There are [[TropeOverdosed so many tropes]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' that we had to split its trope page. The first half: [[Naruto/TropesAToK Naruto: Tropes A to K]]. Tropes about the anime and other media: [[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 plot point or a remarkable recurring trope (e.g., on this page: NotSoStoic).
This is to keep these pages from inflating artificially.

''Here be spoilers. Anything that has not been aired on the free version[[note]]one week after the paid version[[/note]] of [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Naruto_Shippuden Crunchyroll]] should be spoiler-tagged.''

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* LampshadeHanging: [[spoiler:During the dénouement of the World War Arc, which features endless powerups, backstabs, ultimate villain introductions and inexplicable dramatic turnarounds, Sakura sees the Sage of Six Paths - a mythological figure that was supposed to have been dead for eons - floating and congratulating her for saving the world. She doesn't even bother trying to find out how the hell this is possible, and just says that at this point [[ArcFatigue nothing would surprise her, and she's frankly tired of it all]].]]
* LavaAddsAwesome:
** [[AllThereInTheManual Son Goku's Jinchuriki, Roshi, as well as himself, are able to use lava]].
** The 5th Mizukage pulls [[http://kaiafa.deviantart.com/art/Mei-Terumi-Yoton-Gif-203312081?q=favby%3Abrandonhanns%2F45210890&qo=21 this]] outta her sleeve.
** After receiving the power of the Tailed Beasts, [[spoiler:Naruto uses Son Goku's power to create a lava version of his Rasenshuriken to cut down the [[EldritchAbomination indestructible, humanity-ending Ten-Tails tree]] before it can fully bloom]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** In the Death Forest after the fight against the Sound Genins, Shikamaru and Choji comment how Naruto is too much an IdiotHero to be a good Shonen manga main protagonist.
** Also, there's one point where Naruto comes running into a fight late, yelling: "''The main character of a story usually shows up in these types of situations and instantly kicks the enemy's ass!''" Naturally, he then proceeds to be [[SubvertedTrope on the receiving end]] of [[WrongGenreSavvy said ass-kicking]].
** That Jiraiya wrote a serious book about a ninja {{Determinator}} whose name is Naruto (which the character of the series was named after by his parents after they read the book) is fourth wall-leaning enough. But in a couple of pages which are only in the volume 48 release, part of Naruto's speech to Nagato sounds like he's talking about himself as if he was fully aware that he is a fictional character. All of this is done in a ''completely serious'' fashion.
* LegoGenetics: Orochimaru tried to plant the First Hokage's GreenThumb skill in 60 kids. It only worked on Yamato--the other 59 ''all'' died horrible deaths. Danzo used Orochimaru's research to do the same thing to himself.
** Screwing with the genetics of powerful people seems to be a popular pastime for villains. Madara messed with the first Hokage's genes, too, and Kabuto implanted Orochimaru's cells into himself to find direction for his life.
* LimitedWardrobe: Most characters have one outfit for before or after the timeskip, but may wear casual clothes while off-duty. By contrast, the Sand Siblings change outfits in each of their major appearances.
* LineOfSightName: [[ZigzaggingTrope It's hard to tell whether this is played straight, or subverted, or averted, or what]].
** Naruto's namesake, a character from Jiraiya's novel, is [[WatsonianVersusDoylist a Watsonian example]] from our perspective and a Doylist example from the [[ShowWithinAShow story within a story]] perspective, as Jiraiya thought up the name while eating a bowl of ramen and Naruto is a type of ramen topping. The titular Naruto, in turn, was named after said character by his dad, which is not a LineOfSightName at all.
** Sasuke ''was'' a straight-up [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Doylist]] example. Naming a ninja "Uchiha Sasuke" is akin to naming a nurse Fanny Nightingale (you may have heard of SarutobiSasuke). Then we find out that in-universe he's named after the Third Hokage's father, whose name actually ''was'' Sarutobi Sasuke.
* LivingMacGuffin:
** The Jinchurikis.
** Sasuke provides an even better example given the number of people who are after him throughout the story.
* LivingWeapon: The Jinchuuriki. Yes, even Naruto. In fact, ''especially'' Naruto. He is the only one who had a specific target - the masked man who attacked the village in the first place (though that story turns out to have been more complicated than anyone anticipated).
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: which leads to...
** CastHerd: The huge cast is conveniently organized in teams of 3 or 4 members, while antagonists are almost always organized by pairs (Zabuza/Haku, Orochimaru/Kabuto, and of course Akatsuki members), the sole exceptions being the Sound Five and arguably Konan and Pain.
** GeodesicCast: The team 7's [[TwoGuysAndAGirl structure]] "''Two males that are [[RedOniBlueOni of contrasting personality]], [[TheSmurfettePrinciple one]] female''" [[PowerTrio group]], repeated again and again. As the manga progresses it seems to slowly drift away from this gimmick. Justified for Team 7. It's explicitly stated Sasuke and Naruto were both assigned to Team 7 because Sasuke was first-ranked in their Academy class and Naruto was last, and it's tradition to put first and last on the same team to balance out its capabilities.
** According to the [[http://naruto.wikia.com/wiki/Special:BrowseData/Characters Naruto wiki]], there are at least 930 characters from all the various media.
* LocalHangout: Ichiraku's ramen bar.
* LongestPregnancyEver:
** Kurenai Yuhi, who is also a PregnantBadass.
** Also Kushina Uzumaki, who explains a female Jinchuriki's pregnancy is 10 months instead of the usual 9.
* LoopholeAbuse: By way of LampshadeHanging. TheStinger of the [[TournamentArc Chunin exam]] second stage's HiddenPurposeTest is that the evil mind games and intricate manipulations surrounding the exam were played up so much, you could theoretically pass the test without writing down a single word. Which [[TheTrickster Naruto]] [[TakeAThirdOption does]].
** The next portion of the exam has your team need to get one of two types of scroll to pass. Nothing is stopping you from getting ''more'' than that, to reduce competition in the later parts of the exam or to use as bait if you get jumped by someone stronger than you.
* LosingYourHead: ''Twice''. First, we have Hidan, who, being immortal, yells curses at his beheader until such a time his head can be reattached. Then there's Kisame ([[ActuallyADoombot actuallty a Zetsu clone]]) who compliments his opponents on their victory ''as his head is flying through the air''.
* LoveHurts: Realizing for the first time what Naruto went through because of her does not make Sakura very happy. She, in turn, had more than her fair share of this courtesy of Sasuke.
* LoveLetter: Sakura gets one, but she claims her heart is already taken.
* LukeIAmYourFather: The reveal of Naruto's [[SarcasmMode incredibly]] [[TheUntwist surprising]] parentage.
* MandatoryUnretirement: There are a few cases.
** The third hokage had to leave retirement when the fourth died.
** Nono was forced by Danzo to become a spy again.
* MagicalEye: The Sharingan and then later the Mangenkyou Sharingan. They grant the [[ComboPlatterPowers following abilities]]...
** AuraVision
** CombatClairvoyance
** GuardianEntity / InstantArmor: The Susanoo technique
** HypnoticEyes
** TechnicolorFire: Of all the Sharingan users, Sasuke is the most likely to use the black fire Amaterasu technique.
** PowerCopying: Can copy anything but another clan's genetic jutsu.
* MagicByAnyOtherName: Sex-change, fireballs, summoning toads! Oh jutsu, is there ''anything'' you can't do?
* ManBehindTheMan: Averted in Part I, where the villains (Itachi and Orochimaru) are presented as free agents acting completely of their own volition. [[UnderStatement Not quite averted]] in part II, where we 1. gradually find out that Itachi was effectively under orders from Danzo, and 2. encounter the villain ensemble Aktasuki, which is taking orders from their leader Pain, who has been groomed and manipulated by the legendery Uchiha ancestor Madara, who is actually not Madara but has been groomed and manipulated from the start by the actual Madara, [[spoiler:who has been unknowingly dancing to the tune of Black Zetsu, who is a mere puppet carrying out the will of the BiggerBad Kaguya]].
* ManipulativeBastard. Used to BeyondTheImpossible levels in Part 2. We have Orochimaru, who is manipulating Sasuke but eventually gets betrayed. Then we have Nagato/Pain, who is manipulating Akatsuki. But then it turns out the ''he's'' really being manipulated by Tobi (aka Obito), who also manipulates Sasuke for a while after Itachi's death, and also manipulated Kisame and the 4th Mizukage. But it eventually turns out that Tobi was being manipulated by Madara from the start. [[spoiler:Later on, we find out that Madara was being manipulated by Black Zetsu, who actually being controlled (or at least loyal to) Kaguya.]] And this isn't even getting into other characters like Itachi and Danzo who manipulate various characters in their own ways.
* ManlyTears:
** Quite often, and from the first chapter on. Mostly [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggerated]] and PlayedForLaughs with Lee and Might Guy.
** The author's reaction on learning that the manga will be serialized into an anime.
* MasterApprenticeChain:
** The First & Second Hokage > The Third Hokage > Jiraiya > The Fourth Hokage > Kakashi > Naruto (provides the page's picture)
** The Third Hokage > Orochimaru, Jiraiya & Tsunade > Sasuke, Naruto & Sakura
** > The Third Hokage > Jiraiya > Konan, Nagato, and Yahiko
* MesACrowd: The various Clone Jutsu: Shadow, Water, Lightning, etc. Also seen to a smaller scale with Replacement and Substitution Jutsu. Then you have Zetsu, whose white half can be cultivated like a plant. The BigBad grows [[UptoEleven one hundred thousand]] copies of him to fight in the fourth ninja world war.
* MeaningfulFuneral: The 3rd Hokage's funeral.
* MeaningfulName:
** Naruto's surname, Uzumaki, means "spiral" - fitting considering Naruto's fondness for spirals (see: Rasengan).
** Kakashi means scarecrow. In one episode, the team follow Kakashi to find out what's under his mask. Sakura watches Kakashi standing at the stone memorial for a while until she figures out something is wrong. Sure enough, Kakashi used the substitution technique with a scarecrow that looked just like him from a distance.
* MentorOccupationalHazard:
** Quite frequent (the 3rd Hokage, Jiraiya, Asuma, and Chiyo can count as well), though Kakashi and Tsunade have averted this so far. Of notice is that two of the mentors died by the hand of a former student turned evil.
** The Fourth Hokage can now be added to the list, and has also died by the hand of his former student Obito.
* MessianicArchetype: Naruto. It has been said that his best power isn't his near limitless chakra, his SuperpoweredEvilSide, or his growing mastery of the Fourth Hokage's techniques -- it's his [[strike:[[FanNickname Talk no Jutsu]]]] simple-minded ''charisma''.
** DarkMessiah / EvilCounterpart: Obito
* MeteorMove
* MindRape: Most of genjutsu techniques boil down to this, with Tsukuyomi being the most extreme.
* MindScrew: [[spoiler: The sequence where we get treated to a visualization of the effect Naruto's words are having on Obito. First, illusory versions of Minato, Kakashi and Rin appear. Next, Minato and Kakashi start messing with Obito's head. Then things get really weird: Rin starts speaking seductively to Obito, except she's entered the UncannyValley, and then she, Minato and Kakashi start transforming into tailed beasts. Then Naruto turns into young Obito and runs off with Rin.]]
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: Explicitly stated as a major theme in chapter 670. Naruto [[spoiler:like the Sage of Six Paths' son, Ashura]], was born with none of the readily-apparent talent of his parents. Because of this, both have learned to value teamwork, harmony, and friendship while their more talented counterparts walked a darker path because being a BornWinner made them believe that MightMakesRight.
* MonsterShapedMountain: The Land of Iron's signature landmark is the Three Wolves, a mountain that is shaped like 3 wolves' heads.
