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-->''There was only darkness. I was small and helpless, lost and confused and alone and trapped in a body that would not, could not respond to my helpless panicked thoughts. I could hear a child, a baby, screaming but it wasn't me because I couldn't move, couldn't breathe couldn't do anything but lie still and hope we were hidden and please, please don't notice me…''

-->''Life as a ninja. It starts with confusion and terror and doesn't get any better from there.''

Shikako Nara is an average girl from the Village Hidden in the Leaves. She has friends, a loving family, but there is something different about her, a secret. And she's been keeping it from birth.

A ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' FanFic with a unique approach to the SelfInsert genre of fan-fiction, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7347955/1/Dreaming_of_Sunshine Dreaming of Sunshine]]'' avoids many of the more common pitfalls associated with the poorer examples - via snappy dialogue and a plot that remains focused on the inner struggles of the protagonist as an observer.

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7347955/1/Dreaming_of_Sunshine Dreaming of Sunshine]]'' itself has attained near-legendary status among the SelfInsert community, and among the Naruto fandom it is often compared favorably to ''{{Team8}}''. The author has also started a supplementary fic, titled ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7898335/1/Sunshine_Sidestories Sunshine Sidestories]]'' - the purpose being a WorldBuilding one, as the Short Stories contained in there expand upon relevant material not seen through Shikako's eyes.

Another author has been approved to write a series of one-shots of different [=POVs=] and snapshots of Shikako's life. It's called ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9405615/1/Sunshine-and-Stormclouds Sunshine and Stormclouds]]'', and currently has only three chapters each with a different POV. Another series of similar Drabbles ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10851515/1/The-Corona The Corona]]'' is also in the works.

Also see: ''[[http://doscg.weebly.com/index.html Dreaming of Sunshine Chapter Guide]]''. A fansite started in July 2012, it serves as a carefully constructed encyclopedia about D.O.S. whilst being highly accessible even to outsiders. Might be considered a tribute to the growing legendary status of the fic amongst internet-goers.

There's also now a forum created on ff.net for the story called ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/forum/We-re-all-just-Dreaming-of-Sunshine/180237/ We're all Dreaming of Sunshine]]'' where you can discuss the story/plot points/other things with people.

A community on ff.net, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/community/Heliocentrism/119149/ Heliocentrism]]'', contains basically every story in the Dreaming of Sunshine Universe, and was founded by the author themselves. This includes sidestories, translations, and spinoffs.

Overall, a massive DoorStopper guaranteed to keep you reading for hours.

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!!This fanfiction series contains examples of:

* AwesomeButImpractical[=/=]MightyGlacier[=/=]DifficultButAwesome: Shikako notes in the [[spoiler: Second Chunnin Exam arc, during her fight with Gaara]] that fuinjutsu is slow to prepare and very specialized to the situation, but that it is almost effortless in execution and the effects are often spectacular.
-->''This was something I could never have done with ninjutsu. I didn't have the chakra, I didn't have the control, and I didn't have the concentration. The cost was too high. But fuinjutsu was different – you paid in time and knowledge instead. That made it less useful in battle where you so rarely had '''time''', but sometimes. Sometimes it was perfect.''[[note]]This is after spending an [[DifficultButAwesome all-nighter]] preparing seals to deal with Gaara. She didn't even get to sleep.[[/note]]
* AlmightyJanitor: To an certain extent - Shikako is fairly well-regarded by the upper echelons of Konoha's ranks for her intelligence and deductive ability, such that she almost received a promotion to chuunin after [[spoiler:Tsunade's instatement]], thanks to her war efforts in the Sand-Sound Invasion and also her observations during the Finals. Justified because she has a previous lifetime of knowledge about the world in which she now lives coupled with the naturally-gifted mind of a Nara, which makes her more mature, grounded and experienced.
** Later lampshaded by Tsunade and the Raikage during the Kusa Chuunin exams with regards to Shikako. [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7898335/15/Sunshine-Sidestories "S-RANK?"]]
