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And then suddenly, Ninjas! by The Sage of Toads
  • Recommended by: Andrew J. Talon, Unclouded TJ, Mcnickel, Duckling
  • Pairings: Not at all the focus of the story.
  • Synopsis: On the day Naruto is born and the Nine-Tailed Fox is sealed inside him, the Third Hokage decides to hide what happened from everyone, claim the fox is dead, and raise him as he would his own son...a decision that will most likely doom him, Konoha, and the Elemental Countries
  • Status: Last updated February 2012.

The Art of the Deal by Case13
  • Recommended by: Kajeet, boonerunner, arrowstorm, Kraesil
  • Synopsis: Naruto was damaged at an early age to where he couldn't use chakra. After seeing a stranger barter he decided to try to learn from him. He learns the "Art of the Deal" He uses it to help him convince Anko to join him in building a vast large profit empire. They get a reasonable bit of profit buy a ghetto of a town and turn it into a shining metropolis. Along the way he gets his own clan of ninja body guards, and even deals with Yakuza for using his warehouses for drugs...via actually buying the Akatsuki to take them down, Yes That Akatsuki. Also he and Anko use disguises that are vaguely described to look like Urahara and Yoruichi
  • Status: Dead.

Avalanche by branchandroot
  • Also found here.
  • Recommended by Sheliak, boonerunner, Kraesil
  • Pairings: Naruto/Sakura/Sasuke, Hinata/Neji, Kakashi/Iruka, others.
  • Synopsis: Kakashi gives Sasuke a different piece of advice following an early fight with Naruto, and the Sound Five never have a chance to try to get him to defect. Team Seven stays together a bit longer, and when they split up, it's along somewhat different lines than in canon- Naruto is apprenticed to Tsunade in the hopes she can help with his chakra control, Sasuke is sent with Jiraiya, and Sakura goes into Intelligence.

Better Left Unsaid by Kenchi 618
  • Recommended by Unclouded TJ
  • Pairings: Naruto/Ino.
  • Synopsis: Mizuki never got to shoot his mouth off at Naruto the night he took the Scroll of Seals. Other than skipping a half-manic monologue from him what exactly did this change for everyone's favorite blonde ninja? Who knows?
  • Status: Active, last updated 25th of October, 2015.
  • has a trope page

Birth of a Ninja by Captain Enigma
  • Recommended by lightace
  • Synopsis: What does it mean to be a ninja? This is the question that guides Uzumaki Naruto through his life as a shinobi of Konoha. Along that path, witness as he meets friends, fights evil, and keeps his eyes fixed on the ultimate dream... AU focused around Kakashi getting his act together and training the team to be like real ninjas
  • Status: Ongoing as of 15th August 2014, updated regularly.

Blind, by Tazaki 4
  • Recommended by Donomni
  • Synopsis: A Naruto fic that's one of many (read "thousands of") For Want of a Nail stories made regarding the series. What makes it stand out is how a single theft not only causes a war but also produces a bunch of mutant humans that make up a large portion of the enemy army, all looking like something out of Resident Evil.
  • Status: Complete.

Blind, by Obsidian Sicklenote 
  • Recommended by Kurtulmak, Nitramy
  • Pairings: SasuSaku, ItaKonan (of all things).
  • Synopsis: It was almost time, Orochimaru was going to take his body as a vessel. He hated being used... He refused to be used. With that thought, he took the kunai in his hand and slashed across his eyes.
  • Status: Complete.

Butterfly Child by KlonoaDreams
  • Recommended by: Mellini Mintini
  • Pairings: None as of yet.
  • Synopsis: I was never a fan of irony, even more so after died. I should be pretty happy that I was given a second chance at life, except guess who's still irony's b*tch? Yo. My name is Akimichi Chōko and I just wanna live... SI OC
  • Comments: A self-insert fic that focuses on indirect changes the OC's mere existence causes as opposed to direct changes. And much of it, that it might as well be part of this story's theme, apart from the Butterfly Effect, which really hits hard as the story progresses. Some examples of the Butterfly Effect, so far, include, apart from character development, Itachi not being the actual cause of the Uchiha Clan Massacre and forced to leave Konoha for different reasons, Haku and Zabuza are alive and now part of Konoha, Sai and Yamato's early appearance, the participation of Kirigakure, Iwagakure, and Kumogakure in the Chuunin Exams, and most notably, Sakura getting the cursed seal instead of Sasuke.
  • Status: Ongoing, currently in the middle of the second portion of the Chuunin Exams.
  • Tropes Page

The Butterfly Effect by Euphoria Ranger
  • Recommended by: Itsuki Shiro
  • Pairings: No official pairings but the author has dropped hints of Naruto/Hinata and Neji/Tenten
  • Synopsis: An (as of yet unexplained) aberration in the Naruto canon storyline causes a change in history around the time of the Nine Tails' attack, resulting in Naruto having a family, and an overall more stable world, though Minato's continued existence has caused problems in foreign lands that would not have occurred otherwise. Some of the changes thus far include Shisui being alive and the leader of Team 8, the apparent death of Itachi before the start of the tale, a complete absence of Kurenai and Asuma from the beginning of the story, and Gaara's seal being fixed by Jiraiya at some point earlier in the narrative, which inverts the relationship between him and his father.
  • Status: Ongoing, updates range from every 2 weeks to every month. Currently in the middle of the Chunin Exams

Butterfly Wings by Bjorn
  • Recommended by: capeclare
  • Synopsis: Years before Uzumaki Naruto was born, one Namikaze Minato convinced one Orochimaru to stay in Konoha. The world changed. They are ninja not samurai a fact that is often too forgotten both in fanfiction and canon. Maybe a dead fic but the chapters that are there are just so good.
  • Status: Dead. Last updated in 2007.

Catch Your Breath by Lang-Noi
  • Recomended by Mellini Mintini
  • Pairings: None yet.
  • Synopsis: Ripples turn into waves and crash upon the shores of what is and what could be, and I was just someone else who got pulled under. I didn't realize that even a drowning person makes waves of their own. A SI OC story.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Comments: Inspired by Dreaming of Sunshine, Catch Your Breath is a self-insert that manages to be something more than just a blind copy of the genre.
  • Tropes Page

Chasing a Legend by Voiceofsummer
  • Recommended by Kthe Cloud
  • Status: In-progress
  • Synopsis: During one of the most crucial missions in the history of Konoha, Sakumo is forced to make an all too different decision. The White Fang dies as a hero and not in disgrace. The life of Hatake Kakashi is changed forever.

Chiaroscuro by boomvroomshroom
  • Recommended by mothaibabon
  • Synopsis: "They say the only thing to fear is fear itself. That, and a motivated Nara." Shikamaru is born with his father's intelligence and his mother's work ethic. The world is turned sideways.
  • Status: In-progress; regular updates

Clash in the Land of Snow: Legacy Version by FictionReader98
  • Recommended by FLCNPNCH, Ramenth, Jomlos, ZeroXSEED
  • Synopsis: It's Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow - adapted to the Legacy of the Rasengan universe!
  • Status: Long periods between updates, but certainly active. Last updated 3rd July 2014.

The Cost of Living by livezinshadowz
  • Recommended by: ZeronosVega
  • Pairings: Naruto/Fū
  • Synopsis: My response to pudgypudge's Jiongu challenge. Watch as Naruto is mentored by Kakuzu to become a powerful ninja and bounty hunter, and follow him as he discovers that his new life requires a payment in blood to live successfully. Jiongu!Naruto.
  • Status: Complete.
  • Sequels: Checkmate, Blitzkrieg

Curse of a Hanyou, Love of an Angel by Saemon
  • Recommended by Supernatural
  • Pairings: Naruto x Hinata
  • Synopsis: Cursed mere hours after his birth to wander the world as a Kitsune Hanyou, Naruto Uzumaki is forced to find light in a cruel world. Is it possible to live life as a half-demon and earn the acceptance of those around you. If so, is love also possible?
  • Status: Dead. Last updated January 2012.

Cutting Loose (Link), by Chengar Qordath
  • Recommended by Chuckg, Zeful, Life of Pi
  • Pairings: Naruto and Tenten are very good friends, with significant Ship Tease, but not a couple yet.
  • Synopsis: Naruto and Tenten become friends in the academy, and with her help he's able to pass the genin exam a year earlier. He ends up assigned to Team Gai in place of Neji, and with teammates who like him and a sensei who actually works hard at teaching...
  • Status: Dead. Last updated Oct 2011.

