Echoes, by Kagaseo is a Naruto fanfiction where... well...Plot Summary: "AU. A modification of the seal holding back the Kyuubi has surprising consequences. When each choice brings about a new world, what will happen when different possibilities collide? Many Naruto wreaking havoc."The story begins with a slightly different version of the canon Naruto's fight with Orochimaru in the Land of Grass. After messing up big time, the blonde ninja, renamed Kazama to avoid confusion, got his seal twisted, accidentally gaining the power to travel across the multiverse, meeting alternate versions of himself, like:
Naruko, a female Naruto with the canon one's personality.
And many more.Problem is, the group ends up followed by Madara and chased like a bunch of animals...This author take on the "Hero traverses the multiverse and teams up with his alternate counterparts to save the day" plot, and of the Naruto universe in general. You can't go two chapters without a Wham Line. The story is massive, and highly detailed in mythos and scenarios, as well as exploring the complexity of humanity. It is also has a Deconstructor Fleet - many tropes are ripped apart relentlessly and then put back together.The story currently consists of the following story arcs:
The Introductory Arc (Prologue - Ch 4)
The Land of Waves Arc (Ch 5 - 10)
The Great Chase Arc (Ch 11 - 21)
The Separation Arc (Ch 22 - Ch 35)
The Reunion Arc (Ch 36 - present)
The War World Arc (Ch 50 - present)
Now has a character sheet that needs a lot of love.The author has stated that the current "War World Arc" will conclude the story. He has mentioned the possibility of a sequel to Echoes that might appear in the future.
This fanfic provides examples of:
The Ace: Minato is a very interesting deconstruction - he's so perfect that he's completely divorced from reality and cannot understand why people have negative emotions or would be angry at being used for the Greater Good. He would have died a long time ago from sheer stupidity if he wasn't practically an in-universe Sue.
Broken Ace: The Minato from the Alive!Yondaime World puts on an exceptional act but he is really a text book "became perfect at everything and broke himself because of it" type of Broken Ace. Starting with his wife's death he was sent through a Trauma Conga Line fighting evil that couldn't be defeated with peace, love, and The Power of Friendship then getting hit with a sucessful Breaking Speech by a dying Madara followed by learning that his best friend Fugaku sold him out of envy and spite followed up with him realizing that he has no meaningful relationship with anyone besides the wife of his fake best friend who he is basically in an affair with and half the time pretends she's Kushina, much to his horror then realizing that he doesn't even know what his own son likes to do and said son might hate him... And Kamui thinks this guy is perfect. He's a broken, pathetic, cynical, self-destructive shell of a man, who's only solace is once again the wife of his fake best friend, Mikoto. But it makes him the perfect Hokage, strangely enough.
Action Girl: Naruko, Haku, Gaara, Yugito, Mei, etc. It's a long list.
The Alliance: One is being formed by the worlds that the Arashi clans have visited in order to stand against Teikoku.
All Take and No Give: This is higly implied to be the relationship between Alpha and her clones. She basically had them worship her but due to Lack of Empathy she never even bothered to name them or try to find a way to fix their Clone Degeneration while they gave everything to her and suffered for it, best shown with Five and Three's - the people closest to her's mentalstates and a majority of the clone's apathy of her arrest after she set herself up as their messiah.
Kenta as well - and is with Yagura, it's done deliberately (though in this case it's more to subvert the Sliding Scale Of Villainy and contrast the Madara Trio). Word of God states that this wouldn't be the case had he been fought much earlier, but after all the Level Grinding the heroes have undergone in-story he's nowhere near a match for Kamui.
Anyone Can Die: So far, the body count includes (in order): Kabuto, Kisame, the Land of Waves, Orochimaru, A, Amaterasu, Zabuza, Yahiko, Hanzo, Yagura, Nagato, Five, Itachi, Tsunade, Hidan, Sasori, Kakashi, Omoikane, and Susanoo.
If N's backstorydoesn't make you want to cry... Shisui, Alpha and Hanzo also count, if you think they didn't cross the Moral Event Horizon already. Subverted with Alpha - she doesn't want to improve the world. She just wants to be proven right by any means necessary. Five is the REAL Anti-Villain.
To catergorize -
Type II: N and Five.
Type III: Hanzo
Type IV: Shisui and the five Kage revived by Edo Tensei.
