Awesome: Naruto

In a story about a world full of Badass ninjas, it's no surprise that moments like these are a regular occurrence.

Please list the examples in chronological order and under the appropriate arcs.

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Part I (Pre-Time Skip)

    Land of Waves Arc 
  • In the very first chapter, Naruto summons an army of clones in order to beat the shit out of Mizuki (keep in mind, this is the same kid who barely made one earlier).
  • Iruka gets a moment as well when he takes a fuma shuriken to the back in order to protect Naruto.
  • Zabuza's introduction: he sends his BFS tearing through the forest, barely misses its target, and stands on top of it while the sword was embedded in a fully-grown tree. He wastes no time slipping into Team 7's tight formation completely undetected.
  • Naruto created a very detailed plan that freed Kakashi from Zabuza's justu. Naruto used his multi-shadow clone jutsu to trick Zabuza so he could transform into a Fuma shuriken. He then had a clone give him to Sasuke, who used his own Fuma Shuriken. Using the real Fuma Shuriken, he attacked Zabuza who just grabbed it. Then Sasuke revealed he used the Shadow Shuriken Jutsu to hide Naruto, which Zabuza just dodged. But then Naruto transformed back and throw a Kunai, forcing Zabuza to stop his jutsu and had the added effect of canceling Zabuza's water clone.
  • Kakashi using his Sharingan to calculate each of Zabuza's moves.
  • The masked ninja supposedly killing Zabuza by impaling him through the neck with senbon.
  • Naruto saving Inari's mother from two of Zabuza's henchmen.
  • Haku summons his Demonic Ice Mirrors and manages to overwhelm both Sasuke and Naruto.
  • Sasuke awakens the Sharingan and is slowly able to keep up with Haku.
    • Naruto snaps and draws on the Nine-Tails' chakra for the first time, completely turning the tables - first he punches through one of the mirrors, then after getting stabbed numerous times in the back destroys them, before grabbing/punching Haku through another mirror. He did all this in response to seeing Sasuke take a seemingly lethal attack that was meant for him.
  • Zabuza loses it after Haku's death and kills several of Gato's bodyguards using a kunai held in his teeth, and he only dies after stabbing Gato to death. In the manga he slices Gato's head off.
    • The English Dub gets bonus points for the speech Zabuza terrifies Gato with just before he starts carving him up:
      Zabuza: "We won't be welcome where Haku's gone to. Hell's where we're going, Gato! You and me both! I can't think of a more fitting destination for a "Demon Ninja", can you? I'm told there are many demons down there, of all shapes and sizes; Oh yes, I should fit right in! You on the other hand, Gato... Well, I'm afraid that you're in for a long and very painful eternity!!"

    Chūnin Exam Arc 
  • Rock Lee challenges Sasuke to a fight: it doesn't end well for Sasuke. While most ninja in the series use elemental magic, Rock Lee bests his opponents solely through hard-earned physical stats.
  • While most of the cast uses their jutsu to cheat on the written part of the Chunin Exam by stealing answers (which, inadvertently, is the point of the test, as the questions were intended to be too hard for the average person to answer), Sakura doesn't cheat and is able to answer the questions on her own.
    • In the same test, Naruto manages to pass without answering a single question, and his bullheaded refusal to back down in the face of the tenth question, when he hadn't been able to answer a single one so far, actually emboldened the remaining candidates.
    • Regarding Sakura, it should be noted that Shikamaru Nara of the 200 IQ was also a participant in the test and implicitly did not pass without cheating. (His teammate Ino used her jutsu to cheat off Sakura and shared the answers with her team using that same jutsu.) This means that Sakura was able to fairly pass a test that even made Shikamaru resort to cheating, though his willingness to cheat may be more due to his personality.
  • Anko Mitarashi licking the blood off of Naruto's cheek after throwing a kunai at him.
    • Shigure/(Orochimaru in disguise) sneaking up on Anko and handing her knife back to her with an elongated tongue.
  • Naruto gets devoured by a giant snake and escapes from it by creating several clones, causing the snake to explode from the pressure.
    • He punches Sasuke for losing his cool against Orochimaru and saves him from a similarly-sized snake by holding the snake back with his arms. Mind you, these snakes are larger than military tanks.
  • After seeing Naruto face Orochimaru, Sasuke snaps out of his fear and leads a one-man effort against Orochimaru, one of the most well-paced fights in the series.
  • Sakura's Important Haircut when she has to defend her two unconscious team mates from three dangerous Sound ninja. At this point, she is determined to no longer be The Load.
  • Sasuke fights Yoroi with the handicap of not using chakra: basically, no special attacks/jutsu.
  • Shino's fight against Zaku. Shino completely outclassed Zaku in every possible way. Let's count them off shall we? Zaku had one good arm, so Shino uses his army of bugs to take one side of Zaku while Shino has the other all the while telling Zaku to surrender, otherwise it will end terribly for him. Then, Zaku reveals his other arm was just as good to use as the first. Too bad for him, Shino had both arms plugged up by a few hidden bugs that crept up into the sockets in his hands in case he tried using both of them which resulted in Zaku BLOWING HIS OWN ARMS OFF (or simply breaking through the skin in the Anime), giving Shino the win. So we have Shino invoking The Chessmaster, Curb-Stomp Battle, AND An Arm and a Leg all in one battle. WITH BUGS NO LESS. CMOA well-deserved.
  • The Double Knock Out that Sakura and Ino has is pretty awesome, especially since the build up was good. During most of the fight, the two were really even fighters. Ino went as far as cutting off her own hair as a way to trap Sakura so she can use her mental-based jutsu, only to be stopped by Sakura's Inner Self broke her free. Seriously, this fight was really awesome to watch as we barely saw these two go all out during this arc.
    • Special mention to Ino for that channel-chakra-through-cut-hair trick, one of the cleverer moves seen from any of the Rookies in this arc. Keep in mind that she tricks a room full of shinobi, including Sakura and her own team mates, into believing that Sakura's taunting has really driven her to the edge in the course of pulling it off.
  • Shikamaru beats Kin by making bash her head against the wall.
  • Naruto tricks Kiba, a ninja known for his superhuman nostrils, into attacking his own partner by confusing his sense of smell. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • The fight between Neji and Hinata and how Hinata held her own until the very end of the fight, even quoting NARUTO, someone she looks up to and has feelings for, is pretty impressive.
    • There's also the fact that she managed to see straight through Neji's bullshit, something that caused him to snap so badly that he nearly killed her then and there.
  • Naruto gets pummeled throughout his battle with Neji and even has his chakra sealed off, but in the end, he uses the Nine-Tailed Fox's chakra to overpower his blocked points (which no one can believe), and beats Neji with a single Shoryuken. From underground.
  • Temari vs Shikamaru, for both of them. Ok, he was smart in his fight against Kin, but it was mostly her carelessness and overconfidence that did her in. Temari, on the other hand, proves herself to be the cleverest opponent he could get and corners him for most of the fight. Then we see him show his Awesomeness by Analysis for the first time in the series.
    • Despite that, Temari wins because Shikamaru surrenders just after he caught her. A while later we find out that was exactly because of that gesture that he was the only one to pass the test and become a chunin. He proved that, unlike the others, he wasn't focused only on fighting.
  • Sasuke using Chidori for the first time. He's the only one who has ever managed to injure Gaara, drawing blood.

    Invasion of Konoha Arc 
  • Shino's fight with Kankuro. Not only does Shino tell Sasuke to keep chasing Gaara, but he also wants his shot at Kankuro who just so happened to be his opponent in the Chuunin Exam tournament. Shino ultimately wins the fight, but Kankuro does actually manage to get some offense in, which ends up taking Shino out of commission for the rest of the arc. Not nearly as awesome as the Zaku fight, but still pretty impressive for a supporting character that only had two fights in the series at this point.
  • Sasuke puts up a good fight against Gaara despite being almost out of chakra. Then, he offers to stay behing and hold him off so that Naruto and Sakura can escape. Keep in mind that at this point his Curse Mark is acting up and he can barely move.
  • Naruto one-ups Sasuke by facing a partially-transformed Gaara and taking him down a peg.
    • Probably one of the best moments would be when Naruto uses his shadow clones to get himself behind Gaara, to deliver the following attack:
      Naruto: "Take this! Leaf Village secret Taijutsu, straight from the teachings of Kakashi Sensei. (Proceeds to shove a Kunai up Gaara's ass) THOUSAND YEARS OF DEATH!"
      Beat
      Pakkun: "Great, an enema."
      (Naruto is knocked away revealing that the kunai had an explosive tag wrapped around it)
      Naruto: "Boom."
      (Cue explosion)
    • He fights the fully-transformed Gaara/Shukaku on the back of a giant frog, Gamabunta, whom Naruto summoned to the battlefield. Imagine for a moment if you were small enough to let alone ride on top of a frog. Now imagine having to fight an enemy raccoon on top of said frog, assuming said frog likes you enough not to buck you off immediately. At one point, Naruto leaps off this frog to punch Gaara awake.
    • The fight ends with a headbutt.
      Naruto: "I've- I'VE HAD IT WITH YOU!"
    • Then there's the fact that this fight resulted in Gaara's Heel-Face Turn. For someone who believed that killing people was the only way to prove his existence, believed that things like friends and love didn't really exist and has killed, attempted to kill and threatened to kill countless people, that's quite the feat! Also doubles as heartwarming.
  • Naruto and Gaara's battle only ended when Gaara gave up. When did he finally lose it all ? After he and Naruto are both exhausted and almost paralyzed on the forest floor. Gaara can barely move his head to look at Naruto....and he sees Naruto dragging his own broken body across the forest with only his chin ready to fight on with nothing left but love for his friends and his village. Naruto does not. Ever. Give. Up.
  • Jiraiya takes down a massive three-headed snake (big enough to crush buildings) by summoning an even larger toad on top of it.
  • The Third Hokage's battle with Orochimaru ends with a Heroic Sacrifice that costs Orochimaru his arms.
    • Before this, despite being an elderly man, the Third manages to fight off Orochimaru and the First and Second Hokages.

