"My name is Uzumaki Naruto. My sensei told me that a shinobi is one who endures."
Naruto Road To Ninja is the ninth film in the Naruto franchise and the sixth film of the Shippūden series. The film was made in lieu of Naruto's 10th Year Anniversary and as such, series creator, Masashi Kishimoto, personally wrote the script and supervised the movieAfter a odd bout against members of the Akatsuki (including a few that have been killed), Naruto and Sakura reflect on their lives and wonder if things would've turned out differently if their roles were reversed. They get their wish when Madara (aka Tobi) suddenly appears and seemingly transports them into an alternate world where their friends personalities are different (Rock Lee and Neji are perverts, Kiba is more of a cat person, Hinata is more assertive and brash, Ino is a Shrinking Violet, etc), Sasuke never defected and is still around (if not a bit of a playboy now), and perhaps more shockingly Naruto's parents are still alive while Sakura's were the ones who died saving the village and became the hometown heroes. As the two try to figure out what's going on and if they can get back to their world, Madara conspires with a masked ninja to kill Naruto and gain the Nine Tailed Fox from him.
Road To Ninja features the following tropes:
Absurdly Youthful Parents: Alt!Minato and Alt!Kushina look just like they did when they had Naruto. So they didn't age for 16 years.
Adult Fear: Minato and Kushina tend to be overprotective of Naruto due to their line of work.
Advertised Extra: The alternate versions of the Konoha 11 are featured prominently in the promotional media, but play fairly minor roles.
Alternate Universe: Most of the movie takes place in another world that Tobi sent Naruto and Sakura to.
Back from the Dead: Most of the Akatsuki in the beginning of the movie Subverted, they were Zetsu clones.
Batman Gambit/Failure Gambit: Tobi's plan. It banked on Naruto winning in a specific way so the Kyuubi's seal would be weakened in the same way it was for Kushina after his birth. Though Tobi even remarked that Naruto performed a lot more admirably than expected.
Be Careful What You Wish For: One of the main points of the film. Sakura initially wished that she didn't have any parents, only for her to find out just how painful it would be if they were really gone.
Even Naruto gets this to a certain degree as his parents are still alive, but he finds that his father isn't quite as heroic and self-sacrificing as he was in the real world.
Big Damn Heroes: The Akatsuki of all people save Naruto during his battle with the Masked Man.
Bizarro Universe: In the alternate world, most of the personalities of Naruto's friends are different. For example, Kiba is a cat person, and Sasuke is a player.
Most terrifying of all: Shino kills bugs. It's horrible to watch.
Interestingly played with. Some comments and Menma's apparent changes suggest the alternate world to have been a perfect replica of Naruto's, but Tobi sending him and Sakura there caused "ripples" that changed things around.
Deceased Parents Are the Best: Strongly subverted. In the alternate universe, Sakura's parents were dead but hailed as heroes. She initially enjoys the freedom of not having any nagging parents as well as enjoying the fame of being the daughter of a hero. She soon comes to learn, however, that none of it made up for the loneliness she felt as an orphan.
Expy: As odd as it is, the Masked Man is one for Pain. They both act as the Dragon for Tobi, have similar fighting styles. Pain having the Six Paths of Pain and the Masked man using his nine masked beasts. In fact the scene in which the Masked Man destroyed Alt!Konoha resembles when Pain use Shinra Tensei to destroy Konoha
Fiery Redhead: Kushina as per usual. Only Naruto experiences it firsthand here.
Final Boss, New Dimension: During Naruto's final battle with the Masked Man, the two temporarily teleport to another world where the mask comes off to reveal Menma.
It's All About Me: Sakura at the very beginning of the film when she was ranting about her parents to an orphan. When she saw that he was upset about it, she complained even more about how she was talking to the wrong audience and guilt tripped Naruto about Sasuke. She grows out of this, however, when she reluctantly accepts being alone in the alternate universe so that Naruto could stay with his parents.
Jerkass Ball: Grasped by Iruka and Naruto early on in the movie:
Iruka's response to Naruto asking if the guy can recommend him for a jonin promotion? Coldly tell him that he has to work his way through the ranks, as if he's talking to an Entitled Bastard. At the end of the movie, he apologises to Naruto for his behaviour.
Sakura also grabbed it in the very beginning when she ranted to orphan Naruto about her parents. When he was clearly upset about this, she complained about how she was talking to the wrong person and wished that Sasuke was there instead.
Jerkass Has a Point: Sure, Sakura venting to lifelong orphan Naruto about how much she hates her parents wasn't very nice, but her anger is quite valid; her parents had just unintentionally humiliated her and refused to acknowledge it in any way.
Kaiju: When you have two Nine Tailed Foxes fighting each other, your movie counts as one
Killed Off for Real: Zig-zagged, other important plot deaths like the Third Hokage and Jiraiya's aren't reversed in the alternate world, though some elements of Jiraiya's death have changed. However, the Akatsuki are still alive.
Know When To Fold Them: When Naruto beats Menma, Tobi exits him and decides to break the illusion as it's obvious his plan has failed.
Parental Abandonment: Naruto of course, but in the alternate world Naruto gets his parents back while Sakura loses her's.
Prequel: Episode 271 of the main series, Road To Sakura, which features the Sakura of the alternate world falling into the main dimension.
The Plan: Two fold for Tobi. First, use Limited Tsukuyomi on Naruto and Sakura to essentially field test how the Moon's Eye Plan/Unlimited Tsukuyomi will work at a basic level. Secondly, and more importantly, have Naruto fight Menma and unleash the Kyuubi in order to weaken his seal to take the Kyuubi for himself. Second part would've worked too had the Blood Moon Prophecy not existed.
Sadistic Choice: Sakura was nearly forced to make one. She could either stay in the genjutsu, so Naruto could be happy but she would be alone. Or force Naruto to leave with her, so she gets her parents back, but Naruto is alone again. If Naruto hadn't made the choice for her, she probably would have let herself suffer for Naruto.
Shadow Archetype: Menma, full blast. Considering he IS Naruto only evil, it's no surprise. He even has a move that's similar to Rasenshuriken...which of course means they clash those jutsu during the climax.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Naruto actually agrees to release the Kyuubi and fight side by side for the first time because by the Kyuubi's admittance, he hates Tobi/Madara more than Naruto. So he wouldn't risk getting trapped in the alternate world by screwing over Naruto. The fact that Naruto was also in the middle of fighting an alternate version of the Kyuubi also helped matters.
Year Inside, Hour Outside: When Naruto and Sakura return to the real world, very little time seems to have passed. If nothing else, it's the same night. They had spent multiple days and nights within the alternate world.