Danzo's Team by Kosmos00
  • Recommended by lostcargo, Unclouded TJ, Kraesil
  • Pairings: None yet, hints of Naru/Saku
  • Synopsis: A what-if fan fiction where Danzo coerces the third hokage into making him the team sensei for team seven. Notable for being the only fic I have found that actually portrays Danzo close to how he is in Canon.
    • This troper will note that with the sheer amount Naruto fic this is not the only one that has Manipulative!Konoha-obsessed!Danzo- Introverted by Shadenight 123, for example.
  • Status: Last updated January 2013.

Dawn's Sage by Panory Bro
  • Recommended by FTG Minato
  • Pairings: Hints of Naruto/Fem!Deidara
  • Synopsis: When Gamabunta returned to Mount Myoboku after fighting the Kyuubi, he accidentally brought baby Naruto with him too. Naruto is trained on Mount Myoboku, becoming a master of Sage jutsu, before joining Akatsuki.
  • Status: Completed, with an epilogue in the works.

Daybreak: Part 1 by DigitalTart
  • Has its own tropes page (along with prequel One Small Kindness here).
  • Recommended by Komuro, Kaiserin Kai
  • Pairings: Too early to tell and not really the focus.
  • Synopsis: A sequel to One Small Kindness and expands upon that universe in a truly epic fashion. One of Konoha's greatest enemies is long dead, but Akatsuki lives on, and a new threat to peace is rising in the shinobi nations. The question is... who are the heroes, and who are the villains?
  • Status: Part 1 is completed, but the author has stated that there will not be a part 2.

Dead Garden by Aaron Nowack
  • Drafts and discussion can be found at Space Battles here.
  • Has its own tropes page here.
  • Recommended by spacemonkey37, Arcane Azmadi, Nshosha, Kraesil, ahiijny
  • Pairings: None yet.
  • Synopsis: The Fourth Hokage left a behind a legacy, a cruel burden that would change the fate of a world. It should have gone to a hero, a champion who could mend the broken and save the hopeless. Instead it fell on Haruno Sakura. Good thing she'll have some help.
  • Status: Last updated November 2012.

Déjà vu no Jutsu by Vixen Tail
  • Also found in AO3.
  • Recommended by Aki-no-hikari, aightaight, Me Myself And I, MizuKitsune10
  • Pairings: Minato/Kushina, Shikaku/OC
  • Synopsis: Take one dead, thirty year old career soldier, stick in the body of a child during the Second Great Shinobi War. Add a mini-Namikaze Minato, ninjas, chakra, tailed beasts, and shake well. Is it any wonder she thought she was insane? Second/Third Great Ninja War era SI AU.
  • Status: Complete as of Sept 7, 2014, but with the possibility of an epilogue and sidefic.
  • Notes: Just. This fic is amazing. Wonderful grammar and language combined with plot twists that you will not believe, Vixen Tail does what Kishimoto failed to do. Even if you're not one for SI/A Us (and this troper should know, they don't really like them themselves), Vixen pulls it off incredibly well.
  • Now with a tropes page
  • Now with a sidefic that will go over various scenes requested by reviewers that weren't shown in fic.

The Demon in the Hyuga Clan by Dark Sword Mage
  • Recommended by AkatsukiDaybreak, ThatIrishReader
  • Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
  • Synopsis: As its name suggests, its a What If? fic in which Hinata is the Kyuubi jinchuriki and both of Naruto's parents are alive and well, with the two of them ending up in the same squad under Kurenai.
  • Status: Complete.
  • Comments: I second this recommendation but with mixed feelings. This story was somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me mainly for the fact that Hinata turns into a Mary Sue eventually but the interesting AU made me finish the story. However, due to people constantly criticizing the author and comparing the story to ripping off Team 8, another Naru Hina fanfic, the author posted one final chapter that was more of a plot outline to end the story. To say the least, it's rare to find someone who liked the chosen ending. Asides from that, the story is practical but entertaining and is well thought-out at some points.

Destiny is a Hazy Thing by Calanor
  • Recommended by Priopraxis
  • Pairing Naruto/Hinata, 9-tailed-fox/Yog-Sothoth
  • ''Synopsis:A desperate supernatural entity cuts a deal with the sealed 9-tailed-fox, setting off major changes for Naruto when both beings begin communicating with him at age three.
  • Status:In progress. Last updated 28 of April 2014.
  • Really needs a page.

Devil's Advocate by livezinshadowz.
  • Recommended by: Leid, ZeronosVega
  • Pairings: Hints of Naruto/Tenten & Naruto/Ino
  • Synopsis: An accidental meeting brings Zetsu into Naruto's life as his tutor. With Zetsu intending to sway Naruto to his own philosophy of "the only one you can rely on is yourself", Naruto discovers that the world isn't as black and white as his tutor is, that there are at least two sides to every story, and that he has a lot to learn.
  • Status: Active - Last updated November 16, 2015.

Diary of a Madman: Memoirs of a Nukenin by Bloodreaver Alpha
  • Recommended by: eternalentity
  • Pairings: Naruto/Yugito, with hints of Itachi/Tayuya
  • Synopsis: Uchiha Itachi: Missing Nin, Akatsuki member, mass murderer. He has power, and a lot of it. But after an encounter with the Kyuubi Jinchuuriki, he begins to wonder what the point of it all is. What good is power if you've no good reason to use it?
  • Status: Last updated 25 May 2012.

The Difference A Moment Makes by Sessy-sama
  • Recommended by Littlegal 100
  • Synopsis: What if Hiashi was the one to die instead of Hizashi? How would the clan react? How would Hinata and Neji grow up? This delves into the world that didn't happen because of one decision. Hyuuga centered begins with child Neji and Hinata.
  • Status: Last updated 18 Aug 2013.

Divergences by Praegressus
  • Recommended by Semil Ejoka
  • Pairings: None so far, though implied.
  • Synopsis: Summary is abysmal, but the basic gist of it is that there's a mysterious 'Shovel Guy' making choice corrections to the plot, and letting things go from there. You'd expect it to be an OC story, but it's everything but.
  • Tags: Divergent AU
  • Status: Active - updated fairly regularly, if erratically.
  • Comment: Gets better and better as you go. Author is quite energetic about feedback. Writes one of the best Wave Arcs I've ever read, and you'll see why 3 chapters in.

Dreaming of Sunshine by Silver Queen
  • Recommended by Kalvan, spacemonkey37, star trail
  • Pairings: None yet.
  • Synopsis: Life as a ninja. It starts with confusion and terror and doesn't get any better from there. OC Self-insert
  • Status: Active - Being updated fairly regularly. Last updated September 2015.
  • Comments: Incredibly good, this fic is most likely the reason behind the recent surge of Naruto OC SI's. Suffice to say, pretty much none of them live up to their inspiration.
  • Tropes Page

Drifting by AlphaDelta1001
  • Recommended by: deadman2020, Mcnickel, Wint, Kaiserin Kai
  • Synopsis: Naruto is many things; troublesome, wild, unpredictable, adventurous, untamable, unique. But there's a benefit to being wild and unpredictable; no one has the faintest idea what you're going to do next. NarutoHarem
  • Pairing(s): Naruto/Tayuya, by virtue of an early meeting.
  • Tags: AU
  • Status: Active. Last updated 1 July 2015.

A Drop of Poison by Angel of Snapdragons
  • Recommended by Angel Form, Mcnickel, ahiijny
  • Synopsis: Officially the 'nail' is that because Mizuki used poison on Iruka. Naruto didn't get promoted after learning the Shadow Clones and was forced to repeat the academy. However the real difference is that Naruto uses shadow clones to their fullest potential, rapidly becoming a one man army.
  • Status: First arc complete as of 31 January 2015, with the next arc is already underway. Updates monthly.

Echoes by Kagaseo
  • Now has a trope page.
  • Recommended by: ChessKindred, Storm Of Script, AQZT
  • Synopsis: At the battle of Land of Grass, one alternate version of Naruto got his seal twisted by Orochimaru, gaining the power to travel into other alternate realities where he is a girl, a puppeteer, and many other possibilities. However he's also being followed by very unpleasant people...
  • Status: Last updated 11 Aug 2014.

Eternal Legends: Konoha's Transcendent Ninja by Arashi the Solar Phoenix
  • Recommended by TacticalFox88
  • Pairings: Implied and outright stated to be NaruSaku
  • Synopsis: Team 7 through an act of fate meet each other in their childhood and become best friends who walk the path of ninja together. Grows the Beard around chapter three or four and hooks you in and doesn't let go.
  • "Status": Last updated 5th Aug 2013.

Everyday by angel_puppeteer
  • Recommended by: pika09, Cinderflame
  • Pairings: Sasuke/Sakura
  • Synopsis: Sasuke orders Sakura to marry him. She agrees, but only upon the condition that he must first spend a day without her. It got worse.
  • Status: Complete.

