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[[caption-width-right:187:Danzo's payback]]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4119917/1/Hakumei Hakumei]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1232431/Pryotra Pryotra]].

A {{Naruto}} ForWantOfANail that takes the WhatIf of [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic Danzo's bastardry]] taken to its LogicalExtreme. Danzo kills TheLeader of the Leaf Village and in the following ReignOfTerror takes over. Unfortunately, he didn't count on six neglected children witnessing him in the act. As the kids escape with secrets given by the dying Hokage, aided and abetted by one of the ANBU, they pick up other lost children... and a force that will be the twilight of its enemies is born.

The fic itself is complete. A SequelSeries--as the author said it couldn't be contained in Hakumei proper--has been promised, but is not forthcoming...yet.
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!!This fanfic contains examples of:
* ActionGirl:
** [[CuteBruiser Sakura]].
** Hinata tends to work in the background but [[MinoredInAssKicking she's also not to be sneezed at.]]
** Isaribi after [[HeelFaceTurn she turns]] and [[spoiler:Yugito Ni]].
* AllTheOtherReindeer: Naruto and Sakura when they were in Konoha, Gaara when he was still in Suna, Rock Lee for being unable to mold chakra and Tenten later on for being a foreign-born Konoha nin. As a result, Ten-Ten is trying desperately to fit in.
* AmazonChaser: [[spoiler:Despite the fact that he beat her,]] Neji thinks this of Tenten.
* AndThatLittleGirlWasMe: Tsunade tells the kids the story of the Sannin as a warning to keep them from [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup breaking up over something stupid.]]
* AngerBornOfWorry: After nearly crushing Naruto's lungs in a BearHug, Iruka demands to know where the hell he's been for the past 6 years. [[NoIndoorVoice Loudly.]]
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Gamatatsu is an idiot.
* AntiVillain:
** Isaribi[[spoiler:, Kakashi and Shino]] during the Wave arc and the Inuzuka clan.
** Of all people, [[spoiler:Orochimaru]] is more well intentioned than he is in canon.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler:Neji]] to Tenten:
-->''"I can see that you don't even like what Konoha stands for now. So why pretend?"''
* ArrangedMarriage: The important clans practice these. [[spoiler: Itachi and Yumi were arranged to marry each other. Neither was thrilled with the idea. Yumi in fact was in a relationship with Shisui.]]
%%* AxCrazy: Zabuza, Anko, Yumi and Sora.
* BabiesEverAfter: When Haku expresses his desire to create a clan with his Bloodline Limit.
* BackToBackBadasses:
** Jiraiya, Zabuza, [[spoiler:Itachi and Yugito]] in chapter 32.
** Hakumei and Kinen also pull this off.
* BadassAdorable: After the Third's death, the kids manage to survive an entire year by themselves with few comparable mishaps. For reference, [[ImprobableAge they are between the ages of six and nine.]]
* BadassCrew-- Starts out as a FiveManBand with [[TheLeader Naruto]], [[TheLancer Sasuke]], [[TheSmartGuy Sakura]], [[TheBigGuy Neji]], [[TheHeart Hinata]]. Later Sai joins. Then they add a power trio with another SmartGuy in "closet evil genius" Haku and two much more powerful [[BigGuy Big Guys]] in Gaara and Kimimaro.
* BadassGrandpa: Jiraiya is as old and badass here as he is in canon.
* BadassLongcoat: In Part Two, the Hakumei uniform includes a white sleeveless coat with blue flames on the bottom, modeled on (but not identical to) the one worn by the Yondaime Hokage.
* BatDeduction: Using just [[spoiler:the fact that Hinata and Neji are alive]], [[spoiler:Hiashi]] is able to correctly conclude that a) [[spoiler:the rest of the kids are also alive]] and b) Konoha done fucked up.
* BattleStrip: Kimimaro. Apparently removing bones through a shirt is awkward...
