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Fan Fic: A Growing Affection
Character development never looked so good.
Image by Arya Aiedail.
Used with permission.

Hinata Hyuuga was always a shy and quiet ninja. Sure, her crush on Naruto went unrequited, but she at least got to admire him from afar. That is, until she happened to overhear part of a conversation Naruto is having where he is seemingly mocking her. As she has a tendency to do in times of stress, Hinata becomes suddenly aggressive, confronting Naruto and berating him for abusing her feelings for a cruel story. He explains the misunderstanding, and the two resolve to get to know one another better.

That is the start of their story.

The story is now complete with 170 chapters and over 700,000 words in length. It can be found here.


Provides examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: The only thing keeping Madara's allies from attacking and killing him is the fact that he is necessary to their plans. Otherwise, he'd be running from the ENTIRE NINJA WORLD and possibly the civilians too. That's how much he's hated. Even Orochimaru has genuinely loyal followers.
  • The Ace: Minato and Yukihana, also a Battle Couple.
  • Action Dad: Putting aside the canon ninja fathers, there's Yasuo Mizuno, the Mizukage, Itachi and Kakashi.
  • Action Girl: Many. Lots of whom are also Action Girlfriends.
  • Action Mom: Yukihana saves five people despite only giving birth two days previous.
    • Yugao, Shizune and Hana.
  • Action Pet: Akamaru, Iruka's hawk, Harrier and Anko's cobras.
    • Ni-ne aka the sealed Two Tails.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: After Sakura's angry rant towards Hinata saying one of the reasons Naruto likes her might be her boobs, Hinata has this to say to Ino:
    (chuckles) "You know, I've never really heard someone make fun of my breasts before."
  • A-Cup Angst: Sakura has it every now and then in the story. But by the time of Naruto and Hinata's wedding, where even other kunoichi several years her junior are better endowed than her, she gets over it...mostly because her boyfriend Rock Lee doesn't see an issue with it.
  • A Day in the Limelight: the last major arc of book one has a lot of these, focusing on various Leaf ninja teams as they participate in a massive battle.
    • Chapter 54 is about the first official mission of Team Yugao Kiba, Shino, Sasame Fuma, and Yugao Uzuki.
    • Chapter 61 sends Sakura and Rock Lee to rescue a weaponsmith from bandits who intend to sell him the the Akatsuki, and gives Lee a chance to show off his skills as a more traditional ninja.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: Hinata finally gets rid of her big jacket and cuts her hair.
  • Affably Evil: The Blood-taster. The Kyubi while inhabiting Naruto's clone.
  • A Friend in Need: Naruto's Nakama doesn't hesitate to go AWOL to rescue him after he is captured by the Akatsuki. Even after Hinata tells them about the Fox Demon, all but one of them are still on board after only a few minutes of discussion.
  • Alas, Poor Villain:
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Deconstructed with Sakura and ultimately averted.
  • Almighty Janitor: Yukihana, despite also being The Ace.
  • Almost Dead Guy: Hinata in chapter 11 and 12. They're saved thanks to lots of chakra, blood and a big chunk of hair.
  • Almost Kiss: Hinata tries to lay one on an injured (but also not resisting) Naruto, until Sakura interrupts.
    • After their first date, Hiashi interrupts Naruto and Hinata as they draw closer. Naruto plants one on her cheek instead.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Itachi. And Gouki. Both genuinely care about their younger brothers and both have the worst timing telling them so; Sasuke learns about his brother's intentions ten minutes before he dies and Gouki ignores Minato up until he receives news of the Hokage's death.
  • Always Save the Girl: Played straight in an early chapter, and then subverted near the end.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Hiashi embarrasses Hinata badly enough that she wants to move out in chapter 7. Turn about being fair play, he is equally chagrined by Hyouta's action in the Fiance arc.
  • Amusement Park: Naruto, Hinata, Neji, Tenten, Ino, and Choji go to one to try to prove that they are on vacation, not a covert mission.
  • An Ass Kicking Yuletide: Gotta save Santa from the evil rogue Sand puppet ninjas.
  • An Axe to Grind: Sakura and Gouki.
  • An Ice Person: Natsuki and Bunjiro Egureru
  • And I Must Scream: Madara's fate, at least until he dies.
  • And This Is for...: "For Hinata, FIVE-POINT RASENGAN!"
  • Angel Face, Demon Face: The differences in the way the Two-Tails looks when it is under the Akatsuki's control and Hinata's protection are like night and day.
  • Anger Born of Worry: After being pleased as punched he's okay, Tsunade tells Naruto she's ordered any medic available to let him die if he attempts the stunt he pulled in chapter 12 again.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Hinata thought Naruto knew about her feelings and was mocking them...
  • Animal Eyes: Orochimaru's snake like eyes mix with Sasuke's Sharingan after Orochimaru takes over Sasuke's Body.
  • Animal Motifs: Naruto and foxes, Orochimaru and serpents (there's scarcely a moment in the narrative when he is not referred to as a "snake"), Kisame and sharks, Kohaku and other lizards, the Inuzuka and canines, the Aburame and insects and pretty much all the summoners. The Asura Path of Pein describes Gaara as a badger/tanuki and Neji as a small falcon or a crow.
  • Anime Hair: Saburo of the Grass has "light green hair" in "three, foot-long spikes" that are frequently described as looking like the trident.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Hanabi. Kakashi calls Naruto his honorary one.
  • Anti-Villain: Gouki Namikaze wants to rule the world, and is willing to enslave (preferably) or kill all ninjas to do it. But he genuinely believes that will make the world a better place. He treats his followers with kindness and respect. He loves his wife. And though he will kill if absolutely necessary, he prefers not to, unlike many of the 'good guys'.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification
  • Arc Words: "Rank does not equate to skill", said a few different ways, and essentially the Arc Words for books one and two. Arguably the title also applies.
  • Archer Archetype: Sakura.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "What about Yahiko?" Naruto asked (Nagato) carefully, "Does he forgive you? Does he have the right to forgive you?"
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: In the first chapter, a distraught, heartbroken, and humiliated Hinata gives one to Naruto.
    • She later gives one to Hanabi after her sister badmouths Naruto in an already tense discussion.
    • Ino gives one to Kiba in chapter 71.
  • Arranged Marriage: Nyoko tries to hook up with Naruto to avoid this.
    • Even though it is frowned upon and cannot be enforced in the Leaf Village, Hinata's grandfather seems to enjoy doing this. Hyouta arranges a groom for Hinata and hand picked Hiashi's second wife.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Gokki (not to be confused with Gouki), Tadashi Suzuhira.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Kyubi's favorite pastimes are murder, adultery, and cheating at cards.
  • Artificial Limbs: Shino loses a leg fighting the Three-Tails Turtle, and has it replaced by a colony of insects that mimic a human leg. Until he teaches them how to do a few other tricks.
    • Not quite artificial, but Kabuto grafting Kimimaro's arm onto his body probably counts.
  • Ascended Extra: Yugao Uzuki.
  • Asshole Victim: Danzo
  • Attempted Rape: In Anko's backstory. Kerai to Yugao.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: So, so much
  • Ax-Crazy: The Reaper of Shinobi
    • Also Kayo of Grass
  • Babies Ever After
  • Backstory: Kohaku, Gouki, and Team Hizashi get extensive flashbacks. Also many characters' backstories are different than canon. Hinata, and Madara, get especially important revisions.
  • Backup from Otherworld: Twice
  • Bad with the Bone: Kabuto, thanks to Kimimaro's arm.
  • Badass
  • Bait-and-Switch Comparison: Done in conjunction with the Animal Motifs example, some times after Orichimaru has summoned Manda (or one of his other snakes), the text will refer to 'the snake', and then in the next line reference Manda doing something else.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The Kouin sisters' "uniforms".
  • Batman Gambit: Can't appeal to your opponent's better nature to break them out of mind control? Appeal to their pride instead! Making fun of your enemy, a proud heroic tradition!
    • Sakura throws Jirobo at Ukon who is one the other side the Shishienjin (fire barrier) and maintaining it. If Ukon opens a hole the barrier, Jirobo hits him, and the whole thing goes down. If he doesn't, Jirobo burns. Ukon chooses the latter.
  • Battle Couple: All of them. But especially Naruto and Hinata.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Naruto vs the Kyuubi in Naruko form. She wants to take over his body to escape from the Akatsuki.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Sasuke finds out just how wrong his wish is, just before it is irrevocably granted.
  • Beach Arc: Plus another Beach Episode later on.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Neji fights a Grass Shinobi who transforms into a werebear.
  • The Beastmaster: Shino, Anko, Orochimaru and Kerai.
    • The Animal Path of Pein.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Itachi is good friends with Kisame in spite of the latter's appearance, personality and burden. Enough that Kisame was a witness at Itachi's wedding and he chooses to fulfill Itachi's last request to bring Rei (Itachi's daughter) to the Leaf village despite not being a huge fan of the Leaf village.
  • Being Watched: Hinata experiences this in the Raikage's castle: Madara is shadowing her.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting Hinata to fight Naruto alone is probably a worse idea than just fighting the two of them together.
    • Sol has two, insulting Hinata and insulting the squirrel ninja clan. A certain foul-mouthed kunoichi manages to press both in as many breaths. Everyone except her brother is shocked by the result.
  • Better Than New: Shino, Naruto, and Gai all have examples, which are spoiled other places.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: The Kyubi chooses to die and merge the last remnants of her essence with Naruto than submit to Madara again.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Holy crap Hinata's ultimate technique is scary...
    • To elaborate, she converts a Rasengan into a weaponized black hole, and kills the previously immortal Madara with it.