* MultipleTailedBeast: The tailed beasts, sans Shukaku, who only has one tail.
* MundaneUtility:
** In canon, Naruto jumps into a creek with shadow clones to force some fish to the surface, which Sasuke catches with kunai and cooks with his fire jutsu. Jiraiya also used a fire jutsu in a flashback to cook a giant fish.
** Ninja in general are somewhat this, especially Genin. The test to pass the Ninja Academy? Produce a pair of illusory duplicates. Your likely first missions? Gardening, babysitting, retrieving lost pets, etc.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Sasuke claims one of the most epic instances of this in the series, but a honorary mention goes to Sakura when she realizes what the promise she got out of Naruto did to him.
** Kakashi blames himself for Obito’s death, insisting that if they had gone together to save their teammate in the first place, that would not have happened.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman:
** Tsunade has light shades of this, since one easily forgotten reason of why she got picked up to be 5th Hokage is that she's respectively the grand-daughter and grand-niece of the 1st and 2nd Hokages. It's by '''no way''' THE one reason, but it's there, somewhere at the bottom.
** Konan was introduced as having been mainly defined by her loyalty to Yahiko and Nagato, and eventually, Naruto. Subverted when she eventually gets a chance to show [[LetsGetDangerous just how powerful she is]] - come to think of it, she ''too'' could have destroyed Konoha all by herself.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] once by the BigBad.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Uchiha clan holds the world record in this. Remember when they felt things weren't going their way so they had this brilliant idea to sway things in their favor?... Remember how that went? Mm hm. Remember Sasuke's great triumphant moment of revenge? Remember how that one turned out? Mm hm. Remember the part where we find out what Itachi was all about and what he was trying to achieve? See how ''that one turned out?'' Mm hm. Nice job, Uchiha clan.' Lampshaded by Itachi, ''about'' himself. He tells Sasuke that it was his fault Sasuke became the criminal he is today.
** Also look at Danzo. He is responsibe for at least 90% of everything that happens, right down to '''''the destruction of Konohana by Pain''''' . he is also responsible for the tailed beast attack, and for the Akatsuki in the first place. And he has the nerve to say that all that he did was to '''help''' the leaf.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Pain seems to go out of his way to induce rage and despair in Naruto, presumably to Teach Him [[strike:[[TeachHimAnger Anger]]]] [[TeachHimAnger Pain]]. [[GoneHorriblyRight You can imagine how well that eventually went for him]].
* {{Ninja}}: Pretty much everyone is referred to as a ninja, even if they dress in orange or fight by summoning giant toads. The ANBU fit the ninja mold much better, being an elite group of mask wearing warriors who specialize in assassination and espionage.
* NinjaLog: Used in a surprising number of variations, including several that explode.
* NobodyPoops: {{Averted}} in the sports festival OVA as well as the actual show. Naruto is the usual offender. Played straight with the early Zetsu clones, which explicitly don't poop, to the point where they actually ask Tobi what its like.
* NonhumansLackAttributes: Usually played straight (e.g. Kakashi's dogs). Averted with a certain armadillo. {{Squick}}. Also averted for Akamaru in the [[PottyHumor comical]] spin-off ''Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth''.
* TheNoseBleed: The inevitable result of Naruto's Sexy Jutsu.
* NotADate / SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Shikamaru and Temari. Asuma and Kurenai. Inverted with [[spoiler:Naruto and Sakura; Naruto says that Sakura "kind of" is his girlfriend, which earns him the obligatory smack upside the head and leaves the fans to ponder whether Naurto is being cheeky, sincere or deluded, and whether Sakura is just angry or acting like a standard-fare love interest Tsundere]]. [[TrollingCreator This ambiguity was probably intentional]].
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: One half of the first task of the Chunin exam is actually this.
* NotEvenHuman: How many people in the manga view jinchuuriki. This way of thinking is a personal berserk button for Naruto.
* NothingButSkinAndBones: Nagato is horribly skinny because of a DangerousForbiddenTechnique of his, which drained his energy. His legs were burned useless just before that. And overall, he uses nothing but techniques that consume huge amounts of Chakra.
* NotJustATournament: The Chunin Exam arc features a single-elimination tournament as the final stage of the exam. Initially, the idea is that the contestants will fight each other and that the judges determine who should be promoted based on the performance. However, it is soon explained that that function is more of an in-universe ExcusePlot to showcase competition between villages. Said competition affects incoming business for each village.
** The Kazekage even refuses to let his village's star ninja get a free pass to the next round as his tardy opponent is from a distinguished clan and defeating such an individual would be a great way to showcase his village's ability. In actuality, the disguised Orochimaru wanted Sasuke to fight to help advance his Cursed Seal corruption, but the excuse is solid enough that Sarutobi accepts it.
* NotQuiteDead: A number of characters have pulled this off at some point or the other, but the runaway award winner is Orochimaru.
** There's also [[NighInvulnerability Hidan and Kakuzu]] who each should have died at least three times in their arc.
*** Justified (at least in-verse) in that one is immortal and the other has 5 hearts
* NotSoDifferent: Naruto has had many foils throughout the series, and often he finds out that he's more like them than he thought:
** Gaara is what Naruto would have become if Iruka hadn't acknowledged him. They share the traumatic isolation of being host to tailed beasts. This is made all the more poignant by the fact that we are introduced to Gaara as a completely AxCrazy monster hungry for blood and only find out that he and Naruto are NotSoDifferent after several {{Establishing Character Moment}}s of Gaara's that involved plenty of murder. What's more, they were both entrusted to the care of someone whose loved ones they'd inadvertently killed. Where their paths diverged, and for us the story begins, is Iruka not succumbing to pressure and manipulation to become another face lost in the jeering, uncaring masses.
** Naruto realizes at some point that his own anger from Konoha's hatred towards him means he could've been the threat to Konoha and Sasuke the one defending it. The panel shows Naruto using chidori and Sasuke using Rasengan to drive it home.
** For all of the godlike destruction Pain wreaks, we eventually find out that he started out very similar to Naruto, and his ideals never really wavered; it was only the "goody-good" methods he despaired of.
** {{Inverted}} with Obito - when he is finally introduced properly as a villain, the ''first'' thing we learn is how similar his beginnings were to Naruto's; it is only later that we learn how radically different their choices and conclusions had been.
* NotSoStoic: It's something of a theme that no one can truly kill or completely overcome their own emotions and pretty much ''everyone'' who tries to play TheStoic with some level of development lets loose at some point.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: End of Part I. Seems to be the case after a certain WhamEpisode in Part II, but the lasting effect on the plot turns out to be less drastic than expected.
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* ObliviousMockery: Having heard that Jugo went to Orochimaru voluntarily, Suigetsu comments that only someone completely nuts would throw himself into Orochimaru's arms. Right next to Sasuke, who threw himself into Orochimaru's arms for the sake of his revenge.
* OddlySmallOrganization:
** Due to lack of focus, a lot of the clans initially came off as this. However, the later arcs showed that at least most of them had ''far'' more people than just a single nuclear family.
** [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad The Akatsuki]]. Its size is never clearly stated. It's defined as a ten-members group, incredibly small for an organization aiming at world domination, although Sasori had several underlings working for him in the Sand village and their leader turned out to have had a whole village under his control.
* OfficialCouple: Asuma and Kurenai, Minato and Kushina, Tsunade and Dan, Hayate and Yuugao, Konan and Yahiko.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome:
** We don't see most of the fights between the Tailed Beasts hosts and Akatsuki.
** Tenten is ''constantly'' a victim of this. Most memorable in that regard is her battle with Edo Kakuzu; this was a villain Jounins were having trouble with, and Naruto had to eventually step in with his Big Damn Rasen-shuriken to defeat, even ''before'' he was an indestructible infinite-chakra zombie. Tenten defeats him, or at least gets halfway there, but we never get to see the Armageddon of pointy weapons she presumably unleashed on him in the process.
** The specifics of what [[spoiler:Hinata]] wrought upon [[spoiler:the Juubi-lings]] with [[spoiler:Divination: 64 Twin Lion Fist strikes]] are left to our imagination, which is especially {{egregious}} given that we never got to see what the [[spoiler:Twin Lion Fists]] do in the first place.
* OhCrap: Sure to happen whenever some invincible villain turns out to be NotSoInvincibleAfterAll or some ultimate technique turns out to be [[TheWorfBarrage Not So Ultimate After All]]. Also a common response to nightmarish genjutsu before you realize you've been caught in one.
** A rather humorous example is Shikamaru during the final round of the Chunnin exams. He had no interest in fighting the match, and was about to give up, when Naruto pushed him into the field, and he was promptly jeered by the audience because he is not Sasuke. His face had OhCrap written all over it.
** Not being able to regenerate when you're supposed to be able to regenerate. For example, [[spoiler: the [[http://naruto.wikia.com/wiki/Summoning:_Impure_World_Reincarnation zombified]]) Fourth Hokage (as of chapter 680) is still unable to regenerate his missing arms, which zombies in the Naruto-verse are supposed to be able to do. This seems especially unfair, since all three of his equally-zombified Hokage comrades have each regenerated massive battle damage.]]
* OneExtraMember: The "[[QuirkyMiniBossSquad Sound Five]]" actually counts [[CreepyTwins Sakon and Ukon]] as one person, instead of making it the Sound Six.
* OneWingedAngel: Anyone using Curse mark level 2, Juugo, and anyone with a tailed beast. Also Itachi's susanoo, Kisame's Samehada fusion form and Kakuzu's tentacle mass form.
* OnlyAFleshWound: "''Oh, my god! That was my arm! They ripped off my arm! AARGH!''" - A quote not uttered by anyone at any point in the series, though logic dictates it ''should have been'', on at least five separate occasions. On ''two'' separate occasions, a villain had this done to them, and instead of the battle being over right there and then, they just kept fighting to eventually ''win''. This is especially jarring given how much Orochimaru was both furious and terrified at the loss of his arms (Which, granted, were ''sealed'', not just cut off, but still...).
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou:
** Gaara used this before his HeelFaceTurn by saying Sasuke was 'his prey'.
** Itachi Uchiha basically says that the only one allowed to defeat him is his younger brother, the same Sasuke. But [[TheAtoner he has his reasons]] for saying that.
** Also, Naruto and Sasuke, mutually and multiple times.
** When Jiraiya is about to take on Itachi and Kisame at the inn, Sasuke insists that the only one who was going to kill Itachi was him. Well, needless to say, that fight didn’t exactly end in his favor. Nor did any future attempts.
* OrganTheft: All over the place - name a body part, and someone's taken it from a dead opponent and integrated it into their own body. [[BodyHorror Gruesomely.]] The Uchiha have a power-up based on taking someone's eye.
* OrphanageOfLove: Where Kabuto was initially raised.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Type "V" for the characters brought back with the forbidden technique ''Edo Tensei''.
* OutOfFocus: Most of anyone in this series who has just played some significant part in the plot and is not part of Team 7 or a top-tier villain goes straight to the OffstageWaitingRoom. In fact, more often than not when the focus shifts to any of the secondary characters, it's because something ''[[ADeathInTheLimelight bad]]'' is about to happen to them. Particularly {{egregious}} in that Sakura, who ''is'' a main character from Team 7, also falls prey to this for most of Part II of the manga.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Too many characters to tell. Despite short bouts of relative competence, Tsunade suffers from this chronically, as does her disciple Sakura (''despite'' being a designated main character and an ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl). In-universe, Obito admits outright to Minato that he feels overshadowed by Kakashi's superior ability.
* ParentalAbandonment: Orphans abound due to the life of a ninja just not being very conductive to one's life expectancy. Kyuubi killed numerous ones in its rampage -- the ones which weren't killed in the previous Ninja Wars, that is. Some would-be-plot-relevant parents may have managed to escape this fate by virtue of their [[InvisibleParents invisibility]].
