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''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6778627/1/ And then suddenly, Ninjas!]]'' by The Sage of Toads
* Recommended by: Andrew J. Talon, @/UncloudedTJ, @/{{Mcnickel}}, Duckling
* Status: Dormant
* 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.
* Notes: Written by the author of ''Fanfic/BeautifulDestroyerSailorMoon'', ''FanFic/TheKeyToASuccessfulInterview'' and ''Fanfic/TheMerryKillers''.
[=[[reviews:AndThenSuddenlyNinjas]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3524043/1/ The Art of the Deal]]'' by [=Case13=]
* Recommended by: @/{{Kajeet}}, boonerunner, @/{{arrowstorm}}, Kraesil, @/{{Robinton}}
* Status: Dead
* 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 [[spoiler: 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
[=[[reviews:TheArtOfTheDeal]]=]

''[[http://www.branchandroot.net/archive/category/naruto/avalanche/ Avalanche]]'' by branchandroot
* Recommended by: Sheliak, boonerunner, Kraesil
* Status: ?
* 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.
[=[[reviews:Avalanche]]=]

''Fanfic/BetterLeftUnsaid'' by [=Kenchi618=]
* Recommended by: @/UncloudedTJ
* Status: Ongoing
* 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?
* Pairing: Naruto/Ino
[=[[reviews:BetterLeftUnsaid]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10604168/1/ Birth of a Ninja]]'' by Captain Enigma
* Recommended by: lightace
* Status: Dead
* 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
[=[[reviews:BirthOfANinja]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3776405/1/ Blind]]'' by [=Tazaki4=]
* Recommended by: @/{{Donomni}}
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: A new twist on the classic Naruto ForWantOfANail story. Two changes occur in the first three years of the story. Hiashi is Naruto's caretaker and Hinata's kidnapping attempt is partially... successful.
* Comment: A ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fic that's one of ''many'' (read "thousands of") ForWantOfANail stories made regarding the series. What makes it stand out is how a single theft not only [[spoiler:causes a war]] but also [[spoiler:produces a bunch of mutant humans that make up a large portion of the enemy army, all looking like something out of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'']].
[=[[reviews:Blind]]=]

''Fanfic/{{Blind}}'' by [=ObsidianSickle=]
* Recommended by: Kurtulmak, @/{{Nitramy}}
* Status: Complete
* 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.
* Pairing: Sasuke/Sakura
[=[[reviews:Blind]]=]

''FanFic/ButterflyChild'' by [=KlonoaDreams=]
* Recommended by: Mellini Mintini
* Status: Ongoing
* 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 irony...so 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, [[spoiler: 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]].
[=[[reviews:ButterflyChild]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10787589/1/ The Butterfly Effect]]'' by Euphoria Ranger
* Recommended by: Itsuki Shiro
* Status: Ongoing
* 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 [[spoiler: 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]].
[=[[reviews:TheButterlyEffect]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3775026/1/ Butterfly Wings]]'' Bjorn
* Recommended by: capeclare
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:ButterflyWings]]=]

''FanFic/CatchYourBreath'' by Lang Noi
* Recommended by: Mellini Mintini
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
* Comments: Inspired by ''Fanfic/DreamingOfSunshine'', ''Catch Your Breath'' is a self-insert that manages to be something more than just a blind copy of the genre.
[=[[reviews:CatchYourBreath]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7877612/1/ Chasing a Legend]]'' by Voiceofsummer
* Recommended by: [=KtheCloud=]
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
[=[[reviews:ChasingALegend]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11267384/1/ Chiaroscuro]]'' by boomvroomshroom
* Recommended by: mothaibabon
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
[=[[reviews:Chiaroscuro]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3817829/1/ Clash in the Land of Snow: Legacy Version]]'' by [=FictionReader98=]
* Recommended by: FLCNPNCH, Ramenth, Jomlos, [=ZeroXSEED=]
* Status: Dormant
* Synopsis: It's Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow - adapted to the Legacy of the Rasengan universe!
[=[[reviews:ClashInTheLandOfSnow]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5831241/1/ The Cost of Living]]'' by livezinshadowz
* Recommended by: Zeronos Vega
* Status: Complete
* 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.
* Notes: Has two sequels, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10018620/1/ Checkmate]]'' and ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11050676/1/ Blitzkrieg]]''.
[=[[reviews:TheCostOfLiving]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5450759/1/ Curse of a Hanyou, Love of an Angel]]'' by Saemon
* Recommended by: Supernatural
* Status: Dead
* 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?
* Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
[=[[reviews:CurseOfAHanyouLoveOfAnAngel]]=]