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between [[IronLady Tsunade]] and [[DirtyOldMan Jiraiya.]]
* TheBerserker: Sora. Naruto and Gaara have to remind themselves ''not'' to do this because they are People of Mass Destruction.
* BerserkButton: Haku being mistaken for a girl annoys him most of the time, but when it's used insultingly...
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Haku is probably the nicest, kindest member of Hakumei. But if you manage to annoy him, you are in trouble.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: [[spoiler:Shino]] knew all along who the Hakumei were and simply waited until they needed help to reveal [[spoiler:himself]].
* {{BFS}}: Zabuza, as usual. He's obsessed with the thing and the kids are quick to speculate about [[CargoShip their relationship]]. Sasuke thinks the thing must be impractical to wield.
* BigBrotherInstinct:
** Kimimaro is the oldest member of Hakumei, and he would do anything for them.
** [[spoiler: Itachi feels this way about Sasuke... it's just that he couldn't ''find'' him for a few years.]]
** Neji [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] his by calling Hinata "Imouto" (Little Sister).
** Hinata and [[spoiler:Temari]] subtly develop this towards their own siblings.
* BigBrotherWorship: Both Sasuke and Hanabi.
* BigDamnHeroes: Hakumei is this to Tazuna during the Wave arc. During the Chuunin Exams: [[spoiler:[[NeverMessWithGranny Chiyo]], [[CuteMonsterGirl Isaribi]] [[BigBrotherInstinct Itachi]], [[TheBeastmaster Shino]]]], and Sai.
** [[spoiler:Zabuza to Yugito Ni on behalf of [[DeclarationOfProtection Naruto]].]]
** [[spoiler:[[PapaWolf Hiashi]]]].
* BigFancyHouse: Jiraiya's "hermitage" is significantly more extravagent than the name implies.
%%* BigGood: Tsunade and Jiraiya.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Kekkei Genkai families in general. The Uchihas are violent and generally unpleasand. The Hyuugas are extremely prideful and enslave their own relatives. The Kaguyas are bloodthirsty nutcases. Two out of three have been shown to be affected by the disease known as Tainted Blood, which is hinted to be caused partly by inbreeding.
* BitchAlert: It is quite obvious that Yumi Uchiha is one nasty piece of work.
* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: To the Invasion arc. The Kinen/Hakumei rebellion might have been able to defeat Danzou and his allies had things gone according to plan... but the addition of the Sand/Sound Invasion on the same day turned the whole thing into a MeleeATrois, and the extra enemies combined with some mistaken assumptions about Danzou's own plans mean that the best the heroes can do is retreat before they're wiped out. At the same time, it is noted that Konoha's reputation has taken a massive hit with Hakumei revealing their identities, the village has itself taken significant losses due to the three-way battle, and the invasion has shown that Konoha ''can'' be attacked, and has permanently destroyed the village's image of military superiority. This combined with the defection of Jiraiya and Tsunade leaves the village much worse off than it was at the beginning of the invasion. Not to mention the population is going to be rather unhappy with Danzou for hiding and keeping his own skin safe while people were dying.]]
* BloodKnight: Zabuza, Sasuke, Sakura and Neji all love hurting things. Zabuza and Sakura especially.
* BodyDouble: [[spoiler: During the Chuunin Exams, Danzou has Uchiha Fugaku pose as him. Fugaku does not survive the experience.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Orochimaru.]] Also, this is what Tsume ''thinks'' is going on when the "kidnapped children" reappear.
%%* BrattyHalfPint[=/=]MouthyKid: Inari and Konohamaru.
* BreathWeapon: Shizune teaches [[spoiler: Hinata]] a jutsu that involves exhaling DeadlyGas.
* BrokenBird: Isaribi is mutated to the point of CuteMonsterGirl and upon seeing how [[RedOniBlueOni many]] [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl different]] [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan personalities]] are in Hakumei, doesn't understand why they don't kill each other.
