There are [[TropeOverdosed so many tropes]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' that we had to split its trope page. The first half: [[Naruto/TropesAToK Naruto: Tropes A to K]]. Tropes about the anime and other media: [[Naruto/AnimeAndOthers Naruto: Anime And Others]].

Please add character tropes directly to said character entry on one of ''Naruto'''s numerous [[Characters/{{Naruto}} characters sheets]], unless it is a key plot point or a remarkable recurring trope (e.g., on this page: NotSoStoic).
This is to keep these pages from inflating artificially.

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* LampshadeHanging:
** Sasuke is often wondering what Naruto and Sakura see in him, and why they're willing to go so far for his sake, when he has given them and the rest of the world nothing but grief in return.
** During the dénouement of the World War Arc, which features endless powerups, backstabbings, ultimate villain introductions, and inexplicable dramatic turnarounds, [[spoiler:Sakura sees the Sage of Six Paths - a mythological figure that was supposed to have been dead for eons - floating and congratulating her for saving the world.]] She doesn't even bother trying to find out how the hell this is possible, and just says that at this point [[SeenItAll nothing would surprise her, and she's frankly tired of it all]].
* LastConfessionWins: {{Inverted|Trope}}, with Sakura's [[NeverLiveItDown infamous]] [[FalseConfession fake love confession]] to Naruto in Chapter 469, which came after Hinata's sincere AnguishedDeclarationOfLove in Chapter 437. Not only does Sakura's fake confession spectacularly ''fail'' to win, it explicitly ''loses''--it is rejected outright, rightfully accused of not being emotionally honest because it was genuinely ''not'' an honest confession, and in retrospect, serves as the '''definitive''' ShipSinking for [=NaruSaku=].
* LavaAddsAwesome:
** [[AllThereInTheManual Son Goku's Jinchuuriki, Roshi, as well as himself, are able to use lava]].
** The 5th Mizukage pulls [[http://kaiafa.deviantart.com/art/Mei-Terumi-Yoton-Gif-203312081?q=favby%3Abrandonhanns%2F45210890&qo=21 this]] outta her sleeve.
** After receiving the power of the Tailed Beasts, [[spoiler:Naruto uses Son Goku's power to create a lava version of his Rasenshuriken to cut down the [[EldritchAbomination indestructible, humanity-ending Ten-Tails tree]] before it can fully bloom]].
* TheLawOfPowerProportionateToEffort: Sage Mode is a perfect example of one that climbs this scale as it slowly succumbs to SoLastSeason.
** At first, it requires Preparation, Charging, ''and'' Concentration to use. Sage Mode takes several minutes of charging nature energy to use, which makes it absolutely useless because you have to enter a battle with it already prepared, and then avoid using the energy you worked so hard to store in the first place.
** Naruto learns to get around this by using SelfDuplication, having his clones charge the energy ''for'' him, and then dismissing them to absorb their power. However, as his clones need to concentrate, that means Naruto is limited in the number of clones he can use (which is problematic as a ZergRush is his signature strategy).
** Later on, though, Naruto's NextTierPowerUp gives him more power to summon clones with, and Naruto master nature energy to the point that he can enter Sage Mode in seconds.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** In the Death Forest after the fight against the Sound Genins, Shikamaru and Choji comment how Naruto is too much an IdiotHero to be a good Shonen manga main protagonist.
** Also, there's one point where Naruto comes running into a fight late, yelling: "''The main character of a story usually shows up in these types of situations and instantly kicks the enemy's ass!''" Naturally, he then proceeds to be [[SubvertedTrope on the receiving end]] of [[WrongGenreSavvy said ass-kicking]].
** That Jiraiya wrote a serious book about a ninja {{Determinator}} whose name is Naruto (which the character of the series was named after by his parents after they read the book) is fourth wall-leaning enough. But in a couple of pages which are only in the volume 48 release, part of Naruto's speech to Pain/Nagato sounds like he's talking about himself as if he was fully aware that he is a fictional character. All of this is done in a ''completely serious'' fashion.
** Acting also as a TakeThatAudience moment, Sakura's infamous [[FalseConfession fake love confession]] to Naruto in Chapter 469 is a verbatim reading of all the arguments Naruto/Sakura shippers used to justify why they should be together (paraphrasing: "I used to love Sasuke, but he's now evil and he's breaking my heart, but you, on the other hand, have always been there for me", and "You used to be a dork but ''now'' you're the village's hero, so of course ''now'' I love you."). Not only does ''every single person present'' have a DisapprovingLook on their faces, but Naruto easily sees right through her, [[WhatTheHellHero calls her out for lying]], and [[ShipSinking rejects her outright]] by telling her that he '''hates''' people who lie to themselves.
** In Episode 499, the penultimate episode of ''Shippuden'' (the arc of the preparations for [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata's]] wedding]]), after learning of the rest of cast's mission to get the perfect wedding gift for them, Hinata innocently says "I never thought [[spoiler:our wedding]] would cause so much trouble." Considering the amount of shipping wars that [[BrokenBase split the fanbase]] through the course of the series, despite [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] being one of the ''biggest'' {{Fan Preferred Couple}}s in anime and manga for the last fifteen years with the manga's entire run, this is perfectly fitting.
* LeftStuckAfterAttack: During the night before the Chunin Tournament starts, Hayate assaults Baki of the Sand Village with his sword. But then Hayate's blade gets stuck on Baki's shoulder, who, while ignoring his shoulder, says: "Would you like to know a kind of blade that will never get lodged to things?" Before he can realize it, Hayate is then killed by the answer to the riddle: a blade made of wind chakra.
* LegoGenetics:
** Orochimaru tried to plant the First Hokage's GreenThumb skill in 60 kids. It only worked on Yamato--the other 59 ''all'' died horrible deaths. Danzō used Orochimaru's research to do the same thing to himself.
** Screwing with the genetics of powerful people seems to be a popular pastime for villains. Madara messed with the first Hokage's genes, too, and Kabuto implanted Orochimaru's cells into himself to find direction for his life.
* LifeEnergy: Chakra is a combination of a person's physical and spiritual energy. While it can be used to power jutsus and enhance the body, it is also required to keep the body functioning. If you use up enough that your body has less than the minimum needed for the body, you suffer from chakra exhaustion. If you use up absolutely all of it you die.
** Overuse of chakra can have visible effects on one's body in addition to fatigue. Using a large amount of chakra at once (or having it drained) results in loss of muscle mass, loss of power and, if it's not stopped, death. Notable examples are Nagato, Kisame, Choji and Shikamaru. Conversely, receiving a huge amount of chakra in an instant restores a person's strength, muscle mass and heals them. Notable examples are Kisame, Reanimated Nagato, Choji, Shikamaru and [[spoiler:Guy after he opened the eighth gate.]]
** Natural energy found in the world acts as a third component of chakra if a person is able to learn how to use it. It's present wherever there's life and greatly enhances the body, but drawing too much will overwhelm the user's own chakra and [[TakenForGranite transform them into stone]].
* LimitedUseMagicalDevice: In the Narutoverse, people are capable of using single-use Ninja Scrolls to inscribe elemental jutsus onto them for various reasons. This ranges from [[MakingASplash Water Style]], to even [[SummonMagic Summoning Jutsus]]. Due to this, a ninja can use a element they normally do not have, provided they have a moment to open and use it.
* LimitedWardrobe: Most characters have one outfit for before or after the TimeSkip, but may wear casual clothes while off-duty. By contrast, the Sand Siblings change outfits in each of their major appearances.
* LineOfSightName: [[ZigzaggingTrope It's hard to tell whether this is played straight, or subverted, or averted, or what]].
** Naruto's namesake, a character from Jiraiya's novel, is [[WatsonianVersusDoylist a Watsonian example]] from our perspective and a Doylist example from the [[ShowWithinAShow story within a story]] perspective, as Jiraiya thought up the name while eating a bowl of ramen and Naruto is a type of ramen topping. The titular Naruto, in turn, was named after said character by his dad, which is not a LineOfSightName at all.
** Sasuke ''was'' a straight-up [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Doylist]] example. Naming a ninja "Uchiha Sasuke" is akin to naming a nurse Fanny Nightingale (you may have heard of SarutobiSasuke). Then we find out that in-universe he's named after the Third Hokage's father, whose name actually ''was'' Sarutobi Sasuke.
* LivingMacGuffin:
** The Jinchuuriki's.
** Sasuke provides an even better example given the number of people who are after him throughout the story.
* LivingWeapon: The Jinchuuriki. Yes, even Naruto. In fact, ''especially'' Naruto. He is the only one who had a specific target - the masked man who attacked the village in the first place (though that story turns out to have been more complicated than anyone anticipated).
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Considering the brutal nature of this universe's profession, it becomes somewhat inevitable that certain individuals, including the titular character, needs someone to help them find the means to carry on, despite the terrifying lifestyle.
** Itachi was this for Sasuke, with Sasuke not realizing it until [[spoiler:Itachi dies and Sasuke learns that Itachi had done everything to protect him in an HORRIBLY convoluted way; he then goes mad with grief]] and has a huge moment of SanitySlippage.
** It's implied that Orochimaru was this for Kabuto.
** Rin. ''Oh, dear lord, just Rin''. She is not only a crutch for one, but ''two''. She was Obito's entire reason for living, and also the only one who keeps Kakashi's mental health together out of a promise he made with Obito. When she dies [[spoiler:by basically commiting suicide by Kakashi's hand after she's forcibly turned into an ApocalypseMaiden]], everything goes to hell for both boys: [[spoiler:Obito becomes a psychotic terrorist hell-bent on an AssimilationPlot]], Kakashi becomes a mentally damaged person whose sanity is barely hanging on and is dangerously close to being DrivenToSuicide like his father before him.
** Naruto and Hinata. Both characters with self-esteem issues helped out each other during the darkest of times in their lives. Naruto's determination inspired Hinata to never give up on herself, while Hinata gently encouraged Naruto during his moments of despair. Naruto's emotional dependency on Hinata first became apparent during the Invasion of Pain arc. Along with still reeling from his master Jiraiya's death, Naruto has just seen his village completely demolished, confirmed that his sensei Kakashi is dead, and just saw his frog-sensei get killed in front of him, and yet he still maintains control of his emotions. But as soon as he is ForcedToWatch Pain almost fatally stab Hinata with one of his chakra rods, right after [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove she sincerely confessed her love to him]]--which was the first time he ''ever'' heard ''anybody'' say that to him genuinely--Naruto crosses the DespairEventHorizon, [[DarkestHour completely loses his will to live]], and [[FromBadToWorse nearly releases the Nine-Tails]].
--->'''Naruto:''' When Pain struck Hinata I was so mad, so full of rage, my heart ''instantly'' connected with the Kyuubi's will.
*** If one were to keep a close eye on their interactions throughout the series, Naruto seems calmer around Hinata and more open about his insecurities with her than with anybody else, as if being with her helps him be at peace with all the pain he's been through in his life.
*** After Hinata [[spoiler:[[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim "rejects"]] Naruto's first LoveConfession in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', our {{Determinator}} found himself in [[NotGoodWithRejection a deep depression]] for four days--three of which he spent being in an AngstComa--and even comes very close to ''[[HeroicBSOD giving up on everything]]''. A pep talk from [[ShipperOnDeck Sakura]] regarding [[SingleTargetSexuality the depths and unwavering nature of Hinata's love for him]] snaps him out of it and gives him a HeroicSecondWind. After the FinalBattle, the two finally become an OfficialCouple, get HappilyMarried, and have a son and a daughter together]].
*** [[http://uzumakibabies.tumblr.com/post/115104310321/throughout-that-mission-naruto-realized-that This quote]] from ''[[LightNovel/SakuraHidenThoughtsOfLoveRidingUponASpringBreeze Sakura Hiden]]'' explicitly states just how important Hinata is to Naruto:
--->"Throughout [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie that mission]], Naruto realized that Hinata's being was irreplaceable and essential to him."
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: which leads to...
** CastHerd: The huge cast is conveniently organized in teams of 3 or 4 members, while antagonists are almost always organized by pairs (Zabuza/Haku, Orochimaru/Kabuto, and of course Akatsuki members), the sole exceptions being the Sound Five and arguably Konan and Pain.
** GeodesicCast: The team 7's [[TwoGuysAndAGirl structure]] "''Two males that are [[RedOniBlueOni of contrasting personality]], [[TheSmurfettePrinciple one female]]''" [[PowerTrio group]], repeated again and again. As the manga progresses it seems to slowly drift away from this gimmick. Justified for Team 7. It's explicitly stated Sasuke and Naruto were both assigned to Team 7 because Sasuke was first-ranked in their Academy class and Naruto was last, and it's tradition to put first and last on the same team to balance out its capabilities.
** According to the [[http://naruto.wikia.com/wiki/Special:BrowseData/Characters Naruto wiki]], there are at least 930 characters from all the various media.
* LocalHangout: Ichiraku's ramen bar.
* LonersWillStayAlone: There is a sort of theme about overcoming this sort of situation with ThePowerOfFriendship... there's also a theme about those unable to do this becoming a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
** The [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Jinchuuriki]] tend to suffer from this from their earliest childhoods.
*** [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Gaara of the Sand]] is a prime example. None of the kids would play with him at first because he was the host of the Ichibi and they were scared. He got more and more desperate, and eventually started using his sand powers to try to stop them from getting away, scaring them even more. Then his dad decided he was more trouble than he was worth and had his trusted uncle try to assassinate him, at which point he broke completely and became an OmnicidalManiac.
*** This example is directly pitted against that of Naruto in-story: the Fourth Hokage, who was beloved by all, had died sealing the Nine Tails Demon Fox, who had gone in a murderous, destructive rampage, into Naruto. Despite the express wishes of the Kage, the villagers decided to blame the kid for it, and despite the extreme law-enforced taboo on talking about the subject, their children picked up on their attitudes and nonverbal cues, and Naruto grew up hated and isolated, and coped with it by making lots of pranks and stupid stuff to attract much needed attention. The entire point of the manga could be said to be to explain is how he slowly overcomes this situation. By the time he meets Gaara, Naruto knows about the redeeming power of friendship, and ends up [[{{Nanoha}} befriending]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship Gaara]] and getting him out of his [[WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries funk]].
** Haku was born from an infamous bloodline, inheriting their special powers. They had been genocided, and he was hated and persecuted throughout his childhood. When he found a man who would accept him for what he was, even if it was apparently only to use him as a disposable tool and weapon, he was so glad he swore undying loyalty to the man, making his value to him as a tool his sole source of self-esteem as a person, and lived up to his promise.
** Zabuza had this enforced on him when, during the final exam of his village's ninja school, which involved killing your comrades, ''he'' single-handedly killed ''[[GoneHorriblyRight all the other candidates]]''. Since then he was treated as a freak and an outcast by damn near everyone. Except Haku.
** Kisame Hoshigaki is revealed to have had this enforced on him as part of a black-ops section of the military, charged with murdering the intelligence members of a team were the team to be captured.
* LongestPregnancyEver:
** Kurenai Yuhi, who is also a PregnantBadass.
** Also Kushina Uzumaki, [[JustifiedTrope who explains]] that a female Jinchuuriki's pregnancy is 10 months instead of the usual 9.
* LoopholeAbuse: By way of LampshadeHanging. TheStinger of the [[TournamentArc Chunin exam]] second stage's HiddenPurposeTest is that the evil mind games and intricate manipulations surrounding the exam were played up so much, you could theoretically pass the test without writing down a single word. Which [[TheTrickster Naruto]] [[TakeAThirdOption does]].
** The next portion of the exam has your team need to get one of two types of scroll to pass. Nothing is stopping you from getting ''more'' than that, to reduce competition in the later parts of the exam or to use as bait if you get jumped by someone stronger than you.
* LosingYourHead: ''Twice''. First, there's Hidan, who, being immortal, yells curses at his beheader until such a time as his head can be reattached. Then, there's Kisame ([[ActuallyADoombot actually a Zetsu clone]]), who compliments his opponents on their victory ''as his head is flying through the air''.
* LoveHurts: Naruto's love for Sasuke (whether [[HoYay romantic]] or not) has torn his heart apart ever since he defected. [[LovingAShadow His one-sided shallow crush on Sakura]] at the beginning didn't give him anything nicer until the end either. Poor guy can't even be relaxed in a mutual romance when [[spoiler:he confesses his love to [[OneTrueLove Hinata]] in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie''; he gets coldly [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim "rejected"]] and finds out that she's getting married to [[BigBad Toneri]], which leads him to get a HeroicBSOD for four days--three of which he spent in an AngstComa--until his friends snap him out of it. Fortunately he gets to [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earn His Happy Ending]] with all of the listed above]].
** And Sakura herself hasn't had it easy either because of Sasuke (whom she has decided to kill ''with her own hands'' to spare him from more grief and betrayal). At the end of the manga [[spoiler:she finally [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earns Her Happy Ending]] by getting married to him]].
** Actually this series of rife with this, whether romantic or not. There's Hinata, who takes a suicidal attack to protect Naruto, whom she loves because he gave her the will [[PluckyGirl to be strong]]; Gaara, who only wanted to be loved, but was hated by everyone until he befriended Naruto, and later cries when facing Sasuke; Konan, whose LoveInterest is none other than Pain; Jiraiya, who was Tsunade's [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]]; Kakashi, who learned what friendship and love were when he lost his best friend Obito and then was forced to kill Rin who loved him and which he promised Obito to protect; Obito who actually survived and witnessed all this; etc.
* LoveLetter: Sakura gets one, but she claims her heart is already taken. In reality, [[LoveMartyr she sadly thinks of]] [[SingleTargetSexuality Sasuke]].
* LukeIAmYourFather: The reveal of Naruto's [[SarcasmMode incredibly]] [[TheUntwist surprising]] parentage.
* MandatoryUnretirement: There are a few cases.
** Hiruzen, the third Hokage, had to leave retirement when the fourth Hokage died.
** Nono was forced by Danzō to become a spy again.
* MagicalEye: The Sharingan, Byakugan, and Rinnegan.
** The Sharingan, and then later the Mangenkyou Sharingan, grant the [[ComboPlatterPowers following abilities]]...
*** AuraVision: The user can see the chakra of others.
*** CombatClairvoyance: It allows the user to perceive even the tiniest details in someone's movements.
*** GuardianEntity / InstantArmor: The Susano'o technique.
*** HypnoticEyes: Can cast Genjutsu even without sufficient training.
*** TechnicolorFire: Itachi and Sasuke can use the black fire Amaterasu technique.
*** PowerCopying: Can copy anything except for techniques of genetic origin.
** The Byakugan grants the following abilities...
*** 360 degree Vision: There's only a small blind spot between the user's shoulder blades.
*** XRayVision: The user can see the bones and organs inside someone's body.
*** [[SuperSenses Telescopic Vision/Microscopic Vision]]: The user can see things that are kilometers away or too tiny for the human eye to see.
*** AuraVision: The user can see the chakra of others.
*** VeinOVision: Blood and chakra flow.
* MagicByAnyOtherName: Sex-change, fireballs, summoning toads! Oh jutsu, is there ''anything'' you can't do?
* MamaBear:
** Kushina, who allowed herself to be ''impaled by Kurama's giant claw'' to stop it from impaling/crushing an infant Naruto.
** Gaara's mother, Karura. At first, it looks like she died cursing the world, the Sand village, and her son, but in actuality, she died vowing to always protect and love her son. Her vow came true in the form of Gaara's sand shield.
** The Three-Tails {{filler}} arc in ''Shippuden'' introduces a little boy named Yukimaru and his guardian Guren. At first, Guren thinks she's just babysitting him, but she eventually grows fond of the boy, enough so that she uses her special Crystal release at select occasions where he is in danger.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Naruto exaggerates this trope to absurd extremes, it's first revealed that [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad Akatsuki]] is lead by a mysterious figure known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Pain]]. Some chapters and an important character death later, we find out that "Pain" is actually a [[PeoplePuppets collection of dead bodies controlled]] by a man named Nagato, who [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil once studied under the same sensei]] as Naruto. Then Nagato is actually being manipulated by a masked man known by the alias "Tobi" who claims to actually be the [[TheDreaded legendary shinobi known as Madara Uchiha]]. Later on, Tobi [[DeadPersonImpersonation isn't the real Madara Uchiha, but is actually a former leaf shinobi named Obito who used to be a student of Naruto's father and later turned evil.]] Then, it turns out Obito's [[AssimilationPlot "Moon's Eye Plan"]] was actually the real Madara's plan, and Obito was also supposed to bring Madara back to life to he become the jinchuuriki of the Ten Tails. [[GambitPileup But later we learn that Obito never had any intention of reviving Madara and himself using him in order to become the jinchuuriki of the Ten Tails]]. But then, turn out they both was being manipulated the entire time by Black Zetsu, a mysterious member of Akatsuki and a being that Madara thought he himself had created to carry out his will. And Black Zetsu? He's actually carrying out the will of Princess Kaguya, an ancient [[PhysicalGod Physical Goddess]] whom the current shinobi clans are descended from and who created Black Zetsu centuries ago right before she was [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] to ensure that she would be revived. And ''then''… [[OverlyLongGag okay, just kidding.]]