A Day by angel_puppeteer
  • Recommended by: Cinderflame
  • Pairings: Sasuke/Sakura
  • Synopsis: She said she's marry him after twenty-four hours. Companion piece to Everyday.
  • Status: Complete.

Existence, by Denim88
  • Recommended by: REV 6 Pilot
  • Pairings: Mainly Naruto/Temari
  • Synopsis: After the battle on the Wave bridge, Naruto runs off, thinking the Kyuubi's seal is weakening. His defection eventually takes him to the Land of Wind, and to a completely new future.
  • Status: Dead. Last update was in January 2011, with no hints to a revival.

Expectations of Development by kiraiakuma
  • Recommended by: Nitramy, boonerunner
  • Pairings: SakuSasu, NaruHina (the usual Fanon pairings)
  • Synopsis: One year of easy missions. That's all Sakura wanted. Instead she gets Zabuza and Orochimaru. Well, if fate wants to throw her head first into the ninja world, she'll oblige. Even if she has to sacrifice her innocence.
  • Status: Dead. Last updated September 2012.

Familiarity Ends Contempt by Discordia19
  • Recommended by TfichVe
  • Pairing(s): None so far, and the author claims he has no interest in writing any among the main cast.
  • Synopsis: The Nail in this story is Iruka being killed by Mizuki in the forest at the very beginning, which leads to Naruto talking with the Kyuubi very early on, creating a dynamic between the two very similar to Killer Bee and the Eight Tails.
  • Status: Dead, last updated 14 Aug 2010.

First Try Series by Lucillia
  • Recomended by Koneko Otome, Unclouded TJ, Kraesil, Kaiserin Kai
  • List of Stories on the Wiki Page!
  • Synopsis: Due to a quirk of fate, Naruto passes the Academy Graduation Exam on his first try, and his life takes an interesting turn from there. Follows the adventures of Naruto, Team 5, Team 7 and the others as the world witnesses the ripple effect caused by this change.
  • Status: Completed, with the sequels in-progress, updated at semi-regular but long intervals.

A Fox and a Shark Walk into a Bar by Gigabomb
  • Recommended by Bon Us
  • Pairing(s): A platonic Naruto/Gaara and Itachi/Kisame, along with some Might Guy/Anko.
  • Synopsis: (from author's summary) "In a universe where Itachi and Kisame succeeded in capturing Naruto, an Akatsuki delegation is sent to Konoha to negotiate a treaty in the midst of war. The only problem is, everyone in Konoha thinks Naruto is dead." In a nutshell, Naruto was successfully captured by Itachi and Kisame, but instead of having the Kyuubi extracted from him, Naruto is made to join the organization.
  • Status: Dead. Last updated in 2007.

Fox Identity: by Arkhe
  • Recommended by Antiguo Nonun
  • Pairings: None.
  • Synopsis: An alternate universe where Naruto discovered he was the Jail of the Kyuubi at a very young age but with the catch that believes he is the Kyuubi. This caused a entire shift of his personality, creating the facade of a buffoon while researching a way to regain its former body and bring its revenge to Konoha. All would be going its merry way if it wasn't for those annoying feelings and its teammates.
  • Status: Dead Fic. Last updated Nov 2005.

Fox of Konoha by CrazyLikeAnko
  • Recommended by da fox22, Blue Magicite
  • Pairing(s): Minato/Shizune; teases of Naruto/Anko, Naruto/Kurenai, Naruto/Hinata...
  • Synopsis: The Kyuubi attack never happened, the hero of the village never died, and a child sits in the forest alone, waiting to show the world his power.
  • Status: Dead. Last updated Jun 2010.

Geniuses of Hard Work by froznfox72
  • Recommended by: ShadesofGrey18, Unclouded TJ, mumismatist
  • Pairings: Naru/Hina and Lee/Ayame
  • Synopsis: Might Guy trades Neji and Tenten to take Naruto and Hinata on his team. Can he take this group of misfits and turn them into a team of geniuses...or will he be forced to give up wearing spandex forever?
  • Status Complete. The planned sequel has unfortunately been scrapped.

The Genius Losers of Konoha by Stigma (secret history)
  • Recommended by Donomni
  • Synopsis: This is what happens when someone writes Naruto and Hinata to be Teen Geniuses (And rivals, no less) on a level higher than Shikamaru (or the same level but not lazy), and makes it something you can't stop reading. It continues to follow the canon story, but everything you read is behind the scenes.
  • Status: Last updated Aug 2009. Dead.

Genius of Konoha, by Mrriddler (character death)
  • Recommended by RedViking, Kraesil
  • Synopsis: An arguably dark fic that answers the question: What would things be like if Naruto were a plan loving Magnificent Bastard willing to do anything to keep Konoha safe instead of his canon, idealistic self?
  • Status: Dead. Last updated Nov 2009.
  • Comments: Be forewarned: Anyone Can Die.

Ghost by Onmysignalunleashwords
  • Recommended by Blue Stranger
  • ''Naruto/Hinata late in the story
  • Synopsis: ""Her face. I remember her face." A boy trained to kill is brought into the light. Grey, different Naruto heavily stealth based and Root trained, but not in the traditional sense. How will he cope with that most dangerous of foes: emotion?" -Original synopsis.
  • Status: Completed with all 63 chapters.
  • Comments: A very original story and redone idea of "What if Naruto was taken in by Danzo and trained in the Root?". Here, Naruto isn't massively overpowered in anyway nor does he go on a long jutsu spam spree or even gain moderate power ups. The author makes a full interpretation of a stealthy Naruto and a true ninja, but also morally compromising due to his upbringing. The characterization is done extremely well for him, the author going as far as to write very controversial actions to stay consistent, especially at the end.

The Ghost and the Darkness by Kirsdarkenvar
  • Recommended by Cherico, Serbii, Akatsuki Daybreak, Void Herald, Kraesil
  • Pairings: None so far
  • Synopsis: Sasuke meets Naruto after the Uchiha massacre. Naruto has issues and they end up having a codependent relationship.
  • Status: Dead. Last updated Jun 2011.

Glory by Eiruiel
  • Recommended by Vyse Vyrtue
  • Pairings: None
  • Synopsis: A SI/OC fic. Someone wakes up on the wrong side of the wrong bed... in the wrong body. Things are probably going to get worse.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Now with a tropes page!

The Guardian by SGTBrowncoat
  • Recommeneded by: Ricochet 2002
  • Pairings: Some Itachi/Hana, but not a huge part of the plot
  • Synopsis: In an alternate universe where the Uchiha Massacre never happened, Itachi Uchiha receives his first mission in ANBU: protecting Naruto Uzumaki. He bonds quickly with the young Jinchuriki, but dark forces rise to threaten Itachi, Naruto, and those they care for most.
  • Status: Complete, with a sequel coming.

Hakumei by Pryotra

Hell's Radiance by Angel of the Godless
  • Recomended by MissTikilicious
  • Paring: Sakura/Naruto/Kyuubi, Sasuke/Hanabi, Hinata/Shino
  • Synopsis: Fate can be a twisted thing, some only exist in hate. Sakura was one of those, a container of the most feared demon in history, hated by her village. Lost in the darkness, she tried to find a reason for living. Through chance and bad luck, Sakura is chosen as the container of the Kyuubi instead of Naruto. She discovers what has been done to her, decides to restore the Kyuubi to it's former glory, bring Konoha to it's knees with violence, madness and corruption and make them love every momment of it.
  • Status: Complete.

The Hope of the Senju Clan by Aragon Potter
  • Recomended by autopanda
  • Synopsis: What if instead of Kushina being Naruto's mother and through a trick of fate Naruto's mother was Tsunade after a drunken night with Minato in which Naruto becomes both the heir and hope of the Senju clan. Find out what life would be like now for Naruto.
  • Status: Active. Last updated March 16, 2014. Also, very similar to the deadfic Senju Naruto.

Houses of the Holy, by HowdyU
  • Recommended by av12971, Kraesil
  • Pairings: Naruto/Yugito, you read that right.
  • Synopsis: Spirited away from Konoha at an early age, Naruto finds a new family amid the strife of a battlefield as old as the shinobi nations. But what will he do when his new allies' ambition is to change the world through a baptism by fire?
  • Status: Dead Fic, last updated in 2009.

How to Win Friends, Influence People by sparrowette
  • Recommended by Lustheron, Kaiserin Kai
  • Synopsis: And Start Your Very Own Secret Ninja Organization. Three months into Naruto's training trip Jiraiya must leave him behind to go to check on a situation in Iwa, leaving Naruto to his own devices. Naruto thinks everything he did makes perfect sense, Kiri thinks he is a cult leader and Tsunade thinks she doesn't get paid enough to deal with this.
  • Status: Complete.

