Fan Fic: Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox

Clockwise from top right: Suigetsu, Kakashi, Hinata, Ino, Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Shino.

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 A.U. 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...

The chapters are currently divided into the following arcs:
  • Settlement Arc (1-18)
  • Uchiha Zaibatsu Arc (19-33)
  • Akatsuki Arc (34-49)
  • Abduction Arc (50-62)
  • Haunted Past Arc (63-67)
  • Gold Sand Storm Arc (68-76)
  • Konoha Gangs Arc (77-88)
  • Tribunal Arc (89-current)

The author had initially put the story on temporary hold due to needing to resolve personal conflicts, but he has since decided to post a few rough notes for intended updates to the story on his DeviantArt account, and then upload the drafts to the main story as needed in order to reduce clutter on the DeviantArt page. The draft 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).

Now has a character sheet in need of contributions. Character-specific tropes on this page are currently being transplanted to that page to reduce the clutter here.

Also now has its own Shout-Out page.

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.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Uchiha Clan gets a pretty good rap here compared to canon and most other fics. Sasuke is much nicer than in canon (though still something of a dick) and after the tournament strikes up a friendship with Naruto, while Fugaku is shown to be a caring parent and overall good man and Itachi is part of a government black ops group led by Naruto's father instead of being a member of Akatsuki.
  • Adapted Out: Given the "real-world" feel the story is going for, the Biju aren't going to show up at all (so no snarky Nine-tails Fox, for instance). Word of God also confirms that Madara will not make an appearance in the story (although he is briefly mentioned as the founder of the Uchiha Zaibatsu in this universe), and other characters who the author declared wouldn't show up in the story include Zetsu, Nagato, Karin, and Sasori. Narrowly averted with Yamato, who was included in that list in Chapter 72 but eventually got introduced as a minor character anyway (in his case, as vice-principal of Konoha High School). In Chapter 89 the author added Kisame, the Sound Four, Obito and the Sage of Six Paths (along with anyone in his family) to the list of characters who would not be appearing in the story.
  • Adult Fear: Several examples.
    • You, as a parent, getting word (after the fact, at that) that your child has been grievously injured while at a venue where he/she was supposed to be safe. When Ino's parents are informed that she was savagely beaten up by Aoi during Sasuke's tournament, Mrs. Yamanaka proceeds to yell at Sasuke for letting it happen under his watch.
    • Your child is kidnapped from school while waiting to be picked up, and one of the abductors is someone with a grudge against you, the parent. Hanabi gets nabbed from school, and one of the abductors is an ex-Hyuga Corp employee who was fired by Hiashi prior to the abduction.
    • Your child is physically tortured almost to death. Naruto suffers this by Akatsuki's hand, and Kushina has a Heroic BSOD when she sees the end result.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Anger Born of Worry: After Kiba risks his life rescuing Naruto from Mizuki's gang and Akatsuki's Monjin, Tsume slaps him and snaps at him for being so reckless...and then tightly embraces him moments later. A couple of chapters afterward, when a hospitalized Kabuto cheerfully greets the Hyuga family, Hanabi chastises him for being so flippant about his injuries, even while she's holding back her own tears.
  • 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 has to say on the subject (the chapter itself is actually named after this trope).
    • Later, in Chapter 20, Hinata 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?
    • Tenten's response to Fuu's Motive Rant in Chapter 76: "What have you done for your country that you haven't been honored for, Fuu?" It counts as this trope because, up to now, Tenten still doesn't know that Fuu is one of the Kyuushingai, but she's just revealed how much she herself suffered during the 365 days. In order to answer the question, Fuu will have to admit that she's a former Kyuushingai and specifically the one most directly responsible, albeit accidentally, for the deaths of Tenten's parents.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Hidan's recent list of crimes as outlined in Chapter 67: two counts of attempted murder, stalking and terrorizing a woman for whom he's had an unhealthy obsession, and damaging one target's copy of Icha Icha Paradise.
  • 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. In a separate incident, Tenten is caught taking a nap during class, this as a result of her spending most of her nights beating up punks in back-alleys as part of her self-imposed training.
  • At Least I Admit It: During their first meeting in Chapter 62, Yagura approaches Aoi and offers him a chance to join forces with LOVE in selling Gaara's Gold Sand drug in Konoha Town. Aoi's hesitant to take up the offer, pointing out that Yagura himself is not a nice guy, but Yagura responds that he's not trying to hide that fact.
    Aoi: Well, you're no angel yourself.
    Yagura: I know. But at least I don't try to pretend I have standards of any sort.
  • Badass Boast: When Sai comes on the scene just in time to stop Aoi's Attempted Rape of Ino, Aoi argues that Sai (along with Suigetsu and Jugo) were force-fed Gold Sand pills sometime earlier and should therefore be dead. Sai's response:
    Sai: Death knows better than to touch me. (Curb-Stomp Battle ensues)
  • 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 Damn Heroes: Sasuke and Kushina lead a group of Naruto's schoolmates to rescue Naruto when he's taken captive by Mizuki's gang and Akatsuki. In a later arc, Sai comes just in time to rescue Ino from being raped by Aoi.
  • 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.