  • Big Bad: Gouki Namikaze.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Kakashi to Naruto.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Happens too many times to count.
  • The Big Damn Kiss
  • Bi the Way: Hana Inuzuka and Shizune both like men, yet they end up falling in love and getting married.
    • Ino considers making a pass at Sakura and later is almost as interested in seeing Hinata and Tenten naked as she is in seeing Neji and Naruto.
  • Birds of a Feather: During her rant at Ino's sleepover, Sakura claims this is the only reason Naruto and Hinata are together.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Homura.
  • The Blacksmith: Naruto learns the Weapons Forge jutsu from Jiraiya. He uses it to create his, Hinata's, and Sakura's signature weapons and repair them. Neji decides to ask Naruto to make something he can give to Tenten for their wedding.
  • Blessed with Suck: Kohaku's appearance is so bland that people constantly overlook and forget about her, whether she wants it or not. Very useful as a ninja, but made it very difficult for her to get promoted and she was chosen for a suicide mission because she wouldn't be missed. The men of the Namikaze family are apparently unaffected.
    • As it turns out, Naruto does have living relatives. Too bad they're trying enslave everyone he knows.
  • Blood Knight: The Kyubi and Hagane Senshi, Pein's Asura Path.
  • Blood Magic: The Blood-taster's specialty: drink some of your victim's blood, gain their jutsu and natural and bloodline abilities.
  • Blow You Away: Temari, Naruto and Gaara.
  • Body Horror: Poor Sasuke...
    • Also inflicted by Kabuto's experiments. Yuko is one such example.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: After she learns archery, Sakura uses her bow more than her axe, but she still switches between them as need.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Neji, Sasuke, Hinata, and Sakura under Doraku's blood seal.
  • Break the Haughty: Chapter 23 is this for Hanabi.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Yugao, Anko and Iruka after their sensei's death. Anko does not take it well. Also with the death of Sasuke and Sai returning to ROOT, the teams are all reformatted.
  • Breather Episode: Chapter 26 and Chapter 116
  • Breaking Speech: Kabuto to Hinata, after she demands to know why he saved her during the Chunin Exams.
  • Broken Bird: Hanabi, after her encounter with Madara. It helps her in the long run.
  • Brutal Honesty: Tsunade tells Naruto and Hinata exactly what their skillsets are and aren't good for. She then helps them get better.
  • Bully Hunter: Naruto, as usual.
    • Before he started gathering the Shozoku, Gouki was as well.
  • Buried Alive: Naruto to the demon Doraku. Since Humans can't kill demons, Naruto see this as the only option.
  • Burn Baby Burn: The ancient Uchiha estate when Sasuke leaves.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Hinata to Hiashi is chapter 7. Everyone vaguely related to him to Hyouta.
  • The Cameo: Though mentioned only in name, it seems Thomas Arashikage, Recca Hanabishi, Yanagi Sakoshita, and Cameron Watanabe are all Leaf ninjas.
  • Cannibalism Super Power: The Blood Drinker Demon Clan can store a human's blood in their body, gaining the person's chakra, jutsu, and Kekkei Genkai. This also turns the person into a mindless slave.
  • Canis Major: The Hunt Spirit is described as being "larger than Akamaru, or even a full grown bull."
  • Cannot Spit It Out, Twice Shy: Nagato and Konan when they were younger. Yahiko tries to fix it to no avail. They finally get over it as adults but the what ifs from when Yahiko was alive still linger.
  • Canon Immigrant: Various characters from the Naruto movies, filler arcs, and video games are part of this story.
  • Capture the Flag: Kakashi has Naruto and Hanabi play Capture the Flag against Hinata, Sakura, and Kiba to determine if the former pair are ready to compete in the Chunin Exams.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Often.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Book one starts off with Naruto and Hinata getting to know each other better, with a few darker hints. Then it ends with a major, if short war, and some life changing events therein. Book two returns to the light and fluffy, focusing at first on Naruto and Hinata's relationship now that they are officially a couple, and their growth as ninjas. Then in the second half Naruto gets kidnapped, and his friends go AWOL to rescue him. Several major characters die, and other are irrevocably changed. Then the first novella of book three goes back to Naruto and Hinata's relationship, having them deal with some interference from her grandfather. The rest of the novellas in book three are much darker, killing more major characters and pushing others to their breaking point. Then book four is about the Fourth Ninja War. Again there are a few lighter moments early on, but in general the tone is the most serious, even if it is not quite as dark as the last two parts of book three. And then it has a happy, fluffy ending.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Though not visible in most cases, kunoichi in this fic all wear armored undergarments. At least on missions.
  • Chastity Couple: Naruto and Hinata, at least until they get engaged. Tenten gives her some grief about it.
  • Children Are Innocent: The Fourth Hokage was banking on this when he sealed the Kyubi in Naruto. It worked, the Fox didn't influence him for a while.
  • This Index Will Be Important Later: Many, many of these tropes
  • Chew Toy: Sasuke
  • Classical Mythology: The Two Tails Cat is given the origin story similar to the neko-mata from Japanese Mythology. And the Argus (from Greek Mythology) and a Roc appear as other (non-Bijuu) demons.
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends
  • Clothing Switch: In chapter 39, after Naruto accidentally messes up Hinata's uniform, he lends her some of his cloths to wear while he washes hers. He then suggests they go out for lunch, but Hinata is embarrassed by the inherent, if incorrect, implication.
  • Cliff Hanger
  • Collective Identity: The Kouin sisters, see spoiler below.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Target 4 of the Otogakure Invasion (chapter 31), the Kouin twins. Not only the target is more than one person, they differ only in eye and hair color and use primarily different combat methods. Kakashi catches on to this quick and explains the color/combat to his teammates. As well as the fact the Kouin twins are actually triplets.
    • A Shozoku's uniform color indicates their rank and approximate skill level:
      • Tan: rank - private, skill level - academy student or recently graduated Genin
      • Green: rank - PFC, skill level - Genin
      • Blue: rank - sergeant, skill level - Chunin
      • Red: rank - lieutenant, skill level - Tokujo
      • Grey: rank - captain, skill level - Jonin
      • Black: rank - special forces, skill level - ANBU
  • Combat Medic: Sakura, Tsunade, Shizune and Ino, of course and Shino as well. Many Jonin and Tokujo, such as Naruto, Hinata and Natsuki, know first aid jutsu to help out in a pinch.
  • Completed Fic: after four years of mostly consistent updates.
  • Continuity Creep
  • Cool Big Sis: Yugao Uzuki
  • Cooldown Hug: Not his intent, but Naruto inadvertently gives one to Hinata in the first chapter. She returns the favor a few times later on.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: The five (roughly, due to deaths and other spoilers) Kages, a.k.a. the Conclave of Shadows (kage being Japanese for shadow).
  • Costume Porn:
    • The main portion of Hinata's gown was a shimmering, medium-weight, pure white silk mikado. The edges of the fabric were all stitched with a golden filigree of small, overlapping triangles. The bride's dress was strapless like those of her attendants. But the pale beauty's bodice was so perfectly fitted it almost appeared to be paint instead of fabric. It clung tightly to every curve of her exquisite breasts, dipping slightly between her cleavage. The gown wrapped around her toned stomach, revealing the slight indent of her navel. The upper portion of the dress also had short sleeves connected under her arms, covering from the middle of her biceps to just above Hinata's elbows. Unlike her friends, the young woman wore no gloves, and her engagement ring shone brightly on her finger. The ivory material split just below the waist, creating a wide slit in front while the rest of the dress flared out dramatically, flowing around her in vertical pleats. A cape-like extension off the back of the bodice and sleeves added an additional layer to the back of the gown. The silk ended a full six-inches above the floor. Underneath there was an underskirt of pale lavender, but unlike the white silk this part of the dress had a matte finish. The second layer went all the way to the floor, and as was also visible through the gap in the front. The bride wore a simple silver circlet on her head, with a veil of lace hanging out of the headpiece down to just below her chin.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: Naruto invokes this in his Warrior Therapist discussion that induces Nagato's Heel-Face Turn. He tells Nagato that Gouki could have tried to convince the rest of the world to take up his cause. Nagato counters that they never would have agreed. Naruto agrees with him, but says that if Gouki was really a good guy, he would have at least attempted it.
  • Covert Pervert: Hinata only used used her Byakugan to look at Naruto naked twice before they started training together, and once was on accident and the other was in revenge.
  • Creepy Twins: Aika and Aimi Kouin. Actually, they're creepy triplets.
    • Heroic example: Kei and Keiko Takamichi use these to their advantage, though they are cousins not twins.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Practicing your family's special art is one thing but you should always be aware of its shortcomings, Suzuhira.
  • Critical Existence Failure: the end result of the Eighth Inner Gate, see below.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: Invoked; this is how the Eighth Inner Gate works, all the potential luck/success/greatness of the user's life is focused into 42 seconds of unparalleled awesome. After which the user dies.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Madara
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: A technical Jonin is someone who on paper has all the skills and knowledge to be a Jonin but no real experience. Not someone to send after Naruto, king of the Indy Ploy.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The Kyubi continues to prove useful.
  • Curtain Chapter: Chapter 41 has Naruto and company undertaking mundane task of looking over his mother's condo.
  • Curtains Match the Window:
    • the Kouin triplets normally have blue hair and eyes, but one of them assumes green hair and another green eyes to trick their opponents.
    • Saburo of the Grass has matching light green hair and eyes.
    • Toshiro Inuzuka has light brown hair and eyes.
