Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox is a Naruto fan-fiction written by Neon Majestic (Justice Reaper on this site), the author of Yu-Gi-Oh! Forever. The fanfic is set in an Alternate Universe, specifically of the High School AU variety, and as such there's none of the ninja elements that are so prevalent in the actual series canon, but the story instead goes for a more realistic feel in a modern setting.Naruto shows up in Konoha Town one day, and stops at the Yamanaka family greengrocery to buy a few gifts for his mother Kushina, with whom he's going to be staying. While there, he runs afoul of members of a local gang, headed by the notorious Mizuki, who is a former member of an infamous group known collectively as the "Kyuushingai" ("Nine Terrors") that spent exactly one whole year, from January 1 to December 31 two years earlier, causing much destruction and panic across the continent. Furthermore, the Nine Terrors' exploits are steeped in myth and legend due to the unreliable and widely-varying rumors and testimonies about their 365-day rampage, but they remain highly feared even two years after their mysterious disappearance.Only, as it turns out, Mizuki is a big fraud who's merely taking advantage of the fear generated by the stories about the Kyuushingai, in order to bully the locals and extort store-owners. Not only that, but Naruto himself is a genuine former member of the Kyuushingai, with the old code-name of "Kurama the Fox," and he proceeds to wipe out Mizuki and his entire gang just when they're on the verge of burning down the Yamanaka store, the only store that's resisted paying dues to them. Consequently, Mizuki and his people get arrested, while Naruto learns to adjust to life in Konoha Town with help from Ino, whose life he saved during said beat-down of said gang.And that's only the first three chapters.Thereafter, Naruto settles into life as a student of the local Konoha High School, making new friends and a few rivals along the way, including Hinata, who's the daughter of the local Hyuga Corporation's CEO and who develops a crush on the blond whisker-marked boy, and Suigetsu, a local troublemaker who seeks to get under Naruto's skin from the first time they meet. He also gets to meet some of the other quirky residents of Konoha High School itself, including the perverted math teacher Kakashi and the sexy English teacher Mei.But Naruto's past isn't about to let go of him just like that...You can read it here. Since recently, also, the author had initially put the story on temporary hold due to needing to resolve personal conflicts, though he has since decided to post a few rough notes for intended updates to the story on his DeviantArt account; those notes can be accessed here (WARNING, tropes pertaining to the drafts are also listed on this page, but they are both incomplete note-drafts and highly spoiler-iffic). note Prior to this update, the author had begun to reconsider revamping the whole story and giving it a slightly different plot structure, so as to end the story more quickly, due to personal convictions coming home to him. As such, certain tropes on this page may be subject to change once that measure is taken.Now has a character sheet in need of contributions.
Tropes present in Kitsune no Ken:
Accidental Kiss: Naruto and Hinata have a moment of this in Chapter 9, when she runs to get a teacher following Sai's bloody beat-down of four bullies in the art room—she rounds a corner and barrels right into him, knocking him down and falling on top of him with their lips locking together. Made all the more significant because it's the First Kiss for both of them.
Action Girl: All the girl fighters shown so far, but Tenten in particular plays it very straight.
Kabuto, whose canon counterpart is The Dragon to Orochimaru and is himself not a nice or trustworthy person, is presented here as the retainer to the Hyuga family and a very reasonable individual, even offering to help Naruto get set up for the annual Hyuga family ball, to which Hiashi and Neji have sent the blond boy an invitation with the intention of publicly humiliating him—only Kabuto is nice enough to warn Naruto about this.
There's also Orochimaru himself, who, while being presented in a brief cameo as the lawyer for Mizuki and his gang, is otherwise not shown as being particularly malicious (even the bit where he gets bail for Dosu, Zaku and Kin suggests he's just doing his job as a defense attorney).
The Uchiha Clan gets a pretty good rap here compared to canon and most other fics. Sasuke is much nicer than in canon and after the tournament strikes up a close friendship with Naruto, Fugaku is shown to be a caring parent and overall good man, and Itachi is a part of a government black ops group led by Naruto's father instead of being a member of the Akatsuki.
The Aggressive Drug Dealer: Gaara wants to increase LOVE's power-base by becoming this. Yagura is also ready to jump on board when Gaara offers to make him the primary dealer with control over 90 percent of the profit from the sale of Gaara's "merchandise."
All of the Other Reindeer: In his back-story at Uzushio High School, following his gang-fight that resulted in mass property damage at the school, Naruto fell victim to this when suspicion was (rightly) cast on him being a Kyuushingai—it didn't help that the city, having been among the hardest hit by the Kyuushingai during the 365 days, was still feeling raw from the incident.
All There in the Manual: Since the author has recently had a personal conflict concerning whether to continue writing the story, he has put most of his story notes into journal format on his DeviantArt account (the link provided in the opening paragraphs above), with many of the tropes that occur in those drafts also being described on this page.
Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Kushina is this to Naruto, especially when combined with her tendency to snark about his relationships with girls. And there's also her fan-girl attitude toward the popular Shadow Fox comic, including having a cosplay costume, which causes Naruto to do a double-take the first time he sees her wearing it.
Anachronic Order: The rough story notes on the author's DeviantArt account are not written or listed in the order they would have come in the story proper.
Arch-Enemy: Naruto and Gaara have no fond memories of each other—the whisker marks on Naruto's face are actually scars from Gaara, while the scar Gaara got from Naruto was covered up with a tattoo. Yagura also holds a grudge against Naruto for a similar reason, and its implied (if not stated) that the scar on his face is from Naruto as well.
Armor-Piercing Question: In Chapter 11, Naruto gets Kiba to stand down from fighting for Hinata's supposedly endangered honor by asking him what Hinata's opinion is on the matter (the chapter itself is actually named after this trope). Later, in Chapter 20, Hinata herself asks one of Ino, who at this time is angry with Naruto for chasing after Sakura (with whom Ino shares a heated rivalry) instead of Hinata (who Ino is trying to set Naruto up with).
Hinata: Are you angry solely because Naruto-kun has shown a crush on someone other than me...or is it because the someone in question is Sakura-san?
Asleep in Class: Naruto takes a snooze during a particularly boring science class and gets detention for it. It's this incident that causes Hiashi to not have a very high opinion of the boy, once he finds out about it.
Ax-Crazy: Utakata, a.k.a. Saiken the Slug. He was somehow able to hide his psychotic side from the people in charge of the training program that would create the Kyuushingai; otherwise, he would have never been let into the program.
Utakata: They allowed a psychopath like me to be transformed into a SMART psychopath.
