneByConversion: Summoning: Impure World Resurrection resurrects someone by transforming someone else into a copy of them.
* CombatByChampion: This seems to be what Tobi has planned for Sasuke and Naruto. Subverted because it seems to be scheduled for after the war.
* CombatHandFan: Both main varieties (folding fan and gunbai) are used by various characters.
* CombatParkour: Being ninjas, all the main characters relish in this trope when dodging or attacking. Every fight scene is laced with stylistic flips and twists in addition to the consistent use of the environment and the people around them to fight.
* CondemnedContestant: The winner of the kill-all in Orochimaru's jail would get the ''honor'' of becoming Orochimaru's body.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: It goes without saying. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] with the Shadow Clone technique: the user's existing chakra is split evenly between all clones, so the more clones you make, the less chakra and stamina you and the clones have each. This is the primary reason why it is a forbidden technique.
* ConspicuousGloves: In a variation, Danzo covers his whole right arm in a metal contraption, which is covered further by having his arm tucked into his kimono. It hides a multitude of transplanted [[MagicalEye Sharingan]] on said arm, alongside the fact that he injected [[SuperpowerfulGenetics The First Hokage]]'s DNA into said arm, making it look hideous (with Hashirama's face seemingly grafted on his shoulder).
* ConvectionSchmonvection:
** In theory, Fire-element jutsu should be among the most powerful attacks in the world. In practice, they are ''useless'', as even a fireball so hot it makes the bedrock glow red will simply ''not burn'' a human being for no discernable reason. The worst offender is probably the jutsu 'Amaterasu', which is supposedly ''[[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale as hot as the sun]]'' and therefore should kill everyone within a ten mile radius. Instead, it only seems to be dangerous if you touch it, and despite [[InformedAbility its presented heat]] it can be extinguished with no ill effects. Averted once in a blue moon, but it's the exception, etc. In fact, the only important characters that have been hurt at all by fire jutsu on-screen are [[{{Irony}} Sasuke and Itachi]].
** Team 7 gets dumped over a lake of lava. They're able to hover inches above it without issue.
* ConvenientTerminalIllness: Inverted for Itachi: it's ''because'' he wanted to die at the hands of Sasuke that he took numerous drugs to stay alive.
* TheCorrupter: Orochimaru and Obito. Danzo is more of a mild example; he probably holds the series record for people screwed over by listening to him, but he is much less of a CardCarryingVillain, and believes he is just helping people stop being Naive and see things from the point of view necessary to [[IDidWhatIHadToDo do what they have to do]].
* CrapsackWorld: During the Warring Clas Era, the average life expectancy of a shinobi or even civilian was around 30, due primarily to the number of {{Child Soldier}}s killed. Most adults were so embittered they could not even fathom the idea of peace that did not come from utterly destroying their enemy.
** And it's mentioned that the world was in an even ''worse'' state before the Sage of Six Paths introduced chakra and kicked off the Warring Clans Era.
** CrapSaccharineWorld: The current era is hardly better. While it generally has an optimistic outlook and the bad guys often fall to ThePowerOfFriendship, many of the problems from the old world are still around. The peace between villages is shaky at the best of times, they still use {{Child Soldier}}s who still have a startlingly high mortality rate ([[PlotArmor unless they're from Konoha]]). What the villains lack in raw power compared to the previous era's BigBad Madara they make up for by being much ''much'' more villainous. For a few random examples: Hidan killed everyone in his home village because he was bored. Orochimaru and Kabuto are capable of binding the spirits of the dead and forcing them to fight against their loved ones, often for little or no real reason. Pain was willing to kill everyone in Konoha out of revenge for the previous generation's screw-ups. If anything, the problems are even ''more visible'' under the current era.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: A staple of the series.
** The [[CharacterDevelopment progression of Naruto's character]] has so much this that Part I and Part II could have easily been called "Volume I: Crouching Moron" and "Volume II: Hidden Badass".
** Kakashi reads ''Makeout Paradise'' while fighting his prospective students, is perpetually late, often acts scatterbrained and is one of the most powerful ninja in the world.
** Killer Bee raps and rhymes non-stop (even during battle) and is on equal footing with Sasuke's team Hebi.
** Guy and Lee are {{Large Ham}}s who are even considered weirdos in-universe but are Taijutsu prodigies.
** Shikamaru acts like a total demotivated slob and is a brilliant strategist with an IQ of over 200.
* CurbStompBattle: Happens quite often.
* CutApart: Sasuke learns that Itachi and Kisame are searching for Naruto in a nearby town, so he dashes off to warn him. He knows that he is traveling with Jiraiya, so he asks every hotel owner he comes across whether they have seen a blonde kid with a tall white-haired man until he finally gets a positive response. He goes up to the room and knocks on the door. The scene cuts to Naruto inside his room hearing the knock while meditating. The scene switches back and forth a couple more times, with Sasuke knocking with increasing urgency until Naruto gets fed up and stands to answer the door. Finally, the door opens for Sasuke revealing . . . a completely unrelated blonde child and white-haired old man. Immediately after, Naruto opens the door to reveal Itachi.
* CycleOfRevenge: Naruto's been made aware of this concept in the Pain arc, and from there on is very big on stopping both his own personal cycle of revenge and the greater cycles of revenge making the ninja world miserable. He faces a lot of opposition - from those who believe in a more pragmatic approach and from total nuts who want this state of affairs to ''escalate'' so they can prove ''their'' side of the conflict was right all along.
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* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Several jutsus are classified as forbidden, either for great risk to the user or being inherently evil. It just so happens that characters very often come up with ways to get around the drawbacks or just find themselves in a desperate enough situation to use one, so we actually get to see plenty of these.
* DarkestHour:
** Chapter 437 and following. Konoha has been reduced to rubble. Nearly every mentor and father figure Naruto has ever had is dead. Naruto lies, defeated, impaled to the ground by a dozen metal rods, as the seemingly-invincible villain responsible for all this lectures him on the futility of his false ideals. Hinata tries to stop Pain from taking Naruto away, declaring her love for him, and is seemingly killed, prompting Naruto to slip further into his 9-tailed fox transformation than ever before. Naruto goes all the way to 8 tails, and the tattoo on Yamato's hand that tells him how many tails Naruto is releasing starts to turn to 9...
** At this point it would be futile to try and write down all the Bad Things that have happened during the climax of the Fourth World War arc - all the crushed {{Hope Spot}}s, all the vindictive turns of plot the author has inflicted on the protagonists in this climax, all the desperate measures taken that in the end amounted to jack squat. It has been a case of OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow from the start, and it just keeps getting worse and worse.
