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* BonusMaterial: The author enjoys writing omakes in the form of miniature, unrelated story arcs at the end of chapters.


* HilariousInHindsight: While Tenten leads Naruto through a weapon shop to show him a weapon in his price range, Naruto is glad when she passes a kusarigama without stopping, thinking that if he started using a blade at the end of a long chain, he would probably end up cutting his own head off at some point. Post time-skip, Naruto's weapon of choice is a machete attached to a long chain.


* AntiClimaxBoss: When dealing with some cattle rustlers on a mission, Team 10 beats the first one with difficulty and need Asuma to defeat the second one. When facing the leader, who's been built up as the strongest of all of them with the most powerful jutsu, they learn his trump card is the shadow clone jutsu and making even twenty exhausts him while Naruto (even as tired as he is) easily summons a hundred of them.


* AdaptationalBadass: Orochimaru [[spoiler: becoming a jinchuuriki makes him quite a bit more of a threat than he was in the original]]

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* AdaptationalBadass: Orochimaru [[spoiler: becoming a jinchuuriki makes him quite a bit more of a threat than he was in the original]]original]].
* AntiClimaxBoss: When dealing with some cattle rustlers on a mission, Team 10 beats the first one with difficulty and need Asuma to defeat the second one. When facing the leader, who's been built up as the strongest of all of them with the most powerful jutsu, they learn his trump card is the shadow clone jutsu and making even twenty exhausts him while Naruto (even as tired as he is) easily summons a hundred of them.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Averted with Gai's team after the Chunin Exam. Despite being the weakest of the team, Tenten is the only one promoted due to fighting smarter than either of her teammates.



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: While the Team 10 youngsters tend to have the more important battles story-wise, whenever ass needs to be kicked in earnest on their missions prior to the timeskip, it's usually Asuma doing the heavy lifting. And he does it well.

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: AuthorityEqualsAsskicking:
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While the Team 10 youngsters tend to have the more important battles story-wise, whenever ass needs to be kicked in earnest on their missions prior to the timeskip, it's usually Asuma doing the heavy lifting. And he does it well.


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* ExactWords: When learning the Shadow Clone jutsu from his father, Shikamaru is warned he'll only be able to make one or two. Shikamaru thinks his father means that's all he'll be able to make and still fight but when he first uses it in combat, making only one leaves him completely exhausted.


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* {{Irony}}: Tenten is the weakest of her team by far but is the only one to get promoted during the Chunin Exams. [[spoiler:Lee is passed over for being too willing to use a forbidden jutsu on a comrade for the sake of a promotion while Neji isn't promoted because for all his skill, he allowed his opponent (Naruto) to direct the entire fight]].


* DoorStopper: The story is currently the third longest Naruto on FanFictionDotNet, with only the stories ''Drifting'' and "Yet again" longer than it

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* DoorStopper: The story is currently the third longest Naruto on FanFictionDotNet, Website/FanFictionDotNet, with only the stories ''Drifting'' and "Yet again" longer than it


* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Naruto abuses this trope hard.

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* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Naruto abuses this trope hard.trope.


[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6557238/1/Better-Left-Unsaid Better Left Unsaid]] is a Manga/{{Naruto}} FanFic by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2218705/Kenchi618 Kenchi618]], based on the premise that Mizuki didn't get the chance to tell Naruto he was the Jinchuuriki of the Kyuubi. The result is an exciting and fun divergence from Naruto canon.

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[[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6557238/1/Better-Left-Unsaid Better Left Unsaid]] Unsaid]]'' is a Manga/{{Naruto}} ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' FanFic by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2218705/Kenchi618 Kenchi618]], based on the premise that Mizuki didn't get the chance to tell Naruto he was the Jinchuuriki of the Kyuubi. The result is an exciting and fun divergence from Naruto ''Naruto'' canon.



* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Ino has this after she starts working with poisons to increase her versatility in battle.
** Kankuro has it too. To the same poisons, even.

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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Ino has this after she starts working with poisons to increase her versatility in battle.
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battle. Kankuro has it too. To immunity to the same poisons, even.poisons because they come from his country.


* AdaptionalBadass: Orochimaru [[spoiler: becoming a jinchuuriki makes him quite a bit more of a threat than he was in the original]]

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* AdaptionalBadass: AdaptationalBadass: Orochimaru [[spoiler: becoming a jinchuuriki makes him quite a bit more of a threat than he was in the original]]

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* AdaptionalBadass: Orochimaru [[spoiler: becoming a jinchuuriki makes him quite a bit more of a threat than he was in the original]]


* MundaneUtility: Naruto has his clones clean up the Uzumaki Clan Mast Temple and set the foundation for the house he plans to build. He still has to supervise them to make sure they don't goof off.

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* MundaneUtility: Naruto has his clones clean up the Uzumaki Clan Mast Mask Temple and set the foundation for the house he plans to build. He still has to supervise them to make sure they don't goof off.

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* MundaneUtility: Naruto has his clones clean up the Uzumaki Clan Mast Temple and set the foundation for the house he plans to build. He still has to supervise them to make sure they don't goof off.


