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1[[quoteright:350:]] ²[[caption-width-right:350: Used with Permission by [[ bompeii]] ]]²²'''[[ reverse]]''' is a PeggySue fic by [[ blackkat]] and is a Rewrite of her earlier work '''[[ backslide]]'''.²²The story begins with Naruto, Kurama, and Sakura waiting for warning from their remaining forces for Kaguya’s approach. Exhausted, Kurama is allowed to rest in his mindscape while Naruto makes preparations. When Kurama wakes up, he finds that Naruto locked him in their mindscape with news that Kaguya and Zetsu slaughtered the last camp of the surviving humans, leaving only them left.²²With their last hour upon them, Naruto makes one last gamble and asks Kurama to save their future.²²Then Kurama wakes up thirty years in the past, wearing Naruto’s body... ²²----²!!''blackkat's Reverse'' provides examples of the following:²²* AbusiveParents: Most of the jinchuuriki kids.²** Gaara's father hired assassins to kill him rather than deal with Gaara snapping from his abuse and ostracization and isolated him his siblings and peers.²** Fuu's grandfather forced her to train from the time she could walk and trained her so brutally that Fuu felt like she could die. Fuu was never allowed to be a child, ostracized from her community. Fuu's grandfather has no problem allowing Fuu's handler [[WouldHurtAChild beat the crap out of her]] for attempting to run away despite the fact she's ten.²** Yugito's trainer might count as parental substitutes but their training was brutal according to her and they never showed any emotional warmth and never allowed her to make her own decisions.²** Utataka's father was the previous Mizukage who forced his son to be a jinchuuriki and Utataka did not shed a tear when his father was overthrown.²* AchievementsInIgnorance: While Kurama had no intention of doing so, he did in a month what the Akatsuki has been trying to do for years: bring the Elemental Nations to their knees.²* AscendedExtra: Kurama was a plot device in the original canon while here his motivations, history and Naruto's influence on him is given the spotlight due to him becoming the protagonist.²* AdaptationalBadass: Canon!Kaguya was an AntiClimaxBoss that was defeated by Naruto’s Reverse Harem Jutsu. Here, Kaguya is the HeroKiller and caused the extinction of the human race, and Kurama's plan boils down to preventing her from awakening. ²* AdaptationalHeroism: Yagura was looked up to by the people of Kiri, and is a capable ruler despite his bratty personality. Yagura had to be extensively mind-controlled with the Mangekyo Sharingan by Tobi for the worst of his abuses, and the Bloody Mist bloodline genocide was the doing of his predecessor.²* AdaptationalSexuality: While there's no mention in canon of their sexual preferences, Zabuza, Kurama, past!Naruto, Tenzou, and Shisui have relationships with guys.²* AdultFear: ²** Kurama watched his brothers and sisters go one by one and his only friend sacrifice himself for Kurama's safety while the world died around him.²** While Kurama has good intentions, the Elemental Nations are terrified of him kidnapping the jinchuuriki, most of whom are children.²** Kakashi invited Kurama to Konoha because he thought Kurama was a person of interest. It goes horribly wrong when Kurama ends up kidnapping Naruto.²** [[spoiler: When Kushina is resurrected, she desperately hoped that any of her many friends took care of Naruto after she died, and that he was treated well by the village. Only for Orochimaru to dash her hopes when he tells her straight to her face that Naruto was an outcast orphan hated by the village and recently taken in by her "brother."]]²* AmbiguousGender: The bijuu don’t actually have any gender, but Kurama tends to default them all as male. It isn’t until he meets the Seven-Tails and Two-Tails that he realizes that some identify as female.²* AndroclesLion: Kurama rescues a fox whose fur was painfully stuck in a brier bush. The fox saves him from being him captured by ambushing the tracking team and getting Fuji, a three-tailed fox to help Kurama escape. The fact this is typical of fairy tale heroes is lampshaded.²* ApocalypseHow: Class 3a, as Kaguya killed most of humanity with only a hundred or so left.²* ArcWords: Kakashi thinks of the dichotomy of himself as a blood-soaked assassin and cheerful slacker ninja of the Leaf.²-->''Box up the monster, wipe off the blood, paste on a smile and no one will ever know anything’s happened.''²-->'''Do it in [[TitleDrop reverse]], and the monster is suddenly all that’s left.''²* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Kurama fights Kakashi and the Freak Squad for the first time, Kurama asks why Kakashi wants to take Naruto from his only loving relative when Kakashi himself has never been there for Naruto. Something that Kakashi ponders himself.²* ArmorPiercingResponse: When Kakashi finds out who and what Kurama is, he asks how Kurama was taught to love. Kurama responds that he taught himself how to love, and only did so when he found someone learning how to love for.²* BadassAndChildDuo: A large portion of the plot begins when Kurama reacts to a tense situation by grabbing Naruto, then six years old, and running for the hills. He continues running across the rest of the Hidden Continent, and doesn't leave Naruto alone until he's collected every Jinchuuriki bar one; for a large portion of the story, Kurama plays the Badass to an entire posse of children.²* BeatTheCurseOutOfHim: Yagura's mind control breaks when Kurama curbstomps him.²* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Kurama notes that he could show them only the most basic of human decency, and Naruto, Gaara, and Fuu would act like he gave them the world. He thinks it's rather heartbreaking.²* BecomingTheMask: Originally, Kurama was trying to find the other jinchuuriki to find a place to hide Naruto, the only one he cared about. But he eventually grew to care about Gaara, Fuu, and Yugito in their own right when he sees that they are lost children with nowhere to go like Naruto.²* BerserkButton: ²** Kakashi’s is bringing harm to Naruto.