YMMV / Naruto

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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Sasuke Uchiha is much more divisive in America and Europe than in Japan, and was hated by large segments of the American fanbase long before his Face–Heel Turn. This is because he's seen as a one-note 'brooding' character. As a result, American and Europeans fans were absolutely not surprised by the Face–Heel Turn.
  • Ass Pull: "Plot no Jutsu" (PNJ). This is an accusation often thrown when a character's abilities are suddenly more powerful, less powerful, function differently than you'd expect or just get made up on the spot as a justification for a character winning a fight the plot needed them to win.
    • Gaara surviving his fight against Kimimaro at the end of Part 1 due to Kimimaro's sudden death somehow robbing his killing blow of all momentum mere inches away from Gaara's face.
    • Sasuke's egregious Great Snake Escape. He summoned a giant snake, hypnotized it, jumped in its mouth and teleported it and himself out of harm's way all to avoid a massive 10-kilometer-radius explosion. All of that was done after said explosion had already gone off a few feet away from him, and in spite of both techniques consuming massive amounts of chakra, after Sasuke was observed to be out of chakra.
    • Itachi's true reasons for killing the entire Uchiha clan (they were planning a coup and Itachi was ordered to kill them all by Danzo).
    • Hanzô giving Mifune the antidote to his poison at the conclusion of their battle, because from their initially diametric philosophies they seemed to reach some sort of mutual understanding during the course of the battle by a process nobody was able to follow.
    • In chapter 562, it's revealed that three minor characters know the Hiraishin no Jutsu, a secret technique of the Fourth Hokage that he never taught to anyone else, even his own students or teacher.
    • Itachi Uchiha suddenly having Izanami just so he could defeat Kabuto with it.
    • Madara apparently being able to Edo Tensei summon himself to counteract Kabuto releasing the jutsu.
    • Kaguya appearing out of nowhere to take over for Madara as the true final Big Bad of the series.
  • Awesome Ego: Madara Uchiha was clearly an attempt at this. How successful it was depends on the reader.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • The Uchihas in general. Either they're the epitome of Evil Is Cool with badass skills and are well-characterized or they're the epitome of Spotlight-Stealing Squad who were treated as merely misunderstood in spite of all the unforgivable things they have done and always having a random power out of nowhere.
      • As explained above, Sasuke is a massive one in the Western fanbase. Although he doesn't get a complete free pass in the Japanese fanbase either.
      • Itachi was insanely popular at the start of the manga, and still is in many circles, but he's also become a much more divisive character as his true nature's been revealed. Fans are now divided over whether Itachi is a cool, stoic Bad Ass with an interesting character arc or an insufferably preachy and insanely overpowered character that exists purely to make everyone else look bad in comparison. A huge part of reaction to Itachi is whether people view his character as a Deconstruction of The Ace, where his overwhelming power and near-invincibilty in battle highlights his many shortcomings as a human being, or The Ace played depressingly straight and absorbing a disproportionate amount of praise from others despite the many terrible things he did, only admitting his failings to look humbler and even more praiseworthy.
      • Madara is either seen as a complex Well-Intentioned Extremist and the embodiment of Evil Is Cool who managed to become one of the heroes greatest threats, or a boring Invincible Villain who made all the other villains look like imbeciles and broke too many rules of established canon.
      • Obito Uchiha. Is he a legitimately sympathetic character with understandable motivations or is he a whiny brat whose weak backstory fails to justify all the atrocities that he did.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Episode 101 of the original series. The village idiots conspire to exact revenge upon Kakashi by means of hiccuping, laughing and crying powder.
  • Broken Base: Being such a big and popular Long Runner, the series is bound to have lots of these. Here are some stand out recent examples.
    • The ending and the subsequent spin-offs are very hot topics among those in the fandom. And we shall leave it at that.
    • Sasuke and Sakura's relationship, especially after they officially get together in the ending. Not so much in the sense of them getting together (albeit that's another big point of controversy too) but rather whether or not they're an actual functional couple. Some people think that the problems they face are justified, and that the fact that they stay together is a testament to how much they truly love each other. Others think that the pair is together just out of sheer delusion (specially on Sakura's part), and that it should be bound to fall apart sooner rather than later.