* AngstySurvivingTwin: Brought up by Tsunade after [[spoiler:the Retrieval Arc - Ukon dies after trying to possess Naruto, leaving his twin brother Sakon to be brought back to the village for interrogation.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:Toki]] in the Land of Birds Arc.
* AuthorAvatar: Shikako, as per the premise of the fic.
* BadassBookworm: Shikako.
* TheBeastmaster: Besides the canon summoners, [[spoiler: Ino becomes the new Chameleon Summoner.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Shikamaru displays this thrice, [[spoiler:first when Sasuke hurt Shikako while under the influence of the curse seal,]] again [[spoiler:when she gets [[MindRape mind raped]] by Itachi,]] and finally [[spoiler:when she gets possessed by Gelel.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: ''Repeatedly'' in Chapter 61.
--> '''Shikako:''' [[LampshadeHanging Everyone is making such dramatic entrances today]].
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Ino, Shikako and Sakura.
* BoomHeadshot: the death of Kin Tsuchi and [[spoiler: a literal example in the Kusa shinobi that tries to kidnap Shikako after her fight in the second Chunin Exams with Gaara]]
* BraidsOfAction: Shikako wears her hair in a single long braid. [[spoiler: She wins her second match of her second Chuunin Exams by using her hair to strangle her opponent until he passes out.]]
* BrandishmentBluff: Shikako will occasionally call an attack that does not exist, or use an extremely misleading name. For example, “Nara Art: The Shadow Devours” isn’t a shadow jutsu at all, but merely a genjutsu. And “Lightning Style: Super Beam Cannon” doesn’t exist at all; Shikako just used the Sword of the Thunder God and her chakra measurement seal to suggest that something big was about to go down. [[spoiler: Since Gaara had just seen her use that sword to pull off some fairly large-scale lightning jutsu, he immediately summons his most powerful shield… allowing Shikako to seal most of his sand into her storage scroll.]]
* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler:Muku]] does this to [[spoiler:Shikako]] during their match with his chakra-sealing technique.
* CallingYourAttacks: Lampshaded and justified by Shikako - it helps with one's focus.
* ChildSoldiers: Played straighter than usual, Shikako is enough of a modern person to find the concept offputting. [[DeliberateValuesDissonance Luckily]], Konoha has a careful desensitisation program as part of the education system.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The Sword of the Thunder God]] comes in ''mighty'' handy during Shikako and Ino's fight against [[spoiler:Kidomaru.]]
** Waaaay back in Chapter 6 Shikato muses that "You needed light to have shadows but there was a legend that the founder of the clan, many hundreds of years ago, could control the very night itself". Foreshadowing anyone? (pardon the pun).
** Shikako's ability to sense natural chakra got a mention very early on, but nothing came of it for almost sixty chapters.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Shikako's the moral compass on her Team - despite what she can't fix in the timeline, she's the reason Naruto has more friends from a younger age, and she's helped Sasuke open up to others as well. It frequently gets her in trouble, since she occasionally acts without thinking.
* CombatPragmatist: Shikako. She prefers to ambush her opponents or take them out with traps whenever possible. [[spoiler:Also see the entry for MurderIsTheBestSolution.]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: Noted by Shikako - see InSpiteOfANail below.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Naruto's fight with Neji in the Chunin exams. Neji never even touches the real Naruto.]]
** [[spoiler: And then by the Sound Four against Ibiki.]]
* DeathByAdaptation:
** Type I: [[spoiler:Karin]], although the characters don't know [[spoiler:her]] name. [[spoiler:She gets mauled to death by a bear offscreen and they find her body.]] Though unstated, the reason for this is [[ForWantOfANail because]] [[spoiler:unlike canon, Sasuke didn't go scouting ahead and thus wasn't there to save her.]]
** Type II: [[spoiler:The Sound Genin trio die during the Forest of Death.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Shikako, occasionally.