[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6557238/1/Better-Left-Unsaid Better Left Unsaid]] is a Manga/{{Naruto}} FanFic by Kenchi618, based on the premise that Mizuki didn't get the chance to tell Naruto he was the Jinchuuriki of the Kyuubi. The result is an exciting and fun divergence from Naruto canon.

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[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6557238/1/Better-Left-Unsaid Better Left Unsaid]] is a Manga/{{Naruto}} FanFic by Kenchi618, [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2218705/Kenchi618 Kenchi618]], based on the premise that Mizuki didn't get the chance to tell Naruto he was the Jinchuuriki of the Kyuubi. The result is an exciting and fun divergence from Naruto canon.


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* BackToBackBadasses: [[spoiler: Naruto and Sasuke escape captivity in Iwagakure and proceed to hold off hundreds of enemy ninja long enough for a rescue team to arrive to help extract them.]]


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* BondOneLiner: Sasuke to Kidomaru [[spoiler: after killing him with a Chidori-style attack.]]
--> '''Sasuke''': "Well, don't look so shocked."
* BonusMaterial: The author enjoys writing omakes in the form of miniature, unrelated story arcs at the end of chapters.


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* BreathWeapon: [[spoiler: Naruto's ash techniques have him spewing special material coating his lungs from the cigarettes he smokes that can burn people alive.]]


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* DeathByAdaptation: ''So'' much.
** [[spoiler: Zabuza is killed by Asuma instead of Kakashi during the Wave Arc because of a failed peacemaking attempt from Naruto.]]
** [[spoiler: Gato's bodyguards Zori and Waraji have their necks broken by a grief-stricken Naruto instead of knocked out during their mission to retrieve Tsunami.]]
** [[spoiler: Dosu is set on fire by Sasuke during the Chunin Exams.]]
** [[spoiler: Kabuto's genin teammates are squashed like bugs by Gaara during the Chunin Exams. One during a tournament match, the other afterwards in the hospital... just to be thorough.]]
** [[spoiler: Jiroubou of the Sound Four is unfortunate to be the one chosen to try and distract Kakashi while the Cursed Seal is being given to Sasuke. It does not end well for him.]]
** [[spoiler: Asuma easily kills Jigumo and Kamikiri of the Fuuma Clan (anime), but has a bit more trouble before finishing off Kagerou.]]
** [[spoiler: Shikamaru kills Jibachi of the Kamizuru Clan while Fuu pulverizes Kamizuru with super-strength. Suzumebachi is unfortunate enough to run into Deidara and Sasori once she escapes.]]
** [[spoiler: Guren accidentally kills Gato when Ino holds him hostage, despite his being her boss Orochimaru's [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness business partner.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Naruto kills Kimimaro, penetrating his Shikotsumyaku bone armor with a wind-imbued machete through the back. Ouch.]]
** [[spoiler: Omoi and Darui royally piss Naruto off by targeting Ino during a battle when they're outnumbered five-to-two and already paired off. Naruto goes Four-Tails on the latter and vaporizes him.]]
** [[spoiler: Iruka is killed by Kabuto as the latter leaves Konoha due to his cover finally starting to being blown.]]
** [[spoiler: Naruto sends Sakon and Ukon to another dimension via sealing. Yeah... they're probably dead.]]
** [[spoiler: Sasuke runs Kidomaru through with a long-range Chidori upgrade.]]
** [[spoiler: Sasori is Orochimaru's first victim after revealing his body-swap with new Three-Tails jinchuuriki Yukimaru.]]
** [[spoiler: [[FalseFlagOperation Ino possesses Fuu (ROOT)]] and uses him to TrojanPrisoner Naruto into ROOT's hidden Konoha base. When Torune calls her on something being wrong, she detonates explosives set all over the hideout.]]
** [[spoiler: Hiruzen kills Danzo in a massive battle in the Forest of Death.]]
** [[spoiler: Naruto kills Kisame with a ''storm'' of flammable ash, ignited by half a city's worth of Amaterasu flames.]]


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* HeroicRematch: Years after Guren [[CurbStompBattle decimates]] Team 10, Naruto manages to stand up to her and get the upper hand ''on his own'', much to her chagrin.


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* HonoraryUncle: Naruto and Ino demand godparent status for Asuma and Kurenai's child after they find out the couple is expecting.


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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Sasuke tears [[spoiler: Taki nin OC Doroubou's heart out]] with a Chidori during the Chunin Exams.


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* IncendiaryExponent: Naruto's ash is ''really'' flammable.


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* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Sasuke and Fuu share one of these after seeing how both lose to Deidara in embarrassing ways.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A few examples.
** [[spoiler: Juugo is still in jail after being defeated in Mizu no Kuni and being used by Kabuto.]]
** [[spoiler: Sai is captured along with a small contingent of ROOT ninja. After ROOT is destroyed, they and the others that may or may not have survived are not heard from or spoken of again.]]