''FanFic/CuttingLoose'' by Chengar Qordath
* Recommended by: Chuckg, @/{{Zeful}}, Life of Pi
* Status: Dead
* 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...
[=[[reviews:CuttingLoose]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7822195/1/ Danzo's Team]]'' by [=Kosmos00=]
* Recommended by: lostcargo, @/UncloudedTJ, Kraesil
* Status: Dead
* Synopsis: A what-if fan fiction where Danzo coerces the third hokage into making him the team sensei for team seven.
* Comments: 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 [=Shadenight123=], for example.
[=[[reviews:DanzosTeam]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9668429/1/ Dawn's Sage]]'' by Panory Bro
* Recommended by: [=FTGMinato=]
* Status: Completed
* 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.
[=[[reviews:DawnsSage]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7478793/1/ Daybreak: Part I]]'' by [=DigitalTart=]
* Recommended by: Komuro, @/KaiserinKai, @/{{Robinton}}
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: A sequel to ''Fanfic/OneSmallKindness'' 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?
* Notes: [[OrphanedSeries Its sequel was cancelled.]]
[=[[reviews:DaybreakPartI]]=]

''Fanfic/DeadGarden'' by [[@/{{Anowack}} Aaron Nowack]]
* Recommended by: spacemonkey37, @/ArcaneAzmadi, Nshosha, Kraesil, ahiijny
* Status: Dead
* 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.
* Notes: Drafts and discussions can be found [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showthread.php?t=196459 here]].
[=[[reviews:DeadGarden]]=]

''FanFic/DejaVuNoJutsu'' by Vixen Tail
* Recommended by: Aki-no-hikari, aightaight, Me Myself And I, [=MizuKitsune10=], Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Complete
* 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.
* Notes: Has a collection of side stories, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10700648/1/ Neko-chan's Pawprints]]'', that goes over various scenes requested by reviewers that weren't shown in the main fic.
* Comments: 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/OC/[=AUs=] (and this troper should know, they don't really like them themselves), Vixen pulls it off incredibly well.
[=[[reviews:DejaVuNoJutsu]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4131566/1/ The Demon in the Hyuga Clan]]'' by Dark Sword Mage
* Recommended by: @/AkatsukiDaybreak, [=ThatIrishReader=]
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: As its name suggests, its a Main/WhatIf 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
* 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 MarySue 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 ''Fanfic/Team8'', another [=NaruHina=] 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.
[=[[reviews:TheDemonInTheHyugaClan]]=]

''Fanfic/DestinyIsAHazyThing'' by Calanor
* Recommended by: Priopraxis
* Status: Dormant
* 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
[=[[reviews:DestinyIsAHazyThing]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8864982/1/ Devil's Advocate]]'' by livezinshadowz
* Recommended by: Leid, Zeronos Vega
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
[=[[reviews:DevilsAdvocate]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4061318/1/ Diary of a Madman: Memoirs of a Nukenin]]'' by Bloodreaver Alpha
* Recommended by: eternalentity
* Status: Dead
* 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?
* Pairing: Naruto/Yugito
[=[[reviews:DiaryOfAMadmanMemoirsOfANukenin]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2405426/1/ The Difference A Moment Makes ]]'' by Sessy-sama
* Recommended by: [=Littlegal100=]
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
[=[[reviews:TheDifferenceAMomentMakes]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/10680926/1/ Divergences]]'' by Praegressus
* Recommended by: Semil Ejoka
* Status: Ongoing
* Synopsis: 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.
* 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.
[=[[reviews:Divergences]]=]

''FanFic/DreamingOfSunshine'' by Silver Queen
* Recommended by: Kalvan, spacemonkey37, star trail, Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Ongoing
* Synopsis: Life as a ninja. It starts with confusion and terror and doesn't get any better from there. OC Self-insert.
* Comments: Incredibly good, this fic is most likely the reason behind the recent surge of Naruto OC [=SIs=]. Suffice to say, pretty much none of them live up to their inspiration.
[=[[reviews:DreamingOfSunshine]]=]

''FanFic/{{Drifting}}'' by [=AlphaDelta1001=]
* Recommended by: deadman2020, @/{{Mcnickel}}, @/{{Wint}}, @/KaiserinKai
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Harem
[=[[reviews:Drifting]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4573620/1/ A Drop of Poison]]'' by Angel of Snapdragons
* Recommended by: Angel Form, Mcnickel, ahiijny, @/{{Robinton}}
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
[=[[reviews:ADropOfPoison]]=]

''FanFic/{{Echoes}}'' by Kagaseo
* Recommended by: [=ChessKindred=], @/StormOfScript, AQZT
* Status: Ongoing
* 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 [[SternChase followed]] by [[BigBadDuumvirate very unpleasant people]]...
[=[[reviews:Echoes]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6257660/1/ Eternal Legends: Konoha's Transcendent Ninja]]'' by Arashi the Solar Phoenix
* Recommended by: [=TacticalFox88=]
* Status: Dormant
* 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. GrowsTheBeard around chapter three or four and hooks you in and doesn't let go.
* Pairing: Sasuke/Sakura
[=[[reviews:EternalLegendsKonohasTranscendentNinja]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3235630/1/ Everyday]]'' by angel puppeteer
* Recommended by: pika09, @/{{Cinderflame}}
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: Sasuke orders Sakura to marry him. She agrees, but only upon the condition that he must first spend a day without her. [[FromBadToWorse It got worse.]]
* Pairing: Sasuke/Sakura
* Notes: Has a companion story, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3242113/1/ A Day]]''.
[=[[reviews:Everyday]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3794957/1/ Existence]]'' by [=Denim88=]
* Recommended by: @/REV6Pilot
* Status: Dead
* 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Temari
[=[[reviews:Existence]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5661555/1/ Expectations of Development]]'' by kiraiakuma
* Recommended by: @/{{Nitramy}}, boonerunner
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:ExpectationsOfDevelopment]]=]