  • Blunt "Yes": In Chapter 82, when the Hawk gang is laying siege to the Konoha precinct in an attempt to get to Fuu, who's there in police custody.
    Ibiki: You think you're going to get away with shooting up a precinct?
    Shiore: Yes.
  • Bond One-Liner: Itachi pulls one of these after putting four rounds into Kyusuke's torso during their fight in Chapter 86. Unfortunately, Kyusuke is simply Playing Possum.
    Itachi: The gun is always mightier than the sword.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Subverted and lampshaded when Fuu does run out of ammunition during her firefight with Kakuzu in Chapter 84. She resorts to using her machine gun guitar as a bludgeoning tool.
  • Brain Bleach: While Kakuzu and Hidan are staking out the latter's ex-girlfriend's home, Hidan mentions that he's been inside the place already and knows it like the back of his hand. Kakuzu wonders aloud if Hidan has gone as far as to lie down on the girlfriend's bed and pleasure himself...then realizes that this is Hidan he's talking to and immediately regrets asking the question.
    Kakuzu: Damn it, now I'll have to drink drain cleaner to get that imagery out of my head.
  • Broken Tears: Tenten in Chapter 16, even while strangling Naruto over her parents' deaths.
    • Many a chapter later, Tenten herself bears witness to Fuu's broken tears after the latter's past finally catches up with her and she confesses to being responsible for the deaths of the former's parents.
  • Bullying a Dragon / Mugging the Monster:
    • Mizuki's gangsters pick a fight with Naruto in the first chapter. Naruto's a Kyuushingai. Guess how well that turns out.
    • Mizuki's gang faces Naruto again in Chapters 2 and 3. Naruto decimates the whole gang save Mizuki, then reveals he's a Kyuushingai. Mizuki decides to fight him anyway. Guess who doesn't win.
    • Naruto beats up Aoi's entire gang except for Aoi himself (notice a pattern here?). Aoi, having seen all this, still decides to take on Naruto. Cue Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • The Hawks gang attempts to attack Fuu, another Kyuushingai, and they get gunned down for their trouble.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Minato has been called out by three different individuals for how his hands-off parenting, in relation to Naruto's post-365-days experience, does not paint him in a good light and that it was totally irresponsible of him to do so. Minato, for his part, doesn't try to deny the criticism.
  • 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.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Tenten carries two morning-star clubs to her fight with Naruto in Chapter 16.
  • Character Development: The story deals with several characters undergoing this for different reasons. The most prominent ones include:
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In Chapter 1, one of the rumors surrounding the impact the Kyuushingai had on society tells of a waiter being driven to madness by the stress of dealing with the fear the Nine Terrors caused, when he accidentally spilled soup he was serving to a guest at a restaurant and panicked that he might have unwittingly offended one of the Terrors. In Chapter 85 we find out that that man is someone very significant. It's Kyusuke, The Dragon of the Akatsuki group, driven crazy and institutionalized due to a gang pretending to be the Kyuushingai at the restaurant where he worked.
  • Chekhov's Skill: During her fight with Kin in Chapter 16, Ino demonstrates that she's got an extremely painful Groin Attack that she learned in order to deal with any perverted men who'd try to hit on her while shopping at her father's store; said attack consists of grabbing the victim's privates and twisting. That tactic proves extremely useful 68 chapters later when Ino uses it to thwart Aoi's attempt to rape her.
  • Class Trip: Kurenai takes several of her history students, including a few of the main cast members, to Iwa City's museum of natural history in Chapter 44. Unfortunately, that's the exact same day Deidara chooses to attack the curator...
  • Combat Pragmatist: Just about every fight shown so far has had the combatants being this, in accordance with the story's direction toward realism.
  • 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.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: Sai and Ino do this to each other at different points. During the Uchiha Zaibatsu Invitational, when Ino is unconscious following her brutal beating at Aoi's hands, Sai sits by her bedside and admits he likes her as more than a friend. Much later, Ino gets to return the favor when she talks to an unconscious Sai following his having been force-fed Gold Sand pills by Aoi and Arashi's gang.
  • Cookie Cutter Fic: The author's most recent commentary notes on 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 
  • Cool Car: The Hyuga family has a white limousine, which Naruto can't help but admire when he sees it in Chapter 8.
  • Covered In Scars: As a result of Training from Hell, Sasuke has sustained slash-scars over the chest and abdomen, three stab wounds, several stitches on one shoulder, and a burn-mark in the middle of the back, in addition to having sustained two broken ribs and a fractured jaw during the first month of training alone.
  • 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).
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Happens quite often.
    • 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.
    • Yugito vs. Monjin. Monjin doesn't even get to land one blow on Yugito, who ends up tearing his neck out.
    • Aoi, armed with a knife, versus an unarmed Itachi. One punch from Itachi finishes Aoi off.
  • 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)
    • In Chapter 68, Ino jokingly accuses Sai of having done this when, moments earlier, he's suffered a Raging Stiffie due to her verbal teasing and has taken a cold shower as a result.
    Ino: Say, you weren't just doing something with yourself in the bathroom while thinking about me, were you?
    Sai: H-huh? No! I wasn't! Not that I wouldn't want to—I mean, not that I WOULD—I mean—aw, crap, just shoot me already!