  • Cyanide Pill: Homura activates a jutsu that turns all of his blood to acid so Tsunade can't capture him.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You
  • Dance of Romance: It's an uptempo dance, not a slow dance, but it is Naruto and Hinata's first date.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Tsunade tells Naruto she is making his Blood Clone Jutsu a Kinjutsu because the blood it takes to make more than one clone would make it this for anyone but him.
    • Breaking the Souhi instantly freezes everything (-100 degrees, F or C is not mentioned) in a multi-kilometer radius, including the user.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Hunt Spirit is a benign demon she-wolf. The Two Tails is the most passive of the tailed beasts.
  • Dark Messiah: Gouki Namikaze.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Hinata, Naruto and Hiashi initially.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Thanks to his jutsu, in each Path of Pein, a tiny part of the original body's soul resides in the animated corpse. After some urging from Naruto, Nagato finally clears the air with Yahiko.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Luné, Tsunade, Kakashi, Anko, Sakura and Shikamaru.
  • Deal with the Devil: Sasuke gives his body to Orochimaru in exchange for Orochimaru killing Itachi. Be Careful What You Wish For, Sasuke.
  • Decapitated Army: This happens with one of the three enemy armies. The evil side of the Hidden Sound survives Kabuto's defeat. The Akatsuki starts to fall apart after the near death of Madara, but is absorbed by Gouki first. Gouki's army does surrender when he dies.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Hiashi, in a non-female, non-romantic example. Hanabi takes a bit longer to defrost.
  • Demoted to Extra: Sai and Yamato only appear in passing.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Not always, but the beginning of the final arc definitely qualifies.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Originally Gouki was a depressed, technically missing ninja who only wanted to teach his students and may be start a family with his new bride. He'd seen some things he'd really rather not see and heard things he'd really rather not hear but nothing's perfect. And then his younger brother dies...
  • Determinator: Lots of them, for good or bad.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Naruto's fighting style tends to do this a lot. Jinji, Deva Pein, and Kakashi all experience this fighting with/against Uzumaki.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Madara believes he can achieve this by becoming host of all nine Tailed Beasts at once. His plan falls through, so we can't be sure if it would have worked.
  • Distant Finale
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Kaede Mizuno's fighting style, at least against men. Also, Hinata's naked apron incident.
  • Distressed Damsel
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Innocent Innuendo in Chapter 99 is a cooking accident but sounds like something else.
  • Dolphins, Dolphins Everywhere: Mist ninjas have dolphins for summons.
  • Don’t Fear the Reaper: For she is nice and adorable.
  • Don't Say Such Stupid Things: No physical violence is involved, but Hinata gives one of these to Naruto when he suggests everyone would be better off if he had just run off to live in the mountains years ago.
  • Doorstopper
  • The Dragon: Pein to both Madara and Gouki.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Madara. He wants the statue with the 3-5 tails back, which Pein turned over to Gouki. He also is interested in killing Gouki and Pein and making the Shozokus his own.
  • Dropping the Bombshell:
    • When Minato's ghost admits he is Naruto's father, everyone else in the fight stops and stares for a few seconds.
    • Hyouta Hyuga's announcement at the end of chapter 89
  • Dumb Blonde: Kaede does this as part of her Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Dying as Yourself
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Might Gai. MIGHT FREAKIN' GAI.
    • The Kyubi, Jiraiya and Sasuke. See "Heroic Sacrifice."
    • Danzo gets one.
  • Dynamic Entry: Naruto in chapter 101, by name. Kakashi complains that he has asked Naruto not to do that.
  • Enemy Mine: Sasuke decided to stick around and help Naruto against Doraku. The Nine Tails later agrees to let Naruto have full acess to his chakra so that they could deal with the mutually dispised Blood Taster.
  • Energy Absorption: Pein's Preta path, and Gouki's axe Syphon.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The ultimate goal of the Big Bad
  • Engagement Challenge: From Hinata's grandfather.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Kohaku seems genuinely fond of Hinata and when it becomes clear that she's in danger, pauses her fight with Hinata's allies so that one of them may rescue her.
    • The Kyubi tells Naruto that she may be unrepentantly evil, but unlike certain Humans (Madara), she has standards.
  • Every Scar Has A Story: Due to his Healing Factor, Naruto only has one scar on him. That is where he nearly stabbed himself through the heart to save Hinata from the Kyuubi.
    • Keiko Takamichi has some "cool battle scars" on her back, from where Pein's Animal path hit her after she and her cousin finished off the Naraka path.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone knew Naruto was in love with Hinata before he did. Same for Sakura's feelings for Naruto.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: Naruto, Sakura, Hinata and Lee end up fighting zombies in at the Dojutsu tournament.
  • Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels: Hinata's summoning contract. Her preferred familiar, Sol, is a Heroic Albino.
  • Everything Is Even Worse With Sharks: Kisame, naturally, but with a different backstory and source of strength than canon.
  • Evil Chancellor: Homura.
  • Evil Old Folks: Orochimaru, Madara, Gokki, Hyota Hyuga (more of a jerk than outright evil) and Homura. Danzo is a subversion.
  • The Evils of Free Will: The last villain's plot, but only for ninja.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Orochimaru wants the secret of Madara's immortality. He is willing to deal for it, but when Madara proves unwilling, Orochimaru tries to kill him, hoping to force Madara to talk, or to learn the secret by observing how Madara deals with a beating.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Some of the chapter titles.
  • Exact Words: Tsunade swears a Blood Oath to the Fire Daimyo "I swear I will not dispatch any Leaf shinobi either by order or by request, myself included, to find or rescue princess Nyoko Honokata, on pain of death!". Instead she hires the Sand ninjas to do the finding, and tells Naruto and company they are not allowed to go AWOL to do the rescuing.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Sometimes invoked when facing an enemy who LOVES gloating.
  • Eye Scream: Madara's living eyes and the way he takes a new body.
  • Faceless Goons
  • Failure Knight: Nagato to Gouki, as the latter gives him a chance to make up for his failure against Hanzo.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress
  • Famous Last Words:
    • "I wanted you three to know, that I was very proud to be your teacher. You will all do great things for the Hidden Leaf Vill..." Might Gai
    • "I'm sorry, Kohaku. I hope you can find a way to live in this world, my love." Gouki Namikaze
  • Fatal Flaw: The Blood-taster gains abilities and jutsu through blood, therefore he can't digest it because if he does, he loses the powers it gave. Destroy wherever he's storing it in his body and he's a sitting duck.
    • The Ringing Palms technique is aces against Gentle Fist, Hard Fist and hard materials. Soft, pliant things? Not so much.
    • The Uchiha and their tendency towards Utopia Justifies the Means without any care for the consequences.: Madara will do anything to become an immortal Physical God including destroying his now, in his own opinion, worthless clan, which causes Itachi to do anything and everything to make sure Sasuke is capable of killing him and thus would be a credible threat to Madara. Sasuke himself becomes desperate to avenge Itachi's mass Mercy Kill of their clan through any means possible. The end result is that the Uchiha brothers end up destroying each other at the exact moment they both need and want to work together.
  • A Father to His Men: Tsunade, most Jonins in charge of Genin teams, Gaara, Nagato, Konan and Gouki.
  • Feathered Fiend: The Shadow Roc
  • Feminist Fantasy
  • Femme Fatale: Kaede is introduced as one.
  • Fictional Document: The works of Soun Uzumaki (Naruto's maternal grandfather). Hinata is a fan of his fantasy trilogy The Kunoichi and the Priest.
  • First Kiss: Naruto's trial has ended with his promotion to Chuunin, but he's much more interested in conveying his Love Epiphany to Hinata in this way. In front of most of the Leaf and Sand ninjas. She doesn't mind too much.
  • First Name Ultimatum: Sakura and Tsunade are both very good at making Naruto's name sound like a swear word.
  • Fix Fic
  • Fighting from the Inside: Sasuke after Orochimaru completely takes over his body
  • Finishing Move: Hinata's Singularity Rasengan
  • Flash Step: Like canon, but notable because Naruto combines Body Flicker with Shadow Clones to create the 'Flash Split', allowing him to vanish from one place and reappear in three or four different ones.
  • Flechette Storm: Naruto's Cyclone Spikes Barrage, and various kunai, shuriken and needle attacks.
  • Forceful Kiss: Sakura when she makes her move on Naruto. Iruka, after his proposal is mockingly refused.
  • Four Is Death: A strange version. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Hokages all take on Orochimaru to hold him long enough for Death to come and claim his delinquent soul.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Naruto is Sanguine, Sakura is Choleric, Hinata is Melancholic, and Kakashi is Phlegmatic.
  • Friendship Moment: Many, many times.
    • Notably Chapter 53, when Ino apologizes to Hinata for Sakura's bitchiness, and assure Hinata that no-one else agrees with Sakura.
  • From Bad to Worse: After Kabuto escapes the Sound village, the Kyubi possesses one of Naruto's blood clones.
  • The Fun in Funeral: The funeral of Kankuro; doubles with Values Dissonance as the Land of Fire sees funerals as solemn and mournful, while the Land of Wind celebrates the life and times of the deceased, leaving mourning to be done at ones own discretion.
  • Geas: The Blood Oath Jutsu, which also doubles as the trope of the same name.
  • Genius Bruiser: Gokki and... Gouki.
  • Gilligan Cut
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Sakura and her big honking axe. Sol and Luné and their shortswords.
  • Girls' Night Out Episode:
    • Chapter 53: Kunoichi Sleepover
    • Chapter 116 starts with the female characters preparing en masse for New Year's Eve, but the guys eventually show up. Still, the girls are definitely the focus.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Even with the Kyubi subsumed into his Kekkei Genkai, Naruto still has a large amount of her chakra sealed in him. When Gouki drains him of nearly all his chakra, Naruto removes it and gains the Shin Tensei Kitsune jutsu.