''Fanfic/FirstTrySeries'' by Creator/{{Lucillia}}
* Recommended by: Koneko Otome, @/UncloudedTJ, Kraesil, @/KaiserinKai
* Status: Dormant
* Synopsis:
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7033987/1/ First Try]]'' Due to a quirk of fate, Naruto passes the Academy Graduation Exam on his [[TitleDrop first try]]. Because of this, his life takes an interesting turn before he joins Team 7 after Kakashi poaches him from his sensei. (Complete)
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7043747/1/ First Try: Team 7]]'' With Naruto's teammates having made Chunin and there being an odd number of graduates from the Academy that year, Kakashi uses the opportunity to steal an unwilling Naruto from his sensei and place him on his new Genin team. Thus, a wiser and more experienced Naruto is forced onto a team he hadn't wanted to join in the first place. However, as they say, ''Those who break the rules are trash. Those who abandon their teammates are worse than trash.'' (Complete)
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7715439/1/ First Try: Shippuden]]'' It has been three years since Team 7 broke apart and each member went their own way. Now, the Akatsuki are on the move, as is Orochimaru. Problems at home abound as well. (Dormant)
[=[[reviews:FirstTrySeries]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1978502/1/ A Fox and a Shark Walk into a Bar]]'' by Gigabomb
* Recommended by: Bon Us
* Status: Dead
* Synopsis: 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.
[=[[reviews:AFoxAndASharkWalkIntoABar]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2422718/1/ Fox Identity]]'': by Arkhe
* Recommended by: Antiguo Nonun
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:FoxIdentity]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4307275/1/ Fox of Konoha]]'' by [=CrazyLikeAnko=]
* Recommended by: da fox22, Blue Magicite
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:FoxOfKonoha]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6097762/1/ Geniuses of Hard Work]]'' by froznfox72
* Recommended by: [=ShadesofGrey18=], @/UncloudedTJ, mumismatist
* Status: Complete
* 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?
* Pairings: Naruto/Hinata
[=[[reviews:GeniusesOfHardWork]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4068154/1/ The Genius Losers of Konoha]]'' by Stigma
* Recommended by: @/{{Donomni}}
* Status: Dead
* Synopsis: This is what happens when someone writes Naruto and Hinata to be {{Teen Genius}}es (And [[TheRival 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.
[=[[reviews:TheGeniusLosersOfKonoha]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3541463/1/ Genius of Konoha]]'' by Mrriddler
* Recommended by: @/{{RedViking}}, Kraesil
* Status: Dead
* Synopsis: An arguably dark fic that answers the question: What would things be like if Naruto were a [[ThePlan plan-loving]] MagnificentBastard willing to do anything to keep Konoha safe instead of his canon, idealistic self?
* Comments: Be forewarned: AnyoneCanDie.
[=[[reviews:Genius Of Konoha]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8116183/1/ Ghost]]'' by Onmysignalunleashwords
* Recommended by: Blue Stranger
* Status: Complete
* 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?
* 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.
[=[[reviews:Ghost]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3883902/1/ The Ghost and the Darkness]]'' by Kirsdarkenvar
* Recommended by: Cherico, Serbii, @/AkatsukiDaybreak, @/VoidHerald, Kraesil
* Status: Dead
* Synopsis: Sasuke meets Naruto after the Uchiha massacre. Naruto has issues and they end up having a codependent relationship.
[=[[reviews:TheGhostAndTheDarkness]]=]

''Fanfic/{{Glory2}}'' by Eiruiel
* Recommended by: Vyse Vyrtue
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
[=[[reviews:Glory]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9672103/1/ The Guardian]]'' by [=SGTBrowncoat=]
* Recommeneded by: @/Ricochet2002
* Status: Complete
* 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.
* Pairing: Itachi/Hana
* Notes: Has a sequel, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10336644/1/ Fall of the Guardian]]''.
[=[[reviews:TheGuardian]]=]