* PassionIsEvil: Seems to become an important theme in Part II.
** Kurama can much more easily take control of Naruto when the latter feels despair or hatred. [[EnemyWithin Whenever it has an occasion, it will try to push Naruto over the edge]]. At least until Naruto manages to defeat him, and then [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriend him]].
** Nagato connected himself to the [[spoiler:Gedo Mazo]] while feeling intense pain and hatred following Yahiko's sacrifice.
** Even later, strong emotions are revealed to be the "curse" of [[spoiler:the Uchiha clan, and that feeling strong emotions, like love and friendship, then suddenly losing them, is what creates the Sharingan.]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Most prominently Tailed Beast hosts, but it's a valid option to any protagonist or villain so inclined provided they have a sufficiently high [[PowerLevels Power Level.]] ([[MemeticMutation cue Vegeta breaking his scanner]]).
* PhlebotinumHandlingRequirements: The sword Samehada can only be wielded [[EmpathicWeapon if it likes the taste of the wielder's chakra]].
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: In RealLife, ninjas were covert agents and mercenaries who engaged in such things as espionage and assassination and so on and so forth (or at least, that's what pop culture agrees they were, but the difference is semantic). While early arcs did make some attempt to play up these things, at no point did any of the good guys actually do any of it, despite being trained for it. Later in the series this is outright abandoned as the cast begins pursuing personal vendettas and fighting the bad guys using lasers and giant animals. For a long time the villains actually did do all the things ninjas are supposed to have done, but this was eventually derailed into magic eyes, immortal zombies, mountain leveling laser blasts and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
* PlayingWithFire: Any character who uses fire techniques. [[ConvectionSchmonvection Not that any of them could really]] [[TheWorfBarrage help anyone win a fight]].
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: Sakura to Sasuke before he leaves the Leaf, in an absolutely [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] scene. Naruto’s entire fight with Sasuke at the Valley of the End consists of this, eventually turning into “I’ll break every bone in your body and drag you all the way if that’s what it takes!” “I won’t let you be taken by someone like Orochimaru!” ''Subverted'' by Naruto when all he wants to do is talk with Sasuke, even going so far as to tell Sasuke that they will [[TakingYouWithMe die together]] if they fight each other, then allows him freely on his way once he’s finished.
* PlotArmor:
** Sasuke is a major offender, often relying on NewPowersAsThePlotDemands to make him [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe As Strong As He Needs To Be]]. His most iconic one may be when, after it had already been established that he was out of chakra, he had continued use of his Sharingan, summoned a giant snake, hypnotized it, jumped in its mouth and teleported it and himself out of harm's way all to avoid a massive 10-kilometer-radius explosion. After said explosion ''had already gone off. A few feet from him.'' ([[http://sractheninja.deviantart.com/art/Naruto-Deidara-Lives-63271750?q=gallery%3Asractheninja%2F196008&qo=77 Illustration.]])
** Hinata somehow manages to survive being stabbed point blank in the neck, getting caught in the blast radius of a WaveMotionGun and laying there alone, bleeding and unconscious, for several minutes, while two PersonsOfMassDestruction summon gravity blasts and giant chakra balls all over the resulting smoking crater.
** This seemed to be in effect for the Ninja Alliance in general for most of the war. They're fighting an army of invincible zombies, who in life were some of the strongest ninjas to ever live, and for a long time not a single named character loses their life - just a bunch of {{Red Shirt}}s. The armor thickness notably diminishes for a while around chapter 614, where at least three {{Mauve Shirt}}s die (Ino and Shikamaru's father's, and above all, Neji), but it shortly gets better again.
** [[spoiler: Kaguya]] is so hilariously over-powered she makes Madara Uchiha look like Part 1 Sakura. [[spoiler: She has the ability to teleport herself or others at any point to any place, which they are unable to resist in any way. Despite this and some degree of reality warping, she's been unable to kill Team 7.]]
* ThePlotReaper: Has so far collected:
** Jiraiya, who fell prey to the MentorOccupationalHazard.
** Orochimaru, who had served his purpose as the BigBad and had to make room for Sasuke to prove himself as a serious threat in his own right. This is eventually inverted; Orochimaru is required for plot purposes again, the process is reversed and Orochimaru is free to roam the earth and do his new thing.
** Itachi, who finally died because the plot was done milking Sasuke's grudge against him for everything it was worth.
** Konan - an inconvenient leftover from an old storyline to begin with - who was much more valuable to the plot as a minor character whose death people would actually still kind of care about than as yet another ally for Naruto, busy running a faraway village and nigh completely detached from the main thrust of the plot.
** Danzo, who would have been the key to a myriad hypothetical arcs, questions chasing questions and twisty little passages of plot that the author apparently just wasn't very eager to deal with.
* PlotTumor:
** Uchiha Madara once met Obito, and their ill-conceived cooperation is behind everything. EVERYTHING.
** Similarly, Danzo is responsible for almost everything wrong the Leaf has ever done. He’s even responsible for Kabuto’s FaceHeelTurn that made him loyal to Orochimaru.
* PoliceAreUseless: While the governments do have safety nets to deal with rogue ninjas, these are incredibly inadequate. The people in charge of taking out rogue ninjas are [[NominalImportance Nameless]] Faceless Mooks that get slaughtered by anything stronger than a stiff breeze while said rogues are, almost without exception, THE strongest ninjas in the world.
** The invasion of the Hidden Sand is probably the worst example in the series. The border guards are massacred by their treacherous leader. The interior ninja specifically watching for aerial intruders are dispatched by an opponent in the sky. Neither group even manages to see the Akatsuki members, but Gaara is able to identify the aforementioned flying enemy by casually glancing out the window.
* PowersDoTheFighting
** Gaara is protected by his sand, so for most of his fights early on in the series, he stands by while the sand deflects projectiles and destroys his enemies for him.
** Naruto's chakra shroud has a mind of its own, and can launch its own attacks separate from his own.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: The level 2 of the cursed seal. Averted for Juugo, even though he's the source of it. {{Inverted}} with Jiraiya's ''hari jizo'' attack, where your hair growing makes for power. Moreover, it ''is'' the Jutsu’s power
* ThePowerOfFriendship: [[SubvertedTrope ...is apparently a distant second behind the power of a sufficiently well-seated superiority complex]]. Is nonetheless strong enough to end ancient grievances, unite the Ninja Villages against a common foe, and remind an EldritchAbomination about his better nature.
* ThePowerOfHate: …will cause a cycle of revenge throughout the ages. Sasuke also lives by it.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[SubvertedTrope ...is apparently a distant second behind the power to repel things with gravity, and cannot sooth a sufficiently deep-seated hunger for power and revenge]]. Is nonetheless powerful enough to make an ever-active shield out of sand protecting your loved ones after you die, and to pull you away from the brink of madness and despair.
** The Power Of LoveMakesYouEvil: Extremely strong love that turns to hate is revealed to be exceptionally powerful in chpt. 619:
-->[[spoiler: '''Tobirama''' (Second Hokage) to Sasuke: When Uchiha suffer after experiencing the loss of a loved one or despair, special chakra sprouts inside their brains, which affects the optic nerve and produces a change in their eyes. That is "the eye that reflects feelings"... ''The Sharingan''. [...] The deeper their darkness becomes, the more powerful their eyes get, and it's impossible to handle them... like in Madara's case.]]\\
[[spoiler: '''Hashirama''' (First Hokage): Madara really loved his little brother... probably even more than your brother.]]
* PowersAsPrograms
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality:
** How moral is pursuing {{revenge}}? That depends on who you are. If you're Sasuke, it's a corruption to stay away from and Kakashi will give you an extensive lecture to make sure you get that. If you're Shikamaru, it's a rite of passage that will get you closure. No one is actually bothered by this because Sasuke is batshit insane and wants to exact revenge on an entire village full of innocent people, while Shikamaru just went after the guy who killed his {{Mentor}}; but it's still sort of disconcerting that rather than acknowledge this, the manga just keeps on spouting the "revenge=bad" message.
*** Actually made even worse by the fact that when Kakashi did lecture Sasuke on revenge=bad, Sasuke only wanted to go after [[AloofBigBrother Itachi]], who was believed to have killed his clan ForTheEvulz and was part of the same EvilOrganization as the guy Shikamaru revenge killed. He didn't even want to go after the village until well after Shikamaru's arc finished.
** Naruto's obsession with redeeming a traitor and would-be mass murderer just because they happened to have an abrasive WorthyOpponent dynamic (which the audience is repeatedly told was friendship) is treated, at worst, as idealistic to a fault. When ''bad guys'' are loyal to villains who showed them kindness, it's tragic and destructive (Haku, Zaku, [[OneOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Kimimaro]]). To be fair, there ''are'' exceptions where it is portrayed as a redeeming characteristic for a villain, such as with Kisame.
** Pein brings this up to Naruto as a HannibalLecture. There goes our {{Determinator}}'s will to fight… Even a ''frog'' had to try to boost his morale back up.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: Sasuke's takes a so big share of the story that for a while [[SpotlightStealingSquad he effectively serves as the main character]].
* PsychoRangers: The Sound Five (see EvilCounterpart).
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: A healthy portion of high-profile villains have a backstory to this extent, although Pain and Konan kind of stand out.
* PunnyName:
** ''UZUMAKI Naruto''= "Spiralling whirlpool" (plus "naruto" is a ramen topping)
** ''HARUNO Sakura''= "Cherry blossoms of spring"
** ''HATAKE Kakashi''= "Farmer's scarecrow"
** ''UMINO Iruka''= "Sea dolphin"
** ''HYUUGA Hinata''= [[RepetitiveName Hyuuga and Hinata can be written with the same Kanji]]. Hyuuga means towards the sun, while Hinata means sunny place. [[LongList And so on...]]
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* RandomPowerRanking: Uses S, A, B, C and D ranks for the missions, though they [[JustifiedTrope serve a purpose]]: higher ranking (and therefore more dangerous) missions are more dangerous, therefore more expensive as they would require more or better ninja, so there's an incentive for customers to leave out details and get a lower ranking. The letters are based on the Japanese school grading system (S is for "Shin", meaning "Perfect"), and there's also an E rank for the most basic jutsu. Of course, [[RuleOfDrama just about every "C" mission shown turns out to be an "A" or above mission]].
* RankUp: Almost all of the Konoha 11 ninja are promoted in between the Time Skip. Gaara takes this further by going from Genin to the Kazekage.
** Naruto himself averts this, being now possibly the most powerful ninja in the village [[AlmightyJanitor but having one of the lowest ranks.]] Funnily, Sasuke is in the same situation, being a missing-nin.
* RaysFromHeaven: Inverted at the end of the Naruto vs. Sasuke fight at the Valley of the End. After the final clash, Naruto is laying on the ground with Sasuke looking down at him. Sunlight has broken through the clouds and one of the rays is on Naruto, but the cloud cover returns and the ray slowly shrinks to a point on his bare forehead and disappears, symbolizing the loss of hope for retrieving Sasuke.
* RazorSharpHand: The Chidori in its basic form consists of concentrating lightning chakra in your hand and charging very fast to make it cut and pierce through anything. "A" uses it to ''[[OnlyAFleshWound cut his own left arm]]''. His father [[TheJuggernaut the Third Raikage]] also has a similar technique, except [[OneManArmy he takes it to ridiculous levels.]]
* RealityEnsues: Naruto's panic attack during his first fight.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: One of the chapters featured a character stating that octopuses eat sharks. Many found this statement to be idiotic, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9A-oxUMAy8 there's actually quite a bit of truth to it]].
* RealityWarper: Later in the manga we find out about a technique which breaks the boundaries between reality and illusion.