  • Go Into the Light
  • Gondor Calls for Aid
  • Go Out with a Smile: Karin dies happy after getting Sasuke to kiss her.
  • Grand Finale: The second to last chapter wraps up most of the loose ends, and the finale chapter has two time skips to five years later when Naruto and Hinata finally get married; and the eight more years after that, when Naruto becomes the sixth Hokage.
  • Grand Theft Me: For Orochimaru and Sasuke it is more like 'Grand Lease with Potential to Buy Me'. Played straight with Madara and Towa.
  • Gratuitous Japanese
  • Great Offscreen War: the Summoning War
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Sakura, to some degree after Naruto says he's no longer interested in her, and definitely after Naruto and Hinata become an official couple.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Sakura, in relation to Hinata and Naruto's relationship.
  • Grumpy Bear: Sakura.
  • Guile Hero: Kaede Mizuno and Yugao Uzuki.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Naruto and Sakura as teammates in the latter part of the story.
  • Happily Married: Gouki and Kohaku; at least until he dies.
  • Harmful to Minors: Yori and of all people, Itachi.
  • Has Two Mommies: The children of Shizune and Hana
  • Heel-Face Turn: Konan, Pein, Sasuke
  • Hero Antagonist: Kaede initially. Once it's clear she and the good guys are after the same thing, she becomes a type III Anti-Hero.
  • Heroic BSOD: Naruto, briefly, after Jiraya dies and Sasuke comes to terms with dying at his old teammates' hands.
  • Hero Killer: Orochimaru, the Ninja Reaper, Shima and Kisame.
  • Heroic Rematch: The first time Naruto fought shinobi!Reaper, she owned him quite thoroughly. Then he got a weapon to match hers, and learned a technique to overcome her trump card move, and won the rematch.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Kyubi killing herself by bonding with Naruto and becoming the basis for his kekkei genkai.
    • Jiraiya using Odama Rasengan to destroy Orochimaru's original body despite the seals and jutsu protecting it and his own injuries catching up with him.
    • Sasuke briefly regains control of his body long enough to hold it still so Naruto can kill him.
    • Gai opens the Gate Of Death to kill Kisame and predictably dies shortly afterwards.
    • Danzo shields Tsunade from a fire jutsu that was too fast for her to dodge and for him to deflect with a jutsu.
  • High Heel-Face Turn: Konan. Unlike most examples of this trope, she switches sides for the love of another Anti-Villain rather than a hero, specifically so Tsunade will help save the ailing Nagato.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Death is not involved, but it still fits: Hyouta Hyuuga (Hinata's grandfather) attempts to use the Hyuuga Clan laws to break up Naruto and Hinata. But when he says the wrong thing in the wrong place and time, those same rules are used against him, and he loses his position and authority.
  • Holding Hands: At the end of the Yuletide Arc, Naruto and Hinata fall asleep holding hands, in separate sleeping bags. Hinata reflects on this trope as she drifts off.
  • Honorary Uncle: At Naruto's sixteen birthday, and while explaining the tradition of giving him liquor that he's not old enough to drink yet, Kakashi and Iruka exposit that the father is supposed to; but they decided to step in, calling themselves his "busybody uncles." Naruto is touched by the gesture.
  • Honor Before Reason: Part of Gouki's downfall; his original plan called for the complete conversion of the Cloud ninjas as well as all non-ninja volunteers, then a quiet takeover of the Rain by Pein. After that they would have secured the distant Snow. Only then would they have attacked the Grass and Waterfall. Instead, the Grass usurper decided he would not wait any longer, and since Gouki had promised to help him, he both moved up his plans and changed them.
  • Hooked Up Afterwards: Gaara and Matsuri are married in the Distant Finale with very little build up. At least Sakura and Lee had one date in the story, and Hanabi was obviously after an oblivious Kiba.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Hinata forcibly stops being one, and it shifts to Sakura.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Or part of an episode.
  • Hour of Power: Naruto's Ascendant Fox Jutsu will drain him in seven minutes.
  • How Much Did You See: Naruto to Hinata after she witnesses Sakura's confession.
  • Hug and Comment: When Hinata tells Nyoko that she and Naruto are finally dating officially, the princess hugs her and jokes:
    Nyoko: "But you better watch out for this guy. He's a bit of a player. He didn't even break things off with me, before he took up with you."
  • Humanity Ensues: The Kyubi possesses one of Naruto's clones.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Borderline: the Nine-tails tells Naruto that no matter how bad demons are, they pale in comparison to the worst of Humanity. Not that all Humans are bad, just that the evil ones are worse than anyone/thing else.
    • Madara Uchiha captured and tortured three demons until they submitted to joining with him. That is the source of the Sharingan and his immortality.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Arguably many times, but the best example is in Gai's fight with Kisame.
  • I Can't Dance: Rock Lee. Amusing Injuries to Sakura ensue.
  • I Die Free: Sasuke.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: How Hana Inuzuka describes her relationship with Shizune.
    Hana:I've always found other women attractive, and not just in an aesthetic way. But I generally prefer men. I like the way they smell, and there is nothing like a long, hard...bicep to hold onto on a cold night. But there was something about Shizune; she and I just clicked."
  • I Have Your Daughter
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Naruto inadvertently saves Hinata from a vampire demon in this manner. The discovery also assists in the freeing of Neji, Sakura, and Sasuke.
  • I Should Have Been Better: Naruto and Tsunade, about Sasuke and Jiraiya's deaths.
  • Internal Reveal: Done a few times
    • Hinata's Anguished Declaration of Love in the first chapter.
    • Sakura admits to herself and Lee that she has feelings for Naruto.
    • Sakura tells Naruto she has feelings for him.
    • The reveal of Naruto's father, though this was not previously revealed in the story and counts on the reader knowing it from canon.
    • The reveal that Tobi is Madara. But unlike canon, in this fanfic it is actually true.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Hinata with Sol, Luna and Ni-ne.
  • Intertwined Fingers: Naruto does this with Hinata at the end of chapter 17 as a sign of his evolving feelings for her.
  • Immortality:
    • Body Surf: Orochimaru, like in the original manga.
    • The Ageless / From a Single Cell: Madara falls somewhere between them. Though when Naruto hurts him badly enough, he temporarily uses Body Surf until he gets a suitable new body.
    • Demons cannot be killed by humans, but can be killed by other demons. And most do not age either.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Naruto shoves a rock spike through Doraku's chest. Admittedly there was a guide hole, but the stone was bigger, and the vampire is Pinned to the Wall by it.
  • Important Haircut: Hinata gets one, though it is not entirely intentional. Part of her hair is damaged, and she cuts the rest to match. Nevertheless, it does indicate an important point in her growth.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Sakura with her bow. Hinata using the Suigin Byakugan and Uchiha Deflection Technique.
  • Improbable Weapon User: The staff-blades used by Naruto, Anko, Iruka, and Hizashi Hyuga are pretty unusual. But Hinata's preferred weapon is her bracers. And one of Tenten's weapons is a stretchy scarf with heavy sand weights at either end.
  • In Love with the Mark: Itachi's wife Erika was sent to acquire his DNA the old fashioned way, but when he refused to comply, she fell for him instead.
  • Indy Ploy: Often but deliberately invoked in the Rain Village by Gaara when Neji is understandably unsure of their course of action.
    "I am the Kazekage. You are one of the Leaf's top Jonin. We will think of something."
  • Infinity–1 Sword: Kitsune. Naruto forged it 'quickly' to fight Ninja!Reaper, but it lasts most of the story, going toe-to-toe with the legendary Kusanagi, before ultimately falling to the chakra stealing powers of Syphon.
  • Innocent Innuendo: "Oh," Hinata squealed in surprise as a drop of the sticky, white liquid flew up and hit her right cheek. It's icing for cinnamon rolls they are making, and Hinata accidentally turned the mixer up too high.
    • Also chapter 125 has one.
  • Instant Expert: Gouki has Madara use Susano-o to download the skills of a Chunin level ninja into regular people.
  • Intimate Psychotherapy: Not presented as a cure-all, but as a way break certain characters out of wallowing in their sorrows.
  • Iron Lady: Tsunade, the Tsuchikage Mitsuru, the female Daimyos and Jonin.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Naruto considers applying this trope in the first chapter, but Hinata is eavesdropping again, and tells him she won't buy it.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Sakura sites this as the reason it's okay for Naruto to dump Hinata for her. Naruto counters that this trope is the reason he and Hinata belong together, and how he knows Sakura isn't really in love with him.
  • Jerkass: The drunk in chapter 26.
  • Jerkass Realization: Sakura in chapter 61. Though she's known all along that she's treated Hinata rather shitty, that was the first time she admitted it both to herself and another person.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kiba. Danzo. No, really.
  • Just for Pun: Luné follows his sister to attack unobserved. He calls it the "Ninja Art: Shadow Squirrel-kin Jutsu".
  • Just Friends: Sorry Sakura!
  • Just in Time: All the Big Damn Heroes moments, naturally. But a non combat version is when Naruto comes home just in time to see Hinata's failed attempt to make him ramen.
  • Kick the Dog: The drunk at the bar begins mouthing off at Naruto about the Kyubi.
    • Sakura lets some real barbs fly in chapter 53.
    • Kiba when he finds out Naruto is the Nine Tails' jinchuriki.
  • Kill It with Fire: Goodbye, Akatsuki hideout. You will not be missed.