    Ino: Oi, oi, oi. Relax, shy boy. I'm only teasing.
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In Chapter 4, Ino recounts that a member of Aoi's Hall Monitors Guild tried to flirt with a girl at their school, but was rebuffed for his effort. In retaliation, the group made up a charge that the girl had stolen a cell-phone, brought her before the school's disciplinary committee, and forced her to pay for the phone. Notably, this revelation comes shortly after Aoi himself has forced Udon, a first-year student, to kiss his feet—and then kicks him aside—for the crime of accidentally bumping into him.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Invoked by Naruto in Chapter 6, when he distracts Ino from potentially pulverizing him for being unable to buy a cup of pudding to replace one he spilled, by telling her that Sasuke is naked behind her. Ino's resulting distraction is enough to give Naruto time to sneak away.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: Orochimaru is a defense attorney. A honest one, but still...
  • Exact Words: When Minato asks Tsume to tell him where she's holding Mizuki captive following Mizuki's getting arrested for his latest antics, Tsume makes him promise that he won't lay a finger on Mizuki. He lets Itachi do it instead.
  • Eye Scream:
    • 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.
    • Zaku gets his eyes splashed with hot ramen when he and Dosu break into Kushina's house to attack her.
  • Facepalm: This is Sakura's response to Naruto mouthing off to their Science teacher in Chapter 7. As well, this is Yahiko's response when he sees Hidan crushing obsessively on the TV news reporter Nohara Rin.
    Yahiko: Ugh, not this again.
  • Fictional Document:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Genre Savvy: Instances of this appear throughout the story, by different characters and to different degrees.
    • In Chapter 11, when Hinata mentions that she's made a new friend at school (Naruto), her younger sister Hanabi immediately guesses that the new friend must be a boy, citing that Hinata's facial expression is the same that's worn by Hanabi's school cook whenever her school's principal stops by their cafeteria for lunch.
    • In Chapter 39, while watching Naruto and Hinata dance together, Kabuto—who's worked for the Hyuga family long enough to be able to gauge their personalities—recognizes the harm that Hiashi being an Overprotective Dad could do to Hinata, and advises Hiashi against continuing in that vein lest he push Hinata away and drive her to become a Rebellious Princess.
    • In Chapter 47, Sasuke proves to be very skeptical of death reports that come with no physical proof, in the context of Itachi's disappearance during the 365 days...and sure enough, Itachi himself shows up moments later.
    • In Chapter 49, Konan reveals that Iruka's and Ibiki's efforts to interrogate her won't work, since she knows Good Cop/Bad Cop when she sees it.
  • Gilded Cage: Kushina expressedly identifies the Hyuga mansion as this. For context, moments earlier Hinata had just admitted to Kushina that she (Hinata) had been a Lonely Rich Kid who didn't have any real friends at school prior to meeting Naruto.
    Kushina: (to Hinata) Any time you want to be free of this gilded cage you call a house, my front door is always open.
  • 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 getting a grenade stuffed into his pants.
    • Zaku gets two variants of this in Chapter 52, during the same incident, no less. Kushina punches him in the balls, then minutes later stabs him between his thighs with a knife.
    • Aoi gets two during the same incident, between Chapters 84 and 85. Ino wrenches his balls when he tries to rape her; then a little while after, Sai grabs and squeezes his nuts right before slamming him through a fence.
  • Guns vs. Swords: The subject of the main fight in Chapter 86, "Sword vs. Gun," between Kyusuke (sword) and Itachi (gun). The gun wins.
  • Handshake Refusal: When Naruto meets Sakura for the first time in Chapter 2, he introduces himself and offers his hand for her to shake. Instead of reciprocating, Sakura pulls this trope on him while coolly warning him to stay away from anyone who has anything to do with Mizuki (who everyone at this time believes is a Kyuushingai), as a subtle insult to Ino.
  • 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.
    • Naruto gets another, shorter one in Chapter 46 after Roshi's death at Akatsuki's hands.
    • Kushina suffers a BSOD in Chapter 56 after seeing how Akatsuki tortured Naruto.
    • Nohara Rin breaks down crying in Chapter 63 when she receives and reads a letter that's been slipped under her door. The letter is from her abusive ex, Akatsuki member Hidan, who's managed to track her down despite her having stabbed him and left him for dead during the 365 days.
  • High School A.U.: The specific type of Alternate Universe Fic this story is, as indicated above, though the ninja elements and other fantastical aspects of the canon series' plot are removed; otherwise, most of the characters remain largely the same as they were in canon, but some have their good/evil allegiance and level of importance shifted for the sake of the plot (the most obvious is Orochimaru, a bad guy and major recurring antagonist in canon, being a law-abiding citizen and a mostly minor character here).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Deidara is killed by one of his own grenades, which Roshi stuffs into Deidara's pants. Later, Hidan gets stabbed in the rectum by Kakashi, with the same knife he'd used moments earlier in an attempt to kill Kakashi.
  • 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."
  • I Hit You, You Hit the Ground: Aoi suffers this twice, from Shikamaru and later from Itachi.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Naruto lays out Ino's less desirable traits in Chapter 5. Guess what Ino's most upset by.