''FanFic/{{Hakumei}}'' by Pryotra
* Recommended by: @/{{Cinderflame}}, Jomlos, @/USABobcat, @/KaiserinKai, [=Icyicy00=], ahiijny
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: A ForWantOfANail that takes the WhatIf '''[[RightWingMilitiaFanatic Danzo's]] [[MoralEventHorizon bastardry]] [[UpToEleven taken to its logical extreme]]'''. [[spoiler: Danzo kills the Sandaime and [[ReignOfTerror takes over the village.]]]] Unfortunately, he didn't count on six neglected children to see him.
* Notes: Has a sequel, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11457678/1/ Hakumei: Kakumei]]''.
[=[[reviews:Hakumei]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3341014/1/ Hell's Radiance]]'' by Angel of the Godless
* Recomended by: [=MissTikilicious=]
* Status: Complete
* 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 [[spoiler: 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Sakura
[=[[reviews:HellsRadiance]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5498273/1/ The Hope of the Senju Clan]]'' by Aragon Potter
* Recomended by: autopanda
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
[=[[reviews:TheHopeOfTheSenjuClan]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4451412/1/ Houses of the Holy]]'' by [=HowdyU=]
* Recommended by: av12971, Kraesil
* Status: Dead
* 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?
* Pairing: Naruto/Yugito
[=[[reviews:HousesOfTheHoly]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8326169/1/ How to Win Friends, Influence People]]'' and the sequel [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9970278/1/How-to-Think-Without-Thinking How to Think Without Thinking]] by sparrowette
* Recommended by: Lustheron, @/KaiserinKai, {{@/Robinton}}
* Status: Complete and Dead, respectively
* 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.
[=[[reviews:HowToWinFriendsInfluencePeople]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8550403/1/ The Howling Wind]]'' by [=JMenance=]
* Recommended by: Kraesil
* Status: Dormant
* 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?
[=[[reviews:TheHowlingWind]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5207262/1/ Indomitable]]'' by [=ShaperV=]
* Recommended by: @/KhymChanur, @/UncloudedTJ
* Status: Dormant
* 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Harem
[=[[reviews:Indomitable]]=]

''Fanfic/{{Introverted}}'' by [=Shadenight123=]
* Recommended by: The Roaming Shadow, Leidolf, Kraesil
* Status: Complete
* 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 [[spoiler: Teuchi Ichiraku's death]]. This Fic practically updates Daily.
[=[[reviews:Introverted]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9313254/1/ Iryo-nin Kasa]]'' by Vaengir
* Recommended by: Hollownerox
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
* Notes: Has a companion story, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10104920/1/ Cheating Fate]]''.
* 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 that is from Obito's perspective of events, revealing that not only is the story a self-insert, but a PeggySue 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.
[=[[reviews:IryoninKasa]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2580061/1/ Juniper]]'' by Agent Spielplatz
* Recommended by: orpheus-izanagi, Kraesil, @/KomodoClassic
* Staus: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:Juniper]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6309413/ Kagemane Complete]]'' by Anbu-Dave
* Recommended by: @/KhymChanur
* Status: Dormant
* 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.
* Pairing: Shikamaru/Anko
* 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.
** @/KomodoClassic: 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 [[WhamEpisode wham chapters]] that completely change the story up.
[=[[reviews:KagemaneComplete]]=]

''FanFic/KakashisKid'' by Silimaira
* Recommended by: Ripplefish
* Status: Ongoing
* Synopsis: I wasn't asking, but then this guy with gray hair seemed to think he'd found an answer... OC SI.
* Comments: A self-insert fic with excellent characterization, humor, wit, and plot.
[=[[reviews:KakashisKid]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4693530/1/ Konoha: Naruto's Playground]]'' by [=MegaB=]
* Recommended by: Kurtulmak, @/KaiserinKai
* Status: Complete
* 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.
[=[[reviews:KonohaNarutosPlayground]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3122801/1/ Konoha's Legacy: An Alternate Version]]'' by The Gemini Project
* Recommended by: [=Clendy82=]
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:KonohasLegacyAnAlternateVersion]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5374005/1/ Kumogakure Ninja]]'' by Iron Monkey Fist
* Recommended by: [=FellowNerd=]
* Status: Dead
* 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Yugito
[=[[reviews:KumogakureNinja]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4194164/1/ The Lavender Beast of Konoha]]'' by Mark Hoherty
* Recommended by: capeclare, Dermonster
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:TheLavenderBeastOfKonoha]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2099569/1/ The Lazy Uchiha]]'' by [=Hibiki54=]
* Recommended by [=CrowKenobi=]
* Status: Complete
* 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!
[=[[reviews:TheLazyUchiha]]=]

''Legacy of the Rasengan'' by Tellemicus Sundance
* Recommended by: [=Clendy82=], Jomlos, @/{{arrowstorm}}
* Status: Dead
* Synopsis:
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2938888/1/ Legacy of the Rasengan I: Naruto]]'' It started as nothing more than a goal, inspired by a dream. It was the only thing he had to keep him going. Now, years later, it has suddenly become something...more. It has become his way of life. (Complete)
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3631232/1/ Legacy of the Rasengan II: Makaze Rekadaishi]]'' It is a time of intense training. But as the Rookie 9 carry on with their lives and missions, some of them run into a very familiar face... (Complete)
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3894376/1/ Legacy of the Rasengan III: Chuuten]]'' It is coming. The storm is approaching quickly. Fueled by powers of demonic origins, two of them are destined to rise above the rest. To fly on the wings of angels into heaven itself. (Dead)
* Comments: 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 ForWantOfANail and a Naruto [[TookALevelInBadass 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 OriginalFlavor 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.
[=[[reviews:LegacyOfTheRasengan]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7745648/1/ Legacy of Uzushiogakure]]'' by Marquis Black
* Recommended by: @/UncloudedTJ, @/CaellachTigerEye, @/KaiserinKai
* Status: Ongoing
* 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?
[=[[reviews:LegacyOfUzushiogakure]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3430516/1/ Lost soul]]'' by [=LD1449=]
* Recommended by: Krow Blood, @/ShadowAI, FLCNPNCH
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: The eve after Kyuubi's attack, Konoha is low on strength. The council agrees to turn Naruto into a living weapon. But years later, after Sarutobi's death, will Konoha's weapon continue to defend it? Or will he poise his blade to carve out their throats?[=[[reviews:LostSoul]]=]