Harming Naruto's friends is grounds for a savage beating, especially if the friends in question include Ino or Hinata. He would've killed Aoi over the latter's beat-down of Ino in Chapter 25, and gave Zabuza a savage thrashing and near-throat-cutting for injuring Hinata in Chapter 41; Sasuke had to physically intervene in the first instance, and Ino had to talk Naruto down in the second case.
Big Bad: Jiraiya thinks he's this, but it's actually Gaara.
Big Ball of Violence: Naruto and Kushina get into one of these at the end of Chapter 17, after Kushina's humiliated Naruto at video games.
Big Eater: Choji, of course. Sasuke plays on this to convince him to fight Shikamaru in their qualifier match for the Uchiha Zaibatsu Invitational Tournament.
Big Fancy House: The Hyuga and Uchiha families each have one, both being the richest families in Konoha Town.
The Hyuga mansion, described in Chapter 8, is a two-story, 10-bedroom structure on 300 acres of land atop a hill overlooking the town.
The Uchiha mansion, visited by the characters in Chapter 32, is said to be half a mile wide and three stories high, with the road from the front gate to the front door being a mile long with multiple small gardens, gazebos, water fountains and trees in between, and the whole property is surrounded by a perimeter wall.
Bishōnen: Ino sees Sai this way when she sees him for the first time in Chapter 9.
Hinata:(watching Sai paint a colorful portrait) Such beauty...
Ino: Y-yeah. (blushing) And that painting's really nice too...
Blinded by the Light: Deidara utilizes flash-bang grenades that have this effect, as part of his arsenal.
Blood Knight: Tenten is always willing to fight, as it's a form of training for her.
Brilliant, but Lazy: Naruto is quite bored in some of his classes and isn't shown to do the requisite work, but he's skilled enough to completely solve a Rubik's cube in the time it takes Hiashi to say the first few letters of the alphabet.
Hiashi:(Naruto starts on the cube) A. B. C. D. E. F.
Naruto:(finished) Gee, that was easy!
Broken Ace: This version of Naruto isn't as Book Dumb as his canon counterpart, and he's a terrifyingly skilled fighter capable of taking down gangs all by himself. Yet he's got some serious loathing for his time as a Kyuushingai, and the trauma of having to partake of city-wide massacres day after day for a whole year has taken a toll on him by the time the story's main plot has begun.
Broken Bird: Being orphaned during the 365 days' chaos, and subsequently having no stable abode due to having no other living relatives, as well as having to learn to fight just for the sake of self-defense, has made Tenten very bitter two years later. Konan became this after miscarrying during the 365 days.
Broken Tears: Tenten in Chapter 16, even while strangling Naruto over her parents' deaths.
Calling Your Attacks: Some of the fights include characters who call the names of certain maneuvers they execute on their opponents. These moves are shown in bold-type print to indicate when it's supposed to be a signature move.
Carnival of Killers: Akatsuki, first introduced in Chapter 36. Initially introduced as a group of vigilante extremists who're out to kill the Kyuushingai, they're eventually brought in to specifically target Naruto.
Casanova Wannabe: Rokusho Aoi, in Chapter 4. He tries a lame pick-up line on a woman, who not only brushes him off by saying she already has a boyfriend, but also threatens to call the police if he doesn't leave her alone. Aoi doesn't take the rejection well.
Aoi: I'm the chief of hall monitors at Konoha High! And what I want, I will have!
Combat Pragmatist: Just about every fight shown so far has had the combatants being this, in accordance with the story's direction toward realism. The best example to date is Shino, who gets Kiba to surrender their qualifier match in Sasuke's tournament by grabbing him in a submission hold and then threatening to break his arm if Kiba doesn't yield.
Chapter 36 reveals that this was Naruto's specialty during his time with the Kyuushingai.
Naruto: Back during the 365 days, I specialized in practical combat—break limbs here and there, use as few moves as possible to beat the opponent, all that kind of stuff.
Comes Great Responsibility: Naruto always believed that, given the skills that the Nine Terrors learned, they should have used such skills for the betterment of mankind. As the 365 days' incident testifies, however, that didn't happen.
Comical Angry Face: Since this fan-fic isn't a visual-animation medium, the author invokes this trope by describing affected characters as having fangs in their mouths.
Cookie Cutter Fic: The author's most recent commentary notes on Fanfiction.net indicate that this is what he wants to do with this fic in an effort to end it more quickly, by taking sections of past works of his and tailoring them to fit the story-line for this one; this, in addition to having other persons ghost-write segments for him. As a consequence, readers familiar with Neon Majestic's earlier writings will note similarities between those works and the writings in his draft-notes on his DeviantArt account.note By the way, the author asked around prior to taking that tack, and was reassured that it doesn't count as plagiarism since the draft-notes are basically rewrites of portions of his own past work.
Cool Car: The Hyuga family has a white limousine, which Naruto can't help but admire when he sees it in Chapter 8. Also, Neji is shown to drive a dark-blue two-seater Porsche Boxter, which he got as his 18th-birthday present, in Chapter 15.
Cool Mask: Kakashi, of course, although in this story it's a dust-mask instead of a ninja mask.
Cop Killer: Mizuki was able to keep up the impression that he was a Kyuushingai by being this.
Covert Pervert: Naruto, regarding quite a few of the girls. Lee, too, surprisingly.
Chick Magnet: Sasuke, just like in canon...not like he cares, again just like in canon.
Crash into Hello: How Naruto first meets Choji and Hinata. He runs into Choji while running away from Ino (who's chasing him for snagging the last pudding from the cafeteria), but unfortunately the crash results in Choji's burger being spilled. A little while later, Naruto rounds a corner and bumps full-tilt into Hinata, spilling her books onto the ground (he apologizes and helps her pick them back up).
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: We know from the canon series that Shikamaru's this. How does it apply in this universe? Well, he's still as lazy as ever, describes everything as "troublesome," and prefers watching clouds to buying his own lunch at school...yet he was able to point out flaws in Tenten's defense even after taking the opportunity to grope her naughty bits during their fight in Chapter 24, and knocked Aoi unconscious with one punch in Chapter 27.
Curb-Stomp Battle: The first two fights Naruto's shown getting into result in this. Both have entire gangs as his opponents. Guess who wins in each case. Hint: It's not the gangsters.
Shikamaru vs. Aoi. One punch, and Aoi was out like a light.
Dark and Troubled Past: Naruto's past as a member of the Kyuushingai haunts him to this very day, and his move to Konoha Town was not only an attempt to avoid a criminal record, but also an attempt to start fresh and move on with his life.