The Howling Wind, by JMenance
  • Recommended by Kraesil
  • Synopsis: When demons walk the earth, bending the very forces of nature to their will, there's little humans can do besides fight, run, and die. No matter how big they dream or how loud they shout, the demons always win. Because in the end, what's a boy to a Bijuu? What's a breath to a raging gale?
  • Status: Last updated Dec 9 2014.

Indomitable by ShaperV
  • Recommended by Khym Chanur, Unclouded TJ
  • Pairings: Sex-only (no romance) Naruto/Anko, eventual Naruto/Multi
  • Synopsis: A single conversation near the beginning of Naruto's training trip with Jiraiya sends Naruto's training in a vastly different direction, leading to a much more powerful Naruto after the time-skip.
  • Status: Last updated June 25 2014.

Introverted by Shadenight123
  • Recommended by The Roaming Shadow, Leidolf, Kraesil
  • Pairings: None
  • Synopsis: Being ignored and gazed at with hatred can lead someone to become a boisterous and loud orange-wearing shinobi, but it can also drive him to become a silent and invisible introvert. Of the two, Naruto takes the logical choice for a future in the Ninja World. Team Sai-Naruto-Sakura.
  • Comments: A fanfic where Naruto is more quiet and closed off due to Teuchi Ichiraku's death. This Fic practically updates Daily.
  • Status: Completed.
  • Now has a tropes page.

Iryo-nin Kasa by Vaengir
  • Recommended by Hollownerox
  • Pairings: None
  • Synopsis: Whoever said death is nothing to be afraid of have likely lived a full life. Though, I suppose the same could be said for the reverse. Those who fear death have never truly lived, but I'm getting a little ahead of myself. My name is Kasa, the idiot who doesn't know how to die properly. And let me tell you, dying hurts. OC Self-insert.
  • Comments: A self-insert fic that really delves into the insecurties and possible mental instability of someone shoved into a world they once thought was fictional. This fic is also unique due to the fact that it has a companion story Cheating Fate that is from Obito's perspective of events, revealing that not only is the story a self-insert, but a Peggy Sue fic as well, though the OC herself is unaware of this fact.An interesting change of pace considering most self-inserts make the OC nigh omnipotent in terms of how events run, so it is quite rare to see a story take the plunge and have things occurring outside of the main characters, and by extension the readers, point of view.
  • Status: Ongoing, last updated Sept 13, 2014.

Juniper by Agent Spielplatz
  • Recommended by orpheus-izanagi, Kraesil, Komodo Classic
  • Pairings: None as of yet.
  • Synopsis: "A conspiracy within Konoha leads to a near fatal encounter for Naruto on the night of the Genin Exams. As he copes, his team struggles to work together and live up to the Hokage's expectations."
  • Staus: Dead. Last updated 4/15/2010.

Kagemane Complete by Anbu-Dave
  • Recommended by Khym Chanur
  • Pairing(s): Shikamaru/Anko
  • Synopsis: Shikamaru makes a single, different choice at the beginning of the chunin exams. With it he makes a mortal enemy of Orochimaru and must try to outmaneuver the sanin.
  • Comments: The nail consists of Shikamaru deciding to get an early start on the second part of the chunin exams by having Ino posses one of the Sound genin before they enter the forest, leading her to learn that they've been sent by Orochimaru to kill one of the test takers.
    • Komodo Classic: It's fun to read. The plans and Shikamaru's thought processes are fascinating. Beware though: characters fade in and out of focus pretty much at random. And there are at least two wham chapters that completely change the story up.
  • Status: Abandoned? Last updated 7th Aug 2013.

Kakashi's Kid by Silimaira
  • Recommended by Ripplefish
  • Pairing(s): Hints of Shikamaru/OC and Itachi/OC, but not a focus of the story.
  • Synopsis: I wasn't asking, but then this guy with gray hair seemed to think he'd found an answer. . . . A self-insert fic with excellent characterization, humor, wit, and plot.
  • Status: Active. Last updated Aug 2015.
  • Tropes Page

Konoha: Naruto's Playground by MegaB
  • Recommended by Kurtulmak, Kaiserin Kai
  • Pairing(s): None, though there's some doses of platonic Naruto x TenTen WAFF.
  • Synopsis: When Naruto finally decides that the Konoha populace doesn't deserve his protection, he moves to another goal... Have fun! But his fun turns to fear when his vow to never fight as a Shinobi is broken.
  • Status: Complete.

Konoha's Legacy: An Alternate Version by The Gemini Project
  • Recommended by Clendy 82
  • Synopsis:Taking place in an alternate world where the Fourth Hokage is alive and well, and the Nine-Tailed Fox never attacked Konoha, the story follows the events of the series as they are altered through the Fourth's presence.
  • Status: Dead. Last updated Feb 2008.

Kumogakure Ninja Birth of a Legend by Iron Monkey Fist
  • Recommended by: FellowNerd
  • Pairings: Naruto/Yugito, part of the plot but not the focus.
  • Synopsis: Pushed to his limits at a young age, Naruto flees the Hidden Leaf. A perhaps fated encounter with Kirabi leads to the birth of a new legend. The path to greatness is paved with blood and tears. Gradually becomes darker in content. Gradually gets better.
  • Status: Dead. Last updated in 2011.

The Lavender Beast of Konoha by Mark Hoherty
  • Recommended by: capeclare, Dermonster
  • Synopsis: In a fit of hubris, Hiashi forced Hinata to attend the same Academy class as Neji. Having never been in the same class as Naruto, who shall serve as her inspiration to grow stronger? AU Team Gai: Lee, Tenten, Hinata. Gen for now. Surprisingly not crack.
  • Status: Dead. Last update was in 2008.

The Lazy Uchiha by Hibiki54 ( AU )
  • Recommended by CrowKenobi
  • Synopsis: The Uchiha clan were known as genius ninja. But all clans have that one black sheep. Meet Uchiha Itachi, a born genius and the laziest ninja you will ever find!
  • Status: Last updated November 2012.

Legacy of the Rasengan I: Naruto, Legacy of the Rasengan II: Makaze Rekadaishi, and Legacy of the Rasengan III: Chuuten by Tellemicus Sundance
  • Recommended by Clendy 82, Jomlos, arrowstorm
  • Pairings: Hints of Naru/Hina, mild Sasuke/Sakura.
  • Synopsis: A very good interpretation of the story, told from the very beginning and following the events of the series all the way through. Like many other Naruto fanfics, it makes full use of For Want of a Nail and a Naruto mildly increased in ability. The first volume only has slight changes to the overall plot. The second volume, which takes place during the timeskip, is very much Original Flavor with a completely original story arc. And the third volume and is still in progress, which follows the events beyond the timeskip, follows the main story but begins to branch off to follow its own plots.
  • Status: Complete. More precisely, discontinued by the original author and adopted by the author of Clas In The Land Of Snow: Legacy Version!.

Legacy of Uzushiogakure by Marquis Black
  • Recommended by Unclouded TJ, Caellach Tiger Eye, Kaiserin Kai
  • Synopsis: The 2nd Shinobi World War left Uzu destroyed out of fear. Its inhabitants were left slaughtered or scattered. However, what if the members of Uzushio's famed Uzumaki weren't as scattered as people thought? What would it mean for one Uzumaki Naruto?
  • Notes: Fake Crossover with Fairy Tail through Expies.
  • Status: Active. Last updated 1st Jul 2014.

Lost Soul, by LD1449
  • Recommended by Krow Blood, Shadow AI, FLCNPNCH
  • Synopsis: This fic is massive, over 600,000 words and 100 chapters, tells the story about Naruto being raised to be a weapon, and anything else would spoil ALL of the story.
  • Status: Complete.

Loyalty by A True Radical Dreamer
  • Recommended by Capeclare
  • Trope page
  • Synopsis: In her last year at the academy Sakura is accidentally recruited by Kabuto and is forced to help him him with his spying efforts. This fic sounds like a Sakura sue but nothing could be further from the truth. Sakura's spy efforts are realistic and limited in importance, she basically does the boring trash rooting jobs that Kabuto doesn't want to do. Sakura in this fic is a more scrappy appealing character than in canon as well as more competent. Due to her spying efforts there is also little in the ways on wangst or angst especially after the first chapter is done. This fic also has an original plotline as the author avoids the wave arc and is now heading in a really interesting and original direction.
    • A word of warning: this fic is very, very dark.
  • Status: Active, last updated 3rd Aug 2014.

