Manga: Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth
Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth
is a comical spinoff
written by Kenji Taira. note
As the title suggests, the manga focuses on Rock Lee, the Hot-Blooded ninja
who solves problems using only his fists. Joining him are the other members of Team Guy: Neji Hyuga, the serious
prodigy; Tenten, the Chinese weapons user
; and Might Guy, Rock Lee's incredibly boisterous sensei
. Together, they solve problems and fight evil ninjas in incredibly hot-blooded and awesome ways.
The manga is found in Saikyo Jump, the little brother to Shonen Jump
that features similar shonen spinoff manga like Gourmet Gakuen Toriko
, and Dragon Ball SD
. It also had a 51-episode anime adaptation, which premiered in Japan on April 3, 2012, replacing Bleach
Those in the US who are interested can watch it on Crunchyroll
, where it's titled Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals
. There is also a Nintendo 3DS video game based off the series, Naruto SD Powerful Shippūden
Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth contains incredibly youthful tropes, such as...
- The Ace: Naruto is sometimes depicted as this, although Kakashi and Guy are DEFINITELY this.
- Ascended Extra: Lee was just a side character in the original series with occasional Arcs. Here he is the main character.
- Believe itnote or not, Naruto himself. In the manga he's more of a side character while in the anime he's pretty much been upgraded to main character status, even taking the role of Guy in some of the chapters adapted from the manga. Episode 3-A is a good example.
- Adaptation Expansion: Tenten gets more character development and screentime here than she does in Naruto. She essentially is the main heroine here. Chapter 6, 15 and 35 of the manga have her as the main focus.
- With every member of the Akatsuki appearing, it's possible that they'll get character development and gags as well. Deidara, however, already got a bit in the anime, since he helps out the heroes in the second half of his first appearance and, while not entirely all good natured, in the episode with all the Akatsuki members.
- The anime also expands on the manga chapters to the point where some of them are quite different. Compare Chapter 16 and Episode 38, for instance.
- Adapted Out: Only some of the manga's chapters have been adapted into the anime.
- All Animals Are Dogs: In episode 47-A, Kisame thinks his Empathic Sword Samehada is a dog until Tobi tells him at the end.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Inherited from the original source material (sans the Running Gag of Neji's apparent attraction to Hinata). As opposed to the original - which likes to pretend to veer away from this trope but maintains it still via a myriad of implicit and explicit narrative sleights of hand - here the status quo is unabashedly frozen in a time capsule, exaggerated and Played for Laughs like everything else.
- All There In The Main Series: What Lee pretty much says regarding Sasuke's backstory, as there's not nearly enough time to tell it.
Tenten: DON'T MENTION THE MAIN SERIES!
- Animation Bump: The first half of the final episode has a clear case, though it's briefly dropped with some Stylistic Suck when it's lampshaded.
- Anti-Villain/Enemy Mine: Deidara. Although he rivals Orochimaru in the first half of episode 30, he eventually enjoys himself in the second half while helping the heroes set up a festival, even taking away his bomb so it doesn't destroy the festival as thanks.
- Although, to be fair, him helping in episode 38 is just so the rest of the Akatsuki don't know about his failure.
- Art Evolution: Not a drastic one, but the manga art gets less detailed as the series goes on. This is especially noticeable whenever characters are shown in profile or 3/4 view.
- Art Shift:
- In Episode 48-A of the Anime, before leaving the village for a mission. Sai asks Lee (wearing an ANBU Uniform) whether he has a penis. Lee confidently replies in the alternative. During the exchange, the two shift from their chibi SD style to their original character design in the main Naruto: Shippuden series.
- Also happens in Episode 22-A, when Lee let it slip to Guy and Kakashi that their teammates helped them do their summer assignments when it was explicitly forbidden.
- During the final episode, Naruto and Sasuke are briefly drawn in their non-Super-Deformed designs from Shippuden as well.
- Ass Shove: The Thousand Years of Pain, Kakashi's ultimate attack. At one point, a mook straps sheet metal to his behind so he can block this. Might Guy, Lee, and Kakashi use their combined fingers to defeat him anyway.
- In chapter 6, Guy is in the wrong end of a massive blade swarm done by Tenten. In chapter 10, Neji does it to Lee to crash into Shikamaru.
- Beach Episode: Chapter 5 and episode 19.
- Big Brother Instinct: Neji towards Hinata.
- The Blind Leading the Blind: What usually happens whenever someone asks Lee for advice outside of his expertise (Hinata asking for dating advice, Kankuro asking how to get closer to Gaara, etc.)