A Date with Rosie Palms: A source of comical insults between Naruto and Kushina. Naruto insinuates at least twice that Kushina is "best friends" with cucumbers, and in one instance Kushina tells Naruto to...behave himself as he's going to bed, since he'll need his energy for the next day.
Naruto: GOOD NIGHT, KUSHINA! (slams bedroom door)
Deadpan Snarker: Several members of the cast get a shot at this here and there, but one of the main ones is Shikamaru, usually in response to Ino's nutty antics or Choji's appetite. There's also Jugo, regarding anything Suigetsu does, or Kushina, who never fails to take the occasional pot-shot at her own son.
Dirty Old Man: Sarutobi Hiruzen, the Minister of Defense, just like his canon counterpart. Roshi (alias Son Goku the Gorilla, of the Kyuushingai), the curator of Iwa City Museum, proves to be this as well, judging from his far-too-interested looks at the much younger Kurenai.
Minato is this for Naruto, although not by death, since it is confirmed that he's alive. The draft notes reveal that he is in charge of a black ops group in the military that Itachi is a part of, which is investigating the events that led to the 365 days of carnage two years ago.
Neji's father is mentioned by Kabuto as having died from cancer some years prior to the beginning of the story.
Yagura's father, a career criminal, wound up getting shot to death by the cops in the back-story.
Do with Him as You Will: After Naruto's beating down of Mizuki's thugs in Chapter 3, a number of neighboring residents come out to witness the aftermath. When Inoichi informs him that these new arrivals include the other store-owners who've been extorted by Mizuki's gang for the past three months, Naruto tells the residents to call the police...and while they wait, he adds, they can make the gangsters repay them for all the valuables that have been stolen from them. Naturally, the residents swiftly jump on the suggestion.
Naruto: They've been stealing your hard-earned cash these past couple of months. What say you make them pay it back, eh?
Residents:(grinning) Gladly. (some pick up the gangsters' dropped weapons)
Gangsters:Oh, no...! (they get mobbed by the residents)
Doing in the Wizard : The author states from the very first chapter that this story won't include any jutsu, summoning magic, or tailed beasts.
Dope Slap: Ino usually does this to Naruto when he's doing something totally stupid. Neji once does this to Lee with a sandwich.
The Dreaded: The Kyuushingai, in the back-story, made worse because to date nobody even knows what they look like. During the 365 days, cities that hadn't been impacted by the Nine Terrors made a point of being extremely courteous to people they didn't know, in case said strangers might turn out to be one of the Nine and cause upheaval if crossed. The terror they inspired was so great that Mizuki's taking advantage of their reputation was enough for him to control most of Konoha Town.
The Drifter: The draft-notes reveal that Fuu, a.k.a. Chomei the Beetle, a.k.a. the canonical seven-tails jinchuriki, was doing this in the two-year period following the 365 days of terror.
Drowning My Sorrows: Non-alcoholic example—in Chapter 10, after Kiba's had his love confession rejected by Hinata and then overheard Naruto talking about his earlier Accidental Kiss with Hinata, he gets despondent and chugs bottle after bottle of root beer. Neji counts twenty-two bottles when he finds Kiba in that state.
Duel to the Death: In their fight in the draft notes, Naruto and Gaara recognize that only one of them can come out of the battle alive.
Education Papa: Hiashi expects his children to give nothing less than excellence in their academics, to the point that he admonishes Hinata to practice her music lessons so that she may earn a shot at a music scholarship when her upcoming musical recital takes place, in case college recruiters happen to be in the audience at that time (despite Hinata arguing that she's still only in her second year of high school). After hearing from Neji that Naruto had fallen asleep during one of his classes, Hiashi warns Hinata not to associate too much with the blond boy, lest his (perceived) penchant for laziness rubs off on her; that and the knowledge that Naruto had gotten transferred from Uzushio High School for vague reasons (a later chapter reveals that it was for damaging school property while fighting) has Hiashi on edge about what sort of influence Naruto may have on his family's academic pursuits...and this is before he finds out about Naruto's past as a Kyuushingai, at which point his prejudice grows even more.
Even Evil Has Standards: Okay, Suigetsu's got a criminal record for shoplifting and is an opportunist who'll take advantage of Naruto's scheduled fight with Kiba to make a buck off the event, and he'll throw baseballs at Naruto just to show he can...but he takes vocal exception when Aoi batters Ino bloody. As well, while Gaara is the leader of the criminal LOVE organization and is willing to team up with fellow criminal Yagura to attack Naruto and his friends, when he confronts Han he is at least willing to accede to Han's request that violence not be perpetrated inside the church where they're at.
Evil Lawyer Joke: Orochimaru, who's a lawyer in this universe, complains that he's going to be on the receiving end of these after he manages to get Dosu, Zaku and Kin (members of Mizuki's gang) out on bail.
When Jinpachi of the Blood Mist gang threatens Naruto and his friends at Burger Castle, Naruto's response is to punch the man square in the eye, resulting in it bleeding afterward. To add insult to injury shortly afterward, Jinpachi's got Ino in a choke-hold, but Ino manages to free herself by jamming her fingers into the same injured eye.
Deidara lost one of his eyes during a Kyuushingai attack in the midst of the 365 days.
During their fight in Chapter 48, Gaara flings a rock into Han's face, wounding his eye in the process.
Face Framed in Shadow: The mysterious figure who's been keeping tabs on Naruto's activities since Chapter 3 until he's revealed to be Sasuke in Chapter 16. Chapter 33 introduces another such figure who's keeping tabs on Naruto for as-yet unknown reasons and Chapter 39 reveals him to be Gaara.
The Shadow Fox comic book series, which is highly popular not only in Konoha Town, but across the region; in Konoha Town itself, it's revealed that even Principal Danzo is a regular reader, and in one chapter Kushina and Shino argue about which of the titular character's Rogues Gallery is the best villain, while in another chapter Hinata is reading a copy of the comic, including a scene that's actually described in detail in the chapter itself. Also, during his radio broadcasts, Gai mentions that there's to be a movie adaptation of the comic released in theaters soon, and Sasuke gets Shikamaru and Choji to fight in his tournament by promising them tickets to see the film.
There's also the infamous Icha-Icha Paradise book series, of course.
Fight Magnet: Police chief Inuzuka Tsume anticipates that Naruto will turn out to be this, once she learns of his past identity.
Tsume: Characters like Uzumaki Naruto have a tendency to attract trouble to themselves, whether they like it or not; if anyone seeks him out knowing he's actually Kurama the Fox, it'll only cause a headache for us as the police and collateral damage for anyone else who's drawn into the mix.