[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6557238/1/Better-Left-Unsaid Better Left Unsaid]] is a Manga/{{Naruto}} FanFic by Kenchi618, based on the premise that Mizuki didn't get the chance to tell Naruto he was the Jinchuuriki of the Kyuubi. The result is an exciting and fun divergence from Naruto canon.

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[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6557238/1/Better-Left-Unsaid Better Left Unsaid]] [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/land-of-the-dead-highschool-of-the-dead-si.342652/ Land of the Dead]] is a Manga/{{Naruto}} Manga/{{Highschool of the Dead}} SelfInsert FanFic by Kenchi618, based on Brian Boru.

It stars Tom as he appears in Japan one year before
the premise that Mizuki didn't get ZombieApocalypse and his efforts to increase the chance to tell Naruto he was the Jinchuuriki chances of the Kyuubi. The result is an exciting and fun divergence from Naruto canon.
his survival.

Currently in progress.



!![Better Left Unsaid] contains examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Thanks to their wind manipulation, Naruto and Asuma can do this.
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Ino has this after she starts working with poisons to increase her versatility in battle.
** Kankuro has it too. To the same poisons, even.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Naruto and Team 7 discover the Shinigami Mask while screwing around in the Uzumaki Clan Mask temple in Konoha.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: While the Team 10 youngsters tend to have the more important battles story-wise, whenever ass needs to be kicked in earnest on their missions prior to the timeskip, it's usually Asuma doing the heavy lifting. And he does it well.
** Hiruzen Sarutobi. He's not known as the professor for nothing.
** Jiraiya proved quite pointedly why he was considered Kage-level [[spoiler: by preparing to destroy the entirety of Iwagakure when Naruto and Sasuke were kidnapped. He mentions having destroyed Hidden Villages before.]]
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Gaara wants to kill Naruto in battle more than anything and he leaves the threat hanging that if Naruto doesn't fight him for whatever reason when the time comes he will kill Ino and Shikamaru just because. After Naruto does a stretcher job following the semifinals and isn't present for the start of the finals Gaara threatens to go ahead and kill Shikamaru and Ino. Shikamaru says that Naruto will be there and that if he kills them while he's absent the battle will end and he'll miss his chance. Gaara sees them as so little of a threat he gives them fifteen minutes for Naruto to show. He goes back on it of course, but for the moment it worked and allowed Naruto to surprisingly show up in the [[BigDamnHeroes nick of time]].]]
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: [[spoiler: Naruto against Kisame and Sasuke against Itachi, as the entire city of Sora-ku burns around them.]]
* BattleStrip: During the Chunin Exam Finals, Naruto takes off his windbreaker and uses it in a strategy to [[spoiler: help him float over a sandy death pit to get to Gaara and deal him some serious damage]]
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Ino, Shikamaru, and Naruto respectively.
* BerserkButton: Try to kill Ino in front of Naruto and prepare to expect a Kyuubi-charged beatdown... [[UnstoppableRage if you're lucky.]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: After running through hotel, diving through a closed window on an elevated story, and finally being cornered by Temari and Kankuro, Shikamaru gives one.
--> '''Shikamaru''': "I might be a lot of terrible things. A human sloth, a smart-aleck jerk, a ninja with the lowest sense of drive ever seen in the Elemental Nations, the former number one coward of the Guardian Ninja, and a decent amateur male stripper, but if there's one thing I'm not it's a guy that'll cop out and give up something that'll endanger my mission or my friends."
* ChokeHolds: Naruto puts one on Haku by reflex accident.
** Neji gets caught in one as well but brutally escapes it.
* CooldownHug: Naruto gives one to Fuu. She gets rather annoyed that he tries to give her another one every time they meet.
** Post-timeskip, Fuu has accepted that Naruto will hug her whether she wants it or not. So she [[BearHug returns]] [[SuperStrength the favor]].
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: Pre-timeskip Guren vs. Team 10. Even a Kyuubi-charged Naruto only makes her break out a bigger-than-average jutsu to put him down like a rabid dog.]]
** The rematch between Mizuki and Naruto. Post-timeskip.
* CuteAndPsycho: One of Naruto and Shikamaru's seniors in the [[spoiler: Guardian Ninja]], Kotoko Suzukuro, is beloved by all of the team and respected for her skills, beauty, and pleasant demeanor. She is also [[AxCrazy ''extremely bloodthirsty'']] to the extent that she randomly attacks her own teammates with her lethal ninjutsu for the sake of "Keeping them sharp." And she'll do it with an ever-present smile.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler: After beating Haku and inadvertently killing Zabuza, Naruto gives Haku a talk that ends positively. Following the timeskip Naruto later assists in a serious mission that he volunteers for in order to help Haku.]]