''FanFic/{{Loyalty}}'' by A True Radical Dreamer
* Recommended by: Capeclare
* Status: Ongoing
* Synopsis: Once upon a time Haruno Sakura was recruited as a spy. What follows is a tale of her struggles under all the difficulties this entails.
* Comments: 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.
[=[[reviews:Loyalty]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4052133/1/ Make Us Whole Again]]'' by [=MatrixExplosion=]
* Recommended by: [=Gore17=]
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:MakeUsWholeAgain]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3481273/1/ The Melody of the Fox]]'', by Jetslinger
* Recommended by: @/XShouldveDied, @/AkatsukiDaybreak, templar627
* Status: Dead
* 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. HilarityEnsues.
* Pairing: Naruto/Tayuya
[=[[reviews:TheMelodyOfTheFox]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4057805/1/ The Melt]]'' by pudgypudge
* Recommended by: @/{{Ansela}}, @/REV6Pilot, @/{{arrowstorm}}, Kraesil
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:TheMelt]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11327597/1/ Metamorphosis]]'' by [=KlonoaDreams=]
* Recommended by: Mellini Mintini
* Status: Ongoing
* 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 [[spoiler: 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.
[=[[reviews:Metamorphosis]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7817775/1/ Mission Accomplished]]'' by The Authorman
* Recommended by: [=MarxistStruggle=]
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:MissionAccomplished]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8052959/1/ Mizukage]]'' by [=Dragon6=]
* Recommended by: [=Ninmikey01=]
* Status: Complete
* 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Sakura
[=[[reviews:Mizukage]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3922556/1/ A Mother's Love]]'' by lord of the land of fire
* Recommended by: @/{{SAMAS}}, [=Clendy82=], @/{{Nitramy}}, @/{{Wint}}
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: Kushina Uzumaki survives childbirth by sheer force of will (and the timely arrival of Tsunade). Things ''change''.
* Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
[=[[reviews:AMothersLove]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6756329/1/ Motivation]]'' by @/{{Durandall}}
* Recommended by: @/UncloudedTJ, Kraesil, @/KomodoClassic
* Status: Death by AuthorExistenceFailure
* Synopsis: Kakashi made a mistake. Shikamaru is smart. Shino is skilled. Naruto is strong. Maybe something amazing could happen, with the right... motivation.
* Notes: Link on the author's website [[http://soulriders.net/brian/fanfic/motivation/ here]].
[=[[reviews:Motivation]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3392032/1/ Naruto: Alone]]'' by Arganaut
* Recommended by: Kurtulmak
* Status: Dead
* 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?
[=[[reviews:NarutoAlone]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3149411/1/ Naruto: Altered History]]'' by Geor-sama
* Recommended by: @/RedViking, boonerunner
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: A ForWantOfANail 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.
[=[[reviews:NarutoAlteredHistory]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5403644/1/ Naruto Asunder]]'' by [=WrathfulSE=]
* Recommended by: Fellownerd, Jomlos
* Status: Complete
* 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.
[=[[reviews:NarutoAsunder]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5570573/1/ Naruto: Bijuu Chronicles]]'' by [=YetAnotherAnon=]
* Recommended by: roflMons
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:NarutoBijuuChronicles]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4515454/1/ Naruto: Captured]]'' by [=EdStargazer=]
* Recommended by: 23, [=Clendy82=], [=CompleteNerd=]
* Status: Dormant
* 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.
[=[[reviews:NarutoCaptured]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5141800/1/ Naruto: Chosen Vessel]]'' by [=BlueGlass54=]
* Recommended by: @/REV6Pilot
* Status: Dead
* 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?
[=[[reviews:NarutoChosenVessel]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4611673/1/ Naruto's Compensation]]'' by [=DisobedienceWriter=]
* Recommended by: Faraway_2, Kraesil
* Status: Complete
* 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.
[=[[reviews:NarutosCompensation]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5538660/1/ Naruto: Demon's Path]]'' by Scribe of the Apocalypse
* Recmomended by: [=AbZHz101=]
* Status: Dead
* 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.
* 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.
[=[[reviews:NarutoDemonsPath]]=]