    • How Sakura gets rid of the undead Jirobu.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Good Guys: Gai, Sasuke, Jiraiya, Gamabunta, Kankuro, Itachi, Danzo.
    • Bad Guys: Karin, Deidara, Kabuto, Orochimaru, Manda, Madara, Kisame, Zetsu, Homura.
  • Killer Rabbit: Sol may be nicer than her brother Luné but underestimate her at your own peril.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Hinata's "rescue" and adoption of Ni-ne qualifies her.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: As it turns out, the Daimyo and Nyoko are big fans of Mr. Uzumaki.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Aimi and Aisa quickly surrender when it become clear that they won't win during the True Sound arc.
    • Honda and Jonouchi during the Yuletide arc.
    • Orochimaru after his original body is destroyed tries to flee the fight against Naruto.
  • Lady in Red: Sakura, as often as possible.
  • Lady of War: Tsunade, Hinata, Kaede, Gamazashi, Yugao, Konan and Kohaku.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Though in a story this long it was all but inevitable.
  • The Lancer: Sakura.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Naruto spent most of Part I watching Sakura fawn all over Sasuke, Sakura spends most of the fanfic watching Naruto and Hinata fawn all over each other.
  • Last Kiss: Karin and Sasuke. Also their first real (lip to lip) kiss.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Hana Inuzuka in the If It's You, It's Okay example above.
  • Laugh Themselves Sick: In chapter 65, Anko suffers a fit of uncontrollable laughter (even dropping what she is holding and gasping for breath) after she finds out where Hinata hid during the stealth and tracking test. Hinata went to Naruto's apartment and watched him practice his weapons, going so far as to ask him to take off his shirt, first.
  • Least Is First: After Hinata draws her figurative Line in the Sand, Sasame, the self-admitted newcomer, is the first to officially volunteer.
  • Lethal Chef: Hinata's attempt to make ramen for Naruto left him weak in the knees, and not in a good way.
    • However she is capable of frying bacon successfully.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Hyouta proposes this to Naruto, who agrees. Hyouta doesn't live up to it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Naruto, the Reaper of Ninja, Gokki and others.
  • Line in the Sand: Before going to rescue Naruto, Hinata offers her friends this (at Naruto's prior request).
  • Little Miss Almighty: Goddess!Reaper.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Naruto to Hinata and deconstructed after the Jonin trials: when he's around, she's a badass Lady of War; when he's not, she starts slipping back into being a Shrinking Violet. Hinata admits that she doesn't even try to stick up for herself but as soon as someone berates him, she jumps to his aid. She decides to start working on being just as strong and plucky when he isn't around as she is when he is there.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: In addition to the included members of the regular cast, the fic promotes many secondary and filler characters, and adds a number of OCs.
  • Lock and Load Montage: Hinata gets one after Naruto is kidnapped by he Akatsuki while they are swimming. It ends with her consciously using her Hidden Leaf headband as a headband instead of a necklace.
  • Lonely Funeral: Poor Sasuke.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Hinata is able to become a lot more confident due to the time she spends with Naruto, Kakashi, and Tsunade.
  • Loophole Abuse: Hyouta asked Naruto to fight without weapons. He never said anything about himself.
    • Tsunade promised not to send any Leaf Shinobi to rescue Nyoko. Which does not cover telling a group of ninjas who are Nyoko's friends and have a history of going AWOL exactly where she is being held.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Ino and the Daimyo's daughter, Nyoko.
    • Kaede Mizuno.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Ino doesn't make a pass at Sakura because it wouldn't be fair to her boyfriend Choji. Word of God says Ino would have been fine with a threesome, but knows Sakura and Choji wouldn't. After Jiraiya's death, Hinata calls Ino the biggest pervert in the village, and Tenten readily agrees.
  • Love Epiphany: Naruto and Sakura each have one of these.
  • Loving a Shadow: Hinata admits in chapter twelve that she didn't know Naruto as well as she should, but that she loves him even more now that they are friends. Naruto accuses Sakura of this after she comes on to him
  • Love Is in the Air: Kaede has a jutsu designed specifically for this. She used it when she walked onto the beach earlier that day.
    • The Kouins use this as well.
  • Love Redeems: Erica was an assassin from the Cloud sent to the Akatsuki to entice and kill Itachi. Obviously she fails and they fall in love, eventually getting married and having a daughter. Unfortunately, it's not enough to save her from the fridge. Played straight with Konan, whose love for Nagato convinces her to change sides for his safety.
  • Lovely Angels: Hinata and Sakura against the zombies, and often after that.
  • Luke, I Am Your Uncle
  • Magic from Technology: Jutsu circuits. But they have some serious drawbacks.
  • Magic Knight: Naruto is wont to clobber people with his staff-blade (or cut them with its sword mode), and then jump back and unleash a long-range jutsu.
  • Magitek: Ninja's phones have jutsu built into them so they can't be hacked.
  • Mama Bear/Papa Wolf: Parents and mentors alike drop the shenanigans when their charges are threatened.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Gouki has Pein and Konan work for Madara to help keep him from going off the rails and to co-opt Madara's plans once they reach fruition.
  • Manly Tears: Lee and Naruto shed them when Gai dies and Jiraiya, Sasuke and Gouki die.
  • Massive Multiplayer Scam: Neji's plan during the real Save the Princess arc
    • Ino and Choji attempt to sneak in while disguised, Choji blows it
    • Naruto and Hinata jump in to help, drawing out most of the guards, but ultimately slowly lose due to being outnumbered and under-equipped
    • After the fight starts, Neji and Tenten use plan C, sneaking in the back, however they are overwhelmed by the final guard, the Reaper of Shinobi
    • Neji orders a retreat
    • It was all a big distraction, so the real Naruto and Hinata (the ones fighting were clones) can sneak in and replace the hostages with Naruto's transformed clones. All so they would not be pursued (since they appeared to have failed), and Naruto could get a face to face with Gouki.
  • Master of Illusion: Kaede Mizuno. Her ultimate technique lays two different genjutsu on the target in one jutsu. One is obvious and the other is subtle.
  • Meaningful Name: Bunjiro Akaikazunoko is not who the heroes thought he was, nor is he especially dangerous or important.
    • Gamazashi is a member of the Toad Ninja clan who fights with Japanese curved short swords.
    • Not particularly creative, but the Shozokus wear a traditional ninja uniform (a shozoku).
    • Shin Busata (True Silence) opposes the Hidden Sound (or at least Orochimaru/Kabuto's version of it).
  • Mega Neko: The Two-Tails gets to throw down at full size on two different occasions.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Jiraiya gets an Obi-Wan Moment before he sacrifices himself to eliminate the source of Orochimaru's immortality.
  • Mercy Kill: Nagato ending the Paths of Pein and arguably Naruto killing Gouki.
    • In-universe, this was the actual result of the Uchiha massacre: Madara was displeased with his clan so he decided to kill most all of them with Susano-o, leaving Itachi (who he spared by dent of being exceedingly badass) to either watch them die slowly and painfully or to put them out of their misery. Itachi chooses the latter.
  • Mind Rape: Genjutsu usually. Madara uses this to make his possible living hosts easier to steal as Hanabi found out.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: Naruto and Hanabi pulling it together to pass Kakashi's test.
    • The Naruto Rescue Squad also has elements of this.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Yuko is explicitly called "half-spider."
  • Modest Royalty: The royals of the Land of Fire. When Naruto meets the Daimyo, he is no better dressed than anyone else at the party. And the one time Naruto and Hinata meet Nyoko in her formal, princess get up, Nyoko changes into civilian clothes at the first possible moment.
  • The Mole
  • Moment Killer: Sakura and Hiashi. Hanabi in a non-romantic incident.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: The Hunt Spirit would like her cub back, please.
  • Monster Sob Story: The Two Tails was originally just a normal housecat. The Nine Tails when talking about Madara.
  • Mood Whiplash: Chapter 25 (The Brother's War II) ends with Sasuke thoroughly beaten by Itachi, and his lover Karin (and ally Suigetsu) dead at the hands of Kisame. He even gets to witness Karin's final moments. He burns their bodies and walks away suicidally depressed. Chapter 26 has Naruto take Hinata out dancing for their unofficial first date.
  • Morality Chip: Gouki's plan for all the ninjas of the world.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Naruto ghostwrote a few of Jiraiya's novels, and helped with the plot layout of the next couple.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ino, Nyoko, and Kaede during the Beach arc.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Yuko has four arms; three where her right arm should be.
  • Multicolored Hair: Ayameko's hair is blue on the right and slowly changes to purple on the left.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Most Jonin, as explained by Kakashi.
  • Multi-Part Episode: Ninja Cram School, The Brother's War, and Forging a Conqueror were all split into two parts.
  • Mundane Utility: Gaara's ability to control sand is used to clean Naruto's new condo.
  • My Greatest Failure: Subverted. While Naruto failed to rescue Sasuke, he’s assured that what happened was better than what could have happened.
    • On the other hand, Choza, Inochi and Shikaku all regret not being there for Naruto for Yukihana's sake.
    • Yukihana helping seal the Kyuubi into Naruto. Minato for sealing the Kyuubi in him in the first place.
  • My Sister Is Off Limits: Implied of Gaara, funnily enough.
  • Naked Apron: Hinata wears one (panties on version) in chapter 99.
  • Named Weapons: Ginmaki, Kitsune, and Syphon. Also Kusanagi from the original story.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Reaper
  • Never Mess With Granny Tsunade: The elderly True Sound Kunoichi and Hiroko "The Cursebreaker" Hyuga don't mess around either.
    • The Avalanche of the Hidden Stone, Mitsuru Jishin.