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The manga in its entirety.
- Neji is pretty much the master of this. It's even incorporated into his Eight Trigrams 64 palms attack from the original series as the Eight Trigrams: 64 Tsukkomi and he tries to teach Hinata the ways of the tsukkomi in one episode. Of course, all of this technically is a subversion since Neji's The Comically Serious take on this makes him the boke.
- While under the belief that the Akatsuki are a band of comedians, Lee's vision of them performing have Itachi and Kisame doing something similar. Oddly enough, the way the vision goes, Itachi seems to be the boke.
- The Narrator was apparently part of one, and was the tsukkomi.
- Episode 26-B gets really meta about this trope.
- Bragging Theme Tune: Hironobu Kageyama (backed by Animetal USA):
"Give Lee, give Lee, hashiri da ze..."note
- Bullying a Dragon: Hidan is all too eager to piss Pain off just so that he'll get bashed around by Shinra Tensei.
- Butt Monkey: Quite a few people apart from Lee himself and Naruto (though they'll get spared every now and then):
- Neji. Full-stop. Even he's aware of it.
Why? Why is it always me?
- Tsunade. In just her first appearance, she's crushed by enemies, knocked unconscious, and made bald. The rest of her appearances are less cruel to her (she tends to give out as much punishment as she takes), but they also tend to play up her legendary (bad) gambling and bad luck — The entire plots of Episode 27-B and 40-A are caused because of it.
- Yamato gets the short end of the stick in quite a few Funny Background Events in the anime.
- Orochimaru, of all people. Every time he tries to infiltrate and attack Konoha, it usually ends with him nursing his injuries and cursing those meddling kids.
- Butterfly of Doom: Mentioned by Tenten when she and Lee accidentally travel back in time in Chapter 37.
- Call Back:
- During episode 19, Guy recruits Tenten as a second commentator due to her being "in charge of punchlines". This is fresh off her Heroic BSOD in the previous episode, and she's still a bit bitter about it.
- The girls realize that the recent food based episodes contributed to their weight gain in episode 29-B, and Guy specifically flashbacks to the Beach Episode when Tsunade tells him that his training is likely too hard on them.
- The fanservice failure of the first Hot Springs Episode is the motivation for the boys to peep in episode 46.
- Sasuke winning the popularity contest is given as the "reason" Lee's angry at him in the final episode.
- The Cameo:
- At the end of episode 31-B, the Sound Four and Kimimaro (all of them supposed to be dead) show up to Orochimaru's birthday party.
- Danzo appears in a flashback Sai has in episode 48-A.
- Can't Hold His Chakra: Tsunade thought it would be okay to let Lee have a sip of her Chakra Chateau, since it wasn't actually alcohol. One sniff of it later and he was in Drunken Fist mode.
- Censor Box: This happens to Tsunade after the kids see her at the pool without her makeup.
- Character Exaggeration: Neji went from simply having Big Brother Instinct in the original series to being a Knight Templar Big Brother here. Neji explains that it's out of guilt for almost killing her during the Chunin Exams, but then again that doesn't explain his Crazy Jealous Guy antics.
- Well, it's sort of explained through the constant implications that he has some sort of unusual romantic affection for Hinata.
- Chivalrous Pervert:
- Naruto and Lee. After Lee witnesses Naruto's Sexy Jutsu in episode 1-B, Lee notes that he feels really excited. When Ino catches Lee and Naruto trying to peep on Sakura, and both proudly try to justify it. Konohamaru frequently joins in on their antics too.
- When he shows up in episode 46, Jiraiya naturally tops all three.
- Chickification: In the original series, Sakura was an Action Girl who didn't get many opportunities to fight, and only had issues fighting Sasuke, her old teammate and the guy she loved. Here, she's made into an absolute joke of a ninja, who becomes too terrified to fight back when surrounded by a group of supposedly tough ninja, so that Lee can repeatedly rescue her from danger.
- Comically Missing the Point: Most of Lee's actions qualify, as this is basically the plot of this series.
- The Comically Serious:
- Confusion Fu: A lot of Lee's strategy consists of something along the lines of "attack in a way so weird that the enemy becomes too confused to muster up a defense.
- Continuity Nod: The second ending contains a few chibified scenes from the series pre-timeskip.
- In the third ending, some of the fight matchups are the same as they were in Shippuden — Sakura vs. Sasori, Shikamaru vs. Hidan, and Naruto vs. Pain.