* {{Demonisation}}: Strongly averted - Shikako's narrative treats most people sympathetically, averting either DracoInLeatherPants ''or'' RonTheDeathEater. The only people depicted badly are the truly repulsive villains, with [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Kabuto]] so far getting the worse of it.
* DemolitionsExpert: Shikako learned how to seal by starting with explosive tags. By the finals of her [[spoiler:first]] Chuunin Exams, she's got the explosive seals down to a ''touch.'' She's of the opinion that if explosives can't solve your problems, you're not using enough of them.
* DemotedToExtra: Sakura due to Shikako taking her place on Team Seven (which she feels guilty about). After her team fails to pass their test, she eventually decides to turn towards the Medic Corps, with a little prompting from Shikako and Ino.
* DumbassNoMore: Naruto. He's only a little more powerful than in canon, but his tactics improve considerably, mostly due to Shikako teaching him how to strategize effectively. [[spoiler:This earns him a promotion to chuunin.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: Shikako has an accident while practicing the Nara clan techniques that leaves her completely detached from everything, to the point where she can't even bring herself to care that it isn't her normal state of mind. She recovers after a few days, though.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Land of Grass.
--> Land of Grass was pretty much as advertised. Land. And grass.
* FauxActionGirl: Justified - Ino's been hit by this during [[spoiler:the Retrieval Arc]], but mostly because she's facing an opponent miles out of her league, whom her SignatureMove is ''useless'' against [[spoiler:because of Orochimaru's seal having affected his psyche and chakra.]]
* FishOutOfWater: As noted in Chapter 63, Shikako still feels like an outsider due to having previously grown up in a society indoctrinated by different values, particularly regarding the value of life.
* FiveManBand[=/=]FreudianTrio[=/=]FourTemperamentEnsemble
** TheHero - Naruto: [[TheMcCoy the Id]], is Sanguine.
** TheLancer - Sasuke: [[TheSpock the Superego]], is Choleric.
** [[TheSmartGirl The Smart]] [[TheChick Chick]] - Shikako: [[TheKirk the Ego]], is Melancholic.
** TheBigGuy - Kakashi: the {{Mentor}}, is Phlegmatic.
* FollowTheLeader / FromClonesToGenre: Started several innovations that persist in the Naruto fandom, particularly in the self-insert genre. The SelfInsert being "chakra sensitive", since having memories of their past life means chakra is an unfamiliar feeling, like an extra limb; trying to ''not'' change things too much because they're aware of how the ripple affect could render their knowledge useless; feelings of alienation from their friends (despite befriending even Naruto); not remembering all significant details due to fading memories over time; and most of all managing to focus on the protagonist without making it feel like the world (or story) revolves around them. The nice thing is that many of these authors try hard to ''not'' copy the same formula, even with this sort of inspiration. For example:
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8139663/1/Little_Acorn Little Acorn]]'' a blind girl with fuzzy memories of a past life. Noteworthy in that she is not related to a major character - her older brother is Yoroi Akado (in canon, a MauveShirt at best and a ''villain'' at worst).
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8094086/1/Distorted_Reality Distorted Reality]]'', the main character is a branch Hyuuga, and remembers her past life, but knows nothing of the Narutoverse.
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8102398/1/Hacia_el_sol Hacia el sol]]'' ("Towards the sun") is similar, with the varient that the SI is Neji's younger sister.
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8521858/1/The-Cassandra-Effect The Cassandra Effect]]'' Hiruzen introduces his four-year-old daughter, Nanako, to Danzo, the allegedly-former head of ROOT. At her own insistence.
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10498827/1/Runner Runner]]'' "Mint is extremely invasive. Mint grows and survives, even when starved and poisoned. Better not to plant it at all."