Fingerless Gloves: Tenten wears a pair when she's going to fight. Sakura wears a blue pair for her fight with Ino in Chapter 19.
Flat "What.": During Naruto's meeting with Hiashi in Chapter 38, Hiashi stipulates that in order to qualify for entry to the Hyuga social party, one of Naruto's challenges to complete will include him being required to be in two separate geographical locations at the same time; cue this trope from Naruto in response.
Foil: The Hyuga Corporation and the Uchiha Zaibatsu. Hyuga Corp comes from old money, having been a part of Konoha Town's founding, while the Uchiha Zaibatsu's fortune was made more recently. This juxtaposition was most likely intentional, as it characterizes the conflict between the two.
Forbidden Friendship: Hiashi initially forbids Hinata to have anything to do with Naruto after being told by Neji that Naruto was put in detention for sleeping in class; as an Education Papa, he feels Naruto will be a bad influence on Hinata's academic growth. Then, after finding out about Naruto's history as a Kyuushingai, Hiashi gets even more opposed to Naruto and Hinata having anything to do with each other. To his credit, though, he manages to loosen up a bit after meeting Naruto for himself, and after the Genre Savvy Kabuto warns him that restraining Hinata too tightly will cause her to become a Rebellious Princess.
Forehead of Doom: Naturally enough, this is Ino's response to Sakura's "pig" insults. Their first conversation in Chapter 2 is just the first example.
Sakura: Eating alone again, piggy? And is that a pork sausage you've got? Don't tell me you've turned cannibal now?
Ino: Since when do you care what I eat, Great Forehead of China?
From Nobody to Nightmare: Konan was an ordinary nurse before the 365 days. Following that incident in which she lost both her husband and her unborn child, she put her medical skill to use as an assassin in Akatsuki's employ.
Funbag Airbag: How Naruto first meets Kurenai. Kurenai herself takes it in stride at first, but later gets comically unhinged when Kakashi teases her about it.
Genius Bruiser: Roshi, a.k.a. Son Goku the Gorilla, worked as a museum curator prior to joining the Kyuushingai training program. Following the 365 days, the first thing he did was to go right back to being museum curator in Iwa City, and yet two years later he's strong and skilled enough to fight Deidara.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: Yagura, who's introduced in Chapter 40, has his familiar facial scar, which in this story is implied to have been received from Naruto during the 365 days, and he is the leader of the villainous Blood Mist gang. It's also revealed in Chapter 48 that Naruto's whisker-marks are actually scars, while Gaara has a scar that's covered up by his tattoo, and they gave each other their respective scars during the 365 days.
Grand Staircase Entrance: Hinata makes her entrance at the Hyuga family's annual social party this way, dressed in a silver sleeveless-and-strapless dress.
Grievous Bottley Harm: During his fight with Mizuki's gang in Chapters 2 and 3, Naruto uses a soda bottle to beat the daylights out of several of them. Amazingly, the bottle itself is durable enough to survive the fight.
Groin Attack: Happens A LOT. Just a few examples are listed below.
During their confrontation in Chapter 3, Mizuki kicks high at Naruto's head. Naruto, who's using a soda bottle as a weapon, ducks down and does exactly what you'd expect...and this after he's hit at least two of Mizuki's gangsters in the crotch with said bottle.
Suigetsu suffers one of these after Naruto knocks a baseball—which, incidentally, Suigetsu had deliberately thrown at his head—straight into his nuts.
Suigetsu:(in pain) I can't feel my mini-me...
Ino later pulls it on Kin by grabbing her between her thighs and twisting her grip. Yes, it's as painful as it sounds.
Deidara is reduced to Ludicrous Gibs after Roshi stuffs a grenade into his pants.
He Knows Too Much / Jury and Witness Tampering: Among Yagura's many atrocities as leader of the Blood Mist gang, it's revealed that he caused the disappearances of several key witnesses in a case against him, in which he was charged with the gangland slaying of six men in one night.
Heroic BSOD: Naruto falls into one at the end of Chapter 41 after the Blood Mist gang attacks him and his friends at Burger Castle, and specifically after realizing that, in the midst of his berserker rage, he hadn't been willing to heed Hinata's pleas to spare Zabuza and not kill him; the BSOD lasts right into the next chapter. Then he gets another, shorter one in Chapter 46 after Roshi's death at Akatsuki's hands.
Hot Teacher: Terumi Mei, Naruto's English teacher and the form teacher for Neji, Tenten and Lee. Naruto gets caught daydreaming about her in class (and winds up with a Raging Stiffie because of it, much to his humiliation and the other teachers' amusement when Mei relates the story later).
Hurting Hero: Naruto still hasn't forgiven himself for his part in the events of the 365 days.
I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: In Yagura's native Mist City, he and his gang reside in a very dangerous neighborhood that's been given the nickname Seppuku Society ("seppuku" is the Japanese word for "suicide") and there's a specific section of that neighborhood that's been dubbed "the Valley of the Shadow of Death."
Naruto is one of these. He's quite willing to consider the feelings of others, but his experience with the Kyuushingai has made him rather caustic.
Sakura proves to be one, surprisingly enough. She might quarrel with Ino frequently, look down on people of lower social standing than herself, and lord her queen-bee status over everyone else...but when Aoi savagely beats Ino during Sasuke's tournament, Sakura shows a considerable amount of compassion because, as she herself declares, nobody deserves to undergo something like that.
Suigetsu may be a complete and utter prick to Naruto, but he likewise takes Aoi's beat-down of Inovery badly.
Suigetsu: Hey, I might not be the nicest guy around, but even I have some standards.
Sasuke's quite willing to flaunt his money and connections to get his way, even if so doing might screw someone else over such as when he blackmails Shikamaru to stay in his tournament instead of forfeiting, but he'll put bastiches in their place when it's really called for, as he does with Sakura when she badmouths Naruto during the latter's dance with Hinata.
Knight Templar Big Brother: Neji's a Knight Templar Older Cousin for Hinata, seeking to keep her away from Naruto's influence by any means necessary after finding out the latter was one of the Kyuushingai. Hiashi supports this, but Hinata herself isn't pleased.
Leave No Witnesses: Whenever Utakata went on a serial-killing spree during the two-year Time Skip, anybody unlucky enough to be in the vicinity would not escape, even if they weren't his specified targets. It's the reason he managed to elude the law for as long as he did.
Lightning Bruiser: Despite being as tall as he is, it's noted that Han is not any slower because of it; in fact, it's pointed out that during his time in the Kyuushingai, he would use this to his advantage against smaller opponents who thought they'd be faster than him because of the size difference.