Melody of the Fox, by Jetslinger
  • Recommended by XShouldveDied, AkatsukiDaybreak templar627
  • Pairings: Naruto and Tayuya
  • Synopsis: Tayuya survives the Valley of the End, but not without taking crippling injuries from having a few trees dropped on her. Tsunade drafts her into Konoha's forces at knife point to get information on Orochimaru. Naruto finds himself being shanghaied into being her guard. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Status: Dead as of 16 October 2014.

The Melt by pudgypudge.
  • Recommended by Ansela, REV 6 Pilot, arrowstorm, Kraesil
  • Pairings: NaruHina with hints of AnkoNaru
  • Synopsis: As a child, Naruto is taken in by Sarutobi to be his chosen successor to the mantle of Hokage. He develops a bloodline long thought lost to the world and learns along the way that, though he may be hated for his demon, his Will of Fire will burn brightly.
  • Status: Dead Fic. Last updated Jul 2009.

Metamorphosis by KlonoaDreams
  • Recommended by: Mellini Mintini
  • Pairings: None as of yet.
  • Synopsis: It's quite sad to say there are definitely worse things than being covered in bugs, as one victim of circumstance finds out the hard way after being reborn into a fictional world. Of course, fictional, for Aburame Shiki, has now become factual. SI OC
  • Comments: A self-insert fic that takes place during Kakashi's generation, focusing on a clan that barely received any attention in canon, with an asthmatic OC who discovers that it is much more difficult to change the future directly. In contrast, indirect changes caused by her mere existence are harder to control as they happen, such as a deviation in the meeting between Rin and Obito. Known for its unique take on the Aburame clan, who are more than they initially appear, and the world building incorporated to fill in the gaps for the current time setting.
  • Status: Ongoing.

A Mother's Love by Lord of the Land of Fire (AU, character death)
  • Recommended by SAMAS, Clendy 82, Nitramy, Wint
  • Pairings: NaruHina is this author's OTP. Believe it.
  • Synopsis: Kushina Uzumaki survives childbirth by sheer force of will (and the timely arrival of Tsunade). Things change.
  • Status: Complete.

Mission Accomplished by The Authorman
  • Recommended by MarxistStruggle
  • Pairings: None yet.
  • Synopsis: Sarutobi realizes that Naruto will never have a normal childhood, not when he has the Kyuubi locked inside him. To this end, he assigns ANBU to guard and mentor the boy. After all, they aren't normal.
  • Status: Last updated June 3, 2013.

Mizukage by Dragon6
  • Recommended by Ninmikey 01
  • Pairings: Naruto/Sakura, Neji/Hinata, Shikamaru/Temari
  • Synopsis: Though successful in retrieving Sasuke, Naruto is banished for harming him. Years pass and the Land of Waves disappeared from the world's notice. A new Mizukage and his country will fight in a new war.
  • Status: Complete.

Motivation by Durandall
  • Recommended by Unclouded TJ, Kraesil, Komodo Classic
  • Synopsis: Mizuki used a poisoned blade on Iruka that night and caused not only Iruka's but his own death as a result of an angry Naruto. This lead to a quick reorganization of the "Rookie Nine". According to the Author: "a story where Shikamaru acts to his potential, because I think he's awesome, Shino gets to be badass, because he is badass, and Naruto pays a little more attention, because he has the right ... ''
  • Status: Dead Fic, forever unfinished. The author is no longer with us.

Naruto: Alone, by Arganaut
  • Recommended by Kurtulmak
  • Pairings: Naruto / Hinata (eventually)
  • Synopsis: Naruto grows up on the streets of Konoha as a homeless street urchin, stealing to survive, when political pressures prevent the Third from helping him out directly. How will the Street Fox of Konoha survive, and what kind of future awaits him as a ninja?
  • Status: Dead, last updated in 2010.

Naruto: Altered History, by Geor-sama
  • Recommended by RedViking, boonerunner
  • Pairings:
  • Synopsis: A For Want of a Nail story, as suggested by the title. This story basically explores what would have happened had no one in the village known that the Kyuubi had been sealed inside Naruto.
  • Status: Complete.

Naruto Asunder by WrathfulSE
  • Recommended by Fellownerd, Jomlos
  • Pairings: Naruto/Hinata mostly teasing though,
  • Synopsis: The smallest of pebbles can create thousands of ripples. A simple off hand remark can create a lasting message. In the ninja world, these ripples will someday become the tidal waves that will tear the ninja world asunder.
  • Status: Complete.

Naruto: Bijuu Chronicles by YetAnotherAnon.
  • Recommended by roflMons
  • Synopsis: The Bijuu were much more intelligent then assumed, and not nearly as blindly malevolent. In addition, there were two moves before Kage Bunshin on the Forbidden scroll.
  • Status: Last updated in 2012. Possibly dead.

Naruto:Capturedby EdStargazer
  • Recommended by 23, Clendy 82, CompleteNerd
  • Pairings none confirmed so far but leaning towards NaruSaku
  • Synopsis: What if Naruto hadn't been able to steal the Forbidden Scroll? What if that led to the Hokage discovering that Naruto had been sabotaged at the academy? A fairly unique fic that has a pretty mature take on the Naruto universe and Konoha. Features politics, realistic training and some gore and well written chapters with actual drama.
  • Status: Last updated January 16th, 2014.

Naruto: Chosen Vessel (previously Naruto: Another Version) by BlueGlass54
  • Recommended by: REV 6 Pilot
  • Pairings: Hints of Naruto/Ino
  • Synopsis: Due to some twists of fate, Naruto discovers he's involved in more than one dark plot. Can he push forwards without breaking down and messing everything up?
  • Status: Resumed in April 15th, 2011. Last update was on the 24th, and it's been dead ever since.

Naruto's Compensation by DisobedienceWriter
  • Recommended by: Faraway_2, Kraesil
  • Pairings: None. Same as above entry.
  • Synopsis: Young Naruto is prohibited from being Ninja of the Leaf. Left to his own devices he takes an unusual path to power as a Puppeteer. Smart!Powerful!Wily!Naruto. Lots of conflict with Orochimaru, Sasori and other Akatsuki.
  • Comments: A must-read. Seriously. Very plausible, and that is hard to find with the rampant Super!Naruto fics.
  • Status: Complete.

Naruto: Demon's Path by Scribe of the Apocalypse
  • Recomended by AbZHz101
  • Synopsis: A six-year-old Naruto taps into the Kyuubi to save Hinata from a cloud-nin who is being helped by Mizuki. Events force him to flee the village and he eventually apprentices under 'The Demon of Mist' Zabuza. (Straight from Fan's summary)
  • Comments: At over 300,000 words and 60+ Chapters be ready for a long haul. One can really see the evolution of Scribe's writing style and be ready for a lot of plot twists- some predictable, some not. Warning Uchiha Bashing.
  • Status: Last updated 17th Dec 2012.

Naruto: The Secret Songs of the Ninja by Arcane Azmadi
  • Recommended by: Mr Bright 01
  • Pairings: Light Naruto/Hinata
  • Synopsis: Sasuke dies during the mission to the Wave, causing the rest of the story to spiral out from there. With the team coping with his loss and adjusting to a new team member, the timeline changes significantly from canon, leading to some shocking plot twists.
  • Has its own tropes page.
  • Status: Alive, with significant but infrequent updates.

Naruto-Sensei, by Tyler Marcoz
  • Recommended by AMusingWriter, Unclouded TJ
  • Pairings: None yet, though the canon crushes still exist. How the author's self-stated obsession with NaruHina, if at all, is an interesting question given the rank differences.
  • Synopsis: Beginning with the ever popular What If, what if Naruto had been born earlier in the timeline, changing his history forever. Having been born three years earlier, into a world where Minato never became the Fourth Hokage, the Third Great Shinobi War never ended, and a chain of events led to none other then Itachi becoming the Fifth Hokage, Naruto is instead a fresh jounin, just as a new batch of genin are graduating from the academy.
  • Status: Alive! Last updated December, 2014.

Naruto: Shattered Eyes by Lithius Osmius
  • Recommended by: Pyro Ninja, Void Herald
  • Pairings: None confirmed yet, though SasuSaku looks pretty solid.
  • Synopsis: Naruto awakens a new Transcendant Bloodline: the Kyoukagan, source of all bloodlines and peer of the Rinnegan.
  • Status: Last updated 25 Oct 2013.