- When Gaara starts to appear, his win against Lee in the Chunin Exams is usually referenced. Lee's somewhat gotten over this, but still challenges him in hopes of someday winning.
- Iruka and Ebisu blast themselves off with a nosebleed when aroused by the Sexy Jutsu for a bit too long in episode 46.
- Lee remembers his fight with Kimimaro when Jugo shows his abilities in episode 47-B, which gets Jugo's attention.
- In the final episode, Guy reminds Tsunade that Lee mistook her sake for water once.
- Lee reminds Sasuke that he the only time he used his Sharingan's copying ability was to imperfectly copy his taijutsu, something Sasuke considers an embarrassment and Suigetsu finds hilarious.
- While not exactly in continuity, in Chapter 27 Itachi delivers the same Badass Boast to Kisame that he did to Kabuto during the 4th Ninja World War.
- Conveniently Timed Distraction: In chapter 16 and/or episode 38, when Rock Lee and Tenten (and Guy and Neji in the anime) needs to escape before the Akatsuki realizes they're spies, Lee accidentally knocks into Deidara causing him to drop his ready-to-explode bomb near Sasori. This eventually leads to the other members of the Akatsuki to accidentally attack each other which results into a fight among them, thus allowing the heroes the opportunity to escape.
- Cool Pet: Episode 35-A focuses on Lee's team agreeing to look after most of the known pets of the cast. Despite not being included in the petsitting ensemble, Akamaru also shows up.
- Covert Pervert:
- Neji, full stop. There's his "thing" with Hinata, he uses his Byakugan to peek at Kakashi's Makeout books and there's times where he completely forgoes the "covert" part — when his mind is transferred into Sakura's body in Episode 23-A, the first thing he does is peek at Sakura's chest. In Chapter 36 he and Lee are blatantly undressing Kurenai in their minds.
- Kabuto is a fan of the Makeout series.
- Lampshaded in episode 46, when the characters chosen for guarding the girls' bath are the series' closet perverts — Kakashi, Iruka, and Ebisu.
- Cranial Eruption: In episode 5, both Lee and Naruto invoke this on themselves to try to beat out each other in a height exam.
- Crazy Enough to Work: We're stuck in a movie world, so let's rewrite the script to solve our problems! Unfortunately, the only thought in Lee's head when he's writing is Guy-sensei, so everybody turns into Guy clones whenever he does it.
- Criminal Doppelgänger: Basically what causes Episode 20-B. A Rock Lee impostor named "Sock Lee" wreaks havoc on a mountain town that Team Gai happen to visit. They manage to lure him out by using Neji as bait, but then Tenten and Neji impostors show up.
- Crowded Cast Shot: The whole village, yes that includes Ayame and Teuchi who are not even ninjas, appears to fight against Sasuke.
- Dancing Theme: The anime's first and fourth endings and second opening.
- Dark Horse Victory: In episode 40-A, who wins the Game Of Life expy to get out of giving New Year's money to the kids? Shizune, who had not moved a single space until Tsunade was forced to switch with her!
- Denser and Wackier: The entire series to the source material, since it focuses more on comedy. Not even Gaara is completely serious!
- Don't Look at Me!: Neji at the end of ch. 1.
- Don't Try This at Home: Episode 2 has one appear after Lee decides to force a kiss on Sakura.
- Doppelgänger Spin: Lee does this to emulate Naruto's Shadow Clone Jutsu. Then he does it in a bikini.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Lampshaded when Lee mistakes Hinata for Neji (despite her, uh, assets — not that they're very noticeable in chibi form); turns out that he really can't tell the Hyuuga clan apart.
- Dung Fu: In the first couple of pages, Lee steps in a pile of crap and kicks an enemy ninja with it.
- In a High School A.U. comic Sasuke beats Kiba with his shoe after stepping in Akamaru's poop, which Kiba had intended for Naruto.
- Early-Bird Cameo:
- Killer Bee and A have a brief cameo in a dream sequence and at a bar in Episode 27 before being the focus of episode 44-B.
- Sasuke has a few joke appearances throughout the series' run (which is lampshaded in episode 32-B, where he somehow wins the popularity contest) before finally showing up in episode 47-B with his team.
- Deidara can be seen flying above the village in Episode 22 before being the main antagonist in Episode 30.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Thanks to the climax of the battle in episode 36-A and chapter 15, Tenten's nickname is... "The Breast Hammer".