    Naruto: You're rude, you're bossy, you're impulsive, you're violent, and you drool over a guy who doesn't even give you the time of day!
    Ino: Hey, don't go insulting Sasuke-kun!
  • If I Can't Have You: Akatsuki member Hidan matter-of-factly states that if he can't convince his ex-girlfriend to come back to him, then he'll just kill her (never mind that his Domestic Abuse of her was what caused her to flee in the first place). Kakuzu's reaction says it all.
    Kakuzu: You are seriously screwed up and need professional help.
  • In the Hood: Shino wears a red hooded jacket during the Uchiha Zaibatsu Invitational Tournament. The Akatsuki members wear hooded coats during their debut as a group.
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: Yugito reveals to Hinata that she did this back when she was a cop, immediately in the aftermath of the 365 days, as a show of protest against her city's mayor when he sought to conceal the true number of people who died in the year of catastrophe, including some of Yugito's fellow police officers. In response, Yugito recalls, she flung down her badge and quit the force.
  • Insult to Rocks: In Chapter 70, at the start of the Gold Sand Storm Arc, Suigetsu swipes food from off Sakura's and Jugo's lunch trays and scarfs them down; seeing this, Ino disgustedly declares that to say Suigetsu eats like a pig would be an insult to pigs.
  • Ironic Echo: In the space of three minutes in Chapter 7, during Suigetsu and Naruto's hidden confrontation in their baseball practice.
    (Suigetsu throws the ball so that it just narrowly misses Naruto's head)
    Suigetsu: (insincerely) Sorry about that; my aim must've been bad.
    (moments later, Naruto hits Suigetsu's next pitch back at him and into his nuts)
    Naruto: (insincerely) Sorry about that; my aim must've been bad.
  • Jizzed in My Pants: In Chapter 68, Ino teases Sai about this happening to him while she's flirting with him. Poor Sai's sweating bullets all throughout at the idea, despite the day being cool.
    Ino: This isn't the part where you accidentally "explode" while you're still clothed, is it? (licks her lips suggestively)
    Sai: I-Ino-san...I think y-you've m-m-made your p-point.
  • Local Hangout: Burger Castle, a fairly popular Greasy Spoon in Konoha Town.
  • 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.)
  • Madness Mantra: In his back-story, Kyusuke wound up screaming one when he fell victim to the belief that a couple of thuggish customers he was serving were members of the Nine Terrors, after they pulled a prank on him to try and get free service—"DON'T KILL ME, KYUUSHINGAI! DON'T KILL ME, KYUUSHINGAI! DON'T KILL ME, KYUUSHINGAI!" over and over and over.
  • 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 Backblast: Averted when the Akatsuki members are preparing to assault the Suna City Prison with a rocket launcher—Hidan, manning the weapon, warns Monjin to step from behind him or else he'll be roasted by the back-blast.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Lee thinks Sakura and Ino might be in a relationship, 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 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...
    Lee: Um...
    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!
    Lee: (in a messy heap on the ground) Imagery...worth it...
  • Morton's Fork: During his question-and-answer session with Naruto in Chapter 92, Danzo utilizes this in the very final question he asks, to force Naruto to admit that he was one of the Nine Terrors. He asks Naruto directly if he, Naruto, was one of the Kyuushingai during the 365 days; if Naruto says yes, that will give Danzo, the head of Konoha High School, enough grounds to expel the boy, since Naruto will have effectively confessed to being a criminal; but if Naruto says no, Danzo will be able to catch him in a lie by utilizing witness testimony from Tenten, who knows the truth about Naruto (admittedly, information gained secondhand through Neji). Furthermore, according to the rules of the question-and-answer session, Naruto cannot opt to simply keep silent, or else he'll automatically lose 15 points from the session's point-scoring arrangement, and at the moment he needs to get that amount to achieve the total number of points he needs to actually be eligible to take his official school exams. Naruto answers in the affirmative, but manages to stay at the school anyway after he points out that, if he's expelled for being a former Kyuushingai who isn't publicly known to have broken any laws, Danzo will open himself to questions about why he didn't likewise and previously expel other students whose criminal actions were much more open and blatant, such as Suigetsu, Arashi and Aoi.
  • Motive Rant: During her fight with Tenten in Chapter 76, Fuu gets more and more agitated to the point that, when Tenten wonders aloud what exactly she (Fuu) had to endure during the 365 days, she blurts out that after everything she went through and everything she did for the sake of her country, the least she could get is a little thanks.
    Fuu: What does it matter? You're already judging me because I worked together with Yagura during that time! When I was fighting for my life every single day of that year, I had no time to think of the right or wrong of my actions! And I wound up saving more people than I killed! And what thanks did I get? To become a pariah! Hated! Feared! Forced to hide in obscurity instead of becoming the big name I always wanted to be! I don't deserve that—not after all I've done for my country!
  • Mythology Gag:
    • 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 canon series, Kurama is the name of the Kyuubi, whose form is that of a fox.
    • There's a brief reference to the ninja elements of the actual series in Chapter 9, when Kakashi startles the boys by apparently appearing out of nowhere from behind a tree.
    Naruto: What the hell are you, a ninja or something?
    Kakashi: Hmm, perhaps in another universe, I might be.