²** Kurama’s is hurting Naruto, hurting the other jinchuuriki, and existence of the Uchiha Clan.²** Kurama almost attacked Jiraiya when he unintentionally made light of the abuse jinchuuriki face from their villages.²** Even when he's brainwashed, don't call Yagura 'kid'.²** Don't imply that kunoichi are weaker, or Mei will gut you.²** Genma has no tolerance for Kumo-nin or traitors.²* BeyondTheImpossible: Kurama bets a drinking contest with Tsunade, knowing with his demonic constitution makes it almost impossible for him to get drunk. Kurama and Tsunade drink so much alcohol that Kurama actually gets tipsy.²* BigDamnHeroes:²** Kurama introduces himself to Han by saving from being captured by Akatsuki and fighting off Kakuzu.²** When Kurama is trapped in Tenzo’s Mokuton and about to be hypnotized by Shisui’s Sharingan, Fuji and the fox he saved earlier land on Shisui and Itachi, attack Kakashi, free Kurama, and help him escape.²* BigGood: Hiruzen Sarutobi is the only one keeping the Shinobi Alliance in line by showing the rest of the Kages why he's considered the God of Shinobi, and organizes them to deal with the jinchuuriki rebellion, the threat of Akatsuki, and keep war from breaking out.²* BloodMagic: A fox licks the blood off Kurama’s fingers, which were hurt from saving the fox from a thorn bush, to prove Kurama’s identity as the Nine-Tailed Fox.²* BothSidesHaveAPoint: Kurama is right that the villages treat their jinchuuriki horribly and don’t know how to train them to their full potential. Hiruzen even admits that their treatment can be considered child abuse on anyone else. But Kakashi is right that Kurama is a kidnapper, as he’s taking young and malleable jinchuuriki from their villages and is igniting tensions between the Great Ninja Villages. Konoha barely managed to prevent another Shinobi War from breaking out.²* BreakTheBadass: Kakashi is put through the wringer: his beloved sensei's son, Naruto, is kidnapped due to him letting an unstable man (Kurama) in the village; he has run cross-country without breaks in order to have a chance of tracking the kidnapper down. Kakashi becomes increasingly fearful of the possibility that Naruto will despise him and Konoha if anything happens to Kurama, and that his actions might set off a war. He is forced to work with Kurama when the latter is pardoned and his reasons for running come to light. He finds out his late best friend is alive and a villain. He got flayed alive. He then finds out the monster that ruined his life is the kidnapper. To add insult to injury, Kurama is a far better person than Kakashi ever was.²** Then said late best friend, ''explicitly'' to psychologically torture him, [[spoiler: resurrects, mindcontrols, and sends his father and quasi-mother figure to kill him.]]²* ChangelingFantasy: To the young jinchuuriki, Kurama is their adoptive parent who takes them away from their abusive situations to go on adventure where they're loved, accepted for who they are, and given power they didn't think they had. For Naruto, Kurama has the added bonus of being the loving blood relative that he always wanted. It's inverted for the rest of the young jinchuriki, as Kurama is their adoptive parent rescuing them from abusive biological families. ²* CharacterWitness: Han sees Kurama save him from capture and expect nothing in return from him.²* ChekhovsGun: Kurama only owns one kunai which was given to him by Han when Kurama needed to cut his hair.²* ChekhovsGunman: ²** Kushina. Kurama's "family" connection to Naruto is through her, and he tells Naruto stories of her past and even teaches Naruto her SignatureMove. Everyone that knew Kushina makes a big deal how Kurama looks like a dark-skinned male version of her. [[spoiler: Guess who Orochimaru is ordered to resurrect in order to emotionally hurt Kurama.]]²** Yugito. Kurama is trying to search for her in hopes that she would take care of the younger jinchuuriki with her bijuu, Matatabi, leading her to him. When they finally meet, Kurama finds out that Yugito is only 12 and barely escaped an attack by Akatsuki.²** Young Naruto's Kyuubi is constantly mentioned to not have woken up yet.²* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Kurama inherited this trait from Naruto, as he will not leave people to suffer if he can do anything about it. Kurama refuses to give Naruto and the other young jinchuuriki back to suffer abuse and isolation in their villages, even if it means having Akatsuki and the Elemental Nations hunt him down.²* CombatPragmatist: Kurama fights dirty.²** To quote the author's note for chapter 53: ''In defense of this chapter, Naruto is ridiculous shounen and no one ever uses logic. I tried to divorce my brain from reality to that degree and couldn’t manage it. Therefore, you will notice people fighting dirty, ganging up on other people, and using logic to fight. I’d be sorry, but…yeah. I'm really not.''²* ContrivedCoincidence: Fuji manages to crash-land Kurama, Naruto, and Gaara in the one part of Taki where Fuu is running through. It's so much of a coincidence that Kakashi believes it was a deliberate setup, and that Kurama and Fuu had planned to met each other in order for Fuu to escape.²* ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory: In order to explain why he wanted to get close to Naruto and his StrongFamilyResemblance, Kurama says that Naruto's mother Kushina was his half-sister. Which none can deny nor verify, since Kushina's home village, Uzushiogakure, was destroyed, and Kushina was tight-lipped about her family when alive.²** [[spoiler: With the Reveal at the end of Chapter 43, the cover story is about to come crashing down. Kurama's saving grace might be the fact that he told Kakashi first.]]²** [[spoiler: Kushina eventually discovers the truth...and chooses to help Kurama keep his cover story going [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe since he was so kind to Naruto]].]]²* CorneredRattlesnake: While Kurama tries not kill them, when he is outnumbered by the Freak Squad, he tries EVERYTHING he can to escape them.²* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot:²** Hiruzen admits to that they could have avoided their jinchuuriki defecting if they had treated them better. He even points out to Gaara's father, Rasa, that had he treated his son better, Gaara wouldn't have been so out-of-control.²** Kakashi admits that if he hadn't overreacted when he saw Kurama hug Naruto, Kurama wouldn't have had to escalate things and run away with Naruto. When they meet again in peaceful terms in Kiri, Kurama asks if Kakashi is going to freak out again if Kurama hugs his own nephew.²* CuteMonsterGirl: Fuji has a human form that looks like a cute 14-year-old girl.²* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Kurama is described to having blood-red eyes to match his blood-red hair.²* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Kurama has skin so dark that he’s mistaken to have Kumo ancestry, and blood-red hair. He is very hotblooded and impulsive on occasion, and is going on a massive adventure trying to run from the various bounty hunters after him around the Elemental Nations.²* DeathSeeker: Kakashi after Minato and Kushina died. At the start of the fic, he's...''mostly'' recovered.²* DeconstructionFic:²** Kurama meets the young Naruto, and Kakashi immediately attempts to separate them, since Kurama is an unknown and unstable man trying to approach a child (who also happens to be a PersonOfMassDestruction), and they only have word-of-mouth and circumstantial evidence to support their blood relation.²** The villages’ treatment of the jinchuuriki as weapons and their various abuses of them realistically breed a lot of resentment. So much that Kurama easily walks in and convinces the jinchuuriki to come with him with the promise of freedom and better treatment. While it can be justified that some of the jinchuuriki are young and impressionable, even the older jinchuuriki who only met him once sought to join his cause and fight for him. It is very telling the only one Kurama hadn’t succeeded on is Killer Bee, who gets the most liberal treatment due to being the brother of the Raikage, and even Bee ran off during Chapter 31, if only out of curiosity.²* DeliberateInjuryGambit: Kurama takes Kakashi’s Raikiri to the chest to protect Naruto, who tried to interfere with their fight. Kakashi is so horrified that Kurama took the hit, and that he nearly killed a child, that Kurama is able to knock him out and flee.²* DidntThinkThisThrough: Kurama admits that he took Naruto from Konoha on impulse and didn’t think of the logistics of being on the run from Konoha while trying to hunt Akatsuki.²* DontYouDarePityMe: Kurama gets rather furious when Kakashi gives him half the mission pay after Kurama helps rescue the Daimyo’s daughter due to Kurama’s homelessness. According to Kakashi, Kushina beat up Minato when Minato tried doing the same to her. ²* DoomedNewClothes: Any new outfit that Kurama wears ends up as rags by the time Kurama is through with it.²* DownerBeginning: Naruto and Sakura are fighting a losing battle with the handful of surviving shinobi against Kaguya. Naruto and Sakura end up dead with Kurama sent away to the past.²* DumbassHasAPoint: Roushi ends up picking up a fight with Kakashi, which reveals his and Han’s status as jinchuuriki and their intention of joining Kurama’s group. But as Roushi points out, now Roushi and Han know that Kurama hasn’t been captured. Roushi correctly guesses that Kurama is going to Kiri to find Kiri’s jinchuuriki.²* DramaticIrony: Kakashi takes it pretty hard that the Nine-Tailed Fox, the demon that literally ruined his life, killed his sensei, and left Naruto an orphan, is a far more heroic and loving person, willing to raise Naruto as his own and trying to get past his trauma.²* DrinkingContest: Kurama tricks Tsunade into a drinking contest. If he wins, Tsunade owes three favors. If she wins, Kurama pays all her debts.²* EasilyForgiven: ²** After it's revealed that Yagura was mind-controlled his whole reign, the rebellion willingly stops and give Yagura back his power. Although [[spoiler: at the end of the story Yagura passes the mantle of Kage over to Mei, because he admits that even though everyone knows he was mind-controlled, it still won't stop an edge of suspicion if he continues to lead.]]²** Averted; Kurama hasn't forgiven Kakashi for trying to take Naruto away from him and escalating things.²** Kurama makes it clear that this is not happening when [[spoiler: Obito pulls a HeelFaceTurn]].²* EntertaininglyWrong: The only things that Konoha knows about Kurama is from his own mouth and what they infer from his actions. They know that his village was destroyed and he watched its destruction, is the eldest of nine brothers, and claims to be an Uzumaki. Kurama was very close to Kushina, seeing how he sensed that Naruto was her son through the boy’s chakra. He also has powers similar to a jinchuuriki and claims to know how to properly train one. They conclude that Kurama is Kushina's half-brother and was made a jinchuuriki himself before Uzu's destruction. Kurama goes along with it because the truth is too weird to explain.²** Kushina knows that Kurama is the Nine-Tailed Fox, but she doesn't know about time travel. She concludes that Kurama is the Yin chakra come to life as Minato was only able to seal half of the Kyuubi into Naruto and no idea what happened to rest.²* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: No one in any of the Hidden Villages wants to acknowledge that their abuse and isolation of their respective jinchuuriki children is why so many of them run away with Kurama when he finds them. They refuse to acknowledge it, believing that Kurama is a kidnapper. They are forced to answer for it when Han and Roushi, two adult jinchuuriki, publicly proclaim that they’re on Kurama’s side and fend off the trackers hunting him.²* EnemyMine: Averted. Kakuzu attacks Kurama in the middle of his fight with Kakashi, Shisui, Tenzo, and Itachi, and it devolves into a three-way battle which Kurama ditches as soon as both sides are distracted.