Never cut Twice: by shadowmaster62
  • Recommended by: Antiguo Nonun, UltraSonikku
  • Pairings: Naruto/Temari, Sakura/Sasuke, Itachi/Pocky
  • Synopsis: Naruto could not deal how he failed Sakura, Sasuke, Konoha in general, so he decided to become a nuke-nin and find his place in the world. In his travels, he takes Zabusa's sword, finds a harsh but cute Sand Nin, helps Garaa create an Emo epic, fights against mobsters, swordmasters, the Seven of the Mist, Akatsuki, the Fall of Orochimaru and a belligerent Demon God. Also Disco breakdance, Icha Icha Paradise the Movie, Nunekin guitar Duel and Pocky.
  • Status: Complete.

New Chance by Hektols
  • Recommended by KrspaceT
  • Synopsis A 10 years old Naruto meets a man who will change his life and the Ninja Nations, but will it be for good? The Yondaime has returned and he is not happy. NaruHina later.
  • Status: Last updated July 8,2016. Active.
  • Comments: A truly good story that delves into how Minato's return could impact Naruto and everyone around him. Also, a rare fic where Haku is in fact, male and where NaruHina can be shipped without Sakura and Sasuke being demonized.

Nice Dream by Shirou Hokuto
  • Recommended by: IraeNicole, Haustere
  • Pairings: Hints of Naruto/Sasuke and Ino/Sakura but fic is slowly building to that and focus is more the plot.
  • Synopsis: Following the Uchiha massacre Itachi refuses to leave Konohoa and his little brother. Sasuke must grow up and deal with the trauma of his family's loss while living with their killer.
  • Status: Last updated July 2012.

The Nine Broken Mirrors, by Ayien
  • Recommended by AkatsukiDaybreak, Yogi, Serbii, Some Poor Sod, The Tambourine Man, arrowstorm, Kraesil
  • Pairings:
  • Synopsis: A tale of Naruto and Gaara joining forces after the Chuunin Exam to gather together the rest of the jinchuriki in order to prevent a future full of carnage.
  • Status: Last updated June 2010. Dead.

Nine Tailed Serpent by LT2000
  • Recommended by FLCNPNCH
  • Pairings:
  • Synopsis: How Naruto would play out if the titular character took a level in badass, complete with badass longcoat and BFS Zabuza's, to be specific =P. How, you ask, does that work? Well, THIS Naruto's been aware of and in cahoots with Kyuubi since he was about seven...
  • Status: Complete.

Once More With Feeling by Unstoppable Hanger
  • Recommended by Tropeladder
  • Synopsis: 24-year-old computer programmer is reincarnated as a background character. Her first life was nothing special, but she's determined her second one will be. OC Self-insert.
  • Status: Last updated 1/22/15
  • Comments: At 7 chapters, this fic is still in its infancy, but it has a promising start. Notable for its writing (very clear, absolutely no grammatical errors, the occasional literary flourish), interesting main character (incredibly analytical, mildly psychologically damaged), snappy dialogue, and having the OC be weaker than most of the other characters (and having some of her efforts to change things turn out...poorly).

One Eye, Full of Wisdom by MrBright01
  • Recommended by: Bored_Man, Memotauro, Unclouded TJ
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Kakashi survived his losses in spirit as well as in body. Freed from his canon crippling self doubt, he takes on Team Seven and does his best to help them grow into competent and mentally resilient shinobi. But Kakashi is not the only one who has survived his tragic story intact, and several other major characters will show new faces to the world as time goes on.
  • Comments: One Eye, Full of Wisdom is a Naruto fix-fic that is intended to demonstrate that you can keep the setting interesting without massive power upgrades. A background event that will be covered eventually has resulted in some psychological changes in a few characters, although their outward actions and personalities are generally still within character. The story relies on mind games, subtlety, and skill instead of larger jutsu lists and incredible new powers.
  • Now has a trope page.

One Hundred Days by Aaron Nowack
  • Recommended by Komanda, Serbii, boonerunner
  • Synopsis: Naruto leaves on his three-year training trip, and Sakura begins the struggle to improve herself. How much will they have changed when they meet again in one hundred days?
  • Sequel: One Hundred Weeks
  • Status: Complete with sequel last updated July 2011. Sequel might be a Dead Fic.

One Small Kindness by DigitalTart
  • Recommended by BlackAlchemist, Trickdice, Kaiserin Kai, Komodo Classic
  • Synopsis: Uchiha Mikoto takes the hand of an outcast child, and with it rewrites the destiny of her clan. AU.
  • Has a sequel listed above, Daybreak: Part I.
  • Status: Complete.

One Small Step by Shawny Wong
  • Recommended by Chuckg, Arcane Azmadi
  • Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
  • Synopsis: AU where Naruto and Hinata become childhood friends at age 7, very early in their tenure in the Ninja Academy.
  • Animated: Fanart donations have led to Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of this fic being available as webcomics. Pure cuteness.
  • Status: Last updated Sep 2008. Dead.

People Lie by Nugar AU
  • Recommended by Gamma Wolf, XanderK, boonerunner, Ack Sed, JasonCarter, amatakamata, Kraesil, feral
  • Pairings: Naruto/Hinata
  • Synopsis: Lies have power. They can change a simple-minded believer into a two-faced schemer and a timid follower into a fanatical devotee. They can change a child angry at the world into a man consumed by more than vengeance. But that power is a lie as well.
  • Status: Last updated Jul 2010. Dead until further notice, as well as all stories in the series, but the author is still available.

Perfect Pair by mysterious-mask
  • Recommended by TropeKira, Lionheart0
  • Synopsis: An AU fanfic that has Naruto adopted by the Haruno family. The series starts before the events of the anime, depicts the events of part 1 and 2 differently as wll.
  • Status: Complete.

The Point of Divergence by EliadS
  • Recommended by Judge King, Memotauro
  • Pairings: Naruto/Ino
  • Sypnosis: Sasuke died during the battle in the Land of the Waves and the Narutoverse is changed forever. But how radically will one divergence in fate effect the entire Shinobi world? Read and find out. AU, Slight NaruIno, Spoilers from the advanced mangaverse.
  • Status : Complete with 32 chapters. Sequel might be a Dead Fic.

Rebirth by KenshinAkagi
  • Recommended by: FTG Minato
  • Status: Ongoing. Last updated 12 May 2014.
  • Synopsis: (Copied from summary) Princess Kaguya failed to bring peace. Hagoromo failed to seal the Juubi. Madara never met Hashirama. How can all of these changes, seemingly minor on their own, affect the lives of everyone in the ninja world? Can Naruto, as a new Sage, spread Peace to a world ruled by clans and war? Story will get much darker. MASSIVE AU. Rinnegan!Naruto.

The Reflection of Oneself by The White Wanderer
  • Recommended by: Atryru
  • Pairings: Hints of multiple parings, but focuses on the plot
  • Synopsis: Naruto dies while fighting Sasuke at the Valley of the End and has his DNA stolen by Kabuto for the sake of cloning. Thirteen years later a repentant Sasuke finds himself serving as the Big Brother Mentor for the last remaining clone, Nanikato.
  • Status: Discontinued.

The Reluctant Hokage by Aishuu.
  • Recommended by Sheliak, Unclouded TJ, ahiijny
  • Synopsis: The Sandaime Hokage finds an alternative to ordering the Uchiha Massacre. Each chapter focuses on a different character's reaction to the new Godaime Hokage, Itachi.
  • Status: Last updated September 2011. Possibly dead.

Rise Of Naruto: Shinigami's Touch by Matrix Explosion
  • Recommended by Gore 17
  • Pairings: Naru/Hina/Moko(OC)
  • Synopsis: There are three tiers of power in the universe; Humans, Demons, and Gods. Jinchuuriki have been created to harness the power of demons. Yet, nobody has been able to successfully harness even a fraction of the power of a god — until now. How was the Kyuubi actually sealed? The Yondaime may have used the Shiku Fuujin, but even he doesn't have enough chakra to match Kyuubi. So he did the only thing he could — use the power and chakra of a God.
  • Status: Last updated July 26 2013.

Rise of the Uchiha by AlphaEph19
  • Recommended by Chaosjunction, Grand Prince Paul II, Kraesil, winternightingale
  • Pairings: None yet
  • Synopsis: In a world where the Uchiha clan, led by Uchiha Madara successfully takes over Konoha, Itachi and Sasuke leave the village, with Itachi vowing to return to save it. Jiraiya smuggles Kiba, Shikamaru, Ino, Sakura, Chouji and Shino to Suna, where they befriend a young Gaara and his siblings. Meanwhile Naruto grows up as Madara's son and heir.
  • Status: Active, last updated 28 Sep 2015.