Apathetic Citizens: Izanami notes that the reason why Ame is full of idiots dying in droves is because they have all given up.
"Confronting the Demon" Arc - Shisui -> Kitsune's Kyuubi
"Past Enemy" Arc - Kenta Ayatsuri
"Amegakure" Arc: Hanzo and Yagura
"Dystopia" Arc: Alpha
Aristocrats Are Evil: And stupid. The Ame nobility are just as full of themselves as the Uchiha clan with none of the power to back it up.
Asshole Victim: Ame has a disturbingly high amount of these to the point that they could form an army. Every person in power besides Hanzo are perfectly fine with their country dying and their people suffering as long as they get to stay rich and powerful and every civilian is portrayed as an idiotic unsympathetic git who is incapable of running their own lives. It's pretty much impossible to give a crap about them.
Alpha is also another rather Bad Boss, but she hides it very well. At first glance she is polite, beautiful, and understanding... As long as you agree with her. If you criticize her decisions in any way prepare for a meeting with her Torture Technician, Five.
Because Destiny Says So: Susanoo, and the Minato and Kushina of Kazama's homeworld firmly believe in destiny. It bit the latter two in the ass - HARD! This has been taken Up to Eleven because destiny doesn't even exist (as it turns out), and it's gained them the eternal hatred of their son. Time will only tell for Susanoo...
It's gotten to the point that if you use destiny as a justification for your actions, you will die a horrible death no matter how good a person you are.
Becoming the Mask: Multiple characters have done this on multiple levels. First is Shukaku who actually came to believe she was Gaara's mother to the point that she went from an 'it' to an actual she. Naruko's annoying Incorruptible Pure PurenessKid-Appeal Character persona was created by her skill in lying based on what she thought what people would want be friends with. Amaterasu invoked this on himself by becoming 'War Made Flesh' to cover up his self-loathing. And Tsukiyomi at certain times seems to care more about raising Kazama than conquering the multiverse and it's unknown how much of his Affably Evil persona is actually him or what he developed over the years to better manipulate people and even if it was originally an act it has obviously become genuine.
Became Their Own Antithesis: Zizzaged with Kazama. He started out like his canon self, wanting to change the Ninja World and everything but by being forced into actual an leadership position he wasn't prepared for that involved more than making big speeches, being more like his father than his mother, having no one to conviently show up to Shoot the Dog for him so he can act holier than thou to everyone else, lacking the Kyuubi to pull his ass out of the fire forcing him to drop his Thou Shall Not Kill rule or to Mind Rape people into Heel Face Turns, and finding out about Konoha's many dirty secrets he became a cynical Anti-Hero who stopped caring about anything but his self made clan, stopped obessing over Sasuke, and stopped trying to be a straight up hero. But Amatsu-Mikaboshi tells him that he was always like that and he never actually believed in his own ideals acted like The Messiah merely to prove people wrong and never cared about doing the right thing, he just performed his heroic deeds to prove what the villagers said about him was wrong, tried to save his enemies not out of kindness but to gain peoples approval, never really cared about Sasuke or thought of him as his brother, he just obssessed over him because he was the first person to acknowledge him. Kazama merely stopped lying to himself...Kazama doesn't disagree.
And then Sasuke himself shows up, and reveals that he's become The Atoner for the (perceived) death of his best friend, and since Tsukiyomi never told him the truth of his clan's massacre. As such, he starts acting more and more like Kazama did before the entire plot of Echoes started up, and slowly becomes less and less like canon Sasuke. Ergo, Naruto and Sasuke have switched roles. Both of them Became Their Own Antithesis.
Big Bad Ensemble: Multiple villains share the spotlight, although Tsukiyomi and the Warlord are the main contenders for the Big Bad role.
Big Bad Duumvirate: The Madara Trio form a stable Big Bad Triad. When Amaterasu dies, which Izanami joins them as The Dragon before blackmailing her way into the new Triad. This group is also The Heavy. Others include: Orochimaru & A during the Kumo arc, Hanzo and Yagura for the Amegakure Arc, Madara and Hashirama in the ANBU-verse's backstory before Alpha took over. A strange case with Yagura and the Sanbi, who share the same body.
There is now a Big Bad Decemvirate in the form of Teikoku.
Bigger Bad: Amatsu Mikaboshi is the most powerful evil in the setting, but apart from backing the Madara Trio and corrupting Kazama, doesn't take a direct role in the story yet. The Shinigami also counts.