    • The Uchiha Zaibatsu's logo is a red circle with a black dot in the center and three black marks surrounding the black dot. In canon, that's what the Uchiha clan's Sharingan looks like.
    • Ino refers to herself, Shikamaru and Choji as the Ino-Shika-Cho trio, starting in in Chapter 16 when they confront Dosu, Zaku and Kin. In the canon series, that's the same nickname given for the trio as a team (and which was used by thehir fathers before them).
    • During a lesson on adjectives in her English class, Mei gives the sentence "Senju Tsunade is the fifth mayor of Konoha Town" as an example of adjectives in action. In canon, Tsunade is the fifth Hokage of Konoha.
    • In speaking about the upcoming Shadow Fox movie, radio commentator Maito Guy comments that it will star the famous actress Fujikaze Yukie. In canon, Fujikaze Yukie is the stage name of actress Kazahana Koyuki, who is also the princess of the Land of Snow which is featured in the first Naruto movie.
    • 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 is the chief manufacturer and supplier of 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.
    • The Samsara Hotel, which Hinata visits in Chapter 43, has as its logo a series of circles inside circles, colored purple. In the canon series, this is the exact appearance of the Rinnegan.note 
    • "Forgive me, Sasuke. Next time." In canon, Itachi's catch-phrase to Sasuke during their childhood, as a way to get out of teaching Sasuke any of his ninja techniques; here, spoken only once by Itachi to get out of having to tell Sasuke where he's been in the years following the 365 days.
    • When Kakashi proposes to approach his students to help Rin deal with her problem concerning her Stalker with a Crush, Rin is opposed to the idea, asking if Kakashi's next going to tell her that he's training his students to fight wars for him. In the canon series, most of the ninja protagonists are, in fact, basically Child Soldiers, with Kakashi himself having taken the Chuunin exam at age six.
    • "A THOUSAND YEARS OF PAIN!" In this case it's non-comical, on a villain, with his own knife.
    • In Chapter 69, Sasuke's and Itachi's mother is revealed to be an actress who's starred in a movie titled "Tobi Is a Good Boy." For those who don't know, that's the famous phrase that's been taken to memetic levels, where Tobi himself constantly insists on this as a reason to get something in his favor.note 
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: Somebody should've told this to Aoi before he decided it'd be a good idea to take on an unarmed Itachi with a knife. His intended target flattens him with one punch.
  • No One Should Survive That: As revealed in Chapter 57 by Hana concerning Naruto's injuries sustained following the violent antics of Mizuki's gang and Akatsuki. The patient in question has gotten 30 slash wounds all over his body, with some of those being deep enough to have caused significant blood loss, and also got a beating that resulted in much bruising and two fractured ribs.
    Hana: So, let me ask this as professionally as I the hell is he still alive?
  • Noodle Incident: Several of them so far.
    • The 365 days' rampage itself was this for a good chunk of the story. It was known initially 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 there was 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, and it's revealed that it started because of a fight between Naruto and Gaara that spilled over into a nearby New Year's Eve celebration.
    • Naruto's transfer from Uzushio High School in Whirl City also used to be one of these. What was known was 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, what wasn't known was what caused the gang-fight in the first place, or even whether Naruto or the gangsters were the aggressors...until Chapter 94, in which a flashback revealed that the gang leader was the aggressor, due to jealousy over Naruto complementing his girlfriend.
    • 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.
    Roshi: (thumbs-up and grin) Worth it.
    • Sasuke and Itachi rib each other in Chapter 88 over cooking-related incidents that happened in their pasts...moments after Itachi has just badmouthed their mother's poor cooking.
    Sasuke: At least Mom cooks better than you do. Or have you forgotten that incident with the cod fish and soy sauce from five years ago?
    Itachi: This from the kid who's still forbidden to combine milk with tomato juice ten years later.
  • 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.
  • Not Just a Tournament: As it turns out, the Uchiha Zaibatsu Invitational was geared toward selecting a worthy candidate to represent the Zaibatsu in its annual competition for financial rulership over Konoha Town, against the Hyuga Corporation, whose representative, Neji, is their strongest fighter and has won the past two years' battles on behalf of Hyuga Corp.
  • Not So Different: Although Tenten and Fuu start out on an antagonistic note, to the point that their differing viewpoints on how to approach Arashi's gang hideout leads to them coming to blows, Tenten soon realizes—from how Fuu talks hostilely about how others perceive her after her actions during the 365 days—that the both of them have in fact been dealing with their issues from that time period in much the same way, both having developed an It's All About Me attitude that says they're entitled to sympathy for the trauma they suffered from that time.
    Tenten: This whole time I'm fighting you, I'm realizing more and more than I'm just fighting a representation of what I used to be like.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • 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.
  • Off with His Head!: Utakata's fate at the hands of Akatsuki's Kyusuke, via katana.
  • Oh, Crap: Several examples throughout the story.
    • Mizuki's gangsters get this reaction in Chapter 3 when Naruto reveals to them that he's a Kyuushingai...then again when, seconds after Mizuki's defeat, the neighboring residents come out and take up Naruto's offer to punish them for their criminality.