    • On a similar note, whether Naruto is a good family man after he becomes Hokage. Again, some people find it justified, and a testament of how much that family loves each other. Others think he is being completely neglectful, and that is bound to bring some serious problems.
  • Can't Unhear It: Many fans consider Megumi Han's performance as young Obito to be a lot more memorable than that of his original voice actor, Sosuke Komori.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal:
    • The identity of Naruto's father. Didn't see THAT one coming.
    • Tobi is Obito. After it was confirmed Tobi wasn't Madara, he was the most obvious choice. So obvious, that many were pushing other Uchiha (most notably Izuna) as an alternative identity. This eventually died down when the chapters leading up to The Reveal made it so blatantly obvious that it was him that it literally could not have been anyone else.
  • Common Knowledge: Obito/Tobi is absolutely not the mastermind of Mist's policy to exterinate bloodline users, largely because no such policy actually existed. While bloodline users were persecuted in the Water country, that was by ordinary people, not the Mist village; the only clan the Mist wiped out was the Kaguya clan, and that was only in self-defence. Nowhere in the manga is it stated that the Mist conspired to annihilate bloodlines or that he had any problem in particular with non-Uchiha bloodlines.
  • Complete Monster: Naruto, while idealistic, does have a few irredeemable characters, who surpass all the others in heinousness:
    • Hidan, unlike the rest of the Akatsuki, has no real Freudian Excuse. An Ax-Crazy Psychopathic Manchild and member of a Religion of Evil, Hidan worships violence and death, and sees mercy (or indeed, anything other than full-scale slaughter) as a sin. He and his partner, Kakuzu, corner and capture the Two-Tails jinchuuriki, Yugito Ni, delivering her to Pain for draining and, eventually, death. The two of them subsequently slaughtered a temple's worth of monks in order to collect the bounty on the head monk, Chiriku. During the battle at the bounty station, Hidan engaged Asuma Sarutobi in combat, and used a religious ritual to bind their souls together, then began mutilating himself in order to torture Asuma, ultimately leading to the Leaf Ninja's painful death. When Asuma's student Shikamaru confronted Hidan, Hidan mocked his mentor's memory, and attempted to inflict the same fate on Shikamaru.
    • Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel: Haido. See the work page for more details.
    • Naruto: Shippuden: The anime-only character Kazuma is a former member of the Twelve Guardian Ninjas and was a friend and comrade of Asuma Sarutobi and Chiruku. He saw the Hokage, and by extension, useless and threats to the figurehead Fire Daimyo in the Land of Fire. Originally, he convinced half of his comrades to try to assassinate the Hokage while Asuma stopped him, and seemingly killed him. Years later, after it was revealed he implanted Kurama's chakra into his son to create a weapon to destroy Konoha, he attacks dozens of border towns with his men. After killing thousands of people, he raided the tombs of his former comrades and would use them to make a Weapon of Mass Destruction to incinerate every man, woman, and child in Konoha to the ground, all the while constantly beating and manipulating Sora to turn on his new friends. The people he killed on the border towns were used to create a small-scale Zombie Apocalypse around Konoha to distract, and trap, everyone in the village. Finally, when that plan failed he triggered his son's Super-Powered Evil Side and sent him to destroy Konoha, and as he died at Asuma's hand he wondered how the Land of Fire could do him.
    • Boruto: Naruto the Movie: Momoshiki Otsutsuki. See the work page for more details.
  • Crazy Awesome: The entire Hidden Cloud Village, from a Jinchuriki of the Hachibi who prefers rapping over fighting, the Raikage who uses wrestling moves and being able to play Sasuke like a fool, to his bodyguard who seems lazy but is actually a strong and capable bodyguard who is next in line for the Raikage.
  • Critical Backlash: Having such a massive fanbase as well as a large, and vocal, Hatedom (a portion often holding it up to Double Standard for things they may let slide in series) means that in addition being possible to suffer from Hype Backlash, hearing about the series from its haters means having Critical Backlash can be just as likely.