- Emergency Impersonation: Tenten is forced to act as Tsunade in chapter 35. Of course, the real fun comes when she also has to carry out duties as Hokage.
- Everyone Can See It: Shikamaru and Temari in episode 36-A and chapter 15. Lee and Tenten even use it as an attack against Temari when she is confronted by numerous pictures of the two together. Of course, several of the photos are obviously manipulated...
- Everything's Better with Spinning: No, not really.
- Evil Is One Big Happy Family: Konan tries to present Akatsuki as having this dynamic in Chapter 16, even giving Tenten and Lee complementary origami flowers, but it becomes comically clear that the group's actual dynamic is Teeth-Clenched Teamwork.
- Eyecatch: The episode title cards pretty much count as this. At first it just had Lee and Naruto, but episode 28 adds Tenten and Neji.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Carrying on from the original series, it doesn't matter how well things are going, or what plan he uses to do it — Lee will never get with Sakura. Neither will Naruto.
- The fact this trope is a Running Gag is lampshaded by Tenten when everyone at the dog cafe (which the girls wanted to go to score a potential guy) is kicked out for not having dogs.
- Fan Disservice: Rock Lee and Might Guy in bikinis.
- Brain Bleach: Tenten finds it is so horrifying that she tries to murder them.
- That's nothing. Try Rock Lee and Might Guy version of Sexy: Boy on Boy Jutsu and Harem: Male Festival Jutsu Guy version.
- In one episode, you can see Tenten and Sakura washing each other! However they've transformed into clones of Guy Sensei.
- Orochimaru disguised as a schoolgirl in the High School A.U. parody. He didn't even shave his legs!
- Fartillery: Lee's Rasengan.
- Flanderization: Pretty much everyone.
- Flipping the Table: Neji when his habit of crossdressing in this series (thus hurting his chances at winning a "Mr. Leaf Village" contest) is pointed out in episode 24-B.
- Forgotten Birthday: The plot of episode 31-B is kickstarted when Kabuto forgets Orochimaru's birthday. He makes it up to him in the end though.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Happens to Lee and Naruto for the whole of episode 23 due to Ino's Mind Transfer Jutsu.
- Friendly Rival: With Rock Lee being the main character of this series, this is the role Naruto serves.
- Fun with Acronyms: The "SD" in "Naruto SD" stands for "Sugoi Douryouku" (loosely translated as "Awesome Effort").
- Heroic BSOD: Tenten in the second half of episode 18 after Orochimaru calls her the "president of punchlines".
- The elder ninjas in episode 40-A. It's implied that their students got their New Year's money, but their mentors are now broke as a consequence.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Orochimaru of all people pulls this for Lee during Sasuke's attack! Then he does it again in the second half of the finale to the point that he just wants to look cool.
- High School A.U.: Mercilessly spoofed in Konoha Academy chapter.
- Hot-Blooded: Lee and Might Guy have both always been hot blooded, but is taken to eleven in this manga and anime.
- Naruto, who is described by the narrator as being just as hot-blooded as the aforementioned two are.
- Hot Springs Episode: Episode 31-A, a mixed bath (set up by Orochimaru) to boot! However, the kids find a way around it using their Transformation Jutsu...and all turn male with Tenten and Sakura covered up, much to the disappointment of the narrator.
- Episode 46 plays it a bit straighter.
- Hypocritical Humor: Tenten berates Lee for bringing up things that don't exist in-universe (and breaks the fourth wall to do it), but then she pulls out a gun in order to start the Naruto vs. Lee race. Guns, of course, do not exist in this series either.
- Lee in chapter 9 claims that the Hyuga Clan members look too similar, family or not. Tenten points out that he and Guy look too similar as well, and they're not even related.
- Idiot Ball: Episode 25-B. It can be expected that Lee wouldn't think twice about opening a random giftnote from Sakura. A case can be made with Neji not thinking too hard about a random gift from Tenten, since they're teammates (and the former has been subjected to heavy amounts of Flanderization). But being the Straight Man, Tenten really should suspect something about receiving a random gift, especially since it was allegedly from Naruto, someone she has little contact with on a day-to-day basis.
- Idiot Crows: Shows up at least Once an Episode. In episode 29-B, they even pass by to censor how many kilos the kunoichi gained.
- Idiot Hero: Every character is dumber in this spin-off than in the main series, but Rock Lee in particular.
- Ignore the Fanservice: Double Subverted. Lee ignores Tenten's fanservice... because he's distracted by Sakura's.