''FanFic/NarutoTheSecretSongsOfTheNinja'' by @/ArcaneAzmadi
* Recommended by: @/MrBright01
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
[=[[reviews:NarutoTheSecretSongsOfTheNinja]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5621668/1/ Naruto Sensei]]'' by Tyler Marcoz
* Recommended by: [=AMusingWriter=], @/UncloudedTJ
* Status: Dormant
* 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.
[=[[reviews:NarutoSensei]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2292009/1/ Never Cut Twice]]'' by shadowmaster62
* Recommended by: Antiguo Nonun, [=UltraSonikku=]
* Status: Complete
* 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 [[spoiler: Disco breakdance, Icha Icha Paradise the Movie, Nunekin guitar Duel and Pocky]].
* Pairing: Naruto/Temari
[=[[reviews:NeverCutTwice]]=]

''FanFic/NewChance'' by Hektols
* Recommended by: [=KrspaceT=]
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
* 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.
[=[[reviews:NewChance]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6906882/1/ (Nice Dream)]]'' by [=ShirouHokuto=]
* Recommended by: [=IraeNicole=], @/{{Haustere}}
* Status: Dormant
* 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Sasuke
[=[[reviews:NiceDream]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3687756/1/ The Nine Broken Mirrors]]'' by Ayien
* Recommended by: @/AkatsukiDaybreak, Yogi, Serbii, @/SomePoorSod, The Tambourine Man, @/{{arrowstorm}}, Kraesil
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:TheNineBrokenMirrors]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2755569/1/ Nine Tailed Serpent]]'' by [=LT2000=]
* Recommended by: FLCNPNCH
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: How ''Naruto'' would play out if the titular character TookALevelInBadass, complete with BadassLongcoat and {{BFS}} [[spoiler: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...
[=[[reviews:NineTailedSerpent]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10782689/1/ Once More With Feeling]]'' by Unstoppable Hanger
* Recommended by: Tropeladder
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
* 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).
[=[[reviews:OnceMoreWithFeeling]]=]

''FanFic/OneEyeFullofWisdom'' by @/MrBright01
* Recommended by: Bored_Man, Memotauro, @/UncloudedTJ
* 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.
[=[[reviews:OneEyeFullOfWisdom]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2663204/1/ One Hundred Days]]'' by [[@/{{Anowack}} Aaron Nowack]]
* Recommended by: @/{{Komanda}}, Serbii, boonerunner
* Status: Complete
* 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?
* Notes: Has a sequel, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6942340/1/ One Hundred Weeks]]'' (Dead).
[=[[reviews:OneHundredDays]]=]

''FanFic/OneSmallKindness'' by [=DigitalTart=]
* Recommended by: [=BlackAlchemist=], Trickdice, @/KaiserinKai, @/KomodoClassic
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: Uchiha Mikoto takes the hand of an outcast child, and with it rewrites the destiny of her clan.
* Notes: Has a sequel listed above, ''Daybreak: Part I''.
[=[[reviews:OneSmallKindness]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4139575/1/ One Small Step]]'' by Shawny Wong
* Recommended by: Chuckg, @/ArcaneAzmadi
* Status: Dead
* Synopsis: AU where Naruto and Hinata become childhood friends at age 7, very early in their tenure in the Ninja Academy.
* Notes: Fanart donations have led to [[http://shawnyw.livejournal.com/41818.html Chapter 1]] and [[http://shawnyw.livejournal.com/42572.html Chapter 2]] of this fic being available as webcomics.
* Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
[=[[reviews:OneSmallStep]]=]

''FanFic/PeopleLie'' by Nugar
* Recommended by: Gamma Wolf, @/XanderK, boonerunner, @/AckSed, @/JasonCarter, amatakamata, Kraesil, feral
* Status: Dead
* 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
[=[[reviews:PeopleLie]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3175216/1/ Perfect Pair]]'' by mysterious-mask
* Recommended by: [=TropeKira=], [=Lionheart0=]
* Status: Complete
* 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.
[=[[reviews:PerfectPair]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4452720/1/ The Point of Divergence]]'' by [=EliadS=]
* Recommended by: Judge King, Memotauro
* Status: Complete
* 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Ino
* Notes: Has a sequel, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6682289/1/ Ripples of Destiny]]'' (Dead).
[=[[reviews:ThePointOfDivergence]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10105256/1/ Rebirth]]'' by FUHRER YISEEKS
* Recommended by: [=FTGMinato=]
* Status: Dead
* Synopsis: 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. Rinnegan!Naruto.
[=[[reviews:Rebirth]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3223070/1/ The Reflection of Oneself]]'' by The White Wanderer
* Recommended by: Atryru
* Status: Dead
* 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 BigBrotherMentor for the last remaining clone, Nanikato.
[=[[reviews:TheReflectionOfOneself]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5821042/1/ The Reluctant Hokage]]'' by Aishuu
* Recommended by: Sheliak, @/UncloudedTJ, ahiijny, @/{{Robinton}}
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
[=[[reviews:TheReluctantHokage]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7096419/1/ Rise of the Uchiha]]'' by [=AlphaEph19=]
* Recommended by: Chaosjunction, Grand Prince Paul II, Kraesil, winternightingale
* Status: Dormant
* 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.
[=[[reviews:RiseOfTheUchiha]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4054990/1/ Rising Star]]'' by dead witch
* Recommended by: kakatana59
* Status: Dormant
* 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?
* Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
* Comments: 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.
** 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.
[=[[reviews:RisingStar]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9486691/1/ Sage]]'' by [=Digitize27=]
* Recommended by: @/LordHerobrine
* Status: Complete
* 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?
* Pairing: Naruto/Fuu
[=[[reviews:Sage]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8261994/1/ The Scorned Son]]'' by Calanor
* Recommended by: Lustheron, ahiijny
* Status: Dormant
* 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.
[=[[reviews:TheScornedSon]]=]