    • Aoi has this reaction in Chapter 25 when he sees Naruto wrench an iron bar off the side of an electrified metal arena with his bare hands and without flinching and doing so with the express intent to smash Aoi's head for brutalizing Ino moments earlier.
    • Utakata gives this expression in Chapter 36 before he's beheaded by Akatsuki's Kyusuke.
    • Tsume gives a horrified reaction in Chapter 82 when gang boss Shiore fires a rocket into the Konoha precinct.
    Tsume: Oh, hell—!
  • 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.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: Hinata accidentally comes across Yugito bathing in an artificial Waterfall Shower outside the latter's hotel suite. Despite her initial surprise and some moments of blushing at Yugito's daring, Hinata winds up watching for a good few minutes, even briefly and unconsciously comparing her own chest size to Yugito's. For her part, Yugito doesn't mind the audience but is still careful about not embarrassing Hinata about it (too much).
  • Passing Notes in Class: Mei catches Sai and Ino doing this at one point, and has Sai read the note out loud in front of everybody. Turns out the note includes a very accurate sketch of Ino at her desk, and the content of the back-and-forth chat pertains to Sai planning to give Ino a completed sketch later; Sai then asks if Mei expected the note to be...less innocent in nature, resulting in Mei being the one to suffer embarrassment.
  • 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).
  • Platonic Life Partners: The author has made it clear several times that, while Naruto and Ino are quite close, they're not the Official Couple. Naruto himself sees Ino as a bratty sister who you can't do without.
  • Police Are Useless: Rin believes this, due to the fact that in her back-story, the police failed to adequately or satisfactorily give her a solution for dealing with her abusive boyfriend. Kakuzu also holds this view, as the authorities have yet to arrest any of the Kyuushingai for the events of the 365 days.
  • Porn Stash: Naruto hints that Kushina has one, and it's confirmed by Chapter 21's post-chapter commentary.
  • 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.
  • Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: Subverted in Chapter 83, during the Crossbones Crew's break-in of the Uzumaki household; Kushina manages to get hold of Kimimaro's gun and points it at the criminals—who by this time have the visiting Mei in a choke-hold. One of the thugs demands that Kushina drop the gun or he'll kill Mei, but Kushina's not biting.
    Kushina: She dies—you all die. Simple as that.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Naruto's "Nine-Point Fox Blow" technique. Han has a variant dubbed "Mustang Stampede," which ends with a double roundhouse kick. There's also Lee's "Dynamic Fist," which the author-notes admit is a deliberate Shout-Out to Fist of the North Star, complete with "ATATATATATA" sound-effects from Lee.
  • Reality Ensues: Sasuke and the gang engage in combat with Mizuki and his goons. Sasuke fights Mizuki head-to-head and is easily able to hold his own aaaaaand then Mizuki's henchwoman Kin points a gun at Sasuke and threatens to shoot him, giving Mizuki a chance to get his second wind and almost kill Sasuke. Mizuki even mocks Sasuke about this trope while beating down on him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Sasuke gives a pointed one to Sakura after she scoffs at Naruto and Hinata dancing together during the Hyuga ball, noting that she (Sakura) has so much potential for growth but ignores every chance given to her to grow beyond what she is now.
    Sasuke: You know what your problem is? You refuse to admit when someone has a quality you lack, yet you obsess over it when you think they do. You don't hesitate to put such people down, and make enemies out of them. You do it all the time with Yamanaka Ino, for one thing, and now you're doing it with Naruto. You're alone and bitter about it, so when two people like Naruto and Hinata find happiness in each other, like this (gestures to the dancing couple) you scoff at it, you find some way to convince yourself that it's worthless. You'd sing a different tune about your own relationship...if you even had one.
    Sai: Do you know what I call a guy who gets trounced by someone who was only recently bedridden in hospital? I call that guy 'pathetic'. Do you know what I call a guy who beats on people he knows are weaker than him? I call that guy 'worthless'. Do you know what I call a guy who attacks people who have no way of defending themselves? I call that guy 'scum'. Do you know what I call a guy who helps to make narcotics available to an unsuspecting populace? I call that guy 'evil'. And as for a guy who tries to rape a defenseless girl...That guy doesn't deserve to be called a man. He doesn't even deserve to be called an animal. That FILTH.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Ino and Sai have their First Kiss in Chapter 68.
  • Rescue Romance: Discussed in Chapter 68, when Ino is explaining to Sai why she doesn't want to be more than Just Friends with Naruto, despite the number of times he's come to save her from different adversities; as it turns out, she doesn't believe people should enter relationships just because of this trope.
  • Room Disservice: When he goes to the Samsara Hotel to attack Yugito, Kyusuke poses as a room-service bearer, with his katana hidden beneath the food-cart's cloth. Conveniently enough for him, Hinata had just ordered room service from Yugito's room moments earlier...
  • Rubik's Cube International Genius Symbol: When Hiashi invites Naruto to the Hyuga mansion for the first time, he tells the young man that he'll have to pass a series of tests to gain Hiashi's respect. The first test is for Naruto to solve a Rubik's cube in the time it'll take Hiashi to say the alphabet (and for clarity, Hiashi agrees not to rush through the alphabet, but instead says it at a normal pace). Naruto then proves he's actually Brilliant but Lazy.