* DeadlyGraduation: It's why the mist used to be known as "The Bloody Mist". Also used as the punchline of initiation training at Root, at least during Danzo's reign.
* DeadlyTrainingArea: Training Ground 44, also known as The Forest of Death. The name sort of says it all.
* DeadlyUpgrade: Continued use of the Mangekyou Sharingan ''quickly'' renders the user blind, although there's a way around this particular limitation in the form of [[HumanResources taking the]] [[EyeScream eyes]] of another Mangekyo Sharingan user. It's highly suggested that it works only between siblings, though. If you don't have one, you're pretty much doomed.
* DeathIsCheap: A main character has to go to ''great'' lengths to actually get killed without promptly [[DisneyDeath "coming back to life"]]. If a character has been completely milked for drama and is thus expendable, they just might have a chance to pull it off. And then Kabuto will just resurrect them anyway.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: This is one of Naruto's techniques, which he's used successfully on a wide array of nasty people (including EleventyZillion interchangeable {{Filler Villain}}s). ''Inverted'' with Sasuke; when Naruto seems to catch up to him and even surpass him in some aspects, it does ''not'' in any capacity equal friendship at all.
* DesignatedGirlFight: The Chunin Exams suspiciously pair most of the girls against each other. Later, Tayuya gets defeated by Temari. [[AvertedTrope Averted]] more often as the series progresses, and indeed [[InvertedTrope inverted]] as far as Sakura and Karin are concerned: Instead of a designated fight, Sakura and Karin have a climactic meeting where Sakura saves Karin's life and Karin becomes sympathetic to the Hidden Leaf Village.
* {{Determinator}}: If there could be only one trope on this page, this would be it. Naruto's defining characteristic; he pulls through no matter how bleak things seem and has a habit of {{Trash Talk}}ing ''reality''. Akin to a WorldOfHam and a WorldOfBadass, Naruto's is a World Of Determination - people will stand up while unconscious, will themselves momentarily back to life after their larnyx has been crushed and throw themselves in the face of insurmountable odds just to prove a point. Taken to ridiculous extremes with Rock Lee, whose attitude in this regard often seems like more of a self-aware lampooning on the series' part than anything else.
* DeusExMachina:
** Sasuke's "Great Snake Escape". Following his fight with Deidara, Sasuke - completely exhausted and out of chakra - summons, mind-controls and teleports a gigantic snake. He does this in the time it took for an explosion that would completely level a city to reach him. After the explosion had already started. ''A few feet from him.''
** Chapter 449: After spending the last thirty chapters wreaking havoc, Pain pulls a case of RedemptionEqualsDeath and a device that was only shown to be able to repair corpses to bring back ''[[DeathIsCheap everyone]]'' that he had killed since entering the village.
** During his assault on the Kage Summit, Sasuke nearly died from chakra exhaustion, having been spamming the crap out of high level techs with his new Mangekyo Sharingan. And then, out of nowhere, Zetsu, who had previously shown up to alert the Kages to Sasuke's presence and gotten killed for his efforts, reveals that he managed to use a time release jutsu in the split second before the Raikage snapped his neck that sucks all the chakra out of everyone in the room and gives to Sasuke.
** Itachi's forbidden dojutsu Izanami completely sways the tide of a major battle with a few panels' notice without ever having been mentioned before.
* TheDevilIsALoser: Madara Uchiha - TheDreaded, ShroudedInMyth, TheManBehindTheMan... spent the last few years of his life squatting in a cave, depending on Zetsu for life support, obsessing over the misery his own shortcomings brought upon him and concluding [[NeverMyFault the entire world was to blame]]. Obito's not too impressed with him when they first meet, and Zetsu appears to consider his creator a loser despite doing his bidding; White Zetsu points out to Obito behind Madara's back that the Moon's Eye plan is mostly based on Madara's own {{Wangst}}, not a desire for peace.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu:
** Naruto punches out the Shukaku, a malevolent being on a completely different scale of power that threatened the village. Then when that doesn't work he headbutts its host.
** The First Hokage, and later the Fourth, defeating the Kyuubi.
** The Sage Of Six Paths singlehandedly defeating the [[UltimateEvil Juubi]] and sealing it into himself.
** Did you just [[spoiler: pull off a DistractedByTheSexy on '''''[[PhysicalGod Kaguya Otsutsuki]]'''''!?]]
*** [[spoiler: Sakura tops this by punching Kaguya out of the sky when she attempted to escape Naruto and Sasuke.]] This was without using any special jutsu or skills. She used good, old fashioned elbow grease.
* DieOrFly: Jiraiya employs this by throwing Naruto off a cliff so he can tap into the Nine-Tails' chakra and master the summoning jutsu.
* DisappearsIntoLight: One way of getting rid of an otherwise unkillable foe resurrected with the Impure World jutsu is to put their spirit at rest.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The 3rd Hokage, Ebisu (although it requires about a hundred clones for it to work) and Jiraiya's reactions to Naruto's Sexy Jutsu.
** Shockingly enough, this gets used against [[spoiler: [[PhysicalGod Kaguya Otsutsuki]]]]... AND IT WORKS! [[spoiler: It's not enough to win the battle, but Naruto can't land a single blow on her until he tries this.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Pain's plan is obviously a metaphor for the doctrine of nuclear mutually assured destruction.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Tobi first appears in the story a silly, plucky comic relief. Then half-way through the plot progression he suddenly and without warning goes "mwa ha ha; now it is time for me to crush all my enemies", introduces himself as a dreaded all-powerful character who should have died a long time ago, and proceeds to act as the BigBad from that point forward.
* DoingInTheWizard: The Mangekyo Sharingan was introduced as being born when an Uchiha killed their best friend, giving it a sort of dark mystique. [[spoiler:Tobirama Senju eventually explains that in moments of extreme emotional anguish, an Uchiha's brain releases a special chakra that causes the mutation]].
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: The infamous, "Karin ravaging Sasuke" scene gets [[BlackComedyRape gets played for laughs]]. Karin planned to drug Juugo and Suigetsu so that she could take advantage of Sasuke in his weakened state. Note helping matters is that Kishi implied that [[NoodleIncident this isn't the first time she's done this.]]
* DramaticWind: Almost always accompanied by leaves, referencing the village the main characters are from.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: When Juugo and Suigetsu try to leave the samurai base undetected. Not as effective as they'd have liked it to have been, and Juugo admits it.