Blind Seer: Izuna, Amaterasu, and the Alive!Yondaime World Madara saw the future after being blinded by spaming Izanagi while dying. This is most likely connected to making a deal with Amatsu-Mikaboshi but it is rather vague and is likely linked to the Mangekyo Sharingan as well.
Body Horror: Orochimaru, after surviving his teleportation in another world.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Naruto's ability to break space and travel dimensions once became so great that he broke out of the continuity of 'Echoes' and ended up in SOMEBODY ELSE'S FANFICTION. No. This isn't crack. On another note, for allowing this to happen, thank you Third Fang!
Five. 90% of what he says is a Breaking Speech. Given that he's an Expy of O'Brien this is justified.
Canon Welding: With the real canon - the author takes great pains to contradict as little of the narrative as possible, for the most part avoiding the need to Retcon the established narrative but still needing to bend the rules along with his own.
Climax Boss: Amaterasu, for the conclusion of "The Great Chase Arc".
Cool Sword: The Kusanagi, Orochimaru's and later Kazama's sword has a far deeper and more powerful backstory than its canon counterpart. First of all, it was used to kill the real Yamato-no-Orochi, second, it is the REAL Susanoo's sword.
The Conspiracy: The Inner Council, a group formed by the clans of Konoha to oppose the Hokages power. The first two times it was formed was for valid reasons: The first formation was when Hashirama gave away eight bijuu to enemy nations and everyone thought he was an idiot. The second time it was formed was because the Village saw Sarutobi as unfit to lead after he let Orochimaru escape (and Orochimaru was caught killing babies) so you really couldn't fault them that time...the third and current incarnation is a major mystery and is a major plot point because it was not formed for good reasons like the first two times and is causing major problems.
Crapsack Multiverse: With traces of World Half Full, but (in this fic) as Tsukiyomi tells Kazama, most everyone he's ever known has had an ulterior motive including people he's long-respected, there's a conspiracy in his past made up hof his Konoha peers' parents and assorted, and in nearly every world someone is screwing over his counterpart For The Good Of Konoha. Though admittedly part of the reasoning is warped into looking its absolute worse for Kazama's eyes because of Mikaboshi. The heroes are basically a ray of sunshine amidst this simply because they actually give a fuck about each other.
Crapsaccharine World: The Alive!Yondaime World at first looks like a Sugar Bowl because Akatsuki, Orochimaru, and Madara were defeated early. In reality, whilst this was a great blow to evil it didn't destroy it all, instead making it disorganized but present. In addition, the political situation is rather bad because of both a certain idiotic Genin Team and no Big Bad to keep certain people occupied, like A.
Crazy-Prepared: Sasori all the way. He has practically everything one could want or need sealed inside or built into his puppet body. One could wonder if he exchanged notes with Batman when he rebuilt himself.
Wait, so does that mean that if Zabuza killed Amaterasu, could he beat the Kyuubi?
Dirty Business: Every member of the Arashi clan except Naruko has had to do this in the past.
Discard and Draw: A rather common thing in this fic. Hell, this trope along with a Breaking Speech started the whole freaking plot! To recap, Kazama lost the power of the Kyuubi in exchange for the power of the Shinigami which gave him the power to traverse the multiverse, along with his Uzumaki powers because the Kyuubi couldn't dick around with his chakra anymore (along with the power to make to make chakra chains). Sasori and Chibaku also use this trope a lot. They lose all their puppets in every fight they're in but because they are both Crazy-Prepared they have a new better model ready to go the time the next fight comes knockin'.
The Dragon: Technically, Amaterasu is this - he fills the role of being the most powerful antagonistic force for the heroes, and despite still being Madara he's probably the most-level headed of the Trio, content to let his comrades plan and acting as mediator. Until he's finally Killed Off for Real.
Note: Kuebiko doesn't count because he isn't part of the Arashi clan. He's just helping them because he's a Nice Guy. Though he is somewhat bigoted and has a very Selective Memory when his brothers dickier moves come up or the flaws in the Will of Fire.
Earn Your Happy Ending: According to the Author's Notes, this is the heroes' ultimate goal given the utter shit they tend to wade through - time will tell if they manage it.