- Incest Subtext: When asked what the movie is lacking, Neji summarizes the plot of Romeo and Juliet. The problem? He casts himself as Romeo and Hinata as Juliet.
- Interactive Narrator: The previews for episodes 9 and 33. Orochimaru also gives the camera a dirty look in episode 7 when the narrator mentions the Viewer Gender Confusion that sometimes comes up with him.
- That's nothing, at times the cast has full on conversations with him, and then it's taken Up to Eleven in Episode 33B where the narrator comes down sick and Rock Lee replaces him. He's so annoying that most of the cast ends up tracking down the narrator's vacation spot in order to bring him back.
- Insistent Terminology: Lee keeps referring to his skits as genjutsu.
- In-Universe Marketing: There is an entire chapter dedicated to advertising Naruto SD Powerful Shippūden.
- Kissing Cousins: Strongly implied, Neji and Hinata. Though it's only coming from Neji . Look above.
- Knight of Cerebus: Averted. Even as Sasuke appears to attak the village, complete with a dark and gritty atmosphere, the silliness still remains, even with a Stylistic Suck.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Neji is this for Hinata, leading to many crowning moments of funny, as Neji constantly kicks into space everyone who accidentally wrongs Hinata, mostly Naruto and Lee.
- Korean Pop Music:
- Discussed in episode 2 when Lee is looking for tips on how to be cool. He, Tenten and Neji dress up as members of Not!AKB48 and fantasize over fictional K-pop idols.
- In Episode 14, they sort of formed a group called KHG48.
- Might Guy does the "butt dance" from Kara's "Mister" in episode 6.
- The first ending theme song "Twinkle Twinkle" is sung by the Korean girl group SECRET.
- Long Title: The full title of the anime is "Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full Power Ninden"note
- The English anime title: "Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals"
- The 4th ending theme, "Icha Icha Chucchu Cappy Cappy Love Love Suri Suri Doki Doki" by Happy Birthday, which is the name of a Japanese girl group.
- Love Potion: Actually a love scroll that causes anyone who reads it to fall in Love at First Sight in chapter 22. Tenten falls for Lee, Neji for Hinata, Sai for Sakura, Ino for Choji, and Shikamaru for Temari. Oh, and Yamato falls for a tree.
- Luminescent Blush: In episode 15, Kabuto reads a bit of the new volume of the Makeout series, resulting in this.
- Neji in episode 21-B after using his Byakugan on the Makeout Tactics movie VHS.
- His reaction to being asked by Hinata to be her pet (in reality, dressing him up like a dog) is...interesting.
- Man in a Bikini: Rock Lee and Might Guy. Neji too, in Episode 25.
- Meaningful Name: Discussed in chapter 18.
Lee: You can tell a lot about the people in this village by their names, huh? (...) In that case what do our names say about us?
Guy: That's a tough one...
Tenten: No matter how you slice it, both of your names speak volumes!
- Mistaken Confession: When Team Guy confront the (disguised) Kabuto and Orochimaru, Orochimaru assumes they've been made and dramatically reveals himself, complimenting his enemies for finding him. Turns out, Kabuto was smuggling porn in his suitcase.
- Mistaken for Gay: In episode 40, Neji spends the whole episode interacting with Naruto in order to judge if he'd be a good match for Hinata. This ends up being the result.
Hinata: I swear, I won't lose to you!
- Mundane Utility: At one point, when dueling Guy, Lee uses the Konoha Snack Takoyaki Flavor move (literally taking out a bag of snacks). Neji and Kakashi have to use their respective ocular powers to fully comprehend the snack's flavor and texture. It's that good.
- In episode 11, Kakashi uses his Sharingan to forge Konohamaru's handwriting.
- Episode 12 has Kakashi and Guy trying to get the kids to stop doing this.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Up to Eleven in Neji and Hinata's relationship...although it's clearly implied that Neji has his own personal reasons why he doesn't let anyone get close to Hinata.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In Episode 23 Lee in the body of naruto uses the Transformation technique to turn into Sakura and does a “Monroe Jutsu” Cut to the real sakura who is far away felt uncomfort as if someone is making fun of her.
- Never Live It Down: Lee reminds Sasuke that the only time he was shown using his Sharingan's copying ability was to imperfectly memorize his taijutsu during his match against Gaara. Sasuke is visibly annoyed at being reminded of this, and Suigetsu finds it hilarious.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Lee's eyebrows run on Rule of Funny.