* RecruitedFromTheGutter: Kimimaro was the lone survivor of his clan as the result of severe infighting. Orochimaru showed up and offered him a new life, as well as being the first not to discriminate against him (because of his freaky powers). It is implied that Orochimaru recruited his other henchmen this way, too, but only Kimimaro shows a high amount of loyalty because of this.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Sometimes, but redemption is equally likely to [[RedemptionEarnsLife earn life]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Most obviously Naruto and Sasuke, but that can be said for almost all the males duos of the story. For Naruto and Sasuke especially, seen TigerVersusDragon below.
* RefugeInAudacity: So you attack under a flag of truce in order to break into a compound of one of the most powerful clans in an enemy village and kidnap the 3-year old daughter of the clan head in order to steal her eyes, but her father thwarts the attempt by killing the kidnapper CAUGHT IN THE ACT. What do you do? Pretend the kidnapping attempt never happened and accuse her father of murder, and demand that he be put to death and have his body delivered to you (which would also give you access to the eyes you wanted), and if they don't comply, you'll resume the war. International politics, Cloud village style.
* RedShirtArmy: The ANBU (how ironic, given they're supposed to be EliteMooks), the Samurais and the Zetsu clones.
* RedStringOfFate: Someone's ''hair'' gets used as this. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* ReformedButNotTamed:
** The previously CardCarryingVillain Orochimaru outgrows his fetish for fanning the flames of war and becoming a perfect immortal being, and now wants to trust his knowledge to the next generation and see what happens. His slithering snakes and creepy rituals, once used to terrorize the innocent and shake the foundations of nations, are now used to bolster faltering heroic forces and give confused teenagers history lessons. Orochimaru's former friend Tsunade--whose life he goes out of his way to save--uncomfortably accepts him as an ally again, but makes a point of asking "but why, Orochimaru? Why have you always been such an asshole? Why are you suddenly now not being an asshole? Are you aware of the fact that our friend Jiraiya may have still been alive if you had decided to stop being an asshole earlier?", to which Orochimaru basically replies with "don't nag me with your silly hypotheticals."
** Orochimaru's disciple, Sasuke, is a more extreme example, which is very jarring giving that Orochimaru was introduced as a villain with a capital V whereas Sasuke was a mere RivalTurnedEvil who several times displayed redeeming characteristics. Little is known about Sasuke's current motivation; going on the few breadcrumbs he lets on, it appears that having finally heard the whole historical context of how the massacre of his clan came to pass, Sasuke has concluded that the best way to stick it to the man is to save the world and be elected for office. Or at least that's what he would like everyone to believe - it may not be the whole truth, given the constant ominous reminders that no one, not even Orochimaru, knows what Sasuke's ultimate agenda really is.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Giant bastard Orochimaru has a ton of snake motifs. Also, Four-Tails has scaly appendages on its tails.
* RescueRomance:
** It turns out this is how Naruto's parents met.
** Also Sasuke and Karin, though that one is used more for IronicEcho than anything.
* TheRestShallPass: During the Sasuke retrieval arc; every time one of Orochimaru's Sound Four arrives to stop them, one of them stays behind to fight while they tell the rest to keep going.
* {{Retcon}}: While Gaara was [[NotSoDifferent a SIMILAR character to Naruto thanks to the monsters sealed within them]], Shukaku was openly stated to be a completely different manner of being to the Kyuubi (an incarnation of sand, living spirit of a Sunagakure priest stored in a kettle), let alone them both being members of a "series" of tailed beasts. This can be explained because Shukaku was inspired by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunbuku_Chagama Japanese folktale Bunbuku Chagama]].
*** In terms of being stored in a kettle, apparently that did happen. However, it was removed to be placed inside a shinobi. As for the priest bit, that does seem to have been forgotten.
**** Actually it turns out he was just the previous Jinchuriki.
** Going further back, in the first chapter (not just the pilot, which was in a different continuity and had this as its premise, but also the first chapter of the actual series), it's treated as if Naruto ''was'' the nine-tailed fox in human form, rather than simply having it sealed inside him. The Hokage worries that he might regain his old form, and Naruto gets a brief HeroicBSOD on being told that he's literally the nine-tailed fox. In current continuity, where Jinchuuriki are a major cultural institution, it's impossible to imagine anyone making that mistake. Note, though, that it was ''Mizuki'' telling him he was literally said beast- anything that guy ever said should be taken with a grain of salt.
*** Furthermore, Chapter 438 demonstrates that their fear was pretty close to being right. While the Jinchuriki is not the beast itself, the Jinchuriki can be swallowed by the beast's will and release the beast, which is effectively the same thing as what they were afraid of.
** In the 3rd Hokage flashback, he seems to be a kid when he's appointed Hokage, and the First is still alive. Many chapters later, Danzo's flashback gives a completely different version of Sarutobi's nomination, be his age or the circumstances.
** Gaara's mom loved him so much that she named him "Demon who loves only himself." Awww, so sweet. What, the sand powers that came from being a host? Nope, mom's love.
* ReusableLighterToss: Shikamaru does one in a RevengeByProxy moment with his dead mentor Azuma's lighter. It was a cigarette in the Manga. Probably changed for both RuleOfCool or RuleOfDrama and or to lessen the idea that SmokingIsCool.
* TheReveal: Many:
** Obito is still alive and is Tobi.
** Before that, the fact that Tobi WASN'T Madara and was impersonating him.
** Minato being Naruto's father, though it wasn't [[IKnewIt too surprising.]]
** Way back in the Chunnin Exams arc, Kabuto was revealed to be a spy for Orochimaru. Even though it's now an ItWasHisSled moment, it was still shocking back in the day.
** As of Chapter 675, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Madara was behind EVERYTHING that happened to Obito because HE'S the one who brainwashed the Kiri ninja into chasing Rin and then having Rin get killed by Kakashi, thus starting his descent into darkness. This ALSO means he was indirectly responsible for EVERYTHING that has ALSO happened to Naruto and, to an extent, Sasuke.]]
** A minor one for Gaara when it's revealed that his uncle and mother did love him after all.
* RightMakesMight: Nearly always {{Averted}}, and even {{Inverted}} often, which is surprising given the manga's position on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. When a character with admirable spirits and ideals is pitted against some overpowered sociopathic bastard, the former stands a good chance of getting exactly what they figured was coming to them. (e.g. Naruto & Sasuke vs. Orochimaru; Sakura vs. Sound Trio; Konan vs. Tobi; Asuma vs. Hidan; every fight ever with Hinata or Rock Lee in it). Naruto himself merely averts this for the most part - he relies on [[{{Determinator}} determination]], being MadeOfIron and the element of surprise to come through, and only resorts to self-affirmation as a response to [[BreakThemByTalking psychological warfare]].
* {{Roofhopping}}
* RousingSpeech: By Gaara [[TheStoic of all people]].
* RousseauWasRight: The entire series is all but constructed around this principle. It's made clear that the people of the other villages are no different than the people of Konoha, and that even the most vile villains of the series began as decent people who were driven to madness and cruelty by some horrible trauma. In fact the ultimate theme seems to be redeeming villains and ending the pointless cycle of hatred that was responsible for creating the various ninja wars and conflicts.
* RuleOfSymbolism: The Uchihas and Shinto mythology. The three arcanes of the Mangekyou Sharingan are named after the 3 greatest gods of the japanese mythology, who are also siblings: Tsukuyomi (God of Moon -> Genjutsu), and Amaterasu (Goddess of the Sun -> black flames), Susanoo (God of Storms and a hero -> something akin to giant summoning). The last figh between Orochimaru and Itachi is a remake of the one between Yamata no {{Orochi}} and the god Susanoo. Itachi uses his Susanoo attack to defeat Orochimaru who turned himself in a gigantic 8-headed, 8-tailed White Snake.
** Orochimaru and his White Snake theme ; white snakes are said to bring fortune and ''rebirth''.
** The Fourth Hokage, references the "Susanoo vs. the Yamato-no-Orochi" myth. His name is Minato Namikaze ("harbor", "wind and waves": Susanoo is the god of the sea and storms), his signature technique is the Flying '''Thunder God''', and he beat out Orochimaru for the title of Hokage. Overlaps with MeaningfulName. And knowing that his wife, '''Kushina''' Uzumaki, harkens back Susanoo's own consort '''Kushina'''da-hime, might also count, but we're probably pushing it.
** Pain and Buddhist beliefs. It turns out his bodies' names are a [[MeaningfulName Meaningful]] ThemeNaming. They invoke the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_realms Buddhism's Six Paths of Rebirth]].
*** The statue that Akatsuki uses is called "Gedo Mazo". "Gedo" means "outer path", referencing the term in Buddhism for a false path to enlightenment (as opposed to the inner path, which is the correct one). Konan reveals that Nagato himself is another "path" of Pain called the "Outer Realm" and can also revive the recently deceased. This is fitting, given that Pain is what Naruto could have become if he had chosen a [[FallenHero false path to enlightenment]].
* RummageSaleReject
* RunningGagged:
** Inner Sakura. She only appeared in Part 1 when Sakura would hide her feelings more often, and when Part 2 came around she only appeared once as a CallBack. The last time it appeared in Part 1, it was used to foil Ino's attempt at GrandTheftMe, and it was implied that Inner Sakura was an alternate personality.
** Rock Lee fell in LoveAtFirstSight with Sakura in what was initially an obvious bit of comic relief. Almost immediately, he was proclaiming his love to her and going to extreme lengths to catch her attention - including but not limited to throwing cartoonish heart-shaped kisses in her direction. Instead of running with this (like Naruto's similar antics), the series opted to ShooOutTheClowns and build on Lee's affection as a serious thing - culminating in a scene where Lee risks his life for Sakura's sake while knowing full well his chances with her won't get any better for it. After that incident, the gag-gone-plot-point is just dropped, and likely won't get picked up again, apart from Lee's unpleasantly surprised reaction to Sakura's (apparently fake) confession to Naruto, signifying he's not happy about being third at best to Naruto and Sasuke. As a point of contrast, the spin-off ''Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth'' shows that [[DoggedNiceGuy Lee's still trying and failing to win her over.]]
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* SacrificialRevivalSpell: Lady Chiyo uses a secret jutsu to revive Gaara, but at the cost of her own life.
* SadisticChoice: Invoked when Kakashi is giving Team 7 their SecretTestOfCharacter. He asks Sakura what she would do if he threatened to kill Sasuke unless she kills Naruto. Much later we find out this actually happened to a major villain and was part of his StartOfDarkness.
** When confronted with one of these, Naruto's knee-jerk reaction is to try and TakeAThirdOption. Itachi even calls him out on it, telling him that he's [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids naive]] and sometimes the choice must be made, but Naruto [[ShutUpHannibal tells him to shove it]].
* SarutobiSasuke: Sasuke Uchiha and the family of the 3rd Hokage (Hiruzen, Asuma and Konohamaru Sarutobi) take part of their names from him. Incidentally, Sarutobi Sasuke is the name of 3rd hokage's father, who Sasuke is actually named after.
* SaveTheWorldClimax: It starts out with the misadventures of a bratty outcast in search of recognition. It ends with saving the planet from an AssimilationPlot powered by an EldritchAbomination.
* SavingTheOrphanage: When Danzo indirectly threatened to stop payments from Konoha, Kabuto agreed to become a spy.
* SayMyName: In their first fight on the hospital roof:
-->'''Sasuke:''' Narutoooooooo!!!!!!!!
-->'''Naruto:''' Sasukeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!
* SchoolSavedMyLife: Naruto averts it by learning everything through being a main character and training. Sakura plays it straight.