The Empath: All of the Naruto are able to emphasize with their opponents in battle and they use it in different ways. For Kitsune, his empathy destroyed him. Naruko uses her empathy exactly like her canon self. But later slipped into Mind Rape and quit being The Empath. Chibaku uses his empathy to be a Manipulative Bastard using his understanding of his opponents mental state to destroy them. And finally, Kazama is in the middle ground between Naruko and Chibaku. He uses his empathy to connect with the rest of his clan to help them while using it against his enemies to formulate Trash Talk and "The Reason You Suck" Speeches to make them screw up.
Everyone Has Standards: This is how Edo Tensei is treated in Echoes. To even consider using Edo Tensei in this story you either have to be a special kind of stupid aka the guy who invented it. A special kind of evil, like Orochimaru, Kabuto, or Susanoo. Or a special kind of broken, like Izanami. Using Edo Tensei seems to be the equivalent to violating the Geneva Convention in the Echoes-multiverse. To prove the point, when Susanoo revived five Kages who hated each other with it, they all agreed they wanted to kill him for sinking so low.
Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Try explaining that three versions of the mightiest Big Bad in existence are after you and your friends to the people around you and see how long it takes for you all to realize just how fucked you are! Go on. Try it.
By chapter 36 it has completely fallen apart. Amaterasu is dead. Nobody knows what Tsukiyomi's up to - if he's even planning anything anymore. Susanoo has teamed up with a new Madara renamed Izanagi and has gone Starscream. While Izanami has fallen in love with Kazama and is stopping him from falling completely off the deep end into a Face-Heel Turn.
The Brute - Three - While she is Co-Dragons with Five her lack of higher brain functions, love of burning things, being a Sycophantic Servant, and losing her fight off-screen compared to her hypercompetent counterpart firmly puts her in this position.
The Spock: Tsukiyomi is the most logical, level-headed and manipulative, and seems to have plans within plans.
The Kirk: Amaterasu, despite being a Blood Knight tends to act as the mediator between Tsukiyomi and Susanoo. With his death, there are now hints that Tsukiyomi and Susanoo are plotting to Starscream each other. Unless Izanami takes his place...?
Gambit Roulette: Deconstructed with Minato and Kushina's plan to turn their child into the Ninja Messiah. It undergoes an extreme Epic Fail with every Naruto we encounter due to them each forming different idealogies and the randomness of life ensures that the exact events that could turn Naruto into the Ninja Messiah that they want him to be are realistically too impossible to occur. The four main Naruto's are four excellent examples of Minato and Kushina's failed Gambit Roulette.
Kazama: He is the only one with the proper mentality and skill to pull the whole Ninja Messiah thing off but he absolutely refuses to be one because doing so would make him a Hypocrite and someone's pawn. Two things he hates with a passion. He also hates his parents because they basically turned him into a Tyke Bomb based on "destiny" and his mother basically admitted that they wanted to turn him into the Ninja Messiah without his consent and planned out his entire life for him. He really hates Kushina for that.
Naruko: At first she seems to have all of the qualifications but if you look a bit deeper she is also another failure. She lacks the charisma without Kurama's Mind Rape skill and really has no further ambition than making friends and forming a family, plus she hate's destiny with a passion.
Kitsune: He is far to broken to ever accomplish anything his parents might have planned for him.
Chibaku: He has pretty much figured everything out and doesn't care.
Gender Flip: Naruko, Haku and Gaara. Now we have a Genderflipped Tobi renamned Izanami.
On the other hand, Izanami is not the same Tobi as Canon, so she may or may not actually qualify. It's actually heavily implied that Izanami killed Obito. But it's too early to tell, really.
The Gift: Deconstructed with Minato. Him being better at everything than everyone else makes him Stupid Good and him having to deal with actual failure sends him into a spiral of self destructive tendency due to his pride and not being very good at dealing with failure.
Generation Xerox" Inverted with Sasuke and Naruto and their mothers, Mikoto and Kushina. Naruto obsesses over Sasuke while Sasuke doesn't care. Mikoto on the other hand is hinted to have wanted much more than friendship from Kushina while Kushina sees her as just a friend.
Kazama himself could be consider a rather horrific deconstruction of this trope or a different form of inversion.
Hero Killer: The three Madara, BIG TIME. Especially Amaterasu, who has the story's highest body count for the moment. Hell, as Badass as Zabuza and Jiraiya were in taking him down, he'd also partially weakened himself via his Honour Before Reason - meaning that had he fought dirty he might have killed them both and still survived.