    Hiashi: A. B. C. D. E. F.
    Naruto: (has solved cube) Gee, that was easy!
  • Running Gag: Aoi being beaten up and treated like a Butt Monkey despite his douchiness, Suigetsu being humiliated when his own antics are turned back on him, Kushina trading waspish remarks with Naruto, Ino denying that she has any romantic interest in Naruto...
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Haku attempts this in Chapter 74, when Arashi tells him the Purple Storm gang is gearing up to take out the remnants of the earlier-massacred Hawk gang. Unfortunately, Arashi isn't about to let Haku go because He Knows Too Much...fortunately, Neji's there to back Haku up.
    • When the Crossbones Crew invades Kushina's house, taking Mei hostage and shooting Kushina in the process, Kushina lets them know her son Naruto is one of the Nine Terrors. The gang's mooks get very uncomfortable on hearing that. Then Kushina goes further, warning them that if she or Mei are hurt or killed by them and Naruto finds out, they won't survive the rest of the month. The gang ends up apologizing for the break-in and fleeing (much to leader Kimimaro's displeasure).
    • The Ice-Eyes Gang breaks into Shikamaru's house. He's outnumbered fifteen to one. He proves to be an utterly merciless and strategic Combat Pragmatist, taking out ten of them. Watching this, the remaining gangsters don't bother to stick around.
    Gangster 1: To hell with this—I'm outta here! (runs for the window and dives out)
    Gangster 2: Hey, wait for us! (the rest of the gang bolts)
  • Secret Keeper: Played with and played straight.
    • 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. And as of the end of the Konoha Gangs arc, Terumi Mei is in on it as well.
    Naruto: With the number of people who know my secret by now, I guess it's not so much of a secret anymore...
    • 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.
  • Share the Male Pain: When Naruto hits a baseball into Suigetsu's crotch, every male in the immediate vicinity flinches (some even instinctively cover their own nuts).
    Lee: Ooohhh...that took fifty years off his youthfulness...
    Neji: (cradling his own manhood) Uh...right...what you said.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Apparently, everyone in the Uchiha family is a Lethal Chef, if Sasuke's and Itachi's remarks about each other and Itachi's comments about their mother are any indication.
  • Shower Scene: Tenten gets one in Chapter 13, which the author admits was inspired by the famous scene from Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. Yugito also gets one in Chapter 43, in her case with a miniature waterfall.
  • 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.
  • Steel Eardrums: Averted on two occasions—once, when Choji yells into Shikamaru's ear with a bullhorn in an effort to wake him up, Shikamaru complains afterward how he could've been deafened by such an antic; and in a later chapter, during the fight between Itachi and Kyusuke, Itachi discharges his gun quite close to Kyusuke's ear, and Kyusuke's reaction is to flinch in pain, rub his ear and comment that he's lucky to still have his hearing.
  • 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 
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Kakashi accidentally outs himself as a Covert Pervert with this in Chapter 9.
    Choji: Oi, Kakashi-sensei, what's that book you've got there?
    Kakashi: Oh, this? Just a little bit of advanced literature I brought from home. Not a porno, nope, not at all...
    (he sees the students giving him weird looks)
    Shikamaru: Very out loud.
  • The Syndicate: LOVE.
  • Take a Third Option: In Chapter 12, after Kiba's "fight" with Naruto at the youth center, Chief Inuzuka realizes that Naruto pulled this—instead of beating up Kiba, or letting Kiba beat him up, Naruto simply evaded Kiba's attacks and let the other boy run himself ragged. Naruto admits that it helped that he was warned in advance just whose son Kiba was, otherwise Tsume might've had her cops use Naruto as target practice.
  • Take That: Two in Chapter 84.
    • The first one is to Scandal, which Hinata, while flipping through TV channels, quickly switches away from when she realizes what it is.
    Hinata: I thought I promised myself never to watch this garbage.
    • The second one comes moments later, this time directed at 4Kids, which Hinata quietly denigrates even as she praises Ultimate Muscle's intro theme.
    Hinata: Well, that song was one of the few things THAT network got right.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: In Chapter 86, Kyusuke learns the hard way that talking is very much not a free action when going up against Itachi. He gets a bullet to the thigh and a lampshading for his troubles.
    Itachi: Just so you know, talking is NOT a free action in a life-or-death situation, especially when guns are involved.
  • Tap on the Head: Itachi does this to Konan with a gun in order to rescue Naruto and Tsunade.
  • Teach Me How To Fight: After the confrontation with the Blood Mist Gang at Burger Castle, during which she could do little more than frantically thump Zabuza on the arm in an effort to make him release Neji from a painful arm-twisting and then get knocked senseless for her trouble, Hinata goes to visit Yugito—who she'd previously met at the annual Hyuga ball—and, after getting a bit into the history of the Kyuushingai and the 365 days, she asks Yugito to train her so she can become strong enough to be of better help to Naruto in future. Yugito warns Hinata that such training will not be a cakewalk, but Hinata assures her she's up to the challenge. Following the Time Skip, Hinata's become skilled enough to beat Sasuke in a spar—keep in mind that Sasuke had previously fought Naruto on even terms in a serious duel.
  • 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?