* BrutalHonesty: Sai, as usual. He never loses it but eventually learns when to be quiet.
%%* ButtMonkey: Kiba.
* CainAndAbel: Expected for Uchiha brothers, averted for Itachi and Sasuke. Their father is somewhat disturbed that Itachi ''didn't'' try to kill his younger brother at birth. DysfunctionJunction, much?
** Also averted for the Hyuuga sisters and their cousin.
* CastSpeciation: Hinata's Tenshi Byakugan serves to give her a different powerset than Neji's, rather than the canonical situation where their abilities are basically the same but he's better at using them. Also, the three medics- aside from all having completely different fighting styles- end up with different medical specialties; for example, Haku focuses on medical herbs rather than using chakra to heal.
%%* CharacterDevelopment
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Yumi]] is actually mentioned in Part 1.
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler:Hinata removing Neji's Caged Bird seal gets a CallBack when Jiraiya asks her to do the same to the seal on [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Orochimaru's brain]].]]
%%* TheChessmaster: Danzo.
* ChickMagnet: The Uchiha brothers as usual. Sasuke fears fangirls. [[HilarityEnsues Sure enough, they always find him.]]
* CloudCuckoolander[=/=]CuteAndPsycho: Gaara comes across as vaguely psychotic (in the medical sense) to the others but this is only because they didn't know immediately that the monster in his head is real.
* CombatMedic: Sakura is this in contrast to Haku's DeadlyDoctor.
* ComedicSociopathy: Sai and [[ItAmusedMe his comments]], Kimimaro and [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant his pranks]], Zabuza being... [[AxCrazy Zabuza]].
** HeroicComedicSociopath: All of the above plus Sakura and Anko.
* CompetitiveBalance:
** FragileSpeedster: Hinata relies more on her eyes, speed and poisons to fight.
** GlassCannon: Sasuke and Haku. Kimimaro is something of a "Glass Bruiser" since he does have high attack, defense and speed but his physical stamina is low.
** GlacierWaif: Gaara and Sakura are both relatively fast but both are more known for their offensive power.
** JackOfAllStats: Sai has none of the above, both good and bad.
** LightningBruiser: Naruto and Neji only lack the bad.
** StoneWall: Gaara as well because of his sand wall.
* CoolTeacher: Jiraiya tries and sometimes, he is... until Tsunade bursts his bubble.
%%* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Mostly played straight. [[RunOrDie Mostly.]]
* CreepyChild: Sai, Gaara and [[spoiler:Shino]] are heroic examples and Yumi is a villainous one. [[spoiler: Subverted in Yumi's case because she's not really a child, [[OlderThanTheyLook just passing for one]].]]
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: In the Chuunin Exams, every time a Hakumei member faces an actual genin. Against other fake genin, things are more complicated.]]
%%* DarkActionGirl: Yumi.
* DarkestHour: None of the kids are sure they'll survive their first winter. [[spoiler: That's when they meet Tsunade...]]
* DeadlyDoctor:
** Haku's medical abilties rely on herbs and chemicals; he also uses drugs and poisons in battle.
** Hinata may be another example, since her fighting style involves poison.
** Sakura isn't. She's deadly, and she's a healer, but so far there doesn't seem to be an overlap.
* DeadpanSnarker: Sasuke, Sai, Neji and Kimimaro.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Sakura vs Yumi. [[spoiler:Yumi wins but only because Sakura's undercover and can't use her more powerful, flashy techniques.]] Hinata vs Matsuri could count, except [[CurbStompBattle it wasn't a fight.]]
* DiscardAndDraw: [[spoiler: After Hinata awakens the Tenshi Byakugan, she is no longer able to use normal Byakugan.]]
** Akatsuki does this too. [[spoiler:Itachi defects and links up with Hakumei and the three reunited Sannin, while Yumi Uchiha looks set to take his place]].