²* EveryoneIsGay: The amount of characters in this story that explicitly mention heterosexual feelings is extremely limited. ²* ExhaustedEyeBags: Kurama jokes that Naruto could hide a baby in his eye-bags.²* ExplainExplainOhCrap: When Naruto reveals to Kurama his time-travel seal, Kurama is shocked, as no human could survive the strain of time travel. Then he realizes that Naruto’s planning to send ''him''.²* FamilyOfChoice: After being mistreated and ostracized most of their lives, Kurama and the young jinchuuriki form a surrogate family with each other, with Kurama as the father/eldest brother, and the jinchuuriki being brother-and-sister to each other.²* TheFarmerAndTheViper: PlayedWith. Kakashi finds Uzumaki Kurama, a homeless but skilled ShellShockedVeteran, presumably from the dead village Uzushio, who helped him rescue the daimyo’s daughter from bandits. Kakashi takes Kurama back to Konoha to reward him for his help and help him back on his feet. Kurama ends up kidnapping Naruto, the young son of Kakashi’s late sensei, which he did because Kakashi attacked when Kurama went in for a hug.²* FandomSpecificPlot: Naruto going back to the past after fusing with Kurama and becoming a different ninja under Kurama’s name is pretty common. Reverse is the rare one that has the actual Kurama as the time traveler after fusing with Naruto.²* FakeMixedRace: Kurama looks like he has Kumo ancestry due to his dark skin and Uzumaki ancestry due to his facial feature and red hair. Konoha nearly went to war with Kumo, assuming him to a Kumo nin and Kumo almost did the same with Konoha.²* FairyTaleMotifs: Kurama is trying to prevent the awakening of the evil Princess Kaguya, and on his journey, is assisted by {{Talking Animal}}s who help after he rescues one of their own. There's also themes of kitsune, tanuki, fairies, and giants.²* FatalFlaw: Kurama is very impulsive, often to his detriment. He makes life-altering decisions on impulse, and often thinks with his heart as opposed to his head, such as taking the abused jinchuuriki from their respective villages, and earning the ire of all of said villages as a result.²* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Black Zetsu is trapped within the Kamui dimension with no way out.]]²* FeeFiFauxPas: Yagura is extremely insulted when Konoha sends the Freak Squad to rendezvous with them, as Yagura was a victim of a rogue Uchiha, and the Freak Squad has three Sharingan-users.²** Killer Bee tries to defend his brother after one of his rescuers profess their hatred of him, only for that rescuer to be Hiashi Hyuuga, whose daughter was kidnapped on A's orders, which resulted in the execution of Hiashi's brother. Killer Bee wonders how he got A's bad luck.²* FemmeFatalons: Kurama has claws sharp enough to cut. They are sharp that he doesn’t need weapons.²** Yugito is also capable of growing these.²* FieryRedhead: Kurama is hot-headed and passionate, and has hair as red as blood.²* FiveStagesOfGrief: Kurama is stuck between anger at Kaguya (for inflicting his suffering) and Naruto (for dying), depression at having to watch Naruto die, and [[SurvivorsGuilt for surviving]]. He finally reaches acceptance when he finally makes peace with future!Naruto's spirit.²* FlawExploitation: Kurama uses Tsunade's alcoholism and gambling habit against her by betting her into a drinking contest that he knows that he will win.²* {{Foreshadowing}}:²** In Kakashi’s internal monologue, he swears that if Kurama is using him to get close to the Kyuubi Jinchuuriki, he will gut him. ²** Kurama is relieved that he didn’t have to grab Sakura and Sasuke along with Naruto, because it’s hard enough to carry one child, let alone three…²** When Kurama first contacts Matatabi, she asks him to be quiet because her host has had a long day. When Kurama asks if he can leave the younger jinchuuriki with her, Matatabi tells that she’ll direct her host Yugito to him. Kurama notes Matabi didn’t agree to anything, and didn’t actually tell him anything about her host.²* {{Forgiveness}}: Averted. Fuu admits to hating everyone in her village and wonders if she should forgive them. Kurama tells her that if he was in her place, he would never forgive them. Her abusive village isn't remorseful for they done to Fuu and it's entirely up to her to decide if she wants to and tells her that she shouldn't force herself to forgive.²* ForWantOfANail: Kurama notes that people are shaped by their experiences and acknowledges that any changes could lead to Naruto growing into a different person.²** The timing of Kurama's arrival means that Yugito hasn't yet won the respect and approval of the Kumo people which in canon cemented her loyalty. The twelve Yugito is still a child treated as a weapon than a person even in the liberal Kumo. So when her mother figure, the Matabi tells Yugito to go to Kurama for protection and freedom, Yugito takes her chances to find him.²* FriendsAreChosenFamilyArent: Around his friends/adoptive family, young Gaara is a shy and affectionate child. When around his biological father, Gaara reverts back to the bloodthristy CreepyChild to protect himself.²* FriendToAllChildren: While Kurama tries to hide it, he is very, very good with children. He comforts the kidnapped Naho and acts as parent/older brother to the younger jinchuuriki.²* FromNobodyToNightmare: To the Elemental Nations, Kurama was (as far as they knew) a homeless man from an extinct nation. But by himself, he becomes a living nightmare for them when he takes their jinchuuriki, who are walking [=WMDs=], and unites them under his banner.²* GenerationXerox:²** Discussed, as Kurama tells Naruto that he's like his mother Kushina because he shares her personality, love of ramen, and dream of being Hokage. Invoked when Kurama teaches Naruto his mother’s Signature Move: the Chakra Chains.²** Kakashi is desperately trying to subvert this, as he doesn't want to be the second Hakate responsible for triggering a war.²* GenreSavvy: When Kurama explains to the Freak Squad that the foxes started to help him because he rescued a small fox who wanted to repay him, Shisui groans and calls Kurama a fairy tale hero.