Little Black Dress: Nii Yugito, a.k.a. Matatabi the Cat of the Kyuushingai, is introduced in Chapter 39 wearing one of these at the Hyuga social event.
Lost Food Grievance: Ino and Choji are ready to butcher Naruto in Chapter 6 after he accidentally spills (respectively) a cup of pudding and a burger. (And the pudding wasn't even Ino's, but Naruto's—she's that serious about her Trademark Favorite Food.)
Mad Bomber: Deidara, natch. Instead of bomb-style jutsus, he uses real grenades and explosives that can be triggered via remote control.
Mama Bear: Inuzuka Tsume, who's the chief of police for Konoha Town in this story. Her first response to news that her son Kiba may be in trouble is to send dozens of cops to the location to arrest whoever's responsible. There's also her threat to Naruto in Chapter 12, following his confrontation with Kiba (for which Tsume had sent out the aforementioned cop-squad):
Tsume: If my son ever got so much as a scrape on him from you, I don't care if you were part of a group that terrified whole cities, I would stuff a shotgun up your ass and pull the trigger. Am I understood?
Naruto:(meekly) Yes, ma'am.
Manipulative Bastard: Neji takes advantage of Kiba's despondency over Hinata's rejection of his (Kiba's) love confession and the revelation that Hinata had already had an Accidental Kiss with Naruto, to manipulate Kiba into fighting Naruto, as part of a plan to either get Naruto arrested (since Kiba's the son of Konoha Town's police chief) or expelled from school (Konoha High frowns on students with criminal records).
Master Poisoner: Konan concocts a poison which she uses on Naruto (via dart to the neck) during their confrontation in Chapter 46.
Konan: The weakness you're feeling and your loss of voice are only the first symptoms...in another minute, you'll experience nerve numbness; in five minutes, inability to swallow; in ten minutes, gradual bodily paralysis beginning with the hands and spreading elsewhere. In fifteen minutes, you'll die without the antidote.
The Matchmaker: Ino, being a Shipper on Deck for Naruto and Hinata, seeks to get the two of them talking by luring Naruto into a classroom where Hinata's waiting to see him.
Mega Corp.: Konoha Town has two of them, the Uchiha Zaibatsu and the Hyuga Corporation (or Hyuga Corp for short), as explained by Shino in Chapter 8. According to him, the Uchiha Zaibatsu owns most of the businesses in Konoha Town, including supermarkets, hardware stores, boutiques, and at least one bank; on the other hand, Hyuga Corp specializes in shipping imports and exports, electronic technology, and local transportation maintenance (meaning they have control over the local bus and taxi service); and both companies are rivals to each other, and are in a race to see who can land the country's biggest military contract first. Shino adds that his father is a telecommunications engineer for a mobile-phone company whose parent company is Hyuga Corp, and that any of Ino's family's greengrocery customers could be earning money from either of the two groups.
Missing Mom: Hiashi's wife died in a car accident when Hanabi was very young; Hanabi barely remembers her, aside from a portrait of the woman that's hanging in the Hyuga family's main hall. There's also no mention of Neji's mother at all.
Mistaken for Gay: Lee thinks Sakura and Ino might be this, based on how they word their conversation to each other in Chapter 22 (in reference to their previous fight in Sasuke's tournament, that is). Their reaction to that is...well...
Sakura: I haven't forgotten how you pulled my hair the other night...it still hurts, you know!
Ino: Aww, wasn't I rough enough for you? Maybe you'd like me to spank you again so you'll be put in your proper position...
Both girls: What?
Lee:(with a very evident nose-bleed) Hair-pulling...roughness...spanking...the two of you...could it be that...that you, Sakura-san...and your blond friend here...
Both girls:(simultaneous Megaton Punch) GET OUT OF HERE, PERVERT!
My Greatest Failure: Han had an opportunity to kill Gaara during the 365 days, but didn't. In the present day, he regrets not having done so. Naruto also regrets not taking the chance he had to kill Gaara as well.
The code-names that the Kyuushingai use to identify each other are references to the Bijuu each of them hold in the main series—more specifically, their actual names. For example, Naruto is known as "Kurama the Fox"; in the main series, Kurama is the name of the Kyuubi, whose form is that of a fox. Likewise, in the story, Utakata's code-name was Saiken the Slug; in the series proper, Saiken is the name of the Rokubi, whose form is that of a slug.
Naruto: What the hell are you, a ninja or something?
Kakashi: Hmm, perhaps in another universe, I might be.
The members of Yagura's Blood Mist gang are some of the members of the actual series' Seven Swordsmen of the Mist. The specific ones used in this fic are Momochi Zabuza, Munashi Jinpachi, Akebino Jinin, Kuriarare Kushimaru, Suikazan Fuguki, Ringo Ameyuri, and the anime-only Kurosuki Raiga.
Gaara mentions that he wants to start peddling a drug-pill that he calls "Gold Sand." In the actual series, the Fourth Kazekage (Gaara's father) was renowned for his primary attack, which utilized gold sand.
Named by the Adaptation: In this story, Tenten is given the surname Tamura, which is derived from the surname of her Japanese seiyuu in the anime. Jugo gets the surname Tenbin, derived from his canon-series nickname "Tenbin no Jugo" ("Jugo of the Scales").
Neural Implanting: How the nine people who would later become the Kyuushingai got their advanced intelligence. According to Naruto, by using this method, the scientists who worked on the nine were able to cram ten years' worth of training into four months' time, and they were able to learn several languages, combat tactics and weapons skills by this method. However, in a variation of this trope, they had to actually practice the newly-gotten skills for the information to stick.
New Transfer Student: Chapter 2 reveals that Naruto has transferred to Konoha High School from Uzushio High School in Whirl City. It's later revealed that transferring was one of two options he faced after a fight with a gang that caused a great deal of destruction to Uzushio High (the other option was being expelled and arrested by the local police on suspicion of being a Kyuushingai).
Nom de Mom: Like in the canon series, Naruto takes his surname from Kushina, although the reason for it in this continuity hasn't been revealed yet, especially since it's been confirmed that Minato is alive and works for the military.
The 365 days' rampage itself. We know that a lot of people died (the official body count is around 247, but urban legends insist and Yugito confirms that it's much higher than that), that it was a region-wide event, and that the Kyuushingai were at the center of it all...but to date there's been no mention of what started it in the first place, or what exactly happened during that time period aside from Tenten's parents' deaths. Yugito eventually tells Hinata what she knows about how the chaos initially started, in Chapter 43.