  • Critical Dissonance: Among casual manga/anime fans and the general public, it’s a merchandising juggernaut with a massive and rabid fanbase. On the critical side of things, it’s generally treated as a fairly average Shounen at best, and in more serious circles, saying ‘I like Naruto’ is synonymous with "I am a twelve-year-old boy who has never watched anything else in his life."
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Sasuke Uchiha. Many girls in the series had a crush on him or expressed interest, probably some pre-emptive Truth in Television. There are even fans who think of him as more of a Chew Toy than a Jerk Ass, and then there are fans who think he is just as justified in his actions as Naruto is.
    • Most of the Akatsuki are delusionally painted as the good guys in the eyes fangirls.
      • Sasori's human puppet form is quite attractive, but some forget he's killed hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people, and maybe provoked a war by abducting and killing the 3rd Kzekage.
      • Even before The Reveal, Some fans tried to rationalize Itachi's participation in the Uchiha massacre, saying that he was under orders. To a degree, they were right. It still does NOT justify the repulsive extremes that the fandom will reach to excuse his Moral Event Horizon crossings, and there's also the fandom's extremely creepy refusal to aknowledge that his actions are a big part of the reason why Sasuke is now fucked up to the degree that he is.
      • Despite being one of the least sympathetically portrayed of all the Akatsuki, Hidan has some of the most die-hard fangirls. Yes, that Hidan. Apparently it's okay to sadistically murder people if you have white hair and walk around with your midriff exposed. As long as you're sexy enough, the Fangirls will go to any lengths to justify your sociopathic behavior, up to and including: inventing sympathetic backstory where there was none; pulling Freudian Excuses out of their asses; and coming up with lame excuses to vilify your victims. The problem is that Hidan is not only monstruous, but so damn fun while being a monster; specially in the anime, which makes him a Large Ham who acts almost like a Psychopathic Manchild and has very amusing interactions with Kakuzu. That alone will bring lots of fans... too bad they simply refuse to admit that his charm is how much of an amusing bastard Hidan was, and try woobiefying him. COME ON! Hidan was amusing and all, but he was an asshole, and a very unapologetic one at that - making him a Woobie misses the point and the fun of his character.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Has its own page
  • Epileptic Trees: Fans who dislike the ending like to theorize that Madara really did win and every event since Tsukuyomi's activation has been an illusion, with the heroes still imprisoned in the dream world.
  • Estrogen Brigade: The sheer amount of pretty boys definitely helped the series to have a fairly big female fanbase.
  • Evil Is Cool: Many fanboys will forever love Deidara for his Crazy Awesome penchants for explosions and being able to drive Sasuke to his limits.
  • Fanon: There are so many fanfic cliches in the fandom that they have their own page.
  • Faux Symbolism: Danzo's conversation with Itachi in chapter 590. He gives Itachi the choice between siding with the Uchihas, represented by a statue of the Buddha, and siding with the Leaf, represented by a statue of a three faced demon that looks very sinister.
  • Foe Yay: Gaara was a bit too obsessed with Sasuke before their fight at the Chuunin exam, basically stalking him while he was training, and calling him his "prey". Madara taking the trouble to come and see Naruto in the latter's hotel room just to chat can also be seen this way. Mind you, it seems he watched Naruto sleeping for a while, and he didn't even try to capture him!
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Naruto and Hinata ("NaruHina"), as mentioned above. Especially in the western fandom. It got to a point where a video game adaptation decided that these two were "secret lovers", despite not being too much canon support at the time. Cue the angry shippers! Which got Hilarious in Hindsight, since they became an Official Couple by the end. Needless to say, fans went nuts on both sides.
    • Also, Minato and Kushina. Not in the sense of other potential pairings involving them (there were none), but rather of people preferring them over other ships due to being considered the best written couple in the story.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With One Piece and Bleach, especially since it has a Dueling Shows dynamic with the former.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Even in early episodes you could already see that Sasuke was going to be really important and tips about how the Uchiha clan's Myth Arc is key were dropped. Then Sasuke became really important, and the Uchiha clan's Myth Arc swallowed the plot.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While the anime is moderately popular in Japan, it's even bigger in America and Europe (and the manga is comparatively more popular, though as with all manga sales they are much lower in foreign markets).