    Search for Tsunade Arc 
  • Itachi Uchiha returns to Konoha and one of the first things he does is reverse Mind Rape a Genjutsu specialist.
  • When Sasuke, who recently went through Training from Hell, tries to attack him, Itachi pulverizes him and places a Mind Rape on him instead. The primary reason Itachi retreats is due to eye strain from his Mangekyo Sharingan.
    • And a moment that comes because of the absence of a fight: when Jiraiya shows up to stop Itachi and Kisame, they keep their cool. But when he gets serious, they both turn tail and run.
  • DYNAMIC ENTRY!
    • Guy developed a fighting style to successively "counter" Sharingan users by monitoring their feet. We don't see him do this, but imagine fighting a skilled opponent solely through watching their feet. You can't shift either; if you look up, you've lost.
  • Badass Bookworm Tsunade cracks a street open channeling her superhuman strength through a single finger. By this point in the manga, she is the single strongest character by default.
    • After defeating Naruto effortlessly with a single finger, she goes onto fight Orochimaru and Kabuto, who are visibly dreading facing her. And keep in mind, this was twenty years after inactivity as a ninja. One could only wonder how strong she might be if she hadn't given up training.
  • Kabuto is about to land a killing blow on to Tsunade, who is lying helpless on the ground due to being nearly overwhelmed by her phobia. The blow hits, but not Tsunade-it hits the metal plate of Naruto's headband, who is now standing before Tsunade and looking ticked off as all hell at Kabuto.
  • Naruto finally completing the Rasengan. To ensure he hits Kabuto, he lets Kabuto pierce his hand, before letting his clone build up the chakra he needs in his free hand. Beating Kabuto in a one hit.
    • The blow was so impressive, Orochimaru changed his opinion of Naruto of being average to someone to be feared. And helped Tsunade regain her courage.
  • Tsunade's fight with Orochimaru, including taking a sword for Naruto three times before regenerating, wielding a skyscraper sized knife to Big Damn Heroes Jiraiya, delivering a Megaton Punch to Orochimaru, then following up with an extended beatdown while at/past her utter limit. She also gets points for getting over a deeply ingrained phobia in the heat of battle.
  • All Three Sannin use the Summoning Jutsu to summon their respective greatest ally.
  • Kabuto might be an ass, but there is no denying his fighting skills are Made Of Awesome. From figuring out how to move his body after Tsunade scrambles his nervous system, to deflecting poisoned senbon with his headband because he couldn't move any further in time.

    Sasuke Retrieval Arc 
  • Kakashi catches Naruto and Sasuke by their arms and hurls them in opposite directions, in order to prevent the Rasengan and the Chidori from colliding.
    • The Chidori punches through a steel/metal water tower and causes a stream of water to push out, convincing Sasuke that his Signature Move was stronger. The Rasengan blasts out the back of another water tower, revealing that most of the water rushed out sooner and that the Rasengan was indeed more powerful.
  • Shikamaru, the laziest ninja in his age group, becomes Team Leader due to his unusual intelligence, and the group pursues the Sound Four, Orochimaru's special forces ninja unit.
  • Choji kills Jirobo with a single punch after devouring three soldier pills.
  • Neji defeating Kidomaru. Neji was shot by 2 arrows right through his body but refused to give up. He got right up and ran straight up to Kidomaru, who wasn't expecting Neji to even be conscious, and dealt the finishing blow. Remembering Naruto's words that if a failure such as Naruto could succeed than a genius like Neji can as well, Neji was certainly not going to let his team down either.
  • Kiba stabs himself in the stomach to kill Ukon from the Sound Four.
  • The villains of the previous arc arrive to help out the protagonists against the remaining Sound Four (Three).
    Kankuro/Temari/Gaara: "Allies of the Leaf Village, We're Shinobi, of the Sand..."
    • Temari kills Tayuya, who was having a prolonged battle with Shikamaru, by leveling the forest they were fighting in.
    • Oh, and why did she have to save him? Because Tayuya outmaneuvered him. Considering Shikamaru's intelligence, that is an impressive feat (ok, at the end it boiled down to her having too much chakra for Shikamaru's techniques, but she still proved to be extremely clever).
    • Shikmaru pulls out a couple too, namely breaking his own finger with his technique to free himself from a genjutsu, and being able to learn in just a couple of minutes how Tayuya's flute controlled her summons. She remarks that one had ever been able to understand the pattern in her melodies, only for Shikamaru to answer that he actually doesn't know one thing about music: he understood by observing the way her fingers moved (keep in mind, that means he found time to observe his opponents' fingers while he was running and hiding from her summons).
  • Lee rushes into the fight with Kimimaro not long after recovering from extensive surgery.
  • A bit of a meta example, but the change in Gaara's eyes counts as one. Before his Heel-Face Turn, he had a cold, hard and murderous look in his eyes. But after his Heel-Face Turn, his eyes have a calm yet still slightly cold look to them, showing the beginnings of his Character Development.
  • Kimimaro fought three main characters - Naruto, Lee, Gaara - and bested all three of them. He almost killed the latter two and only died because of his illness.
  • The final battle between Naruto and Sasuke in Part 1; Sasuke pushes his Cursed Seal to its highest level, Naruto receives a power boost from the Nine-Tails, and they both use their Super Mode to duke it out at the Valley of the End.

    Part 1 Filler Arcs 
  • Iruka facing Mizuki again in the Mizuki Strikes Back arc.
  • Hinata creates the Protection of the Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms technique in the Search for the Bikōchū Arc.
    • Also during that filler, being able to avoid running into Neji down a hallway by twirling around him with a flawless pirouette just from reflex alone. While barefoot, no less!
  • The Kurama Clan arc does a good job of showing just how dangerous the oft-neglected genjutsu can be.
  • Gaara's fight against Seimei in the Ultimate Weapon Arc when he crushes and manipulates the nearby rock and cliff formations without relying on his Superpowered Evil Side and crushes Seimei's "ultimate armor" for good.
    Gaara: "I am Gaara of the Desert. Wherever there's rock, wherever there's earth, I can make more sand."
    • Also, the Call Back to the Sasuke Retrieval Arc.
      "Allies of the Sand, We're Shinobi, of the Leaf..."

    Kakashi Gaiden 
  • Minato Namikaze was so dangerous that during the 3rd Ninja World War, enemy units were ordered to "flee on sight" if they spotted him.
    • One of the enemies thinks he realized it when Minato appeared behind him with a kunai. He was wrong, it wasn't because of that. When he shows it, it's too awesome for words. So, let's allow the numbers to speak: four Leaf ninja versus one thousand Stone ninja. Then, Minato shows up on the battlefield. Guess which side won.
      Minato: "All of you, please direct these kunai at the enemy all at once. I'll take care of the rest myself."
      Leaf Ninja 1: "That's crazy! Not even you could possibly—"
      Leaf Ninja 2: "Be quiet! Do as he says! You'll get to see how the Yellow Flash of the Leaf battles. Just don't blink. You'll miss it."
  • Obito makes a Heroic Sacrifice for his team mates and gives Kakashi his own Sharingan before accepting his fate crushed by rocks.
    • Before that, Kakashi and Obito's excellent tag-teaming during Rin's rescue. Even while Kakashi has only one eye, Obito's newly awakened sharingan picks up the slack.
  • Obito was able to change Kakashi's entire personality just by telling him that his father was a hero. Judging from Kakashi's stunned silence, Obito was the first person who had ever told him that.

Part II/Shippuden (Post-Time Skip)

    Kazekage Rescue Arc 
  • Gaara thwarts what would essentially qualify as a Vietnam-style carpet bombing run from Deidara ALL BY HIMSELF.
  • Sakura uses the medical skills she developed over the Time Skip and saves Kankuro's life when an entire medical division from his own village could not.
    • Sakura and Chiyo where they battle Sasori and one hundred of his weaponized puppets. Sasori himself gets a CMOA with the reveal of those puppets, putting the threat that the Akatsuki pose into stark relief.
    • Sakura, previously The Load, uses her new power to take down Sasori, an S-Ranked threat, destroying first Hiruko, then the Third Kazekage, then much of his army, and finally Sasori himself, proving in the process that you do not close with a girl who has Super Strength. Her excellent co-op with Chiyo only adds to the fight, and demonstrates just what two weaker people can do against a superior adversary with proper planning and coordination.
  • Kakashi's Time Skip powerup is the ability to use his Mangekyo Sharingan to create a rift in reality which is explained to be part of the Big Bad's space-warping power, though it is not explained why it only occurred after the time skip.
  • Deidara, deprived of the use of his arms, takes on Guy's close combat team in a four-on-one battle, using only a kunai held between his teeth. He not only survives, but escapes, making them think he's dead in the process.