²-->'''Kurama''': There was a little red fox, too — he’s the one that led Fuji to me in the first place. Considered it payback, since I’d helped him out of some thorns.²-->{{Beat}}²-->'''Kurama''': [[DefensiveWhat What?]]²-->'''Shisui''': (Groans) We’ve been chasing a ''fairy tale hero!'' Oh my god, is that even a thing that happens? You rescue a helpless little creature, and it repays you in your hour of need? Should I go around putting birds back in their nests and helping snakes across rivers?²* GenocideBackfire: Kiri and Kumo, afraid of the Uzumaki Clan's strength, have the Uzumaki wiped out and raze Uzushio to the ground. Konoha does nothing to help them except use the SoleSurvivor they have for their own purposes. Cue Kurama, the one Uzumaki not affiliated with any of them, who wreaks complete and utter havoc and overthrows their careful balance of power in the form of a jinchuriki uprising.²* GetOut: Kakashi doesn't take the reveal of Kurama's true identity well, and tells him to leave his room.²* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Kakashi’s Raikiri pierces the bottom of Kurama's lung and goes through his back. For anyone else, this would be lethal. After a bit of pain, Kurama quite literally ''runs'' it off.²* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Kurama lets Kakashi have it. ²* GoodVersusGood: Uzumaki Kurama versus Hatake Kakashi. One is a demon-turned-man trying to prevent the apocalypse that he lived through and trying to give [[LivingMacGuffin abused children]] better lives on the way. The other is a soldier trying to apprehend a serial kidnapper, whose actions might ignite a world war.²* HeadInTheSandManagement: The Hidden Waterfall Village, Takigakure, is in denial that their jinchuuriki Fuu successfully ran away with Kurama, and refuses Konoha’s help in finding her, believing that she’ll turn up on her own.²** By the time of the Kage Summit, Fuu's grandfather, Hisen, the headman of Taki, still refuses to believe that Fuu ran away, and insists that Fuu will come back.²* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Kisame and Obito pull one after learning that Zetsu was using them for his own ends.]]²* HeroKiller: Kaguya is introduced while killing Naruto and Sakura.²* HeroicSecondWind: Kurama's fight with [[spoiler: the Mizukage.]]²* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: The Elemental Nations dug their own graves with their mistreatment of their jinchuuriki. And they know it.²* HomelessHero: Kurama has no stable home nor income, and gets by on his own wits and people's kindness.²* HorseOfADifferentColor: Fuji and her brother Momiji can be ridden as steeds.²* HumanoidAbomination: Kurama, a stories-tall demon, the Nine-Tailed Fox, ends up wearing the adult Naruto’s body, which is rather short by adult standards. While he is a kind person, his aura is bone-chillingly terrifying when he's angry.²* HumanityIsInfectious: Kurama was originally a giant demon made of chakra and malice, but years of Naruto’s friendship has softened him into a caring if short-tempered adult.²* HurtingHero[=/=]HeartbrokenBadass: Kurama has a ton of baggage: formerly a demon SealedInAPersonShapedCan for centuries, unable to prevent his world from being annihilated, or his siblings from dying one-by-one, and watches his OnlyFriend Naruto die while he is sent to the past. Sometimes,, he can be overwhelmed by his grief. But will that stop him from saving the world and from being the hero Naruto thought he can be? No.²* HypocriticalHumor: Many people call Kurama cranky, only for Kurama to crankily yell that he's not cranky.²* HypocrisyNod: Sarutobi calls out Rasa on his abusive treatment of his son while admitting that he was extremely neglectful of Naruto and didn't do anything to help Naruto's social ostracization. ²* IChooseToStay: Naruto chooses to stay with Kurama after being kidnapped, figuring that he can return when he's older.²* IResembleThatRemark: Jiraiya accuses Kurama of kidnapping Naruto and the other children. Kurama states Naruto is his nephew, and it was Kurama's right to rescue him. The rest he admits that he did kidnap (save for possibly Yugito, whom he legitimately saved after she ran from Akatsuki).²* INeverSaidItWasPoison: What ultimately gives away Kurama to Kakashi is how he knows the names of Kakashi's ninken. Kakashi only tells the names of his ninken to his friends, which he points out to Kurama. Which leads to Kurama telling Kakashi the truth.²* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Kurama was willing to give up Naruto and let him go back to Konoha if that was what he wanted.²* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Kurama is pierced through the chest by Kakashi’s Raikiri when he takes the attack for Naruto, who attempted to intervene without knowing that Raikiri can’t be redirected.²* InUniverseNickname: Kurama uses "Freak Squad" to refer to the ANBU team made up of Kakashi, Shisui, Tenzo, and Itachi.²** Kurama get called "Red" a lot.²* ImportantHaircut: Kurama cuts his waist-length hair short once he finally sees what he looks like in Naruto’s body.²* ImpoverishedPatrician: The Uzu Daimyo is nominally the supreme leader of the Whirlpool nation, but his country was wiped off the maps. Nowadays, he works as a fisherman, along with his surviving subjects, and an accountant.²* IgnoredEpiphany: Kakashi knows that Naruto is being neglected and his teacher would have wanted him to care for Naruto. He knows that Naruto is deprived the right of knowing his own heritage and that Kurama has a point that Naruto is better off with family. Kakashi is a ninja of Konoha, and he will follow orders.²* {{Irony}}: The Bloody Mist, notorious for their bloodthirsty ninja, ended up peacefully resolving their rebellion with little bloodshed.²** Kurama is an alternate timeline version of the Kyuubi, a demon that at one point, would have gladly left the world to burn and laughed at the carnage, is the single kindest person Naruto, Gaara, Fuu and Yugito have ever met and the best parent any of them have ever had. And to add insult to injury, he's a more moral person that most of the population of the village he ''destroyed'' (admittedly under mind control).