* DittoFighter: [[spoiler:[[FauxActionGirl Matsuri]]]] figures out how to use [[DeadlyGas "Dokugiri"]] after [[TookALevelInBadass only seeing it once.]]
* DoomItYourself: Do NOT ask Kimimaro [[EpicFail to fix your house.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: After the 3rd Hokage's death, [[spoiler:Gekkou Hayate tells Iruka that Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Hinata and Neji are all missing, presumed "kidnapped by the Rock nin that assassinated the Sandaime." He then silently changes his plans for the evening to "get black-out drunk."]]
* DualWielding: Yumi with kunai.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: This is becoming a sore spot with Haku. [[spoiler: He and Deidara bond over it in the omakes.]]
* DramaticUnmask: [[spoiler: During their battle, Yumi breaks Sasuke's mask with her whip, revealing his active Sharingan.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: Konan and Zabuza in Chapter 3. Zabuza doesn't appear again until Chapter 11, and Konan hasn't yet reappeared.
%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Yumi. Also, RavenHairIvorySkin.
* ElementalPowers:
** DishingOutDirt: Gaara, obviously. [[spoiler:Yumi too.]]
** ExtraOreDinary: [[spoiler:Yumi.]]
** AnIcePerson: Haku.
** MakingASplash: Mist nin, Kakashi and [[spoiler:Itachi]].
** PlayingWithFire: The Uchiha.
%%* EnemyMine
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: [[spoiler:Sasuke]] [=BSODs=] because of this. The others remind him that not being completely heartless is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming a GOOD thing.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: Technically she's been dead for 13 years but [[spoiler:Kushina and [[LadyMacbeth Mikoto]]]] were once thick as thieves. Yumi invokes this by [[spoiler:killing Inuzuka Hana to gain the Mangekyou Sharingan]]. [[spoiler:Kiba]] sees Naruto as this.
* EvilMatriarch: Mikoto Uchiha, [[spoiler:during the confrontation Sasuke suspects that she only wants him back for political reasons. Her latter conversation with Hiashi confirms it.]]
* ExtremeOmnivore: Sai for awhile after they escaped Konoha.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Naruto dubs the Nine Tails and One Tail "Fuzzy Wuzzy" and "Sandy Wandy" after the rest of the group finds out about them.
* ForgottenFriendNewFoe: Naruto is actually insulted that it takes so long for [[spoiler:Kiba]] to remember who he is.
* AFriendInNeed: Hakumei will gladly abandon their mission to rescue either [[TrueCompanions their teammates]] or [[ChronicHeroSyndrome innocents.]] [[spoiler:This is seen when Naruto is interrogated by Ibiki, who is in Kinen, luckily and when Sasuke is cornered by his mother and the Uchiha as Hakumei escapes Konoha.]]
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: In chapter 18, Sasuke has to remind Naruto just what's at stake in Konoha.
* GlamourFailure: Naruto can't hide his whiskers.
%%* GoodParents: Tenten's foster father.
* TheGreatOffscreenWar: It's mentioned early in part II that Konoha conquered Iwa, and was now setting its sights on Kumo.
* HarmfulToMinors: Putting aside the murder of the Third Hokage, its effect on the protagonists and their various familial troubles, Itachi once took his mother's place in assisting medic-nin in battle since she was pregnant with Sasuke at the time. Itachi was five. He still has nightmares from the experience.
* HeelFaceTurn: Isaribi, Zabuza, Rock Lee, [[spoiler:Shino, Itachi, Ten-Ten and Hiashi]], though it's debatable how much of a Heel everyone but the first two actually was.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason why the kids had to leave Konoha in the first place. Later on, Hakumei considers killing [[spoiler:Shino]] when they realize [[spoiler:he]] has put two and two together.
* HeroicBystander: Rock Lee (Danzo instates laws that prevent him from attending the Ninja Academy) and the proprietor of Ichiraku's ([[CrowningMomentOfAwesome who manages to clock some]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome utterly surprised]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Sand and Sound ninja)]].