* SchizoTech: When the plot calls for it, suddenly there's a fridge. And walkie-talkies, security cameras, full-color movie theaters, and so on. Towards the beginning of the Fourth ninja war, the five feudal lords communicate using video conferencing ; just a few months back, the Suna village had to send a ''messenger bird'' asking Konoha for help when their Kazekage was abducted. Modern Weaponry is pretty much nowhere to be seen, which is obviously a NecessaryWeasel (To quote WordOfGod: "If we allowed that, this story would not be about Ninjas."). One of Pain's bodies had rocket launchers due to the RuleOfCool, but that's about it.
* [[strike:[[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Sci Fi]]]] [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Fantasy Writers Have No Sense Of Scale]]: The black flames of Amaterasu being "as hot as the sun", which ought to be ever-so-slightly more volatile than portrayed.
** A character busting out [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill 600 billion exploding tags]]; even with a jutsu that spawned 1000 of them per second, you would have to constantly be on it without food, drink or sleep for over 19 years to have that many. See the Trivia page for more information.
* SealedEvilInACan: With urns, people, sake jugs, kettles, even the Moon(!)... All the ninja masters seem to think that if you like it, you should seal an evil in it.
** SealedEvilInASixPack: The Sage of Six Paths sealed the body of the Ten Tailed Beast in the Moon, and divided its power into nine tailed beasts that were subsequently sealed individually.
** SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: Applies to the Tailed-Beasts.
* SelfDuplication: There are various Ninjutsu that can do this, but the Shadow Clone Technique is the most iconic one, not the least due to the protagonist tending to utterly ''spam'' it as part of his pre-TimeSkip combat strategy.
* SelfHealingPhlebotinum: It is eventually revealed that Zabuza's sword has the power to repair itself by leeching the iron out of blood.
* SempaiKohai: Kakashi is Yamato's sempai in Part II. Sakura also sees Shizune as her sempai.
** Tobi calls Deidara "sempai".
** Nagato considers himself Naruto's sempaï as a fellow student of Jiraiya, but later admits that it's not entirely serious.
** Onoki, the third Tsuchikage, who is the oldest and most likely longest serving living Kage, calls himself Gaara's "senpai" as a kage as a way of being condescending.
* SeriesContinuityError: Sort of. One of the major themes in Naruto is that of the newer generation surpassing the previous. This is, to put it lightly, blatantly untrue. All of the current Kages are vastly inferior to their predecessors, who were themselves inferior to their predecessors. The Konoha 11, with the exception of Naruto and Sasuke, have not shown anything nearly as impressive as their parents or teachers have.
* SerpentOfImmortality: The series' original prime villain, Orochimaru, had a decided serpentine motif (he's named after a mythical character who is in turn named after a hydra-like monster), with matching snakelike face, and the ability to summon a giant snake. He got these attributes in his search for a technique to bestow immortality. The degree of similarity with [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]] is staggering, and both are examples of this trope meeting ReptilesAreAbhorrent.
** Also, Kabuto who absorbs Orochimaru's powers, looks even more serpentine and does a technique that resurrects and controls dead shinobi to fight for him as undead zombies. So there you go.
* {{Sexposition}}: A variant. Naruto is teaching Konohamaru the basics of the [[SphereOfDestruction Rasengan]]. Which are 1) Rotation (Konohamaru imagined a half-naked girl pole dancing), 2) Power (it comes as a dangerously sexy woman), and 3) Compression ("compress it all into an ultimate sexy pose!") And then Naruto gets startled at what Konohamaru's thinking. To be fair, the latter expects the former to teach a super-perverted technique as he thinks it's "usual" for him to do.
* SharedFamilyQuirks: The Ninja Families usually share their powers and inclinations.
* ShipSinking: Some scenes ''seem'' on first glance to be this (rejected confessions and attempted mutual kills come to mind), but if you've been following the series long enough you know the author's favorite sport is [[ZigZaggingTrope audience expectations ping-pong]], and you should take these with more than a few grains of salt.
** When a character dies, the ships involving them are obviously sunk by default, and that's not supposed to be a major aspect of their death. Still, it bears mentioning that Neji is apparently the first character to truly die in this manga that people honestly bothered to ship with anyone else while having any reasonable hope of vindication. His death, assuming it is permanent [[DeathIsCheap for a change]], puts the final nail in the coffin of various speculations regarding him becoming romantically involved with his cousin Hinata or his teammate Tenten.
* ShipTease: The series is caught between an insistence on milking fan interest in the LoveDodecahedron for all it's worth on the one hand, and a [[FightingSeries genre-typical]] reluctance to actually deal with {{Romance Arc}}s on the other. As a result, whatever bones are thrown to the {{shipper}}s tend to end up in this category. Even though "moments" do happen, they are never played to the point where a {{Relationship Upgrade}} or {{Ship Sinking}} can be declared with any certainty; instead of following through, the plot quickly, elegantly and invariably pulls away, sometimes for ''years'', before revisiting the issue. In the series' final arcs, the teases become gradually bolder, and yet the "tease-backpedal" dynamic is still in place in spite of that, with the backpedals becoming markedly more calculated and deliberate; this gives the strengthening impression that this little dangling plot point is, more than anything else, the author's favorite way to [[TrollingCreator troll]] that part of his audience still masochistic enough to pay attention. To wit:
** Naruto's crush on Sakura is either comic relief or something that'll grow into something more, and every now and then the audience is invited to ponder the second possibility. Apart from the obvious leg-up it has purely due to involving the male and female lead and the latter in classic {{Tsundere}} capacity, Sakura has certainly grown to respect Naruto very much; the manga has already established that Naruto does not just have a crush on Sakura but that he actually loves her, and has lapsed into "does Sakura possibly also feel something" on three-odd occasions. Readers may also note a theme of generational parallelism with this would-be relationship -- the dynamic between Naruto and Sakura has been canonically juxtaposed with that between Jiraiya and Tsunade (who, [[ShippingGoggles from a certain viewing angle]], ought to be taken as StarCrossedLovers due to their namesakes and Jiraiya's early demise), and [[LikeParentLikeSpouse with the dynamic between Naruto's late parents]] -- with that last tidbit made much more pronounced by Naruto's mom's parting advice to "find a girl like her" and [[spoiler:Naruto's dad immediate conclusion that Sakura is probably Naruto's girlfriend just by looking at her]].
*** On the flip side: Since it has been established that Naruto really does love Sakura, and since those few ambiguous moments hinting that Sakura could possibly also have feelings for Naruto, the manga has for a very long time refused to spend even a single panel dwelling on either of those things, instead opting for the old "comic relief" or "Naruto has earned his respect" angle whenever the Naruto/Sakura dynamic is revisited at all. Even when taken into account on their full merit, these long-past moments pale in comparison to the constant reminders of Sakura's resilient feelings for Sasuke, and certainly in comparison to the big suggestive theatrics that come into play whenever Naruto and Hinata get to interact. The last apparent milestone dealing with Naruto and Sakura's relationship was a scene where Sakura "confessed" her love to Naruto only for the in-universe audience to balk and for Naruto to call her out for "lying to herself" -- and for WordOfGod to later confirm that nothing of what Sakura said was real. To top it off, even this last promising-sounding "girlfriend" tease ends up [[spoiler:undercut, in classic fashion, when Naruto reflects on his mom's advice, gets to the part about finding a girl like her and then implicitly admits that part is not going according to plan at all]].
** The relationship between Sasuke and Sakura is similar to that between Sakura and Naruto in that Sasuke also initially thought that Sakura was loathsome and annoying, and also grew to see her as a human being and even as someone important to him. This is highlighted during part I where Sasuke goes on a destructive rampage when he learns that his opponents have hurt Sakura, and later it takes a hug from her to calm him down and end his violent frenzy; and later, when he [[FaceHeelTurn leaves the village]] and Sakura begs him not to leave her, and he says "thank you" before knocking her out and leaving, indicating that he still appreciates her after all. Most of all, Sakura's feelings for Sasuke remain painfully present for her throughout the manga, no matter the depths of vengeful depravity Sasuke sinks into. Sakura's resilient, almost destructive obsession with Sasuke is very apparent, and is rivalled only by Naruto's own; she thinks of Sasuke often, is awestruck whenever he appears even as he gives her no regard, and at some point she even gets it into her head that she must kill him to save him from himself, only for her to be unable to do it in the end, because she still loves him so much.
*** On the flip side: The relationship between Sasuke and Sakura is different from that between Sakura and Naruto in that once Sasuke goes off the deep end, we are shown- in very stark and explicit terms - that there is nothing at all left of his previous ambiguous feelings. He eventually becomes homicidal and insane, she (as mentioned above) almost tries to kill him, he tries to kill her ''twice'' and he fails to react to her in any emotional way whenever they interact, despite having plenty of opportunities to do so. During the arcs where the above holds true, which comprise the larger part of the manga, Sakura is effectively a LoveMartyr and the idea of the two of them together seems like pure fantasy. [[spoiler: Even after Sasuke's 'return', Sakura might be smitten but is far from just falling into Sasuke's arms - [[HazyFeelTurn and for good reason]] - while he, in return, still shows no interest in that possibility to begin with]].
** Naruto and Hinata have a peculiar thing going on in that as the arcs go by, their sporadic interactions seem to progress from a silly ObliviousToLove dynamic to what the [[ShippingGoggles so-inclined reader]] might interpret as a deep emotional connection. There is a very distinct motif of parallelism where they repeat each other's words and actions; They seem to draw extreme reactions out of one another - by this point Hinata has one too many times thrown herself at the face of apparent certain death to save Naruto or pulled him out of a DespairEventHorizon, and it was on account of her apparent death that Naruto went on his [[UnstoppableRage greatest berserk rampage]] in the entire series. This is in addition to a grab bag of LoveTropes from the book (EveryoneCanSeeIt stings in both directions; [[EyesAreMental "From looking at your eyes, I can see..."]]; HoldingHands; [[spoiler:mental calls for help that apparently, inexplicably, [[MindlinkMates reach across the dimensions]]]]) and the suggestive fact that Hinata was one of the first characters conceived for the series during the early pilot stage (Among the things that were introduced in the creative process later than her: Sasuke, Sakura, Hidden villages, ''ninjas'').
*** On the flip side: If Hinata is supposed to be such an important character, the author certainly did a great job keeping the fans from figuring this out. The events mentioned above are the exception, rather than the rule, as far as Hinata's role in the story goes. She spends nearly ''all'' the manga OutOfFocus and all but forgotten about, both in-universe by Naruto and out-of-universe by the author. The above events do happen, [[YoyoPlotPoint but once each of them does, the plot carries on pretty much as if it didn't]]. This repeatedly detracts from their whole interaction and cheapens it considerably, at points getting fans wondering whether there was anything there at all to begin with or it was just a trick of the light. For instance, after triumphing over Neji thanks in part to Hinata's inspiration, Naruto just doesn't talk to her for something like 5 arcs and a TimeSkip, and when he does it's essentially a "hi" and nothing more; He has yet to address her AnguishedDeclarationOfLove directly to this day; and even the hand-holding moment is defused in short order, as Hinata is swallowed back in the crowd of side characters in the very next chapter, and 15-odd chapters later Naruto [[spoiler:is having hearty chuckles about Sakura possibly being his girlfriend and not dwelling on what happened with Hinata at all]]. Further, some of the more significant moments mentioned above are set up such that it is technically up for debate whether Naruto is being emphatic towards Hinata specifically, or [[LoveYouAndEverybody just towards all his allies and benefactors, with Hinata serving as a recognizable 'face' for that group]].