Naruto's transfer from Uzushio High School in Whirl City. What's known is that he got into a fight with a gang, caused some serious property damage at the school, and was given the choice of either transferring or getting expelled and then arrested on suspicion of being a Kyuushingai (this being a time when the Nine Terrors' exploits were still fresh in people's minds). However, we're not told what caused the gang-fight in the first place, or even whether Naruto or the gangsters were the aggressors.
In Chapter 13, the bartender at Tenten's usual hangout—after witnessing her beat up a patron—casually remarks that at least she didn't destroy the whole bar this time, although he doesn't elaborate on what exactly Tenten did the last time.
Tenten: You're never gonna let that go, are you? I SAID I was sorry, didn't I?
In Chapter 41, Sakura references a time when Ino was threatened with expulsion over an incident involving a plunger and 100 rubber bands. In retaliation, though, Ino references a time when Sakura got publicly grounded by her parents as punishment for an undisclosed incident involving a baggage girl at a supermarket.
Sakura: Wha—hey, it wasn't my fault, she started it!
In Chapter 45, Naruto mentions to Roshi that he's met with Yugito. Roshi's eyes light up, prompting Naruto to ask if he remembers what happened "the last time" Roshi tried to grope Yugito.
Not a Morning Person: Naruto doesn't do well in the mornings, in one instance grumbling that the morning should go away and come back at 2:00 p.m. Choji also indicates that his father Choza is like this.
Choji: When Akimichi Choza decides to sleep late, he's gonna sleep late.
Obfuscating Stupidity: In the first chapter, when Naruto is just arriving in Konoha Town, he acts like a very clueless newcomer to avoid being beaten up by Dosu, Zaku and Kin even as they're trashing the Yamanaka greengrocery, and in the second chapter he's acting as though he's terrified of being beaten up by other Konoha High students for mouthing off to them. This is the same guy who was part of a nine-member group that caused panic across an entire continent for a whole year's worth of time, and in the present day is capable of single-handedly beating up a whole gang with nothing but a soda bottle.
Odango Hair: Tenten, of course. She's even referred to as "Panda-girl" by the desk manager at her apartment building because of it.
Suigetsu and Jugo. While their being friends kinda makes sense considering they're teammates in the canon series, here Suigetsu is loud, boisterous and has a criminal record, while Jugo is calm, polite and civil to others. Still, they get along great, Jugo's occasional verbal pot-shots at Suigetsu's antics notwithstanding.
Naruto and Shino. Naruto's a Kyuushingai, Shino's a bug collector. They bond over comic books.
Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: What influences Kiba's desire to fight Naruto in Chapter 10. After having had his love confession to Hinata rejected earlier that morning, Kiba overhears Naruto talking to Shikamaru and Choji about his Accidental Kiss with Hinata; from the way the conversation is worded, Kiba comes to the (wrong) conclusion that Naruto and Hinata must have done...more than just kiss. This sets him up to be persuaded by Neji to deliver a challenge to Naruto, ostensibly for Hinata's honor.
Overprotective Dad: Hiashi becomes this for his children, mainly Hinata, once he forms the impression that Naruto doesn't take his studies as seriously as Hinata is expected to do with hers. The over-protectiveness increases after Hiashi finds out that Naruto was one of the Kyuushingai, as he doesn't want his daughter associating with a guy who was part of a group infamous for causing 365 days of carnage across several cities in the not-too-distant past.
Parents as People: As Kabuto tells Naruto, Hiashi isn't an evil man; he's just not well-equipped to deal with losing family members, hence his over-protectiveness of his daughters and nephew. For perspective, Hiashi lost his wife (Hinata's and Hanabi's mother) in a car accident, and then lost his brother (Neji's father) to cancer sometime afterward.
Pay Evil unto Evil: Utakata claims to be doing this with his murders of the doctors who created the Kyuushingai, but Naruto calls him on this, pointing out that Utakata was always a Blood Knight anyway (which Utakata doesn't deny).
Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Naruto gives a rather epic one to Aoi's gang of hall monitors in Chapter 4. The subsequent beat-down follows right into the next chapter.
Naruto: Those of you who want to have their bones broken, come and get me.
The Quiet One: Shino, though this story makes him a bit more talkative and social than his canon-series counterpart.
Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Naruto's "Nine-Point Fox Blow" technique. Han has a variant dubbed "Mustang Stampede," which ends with a double roundhouse kick.
Rapunzel Hair: Sakura's hair is her pride and joy, according to Chapter 2's narrative.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sasuke gives a pointed one to Sakura, noting that she has so much potential but ignores every chance given to her to grow beyond what she is now.
Recruiting the Criminal: Sasuke enlists Suigetsu (who has a previous record for shoplifting and is well known to Detective Ibiki) and Aoi (who's out on bail for assault) to participate in the main segment of the Uchiha Zaibatsu Invitational Tournament.
Rich Bitch: Sakura behaves like one for sure; it doesn't help that she's the daughter of Konoha Town's resident surgeon. Witness her response to Naruto's attempt to ask her out on a date, in Chapter 3:
Naruto: Say, Sakura-chan, I just got two free-meal coupons to use at Burger Castle, and I was wondering if you'd like to—
Sakura: Forget it! I don't eat at Burger Castle, for your information. I only eat at well-known franchise restaurants or places that have class...and even if I ate at Burger Castle, I wouldn't go on a date with weirdos like you! I only date popular boys, and popular you are not.
The Rival: Sakura, for Ino, in everything from academics to Sasuke.
Robot Master: Kankuro, who's introduced in Chapter 32 using a robotic bird to spy on Naruto's fight with Sasuke, but isn't identified by name until Chapter 39.
Played with in that Ino and her father Inoichi were Secret Keepers for Naruto, initially, concerning his past as one of the Kyuushingai, and his mother Kushina also knows about it. Over time, though, others have found out, whether from Naruto himself revealing it to them or from finding out secondhand. To date, aside from the aforementioned three, those who Naruto has told or at least confirmed it with include Mayor Tsunade, Chief Inuzuka, Officers Iruka and Ibiki, Shikamaru and Choji and Kakashi and later Kurenai, and those who know secondhand include Tenten, Hiashi, Neji, Lee, Hinata and Principal Danzo and later Sasuke and his father Fugaku. Haruno Kizashi knows, too, due to being the doctor supervising the health of the Kyuushingai during their training.
Played straight in that Naruto himself, as well as Tsume, Tsunade, Ibiki and Iruka are Secret Keepers regarding Dr. Haruno's role in the creation of the Kyuushingai. Among the other Kyuushingai, it's confirmed that Roshi at least remembers Dr. Haruno, and Utakata was targeting the doctor specifically because of that past connection.
Secret Secret Keeper: So far, nobody else in the main cast knows that Shino also knows about Naruto's history as a Kyuushingai.