    • Special note for the anime is it became quite the crazy Cash Cow Franchise not seen in America since the Sailor Moon / Dragon Ball Z / Pokémon craze of the 90's.
    • Orochimaru and Kabuto are met with better reception in the west than they do in Japan, with many fans seeing them as far more interesting villains than the Uchihas.
  • Growing the Beard: Any moment in part 1 that serves the methodical advancement from crass jokes/filler to epic sacrifices can qualify, but the introduction of Orochimaru and his ambitious plot are probably the turning point.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The bloodline purges in Mist Village were already bad enough when we were first introduced to them by Haku, whose family was torn apart by them, but later we learn that they were orchestrated by Tobi, manipulating the 4th Mizukage, who had a very big grudge against the Hidden Mist since they were responsible for Rin's death. Suddenly, the genocide and civil war take on a whole other layer of meaning as a senseless and cruel act of Disproportionate Retribution, and then they become even more cruel when we learn that Madara orchestrated the Hidden Mist's role in Rin's death, all in order to get Obito under his control.
  • Hype Backlash: This is probably the most popular ninja-based anything ever and also one of the most looked-down upon in terms of how much of a "generic shonen manga" it is, and the backlash from both directions is proportionate.
  • Internet Backdraft: Don't bring up any of the following issues on a Naruto forum. Just don't.
    • Who's more powerful- Itachi or Jiraiya? When Itachi said he and Kisame could have fought Jiraiya to a draw, was he telling the truth of bluffing to convince Kisame to back out of the fight? What about the fourth hokage in his prime? Where does he fit in all of this? (To further exacerbate things, the databooks have them tied...)
    • Geez, are the girls in the manga getting the short end of the stick or what? Are we ever going to get a female character who 1. Actually has impressive abilities and can win important fights here and now, 2. Has more than a tangential bearing on any important plot at all beyond being a Love Interest of the male and a pure eye-candy and 3. Is alive?
    • And, last but definitely not least, who should/will Naruto end up with- Sakura or Hinata? (see below, in Ship-to-Ship Combat).
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Tobi not only isn't the real Madara Uchiha, he's also Obito. Both were huge spoilers when first revealed, but by the time they were animated, both facts had become almost impossible to hide. The fact that "Tobi is Obito" is a very popular fan theory ever since Tobi's introduction is just icing on the cake.
    • Naruto's father is the Fourth Hokage. This was regarded as common knowledge long before it was officially confirmed.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • The Nine-Tailed Fox. You'd never believe it, but after the asskicking that it endured, to have its power taken from it and locked away again is very depressing. It openly expresses its bitterness over humans imprisoning it and using it as a power source for decades. This sentiment is starting to be recognized by the fandom. Even Naruto feels sorry for it, and apologizes for trapping it in its prison again.
    • Manipulative Bastard Kabuto has become one. He had a deep existential crisis after Orochimaru's death (Naruto inspired him to continue) and he is shown thinking that all he wanted was for someone to notice him. He just wanted to be acknowledged. Still doesn't excuse his monstrous moral event horizon crossing moments though.
    • Hiashi's jerkass tendencies can be at least partly explained by watching the Caged Bird Seal tear his family apart, the fact that his daughter was nearly kidnapped, setting in motion a chain of events leading to his brother's death, which he was helpless to prevent, the fact that his nephew nearly killed his daughter, and the strong implication that his wife is dead. To drive the point home further, when Neji died on him and Hinata, Hiashi felt crushed in that he failed his brother again.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Averted; fans seemed resigned to the idea that Choji, Neji, Kiba, Shikamaru, Kakashi and Hinata were going to die, each in turn, despite them being relatively important and well-loved characters.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Obito. Or at least he gets points for trying. Gets props for infiltrating his own organization pretending to be and convincing many people he was silly, goofy Tobi when he was actually The Man Behind the Man of the organization, seemingly because he can.
  • Macekre: The German dub.