* [[spoiler: HeroicBSOD: Both Sasuke and Hinata in chapter 32. Hinata, because of Hiashi's death. Sasuke, because, despite him declaring a blood feud against the Uchiha clan, he still hesitated in front of his mother. Naruto helps Hinata get over it. Sasuke determines that he will never hesitate again, and that the next time he meets his family, he will destroy them.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Hiashi]]. See "You Shall Not Pass."
* ICallHerVera: Don't touch Zabuza's sword.
* [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Daughter or Nephew]]: Hyuuga Hiashi disowns Hinata and Neji [[spoiler: after Hinata removes Neji's [[RestrainingBolt Caged Bird Seal]]]].
** And then he goes and [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope attacks Yumi in order to allow Hakumei to retreat.]]]]
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Since Hakumei is undercover during the Chuunin exams, there's a lot of this going on.
%%* IdiotHero: Kiba.
* IllBoy: Kimimaro has mostly recovered from his illness, thanks to Tsunade, but it still saps his endurance.
* ImprobableAge: Naruto and co. successfully escape a very large village with very important information, collect three other strangers, two of which are three years older than they are and live on their own for at least a year, all at the tender ages of six or seven. Then again, [[CombatMedic Tsunade]] herself notes that [[DeconstructedTrope the kids have various amounts of ailments when she finds them]] and well, [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja ninja]].
* InSpiteOfANail: Not too many things, but Gaara gets the same nickname as in canon, and [[spoiler: Itachi still becomes a missing ninja]] despite the changes that have occurred by then.
* TheInsomniac: Gaara, as usual.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Tsunade, after having Naruto & co. get all cleaned up:
-->'''Tsunade''': My, what pretty little...''(recognizes Naruto's whiskers, Gaara's eye rings, Hinata & Neji's eyes, Sakura's pink hair)''...chil...dren...''(flops into her seat)'' I NEED A DRINK. NOW.\\
'''Shizune''': I knew that you wouldn't want to drink in front of the children, so I've made some lemonade!
* IOweYouMyLife: Hakumei believes in calling in any and all [[BigDamnHeroes life-preserving favors]] they've been presented with.
* IShallTauntYou: Sai, [[ItAmusedMe always.]]
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: Neji]] thinks it's weird to fight alongside [[spoiler: Gai and Lee]].
* ItsPersonal: Sasuke always disliked Yumi, but when [[spoiler: she nearly kills Sakura in the Chuunin Exams]] he declares a blood feud against her clan. [[spoiler: Which is also ''his'' clan.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Yumi, Gato and Sora. Surprisingly, the Sound nin behave themselves outside of battle.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Zabuza would rather be fighting... but given the chance to honestly help, he can be talked/ guilted into it. Also, Kiba.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler: In Chapter 32, Yumi murders Hana in order to unlock her Mangekyou Sharingan.]]
%%* KickTheDog: Sora during his match against Dosu. Yumi, whenever she talks.
* KickTheMoralityPet: AsYouKnow, gaining the Mangekyou Sharingan means killing the person closest to you. [[spoiler:Hana Inuzuka is pretty much the only living person in-story that Yumi is comparatively nice that isn't an Uchiha. [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope So...]]]]
* KilledOffForReal: The Third Hokage, Minato, Kushina, Hizashi, several Uchiha, [[spoiler:Hiashi]], and [[spoiler:Hana]].
* LadyMacbeth: The author notes that it is rare for a Naruto fanfic to have an evil [[spoiler:Mikoto Uchiha]] in it.
%%* LargeHam: Konohamaru.
%%* LaResistance: Kinen.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Orochimaru]] has absolutely no idea what [[spoiler:he]]'s been up to for the past 13 years.