** Shikamaru and Temari have their moments. They start as opponents in the Chuunin Exams, during which [[LikeParentLikeSpouse Shikamaru compares Temari to his mother]] and Temari becomes very impressed with him, and even awed of him a little. During the Sasuke Retrieval Arc, Temari [[BigDamnHeroes saves Shikamaru at the last possible moment from one of Orochimaru's kunoichi]]. Even [[ObliviousToLove Naruto]] can apparently see something's up; he returns from training with Jiraya and asks if Shikamaru and Temari are on a date when he sees them together - this coming from the guy who was completely oblivious to Kurenai's pregnancy and thought she was at the hospital because she ate too much barbecue. Temari was by Shikamaru's side during the War Arc, encouraging him about being a General. [[spoiler:And in his Infinite Tsukuyomi dream, Shikamaru has Temari by his side, albeit they do agree that marriage is troublesome]].
*** On the flip side: The story never goes past the 'tease' part, and according to WordOfGod, it never will, because [[TheyJustDidntCare it's just not important enough in the grand scheme of things]].
* ShooOutTheClowns: The first few episodes were punctuated by several silly {{Running Gag}}s, including [[GenderBender Gender Bending]]-induced {{Nose Bleed}}s and [[ToiletHumour gastrointenstinal malfunction]]. These stopped getting used very quickly, and have been used maybe once or twice at total since the beginning of Part II, and even then strictly in CallBack capacity. (It's worth noting that the anime has taken those one-off gags from nearly a decade ago and is ''still running with them'' whenever some {{Padding}} is called for - making for a rather weird intra-franchise example of NeverLiveItDown.)
* ShoutOut: Plenty. [[ShoutOut/{{Naruto}} Now with it's own page]].
* ShootTheDog: One of the major themes of Part II is Naruto trying to avoid this at all costs, even when it seems like the path to the closest thing to a happy ending he can get.
* ShootTheHostage: Happens once. When it does, you are likely not very happy with the person who does it.
* ShownTheirWork: Kishimoto did ''not'' slack off during his science classes.
* ShutUpHannibal: Standard answer to [[BreakThemByTalking a lecturing antagonist]]. It sometimes works though, and then consequences are [[HeroicBSOD memorable]] and [[FreakOut not pretty]].
* SinsOfOurFathers: One of the early conflicts in the manga centers around Neji's anger at the slave brand placed on him, binding him to serve his uncle and cousins. This is just the tip of the iceberg, though, as most of the conflicts originate in the rivalry between Hashirama and Madara, which in turn grows out of the generations-long feud between the Senju and the Uchiha. Pain destroyed Konoha out of revenge for Konoha turning the Land of Rain into a battleground for their war, resulting in the deaths of many Rain citizens, including Pain's parents.
* SkeletonGovernment: So, each one of the 5 Great Countries have 1 Daimyo and 1 Kage... and that's pretty much of it. No ministers, no (more) police... Some councils have been featured, but their roles, powers and composition are very vague.
* SkyscraperCity: [[http://images.wikia.com/naruto/fr/images/3/3c/Amegakure.jpg The Hidden Rain Village]] is an odd example. The architecture and giant pipes everywhere make it seem like the buildings are "unfinished"; this, and the perpetually gloomy sky, give the impression of a huge shantytown rather than a prosperous city.
* SlapYourselfAwake: A common way to snap out of illusions is to injure yourself.
* SlaveBrand: The Hyuuga clan's branch family mark.
* SmashTheSymbol: Itachi [[{{Foreshadowing}} throws a kunai into a Uchiha clan symbol]], while going into a rant about having lost hope in the clan.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Sakura, Ino and Hinata at the beginning of the series, though they eventually all grow out of that phase. Later, Karin, who is almost too late to realize her crush is not a very good person.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Most teams have a single token female member if they have any at all. Also applies to the Akatsuki. Inverted with a three-man team of Cloud ninja that has two female ninja and one male ninja. Averted for the 5 Kages: there are two female ones, Tsunade and the 5th Mizukage.
* SnapToTheSide: A variation, as this tends to happen more in response to a sneak attack then TeleportSpam.
* {{Sneezing}}
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: There's the unanswered question of who looked after the more troubled and often orphaned members of the cast, especially Naruto and Sasuke.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil:
** {{Averted}} in part I. The first "big" villain Naruto and his friends encounter is so powerful, they nearly exhaust themselves pulling out every possible trick they can think of just to get the guy to release a single technique. They spend the entirety of Part I, with all its god-knows-how-many plot arcs, {{Training Montage}}s and instances of TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential, ''still'' not powerful enough to have defeated him (this can be inferred from the fact that at the end of Part I, Naruto exits stage left for 2.5 years of off-screen training, and when he's back he can ''barely'' manage against Kakashi, even with [[TookALevelInBadass Sakura]] as backup). The ''second'' "big" villain Naruto and his friends encounter is the HeroKiller BigBad who proceeds to wreak complete havoc on the plot for years and years, without even a properly equal BigGood to oppose him, and is only taken out of the picture way, way, ''way'' later. Meanwhile during all of this, plenty of lesser enemies come and go.
** Played more straight during Part II, where Naruto had to deal first with the Akatsuki, then with their [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking godly-powerful leader Pain]], then eventually with Tobi who was initially a moderate threat, but accumulated power so rapidly that by the end of his arc he was even ''more'' godly-powerful than Pain, and was able to single-handedly be a match for every other living Ninja ''combined''. This pattern repeats itself with [[spoiler:Madara and Kaguya, who each come out of the woodworks in turn in increasing order of "what the fuck we cannot possibly handle someone this powerful"]].
* TheSpartanWay: The things young ninja have to do and endure in order to advance in rank are pretty hellish, even more so for some of the villages other than the main characters'. The Village Hidden in the Mist, for example, was known as "Bloody Mist" for its brutal "graduation exam". To become a ninja there, you had to kill a fellow student in a duel. Zabuza, the series' first major enemy, was infamous for having killed ''all'' of the students in this "exam", and he wasn't even in it.
* SpellLevels: The Justsu techniques are ranked E to S.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Might Guy, whose name has a number of other unofficial romanizations that fans like to use.
** Also Pein vs. Pain vs. Paine in the early chapters after he was first named.
** In what has to be the most bizarre application of this trope ever, there has been some controversy over whether the Raikage's name is A or E. It's actually "A" versus the [[RecursiveTranslation literally romanized version of the Japanese pronounciation of the English letter "A"]], which is something like "E/Ei" (all of which are pretty much pronounced the same). It's just that since it's only written down many think it's supposed to be "E".
** There's also "Killer Bee"/"Killer B"/"Kiraabii"; "C"/"Shii"; and "J"/"Jay"/"Jei" from the same village.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The main character of ''{{Ninku}}'', Fuusuke, is a wind ninja who wears orange and uses a move similar to the rasengan. It's set in a universe where ninja are highly militarised and wear flak jackets, there are supernatural entities who can posses humans and bestow great but dangerous powers; it deals with themes of war and hate, often with interpersonal stories where even the villains may have faced tragedy. Sounds familiar? The convergence is especially confusing, given Naruto's {{Pilot}} had little to nothing in common with it.
* {{Spoiler}}: Weaponized, in-universe, when Naruto and Sakura retake Kakashi's bell test. Kakashi has to work much harder but still holds onto the bells - until Naruto threatens to spoil the next ''Icha Icha'' book. He immediately covers his ears and shuts his MagicEye, since it automatically reads Naruto's lips.
* SpotTheImposter: Two different characters (a Rain Genin and the not yet introduced Orochimaru) use ninjutsu to disguise themselves as Naruto in the Forest of Death arc.
* SpyCatsuit: The female teachers and even some of the males.
* StandardEvilOrganizationSquad: The Akatsuki.
* StartOfDarkness: We get to see it for nearly every villain. It usually means they're going to die soon and the author is going for an AlasPoorVillain reaction.
* StartXToStopX: One villain's grand plan is to get people to see first-hand the horrors of [[FantasticNuke fantastic nuclear warfare]] and make war much less likely by virtue of mutually assured destruction. He flat out states that his plan is a stop-gap measure, and will not work to secure world peace beyond the lifetimes of the people who saw it in action. He expects them to resume fighting and nuke each other once they've forgotten how terrible it is.
* StepIntoTheBlindingFight: One forbidden ninjutsu that the Second Hokage uses on the Third causes darkness that blinds the target.
* StockNinjaWeaponry: Used extensively. Kunai and Shuriken are used as the default weapon for many Ninjas, the ANBU use Ninjato, Sasuke has his FuumaShuriken and Gai can use Nunchaku in battle. Resurrected Hanzo used a Kusarigama, and so did Tobi.
* SummonMagic: The Summoning contracts.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: Several characters have one such as Naruto and Jugo. Even ''Sakura'' has one (though it's mostly PlayedForLaughs).
* SuperReflexes: One of the powers the Sharingan grants is super reflexes due to move prediction. It can read any movement the enemy makes, even those at high speeds, so the user can avoid an attack. This isn't an exact science. Rock Lee rightfully said that even if you can see an attack, if you can't move fast enough to react, it's useless. Tsunade and Sakura's style also revolves around having super reflexes and move prediction to make up for their lack of speed.
* SupernaturalMartialArts: Every single jutsu.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: A big plot point is special powers that run through family genes. Countries go through a lot of trouble to protect theirs and get their hands on their enemies' abilities. The First Hokage's GreenThumb is somehow unique to his own DNA and isn't found in any of his descendants, but that's where LegoGenetics (and a truckload of dead test subjects) come in.
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* TakeAThirdOption: The whole point of the series. Since the beginning, Naruto has faced people urging him to follow the "ninja way", basically saying "''Give up X or be a failure''". X being human feelings (Zabuza), the will to fight (Kabuto, Pain), Sasuke (Jiraiya, Itachi, Pain, Sasuke ''himself''), etc. Being a [[TricksterArchetype trickster]] possessing the "wisdom of the fools", Naruto always [[{{Ubermensch}} dismisses that dilemma]] saying "''I won't give up X'' and ''I won't be a failure''". Which leads him doing some things (namely, not killing [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Nagato]] and never ever giving up saving [[BaseBreaker Sasuke]]) which are highly controversial in the Fandom.
*** Specifically, during his conversation with Sasuke after the latter has just killed Danzou, Sasuke asks him, "What do you want to do Naruto? Die by my hands and become another victim of my revenge, or kill me and become a Hero?". Naruto, of course, has a third option: "If we fight, we both will die".
*** Even with his ''love life''. You would think that when someone confesses their love to you, you either accept the confession or reject it. Naruto resorts to the third option of ''[[SelectiveObliviousness initially forgetting]]'' it, and later, with a different confession, resorts to the ''[[UpToEleven fourth]]'' option of saying, "You're lying. You don't even mean it".
** The participants in the first round of the Chunnin exam are given a test which is supposedly too difficult for their level. The participants are therefore faced with the option of either failing the test or getting caught trying to cheat. It is later revealed that the true purpose of the test was to test their ability to cheat without getting caught. However, both Naruto and Sakura pass the test without cheating. Naruto turns in his paper completely blank, while Sakura answers all the difficult questions [[TeenGenius anyway]].
* TakeOverTheWorld: A goal of numerous factions in the manga and anime, most notably the Akatsuki.
** [[spoiler:As of Chapter 692, Sasuke has revealed that his ultimate goal is this.]]
* TakingTheBullet: Iruka started it in chapter 1 and many a hero (and villain!) have followed suit.
* TalkToTheFist: The Raikage ''tries'' to do this to a major villain only to have him [[CasualDangerDialogue dodge it casually and keep talking like nothing happened]].
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Common enough to make you wonder if Talk You To Death no Jutsu is part of the ninja academy curriculum.
** If you don't get a whole dramatic scene as part of an important character's death, you can tell the next few seconds probably involve a [[NinjaLog log appearing]] or a clone going *poof*.
** Lee manages to have a brief exchange with Sasuke while the two are flying through the air in Lee's Dancing Leaf Shadow jutsu.