²* ItRunsInTheFamily: After seeing the sheer ''trouble'' Kurama is spreading through the Elemental Countries, Sarutobi fully acknowledges him as a Uzumaki.²* ItsPersonal: Naruto is the son of Kakashi’s late sensei and Kakashi is responsible for letting Kurama in Konoha.²* ItWasAGift: Two of Kurama's sets of clothes were given to him as gifts: the first from Han for rescuing him, and the third from Anzu, an Uzushio fisherman happy to see a living Uzumaki. He gets extremely offended when Tsunade tries to ruin his clothes and mock its old style, saying it was a gift from the few people that were kind to him.²* JumpedAtTheCall: Fuji just meets Kurama and jumps at the chance to help the nicer version of the deity that gave her people sentience. ²** Momiji decides to stay with Kurama to keep an eye on his sister, Fuji and help Kurama.²* KnightInSourArmor: Kurama is a long-lived demon once made of malice and known for despising humanity. Even when Naruto helped Kurama find good in himself, Kurama ended up the survivor of his siblings and Naruto as the world ended and Kurama was sent to the past. Despite being broken by grief and thinking humanity is terrible, Kurama will fight in Naruto’s memory and go against the whole world to protect the now-young jinchuuriki. ²* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Even with Kurama’s powers, traveling with half-trained children and facing one against four of Konoha’s best trackers make for very bad odds. So when things go bad, he’s not afraid to get on his [[HorseOfADifferentColor fox summons, Fuji]] and run for it.²** Kurama has 8 of the 9 jinchuuriki on his side. The Three-Tailed Jinchuuriki is the Mizukage was been mind-controlled by a rogue Uchiha and rescued by Kurama, who now has sanctuary in Kiri. Akatsuki, the organization that Konoha has tracking for years, is powerful enough that Kurama would rather deal with villages than them. With all these revelations, all the Kage collectively decide just to drop the chase against Kurama, stop the trackers hunting him down, and give him a pardon with permission to live wherever he wants.²* LastOfHisKind: In Kurama’s original timeline, he was the last of the Tailed Beasts.²** Kurama and Naruto are the only known Uzumaki survivors.²* LastStand: Naruto and Sakura attempt one against Kaguya, with Sakura using all of her saved-up chakra for one last defense and Naruto sending Kurama back to the past to change things.²* LeeroyJenkins: Roushi has just met Kakashi and tries to get info from him before attacking him and revealing his motive to find Kurama.²* LivingEmotionalCrutch: At first, Kurama’s purpose was to protect Naruto and ensure a better future for him, and the rest of the world could burn. He’s slowly growing out of it as he becomes a father-/older brother-figure to the younger jinchuuriki.²* LivingMacGuffin: Kurama is searching and gathering all the jinchuuriki he can find so they protect themselves from the Akatsuki, who need to capture them to take their bijuu so Akatsuki can topple the Elemental Nations.²* LockedIntoStrangeness: Kurama’s possession of the late Naruto's body darkened the skin and turned Naruto’s blond hair into a blood-red. Downplayed, as it makes everyone think that Kurama is an Uzumaki with Kumo heritage.²* LuckySeven: Chapter 7 is where Kurama gets to Konoha and finally meets the child Naruto. Only for it to go downhill immediately. ²*** Chomei, the Seven-Tails, calls herself the Lucky Seven Beetle.²* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Kurama is oldest of the nine bijuu, who he sees as his siblings.²* MassOhCrap: Everyone at the Kage Summit when they realize that there's a hitherto unknown ''tenth'' tailed beast whose jinchuuriki has been making contact with the other nine... and absconding with the youngest.²* MeaningfulEcho²* MissionFromGod: Fuji helps out because Kurama is a essentially a god to the fox summons, since he granted them sentience and power.²* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: After suffering years of abuse and isolation, Gaara, Fu, Yugito, Roushi, and Han are quick to betray to their villages for Kurama, who genuinely cares about their welfare and offers them freedom and camaraderie.²* MomentKiller: Kurama and the child Naruto have a sweet moment where they reveal they are family and Kurama promises to protect Naruto, then Kakashi rips Naruto away from him.²* MortonsFork: Kakashi considers rescuing Naruto from Kurama a lose-lose situation. If Kakashi doesn’t succeed, he will never see Naruto again. But if he does, he has to rip Naruto away from the only person to show that he was loved, and give Naruto justified reasons to hate him and Konoha.²* MrFanservice: Zabuza's status as one is PlayedForLaughs, as Kurama admits to slight disappointment when he realizes Zabuza still wears a shirt.²* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Han’s Tailed Beast, Kokuō, freaks out when Kurama saves him and his host from being captured from Kakuzu. Then Kurama tells Kokuō to calm down, which catches Han’s interests.²* {{Nephewism}}: Kurama passes himself as Naruto's maternal uncle.²* NeverGetsDrunk: It takes a lot of alcohol to get a jinchuuriki drunk.²* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: Kurama has unresolved grief over Naruto's death, since Naruto died protecting him. [[spoiler: Kurama begins to come to terms with it when he meets Naruto's ghost in his seal.]]²* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Kurama is not actually malicious; he’s just trying to protect the jinchuuriki from being captured and killed by Akatsuki.²* NotMeThisTime: When Yugito disappears and her handlers wind up dead, Kumo believe that Kurama kidnapped her. He was nowhere near Kumo at the time. It was Akatsuki trying to get the most vulnerable jinchuuriki before Kurama did.