    Sasuke and Sai Arc 
  • Orochimaru gets hit by a Tailed Beast Bomb, an attack that mows down several miles of trees, and lives to tell the tale.
    • Orochimaru gets moment after moment of Creepy Awesome in that fight. From shedding his skin to heal, to fighting four-tailed Naruto while sick and dying, he proves again and again why he was the most feared villain in the series at that point.
  • Watching Sai get the drop on Kabuto.

    Hidan and Kakuzu Arc 
  • Kakuzu mentions that he once faced the First Hokage, Hashirama, and lived to tell the tale. Refer to the Ten Tails Revival arc for how stupidly powerful Hashirama is that even the Big Bad is wary about facing him.
  • Hidan and Kakuzu's co-op is a thing to behold, as they effortless annihilate most everyone who gets in their way. It isn't until the two of them are separated that the heroes stand anything approaching a chance.
  • Shikamaru blasts the nigh-immortal Hidan to pieces and plans to kill him by burying him alive and leaving him to decompose.
    • But before doing so, he manipulates him to use his Signature Move with what he thinks isnShikamaru's blood, but it's instead Kakuzu's, taking out one of his hearts. Oh, and he planned it all beforehand.
  • The Rasenshuriken, Naruto's newest Signature Move. Its a deadly jutsu that has the power to One-Hit Kill Kakuzu.
    • Naruto created the jutsu by himself by improving the Rasengan that his father created. Character Development indeed.
    • Plus, it's a huge Take That to all those who ever said that Naruto was a no-talent loser because, as Yamato said, combining a change in nature with a change in form takes "a great deal of natural skill and intuition". Naruto, using 200+ Shadow Clones, trained for days to the point of exhaustion and managed to work through his late bloomer block, proving himself despite all expectations.
    • And it gets better. The training to learn Sage Mode and to control the Nine-Tails' Chakra Mode went far more smoothly than this one. For the former, he only used a maximum of three clones, while for the latter he didn't use any clones at all. He really did cross a dangerous bridge and his reward was true strength rivaling exceeding that of every Child Prodigy.

    Itachi Pursuit Arc 
  • Sasuke counters Orochimaru's Body Surf and traps him in his own body, accessing all of Orochimaru's power.
  • He fights evenly with Deidara who had defeated Gaara in a prior arc while not at full power.
    • Deidara's exit. Cornered by Sasuke, and with no way out, he pulls a Taking You with Me, transforming himself into a Fantastic Nuke that levels the entire region. He manages to put a look of sheer terror on Sasuke's face, while getting in some of the best Famous Last Words in the series.
      Deidara: "Tremble! Be afraid! Recoil and despair! COWER IN AWE! And cry your heart out! Beacuse MY ART. IS AN EXPLOSION!!"
  • Kiba reveals that his sense of smell is now stronger than a canine's.
  • Jiraiya forces himself back to life in the fight against Pain due to his student's Determinator attitude. In his last moments, he burns a double message with both Intel on Pain and tells Naruto not to give up.
    • Jiraiya's battle with Pain is in general a highpoint of the series. For the first time, we see Jiraiya fight full out, with no handicaps, and despite being outnumbered and outgunned by someone who's powers he has only a limited understanding of, he still manages to disable three of Pain's bodies before going down. This becomes still more awesome in retrospective after Pain's curbstomp of most of Konoha.
    • Pain himself admits that had Jiraiya known of his powers going in, his former mentor would have won the battle. Coming from a man with a god complex that is high praise indeed.
    • Can we just point out that Jiraiya managed to think up a code to use - taking lines from his newest book - after forcing himself back to life? This is the same guy who was one of Naruto's parallels. It might not be as flashy as the battle, but it's still ingenious and you can totally understand that Jiraiya wasn't a legend just for his sheer power.
  • Sasuke finally confronts Itachi, a battle that's been hinted towards since Part 1.
    • Itachi uses Amaterasu, a black flame capable of smothering normal flames, to counter Sasuke's flame-based jutsu.
    • Sasuke's final move to kill Itachi was drawing raw lightning from the sky and using it to destroy the building they were both standing on.
    • Itachi reveals his Susano'o, a spectral warrior able to defend from incredible attacks.

    Invasion of Pain Arc 
  • Killer Bee, the Eight Tails Jinchuriki, stomps Team Hawk despite their numbers and strategy through sheer physical power.
    • When they think they've captured him, it turns out to be a trick: he used the fight as an excuse to go on vacation.
    • Not only that, Killer Bee doesn't even take the fight seriously. He acts with glee going full out Large Ham.
  • Pain attacks Konoha by himself, destroying vast swathes of it with his summons, and other bodies, and defeating or killing most of the cast in the process, ending it all with a Shinra Tensei that blows Konoha off the map. For sheer shock value, perhaps no moment in the manga has ever topped that one.
  • In the anime, the ANBU Black Ops actually manage to stop one of the Animal Path's summons on their own, which so far may be their only on-screen victory in the series.
  • Konohamaru actually hits one of Pain's bodies... with a Rasengan.
  • Sakura smashes a giant centipede monster with her fist and resumes treating an injured young girl.
  • Tsunade shorterning her life span to aid and heal several thousand Leaf civilians has to count. Heroic Sacrifice indeed.
  • Naruto returns home on the back of a giant frog, with Sage Mode active, and saves Tsunade by jumping down from Gamabunta and smashing Pain's Asura Path that was about to attack her. This was before he tosses a giant rhino hundreds of feet into the air.
    • Naruto then systemically takes out Pain's bodies one after the other, showing us how smart he can be.
      • He reveals the throwable Rasenshuriken, that can expand shredding the Human Path.
      • Using teamwork, he puts the Animal Path and him in the dark and takes her out with a One-Hit KO.
      • He kills Naraku Path with a three point plan. He first creates a smoke screen to hide from the remaining Pains including the newly revived Preta Path. The original transforming into a Rasenshuriken, tricking the Preta Pain to absorb the jutsu and getting him out of the way. While a real Rasenshuriken attacks the Tendo Path. Which is revealed to draw the attention of Nagato, when a clone kills the Naraku Path from above. Naruto would have killed Pain if not for Tendo regaining his power.
      • He lets the Preta Pain absorb his Senjutsu Chakra, transforming the Path into a stone statue which Naruto precedes to break out of.
  • The Eight-Tailed form is revealed after Hinata's Heroic Sacrifice pushes Naruto's Berserk Button. As far as anybody knows at the time, one more tail means the end of the world.
    • Minato saves the day - he planned for his spirit to visit his son in case the Nine-Tails ever gained that much influence over Naruto.
  • Naruto defeats Tendo Pain. He throws a Rasenshuriken to Tendo Path, and he cancels it. But Naruto reveals he created a second Rasenshuriken and using the shadow shuriken justu, hid the second one. When Tendo still dodges, Naruto reveals he created hundreds of clones and hid them as rocks. As they all attack Tendo, he uses Shinra Tensei to stop them. But Naruto used his clones to withstand the attack and lauch him, destroying the final Pain with a Rasengan.
    Pain: "Just give up!"
    Naruto: "YOU give up!" (his last clones Fastball Special him) "Give up...on telling me to give up!"
  • Really, the entire Invasion of Pain arc in general. Aside from having arguably the best theme song in the anime, it also contained a lot of character development and great backstories, and combined with the entire village able to acknowledge Naruto for real for the first time, made the Invasion of Pain arc quite possibly the greatest arc yet in the Naruto anime.

    Five Kage Summit Arc 
  • During a meeting of the leaders of the most powerful countries in the ninja world, Zetsu springs up from the conference room all by himself.
    • Tobi shows up later and declares war on the other countries.
  • The Fourth Raikage snapping a White Zetsu's neck with one hand, followed by him busting through a wall to chase down Sasuke.
    • Continued when he strikes Sasuke's Amaterasu shield and amputates his own arm after the fact, throwing away the limb just to reach Sasuke. That's after No Selling half of Sasuke's moveset, and cementing himself as one of the biggest Memetic Badasses in the fandom.
    • Continued still when Gaara, the Fifth Mizukage, and the Third Tsuchikage lay their own beatdowns on Sasuke, effectively showing to him just how far he still has to go. The Tsuchikage's attack actually crosses this with CMOF as he floats up into the air, summons a giant cube and drops it on Sasuke, Looney Toons style.
  • Tobi rips off his own arm after being affected by a flesh-eating jutsu. Half of Obito's body is White Zetsu material, so it regenerates.
  • Danzo takes Karin as a hostage. Sasuke responds by impaling them both with Chidori.
    • Danzo's reponse to this is to kill himself, Sasuke, and Tobi, which the latter two only survive thanks to Tobi's teleporation ability. That's on top of having spent most of his fight with Sasuke making some very valid points about the Uchiha's increasingly deranged revenge quest, and demonstrating an ability to cheat death that approaches DBZ levels, proving that you simply cannot underestimate anybody, even the apparently crippled old man.
  • Sakura beating Sai, Kiba and Lee using deception and a smoke bomb.
  • Sasuke fights all of his former team members near-blinded, exhausted after fighting a losing battle against three or more Kage, and just barely surviving against Danzo.
    • Sakura running under a tunnel upside-down to try and stealth-kill Sasuke. She would have succeeded if she hadn't hesitated at the last second.
    • She manages to poison him, but he reveals that Orochimaru has immunized him against poison.
    • Naruto arriving at the nick of time to save Sakura.
  • Killer Bee tosses a pencil at Kisame, misses, and the pencil punches through a tree.