  • Memetic Badass: Many. Aoba, Iruka, Kisame and the Raikage come to mind.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Orochimaru, for his tendency to lust over the bodies of teenage boys.
    • The 5th Mizukage, for her tendency to cuddle her teenage bodyguard and the rather interesting comments she makes about Gaara and Sasuke.
    • Itachi. While his interactions with Naruto and Sasuke gave off this vibe, a certain event in chapter 386 cemented his status as this.
    • The infamous SURPRISE BUTTSECKS panel before Sasuke fights Danzo.
  • Memetic Mutation: Naruto Running. note 
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Orochimaru probably crossed it in his fight with the Third Hokage for the viewers. In-universe, that's peanuts compared to the extremely perverse things he had been up to long before that.
    • Toyed with regarding one particular character who seems to constantly teeter on the edge of it. He'll successfully commit his final, irreversible act of abhorrent villainy any second... aaaannny second now... Some argue that it's the thought that counts, and he has already crossed it.
    • One aspiring Big Bad held a newborn baby under the threat of death at the ripe old age of one minute. That's not very nice.
    • Kabuto has the power to resurrect dead ninja. Using that power to zombify the dead Akatsuki makes sense, and they're all villains anyway. It gets worse when he starts resurrecting other fallen ninja, including Zabuza and Haku. Then he has the gall to resurrect the good guys like Asuma, Chiyo, Neji's dad, and the Jinchuriki. All of these ninja gave their lives defending their family and friends, and now they're brought back from the dead as zombies, fully aware of their actions but unable to do anything, for the purpose of killing the people they died to protect.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Naruto is forever connected to his narmworthy catchphrase "Believe it!" for english fans.
    • Sasuke's "Great Snake Escape" was what really started turning fans away about characters surviving death by Plot no Jutsu.
    • The supposed rape that Karin planned, which was actually the result of a mistranslation. Nonetheless, the allegations are still being brought up years afterwards.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Jiraiya, Tsunade and Orochimaru were characters in Japanese mythology long before they showed up in this manga. They show up in the story Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari (literally "The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya"), a Japanese folktale. In it, Jiraiya is a ninja who has the ability to transform into a giant toad. He falls in love with and later marries Tsunade, a beautiful young princess (in contrast to the manga, where she is Older Than She Looks) who is a master of snail magic, and battles his arch-enemy, Orochimaru, a master of snake magic who used to be his follower.
    • Many elements of this series are actually drawn from old Japanese folklore or other fiction. Some of these include: Bunshin, Kagebunshin (including the distinction between the two), using these kagebunshin in a combo, Windmill-Shuriken, Kusanagi, XYZ-Release-techniques (XYZ-ton in Japanese), ninja called Sasuke, Sarutobi, the Element-Kage as ninja leaders, ninjas being able pin shadows to the ground or otherwise manipulate their or other shadows, Ninja Log, etc.
  • Replacement Scrappy: The main characters (at first) hated Sai for replacing Sasuke on Team 7. Some fans too. Since among a sizable segment of American fans Sasuke is considered a Scrappy himself (in stark contrast to his overwhelming popularity in Japan), this gave Sai a slight fan following in America.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Sakura, during the Rescue Garaa arc before Chickification and Aesop Amnesia returns her back the scrappy heap... until she grows out of it in The Last.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Danzo has the recurring habit of being Flanderized in Fan Fics. Yeah, he's horribly ruthless and has crossed the Moral Event Horizon, but he's far too complex for the label.
    • Hiashi isn't exactly a total Jerkass considering that he is given a lot of sympathetic moments but fanfic writers very often ignore this like him raping and abusing either Hinata, Hanabi, Neji or even Hizashi For the Evulz.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Sakura has had varying shades of this throughout the series, especially in the first half. Out of Team 7 she's had by far the least characterization drive plotted into her (Naruto wants to become Hokage; Sasuke wants to avenge his clan; Sakura wants to... win Sasuke's heart?). Though she has her moments and a solid fanbase (mainly thanks to her immediately-post-time-skip bout of Character Development), her subsequent reChickification and Aesop Amnesia has not been very well-received by her fans, let alone by her non-fans. And even if she gets Rescued from the Scrappy Heap again in the The Last, many fans have mixed opinions on her as a whole.
