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Fanfic: In the Blood

In The Blood is a Next Gen Naruto Fan Fic written by justplainrii. It takes place twenty-seven years after the current arc in the manga, and is a slowly unfurling mystery that starts when Sasuke finds a young boy who is the spitting image of his deceased older brother, Itachi. So he brings him back to Konoha, despite having a genin team of his own to look after. And that child turns out to be a clone of Itachi.

Pretty soon, more clones start to show up, and all the evidence points to Orochimaru being responsible. Despite the scale of the plot and large number of OCs, the story manages to stay firmly grounded in Konoha.

Complete as of May 2014. At 162 chapters (plus Appendices), it's really long.

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Tropes found in In The Blood

  • Abusive Parents: Sasuke, full stop. He calls his children "failures" and "disappointments", is always dictating their lives and is pushing them too hard both emotionally and physically. And he disowns Nadeshiko for not living up to his expectations and later Hajime simply because he was in a relationship with a Hyuuga and unintentionally got her pregnant! Heck, he even tries to KILL Inou; his own SON, simply because he thinks he's too weak!
    • He's also abusive towards Ino, telling her things like "Shut up" and "stay out of my business". He's even hit her a few times!
    • Thankfully, though, he gets better.
  • Adorkable: Fuzan, comic book nerd. Ironically, he's Zabuza's clone
  • Alternate Character Reading: All the clones' names are alternate readings of the originals'.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Suigetsu, towards Karin, frequently.
  • Apologises a Lot: Yakata, especially when he gets nervous.
  • Arranged Marriage: The reason why Kiine initially runs away from home. Seems to be shaping up into a Perfectly Arranged Marriage, however, as she gets along with her fiance quite well—though both of them are still opposed to the marriage.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Takeru, Sasuke's second oldest son.
  • Aloof Older Sister: Nadeshiko.
  • Babies Ever After: A bunch of official couples in the story have children together:
    • Nadeshiko gets a son named Han and later has a daughter named Hatsumi with Ooda.
    • Ninako and Hajime have a son named Kumori and a daughter named Mimei.
    • Inou has a daughter named Inori.
    • Takeru and his wife; Saya, adopt a boy named Kizuna.
    • Kiine and Kou even have a daughter named Sakuya! They also have twins named Agito and Akito later on.
    • After Fuzan and BB get married, they have triplet daughters!
  • Baby Factory:
    • Mist has turned their female ninja with bloodline limits into this to try to replenish their clans.
    • Later, it appears that Orochimaru is using Karin to produce the clones. Turns out, she did that to herself.
  • Badass Adorable: Inou (Sasuke's youngest son) and all of Sasuke's genin team.
  • Benevolent Boss: Naruto, after becoming Hokage of course.
  • Bi the Way: Sakari, Sakura's daughter, has a girlfriend.
  • Body Horror:
    • Asaoto, who has the same bloodline limit as Kimimaro Kaguya. He can't control his bone growth, however.
    • Sakura gets a glimpse of Karin's pregnant stomach. It's riddled with scars, some of which are from carrying Asaoto.
  • Bonus Material: The appendices and reader questions count as this.
  • Break the Cutie: Takeru attempts this on Yakata. When this first attempt doesn't work, he leaves the kid in the Forest of Death, alone.
  • Broken Bird: Nadeshiko; who gets bonus points since her nickname actually was "little bird".
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Inou, when interrogating Ooda, who is impersonating Orochimaru, accidentally has his own technique backlash against him.
  • Camp Gay: Kou's dad. Oh, oh so very camp.
  • Character Development: Besides Sasuke (see Characterization Marches On), Takeru gets some too after meeting Shikake. He becomes more responsible and less of a Jerk Ass. He even lampshades this in chapter 142 by stating he's an adult now and well beyond childish thinking unlike his "friend" Gyosei.
  • Characterization Marches On: Sasuke; an abusive and undeserving father and husband, became loving and responsible; thanks to Orochimaru.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Hajime and Ninako