* DrivingQuestion: For ''years'', the mystery of Tobi's identity served as this for the entire plot. It was finally answered in chapter 599.
* DwindlingParty: Played with in the Sasuke retrieval arc. Only two (or three if you count Naruto in) out of five characters [[DisneyDeath seemed]] to die, and they got cured later.
* DynamicEntry: TropeNamer (albeit indirectly).
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* EasyAmnesia: [[{{Filler}} Shippuden #271]], which functioned as a tie in for the "Road to Ninja" movie. Sakura has a nasty fall and loses her memory. After a good time is had by all trying to cure her, she finally recovers at the end of the episode. But there's a [[PlotTwist twist]]! This isn't the Sakura we all know and love; she's from an AlternateUniverse! Then she disappears in a flash of light, presumably going back to her own universe. This leaves Ino wondering where the heck ''her'' Sakura is.
* EasyEvangelism: Naruto can convert ''almost'' anybody to his way of thinking with minimal argument, [[DefeatMeansFriendship provided he has had the chance to beat the hell out of them first]] (the fandom often makes tongue-in-cheek reference to this ability as "[[FanNickname Talk no Jutsu]]"). Some don't even need the beatdown (Inari, Tsunade or Sai). This extends to homicidal maniacs who have been driven insane by having monsters sealed inside of them and remorseless sociopaths who have killed hundreds of people as children. Conversely, he fails when he's not able to defeat them (Sasuke, Orochimaru), or not allowed to fight them (the 4th Raikage).
** Justified, to some extent; many of Naruto's opponents, such as Gaara, initially view the compassion that forms the core of Naruto's world view as weakness. By defeating them, he demonstrates that he is not held back by his views, which makes them more likely to listen to him.
* EldritchAbomination: The Tailed Beasts. Especially Kurama the kyuubi.
** There's also the Gedou Mazou / Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, which can contain Tailed Beasts, steal souls, etcetera.
** Later on it's revealed that both are parts of the Jubi. It was so powerful it could only be sealed; the statue contains its body while the Beasts are all fragments of its chakra. The Jubi's power is so immense, it can't be sensed by humans because its beyond their ability to comprehend.
** Kisame's sword, Samehada, which seems to be some sort of Eldritch Abomination on a stick.
** [[spoiler: Ten-tail's mature form is even more of one than the Tailed Beasts!]]
* ElementalBaggage: Water based jutsus require an existing source of water to use, but sufficient levels of skill allow users to bypass this restriction.
** Gaara got around the limitations of his sand-manipulation abilities by carrying around a giant gourd full of sand.
* ElementalPowers: Most ninja are capable of using techniques that manipulate [[DishingOutDirt earth]], [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[MakingASplash water]], [[BlowYouAway air]], and [[ShockAndAwe lightning]]; however, everyone has a special affinity that makes it easier to manipulate their element, allowing them to use techniques of strength and complexity beyond that of other ninja without that particular affinity. A few even have an inborn affinity with two or more elements, allowing them to combine them in techniques that other ninja cannot even begin to replicate.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Fire beats Wind, which beats Lightning, which beats Earth(?!), which beats Water(?!!), which beats Fire. [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Toto, I've a feeling we're not in]] [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Kanto]] [[Film/TheWizardOfOz anymore]]. ([[http://sractheninja.deviantart.com/art/Naruto-Sasuke-Fails-At-Pokemon-59684795 Illustration.]])
* EmotionSuppression: Part of Danzo, and therefore the Root, credo. It completely goes against the manga's credentials, so this trope is naturally deconstructed.
** Kakashi highly attempted it as a teen, but Obito talked him out of it.
* EmpathicWeapon: Kisame's Samehada is one of these, along with being a ShapeShifterWeapon and a LivingWeapon.
** The Gedou Mazou has shades of this. It's hinted that it needs to synchronize with a powerful person in a deep state of hatred/anger to actually do anything.
* EnemyWithin: The Nine-Tails Fox is this for most part of the story.
* EnemyWithout: Used as a gimmick for one of Naruto's many training sessions.
* EpiphanicPrison: Izanami, which forces its victim to accept reality rather than trying to escape it.
* [[EverybodysDeadDave Everybody's Dead, Sasuke]]: The aftermath of the slaughtering of the Uchiha clan.
* EvilCounterpart: Gaara in Part I (what he could ''have been''), Pain in Part II (what he could ''become'') for Naruto. Deva Path's silhouette even looks like a grown up Naruto. Gaara's no longer evil, but he's only becoming more of an uncanny foil for Naruto. They're both despised as jinchuuriki as well as the son of the fourth kage of their respective villages and the third Jinchuriki of their respective tailed beasts.
** Invoked by Naruto towards Sasuke: "''I could have been the one wanting to destroy Konoha and extermninate its inhabitants. You could have been the one protecting it.''"
*** Finally, we have Obito Uchiha, who as a child was virtually identical to Naruto in both appearance and personality.
** Karin (what she ''was'') and/or Konan (what she ''could have become'') can count for Sakura in Part II.
** Team Shikamaru in the Sasuke Retrieval Arc (Chouji, Kiba, Naruto, Neji, Shikamaru) had to fight the [[PsychoRangers Sound Five]].
* EvilFormerFriend: The series seems to love this trope, as there's a recurring theme of former teammates/allies [[FaceHeelTurn going bad]]. Examples include Orochimaru (to Jiraiya), Sasuke (to Naruto), Tobi/Obito Uchiha (to Kakashi), and Madara Uchiha (to Hashirama).
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: A major evil plan in the works appears to be based on this.
* ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy: It's a NecessaryWeasel which tends to fade as story goes on. The explaining has ''got'' to be done at some point, and [[RuleOfCool doing it in any other way than mid-battle commentary would obviously be much less exciting]]. Rarely this is ever-so-slightly justified by the [[EvilGloating gloating]] character feeling they have their prey at their mercy and ''obviously'' [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong cannot lose now]], which is a true feat of GenreBlindness. ''{{Naruto}}'' [[PlayingWithaTrope plays with]] it much more often than in most shônen series, though... as long as somehow the explaining ''gets done''.
** Sometimes characters end up [[InvertedTrope explaining the enemy's power to the enemy]]: this variation occurs when Sasuke fights Danzo. After a few minutes of fighting, he gives ExpoSpeak about the weaknessess of his opponent's technique, the [[RealityWarper reality warping]] Izanagi. Danzo replies with "So you figured it out", to which Sasuke, in turn, responds that, yes, [[BatmanGambit now that Danzo has confirmed that his guess was correct]], he ''HAS'' figured it out.