    Confining the Jinchūriki Arc 
  • The Third Raikage and a group of Cloud ninja restrained the Eight-Tailed Ox all on their own. The Raikage even damaged one of its horns.
  • Naruto delivers a Shut Up, Hannibal! to his inner, darker self by giving him his autograph: reading "No. 1 Hokage Candidate: Naruto".
  • Naruto faces the Nine-Tails, the beast that has been fueling his powerful jutsu since the beginning of the series, and defeats it using a series of powerful attacks.
    • Adding insult to injury, he steals the fox's chakra for his own own personal use, and imprisons it with an even stronger seal.
  • In the past, Minato blocks Kurama's Tailed Beast Ball with his own space-time jutsu.
  • Kurama's chakra grants Naruto the power to detect negative emotions and grants him an increase in speed. He notices Kisame's malice while hiding inside of Samehada and exposes him, then proceeds to kick him so quickly that Kisame couldn't even see it coming.
  • Guy fights Kisame believing the shark-man to be his inner self.
    • He defeats Kisame by launching a tiger-shaped air pressure attack that uses no chakra and bypasses Kisame's chakra devouring moves. It's a fitting end to a rivalry that's been played with since Part 1, with Guy coming out on top not because he's stronger than Kisame, but by using a move the Akatsuki member just could not have seen coming.
    • Kisame himself follows this up with his own CMOA, when he not only gets up after being on the recieving end of Guy's Afternoon Tiger, but proceeds to commit suicide by shark, preventing the Konoha ninja from finding out anything about their plans. Guy himself commemorates this moment by saluting Kisame and noting that he'll always remember his memory.
  • Konan planned to kill Tobi by countering his five minutes of intangibility with an explosion that lasts for ten minutes using six hundred billion explosive tags.
    • Now let's just take a minute to appreciate this moment. Six hundred billion. When she unleashes the move, Konan parts the water like Moses and we can see that the tags completely fill the massive lake on which they were fighting.
    • And not just that, she manages to kill Tobi. The only reason he survives is because he manages to warp reality by sacrificing one of his Sharingan eyes to use the Izanagi jutsu.

    Shinobi World War Arc 
For the Shinobi Alliance:
  • Let's take all of the ninja villages in the world and turn them into one Badass Army! Hoo-rah!
  • The Surprise Attack Division, led by Kankuro; Sai, Omoi, and others work together and defeat the Edo (zombie) Deidara and Sasori by exploiting actual ninja tactics: setting traps and exploiting the terrain. Kankuro adds salt to the wound by trapping Sasori with his original puppet body and then berating him for his past life.
    Kankuro: "Sasori... your strength came because of your soul, not in spite of it. You tried to erase it, to become a puppet yourself, but couldn't change completely. Now you've got your immortal body but you've fallen, sunk to the level of the puppets you used to control. You were supposed to be a top class ninja puppeteer, not a worthless nobody who lets someone else pull the strings."
    • Darui and the Cloud Ninjas summon a "black lightning" that tears through the Edo Tensei Army with in the shape of a panther. Later, Darui uses a weapon that can only be used by people with insane amounts of chakra (the kind of importantance reserved for main protagonists and antagonists). Mind you, Darui is a supporting character who only appeared in part two, and is essentially one paygrade above the rest of the Red Shirt Army.

For the Protagonists
  • Gaara, the former Creepy Child, Enfant Terrible, and Blood Knight all rolled into one, becomes the general of an army of ninjas. To top it off, he delivers this speech to the villages who still had grudges against each other:
    Gaara: "Three times now... we've fought world wars for our own nations, our own villages. We've hurt one another, we've hated one another. That hatred bred a lust for power, and that lust for power created ME. I was a jinchūriki, the embodiment of hatred and power. And I hated this world, and all the people in it... I wanted to destroy it with my own hands. The exact same thing Akatsuki is trying to do today. But one man, one ninja from Konohagakure stopped me. I was his enemy, yet he wept for me! I hurt him, yet he called me his friend! He saved me! My enemy, my fellow jinchuriki... he suffered the same pain as me, yet bore me no ill will! There are no enemies here because we've all suffered at Akatsuki's hand! So there is no Sand, no Rock, no Leaf, no Mist, and no Cloud! There are only "shinobi!" And if you still hold a grudge against the Sand, then when this war is over, come and take my head instead! Our enemies are after the friend who saved my life! If they take him, if we hand him over, our world is finished! I want to protect him, and I want to protect our world! But I'm too young to protect it all on my own! All of you, lend me your aid! Everyone who's with me, let's go!"
  • Onoki, the Tsuchikage, and his students are shown as the first ninjas capable of flying without any external assistance. Ironically enough, they come from an earth-based village.
    • Onoki's weight-decreasing jutsu allows him to carry an Island Turtle (think the same gigantic, battleships-sized creature from Avatar: The Last Airbender) with only one hand. He uses this to stop a METEOR from crushing the Shinobi Alliance and somehow survives when a second meteor drops on top of the first one, with him directly under it.
  • Sai, the poster child for apathy, goes Ax-Crazy after learning that his late, surrogate sibling is being used as part of Kabuto's army of zombies and being repeatedly detonated by Deidara.
  • Even Tenten gets her moment of glory wielding the Bashosen, a giant palm fan belonging to the Sage of the Six Paths himself, using it to take out one of Kakuzu's hearts. And in the anime, she manages to destroy a second heart while drained of almost all of her chakra.
  • Sakura is the first one to realize that the White Zetsus are infiltrating the Alliance disguised as wounded team mates. She also clobbers the Zetsu that tried to sneak up on her.
  • Choji powers up into his his clan's Super Mode and grows chakra wings without using the soldier pills in succession, and declares that he wants to end the war by himself. All of the nearby fighting stops as everyone is in shock of the massive chakra.
  • Naruto sees through Iruka's gambit and tackles his way to the battlefield, through his own allies attempts to keep him in one place, in fact.
  • In a flashback, Minato faces off against A, and beats him in a game of speed. Minato was the only person A ever considered to be faster than him, thanks to Minato's Flying Thunder God jutsu.
  • Itachi and Nagato cross paths with Naruto and Bee in the middle of a warzone, and during the ensuing fight, Shisui's eye, which Itachi planted on Naruto a few arcs ago reappears and manages to free Itachi from Kabuto's control, however it stopped his backup plan against Sasuke. However it allowed Itachi and Sasuke to reconcile while fighting Kabuto, who the former traps Kabuto in Izanami since he's one of the very few people susceptible to it. In the end, because of Itachi, Sasuke began clawing his way back to sanity and reason (though will still be a selfish person).
  • Naruto's performance in battle has increased dramatically now that he's strategically using his Shadow Clones, with Nine-Tails mode active, and sending them to different parts of the battlefield to single-handedly turn the tide of the war. He and his clones fend off Itachi, Nagato, Mu, the Third Raikage (the enemy's One-Man Army), all the while implementing never-before-seen variations on his regular jutsus.
  • When Naruto finally runs into Tobi, the two of them collide - with a headbutt. Tobi's eyes widen as the force of the collision throws them back, while Naruto grunts at how tough Tobi's mask is.
  • Tsunade shatters Madara's Susano'o ribcage with a single punch, and then causes even more damage with one of her singular kicks. She even gives Madara a "World of Cardboard" Speech before using her special regeneration jutsu for round two. Madara makes a special point of notice to kill Tsunade first, though this is more due to the fact that she's related to Hashirama, and he's annoyed to see a "weaker version of Hashirama's abilities". Next to Onoki, she's the only Kage holding her own against the Susano'o Clones and even defeats one on screen.
  • Kakashi and Might Guy fend off five zombified Jinchuriki with the Lightning Cutter and Morning Peacock.
  • Kurama finally places his faith in Naruto after years of conflict. What results is an upgraded form of the Nine-Tails Chakra Mode, in which the aura has more pronounced markings and a battered chakra robe as an extra. Naruto then forms the chakra into an aura representing Kurama himself! The aura is so powerful that even a roar can blast away tailed beasts, and Naruto's strength and speed are sufficient to deflect five Tailed Beast Bombs simultaneously. Then he proceeds to battle the Tailed Beasts, laying the smackdown onto three of them while Bee holds off the other two then he gets into a Beam-O-War with all five. He equals the combined might of all five Tailed Beasts and then defeats them all at once. Only character-and the only character who honestly equals BM Naruto was Edo Madara who defeats all five Kages at the same time.
    Kakashi: "Se....sensei...?!"