* TheManInFrontOfTheMan: Most of the time Black Zetsu seemed only TheDragon for Madara, imagine how Madara and all the spectators were surprised when he showed that he manipulated Madara all this time for the revival of his creator Kaguya.
* ManlyTears:
** Quite often, and from the first chapter on. Mostly [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggerated]] and PlayedForLaughs with Lee and Might Guy.
** The author's reaction on learning that the manga would be serialized into an anime.
* MasqueradingAsTheUnseen
** In the Chūnin Exam, the Kazekage is only ever seen masked or behind a curtain with the implication that this is normal behavior, enabling Orochimaru's impersonation of him.
** A large part of what allowed Tobi to get away with impersonating Madara Uchiha for so long. Nobody knew who was behind the mask and he was powerful enough to back up his claims that he was who he said he was.
** Subverted when Yamato tries to impersonate Sasori by riding in the large puppet he was rarely seen out of. The disguise works until it gets hacked apart and it turns out Orochimaru knows what the real Sasori looks like.
* MassResurrection: It seems this is one of the abilities of a person who possesses the Rinnegan as long as they have enough chakra to do so.
* MasterApprenticeChain:
** The First & Second Hokage > The Third Hokage > Jiraiya > The Fourth Hokage > Kakashi > Naruto (provides the page's picture).
** The Third Hokage > Orochimaru, Jiraiya & Tsunade > Sasuke, Naruto, & Sakura, respectively.
** The Third Hokage > Jiraiya > Konan, Nagato, and Yahiko.
* MesACrowd: The various Clone Jutsu: Shadow, Water, Lightning, etc. Also seen to a smaller scale with Replacement and Substitution Jutsu. Then you have Zetsu, whose white half can be cultivated like a plant. The BigBad grows [[UptoEleven one-hundred-thousand]] copies of him to fight in the fourth ninja world war.
* MeaningfulFuneral: The Third Hokage's funeral.
* MeaningfulName: Most of the characters are affected by this.
** Naruto's surname, Uzumaki, means "spiral" or "whirlpool". There's a famous whirlpool in Japan near the city of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naruto_whirlpool Naruto]] — and it's given its name to those spirally pink things you sometimes see on ramen, which is Naruto's favourite food. (They're called naruto kamaboko, and if you're wondering, they're made of processed fish.) The spiral motif is all over the manga, especially where Naruto himself is concerned. The Leaf Village symbol, the seal on Naruto's chest, his graffiti stylings... just look at the [[http://www.onemanga.com/Naruto/1/01/ first page!]] Further compounding this is the fact that his signature attack is called "Rasengan", which means "Helix Circle". Given that Naruto can mean both 'Maelstrom' and 'Fishcake', his full name can be translated as Maelstrom Whirlpool. Fitting for someone whose ancestors came from a place called the Village Hidden Among The Whirling Tides in The Land Of Whirlpools.
** Sasuke surname "Uchiha" being a type of Japanese fan and the clan symbol, and "Sasuke" being a stock name for a ninja character. The third Hokage's family name is Sarutobi, which sets up the name Sarutobi Sasuke, which is the name of a popular fictional ninja. They also gave said Sarutobi Hiruzen (no personal name given until well after his death) the ability to summon monkeys. Or at least the monkey king, who given he had the perpetually-expanding rod was clearly intended as a [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Son Goku]] pastiche.
** "Sakura" being a reference to her hair colour, and the phrase "Haru no sakura" meaning "spring's cherry blossoms". This works only if you say her name out loud, though. Sakura's last name is actually written with the kanji for "spring" and "field" (not the possessive "no") so her full name really translates out to "Spring Field Cherry Blossom".
** Kakashi means scarecrow. This doesn't immediately sound very flattering- until you realize a scarecrow's purpose is literally to protect things that cannot protect themselves. Suddenly Kakashi's role as team 7's protector at the start of the manga and his role as the Sixth Hokage start to make sense. Also in one episode, the team follow Kakashi to find out what's under his mask. Sakura watches Kakashi standing at the stone memorial for a while until she figures out something is wrong. Sure enough, Kakashi used the substitution technique with a scarecrow that looked just like him from a distance.
** [[LongList And so on...]]
* MenGetOldWomenGetReplaced: Most kunoichi from older generations managed to somehow stay young, particularly Tsunade, whose youth is a spell, and she has never been seen on-camera in her withered old form. Mei Terumi is a kunoichi from an older era who is [[ChristmasCake worried about getting married at her age]], although she is still in her thirties and gorgeous. The only female BigBad [[spoiler:Kaguya]], is an immortal, unkillable goddess. The single exception to this, Elder Chiyo, is used mostly as a {{Foil}} for her evil grandson, Sasori, and after he dies, she does too not long after.
* MentalWorld: When two people communicate via some sort of mind link, they find themselves in a strange, [[TalkingIsAFreeAction timeless]] place.
** Naruto and the Nine Tails communicate in a share mindscape that looks like a prison cell with a very shallow pool of water. Initially, Kurama was locked up behind the seal but after they become friends, the prison bars vanish. Every Jinchuuriki and their Tailed Beast communicate in a similar area.
** Naruto finds himself in such a place when he forms a PsychicLink with Sasuke and, later, Obito.
** Naruto's [[DeadPersonConversation conversations with his parents]] took place somewhere inside his mind.
* MeditationPowerup: Sage Mode. To gather natural energy, one must sit absolutely still in meditation; thus, entering Sage Mode during combat is difficult.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Quite frequent (Hiruzen, Minato, Jiraiya, Asuma, and Chiyo can count as well), though Kakashi and Tsunade avert this. Of notice is that three of the mentors die by the hand of a former student turned evil.
* MessianicArchetype:
** Naruto. Let's count his Messiah credentials... He is TheChosenOne by prophecy. He has [[TrueCompanions a number of devoted followers.]] He's persecuted for most of his early life for being a [[PersonOfMassDestruction Jinchuuriki]]. He's technically dead with Kurama extracted from him and is about to be revived to save the world and most especially he is the reincarnation of the youngest son of the Sage of Six Paths, AKA the God of Shinobi, who was chosen as the Sage's successor.
*** DarkMessiah / EvilCounterpart: Obito Uchiha.
** Sage of Six Paths aka Hagoromo Otsutsuki was this during his time, when he created the Ninshu/Ninja Creed. [[AdaptationExpansion Shippuden episode 464]] is ''almost'' a retelling of the life of JesusChrist: just replace Hagoromo for Jesus and Futami for St. Peter. Hagoromo wants to atone for the role Kaguya played in nearly destroying the world, just like Jesus died in the Scriptures for everyone's sins. The sage then [[WalkingTheEarth travels around the world]], restoring the land and assisting the people, [[TrueCompanions gathering disciples along the way]] after [[AllLovingHero inspiring them with his goodness]] (many of whom turn out to be [[TheAtoner former thieves]], just like the apostles). He even works as a carpenter fixing bridges- Jesus's father was a carpenter! Just to get the point across further, Hagoromo [[SecondComing returns during the Ten Tails's comeback]] to grant Naruto and Sasuke the Yin and Yang releases.
* MeteorMove:
** Rock Lee has his "Primary Lotus" attack, which involves kicking the opponent into the sky, jumping alongside him and wrapping his bandages around the foe, adding [[SpinningPiledriver spin and an assurance that they land headfirst]]. Sasuke subsequently copies this with his "Lion's Barrage," an attack that substitutes several kicks for the bandage-spinning (as he only saw the first half of the attack and didn't know exactly what Lee was going to do with the bandages), and Naruto then copies ''that'' for his "Uzumaki Barrage," a variant that uses shadow clones to begin pummeling the foe into the sky and following up.
** Upon releasing [[DeadlyUpgrade the Fifth Gate]] in his fight against Gaara, Rock Lee kicks the Multihit Meteor variant UpToEleven. He kicks Gaara into the air, jumps behind him and kicks him towards the ground, and then jumps in front of him and hits him ''back into the air'', commencing the game of pinball. Things get rather uncomfortable for Gaara thereafter.
*** As impressive as it is, and unfortunately for Lee, Gaara is actually [[NighInvulnerability only mildly hurt by the entire process because of his sand armor]]. He pulls himself together very quickly after the fight concludes.
* MilitaryMage: Just about every military encountered in the series seems to be composed exclusively of ninja, most of whom make liberal use of explicitly-magical ninjutsu powers. Most fall under the general umbrella of Special Forces and operate in small four-man cells, although the more powerful ones can act as artillery up to and including OneManArmy / PersonOfMassDestruction levels.
* MindlinkMates: Chapter 677 reveals that [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] are this.
* MindRape: Most of genjutsu techniques boil down to this, with Tsukuyomi being the most extreme.
* MindScrew: The sequence where we get treated to a visualization of the effect Naruto's words are having on Obito. First, illusory versions of Minato, Kakashi and Rin appear. Next, Minato and Kakashi start messing with Obito's head. Then things get really weird: Rin starts speaking seductively to Obito, except she's entered the UncannyValley, and then she, Minato and Kakashi start transforming into tailed beasts. Then Naruto turns into young Obito and runs off with Rin. You still something perceive? [[VillainousBSOD Obito not very.]]
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: Played straight and subverted. Several people, the main character included, are better people specifically because they can empathize with the pain others are feeling. However, the main character makes it very clear that endless suffering is like drowning, and you can only last so long without someone pulling you up for air. The jinchuuriki who have someone supporting them turn out well, like Bee and Naruto, but the ones like Gaara who have nobody....don't turn out well. And there are cases like Haku and several members of the Sound, who suffered so much that a single act of kindness or even neutrality made them devote themselves to people just to feel needed, even when they knew they were just being used as tools.
** The overall result seems to be 'misery can make you strong, but you'll likely go crazy and probably be overall weaker than if you had a positive upbringing'. Gaara and Lee were about on even terms without a demon transformation and Lee gained strength from support with his teacher. Killer Bee is also exceptionally strong and respected and he was raised from childhood as a recognized member of his village.
* MonsterShapedMountain: The Land of Iron's signature landmark is the Three Wolves, a mountain that is shaped like 3 wolves' heads.
* {{Mooks}}: The White Zetsu clones.
* MultipleTailedBeast: The tailed beasts, sans Shukaku, who only has one tail.
* MundaneUtility:
** In canon, Naruto jumps into a creek with shadow clones to force some fish to the surface, which Sasuke catches with kunai and cooks with his fire jutsu. Jiraiya also uses a fire jutsu in a flashback to cook a giant fish.
** Ninja in general are somewhat this, especially Genin. The test to pass the Ninja Academy? Produce a pair of illusory duplicates. Your likely first missions? Gardening, babysitting, retrieving lost pets, etc.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Sasuke claims one of the most epic instances of this in the series, but an honorary mention goes to Sakura when [[JerkassHasAPoint Sai gets her to realize]] what the promise she got out of Naruto did to him.
** Kakashi blames himself for Obito's death, insisting that if they had gone together to save their teammate in the first place, that would not have happened.
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: Suspicions that someone bearing the sharingan was involved in the Nine Tails incident, combined with the Uchiha clan's isolation (caused by the Second Hokage's reformations), the [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Fourth Hokage]]'s death, the Third Hokage's reluctance to take measures and Danzo's manipulations to further his ambitions, stretched the -already strained- relations between the Leaf and the Uchiha clan to a breaking point. To ensure their interests were safeguarded, the Uchiha planned a coup d'état that would lead to a civil war and, probably, an invasion of the Land of Fire by its neighbours that would result in the deaths of thousands. With no diplomatic solution available, since those on either side who would mediate between the two factions had been "removed" from the game, the Leaf's elders ordered Itachi to kill every member of the Uchiha clan to prevent this from happening.
* NemesisWeapon:
** Naruto and Sasuke in at least two different ways:
*** Sasuke's signature move Chidori is a hand thrust charged with electricity. Naruto's Rasengan is similarly used ball of pure energy. It turns out that Chidori was a bastardized version of what should've been a Lightning Release Rasengan. After learning this, Naruto is able to create a proper Wind Release Rasengan.
*** In the final arc, the two are revealed to be [[spoiler:reincarnations of the Sage of Sixth Paths sons, and are granted their predecessors' powers by their father.]] Once they receive this power, Sasuke gets the symbol of the moon on his hand, while Naruto gets the sun.
** Kakashi and Tobi also have the same dimensional ability Kamui. This is because [[spoiler:Kamui is a Mangekyo Sharingan ability. Tobi is actually Obito, Kakashi's childhood friend who gave him his one Sharingan eye in the first place. They literally have the same eyes.]]
* NeverASelfMadeWoman:
** Tsunade has light shades of this, since one easily forgotten reason of why she got picked up to be 5th Hokage is that she's respectively the grand-daughter and grand-niece of the 1st and 2nd Hokages. It's by '''no way''' THE one reason, but it's there, somewhere at the bottom.
** Konan was introduced as having been mainly defined by her loyalty to Yahiko and Nagato, and eventually, Naruto. Subverted when she eventually gets a chance to show [[LetsGetDangerous just how powerful she is.]]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] once by Tobi, when Sasuke summoned Garuda, a giant hawk, to aid him in his battle with Danzo.
-->'''Tobi:''' Hmm? A new summoning? When did you get that?
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Uchiha clan holds the world record in this. Remember when they felt things weren't going their way so they had this brilliant idea to sway things in their favor?... Remember how that went? Mm hm. Remember Sasuke's great triumphant moment of revenge? Remember how that one turned out? Mm hm. Remember the part where we find out what Itachi was all about and what he was trying to achieve? See how ''that one turned out?'' Mm hm. Nice job, Uchiha clan. Lampshaded by Itachi, ''about'' himself. He tells Sasuke that it was his fault Sasuke became the criminal he is today.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Ironically, [[BigBad Obito]] arguably did the biggest contributor to the peaceful state of affairs at the end of the series. By serving as a sort of ultimate enemy, Obito provided the shinobi nations of the world with the impetus to set aside their previous grievances and stand together for a common cause by serving as a common enemy for all of them. In a sense, he's the person who gave the shinobi world one big push towards unification and a lasting peace. It's arguable that, if he hadn't shown up at five kage summit and declared war on everybody, things would have been much more tense between the Shinobi villages.
* {{Ninja}}: Pretty much everyone is referred to as a ninja, even if they dress in orange or fight by summoning giant toads. The ANBU fit the ninja mold much better, being an elite group of mask-wearing warriors who specialize in assassination and espionage.
* NinjaLog: Used in a surprising number of variations, including several that explode.
* NobodyPoops: {{Averted|Trope}} in the sports festival OVA as well as the actual show. Naruto is the usual offender. Played straight with the early Zetsu clones, which explicitly don't poop, to the point where they actually ask Tobi what it's like.
* NoHarmRequirement: The [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad Akatsuki]] were tasked with catching the Jinchuuriki to extract their Tailed Beasts. However, the ritual to extract the beast only works if the host is still alive. Kisame remarked how ''not'' killing them was the hardest part of the job.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: There is effectively ''no'' on-page romance in the series at all. Kurenai ended up pregnant with [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy the late Asuma's child]] without them having even ''appeared on the same page'' for several hundred chapters beforehand and in chapter 700 we just get to see all the characters paired up along with their children (including some characters [[PairTheSpares who never even MET during the story]]) with no signs of their relationships (most didn't even interact with their own spouses). This was due to Masashi Kishimoto's [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2014/11/kishimoto-sensei-speaks-after-narutos-finale/ self-confessed inability to write romance]], which he attributed to chronic embarrassment. Only [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] subverts it with ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' [[spoiler:where they get a detailed RomanceArc which ends with a BigDamnKiss that signifies the start of their relationship]]. Kishimoto thought he wouldn't be able watch the said scene but "surprisingly" he could and felt like his children grew up and flew away from home.
* NonhumansLackAttributes: Usually played straight (e.g., Kakashi's dogs). Averted with a certain armadillo. {{Squick}}. Also averted for Akamaru in the [[PottyHumor comical]] spin-off ''Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth''.
* TheNoseBleed: The inevitable result of Naruto's Sexy Jutsu.
* NotADate: Asuma and Kurenai deny being out together, claiming they just happened to meet on the road. Nobody's buying it. Similarly, Shikamaru and Temari say they are only hanging out together because they have to oversee the Chunin exams.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: One half of the first task of the Chūnin exam is actually this.
* NotEvenHuman: How most people in the manga view jinchuuriki. This way of thinking is a personal berserk button for Naruto.
* NothingButSkinAndBones: Nagato is horribly skinny because of a DangerousForbiddenTechnique of his, which drained his life force. His legs had been burned useless just before that. And overall, he uses nothing but techniques that consume huge amounts of chakra.
* NotJustATournament: The Chunin Exam arc features a single-elimination tournament as the final stage of the exam. Initially, the idea is that the contestants will fight each other and that the judges determine who should be promoted based on the performance. However, it is soon explained that that function is more of an in-universe ExcusePlot to showcase competition between villages. Said competition affects incoming business for each village.
** The Kazekage even refuses to let his village's star ninja get a free pass to the next round because his tardy opponent is from a distinguished clan and defeating such an individual would be a great way to showcase his village's ability. In actuality, the disguised Orochimaru wanted Sasuke to fight to help advance his Cursed Seal corruption, but the excuse is solid enough that Sarutobi accepts it.
* NotQuiteDead: A number of characters pull this off at some point or another, but the runaway award winner is Orochimaru. Second place goes to [[NighInvulnerability Hidan and Kakuzu]], who each should have died at least thrice in their arc. Justified (at least in-universe) in that Hidan is immortal and Kakuzu has 5 hearts (and does finally die when all five are killed).
* NoTrueScotsman: Jiraya and Orochimaru have a brief argument over what makes a true ninja, in the context of whether Naruto qualified. Orochimaru said it was being proficient at ninjustu, Jiraya claimed it was having the guts to never give up. In an earlier conversation, Zabuza defined ninja as killers with blood on their hands.
* NotSoDifferent: Naruto has many foils throughout the series, and often he finds out that he's more like them than he thought:
** Gaara is what Naruto would have become if Iruka hadn't acknowledged him. They share the traumatic isolation of being hosts to tailed beasts. This is made all the more poignant by the fact that we are introduced to Gaara as a completely AxCrazy monster hungry for blood and only find out that he and Naruto are NotSoDifferent after several {{Establishing Character Moment}}s of Gaara's that involve plenty of murder. What's more, they were both entrusted to the care of someone whose loved ones they'd inadvertently killed. Where their paths diverged, and for us the story begins, is Iruka not succumbing to pressure and manipulation to become another face lost in the jeering, uncaring masses.
** Naruto realizes at some point that his own anger from Konoha's hatred towards him means he could've been the threat to Konoha and Sasuke the one defending it. The panel shows Naruto using chidori and Sasuke using Rasengan to drive it home.
** For all of the godlike destruction Pain wreaks, it is eventually shown that he started out very similar to Naruto, and his ideals never really wavered; it was only the "goody-good" methods he despaired of.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with Obito - when he is finally introduced properly as a villain, the ''first'' thing we learn is how similar his beginnings were to Naruto's; it is only later revealed how radically different their choices and conclusions had been.
* NotSoStoic: It's something of a theme that no one can truly kill or completely overcome their own emotions and pretty much ''everyone'' who tries to play TheStoic with some level of development lets loose at some point.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: End of Part I. Seems to be the case after a certain WhamEpisode in Part II, but the lasting effect on the plot turns out to be less drastic than expected.
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* ObliviousMockery: Having heard that Jūgo went to Orochimaru voluntarily, Suigetsu comments that only someone completely nuts would throw himself into Orochimaru's arms. Right next to Sasuke, who threw himself into Orochimaru's arms for the sake of his revenge.
