Awesome / Team 8

  • Team 8 taking down a rogue shinobi right within the village in Chapter 4, after the three of them had been doing only D-rank missions up until then.
    • Kurenai tried concealing them with an invisibility genjutsu, but by the time she started it, Naruto & company took off completely on their own.
  • Naruto defeating the Kaiten by turning part of the arena into swampy ground and letting Neji screw himself ten feet underground.
  • Naruto vs. Sasuke during the Chuunin Exam preliminary battles. Naruto just watched Hinata get destroyed by a very spiteful Neji. Sasuke taunts Naruto, hoping he'll fight better than Hinata (this slams down hard on Naruto's Berserk Button). The "fight" lasts as long as it does for Naruto to bullet-punch Sasuke once, sending him rag-dolling away into an unconscious heap.
  • After having all his tenketsu points closed by Neji's Jyuken strikes, Naruto blows them open with a technique he learned from sparring with Hinata. The resulting chakra pulse bowls over Hayate and sends Neji airborne.
    • An unforgettable Pre-Asskicking One-Liner just after the above scene:
      Neji: That's impossible.
      Naruto: Just as impossible as fighting against fate. Just as impossible as fighting a Jyuuken user hand to hand.
  • Naruto puts his money where his mouth is and beats the stuffing out of the Hyuuga prodigy in taijutsu.
  • Naruto takes out a Missing-Nin who can turn his skin into steel with one punch that goes right through his body, with help from Kyuubi's power. This can also be considered a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • The entirety of the Sand/Sound Invasion is one for Naruto. First he, in the words of Temari, beats Gaara like an unwanted stepchild, literally draining him of chakra. Then he uses his chakra pulse to destroy Kabuto's genjutsu that put the arena to sleep. Said pulse envelopes Konoha and the surrounding area, disrupting the Sound Four barrier and the ritual that WAS going to summon the three giant snakes. The barrier being disrupted allowed Haku to save the Hiruzen while the ritual only saw a bunch of pissed-off little snakes summoned and promptly kill their summoners before disappearing. Then he leads the pursuit of Gaara and, without needing Gamabunta's help, promptly takes his fellow jinchuuriki to town.
  • Naruto curbstomping Gaara.
  • Shino, after figuring out that the Kyuubi had been sealed inside his teammate, verbally crucifies his clan's elders for their treatment of and attitude towards Naruto.
    Shino: I was able to deduce the existence of Naruto's prisoner through sparring and training with him. When Uzumaki-san indirectly broached the topic with me, he merely confirmed my deductions. As I told him at the time, I am neither stupid nor unobservant. Moreover, it is highly likely that, without the Kyuubi's chakra to draw on, our battle with the missing-nin would have had a far less optimal outcome.
    Suba Aburame: We are aware that the vessel itself is exempt from the Hokage's law, if it wishes to allow the truth to be known. But what is the nature of our clan's betrayal?
    Shino: Your choice of pronoun speaks volumes, esteemed elder.
  • in chapter 20, Kurenai escapes Tsukuyomi by exploiting it's own tortorous mechanisms. In other words, she forced the genjutsu to help her escape from it.
  • Finding out the real reason Naruto ripped Neji's face open at the end of their fight: breaking the caged bird seal and preventing it from being reapplied!
  • In canon, Orochimaru and Kabuto attacked the Tsunade Retrieval Squad and came close to winning, even with the Snake Sannin unable to use jutsu. Here, he is only missing one arm and hasn't lost his ability to use jutsu. He refuses to attack. The change: Team 8 and Sasuke are present instead of just canon!Naruto.
    • It gets even better: Orochimaru deliberately states that Naruto should be a Chuunin (possibly Shino too) and that all of Team 8 was "impressive" in the Forest of Death. He pretty much implies that the four genin would clean Kabuto's clock. Oh, and Naruto hasn't even begun learning to use the Rasengan.
  • Kakashi and Asuma standing on either side of Hyuuga Hiashi and threatening him to keep him from punishing Hinata for 'breaking decorum' and comforting Naruto during Kurenai's funeral.
    • Kakashi accomplishes this by threatening to share his secrets for beating the Byakugan with the entire village while Asuma goes with the direct approach:
      Kakashi: I know you have no wish to do anything that might seem disrespectful to Kurenai-san's memory, so you'll stay right here and leave her team alone to say goodbye as they wish to.
      Hiashi: (seething) You have no right to interfere with my clan!
      Kakashi: No, I don't...but I do have a right to share any jutsu I've acquired. You know, 'Copy-Cat Ninja Kakashi' and all that. Bingo book says I know over a thousand. (nonchalant shrug) I know of at least two dozen that can neutralize or otherwise bypass eye the Byakugan. Iruka's always after me to contribute some jutsu to the Academy curriculum, especially for their advanced jutsu workshops.
      Hiashi: (pissed) That's treason!
      Kakashi: No, not at all. I'm providing these to the village as a whole. Just because everyone else in the village learns how to fight against the Byakugan—if they have to—doesn't make it treason against Konoha, does it?
      Asuma: I don't have anything half so elegant; I'll just kick your ass if you take one step towards those kids.
      Hiashi: Do you really think you can do that?
      Asuma: A few days ago, the two of us were fighting two of the most dangerous missing-nins in the world. We were out of position or too slow to save a valued comrade from being killed. Now here you are, someone she clearly despised, trying to make an ass of yourself and disrupt her funeral. How can we not?
  • Shino versus the snake. Owned.
  • Naruto winning his bet with Tsunade by disrupting her genjutsu with the Naruto Majutsu: Chakra Pulse.
    • He even uses her Exact Words to his advantage. Naruto vs. Tsunade, with Tsunade boasting she can win by using just one finger against him. Naruto quickly busts out his Shadow Clone Zerg Rush. It's still not enough, exemplified with Tsunade causing a chakra-fueled fissure with her finger to decimate Naruto's clones. That's when Naruto busts out the Chakra Pulse, destroying Tsunade's youthful genjutsu. Naruto points and laughs. Tsunade starts strangling him...which is more than just one finger. Check and mate.
    • It's even better when you consider the entire thing is a Batman Gambit. Tsunade could have refused to carry on with the terms of the bet or just flicked him with her finger when Naruto disrupted the genjutsu, which would cause enough harm given her super strength, but Naruto realizes that her age and gambling habits are serious issues for Tsunade and precisely uses them to his advantage.
  • Hinata's fight against Temari is great on several levels:
  • Hinata's reaction to Naruto being told by a school doctor that he's a monster in regards to making his first kill
    Naruto: Well, he told me he didn't think I'd have any problems at all... like I'm some monster that would probably enjoy killing.
    Hinata: That's bullshit!
  • Sakura does something useful during the fight against Orochimaru. When he summons a snake to capture Sasuke while he fights Naruto, Sakura manages to taunt and distract the snake from squeezing Sasuke into unconsciousness. She does this long enough to drive a kunai straight through its head. Ouch.
  • In chapter 23, Naruto mastering the Rasengan in a week without using clones.