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: Thanks to his actions, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Danzo inadvertently forms Hakumei]], who seek to destroy him. [[LampshadeHanging Tsunade even points it out.]] Considering that Akatsuki is one of the reasons that Naruto and Gaara are Jinchuuriki,they also count toward them as well.
* LastOfHisKind: Kimimaro is the last of the Kaguya clan and the first to have their Bloodline Limit in a long time. It does not seem to bother him.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: It was highly probable that members of Hakumei would fight one another in the Chuunin Exams, but for their fight, [[spoiler:Naruto and Haku]] set their own victory conditions--[[spoiler:Taijutsu only, with a five minute time limit; whoever does the worst forfeits]].
%%* LittleMissBadass: Sakura, Hinata, Isaribi and Yumi.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Naruto, Sasuke and Hinata are this to Iruka, Itachi and [[spoiler:Hiashi]] respectively, since the former's absence brings about drastic changes in the latter's lives i.e. Iruka becomes bitter and jaded, Itachi falls out of favor with his family and [[spoiler:Hiashi]] [[DespairEventHorizon gives up on the world.]]
* MamaBear: Tsunami standing up to the goons that Gato sent after her and Inari.
* TheMedic: Sakura, Hinata, and Haku fill this role for Hakumei. All of them have medical skills.
* MeleeATrois: [[spoiler: The Kinen/Hakumei rebellion? It's on the same day as the Sound/Sand Invasion.]] Cue a three-way battle between [[spoiler: the rebels, the invaders, and Danzo's forces.]] Things get messy ''fast'' [[spoiler: and because no one was planning for this, no one wins. All three sides take losses, but Hakumei and the exposed members of LaResistance have to cut and run, leaving Danzou still in power.]]
%%* MinoredInAssKicking: Haku and Hinata.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: The Inuzuka clan is loyal to Danzo simply because he's the Hokage. They're pretty decent people- they just don't question orders that seem to come from a legitimate authority.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Tsunade gives the kids some very badass nicknames, partly in the hopes they'll grow into them, partly to give them a treat, and largely to keep from using their surnames which are... conspicuous. Here are the characters' new full names as translated by the author:
** Sabaku no Gaara (Gaara of the Desert)
** Haka no Kimimaro (Kimimaro of the Tomb)
** Shin’en no Sai (Sai of the Abyss)
** Rasen no Neji (Neji of the Spiral)
** Hara no Haku (Haku of the Tundra)
** Gesshoku no Hinata (Hinata of the Lunar Eclipse)
** Nisshoku no Sakura (Sakura of the Solar Eclipse)
** Arashi no Sasuke (Sasuke of the Tempest)
** Shippuu no Naruto (Naruto of the Hurricane)
* NeverMessWithGranny: Tsunade [[spoiler:and Chiyo]]; the same as canon.
%%* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Good working running straight to Danzo, [[spoiler: ''Konohamaru'']].
* TheNicknamer: Tsunade gave the nine members of Hakumei their distinctive names.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Kimimaro likes telling weird stories. And reanimating his bones while they're away from his body.
* OddFriendship: Neji and Shikamaru. Haku and [[spoiler:[[DudeLooksLikeALady Deidara]]]] of all things.
* OffWithHisHead: Kakashi does this to [[spoiler:Gato]]. Later, Zabuza does this to [[spoiler:Kisame]].
* OhCrap: The kids when, after escaping Danzo, [[spoiler:Itachi]] finds them escaping Konoha in a merchant's cart. [[spoiler:[[PetTheDog He gives a scroll to Sasuke]] and sends them on their way.]]
* OfficialCouple: Naruto and Hinata, Sasuke and Sakura. It's announced in the intro to the first chapter. In-story, Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura remain oblivious.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler: Uchiha Yumi]] manages to fool everyone about her actual age, although most people think ''something'' is off about her.
* {{Omake}}: There are short scenes at the end of most chapters, mostly for fun with loose connections to the main story (though some are referenced in the story proper) including one that has [[spoiler: Santa Claus]] make an appearance; as Naruto declares, he may be the greatest ninja in the world for sneaking past the Sannin.
