* ''Naruto'' has tons of PeggySue fics. Those who usually end up going back are the members of Team 7 (including Kakashi) and Shikamaru, sometimes individually, sometimes together. The reason for going back usually has something to do with some event that ended well in canon ended catastrophically instead, causing a BadFuture where the time traveler has nothing left to lose by going back. The event varies, but recent ones make it the Fourth Great Shinobi War, wherein Madara and/or Tobi/[[spoiler:Obito]] won. [[spoiler:They also commonly ignore Princess Kaguya's involvement.]]
* A lot of fics in which the genin teams are different, either because someone else is teaching Team 7 or someone else wanted Naruto (such as, for example, ''[[FanFic/{{Team8}} Team 8]]''), which shuffled the teams around (these fics are most often [[FanPreferredCouple Naruto/Hinata]]). A recurring theme in these is the perception that Kakashi in canon is a ''terrible'' teacher and Naruto could be so much stronger if he were trained "properly" (and usually made to wear clothes that aren't [[HighlyVisibleNinja orange]], despite Naruto's choice of clothing never being treated as an issue in canon).
* There are a LOT of {{Self Insert Fic}}s, usually where someone either falls through a portal from the real world into the ''Naruto'' world, or dies in the real world and is reincarnated in the Naruto world. The codifier that [[FollowTheLeader almost all the others attempt to follow]] is ''FanFic/DreamingOfSunshine,'' where a girl is reincarnated as Shikamaru's twin sister; the page for that fic even includes a long list of imitators, at least six of which have their own work pages on this wiki. Almost all of them claim they were inspired by ''Dreaming of Sunshine'' at some stage.
* The in/famous Clan Restoration Act, where one male character is forced/ or wants to pair with multiple women to revive his clan.
* Also there multiple fics when Naruto gains an awesome power and virtually every girl except (in most cases) [[RonTheDeathEater Sakura]], usually fall for him that includes his mother, Tsunade and girls he never met like Yugito.
* Nearly every story starts with Naruto being hated and attacked by the citizens of Konoha and the Third doing absolutely nothing about it or is too late. He is sometimes saved by a crossover character or an OC.
* Also there are many fics that deal with Naruto bringing back Sasuke only to be betrayed by Sakura and is later exiled/executed by the elders and the "civilian council". It usually ends up with Naruto gaining ComboPlatterPowers, becoming the leader of a village while Konoha gets destroyed economically and loses their allies as well. With war between Orochimaru, Kumo and Iwa.
* Twelve-plus young characters of the same age, with a variety of personalities? Let's put them in [[HighschoolAU high school]]! Let's add camp or a rock band. And one or two are {{New Transfer Student}}s.
* Another really common one is the non-massacre AU, usually used as an excuse to pair Itachi and Sakura up.
* Fanfics where Naruto turns out to be the last survivor of a made up clan[[labelnote:note]]Usually the Namikaze[[/labelnote]] and gets a new bloodline (particularly the Rinnegan) or Kurama some unexplained way gives alters his genes giving him the bloodline. [[spoiler: Before the Uzumaki Clan was revealed in canon but Naruto still doesn't have a bloodline.]]
* There's also the always popular "Naruto turns against Leaf and gets revenge on everyone that abused him". Or, more accurately, "Naruto turns against Leaf and kills [[RonTheDeathEater the characters that the author doesn't like]] and spares the characters the author likes."
* Another very popular one is [=NaruHina=] shippers making Naruto as dumb as possible and having constantly mocked by everyone for not noticing Hinata's feelings. Hinata, herself is usually portrayed as a stuttering like crazy for two seconds before fainting. This one got so popular that [[Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth it's found its way into licensed material.]]
* There's also the ever popular de-aged fic, which typically involves a jutsu going wrong and the main character of the story being turned into a child version of him or herself.
* A lot of crossovers usually start with the Naruto and Sasuke fighting at Valley of the end and the Kyuubi's and the Curse Seal's chakara will merge and create a portal taking Naruto to a new world.
* "Naruto is a [[ObfuscatingStupidity secret genius]]".
* Various characters become members of Anbu. Or join Akatsuki.
* "Itachi never killed his clan, wasn't a evil bastard, and really did love his brother." [[spoiler: At least, until that was revealed in canon to be true (well, the latter two, at least).]]
* "Tobi is Obito" stories. [[spoiler: [[AscendedFanon Before it was canon.]]]]
** "Tobi is NOT Obito" stories in response to the above. [[spoiler: [[BrokenBase Especially after it was canon.]]]]
* Usually as an excuse to make ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' "[[DarkerAndEdgier Better]]" are plots that go "what if ''Naruto'' was 'realistic?[[note]]realistic in this case often meaning turning Konoha into a military dictatorship, or some other bizarre alteration to canon[[/note]]'"
* Hiashi being an physically and sometimes sexually AbusiveParent.