- Nice Gal: Tenten. Specially here.
- No Fourth Wall: Characters, especially Tenten, regularly lean on and demolish the fourth wall.
- Taken to its extreme in Episode 26-B, where Team Guy hosts a test to see who would become one of their "ninja pals"...and all of the applicants were made up of one-shot villains from the last two seasons because according to Lee they assumed that the show wouldn't last longer than that. Cue Tenten telling him to at least leave some of the fourth wall intact...and then asking why do the guest characters even know that in the first place.
- At one point, the Narrator even offers to tell the punchlines himself.
- Non-Indicative Episode Title: Episode 48-A, "Yamato's Solo Mission". Despite being referred to several times, Yamato barely appeared at all (it was more of a Day in the Limelight for Sai).
- Not So Above It All:
- Neji. Turtle costume, Byaku-sharingan, Royal Tsukkomi, etc.
- Tenten too. In episode 13, she lampshaded how ridiculous Lee's use of Octopuffs while stuffing her face with them. She also gets just as fired up in rivalry against Temari.
- Oh, Crap: Pain's reaction when Naruto busted out the Nine-Tails Chakra Mode was delicious.
- One of the Boys: The basis of Episode 3-B. Tenten realizes that Lee and Neji see her as this. Unlike other examples, she doesn't mind this: what she minds is that the guys are pretty lax as to what they consider acceptable to do in her presence (to the point where they start taking off their clothes to wipe their sweat in front of her).
- Interestingly, it's shown that Tenten isn't completely right either; when she gives up and decides to dress up like a boy since they can only see her as one. Lee states that he's confused as to why she'd want be constantly protected and treated as a liabilitynote when he and Neji only see her like that because they see her as an equal to them.
- Only Sane Man / Only Sane Woman:
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Orochimaru takes the brunt of Sasuke's Kirin for this reason. To him, he's the only one who can destroy the Leaf, and no one else.
- Over Protective Dad: Sakura's father, who gets so worked up about the prospect of Sakura sneaking off for romantic time with Sasuke in Chapter 25 that Naruto taps into his Fox chakra and Lee pops open five of the Eight Gates.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Orochimaru and Kabuto twice in episode 7. It becomes a Running Gag to the point the kids actually realize it's them sometimes (though still fall for it anyway).
- Guy in episode 12 (even lampshaded by Kakashi), though it's still more plausible than the above example.
- Some of the boys dress up as dogs to accompany the girls, Kiba, and Akamaru to the dog cafe, only to run into Kisame. He questions some of the methods they use in the dog park, but is otherwise fooled.
- Lee, Naruto and Sakura's Dad all disguise themselves as Sasuke in chapter 25 of the manga. Despite their obvious distinguishing features, Sakura is still fooled.
- When investigating Akatsuki in Chapter 16, Lee and Tenten disguise themselves in an Akatsuki cloak and are mistaken for Tobi - who had yet to officially join the group.
- Playing Sick: Lee and Naruto do this in episode 32-A so Sakura could treat them.
- Poor Communication Kills: After Lee overhears Guy saying that the only good ninjas are those who do ninjutsu, Lee decides to fake ninjutsu in an effort to please him. Another person was actually telling Guy this; Guy quickly beat him up for speaking such heresy.
- Power Copying: A recurring joke is that Lee does his best to imitate other ninjutsu, such as replicating Gaara's Sand Funeral by squeezing himself around the enemy or spinning his eyebrows around to make a Rasensuriken.
- He even tops himself in Chapter 10 by using his eyebrows to imitate Shikamaru's Shadow Sewing.
- Hilariously subverted when he tricks Sasuke into cross-dressing in a bikini with him when Sasuke is using his Sharingan to copy his moves in a fight.
- Power Perversion Potential: "Konoha's Perverted Wind!".
- Pungeon Master: Sakura's dad. His puns are so terrible that they make Naruto and Lee cringe, and his idea of a "cool line" is bad enough to cause a snowstorm to happen in the middle of summer.
- Reaction Shot: Poor Tenten. As the Only Sane Woman, she gets subject to this one a lot.
- Recurring Extra: Strangely, it's Yamato. Lampshaded in chapter 13, when he breaks the fourth wall to tell the reader to look for him as a Funny Background Event in every anime episode.
- Running Gag:
- Lee imitating other people's ninjutsu.
- Lee's habit of using skits in the anime.
- Neji being Dragged into Drag by Lee during these skits, complete with him asking himself why he keeps letting Lee do this.