** [[spoiler: After defeating Fuu she becomes much more docile and receptive to personal interaction from Naruto and others. No hugs though.]]
** [[spoiler: Averted with Gaara. He and his siblings ''do not'' wind up closer with the protagonists after their battle, and in the timeskip Gaara even actively seeks a rematch with Naruto.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Naruto usually, [[spoiler: but especially during the second day of the Chunin Exam final rounds.]]
* DisabilitySuperpower: Sadao of the Ninja Guardians is blind, but developed an ability to feel out his surroundings with a field of his own chakra. He can also set everything within the range of his senses on fire.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Happens several times throughout the story to various characters.
** Occurs between with Naruto and Ino repeatedly, with Naruto managing to see her naked without negative repercussions on at least two occasions.
** Sasuke, who actually uses his Sharingan to bore the sight of his 'involuntary' peeking into his memory for life.
* DoorStopper: The story is currently the third longest Naruto on FanFictionDotNet, with only the stories ''Drifting'' and "Yet again" longer than it
* DynamicEntry: Gaara is about to kill Ino when Naruto delivers one straight through his sand defense and drills him right on the chin.
* EvilerThanThou: Akatsuki and Orochimaru.
* FastballSpecial: Chouji and Naruto attempted this at Shikamaru's urging against an airborne Sai.[[spoiler: It worked... more or less. Things turned out as well as they could have given that it missed]].
* FreakyFridayFlip: Done in an omake between Naruto and Shikamaru. Ino switches their bodies while learning a new jutsu. Naruto and Shikamaru spend the entire day making one another's lives as miserable as possible before the technique runs out.
* FlyingWeapon: [[spoiler: Naruto's machete after the timeskip and he learns how to use Chakra Chains.]]
** Also how Team 10 finishes off the first round of the Chunin Exam Finals in the first example in this story.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Though they go most of the early story as merely functional eyewear, [[spoiler: by the time of the timeskip Naruto is good enough with seals that he painstakenly manages to come up with a way to help with his AchillesHeel in genjutsu. His goggles can block optical genjutsu... so Itachi just breaks them during their first post-skip appearance.]]
* GondorCallsForAid: Kiri asks Konoha for help in searching for Orochimaru's base of operations [[spoiler: where he's holding the current jinchuuriki of the Three-Tails]] in their country.
* HilariousInHindsight: While Tenten leads Naruto through a weapon shop to show him a weapon in his price range, Naruto is glad when she passes a kusarigama without stopping, thinking that if he started using a blade at the end of a long chain, he would probably end up cutting his own head off at some point. Post time-skip, Naruto's weapon of choice is a machete attached to a long chain.
* HijackingCthulhu: [[spoiler: Through an extensive series of events eventually involving a jinchuuriki created from a filler arc character in the Shippuuden anime (Yukimaru), Orochimaru manages to take over his body of his own free will and gain full control of the Three-Tails.]]
* ICanSeeYou: [[spoiler: Naruto's prototype name for the rudimentary sensor jutsu that Iruka teaches him at the very start of the story? "I-see-you-motherfucker jutsu".]]
* IdiotHero: Naruto of course.
* InTheBack: How Naruto kills [[spoiler: Kimimaro]] with his machete after the timeskip.
* InnocentInnuendo: Naruto and Shizune [[spoiler: during the Chunin Exams while she is healing his motionless body in private, in a bit of a compromising, private situation.]]
-->'''Naruto''': Shizune... I don't think this is allowed.
-->'''Shizune''': Do you really care if it's legal or not?
* InstrumentOfMurder: Ninja Guardian Kotoko's shamisen that she uses to launch blades of wind or bludgeon her enemies to death.
* KillItWithFire: During the Chunin Exam Finals, Sasuke traps [[spoiler: Dosu Kinuta]] in a situation where his only options are to die by fire (straight from Sasuke), die by fire (from the fiery pit he formed around [[spoiler: Dosu]])... or surrender. [[spoiler: Dosu]] proceeds to choose the first option.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Dosu Kinuta, Kimimaro, Iruka, Sound Four, Kamizuru Clan, Darui, Omoi, Sasori, Fuu (ROOT), Torune, Danzo, Kisame, and Itachi]] out of canon characters so far in the story.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm[=/=]ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Shikamaru pulled a particularly epic one of these on Rock Lee when introduced to the Eight Gates.
* LoveTriangle: [[spoiler: Ino and Hinata]] are competing for Naruto. He has no idea of course.
* MacheteMayhem: Naruto's WeaponOfChoice.
* ManipulativeBastard: Kabuto... so hard.
* MeleeATrois: [[spoiler: Naruto (Konoha) vs. Itachi (Akatsuki) vs. Kimimaro (Oto).]] Game on.
* MixAndMatchWeapon: Naruto's machete on a chain.
* NeverBeHurtAgain: Fuu's motivation for being a ninja of Takigakure and developing her jinchuuriki abilities, as well as her general HatesBeingTouched attitude... at least until the aforementioned CooldownHug.
* NoSell: Fuu can No Sell thanks to her jinchuuriki powers, but her powers work in proportion with how threatened she feels. If she isn't afraid of how strong an attack can be, she won't be protected. Whereas if she is overly fearful of an attack that is weaker than she thinks it will be it does absolutely nothing. No attack has directly overpowered this ability in the story yet.
* NoodleIncident: Apparently Shikamaru is a decent amateur male stripper, and Naruto's personal stage name in the same situation was Sergio Butterscotch...