* OddlySmallOrganization:
** Due to lack of focus, a lot of the clans initially come off as this. However, the later arcs show that at least most of them have ''far'' more people than just a single nuclear family.
** [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad The Akatsuki]]. Its size is never clearly stated. It's defined as a ten-member group, incredibly small for an organization aiming at world domination, although Sasori has several underlings working for him in the Sand village and their leader turns out to have a whole village under his control.
* OfficialCouple: Asuma and Kurenai, Minato and Kushina, Dan and Tsunade, Hayate and Yuugao, and Konan and Yahiko. In the epilogue, the official pairings for the original teenagers in the series are revealed to be [[spoiler:Shikamaru and Temari, Sai and Ino, [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Choji and Karui]], Kiba and Tamaki, and for the main characters, Naruto and Hinata, and Sasuke and Sakura]]. You can read more about the twists and turns that eventually led to those under "Shipping Rollercoaster" in the [[{{Analysis/Naruto}} Analysis page]].
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome:
** We don't see most of the fights between the Tailed Beasts' hosts and Akatsuki.
** Tenten is ''constantly'' a victim of this. Most memorable in that regard is her battle with Edo Kakuzu; this is a villain Jounins were having trouble with, and Naruto had to eventually step in with his Big Damn Rasen-shuriken to defeat, even ''before'' he was an indestructible infinite-chakra zombie. Tenten defeats him, or at least gets halfway there, but we never get to see the Armageddon of pointy weapons she presumably unleashed on him in the process.
** The specifics of what Hinata wrought upon the Juubi-lings with Divination: 64 Twin Lion Fist strikes are left to our imagination (even in the anime), which is especially {{egregious}} given that we never got to see what the Twin Lion Fists do in the first place.
* OhCrap:
** Sure to happen whenever some invincible villain turns out to be NotSoInvincibleAfterAll or some ultimate technique turns out to be [[TheWorfBarrage Not So Ultimate After All]]. Also a common response to nightmarish genjutsu before the victim realizes (s)he's been caught in one.
** A rather humorous example is Shikamaru during the final round of the Chunnin exams. He has no interest in fighting the match, and is about to give up when Naruto pushes him into the field, and he is promptly jeered by the audience because he is not Sasuke. His face has OhCrap written all over it.
** Not being able to regenerate when you're supposed to be able to regenerate. For example, [[spoiler:the [[http://naruto.wikia.com/wiki/Summoning:_Impure_World_Reincarnation zombified]] Fourth Hokage is unable to regenerate his missing arms, which zombies in the Naruto-verse are supposed to be able to do. This seems especially unfair, since all three of his equally-zombified Hokage comrades have each regenerated massive battle damage.]]
** The entire company of ninja when Madara (the real one) uses a Jutsu that '''[[ColonyDrop calls down a meteor]]'''.
* OneTrueLove: Naruto has been searching for the one person who would love him unconditionally, in spite of everything that has and will transpire in his life, along with [[WartsAndAll all of his flaws]], like his parents would have if they lived beyond his birth. However, he was unable to reconcile this with the romantic implications of such a relationship due to his emotionally-stunted childhood, which was deprived of such affection because of his status as the village pariah. [[LovingAShadow He wanted that person to be Sakura, because he saw her love for Sasuke, and being Sasuke's rival and wanting to beat him out at something for once, sought that love for himself]]. However, after her [[NeverLiveItDown infamous]] [[FalseConfession fake love confession]] in Chapter 469, he realized that she would ''never'' be this for him, and as a result [[ShipSinking he rejected her outright and stopped having a crush on her]]. ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' makes it clear that the person he's ''really'' been searching for all this time is [[spoiler:Hinata, [[ChildhoodFriendRomance the girl who has admired, acknowledged, and loved him for the way he is since the day they met]]. Naruto was never able to notice [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Hinata's rather unsubtle feelings for him]] because he has never been able to truly understand the concept of [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove romantic love]]. However, as the events of ''The Last'' progress and he finally understands, he realizes that Hinata is the person he's meant to protect and be with, as he also understands the true nature of his own feelings for her]].
** As WordOfGod said at NYCC very beautifully:
--->'''Creator/MasashiKishimoto:''' ''"I think what made me realize it was partly because, if you really look back and think about it, [[spoiler:Hinata]] always supported and acknowledged Naruto, even before Master Iruka. She had the ability to see beyond his reputation and see the true person inside. I think I started realizing that '''they were meant to be'''."''
** Interestingly, Naruto and [[spoiler:Hinata]] manage to fit all three possibilities that make them soulmates. First, [[BirdsOfAFeather they have quite a lot in common]], from their [[DarkAndTroubledPast lonely and painful past]] to their [[IJustWantToBeLoved desire to be loved]] to their [[AllLovingHero empathetic nature]] and to their habits and likes when it comes to food and plants. Second, they are {{Foil}}s to each other in regards to [[OppositesAttract their different personalities]], and Naruto previously had a one-sided shallow crush on the HotBlooded pink-haired {{Tsundere}} Sakura (until [[ShipSinking Chapter 469]]) before he fell in love with and got HappilyMarried to [[spoiler:the {{Shy Blue Haired|Girl}} NiceGirl Hinata]], so TrueLoveIsExceptional as well. Finally, they are revealed to be MindlinkMates in Chapter 677, but even as far back as the Chunin Exams arc, after Naruto learned some of [[spoiler:Hinata's]] {{Backstory}}--that she was viewed as a failure by [[AbusiveParents her own family]] and she desired to be acknowledged and accepted by them--he came to understand her a lot better because he realized she was very similar to him: he himself was viewed as a failure by almost all of Konoha and he desired to be acknowledged and accepted by everyone.
* OneExtraMember: The "[[QuirkyMiniBossSquad Sound Five]]" actually counts [[CreepyTwins Sakon and Ukon]] as one person, instead of making it the Sound Six.
* OneWingedAngel: Many. A couple of the purer "villain" forms of the transformation involved Gaara's grotesque mutation into his demonic Shukaku form, and Orochimaru's curse seal's second stage, which turns the bearer into a monstrous version of their former selves: various members of the Sound Five grow horns, spikes, deformed facial features, an extra eye, and a tail from using it, and FaceHeelTurn Sasuke actually grows hand-like wings.
** Orochimaru himself has a grotesque "true form" that he transforms into whenever he performs his [[GrandTheftMe body-switch technique]]. He takes the shape of a giant white snake made up of a multitude of smaller snakes, with a monstrous, dragon-like face and shaggy black hair. He also has a jutsu that allows him to transform into [[{{Orochi}} a giant "hydra"]], one of the mouths of which holds his normal body.
** All the Akatsuki have a OneWingedAngel form in one way or another. Kakuzu's [[CombatTentacles tentacle mass thing]], Hidan's Grim Reaper form, Kisame's Samehada-Fusion form, Itachi and Sasuke's [[PowerArmor Susano'o]], Sasori's real body, Konan and her paper angel form, Pain already consists of ''six remotely controlled zombies''; his final revealed form was a creepy wasted body impaled by many chakra antennae. Deidara did the thing mentioned in the trope description of becoming a living bomb... [[BigBad Tobi]] the only who do not have this (Well, that is, before he became Jinchuuriki Ten-Tails).
** All the Jinchuuriki have this. They have their human forms, then the Version 1 (as Killer Bee called it) chakra shroud, which is still human, but has the chakra of his/her Tailed Beast creating a BattleAura with the appearance of the beast. Then there is the Version 2, which makes the Beast's chakra burn their skin and making the tails solid, and has the risk of reducing the Jinchuuriki lifespan if he doesn't have the beast under control. Then there is the change into the beast itself...
* OnlyAFleshWound: ''"Oh, my god! That was my arm! They ripped off my arm! AARGH!"'' - A quote not uttered by anyone at any point in the series, though logic dictates it ''should be'' on at least five separate occasions. On ''two'' separate occasions, a villain has this done to them, and instead of the battle being over right there and then, they just kept fighting to eventually ''win''. This is especially odd given how much Orochimaru was both furious and terrified at the loss of his arms (sealed, rather than cut off) - however, his reaction's based around being no longer able to use ninjutsu, rather than the loss of his arms' functionality ''period''.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou:
** Dosu does this to Sasuke in an attempt to foil Orochimaru's plans; this leads to his death at Gaara's hands. Gaara himself uses this before his HeelFaceTurn by saying Sasuke is "his prey."
** Itachi Uchiha basically says that the only one allowed to defeat him is his younger brother, the same Sasuke. But [[TheAtoner he has his reasons]] for saying that.
** Also, Naruto and Sasuke, mutually and multiple times.
** When Jiraiya is about to take on Itachi and Kisame at the inn, Sasuke insists that the only one who is going to kill Itachi is him. Well, needless to say, that fight doesn't exactly end in his favor. Nor do any future attempts.
* OppositesAttract: Most of the {{Official Couple}}s, past and future, in the series fit this mold.
** Hinata is attracted to Naruto, even though she's an [[JapanesePoliteness overly polite]] ShrinkingViolet with nil self-confidence and whose fighting style is [[LadyOfWar precise and accurate]], and he's a complete [[BrattyHalfPint rude, loud]], overly-optimistic IdiotHero whose fighting style is [[LeeroyJenkins unorthodox and full of surprises]]. Naruto eventually falls for her too. Interestingly, only in personality and fighting style do they embody this trope; overall, they more accurately fit BirdsOfAFeather.
** Minato and Kushina, the former being [[NiceGuy a very nice and polite man]] and the latter being a HotBlooded {{Tomboy}}.
** Shikamaru and Temari; [[BrilliantButLazy he's lazy, calm and prone to doubting himself]], while she's an aggressive ActionGirl.
** [[BroodingBoyGentleGirl Sakura, the loud, brash healer from an ordinary family who starts the series quite weak loves the calm, broody Uchiha prodigy Sasuke]].
** TheSocialExpert Ino with NoSocialSkills Sai.
** Dog-lover Kiba starts dating cat-lover Tamaki.
* OrganTheft: All over the place; name a body part, and someone's taken it from a dead opponent and integrated it into their own body. [[BodyHorror Gruesomely.]] The Uchiha have a power-up based on taking a sibling's eye.
* OrphanageOfLove: Where Kabuto was initially raised.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Type "V" for the characters brought back with the forbidden technique ''Edo Tensei''.
* OutOfFocus: Most of anyone in this series who has just played some significant part in the plot and is not part of Team 7 or a top-tier villain goes straight to the OffstageWaitingRoom. In fact, more often than not, when the focus shifts to any of the secondary characters it's because something ''[[ADeathInTheLimelight bad]]'' is about to happen to them. Particularly {{egregious}} in that Sakura, who ''is'' a main character from Team 7, also falls prey to this for most of Part II of the manga.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Too many characters to tell. Despite relatively consistent competence, Tsunade suffers from this chronically, as does her disciple Sakura (''despite'' being a designated main character and an ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl). In-universe, Obito admits outright to Minato that he feels overshadowed by Kakashi's superior ability.
* PapaWolf:
** Minato - Shortly after Naruto is born, Tobi shows up and threatens his newborn son. Minato pulls no punches in ensuring his child survives, even ultimately sacrificing his own life to make sure the threat is dealt with.
** Iruka, Naruto's surrogate father of sorts, does his part when he takes a huge shuriken in the back for Naruto's sake.
* ParentalAbandonment: Orphans abound due to the life of a ninja just not being very conductive to one's life expectancy. Kyuubi killed numerous ones in its rampage -- the ones which weren't killed in the previous Ninja Wars, that is. Some would-be-plot-relevant parents may have managed to escape this fate by virtue of their [[InvisibleParents invisibility]].
* PassingTheTorch: The final Episode of ''Shippuuden'' has at the very end Naruto handing over his Ninja Headband to his son, Boruto, signaling the beginning of the [[Manga/{{Boruto}} new series]].
* PassionIsEvil: Seems to become an important theme in Part II.
** Kurama can much more easily take control of Naruto when the latter feels despair or hatred. [[EnemyWithin Whenever it has an occasion, it will try to push Naruto over the edge]]. At least until Naruto manages to defeat him, and then [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriend him]].
** Nagato connected himself to the Gedo Mazo while feeling intense pain and hatred following Yahiko's sacrifice.
** Even later, strong emotions are revealed to be the "curse" of the Uchiha clan, and that feeling strong emotions, like love and friendship, then suddenly losing them, is what creates the Sharingan.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Most prominently Tailed Beast hosts, but it's a valid option to any protagonist or villain so inclined provided they have a sufficiently high [[PowerLevels Power Level.]] ([[MemeticMutation cue Vegeta breaking his scanner]]).
* PhlebotinumHandlingRequirements: The sword Samehada can only be wielded [[EmpathicWeapon if it likes the taste of the wielder's chakra]].
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: In RealLife, ninjas were covert agents and mercenaries who engaged in such things as espionage and assassination and so on and so forth (or at least, that's what pop culture agrees they were, but the difference is semantic). Though early arcs do make some attempt to play up these things, at no point do any of the good guys actually do any of it, despite being trained for it. Later in the series this is outright abandoned as the cast begins pursuing personal vendettas and fighting the bad guys using lasers and giant animals. For a long time the villains actually do all the things ninjas are supposed to have done, but this is eventually derailed into magic eyes, immortal zombies, mountain-leveling laser blasts, and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
* PlayingWithFire: Any character who uses fire techniques. [[ConvectionSchmonvection Not that any of them could really]] [[TheWorfBarrage help anyone win a fight]].
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: Sakura to Sasuke before he leaves the Leaf, in an absolutely [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] scene. Naruto’s entire fight with Sasuke at the Valley of the End consists of this, eventually turning into “I’ll break every bone in your body and drag you all the way back if that’s what it takes!” “I won’t let you be taken by someone like Orochimaru!” ''Subverted'' by Naruto when he just wants to talk with Sasuke, even going so far as to tell Sasuke that they will [[TakingYouWithMe die together]] if they fight each other, then allows him to go freely on his way once he’s finished.
* PlotArmor:
** Sasuke Uchiha is a major offender, often relying on NewPowersAsThePlotDemands to make him [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe As Strong As He Needs To Be]]. His most iconic one may be when, after it has already been established that he was out of chakra, he has continued use of his Sharingan, summons a giant snake, hypnotizes it, jumps in its mouth, and teleports it and himself out of harm's way, all to avoid a massive 10-kilometer-radius explosion. After said explosion ''had already gone off. A few feet from him.'' ([[http://sractheninja.deviantart.com/art/Naruto-Deidara-Lives-63271750?q=gallery%3Asractheninja%2F196008&qo=77 Illustration.]])
** Madara Uchiha is a villainous version of this. Since his resurrection, Madara got in a few situations in which he was very close to defeat, only to [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands suddenly demonstrate a new power that had never been seen or even hinted at before]], or [[BeyondTheImpossible just doing impossible action without explanation]]. His most iconic one may be when he was somehow knowing how terminate the contract with Edo Tensei when the person who summoned him was defeated despite the fact that even the original creator of this jutsu does not know how to do it. And as if in confirmation of this when his PlotArmor disappeared (after activation Infinite Tsukiyomi) he was defeated literally one hit in the back from Black Zetsu which showed that he manipulated Madara all this time and to use him as fodder for Kaguya's resurrection. The plot gods giveth and the plot gods taketh away, actually...
** Hinata somehow manages to survive being stabbed point-blank in the stomach, getting caught in the blast radius of a WaveMotionGun and lying there alone, bleeding and unconscious, for several minutes, while two PersonsOfMassDestruction summon gravity blasts and giant chakra balls all over the resulting smoking crater.
** This is in effect for the Ninja Alliance in general for pretty much all of the war. They're fighting an army of invincible zombies, who in life were some of the strongest ninjas to ever live... including aforementioned ''Madara Uchiha''. And there are only a handful of non-{{Red Shirt}} casualties. At best, three {{Mauve Shirt}}s die (Ino and Shikamaru's fathers and, above all, Neji) and not even the slightest hint of anyone else dying. Not even Gai, who uses an explicitly fatal DangerousForbiddenTechnique to fight Madara and is saved by Naruto intervening with his DeusExMachina power-up.
** [[spoiler:Kaguya]] is so hilariously over-powered she makes Madara Uchiha look like Part I Sakura. [[spoiler:She has the ability to teleport herself or others at any point to any place, which they are unable to resist in any way. Despite this and some degree of reality warping, she's unable to kill any of Team 7.]]
* ThePlotReaper: Victims include:
** Jiraiya, who falls prey to the MentorOccupationalHazard.
** Orochimaru, who has served his purpose as the BigBad and has to make room for Sasuke to prove himself as a serious threat in his own right. This is eventually inverted; Orochimaru is required for plot purposes again, the process is reversed, and Orochimaru is free to roam the Earth and do his new thing.
** Itachi, who finally dies because the plot is done milking Sasuke's grudge against him for everything it's worth.
** Konan, an inconvenient leftover from an old storyline to begin with, is much more valuable to the plot as a minor character whose death people will actually still kind of care about than as yet another ally for Naruto, busy running a faraway village and nigh-completely detached from the main thrust of the plot.
** Danzo, who would have been the key to a myriad hypothetical arcs, questions chasing questions and twisty little passages of plot that the author apparently just wasn't very eager to deal with.
** Neji, whose death--according to Kishimoto--serves the purpose of pulling Naruto and Hinata closer together after the WarArc.
* PlotTumor:
** The Uchiha clan, and Sasuke in particular, have done nothing but become more prominent in the story as time passes. It's gotten to the point where the Uchiha clan is responsible for the entire plot of the manga. Sasuke started out as merely TheRival to Naruto (though he clearly had greater story importance than other such rivals due to also being Naruto's teammate) who wanted to avenge his clan, but as the Uchiha presence expanded, so has his. He's arguably had more face time in the manga than the actual protagonist (he hasn't, though he's had more than every other character despite being largely absent for the first three arcs of Part II), and in the arc that's shaping up to be the climax of the series, it's mainly Uchihas who accomplish anything of importance [[spoiler:since two of them are the main villains, and a third single-handedly negates the mass revival technique that nobody else could stop]]. [[BrokenBase It's a sore spot between fans whether this is a good thing, a bad thing, or something in between.]]
** The First Hokage possessed a rare ability to control wood, something done by combining water and earth elemental chakra. In the beginning, this was just one of ten possible chakra combinations, with no reason to believe it was any more special than lava chakra or ice chakra. As the series has progressed, however, the importance of the first hokage's cells, which possessed this ability, has grown to the point where the amount of characters that possess them rivals the amount that possess the sharingan.
** The Sage of Six Paths. Originally just the man who was the first user of chakra and supposed progenitor of the Uchiha and Senju clans, and later the one who brought the tailed beasts into being by defeating a worse creature and splitting it up, it eventually turns out that [[spoiler:Naruto and Sasuke, and Hashirama and Madara before them, are direct reincarnations of his sons, his mother is actually the BiggerBad, and her "third son" [[TheDragon Black Zetsu]] has been manipulating the world since the Sage's time try and bring her back.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Though the governments do have safety nets to deal with rogue ninjas, these are incredibly inadequate. The people in charge of taking out rogue ninjas are [[NominalImportance Nameless]] Faceless Mooks that get slaughtered by anything stronger than a stiff breeze whereas said rogues are, almost without exception, THE strongest ninjas in the world.
** The invasion of the Hidden Sand is probably the worst example in the series. The border guards are massacred by their treacherous leader. The interior ninja specifically watching for aerial intruders are dispatched by an opponent in the sky. Neither group even manages to see the Akatsuki members, but Gaara is able to identify the aforementioned flying enemy by casually glancing out the window.
* PoorlyTimedConfession:
** During the fight between Naruto and Pain, [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]] arrives on the battlefield to help Naruto. After Naruto pleads her to run away, [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove she confesses her love to Naruto]] and tries to fight Pain, but ends up [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice getting stabbed]]. Believing she's dead, [[BerserkButton Naruto goes into an]] UnstoppableRage [[DarkestHour of epic proportions]].
** After [[JerkassHasAPoint getting called out by Sai]] for [[BrutalHonesty how much of a burden telling Naruto to bring back Sasuke was]], Sakura tries confessing to Naruto that [[BlatantLies she loves him now]]. Under a lot of stress at this moment, Naruto easily sees right through her, [[WhatTheHellHero calls her out for lying]], and [[ShipSinking rejects her outright]] by telling her that he '''hates''' people who lie to themselves.