** In one of the confrontations between Naruto and Sasuke, they manage to have some sort of telepathic conversation just before their attacks collide. Or maybe it's all in Naruto's head.
** Memorably averted by Tobi before he kills Konan.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Used by Naruto to beat [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Nagato]], [[spoiler: and later on against Obito as well]]. This is also the only way to defeat Edo Tensei zombies other than removing their soul. Cynically referred to as "Talk no Jutsu" by critics of the series.
* TearsOfJoy: Hinata, after Naruto defeats Pain.
* TeenGenius: Very common.
* TemptingFate: Kabuto declares that his Impure World Resurrection has no weaknesses. Naturally, it bites him in the ass; not only that, but at least two characters (Madara and Itachi) later go out of their way to respond that they're its weakness, ''even though they didn't hear him say it originally.''
* ThanatosGambit
** The 4th Hokage's death is really a tour de force of this, which is to be expected since it kick-starts the plot. This guy accomplished more by dying than most of the characters we've seen have accomplished while alive.
** Itachi Uchiha is another example, as he had planned for his brother Sasuke to kill him in order to make Sasuke a hero of Konoha village. Unfortunately for him, further manipulation by Tobi just manages to make Sasuke hate Konoha.
** Also, Kushina Uzumaki, Jiraiya, Madara Uchiha (twice), Kisame...the series ''loves'' this trope.
* ThatsNoMoon: Played straight to the highest, most absurd degree. ''The Moon itself'' turns out to be No Moon. Yes, really.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Sweet Ninja Jesus, the number of problems in this series that could have been solved by a therapist is staggering.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Konan uses six-hundred ''billions'' of explosive tags in an attempt to kill Tobi. He lives, but only because he has the ability to resurrect himself.
** The real Uchiha Madara is resurrected during the Fourth Ninja War. He wipes out almost an entire Division of the Shinobi Alliance Army using only his bare hands, some swordplay, and a little genjutsu, and then drops ''meteors'' on his hapless opponents.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] when Sakura decides that it is her duty to end Naruto's suffering and kill Sasuke all by herself. First she does her best to convincingly declare her love for Naruto, so he can be free of the promise he undertook for her sake. Then she tricks Sai and Kiba to spray them with sleep gas, so she can proceed to confront Sasuke on her own. Both of these plays go awry: Naruto immediately sees through the confession, chastises Sakura for "lying to herself" and explains that he is chasing Sasuke for his own reasons, not because of the promise. Later, when Sakura finally confronts Sasuke after all that effort, she finds herself [[KillTheOnesYouLove unable to go through with the kill]], and in serious need of all the backup she just blew off. Thankfully, Naruto saves her before her lapse of judgment costs her her life.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Two pairs: Kotetsu and Izumo, Genma and Raido.
* ThrowingTheFight: Gaara refused to take a dive in his match with Sasuke and proceeded to kill the two Kusagakure Shinobis who threatened him to do so.
* TickleTorture: Jiraiya uses this as an interrogation technique on some Hidden Rain ninjas.
* TigerVersusDragon: Naruto and Sasuke respectively in Part I. Doubles as FridgeBrilliance when you realize that Sasuke's clan is known for their fire techniques and Naruto's color is orange.
** Also used as a picture to open one of the Gaara Vs Lee chapters, with Lee as the Dragon and Gaara as the Tiger.
* TimeSkip: ''Naruto Shippuuden/Part II''.
* ToBeAMaster: It takes a certain kind of skill, but Naruto won't stop until he becomes Hokage, and if all goes well he will be writing a brand new chapter in the history of the Ninja world.
* TookALevelInBadass: Name a character that was alive at the end of the Sasuke Retrieval arc. Any character. Odds are they took a level during the time skip. Naruto stands out in particular due to doing this multiple times, and recently it was revealed that Kabuto was putting his time offscreen to good use as well.
** The Retrieval arc itself has, of the eventual nine rescuers, six of them show off a new ability or power and one gets a retroactive level by showing a power he already had but was too wild and dangerous to have been used prior. The last two had more of [[TookALevelInKindness an emotional growth.]]
* TournamentArc: The Chuunin examination arc.
* TrailOfBreadCrumbs: Naruto's mother relates to Naruto how she did this with ''her own hair'' during her tale of how she met Naruto's father.
* TrainingTheGiftOfMagic: Ninjutsu is available only to those who have the inherent gift of manipulating [[LifeEnergy chakra]], and unavailable to those without the gift, such as Rock Lee. Some ninja have more chakra to manipulate than others, and with intensive training, they can learn to use their chakra more efficiently. Sakura is noted to be WeakButSkilled, with a smaller chakra pool that she uses more efficiently than the UnskilledButStrong title character, at least until he trains with Jiraiya and [[TookALevelInBadass takes several levels in badass]].
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: The "Land of Waves" Arc.
* TrashTalk: Commonly used by antagonists, but the revived Madara Uchiha probably takes the cake.
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Bloodline powers tend to come out this way: the various forms of the Sharingan and how Nagato awakened his Rinnegan.
* TriangRelations: Several Type 3 and Type 5s.
* {{Troll}}: Obito seems to enjoy toying with people's emotions to break them down. Later we find out this probably stems from deep-seated insecurity of his own convictions, and that he probably does this to reassure himself of them.
* TrueCompanions: The [[FanNickname Konoha 11]].
* TryNotToDie: Before the second task of the Chunin exam, which takes place in a DeadlyTrainingArea:
--> Anko Mitarashi: "''Just don't die!''"
* {{Tsundere}}: Karin; she's tsunsun towards almost everyone (especially Suigetsu), but is unabasedly deredere with Sasuke.
** Count Sakura as well, being very tsunsun towards Naruto. But many times showing she did actually care for him. By the time skip, she turned into a Type B kind of Tsundere(kind to everyone but certain people make her mad), she noticeably loses her temper with Naruto more than anyone else.
** Kushina is this as well if Road to Ninja and her short appearance in the manga are anything to come by.
* TunnelKing: quickly burrowing through the dirt is a semi-common trick to get the drop on people.
* TurtleIsland: The island where Naruto and Killer Bee are sent and train together is actually one.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Played completely, shamelessly straight with Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura.
** Played completely and shamelessly straight with every other ninja three-man team, so much so that there is '''only''' ''one team in the entire series that has two girls to one guy.''
*** A handwave is offered in that there are more men ninja than women and having a female on the team provides a balancing influence.
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: Explanations of various new moves and counters.
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* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Invoked and Subverted in a love confession by a female character. The [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal previously pining party]] doesn't believe her, and she immediately stops trying to use that tactic after she's found out. WordOfGod confirmed that the confession was fabricated out of desperate, well-meaning manipulation (ItMakesSenseInContext).
* UnstoppableRage: A surefire catalyst of Naruto drawing on Kyuubi's power, much to the former's chagrin and medical detriment. Cue earnest attempts to not go on Unstoppable Rages anymore, which promptly all goes to hell in a handbasket during the next WhamEpisode. Naruto then realizes that he can't avoid this, and decides to control the power instead.
** Sasuke's rampage at the Kages Summit is very much like this.
** The fourth Raikage on any matter pertaining to his brother, Bee.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Everything with Sasuke from the latter half of part 1 to now could've been avoided if that one guy (Aoba Yamashiro) had been more careful with announcing Itachi's return.
** Danzo is a major offender of this trope, seeing as four major characters have fallen to darkness because of his actions. Those people are Itachi, Sasuke, [[spoiler: Kabuto]] and Nagato. One of the major reasons he's such a polarizing character.
** Kakashi, while visiting Rin's grave, mentioned Naruto's birth while Obito was in earshot (Kakashi didn't know this, or that Obito was even alive, much less evil). As a result, Obito strikes at a critical moment in order to gain control of the fox, which results in Naruto's parents' deaths and Naruto having the fox sealed inside of him.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Several members of Akatsuki, most notably former BigBad Orochimaru, Pain, and Obito. The rest are just in it ForTheEvulz.
** Madara was shown to be a very caring brother in his youth who deeply valued his friendship with Hashirama. It was in fact these very characteristics which drove him to become TheDreaded.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: {{Big Bad}}s who aren't Orochimaru tend to delude themselves this way. Pain is cynical enough to fully understand how his plan will not lead to anything resembling utopia at all, and ''still'' goes through with it, because he can't think of a better plan.
* VeinOVision: Chakra lines are similar to this.
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: This is the main character trait of Sasuke and he experiences it in its full wonderful bitterness. After enacting his revenge against Itachi, he [[HeroicBSOD becomes]] [[EmptyShell apathetic]]. Tobi shakes it by revealing that [[WasItReallyWorthIt it was totally NOT worth it]], since Itachi's actions were driven by the village's politics. It makes Sasuke [[TranquilFury angrier than ever]]. He moves on to wanting to destroy the Hidden Leaf Village. But someone else has already did it. SoWhatDoWeDoNow? Rather than move on and try to find another goal in his life, Sasuke decides to personally kill anyone who's lived in the Leaf. Naruto later manages to reach the top of his personal hit list, for repeatedly getting in the way. In contrast, a number of other characters got their revenge and moved on, or learnt to forgive and forget.
* ViciousCycle: The only reason there's any conflict in the plot at all is because of some old grudges between dead people. [[TruthInTelevision Of course, the same can be said about many similar situations in the real world]]. Later in the series the driving motive for many characters becomes finding a way to stop this cycle.
** The biggest example is the rivalry between the Uchiha and Senju clans. It started over an argument between two siblings on who was the rightful heir to the Sage of Six Paths, which evolved into a bitter rivalry between their descendants. Their clans would fight and each member killed by the other clan would only serve to fuel their need to fight one another.
** Shikamaru at one point reasons that Kumo should leave killing Sasuke to Konoha. If a Kumo ninja killed Sasuke then someone from Konoha would seek vengeance against the killer, which would only breed more grudges.
* ViewersAreGoldfish: Given the abundance of flashbacks.
* VillainOverride: The Edo Tensei allows its subjects to retain some free will despite making them obey their summoner. If this interferes too much with their battles, a seal can be used to completely suppress their free will and make them nothing more than killing machines. However this also reduces their combat ability.
** Black Zetsu has the ability to [[spoiler:take control of Obito's body due to half of his body consisting of cells cloned from Zetsu]].
* VomitIndiscretionShot: This happens to Naruto when he sees if he can make the tailed beast bomb work by sticking his fingers down his throat. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* WalkOnWater: Precise chakra control can result in this ninja technique.
* WarArc: The Konoha Invasion arc by Orochimaru and the Fourth Shinobi World War arc.
* TheWarToEndAllWars: Two major villains actively work in triggering it.
* WarriorTherapist: Neji perfectly fitted this trope before his HeelFaceTurn. Gaara was like this exclusively towards Sasuke. Interestingly, they still have this dynamic the next time they meet, except, well, some things have changes around. Naruto has his moments, too. Also, [[spoiler: Hashirama to Sasuke.]]
* WaveMotionGun: A standard visual cue for "impossibly epic attack imminent".
* WayPastTheExpirationDate: In an early episode/chapter, Naruto finds himself running for the toilet constantly throughout the entire episode, usually leading to comical hijinks. At the end of the episode, his teacher discovers that the milk he drank that morning had expired a long time ago.
* WeaponTombstone: Zabuza's [[{{BFS}} Executioner's Blade]]. Years later Sasuke and Suiegetsu [[ChekhovsGun went back to retrieve it]].
* WelcomeBackTraitor: {{Justified}} with [[spoiler:Sasuke and Orochimaru]], who were clever enough to execute their HazyFeelTurn when the good guys were really in no situation to reject their help.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Most Naruto villains consider themselves this (especially after the timeskip), as they tend to share Naruto's goal of creating World Peace. Unfortunately, [[AssimilationPlot most]] [[MutuallyAssuredDestruction of]] [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood their]] [[LotusEaterMachine ideas]] [[FantasticNuke about]] how to achieve this make patently ridiculous conceits.