Hero of Another Story: A major theme of the Seperation arc was to show that the multiverse doesn't revolve around Naruto with the role of being The Hero, The Protagonist, and basically being the main character of their world was Itachi, Minato, and Orochimaru with the Naruto of two of those worlds being Demoted to Extra and side characters and in one world he was the Big Bad instead.
Hyper Competent Sidekick: Sasori to Kazama and Yugito to Kamui. While these characters are not incompetent or sidekicks they fit the bill perfectly due to their sanity and efficiency compared to the person they work for.
Insane Troll Logic: Orochimaru, after becoming Axe Crazy, plans to kill Kazama and then take over his body with his Grand Theft Me no Jutsu. When Kazama points out that Orochimaru can't body-jack corpses, Orochimaru 'rationalizes' this by pointing out that Sasuke has 'killed' Kazama twice so he must have three lives so killing him one more time will be okay.
The whole Ninja Messiah plan has been reduced to this because of free will.
In Spite of a Nail: A few things remain constant in most of the multiverse, no matter how different other actors tend to be. For instance:
The Kyuubi attack - whether Madara found immortality/longevity or not, someone orchestrates it unless things were very different in the backstory (such as in the Distopia-verse). One of few varients is where Sakura, not Naruto, is the jinchuuriki instead.
Naruto himself appears to be a constant - even if Minato does not have a child with Kushina, if he has one with someone else (such as Tsunade or Mikoto) it will (usually) be a son of the same name. Naruko is a slight break from this, but her world is still highly close to Canon regardless (a few characters' allegiances notwithstanding).
Irony: A key part of this fic is the parrallels it draws to Canon mocking how the series has become made out of Broken Aesops, thus, if a character gets any Character Development there will be some irony to go along with it. To check it out go to the character sheet, The list is way too long to write here.
Jade-Colored Glasses: Everyone in this fic except Naruko wear Jade Colored Glasses of various shades. It's actually healthy in this fic to be cynical to a certain degree, but Kazama has recently become the most cynical, beating Sasori in the cynicism department. He wears Jade-Colored Glasses the size of Kamina's shades.
Man Child: A majority of the Minato and Kushina of the multiverse zizzag between this and being being Type B Psychopathic Manchilds. They have clearly never mentally matured past the age of ten. Minato seems to thinks he lives in a Saturday morning cartoon and Kushina to cope with being the Kyuubi Jinchuuriki has mentally degraded into a child like mentality. This tends too lead to them being Stupid GoodUnwitting Instigators of Doom, Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance with extreme cases of Selective Memory and easily manipulatable Unwitting Pawns that never think things through and cause a lot of people a lot of problems because of their lack of foresight, tact, or common sense and they justify their inaction and sloth with Because Destiny Says So and despite claiming to want to create a better world they never really do anything and instead use their child as a Tyke Bomb and implement a always failed Gambit Roulette. They're sort of like children running away from responsibility.
Some manage to subvert this when Reality Ensues. Kushina's death causes Minato to start acting his age and stop hiding behind destiny and actively try's to use real methods to improve the world, and in one world Kushina having to raise a Walking Spoiler unknown child pariah has caused her to regain her maturity.
Man-Eating Plant: The heroes end up in a world filled with nothing but plants that can use the Sharingan... there are no humans and the plants try to EAT the heroes. The rest sort of falls under the category of Fridge Horror when you try and consider (A) what happened to all the people and (B) what happened to MAKE those plants, anyway?!
Mêlée à Trois: The ending of the Another Wave arc turns the battle for the bridge into a DBZ level blood bath. The three factions include: The soon-to-be-Arashi clan (Kazama, Naruko, Chibaku, Kitsune, Sasori Kakashi/Kamui, Normal!Naruto, Jinchuuriki!Sakura, and Sasuke) vs Kisame, Zabuza, Haku, and Kimmimaro vsthe Madara Trio (Tsukiyomi, Susanoo, and Amaterasu). The final results didn't really end well for anyone.
Deconstructed and Averted with Naruko as well. At first glance Naruko seems to have her canon self's messiah like personality but it has been revealed that Naruko's messiah persona has been a ruse she created because she thought it would make people want to be friends with her, she didn't think anyone would want to be friends with her more morose and somber real self so she used her Consummate Liar skills and Kurama's Mind Rape skills to create a false personality. She later drop's it after her fight with Kitsune's Kyuubi. And she's far better off without her false persona.