** Madara Uchiha reveals to Obito Uchiha that [[spoiler:he manipulated things to get [[TheLostLenore Rin]] killed so as to make Obito his pupil. Obito, who was starting to go through a HeelFaceTurn, fully switches sides as a result]].
* PowersDoTheFighting:
** Gaara is protected by his sand, so for most of his fights early on in the series, he stands by while the sand deflects projectiles and destroys his enemies for him.
** Naruto's Nine-Tails chakra shroud (before he defeated Kurama and took control of the Nine-Tails's chakra) can act independently from him and launch its own attacks.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: The level 2 of the cursed seal. Averted for Juugo, even though he's the source of it. {{Inverted}} with Jiraiya's ''hari jizo'' attack, where your hair growing makes for power. Moreover, it ''is'' the Jutsu’s power.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: [[SubvertedTrope ...is apparently a distant second behind the power of a sufficiently well-seated superiority complex]]. It is nonetheless strong enough to end ancient grievances, unite the Ninja Villages against a common foe, and remind an EldritchAbomination about his better nature.
* ThePowerOfHate: ...will cause a cycle of revenge throughout the ages. Sasuke also lives by it.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[SubvertedTrope ...is apparently a distant second behind the power to repel things with gravity, and cannot sooth a sufficiently deep-seated hunger for power and revenge]]. It is nonetheless powerful enough to make an ever-active shield out of sand protecting your loved ones after you die, and to pull you away from the brink of madness and despair.
** The Power Of LoveMakesYouEvil: Extremely strong love that turns to hate is revealed to be exceptionally powerful:
-->'''Tobirama (Second Hokage):''' ''[[to Sasuke]]'' When Uchiha suffer after experiencing the loss of a loved one or despair, special chakra sprouts inside their brains, which affects the optic nerve and produces a change in their eyes. That is "the eye that reflects feelings"... ''The Sharingan''. ''[...]'' The deeper their darkness becomes, the more powerful their eyes get, and it's impossible to handle them... like in Madara's case.\\
'''Hashirama (First Hokage):''' Madara really loved his little brother... probably even more than your brother.
%%* PowersAsPrograms
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality:
** How moral is pursuing {{revenge}}? That depends on who you are. If you're Sasuke, it's a corruption to stay away from and Kakashi will give you an extensive lecture to make sure you get that. If you're Shikamaru, it's a rite of passage that will get you closure. No one is actually bothered by this because Sasuke is batshit insane and wants to exact revenge on an entire village full of innocent people, whereas Shikamaru just goes after the guy who killed his {{Mentor}}; nonetheless, it's still sort of disconcerting that rather than acknowledge this, the manga just keeps on spouting the "revenge = bad" message. This is made even worse by the fact that when Kakashi is lecturing him, Sasuke only wants to go after [[AloofBigBrother Itachi]], who is believed to have killed his clan ForTheEvulz and is part of the same [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad evil organization]] as the guy Shikamaru revenge-kills. He doesn't even want to go after the village until well after Shikamaru's arc is finished.
** Naruto's obsession with redeeming a traitor and would-be mass murderer just because they happen to have an abrasive WorthyOpponent dynamic (which the audience is repeatedly told is friendship) is treated, at worst, as idealistic to a fault. When ''bad guys'' are loyal to villains who showed them kindness, it's tragic and destructive (Haku, Zaku, [[OneOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Kimimaro]]). To be fair, there ''are'' exceptions where it is portrayed as a redeeming characteristic for a villain, such as with Kisame.
** Pain brings this up to Naruto during his attempt to [[BreakThemByTalking Break Him By Talking]] -- the status quo the Leaf Village calls "peace" means constant, hellish war for the smaller nations.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: Sasuke's takes such a big share of the story that for a while [[SpotlightStealingSquad he effectively serves as the main character]].
* PsychicLink: When the chakra of two (or more) people is connected, they are sometimes able to see each other's thoughts and emotions. Justified, since ''ninjutsu'' was originally ''ninshu'', a way for people to communicate by melding their chakra.
-->'''Sasuke:''' When two shinobi are powerful enough, they're able to read each other's thoughts simply by an exchange of fists, without ever uttering a single word.
** Naruto and Sasuke often "talk" this way. After the TimeSkip, it's the only way they ''can'' communicate.
** While he was trying to extract the Tailed Beasts from Obito, Naruto had a long talk with him in a shared MentalWorld. Minato later says he was able to see the entire thing.
* PsychoRangers: The Sound Five (see EvilCounterpart).
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: A large portion of the major villains are this to someone in the story, including Orochimaru, Sasuke, Nagato, Konan, and Tobi/Obito.
* PunnyName:
** ''UZUMAKI Naruto'' = "Spiralling whirlpool" (plus "naruto" is a ramen topping)
** ''HARUNO Sakura'' = "Cherry blossoms of spring"
** ''HATAKE Kakashi'' = "Farmer's scarecrow"
** ''UMINO Iruka'' = "Sea dolphin"
** ''HYUGA Hinata'' = [[RepetitiveName Hyuga and Hinata can be written with the same Kanji]]. "Hyuga" means "towards the sun" and "Hinata" means "sunny place."
** [[LongList And so on...]]
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* RandomPowerRanking: Uses S, A, B, C and D ranks for the missions, though they [[JustifiedTrope serve a purpose]]: higher ranking (and therefore more dangerous) missions are more dangerous, therefore more expensive as they would require more or better ninja, so there's an incentive for customers to leave out details and get a lower ranking. The letters are based on the Japanese school grading system (S is for "Shin", meaning "Perfect"), and there's also an E rank for the most basic jutsu. Of course, [[RuleOfDrama just about every "C" mission shown turns out to be an "A" or above mission]].
* RankUp: Almost all of the Konoha 11 ninja are promoted in between the TimeSkip. Gaara takes this further by going from Genin to the Kazekage.
** Naruto himself averts this, being now possibly the most powerful ninja in the village [[AlmightyJanitor but having one of the lowest ranks.]] Funnily, Sasuke is in the same situation, being a missing-nin.
* RaysFromHeaven: Inverted at the end of the Naruto vs. Sasuke fight at the Valley of the End. After the final clash, Naruto is lying on the ground with Sasuke looking down at him. Sunlight has broken through the clouds and one of the rays is on Naruto, but the cloud cover returns and the ray slowly shrinks to a point on his bare[[labelnote:*]](emphasizing the lack of Leaf Village headband)[[/labelnote]] forehead and disappears, symbolizing the loss of hope for retrieving Sasuke.
* RazorSharpHand: The Chidori in its basic form consists of concentrating lightning chakra in your hand and charging very fast to make it cut and pierce through anything. "A" uses it to ''[[OnlyAFleshWound cut his own left arm]]''. His father [[TheJuggernaut the Third Raikage]] also has a similar technique, except [[OneManArmy he takes it to ridiculous levels.]]
* RealityEnsues: In an intense social setting like this, there's bound to be:
** One of the main reasons the Fourth Hokage [[TheAce Minato Namikaze]] was so deadly; due to his speed he made speech NOT a free action.
** [[LadyOfWar Konan]] prepares to give a rant on how Naruto is the bridge of peace near the end of a battle (albeit after essentially being defeated herself). Tobi doesn't even let her finish her sentence.
** A relatively subtle example shows up with Sakura and Naruto's contrasting shortcomings early on. Sakura gets good grades in class, and is the only one able to ''actually'' answer the seemingly impossible questions in the first stage of the Chunin Exam, and loves to look down on Naruto, the "dead-last" in their grade. But in the Forest of Death, Sakura's lesser combat ability proves a problem when Naruto and Sasuke are incapacitated. Similarly, while Naruto's very good at fighting despite being BookDumb, some of the things he failed to learn in the academy come back to haunt him in his training; he regrets not paying more attention in class when trying to learn how to focus his chakra for his Rasengan training.
** Early in the series, Naruto is poisoned in battle. The poison is spreading slowly from his hand and Sakura surmises that the best course to take would be to use a surgical incision to drain the poisoned blood. Since the team would have to go back to the village and abandon their mission to do that properly Naruto violently [[CuttingTheKnot stabs]] [[CrazyAwesome his hand]] with a kunai to quickly drain the blood (and also as a dramatic gesture in a vow to never again be paralyzed with fear like he was during the fight)... [[HilarityEnsues and then goes into a panic attack when Kakashi points out that he's probably gonna bleed to death from a wound like that]]. Fortunately the tailed beast within him easily healed the wound.
** Post-Pain Arc, Naruto has been running himself ragged with him unable to talk to his adopted "grandmother" Tsunade due to her coma in the ensuing invasion. He learns Sasuke has become a criminal and attacked a fellow Jinchuriki ''for'' Akatsuki. He learns that his friends, even Sakura, whom Naruto ''knows'' is [[SingleTargetSexuality still in love with Sasuke]], have given up on bringing Sasuke back to Konoha. Then when he's told there will be ''War'' on top of everything... he can't take it anymore and passes out. A realistic depiction of a {{Determinator}} when pushed to the limit, especially when he seems less likely than ever to accomplish the goal he'd been working towards for three years.
** What killed (or crippled him for the rest of his life) [[spoiler:the legendary Madara Uchiha during his battle with Hashirama]]? An epic ninjutsu clash? Nope... a stab through the back.
*** Similarly, [[spoiler:After he was revived, Madara managed to become fully human, while this gave him full autonomy over his Rinnegan and made him a deity in power, a stab to the back from Zetsu injures him once more, allowing the GreaterScopeVillain to reincarnate from his body.]]
*** To a lesser extent, Naruto and Sasuke become increasingly exhausted over the course of the series' FinalBattle, and while they come at each other with their strongest techniques, causing massive devastation, by the end, they're using relatively basic jutsus until they pool the last of their energy into one final clash.
** ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', a canonical {{Interquel}} between the last two chapters of the manga, revealed that [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove Naruto does not completely understand the concept of romantic love]], thinking that Hinata's love for him was like his love of ramen. When you consider the fact that Naruto never had the unconditional affection that most people had with their families due to being both an orphan and the village pariah for most of his childhood, [[FridgeBrilliance it actually makes a lot of sense]]. Naruto would be starved for any sort of affection, and would have a hard time differentiating them and takes a great amount of time, love and patience to heal. Luckily, [[OneTrueLove Hinata]] has that in spades for Naruto.
** In one of the ''Shippuden'' endings, Naruto uses Konohamaru's scarf to pull him while fighting, instead of ignoring it.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: One of the chapters features a character stating that octopi eat sharks. Many found this statement to be idiotic, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9A-oxUMAy8 there's actually quite a bit of truth to it]].
* RealityWarper:
** After the Five Kage Summit a technique is revealed which breaks the boundaries between reality and illusion.
** [[spoiler:Kaguya]] has some measure of Reality Warper powers.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Kakashi gives one to Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke in Episode 5. He tells them the reason they failed his test to grab the two bells he had on him was due to their lack of teamwork, and that they had selfish reasons for passing with disregard to their teammates. This hits them all rather hard once Kakashi spells it out for them.
* RecruitedFromTheGutter: Kimimaro was the lone survivor of his clan as the result of severe infighting. Orochimaru showed up and offered him a new life, as well as being the first not to discriminate against him (because of his freaky powers). It is implied that Orochimaru recruited his other henchmen this way, too, but only Kimimaro shows a high amount of loyalty because of this.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Sometimes, but redemption is equally likely to [[RedemptionEarnsLife earn life]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Pretty much every team has the two guys as this with the girl making it a FreudianTrio. The girl is the Ego most of the times, but not always.
** Naruto and Sasuke (complete with the colors of their clothing and demon forms). In the third opening of ''[[OddlyNamedSequel Naruto Shippuden]]'', "Blue Bird", the pair are shown [[http://images4.fanpop.com/image/polls/757000/757286_1309075440026_full.jpg against a red-and-blue background]]. Unusually, Naruto has wind-based powers and Sasuke's are fire-based. For Naruto and Sasuke especially, see TigerVersusDragon below.
*** Lately, Sasuke has been showing a few Red Oni traits, while Naruto has been showing some Blue Oni traits. But they haven't switched quite yet.
*** However, before and after the Uchiha Massacre [[RevengeBeforeReason Sasuke]] was the red compared to [[AloofBigBrother Itachi's]] blue.
** Other Red Oni[=/=]Blue Oni pairs include Lee and Neji, [[GenerationXerox Jiraiya and Orochimaru]], Guy and Kakashi (and, before that, Obito and Kakashi), Kiba and Shino, Choji and Shikamaru, and arguably even Kankuro and Gaara (at least after his HeelFaceTurn). With Choji and Shikamaru, Choji is easily set off and uses close attacks while Shikamaru is known to think things through thoroughly and always be ten steps ahead, and he also uses his shadows to attack from a distance. Shikamaru is not exactly blue but he does have a cool-color based theme while Choji has his bright red symbol, and in ''Shippuden'', his outfit is nearly all red.
*** To a lesser extent, [[GenerationXerox their dads]] qualify. Shikaku is a fiercely intelligent, rational [[TheStrategist strategist]] and Jounin Commander of Konoha. Choza is calmer than his son, but is still the fieriest of the Ino-Shika-Cho trio, and he has red hair.
** Karui and Samui of Kumogakure are a female Red Oni[=/=]Blue Oni pair. Karui is a hot-tempered DarkSkinnedRedhead, while pale blonde Samui is level-headed and calm--hell, her [[MeaningfulName name even means "cold."]] She also serves as the BlueOni to her Red Oni brother, Atsui (though they look similar in appearance and hinted they are twins). Unsurprisingly, his [[MeaningfulName name means "hot."]]
** The color scene is inverted with Akatsuki partners Itachi and Kisame, the former being a cold, calculating AloofBigBrother with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] and several fire jutsus and the latter being a BloodKnight that specialises in Water Jutsus and has the blue skin of a shark.
*** See also Juugo and Suigetsu. Juugo has red hair, but is a GentleGiant when he's not [[SplitPersonality flipping out]] and is the calmest out of Taka. Suigetsu, meanwhile, is a white-haired BloodKnight from the same village as Kisame.
*** A subtle subversion with Suigetsu and Karin.
** A few of the Akatsuki pairings invert this. Between Sasori and Deidara, Sasori has the orange eyes and Deidara has blue.
*** Deidara was also blue compared to his later partner, Tobi who was red. [[BeneathTheMask However in truth it was the reverse.]]
** Despite their hair colors mismatching the trope (at first), near the end of Pein's fight with Naruto. Pein becomes the Red Oni by losing his emotionless attitude and slowly turns drastically infuriated when fighting the enraged Jinchuuriki. Pein's Blue Oni exterior finally faded [[RageBreakingPoint showing what many years of torture can do to you]]. Konan proved to be the Blue Oni after warning [[spoiler:Nagato]] not to over-exhaust his power, and attacks her foes when it is truly personal or she is ordered to. This is a clever example of how both Onis can switch at any time of a story.
** Then there's [[LaughablyEvil Hidan]] and [[TheStoic Kakuzu]]. No colour association, but jeez, the contrast couldn't get much stronger.
** Sakura and Hinata are another female Red Oni[=/=]Blue Oni pair. Whereas Hinata is a {{Shy Blue Haired|Girl}} NiceGirl who can barely talk to Naruto [[CharacterDevelopment until Part II]], Sakura is a HotBlooded rose-haired {{Tsundere}} who is ready to inflict [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale unnecessary damage]] on Naruto. By Part II, even their fighting styles became total opposites to each other's: they both use chakra, but Sakura is using it to increase the strength of her punches to [[SuperStrength monstrous levels]], making her a CuteBruiser, whereas Hinata is using the PressurePoint-based Gentle Fist-style of the Hyuga clan, making her a LadyOfWar. Furthermore, as a result of their respective personalities and body figures, Sakura has ACupAngst whereas Hinata is [[HiddenBuxom hiding her buxom figure in baggy clothes]]. Also, according to the anime, Sakura is a LethalChef whereas Hinata is a [[SupremeChef supreme one]]. %%- Do not add AmusingInjuries. Most would agree that Sakura hitting Naruto, especially for no reason, is decidedly not funny. People who have been beaten up by someone in real life will not find it funny, so RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment is enforced as a result.
*** After the War, Temari joins Sakura as the more proud and short-tempered Red Oni mother duo, while Hinata and Ino settle down as the elegant and intuitive Blue Oni mother duo.
** In the latter stages of the Fourth Shinobi World War, [[spoiler:[[EvilCounterpart Obito]]]] [[BigBadDuumvirate and]] [[PredecessorVillain Madara]] form an interesting version of the trope. When Madara is first [[spoiler:[[BackFromTheDead reanimated]]]], he appears to be a [[TheStoic stoic]] villain who kills his enemies with a perfectly straight face. However, when [[spoiler:[[TheRival Hashirama]] [[BackFromTheDead is reanimated]]]], he starts wearing a SlasherSmile and generally going off the deep end while [[spoiler:Obito]] remains perfectly [[TheStoic stoic]], only being briefly fazed when he first [[spoiler:[[SealedEvilInACan becomes the Ten-Tails']] [[SealedInAPersonShapedCan jinchuuriki]]]].
*** On a much grander scale, [[BigBadWannabe Madara]] becomes the Red Oni to [[spoiler:[[GreaterScopeVillain Kaguya Otsutsuki's]]]] Blue Oni.
** The two Senju brothers Hashirama and Tobirama. Their armours colour makes it obvious, as well as the fact that Hashirama has more involvement in the Leaf's past than his brother despite that both of them were Hokage.
** The two snake shinobi Orochimaru and (eventually) Kabuto can fit. Orochimaru was the Red Oni as he sacrificed too much and recklessly in his quest for power [[spoiler:which ultimately resulted in his death]]. Kabuto was the Blue Oni who patiently followed the latter and even became a far greater threat, manipulating more appropriately.
*** The main Jutsu types can be seen this way; Taijutsu (red) focuses on upfront combat like brutal kicks and general martial arts. Genjutsu (blue) focuses on illusions and breaking your opponents will without risking physical injuries (unless the use of the Sharingan is included). Ninjutsu (in-between) mixes both physical and environmental attacks using all natural elements.
** The 5th female Kage's, [[NeverMessWithGranny Tsunade Senju]] and [[LadyofWar Mei Terumi]] can count too. Tsunade being the Red Oni has an awful habit of losing her temper and starting bad habits very easily, her strength is astonishing easily making her one the most powerful female characters of the series. Mei being the Blue Oni not only wears blue but acts with much elegance and kindness even towards her enemies, although she also has a BerserkButton like the latter, however she'd rather warn them than outright knock them out.
* RedShirtArmy: The ANBU (how ironic, given that they're supposed to be EliteMooks) and the Samurai.
* RedStringOfFate: Someone's ''hair'' gets used as this. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* ReformedButNotTamed:
** The previously CardCarryingVillain Orochimaru outgrows his fetish for fanning the flames of war and becoming a perfect immortal being, and now wants to trust his knowledge to the next generation and see what happens. His slithering snakes and creepy rituals, once used to terrorize the innocent and shake the foundations of nations, are now used to bolster faltering heroic forces and give confused teenagers history lessons. Orochimaru's former friend Tsunade--whose life he goes out of his way to save--uncomfortably accepts him as an ally again, but makes a point of asking "but why, Orochimaru? Why have you always been such an asshole? Why are you suddenly now not being an asshole? Are you aware of the fact that our friend Jiraiya may have still been alive if you had decided to stop being an asshole earlier?", to which Orochimaru basically replies with "don't nag me with your silly hypotheticals."
** DoubleSubverted with Orochimaru's disciple, Sasuke. Sasuke's short term as apparently ReformedButNotTamed is, to begin with, edgier and more fraught with reservations than Orochimaru's -- which is very jarring given that Orochimaru was introduced as a villain with a capital V whereas Sasuke was a mere RivalTurnedEvil who several times displayed redeeming characteristics. At first we are led to believe that Sasuke has concluded that the best way to stick it to the man is to save the world and be elected for office, with only ominous hints regarding the mystery of his ultimate agenda; eventually, we find out that [[spoiler:he does not intend to be elected, and instead his idea of "saving the world" involves a total coup d'état of the current world order, starting with the murder of Naruto and all the current world leadership. In the end, he is somehow finally convinced to become a good guy again simply because Naruto never, ever gives up on him]].