For the Antagonists:
  • Tobi takes his place as the series Big Bad with a war on the horizon. He's got an army of Mooks at his command, in addition to former, undead comrades, each of which is an S-rank criminal; his own Six Paths of Pain made out of former Jinchuriki; the Gold and Silver Brothers who are mini-Jinchuriki in their own right with the treasured tools of the series Physical God in their possession, in addition to the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path that doubles as a tank and the container for the nine different Eldritch Abominations, while also being the shell for the series's original Eldritch Abomination... run, heroes. Run.
    • Obito talks down to Madara, seeing through the latter's plans and trying to hold his place as the Big Bad. It doesn't last long, but it says a lot about the kid who used to be everyone's punching bag taking control of the battlefield.
  • Kabuto returns as The Chessmaster with an army of Edo Tensei (zombies). He's became so powerful it takes two Mangekyo Sharingan wielding shinobi to even fight him while he's in Sage Mode, the former with the Eternal version of the Mangekyo, the latter with Edo Tensei to make up for the damage. Kabuto, multiple times was able to overwhelm both Sasuke and Itachi at the same time, even trap them in a genjutsu, and then when he gets serious he bifurcates Uchiha Itachi before he can even react. It takes Izanami to finally stop his onslaught, but in doing so Itachi had been permanently robbed of one of his eyes.
  • Kabuto is the reason behind the resurrection of Madara Uchiha, who robs the Superpower Lottery with an extraordinary plethora of abilities that allows him to kill Alliance shinobi by the hundreds without using any jutsu, then drop not one, but two several-hundred-meter meteorites on the Fourth Division, near-totally wiping them out, and then go head-to-head against the five Kage and pretty much toy with them the whole way with an army of Susano'o-bearing Wood Clones, and finally topping it off with a Final-Form Susano'o the size of an average mecha that can slice through mountain ranges like they were made of cheese. He also dispels the jutsu that binds him to Kabuto's will, allowing him to retain his free will, along with unlimited stamina and Nigh-Invulnerability.
  • Rather than remain a puppet of Kabuto, Hanzo commits seppuku through sheer force of will, allowing himself to be sealed by the good guys.
  • Sasuke's first act with his new Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan? Roast the original White Zetsu with Amaterasu.
  • The Third Raikage is unphased when struck by Naruto's strongest Rasenshuriken.
  • Karin pretends to have a Villainous BSOD while incarcerated. Instead, she's actually plotting an escape attempt, and secretly conceals a blade inside of her glasses.

    Ten-Tails Revival Arc 
  • Tsunade waking up to find that she's chopped in half. What makes it awesome is, instead of healing herself, while completely bisected, she passes up the chance to have her halves reconnected so she can heal the other Kage instead. Badass.
  • Orochimaru makes a return... thanks to Sasuke, who wants answers for the reason behind Sasuke's Start of Darkness.
  • Tobi's slaughter of the Rain ninja during his Start of Darkness. He was Not So Different from the titular character, but his Heroic BSOD leads to the aforementioned slaughter when Young!Tobi unleashes hell on the people apparently responsible for Rin's death. His Unstoppable Rage and Foe-Tossing Charge is aided by his new Mangekyo Sharingan getting taken Up to Eleven.
  • The Ten-Tails has been revived and it's power makes the other Tailed Beasts look as harmless as kittens. Both Obito and Madara are worried about it getting out of control; after all, Evil Is Not a Toy.
  • Naruto in Tailde Beast Mode tanks the Tailed Beast Ball laser from the Ten-Tails, sends his clone and Kakashi in the air...and Kakashi sends Bee's full Tailed Beast form down like a giant projectile at the Ten-Tails with a Tailed Beast Bomb ready to go!
  • Naruto: Shinobi Alliance no Jutsu!
  • Shikaku shows us why he's Shikamaru's father. He perfectly coordinates all of the Alliance's ninjas' attacks that even manages to drive Juubi into a corner! And then he explains the best ways to fight Madara and Obito for the whole army to use and tells them how to do it. And after he gives orders, everyone charges in an epic manner.
  • Shikaku, Inoichi, and Ao deciding to Face Death with Dignity so they can get the last plan out to the Alliance. Dying Moment of Awesome indeed.
  • Neji dying to save Naruto and Hinata after giving a good showing of his defense. Also Hiashi managed to deflect one of the Ten-Tails' hands with a Air Wave Palm Wall.
  • Hinata slaps an in despair Naruto, and gives a passionate speech without a single stutter, bringing Naruto out of his Heroic BSOD. The two of them hold hands, reaching the culmination of all her Character Development. Hinata has finally achieved her dream of standing together with Naruto, and he's acknowledged her now. And she does this directly after seeing her cousin die. Not bad for a girl who started off being barely able to talk to Naruto!
    • Let us not forget Killer Bee charging up a Tailed Beast Bombl and firing it down the Ten-Tails' throat.
  • Naruto powers up Hinata, Ino, Choji, Shikamaru, and Kiba. Hinata is now strong enough to—with a single hand—deflect the Ten-Tails hand on her own, while her father needed both hands. And she sends it flying back all the way across the battlefield! Ino mind controls Obito again at a speed faster than even Naruto's Tailed Beast Mode. And Shikamaru and Choji restrain the beast's tails!
    • Naruto is now so powerful that his chakra can be felt all the way to Konoha.
  • Naruto finishes powering up the rest of the alliance, uses a Double Rasenshuriken to slash through two of the Ten-Tails' tails at once while the entire alliance forms up around him in the shape of the bird that represents Neji's will. Hinata heals Naruto's dislocated shoulder with Byakugan and Lee kicks Madara in half while Naruto throws his Rasenshuriken at Obito. Simultaneously the connection to the Ten-Tails is severed and Obito and Madara finally lose ground.
    • Repeat: Lee, the resident Worf Effect Sufferer, got to kick Madara Uchiha in half!
    • What makes this moment even more awesome is that Madara's Smug Snake attitude slipped.
  • Orochimaru has summoned Hashirama, Tobirama, Hiruzen, and Minato by cutting open the Shinigami's stomach itself. He also got his arms back.
  • Hashirama displays the "Badass" part of his Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass characterization. His chakra is so potent that it scares everyone else in the room.
    • His sheer killing intent is enough to destroy a building!! One has to wonder the amount of whoopass he'll unleash on Madara if -or rather, when- he joins this War.
    • And this is only what happens when he gets mad at his younger brother.
  • Finally, Hashirama desribes in all its glory the battle between himself and Madara. Madara covers the Nine-Tails in Susanoo armor. Its strong enough to tank Kurama's own Tailed Beast Bomb and counters Hashirama's Wood Palm technique by cutting through SIX mountains. That means this fusion is three times as strong as the normal Perfect Susano'o which can bisect two mountains! No pushover, Hashirama's counter is Sage Mode, which gives him the equivalent of a mixture of Chakravartin and the Buddha itself, dwarfing the Kurama-fused Susano'o as they charge into one another.
  • Basically, the Uchiha are given the silver medal again, and again, and again, and again. Even Tobirama was stronger than Izuna, who was equal to Mangekyo Sharingan using Madara. Tobirama kills Izuna with a predecessor to the Hirashin no Jutsu which Minato uses: Hiraishingiri or Flying Thunder God Beheading. All very satisfying for confirmation.
  • It's pretty cathartic to see Uchiha Madara ultimately being defeated by a clone, one of the most basic tricks in a ninja's arsenal. Which in a way is also a Call Back to Naruto, defeating the younger Neji, himself a long-haired embittered young man, with his Shadow Clone.
  • The four reanimated Hokages standing on their respective statue on Hokage Mountain, ready for battle.
    • Sasuke decides to join the battle, vowing to stop Madara from erasing this world and everything Itachi stood for.
  • The Ten-Tails shows exactly why the Tailed Beasts were reffered to as Living Natural disasters....By summoning a massive Storm filled with lightning, floods, and dozens of tornados in an instant. This attack is aptly named "the Cataclysm". The epicenter turns into a supermassive lightning-infused mushroom cloud.
    • Naruto No Sells the Cataclysm, saving his comrades by using up all his chakra. Now weakened, Hinata of all people leads a group of Shinobi to barricade him while Sakura heals him.
  • Minato arrives at the battlefield and teleports the Ten-Tails' super-massive Tailed Beast Bomb away with his Space-Time Barrier with absolute ease.
    Minato: "Am I late?"
  • For the first time in years, Team 7 stands united on the same side, ready for battle. And, along with the reunited Team 7, comes the reunited Rookie Nine.
    • When Minato warped the Tailed Beast Bomb away, he also had time to place his special kunai at strategic points. He uses them now to teleport himself, Tobirama and Hiruzen, impressing the Second.
      Tobirama: "You're quick at striking, too."
      • Not to mention Minato utilizing the half of Kurama's chakra sealed in him and going into Nine-Tails Chakra Mode. Even Kurama himself was both surprised and somewhat annoyed at how Minato could control the chakra from his other (untamed) half in such a short span of time.
  • Sakura finishes forming the Yin Seal, Tsunade's technique that lets her heal without using hand seals and reveals that she hasn't been able to fight at her full strength at any point since the Time Skip. Sakura proceeds to punch one of the Ten-Tails' miniature clones so hard it plows a path through the rest of them, while she flings herself into the air and comes down with a punch that shatters the land and wipes out almost all the clones.
  • The rest of the Rookie Nine show that they didn't just lounge around while Team 7 got stronger.
    • Team 8. Kiba? Combining two jutsus (one of them being naruto's famous Kage Bunshin) allows him to transform Akamaru into a massive beast that would make Cerberus of Greek Mythology proud. Shino? He uses his bugs and another justu known as mushikui, he destroys several clones. Hinata? She goes full Lady of War mode and connects the 64 Palms to attack at full strength.
    • Team 10. As Chouji rolls around and makes himself bigger, Shikamaru directs his "route" with his shadow jutsu, and Ino keeps the trio together with her Psychic Powers. The jutsu is called "Human Boulder Yo-yo".
  • Team 7 summoning Gamakichi, Aoda, and Katsuyu. It's especially significant for Sarutobi, who's reminded of the Sannin, He declares that it's the dawn of a new era and that Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura carry the future of the ninja world on their shoulders.
  • Naruto and Sasuke combine a Wind Style Massive Rasenshuriken with an Inferno Style Susano'o Flame Control to form a giant swirling exploding disk of black-flames doom that engulfs the Ten-Tails.
  • Kakashi finally defeats Obito. The entire battle is awesome, alternating between the present and a friendly sparring match in the past. One of the most well-choreographed duels in the series, ending with the two of them impaling each other with a lightning-enhanced kunai / black rod respectively.
  • Madara physically forces Obito to use Rinne Rebirth. Not only does it demonstrate Madara's pragmatism in completing the Moon's Eye Plan as soon as possible, but it's a fitting punishment for Obito after all of the horrible things he's done.
  • Obito manages to become the Ten Tails Jinchuriki despite being on the verge of death, resisting Madara's control and thwarting his plan.
    • The fact that Naruto was the only one who had ANY clue on what was happening. Obito basically pulled a gambit to become the Jinchuriki of the Ten-Tails -if he nearly died reviving Madara (if it succeeded), Madara wouldn't become the Jinchuriki anyway since he would use Outer Path to seal the Ten-Tails inside him. So Obito played everyone BUT Naruto for fools. And then Naruto saved both Minato and Sasuke at the same time, reacting before either of them and preventing them from being sealed inside Obito as well.
  • The hokage showing just how badass they are. Minato prepares a new technique that combines the Shadow Clone jutsu with the Flying Raijin and the Rasengan. Tobirama unveils his Tandem Paper Bombs jutsu, summoning explosive tags to continuously explode on Obito. Hiruzen fights Obito one on one, uses a giant form of his Shuriken Shadow Clone jutsu and manages to analyze Obito's new technique.
  • The sheer power of the Ten-Tails starts crushing Obito's mind. This is represented by a) a photograph of his genin team being cut away, and b) his image of himself being ripped apart, ending with his head being split in two. Just when it's about to destroy his memories of Rin, Obito regains control and "pulls himself together" while screaming his defiance. Cue Bishonen Line.
  • Naruto remembering how Flying Raijin works and saving both himself and Sasuke by grabbing onto Minato with his chakra arms. Even Minato and Sasuke were impressed.
  • Tobirama saving Naruto and co.. As Obito's energy ball is about to detonate, he warps next to Minato, grabs the Truth-Seeking orb, warps behind Obito and sticks it on him. Bonus points for casually saying "Here, you can have this back" as he does it.
    • Naruto and Sasuke team up with another Inferno Style: Rasenshuriken while Minato and Tobirama use a special move with their Hiraishin to make it hit Obito. First Minato lets himself be hit by Naruto and Sasuke's attack as Tobirama appears behind Obito...who uses Reciprocal Round-Robin Flying Raijin jutsu to change places between Obito and Minato, and Obito gets hit with the full force of their Flame Control and Rasenshuriken combination while Minato is uninjured.
  • Having deduced that ninjutsu won't work on Obito, but sage attacks will, Naruto does a combo teleport/sage rasengan with Tobirama's help, scoring a direct hit combined with a Shut Up, Hannibal! moment. The effectiveness of this attack even convinced Obito to stop screwing around and jump to his endgame.
    • Also, Tobirama's praise of Naruto figuring out Obito's weakness to Senjutsu before he did, amending that he shouldn't call Naruto 'dumb' like he did before.
  • tailed Beast Mode Naruto's grand return...and Minato and Naruto starting to join both halves of Kurama together again.
    • Not to mention the other half of Kurama giving a pep talk to Minato, proving that Naruto even managed to convince the dead half of the Nine-Tails that he was worth trusting?
  • Naruto gives his greatest Shut Up, Hannibal! speech yet. When Obito tells Naruto that tomorrow is the anniversary of his parents death, he just says that it means it also his birthday and as long as he lives they won't be forgotten and the world won't end.
    • Naruto then saves the entire Alliance, including Jugo and Sasuke, after he reactivates all the Version 1 Chakra Cloaks he gave to them and linked them to the main source, allowing Minato to use Hiraishin no Jutsu to teleport everyone out of the barrier since all their chakra is touching.
  • Naruto and Minato fight side by side and Naruto takes his Super Mode abilities Up to Eleven by combining his Sage Mode and Tailed Beast Mode into one.
  • Sarutobi pops up after a long absence to save Naruto by using the Adamantine Staff to free him from the roots of the World Tree. Particularly badass because the Tobirama and Minato couldn't reach him.
  • Despite Shikamaru's condition, Naruto's will is unbroken and his feelings, his heart transmitted through Ino's Telepathy, rally the Alliance so they're willing to stand against Obito once more. Note: this is something Hashirama Senju himself couldn't do. Not only that, Sasuke shows off his improved Susano'o which cuts through an entire massive root of the Divine Tree!
    • Before that everybody, including Naruto was totally crushed after Obito late Mindbreak revelation and near absolute power with chakra... and the next panel Sasuke attacks with Susano, showing no fear or doubt and absorb Juugo seal and perfect his Susano'o, while goading Naruto to keep fighting, which allow the entire army to get back to the fight by Naruto's memories.
  • Naruto's able to break through Obito's black sphere with a Tailed Beast Bomb while unconsciously heal Shikamaru from the brink of death.
  • Naruto in Tailed Beast Sage Mode and Sasuke in Perfect Susano'o combine their powers into the same Nine-Tails Dragon Zord that Madara had made, but better. Not only that, Naruto creates nine Giant Rasegans in each tail...and has almost all the Konoha 11 (who all get a Tailed Beast Mode Cloak) -minus Sakura, who's still healing people- wield them to smash through Obito's Yin-Yang megashield. Sasuke's Sage Mode-enhanced PS Sword then slashes through the Sword of Nonoboko and cuts Obito clean in half!
    • Special heartwarming mention goes to Rock Lee, since it's his first time using Ninjutsu, even if it is by proxy!
  • Naruto making Obito realize that some part of him is on Naruto's side with the rest of the alliance.
    Obito: I possess the same will and body as the Sage of Six Paths. I am the second sage of Six Paths!
    Naruto: Wrong! You're Obito Uchiha!
  • Obito has lost. He rejected Naruto's offer, and Naruto shows him that Rin wouldn't approve what he's doing and when that doesn't work? He literally grabs Obito's hand which shocks him enough that all the Tailed Beasts are then freed from the Ten-Tails.
    • You know you're a Messianic Archetype when you successfully reject the Redemption Rejection.
    • And then there's the entire alliance forming people chains and pulling in order to drag the trapped Tailde Beasts out of Obito first in loving detail and then an amazing sky shot that makes you realize how huge they are and that yes, that's everybody in there to save the Tailed Beasts.