    Neji: What? Our meeting yesterday wasn't so strenuous! (claps a hand over his mouth in horrified realization)
  • 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).
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Sai delivers one of these to Aoi after the former's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of the latter in Chapter 85.
    Sai: "Put that in your Gold Sand pill and swallow it, bitch."
  • 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. Much later, a time-skip of approximately nine weeks takes place in between Chapters 88 and 89, during which time Naruto has left Konoha Town to train under Minato.
  • Title Drop: Happens in the draft-notes when Naruto uses a technique named "Kitsune no Ken" during his fight with Gaara.
  • 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.
  • Training from Hell:
    • In Chapter 30, Sasuke reveals that he underwent this as part of the Uchiha Zaibatsu's thrust to protect itself and its members from any future Kyuushingai attacks, in the wake of the 365 days. He's got the scars to show for it, too.
    • 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?
    • Following the Time Skip between Chapters 88 and 89, Naruto reveals the extent of the training he had to undergo with Minato: he had to study day in and day out in preparation for the end-of-term exams upon his return to school, and if he got even one question wrong whenever Minato quizzed him, he wouldn't get dinner for that day. In addition to which, when it came time for physical training, if Naruto couldn't land one hit on Minato, he wouldn't get breakfast the next morning—and the brief flashback we're shown of Naruto's first physical training session shows him on the wrong end of a Curb-Stomp Battle from Minato, unable to land even a single hit.
    Ino: You're right. You WERE in hell.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Shikamaru gets this from his opponents, either because he prefers to dodge and avoid attacks or because he just looks real lazy (and is) anyway. However, you do so at your own peril.
    • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • 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.
  • Waterfall Shower: In Chapter 43, Hinata accidentally comes across Yugito taking one of these in an artificial waterfall on the balcony of her high-rise penthouse suite.
  • We Are Everywhere: LOVE, as Gaara indicates to Yagura.
    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).
  • What Does She See in Him?: This is Sakura's question while watching Naruto and Hinata dance together at the annual Hyuga party. Sasuke, being Sasuke, has a very ready answer.
    Sakura: What could she possibly see in HIM?
    Sasuke: More than anyone could possibly see in YOU.
    • Later repeated to Hinata by Karui, as she remarks on the former's worry over Naruto in Chapter 90.
    Karui: From what I've witnessed, he's noisy and brash and lazy, and you're...none of that.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Naruto gets this three times, all concerning the same incident at Burger Castle in Chapter 41 where he goes berserk enough to almost cut Zabuza's throat while practically ignoring Hinata's pleas not to kill the gangster.
    • The first time, which happens during the very incident, has Ino attempt to talk Naruto down. He shoots her a Death Glare. Ino's response is to frown at him and give him a stern admonition:
    Ino: Oi. Naruto. Fight's over.
    • The very next day, while Naruto's in the midst of a Heroic BSOD over what almost happened, he accosts and physically assaults Neji, even after the other boy tells him he needs to cool it. Neji keeps very calm while asking one question of Naruto, in the midst of Naruto's ongoing angry rant which has attracted a crowd of onlookers.
    • The third calling-out comes from Shikamaru a couple of days later, in Chapter 44, after he observes Naruto has been making a point of avoiding contact with his friends following the Burger Castle incident. Shikamaru, who knows what happened from Ino, tells Naruto his behavior is not going to cut it.
    Shikamaru: You need to stop being so anal and at least talk to them...just don't push everybody away in some kind of misguided attempt to "protect" us, Naruto.
  • 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?
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: When Naruto is briefly incapacitated following his torture at Akatsuki member Monjin's hands, upon getting word of it Temari urges Gaara to take the opportunity to just kill Naruto right away. However, Gaara brushes her off.
  • Wingding Eyes: In Chapter 3, during Sasuke's first appearance, Ino's eyes turn into hearts on seeing the Uchiha. It happens again in Chapter 6, when Naruto tricks Ino into thinking Sasuke's naked behind her (as a means to cover his own escape from her wrath for spilling pudding).
  • 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.
  • Writing Lines: In Chapter 8, Naruto reveals that while in detention following his falling asleep in class in the previous chapter, he had to write "I will not fall asleep in class" 200 times on a sheet of paper.
    Naruto: Well, at least my hand didn't fall asleep as a result.
    Ino: Good thing—you'd need it for your bathroom activities later, right? (smirks)
    Naruto: Wh-wh-what the hell is that supposed to mean?
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Following the attack by the Blood Mist Gang and his subsequent Heroic BSOD over his past coming back to bite him, Naruto gets this from Kushina and Guy later on.
  • You Killed My Father: Tenten confronts Naruto over the fact that the Kyuushingai's rampage killed her parents. This is also the source of Monjin's grudge against the Kyuushingai, as his mother was a casualty of the 365 days.
  • Your Mom: In Chapter 54, Naruto employs this while being interrogated by Akatsuki members Yahiko and Monjin. Unfortunately, since Monjin's mother was one of the first casualties of the 365 days, his reaction is quite volatile.
    Monjin: Tell us what you know. Tell us who this Nii Yugito is that's snooping around...and who the people were who were working with you and your comrades.
    Naruto: Ask your mother. I told her while I was banging her last night.