  • Next Tier Power-Up: Naruto, Hinata, and Sakura's weapons. Hinata's Suigin Byakugan. Naruto's transformations.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Orochimaru's use of an incorrectly translated jutsu allows Naruto to have a certain Dead Person Conversation. Sixty some chapters later, recalling that conversation helps Naruto make the choice to continue his mission instead of saving the girl. Which ultimately ends up being pivotal in the ending.
  • The Nondescript: Kohaku's natural appearance.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: The Blood-taster serves Sakura, Naruto, Hinata and Lee an impeccable lunch. He then sucks their blood.
  • No Sell: Demons can't affect others. Thus, Naruto's blood is useless to the Blood-taster.
  • Noble Bird Of Prey: Iruka's summoning jutsu is this. They are all named after fighter planes.
  • Noble Demon: Gouki, Kohaku, Nagato and Konan.
  • Noble Wolf: The Hunt Spirit, a demon wolf that only hunts dangerous prey, and generally protects Humans and livestock. Unless Humans do something stupid like steal her cub.
  • Not a Date: Hinata wonders if Naruto taking her dancing in Chapter 26 is meant to be a date or not. She decides to stop worrying and just enjoy herself. Word of God says Naruto did not even realize it might be considered a date until almost the end.
  • Not So Stoic: After learning of Itachi's death and Sasuke's absorption by Orochimaru, Kakashi keeps it together just long enough to make it to Yugao's apartment.
  • Not So Different: Naruto and Hinata versus Gouki and Kohaku.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore
  • Noodle Incident: The last chapter makes mention of the Summoning Wars. This incident doesn't occur in the story and isn't elaborated upon beyond the very basic one-sentence summary.
    • Sometime during book one, Kakashi was seriously poisoned on a mission, and was hospitalized for two weeks. He has a nasty scar on the back of his left hand because of it. And that's all we know about that.
    • The Nine-Tails was forced to attack and destroy the Village Hidden in the Lakes, and is unhappy about that. And that's all we know about that.
  • Number One Dime: Naruto's two lucky kunai, his treasures. They're birthday presents from Sakura and Hinata, respectively and reminders that he does have friends and people that care about him.
    • They prove lucky indeed because they help him defeat the Blood-taster, he can summon them to protect Nyoko when he has no other weapons, they save his life from the Ninja!Reaper, and become the basis for Kitsune..
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: Hyouta's holdout kunai
  • Obi-Wan Moment: Jiraiya, Sasuke, Gouki, and Gai.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Kaede Mizuno would prefer that everyone think she gets by on her looks and family connections, rather than being a fully qualified Jonin.
  • Official Couple: Naruto and Hinata, Kakashi and Yugao, Iruka and Anko, Ino and Choji, Tenten and Neji, Shikamaru and Temari, Minato and Yukihana, Shin and Chiasa and many more...
  • Offscreen Afterlife: Goddess!Reaper says that she guides souls to (and in some cases back from) the afterlifes, but does not control them. Minato is unable to describe his time in her belly. And though gates to one afterlife are described, what is on the other side is not illuminated.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • Hinata's performance in the unseen in canon Chunin Exam wherein she was promoted. Though she only gives Naruto a quick run down, she is happy enough with how she did that she boasts a little.
    • Kohaku Zoishin fought Minato Namikaze in the semi-finals of the Chunin exam that saw Minato promoted. The battle lasted about ninety minutes and left everyone who saw it seriously impressed with the skills of both Genin, even if most of them don't remember Kohaku's name or appearance.
    • When Kohaku was attacked by two teams of Hunter Ninjas from her village, their Genjutsu blinded her, so the reader does not get to see how Gouki took them down. Subverted when the same fight is shown from Gouki's point of view.
  • Oh Crap: Chapter 17, when a bunch of second-rate criminals realize their 'hostages' are undercover ninjas.
  • Oh My Gods!: Naruto says 'oh my gods' or 'thank the gods'. He actually meets one, who basically confirms there are multiple deities.
  • Omake: The chapter previews in book four.
  • One-Liner: "And now I'm covered in frog spit."
  • One-Man Army: Naruto acts as the Leaf's primary assault force in the liberation of the Hidden Grass. The Sand forces participating make an effort not to let him show them up.
  • One-Winged Angel: Orchimaru, but in this story his 'Soul Shell' looks more like an albino version of King Hiss. Also, when taunted, the spirits of the first four Hokages show that they can do the same thing.
  • On the Next: Starting in Book four, every chapter ends in one of these (until the last two chapters)
  • Oo C Is Serious Business/When He Smiles: Gaara smiles broadly when Shikamaru tells him that he has the amulet Shima (who killed Kankuro) was using to control the One-Tail which will make sealing the demon even easier.
  • Operation Jealousy: Surprisingly, Ino tried to pull this on Choji once.
  • Opt Out: After the medallion controlling it is destroyed, the Three-Tails Turtle tries to beat feet instead of continuing to fight the heroes.
  • Original Character: Many, of varying degrees of significance. Some of the more prominent ones are:
    • Yukihana Uzumaki, Naruto's mother.
    • Sol and Luné, Hinata's squirrel familiars
    • Doraku, Blood Taster demon
    • Nyoko Honokata, princess of the Land of Fire
    • Kaede Mizuno, Mist Hunter and daughter of the Mizukage
    • The Reaper of Shinobi, Axe Crazy reoccurring villain
    • Natsuki, Gaara's bodyguard
    • Keiko and Kei Takamichi, identical cousins and Hanabi's teammates and her cousins
    • Yasuo Mizuno, the Mizukage
    • Mitsuru Jishin, the Tsuchikage
    • Kohaku Namikaze, the Six Tails Jinchuriki and Naruto's aunt by marriage
    • Gouki Namikaze, the Bigger Bad and Naruto's uncle
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They are demons and cannot change humans into vampires. When they drink a human's blood they gain that person's chakra, jutsu (including Kekkei Genkai), and can control the person, even after death.
    • Doraku actually takes offense at being called a vampire, though suspects his kind was the source of the legend.
  • Out-Gambitted: Poor Sasuke and Itachi.
  • Pair the Spares
  • Painting the Medium: In the PDF release, when the Kyubi takes over Naruto's body, the text color of the possessed Naruto's speech turns red.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Hinata's grandfather, and Shino's parents.
  • Parody Religion: Despite being definitively polytheistic, there is a Christmas parody celebration, and Naruto and Hinata's wedding is Christian flavored.
  • Passing the Torch: Tsunade and Jiraiya discuss the possibility of Naruto, Hinata and Sakura taking up the Sannin title.
    • Gouki decides to trust in Naruto and company's idea of a better world, and structures his death to try to help them.
  • Perception Filter: Kohaku is a living one, much to her regret.
  • Pet the Dog: Gouki treats all of his subordinates with respect, even the ones who don't deserve it. He even lets Konan and later, Nagato and his acolytes leave in peace, because they are his friends, not prisoners.
    • Averted when it's pointed out that Kabuto healed Hinata; he did it for his pride, not for her sake.
    • The Kyubi is gleefully evil but she generally avoids kids and sick people (too easy to kill) and will let a man live if he's good in bed. And more importantly, she did not CHOOSE to attack the Lake or Leaf villages.
    • She eventually chooses to die and thus fuels Naruto's kekkei genkai.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: See Costume Porn above. Also, some of the dresses the ladies wear for the New Year's party qualify.
  • Pinned to the Wall: Naruto pins Doraku to a cave wall with a stalactite.
  • Playing Possum: Kakashi against the Kouins.
  • Playing with Syringes: Kabuto.
  • The Plot Reaper: Yori of the Naka clan exists so her death will lead Ino and Chouji to accept Naruto's Jinchuriki status.
  • Plucky Girl: Hinata, Sakura, Ino, Nyoko and Keiko.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Hinata almost accidentally breaks up with Naruto due to a poor choice of words.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Hinata and Naruto after their first kiss both freeze up for a few seconds. And on their first date, after Naruto drive-by kisses her on the cheek, Hinata falls to her knees and doesn't move for a while.
  • Power Limiter: Naruto's friends act as this.
  • Power Trio: Naruto, Hinata, and Sakura are:
  • The Power of Blood: Naruto uses this to make his clones sturdier.
  • The Power of Friendship: Frequently, but most notably in the Rescue Naruto arc.
  • Power of Trust: Kisame does something he would rather not because Itachi trusted him.
  • Power of the Void: Hinata's ohgi: Byakugan Art: Singularity Rasengan.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Ninja Arts: Shiatsu Fingers is ostensibly a combat technique but it's best used for infiltration... or seduction.
  • Powers as Programs: The Grass village attempts to do this, coding jutsu on to circuits. That way, rather than go through the time consuming process of learning a technique, anyone with a enough chakra control can just use it. The project is ultimately abandoned thanks to Naruto pointing out three glaring weaknesses during his fight with the beta tester.
  • Precision F-Strike: The 'S' word shows up only five times in the story, though the 'F' word does not.
  • The President's Daughter: Nyoko.
  • Pride: Given by Kabuto as the reason he saved Hinata during the Chunin exams (in canon). He just wanted to prove he was better than the entire Konoha medical corps (because he diagnosed and healed Hinata in minutes, something they couldn't do in a month).
  • Prison Riot: The Human Path Pein causes one in the Leaf Village to aid his and the Ninja Reaper's escape.
  • The Problem with Fighting Death: She’ll do whatever it takes to collect your soul if you try to screw her over.
  • Psychopomp: Goddess!Reaper
  • Punch Clock Villain: The Acolytes of Pein don't particularly like what they are doing, or what it does to Nagato, but they are unflinchingly loyal to him.