Rising Star by dead witch (Implied Noncon)
  • Recommended by kakatana59
  • Synopsis: Another "what if" story... What if Naruto had made contact with the Kyuubi when he was younger? What if there was no ban on Naruto's origins to the younger generation? A very good read, though it tends to be wordy, especially in the first real arc. A touching NaruHina at times. Rated M for a reason, though. Getting close to epic length, though not quite there yet.
  • Status: Currently on indefinite hold due to serious issues in the author's life; he left a "so long for now" message on Christmas Day, 2013, after 41 chapters.
  • I am the author of Rising Star, and I can safely say that it's not dead. It's been a very long year, but I should have a new chapter by the end of January 2015. Keep your eyes peeled.

Sage by ''Digitize27
  • Recommended by Lord Herobrine
  • Synopsis: When Naruto is given a gift considered legendary even in a world where walking on water is a daily occurrence for some, will it lead him on a path towards peace or will the consequences of said gift leave a hole in his heart too large to fill?
  • Status: Active, last updated 10 Apr 2014.
  • Parings: Naruto/Fuu
  • Tags: Adventure/Romance/Drama. "M" rating.

The Scorned Son by Calanor
  • Recommended by Lustheron, ahiijny
  • Synopsis: They say hell hath no wrath like a woman scorned, but the wrath of a scorned son comes pretty close. The day his brother massacred the Uchiha clan, Sasuke shrugged. None of those people cared about him anyway. Years later he tries to leave his clan's shadow as a loyal shinobi of Konoha.
  • Status: Last updated September 2012.

Scorpion Disciple by nobody102
  • Recommended by: Quote Marx, Bored Australian, Unclouded TJ
  • Synopsis: AU. Orochimaru's resignation from Akatsuki is more intense than in canon, resulting in a meeting between young Naruto and Sasori. Currently halfway through the Chunin Exam arc.
  • Status: Abandoned with summary at the end of fourteen long chapters.

Senju Naruto by Baal of Yarns
  • Recommended by AkatsukiDaybreak, Psalm of Fire, boonerunner
  • Pairings: Naruto/Temari or Naruto/Tenten
  • Synopsis: An AU fic in which Tsunade is Naruto's mother, with an exploration into how Naruto would turn out raised outside of Konoha with a Sannin mother and a bloodline competing with the demon inside of him.
  • Status: Last updated May 2009. Dead.

Shinkirou by chibi heishi
  • Recommended by: Komodo Classic
  • Synopsis: (from AU. When the Sandaime fell, a nightmare descended upon Konoha. But on the day the nightmare began, no one noticed that one teacher's aid and a few young children disappeared. That simple fact may be the only hope Konoha has left.
  • Summary: Hinata's attempted kidnapping sparks a war in which the Sandaime is killed, and Danzo becomes the Hokage. Iruka manages to get several children out of Konoha, and they become a secret resistance. Lots of Rookie Nine action in this one.
  • Status: Complete, with unfinished sequel last updated in 2013.

Sinister Chakra by williams5505
  • Recommended by litewarior
  • Pairings: Naruto/Hinata
  • Synopsis: When the Fourth Hokage sealed the Kyuubi into Naruto, Madara got sealed into him as well. Also, Hinata isn't a Hyuuga, but a Senju adopted by the clan.
  • Status: Last updated September 5, 2014. Active.

Something to Die For, by Macavity the Mystery Cat
  • Recommended by anowack, Kraesil, Komodo Classic
  • Pairings:
  • Synopsis: A well-written and unique (to this troper's knowledge) take on the "Team Seven has a different teacher" genre, with Morino Ibiki, head of ANBU's torture and interrogation squad, as the teacher.
  • Status: Last updated Jul 2010. Dead.

Stopping the Storm by chibi heishi
  • Recommended by: Komodo Classic
  • Summary: Life as an Academy instructor isn't easy, with civilians afraid of you, parents complaining to you and students or friends pulling dangerous 'pranks'... Oh yes, and ANBU running around trying to find the traitors who intend to let in an enemy army. Fun.
  • Comments: Iruka-centric.
  • Status: Complete.

Sugar Plums by Soundless Sleep
  • Recommended by: Blood Plum
  • Synopsis: A self-insert fanfiction of the Dreaming of Sunshine style set in the Dreaming of Sunshine universe but not in Konoha. The main protagonist is a reincarnated girl who has to survive the trials and horrors of life living in Kirigakure, the Village Hidden in the Mist.
  • Comments: Very OC, lots of worldbuilding for Kirigakure.
  • Status: Ongoing, Very Active Update Rate

Suiren, by Eimii
  • Recommended by anowack, Clendy 82
  • Pairings: Anko/Sakura
  • Synopsis: One of the best Sakura-focused fanfics out there, diverging during the Chuunin Exam when Sakura decides to actually do something during the wait for the final part of the exam, and (eventually) winds up attracting the attention of Mitarashi Anko.
  • Status: Dead. Last updated Aug 2008.

The Tale of Nagato Uzumaki by YAXON
  • Recommended by JohnPeacekeeper
  • Pairing: Nagato x Konan, Obito x Rin, Yahiko x Pakura Minato x Kushina, Kakashi x Anko
  • Synopsis: After training the three Orphans from Rain to defend themselves adequately, Jiraiya returns home, confident that they will change the future of the world. Poor Jiraiya has no idea how true that will be, because the Ame Trio doesn't want to part ways. What changes will be brought about when Nagato, Yahiko, and Konan become Shinobi of the Leaf...?
  • Status: Active; last updated on August 8, 2014.
  • Comments: As the synopsis suggests, in this universe, Nagato, Konan, and Yahiko make the small decision to follow Jiraiya home to the Hidden Leaf Village, and from that point, the entire shinobi history of two generations is rewritten. Nagato not becoming Pain is a given, but the story is not all happiness from then on. The story makes excellent use of Equivalent Exchange: Tsunade is no longer accounted for and has no reason to return; while the Land of Rain allies with the Hidden Leaf Village, relations with some of the other Great Five lands worsen; the Uchiha clan is spared from destruction, but Root is completely wiped out, leaving the Leaf a little more vulnerable in some aspects; and Shisui of the Body Flicker takes Obito�s place as Madara�s extension. On top of this, some inevitabilities still occur, such as Orochimaru�s defection, Madara�s plan for the Infinite Tsukuyomi with his own group, the Moon�s Eye, Nagato discovering the power of the Six Paths, Minato and Kushina STILL sacrificing themselves to seal Kurama into their newly born son, and Naruto and Sasuke still being the reincarnations of Indra and Asura, to name a few. What really makes the story interesting is how some existences can influence one another in such a way that changes their paths, and yet keeps them very consistent with how their canon selves would be. It is also almost completely free of any sort of Original Character, and those that do appear have minimal importance�almost the entire cast has existed somewhere in the manga or anime, some more obscurely than others. The story is well written and easy to read while also dynamic and well balanced between humor, action, angst, among other tones, and transitions between them believably, not unlike canon Naruto. Of note, there are actually two heroes of this tale�while Nagato is the protagonist, Naruto (as deuteragonist) is still the same as he has always been, minus an extremely painful childhood. It�s a fairly recent work in need of some love, so I highly recommend this if you want a fic that is up to date with what has been revealed in canon up to now.

Tale of the Setting Sun by PK Samurai
  • Recommended by: transparentanswer
  • Sypnosis: Naruto was born with hair as red as his mother's but with a face and intellect that paralleled his father, the Fourth Hokage. Will the revolution he brings be the world's salvation or destruction?
  • Status: Dormant.

A Teachers Glory by Larry Huss
  • Recommended by: Angelform, Leid, Mcnickel, Frodo Lives, Kraesil, Kaiserin Kai
  • Synopsis: Kakashi demonstrates why you shouldn't order a team of miniature assassins to come at you with intent to kill and then not take them seriously. Anko demonstrates how to train a team of messed up miniature assassins.
  • Status: Last updated 19 Aug 2013. The planned sequel has been cancelled due to the death of the author.

Team 7's Ascension by Eilyfe.
  • Recommended by Leid, Komodo Classic
  • Pairings: None
  • Synopsis: To Kakashi, the Genin of Team 7 were morons of the highest order. Despite that, he still saw the potential in each of them and he'd be damned before he let it go to waste. Features a strong Kakashi, a less forgiving Sandaime, and three terrified Genin. [AU]
  • Comments: Absolutely fantastic. Has some dark elements and goes into detail about the harsher side of shinobi life.
  • Status: Complete, with a sequel on the way.

Team 8 by S'TarKan.

That Most Heinous of Crimes by Andrew Joshua Talon
  • Recommended by Frodo Lives
  • Status: Last update July 2011
  • Pairings: OC/Anko, Naruto/Hinata
  • Synopsis: Team 7 is led by Andoryuu, the Spider Sage. Due to a series of unexpected events involving a spider summon, cross-team training, and a soccer ball, Team 7 end up having adventures on the Plane of Spiders.