Serial Killer: Utakata (code-named Saiken the Slug) is introduced as this, his targets consisting of doctors and their families. Specifically, he's been hunting down all the doctors who took part in the Kyuushingai's training program, in order to (in his mind) punish them for that fact, and his final target is Dr. Haruno Kizashi, Sakura's father.
Shameless Fanservice Girl: Yugito isn't shy about taking a Waterfall Shower whenever she can, even if someone happens to come across her that way. She's actually quite amused that Hinata, having accidentally caught her in just such a situation, has thereafter spent a good few minutes staring at the older woman's, uh, assets. Of course, Yugito puts on a bathrobe afterward, since Hinata's there to talk about serious matters and she doesn't want to embarrass the young girl further (but she's not above verbally teasing her about it).
During the final fight of the Uchiha Zaibatsu Invitational Tournament, the final two combatants pull simultaneous attacks that, as admitted by the author, were inspired by Jotaro and Dio's final battle in Jojos Bizarre Adventure. In this case, Naruto breaks his hand on Sasuke's shin-guard, but the shin-guard itself cracks, and Fugaku notes that had it not been for the leg-covering, Naruto's punch would've likely broken Sasuke's leg.
Shrinking Violet: Hinata, during her first few appearances. She's becoming less and less of this over time, though, made most apparent when she stands up to Hiashi and Neji in Chapter 17.
Shrouded in Myth: While nobody denies that the Nine Terrors exist, nobody is sure what their agenda is/was or even what they look like, resulting in all sorts of unreliable stories about them. Mizuki takes advantage of this to pass himself off as a former Kyuushingai, three months prior to the start of the story.
Skyward Scream: Ino does a comical variant of this in Chapter 6, after Naruto has gotten her to think Sasuke's naked behind her just so he himself can escape from her clutches over spilled pudding.
Ino: I'LL GET YOU FOR THIS, UZUMAKI NARUTO! (other students inch away from her)
Sneeze Cut: A humorous example in Chapter 21, when Shino informs Naruto that most persons at Konoha High School read the Shadow Fox comic book series—even Principal Danzo. Cut to Danzo himself letting out a loud sneeze and then wondering who's talking about him...while he's reading the latest Shadow Fox comic.
Social Darwinist: Aoi believes that the strong have every right to rule over the weak. When he was the chief hall monitor at Konoha High School, he would use this to justify being The Bully to weaker students. Unfortunately for him, he's forced to be on the receiving end of his own philosophy when Naruto utterly trounces him in Chapter 5 and when Shikamaru fells him with one punch in Chapter 27.
Son of a Whore: Yagura was raised by his mother, who provided "escort services."
Spared By Adaptation: Unlike most other Naruto AU fics, Naruto's parents, Minato and Kushina, are alive, with Naruto living with his mom and Minato currently still unaccounted for but stated to be alive and working for the military.
The Stoic: Hyuga Hiashi has this reputation as the CEO of Hyuga Corporation.
Super Soldier: The origin of the Kyuushingai. Nine individuals of different personalities, physical attributes, and backgrounds were recruited into a program where they would be taught and trained in different skills. Naruto joined in hopes of helping people, having been told that that was the program's goal—which obviously didn't happen. Even to this day, Naruto does not know what set him and the others off and caused that year of terror; for him, it was as if one moment he was in peace and quiet and the next moment he was surrounded by fire and death.
Super Window Jump: In the draft-notes, Itachi does this as a quick method of escape from a high-story building floor, to avoid getting shot by gun-toting mooks.note Note from the author—that particular scene was recycled from a similar scene in Neon Majestic's earlier DCAU fic Velocity, where it was the Question jumping out the window to escape from Amunet Black's mooks.
Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Morino Ibiki, who in this story is a police detective partnered with Umino Iruka. Ibiki isn't exactly trusting of Naruto once he finds out about the boy's Kyuushingai status, and is in fact quite ready to arrest him the first time they meet, but only relents because Mayor Tsunade and Chief Tsume (separately) give him different orders. What keeps him from being an Inspector Javert is the fact that, as a Kyuushingai, Naruto would in fact be wanted by the authorities for his actions during the 365 days, yet Ibiki won't overstep his own authority or his superiors' orders to arrest Naruto (the most that happens is that he and Iruka are ordered to keep surveillance on Naruto for a while to ensure he won't do anything to break the law, and once Tsume calls off the surveillance Ibiki complies).
Tattooed Crook: Mizuki has a tattoo of the number 9 and the kanji for the word "Kyuushingai" on his chest, which he was using prior to the start of the story to fool Konoha Town's populace into thinking he was a genuine Kyuushingai member; as it turns out, one of the many rumors about the Kyuushingai was that the members had just such a tattoo on their bodies (of course, that myth is debunked when Naruto reveals himself as a Kyuushingai, as he's not tattooed). There's also Gaara and his familiar forehead-tattoo.
That Came Out Wrong: Happens to Neji in Chapter 13, when he's trying to fend off Lee's speculation that he, Neji, has been having secret "liaisons" with Tenten.
Lee: Was your meeting yesterday so satisfying that you got her tired enough for two days?
That Man Is Dead: Han declares to Gaara, during their confrontation in Chapter 48, that his former persona of Kokuo the Horse is dead, citing this trope verbatim in said declaration.
Think Unsexy Thoughts: Naruto attempts this in an effort to get rid of his Raging Stiffie, after Mei calls him out on fantasizing about her during class. His efforts fail miserably, though, as he winds up thinking about different girls in all sorts of sensual contexts (including the idea of Tenten attacking him...while dressed in an Amazon-style bikini).
Time Skip: Two years have passed between the 365 days of terror and the start of the main story proper. This happens in the first chapter, with the 365 days taking up only a few paragraphs before the main story begins.
Title Drop: Happens in the draft-notes when Naruto uses a technique named "Kitsune no Ken" during his fight with Gaara.
Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Tenten might engage in street fights, train very hard, and hang out at bars, but she usually prefers wearing skirts instead of jeans.
Token Evil Teammate: Gaara, Utakata and Yagura were the three least noble members of the Kyuushingai, and two years later they haven't changed.
Token Good Teammate: When Naruto was a part of the Kyuushingai, it was said that he was one of the more benevolent members. In fact, Han even described him as the most "tenderhearted." Han himself counts, desiring to repent for his actions during the 365 days by becoming a pastor at a local church.
Tournament Arc: The Uchiha Zaibatsu Invitational Tournament arc, from chapters 19 to 33.
Ino adores pudding, just like her canon counterpart.
