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These are the tropes featured by characters (and versions of characters) in The Promise.

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    Naruto Canon Good Guys 

Naruto characters within The Promise feature these tropes:

Minato Namikaze

Kushina Uzumaki

  • Action Mom: She's only got one actual kid (Naruto), but she adopted six others at various points in the prologue as well. And she's the most powerful kunoichi on the entire planet when she actually goes to fight.
  • Barrier Maiden: Technically, if something goes wrong with her seal, the Kyuubi would escape and wreak horrible destruction upon the world. But she subverts most of the characterization tropes regarding it.
  • Fiery Redhead: Just like in canon.
  • The Hyena: In any scene she's in after the prologue, she's likely to be laughing her head off at something or other.
  • Mama Bear: Don't touch her kids. Not that most people really could.
  • Mighty Glacier: She's nowhere near as fast as her husband, but if she catches you...
  • Person of Mass Destruction: She's the Kyuubi jinchuuriki. If something ever sets her off as badly as the canon battle with Pain, she's going straight to eight tails and not looking back.
  • The Prankster: She has managed to prank every clan compound in the entire village. Twice.
  • Red Baron: The Bloody Habanero.
  • Supreme Chef: Taken Up to Eleven—she manages to earn the undying loyalty of a clan of fox youkai by feeding them inarizushi and atsuage, and later pulls off much the same thing with dog youkai.
  • Team Mom: Even before adopting Team Minato.

Obito Uchiha

  • Badass Teacher: To his genin team as well as anyone he's ever been a mentor to.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Itachi and Sasuke, and to Iruka before them.
  • Black Sheep: Of the Uchiha clan.
  • Defector from Decadence: As he puts it, he didn't really like most of his clan's policies and behaviors. The feeling was mutual.
  • Happily Married: To Rin.
  • Improbable Age: He's declared the head of the Uchiha clan (or what remains of it) post-Massacre, at age fourteen. He even points out how utterly ridiculous this is.
  • Mega Manning: He's the new Copycat.
  • Playing with Fire
  • The Prankster: He helped Kushina with most of her pranks on the Uchihas.
  • Red Baron: The Copy-Cat Ninja, Sharingan Obito, or Konoha's Burning Assassin. The first two are a result of him activating and mastering his Sharingan within six months, and he actually kept this development a secret from his clan; Fugaku found out about this development through an enemy's captured bingo book and never forgave Obito for keeping it a secret. The last one is a mystery.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The mission to Kusa was fortunately derailed by Nariko's interference. Or at least, it was thought he was this, to both the author and everyone else. At least until Chapter 599 of the Naruto manga came out.
  • Summon Magic: He has a summoning contract for hawks.
  • Trickster Mentor: It should probably be mentioned that he likes introducing his students to Maito Gai.
    • Training from Hell: Has been on both the giving and receiving end of this trope. His genin team never did quite recover...nor did Iruka. Most of this is because he likes to inflict Maito Gai on people.

Kakashi Hatake


Iruka Umino

Itachi Uchiha

  • Big Brother Mentor: To Sasuke, mostly. Naruto sort of got adopted in.
  • Child Soldier: He was older than Kakashi when he started, at least.
  • The Gift: He's still a prodigy at killing people, no matter how much he'd rather not be. It eventually led him to decide that if he was going to be good at it, he might as well be the best. Thus, we have a jounin Itachi.
  • Harmful to Minors: Between him and Sasuke, Itachi's the only one who was old enough to remember the Uchiha Massacre. He still gets occasional flashbacks.
  • Martial Pacifist: He really, honestly, does not want to fight. But he's a jounin and sometimes that's just what he has to do.
  • Master of Illusion: Not to a kitsune's level, but he's one of the best in the shinobi world.
  • Minored in Ass-Kicking: Itachi doesn't like to fight much, preferring to stay in Konoha and teach philosophy to Academy students if given a choice, but he can and will outfight anyone dumb enough to get in his way.
  • Playing with Fire
  • The Quiet One
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He has his own fanclub, just like damn near everyone else in the family.
  • Warrior Poet

Naruto Uzumaki

  • Big Eater: It's genetic, given his mother's tendencies.
  • Bishōnen: Well, he takes after his mom.
  • Book Dumb: Oh, there's no doubt that he's a very talented kid, but he would much rather skip class than do any work and managed to pass his courses in the Academy through the practical tests.
  • The Chosen One
  • Ditzy Genius: He can be pretty slow about some things, such as interpersonal interactions, but he's not a bad kid and is an excellent strategist if called upon.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Except for the bell test, when he knew he was going to be up against Kakashi of all people, Naruto likes wearing orange all the time.
  • The Hyena: Like his mother, he's often found laughing hysterically at one thing or another.
  • Idiot Hero: Less so than in canon, but he still has that odd tendency to rush into things without thinking.
  • Keet: He is unbelievably hyperactive.
  • The Prankster
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ramen, which is, oddly enough, a quirk shared with half of his family and probably almost as many people outside of it.
  • Warrior Prince: He's the Hokage's kid. It was gonna happen eventually.