Tis Femina by Sythe
  • Recommended by Nogoodnms, Kraesil
  • Status: Ongoing - Updates can take time. Last Updated November 18, 2014.
  • Pairings: Eventual Fem!Naruto/Hashirama Senju
  • Synopsis: 'Naruto had gone to his last battle with Madara fully prepared to die with his enemy. He did not think he'd be manipulated by old toad sages and thrown to the far past. He did not expect to wake up in the Senju clan compound either.' Basically, Naruto becomes a girl and gets teleported back in time to when Hashirama was a young man, before he became the badass he is considered in Konoha's history. Warning: This fic is not for the immature. Not because there's a lot of sex, but because there are some things that are just incomprehensible to younger readers. It is very, very dark.
  • Comments: The Naruto fandom has a lot of fem!Naruto fics. Of the one where Naruto was originally male and not a girl to begin with, this is the only one I know of that actually explores it in-depth, with a plausible reason, and not just the GAH-JUTSU-GONE-WRONG-I-HAZ-BOOBS-NAO part. Also notable for a less-than-stellar portrayal of Senju Hashirama. (In other words, non-canon portrayal.)

To Shape and Change by This-is-not-a-FanFiction
  • Recommended by The Roaming Shadow
  • Pairings: None
  • Synopsis: After helplessly watching the murder of his son by the hands of the civilians he had sworn to protect, Minato Namikaze breaks inside. When the god of Death, Shinigami, offers the chance to walk among the living once more, he accepts. Only catch is, he has to live in the body of his son, Naruto Uzumaki. How will the world change with the Yellow Flash taking his sons place?
  • Status: Ongoing, last updated April 22, 2014.

True Potential by DryBonesKing
  • Recommended by transparentanswer
  • Status: Ongoing.
  • Pairings: NaruHina, Shikamaru/Kurotsuchi (Potentially)
  • Sypnosis: One discussion in the academy introduces Naruto to his first real friends and changes his life forever. Together, they will work hard, push each other, and unlock their true potential. NaruHina
  • Comments: The nail is that Naruto's much closer friendship with Shikamaru and Hinata puts them in an entirely different team unlike the common "Naruto is in Team 8/Team 10" cliche, which is quiet a fresh change from the "Naruto is in a different team" cliches. And due to this, they were able to get in an alliance with Iwa much faster than canon, partly by befriending Han. The author writes the characters well so please do read it out. It's also one of the few NaruHina fics where Hiashi didn't completely follow Fanon interpretations and where Sasuke and Sakura aren't bashed thoroughly.

Two Halves, by DameWren
  • Recommended by Dragontrapper
  • Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
  • Synopsis: A NaruHina Pairing fic where Naruto, instead of training with Jiraiya by himself, goes to train with a former student of Tsunade with Hinata for the three years. The entire story takes place in a region to the west of the Ninja regions.
  • Status: Complete.

Uchiha Obito Ghost by Namikaze Artemis
  • Recommended by narutoxhinata09, luciamalpense, LaughterMostInsane
  • Pairings : None
  • Synopsis : Naruto isn't exactly alone anymore. A ghost came back to help him along. A ghost named Uchiha Obito. With Obito's help, Konoha's not going to know what hit them.
  • Comments: Komodo Classic: The execution isn't the best, but the story itself is very interesting. Maybe not everyone is always in character, but it's fun to read nonetheless.
  • Status: Abandoned after 69 chapters.

Unmasked by WiseMan24
  • Recommended by Danny 007, WalkingOedipus
  • Synopsis: Taken directly from the summary: Minato didn't know that when he shattered Tobi's mask in his fight, he set in motion a series of events that would shake the very foundations of the Shinobi world. AU.
  • Pairing: Naruto/Hinata.
  • Comments: The author paints the scenario of what could've happened had Minato broken Tobi's mask in their brief fight. The best Obito and Orochimaru characterization I've seen on, but YMMV as the author does change a lot of things from canon.
    • WalkingOedipus: Seconded, as of now it's really really good- I hope it stays this way- and a breath of fresh air in the stale Naruto fanfiction section. Orochimaru is a Magnificent Bastard, but I like it.
  • Status: WIP, last updated August 2013.

Uprooted by Orrunan
  • Recommended by: Quotemarx, Blitz Blast, Kaiserin Kai, Komodo Classic
  • Synopsis: (from author's summary) "Naruto makes a good shinobi, but a lousy weapon. Danzo has finally managed to connive Naruto into Root, or so he believes. Naruto, who will now be within reach of his emotionally inept, traumatized, fanatical devotees. What on earth was he thinking?"
  • Status: Complete

Vulpine by Saphroneth
  • Recommended by: Unclouded TJ, Kraesil, Kaiserin Kai
  • Synopsis: (from author's summary) "Not entirely serious story. So, performing a summoning technique without a contract lands you with your most appropriate summon? Naruto sees someone summoning while still in the academy, and gives it a go."
  • Comments: Mcnickel: Reads less like a story and more like an analysis of how The Stations of the Canon are changed by Naruto getting a summons at an early age. Still, its a good read, at the very least for time killing. Complete at around 100,000 words.
    • Komodo Classic: Hilarious. It has the same type of absurd humor as It's For A Good Cause, I Swear! over on the Peggy Sue page, too, so if you liked that one, this one is definitely worth a read.
  • Status: Complete.

The Way of the Apartment Manager by Elizabeth Culmer
  • Recommended by Universalperson, Kraesil, Kaiserin Kai, Komodo Classic
  • Synopsis: Typical AU where an OC adopts Naruto. Only it ends up being much more than that.
  • Status: Complete. The sequel just updated in May 2010 after a 2 1/2-year hiatus.

Where the Heart Is by Shana the Short
  • Recommended by Dellanotte
  • Pairings: Little tease, despite the abundance of pretty boys.
  • Synopsis: "Well, he did just give you his first born son, after all." In which a ten-year-old Sakura is, along with her extended family, left with the care of her big brother's baby boy. Naturally, the increased responsibility leads to a few changes.
  • Status: Last updated October 2012. Possibly dead.

The Whims of Fate The Possibilities of Time, Book I by Not Quite a Drifter
  • Recommended by KantonKage, Unclouded TJ
  • Pairings: NaruHina Ship Tease
  • Synopsis: What if Naruto had developed a completely different personality? What if the first to enter the world had been Neji's father instead of Hinata's? Even the simplest of fate's whims can change the course of history...
  • Status: Dead, last updated December 2011.

Whirlpools Among the Eddies by CRed1988
  • Recommended by Leid
  • Pairings: Naruto x Karin Ship Tease
  • Synopsis:Leaves spiral in the soft eddy as Naruto meets Karin in the Forest of Death. From that moment on, the two bearing the Clan name carried with them the fate of the Uzumaki and would be forever entwined.
  • Comments: A fic where Karin Uzumaki is saved not by Sasuke, but by Naruto Uzumaki in the Forest of Death. The revelation that she has family leads to her attempting to connect with him during the month of the Chuunin Exams while acting as a spy for Orochimaru.
  • Status: Ongoing as of November 2015

Who I Am by TwinTrouble
  • Recommended by kjjejones42, Blitz Blast, USA Bobcat, Kraesil, ahiijny
  • Pairings: None as of yet
  • Synopsis: Naruto has been keeping dangerous secrets for years. A long-forgotten dream that just won't die, an ally he shouldn't know and a friend no one thought he had are what keep him going. Graduating is the least of his problems...
  • Status: Dead, sadly. Last update was in 2011.

Will of Fire, Heart of Stone by DisobedienceWriter
  • Recommended by: Much Good Little Time and Jason Carter, Kraesil
  • Pairings: None really that come to mind; this fic seems to have set canon so thoroughly on its ear that you really have to wonder whether or not your OTP is actually going to happen or not.
  • Synopsis: The Hokage faces a terrible potential crisis when the Village Council spreads news of the young jinchuuriki, Naruto. The world changes when a more attentive, forceful Sandaime rears his head and takes back full control of his village. Sarutobi-centric.
  • Comments: Warning for YMMV. This story is dark, even compared to the violence filled Naruto world, and has several very disturbing elements.
  • Status: Last updated August 2012.

Worth Dying For by Shadow Rebirth
  • Recomended by Mcnickel, Kraesil
  • Synopsis: My name is Uzumaki Naruto. I am a shinobi by profession, an advisor by chance, and a warmonger according to my enemies. My story started with a death god, ended with an empire, and struck up a revolution somewhere along the way.
  • Status: Active. Last updated 26 of April, 2014.