Tenten has a regular Drink Order at one bar where she usually hangs out—fruit punch-flavored syrup blended with crushed ice.
Training from Hell: Chapter 47 reveals that, as part of her drive to become stronger with Yugito as her trainer, Hinata has taken to running 20 laps around Konoha Town's entire perimeter ON A NIGHTLY BASIS. Naruto is stunned when he finds out.
Naruto: Do you know how big this town is?
The draft-notes reveal that Naruto has to undergo this type of training in preparation to fight Gaara. What the notes reveal of the training includes Naruto getting utterly curb-stomped by Minato.
Naruto gets this to a lesser degree, mostly because it's not common knowledge that he was one of the Nine Terrors. Suigetsu and Aoi both assumed he'd be a pushover; the result was that Suigetsu got a baseball introduced to his crotch and Aoi got on the wrong end of a Curb-Stomp Battle.
Urban Legends: A lot of these cropped up about the Kyuushingai and the 365 days, within the two-year Time Skip after the end of that time, and most of those legends made the Nine Terrors out to be superhuman beings based on the level of destruction that was left in their wake. Among the rumors and stories about them are claims that one Kyuushingai alone was capable of taking on entire gangs without sustaining a scratchnote confirmed at least with Naruto, who has so far fought Mizuki's and Aoi's gangs single-handedly, all nine together could reduce a city to ashes in less than an hournote it's eventually revealed that the initial incident that started the 365 days when Naruto, Gaara and Yagura got into a fight that spilled over into a nearby New Year's Day celebration resulted in the entire city being sent up in flames, collateral damage from any two Kyuushingai fighting each other would be catastrophicnote the closest to catastrophic that's actually shown is when Utakata causes some damage to a parking garage with his whips during his fight with Naruto, but otherwise the rest of the building they're in remains intact, that a waiter who spilled some soup while serving a guest had a massive Freak Out due to his fear that he might've offended one of the Kyuushingai, that the Terrors were over nine feet tall and 400 poundsnote a clear exaggeration, as Han, who's the tallest of the nine, is just a little over seven feet tall in canon, that they wielded exotic weaponsnote confirmed at least with Utakata and his bladed whips, that they were cannibalistic blood-drinkers and baby-eaters, that they could kill you so fast you wouldn't know you were dead till after the fact, that the real death toll from the 365 days was between 1000 and 2000 casualties despite the "official" number being 247note Yugito confirms that the "official" number is false, that one Terror could kill 300 people in a fortnight, and that the Terrors could be identified by special tattoos on their bodiesnote this one is false, but Mizuki took advantage of this rumor to pass himself as a Kyuushingai; Gaara does have a tattoo, but it's totally unrelated to the Kyuushingai and is used to cover a scar he got from Naruto.
Naruto and Ino. He insults her personality and taste in men; she beats him up over stupid stuff he does. Despite this, though, they're Like Brother and Sister.
Neji and Lee. Neji frequently berates Lee for his over-the-top displays and for constantly insisting that Tenten is Neji's girlfriend, and on one occasion beat him up over the latter point. Yet they're still friends.
Ino, again, this time with Shikamaru. She's implied to be bossy toward him (and Choji too), and he never fails to call her some very unflattering nicknames at times. Still, he really does consider her his friend, and if anyone hurts her, he will respond with due violence. Just ask Aoi.
The Voice: Maito Guy, who in this story is a radio broadcaster.
Gaara: LOVE has snaked its way everywhere in the last two years, Yagura-san. Everywhere. Anyone who comes under our protection gets a defense that is as enduring as stone, provided they do not try to betray me. You and your gang have a history of violence, even without taking your status as a Kyuushingai into account...but as long as you're with me, nothing can touch you, not the police, not the courts, NOTHING.
We Do Not Know Each Other: Sakura invokes Type 2 with Naruto when she sees him at the annual Hyuga party, since she doesn't think very highly of him on a social level to begin with. Much later, Naruto and Roshi invoke Type 1 when they see each other at the Iwa City Museum during Naruto's field trip there, so as not to give away either party's status as Kyuushingai members (but that pretense gets dropped after Deidara shows up).
Sasuke: More than anyone could possibly see in YOU.
When You Coming Home, Dad?: As revealed in Chapter 35, Dr. Haruno's work as Konoha Hospital's administrator has kept him away from home so often that Sakura's actually surprised when he's able to come home early to have dinner with the family, for once.
Sakura: Is it wrong to be surprised that he's not working late again?
Whip It Good: Utakata's signature weapon, during his time with the Kyuushingai. Specifically, he utilizes two whips that are outfitted with blades along their length; the blades are strategically placed so that they won't impede the whips' natural ability to bend, making them pseudo-whip-swords; as well, the author's commentary notes that this was inspired by Cho of the Jupon Gatana. It's how Kizashi was able to figure out that the serial killing spree during the last two years was Utakata's doing. When Naruto is told of the whip-wounds the victims sustained, he too figures it out.
Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: In the draft-notes, Temari mentally grouses that she made this suggestion to Gaara a number of times, concerning Naruto, but her recommendation was ignored; so she's decided to take it upon herself to just kill Naruto directly so he won't be in the way of LOVE's plans. She winds up getting shot dead by Itachi instead.
Willfully Weak: Not weak, per se, but Naruto intentionally holds back whenever he fights, to the point that it's become subconscious. This is justified, seeing as being a former member of the disbanded Kyuushingai, he's arguably one of the strongest fighters in the country and maybe even the world, and therefore can easily cripple someone, even if he hadn't intended to do so.
Wine Is Classy: Uchiha Fugaku, Sasuke's father and the CEO of the Uchiha Zaibatsu. The first time he appears in full in Chapter 32, he's shown with a glass of wine, which he continues drinking from in Chapter 33.
Worthy Opponent: During the Uchiha Zaibatsu Invitational, Sasuke wants to fight Naruto for this reason, and also berates him for being Willfully Weak.
Sasuke: I have been training for just over two years for a fight of this magnitude, and you are probably the best opportunity for me to reap the benefits of that training.
Naruto: I can't promise that I won't hold back. It's become something of a reflex for me.
Would Hit a Girl: None of the guys who've had female opponents so far in this story have held back just because their opponents were women. Special mention should go to Aoi, who'll brutalize any woman who opposes him, and Zabuza, who elbows Hinata in the face during the Blood Mist gang's assault on the protagonists.
Would Hurt a Child: Utakata, in his debut chapter, shows that he's not averse to murdering children, as evidenced by the speech he gives their father before butchering him.
Utakata: Don't worry about your children. They are beyond help now...just as your wife is...just as you soon will be.