  • Cloning Blues: With all the cloned children. Ooda, especially, who grew up knowing he was a clone.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Shusuke, Masao, and Murasaki, former students of Naruto's, have names that contain the kanji for "Crimson," "Blue," and "Purple," respectively, which suits their nature as a team. Kurenai's daughter Benio shares a similarly red-themed name.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: Sakura mentions that Lee proposed to her in an outrageous way.
  • Daddy DNA Test: Sakura attempts one on-the-sly for Naruto and Yukio.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Karin, to the clones, because it would be dangerous to raise them in the village she lives in.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Lampshaded when Karin and Suigetsu talk about what he'd name his son. He refuses to name him Mangetsu. He informs her that he'd have named the promised clone of his brother this, however.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After her husband's death, Hanabi attempts to drown herself and her SON because she believes this will reunite them with her husband!
  • Destructive Romance: Sasuke and Ino.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Replace Nadeshiko declaring her retirement as a ninja to Sasuke with someone coming out to their parents and you have one heartbreaking scene.
  • Doorstop Baby: Yakata, Yuki, and Kurunari. This also happens to be a common thread between most of the clones.
  • Driven to Suicide: Sasuke - after his Heel Realization - believes everyone would be better off without him and attempts this. He's saved by his father and brother.
    • In her backstory, it's revealed that Hanabi attempted this after her husband died. She didn't succeed and has been a Jerk Ass ever since.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Yuki. Much like his predecessor, Haku, though Yuki isn't as comfortable with it.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Nadeshiko and Ooda
  • Emotionless Girl: Nadeshiko, according to her brother, Takeru. This isn't true, however.
  • Evil Is Petty: Takeru. Oh, Takeru.
  • Expy: Several in-universe comic book titles are translations or adaptations of existing Western comics, including Shonen Gumo, Kakuidori, The Magnificent Four, Haru-Kuru, and Choujin-man.
  • Flower Motifs: The sixth arc, Marigold, uses these as chapter titles and plot devices.
  • Forgotten Birthday: Sasuke's 43rd birthday passes without any mention any mention in-universe, only in the narrative.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The Spook
  • Gentle Giant: Juugo, of course.
  • Giant Mook: A man known only as The Spook, who seems to be a former Sound ninja. He can summon rivers of water from his hands at will and is dangerously devoted to Orochimaru.
  • Happily Married: Lee and Sakura; Chouji and his wife Chun; Kiine's parents.
    • Though not actually married, Suigetsu and Karin would fit as well.
  • Hates Being Touched: Sasuke.
  • Heel Realization: Orochimaru unintentionally helps Sasuke FINALLY realize how abusive he is. Afterwards, after he's saved from an almost successful suicide attempt by his brother, he makes a genuine - and eventually successful - effort to actually be a good father and husband.
  • Hidden Depths: Nadeshiko.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Kenji and Sakari, the Haruno siblings.
  • Ill Boy: Asaoto, who is constantly ill from the uncontrollable bone growth attributed to his bloodline.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Yakata
  • Impersonating the Evil Twin: Ooda disguises himself as his own clone, Orochimaru.
  • In the Blood: Sasuke believes this of Yakata and Ooda. Also, a Title Drop.
  • Jerk Ass: As you've probably guessed by now, Takeru fits this description to a T and Sasuke did as well before he got worse. They both get better, though.
    • Hanabi is this as well. What makes her case interesting is that she was once a kind woman whose personality became warped after the death of her husband, Tomoshi.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Suigetsu, whose gruff exterior belies the fact that he cares a lot about Karin and the children in his care.
  • Keet: Kotoji
  • Kick the Dog: Sasuke instigates a lot of these moments, often towards his children. Some examples...
    • Him throwing Nadeshiko at a wall in front of Yakata.
    • Earlier, we had him disowning her for retiring as a ninja.
    • Him disowning Hajime for being in a romantic relationship with Ninako and for getting her pregnant.
    • Him trying to KILL Inou because he thought he was too weak for not being adept at Uchiha techniques.