    • Kaguya Ootsutsuki, the Evil Matriarch of the Naruto universe has joined the series' ever growing scrappydom right after her reincarnation. Immediately after she makes her debut she's already despised for hijacking the plot completely out of nowhere, shifting the storyline unnecessarily to a new villain arc and making the already horrendously convoluted plot even more so. Add to the list, her resealing about only 30 chapters after her first mention, meaning she never gets any characterization beyond her lust for power and contributes essentially nothing to the story aside from extending its length and painting the Uchihas into saints just so they can be Easily Forgiven, meaning some will hate her due to her sheer pointlessness. The anime is attempting to rectify at least some of these issues by devoting a short filler arc to showing her backstory and giving her some actual characterization, though it's too soon to say whether this will be enough to pull her out of Scrappy-dom in the eyes of the fanbase.
    • Karin is also hated for due to being characterized as only being obsessed with Sasuke, essentially being a rip-off of part 1 Sakura. While initially Rescued from the Scrappy Heap after being stabbed by Sasuke just to kill Danzo despite healing him just now, after she reverts back to being obsessed and quickly forgave Sasuke, she becomes The Scrappy again to the point that fans hardly reacted when she was in tears over the fact that Sasuke is stabbed by Madara.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • For the original series, literally everyone will say that it's a pain to sit through the 84 filler episodes that capped off the show. Though the 4-episode Bikochu Search Mission arc gets a lot of love for being a Hinata Took a Level in Badass moment, and the final 5-episode Sunagakure Support Mission has the welcomed return of the sand siblings, and for returning the story to the main plot in the final episode.
    • For Shippuden, the lengthy Three-tails filler arc was tiresome for some folk. However, the general consensus among fans is that quality began to dip after the Pain arc due to filler arcs that returned to episodic one-offs, and canon material being filled to the brim with flashbacks. The War Arc being a nadir for the series is a common complaint due to being vastly extended with "war filler". The infinite tsukuyomi spell at the tail end of the war ended up with several dream fillers, and two filler arcs being shoved in it, which caused the year of 2015 to be almost entirely filler episodes. Hardly anyone was pleased.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Thanks to the prominent use of the Two Guys and a Girl trope in the multiple teams, Naruto became one of the first martial arts Shonen series to tend towards a more balanced male-to-female ratio in its cast compared to previous works in the genre, which tended to feature just a few token females. That created a recipe for fans to start shipping characters like there was no tomorrow. Straight ships or otherwise. As the series got longer and longer, these arguments got bigger and bigger.
    • By far, the biggest one were the ships involving Naruto himself. Especially with his two potential Love Interests, Sakura and Hinata. The on-and-off dynamics, and the sheer amount of Ship Tease that Kishimoto put all over the place during the run of the series seemed to be explicitly designed to make the fans go nuts: Naruto not having a talk with Hinata after she confessed her love to him (while trying to save his life at that!), Sakura's allegedly fake confession to Naruto, all the Hinata-centered Ship Tease in the anime adaptation, the expectations the fans had out of the conventions in the genre (which pointed to Sakura), etc, etc, etc. Something that went on, and on, and on... AND ON, for the 15 years the original manga ran, making this one of the longest, most intense shipping wars in manga and anime history.
      • Finally, Hinata ended up being the one. The details about how she and Naruto ended up together were described in the canonical film The Last: Naruto the Movie. Turns out the Ship Tease WAS indeed deliberately designed to mess up with the fans, since Kishimoto admitted he made up his mind way long before he fully conceived the end of the story, and the dynamics involving Sakura were a Red Herring more than anything else. And although this made the debate to cool down, there are still some remnants that treat it as Fanon Discontinuity, albeit they're a tiny minority at this point.
  • Shocking Swerve:
    • Itach Uchiha, the man who murdered his entire clan, joined the evil organization the Akatsuki, and Mind Raped his little brother twice turns out to be a loving brother and under orders from his village the entire time.