A Mother To Her Men: Alpha manages to play this straight and horrifically subverts it at the same time. While she truly cares about the clones under her command. Due to her being a Type C Psychopathic Manchild of the "Control" variety, she cares about them the same way a young girl would care about her doll collection making them expendable. Basically, when a new doll comes along and she needs to make room for a replacement, you just get rid of one that you don't like.
The Needs of the Many: Minato believes in the Fate/stay night maxim of "sacrifice the one to save the many". He basically admits to Kazama that he will willingly sacrifice his family to create peace. In a complete contrast to his father, Kazama believes in a Inverted version of this trope - that only a handful of people deserve salvation. If any of the original series' philosophy remains intact, this is not a good thing.
Next Tier Power-Up: Puposely deconstructed in this story. If you get a cool new power, don't expect it to automatically let you win against your latest foe. Just because you have a cool new super move doesn't mean that you can use it properly. Expect to have your ass handed to you by the same technique that was beating you earlier because while that technique may be weaker, your enemy has mastered it to the point of perfection, while you don't know all the pro's and con's to your new powers.
Obliviously Evil: Many of the villains can come off as this, mainly Tsukiyomi, Susanoo, and Izanagi. They truly think that they're doing the right thing. Best shown when Susanoo and Izanagi were planning to defeat Kazama. They seemed a lot more heroic than Kazama has been.
Omnicidal Maniac: Kitsune's three Kyuubi. An alternate version of Naruto shown to Madara by Mikaboshi declared his intention to become one, and an alternate version of the Sage of the Six Paths actually pulled it off. Mikaboshi used to be one, but now its plans are mysterious.
Passing the Torch: The Will of Fire has suffered a brutal deconstruction in this story. It is pointed out that the Will of Fire passes everything down to the next generation, including things like hatred, bigotry, revenge, and racism, which in turn creates people like Danzo, Kazama, Kitsune, and Kitsune's Kyuubi. Realistically, the Will of Fire actually propagates the Cycle of Hatred, not stop it. Pretty much every Naruto's suffering is caused by the Will of Fire due to the hatred that is passed down from adults to children. And let's not get started about what it did to the Dystopia-verse.
Peggy Sue: Orochimaru is a villainous example. During the incident that gave Kazama his powers it sent Orochimaru back in time in an unknown universe. Like all Peggy Sues, Orochimaru used his foreknowledge to make his life better - and by better, I mean that he destroyed Konoha.
Power Parasite: For his final battle with Kakashi, Kenta has incorporated the Kaguya bloodline, the Byakugan, and Karin's Uzumaki Healing Factor into his body, and it has been hinted he has even more powers sealed away...
Protagonist Centred Morality: Good lord, is Kazama ever adopting this... So, mate, if someone is on your side (like say, Sasori) you call them "good" and ignore their more negative attributes or deeds; if they are your enemy or have done things not for your best interests, then they are bad regardless of motivation. Geez, whatever happened to your more forgiving younger self? Granted, at least part of the reason for this utalitarian mentality is Amatsu Mikaboshi slowly corrupting him.
Naruko shows signs of this as well, without an excuse. As long as someone agrees with her idealistic idealology they're "good". And she - like Kazama - tends to ignore her friends and enemies faults. A good example of this is Shisui. While he is remorseful about ruining Kitsune's life, he does not regret orchestrating the Uchiha Massacre where he brainwashed and used Itachi as his pawn to kill everyone except Sasuke, including non-combatants, civilians, and children, and more importantly - people that were not involved in the Inner Council conspiracy.
This is not unnoticed by the author, and it is being lampshaded, justified and deconstructed along the way.
The Rival: Yugito has a rivalry with Kakashi. Originally Yugito wanted to kill Kakashi for killing the Raikage. But now it has evolved into a more friendly rivalry.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Naruko and Chibaku. Naruko is a Idiot Hero who uses The Power of Friendship and the Kyuubi to win all her fights and never kills her opponents no matter how despicable they are. Chibaku is a Guile Hero borderline Manipulative Bastard who uses his empathy to manipulate his opponents emotions and relies on tricks and traps to win his fights and always goes for the kill. They also argue over everything as is typical of such a relationship.