* OneManArmy: Naruto and Gaara, for obvious reason. [[spoiler:When Gaara sends a distress signal at the Hokage monument, it's a major OhCrap moment.]]
%%* PapaWolf: You will be missed, [[spoiler:Hiashi]].
* ParentalNeglect: Sasuke in the opening sequence.
* [[spoiler:ParentsAsPeople: As it turns out, the reason why Hiashi disowned both Hinata and Neji is that Hinata is too gentle for the village elders to ever allow her to be clan leader and she would need protection, something that Neji could provide. [[FridgeLogic Why he decided this when they were 6 and 7 years old is anyone's guess]] but for once, he wasn't motivated by spite.]]
* PrimalScene: One night, Gaara goes looking for something do with his insomnia-induced boredom and finds [[DirtyOldMan Jiraiya's]] library. Hilarity and mentally scarring imagery ensues.
%%* PsychoExGirlfriend: [[spoiler: As it turns out, Yumi is Itachi's former fiancee.]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** Haku to some Iwa genin in the Chunin exams: "I. Am. Not. A. Girl."
** [[spoiler: Kimimaro to Kiba]] during their match in the preliminaries.
-->"A. True. Ninja. Is. Always. Growing," [[spoiler: Kimimaro]] said between punches, "Always. Learning. Stronger. Techniques. And. Never. Allowing. Themselves. To. Stop."
%%* TheRival: Kiba and Kimimaro, Yumi, Sakura and Sasuke[[spoiler:, Zabuza and Kisame]].
* RunningGag:
** Ninja Puffs,
** Neji kicking people in his sleep.
** Haku, the [[BewareTheNiceOnes "closet evil mastermind"]] [[DudeLooksLikeALady who looks like a girl.]]
* RunOrDie: At the beginning of the story, the children are faced with these options after seeing the Hokage's death.
* SadisticChoice: Yumi imposes one on Sasuke [[spoiler:when she brings his mother into the street to convince him to stay in Konoha. It stalls him, right up until [[BigDamnHeroes Hiashi shows up]].]]
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Iruka and Anko.
* SecretIdentity: In Part Two, although with the twist that the kids use part of their real names when masked, and use false names and backgrounds while unmasked.
* SecretProjectRefugeeFamily: Hakumei again. They are children on the run that bonded while running and living in hiding.
* ShoutOut: To, of all things, ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''.
** Anime/{{Digimon Tamers}}, Haku's surname is Akiyama and his pseudonym is Ryo.
* ShownTheirWork: The author has extensive knowledge of Eastern cultures and it shows. For the sake of those who don't, she points it out in the author's notes.
%%* SilkHidingSteel: Hinata. Hanabi is trying to be this.
%%* SnarkKnight: Zabuza.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Hakumei is this [[spoiler:to the Invasion arc. While they don't win (for reasons explained in Bittersweet Ending), four out of nine of its members were seen and recognized as the children that Konoha originally went to war to save. This means that not only will it get out that Konoha utterly failed to achieve its directives but their resources didn't even get their info right.]] Thus [[spoiler:Konoha]]'s reputation takes a dive.
%%* TheSquadette: Sakura and Hinata.
* TheStationsOfTheCanon: Granted, the events of the stations happen much differently, but the Wave and Chunin exam arcs take up almost the entirety of part 2. Because those events were much different, it would be damn hard to follow the stations coming next, so ultimately averted.
* StepfordSmiler: Sai at the beginning. He still does the fake smiling thing but now mostly when he's angry and [[InvisibleToNormals doesn't want a normal person to notice.]]
* SternTeacher: While she does her share of mothering them, Tsunade has high standards for Hakumei and very firmly guides them.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Zabuza has a moment like this when [[spoiler: he rescues Yugito Nii during the Sound/Sand Invasion]]. In a twist, he doesn't say it aloud and it ''still'' comes out wrong.