* RefugeInAudacity: So you attack under a flag of truce in order to break into a compound of one of the most powerful clans in an enemy village and kidnap the 3-year old daughter of the clan head in order to steal her eyes, but her father thwarts the attempt by killing the kidnapper CAUGHT IN THE ACT. What do you do? Pretend the kidnapping attempt never happened and accuse her father of murder, and demand that he be put to death and have his body delivered to you (which would also give you access to the eyes you wanted), and if they don't comply, you'll resume the war. International politics, Cloud village-style.
* RegionalRedecoration: Madara mentions this as a BadassBoast, saying that it's a good thing that his rival Hashirama isn't present since they won't have to redraw the map "that much". He then cuts a mountain in half. His climatic battle with Hashirama in ''Naruto'''s backstory was also what created the Valley of the End, where Naruto and Sasuke battled before the TimeSkip, in the first place.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Giant bastard Orochimaru has a ton of snake motifs. Also, Four-Tails has scaly appendages on its tails.
* RescueRomance:
** It turns out this is how Naruto's parents met.
** Also Sasuke and Karin, though that one is used more for IronicEcho than anything.
* TheRestShallPass: During the Sasuke retrieval arc; every time one of Orochimaru's Sound Four arrives to stop them, one of them stays behind to fight while they tell the rest to keep going.
* {{Retcon}}: Though Gaara is [[NotSoDifferent a SIMILAR character to Naruto thanks to the monsters sealed within them]], Shukaku is openly stated at first to be a completely different manner of being to the Nine-Tailed Fox (an incarnation of sand, living spirit of a Sunagakure priest stored in a kettle), let alone them both being members of a "series" of tailed beasts. This can be explained because Shukaku was inspired by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunbuku_Chagama Japanese folktale Bunbuku Chagama]].
** In terms of being stored in a kettle, apparently that did happen. However, it was removed to be placed inside a shinobi. As for the priest bit, it turns out he was just the previous Jinchuriki.
** Going further back, in the first chapter (not just the pilot, which is in a different continuity and has this as its premise, but also the first chapter of the actual series), it's treated as if Naruto ''is'' the Nine-Tailed Fox in human form, rather than simply having it sealed inside him. The Hokage worries that he might regain his old form, and Naruto gets a brief HeroicBSOD on being told that he's literally the Nine-Tailed Fox. In current continuity, where Jinchuuriki are a major cultural institution, it's impossible to imagine anyone making that mistake. Note, though, that it's ''Mizuki'' telling him he is literally said beast, and anything that guy ever says should be taken with a grain of salt.
*** Furthermore, Chapter 438 demonstrates that their fear was pretty close to being right. Though the Jinchuuriki is not the beast itself, the Jinchuuriki can be swallowed by the beast's will and release the beast, which is effectively the same thing as what they were afraid of.
** In the 3rd Hokage flashback, he seems to be a kid when he's appointed Hokage, and the First is still alive. Many chapters later, Danzo's flashback gives a completely different version of Sarutobi's nomination, be it his age or the circumstances.
** Gaara's mom loved him so much that she named him "Demon who loves only himself." Awww, so sweet. What, the sand powers that came from being a host? Nope, mom's love.
* ReusableLighterToss: Shikamaru does one in a RevengeByProxy moment with his dead mentor Azuma's lighter. It was a cigarette in the Manga. Probably changed for both RuleOfCool or RuleOfDrama and/or to lessen the idea that SmokingIsCool.
* TheReveal: Many:
** Obito is still alive and is Tobi.
** Before that, the fact that Tobi ISN'T Madara and was impersonating him.
** Minato being Naruto's father, though it [[StrongFamilyResemblance isn't too surprising.]]
** Way back in the Chunnin Exams arc, Kabuto is revealed to be a spy for Orochimaru. Even though it's now a LateArrivalSpoiler, it was still shocking back in the day.
** Madara was responsible behind StartOfDarkness Obito ([[PoorlyTimedConfession though at that time when it turned out, it was already not very important]]).
** Black Zetsu showed that he manipulated Madara all this time for the revival of his creator Kaguya.
** A minor one for Gaara when it's revealed that his uncle and mother did love him after all.
* RightMakesMight: Nearly always {{Averted}}, and even {{Inverted}} often, which is surprising given the manga's position on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. When a character with admirable spirits and ideals is pitted against some overpowered sociopathic bastard, the former stands a good chance of getting exactly what they figured was coming to them. (e.g., Naruto & Sasuke vs. Orochimaru; Sakura vs. Sound Trio; Konan vs. Tobi; Asuma vs. Hidan; every fight ever with Hinata or Rock Lee in it). Naruto himself merely averts this for the most part - he relies on [[{{Determinator}} determination]], being MadeOfIron, and the element of surprise to come through, and only resorts to self-affirmation as a response to [[BreakThemByTalking psychological warfare]].
* {{Roofhopping}}: Chase scenes/battles set in the Leaf Village proper rather than training grounds or the stadium tend to involve this.
* RousingSpeech: By [[TheStoic Gaara]], in Chapter 516. By [[{{Determinator}} Hinata]], in Chapter 615. It was truly a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for both of them, ''especially'' for [[ShrinkingViolet Hinata]].
* RousseauWasRight: The entire series is all but constructed around this principle. It's made clear that the people of the other villages are no different than the people of Konoha, and that even the most vile villains of the series began as decent people who were driven to madness and cruelty by some horrible trauma. (Except for [[AxCrazy Hidan]] and [[TerroristWithoutACause Deidara]].) In fact, the ultimate theme seems to be redeeming villains and ending the pointless cycle of hatred that was responsible for creating the various ninja wars and conflicts.
* RuleOfSymbolism:
** The Uchihas and Shinto mythology.
*** The three arcanes of the Mangekyou Sharingan are named after the 3 greatest gods of the japanese mythology, who are also siblings: Tsukuyomi (God of the Moon -> Genjutsu), Amaterasu (Goddess of the Sun -> black flames), and Susano'o (God of Storms and a hero -> something akin to giant summoning).
*** The last fight between Orochimaru and Itachi is a remake of the one between Yamata no {{Orochi}} and the god Susano'o. Itachi uses his Susano'o attack to defeat Orochimaru, who turned himself into a gigantic 8-headed, 8-tailed White Snake.
*** The Sharingan also has two techniques that are forbidden even among the Uchiha: Izanagi and Izanami. Izanagi gives the user RealityWarper powers for a brief time [[PowerAtAPrice in exchange]] for the eye that used it permanently going completely blind, and Izanami negates the Izanagi's effect and traps the Izanagi-user in a genjutsu until they accept whatever reality they tried to alter with Izanagi. In Shinto mythology, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izanagi Izanagi and Izanami]] are the gods that together created the islands of Japan and the bridge from Heaven to Earth. Izanagi later begat Tsukuyomi from his right eye, Amaterasu from his left eye, and Susano'o from his nose; for the Uchiha, the power of Tsukuyomi is in their right eye, the power of Amaterasu is in their left eye, and the power of Susano'o comes from unlocking both of those (both eyes > center, nose > center).
*** The flame arrows Sasuke's Susano'o uses are named after the Shinto god of fire, Kagutsuchi, who burned Izanami to death as she gave birth to her.
*** References are made to at least two of the Imperial Treasures of Japan, as well: Orochimaru has the Kusanagi sword and Itachi has the Yata mirror.
** Orochimaru and his White Snake theme; white snakes are said to bring fortune and ''rebirth''.
** The Fourth Hokage references the "Susano'o vs. the Yamato-no-Orochi" myth. His name is Minato Namikaze ("harbor", "wind and waves": Susano'o is the god of the sea and storms), his signature technique is the Flying '''Thunder God''', and he beat out Orochimaru for the title of Hokage. Overlaps with MeaningfulName. And knowing that his wife, '''Kushina''' Uzumaki, harkens back to Susano'o's own consort '''Kushina'''da-hime might also count, but we're probably pushing it.
** Pain and Buddhist beliefs. It turns out his bodies' names are a [[MeaningfulName Meaningful]] ThemeNaming. They invoke the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_realms Buddhism's Six Paths of Rebirth]].
*** The statue that Akatsuki uses is called "Gedo Mazo". "Gedo" means "outer path", referencing the term in Buddhism for a false path to enlightenment (as opposed to the inner path, which is the correct one). Konan reveals that Nagato himself is another "path" of Pain called the "Outer Realm" and can also revive the recently deceased. This is fitting, given that Pain is what Naruto could have become if he had chosen a [[FallenHero false path to enlightenment]].
** Jiraiya and Tsunade are the names in a Japanese folk tale of the main character and his wife.
** Danzo's conversation with Itachi in flashbacks: He gives Itachi the choice between siding with the Uchihas, represented by a statue of an angelic Deva, and siding with the Leaf, represented by a statue of a three faced demon that looks very sinister, an Asura. At the time seemed like faux symbolism but not so much after the names of the sons of the Sage of Six Paths are revealed. Indra (the Uchiha ancestor) is named after the leader of the Devas; his brother was called Asura.
* RunningGagged:
** Inner Sakura. She only appears in Part I when Sakura hides her feelings more often, and when Part II comes around she only appears once in the FinalBattle as part of a series of {{Call Back}}s to the early story. The last time it appears in Part I, it is used to foil Ino's attempt at GrandTheftMe, and it is implied that Inner Sakura is an alternate personality.
** Rock Lee falls in LoveAtFirstSight with Sakura in what is initially an obvious bit of comic relief. Almost immediately, he is proclaiming his love to her and going to extreme lengths to catch her attention--including but not limited to throwing cartoonish heart-shaped kisses in her direction. Instead of running with this (like Naruto's similar antics), the series opts to ShooOutTheClowns and build on Lee's affection as a serious thing, culminating in a scene where Lee risks his life for Sakura's sake while knowing full well his chances with her won't get any better for it. After that incident, the gag-gone-plot-point is just dropped, and doesn't get picked up again, apart from Lee's unpleasantly surprised reaction to Sakura's [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim fake love confession]] to Naruto, signifying he's not happy about being third at best to Naruto and Sasuke. As a point of contrast, the spin-off ''Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth'' shows that [[DoggedNiceGuy Lee's still trying and failing to win her over.]]
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* SacrificialRevivalSpell: Lady Chiyo uses a secret jutsu to revive Gaara, but at the cost of her own life.
* SadisticChoice:
** Invoked when Kakashi is giving Team 7 their SecretTestOfCharacter. He asks Sakura what she would do if he threatened to kill Sasuke unless she kills Naruto. Much later we find out this actually happened to a major villain and was part of his StartOfDarkness.
** When confronted with one of these, Naruto's knee-jerk reaction is to try and TakeAThirdOption. Itachi even calls him out on it, telling him that he's [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids naive]] and sometimes the choice must be made, but Naruto [[ShutUpHannibal tells him to shove it]].
* SarutobiSasuke: Sasuke Uchiha and the family of the Third Hokage (Hiruzen, Asuma and Konohamaru Sarutobi) take part of their names from him. Incidentally, Sarutobi Sasuke is the name of the Third hokage's father, whom Sasuke is named after InUniverse.
* SaveTheWorldClimax: It starts out with the misadventures of a bratty outcast in search of recognition. It ends with saving the planet from an AssimilationPlot powered by an EldritchAbomination.
* SavingTheOrphanage: When Danzo indirectly threatened to stop subsidiary payments from Konoha, Kabuto agreed to become a spy.
* SayMyName:
** This is the one you'll hear the most:
-->'''Sasuke''': NARUTOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
-->'''Naruto''': SASUKEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
** Combined with GenerationXerox:
-->'''Madara''': HASHIRAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
-->'''Hashirama''': MADARAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
** In the Invasion of Pain arc and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', Naruto gets another name that, when uttered is usually followed by a ''massive'' {{Tearjerker}}, can give the "SASUKEEEE!!" above a run for its money.
-->'''Naruto''': [[spoiler:HINATAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!]]
* SchoolSavedMyLife: Naruto averts it by learning everything through being a main character and training. Sakura plays it straight.
* SchizoTech: When the plot calls for it, suddenly there's a fridge. And walkie-talkies, security cameras, full-color movie theaters, and so on. Towards the beginning of the Fourth ninja war, the five feudal lords communicate using video conferencing; just a few months back, the Suna village had to send a ''messenger bird'' asking Konoha for help when their Kazekage was abducted. Modern Weaponry is pretty much nowhere to be seen, which is obviously a NecessaryWeasel (To quote WordOfGod: "If we allowed that, this story would not be about Ninjas."). One of Pain's bodies has rocket launchers due to the RuleOfCool, but that's about it.
** Taken UpToEleven in the epilogue: [[spoiler:Naruto is seen typing on a high-tech laptop and Konoha has expanded into a massive modern-looking SkyscraperCity, but they still use swords, shuriken, and kunai as weapons.]]
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale:
** The black flames of Amaterasu being "as hot as the sun", which ought to be ever-so-slightly more volatile than portrayed.
** A character busting out [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill 600 billion exploding tags]]; even with a jutsu that spawned 1000 of them per second, you would have to constantly be on it without food, drink or sleep for over 19 years to have that many. See the Trivia page for more information.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Kakashi gives Sasuke, Sakura, and Naruto one more chance to pass his test in episode 5. He even gives them time to eat, but forbids the first two from feeding Naruto as punishment for him trying to eat the lunches earlier. He tells them that if they feed him, they'll be immediately disqualified. Sasuke attempts to give some to him anyway, stating he needs Naruto's help and doesn't want him being a hindrance. The moment Sakura feeds him due to Naruto being tied up, Kakashi appears before them, and the sky grows dark as he questions why they disobeyed his orders. The three state that they're a team. Kakashi immediately passes them, since they passed his HiddenPurposeTest of working together rather than individually.
* SealedEvilInACan: With urns, people, sake jugs, kettles, even the Moon(!)... All the ninja masters seem to think that if you like it, you should seal an evil in it.
** SealedEvilInASixPack: The Sage of Six Paths sealed the body of the Ten-Tailed Beast in the Moon, and divided its power into nine tailed beasts that were subsequently sealed individually.
** SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: The Tailed Beasts are sealed inside people known as Jinchuuriki.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Appears during most of Naruto's early ninja training:
** Kakashi had two such tests: the first was his infamous bell test, where he had two bells and would only pass the students that they managed to take them. This test was conducted as a means to gauge his pupils' ability to cooperate. Afterwards, he had Naruto tied up and instructed Sakura and Sasuke to not share their lunch with him under any circumstances. They shared their lunch, however, and passed this test: Kakashi wanted to know whether [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight his students would be willing to disobey a direct order to help a friend]].
** Later, there was the written exam of the Chuunin Exam. The test consists of ten hard questions, with the final question being a secret until after the exam ends. During the first portion of the test, students have to attempt to stealthily cheat off of the others without being caught: if a student is caught cheating five times, they and their team will fail. The test's proctor explains before the final question is issued that if any student gets this question wrong, they and their team will fail the exam be default and be permanently barred from becoming a Chuunin. Any student may choose to leave before the question, however: doing so will cause their team to fail, but they will be permitted to retake the exam next year. In truth, all teams that choose to try to answer the final question pass automatically: the purpose of this question is to determine if they are willing to face the unknown for the sake of their teammates, as well as to weed out those who would betray their teammates for their own sake.
* SelfDuplication: There are various Ninjutsu that can do this, but the Shadow Clone Technique is the most iconic one, not the least due to being the protagonist's pre-TimeSkip ''modus operandi''.
* SelfHealingPhlebotinum: It is eventually revealed that Zabuza's sword has the power to repair itself by leeching the iron out of blood.
* SempaiKohai:
** Kakashi is Yamato's sempai in Part II. Sakura also sees Shizune as her sempai.
** Tobi calls Deidara "sempai".
** Nagato considers himself Naruto's sempaï as a fellow student of Jiraiya, but later admits that it's not entirely serious.
** O'onoki, the third Tsuchikage, who is the oldest and most likely longest-serving living Kage, calls himself Gaara's "senpai" as a Kage as a way of being condescending.
* SeriesContinuityError: The most powerful techniques used by an Uchiha depend on the state of their eyes - when Sasuke was going blind due to over-using his Mangyeko techniques, those techniques deteriorated and vanished as a result. However, in the end of the series, [[BigBad Madara]] continues to use these same techniques despite having no eyeballs whatsoever, frustrating fans who were hoping that this character would get some comeuppance.
* SerpentOfImmortality: The series's original prime villain, Orochimaru, has a decidedly serpentine motif (he's named after a mythical character who is in turn named after a hydra-like monster), with matching snakelike face, and the ability to summon a giant snake. He got these attributes in his search for a technique to bestow immortality. The degree of similarity with [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]] is staggering, and both are examples of this trope meeting ReptilesAreAbhorrent. He also uses a technique that resurrects and controls dead shinobi to fight for him as undead zombies. Kabuto, who absorbs Orochimaru's powers, looks even more serpentine and takes the Reanimation jutsu UpToEleven.
* {{Sexposition}}: A variant. Naruto teaches Konohamaru the basics of the [[SphereOfDestruction Rasengan]]. Which are 1) Rotation (Konohamaru imagines a half-naked girl pole dancing), 2) Power (it comes as a dangerously sexy woman), and 3) Compression ("compress it all into an ultimate sexy pose!") And then Naruto gets startled at what Konohamaru's thinking. To be fair, the latter expects the former to teach a super-perverted technique as he thinks it's "usual" for him to do.
* ShaggyDogStory: The Uchiha Clan Downfall, at least from Itachi's point of view. He carried it out in the hopes of preventing a possible Fourth War. A Fourth War did end up happening and, as if to drive the point further, it was triggered by the same person who helped him do it. Itachi himself seems to be aware of his failure.
* SharedFamilyQuirks: The Ninja Families usually share their powers and inclinations.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend:
** Asuma and Kurenai.
** Shikamaru and Temari.
** Inverted with Naruto and Sakura; Naruto says that Sakura "kind of" is his girlfriend, which is blatantly false and earns him the obligatory smack upside the head. In retrospect, Naruto was put on the spot and didn't actually know how to answer, which is evident by his hesitation and bland facial expression before he finally said the first thing that came to mind, while Sakura was genuinely put off by this outlandish claim, because she and Naruto were [[LikeBrotherAndSister closer like siblings]] than anything else and Naruto ''knew'' that [[SingleTargetSexuality she only ever loved Sasuke]] (he outright confirmed this in Chapter 474). At the time, though, fans were left to ponder whether Naruto was perhaps being sincere and whether Sakura was perhaps protesting too much; bonus points for Minato thinking that Sakura reminds him of his wife, Kushina. [[RedHerring This ambiguity]] [[TrollingCreator was very much intentional]].
* ShipSinking:
** Neji's death put the final nail in the coffin of various speculations regarding him becoming romantically involved with his cousin Hinata or his teammate Tenten.
** Despite Creator/MasashiKishimoto's self-admitted effort to keep the main LoveTriangle ambiguous until the end, in retrospect, Sakura's [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim painfully fake]] [[FalseConfession love confession]] to Naruto, which he easily sees right through, rejects outright by telling her that he '''hates''' people who lie to themselves, and [[WhatTheHellHero calls her out for lying]], along with the fact that ''every single person present'' is sporting a DisapprovingLook as they watch her continue to blatantly lie, in Chapter 469 was Kishimoto's biggest, boldest, and '''definitive''' warning to fans to get off the [=NaruSaku=] train.
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Sasuke and Sakura]], who act out several scenes that give this impression ([[spoiler:even going as far as trying to kill each other when they're still enemies]]) but are shown to be married in the DistantFinale.
* ShipTease: The series is caught between an insistence on milking fan interest in the LoveDodecahedron for all it's worth on the one hand, and a [[FightingSeries genre-typical]] reluctance to actually deal with {{Romance Arc}}s on the other. As a result, whatever bones are thrown to the {{shipper}}s tend to end up in this category. Even though "moments" do happen, they are never played to the point where a RelationshipUpgrade or ShipSinking can be declared with any certainty; instead of following through, the plot quickly, elegantly, and invariably pulls away, sometimes for ''dozens of volumes'', before revisiting the issue. In the series' final arcs, the teases become gradually bolder, and yet the "tease-backpedal" dynamic is still in place in spite of that, with the backpedals becoming markedly more calculated and deliberate; by his own admission, they was essentially the author's favorite way to [[TrollingCreator troll]] that part of his audience still masochistic enough to pay attention. This goes along right up until the DistantFinale (see under "Shipping Rollercoaster" in the [[{{Analysis/Naruto}} Analysis page]] for more details).