    • The entire plot involving Kaguya, as it was not even hinted at until late in the World War Arc and less than fifty chapters after she was first mentioned she was made into the series' true Big Bad with Black Zetsu as her Dragon who set all of ninja history in motion solely for her resurrection to occur so she could take over the world.
  • Squick:
    • Kisame's suggestion they cut Naruto's legs off so it would be harder for him to get away, and almost does this to Killer Bee before he grabs the pencil he threw at the start of the fight.
    • In Chapter 513, finding out that armadillo's gender was not necessary. Kishimoto evidently didn't agree, so he treated us to another panel full of it in the next chapter. Yes, we love biology.
    • Coupled with Nightmare Fuel.
      Sasori: Do you know how I add to my collection? First I tear out the organs. Once I've washed it clean, I drain out all of the blood. After I've made sure it won't decay, I fill it with weapons and traps, and add it to the collection. As grandma said, Hiruko is part of my collection. With you and Chiyo, I will have exactly 300 puppets in my collection! This is my art!
    • You know those amusing scenes that painted Tobi as a complete goofball? Rewatch those with the knowledge that he's an evil, creepy old man and try not to be a little disturbed. It's worse when you look at the databooks and realize that person he's being all Ho Yay with, Deidara, is only 19 years old. Dirty Old Man much? Alternatively, it's Hilarious in Hindsight, because he's apparently just screwing with people for the hell of it.
  • Strawman Has a Point: During his brief stint as acting Hokage, Danzou officially declared Sasuke a missing-nin, which is one of many policies he endorsed that are used to suggest he's up to no good. But he did have a point. Sasuke abandoned Konoha and the village was in bad enough shape already. Having a top-class ninja running around planning to further run it to the ground was not a good idea. And considering Sasuke immediately afterwards kidnapped the Raikage's brother (as far as anyone knew at the time), if he weren't a missing-nin and were still considered one of Konoha's ninjas it would have even worse.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: Kabuto's ninja info cards.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Many Akatsuki fans feel this way about those who were killed off, at least before those who were resurrected by Kabuto's Edo Tensei spell returned. Notable examples include Hidan, Kakuzu, and Konan.
    • Dosu Kinuta. He was powerful, intelligent, and stealthy - he would have been a force to be reckoned with had he not fought Gaara.
    • Team 8 of the Konoha-12 lost a lot of time in the spotlight by the time of Shippuden that you would almost forget that Kiba and Shino were a part of the core group.
    • While a Base-Breaking Character, it's easy to feel this way about Madara Uchiha, who despite being built up for the majority of the manga as this unstoppable warrior and ultimately SUCCEEDING in his goal of casting Eternal Tsukoyomi on the world, gets anticlimactically killed off by Black Zetsu so Kaguya can replace him and doesn't even get a fully fleshed out battle with the main characters in the manga.
    • Before their deaths, the other tailed-beast hosts not named Naruto, Gaara, or Killer Bee, would have been nice to see more of since the effort to protect them from the Akatsuki jumps from Gaara's One-tail all the way up to Killer Bee's Eight-tail without ever seeing much of the other host characters between the two of them. At the very least, the Six-tailed host, Utakata, got some development in anime filler.
    • A lot of people feel that Sakura could have made a good Tritagonist, a natural position considering her two teammates are the two most important characters in the story, but she was never really placed in this role. In regards to character, she is characterized mostly by the fact that she is on the same team as Naruto and Sasuke, but never really has any impact on either of their characters in return. On the combat end of things, outside of the Sasori fight and a few scattered moments, she never really helps or does anything in a combat situation, having come down with a nasty, albeit somewhat understandable case of Can't Catch Up with Naruto, Sasuke, and others.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Neji's father had to die because of a diplomatic incident with the Hidden Cloud Village. At the time they were Hufflepuff House and we weren't expecting this to be anything more than background for Neji's grudge; but later the Hidden Cloud Village actually becomes prominent in the plot and even forms an alliance with the Hidden Leaf, with Neji working in the same division as a Cloud-nin. We'd expect to get a resolution on the inevitable hard feelings, but it doesn't even get an obligatory "we're at war here, let's let old grudges go" exchange. On the other hand, Neji has already made his peace with what happened, and from an In-Universe point of view it would be ridiculous of him to start rambling about old grudges and people who've been dead for over ten years in the midst of a world war when the people he's rambling to are his allies.