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: In the post-timeskip battle between Naruto, [[spoiler: Itachi, and Kimimaro,]] the latter endures [[spoiler: an accidental team-up between Naruto and Itachi that results in the entire hollowed out interior of a mountain turning into a death storm oven of black scalding ash and fire. He then survives an Odama Rasengan that brings down the entire weakened mountain on top of him. After all of that, Kimimaro ''still'' reappears and manages to gravely wound and nearly finish Naruto off.]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Gaara wants to fight and kill Naruto to such a degree that several times in the story he's made things more difficult for himself and his allies for the sake of reserving Naruto for himself.
* PetTheDog: Despite constantly hurling insults back and forth at each other for the duration of thier appearances, after randomly slaughtering an entire team of ANBU, Hidan helpfully carves out the heart of one and offers it to Kakuzu for his supply. You know... because he knows his partner is into that kind of stuff.
* ThePlan: Basically the reason Shikamaru exists.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Naruto has one of these after defeating [[spoiler: Fuu in the semifinals of the Chunin Exam. After taking a hell of a beating from her super-strength, he negates her chakra-based techniques and walks away after she has a break-down... only to fall out in front of the ref right after being announced as the winner.]]
* PyrrhicVictory: The first mission following the timeskip. [[spoiler: Despite accomplishing the mission of ridding Mizu no Kuni of Otogakure influence and surviving a run-in with Akatsuki, in the end Orochimaru manages to arrive and leave with the big prize; the jinchuuriki of the Sanbi.. who is ''completely'' devoted to him.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Sasuke gives one of these to [[spoiler: jerkass OC character Doroubou during the Chunin Exam]] before killing him off with a Chidori for trying to use Sakura as a human shield and threatening to harvest Sasuke's eyes for himself.
* TheReliableOne: Although his enthusiasm is usually lacking even in serious situations, Shikamaru. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Gets. The. Job. Done.]] No matter what. If Team 10 winds up winning a battle that they all know they have no business being a factor in, it's going to usually be due to a Shikamaru brainchild. He's also the one that keeps things on the level when things get tense, even when he and Naruto [[spoiler: go off to join Guardian Ninja]]. ''Especially'' then, because he becomes the OnlySaneEmployee in that mess.
* RetractableWeapon: Naruto's machete on a chain, post time-skip.
* TheRival: Sasuke to Naruto.
* ShutUpKiss: Naruto senses observers during a moment with Ino just before they kiss, but Ino thinks he's using paranoia as an excuse to put off actually doing it. Just as she starts to get on a roll about how he's scared he plants one on her.
* SmokingIsCool: At first it's just Asuma, but thanks to Kurenai's meddling due to a misunderstanding early in the story she sends Naruto down the [[DidntSeeThatComing slippery slope]]. At first it's just [[CigaretteOfAnxiety once every so often]], but [[spoiler: by the end of the timeskip he smokes just for leisure. Oh... AND because the byproducts of Naruto's cigarettes become an integral part of his fighting style.]]
* SpellBook: Naruto finds a guide on sealing written by Jiraiya in the library.
* StuffBlowingUp: Half of Team 10's more awesome plans involve the fact that Naruto learns how to make explosive tags for himself, is fully willing to use his clones to do the grunt work of making them in mass quantities, and thus no one on the team is ever at a shortage of portable explosives.
* SwitchOutMove: Shikamaru and Naruto pull this off during the Chunin Exam. [[spoiler: While fighting Rock Lee, Shikamaru manages to trap him with his shadow, prompting Lee to begin releasing the Eight Gates to overpower the jutsu and escape. After Lee activates the last one needed to break free, Shikamaru surrenders right before Lee can tear him apart. The reason? The round is a series of one-on-one matches and next Lee has to fight Naruto, who takes his time walking onto the battlefield and stalls further, long enough for the Eight Gates to wear off.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Naruto's final attack of the entire Chunin Exam on [[spoiler: Gaara.]] Hundreds of clones... with explosive tags stuck to them... all going off at the same time. Good lord.
* TheThunderdome: [[spoiler: The Land of Iron's]] big ass arena where the [[spoiler: Chunin Exam Final Rounds]] takes place. Big and deep. Elevated walls. multiple settings for combat on one battlefield. Yeah.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Naruto abuses this trope hard.
* TournamentArc: Come on... it's a Naruto fan fic. Do you really thing there isn't a Chunin Exam in this thing?
** But it is the biggest one ever apparently, and there are differences that don't really happen in others.
* {{Unperson}}: Sasuke essentially wants this for [[spoiler:Itachi. After killing him, he wants to ignore every aspect of Itachi's existence for the rest of his life and let him fade from everyone's memory. He wants to live a happy life knowing people eventually forgot everything about Itachi. He considers this the ultimate form of revenge against such an infamous ninja.]]
* VariableLengthChain: The chain on Naruto's machete post time-skip, [[spoiler: due to it being a chakra chain]].
* WhipItGood: In the Naruto/Tenten rematch during the Chunin Exams she brandishes a whip after quickly being surrounded at the outset of the battle. Naruto's clones are ''not'' pleased.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Naruto is fond of suplexing his opponents.
* YourMom: Naruto delivers one of these in the first phase of the Chunin Exams while tied helplessly to a chair for interrogation purposes. It ends exactly how he expects it to. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Not well.]]