Sacrificial Lamb: Kabuto was killed off precisely to invoke this effect. He's one of the lightest casualties, too.
Shoot the Dog: All of the Naruto's except Naruko have had to make or made morally qustionable decisions. Kazama killed Sai in the first chapter in self-defense. Chibaku's use of this trope is the most blantant when he killed N. And finally there are Kitsune's many, many killing sprees.
Haku has recently joined the club by killing Five.
Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: To the point where idealists make things worse in this story. Don't trust an idealist with a pair of safety scissors in this story. They will find some way to ruin a cynic's attempts to do good work with them. Cynics are the people who are competent and actually save the world in this story.
The Social Darwinist: Tsukiyomi and Amaterasu are different faces of the concept. Tsukiyomi believes that the gifted should rule over the masses by virtue of being better, whereas Amaterasu believes on Might Makes Right. Another alternate version of Naruto shown by Amatsu Mikaboshi also believes in this.
It seems to be a common multiversal occurance for Fugaku to be Minato's Starscream. And he has a frightenly good track record. Although Itachi usually gives him what he deserves. Though in one universe he got what was coming to him in the form of his own wife killing him.
Word of God admits that Yagura's entire fighting style was a gigantic Take That to canon Naruto's fighting style. To recap: Yagura's fighting style is bigger Suiton Jutsu and ask Sanbi for more chakra. Canon Naruto's fighting style is bigger Rasengan and ask the Kyuubi for more chakra.
Kakuzu never considers killing to be too good for his enemies.
Take Up My Sword: Kisame entrusts Samehada to Kitsune, knowing she's already fond of him and he'll take good care of her.
Kitsune's Kyuubi forcibly does this to Kitsune before it dies by downloading all of its memories into him in an attempt to turn him into a new Kyuubi. It seems to be working. And it has been hinted that Tsukiyomi is training Kazama to be his Dragon Ascendant just in case he dies.
Taking the Bullet: Gaara for Naruko - only intervention on Kushina's part saves her life.
Team Dad: Zabuza acts as a rather grumpy but extremely effective one for the Arashi Clan. He helps out a lot of people with their Character Development. Especially Kakashi.
Team Mom: Shukaku, of all Bijuu, seems to be becoming one for the Arashi Clan.
Technicolor Fire: Tsukiyomi and Yugito both use blue fire. Tsukiyomi because of his mastery over all Katon jutsu. And Yugito to represent her Soul Power.
That Man Is Dead: This is how Kazama Arashi feels about his former identity of Naruto Uzumaki.
Theme Naming: The Five-Bad Band(except of course Kazama) have all picked names from notable Shinto deities - the Madara Trio are Tsukiyomi, Amaterasu and Susanoo; their new ally is named for Izanami (or "Nami"), the goddess of creation and death. All they lack now is someone to take the name Izanagi, the latter's twin brother.
Throw the Dog a Bone: In the Alive!Yondaime world, Zabuza was able to become Mizukage. Also, Mikoto was able to get into a relationship with Minato.
Time Master: Kazama's seal has recently shown the power to travel through time as well as space. Best shown with Orochimaru being sent back in time and creating the Cloud-verse. And more recently Kazama, Tsukiyomi, and Susanoo have been sent back in time sometime around the Third Shinobi World War but before the Rise of Pain. Though given the nature of the multiverse, it's hard to pin down the exact time period.
Kuebiko can also manipulate time on a small scale such as speeding up time around him or slowing down an injured persons' time or creating Time Stop bubbles.
This Cannot Be!: Yes. Just... Just yes. Most of the villains say this upon their defeats. Especially Cloud-verse Orochimaru!
Too Dumb to Live: Really, Yahiko? You though you could reason with Yagura!? There is a difference between being an idealist and being illogical.
Ame as a whole seems to suffer from this trope. The nobility can't run the country, and the citizens are dying in droves unless someone kicks them in the balls and tells them to do crap and are completely incapable of running their lives unless someone is holding their hand. They're so brain dead they make totalitarianism LOOK LIKE THE ANSWER!
Too Powerful to Live: If Kisame had survived, he would have curb-stomped many of the heroes' enemies too easily and removed much of the potential tension.
Took a Level in Badass: Pretty much everyone from canon, but Kakashi/Kamui takes the cake. Once he decides to get over his Wangst, and Death Seeker habits he figures out how too use the Susanoo jutsu (with ONLY ONE SHARINGAN), and kills the Raikage. Damn, a pretty big improvement from the unmotivated loser from Canon.