- Neji's strong, ahem, feelings regarding Hinata.
- Whenever Team Guy participates in something, Murphy's Law will always, always, always be in effect. And it doesn't just extend to them; usually when they try to help someone they end up doing a lot more hurting (both figuratively and literally) than helping.
- The Akatsuki members using their most powerful attacks on each other and blowing up whatever location they're in.
- Whenever Sasuke is brought up in the manga, it's followed by a very slapdash explanation as to why he defected from Konoha.
- Rule of Funny: Every time Lee fakes someone else's technique.
- Schizo Tech: Always lampshaded.
Tenten: Wait, do we even have electricity and gas in this world?
- Sentai: Lee and the gang try to use this to show Iruka's disobedient students the meaning of "friendship and effort, in order to achieve victory" in Episode 22. In the end, the kids end up learning how to Tsukkomi like Tenten, Ino and Sakura.
- Serial Escalation: After Lee sees Naruto prove himself to be better than Kakashi, he decides that he should strive to be better than Guy. So when Guy suggests running 500 laps around the village for training, Lee argues that they should run 500 million. Then 500,000,001. Then 500,000,002. And so on.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Lee instinctively tries to kill Obito when he and Tenten are sent back in time.
- She's Got Legs: According to Lee, that is what drives a man.
- Sick and Wrong: Naruto and Tenten say that about a certain technique in chapter 8.
- No Sell: Sai and Neji have no reaction to the same scene.
- Shipper on Deck: Tenten and Lee are Naruto with Hinata shippers. Neji is not. He's as Flanderized here as in most NaruHina fics (albeit with comedic intentions). Konohamaru isn't so much a shipper as much as he just likes to taunt people, such as by transforming into Sasuke in front of Sakura or into Sakura in front of Lee and Naruto.
- In episode 18, thanks to advice from Shikamaru, Neji and Lee attempt to hook up Tenten with Orochimaru.
- Episode 36-A shows Rock Lee and Guy as Shikamaru/Temari shippers.
Guy: You are in the springtime of your youths!
- Taken to its extremes in Episode 50-B, where Lee attempts to hook up Tsunade with the Raikage.
- Shout-Out: The anime and manga have so many they need their own page.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender
- Smashing Watermelons: The kids wanted to play this in the second half of episode 19, but Guy turns it into a training exercise so he could have the watermelon for himself.
- Spinoff: Of Naruto.
- Stalker with a Crush: When asked what the movie is lacking, Hinata summarizes a plot about a shy girl (her) and her love (Naruto). But the ways she uses to make her fall in love with her (such as breaking into his house to leave a present and watching him at night from the street) move the premise to a horror flick that includes a Yandere smile. She remains oblivious to this until Tenten lampshades it to her.
- Straight Man: Tenten plays this role 99% of the time, and in the anime Deidara of all people fills this in Akatsuki.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Episode 21-B has Orochimaru use the same tactic Lee used in his ghost story during the first half (finding an overdue videotape of the Makeout Tactics movie). The narrator gets angry at him for reusing a joke.
- Super-Deformed: The main art style.
- Sudden Downer Ending: It happens so much at the end of every episode, Tenten lampshades it in episode 47.
Tenten: Can't we have an happy ending just once?!
- Teacher/Student Romance: Naruto & Konohamaru's open-pervert technique for taking out closet-perverts Iruka & Ebisu in ch. 20.
- Tempting Fate: Tenten and Lee both do this in episode 48-B.
- Thanks for the Mammary: Lee accidentally does this to Sakura in chapter 2. It goes as well as you would think.
- Think of the Censors: Tsunade about the Chakra Chateau in episode 51-B.
Tsunade: This is chakra, not alcohol. The PTA can't complain about this one!
Naruto: What's a PTA?
- Third Act Stupidity: Episode 38. While the entire Akatsuki Organization is unaware of Lee's spying, Pain wants to see the "new recruit"'s abilities. Deidara, to open a chance for them to escape, offers to fight. Might Guy then steps in as a new spy and takes up fighting Lee, and believing this is his chance to use a smoke bomb, Deidara readies a bomb, only to be hit and have the read-to-explode bomb land near Sasori. Sasori, in anger, tries to attack using a puppet, only to trip Kakuzu, Kisame, and Konan with his Chakra strings. After tripping them, Kakuzu proceeds to attack Sasori with his Tentacle Punch but Sasori dodges it and hits Hidan and Pain in their faces instead. And it all goes to hell, with every member of the Akatsuki fighting each other (save for Hidan), thus allowing the heroes to escape. It goes more-or-less the same in Chapter 16, save that Deidara is as oblivious as the rest of the Akatsuki members, and Guy doesn't intervene.