Sasuke Uchiha

Sakura Haruno


  • Ascended Extra: Originally a filler character from the Konoha History arc in Naruto Shippuden.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: This was probably her intended role, but someone screwed up her social training just a bit. Instead, she's simply a spy who happens to be female.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: She defects from Joumae to Konoha once Obito and Nariko convince her to stick around with Kakashi. It took a bit more than that, but having a positive influence in her life certainly helped.
  • Love at First Sight: Toward Kakashi.
  • Memory Gambit: Her signature ability. It's not known whether it actually erases her memories or if it just suppresses them so even a mind-reader like Inoichi can't detect anything.
  • Rogue Agent: From Joumae, rather than Konoha.
  • Torture Always Works: Completely subverted, since Hanare's special abilities allow her to completely erase suspicious information from her mind, and because she's been more rigorously trained in counter-interrogation techniques than any of the named characters.
  • Tyke Bomb: She was raised by the head of Joumae to be an infiltration expert and never realy questioned orders, even as an adult. At least, up until she meets Kakashi again. There was a certain element of social deprivation involved — Konoha is much more open than she's used to.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Invoked. A classical Politeness Judo expert iamge would be useufl for an espionage expert kunoichi
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair

    InuYasha Canon Good Guys 

Inuyasha characters from The Promise feature these tropes.

Kagome Higurashi



  • Chick Magnet: It's mentioned that Souten is his "first wife" and favorite. He's also managed to have many of those sixteen children out of wedlock. Since he's a kitsune, no one really cares all that much.
  • Fiery Redhead: It's more auburn, and he doesn't run as hot as some of the other characters that fall under this trope.
  • The Ghost: He doesn't show up in person until some fifteen chapters after he's introduced as the catalyst of the entire plot.
  • Kaiju: Foxes should not get that big.
  • Kitsune: The only nine-tailed example in the series aside from the Kyuubi. And ultimately, the only real one.
  • The Patriarch: He's a nine-tailed fox with more than sixteen offspring. He rules them all with a bunch of jokes, plenty of power, and absolute loyalty.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Guess who made it to nine tails and near-invincibility?
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting


  • Action Mom
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Much like half the people she knows, it seems.
  • Flight: Via similar flying wheels to those that her older brother Hiten used to own.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Do not underestimate the amount of damage a pissed-off raijuu can put out when her hand is in your face. Or you won't have a face in very short order.
  • Missing Mom: She disappears at some point between meeting Sakumo and Nariko's first foray into Konoha, only to resurface a decade later, having been sealed into a teapot in the interim.
  • Person of Mass Destruction
  • Rapunzel Hair: In a braid, at any rate.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: One of her signature features.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: Turns out that she somehow got herself sealed into a teapot at some point after meeting Sakumo. She breaks out quite a while later.
  • Shock and Awe: She is a raijuu.



  • Deadpan Snarker: Under the right circumstances.
  • Defiant Captive: She refuses to be cowed in the worst of situations, because Sesshoumaru will always save her. She's right.
  • Happily Married: To Sesshoumaru. She's one of the very few people who can make him smile, and she's the one he'll do anything for.
  • One Steve Limit: Defied. This Rin is the one from Inuyasha canon and is married to Sesshoumaru. She thinks the naming coincidence with the medic-nin is rather funny.
  • Parents in Distress: Happened once. Her kids proceeded to open the gates of hell on the kidnappers.
  • Plucky Girl: She's gone through a lot. It doesn't slow her down.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She has surpassed the human live span, but looks the same.

    OC Allies 

Original Characters from The Promise feature these tropes:

Nariko Inabikarito

The oldest of the fox youkai who decide to stick around in Konoha, Nariko has a high opinion of herself when she arrives. That quickly changes once she gets some actual experience, and eventually she becomes a stronger and kinder person for it.
  • Ambadassador: Several years post-Madara, she finally earns this position among her peers and spends most of her time in Konoha, when she's not just being her family's Courier.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: When you're looking after Naruto and Sasuke, this kind of thing is expected. And justified.
  • Boobs of Steel: As a youkai, she constantly uses her youki to augment her physical strength, in addition to whatever abilities she has normally. And as a kitsune in particular, her human form comes with a rack.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: During Kakashi Gaiden, she doesn't have a whole lot of other tricks, so she allows an Iwa-nin to run her through in order to get her claws in him.
  • Femme Fatalons
  • Functional Magic: As far as fox-magic goes, she's rather proficient.
  • Healing Factor: Which allows her to survive multiple lethal torso injuries without much trouble.
    • Good Thing You Can Heal: She's a bit of a kunai-magnet. Without knowing it, she actually manages to take almost all of the crippling/lethal blows meant for the other characters during Kakashi Gaiden. As a result, Team Minato survives mostly unscathed.
  • Heroic BSoD: She has a brief one upon realizing that she's being called back home to fight in a war and many of her human friends are dead.
    • And another one upon realizing that her siblings are dead.
  • Improvised Weapon: Her geta. And yet, throwing shoes with her youkai strength can be...messy.
  • Kitsune: A black one. More specifically, her and her siblings' natures foreshadow which of them die. White, black, and nine-tailed foxes are considered lucky in Japanese MythologyNariko, Haruki, and Umeko are black, white(ish) and red, respectively, and all of them have four tails or fewer. Umeko dies first. Since white is the color of death in Japan, Haruki dies next. Nariko, with four tails, black coloring, and a lot of extra help, manages to survive the prologue.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Power Trio: With her younger brother and sister.
  • The Prankster
  • Pride Before a Fall: She has a rather inflated opinion of her own abilities, but it quickly becomes obvious that she isn't a trained fighter and her natural abilities barely make up for it. She decides to dedicate herself to actually becoming stronger thereafter.
  • Rapunzel Hair
    • Expository Hairstyle Change: Not long after she's first introduced, she decides to cut her hair back to more manageable levels—hip-length is a bit too long for a close-combat fighter.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Actually, a little over three hundred.
  • Reverse Grip: Seen when she uses her kodachi. This is mostly because she doesn't so much slash with it as block all the time.
  • Shipper on Deck: She is constantly rooting for Kakashi to get into some kind of relationship that lasts more than two weeks.
  • Super Strength: To a lesser degree than the dogs, but more than any normal human.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Again, a reference to the fact that she's a kitsune (or at least half).
  • Team Mom: It seems to be her default state no matter who or what she's dealing with—with her actual siblings, or Yukihana's orphaned children in a side-story.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Inarizushi and any other type of fried tofu dish. Also, rice.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Hers are shaped more like slightly elongated black dots than anything. It's an Ōkami reference.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: She tends to keep the MacGuffin of the day in here. Along with blackmail photos, snacks, and money. It's apparently a way for her to make up for the fact that she doesn't have any pockets.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: She can't use chakra due to the fact that she hasn't got any, so she relies on her youkai powers to keep her edge in a world full of supernatural ninjas.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified of dogs.


Nariko's nervous younger brother, Haruki is probably more dangerous than he lets on. He rarely does anything too out of the ordinary and actually seems to have many of his sister's traits, just less extreme. It makes him the most agreeable out of them, though he's a bit of a failure as far as prankster foxes go.


Nariko's younger sister, Umeko is the most vicious of the three despite being the youngest and appearing to be the most innocent. She's a no-nonsense, extremely blunt kitsune with absolutely no tolerance for delays or complaints of any kind, though she can be a bit of a snarker herself.


Youngest son of the youkai lord Sesshoumaru, Sanyu is a powerhouse at slightly more than two hundred years old. He's by no means the strongest of his father's children, owning a healing sword rather than his older siblings' WMD-class weapons, but he can hold his own in any fight he's been in so far. Even against Madara.


Youngest daughter of the youkai lord Sesshoumaru, Amaya is the calm, composed child to Sanyu's relatively boisterous nature. She is just as powerful as her brother and, occasionally, crueler. But despite her icy demeanor, she can be kind and polite in the correct circumstances. And she can take on Madara where even the most powerful human characters fail, despite being a full century younger than Nariko.


Nariko's younger half-sister, whoo ends up being the catalyst for the titular promise being fulfilled once she gets into trouble.

Yukihana Daiyuki

A yuki-onna Team Seven meets on the mission in Clash In The Land Of Snow's plotline, who originally shows up at Nariko's request. She's a talented young youkai, but she isn't considered an adult by most of the others.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: She accompanies Team Seven into the depths of Yuki no Kuni, because she's around and no other Konoha-friendly parties are in the area.
  • An Ice Person: Comes with being a yuki-onna.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Older Than She Looks: Technically, Yukihana is 47. This is young for a yuki-onna, and she appears to be about 22.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Yukihana, as a yuki-onna who lives alone in the middle of one of the coldest inhabitable regions in the Naruto world, is looking for someone who can live with her in those conditions. Team Seven instead convinces her to follow them to Konoha, where (upon realizing that Kakashi has a girlfriend), she finds someone to stay for.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's about 182 cm tall, or 6'1", which makes her taller than all of the women in the story and a lot of the men.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Though she sometimes reacts like a complete fangirl when the object of her affections—which used to switch often—is in sight.
  • Youkai: Yuki-onna, to be specific.