²* NotQuiteTheRightThing: Hiruzen forbade anyone that knew Minato and Kushina from helping Naruto, so their enemies wouldn't figure out who Naruto is. While their enemies don't make a connection, this order along with Naruto's jinchuuriki status outed from the beginning results in Naruto being an ostracized and neglected orphan. Which made it extremely easy for Kurama to convince Naruto to leave Konoha with him, as Naruto is utterly love-starved and desperate for genuine affection.²* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Played with in regards to Kurama and how others see him. When Kurama is [[spoiler:brainwashed by Obito late in the story, Roshi is stunned by the bloodlust and hatred he gives off after transforming, having only known him as a crabby but gruffly kind man who fought to protect all the jinchuuriki,]] while Son Goku bitterly remarks that hatred is Kurama's default state of being, and his attempts at making nice with his siblings and the jinchuuriki were what tipped the Tailed Beasts off that Akatsuki was a serious threat.²* OhCrap: Kurama has this reaction when he realizes that he’s up against the Freak Squad.²* OlderThanHeLooks: Kakashi assumes that Kurama has to be much older than the twenty-something he looks, since he was alive to be a shinobi of Uzushio and see its destruction.²* PapaWolf: Kurama has become a father-figure to the young jinchuuriki and will go against the whole world to protect them.²* ParentsAsPeople: Hiruzen acknowledges that he has been a terrible guardian to Naruto. He barely has time for his own family much less Naruto.²** Rasa knows that he's been a horrific parent to Gaara but still loves him enough to fear for Gaara's safety.²** Hisen seems to be in denial of his village's abusive treatment of his granddaughter.²** In a far lighter variant, Kurama can find the children very annoying, but tries to parent them the best he can.²* PeggySue: Kurama was sent to the past by Naruto to prevent the fall of the Elemental Nations at the hands of Kaguya.²* PlayingWithFire[=/=]BlowYouAway: Kurama is the god of fire and wind.²* PlotTriggeringDeath: It’s Naruto’s death at the hands of Kaguya in the original timeline that drives Kurama to try to save the jinchuuriki from Akatsuki and attempt to prevent Kaguya’s rebirth.²* PromotionToParent: Kurama goes from lonesome drifter to doting parent of the young jinchuuriki.²* RageBreakingPoint: When Kakashi attempts to separate Kurama from Naruto, Kurama loses it and comes to blows with Kakashi.²* RealityEnsues: When Shisui suggests that the mission to apprehend Kurama would give to Kakashi an opportunity to make friends with his former teacher's son, Kakashi tartly retorts that chasing and potentially harming the only person to show love and affection to the kid (and who may also be his only living blood relative) will NOT endear him to Naruto.²** When given the choice between a neglectful and hateful village and a loving blood relative, Naruto quickly chooses the loving blood relative.²* ReasonableAuthorityFigure²* RecruitmentByRescue: Kurama gets three of the jinchuuriki to join him by rescuing them. He rescues Han from Kakuzu, Gaara from assassins, and Fu from abusive retainers. ²* ReplacementGoldfish: Discussed. Kurama hesitates to see the young Naruto because the boy won’t be Kurama’s Naruto and would grow into a different person thanks to the Butterfly Effect. Kurama throws this out the window when he actually meets the young Naruto.²* ResignedToTheCall: Kurama didn’t even want to be sent to the past, and would have rather stuck with Naruto, but with everyone dying and Naruto pinning his last hopes on him, he didn’t have a choice.²* RuleOfEmpathy: Intellectually, Kurama knows he killed Naruto's parents but by the time he got to know Naruto, he was already an adult AllLovingHero. It wasn't like Kurama killed them on purpose so he thought it didn't matter. When Kurama is sent to the past to his horror, he doesn't see the cheerful HopeBringer he knew adult Naruto as. Naruto as a child, is lonely, unwanted and unloved with barely anyone caring for him. Which it then hits Kurama that he orphaned his OnlyFriend and caused him to suffer. Which drives Kurama to make amends by making sure that child Naruto knows that he isn't alone.²* SamusIsAGirl: Kurama is surprised that his sibling, the Seven-Tailed Beetle, Chomei, identifies as female.²* SandInMyEyes: Kurama's not tearing up because he's moved by Naruto and Gaara's DeclarationOfProtection; he's just having allergies!²* ScrewDestiny: Kurama is hoping to invoke this.²* ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: [[spoiler: When the Elemental Nations pardon Kurama,]] Kurama demands that he and Naruto be allowed to return to Konoha without any retribution and allow any jinchuuriki that wants to come to follow them. [[spoiler: The Kages have no choice to allow it, since Kurama has the loyalty of 8 of the 9 jinchuuriki, who individually have the power to destroy nations.]]²* SeriousBusiness: For Kurama, gifts. Having received so few, he tends to treasure them - ''especially'' one as big as Naruto's body. On the other hand, while he appreciates the clothes he receives, he rarely has the chance to keep them in one piece.²* SharedFamilyQuirks: Naruto, Kurama, and Kushina are all hotheaded and impulsive ninja. Both Kurama and Kushina hate to be pitied.²* SignatureMove: Kushina's Chakra Chains. Sarutobi considers it a point in favor of Kurama's story when he learns the rogue ninja taught Naruto the same move.²* SizeShifter: Fuji can be the size of a pony to the size of a housepet.²* SoProudOfYou: Kurama tells the young jinchuuriki that he's very proud of them for successfully stopping Jiraiya.²* SoleSurvivor: Kurama was the only living bijuu left in the original timeline.²** Kurama and Naruto are only known descendants of the slaughtered Uzumaki clan. [[spoiler: Which now includes Kushina.]]²* StatingtheSimpleSolution: Destroying the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path is this. ²* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: The entire Freak Squad, particularly Kakashi. They're Konoha's best trackers and work tirelessly with no breaks trying to hunt a serial kidnapper down. But to their misfortune, they're hunting down Kurama, who is determined to rescue the jinchuuriki from their villages' abuse and a horrific death at the hands of Akatsuki.