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Keisuke Gekko, our story's heroine.
Ripples turn into waves and crash upon the shores of what is and what could be, and I was just someone else who got pulled under. I didn't realize that even a drowning person makes waves of their own.
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Keisuke Gekko is reincarnated into the Naruto world during the Second Shinobi War and grows up during the events of the Third Shinobi War. Kei’s ability to change canon is limited by her place in the world and her own inability to act, but ripples spread out and her presence in the world is enough to influence things, even if she does not realize it.

Catch Your Breath is a self insert fanfiction inspired by Dreaming of Sunshine that manages to be something more than just a blind copy of the genre. Written by an author who is not afraid to harm Kei or let her fail, Catch Your Breath also manages to let the future of the shinobi world hang in question.

The story can also be found on Archive of Our Own here.

There are also several side-stories and crossovers, all written by the author. All works are simultaneously posted to FanFiction.Net and Archive of Our Own.

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One can find other tidbits, information and fanworks of Catch Your Breath on the official Tumblr blog for the story.

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Catch Your Breath contains examples of:

  • Absurd Cutting Power: As a result of her samurai training, Miyako Gekko can slice through a lot of things, especially when she coats her sword in chakra to the point that it glows.
  • Acting Your Intellectual Age: After Id, who personified Kei's apparent physical age, her childish emotions and instincts, split from her, Kei is much more prone to acting according to her twenty-something mental years.
    • Even after reintegration of the Dreamer and Id in the aftermath of Isobu's sealing, Kei tends to act with a bit more maturity than her contemporaries. Interestingly, unlike many other self-insert fics, Word of God states that Kei's mental age remains frozen at twenty-something, allowing her friends to theoretically catch up to her.
  • Action Mom: Miyako Gekko, who was leading her very own Zetsu extermination squad in the Commencement arc.
    • Kushina counts, too. Right after giving birth to Naruto, she proceeds to stomp to the Barrier/Sensor Squad and stage a non-hostile takeover.
      • And again, when she and Tsunade proceed to obliterate Danzo while Minato and the gang are in Suna. Kushina might not have dealt the finishing blow, but Yin Kurama praised her ferocity.
  • Adorkable: In a side-story detailing his first meeting with Miyako, Kei and Hayate's father Wataru is established as this.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: A couple of examples.
    • Minato used to pat Kei's head when she was a genin, and ruffle Obito and Kakashi's hair.
    • Kei's summon, Tsuruya, developed a habit of bonking Kei in the head with her beak almost immediately after being summoned for the first time.
    • Kei has a tendency to ruffle Hayate's hair.
  • After-Action Healing Drama: With Obito, after they separate Black Zetsu from him, Rin and Kei, with Katsuyu's help, have to heal him so he doesn't die.
    • With Hayate, after his last fight in the Chuunin exams. He inhaled Suna poison.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: This trope is used for laughs in this story.
    Minato: "Since that’s ten shinobi plus myself, I immediately go to my office windows to let most of them out before the group starts to evacuate via the air vents." (chapter 72)
    Kei: "Somewhat later, I was eating a late lunch in Sensei's office while Kakashi was in the ceiling somewhere and Sensei was supposedly just filling out paperwork like it was any old winter afternoon. No siree, no ninjas in the air vent…" (chapter 76)
    It turned out to be another two minutes before my teammate snaked in through the ventilation system, apparently because he was contractually obliged to do so. (chapter 80)
  • All-Loving Hero: Kei muses on this trope on several occasions in reference to Naruto, before concluding that she is not capable of being that selfless. She still tries to perform some of the same functions of one.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Turns out to be the case with Obito, who is revealed to be Madara's sole living descendant. He didn't know until he broke into a secure office for his personnel file.
  • Almost Out of Oxygen: Kei, during her first C-rank mission when she was trapped in a Water Prison Jutsu.
    • Minato nearly runs into this problem when Kei (and Isobu) traps him in a Water Prison Jutsu in their spar.
  • And I Must Scream: The effects of Kumogashira poison.
  • Animal Battle Aura: Kei is a jinchuriki, so Isobu's chakra will start to manifest his physical form when enough gets out. Done by accident at first, but later Kei deliberately allows Isobu to manifest in a spectral, miniature version of his form.
  • Anti-Climax: The Scouting Arc ends on one in terms of confronting the target, which is immediately lampshaded by Kei.
  • Asexuality: The beta and the author confirmed that Gai is aromantic-asexual on the story's Tumblr blog.
  • Ass-Kicking Pose: Minato has a particular fondness for these. It's usually a nonthreatening stance; with a Hiraishin kunai idly twirling in hand, or cleaning his nails. Expect asskicking to commence soon afterward.
    His voice was completely level despite the tension in the air, and he was idly cleaning under his fingernails with a Flying Thunder God kunai.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: So true. Kei finds it amusing that the Hokage needs guards when the one who holds the title is usually the most powerful person in the village, and is probably the one who needs them the least.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Kei and Obito, when they were fighting in tandem in earlier chapters. They were so good at it that the Iwa-nin decided to take Kakashi (a newly minted jonin) hostage—as the easier target—in the Kannabi Bridge arc.
    • Kakashi and Kei early on in the Scouting arc.