** Conversely, stories where he actually loves his daughters very much but has to put up a front of aloofness to protect them from the Hyuuga council who can and will do whatever they can to "ensure the safety of the clan" (usually meaning "make sure we make things go our way and keep the Branch family under our thumbs").
* Fics where Hinata is in danger of getting the Curse Mark are everywhere, despite the fact either sister getting the mark isn't even implied in the series. Expect every Hyuuga but Neji to be evil and abusive to Hinata, including Hanabi who ironically adores Hinata in canon. There's also the opposite idea: Hanabi fears she's in danger of getting the Curse Mark so she either keeps her distance from Hinata or acts like she hates her and tries to always best her.
* The Uzumaki clan turns out to have survived the [[DesignatedVillain Iwa and Kumo]] attack.
* Naruto snaps and become a cold-blooded killer.
* Crossovers usually make it so outside the Elemental Nations is a part of the world of whichever series the author may choose which will be referred as 'outside the veil'.
* A lot of crossovers mostly Franchise/TheDCU have Naruto be a Demon and a cult dedicated to him will awake him and he'll often be a [[VillainProtagonist villain]].
* Superhero crossovers will have Naruto be an [[AntiHero antihero]] who'll kill villains[[note]]Even though he doesn't believe in killing either and some crossovers may take place after he fought Pain and established his no killing rule[[/note]] and will berate certain [[Franchise/{{Batman}} heroes]] for not killing.[[note]]Mainly because the author wants them to despite the fact most heroes will usually have grounded reasons for not killing.[[/note]] Though it's worth noting that quite a few examples use an alternate backstory for Naruto (being trained and joining ANBU, for example) that led to him not developing his [[AllLovingHero canon moral code]] or have him come really close to crossing the DespairEventHorizon at some point in the series and changing because of that.
* Minato and Kushina survives the Kyubi attack and has another child. They later focuses all their attention on the [[TheFavorite child]] completely [[ParentalNeglect neglecting]] [[TheUnfavorite Naruto]] in the process... For some reason the other child will usually be a girl. There are very few fics that had Minato and Kushina loving both Naruto and the younger child equally. If they did survive. The neglect is rather baffling because Kushina and Minato are actually loving parents who will love their child equally and this can be made into an {{Irony}} as Kushina canonically wishes to have a big happy family...
* There are many fics with Sakura having just about every Naruto guy under the age of 30 fall in love with her and it's pretty popular to top this off with AU as well.
* Some will have it that Kurama invented the Sharigan mostly just so Naruto can get it.
* The reason Kurama attacked Konoha is someone (usually Orochimaru) wearing Konoha headband killed his (or depending on the story her) cubs used to be common in the early days. This became obsolete when the real cause of Kurama's attack on Konoha was established.
* Not necessarily a huge part of a story but when Naruto meets someone there may be a debate if Naruto's name stands for 'fishcake' or 'maelstrom'.
* Danzo kidnaps Naruto and wipes his memories clean turning him into a WildChild in the process.
* Anko, Kakashi, Iruka, or Tsunade adopt Naruto.
* A take on what could happen [[AfterTheEnd after the antagonists are defeated]]. May involve BabiesEverAfter.
* A FreakyFridayFlip story, which is usually started because of Ino's technique GoneHorriblyWrong.
* Naruto get a sword and becomes a MasterSwordsman.
* Kurama mentors Naruto, calls him [[AffectionateNickname "kit,"]] and helps him learn assorted cool demon powers.
* While not always the main plot of a fanfic, some fanfics have Naruto decide Sasuke is beyond redemption and kill him or capture him and leave him to his punishment. These are often done by people who dislike Sasuke and/or the idea of Naruto continuing to try to bring him back after all he's done.
* Back in the early days of the ''Naruto'' fandom, "Naruto retakes the Chunin Exams" fics use to be common. Then canon trudged on and Naruto became so powerful that pitting him against genin wouldn't be very interesting outside of making it a CrackFic, causing the idea to become obsolete. Ironically, this plot was used in an OVA where they fix the problem of him being too strong by making rules specifically barring anyone from using senjutsu to make it fair, even though the exams are specifically geared to [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint reward those who cheat and use every advantage they have]]. Of course he breaks the rule and is [[StatusQuoIsGod disqualified from the exam]].
* The in/famous plot of [[GenderBender gender bendering]] Naruto into a girl (whose fan-given name is Naruko). Usually she'll end up in either a [[YaoiGenre Yaoi relationship with]] Sasuke (Thus giving [[YaoiFangirl the Yaoi fangirls and boys]] pointless justification for their [[SlashFic slash fics]]) or in a harem [[YuriFan with the Ladies]] [[YaoiGenre or with the guys.]]