    OC Enemies 


One of Orochimaru's oldest surviving experiments, Ai is a relatively tragic young woman who didn't really realize what she was getting into until she was already in too deep. She fights for the sake of her younger sister, who she doesn't realize is already dead.
  • The Berserker
  • Body Horror: A potent source of it since she's basically an evil Stitchpunk. The in-universe explanation is that Orochimaru tried to replicate Kakuzu's modifications and failed. She also later had one of her arms blown to pieces, along with about half of her face, which later led to her being given a Byakugan implant and an artificial arm.
  • Elemental Powers: She has two implanted hearts, much like Kakuzu, which allow her to use Water and Earth Release techniques despite not being able to form hand seals.
  • Handicapped Badass: She can't use hand seals because her replacement puppet arm doesn't have fingers.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: She gets offed while trying to backstab Orochimaru.
  • Meaningful Name: It's a bit of a multilingual pun, but while Ai is driven by her love for her younger sister, she also has about as much in the way of emotions as HAL, an AI.
  • Rocket Punch: With her puppet arm.
  • The Voiceless
  • You Have Failed Me: She doesn't really care about anyone or anything other than her baby sister. When it's revealed that Orochimaru lied to her about the girl's death, she turns on him. It's terminal.


Team Cameo/Team Kei/Team Codename

A chuunin-level kunoichi team who usually appear in the background of major events, commenting on everything they see. Their team specializes in search-and-destroy missions, though they can sometimes be called upon to work on search-and-rescue if there's a personnel shortage (to disastrous effect). They also are extremely useful during the Chuunin Exam invasion, since high explosives mesh well with extremely large, scaly targets. The three members are Kei, Asahina, and Nori.

Tropes demonstrated by all three members:

  • Action Girl: All three of them.
  • Amazon Brigade
  • Fingerless Gloves: Of various stripes.
  • Genre Savvy: They know they're bit characters.
  • Greek Chorus: Though they tend not to actually break the fourth wall.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Upon realizing that there's an invasion.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: The only thing consistent about their outfits and those of the rest of the Konoha-nin? The fact that all of them wear a chuunin vest. Kei's is the closest to bog-standard, while Asahina's is the wildest. Nori's even has detached sleeves to go along with it. Also, each one of them wears a dark blue bracelet on one wrist.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: All three members avoid using their actual names for varying reasons. Asahina just uses her last name instead.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Two of them—Asahina and Nori—are funny all of the time. Kei only joins in as their sounding board and reluctant keeper, though she can make snide remarks with the best.
  • Power Trio: With Kei as the disciplinarian, and Nori and Asahina as any type of crazy. They usually don't argue, oddly enough. This may be because Kei has such a domineering personality.
  • Sibling Rivalry: All of them have siblings they'd rather not deal with, from Kei and Gin's rather mild dislike of being seen together to Nori and Kuri's mutual attempted murder.
  • Squee!: When Asahina and Nori discover that an invasion means they can cut loose. They even d a Happy Dance. Kei starts praying.
  • True Companions

Keisuke "Kei" Yamaguchi

"You can call me Kei."
Kei is the voice of reason, the disciplinarian, the medic, and the squad leader under most circumstances. She has a stern personality and has been known to keep teammates in line through the power of her Death Glare alone.

Ayumi Asahina

"Plan? What plan?"
Team demolition expert under Kei's command, Asahina is, if anything, the most dangerous when fighting a large group of enemies.

Noriko "Nori" Emirigami

"You can't see me!"
The third member of the team, Nori is the stealth, infiltration, and defensive expert of the team. She doesn't like being stuck on the ground.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Asahina are very much alike.
  • Cainand Abel: Nori and her sister are usually trying to kill one another when off-duty.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In a different direction than Asahina, though they have a tendency to egg each other on. Nori has a tendency to avoid touching the ground whenever possible, instead choosing to walk up and down buildings or cling to ceilings whenever she has a chance. She gets ffrom place to place by walking on washing lines or Roof Hopping
  • Cuteness Proximity: Cats, again.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Secondary atrategy involves sinking her opponents into fifty feet of mud.
  • Genius Ditz: She knows entirely too much about human biology and poison for someone who isn't the medic, as well as animal behavior and what not to do in order to avoid being eaten by tigers.
  • Genki Girl
  • Hidden Depths: Guess who killed their last fifteen targets?
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: See above.
  • Making a Splash: Her affinity, which allows her to move across large bodies of water with minimal chakra usage and a very low chance of detection.
  • Older Than They Look: She's less than a year younger than the others, but she looks like she's six years younger than Kei.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Nori isn't her actual name, but she prefers this one.
  • Picky Eater: She's a vegetarian. In the ninja world, that's really picky.
  • Roof Hopping: Her preferred mode of travel.
  • Stealth Expert: It's her team title.
  • Wall Crawl: She prefers to run up and down buildings rather than use the front door.

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