Trash Talk: Kazama during his final fight with Orochimaru - he kept on pressing all the guy's Berserk Buttons to make the bastard slip up. But the iceing on the cake was when Kazama began to call him Orochimaru-kun - he totally lost it.
Trauma Conga Line: The author uses this trope to great effect. He's like Shakesphere with this trope. He always finds a way to ruin his main characters lives, often putting them in positions where they have to make rather questionable decisions or make their backstory's even more tragic - except Naruko, she's had it ridicously easy compared to everyone else. But this is a case of Tropes Are Not Bad. A lot of great Character Development comes out of their trauma. The Most Triumphant Example is the Alive!Yondaime World Minato. With an excellent Trauma Conga Line he turned a boring Canon Sue into an interesting and sympathetic Broken Ace.
Amaterasu has a Type I with both his counterparts - they both like and respect him and both were greatly saddened by his death.
Tsukiyomi and Susanoo have a Type IV - while they work well together, Susanoo's fatalism grates the nerves of Tsukiyomi, a firm believer in free will.
Yagura has a extemely twisted Type I with the Sanbi - it's probably the only thing he cares about, they come up with new torture techniques together, and they worked together to create their genocide program. Yagura even calls it "Dear Isobu".
Tsukiyomi and Kazama are begining to form a mixture of a Type I and a Type II. Tsukiyomi honestly seems to like Kazama and treats him like the son he always wanted, and goes out of his way to help Kazama with his goals and gives him solid advice... while Kazama makes it clear that he's a Bastard Understudy and will Starscream Tsukiyomi the first chance he gets. But at the same time, Kazama admits that he's never had a better father figure.
Hidan and Kakuzu have a really weird mixture of a Type I and IV. They both claim that they're going to kill the other but they never get around to doing it.
Visionary Villain: The three Madara. Alpha claims to be this, but is actually a subversion - she just wants to prove she's right.
We Can Rule Together: Tsukiyomi keeps pitching this too Kazama. Given his personality it's hard to tell if he's honest. Given that Tsukiyomi seems to truly like Kazama and treats him like the son he always wanted - even while he's trying to kill his loved ones - makes the honesty of his offer ambigious. Recently Kazama has accepted an offer from Tsukiyomi for power. And in a strange way Tsukiyomi has become the closest thing Kazama has ever had to a proper father-figure, making how honest he is very ambigious.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Jinchuuriki!Sakura - After seeing both her teammates die, she unleashes the Kyuubi and destroys Wave Country. Luckily she doesn't get any farther thanks to Amaterasu.
Worf Had The Flu: A lot of the Arashi clans victory's can be attributed to this trope. Kazama was able to kill Orochimaru because his brain was literally rotting and he was constantly picking up the Villain Ball because of it. The Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Sarutobi revived with Edo Tensei only lost to Haku, Zabuza, Sasori, and Yugito because they literally couldn't think - Jiraiya even summoned a toad that saw him die, which immediately began helping the Arashi clan. Raikage N was a Death Seeker. Amaterasu only lost to Zabuza, Jiraiya, and Kuebiko because of Honor Before Reason. Susanoo had lost his Space Master powers, was dying and his Paths were telling their opponents their weaknesses.
Worthy Opponent: Amaterasu views most of his enemies this way. Special mention to Kisame and Zabuza.
Wrong Genre Savvy: No, Naruko - unlike canon, The Power of Friendship will not save everyone and make the world a bright shining place of peace and love. You might be able to help on a limited scale, but you are not all-powerful.
You Are Number Six: All of the Real Naruto Clones have numbers for names in the ANBU-verse such Alpha, Three, Five, Twenty, and Ninety.
You Fight Like a Cow: Kazama constantly insults Orochimaru's skills and achievements in life to make him slip up during their fight. It works.
You Have Failed Me: Kenta constantly does this because no one but Kakashi can live up to his insane expectations.
0% Approval Rating: If you kill a Kage expect their rather pissed off Village to start a war. With Yagura, Kiri will have no problem, they'll even consider it a massive improvement to their society.
Alpha has recently been revealed to have one of these. Only Five and Three actually liked her. The rest of the clones were either apathetic to her fate, feared her, outright hated her, or were just psychos in it for their own sick kicks.