The Girl from Whirlpool is a Naruto prequel fanfic by SilverShine. It follows the adventures of Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki, Naruto's future parents. It starts as Minato and some of his classmates watch as the refugees from Whirlpool Country arrive in the Leaf Village. Among them is a redheaded tomboy named Kushina Uzimaki who winds up as the new village idiot and one of Minato's eventual friends.The story was started as an attempt to create a backstory for the characters before it was originally provided in canon. However what is really amazing about this fanfic is that even after the canon backstory was finally revealed a few months ago, it didn't contradict things too much because the author did a wonderful job incorporating the new information into the plot. What's really notable about this story is that despite its rather overdone story of Naruto's parents falling in love, it avoids making either of them into Mary Sues, which happens often. It also makes great use of Continuity Nods to events that are mentioned to have happened in the canon's backstory.
The Ace: Most villagers view Minato as one, but he clearly isn't, at least not yet.
Broken Ace: While he's a good and well-meaning person, Kushina, Sakumo and Jiraya all have to call him out on his lack of empathy several times before he starts getting the message, as his talent never allowed him to connect with his peers on any meaningful level.
And I Must Scream: What Orochimaru does to Minato by controlling his body and forcing him to fight and attempt to kill Kushina. What makes it worse was that it was written from his perspective as he helplessly attacks Kushina.
A lot of things about [Kushina] left him confused; her unwavering respect for all life to the point of putting herself in danger for the sake of an apparent scumbag nutcase; what had caused her transformation from tomboy to girl-whose-dressing-table-groaned-under-the-weight-of-cosmetics; how she knew the Hokage's wife; and just why she got so annoyed when he put his toothbrush in her cup.
Bishōnen: Minato has been described as having a girl's face by a few people.
Boobs of Steel: Unlike canon, in which Kushina has a slender build and modest bust, Minato's thoughts imply that Kushina's breasts are actually bigger than they appear, which would make her impressive strength much more in line with this trope.
Book Dumb: Kushina during her academy days was like this.
Heroic Bastard: Minato. His mother cheated on her husband with an unknown shinobi. Apparently, Sakumo knows who it is but won't tell. Although as of Chapter 24, that may have just been a Red Herring caused by Minato's own desires for a cool dad and his father's drunken delusions, but its still ambiguous.
Heroic BSOD: Minato has had a few minor ones, but Sakumo has an epic one in chapter 22 after his failed mission.
Important Haircut: Inverted. Young Minato's statement of thinking her hair looked nice long caused Kushina to secretly vow to never get her hair cut again.
Informed Awesomeness: Minato. For all the talk of how much of an Ace he is and how strong the Fourth became in canon, in here he is... well, lacking a lot. In fact, he only seems like a competent Jounin instead of the Hokage material that everyone keeps praising on and on. Probably from the shock of unitying Romance with a heavy action series but still, his fights with A, Orochimaru and one of the Swordmen of the Mist were between sad and just plain pathetic. The fic seems to take the discrepancy into account by having Minato himself notice with dismay that the rumors of his battles were greatly exaggerated.
Justified in the case of A and the Mist Swordsman in that one seemed to be an intentional loss, while the other happened when Minato was only about 16.
Like Father, Like Son: In this case, like mother like son. More than one person has commented how Minato resembles his mother (hence the girl's face) and an old friend of his mother's remarked that he also behaved like her.
Love Epiphany: Minato has one about his feelings for Kushina after it is pointed out to him by almost everyone in the Leaf Village.
Megaton Punch: Kushina seems to pull off a more realistic one on occasion.
Memetic Badass: Minato seems to have become one in-universe, much to his dismay.
Missing Mom: Minato's mother was a skilled ninja who was killed when he was less than two years old. Probably by Madara.
Male Gaze: The narration makes it clear that post-puberty, Minato has several moments of this towards Kushina, which makes him feel rather awkward at first.
A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted in Minato's case. It was because of this mindset that some of his teammates in the Second Great Ninja War tried to bring him to a brothel for his birthday. It didn't go as planned because the consort turned out to be an assassin from the Hidden Mist Village.
Moment Killer: Several happen throughout the story to prevent Minato and Kushina from taking their relationship to the next level.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: Amazingly, Minato seems to be a partial example once the war with the Hidden Mist village ends. Once he gets back to the Leaf Village, he wanders around aimlessly without purpose and has an even harder time connecting with others. The story makes it pretty clear that without Kushina, Minato would be even worse off.
Amusingly (or tragically), Minato's emotional distance only serves to increase his reputation among his peers as an ideal ninja.
Shrouded in Myth: Minato is constantly amazed at how often his deeds get exaggerated.
Unable to Cry: Kakashi seems to be the one person not affected by his father’s tragic death. Minato himself only ever cries for Kushina's sake when she grieves for her teacher.
Understanding Boyfriend: After discovering Kushina's big secret and a few smaller ones, Minato gets frustrated by how many things he is expected to accept about her. At the end, he realises that he really is one of a few people, who can understand her and give her emotional support.