''Fanfic/ScorpionDisciple'' by nobody102
* Recommended by: Quote Marx, Bored Australian, @/UncloudedTJ
* Status: Dead
* Synopsis: Orochimaru's resignation from Akatsuki is more intense than in canon, resulting in a meeting between young Naruto and Sasori.
[=[[reviews:ScorpionDisciple]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4234399/1/ Senju Naruto]]'' by Baal of Yarns
* Recommended by @/AkatsukiDaybreak, Psalm of Fire, boonerunner
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:SenjuNaruto]]=]

''FanFic/ShatteredEyes'' by Lithius Osmius
* Recommended by: Pyro Ninja, @/VoidHerald
* Status: Dormant
* Synopsis: Naruto awakens a new Transcendant Bloodline: the Kyoukagan, source of all bloodlines and peer of the Rinnegan.
[=[[reviews:ShatteredEyes]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4788373/1/ Shinkirou]]'' by chibi heishi
* Recommended by: @/KomodoClassic
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: 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.
* Notes: Has a sequel, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5143349/1/ Zanzou]]'' (Dead).
[=[[reviews:Shinkirou]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5746791/1/ Sinister Chakra]]'' by williams5505
* Recommended by: litewarior
* Status: Dormant
* 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
[=[[reviews:SinisterChakral]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3003800/1/ Something to Die For]]'' by Macavity the Mystery Cat
* Recommended by: @/{{Anowack}}, Kraesil, @/KomodoClassic
* Status: Dead
* Synopsis: Morino Ibiki was thought to be the last choice for a jonin sensei, but thanks to the efforts of Umino Iruka, he finds himself saddled with a familiar team of new genin...
[=[[reviews:SomethingToDieFor]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4538828/1/ Stopping the Storm]]'' by chibi heishi
* Recommended by: @/KomodoClassic
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: 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.
[=[[reviews:StoppingTheStorm]]=]

''Fanfic/SugarPlums'' by [=SoundlessSleep=]
* Recommended by: BloodPlum
* Status: Ongoing
* Synopsis: A self-insert fanfiction set in the ''Fanfic/DreamingOfSunshine'' 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.
[=[[reviews:SugarPlums]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1434049/1/ Suiren]]'' by Eimii
* Recommended by: @/{{Anowack}}, [=Clendy82=]
* Status: Dead
* Synopsis: In the midst of the Chuunin Exam, Sakura recalls the promise she made to herself and comes to a realization about her own ninja way...
* Pairing: Anko/Sakura
[=[[reviews:Suiren]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9427112/1/ The Tale of Nagato Uzumaki]]'' by YAXON
* Recommended by: @/JohnPeacekeeper
* Status: Ongoing
* 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...?
* 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 EquivalentExchange: 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; [[spoiler: 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, [[InSpiteOfANail 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, [[spoiler: 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 OriginalCharacter, 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.
[=[[reviews:TheTaleOfNagatoUzumaki]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8963527/1/ Tale of the Setting Sun]]'' by PK Samurai
* Recommended by: transparentanswer
* Status: Dormant
* 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?
[=[[reviews:TaleOfTheSettingSun]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6940744/1/ A Teacher's Glory]]'' by Larry Huss
* Recommended by: Angelform, Leid, Mcnickel, Frodo Lives, Kraesil, @/KaiserinKai
* Status: Death by AuthorExistenceFailure
* 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.
[=[[reviews:ATeachersGlory]]=]

''FanFic/Team7Ascension'' by Eilyfe
* Recommended by: Leid, @/KomodoClassic
* Status: Complete
* 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.
* Notes: Has an ongoing sequel, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11830798/1/ Lines in the Sand]]''.
* Comments: Absolutely fantastic. Has some dark elements and goes into detail about the harsher side of shinobi life.
[=[[reviews:Team7Ascension]]=]