** Characters explain the enemy's power to each other while they're on the sidelines and not even fighting: this one happens repeatedly during the subsidiary fights of the Chunin exam.
** The most extreme must be Konan explaining ''to herself'' in thoughts how she intends to get rid of Tobi while doing it.
** Notable [[AvertedTrope aversions]]:
*** Kakashi lied to Zabuza about how the Sharingan works.
*** During the battle between Rock Lee and Gaara, Naruto asks Gaara's brother Kankuro if the sand armor has any weaknesses. Kankuro refuses to admit that it does, but thinks to himself that it's an AwesomeButImpractical technique, so Gaara must have a hard time if he resorts to it.
*** Neither Pain nor Hidan explained how their power works at any point, and it was up to the protagonists to figure it out. It should be noted that in these two cases, one character had to actually die for the others to figure it out.
** {{Justified|Trope}} with the Edo Tensei zombies summoned by Kabuto. Many of them ''want'' to be defeated, and since they can't move their bodies according to their own free will they try to help their enemies in any way they can - usually by giving information about their techniques.
* ExploitedImmunity: Kakuzu and Hidan fight with this tactic; Hidan recklessly charges down the enemy, while Kakuzu bombards them with his area-wide jutsu. Hidan is immortal, so they have nothing to worry about.
* EyeColourChange: There is at least two instances of eyes changing colour when some power is activated:
** The Sharingan grants AwesomenessByAnalysis and turns the eyes red.
** Similarly, Naruto's eyes also turn red when he's tapping into the Kyubi'chakra, consciously or unconsciously.
** Averted with the Byakugan.
* EyeScream: Several plot points involve characters who want to, or actually try to, steal eyes that grant special powers, like the Sharingan or Byakugan. Thank goodness for the GoryDiscretionShot! Though alas, it can't always be there for us, as for example in chapter 674, where we get treated to [[spoiler: Madara stealing Kakashi's eye]].
* EyesAreMental / EyesNeverLie: The look in Naruto's eyes is enough for Hinata to recognize that he is really himself and not a Zetsu Clone, something which a unit full of sensor-types failed to do. A few panels later Naruto tells her that she's stronger than she thinks she is, and it's "all in her eyes".
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* FaceHeelTurn: A major character does this about halfway into the manga. [[LateArrivalSpoiler You probably know who]].
* FacelessGoons: Comes in at least two flavors - the Sound ninjas from Orochimaru's first invasion and the samurai from the Land of Iron. ANBU probably count as well, but they have various masks.
* FailureGambit: Itachi Uchiha had planned for his brother Sasuke to kill him in order to make Sasuke a hero of Konoha village in a Thanatos Gambit. Unfortunately for him, further manipulation by Tobi just manages to make Sasuke hate Konoha.
* FallenHero: Itachi, Obito, Nagato. Possibly Madara, depending on how much of his backstory you are willing to internalize. Inverted with Orochimaru, an unrepentant villain who is eventually driven by circumstances and whims to act heroically, and later muses about how these events have made him a different person.
* FamilyOfChoice: Naruto, whose entire family is dead, has formed close bonds with his 'Grandfather' the third Hokage, his 'brother' Sasuke and his 'father' Kakashi.
** Before Kakashi and Sasuke, Naruto formed a bond with Iruka. Their bond has a father/son dynamic, but Iruka explicitly refers to Naruto as his 'younger brother.
** Not to mention Jiraiya. After his death, Naruto is told that Jiraiya thought of him as a 'grandson'.
* FanService: All over the place. The Sexy and Harem Jutsu (often {{Lampshaded}} and PlayedForLaughs), the various {{Stripperiffic}} outfits, Tsunade's overly-large breasts which serve no plot purpose whatever, everything about the 5th Mizukage in general, poor [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Hinata]] who is shoved into bunny outfits and {{qipao}}s and cleavage-revealing outfits whenever an opportunity arises for her to act out-of-character, all the myriad pretty boys and their myriad {{Shirtless Scene}}s...
** Of course, this is tone down as the series went into part II, Tsunade's breast aren't given much attention, the Sexy Jutsu is hardly used and most characters tend to keep their shirts on.
* FantasticNuke: A lot of the actual and potential weapons introduced qualify. The Biju Bomb is this, each being at least able to destroy a mountain from any of the Tailed Beasts
* {{Fartillery}}: How Naruto gains the upper hand in his fight against Kiba during the Chunin exams.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The first four Hokage. Minato sacrificed his life ''and'' his afterlife to seal the Kyuubi into Naruto. Hashirama, Tobirama, and Sarutobi are likewise imprisoned for eternity within the belly of Death due to a desperate HeroicSacrifice made by Sarutobi to stop Orochimaru. [[spoiler:Thankfully, they are later dealt a Get Out of Terrible Fate Free Card]].
* FauxActionGirl: Most of the plot's FightingSeries aspect has been dealt with in full-length, fair and square one-on-one confrontations and statements of hype, which established an "[[CharacterTiers asskicking pyramid]]" of sorts. In the framework of that setup, the series heroines' performance had been almost uniformly miserable; despite varying amounts of hype as competent fighters, a girl did not get to outright defeat a guy alone even ''once''. At some point the author was made aware of this and started trying to round it out; the plot became much more chaotic, with the calculated machinations of the BigBad giving way to an all-out war, and the above setup was largely abandoned in favor of ongoing chaotic skirmishes - in which the girls have performed much more impressively. Most importantly, [[spoiler:the author finally remembered- even if momentarily- to put female lead Sakura on the forefront and make her an effective combatant, able to make a difference even when fighting alongside the likes of Naruto and Sasuke]]. \\
Still, it should be noted that most of the above was done towards the last arcs, with all the issues that entails. For almost all of the series' run the real powerhouses, [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority who are consequently the plot movers and shakers]], are nigh uniformly male. Powerful female characters are few and far between, with a tendency of being afflicted with FauxActionGirl syndrome (e.g. Kurenai - the only female Jonin- who is conspicuously the weakest Jonin, suffers from a total lack of combat feats and at some point becomes pregnant and is sent to StayInTheKitchen). As mentioned above, perhaps the character who suffered the most from this is Sakura; while she does get to act her part eventually, she spends a lot of the plot - and some would say, too much of the plot - being OutOfFocus, [[AesopAmnesia lapsing in her character development]], failing to [[CantCatchUp catch up]] to her two teammates' endless stream of [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands impossibly]] [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential powerful]] [[InstantExpert upgrades]] and generally being a heroine in name only. The [[WordOfGod two quotes below]] neatly sum up this whole sad affair:
-->(Jump festa interview 2010)
--->'''Kishimoto Masashi''': "Honestly, from the standpoint of showing a female-like disposition, [Sakura] hasn't been much of a heroine. You could even say that Hinata's more of a heroine than her. But since, as we know, Sakura is a heroine deep inside, she'll show that side of hers from now on."