** ''FanFic/CatchYourBreath'': Keisuke Gekko and Team Minato grow up as chidren set to a background of war.
* FreakinessShame: When Team 7 are in Taki, some differing circumstances result in them meeting Fu. Seeing how the villagers are twitchy in her presence leads to this exchange:
-->'''Fu:''' "It's not you. They're afraid of me."
-->'''Naruto:''' "That's silly, nee-chan. Why would they be scared of you?"
-->'''Fu:''' "Because I'm a demon."
-->'''Naruto:''' "No you aren't."
-->'''Fu:''' "Yes, I am?"
-->'''Naruto:''' "No, you aren't. Demons have, like, teeth and claws and they growl a lot and are really mean. You're people-shaped and really nice, so you're not a demon."
-->'''Fu:''' "People shaped, huh?"
-->
-->'''Fu:''' "There. I took this burden on when I became a Genin. And now, because of it, people from my own village - people I grew up with - treat me like a stranger. No, like a mad dog about to bite!"
-->'''Naruto:''' "You have wings! That is so cool!"
-->'''Fu:''' O_O
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Zabuza and Haku.]]
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Shikako has a mild case of this. For example, when Jiraiya asks her if she had compiled her notes on fuinjutsu in the few months since becoming a genin, she assumed he was criticizing her, when it's fairly clear he was impressed.
* HeroKiller: The Sound Four - they [[spoiler:defeat ''Ibiki Morino'']] and subsequently prove themselves dangerous enough to threaten Shikako's efforts in preventing Sasuke's canonical FaceHeelTurn. Kimimaro as well, since he [[spoiler: nearly ''kills'' Naruto!]]
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Played with. Shikako notes that wearing clothes that are good for stealth is less important than blending in with a civilian population. This makes for a refreshing change from the standard fanfiction rant about how Naruto's orange outfit will get him killed.
* ImprovisedWeapon: [[spoiler: Sakura]] knocks out an escaped prisoner with a vase, and Shikako wins a fight by [[spoiler: strangling her opponent with her braid until he passes out.]]
* InSpiteOfANail: Several things that one might expect to play out differently don't. For example, most of the match ups in the chuunin exams are the same as in the original story [[spoiler:despite the fact that Shikako killed the Sound team. Shikako theorizes that this is because the selection of the participants was rigged, and that the finals probably were too, given that the Neji/Naruto and Sasuke/Gaara fights still happen, and it wouldn't be difficult for a high-level ninja to control which numbers the contestants drew.]]
** Also notable in some other instances because for the most part Shikako has been attempting to avoid changing anything major - after all, the best parts of her inside knowledge depend on some things remaining consistent. At first. [[spoiler: Unfortunately she's forgotten some of it.]]
** Tsunade still decides to teach Sakura [[spoiler: because Sakura, with Shikako's help, had actually begun to reverse-engineer Tsunade's signature taijutsu.]]
** Despite this, a number of things ''[[ForWantOfANail do change]]'' - the above DeathByAdaptation is an alteration which cannot be substituted easily, regardless of the petty whims of fate. Shikako being more proactive than [[NeutralFemale Part 1 Sakura]] means that whatever her limitations, she can still make... ripples, shall we say, that affect the plot (like Team 7 being more TrueCompanions than even canon portrayed).
*** And then there's the big one: [[spoiler:Sasuke ''does not'' defect to Orochimaru.]]
*** [[spoiler: Sai's inclusion into Team 7 pre-Time Skip and revealing to Naruto that there is a conspiracy inside Konoha can't be overlooked either.]]
* IronicNickname: Team 7 as Team Lucky Sevens, as coined by Tsunade.
-->'''Tsunade''': *groan* You three are like Lucky Sevens. When you turn up, I just know things are about to go to hell.
* TheJinx: In Chapter 12 of ''Sunshine Sidestories,'' it's shown that the special jounin Sasuke patrols with all see him as one of these. Each of the jounin have some kind of horror/traumatizing story from working with him, from impostors and contraband to Aburame giggling about flesh-eating beetles.