''FanFic/Team8'' by [=S'TarKan=]
* Recommended by: @/Rogue7, [=Clendy82=], @/{{Azuriyuu}}, Psalm of Fire, @/UmbreonMessiah, Chuckg, @/RedSavant, @/{{Draga}}, boonerunner, @/UncloudedTJ, @/AckSed, @/ArcaneAzmadi, [=WarriorDrgnMage=], [=HonorableBaldy=], @/KaiserinKai, Chaos Knux, @/{{Pastykake}}, @/{{Robinton}}
* Status: Dormant
* Synopsis: A what-if fan fiction that places Naruto on Kurenai's team at the beginning, reimagining the series. Currently just moving beyond the Search for Tsunade arc. The nail in question is a mysterious event concerning Kurenai's genin team in the past.
* Notes: You can check the update progress [[http://viridiandreams.net/ here]].
[=[[reviews:Team8]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5699961/1/ That Most Heinous of Crimes]]'' by Andrew Joshua Talon
* Recommended by: Frodo Lives
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:ThatMostHeinousOfCrimes]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5794659/1/ Tis Femina]]'' by Sythe
* Recommended by: Nogoodnms, Kraesil
* Status: Dormant
* 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.)
[=[[reviews:TisFemina]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9158198/ To Shape and Change]]'' by This is not a [=FanFiction=]
* Recommended by: The Roaming Shadow
* Status: Dormant
* 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?
[=[[reviews:ToShapeAndChange]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8396246/1/ True Potential]]'' by [=DryBonesKing=]
* Recommended by: transparentanswer
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
* 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.
[=[[reviews:TruePotential]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3977593/1/ Two Halves]]'' by [=DameWren=]
* Recommended by: Dragontrapper
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Hinata
[=[[reviews:TwoHalves]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6418801/1/ Uchiha Obito, Ghost!]]'' by Namikaze Artemis
* Recommended by: narutoxhinata09, luciamalpense, [=LaughterMostInsane=]
* Status: Dead
* 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: @/KomodoClassic: 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.
[=[[reviews:UchihaObitoGhost]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9175739/1/ Unmasked]]'' by [=WiseMan24=]
* Recommended by: [=Danny007=], @/WalkingOedipus
* Status: Dead
* Synopsis: 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.
* 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 fanfiction.net, 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 MagnificentBastard, but I like it.
[=[[reviews:UnMasked]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5288868/1/ Uprooted]]'' by Orrunan
* Recommended by: Quotemarx, @/BlitzBlast, @/KaiserinKai, @/KomodoClassic
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: 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?
[=[[reviews:Uprooted]]=]

''FanFic/{{Vulpine}}'' by Saphroneth
* Recommended by: @/UncloudedTJ, Kraesil, @/KaiserinKai, @/{{Robinton}}
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: 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 TheStationsOfTheCanon 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.
** @/KomodoClassic: Hilarious. It has the same type of absurd humor as ''It's For A Good Cause, I Swear!'' over on the PeggySue page, too, so if you liked that one, this one is definitely worth a read.
[=[[reviews:Vulpine]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2422891/1/ The Way of the Apartment Manager]]'' by Elizabeth Culmer
* Recommended by: @/{{Universalperson}}, Kraesil, @/KaiserinKai, @/KomodoClassic
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: Typical AU where an OC adopts Naruto. Only it ends up being much more than that.
* Notes: Has a sequel, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2684700/1/ The Guardian in Spite of Herself]]'', and a collection of side stories, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4331421/1/ Apartment Manager Sidestories]]''.
[=[[reviews:TheWayOfTheApartmentManager]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10203353/1/ Weight of the World]]'' by Tsume Yuki
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Ongoing
* Synopsis: ''Naruto Uzumaki is the saviour, the prophecy child. If there is one body you don't want to get shoved into, it's that one. Suddenly female or not. And as the gods would have it, that's exactly where I ended up. In the body of a blonde, whiskered female child with a mountain of expectations pressing down on me. Brilliant.'' Self-Insert. Fem!Naruto.
[=[[reviews:WeightOfTheWorld]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5945831/1/ Where the Heart Is]]'' by Shana the Short
* Recommended by: Dellanotte
* Status: Dead
* 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, [[PromotionToParent left with the care of her big brother's baby boy]]. Naturally, the increased responsibility leads to a few changes.
[=[[reviews:WhereTheHeartIs]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7380887/1/ The Whims of Fate]]'' by That's Professor Hawke
* Recommended by: [=KantonKage=], @/UncloudedTJ
* Status: Dead
* 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...
[=[[reviews:TheWhimsOfFate]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11583123/1/ Whirlpools Among the Eddies]]'' by [=CRed1988=]
* Recommended by: Leid
* Status: Ongoing
* 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.
* Pairing: Naruto/Karin
* 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.
[=[[reviews:WhirlpoolsAmongTheEddies]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4860864/1/ Who I Am]]'' by [=TwinTrouble=]
* Recommended by: kjjejones42, @/BlitzBlast, @/USABobcat, Kraesil, ahiijny
* Status: Dead
* 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...
[=[[reviews:WhoIAm]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4370189/1/ Will of Fire, Heart of Stone]]'' by [=DisobedienceWriter=]
* Recommended by: @/MuchGoodLittleTime, @/JasonCarter, Kraesil
* Status: Dead
* 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.
[=[[reviews:WillOfFireHeartOfStone]]=]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8067258/1/ Worth Dying For]]'' by Shadow Rebirth
* Recommended by: @/{{Mcnickel}}, Kraesil
* Status: Dormant
* 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.''
[=[[reviews:WorthDyingFor]]=]

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