-->(Jump festa interview 2012)
--->'''Kishimoto Masashi''': “Next year [2013] I’ll write about Kakashi first, then about Sasuke and then about Naruto."
--->'''Sakura's Voice Actor''': "What about Sakura?!"
--->'''Kishimoto Masashi''': "Sakura, well... [[OutOfFocus well, she slipped my mind]]."
* FightingSeries
* FirstNameBasis: A weird example. Everyone in the series is addressed by first name or (rarely) by first & last name, never by last name alone. Even respectful honorifics are attached to the first name and not the family name, which would be the more normal practice elsewhere. This extends to the point where most of the characters with known surnames come from either the Hidden Leaf or the Hidden Mist, and it's plausible that the other villages as a rule don't even use surnames (heck, even several characters from the Leaf and Mist don't have known family names). This peculiar form of address might have originated from the warring clans era practice of not telling strangers one's surname, in case they were from an opposing shinobi clan.
* FlashBack: We do not have a "Spammed Trope" page; perhaps we should. Protagonists, antagonists, and bystanders alike will go into flashback after flashback, explaining their tragic back-stories, lives, and motives. Any and all emotional scenes that were reasonably short in the manga will be [[{{Padding}} severely lengthened]] by montages of flashbacks. Sometimes, a character has multiple flasbacks to an event which happenned [[UpToEleven in the same episode]].
** WholeEpisodeFlashback: Entire episodes will consist of two characters talking while they exchange flashbacks.
** FlashbackWithinAFlashback: Logically bound to happen. [[Film/{{Inception}} We have to go deeper!]]
* FlashStep: A standard technique used by many ninjas, often with character-specific appropriate special effects. Tobi's warping abilities can be used to this effect (though they function differently).
* FlippingHelpless: As a part of their preparations for [[WarArc the Fourth Shinobi World War]], [[TheAlliance the Allied Shinobi Forces]] send Naruto and Killer Bee to hiding on an island in [[ElementalNation the Land of Lightning]]. In reality, this island is a [[TurtleIsland gigantic turtle]]. When Kabuto attacks the island, he uses the fact that it's a living creature to his advantage by flipping the turtle upside down with the combined effort of Manda II ([[ReptilesAreAbhorrent a genetically altered giant snake]] [[SummonMagic summon]]) and [[MadBomber Deidara]] ([[{{Necromancer}} who Kabuto brought]] BackFromTheDead with his [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Impure World]] [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Reincarnation technique]]).
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect:
** It is learned via flashback that Yahiko and Konan established themselves as a couple when she was bandaging his wounds.
** A soldier that Sakura treats writes her a love letter.
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: Chapter 598: Tobi's about to be rasenganed in the face. He can't go intangible (and the concept of dodging seems to have eluded him). That shiny new Rinnegan he took so much effort to acquire has no less than two separate techniques that could have prevented Naruto's attack, but he instead opts to take a hit to the face.
** A big deal was made after Naruto controls the Kyuubi about how extremely fast he is now. After his fight with the Raikage, the second fastest man alive, suddenly his speed drops dramatically and he doesn't seem any faster than any other character he fights or fights along with.
* FourIsDeath:
** The 4th Hokage had the shortest time in office of any known Kage, sacrificing his soul to the Shinigami for all eternity in order to defeat the Kyuubi.
** The 4th Kazekage reigned during arguably the worst period in his village's history, facing severe economic strain during the disarmament after the last war. His attempt to create a weapon to boost his village's strength killed his wife and brother-in-law while turning his son into a homicidal maniac.
** The 4th Mizukage presided during the period when his village held the nickname "''the Bloody Mist''" and was known for his willingness to quickly eliminate subordinates he deemed a threat to the village, whether they were loyal or not. To top it off, he did this all because he was {{Mind Control}}led to begin with.
** Training Ground 44 has 44 gates. Its nickname is "The Forest of Death".
** Of the Eight Celestial Gates, the fourth gate is the first with directly detrimental side effects.
** Orochimaru's elite bodyguards were the Sound Four.
** When utilizing the Kyuubi's chakra shroud, Naruto's SuperPoweredEvilSide assumes control and causes a horrific transformation when the chakra shroud reaches four tails.
** Kakuzu's ''Four Hearts Jutsu'', which enables him to prolong his life by adding four hearts in addition to his own.
** The climactic conflict which will decide the fate of the shinobi way of life? The ''Fourth'' Shinobi World War. And while we're at it, the Fourth Division of the Allied Forces is utterly wiped out by Madara Uchiha using a ColonyDrop - it's not completely dead, but suffers the most casualties during that phase of the war.
* FreudianExcuse: Almost everyone - even the [[SealedEvilInACan Tailed Beasts]]. It doesn't help that ThereAreNoTherapists. Notably, losing one's parents/friends/family is the StartOfDarkness of almost all {{Villain}}s and {{Jerk Ass}}es.
* FriendlyEnemy: Taken to extremes in the Fourth Shinobi World War arc. Various characters summoned via Edo Tensei will ''verbally'' do their best to lose to former friends, students, and family (though they cannot prevent their bodies from attacking) by shouting warnings about their techniques and any surprise moves they make.
* FromBadToWorse: Kishimoto just LOVES this trope:
** Gaara's sympathy flashbacks (both the anime and the manga ; this is the anime’s description). He unintentionally injures a group of kids and the one person who seems to actually care about him, tries to give medicine to said injured kids, is told “Go away you Freak!”, and has the door slammed in his face, inadvertently kills a man, is attacked while he is finally having a good cry by some assassin who turns out to be the same person who pretended to care about him (not to mention who is his blood relative, but in Narutoworld, that doesn’t seem to matter a whole lot…), is told, using his last breath, that his mother never cared about him and “I hate you… I’ve always hated you” by the ''same person''. ''All in the same day!''