²* TakingTheBullet: Kurama takes Kakashi’s Chidori to the chest to shield Naruto when the latter tries to shield him from Kakashi.²** [[spoiler: Looks like Naruto is about to try this to save Kurama from mind-controlled!Kushina.]]²* TeamMom: Kurama is a gruff but affectionate maternal figure to the younger jinchuuriki, and tries to care and provide for them while trying to find a safe place for them.²* TheBet: Kurama bets on a drinking contest that he will pay Tsunade's debts, or Tsunade will owe three favors, if either of them outdrinks the other.²* TheDogBitesBack: Han and Roushi are eager to rejoin Kurama, seeing him as the promise for freedom and a chance to get back at the many who wrong them.²* TheExtremistWasRight: Kurama is initially seen as a terrorist by the Elemental Nations, as he kidnapped the child jinchuuriki and got the adult jinchuuriki in order to train them to full potential and protect them. But when it's revealed that the dangerous terrorist organization, Akatsuki, has been after the jinchuuriki for their plans for world domination, the Kages quickly change their tune [[spoiler: and give Kurama a full pardon for his crimes.]] ²* TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne: Kurama can sense other jinchuuriki and Tailed Beasts.²* TheNapoleon: Roushi is barely hitting five feet, and has a temper that's literally volcanic.²* TheNeedsOfTheMany: Deconstructed. The major Elemental Nations are supposed to have jinchuuriki as {{Living Weapon}}s to ensure a balance of power among the Nations. Since jinchuuriki are seen as weapons at best, or demons at worst, which they are supposed to put up with for the good of their village, Kurama is able to convince most of them with ease to leave with him and abandon their villages and their current lives in an uncertain and dangerous journey, with the promise of being able to do something for themselves.²* ThePardon: After revealing the danger of Akatsuki and Kurama having all nine of the jinchuuriki [[spoiler: the Kages give Kurama a pardon excusing him of all his crimes.]]²* TheSpook: Uzumaki Kurama is this to the Elemental Nations, as the only things they know about him is what Kurama told them. Which they have no way of verifying. Everything else is theoretical at best.²* TheStationsOfTheCanon: Kurama plays with the idea of leaving Naruto alone and letting the original timeline happen so Naruto could remain the same person. He throws that out the window when he rescues Han and kidnaps Naruto.²* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: While he's intent on making a better world for the jinchuuriki, Kurama does ask for a modicum of respect for the tailed beasts, and makes it a point to tell Roshi that refusing to even use Son Goku's name makes him a pretty horrible jackass. After mulling over it for a while, Roshi relents and uses the proper name.²* TheWorfEffect: Kaguya’s threat is established by the fact that Naruto, a chakra powerhouse, has exhausted his reserves.²* TokenNonHuman: Fuji is a three-tailed fox summons, and Momiji, her brother, has five tails.²* TooDumbToLive: Kurama considers the Hidden Villages to be this to due to their treatment of jinchuuriki. They have children who can grow up to be [[PersonsofMassDestruction Persons of Mass Destruction]] with enough firepower to destroy countries. And they mistreat, isolate, abuse, and hurt them.²* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Fuji loves to eat fox oden.²* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside:²** Parodied, despite Tenzo being inches taller than Shisui, Shisui calls him a short and petty person "because it's what inside that counts."²** In a call-back Tenzo attempts to prevent Shisui from picking a fight with Kurama by pointing out that Kurama is bigger than him. Shisui points out that Kurama is much shorter than him. Tenzo clarifies that Kurama is meaner, stronger and much more terrifying than him which makes Kurama bigger than Shisui "on the inside."²* TrueCompanions: The jinchuuriki (except Killer Bee) love and support each other like family.²* TurnTheOtherCheek: Fuu’s mother always told Fuu to forgive her village for being hateful and ignorant, and that it wasn’t the village’s fault. Fu can’t stand it and feels rather validated when Kurama tells her that she’s justified in her anger, and that she doesn’t have to love or forgive the ones who hurt her.²* {{Unishment}}: Seeing how there's no way that the Elemental Nations can meaningfully punish Kurama without causing a world war [[spoiler: they pardon him and give him permission to live anywhere he wants.]]²* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Fuji, a three-tailed fox summons, can shapeshift from a tiny fox, a white-haired teenage girl, and a pony-sized fox.²* WhamEpisode: Chapter 8 has Kurama coming to blows with Kakashi and ends up kidnapping Naruto. Kurama ends up with Konoha after him.²** Chapter 42: [[spoiler: Orochimaru successfully resurrects Sakumo and Kushina on Obito's orders.]]²* WhamLine: Hiruzen and Rasa are horrified when the Raikage reveals that Killer Bee saw ten bijuu in the shared jinchuuriki mindscape. Meaning Kurama isn’t any of the known nine jinchuuriki.²* WhatIf: The author was asked what would have happened in ''backslide'' if, instead of Naruto, Kurama was the protagonist. Which resulted in ''reverse''.²* WhatTheHellHero: Kurama tears into Kakashi for not being part of the six-year-old Naruto’s life. Kurama asks Kakashi why he cares about Naruto when Naruto doesn’t even know him.²* YourRewardIsClothes: Kurama tends to earn clothes every time he does something good or catches a break. He is given an outfit by Han for rescuing him so he doesn’t have to wear the clothes Naruto died in, and he buys clothes in Konoha with his mission pay from rescuing the Daimyo’s daughter. Then he is given a new outfit by an Uzushio fisherwoman.


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