  • Rags to Riches: When Naruto becomes a full, legal adult he is given access to his mother's savings and his grandfather's royalty checks. Combined with his own royalty checks, and his frugal nature, he ends up with a "personal net worth exceeds that of some of the smaller clans in this village" according to Hiashi.
  • Random Power Ranking: In addition to the normal E-S rank of missions and Bingo Book entries, the story adds X-Rank, indicating the threat requires the tactical intercession of two or more of the big five villages.
  • Rank Inflation: X-Rank missions and missing ninjas, as mentioned in Random Power Ranking.
  • Razor Floss: Sasame.
  • Real Men Cook: Naruto is a very good cook, but initially refuses to do so, because he hates cleaning up, and Jiraiya (who forced him to learn how to cook in the first place) was very picky about Naruto's efforts. That changes as Hinata (and others) compliment his skills, and Hinata is more than willing to do the dishes.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Hinata has to give Hanabi one in chapter 23, complete with Armor-Piercing Slap.
    • She gives another to Sakura in 53.
  • Rebellious Princess: Nyoko. Not as bad as some, but she does force her father to let her go to a normal high school, and then bend the rules and restrictions on her as far as she can without breaking them. Especially in the Yuletide Arc.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Like canon, Naruto's eyes turn red when he uses the Fox's chakra. Or when the Fox takes over one of his clones. But twice he turns his eyes red without using the Fox's power, to trick/intimidate his opponent.
  • Red Herring: Chapter 117 spends a good deal of time on Hinata's Suigin Rasengan, which is never shown again and only mentioned in passing. The point of the chapter is sowing the seeds of Hinata mastering the Five-Points Rasengan, and Naruto inspiring her Singularity Rasengan.
  • Red Herring Mole:Danzo. The actual mole is Homura.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Naruto or Sakura and Hinata.
  • Redemption Equals Death: A few characters qualify for this, but the most obvious textbook example is Sasuke.
  • Redemption Earns Life: Nagato's redemption saves him from an early grave by giving Tsunade a chance to heal him.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Naruto and Hinata get four. Most of the other couples get one on-screen.
  • Retired Badass: Kakashi, to raise Rei. He gets out of retirement occasionally, though.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After the Blood Drinker Doraku appears to kill Hinata in chapter 11, Naruto unleashes two previously unseen jutsu, and shreds large chunks of the demon's body with Rasengans. When the demon taunts him with the fact that Naruto can't kill him, Naruto blows a hole through Doruka's chest, drives a stalagmite through the hole, pinning Doraku to a cave wall and then has his Blood Clones collapse the cave on top of the vampire.
  • Romance Arc: Book 1.
  • Roof Hopping: Naruto, Hinata, and Kankuro during the Yuletide Arc.
  • Running Gag: Kakashi and Yugao are a couple. Didja know that?
  • The Sacred Darkness: Goddess!Reaper.
  • Said Bookism
  • Samus Is a Girl: The Kyuubi is female in this story.
  • Sand in My Eyes: Neji in chapter 3.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: The Reaper of Shinobi claims this is the reason she can take on Neji and Tenten alone, while in the past she was unable to beat Naruto or Hinata alone. The truth is that while she is better now that she has been forced into sanity, Neji and Tenten were also holding back somewhat.
  • Santa Clausmas: Yuletide has most of the trappings of Christmas, including a Santa figure. But it is not tied to any of the gods in the story.
  • Save the Princess: Averted the first time as she is never captured, but played straight the second time.
  • Scaled Up: Orochimaru's Soul Shell.
  • Scars Are Forever: Naruto's only scar hasn't healed or faded months later despite his Healing Factor. Word of God confirms it will never fade, due to whatever the Fox did to make that wound leave a scar in the first place.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Kabuto, when he gives his Breaking Speech to Hinata.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Happens a few times. Tsunade weaponizes this, giving Naruto and company a certain order she knows they will break and wants them to break.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Orochimaru does this a couple of times; when Naruto shows up during his fight against Madara, after Manda dies, in his final fight with Naruto.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: The Tailed Beasts and the Shadow Roc.
  • Secret Keeper
    • The five Kages and the leaders of three Kekkei Genkai clans hold the secret origins of bloodline traits.
    • Tsunade and Jiraiya, with Kakashi and Shizune as backup, keep the secret of Naruto's father's identity.
  • Sempai/Kohai: The honorific senpai is used frequently (particularly Yugao to Kakashi). The Kouin sisters refer to Sasuke as 'kohai' and Kabuto as 'senpai'.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Karin's death qualifies. She died fighting Kisame so he could not interfere with Sasuke's fight with Itachi. Except Kisame would not have interfered in the first place, and would not have even attacked Sasuke in the event of Itachi's loss, because it would have gone against Itachi's wishes. Not to mention the effect her death had on Sasuke...
  • Shadow Archetype: Gouki to Naruto and Minato Namikaze.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Gouki.
  • Shipper on Deck: Tsunade, Hanabi, Luné, and Sol for NaruHina.
  • Shock and Awe: Kakashi as usual. Uzuki too. Naruto and Hinata have lightning as a secondary element which they play up after Tsunade teaches them the Rashinsho.
  • Shout-Out: See The Cameo and Classical Mythology above.
    • Yori of the Nochi clan, AKA Yama - Yama.Nochi Yori
    • For the first one third of book 4, Naruto ends each preview with a different famous(?) quote.
    • In one chapter while undercover Ino gives Kikoku Inoue as a pseudonym. When the guard she is attempting to fool recognizes the name, Ino claims she couldn't be the famous voice actress, because that Kikoku Inoue has been acting for twenty years, while Ino is only seventeen years old.
    • A trio of puppeteers are named Anzu, Jonouchi and Honda.
    • Before Naruto and Hinata's up tempo dance in Chapter 26, the bandleader asks if the crowd is In The Mood. Word of God says that they were dancing to Glenn Miller's famous song.
    • Rock Lee's ohgi.
    • Hana and Shizune's kids are named Toshiro and Momo for a reason.
    • The three falcons Iruka summons are named Harrier, Lancaster, and Zero.
  • Show Within a Show: The Kunoichi and the Priest books.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Naruto and Hinata, though not nearly as much as Sakura says.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Hinata and Kaede.
    • While no true warrior, Lady Toki, the Daimyo of the Land of Birds, does know her way around a katana and will use it when pressed.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The main source of Naruto's popularity with the girls. Also Anko to Iruka.
  • Slave Mooks: The Shozokus qualify, even though roughly half of them volunteered.
  • Slice of Life: Not the primary focus, but some chapters feature the characters in their days off, or on missions not directly related to the main plot.
  • Sorkin Relationship Moment: the start of book three, in response to the end of book two.
  • So Was X: Gamatatsu tries to justify his being more concerned with food than survival during the Naruto vs Gaara fight by claiming he was only six months old. Gamakichi immediately counters with "So was I."
  • Spell My Name with an S: Pein/Pain. Hyuga/Hyuuga
  • Split Personality: Yori and Roc-chan
  • Spoiled Sweet: Hinata, Nyoko, Toki, Haruna and eventually Hanabi.
  • Start of Darkness: Nagato and Konan, Kohaku, and Gouki with some overlap.
  • Stripperiffic: Aika and Aimi Kouin.
    • Kaede Mizuno wears armored clothes like most other ninja but she does have many parts of her exposed.
  • Stealth Insult
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Itachi's former assassin/wife Erica. By Madara.
  • Suicide by Cop: Gouki chooses to force Hinata and Sakura to lethally injure him, rather than being captured, tried, and executed. He then asks Naruto to finish him instead of letting him bleed out.
  • Super Mode: Naruto's Ascendent Fox Mode/Jutsu and Shin Tensei Kitsune Mode.
  • Surprise Party: Naruto gets two for his 16th birthday, after a fashion. Though he knows Hinata intends to celebrate with him, he doesn't know what she has in mind, so the events of the day are a surprise. Meanwhile Tsunade throws a normal (if huge) surprise party for him, which almost gets ruined because she left Hinata out of the loop.
  • Swiss-Army Weapon: Naruto's Kitsune: staff-blade, broadsword, two-handed sword, Rasenblade (chainsaw sword), and shield. Also useful for blocking fire and lightning jutsu.
  • Switching P.O.V.
  • Symbol Swearing
  • Take That: In Chapter 85 Hinata tells her grandfather "Unless some cosmic joke were to have the Daimyo stride into the village and appoint some random ninja Hokage, Naruto will lead the Hidden Leaf one day.", a deliberate jab at Danzo's temporary appointment in the manga.
  • Taking You with Me: How the battle between Might Gai and Kisame ends. Surprisingly, it's the former that invokes it against the latter. Also counts as a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Taking A Level In Badass: Hinata, oh so very much. Three of the Killed Off for Real bad guys kills go to her.
    • Also Sakura and Naruto (though Naruto not so much as in canon).
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Both played straight and averted, depending on the level of action present in the scene.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Naruto puts his special skill to good use in this story.
  • The Tease: Ino, Nyoko and Kaede.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Naruto and Sasuke during the vampire arc. Sakura to Hinata in book 2. Pretty much anyone who has to work Madara.
  • Tempting Fate: Honda does it in chapter 43. Naruto makes him pay for it.
    • It happens even more in the later chapters.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Jiraiya and Gouki both pull these off.
  • Thanking the Viewer: The last chapter thanks the reader for sticking through the whole story.
  • The Cavalry: The Naruto Rescue Squad, and Naruto's Toad Battalion Jutsu.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Go!!! (a.k.a. Fighting Dreamers) shows up as Hinata's ring tone.