** Sasuke had 3 or 4 different battles all on the same day (two with the same guy) during the invasion of Konoha. He'd used up pretty much all of his energy, and was fighting a Cursed Seal threatening to take him over. His friends came looking for him only to find him nearly unconscious, with this psychotic half-transformed Jinchuriki about to deliver the fatal blow. Sakura tries to defend him, only to be caught by a giant hand of sand, knocked half unconscious, and pinned to a tree. The only guy left to defend them is a spiky-haired IdiotHero poster child in an orange jumpsuit, who tries to summon a giant toad and gets a minuscule toadling instead. And it actually got worse from there.
** Sasuke's life in general.
*** One fine day, a 7-year old Sasuke is returning home, only to find the streets filled with slain members of his clan. When he reaches home, he finds that his parents have been killed too. Turns out the entire clan was killed by none other than his much-admired elder brother Itachi. Itachi puts Sasuke under a genjutsu, and plays the massacre scenes in his mind over and over again. Itachi abandons Sasuke, and tells him to develop enough hatred for his brother, and eventually kill him. Having spent the next 8 years or so doing exactly as his brother told, when Sasuke eventually meets Itachi and tries to kill him, he gets pwned immediately. Itachi rubs it in further saying he is not interested in Sasuke anymore, but had come there to capture Naruto.
*** After Sasuke ''finally'' kills his brother four years later, he finds out his brother was actually a ''good guy'' who, seeing no other way to make something good of a hopeless situation, resorted to a ZeroApprovalGambit to at least save his little brother.
** Pain's invasion arc is largely this until Minato's intervention.
** The Madara revival arc just keeps piling it on and on and ''on''.
* GambitPileup: At any given point in the story things seem pretty straightforward - we think we know who the bad guys are and what they want. Invariably, we turn out to be wrong; inconspicuous chains of events are revealed to have been mere byproducts of several colliding machinations and secret motives, usually directly opposing each other, also usually [[ThanatosGambit conceived by people who have long since passed away]]. For a long while, the most we could say for sure was that the bad guys were taking orders from some guy in a trippy mask. Things seemed to be clearing up for a while with the reveal of Obito's true identity, and we thought we knew what the hell was up again, and we were wrong ''again''. We will never learn.
* GenerationXerox: One of the themes of ''Naruto'' is the recurrence of certain characters, traits, and patterns across the generations. Most of the Konoha 11 (as well as Gaara and to a lesser extent Kankuro) are the spitting image of their fathers, and tend to group together in the same way their parents did. Team 7's relations and characteristics are a dead ringer for those of the Legendary Sannin. As a matter of fact, the relationship between Naruto and his friend/rival Sasuke works as a Generation Xerox on three separate levels across multiple generations. Sasuke himself has been through GenerationXerox drama since day 1, changing who he will grow into a clone of (Kakashi, Orochimaru, Itachi, Madara) more often [[LimitedWardrobe than he changes his clothes]]. In some instances, this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] -- Rock Lee intentionally models himself after Gai; the Nara, Yamanaka and Akimichi clans apparently have a tradition of working together.
** Turns out there's a canon excuse for this, at least in part. [[spoiler: Hagoromo Otsutsuki, aka the Sage of the Six Paths, tells Naruto that the spirits of his two sons, Indra and Ashura, are reincarnated every now and then into different ninja.]] Naruto and [[AntiHero most likely Sasuke]] are part of this cycle; Hashirama and Madara are likely candidates as well.
* GenocideFromTheInside: Itachi killed his entire clan except for Sasuke, for a long time it was assumed to be a standard
* BloodBathVillainOrigin until Sasuke's final confrontation with him revealed that Itachi had been under orders from Konoha to do it, as his clan was planning a coup.
* TheGentlemanOrTheScoundrel: Sakura needs to choose between Naruto (the Gentleman) and Sasuke (the Scoundrel).
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Meek Hinata ''slaps Naruto in the face'' when Obito's DespairGambit starts getting to him.
* {{God}}: The Juubi is revealed to be the creator of chakra, the world and the progenator of all living things in the world of Naruto.
* GodOfEvil[=/=]GodIsEvil: The Juubi.
* GodzillaThreshold: Anything that prompts the use of the Reaper Death Seal, which seals both the target's soul and the user's soul in the belly of the Shinigami. [[spoiler:Naruto is implied to be strongly considering this in chapter 681.]]
* TheGoldenRule: Other characters open up to the protagonist - trust him and help him - because they realize that he is doing the same for them.
* GoldenSnitch: The first round of the Chunin Exams can be passed as long as you answer the 10th question correctly and don't have a 30 point loss so far.
* GoodIsDumb: Averted. You get good guys all the way through the intelligence meter from [[IdiotHero Naruto]] to [[BrilliantButLazy Shikamaru]].
* GoryDiscretionShot: When Zabuza tries to attack Sakura and Tazuna, but ends up being blocked by Kakashi.
** When Itachi puts Sasuke under a genjutsu where his left eye is pulled out.
** When Pain stabs Hinata.
** Kisame's death was censored with a cloud of blood. Think about that one for a second.
* GrandTheftMe: The Yamanaka's clan combat strategy. Orochimaru uses this trope to stay young. He also planned to use it to get the Sharingan.
* GratuitousEnglish: "''DynamicEntry''"!
* GraveRobbing: A required for anyone using the technique [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Edo Tensei]].
** A minor example when Suigetsu takes Kubikiri Houcho from Zabuza's grave, where it had been his headstone.
* GrayRainOfDepression: During the Third Hokage's funeral, when Sasuke defeated Naruto at the Final Valley, and when Asuma and Itachi die.
* GreenEyedMonster: Sasuke became this toward Naruto at the end of Part 1. First he was jealous of Itachi's interest in Naruto, and then he was jealous of how much faster Naruto was growing in comparison. This ultimately led to Sasuke's betrayal of Konoha.
* GroundhogDayLoop: The effect of the forbidden Genjutsu Izanami, which forces the affected to experience the same event over and over again, until it is sealed off in the affected's mind, disabling him completely.
* GroundPunch: Whenever Kakuzu punches the ground, he's really sending strings of himself underground (he's made of strings) to pop out as spikes wherever he wishes.
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* HairColors: All over the place, we have realistic hair colors like Naruto's blond or Konohamaru's brown. Then we have out their colors like Jiraiya's white and Kakashi's grey.
* HammeredIntoTheGround: At one point, [[AGodAmI Pain]] got slammed into the ground by a berserk Four-Tailed Naruto.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: A particularly {{egregious}} example, which is especially galling given that one of the major themes of Part 1 was that things like natural talent can't take the place of hard work. The best of the best have every powerup handed to them on a silver platter while leaving everyone who isn't similarly blessed behind in the dust. What small successes minor characters have when compared to where they would be if they didn't work hard are meaningless compared to the arbitrary powerups Naruto and Sasuke and Tobi, etc., receive with no real or noticeable effort.