--> This little chick was a little too sure of herself for him. He actually liked shy girls. Particularly when they were younger than him. Zabuza blinked as the thought occurred to him. Somehow...that didn't sound right...
* TheTeam:
** TheLeader: Naruto.
** TheLancer and NumberTwo: Sasuke, a role he proves very competent at.
** {{The Smart Guy}}s: Sakura, Haku and Sai.
** {{The Big Guy}}s: Neji, Gaara and Kimimaro.
** TheHeart: Hinata.
** TeamDad: Jiraiya.
** TeamMom: Tsunade.
* TechnicalPacifist: As usual, if Haku can avoid it, he doesn't kill people.
* TeenSuperSpy: Being the GoodCounterpart to Akatsuki, Hakumei becomes a group of these. [[BadassAdorable Damn proficient ones too.]]
* [[spoiler:TellMeAboutMyFather: Naruto learns about his family and his condition early on thanks to Tsunade.]]
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler: Sasuke when confronting his mother.]]
--> I won't be coming home again. It's too late. This is my life now. I...am not [[spoiler: Uchiha Sasuke. My name is Arashi no Sasuke. The one who will break the power of the Uchiha clan]]
* ThemeNaming: The two Hakumei girls become “Hinata of the Lunar Eclipse” and “Sakura of the Solar Eclipse”.
** More subtly: "Hakumei" means "twilight". Since two of the group are jinchuuriki, [[FridgeBrilliance Hakumei is almost certainly going to end up fighting against Akatsuki- "daybreak".]]
* TitleDrop: Memorably in Chapter Six:
-->'''Tsunade''': From this day on, you are Hakumei, the twilight of your enemies. You will call yourselves that, or I won’t teach you.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Sakura and Hinata.
* TookALevelInJerkass: While he never stops being who he is, Iruka misses Naruto when he escapes and it shows. He warms back up when he returns.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Sasuke really, really likes tomatoes.
* TrueCompanions:
** The group that gives the fic its name. Tsunade calls them the "Mudpuppies" when she's not calling them "Hakumei."
** The Legendary Sannin ''used'' to be this. One of the first things Tsunade does once she takes the kids in is tell them the history of her "family" and warn them not to make the same mistakes.
** Zabuza muses the hakumei's bond with each other is similar to the bond the seven swordsman once had.
* {{Tsundere}}: Tsunade, Anko and Zabuza are Type A. Sakura [[CharacterDevelopment developed]] from a ShrinkingViolet to a Type A.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Danzo. After six years of his rule, Konoha is practically unrecognizable.
%%* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Dammit, [[spoiler:Konohamaru]]!!
%%** Mikage Satoshi is this for the entire invasion. [[WhatAnIdiot THE ENTIRE INVASION.]]
%%* WarriorTherapist: Hinata to Matsuri.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Sasuke's case of this leads eventually to enough frustration he runs away. [[spoiler: Returning as a member of Hakumei gives him an outsider's perspective that makes him wonder why he wanted the parental approval in the first place.]]
%%* WhipItGood: Yumi.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Hakumei, Shino, Hanabi and Gamakichi.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: When the kids begin acting as Hakumei in Part Two, they wear full-face white masks with the kanji of their [[{{Codename}} codenames]] on the forehead, as shown in [[http://stray-ink92.deviantart.com/gallery/26780922#/d302591 the fanart that serves as the page image]] and [[http://stray-ink92.deviantart.com/gallery/26780922# the rest of that artist's Hakumei pictures]].
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler: Both Sasuke and Itachi hate what the Uchiha clan has become. Both of them have stated that they are planning to destroy it.]]
* YouShallNotPass:
** Gaara while he's fighting on the Hokage monument.
** [[spoiler:[[PapaWolf Hiashi]] while covering Hakumei's retreat.]]