- Tomboy: Tenten. So much that she wins the "Mr. Leaf Village" contest. This trope is also the focus of Episode 3-B
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In Chapter 16 and Episode 38: Itachi, Kisame, Pain, and Konan should have known Lee and Tenten weren't Tobi right off the bat.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In Episode 38 Deidara attempts to cover for Lee and Tenten instead of just killing them when he catches them snooping around Akatsuki's hideout.
- Troll: In the second opening for the show, Naruto gives Rock Lee the "Thousand Years of Death" for laughs.
- Tsundere: The fact that Karin is one is lampshaded by Neji.
- Episode 38 implies that Konan is one as well.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Played for Laughs. Every time Hinata appears, expect something bad to happen either to her, or others.
- Umbrella of Togetherness: Lee tries to do this in episode 12-B after seeing Naruto share his with Sakura.
- The Unreveal: Kakashi finally removes his mask in this series, but his chibi nature makes the point moot. We do, however, get an explanation for why he wears the mask: so nobody can see his nosebleeds while reading porn. He does say that that's a joke in the next panel, though.
- Villain Decay: Lampshaded in Episode 46. When the gang runs into Orochimaru at an open bath, Lee notes he has become a bumbling villain throughout the show. However, he also notes that the series is reaching its end, which means Orochimaru's bound to try something seriously evil. Cue everyone starting to be serious. As it turns out, Orochimaru and Kabuto really were just there on vacation, and are now justifiably terrified.
- Even Kabuto lampshades how goofy his boss is acting in this series
"Why don't you realize that if you act like you did in the main series, you could defeat Lee any time you wanted to?"
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Played straight in Episode 48, where Orochimaru uses his virus to turn everyone in the Leaf Village into Orochi-zombies. Sure of his victory, he thanks the fact that the show is near the end of its run and breaks the fourth wall to inform the readers of a new spinoff, called Naruto: Orochimaru's New Adventures. Of course, the trio seem to figure out that there's actually no way to stop the virus. However, the virus mutates the long-suffering Kabuto...
- The Voiceless: Yamato, to the point where it's lampshaded in episode 40-A.
- Wax On, Wax Off: Subverted in chapter 17 of the manga, when Guy temporarily becomes the Hokage and passes some unorthodox decrees. The people of Konoha think it's this, when it's just Guy being his usual eccentric self.
- Wham Episode: Part-A of the finale focuses on Sasuke attacking the Leaf Village.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Surprisingly, Orochimaru gets this in Episode 36-B.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Neji and Lee in episodes 1 (As a daughter/mother) and 2 (As members of Not!AKB48).
- Happens once per episode. Usually it's Neji.
- In episode 28-B he finally has enough, but Hinata unintentionally convinces him to go back to going along with Lee's skits.
- Kabuto has been becoming this recently as well. Neji seems to sympathize with him.
- Worthy Opponent: Lee is one for Orochimaru who admits he has fun matching wits with him
- Writing Around Trademarks: Lee, Neji and Tenten dress up as 'Idols', despite the uniform they wear being exactly like the one for AKB48.
- In Episode 25-B, Lee reminds Neji of the time when they watched Charleston's Angels. He also reminds them of the time they watched a 'space station anime' that was Captain Harlock in all but name.
- In episode 29-A, Lee imagines everyone playing Mariko Kart.
- Lampshaded in episode 31-A when Lee and Orochimaru attempt a karaoke duel, and it's stopped by the powers that be to prevent a lawsuit.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Lee's attempts at winning Sakura's heart. Wasn't quite as bad when he convinced Hinata to try the same thing on Naruto, but still went badly. Lampshaded, of course, by Tenten.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: At the end of the episode 51, Yamato announces the next episode called "Captain Yamato and Graduation Day", and "Captain Yamato's First Day of School". He explains to the viewers that he since he spent so long not speaking for the whole show, he has a lot of catching up to do, and that the episode was the perfect time to make up for all of it. And then Lee reminds him that the show had already ended, meaning that there would be no more new episodes.
- You Meddling Kids: Orochimaru, regarding Team Guy putting hurdles in his attempts to attack Konoha.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Though more of an Orochimaru virus plague, episode 48-B.