** It should be noted that there is a noticeable comparison between Naruto and Sasuke in regards to this trope. Throughout both Parts I and II, for Naruto to gain any type of strength he actually had to go out and train first. While the Nine-Tails power was technically handed to him, he had to actively work to make any use of it. The payoff for him is just world breakingly ridiculous. Sasuke on the other hand is a more straight example, as all the hard training he put himself through in Part I and II resulted in practically nothing and all of his power ups came in the form of Sharingan upgrades. The latest required the least amount of work possible as it just required him implanting his brothers eyes into his own head.
*** Averted a very big way with Gai against Madara. He managed to accomplish even more against him than the Kages did. He was even acknowledged to be the best in taijutsu by Madara. And he did without having any special lineage.
** Rock Lee seems like this, but is actually a subversion. While yes, it's true that he plays TheWorfEffect often and has no impressive victories under his belt, his skill level prior to undergoing TrainingFromHell was atrocious. Now, he's one of the strongest of the Konoha 12, and the reason he gets [[TheWorfEffect worfed]] is ''because'' he's so strong. So, while hard work may not have made him the strongest ninja around, without it he'd have no ability at all.
* HeelFaceBrainwashing: We learn that this was Itachi's plan for dealing with Sasuke just as we see it fail in a very convoluted way.
* HeelFaceTurn: Several early villains, which you may see coming. Also several ''later'' villains which you definitely do ''not'' see coming.
** Naruto in particular has a habit of [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talking villains]] into making [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]].
* HeroKiller: Orochimaru was this in Part I. Even the strongest good guys like the 3rd Hokage, Kakashi or Jiraiya feared him and didn't feel able to fight him on par. He demonstrates it by triggering crippling fear in several opponents and killing the 3rd Hokage.
** Akatsuki globally becomes this in part two. It is expressely ordered to deal with them only in teams and are shown to be a formidable threat. Going alone (or even as a trio) to fight any of them is repeatdly stated to be at least reckless, at worst suicidal. They manage to incapacitate Kankuro, (temporarily) kill Gaara and two major {{Mentors}}. Itachi Uchiha particularly stands out, given he's the one the protagonists know better. Pain does it simply through [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking being "Akatsuki's leader"]].
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Arguably applies to all the other ninja teams, but especially Shikamaru and his.
* HeroesFightBarehanded: The titular hero heavely relies on Taijutsu, contrasting Sasuke who prefers to use a [[ShockAndAwe lightning-enchanted]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]. On a similar note we have [[BoobsOfSteel Tsunade]] versus Orochimaru (Uses the Kusanagi sword) and [[BoisterousBruiser the Raikage]] compared to his brother [[BadAss Kirabi]].
* HeroesWantRedheads: Minato and Kushina.
* HeroicRROD:
** Kakashi will need to rest for extended periods of time if he overuses his Sharingan.
** Chouji during the Sasuke Retrieval Arc after taking his super magic butterfly pill.
** Tsunade after saving all the villagers from Pain's Shinra Tensei.
** The opening of the chakra gates is said to be extremely dangerous and exhausting. Lee was affected (though his most serious injuries were from Gaara) but Might Guy seems largely immune to this.
* HeroicSacrifice: There's bound to be several given the military-centered (and TrueCompanions) nature of the Naruto verse.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Epidemic. The heroes spend so much time tearing themselves down (openly or not) that their enemies hardly need to bother.
* HesBack: Happens several times to Naruto, but also to Shikamaru after Asuma's death. Deconstructed with Sasuke after his first "[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown fight]]" against Itachi.
* HiddenDepths: Plenty of characters, but especially Naruto himself. Due to this, he's subject to many an AlternateCharacterInterpretation, especially in FanFiction.
* HiddenPurposeTest: One of the selling points of the first few arcs of the series. Tests where they tell you not to feed a teammate, and to pass you need to say ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight, tests where the final question is accepting the risk of taking on the final question, tests where the final question is ''not'' accepting the risk of taking on the final question, tests where the first part of the test is figuring out that it takes place on another floor and the classroom you're about to enter is a decoy classroom, tests where they tell you not to cheat and the idea is that you can only pass if you cheat without getting caught...
* HighlyVisibleNinja: The titular character wears BRIGHT ORANGE, and is quite possibly the first character to use ninjutsu as a bully pulpit - almost BondVillainStupidity in reverse. This is eventually [[{{Retcon}} Retconned]] in an attempt to make sense of it. Thankfully averted with most ninja and enemy FacelessGoons. Evidently the ninjas here aren't quite traditional ninjas, Orange-Wearing Earth-Rending Nuke-Throwing Toad-Summoning Gender-Bending shenanigans. Plus they can use a "Transformation technique" at any time to be as sneaky as they want to.
** In Naruto's defense, [[{{InvokedTrope}} one of his favorite strategies is to draw attention to himself on purpose to he can pull one over on you.]] The success rate varies, but he's caught several genius ninja off guard by getting them to focus their attention on the wrong Naruto.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Inverted with Itachi, who is ''saved'' when the mind-control trap he set for Sasuke eventually hits him instead. As a direct result of this, it's played straight for Kabuto, who gets defeated by a minion he resurrected.
** Invoked by Kakashi and echoed by Naruto later on.
--> '''Kakashi:''' Think before you use a jutsu, or it'll be used against you.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: After Madara's most powerful jutsu is interrupted by an outside force, he decides not to use it again because it would be insulting to the jutsu to need it twice in one fight.
* HopeSpot: Used extensively to great effect. The harshest is probably when Naruto manages to be impressive for several chapters against [[ImplacableMan Pain]], only to be quickly neutralised when his opponent [[WorfHadTheFlu regains]] his most useful [[GravityMaster ability]].
** [[spoiler: Chapter 664: Naruto is dying and only the yin-half of Kurama in his father can save him. When they finally try to transfer it, Black Zetsu steals is by intercepting Minato's seal. The sudden and only hope they had of saving Naruto just crumbled at the tip of their fingers.]]
* HornedHumanoid (with FacialMarkings): [[spoiler: The original Sage of the Six Paths]] had small devil/''oni'' horns while [[spoiler: his powerful descendant Kaguya, who was known as both the benevolent [[MoonRabbit Rabbit Goddess of the Moon]] and a terrible demon]] had even larger and longer horns.