    • Danzo. So many questions surround him: Why he was after the Kyuubi, how he got the sharingans, what role he exactly played in the Uchiha massacre, the extent of his involvement with Madara and Orochimaru, and not least how his ideology was the opposite of Naruto's— all this could've made for an interesting plot. Instead he is sacrificed to hype up Sasuke's new powers before any of this gets resolved.
  • Values Dissonance: The core reason why a substantial part of the western fandom hates Sasuke moreso than the Japanese fandom. Many eastern cultures place greater emphasis on respect and honoring one's extended family. As Sasuke's revenge quest can be seen as piety to his clan, many Japanese fans are more willing to accept decisions as honorable or at the least understandable. While a point can be made about the author saing that he is self-centered in an interview, it doesn't change the fact that since it is not clearly said in the story his actions will look a lot more understandable for people in the japanese fandom not aware of said interview, hence the different reception.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Haku acts like a female, looks like a female, and even dresses like a female, yet most official material went with the concession that Haku is male. However, Kishimoto has never been quoted as saying if they are right.
    • If it weren't for the fact that names ending in -maru indicate that they're male, Gaara's uncle Yashamaru would have most people fooled as well. To the point that in some translated versions of the manga, the producers mistook him for a woman.
    • Deidara deserves a mention too. Seriously, he looks like Ino's evil older sister.
    • Sai was mistaken for a girl by some fans at his very beginnings. Admittedly, his midriff T-shirt isn't helping his manliness.
  • Wangst:
    • Many readers found Nagato's backstory uninspiring and weak compared to those of several previous antagonists. Or simply poorly told.
    • Many consider Obito's reason for turning evil - the death of Rin, his childhood crush - to be poorly executed as a Freudian Excuse.
  • What an Idiot: So many idiotic moments that it has its own page.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Aside from a small pool of elites, a lot of sympathetic characters (especially girls) constantly get the short end of the stick in their fights and appear to be physically incapable of accomplishing anything that matters. This generates resentment from fans who every once in a long while find themselves subjected to the hopeless, pointless, doomed antics of these characters failing at life until the Big Damn Heroes show up to save the day. "Character X is too weak/useless to deserve screentime" is a common sentiment in forums.
  • The Woobie: Gaara, oddly enough, post Not So Different moment with Naruto. This started happening even before his Heel–Face Turn. Naruto strays into this every so often.
    • Gaara's getting a new level of Woobiedom piled on him as of Chapter 547.
    • Rock Lee is meant to represent on how hard work pays off but aside from his first showcase against Sasuke, he kept losing all his fights against more talented ninjas while Lee in the meantime, could not catch up to them at all, as in a world where Hard Work Hardly Works, he is simply not gifted or even born lucky leaving the poor deadlast as forever a deadlast, never able to match against even the other members of Konoha 11 (aside from females).
  • Woolseyism: The Viz translation of "Sexy Jutsu" has it translated as "Ninja Centerfold". However most people like "Sexy Jutsu" Better as it's something more people would get without realizing what "Centerfold" is a reference to.
    • In fact, almost EVERYTHING. One prime example is the term "Jutsu" (which is Japanese for art or technique) being left untouched in the more currently popular English dub of the anime to this day.
  • Writer Cop Out: A common accusation hurled at the ending of the Pain arc, which basically undid nearly every shattering twist of plot that had happened during this huge Wham Arc, including several major character deaths.
    • Especially of note is Hinata NOT dying during this arc, instead being shown to only have been heavily wounded. It comes off as a cop-out because like the above says, major character deaths were overwritten en masse at the end anyway so from a writing standpoint the only reason Hinata didn't die was so fans wouldn't complain about her getting killed off for the 2 chapters worth of time before she'd just get revived anyway since the longterm is identical.

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