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!![Better Left Unsaid] !![Land of the Dead] contains examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Thanks to their wind manipulation, Naruto and Asuma can do this.
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Ino has this after she starts working
SexIsViolence: Saeko's duel with poisons to increase her versatility in battle.
** Kankuro has it too. To the same poisons, even.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Naruto and Team 7 discover the Shinigami Mask while screwing around in the Uzumaki Clan Mask temple in Konoha.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: While the Team 10 youngsters tend to have the more important battles story-wise, whenever ass needs to be kicked in earnest on their missions prior to the timeskip, it's usually Asuma doing the heavy lifting. And he does it well.
** Hiruzen Sarutobi. He's not known as the professor for nothing.
** Jiraiya proved quite pointedly why he was considered Kage-level [[spoiler: by preparing to destroy the entirety of Iwagakure when Naruto and Sasuke were kidnapped. He mentions having destroyed Hidden Villages before.]]
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Gaara wants to kill Naruto in battle more than anything and he leaves the threat hanging that if Naruto doesn't fight him for whatever reason when the time comes he will kill Ino and Shikamaru just because. After Naruto does a stretcher job following the semifinals and isn't present for the start of the finals Gaara threatens to go ahead and kill Shikamaru and Ino. Shikamaru says that Naruto will be there and that if he kills them while he's absent the battle will end and he'll miss his chance. Gaara sees them as so little of a threat he gives them fifteen minutes for Naruto to show. He goes back on it of course, but for the moment it worked and allowed Naruto to surprisingly show up in the [[BigDamnHeroes nick of time]].]]
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: [[spoiler: Naruto against Kisame and Sasuke against Itachi, as the entire city of Sora-ku burns around them.]]
* BattleStrip: During the Chunin Exam Finals, Naruto takes off his windbreaker and uses it in a strategy to [[spoiler: help him float over a sandy death pit to get to Gaara and deal him some serious damage]]
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Ino, Shikamaru, and Naruto respectively.
* BerserkButton: Try to kill Ino in front of Naruto and prepare to expect a Kyuubi-charged beatdown... [[UnstoppableRage if you're lucky.]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: After running through hotel, diving through a closed window on an elevated story, and finally being cornered by Temari and Kankuro, Shikamaru gives one.
--> '''Shikamaru''': "I might be a lot of terrible things. A human sloth, a smart-aleck jerk, a ninja with the lowest sense of drive ever seen in the Elemental Nations, the former number one coward of the Guardian Ninja, and a decent amateur male stripper, but if there's one thing I'm not it's a guy that'll cop out and give up something that'll endanger my mission or my friends."
* ChokeHolds: Naruto puts one on Haku by reflex accident.
** Neji
Tom gets caught in one as well but brutally escapes it.
* CooldownHug: Naruto gives one to Fuu. She gets rather annoyed that he tries to give
her another one every time they meet.
** Post-timeskip, Fuu has accepted that Naruto will hug her whether she wants it or not. So she [[BearHug returns]] [[SuperStrength the favor]].
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: Pre-timeskip Guren vs. Team 10. Even a Kyuubi-charged Naruto only makes her break out a bigger-than-average jutsu to put him down like a rabid dog.]]
** The rematch between Mizuki
hot and Naruto. Post-timeskip.
* CuteAndPsycho: One of Naruto and Shikamaru's seniors in the [[spoiler: Guardian Ninja]], Kotoko Suzukuro, is beloved by all of the team and respected for her skills, beauty, and pleasant demeanor. She is also [[AxCrazy ''extremely bloodthirsty'']] to the extent that she randomly attacks her own teammates with her lethal ninjutsu for the sake of "Keeping them sharp." And she'll do it with an ever-present smile.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler: After beating Haku and inadvertently killing Zabuza, Naruto gives Haku a talk that ends positively. Following the timeskip Naruto later assists in a serious mission that he volunteers for in order to help Haku.]]
** [[spoiler: After defeating Fuu she becomes much more docile and receptive to personal interaction from Naruto and others. No hugs though.]]
** [[spoiler: Averted with Gaara. He and his siblings ''do not'' wind up closer with the protagonists after their battle, and in the timeskip Gaara even actively seeks a rematch with Naruto.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Naruto usually, [[spoiler: but especially during the second day of the Chunin Exam final rounds.]]
* DisabilitySuperpower: Sadao of the Ninja Guardians is blind, but developed an ability to feel out his surroundings with a field of his own chakra. He can also set everything within the range of his senses on fire.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Happens several times throughout the story to various characters.
** Occurs between with Naruto and Ino repeatedly, with Naruto managing to see her naked without negative repercussions on at least two occasions.
** Sasuke, who actually uses his Sharingan to bore the sight of his 'involuntary' peeking into his memory for life.
* DoorStopper: The story is currently the third longest Naruto on FanFictionDotNet, with only the stories ''Drifting'' and "Yet again" longer than it