    Final Arc 
  • After Madara is resurrected into a living body note , Madara proceeds to blitz Sage Mode Naruto & Sai, steal Hashirama's sage jutsu chakra and no-sell all of Sasuke's attempts to kill him. Then, he faces the remaining Tailed Beasts and the army, whilst declaring that he would capture them all. He did all this whilst blind.
  • We have a team up, we never thought would ever happen: the Tailed Beasts, Naruto, Bee and Gaara. It was awesome just to see the nine Tailed Beasts together, even if Kurama and Gyuki are just Naruto and Bee in their Tailed Beast forms.
  • Madara gets a single Rinnegan eye. What does he do with it? he heals up to full since the damage he took from NINE Tailed Beasts wasn't even that bad, except an arm he lost which he replaces with a Zetsu arm. He summons the Gedo Statue from inside Obito and proceeds to humiliatingly push back the aformentioned Tailed Beasts with his new ability Limbo: Border Jail. And all of this with just one eye.
  • Sakura shows us her Determinator credits. After hearing that Naruto is dead, using her remaining Chakra she makes a chakra scapel so she can directly massage his heart and give him CPR till they can revive him.
    • Also, Karin is able to unlock her Uzumaki powers, causing Orochimaru to compares her to Kushina. Using her chains, she is able to greatly destroy Spiral Zetsu's statue. All that so she could reach the dying sasuke in time to save him.
    • Remember that attack that killed Neji? Karin gets hit by it and shrugs it off! Yes, she can even heal herself by biting herself.
    • With teamwork from Taka, they are able to incapacitate Spiral Zetsu. Also, what did Orochimaru do to Spiral Zetsu as coup-de-grace? Freaking Cursed Seal. He weaponized doping.
  • Although this is pure Nightmare Fuel, Madara becomes the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki. And its a more complete form, looking more human than Obito did. Plus, he didn't go through the Almighty Idiot phase Obito did. Madara is completely devoted to the Eye of the Moon plan and has no doubts whatsoever (unlike Obito).
  • Obito and Kakashi team up to fight Madara. Except it's not a battle of jutsu, but a battle of wits. And they win.
    • Obito gets in the Kamui dimension and gives the Yin half of the Nine-Tails to Naruto, saving him.
    • n a smilar vein, Kabuto kept some of Orochimaru's chakra and is using his Sage Mode to save Sasuke.
    • Guy pulling a Big Damn Heroes to save Kakashi from Madara's attack. In turn, he get saved from Madara's attack by Lee.
  • Guy is prepared to open the eighth gate and sacrifice himself in order to protect his comrades and stop Madara.
    Guy: "The green days of Konoha are over...the time has come to become the red beast."
  • Flashing back to Guy's life as a child, we find out that his father was an eternal Genin, stuck at the lowest rank of ninja for over 20 years of his life, which somehow makes all of Guy's moments with Rock Lee doubly heartwarming. And yet his father, who could not use ninjutsu or genjutsu, learned to open the eight gates, and using that power, he showed up and saved Guy's team by fighting off the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist. Alone. Badass is In the Blood, clearly. Guy then proceeds to deliver an epic Shut Up, Hannibal! to Madara that manages to make all his ranting about the springtime of youth make perfect sense before he attacks Madara. And Madara is caught completely flat-footed as Guy gets in his face.
    Guy: "EVENING ELEPHANT."
  • The name Evening Elephant makes sense when the attack is a punch so fast that it makes a pillar of air attack your opponent. Even Madara thinks taking 4 to 5 hits is bad. Taking a direct hit would be out of the question.
    • The attack is so powerful, Madara blocked it and still wound up at least a few kilometers into the ground.
    • Minato reminds us why he is Hokage: despite having no arms, he analyzed Madara's powers and created a great plan using his, Kakashi's, Lee's and Gaara's powers, allowing Guy to get a direct hit on Madara.
    • Kakashi admits that his Mangekyo eye has gone blind, but he can still use its abilities if he gets close enough. Awesome.
    • Guy punches Madara through his Absolute Defence shield, thanks to a combination of sheer Badassery and teamwork from everyone. Madara is so excited by the whole thing that he states that Guy is the most fun opponent he's had since Hashirama and seems pretty petulant at the idea of Guy running out of steam.
  • Naruto ends up meeting the Sage of the Six Paths in his mind, whose soul is able to travel through time. And then he reveals that the Senju and Uchiha ancestors reincarnated into multiple generations, and that Asura, the Senju ancestor, reincarnated into Naruto.
    • Asura vs Indra. A scene shows their battles are at least on the same level as Madara and Hashirama's battle.
  • Just two words: Night Guy. That's right folks, when Madara is able to withstand the Evening Elephant, Guy reveals he still has one more stage of Pure Awesome to go.
    • Night Guy does not disappoint. It starts with Guy creating a Dragon of his chakra and moving so fast that he bends space. Night Guy is a kick, a kick so powerful that it breaks Guy's leg in several places and punched a huge hole in/through Madara's torso and blew off his left arm. That's right: A taijutsu move did what flashy overpowered ninjitsu and all nine Tailed Beasts could not: It almost killed Madara.
    • The animated adaptation lives up to the awesomeness in style. Animated, the 'Night Guy' attack resembles nothing less than a giant crimson dragon the size of a freight train, and moving with the speed of one too as it/Guy barrels into Madara, pushes him back a great distance and slams him into the base of the Divine Tree. Oh, and to top it off, the animators seem to have straight-up taken a page out of Asura's Wrath for his adapted appearance.
  • How does Naruto make an appearance after being on the brink of death for so long? He makes a Big Damn Heroes moment saving a dying Guy from Madara's attack and actually kicking one of Madara's Yin-Yang balls back to him, showing off the cross eyes from Tailed Beast Sage mode.
    • Just in case there were any doubts about Naruto's ability to make an entrance: he uses Son Goku's powers to create a Lava Style: Rasenshuriken. It is as cool as it sounds, so powerful that it cut down the entire Divine Tree tree.
    • Madara somehow survived all that.
  • Naruto and Sasuke stand ready to fight Madara. And they have some new powers to show:
    • Naruto has the Six Paths Sage Mode. Basically, it's the same powers as the Ten-Tails Jinchuuriki combined with Sage Mode. He is now able to use Yin-Yang Release to create the same Truth-Seeking Balls as the Ten-Tails Jinchuriki, reshaping two of them into staves.
    • Sasuke then reveals that he's awakened the Rinnegan combined with his Sharingan.
  • Naruto and Sasuke are more than a match for Madara. With Naruto showing off a Magnet Release: Rasengan thanks to Shukaku, while Sasuke uses a Six Path powered Chidori.
  • Thanks to his Rinnegan, Sasuke is able to see Madara's shadows created by the Limbo: Border Jail jutsu. Naruto can't see them, but he can sense them. Madara realizes he can't defeat them, so he makes a tactcal withdrawal to take back his left eye (which is currently Obito's left eye).
  • Team 7, as in ALL of Team 7, Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke and Kakashi against a full powered Madara.
    • Naruto shows off his mastery of Yang Release (or Light Style), the basis of all medical ninjutsu, by regrowing Kakashi's original eye! He's probably a better medic now than Sakura and Tsunade combined.
  • Sakura, despite realizing she is a bit above her league, refuses to give up and tries to help Naruto and Sasuke in anyway possible. Showing that she like Tsunade has learned the automatic healing jutsu. She is Tsunade's equal.
  • Madara creating dozens of Chibaku Tensei without effort, each of them as large as the trunk of the Divine Tree. You know, the jutsu that Pain used to fight the six-tailed Naruto back then in the Invasion of Pain arc. Madara creates much bigger versions and uses them like a rain of meteors as if it was a walk in the park.
    • Even more impressive/awe-inspiring/utterly goddamn terrifying: it looks like Madara literally just uprooted an entire country to achieve this this.
    • Naruto and Sasuke easily destroy the meteors. Sasuke uses an updated Susanoo and Naruto uses a Tailed Beast Bomb Rasenshuriken
  • The Infinite Tsukuyomi has begun! While everything is based around nightmare fuel, it did leave some awesome tidbits. First and foremost is the fact that Killer B Survived having Gyuki extracted from him.
    • Also, Sasuke's susannoo being able to block the Infinite Tsukuyomi. He free-falls, ignoring the meteors, rushing to shield Team 7 from the moonlight. At the same time, Naruto destroys the falling Chibaku Tensei en masse. With complete and utter ease.
  • Madara is Hoist by His Own Petard at long last, stabbed in the back by Black Zetsu. As the Sage told Naruto and Sasuke, Madara experimented on himself to unlock the powers of the Sage and his mother. The Sage's conciousness surviving so long past his death, along with other tiny little bits of Foreshadowing have all been leading to this moment. Turns out, Madara's experiments went horribly right and Kaguya, she who is known as the Rabbit Godess, progenitor of all chakra and the Demon, has returned.
  • Naruto saves Kakashi, Sakura, and Sasuke with his Flight Technique and Chakra Arms, and clashes with Kaguya. Briefly, he's able to stalemate the god of the Narutoverse and give Sasuke an opening to attack from above.
  • Naruto gives a huge Shut Up, Hannibal! to Kaguya and Black Zetsu, effortlessly ripping Black Zetsu off himself and Sasuke!
  • Crossing over with Crowning Moment of Funny, Naruto punches out Kaguya...by using the Sexy Reverse Harem Jutsu on her! As Kakashi put it, the fact that the pervert jutsu of all things (nearly) manages to save the world is both awesome and hilarious.
  • Naruto's clone manages to revive Obito, although they both know the latter doesn't have long to live, since he had the Ten-Tails extracted from him.
  • Naruto using Multi Shadow Clone jutsu and Kokuo's strength to turn the tables on Kaguya and force her to open her dimensional portal so Obito and Sakura can teleport through. He also manages to fool her with one of his clones to make her and Black Zetsu think that they killed the original!
    • Naruto proves to be so dangerous that Kaguya decides to kill him rather than absorb his chakra. That's right. God thinks Naruto is too big a threat to keep alive.
  • Sakura maintains her link with Obito while being burned by acid. Girl must have acquired some Determinator traits from Naruto
  • Kuguya and Black Zetsu finally pressed Naruto's Berserk Button hard and how do they pay for it? He tears Kaguya's left arm off like a piece of paper, separating in two. Yes, Naruto just tore the arm off a FUCKING GOD!!! And he's pissed as hell now!
    • At the same time, Obito's death was one also, despite being both nightmare fuel and a tearjerker. Nearly any blow this MOFO has suffered through out the series were either no selled like it was nothing or he managed to survive through sheer luck, determination, or having a back up plan and the fact it took a one-hit kill from Kaguya to finish him for good should speak for itself. But the best part is that he tells Naruto to be Hokage at all cost before dying. A badass to the end.
  • Obito comes back from the afterlife to give Kakashi a gift... specifically, a DOUBLE Mangekyo Sharingan. That is all. Kakashi puts it to good use, summoning a perfect Susano'o.
    • Naruto throwing nine different elemental Rasenshuriken, one for each tailed beast. Kaguya gets such a beating she goes into her One-Winged Angel form.
  • And one hell of a Throw the Dog a Bone moment to Sakura. Just as Naruto and Sasuke are about to seal Kaguya, she tries to dodge by flying above them. Having none of that, Sakura hops out of Kakashi's Susanoo and punches her in the face. She's able to do lasting damage too, knocking off Kaguya's horn!
    • Kakashi's gained a whole new level in badass. He can now use Kamui Shuriken and Kamui Raikiri!
  • Naruto and Sasuke sealing Kaguya with Chibaku Tensei.
    • Naruto NOT Talking the Monster to Death with Black Zetsu, and repaying his constant taunts and his interference in the lives and happiness of generations of shinobi by throwing him in the planetary object where Kaguya is being sealed at the time. And with that, avoiding the same thing happening again after Kaguya is defeated this time. And giving a hell of a Kubrick Stare after that!
    • Kaguya has been sealed along with Black Zetsu in her own dimension, which only SHE could access. Considering that only Hagoromo was powerful enough to get Team 7 out of that dimension (but even he required the combined power of every Kage in history just to get a normal summoning jutsu to work), this time she's sealed for good.
    • As mentioned, the Sage of the Six Paths summoning ALL the dead Kages who ever lived (even Gaara's father, a notorious Jerkass) to help in bringing back the Old Team 7 back to Earth.
  • Sasuke declares he will execute all 5 Kage still trapped in the Infinite Tsukuyomi and then uses his newly-obtained Rinnegan to trap all Tailed Beasts, declaring he will launch a revolution on the Ninja World. Naruto unflinchingly decides it's time to end the cycle of hatred between Ashura and Indra. The long-awaited final bout between Naruto and Sasuke is about to take place!
  • Naruto and Sasuke's battle.
    • Sasuke's acknowledgement of Naruto and their Epic Brofist while using Susano'o and Tailed Beast Mode respectively.
    • The battle drags on and they're both exhausted. They have to resort to a good old fist fight and it is as glorious as it is gritty.
    • The fact that after their battle the Final Valley looks like it was hit by a nuke.
    • And, at the end, Team 7 has been reunited again, and Sasuke has reconciled with both Naruto and Sakura individually.
  • Kakashi becomes the Sixth Hokage after helping save the world.
  • The Epilogue: After a long, hard journey, Naruto finally becomes the Seventh Hokage after Kakashi decides to retire thus making his dreams come true. Not only that Kurama was able to live in peace without anyone making a fuss of it.
    • You can see just how much Naruto has grown. He's performing excellently as Seventh and is evidently more mature when compared to his younger self. As for Kurama, you can imagine just how well the village has accepted him especially when he's peacefully napping (and drooling) while Naruto attends the Five Kage meeting.
    • After everything, Konoha's 11+ get a happy ending, many of them with kids of their own. The next generation has begun.
    • A small one, but Chocho (daught of Choji and Karui) deserves special mention. When her friend, Inojin calls her "fatty", unlike her dad, she doesn't go ballistic. She responds with she knows she's fat.
    • Masashi Kishimoto and Eichiro Oda exchange dual ShoutOuts to each other over this chapter. Kishimoto has the Straw Hat Jolly Roger graffittied on Naruto's Hokage bust, while Oda clever sneaks in references to Naruto on the cover art for the chapter of One Piece that came out in that particular Shonen Jump.