* WhamEpisode:
** Sasuke succumbs to temptation and [[FaceHeelTurn deserts the village]].
** Pain kills Jiraiya, then Kakashi and a buttload of other named characters, ''then'' he lays waste to Konoha and turns it into a smoking crater, ''then'' he kills Hinata, ''then'' Naruto completes the 9-tails transformation which is supposed to be an irreversible, cataclysmic, RocksFallEveryoneDies event.
** Kabuto casts Edo Tensei and resurrects Zombie Madara, which means that the person we (and the protagonists) spent the last god-knows-how-many chapters thinking is Madara is actually someone else.
** TOBI IS OBITO.
** [[spoiler:Sasuke not only went through a sudden HeelFaceTurn; now, he has decided to compete with Naruto for the Hokage title - meaning, he aspires to lead and protect the very same village he just spent years plotting to burn to the ground. This is so absurd that the author duly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it by showing characters in-universe having literally the exact same "WHHHAAAAAT?" reaction to it as the audience probably had.]]
** Remember how it took nine Akatsuki three days to extract one Bijuu from one Jinchuriki? [[spoiler: Madara single-handedly extracted nine Bijuu from eight Jinchuriki in seconds. Bee is dead, Naruto needs a crash team, and Madara takes the opportunity to stab Sasuke in the heart. Oh, and suddenly Karin learns how to use chakra chains.]]
* WhamLine: Tobi's reveal that he's had his Sharingan since the battle Obito died in. More of an in-universe example; at that point the viewers still aren't ''quite yet'' ([[IKnewIt supposed to be]]) in on what this actually means, but Kakashi understands perfectly well, and after a short episode of denial he is frozen in shock.
** Perhaps the biggest of them all:
-->[[spoiler:'''Sasuke''': I'm going to the battlefield. I won't let this village...and my brother...be wasted!]]
* WhamShot: The reveal of Kabuto's trump card - Madara - at a moment where we think Madara is someone else entirely.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** During the Sannin battle royale back in Part 1, Orochimaru summons two giant snakes. One is trapped in a swamp jutsu and later killed. The other injures Naruto and then is never seen again (not even as a puff of smoke which would indicate that it was de-summoned). The anime "corrects" this by having both snakes entrapped in the swamp; after attacking Naruto, the snake inexplicably sinks.
** Another comes a little while later: Hayate Gekko, the proctor for the third part of the chuunin exams, is killed by Baki when he finds out about the Sand and Sound village's plan to attack Konoha. When his body is a found, a female ANBU member named Yugao Uzuki turns out to be Hayate's lover, and swears revenge. She's never seen again, and when Baki and the whole Sand village pulled a HeelFaceTurn you're left wondering how she responded. One of the video games finally resolves the question, as if you start
** The Akatsuki rings. Deidara, Orochimaru and Zetsu were all used to play up how incredibly important they were and the camera lingered tellingly on it a few times when Itachi first came to town. Not a single mention otherwise, and now that basically all of Akatsuki is dead with no indication their rings were recovered, there is no way that particular plot point will ever be visited again.
** Hinata's little sister Hanabi played a significant role in the former's backstory; Hanabi was considered stronger and more promising than her sister ''despite'' the age gap, and this (among other things) led their father to hold Hinata in great contempt and eventually disown her, while presumably choosing Hanabi to eventually inherit the clan. Following this plot hook, Hanabi disappears off the face of the earth, and for most of the manga she is not even mentioned in passing (which, understand, is a really sad place to be; in this manga, even the most minor of recurring characters get mentioned in passing now and then). [[spoiler:Hanabi finally resurfaces- after a fashion- during the ongoing climax of the fourth ninja world arc, where she appears briefly in Hinata's LotusEaterMachine dream world.]]
** A minor example is Sasuke's Leaf headband. In their battle at the valley Naruto made an incredible fuss so Sasuke would wear it. After Sasuke leaves, one would think that an item, that represents his best friend's status as a Leaf shinobi, would be kind of important to Naruto and mentioned at least once during the long sessions of thinking about Sasuke in bed, but the headband was never shown again.
* WhatTheHellHero: Sasuke gets one from Sakura when he's ready to give Team 7's scroll to the not-yet-revealed-Orochimaru; she says Naruto is many things, but he is not a coward, and he's not the one holding them back at this point. [[ThePowerOfFriendship It works]].
** Naruto tries to reason Sasuke through their fight at the Valley of the End. It doesn't work.
** Shikamaru's dad lectures him about his tentation to leave the shinobi life after the Sasuke retrieval arc.
** Danzou slams Sasuke on his chaotic lashing out of blind revenge and rejection of the will and cause of the person he's avenging.
** Some of Naruto's classmates berate him for his over-idealistic approach to the situation with Sasuke.
** Naruto chews out Sakura for a shallow love confession rather angrily.
** Ino, Shikamaru, Asuma ''and'' Choza are all furious with Choji when he refuses to attack Asuma, who's been resurrected and forced to fight his former students. He gets the hint and helps take Asuma down.
** [[spoiler: Madara and Hashirama, to their respective fathers, when their fathers and younger brothers went into battle against each other. Each father tried to kill the other's son for strategic reasons.]]
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Generally, this applies to most of the clan ninja, who rely exclusively on clan techniques and basic skills. Ino seems to be the sole exception by branching out to medical ninjitsu.
** Naruto had a phase of this with his Kage Bunshin and Rasengan, but he seems to have grown out of it (this probably hangs on fans' minds because this is the point he was at when the plot of the anime took a 80-episode {{Filler}} break, so those fans who followed the anime and not just the manga got to see these milked for much, much more than they were worth).
* WillfullyWeak: Inevitably. This ''is'' shonen after all.
* WomenInRefrigerators: Invoked a few times in a toned-down version where the women at least survive to maybe be important to the plot in a real way another day.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: A good chunk of the villains have a miserable backstory to explain why they're nuts, but for his term as a villain, Gaara was by far the most straight example.
* TheWorfBarrage: Fire-elements techniques ''look'' powerful. In practice, what they do is create a SmokeShield for enemies to slowly and dramatically step out of [[ConvectionSchmonvection without a single burn on them]]. Averted once with Asuma's cloud of exploding smoke.
** Anything attempted by Rock Lee is automatically this. {{Lampshaded}} in the DenserAndWackier spinoff RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth, where Lee's initial lotus fails against some random fodder {{Mook}}, to which he comments "I guess there's no helping it... That move never even worked once in the actual story." (and an outraged Tenten shouts, "Then why did you use it?!")
* TheWorfEffect: Affected Orochimaru in Part II, and clumsily justified.
** Lee was also hyped to be extremely strong (by worfing Sasuke) and actually [[TheWorfEffect never won a real fight]] (except against his doppelganger in the Rescue Gaara Arc) [[TheWorfEffect because he fought people even stronger]], even if he fell with honors.
** [[ZigZaggingTrope Cycling]] trope concerning Sasuke.
** Averted for Jiraiya
** This is the entire point of the Anbu's existence. Almost ''every'' time they appear, they end up being killed by ''someone'', regardless of the killer's rank. Makes you wonder why the Anbu actually exist in the first place.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Sasuke acknowledges that he defeated Orochimaru only because the latter was terminally ill.
** A majorly powerful villain has to confront Naruto when he's just used a very exhausting technique, is without his backup and cannot kill Naruto if he wants his plan to work. When he loses you can't help but wonder how the fight would have looked liked if it weren't for all those factors.
** Danzo loses a major battle which he began having just used one of his major abilities that needed to recharge. He gets it back at the end but, unable to decide how to use it in time and taken by surprise by one of his opponent's decisions, it doesn't do him any good.
* WorldDomination: The stated goal of the Akatsuki organization.
* WorldHalfFull: The ninja world is a horrible place to live. Ninja are supposed to be emotionless tools to be used and discarded as the village they live in sees fit, especially Jinchuuriki, who have demons put inside them largely without their consent, and are treated even worse than other ninjas. In less than 100 years, 4 massive wars have been waged, 3 of which were borne of grudges and massive distrust between nations, and fostered these in turn. ChildSoldiers are the norm, and are taught that if they want to live in this world they have to kill. The current ninja system of blood and hatred is responsible for the birth of people like Pain and Sasuke, who were driven mad by the death that occured around them. Luckily though, this series has [[MessianicArchetype Naruto]], who, when he first began to comprehend the horror of everyday ninja life, basically says "Suck it!" and decides to do it his way, and fix this shitty way of life. Considering where this series falls on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, he'll probably succeed.
* WorldOfBadass
* WorldOfCardBoardSpeech: Naruto vs. Gaara, Tsunade vs. Orochimaru, Tsunade vs. Madara.
* WorldOfHam: These are quite possibly the ''least'' subtle ninja to ever exist.
* WorldOfSilence: This is the Kage's interpretation of [[spoiler:Madara and Obito]]'s solution to world peace.
* WouldHitAGirl: Everyone. Shikamaru is the only person shown to have reservations about fighting women, and he ''does it anyway''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that there are plenty of female ninja, and refusing to fight them would [[TooDumbToLive probably get you fired and/or killed very quickly]] in the Naruto world.
* {{X-Ray Vision}}: Anyone with the Byakugan [[SuperpowerfulGenetics Bloodline Limit]].
* YoyoPlotPoint:
** This plagues the elongated conclusion of the 4th World War arc. At this point, most readers have lost count of how many times during the climactic battle [[spoiler:Naruto's allies have come to doubt their usefulness, then overcome their doubt by resolving to do their best regardless, then soon fell prey again to that same doubt; how many times the BigBad has wavered towards doubt in his philosophy, then back to absolute faith in it and trying to make Naruto doubt ''his'' philosophy, and then back again; how many times, conversely, Naruto himself has felt the need to go through a revelation of [[RightMakesMight why his ideals are worth believing in and fighting for]], prompted by him relating to various people close and not-so-close to him each in turn, only for his resolve to soon waver enough that another revelation is in order; and how many reveals of either the good guys' or bad guys' seemingly unbeatable "True Power" there have been, only for that power to be beaten soundly, trumped and superseded, followed by ominous hints of the next Ultimate Power That Will Surely Decide Everything.]]
** Sakura has three times already [[ADayInTheLimeLight taken the spotlight]] and decided to step up her game and shed her FauxActionGirl status, and two times stepped back down (with varying degrees of fanfare).
** Also, as mentioned above under ShipTease, this applies to nearly all would-be romantic relationships in the series. Apparent turning points just pass the story by, make a wooshing sound, leave the impression of a resolution and then go away, as if they were never there. Apart from the ones mentioned already, the most {{egregious}} instance has to be the sudden, violent disappearance of Karin's solemn disillusionment with Sasuke.
* YouAreAlreadyDead: Some ninja abilities are ''engineered'' to [[RuleOfDrama lead up to this]]. If a character starts a TemptingFate speech about how their opponent is screwed that didn't involve this trope in the first place, chances are 50/50 that they'll start coughing blood mid-sentence followed by their opponent explaining to them that three minutes ago they were hit with poison or chakra eating insects or PressurePoint strikes or what-have-you.
* YouAreNotAlone: Gaara and Naruto in particular have only come as far as they have because they have those supporting them. This became especially true for Naruto; his parents literally left a portion of themselves in his seal for the sole purpose of helping him against the Kyuubi when he needs it most.
* YouKnowTheOne: ''That Man'', whose use of ''That Jutsu'' in ''That Day'' played a key role during ''That Incident''.
* YourMindMakesItReal: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] with with the jutsu Izanami, where your mind is involved, and reality and imagination are also involved, and explaining how it actually works requires two flow charts.
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