* ShooOutTheClowns: The first few episodes are punctuated by several silly {{Running Gag}}s, including [[GenderBender Gender Bending]]-induced {{Nose Bleed}}s and [[ToiletHumour gastrointenstinal malfunction]]. These stop getting used very quickly, and are used maybe once or twice at total since the beginning of Part II, and even then strictly in CallBack capacity. (It's worth noting that the anime takes those one-off gags from nearly a decade ago and is ''still running with them'' whenever some {{Padding}} is called for, making for a rather weird intra-franchise example of NeverLiveItDown.)
* ShootTheDog: One of the major themes of Part II is Naruto trying to avoid this at all costs, even when it seems like the path to the closest thing to a happy ending he can get.
* ShootTheHostage: Happens once. When it does, you are likely not very happy with the person who does it.
* ShoutOut: Plenty. [[ShoutOut/{{Naruto}} Now with its own page]].
* ShownTheirWork: Kishimoto did ''not'' slack off during his science classes. There are many {{Genius Bonus}}es in the series, although some of them require some [[AllThereInTheManual additional research]] by the audience.
** Transplant surgery is not as "free" as everyone seems to assume from watching the series.
*** Both Kabuto and Danzo have a blood type of AB; thus, they are "universal recipients", able to accept any transplant in their bodies without rejection.
*** Kakashi and Obito both have a blood type of O. This is why Kakashi's body didn't reject Obito's Sharingan.
*** Madara also has the O blood type. This blood type is known as the "universal donor"; implants with O blood type will not be rejected by others. That's why he was able to implant his Rinnegan to Nagato (blood type A) and why he was able to implant on himself and use [[spoiler:Obito's left eye]]. It's also why Obito was able to implant Madara's Rinnegan.
*** Kishimoto draws large breasts rather realistically. Most series would have the breasts drawn plump and upright even without a bra, but here they're drawn more like what they would be in real life without support: less round and more baggy.
* ShroudedInMyth: Everything concerning Hagoromo Ootsutsuki (the Sage of Six Paths), his brother Hamura, his sons Indra and Asura, and, most important of all, his mother Kaguya. The timeline is vague, but the Sage lived more than a thousand years ago: that's plenty of time for details about him and his life to be forgotten. All that remains of him are his prized ninja tools and a stone tablet containing his teachings. [[spoiler:Said tablet was altered by Black Zetsu as part of his GambitRoulette to revive Kaguya.]]
* ShutUpHannibal: Standard answer to [[BreakThemByTalking a lecturing antagonist]]. It's sometimes averted, though, and when the Break Them by Talking works the consequences are [[HeroicBSOD memorable]] and [[FreakOut not pretty]].
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: This appears to be a major theme in the series. The younger generation of ninja that Naruto belongs to, who move a great deal of the plot, are idealists, while the older ninja who lived through dark and violent times are cynics. However, the narrative frequently depicts the cynical views that peace is impossible and people can't understand each other as completely wrong, and the people who buy into this cynicism most are villains, some of whom are fallen idealists that turn around and help the heroes when Naruto or another challenges their cynical outlook.
* SinsOfOurFathers: One of the early conflicts in the manga centers around Neji's anger at the slave brand placed on him, binding him to serve his uncle and cousins. This is just the tip of the iceberg, though, as most of the conflicts originate in the rivalry between Hashirama and Madara, which in turn grows out of the generations-long feud between the Senju and the Uchiha. Pain destroyed Konoha out of revenge for Konoha turning the Land of Rain into a battleground for their war, resulting in the deaths of many Rain citizens, including Pain's parents.
* SkeletonGovernment: So, each one of the 5 Great Countries have 1 Daimyo and 1 Kage. And that's pretty much it. No ministers, no (more) police. Some councils are featured, but their roles, powers, and composition are very vague.
* SkyscraperCity: [[http://images.wikia.com/naruto/fr/images/3/3c/Amegakure.jpg The Hidden Rain Village]] is an odd example. The architecture and giant pipes everywhere make it seem like the buildings are "unfinished"; this, and the perpetually gloomy sky, give the impression of a huge shantytown rather than a prosperous city.
* SlapYourselfAwake: A common way to snap out of illusions is to injure oneself.
* SlaveBrand: The Hyuga clan's branch family mark.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Despite being set in a heavily militarized world full of deception and some of the fandom's wishes to the contrary, Naruto is quite clearly on the idealistic side, as emphasized by the "Will of Fire" held by the protagonists and most associated with them. The spirit that is able to turn about any creature in the world from cynical towards idealistic, by just talking to them! Though, of the few who have so far proven to be immune to it, such as Danzo, who believes that people are bastard coated bastards with bastard filling and that the only way to protect Konoha is to make Konoha stronger. Problem is, his reasoning is pretty faulty, since a lot of the crap the idealists had to go through were the direct or indirect result of him also acting like a bastard...
** On the cynical side, we have Sasuke, who believes that [[MurderIsTheBestSolution murder and more murder is the only way to solve your problems and make everything better]]. No matter whether or not they had anything even remotely connected to those problems, or even whether they're your teammates or not. If Danzo thinks people are bastard coated bastards with bastard filling, then Sasuke thinks everyone and everything is [[PsychopathicManchild meaningless before his wants and desires]].
** The sliding scale is an important part of [[TheDragon Nagato's]] backstory. When he was younger, Nagato was a member of an organization that tried to end the wars that devastated their homeland without resorting to violence. The leader of their village views this group as a threat, so he leads Nagato, Konan, and Yahiko, who is the leader of the group, into a trap under the guise of peace talks. He captures Konan and forces Nagato to kill Yahiko to save her. This incident causes Nagato to abandon his idealistic beliefs and turn to a more cynical solution for bringing world peace that involves creating a weapon that will cause immense destruction so that people will be too afraid to go to war. Nagato's cynical views come into conflict with Naruto's idealism when he invades Konoha. Ultimately, seeing Naruto's beliefs reminds Nagato of how he used to be, and he chooses to sacrifice himself to undo some of the destruction he caused.
** And this is ultimately the core theme in the battle between [[TheHero Naruto]] and [[BigBad Obito]]. In a series with a focus on parallels and GenerationXerox, Obito is arguably the biggest parallel to Naruto, with characters such as Kakashi and Obito and Naruto themselves noting the similarities between the two in their youth. However, [[StrawNihilist Obito eventually gave up on the world due to how much pain and suffering it causes]], whereas [[WideEyedIdealist Naruto continues to fight for a better world]]. Obito, believing that Naruto will grow to become like him, even tries to speed up the process. In the end however, it is ultimately Naruto who wins and reminds Obito of the good person he once was and to be that person again.
* SmashTheSymbol: In a flashback Itachi [[{{Foreshadowing}} throws a kunai into an Uchiha clan symbol]], while going into a rant about having lost hope in the clan.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Sakura, Ino, and Hinata at the beginning of the series, though they eventually all grow out of that phase. Later, Karin, who is almost too late to realize her crush is not a very good person.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Most teams have a single token female member if they have any at all. Also applies to the Akatsuki, though Konan isn't really a member. Inverted with a three-man team of Cloud ninja that has two female ninja and one male ninja. Averted for the 5 Kages: there are two female ones, Tsunade and the 5th Mizukage.
* SnapToTheSide: A variation, as this tends to happen more in response to a sneak attack than TeleportSpam.
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* SnowMeansLove:
** InvertedTrope connected with ShipSinking when Sakura spends half of Chapter 469 declaring to Naruto that [[BlatantLies she loves him and that she loves Sasuke no more]], all in a snowfield with the snow falling softly. Then on the final panel, Naruto rejects her outright by telling her that he '''hates''' people who lie to themselves. The text on that panel even {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s it: "In the falling snow..." He could tell she was lying because he ''knew'' [[SingleTargetSexuality she still loved Sasuke]] (he confirmed this to Sai in Chapter 474).
** Played straight with Naruto and [[spoiler:[[OneTrueLove Hinata]]]] in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie''. Naruto and [[spoiler:Hinata]] met on a snowy day [[ChildhoodFriendRomance when they were children]], they share their [[TheBigDamnKiss Big Damn]] FirstKiss together in the snowing moon-lit sky at the end of the film, and the post-credits scene shows them playing together in the snow [[spoiler:with their children, Boruto and Himawari]].
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: There's the unanswered question of who looked after the more troubled and often orphaned members of the cast, especially Naruto and Sasuke.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil:
** {{Averted|Trope}} in Part I. The first "big" villain Naruto and his friends encounter (Zabuza) is so powerful, they nearly exhaust themselves pulling out every possible trick they can think of just to get the guy to release a single technique. They spend the entirety of Part I, with all its god-knows-how-many plot arcs, {{Training Montage}}s and instances of TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential, ''still'' not powerful enough to have defeated him (this can be inferred from the fact that at the end of Part I, Naruto exits stage left for 2.5 years of off-screen training, and when he's back he can ''barely'' manage against Kakashi, even with [[TookALevelInBadass Sakura]] as backup). The ''second'' "big" villain Naruto and his friends encounter is the HeroKiller BigBad who proceeds to wreak complete havoc on the plot for years and years, without even a properly equal BigGood to oppose him, and is only taken out of the picture way, way, ''way'' later. Meanwhile during all of this, plenty of lesser enemies come and go.
** Played more straight during Part II, where Naruto has to deal first with the Akatsuki, then with their [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking godly-powerful leader Pain]], then eventually with Tobi, who was initially a moderate threat but accumulated power so rapidly that by the end of his arc he was even ''more'' godly-powerful than Pain, and was able to single-handedly be a match for every other living Ninja ''combined''. This pattern repeats itself with [[spoiler:Madara and Kaguya, who each come out of the woodworks in turn in increasing order of "what the fuck we cannot possibly handle someone this powerful"]].
* SoulEating: one DangerousForbiddenTechnique summons the ''Shinigami'' with the user's body as its conduit, which then rips the enemy's soul and then devours them. As the payment for this technique, the user's soul will also be consumed by it and get locked in a fight with the souls its user ripped.
* TheSpartanWay: The things young ninja have to do and endure in order to advance in rank are pretty hellish, even more so for some of the villages other than the main characters'. The Village Hidden in the Mist, for example, was known as "Bloody Mist" for its brutal "graduation exam". To become a ninja there, you had to kill a fellow student in a duel. Zabuza, the series' first major enemy, was infamous for having killed ''all'' of the students in this "exam", and he wasn't even in it.
* SpellLevels: The Jutsu techniques are ranked E to S.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** Might Guy, whose name has a number of other unofficial romanizations that fans like to use.
** Pein vs. Pain vs. Paine in the early chapters after he was first named.
** In what has to be the most bizarre application of this trope ever, there has been some controversy over whether the Raikage's name is A or E. It's actually "A" versus the [[RecursiveTranslation literally romanized version of the Japanese pronounciation of the English letter "A"]], which is something like "E/Ei" (all of which are pretty much pronounced the same). It's just that since it's only written down many think it's supposed to be "E".
** There's also "Killer Bee"/"Killer B"/"Kiraabii"; "C"/"Shii"; and "J"/"Jay"/"Jei" from the same village.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The main character of ''Manga/{{Ninku}}'', Fuusuke, is a wind ninja who wears orange and uses a move similar to the Rasengan. It's set in a universe where ninja are highly militarised and wear flak jackets, there are supernatural entities who can possess humans and bestow great but dangerous powers; it deals with themes of war and hate, often with interpersonal stories where even the villains may have faced tragedy. Sounds familiar? WordOfGod explains, indirectly, how the similarity came to be. ''Naruto'' was originally not supposed to be about ninjas at all; when the author made up his mind he was going to turn it into a story about ninjas, he recalls that
-->''[...] the samurai story didn't work out, so I figured I was gonna try ninjas. But in Jump, we had "Ninku" already. That wasn't really the best moment to create a ninja story. "Ninku" already created something quite original by fusing Ninja Arts and Karate. I had to find something else, something new to add on. That was quite the challenge. But that challenge is exactly was motivated me. I felt that, of the multiple japanese themes, ninjas was the right one to choose. I tried my luck with that.''
* {{Spoiler}}: Weaponized, in-universe, when Naruto and Sakura retake Kakashi's bell test. Kakashi has to work much harder but still holds onto the bells -- until Naruto threatens to spoil the next ''Icha Icha'' book. He immediately covers his ears and shuts his MagicEye, since it automatically reads Naruto's lips.
* SpotTheImposter: Two different characters (the Rain Genin Oboro and the not-yet-introduced Orochimaru) use ninjutsu to disguise themselves as Naruto in the Forest of Death arc.
* SpyCatsuit: The female teachers and even some of the male ones.
* StandardEvilOrganizationSquad: The Akatsuki play this role.
* StartOfDarkness: We get to see it for nearly every villain. It usually means they're going to die soon and the author is going for an AlasPoorVillain reaction (though there are exceptions).
* StartXToStopX: One villain's grand plan is to bring true peace is get people to see first-hand the horrors of fantastic nuclear warfare and make war much less likely by virtue of mutually assured destruction. He flat out states that his plan is a stop-gap measure, and he expects them to resume fighting and nuke each other once they've forgotten how terrible it is. And eventually revert to peace for short periods before doing it all over again. [[InsaneTrollLogic "True peace" really.]]
* StepIntoTheBlindingFight: One forbidden ninjutsu that the Second Hokage uses on the Third causes darkness that blinds the target.
* StockNinjaWeaponry: Used extensively. Kunai and Shuriken are used as the default weapon for many Ninjas, the ANBU use Ninjato, Sasuke has his FuumaShuriken and Gai can use Nunchaku in battle. Resurrected Hanzo uses a Kusarigama, and so does Tobi.
* SuicideAttack: Edo Tensei (Reanimation) was created with this particular strategy in mind. It allowed the one controlling the reanimated dead to nuke any battlefield with techniques lethal to both the opponents ''and'' the caster. Given a little time, the reanimations would regenerate any damage, turning any battle into: suicide attack -> regenerate -> rinse and repeat. Combined with the Second Hokage's Tandem Paper Bomb jutsu (paper bombs, each one summoning more paper bombs upon detonation), it allows the user to dominate any battlefield.
* SummonMagic: Ninja can make Summoning contracts with one type of animal; e.g., dogs, toads, or snakes. One of Pain's "paths" allows him to summon any creature controlled by his chakra via special rods, including his other bodies.
* SupernaturalFearInducer: When confronted by Orochimaru in The Forest of Death during the Chuunin Exams, Sasuke and Sakura are paralyzed by fear from just one of his Evil Glares. Sasuke had to stab himself in the leg with a kunai in order to "wake up", grab Sakura, and escape before Orochimaru's kunai could finish them off (right in the forehead!).
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: Several characters have one, such as Naruto and Jugo. Even ''Sakura'' has one (though it's mostly PlayedForLaughs).
* SuperReflexes: One of the powers the Sharingan grants is super reflexes due to move prediction. It can read any movement the enemy makes, even those at high speeds, so the user can avoid an attack. This isn't an exact science. Rock Lee rightfully says that even if you can see an attack, if you can't move fast enough to react, it's useless. Tsunade and Sakura's style also revolves around having super reflexes and move prediction to make up for their lack of speed.
* SupernaturalMartialArts: Every single jutsu.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: A big plot point is special powers that run through family genes. Countries go through a lot of trouble to protect theirs and get their hands on their enemies' abilities. The First Hokage's GreenThumb is somehow unique to his personal DNA and isn't found in any of his descendants, but that's where LegoGenetics (and a truckload of dead test subjects) come in. The reason turns out to be that it's a combination of two powers ([[MakingASplash water]] and [[DishingOutDirt earth]]) to rapidly grow plants. His DNA can also be used for a host of other purposes, such as to regrow flesh.
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* TakeAThirdOption: The whole point of the series. From the beginning, Naruto faces people urging him to follow the "ninja way", basically saying, "Give up X or be a failure." X being human feelings (Zabuza), the will to fight (Kabuto, Pain), Sasuke (Jiraiya, Itachi, Pain, Sasuke ''himself''), etc. Being a [[TricksterArchetype trickster]] possessing the "wisdom of the fools," Naruto always [[{{Ubermensch}} dismisses that dilemma]] saying, "I won't give up X and I won't be a failure." This leads him doing some things (namely, not killing [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Nagato]] and never ever giving up saving Sasuke) which are highly controversial in the Fandom.
** Specifically, during his conversation with Sasuke after the latter has just killed Danzo, Sasuke asks him, "What do you want to do, Naruto? Die by my hands and become another victim of my revenge, or kill me and become a Hero?". Naruto, of course, has a third option: "If we fight, we both will die."
** Even with his ''love life''. One would think that when a girl [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove sincerely confesses her love to you]], you either accept the confession or reject it. Naruto resorts to the third option of ''[[SelectiveObliviousness initially forgetting it]]'', and it's only until [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie two years later]] that he ''finally'' remembers it, [[LoveRevelationEpiphany realizes his love for her]], and becomes [[EveryoneCanSeeIt incredibly unsubtle with his feelings]]. Later on, with a different girl and a [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim different love confession]], he resorts to the ''[[UpToEleven fourth]]'' option of saying, "You're lying. You don't even mean it." In that case, though, it really ''was'' [[FalseConfession a meaningless love confession]], so he had every right to [[WhatTheHellHero call that girl out for lying]] and then [[ShipSinking reject her outright]]. [[JustifiedTrope However]], at the point when both confessions happened, things were intense and he still had trouble understanding how [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove romantic love]] towards him is even possible, considering how [[DarkAndTroubledPast his complicated life]] plagued him with insecurities.
** The participants in the first round of the Chunnin exam are given a test which is supposedly too difficult for their level. The participants are therefore faced with the option of either failing the test or getting caught trying to cheat. It is later revealed that the true purpose of the test was to test their ability to cheat without getting caught. However, both Naruto and Sakura pass the test without cheating: Naruto [[LoopholeAbuse turns in his paper completely blank]], and Sakura is [[TeenGenius able to answer]] all the difficult questions.
* TakeOverTheWorld: A goal of numerous factions in the manga and anime, most notably the Akatsuki.
* TakeThat: There's one that's fairly subtle and [[GeniusBonus obscure]]: Deidara notes that his art is not "pop art" but "superflat". You'll only notice the TakeThat if you know what [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superflat superflat]] is and remember that Deidara is [[MadArtist evil]] and his "works of art" are in fact ''[[MadBomber explosives]]''.
* TakeThatAudience:
** Sakura's infamous [[FalseConfession fake love confession]] to Naruto in Chapter 469 reads like a bullet list of all the oft-cited reasons why they should be together, which makes Naruto's flabbergasted reaction to it ("[[ShipSinking I hate people who lie to themselves!]]") very suspect of being this trope in action.
** Kakashi describing Sakura as a kind person and defending her persistent feelings for Sasuke--saying that, unlike hate, love doesn't need to be justified--could be interpreted as Kishimoto's own defense of Sakura against common fan criticisms alleging she is a shallow bitch whose love for Sasuke is a bad thing. If translations are correct, the author himself apparently expressed concern with Sakura's reception among audiences.
** The two-page manga short released as a tie-in to the {{canon}} movie ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' contains a subtle jab to an infamous Naruto/Sakura {{doujinshi}}: In the latter after Sakura confesses to Naruto that she's gotten over Sasuke and now loves Naruto, it ends with Sakura explicitly stating that on their first date she wants to go to a nice restaurant and ''definitely'' '''not''' to Ichiraku. The two-page manga short has [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]]]] on their first date, with [[spoiler:Naruto]] at first trying to take her to an expensive restaurant, but upon noticing that the frantic [[spoiler:Naruto]] is short on cash, [[spoiler:Hinata]] then suggests going to [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Ichiraku]] instead.
** The PostScriptSeason, ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'' makes a [[TrollingCreator very pointed jab]] to the people that both disliked the [[spoiler:Sasuke/Sakura]] pairing and actually suggested that [[spoiler:Karin was Sarada's mother instead of Sakura]] by dealing with[[spoiler:the real possibility of Sarada being Karin's daughter]], even using a [=DNA=] test to confirm this. But in the end [[spoiler:it turns out Sakura is indeed Sarada's mother]], and not only that, but [[spoiler:Karin]] mentions also being good friends with Sakura.
* TakingTheBullet: Iruka starts it in Chapter 1 and many a hero (and villain!) follow suit.
