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Fan Fic: Its For A Good Cause I Swear
"It's where you're fighting someone, they suddenly flash back to their tragic childhood, realize that they were being an idiot and why, and change the course of their life."
Kakashi Hatake, discussing 'Therapy Jutsu'

It's For a Good Cause, I Swear! is a Naruto fanfiction by Sarah1281.

After the events of the series, Team Seven send themselves back in time to change a moment from their past. Of course, once that's done they've still got the rest of their lives to live out and are determined to make them as interesting and convenient as possible.

This fanfic provides examples of:

  • All Therapists Are Muggles: To why ninjas rarely have therapy.
  • All Is Well That Ends Well: When Sasuke came back in time, he murdered the Elders and Danzo by poisoning their tea, then forging a suicide note for Danzo. This...doesn't really have any repercussions. If anything, it made things better because it allows Minato to appoint a much better council.
    • The Third Hokage's death. While the village undoubtedly mourned his death that day, they eventually moved on. The only side effect is that Kakashi has to deal with accusations of murder from his own team.
    • The Uchiha Clan Massacre. Sure, the entire clan is dead (again), with the exception of Obito, but thanks to Naruto posing as Orochimaru and having the entire massacre blamed on him, Itachi never has to leave the village and Alternate!Sasuke has had most of his sanity spared...until Future!Sasuke came back and merged with him, taking control over his body.
    • The actual time traveling. The Team never had any epiphany to actually tell anybody that they were time travelers, because things were going so well, and eventually only confessed when Naruto slipped and used Sage Mode during the Invasion. Even then, they only told Minato, Jiraiya, Tsunade, Itachi, and Anko.
  • Beige Prose: Sadly the Fight Scenes are like this, but the dialogue makes up for it.
  • Blatant Lies: Naruto blames the Uchiha massacre on Orochimaru. It works.
  • Butterfly Effect: The Yondaime Hokage lives, the Sandaime Hokage dies, and Itachi stays in the village. All of this results in Orochimaru still being the Akatsuki which also results with them being a part of the Invasion. This leads to their downfall, and Ame gets a peace agreement with Konoha.
  • Cutting the Knot: Instead of destroying all of Kakuzu's hearts again, they decide to just take out his brain since he only has one of those.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Sasuke vs Orochimaru. One Tsukuyomi. That's all it took.
  • Deadpan Snarker / World of Snark: Yep. It reads like an MSTing at more than one point.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship:The whole principle of "therapy no jutsu".
  • Dragged into Drag: Sort of. Sasuke doesn't think his curse form looks anything like it.
  • It Amused Me: The reason that Team Seven does anything.
  • Papa Wolf: Minato. Obito remarks that Minato would kill the rival genin himself rather than let them do any permanent damage to Naruto.
  • Peggy Sue
  • Revenge Before Reason: Sasuke has a bad habit of doing this which the others constantly bring up to his annoyance.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: They have to stop Sasuke from going off on one when he finds out that Madara's in the area.
  • Running Gag: Several including Naruto's puppet phobia, the list of people Gaara can't kill, Sasuke thinking Sakura is useless, the minimum sanity requirement, and Sasuke being suspected of swearing vengeance against anything that moves.
    • "You killed the Third Hokage?!"
  • Serious Business: Team Seven has to pass this Chuunin Exam or they'll be forced to train with Gai.
  • Shipper on Deck: Kiba to everyone but mostly Sasuke and Naruto.
  • Shout-Out: A bunch. For example:
  • Spared By Adaptation: Quite a few really. Obito, Rin, Hizashi, Minato, Zabuza, and Haku are just a few of them.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Yep. Used and abused.
  • There Are No Therapists: Subverted. There are plenty of therapists but they're all civilians so most of what the ninjas would need therapists for is classified and the rest would be too much for a civilian to handle.
  • You Are Too Late: Orochimaru spends so much time arguing with Minato and Kakashi that by the time he calls on his minions to put up the barrier, Itachi has already quietly killed them.
    Orochimaru: I may not have the ideal battleground but I still don't want any interference. Now, my Sound Four, put up the barrier!
    Orochimaru: What…why aren't they putting up the barrier?
    Kakashi: Itachi killed them ten minutes ago.

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