    • Takeru has his moments too; like lying to Yakata about what happened to Shusuke, telling him about Itachi and leaving him in the Forest of Death! He does kind of get better, though.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Many of the canon characters are married with children. This adds up after a while.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Everybody except Yakata is aware that he's a clone of Itachi.
  • Looks Like Cesare: Ooda
  • Mama Bear: Karin, mainly towards Ooda. This is especially apparent when she slaps Sasuke after she learns that he punched Ooda when he was impersonating Orochimaru.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Yuki and Kou, with Kiine.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Hajime, Sasuke's first son, has a name that means first.
    • Nearly every OC has a meaningful name.
  • Mental World: explored by Yamanaka mind reading techniques
    • Orochimaru/Ooda's mind manifests as a theatre.
  • Moe Couplet: Nadeshiko and Yakata.
  • Mind Rape: What Inou inadvertently does to himself and Ooda during an interrogation.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: See Heel Realization.
  • My Greatest Failure: Nadeshiko's reaction to killing Shusuke during the Chuunin Exams. The shock is so great that she quits being a ninja. Sasuke doesn't react well.
  • My Own Private "I Do": Ninako and Hajime
  • Mysterious Waif / The Ophelia: Murasaki.
  • Never My Fault: Sasuke - as if he wasn't already bad enough - refuses to own up to his abusive and overbearing mistakes and thinks that his family is the one to blame. He believes that they don't "appreciate" or "respect" him when in reality, he doesn't deserve appreciation or respect! This is especially apparent in chapter 104.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Orochimaru - of all people - is who finally brings Sasuke to his senses about how he's been treating his family and Yakata. And it actually changes Sasuke for the better!
  • Papa Wolf: Suigetsu is a more mild version towards Shingetsu and the clone children.
  • Parental Favoritism: Sasuke to Takeru.
  • Pregnant Badass: Karin.
  • Promotion to Parent: Nobuhiro, Yuki's adopted older brother.
  • Rebellious Princess: Taki Kiine.
  • Secret Relationship: Ninako and Hajime, who have been dating for seven years.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shrinking Violet: Ooda.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: Acts 4 & 5, as well as Acts 6 & 7.
  • Spin-Offspring: The canon characters' children, though the plot doesn't give all the focus to them.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Nadeshiko.
  • Team Mom: Sakura.
  • Theme Naming: The chapter names for each arc each follow a theme, with a healthy dose of Rule of Symbolism. So far we've had Birds (Act 1), Light (Act 2), Numbers (Act 3), Anatomy (Act 4), Fabric/Craft (Act 5), Flowers (Act 6), Constellations (Act 7), Musical Terms (Act 8), and Stones (Intermission).
  • The Dog Bites Back: Ino; after experiencing mental, emotional and sometimes physical abuse from Sasuke, having to put up with him harassing his children and having him disown Nadeshiko and then Hajime, finally, finally snaps at Sasuke in chapter 103 when he attempts to make Takeru his heir.
  • The Nicknamer: Shingetsu, to everybody. He tends to work familial terms into the names of the clones, whom he's aware of. i.e. Kiine + neesan = Kineesan.
  • The Reveal: Karin is truly behind the creation of the clones.
    • Takeru is actually Shikamaru's child.
  • Those Two Guys: Hatsumoto and Yamada, a pair of chuunin guards.
  • Tough Love: Sasuke believes this is the way to raise his children.
  • Unwanted Spouse: Ino ends up being this towards Sasuke.
  • Verbal Tic: Yakata has a stutter and a habit of repeating words and phrases.
    • The Uzumaki clan appears to have a genetic verbal tic. Naruto frequently adds "y'know" to his sentences; Kiine does the same with "yeah" like her predecessor, Kushina, an early sign that she's really Kushina's clone. Karin even appears to have one, saying "okay" quite frequently. When delivering Kotoji to Yamato in disguise, this tic becomes apparent when she grows upset.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Inou sometimes says that he wants to earn his father's respect.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Orochimaru is who finally calls Sasuke out on his abusiveness.

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