* TakingYouWithMe: Kiba attempts this after Ukon invades his body. The latter attempts to strangle him, forcing Kiba to attempt an unorthodox attack, by stabbing himself with a kunai. As they are sharing one body, this hurts Ukon as well, and Kiba doesn't care if he dies, so long as Ukon dies with him. Fortunately Ukon ejects himself a short while later.
* TalkToTheFist: The Raikage ''tries'' to do this to a major villain only to have him [[CasualDangerDialogue dodge it casually and keep talking like nothing happened]].
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Common enough to make you wonder if Talk You To Death no Jutsu is part of the ninja academy curriculum.
** If you don't get a whole dramatic scene as part of an important character's death, you can tell the next few seconds probably involve a [[NinjaLog log appearing]] or a clone going *poof*.
** Lee manages to have a brief exchange with Sasuke while the two are flying through the air in Lee's Dancing Leaf Shadow jutsu.
** Memorably averted by Tobi before he kills Konan (at least in the manga).
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Used by Naruto to beat [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Nagato]], and later on against Obito as well. This is also the only way to defeat Edo Tensei zombies other than removing their soul. Cynically referred to as "Talk no Jutsu" by critics of the series.
* TearsOfJoy: Hinata, after Naruto defeats Pain.
* TeenGenius: Very common.
* TemptingFate: Kabuto declares that his Impure World Resurrection has no weaknesses. Naturally, it bites him in the ass; not only that, but at least two characters (Madara and Itachi) later go out of their way to respond that they're its weakness, ''even though they didn't hear him say it originally.''
* ThanatosGambit:
** Minato Namikaze, the 4th Hokage in sealing the fox; turns out he wanted to give his son Naruto a weapon against [[BigBad Tobi]]. That, and stopping a giant fox from killing them all. On top of that making the seal so he would appear when his son was stupid, distraught or desperate enough to consider releasing it.
*** This also included making the seal with the chakra of his ActionMom wife, Kushina. This is not just to keep the Kyuubi pinned down again (she used to be its host, after all), but to give her a chance to appear in Naruto's mind and see their son, granting Kushina her last wish.
** Kisame also pulls this off after Might Guy takes him down, by simultaneously committing suicide with his own shark summons so the Shinobi Alliance can't search his mind for information, and by booby-trapping the scroll he was supposed to deliver to Tobi so that the good guys would be distracted while another summoned shark made a getaway with the information.
** Itachi Uchiha attempts this. This is practically his entire life after leaving the leaf village. His plan revolves around his younger brother [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Sasuke]] [[SelfSacrificeScheme killing him]] as retribution for his crimes. Due to his [[IncurableCoughOfDeath life threatening illness]] he is [[SecretlyDying already dying]], when the final confrontation with his brother occurs. The whole point of his actions are to redeem the Uchiha clan and to allow his brother to be seen as a hero for killing him after he massacred the Uchiha clan. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero It fails spectacularly]]. He also set up a postmortem trap to kill the BigBad and stop him from spilling his secrets. This also fails. He also set up ''another'' postmortem contingency plan to [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood brainwash Sasuke to protect Konoha]] in the event he turned evil. This also fails.
*** Turns out all he really needed to do to accomplish his goals was have an honest and open talk with Sasuke about his choices instead of manipulating and trying to brainwash him.
** The real Madara Uchiha attempted to pull one off. He left Tobi in charge of carrying out his plans and intended for Nagato to revive him later. This didn't go as planned due to Nagato making a HeelFaceTurn and sacrificing his life to revive the villagers he killed and Tobi who going to become the jinchuuriki of the Ten Tails himself and never had any intention of reviving him. Nonetheless, he gets revived as a zombie later on by Kabuto and subsequently hijacks the jutsu so he can't be controlled.
* ThatsNoMoon: Played straight to the highest, most absurd degree. ''The Moon itself'' turns out to be No Moon. Yes, really.
* ThereAreNoCoincidences: There are only seemingly random events, tied together in the greatest GambitPileup in Shinobi history.
** The critically wounded Obito waking up in Madara's secret hiding place. The Zetsu prototypes found him under the rubble and brought him to the one place where his life could be saved and his missing limbs replaced. Justified: Madara was relying on the Gedo Satue's life support and, thus, he was confined in the cave. He needed someone to help him carry out his plans. That "someone" could have been anyone at all, not necessarily Obito.
** Rin getting kidnapped (again), used by the Mist as a TrojanHorse to destroy the Leaf and ending up dead. It's all a little too perfect: Rin is in danger, Minato is busy with another mission, Kakashi is trying to save her and Obito is racing there to help them. However, when he gets there, Rin is dead, [[SuicideByCop killed by Kakashi]]. This incident causes Obito to flip out and join Madara. [[spoiler:Madara orchestrated all of it to ensure his new helper would stay loyal to the plan, although even ''he'' admits that Kakashi's involvement was a bonus.]]
** [[spoiler:Madara’s resurrection in the 4th Ninja War was also a case of this. Obito never intended to resurrect him as he aimed to take control of the Moon’s Eye Plan. He would have succeeded if not for Kabuto resurrecting Madara with the Edo Tensei. It's ultimately revealed that Black Zetsu was the one who led Kabuto to the location of Madara’s corpse as part of his plan to bring back Kaguya Ootsutsuki.]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Sweet Ninja Jesus, the number of problems in this series that could have been solved by a therapist is staggering.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
** Konan uses six-hundred ''billions'' of explosive tags in an attempt to kill Tobi. He lives, but only because he has the ability to resurrect himself.
** The real Uchiha Madara is resurrected during the Fourth Shinobi War. He wipes out almost an entire Division of the Shinobi Alliance Army using only his bare hands, some swordplay, and a little genjutsu, and then drops '''meteors''' on his hapless opponents.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: {{Deconstructed|Trope}} when Sakura decides that it is her duty to end Naruto's suffering and kill Sasuke all by herself. First she does her best to [[BlatantLies convincingly declare her love for Naruto]], so he can be free of the promise he undertook for her sake. Then she tricks Sai and Kiba to spray them with sleep gas, so she can proceed to confront Sasuke on her own. Both of these plays ''spectacularly'' backfire: Naruto easily sees right through her [[FalseConfession fake love confession]], [[WhatTheHellHero calls her out for lying]], [[ShipSinking rejects her outright]] by telling her that he '''hates''' people who lie to themselves, and explains that he is chasing Sasuke [[TrueCompanions for his own reasons]], not because of the promise. Later, when Sakura finally confronts Sasuke after all that effort, she finds herself [[KillTheOnesYouLove unable to go through with the kill]] because [[SingleTargetSexuality she still loves him]], ''despite him being weakened enough that she could kill him with her SuperStrength'', and is in serious need of all the backup she just blew off. Thankfully, Naruto saves her before her lapse of judgment costs her her life...but in the process he gets cut by ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero her own poisoned kunai]]''.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Two pairs: Kotetsu and Izumo, Genma and Raido.
* ThrowingTheFight: Gaara refuses to take a dive in his match with Sasuke and proceeds to kill the two Kusagakure Shinobis who threaten him to do so.
* TickleTorture: Jiraiya uses this as an interrogation technique on some Hidden Rain ninjas.
* TigerVersusDragon:
** Naruto and Sasuke, respectively, in Part I. Doubles as FridgeBrilliance when you realize that Sasuke's clan is known for their fire techniques and Naruto's color is orange.
** Also used as a picture to open one of the Gaara Vs Lee chapters, with Lee as the Dragon and Gaara as the Tiger.
* TimeSkip: ''Part II/Naruto Shippuden'' begins after a three-year time-skip.
* ToBeAMaster: It takes a certain kind of skill, but Naruto won't stop until he becomes Hokage, and if all goes well he will be writing a brand new chapter in the history of the Ninja world.
* ToiletHumor: There were a few examples early on, namely in the second episode of the anime where Naruto drinks badly spoiled milk, then his shadow clones all get diarrhea at once, fighting to get to the bathroom. In the Chunin Exam, Naruto won his match against Kiba strictly through a [[{{Fartillery}} fortuitously timed fart]] that momentarily stunned Kiba when he had enhanced his sense of smell several hundred times.
** It became a RunningGag; every time Naruto farted, Kiba was ''always'' in the vicinity.
** Also Naruto had a habit for stepping in dog poop, not to mention Akamaru peed on his face once.
* TookALevelInBadass: Name a character that was alive at the end of the Sasuke Retrieval arc. Any character. Odds are they took a level during the TimeSkip. Naruto stands out in particular due to doing this multiple times, and it is later revealed that Kabuto was putting his time off-screen to good use as well.
** The Retrieval arc itself has six of the eventual nine rescuers show off a new ability or power, and one gets a retroactive level by showing a power he already had but was too wild and dangerous to use prior. The last two have more of [[TookALevelInKindness an emotional growth.]]
* TooDumbToFool: In the first part of the Chunin Exams, the ninja candidates are given an insanely difficult written test with the intention of finding the answers by cheating and not getting caught. Naruto can't solve any of the questions on his own, and he doesn't realize that he's supposed to cheat. The tenth question was a SecretTestOfCharacter, which he aces, allowing him and his teammates to pass to round two despite him not answering a single actual written question.
* TouchTelepathy: Killer B can have extended conversations with others via fist-bumps. For example, Naruto tells him everything that happened during [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind his fight with the Nine Tails]] in the time it takes Yamato to yell at them for purposefully being so cryptic.
* TournamentArc: The Chuunin examination arc.
* TrailOfBreadCrumbs: Naruto's mother relates to Naruto how she did this with ''her own hair'' during her tale of how she met Naruto's father.
* TrainingTheGiftOfMagic: Ninjutsu is available only to those who have the inherent gift of manipulating [[LifeEnergy chakra]], and is unavailable to those without the gift, such as Rock Lee. Some ninja have more chakra to manipulate than others, and with intensive training, they can learn to use their chakra more efficiently. Sakura is noted to be WeakButSkilled, with a smaller chakra pool that she uses more efficiently than the UnskilledButStrong title character, at least until he trains with Jiraiya and [[TookALevelInBadass takes several levels in badass]].
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: The "Land of Waves" Arc features the villagers gathering their courage and weapons and booting out Gato's gang.
* TranslationTrainWreck: The word used to describe Kaguya's merger with the Shinju to become the Ten Tails is "incarnate", which when properly defined refers to a metaphysical being or abstract concept taking on physical form.
* TrashTalk: Commonly used by antagonists, but the revived Madara Uchiha probably takes the cake.
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Bloodline powers tend to come out this way: the various forms of the Sharingan explicitly work on this principle, and it's how Nagato awakened his Rinnegan.
* TriangRelations: Several Type 3s and Type 5s.
* {{Troll}}: Obito seems to enjoy toying with people's emotions to break them down. Later we find out this probably stems from deep-seated insecurity of his own convictions, and that he probably does this to reassure himself of them.
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Too many to list. It's no exaggeration to say that literally every major character has (at least) one at some point, and there's no shortage of them among supporting characters either.
* TrueCompanions: The [[FanNickname Konoha 11]].
* TryNotToDie: Before the second task of the Chunin exam, which takes place in a DeadlyTrainingArea:
--> '''Anko Mitarashi:''' Just don't die!
* {{Tsundere}}: Must be a shinobi requirement:
** Karin; she's tsun-tsun towards almost everyone (especially Suigetsu), but is unabashedly dere-dere with Sasuke.
** Count Sakura, as well. She's very tsun-tsun towards Naruto, but many times shows she does actually care for him. By the TimeSkip, she turns into a Type B kind of Tsundere (kind to everyone but certain people make her mad), and she noticeably loses her temper with Naruto more than anyone else.
** Kushina is this, as well, if the ''Road to Ninja'' {{Filler}} movie and her short appearance in the manga are anything to go by.
** After his HeelFaceTurn, Kurama is added to the list. He's not fond of Naruto; he just wants to be entertained by watching him fight some more. In addition, during the battle against [[spoiler:Jinchuuriki!Obito]], Kurama admits that the only reason he wouldn't let Naruto harness sage chakra at Mt. Myoboku is [[ThisIsMyHuman because he was annoyed that Naruto would use Sage chakra over his.]] [[CannotSpitItOut The boy calls him out on this.]]
-->'''Naruto''': [[TakeThat You just can't be up front about your feelings, can you?]]
* TunnelKing: Quickly burrowing through the dirt is a semi-common trick to get the drop on people.
* TurtleIsland: The island where Naruto and Killer Bee are sent and train together is actually an enormous flying turtle.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Played completely and shamelessly straight with every ninja three-man team, so much so that there is only one team in the ''entire series'' that has two girls to one guy. A HandWave is offered that there are more male ninja than female ninja and having a girl on the team provides a balancing influence.
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: Explanations of various new moves and counters.
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* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in a [[FalseConfession fake love confession]] delivered by Sakura to Naruto in Chapter 469. Naruto and everyone else present don't believe her, and she immediately stops trying to use that tactic after she's found out. WordOfGod confirmed that the confession was fabricated out of desperate, well-meaning [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim manipulation]] (ItMakesSenseInContext).
* TheUnreveal: [[{{Filler}} Episode 101]] of the original anime, in which Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura go into SeriousBusiness mode to try and see what Kakashi looks like underneath his mask. At the end they fail, and Naruto straight out asks him what's underneath. Kakashi pulls off his mask slowly... [[spoiler:only to reveal another mask underneath.]]
** For many, Tobi's true identity.
* UnstoppableRage:
** A surefire catalyst of Naruto drawing on Kyuubi's power, much to the former's chagrin and medical detriment. Cue earnest attempts to not go on Unstoppable Rages anymore, which promptly all goes to Hell in a hand-basket during the next WhamEpisode. Naruto then realizes that he can't avoid this, and decides to control the power instead.
** Sasuke's rampage at the Kages' Summit is very much like this.
** The fourth Raikage on any matter pertaining to his brother, Bee.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom:
** Everything with Sasuke from the latter half of Part I to the end could've been avoided if that one guy (Aoba Yamashiro) had been more careful with announcing Itachi's return.
** Danzo is a major offender of this trope, seeing as four major characters have fallen to darkness because of his actions. Those people are Itachi, Sasuke, Kabuto and Nagato. This is one of the major reasons he's such a polarizing character.
** Kakashi, while visiting Rin's grave, mentioned Naruto's birth while Obito was in earshot (Kakashi didn't know this, or that Obito was even alive, much less evil). As a result, Obito strikes at a critical moment in order to gain control of the fox, which results in Naruto's parents' deaths and Naruto having the fox sealed inside of him.
** Tobirama, aka the Second Hokage, killed Madara's last remaining brother, which led to Madara obtaining the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan; gave the Uchiha clan a base of operations that was isolated from the village ''and in a former prison to boot,'' which led to bad relations between the Uchiha and Konoha later; invented the Edo Tensei, which was used detrimentally multiple times in this series; and, after Madara's death, hid the body for further study instead of disposing of it, [[spoiler:which led to Madara resurrecting himself through a time-delayed Izanagi]].
* UsedToBeASweetKid:
** Several members of Akatsuki, most notably former BigBad Orochimaru, Pain, Itachi, Konan, and Obito.
** Madara is shown to have been a very caring brother in his youth who deeply valued his friendship with Hashirama. It was, in fact, these very characteristics which drove him to become BigBad (well... [[EvilIsPetty or almost]] [[DrivenByEnvy the same]]).
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: {{Big Bad}}s who aren't Orochimaru tend to delude themselves this way.
* VariantPowerCopying:
** Early on in the story, neither Sasuke nor Naruto can do Rock Lee's Front Lotus attack combination, so they make new versions. The Front Lotus kicks an opponent in the air and then uses an IzunaDrop to smash an opponent on the head. Sasuke's variation is the Lion Barrage, which copies the initial kick but instead kicks them all the way down. Naruto's variation is the Naruto Uzumaki Barrage, which uses clones to perform the multiple attacks and falling attacks, since he lacks the skill to do it normally.
** Naruto's signature move, the Rasengan, was created by the Fourth Hokage to copy a Tailed Beast Ball. Later in the story, Naruto also learns to combine the attacks together since they're so similar.
* VeinOVision: Chakra pathways can be seen this way by the Byakugan.
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: This is the main character trait of Sasuke and he experiences it in its full wonderful bitterness. After enacting his revenge against Itachi, he [[HeroicBSOD becomes]] [[EmptyShell apathetic]]. Tobi shakes it by revealing that [[WasItReallyWorthIt it was totally NOT worth it]], since Itachi's actions were driven by the village's politics. It makes Sasuke [[TranquilFury angrier than ever]]. He moves on to wanting to destroy the Hidden Leaf Village. But someone else has already done it. SoWhatDoWeDoNow Rather than move on and try to find another goal in his life, Sasuke decides to personally kill anyone who's lived in the Leaf, starting with the village elders. He strongly averts the trope after killing Danzo, declaring that he feels overjoyed, like the Uchiha name is being cleansed. Naruto later manages to reach the top of his personal hit list, for repeatedly getting in the way. In contrast, a number of other characters get their revenge and move on, or learn to forgive and forget.
* ViciousCycle:
** The only reason there's any conflict in the plot at all is because of some old grudges between dead people. [[TruthInTelevision Of course, the same can be said about many similar situations in the real world]]. Later in the series the driving motive for many characters becomes finding a way to stop this cycle.
** The biggest example is the rivalry between the Uchiha and Senju clans. It started over an argument between two siblings on who was the rightful heir to the Sage of Six Paths, which evolved into a bitter rivalry between their descendants. Their clans would fight and each member killed by the other clan would only serve to fuel their need to fight one another.
** Shikamaru at one point reasons that Kumo should leave killing Sasuke to Konoha. If a Kumo ninja killed Sasuke then someone from Konoha would seek vengeance against the killer, which would only breed more grudges.
* ViewersAreGoldfish: Given the abundance of flashbacks in the anime, though it may just be a method of {{padding}}.
* VillainOverride:
** The Edo Tensei allows its subjects to retain some free will despite making them obey their summoner. If this interferes too much with their battles, a seal can be used to completely suppress their free will and make them nothing more than killing machines. However, this also reduces their combat ability.
** Black Zetsu has the ability to take control of Obito's body due to half of his body consisting of cells cloned from Zetsu.
* VolleyingInsults: PlayedForLaughs, most of the time.
** Naruto and Sasuke do this often in the beginning. One flashback has Naruto calling Sasuke "idiot" repeatedly and Sasuke responding with "dumbass". The fight on top of the hospital was the result of this going out of hand, to the point where Naruto and Sasuke were saying things they didn't even believe just to one-up each other.
** Ino and Sakura do this after becoming rivals as well, with Sakura calling Ino "Ino-pig" and Ino calling Sakura "Billboard Brow" for her big forehead.
* VomitIndiscretionShot:
** Guy had been seasick during the entire journey from the Land of Fire to the Turtle Island in the Land of Lightning so, naturally, his stomach was a bit [[{{Understatement}} tender]] when they reached their destination. When a huge gorilla scares them, he pukes on the ground.
** This happens to Naruto when he sees if he can make the tailed beast bomb work by sticking his fingers down his throat. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Many, many examples.
** Sasuke in Part II, who is lean but moderately muscular, wears a long-sleeved white shirt open all the way to his waist, [[AbsoluteCleavage exposing his torso]]. He actually has a functional reason for his not-shirt: it's so his Cursed Seal form's wings don't rip his clothes every time he uses them as they erupt from his back. When Itachi removes this ability, Sasuke reverts to more standard clothing.
** The Raikage, who is utterly freaking ripped, wears only a [[NoShirtLongJacket white robe]] when he's chilling. Before losing his left arm, he would [[TheCoatsAreOff take it off]] when he was about to start fighting for real.
** When he was [[DynamicEntry introduced]], Zabuza didn't wear anything on his upper body but a few straps and arm-warmers. His outfit during the battle on the bridge included a shirt; flashbacks to when he was still with the Mist Village show he used to wear a standard flak jacket.
** Utakata, the container of the Six-Tailed Slug (believe it or not he's a bishounen) wears his kimono half open, revealing his chest and, if it weren't for his strategically-placed soap container, much more.
** We see in a flashback that Hanzo used to fight shirtless because he can release poison from a venom sac he implanted in his abdomen and clothes apparently make it hard to release it.
** And let's not get started on Hidan, who can't be troubled to wear a shirt or button up his cloak all the way.
* WalkOnWater: Precise chakra control can result in this ninja technique.
* WarArc: The Konoha Invasion arc by Orochimaru and the Fourth Shinobi World War arc.