* TheJuggernaut: [[spoiler:Kimimaro. It takes the combined efforts of all the remaining Konoha Genin plus the sand trio to put him down after he was blown up at close range, effortlessly defeated Kiba, and almost became the HeroKiller by impaling Naruto through the gut. Even with Sasuke using his Curse Seal Level 2, Naruto pulling the Kyuubi out of his ass, and Gaara pinning him down with sand, it was STILL a close call. Juggernaut, INDEED.]]
* JackOfAllStats: Unlike most ninja, Shikako has a wide range of abilities instead of specializing in a single area, which gives her considerable tactical flexibility.
** AwesomenessByAnalysis: Not to the same degree as Shikamaru, but she's pretty good at figuring out her enemies weaknesses and coming up with plans to exploit them.
** CastingAShadow: Her Nara clan techniques.
** DishingOutDirt: Her element is earth, which she mostly uses to create defensive walls or tunnel underground.
** GeometricMagic: Shikako makes frequent use of fuinjutsu.
*** InstantRunes: She learns how to apply seals through touch alone.
*** HavingABlast: So far the most common use for her fuinjutsu skills has been to create [[ThrowDownTheBomblet explosive seals]]. Though she has developed multiple kinds- [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 'Flashbang']], [[HavingABlast 'Touch Blast']], and [[StuffBlowingUp 'Explode!']] (aka: 'Art Is A Bang!' lite).
** HealingHands: She also knows how to use medical ninjutsu, although she isn't skilled enough to heal major injuries.
** MasterOfIllusion: She's decent at genjutsu, too.
** SupernaturalSensitivity / TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne: Shikako can sense chakra, which helps detect ambushes, spot imposters, and gauge how strong her opponents are.
* KleptomaniacHero: Shikako has a worrying habit of looting anything and everything that might be of use to her down the line. [[GenreSavvy This stems from knowing just how far she might need to go to survive to the end of the story]].
** First major case of this was [[spoiler: Sword of the Thunder God]]. She eventually offered to return it to Tsunade, but Tsunade let her keep it.
** The Book of Gelel was an important mission clue, but also good sealing research notes.
** Later on, and more significantly, she finds a [[spoiler: Hiraishin Kunai]] (!!!) a far more significant find overall.
* LaserBlade: The Sword of the Thunder God. It's similarity to a [[StarWars lightsaber]] is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Shikako.
-->''I was a ninja. I knew there were jutsu and weapons of every description and ability and more. And yet, some things were so deeply ingrained, like the cultural belief that the coolest weapon in the world was made of light and went zshooshm.''
* LateArrivalSpoiler: It's hard to hide that Shikako replaces Sakura on Team 7, making the latter DemotedToExtra.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Somewhat lampshaded by Sasuke after Shikako's fight with [[spoiler:Muku.]]
-->'''Sasuke:''' (irritated & exasperated) "Shikako! You can't just stand around and have a conversation while your arm bone is sticking out! You have to say something!"
-->'''Shikako:''' "It's called a humerus. [[FunWithHomophones But I don't suppose it's that funny.]]"
* MeaningfulName: combined with PunnyName, sort of: Shikako could be written as 死歌稿,giving symbolic references to both Death and Writing ( UndeadAuthor ),while also referencing her most lethal techniques,which are written symbols that kill people.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Shikako gets subjected to Tsukuyomi. It was so bad that she kept screaming ''even after she was knocked unconscious''.]]
** [[spoiler: Ino is subjected to this as well when she gets tangled with the copy of Orochimaru hidden in Kidomaru's seal.]]
* MundaneUtility: In chapter 14, Kakashi uses the incredibly powerful water dragon jutsu... to have a water fight with his students.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: [[spoiler:Shikako kills the genin team from Sound because it was the least risky option available to her. This is a source of some guilt afterwards.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Sasuke, [[spoiler:after he hit Shikako under the influence of the curse seal.]]
* NiceGirl: Shikako herself. She also regards Ino as this, and Choji as the male varient.