    Part 2 Filler Arcs 
  • The Three-Tails Arc. You have all the regular elements of filler: A Filler Villain, some abilities that have not been seen before and probably won't be seen again, and a deviation from the original manga. However, this filler actually advances the canon storyline! And as far as it goes, it's actually good and interesting to watch. The only way it could be made better is if the Konoha ninjas, Orochimaru's henchmen, and Akatsuki all get into a three-way epic battle at the end of the arc.
  • The Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc. It lets us see one of the Tailed Beast hosts that only got the chance to appear in the art books (due to being killed off before we even know he existed). The story is good, with a character that Naruto can relate to, and the end of episode 151... Oh, hi there Pai- Oh Crap!!
    • We get another Adaptation Expansion there during Naruto's fight with Tobi's Six Paths in the anime. Utakata and Naruto talk to each other telepathically and we see Utakata fight Pain, go Version 2, take out the chameleon, Preta Path, and Human Path, while Deva and Asura Path were needed to put him down
  • The Chikara Arc. Of specific note is when Naruto, in Sage Mode, is facing off against a dark clone of himself in 4-Tailed Form. Naruto utterly dominates the fight, dodging and blocking the 4-Tails' attacks with contemptuous ease and landing one crushingly powerful blow after another, making one of the most terrifying abominations seen in the series look like a basic genin.
    • Also of note is when Naruto, due to the seal being drained by the clone, is given chakra by the Nine-Tails, leading to a 6-tailed Tailed Beast Mode; however, things go downhill when the Nine-Tails takes advantage of it and Naruto goes into a 7-tailed V2 mode. After a side character, Minna, reminds him that her "parents" need to be saved, Naruto remembers his father, filling him with hope and transforming into an incomplete Nine-Tails Chakra Mode. Keep in mind that this is before he conquered his darkness.
  • Shadow of the ANBU arc. Basically it fills in a lot of things that Kishimoto skimmed over. Such as Kakashi being a ANBU operative, how Yamato joined the normal ANBU, and it kicked it off with the Uchiha Massacre with Shisui in a major role. Highlights include extremely good fights between Kakashi and Yamato, and Danzo fighting Shisui to gain his Sharingan!
  • The New Chunin Exams arc, detailing what happened to Yagura and Fū before the Akatsuki got them, finally shedding some light on two highly interesting characters.
    • In the same arc, we have Gaara practicing taijutsu. It's as awesome as it sounds.