* DynamicEntry: Gaara is about to kill Ino when Naruto delivers one straight through his sand defense and drills him right on the chin.
* EvilerThanThou: Akatsuki and Orochimaru.
* FastballSpecial: Chouji and Naruto attempted this at Shikamaru's urging against an airborne Sai.[[spoiler: It worked... more or less. Things turned out as well as they could have given that it missed]].
* FreakyFridayFlip: Done in an omake between Naruto and Shikamaru. Ino switches their bodies while learning a new jutsu. Naruto and Shikamaru spend the entire day making one another's lives as miserable as possible before the technique runs out.
* FlyingWeapon: [[spoiler: Naruto's machete after the timeskip and he learns how to use Chakra Chains.]]
** Also how Team 10 finishes off the first round of the Chunin Exam Finals in the first example in this story.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Though they go most of the early story as merely functional eyewear, [[spoiler: by the time of the timeskip Naruto is good enough with seals that he painstakenly manages to come up with a way to help with his AchillesHeel in genjutsu. His goggles can block optical genjutsu... so Itachi just breaks them during their first post-skip appearance.]]
* GondorCallsForAid: Kiri asks Konoha for help in searching for Orochimaru's base of operations [[spoiler: where he's holding the current jinchuuriki of the Three-Tails]] in their country.
* HilariousInHindsight: While Tenten leads Naruto through a weapon shop to show him a weapon in his price range, Naruto is glad when she passes a kusarigama without stopping, thinking that if he started using a blade at the end of a long chain, he would probably end up cutting his own head off at some point. Post time-skip, Naruto's weapon of choice is a machete attached to a long chain.
* HijackingCthulhu: [[spoiler: Through an extensive series of events eventually involving a jinchuuriki created from a filler arc character in the Shippuuden anime (Yukimaru), Orochimaru manages to take over his body of his own free will and gain full control of the Three-Tails.]]
* ICanSeeYou: [[spoiler: Naruto's prototype name for the rudimentary sensor jutsu that Iruka teaches him at the very start of the story? "I-see-you-motherfucker jutsu".]]
* IdiotHero: Naruto of course.
* InTheBack: How Naruto kills [[spoiler: Kimimaro]] with his machete after the timeskip.
* InnocentInnuendo: Naruto and Shizune [[spoiler: during the Chunin Exams while she is healing his motionless body in private, in a bit of a compromising, private situation.]]
-->'''Naruto''': Shizune... I don't think this is allowed.
-->'''Shizune''': Do you really care if it's legal or not?
* InstrumentOfMurder: Ninja Guardian Kotoko's shamisen that she uses to launch blades of wind or bludgeon her enemies to death.
* KillItWithFire: During the Chunin Exam Finals, Sasuke traps [[spoiler: Dosu Kinuta]] in a situation where his only options are to die by fire (straight from Sasuke), die by fire (from the fiery pit he formed around [[spoiler: Dosu]])... or surrender. [[spoiler: Dosu]] proceeds to choose the first option.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Dosu Kinuta, Kimimaro, Iruka, Sound Four, Kamizuru Clan, Darui, Omoi, Sasori, Fuu (ROOT), Torune, Danzo, Kisame, and Itachi]] out of canon characters so far in the story.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm[=/=]ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Shikamaru pulled a particularly epic one of these on Rock Lee when introduced to the Eight Gates.
* LoveTriangle: [[spoiler: Ino and Hinata]] are competing for Naruto. He has no idea of course.
* MacheteMayhem: Naruto's WeaponOfChoice.
* ManipulativeBastard: Kabuto... so hard.
* MeleeATrois: [[spoiler: Naruto (Konoha) vs. Itachi (Akatsuki) vs. Kimimaro (Oto).]] Game on.
* MixAndMatchWeapon: Naruto's machete on a chain.
* NeverBeHurtAgain: Fuu's motivation for being a ninja of Takigakure and developing her jinchuuriki abilities, as well as her general HatesBeingTouched attitude... at least until the aforementioned CooldownHug.
* NoSell: Fuu can No Sell thanks to her jinchuuriki powers, but her powers work in proportion with how threatened she feels. If she isn't afraid of how strong an attack can be, she won't be protected. Whereas if she is overly fearful of an attack that is weaker than she thinks it will be it does absolutely nothing. No attack has directly overpowered this ability in the story yet.
* NoodleIncident: Apparently Shikamaru is a decent amateur male stripper, and Naruto's personal stage name in the same situation was Sergio Butterscotch...
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: In the post-timeskip battle between Naruto, [[spoiler: Itachi, and Kimimaro,]] the latter endures [[spoiler: an accidental team-up between Naruto and Itachi that results in the entire hollowed out interior of a mountain turning into a death storm oven of black scalding ash and fire. He then survives an Odama Rasengan that brings down the entire weakened mountain on top of him. After all of that, Kimimaro ''still'' reappears and manages to gravely wound and nearly finish Naruto off.]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Gaara wants to fight and kill Naruto to such a degree that several times in the story he's made things more difficult for himself and his allies for the sake of reserving Naruto for himself.