* NoodleIncident: Shikamaru threatens Sasuke [[spoiler:after he hurt Shikako while under the effect of the curse seal.]] We don't get to find out what he said, but it made Sasuke nervous around him.
** Also, we never find out exactly what earned Shikako her reputation as a MadBomber.
* OhCrap: Shikako's reaction to finding herself in the Narutoverse.
* PastLifeMemories: The source of some of Shikako's knowledge.
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: Invoked. See FridgeBrilliance.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Shikako comes up with several plans [[spoiler:to fight Zabuza and Haku.]] Unfortunately, she forgets to tell them to her teammates. [[spoiler:Fortunately, none of them actually die.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: Shikako delivers one [[spoiler:when Itachi corners her and Naruto.]]
* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[spoiler:Zabuza and Haku]], at least compared to canon where [[spoiler:Haku never actually turned and Zabuza simply went out via TakingYouWithMe.]]
* {{Reincarnation}}: Shikako obviously.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: Kiba promises to invoke this about Shikako's second fight in the Grass Chunin Exams, where she [[spoiler:has her chakra sealed, but manages to come out on top by strangling Muku with her hair.]]
-->'''Shikako:''' "You don't need to mention it ever again."
-->'''Kiba:''' "Oh, no. This is never, ever being forgotten."
-->'''Shikako:''' "It worked."
-->'''Kiba:''' "That's why it's amazing, and why I'm going to tell this story for the rest of your life."
** WordOfGod [[https://www.fanfiction.net/topic/180237/137948546/2/Recursive-Fanfiction#138278421 says that Kiba tends to invoke this trope a lot off-screen.]]
* RunningGag: Every C-rank or above mission they go on quickly goes to hell and becomes a higher rank mission.
** Shikako and explosions, or possibly just her and seals in general.
* SelfInsert: By way of {{Reincarnation}}.
* ShoutOut
** ''[[Franchise/{{Dune}} Fear is the mind killer.]]''
** Shikako also quotes Creator/WilliamShakespeare at one point.
** ''Lightsaber''. '''''Lightsaber'''''.
** A kidou spell from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is used as an identification code between Konoha ninja.
** In Chapter 29, ''[[{{FriedrichNietzsche}} "When you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes into you."]]''
** "Lightning Release; Sword in the Stone!"
** Shikako's nickname (she made up herself, told to Sakura, and was popularized by Ino)? [[CorpsePrincess Shikabane-hime]].
* ShipTease: Nothing solid just yet - the kids are still young, and as the author notes Shikako wouldn't feel attracted to her juniors-by-maturity (yet) - but the one-sided Naru/Hina is there, and there is arguably some Shikako/Sasuke, Shikako/Kiba, and even a tad of Shikako/Shino for those who insist on wearing ShippingGoggles. Again, it's too early to say as these characters are interacting more through FriendshipMoment bonding than potential romance.
** There appears to be [[spoiler:a little Shikako/Gaara]] subtext in Chapter 63.
*** Even more in Chapter 95.
* ShrinkingViolet: Shikako has shades of this, especially early on. Nowhere near as bad as Hinata, though.
* SkewedPriorities: The Director in the Land of Snow arc. Repeatedly. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Shikako. Repeatedly.
--> '''Director''': "To film a movie using a real princess… that is something that happens once in a lifetime."
* SolarAndLunar: [[TitleDrop Sunlight]] is often used as a visual metephor, or motif, for when Shikako is content or healing. On the other hand, sad or pivotal scenes usually take place at night. Such as Shikako's big conversation with Kakashi after [[spoiler: 'discovering' Naruto is a jinchuriki]], and later [[spoiler: Shikako convincing Sasuke not to defect]].
* SparedByTheAdaptation:
** Pre-timeskip: [[spoiler:Zabuza, Haku, and Hayate. Sandayu from the 1st Movie as well. Most recently: Tayuya, Sakon & Jirobou.]]