  • Theme Twin Naming: The Kouin Twins, Aimi and Aika. and the third triplet Aisa
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Orochimaru and Madara are definitely dead.
    • The Canyon of Dawn base run by Akatuski. It's not described as "destroyed" or "lost" or "overrun." It's fate is described as "melted."
  • They Do
  • They Would Cut You Up/To the Pain: What Kabuto intends to do, should he ever lay hands upon a Byakugan user.
    • What the Fox would like to do to Naruto.
  • This Is Reality: Naruto mentions the unlikely but still theoretically possible scenario that he and Hinata both fall in love with a second woman. And then admits that that really only happens in bad romance novels.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Gouki.
  • Through His Stomach: Hinata does this twice; the first time is much more successful.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Hiashi challenges Hyouta.
  • Throwing the Distraction: Naruto arranges a very elaborate one while training with Hinata (she isn't allowed to use her Byakugan). He ties his jacket to a kunai and throwing it through tall grass, so she will not only hear the sound, but will see a flash of orange, too.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Shikamaru and Sakura initially suspect this of Naruto when he agrees to go out with Hinata. He sets them straight and ultimately averts this trope nicely.
  • Title Drop: Chapter 39 drops the fanfic title.
    • In Chapter 26 the bandleader asks if the dancers are ''In the Mood" also serves as a Waxing Lyrical.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Sakura and Hinata, Anko and Yugao, Keiko and Hanabi
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Hiashi and Hanabi, again.
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Naruto to both the Doraku and Preta Pein.
  • Tournament Arc: Chapters 8-11 Subverted, the tournament never even occurs (it is all a trap).
    • The Jonin trials later on.
  • Triang Relations: Naruto, Hinata, and Sakura start as a Type 3 and move into a Type 4.
  • A Truce While We Gawk: In chapters 93-95 (the individual fights are spread across multiple chapters), everyone in a certain large battle stops to stare when Minato or rather his soul that Orochimaru accidentally summoned announces that he is Naruto's father.
  • True Companions: A different group from canon. Hinata is at the core, and Temari and Sasame Fuma are added to the periphery members.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Tsunade cheats the hell out of her Jonin trials.
  • Tsundere: Sakura, Temari and Anko.
  • Turtle Power: Tenten's summoning contract.
  • Twin Switch: The Kouin sisters are identical twins except that their hair and eye colors are reversed. But in reality that's a low level transformation so they can switch back and forth, making their opponents think they are more skilled than they actually are (each having heavily studied one type of ninja combat). Even better, they are triplets who pretend to be twins, letting the one who is not fighting rest and provide tactical support.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: The Grass Usurper taking over the Land of Grass, and Gouki becoming the Raikage at the start of Book 4 both qualify.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Naruto if Kitsune, Ginmaki, and Sakura's unnamed bow are any indication.
  • Unishment: As punishment for not informing Tsunade of Naruto's plan to act out again to get demoted, Hinata is instructed to help Naruto clean the Hokage Monument. Or as Hinata put it: "So my punishment is to spend the morning with you? I think the Hokage might be getting soft."
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: The Takamichi 'twins' are cousins, not twins and are not even the same gender. But as long as they account for their Secondary Sexual Characteristics, only an advanced Dojutsu can detect the differences in their appearance.
  • Undying Loyalty
    • The Acolytes to Pein.
  • Unrealistic Black Hole: Hinata's Singularity Rasengan doesn't effect her, anything charged with her chakra, or anyone/thing hiding behind her. Of course, it's not really a black hole, just a chakra ball so dense it acts like one...
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Hinata and Kakashi explicitly call Naruto this at the beginning of the story.
  • Unwanted Harem: Naruto doesn't really notice, but the other girls around him really annoy Sakura.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means
  • The Vamp: The Kouins.
  • Vampiric Draining: The Blood Drinker Demon clan.
  • Villainous Rescue: Kabuto saving Hinata's life is made many references to in the story. There's also the Kyubi keeping Madara and later Orochimaru from braining Naruto with Tsukuyomi when she merges with him.
  • Villainous Valor: Nagato/Pein, Konan, Kohaku and Gouki all display it, befitting their roles as Anti Villains.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Itachi fighting Sasuke at the old Uchiha estate, Kabuto escaping the Sound village after Naruto amputates his arm with Rasenshuriken, Orochimaru when fighting Madara at the Akatsuki hideout and the Kyubi extraction fails and Naruto escapes.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Hinata and Hana Inuzuka both show signs of this.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Thanks to the Six-Tailed Chameleon, Kohaku is an expert spy and shapeshifter.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Naruto had just finished beating up Hianta's grandfather for the right to date her. She jumped into the middle of the arena, and after a stellar kiss, he starts to berate himself for forgetting his planned speech. So he gives a simpler one, and then pops the question. In front of the entire Leaf village.
    • Anko had previously refused Iruka's proposal because of her curse mark. After that issue is resolved (in the middle of the night) she shyly asks to see the ring again. Iruka dives for it, scrambles back, and asks her to marry him. She snarkily refuses, saying she just got out of one bad situation, and isn't going to jump into another one. So he gently tackles her, and tells her he's going to ravish her until she forgets herself and says yes. She says she'd like to see him try.
  • WAFF
  • Walking Spoiler: Gouki Namikaze. As the Bigger Bad, Naurto's uncle and Minato's brother, pretty much any important mention of him is going to spoil the last two books.
  • Warrior Therapist: Neji to Suzuhira.
    • Naruto to Nagato.
  • Watching the Sunset: Naruto and Hinata's first time alone together as an official couple is watching the sunset from atop the Hokage monument.
  • Waxing Lyrical:
    • In Chapter 26 the bandleader asks if the dancers are "in the mood" also serves as a Title Drop.
    • Chapter 40 lamshades the trope as it is used.
      • "That's the kinda sugar papa likes," he(Naruto) told her slyly. She(Hinata) knew he was just quoting a song title, but she couldn't help but grin and blush.
    • Chapter 151: "Our world's about to break."
  • Weapon of Choice: Naruto's is a staff blade. Just like Hizashi's.
    • Hinata's are her bracers and Sakura has her axe and bow and arrows.
  • Weapon Stomp: Naruto does this to Doraku's sword in chapter 11. Given it is an antique and a relic of a past Mizukage, the demon is very unhappy.
  • Wedding Day: The last two chapters of the story each have one.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Gouki Namikaze. And to a lesser degree Kohaku, Nagato, and Konan.
  • Wham Episode: Naruto is kidnapped.
    • Before that, Itachi is killed and Orochimaru successfully takes Sasuke's body.
    • Chapter 75: Kankuro DIES.
    • The Kyubi performs a Heroic Sacrifice and also dies.
    • Jiraiya dies killing Orochimaru.
    • Gai dies in battle.
  • Wham Line: Last line of chapter 89, and in chapter 90 when Naruto proposes.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Sakura to Hinata during the slumber party, both why Hinata wants Naruto and why he wants her. It's really just her depression over Sasuke's surrender to Orochimaru talking.
  • Who Are You?
    Ninja!Reaper: It is over, ninja. Give me your name, that I may remember it.
    Naruto: My name is Naruto Uzumaki. And there's no way I'm going to die here. I'm going to be the next Hokage.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Gouki and Kohaku's origin stories. Anko, Iruka, and Yugao's history only takes about half of the chapter.
  • Winged Humanoid: The Deva Path Pein invokes this with Gravity Master feathers.
  • With This Ring: Naruto to Hinata, Iruka to Anko
  • World of Badass
  • Would Hit a Girl: The girls hit back though.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Yori being possessed doesn't stop anyone from killing her though they do immediately regret it.
  • Xenafication: Hinata, in story. She starts training with Naruto, and then Tsunade. By the middle of the third book, Kakashi rates her as one of the ten strongest Leaf ninjas. She kills Madara towards the end of the last book. With a little help from Sakura.
  • Years Too Early: Said to Naruto in chapter 78.
    Madara: Cliché though it may sound, you are literally a hundred years to early to fight me.
  • You Are Not Alone: Hinata to Naruto.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Done in both books 2 and 4.
    • In book 2 the Akatsuki kidnap Naruto and start extracting the Fox, before the demon make a Heroic Sacrifice and Naruto's friends show up to rescue him.
    • In book 4 Gouki is able to become Raikage, then take over the Waterfall and Grass countries, and then the Rain country; before the good guys start disrupting his plans.
  • You Did Everything You Could: Multiple times, usually related to Sasuke.
  • You! Exclamation
    • Chouji to Kaede Mizuno in chapter 15
    • Naruto to Madara in chapter 77
    • A couple of other times "Why you" is used instead.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Yukihana. Ayameko has gradient colored hair. The Kouin sisters have blue hair, but one of them changes it to green.
  • You Have Failed Me: Anzu kills Honda when he and Jonouchi surrender.
    • Averted with Gouki. He is extremely displeased when he learns Madara has been doing this to his men.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Killing the Raikage or Mizukage lets the killer take over the position. The Cloud village does stipulate that the new Raikage must be a Cloud ninja or have a Cloud ninja sponsor.
  • You Mean Xmas: Yuletide is celebrated on Dec. 21st.
  • You Said You Couldn't Dance: Naruto skipped out on dance classes at the Academy, so Hinata is surprised when he asks her to go dancing. He explains that Jiraiya forced him to learn, and that he found out that he likes it.
  • Yuletide Arc
  • Zerg Rush: The zombies at the Dojutsu tournament. Pretty much anyone who uses Multi Shadow Clone Jutsu.


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