* PetTheDog: Despite constantly hurling insults back and forth at each other for the duration of thier appearances, after randomly slaughtering an entire team of ANBU, Hidan helpfully carves out the heart of one and offers it to Kakuzu for his supply. You know... because he knows his partner is into that kind of stuff.
* ThePlan: Basically the reason Shikamaru exists.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Naruto has one of these after defeating [[spoiler: Fuu in the semifinals of the Chunin Exam. After taking a hell of a beating from her super-strength, he negates her chakra-based techniques and walks away after she has a break-down... only to fall out in front of the ref right after being announced as the winner.]]
* PyrrhicVictory: The first mission following the timeskip. [[spoiler: Despite accomplishing the mission of ridding Mizu no Kuni of Otogakure influence and surviving a run-in with Akatsuki, in the end Orochimaru manages to arrive and leave with the big prize; the jinchuuriki of the Sanbi.. who is ''completely'' devoted to him.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Sasuke gives one of these to [[spoiler: jerkass OC character Doroubou during the Chunin Exam]] before killing him off with a Chidori for trying to use Sakura as a human shield and threatening to harvest Sasuke's eyes for himself.
* TheReliableOne: Although his enthusiasm is usually lacking even in serious situations, Shikamaru. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Gets. The. Job. Done.]] No matter what. If Team 10 winds up winning a battle that they all know they have no business being a factor in, it's going to usually be due to a Shikamaru brainchild. He's also the one that keeps things on the level when things get tense, even when he and Naruto [[spoiler: go off to join Guardian Ninja]]. ''Especially'' then, because he becomes the OnlySaneEmployee in that mess.
* RetractableWeapon: Naruto's machete on a chain, post time-skip.
* TheRival: Sasuke to Naruto.
* ShutUpKiss: Naruto senses observers during a moment with Ino just before they kiss, but Ino thinks he's using paranoia as an excuse to put off actually doing it. Just as she starts to get on a roll about how he's scared he plants one on her.
* SmokingIsCool: At first it's just Asuma, but thanks to Kurenai's meddling due to a misunderstanding early in the story she sends Naruto down the [[DidntSeeThatComing slippery slope]]. At first it's just [[CigaretteOfAnxiety once every so often]], but [[spoiler: by the end of the timeskip he smokes just for leisure. Oh... AND because the byproducts of Naruto's cigarettes become an integral part of his fighting style.]]
* SpellBook: Naruto finds a guide on sealing written by Jiraiya in the library.
* StuffBlowingUp: Half of Team 10's more awesome plans involve the fact that Naruto learns how to make explosive tags for himself, is fully willing to use his clones to do the grunt work of making them in mass quantities, and thus no one on the team is ever at a shortage of portable explosives.
* SwitchOutMove: Shikamaru and Naruto pull this off during the Chunin Exam. [[spoiler: While fighting Rock Lee, Shikamaru manages to trap him with his shadow, prompting Lee to begin releasing the Eight Gates to overpower the jutsu and escape. After Lee activates the last one needed to break free, Shikamaru surrenders right before Lee can tear him apart. The reason? The round is a series of one-on-one matches and next Lee has to fight Naruto, who takes his time walking onto the battlefield and stalls further, long enough for the Eight Gates to wear off.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Naruto's final attack of the entire Chunin Exam on [[spoiler: Gaara.]] Hundreds of clones... with explosive tags stuck to them... all going off at the same time. Good lord.
* TheThunderdome: [[spoiler: The Land of Iron's]] big ass arena where the [[spoiler: Chunin Exam Final Rounds]] takes place. Big and deep. Elevated walls. multiple settings for combat on one battlefield. Yeah.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Naruto abuses this trope hard.
* TournamentArc: Come on... it's a Naruto fan fic. Do you really thing there isn't a Chunin Exam in this thing?
** But it is the biggest one ever apparently, and there are differences that don't really happen in others.
* {{Unperson}}: Sasuke essentially wants this for [[spoiler:Itachi. After killing him, he wants to ignore every aspect of Itachi's existence for the rest of his life and let him fade from everyone's memory. He wants to live a happy life knowing people eventually forgot everything about Itachi. He considers this the ultimate form of revenge against such an infamous ninja.]]
* VariableLengthChain: The chain on Naruto's machete post time-skip, [[spoiler: due to it being a chakra chain]].
* WhipItGood: In the Naruto/Tenten rematch during the Chunin Exams she brandishes a whip after quickly being surrounded at the outset of the battle. Naruto's clones are ''not'' pleased.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Naruto is fond of suplexing his opponents.
* YourMom: Naruto delivers one of these in the first phase of the Chunin Exams while tied helplessly to a chair for interrogation purposes. It ends exactly how he expects it to. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Not well.]]
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* EvilerThanThou: Akatsuki and Orochimaru.

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