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: A competing Nin does this on Shikako during the second chunin Exams. It does not work.
* StuffBlowingUp: Shikako is fond of explosions, which turns into something of a RunningGag.
* SummonMagic: [[spoiler: Ino gets the Chameleon contract after she and Shikako are led to the contract scroll in Kubisaki Castle.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Shikako [[InvokedTrope does this deliberately]] in order to warn Fuu about the Akatsuki.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Shikako uses the replacement technique to protect Sasuke from Itachi's [[MindRape Tsukuyomi]], which means she gets hit by it instead.]]
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: [[spoiler:Shikako after killing the Sound trio; Kiba follows suit when he dispatches a Suna ninja to save Shikako's life.]]
* TheStationsOfTheCanon: Followed for the most part, but kept interesting by having the narrator notice the logical inconsistencies of the original work and coming up with plausible explanations for them. Unusually, it includes a number of anime filler episodes.
** Said fillers, in turn, are utilised in order to ''expand on'' the plot, even more than the anime did - for instance, ''Sunshine Sidestories'' expands on Kakashi's previous visit to the Land of Snow, while in the main story Shikako, during the mission where Team 7 confronts [[FillerVillain Aoi Rokusho]], manages to wrest the Second Hokage's sword from him rather than destroy it. These are just two examples.
* TheUnfought: So far Shikako has managed to sidestep [[spoiler: Kabuto]] several times.
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: Shikako's first weapon-of-choice happens to be explosive tags and notes.
* TookALevelInBadass: Since this is a ''Naruto'' fanfic, many characters become stronger over time, particularly if they have suffered a bad defeat and have something to make up for. Special note goes to Ino, who starts out the story slightly stronger than her canon counterpart, suffers serious injuries after fighting [[spoiler: the Sound Four]], and then recovers and becomes a much stronger, more versatile fighter [[spoiler: with the aid of her chameleon summons.]]
* TranquilFury: Sasuke enters this state after [[spoiler: Kimimaro nearly kills Naruto.]]
* TrueCompanions: Team 7 - the bond here is stronger than in canon thanks to Shikako establishing the traditions of post-fight discussions to critique on another on each others abilities, & post-mission dinner celebrations at the Nara Residence. To a lesser extent, the Rookie Nine are all fairly close friends and acquaintances.
* UnfazedEveryman: Shikako describes the civilians of the Hidden Villages as this.
* WeNeedToGetProof: One of the reasons Shikako doesn't run around changing things willy-nilly is because no one would ever believe her. Instead she painstakingly begins investigating [[spoiler: The Uchiha massacre - after being subjected to Tsukuyomi, and Akatsuki]] this even makes some sense, since she KNOWS the information is there and will thus notice things someone else would dismiss.
* WhyAmITicking: Shikako attempts this on Kimimaro. Either because she's [[YouCanBarelyStand exhausted]] or because he's a [[TheJuggernaut beast]], it doesn't work.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Shikako, due to having the memories of a previous life.
* YouAreNotAlone: [[spoiler:When Naruto lets slip his status as a jinchuuriki to Shikako, Skikamaru, and Choji, they reassure him that it doesn't matter to them and that they are still his friends. He - [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and probably the reader too]] - has to hold back tears.]]
** Naruto also says this to Fu.
* YouCanBarelyStand: [[spoiler:Shikako faces off against the Sound genin by herself while concussed, sleep deprived, low on chakra, and nursing several broken ribs and a broken arm from the encounter with Orochimaru - and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome she kills all three of them]].]]
* YouMonster: In-universe, Kabuto is the ''only'' person Shikako feels enough pure, unadulterated ''hatred'' to want to kill with her own bare hands - the only reason she's not doing so is because she realises he's too strong for her, which frustrates her due to knowing [[MoralEventHorizon how far his crimes will eventually go]].
* YourHeadAsplode: What happens to [[spoiler: Shikako's attempted kidnapper.]]