* AccidentalAesop: [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Nepotism will get you far!]]
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Kakashi promised to become Naruto's sensei, but was distant to him because Naruto looks like his parents. He becomes less distant (and more possessive) when someone else gets the position. This ACI recurrs in several of Lucillia's fanfics, too.
** Danzo became the WellIntentionedExtremist he is, partly due to disillusionment from Hiruzen.
** Some reviewers do this with Tetsuo, too, primarily how he goes about teaching Sakura and Sasuke in Team Tetsuo. Is he a teacher who gives them the lessons they should have learned in the academy, or [[DrillSergeantNasty is his teaching style]] overly harsh to the point of being counterproductive, if not intentionally cruel? When Sakura almost [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere goes AWOL]], thereby ending her ninja career and ruining her life, is it mostly her fault for her lack of discipline (and her mother's for spoiling her), or does Tetsuo share a fair portion of the blame[[note]]Some of Tetsuo's detractors point out that Naruto was the one who ultimately talked her down, and conclude that Tetsuo isn't any good at holding the team together[[/note]] for forcing her to go on a two-month camping trip that he knew she wasn't prepared for? Does Tetsuo care about Sakura and Sasuke, or does he see them as a means to an end to help Naruto become a Chunin, to the point where it's detrimental to the two of them individually and the team as a whole? (The fact that he once saw Naruto in a similar way can be seen as proof that he doesn't see anything wrong with seeing his subordinates this way, and/or [[TookALevelInKindness that he can warm up to them]])
* BetterThanCanon: Many reviewers regard the First Try series better and more cohesive than the original series. Especially ''[[MorePopularSpinOff Team Tetsuo]]''. Further helped by the fact that Lucillia is [[CanonWelding very good at rationalising even the majority of contradictions the canonical series presents]] in her FF-works.
* BrokenBase: To a degree, FT:S got hit with this thanks to [[spoiler:Sasuke's sperm-donor children]], which is unsurprising considering how controversial the Uchiha Clan are in {{Canon}}.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Dare I say that the Shimura family qualifies? After all, Tetsuo is a really good teacher and a RoundedCharacter despite being an OC, and Danzo, while not necessarily a "good" guy, is admirable ''because'' of his [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bastardry]] - you can like the old man whilst still recognising how ruthless he's capable of being.
* FridgeHorror: In ''Team Tetsuo'', Hiruzen discovered that the Academy was being sabotaged when Naruto and his team were reviewing their history. Which means that the sabotage still continues from ''Team 7'' to ''Shippuden'' and won't be found out until it's too late.
** It's not "Fridge" anymore - in Chapter 4 of ''Shippuden'', Sakura notes how much less competent the younger ninja recruits are than even her own peers, but because the curriculum isn't ''that'' different from her own time as an Academy student (only over 3 years ago), she hasn't realised that it's the cause of decaying standards
* GrowingTheBeard: The original ''First Try'' was a well-constructed story, but suffers partially from lack of focus on team relations and being over very quickly (the side stories do a good job of remedying this). ''First Try: Team 7'' improves by being longer and having more focus on these faults. However, the fandom appears to be in universal agreement that ''Team Tetsuo'' is where the series truly exhibits beard growth - a proper break from TheStationsOfTheCanon, CharacterDevelopment galore, original plotlines and themes, and arguably an even better story than the primary ''First Try'' story plot (it certainly seems to be the most popular). Many fans consider it part of the Main Series even though by label it's only a Spin-Off.
* {{Jossed}}: When ''First Try: Shippuden'' was started, Lucillia interpreted Tobi as [[spoiler: an ousted Uchiha whose wife and children were killed by his clan for being foreign-born and illegimate.]] Seeing Tobi is actually [[spoiler: Obito Uchiha]], Lucillia intends to rewrite FT:S to fit TheReveal, but she doesn't want to abandon the plot about the Uchiha Clan [[spoiler:murdering illegitimate children]] - Itachi even references the practice when talking to Kisame in ''Team Tetsuo''.
** It has since been revealed that Tobi is [[spoiler:a name which ''multiple'' Uchiha who follow Madara take up, hiding under the same mask with the pretence of being one person rather than multiple. Besides Obito, there is only one Tobi left - a much older man who lost his extended family due to the Uchiha Clan murdering them, for which he paid them back tenfold (literally, as a he took at ''least'' ten Uchiha lives for each of the loved ones they killed).]]
** It should be noted that Lucillia implements OrwellianRetcon when it suits her, especially if she can edit the plot without damaging her overall story. For instance, the original ''First Try'' was written before TheReveal that Tobi ''wasn't'' Madara came out - this necessitated the editing of a scene which explicitly identified the two as being the same individual (though she waited until TheReveal of who he actually is to do so).
* MagnificentBastard: Danzo, who turns Barako's gossip campaign against his grandson around against ''her'', by telling nothing but the truth.
* MorePopularSpinOff: ''Team Tetsuo'' is largely considered a more interesting and well-written story than the main FT Series - rather than following TheStationsOfTheCanon of the manga's Part 1 (with mostly characterisation differences), it creates new plotlines whole-cloth and the plot goes gloriously OffTheRails; Tetsuo remaining Naruto's teacher with Kakashi as TheLancer also enables both characters to broaden their horizons, while Naruto's teammates Satoshi and Suzume aren't as OutOfFocus; and minor characters like [[OcStandIn Sakura's parents]], [[AdaptationExpansion Zabuza's fellow revolutionaries]], and [[TheBully Hibachi]] get larger roles in the story's subplots, thus furthering the world-building and overall scope of the plot.
* {{Tearjerker}}: In FT:S, when gambling takes over Satoshi's life and Naruto tries to hold an intervention, but fails.
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