The New Era

Warning: Every SPOILER from the manga is unmarked. Read at your own peril.

    Naruto Hiden 
A series of Light Novels (Kakashi Hiden, Shikamaru Hiden, Sakura Hiden, Konoha Hiden, Gaara Hiden, Akatsuki Hiden), showing the lives of our heroes soon after the War ended.

    Naruto 7: The Last 
The last story of Naruto Uzumaki... is love.

    Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Month  
A spin-off miniseries about the next generation of ninja, the children of the Konoha 12. It focuses on Sarada Uchiha, who finds herself having questions about her family.

    Boruto: the Movie 
A spin-off movie focusing on Boruto Uzumaki and his quest to surpass his father, the legendary hero and Seventh Hokage, Naruto.

To be Updated August 7th.

Other

    Movies 
  • From the first movie:
    • Naruto defeating the main antagonist Dotō with a Rainbow Rasengan.
    • Sakura and Sasuke defeating Fubuki and Mizore. First, Sakura uses her 'cherry blossom blizzard' to distract Mizore. Then Sasuke uses his Lion Combo to send Fubuki plummeting towards Mizore which blew both of them up due to their chakra armours.
    • Naruto managing to outrun a friggin' train while still carrying an adult person on his back, and dodging said train, based solely on pure willpower!
  • Gaara's fight against Ranke in the second movie is also pretty awesome. Especially his taunting ("first time fighting a shinobi?") and his Sand Lightning Rod.
  • From the third movie: Naruto generating hundreds of clones in order to catch an ally, and managing to stomp the Big Bad into the ground as a secondary effect. For those of you keeping track, he effectively combined a Zerg Rush, Foe-Tossing Charge, and Offhand Backhand. This is immediately followed by the King and Prince helping him with his Rasengan. The latter is also a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
  • The second Shippuuden movie contained quite a few crowning moments as well.
    • First, Sai, for showing the Elite Mooks from the Sky country how aerial battle is done.
    • Shino, for having his bugs destroy the entire enemy attack force by himself,while a heavy metal version of Flight of the Bumblebee plays in the backround.
    • And most notably Naruto, for showing off his truly Herculean stamina throughout the entire movie; this was clearly noticeable when without stopping overmuch in between, he carried a wounded guy to the hospital, went on a mission to the Fire Country's outskirts, got poisoned by a fish, fought a purple worm, went Nine-Tails and revved it all the way up to four tails, returned to normal, immediately continued on to the Big Bad's Cool Airship Doomsday Device where he was beaten to a pulp, subsequently beating the Big Bad to a pulp to get even, and beating him to a pulp again after he activates his chakra-devouring Lovecraftian Superpower, which Naruto overcharged by feeding him more chakra than he can absorb. And when that was finished and the enemy still wouldn't heel, he decided to help everyone escape and remain behind by himself so he could have fun demolishing the place for good measure. Oh, and do consider the fact that it was strongly implied that Naruto was just returning home from a mission at the start of the movie.
    • Sasuke gets two as well. First, his ability to have freakin' epic teamwork with Naruto despite the fact that he hates him. We see it time and again: if those two are not at each other's throats (sometimes literally), they're working together to defeat whoever they're fighting in the most epic way possible. Second, his ability to look straight into the eyes of someone who has his life in their hands and, doubling with a Crowning Moment of Funny, call them "pathetic." He also deserves mention for literally tossing Amaru into the boat after she refuses to leave Naruto behind, and then clearing the ramp to save the lives of everyone in the boat.
    • Naruto gets one when he cuts off Sasuke from the airship and promises to bring him back to Konoha. And then goes on to destroy the airship, despite knowing that doing so will probably kill him.
  • The third Shippuuden movie: Naruto's gigantic Rasenshuriken is not the only Crowning Moment of Awesome; each one of the Rookie 11 got their part in the movie. And Tenten got to finish The Dragon!
  • Naruto Movie 8:Blood Prison is full of moments as well:
    • Ay's fight with the imposter Naruto.
    • Most of Sage Mode Naruto's fight scenes
    • Killer B's Big Damn Heroes moment.
    • Sage Mode Naruto defeating Satori with a Wind Style:Rasenshuriken allowing Muku to finally rest in peace.
  • Dear lord does Naruto Movie 9: Road to Ninja have a lot of these
    • Minato's Flying Thunder God is awesome, he has a lot of teleportation hax in this movie.
    • Naruto putting on his father's Hokage coat(Well in this universe, its Sakura's fathers)
    • While Naruto's fighting Menma, he is helped by the AKATSUKI
    • Note that the only alternate reality character who sees through Tobi's tactics and forces him to retreat is none other than the alternate Itachi.
    • In fact a lot of Naruto fighting Menma.
    • Menma summoning the Nine Tailed Fox, the actual, physical fox and Naruto countering by summoning Kurama
    • The climax. To protect Naruto, Sakura fights a fusion of Menma and Tobi. Naruto meanwhile remembers his training with Jiraiya and confidence renewed he mimics his father; saving Sakura, charges at Tobi, flips behind him and hits him in the back with a Rasengan.
    • The very fact that Sakura managed to not just be, but to actually stay proactive, and being portrayed as the Main Heroine, was a super plus. To the point that after she was rescued from being kidnapped, she made up for it by fighting Menma one on one...and doing better than Naruto did.

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