* HospitalityForHeroes: Naruto often gets this treatment from the guy who runs his favorite ramen shop. After he saves the whole town, in addition to finally being respected by everyone else, the owner (who already respected him, and knew him to be a BigEater) goes above and beyond them by giving Naruto a free buffet.
* HufflepuffHouse: The ninja villages besides Leaf, Sand, and Sound. This begins to change late in the manga.
* HypnoticEyes:
** The Sharingan and anyone using Genjutsu.
** Subverted with Orochimaru's snake eyes which ''aren't'' hypnotic, despite what Sasuke primarily thought and the traditional association of snakes with hypnotism. It's Orochimaru's [[AxCrazy bloodlust]] which leads Sasuke and Sakura to have a vision of their own gruesome and supposedly imminent death.
* IAmYourOpponent
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Anyone revived through Edo Tensei.
* IGaveMyWord: "''I don't go back on my word... That's my ninja way!''" - Naruto's trademark [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech World of Cardboard Slogan]] from the early days of the series. Hinata also says it word-for-word to drive it home how similar they are.
* IHaveTheHighGround: The most memorable example is Itachi atop a pillar after the destruction of the Uchiha clan, but it happens to several characters quite often.
* IJustWantToBeYou: This is how Naruto and Sasuke's relationship works in its core. At least for Naruto, who acknowledges it. We don't really know how Sasuke feels in this regard, though there are tiny hints it could be the case.
** Also seems to be the case in the early rivalry between Rock Lee and Neji.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: More or less the core reason why Naruto didn't kill Nagato. The explicit saying is actually rather "If I kill you, I(t) won't be Naruto anymore" (“It” in regard to the first book Jiraiya ever wrote in which he named the main character “Naruto”).
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: Sasuke tells Sakura that if she wants to join him, she'll have to kill Karin. He tries to kill her ''anyway'' the second [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder her back is turned]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The most common cause of death or serious injury for pretty much everyone, from fodder-nin up to main characters, is a good old piece of steel through the chest. Justified in that most of the higher level jutsus end up countering each other, leaving the chakra-depleted opponents to resort to 'stabbing until they fall over'. Some examples: the 3rd Hokage, Sakon and Ukon, Sakura, Orochimaru, Madara Uchiha, Danzo, Karin, Tsunade, Neji, Rin, Obito, Kakashi...
* ImmortalHero: Sasuke Retrieval Arc, where all five bad guys (not counting Sasuke) died, but all five good guys survived (including two that [[DisneyDeath really looked like they were dying]]).
** Justified in that the medics arrived in time. Neji also still had his Curse Mark, so one could guess he had not died.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Naruto and Sasuke towards each other. Sasuke's got bad enough that it became a major contributor to his FaceHeelTurn.
** [[spoiler:[[HistoryRepeats Madara had a truly MASSIVE one with the 1st Hokage, and it's one of the reasons he left the village]].]]
* InformedAbility:
** The ANBU are the top of the elite and are a force to be reckoned with. Which is why they seem to do nothing but die ''[[RedShirt en masse]]''.
*** Except Kakashi, Yamato, and Sai. Named members seem to live longer which is a major a problem for the group since ''everyone'' is supposed to be unnamed for their spy duty. Hell, Fu and Torune were also killed and Yamato was imprisoned.
** Kakashi is supposed to have trained Sakura in genjutsu, but she is actually never seen performing one or breaking a high level one.
** The databooks run on this. Each character in the databook is given stats. Character's stats seem arbitrary because they are rarely demonstrated and are hard to quantify. For example, Hinata has slightly higher stats than Neji in genjutsu and intelligence, though neither of these are shown to be true. You just have to take [[WordOfGod word for it]].
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: For the longest time the Kakashi Gaiden was considered to be a sort of BreatherEpisode, serving the purpose of filling in some of Kakashi's backstory to bridge the gap between the pre- and post-{{timeskip}} series. Then we finally found out it was actually introducing and setting up the backstory of one of the series' 2 joint {{Big Bad}}s.
* InterfaceScrew: In her fight with Kabuto, Tsunade delivers a shock to his neural system, causing his muscles to respond to different inputs. His "right arm" moves his left leg, his "left ankle" moves his right shoulder, etc.
* InternalReveal: It was long suspected and eventually revealed that Naruto's father was the Fourth Hokage. Naruto himself didn't discover it until a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind nearly 80 chapters after it was revealed to the audience in a conversation between Tsunade and Jiraiya. Used again about 50 chapters later when Naruto meets his mother in much the same fashion.
* InvisibleParents: Perhaps most notably, Sakura and Lee's (assuming he even has parents), but many parents (such as Hinata and Neji's mothers) are also absent.
** Tenten's as well - her lack of a revealed family name leads many to wonder if she's an orphan. We also don't know the status of Shino's mother, though this is somewhat subverted by Kiba's father - who was driven away by his wife at some point in the past, so he's just not in the picture in general.
** Sakura's are finally introduced in an anime {{Filler}} episode and are presumably canon. Choji and Ino's mother's were also introduced in the anime (the former's in the padding for a main arc, the latter's in another {{Filler}} episode).
* IronicEcho: Over and over. If someone taunts someone else, their opponent is almost bound to repeat the same taunt to them later in the fight when the tables have turned. In a non-opponent example, Naruto quoting Sasuke's, "''Hey kid, you aren't hurt are ya, you scaredy cat!''" back at him while holding off Orochimaru's giant snake.
** Can also be used for tragic flavour, like the ''"See you"'' between Karin and Sasuke. Just to twist the knife, the past and present-day panel are drawn [[TwoScenesOneDialogue side by side]].
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Played straight at least once, but also subverted memorably when Pain explained his plan to Jiraiya then proceeded to ''actually kill him''.
* KiAttacks: Everyone in {{Naruto}} can use chakra for a variety of effects, like ElementalPowers, CharlesAtlasSuperpower, walking on walls and water and [[MasterOfIllusion illusion casting]] among others.
* KilledOffForReal: A number of characters, both in the main plot and the backstory. Among the few that haven't come back in ''any'' form, the most notable is Jiraiya. There are minor character casualties however, and when the Shinobi World War Arc starts, the stakes rise exponentially. Individual deaths are listed in the Character Sheets.
* KryptoniteIsEverywhere: The Sharingan is quite powerful, but most of the people fighting characters who have it know at least one counter-measure.
** Once Sasuke learns how to cast genjutsu on people, all his major opponents are able to resist it in one way or another.
* KungFuWizard: Ninjas in the Naruto universe are essentially this, rather than classic ninjas.
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