* "Naruko" often also appears as Naruto's HalfIdenticalTwin in [=AUs=].
* Fanfics where either the Konoha 12 as adults, or their children (usually Boruto or Sarada), are [[PeggySue transported into the past]] have been popping up since the manga ended. Most have them go back to the pre-timeskip, usually pre-Chunin Exam days.
* The topic of ChildSoldiers don't come up much despite the series revolving around it. Many fanfics go about what making middle and high school aged kids soldiers can do to their psych and general world view. The "First Kill" and "First Time Seeing A Teammate Die" plots are ever popular.
* Boruto, Himawari, or Sarada meeting the ghosts of their grandparents. The ghost of [[spoiler:Neji]] is also common in Boruto's and Himawari's cases, as is [[spoiler:Itachi]] for Sarada.
* Many Naruto/Hinata fanfics have quite a few elements in common, besides the [[FanPreferredCouple obvious]] [[RelationshipUpgrade one]]. Hilariously, some of this elements [[AscendedFanon made their way into]] ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'':
** Naruto teaching Hinata how to use Shadow Clones and/or the Rasengan.
** The Hyuuga Clan either being central to the main plot, or being the focus of a subplot.
*** Related to the above, Neji and/or Hanabi being important characters to the story.
*** As opposed to the above, the Uchiha and the Senju clans not being relevant to the plot, not even in stories in which Sasuke is a main character.
** The Byakugan having an evolution/upgrade akin to the Mangekyo Sharingan. Usually, Hinata will be the first one (and sometimes the only one) to awaken this new doujutsu.
** Hiashi opposing Naruto and Hinata's relationship. If Hiashi is given a more sympathetic characterization than usual, this role will usually go to some unnamed clan elder(s).
** A LoveTriangle between Naruto, Hinata and an incredibly transparent RomanticFalseLead, who's usually Kiba or Sakura, and on rare instances Shino. Sometimes it can be an OC.
** Hinata being in an ArrangedMarriage with either Neji or a Hyuuga OC but being in love, or dating, Naruto. This usually goes hand-in-hand with Hiashi opposing her relationship with Naruto.
* A sometimes seen one takes place after the Sound/Sand invasion where the Sand Council decides that this shinobi that beat Garaa (IE; Naruto) could become quite powerful someday and getting ties to him would benefit them. So let's send a marriage proposal to the Leaf about hitching him to Temari!
* Just like many authors use fics to point out their perceived impression of Kakashi being an awful teacher (see above), there are just as many who do the same with the Ninja Academy. It's very common fanfics in which a Jonin-sensei tests a team of newly minted Genin, finds that they're much weaker and ill-prepared to be a ninja than expected, asks them what did they learn at the Academy, and gets shocked upon finding how much the standards decayed since the Jonin was an Academy student. This may or may not end in finding out that a spy has been trying to sabotage Konoha's future generations of ninjas by quietly lowering the Academy standards.
* Good luck finding ANY fanfiction that covers the Wave Mission that DOESN'T save Haku and Zabuza.
* Many Neji/Tenten fanfics where Neji is Tenten's [[spoiler:[[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]]]] popped up after [[spoiler:he died]].
* For fans who disliked the canonical pairings, many fanfics (usually Naruto/Sasuke or Naruto/Sakura) revolve around the preferred couple either having an affair, the canonical couple divorcing, or the character being a widow(er) so that they can pair up with someone else.
* ''Naruto'' fans have a fandom specific video plot: the "chatroom" video. Most popular circa 2007-2010, they're Youtube videos usually made in Windows Movie Maker where the plot revolves around the Konoha 12 talking to each other in chatrooms. Most are also Naruto/Hinata and Sasuke/Sakura themed.
* Characters having to go on seduction-related missions pops up in many fanfics. This is because real ninjas did do such things. How the character reacts and how this effects their relationship if they're already with someone depends on the writer.
* "Naruto turns out to be secretly related to Sasuke/Hinata/Sarutobi/etc" fics were common prior to Naruto's heritage being given depth. The manga did eventually canonize Naruto being distantly related to [[spoiler:Tsunade]], [[spoiler:Karin]], and [[spoiler:Nagato]].
* Works where either Boruto and Sarada or Inojin and Sarada are ChildhoodFriends are commonplace. The anime itself shows that Boruto and Sarada were probably close when they were very young but ultimately grew apart by the time they were academy students.
* [=AUs=] where Kushina either survived the attack or was in a coma for 12-16 years.
* After Sasuke returns in ''Naruto Gaiden'', Sakura ends up unexpectedly pregnant again. She usually gives birth to a son (oftentimes a pink haired one).