* TheWarToEndAllWars: Two major villains actively work in triggering it.
* WarIsHell: One of the main themes of Naruto is that war is part of an everlasting CycleOfRevenge that has plagued humanity since the beginning of time. Love breeds sacrifice, sacrifice breeds hatred, and hatred breeds war. War is regarded as the source of everything's gone wrong in the world, and the evidence provided does not suggest otherwise.
** In fact, Tobi said "For a child, war is hell". War was responsible for making Itachi who he is and also very much had something to do with Pain's motives. When the three Sannin met Nagato (Pain), Yahiko and Konan, Orochimaru suggested killing them because only more pain and hell would await them and tragically that turns out to be the case.
** The Fourth Shinobi World War defines this trope when you hear the death toll of the Alliance forces for the first day. 40,000 Ninja and samurai died in a single day of fighting.
** Flashbacks show that the era constant warfare that Hashirama and Madara grew up in was even worse than anything in the present day. The average life expectancy for soldiers and civilians alike was 30 thanks to the deaths of so many child soldiers. Illustrated perfectly in one page depicting Hashirama's youngest brother Itama crying in fear while surrounded by a band of angry Uchiha, with the next panel showing his bloody corpse.
* WarriorTherapist: Neji perfectly fit this trope before his HeelFaceTurn. Gaara was like this exclusively towards Sasuke. Interestingly, they still have this dynamic the next time they meet, except, well, some things have changed around. Naruto has his moments, too. Obito as EvilCounterpart Naruto, is an evil version trope. Also, Hashirama to Sasuke.
* WaveMotionGun: A standard visual cue for "impossibly epic attack imminent".
* WayPastTheExpirationDate: In an early episode/chapter, Naruto finds himself running for the toilet constantly throughout the entire episode, usually leading to comical hijinks. At the end of the episode, his teacher discovers that the milk he drank that morning had expired a long time ago.
* WeaponTombstone: Zabuza's [[{{BFS}} Executioner's Blade]]. Years later Sasuke and Suiegetsu [[ChekhovsGun go back to retrieve it]].
* WelcomeBackTraitor: {{Justified}} with Sasuke and Orochimaru, who are clever enough to execute their HazyFeelTurn when the good guys are really in no situation to reject their help.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Fugaku and Sasuke are the straightest example. PlayedForLaughs (most of the time) with Guy and Lee. Hiashi was this to Hinata as well, but before wanting praise from her father, she just wanted to not suck.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Most villains consider themselves this (especially after the TimeSkip), as they tend to share Naruto's goal of creating World Peace. Unfortunately, [[AssimilationPlot most]] [[MutuallyAssuredDestruction of]] [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood their]] [[LotusEaterMachine ideas]] [[FantasticNuke about]] how to achieve this make patently ridiculous conceits.
* WhamEpisode:
** Sasuke succumbs to temptation and [[FaceHeelTurn deserts the village]].
** Pain kills Jiraiya, then Kakashi and a buttload of other named characters. ''Then'' he lays waste to Konoha and turns it into a smoking crater. ''Then'' he almost kills [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]], [[BerserkButton which causes Naruto]] [[UnstoppableRage to nearly completely release the Nine-Tails]], which is supposed to be an irreversible, cataclysmic, RocksFallEveryoneDies event.
** Kabuto casts Edo Tensei and resurrects Zombie Madara, which means that the person we (and the protagonists) spent the last god-knows-how-many chapters thinking is Madara is actually someone else.
** TOBI IS OBITO.
** Sasuke's sudden change of heart that, at the time, seems to be a very sudden HeelFaceTurn, and his subsequent declaration that he will compete with Naruto for the Hokage title--meaning that he suddenly aspires to lead and protect the very same village he just spent years plotting to burn to the ground. This is so absurd at the time that the author duly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it by showing characters in-universe having literally the exact same "WHHHAAAAAT?" reaction to it as the audience probably has. This sharp turn in the story is evened out later, when we learn that Sasuke's change of heart is not as benevolent as we might have hoped, and that by "become Hokage" he means [[spoiler:something entirely different, and [[ZeroApprovalGambit much darker]] than what everyone has come to associate with that ambition.]]
** Remember how it took nine Akatsuki three days to extract one Bijuu from one Jinchuriki? Madara single-handedly extracts nine Bijuu from eight Jinchuriki in seconds. Bee is presumed dead [[spoiler:(his tentacle clone saved his life)]], Naruto needs a crash team, and Madara takes the opportunity to stab Sasuke in the heart. Oh, and suddenly [[spoiler:Karin]] learns how to use chakra chains.
* WhamLine:
** Tobi revealed to Sasuke that [[spoiler:Itachi was JustFollowingOrders.]]
--->'''Sasuke:''' Why would Itachi do such a thing?\\
'''Tobi:''' Don't you get it? He did it... to protect you.\\
'''Sasuke:'''Then why did he kill our family??? \\
'''Tobi:''' It is true that he slaughtered the entire Uchiha clan and then fled the Hidden Leaf Village, but it was his mission to do so. He was ordered by members of the Hidden Leaf.
** Tobi's reveal that he's had his Sharingan since the battle Obito died in. More of an in-universe example; at that point the viewers still aren't ''quite yet'' ([[TheUntwist supposed to be]]) in on what this actually means, but Kakashi understands perfectly well, and after a short episode of denial he is [[HeroicBSOD frozen in shock]].
** During the Shinobi World War arc, Madara summons a gigantic meteorite, by far the largest ninjutsu the series has seen yet, to crush a fifth of the entire shinobi alliance all at once. In a huge [=CMoA=] for Ohnoki and Gaara, with tremendous effort they are able to slow and eventually stop its descent, to the great relief and celebration of the alliance. Then, Madara asks:
---> '''Madara''': But what will you do about the second one?
** '''Kakashi''' to just unmasked Tobi: You are... [[spoiler:Obito]]??? One of the biggest wham lines of Naruto.
** Sasuke revealing his endgame in Chapter 692.
--->Sasuke: But first... I'm going to execute the Five Kages who are still inside the Infinite Tsukuyomi.
* WhamShot: The reveal of Kabuto's trump card--Madara Uchiha reanimated using Edo Tensei--at a moment when we think Madara is someone else entirely.
** In the climactic moments of Sasuke and Itachi's fight, with Sasuke cornered and exhausted, and Itachi menacing over him and talking about stealing his eyes, Itachi instead gently taps him on the forehead, exactly like he did when they were younger. This cast serious doubt on the motives he ranted about and his insistence that he only acted like a caring older brother to Sasuke, a fact that's confirmed soon after by Tobi when he unloads all the baggage Itachi had been keeping inside.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** During the Sannin battle royale back in Part I, Orochimaru summons two giant snakes. One is trapped in a swamp jutsu and later killed. The other injures Naruto and then is never seen again (not even as a puff of smoke which would indicate that it was de-summoned). The anime "corrects" this by having both snakes entrapped in the swamp; after attacking Naruto, the snake inexplicably sinks.
*** Summons in Naruto automatically return to where they came from eventually, so one can assume that's what happened to the second snake in the manga.
** Another comes a little while later: Hayate Gekko, the proctor for the third part of the chuunin exams, is killed by Baki when he finds out about the Sand and Sound village's plan to attack Konoha. When his body is a found, a female ANBU member named Yugao Uzuki turns out to be Hayate's lover, and swears revenge. She's never seen again, and when Baki and the whole Sand village pull a HeelFaceTurn the audience is left wondering how she responded. One of the video games finally resolves the question, as if you start a match between Yugao and Baki, she will declare her desire for revenge at the beginning, and when using her special move.
*** Filler in the Shinobi World War arc goes into this a little [[spoiler:she's now a medic nin and gets called out to deal with Zombie!Hayate.]]
** The Akatsuki rings. Deidara, Orochimaru, and Zetsu are all used to play up how incredibly important the rings are and the camera lingers tellingly on it a few times when Itachi first comes to town. Not a single mention is made otherwise, and the significance of them is never explained.
** Hinata's little sister Hanabi played a significant role in the former's backstory; Hanabi was considered stronger and more promising than her sister ''despite'' the age gap, and this (among other things) led their father to hold Hinata in great contempt and eventually disown her, while choosing Hanabi to eventually inherit the clan. Following this plot hook, Hanabi disappears off the face of the Earth, and for most of the manga she is not even mentioned in passing (which, understand, is a really sad place to be; in this manga, even the most minor of recurring characters get mentioned in passing now and then). [[spoiler:Hanabi finally resurfaces--after a fashion--during the ongoing climax of the Fourth Great Ninja War arc, where she appears briefly in Hinata's LotusEaterMachine dream world. And then she finally returns at the end of the series in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'']].
** In the epilogue, there's no mention of what happened to Orochimaru, Kabuto, Karin, Jugo, or Suigetsu following the war. Especially egregious considering the frankly horrific experiments Orochimaru did before [[EnemyMine siding with the heroes]] during the final war, and that Kabuto almost caused the apocalypse by reviving Madara.
*** They returns in ''Manga/{{Naruto Gaiden}}'' with Orochimaru still up to his old tricks.
** The finale never really goes into detail explaining what happened to the tailed beasts after the war ended. [[spoiler:The Chibaku Tensei prisons are broken, but nothing more is shown.]] From ''The Last'', we know that [[spoiler:Kurama happily and willingly returned to being sealed inside Naruto]] and the Epilogue reveals that [[spoiler:Bee reunited with Gyuki.]]
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Sasuke angrily gives one to Sakura when she insults Naruto about being the way he is, with her thinking that it's due to ''[[KickTheDog him not having parents]]''. It works; [[JerkassRealization she starts trying to be nicer to Naruto afterwards]].
** Sakura then gives one to Sasuke when he's ready to give Team 7's scroll to the not-yet-revealed-Orochimaru; she says Naruto is many things, but he is not a coward, and he's not the one holding them back at the current moment. [[ThePowerOfFriendship It works]].
** Naruto tries to reason with Sasuke throughout their fight at the Valley of the End in Part I. It doesn't work.
** Shikamaru's dad lectures him about his temptation to leave the shinobi life after the Sasuke Retrieval arc.
** Danzo slams Sasuke on his chaotic lashing out of blind revenge and his rejection of the will and cause of the person he's avenging.
** Naruto chews out Sakura for her [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim painfully fake]] [[FalseConfession love confession]] rather angrily. [[ShipSinking He stops having a crush on her afterwards]], and their friendship is strained for a while.
** Some of Naruto's classmates berate him for his over-idealistic approach to the situation with Sasuke.
** Ino, Shikamaru, Asuma, ''and'' Choza are all furious with Choji when he refuses to attack Asuma, who's been resurrected and forced to fight his former students. Choji gets the hint and helps take Asuma down.
** Madara and Hashirama, to their respective fathers, when their fathers and younger brothers went into battle against each other. Each father tried to kill the other's son for strategic reasons.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Generally, this applies to most of the clan ninja, who rely exclusively on clan techniques and basic skills. Ino seems to be the sole exception by branching out to medical ninjitsu.
** Naruto has a phase of this with his Kage Bunshin and Rasengan, but he seems to grow out of it (this probably hangs on fans' minds because this is the point he was at when the plot of the anime took an 80-episode {{Filler}} break, so those fans who followed the anime and not just the manga got to see these milked for much, much more than they were worth).
* WillfullyWeak: Inevitably. This ''is'' shonen after all.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: A good chunk of the villains have a miserable backstory to explain why they're nuts, but for his term as a villain, Gaara is by far the most straight example.
* TheWorfBarrage:
** Fire-element techniques ''look'' powerful. In practice, what they do is create a SmokeShield for enemies to slowly and dramatically step out of [[ConvectionSchmonvection without a single burn on them]]. Played with when Sasuke's fire attack melts the layer of skin disguising Orochimaru in the Forest of Death but otherwise doesn't hurt him (and blows a hole through a tree without lighting it on fire), and averted once with Asuma's cloud of exploding smoke.
** Anything attempted by Rock Lee is automatically this. {{Lampshaded}} in the DenserAndWackier spinoff ''Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth'', where Lee's initial lotus fails against some random fodder {{Mook}}, to which he comments, "I guess there's no helping it... That move never even worked once in the actual story." (An outraged Tenten then shouts, "Then why did you use it?!")
* TheWorfEffect:
** Affects Orochimaru in Part II, and clumsily justified.
** Lee was also hyped to be extremely strong (by worfing Sasuke) and actually [[TheWorfEffect never wins a real fight]] (except against his doppelganger in the Rescue Gaara Arc) [[TheWorfEffect because he fights people even stronger]], even if he falls with honors.
** [[ZigZaggingTrope Cycling]] trope concerning Sasuke.
** Averted for Jiraiya. Itachi is extremely badass and powerful, but Jiraiya chases him off quickly. He loses to Pain, but not before killing half of Pain's bodies despite facing the Rinnegan.
** This is the entire point of the ANBU's existence. Almost ''every'' time they appear, they end up being killed by ''someone'', regardless of the killer's rank. It makes you wonder why the ANBU actually exist in the first place.
* WorfHadTheFlu:
** It's almost never mentioned, but the Sound Four were already tired from their fight with two jonins before battling the Sasuke rescue squad.
** Sasuke acknowledges that he defeated Orochimaru only because the latter was terminally ill.
** A majorly powerful villain has to confront Naruto when he's just used a very exhausting technique, is without his backup, and cannot kill Naruto if he wants his plan to work. When he loses one can't help but wonder how the fight would have gone if it weren't for all of those factors.
** Danzo loses a major battle which he begins while having just used one of his major abilities that needs to recharge. He gets it back at the end but, unable to decide how to use it in time and taken by surprise by one of his opponent's decisions, it doesn't do him any good.
* WorldHalfFull: The ninja world is a horrible place to live. Ninja are supposed to be emotionless tools to be used and discarded as the village they live in sees fit, especially Jinchuuriki, who have [[SealedEvilInACan demons]] [[SealedInAPersonShapedCan put inside them]] largely without their consent, and are treated even worse than other ninjas. In less than 100 years, 4 massive wars have been waged, 3 of which were borne of grudges and massive distrust between nations, and fostered these in turn. ChildSoldiers are the norm, and are taught that if they want to live in this world they have to kill. The current ninja system of blood and hatred is responsible for the birth of people like Pain and Sasuke, who are driven mad by the death that occured around them. Luckily, though, this series has [[MessianicArchetype Naruto]], who, when he first began to comprehend the horror of everyday ninja life, basically says, "Suck it!" and decides to do it his way, and fix this shitty way of life. Considering where this series falls on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, he'll probably succeed.
* WorldOfBadass: Almost everyone relevant to the plot displays their badassery in one way or another. (Even Sakura, eventually.)
%%* WorldOfCardBoardSpeech: Naruto vs. Gaara, Tsunade vs. Orochimaru, Tsunade vs. Madara.
* WorldOfHam: These are quite possibly the ''least'' subtle ninja to ever exist.
* WorldOfSilence: This is the Kage's interpretation of Madara and Obito's solution to world peace.
* WouldHitAGirl: Everyone. Shikamaru is the only person shown to have reservations about fighting women, and he ''does it anyway''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that there are plenty of female ninja, and refusing to fight them would [[TooDumbToLive probably get you fired and/or killed very quickly]] in the ''Naruto'' world.
* WowingCthulhu: Naruto is able to gain the nine-tailed fox demon [[EldritchAbomination Kurama's]] trust during his fight with Obito by freeing the Four Tails.
* WrapItUp: The DistantEpilogue (Chapter #700) and the movie, ''The Last''. Due to pressure from the manga's publisher, the author found himself having to tie up the story in way, ''way'' fewer chapters than he had (probably) originally intended. Though the effort to wrap things up in the last few chapters is very evident, it was pretty clear from the start that doing a decade-and-a-half manga justice in half a dozen chapters of continuous storytelling is impossible. The last chapter and movie take advantage of the inherent {{Time Skip}}s to resolve Naruto's ambition to become Hokage, paint the aftermath of the war in broad strokes, and, most of all, make a dedicated effort to (finally!) unravel the LoveDodecahedron. In contrast, we [[AbortedArc never find out]] what [[spoiler:Kaguya needed an army of white Zetsus for]], and the details of what ''really'' happened with Sasuke in the end aside from his [[spoiler:redemption]]. Nor do we know what happens to Orochimaru.
* XRayVision: Anyone with the Byakugan [[SuperpowerfulGenetics Bloodline Limit]].
* YouAreAlreadyDead: Some ninja abilities are ''engineered'' to [[RuleOfDrama lead up to this]]. If a character starts a TemptingFate speech about how their opponent is screwed that didn't involve this trope in the first place, chances are 50/50 that they'll start coughing blood mid-sentence followed by their opponent explaining to them that three minutes ago they were hit with poison or chakra-eating insects or PressurePoint strikes or what-have-you.
* YouAreNotAlone: Gaara and Naruto, in particular, only come as far as they do because they have people supporting them. This became especially true for Naruto; his parents literally left a portion of themselves in his seal for the sole purpose of helping him against the Nine-Tails when he needs it most.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness:
** Zabuza says that Haku was nothing more than a useful tool to him; why should he care about his death? [[SubvertedTrope However]], when Naruto delivers an [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech impassioned speech]] about Hakus's [[UndyingLoyalty devotion]] to Zabuza, the tough-as-nails remorseless killer breaks into tears and ''begs'' the boy to stop talking.
** Gato is quick to turn against Zabuza after Kakashi defeats him the second time. It turns out he was really hoping the two ninjas would have killed each other, so he wouldn't have to pay him. Unfortunately for him, Zabuza decides he's TakingYouWithMe.
** Orochimaru views his subordinates as pawns to be used and discarded when their role is over. The most extreme example is [[ExtremeDoormat Kimimaro]], who lived and breathed for him: when he dies, Orochimaru basically says "oh, well... where is Sasuke?"
** As he gets [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope more and more obsessed]] with [[RevengeBeforeReason killing Danzo]] during the ''Five Kage Summit'' arc, Sasuke abandons Suigetsu and Juugo to be captured by the samurai and later [[ShootTheHostage stabs Karin with a chidori]] in order to kill his enemy. He actually quotes this trope to her word for word as he's about to finish her off.
** As Obito lies dying with a big hole in his chest, Madara tries to mind-control him into using the Rinne Rebirth jutsu to revive him, adding that it's time Obito paid him back for saving his life all those years ago.
** Madara, of all people, is on the receiving end of this. [[spoiler:After he became the Ten Tails Jinchuuriki and activated the Infinite Tsukuyomi, Black Zetsu stabbed him in the back saying that [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech he was a fool for believing he's the only one who can manipulate people]]. All he can do now is become [[BiggerBad Kaguya]]'s new vessel.]]
* YouKnowTheOne: ''That Man'', whose use of ''That Jutsu'' in ''That Day'' played a key role during ''That Incident''.
* YourMindMakesItReal: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] with the jutsu Izanami, where your mind is involved, and reality and imagination are also involved, and explaining how it actually works requires two flow charts.
* YoyoPlotPoint:
** This plagues the elongated conclusion of the Fourth World War arc. By the end of it, most readers have lost count of how many times during the climactic battle Naruto's allies have come to doubt their usefulness, then overcome their doubt by resolving to do their best regardless, then soon fell prey again to that same doubt; how many times the BigBad has wavered towards doubt in his philosophy, then back to absolute faith in it and trying to make Naruto doubt ''his'' philosophy, and then back again; how many times, conversely, Naruto himself has felt the need to go through a revelation of [[RightMakesMight why his ideals are worth believing in and fighting for]], prompted by him relating to [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]], [[ActionDad Minato]], and [[RivalTurnedEvil Sasuke]] each in turn, only for his resolve to soon waver enough that another revelation is in order; and how many reveals of either the good guys' or bad guys' seemingly unbeatable "True Power" there have been, only for that power to be beaten soundly, trumped and superseded, followed by ominous hints of the next Ultimate Power That Will Surely Decide Everything.
** Sakura three times [[ADayInTheLimeLight takes the spotlight]] and decides to step up her game and shed her FauxActionGirl status, and two times steps back down (with varying degrees of fanfare).
** Also, as mentioned above under ShipTease, this applies to nearly all would-be romantic relationships in the series. Apparent turning points just pass the story by, make a wooshing sound, leave the impression of a resolution and then go away, as if they were never there. Apart from the ones mentioned already, the most {{egregious}} instance has to be the sudden, violent disappearance of Karin's solemn disillusionment with Sasuke.
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