  • Badass in Distress: Kakashi (in one arc), Kei (in the arc after that), and later Kushina. Obito also counts as this, during the same arc as Kushina.
    • A Cliffhanger in the Whispers Arc makes it seem like Kakashi's going to go through this again, only for him to arrive back in the village unharmed (though three days later than expected), having utterly dominated his enemies offscreen.
  • Band of Brothers: Team Minato. While their bond doesn't come exclusively from surviving near death situations and fighting together, it sure is stronger for it.
  • Barrier-Busting Blow: Black Zetsu comes through the floor of Kei's seal-reinforced house to get to Hayate.
  • Battle in the Centre of the Mind: When the Three Tails was sealed into her, one of Kei's split personalities was fighting him (to stop him from escaping), Kei herself was fighting the Mind Control seal Madara put inside her, while the second split personality was controlling the body and fighting external threats.
    Kei—the Dreamer—says, “Running interference. The compulsion affects the dominant personality—the kunoichi you both know. She is stalling. As for the Tailed Beast, the Three-Tails activates hindbrain impulses toward destruction and rage in order to weaken the seal, personified and confronted by Id. I am neither, and have been forced to act in their stead until the situation can be resolved.
    • OR Battle in the Collective Centre of Nine Minds as the shared Tailed Beast mindskype could be called - where Shukaku and Isobu have their (mock) fight.
  • Bearer of Bad News: Keisuke when she tells everyone about the future.
    • Also when she tells Rikuto of the Chinatsugumi that they are very likely to be targeted by Orochimaru in the next few years.
  • Behemoth Battle: Offscreen, Kurama and the bijuu-sized fusion of Zetsu clones. When Kei gets back to the action, Kurama is surrounded by Gamabunta, Katsuyu, and Mosura, and the other monster is dismissively confirmed to be dead.
    • Isobu and Shukaku battle it out in the shared Tailed Beast mindskype in order to save Gaara. This was later revealed not to have been serious.
    • During the fight between Kei and Minato, the battle eventually escalates into this.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Kei may be one of the nicer members of Team Minato, but she can definitely be pushed too far (as in the Memory Arc).
    • Similarly, her mother eventually reveals that she has a near-bottomless pit of cold-blooded hate under her housewife exterior when pressed.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: The entirety of the Commencement Arc can be considered this, as is the second half of the Memory Arc.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Kei’s desire to protect her younger brother is what drives her to become a ninja in the first place.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Kei explicitly refers to Minato as this, during the later parts of the story.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: In addition to the obligatory giant leeches and centipedes in the Forest of Death, Tsunade's slug summon Katsuyu makes repeated appearances in the story.
    • And later, Rin gets a summon contract for scorpions, led by Dokuyu-sama and her daughters.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Due to the changing circumstances around the mission where Rin was originally turned in the Three-Tails' host, Minato arrives in time to kill Guruguru (the spiral Zetsu/Tobi) and save his team.
    • The cataclysmic battle against Orochimaru's forces at Sorayama in the climax of the Memory arc descends into this, with Kei saving Team Choza, then Kakashi arriving to aid Kei against Orochimaru, and finally Obito bringing in Kushina and Minato to deal with the rogue Sannin.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: The purpose of the Hokage Guard Platoon, and Kei's day job after the Commencement Arc.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens to Kei and Rin after the Kannabi Bridge arc. Deliberately invoked by Madara toward Obito.
    • When it fails, Black Zetsu tries again in the Commencement Arc by killing Miyako Gekko in front of him.
    • The entire point of the Memory arc: Kei spends a year away isolated from the village and her loved ones on extensive away missions, and coupled with her cripplingly low self-esteem at her self-perceived growing irrelevance—in that as a self-insert, she has no right to be in the story, and her foreknowledge is becoming increasingly inapplicable—leads to a catastrophic breakdown. Word of God even teased it as "the bad thing" for weeks on Tumblr!
  • Break the Haughty: Kakashi, differently from canon. Since he’s the one who got grabbed on the Kannabi mission.
  • Breather Episode: The various Intermission chapters, along with the Ripple Arc as a whole.
  • Call-Back:
    • Hayate and Kei's Chunin Exam debuts both feature bluffing an opponent into surrendering with fake/nonlethal explosive tags.
  • Captain Obvious: Kakashi at times, especially in the early chapters.
    “We didn’t get the bells.” Kakashi pointed out.
    Thank you, Captain Obvious.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Team Minato seems to have the makings of this. Minato is the king of it.
  • Catch a Falling Star: Kei gets rescued by Tsuruya after Honoka Uchiha blew her sky high with a tornado jutsu.
    • And again, as she's falling to the ground in exhaustion after the allotted time for her full Tailed Beast transformation runs out, and she reverts back to herself in mid air.
  • The Cavalry: Tsunade and Jiraiya for the Ame orphans. They arrive just in time to foil Hanzo (and Danzo's) plans.
    • In the Memory arc, Kushina and Minato, who are actually able to keep up with and drive Orochimaru back.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The Butterfly summon contract. Found in the Scouting Arc, and used to great effect in the Commencement Arc.
    • The Crane summon contract is first mentioned before Kannabi, but Kei doesn't sign it until afterward. Tsuruya has been a participant in nearly every fight since then.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Id, Kei's first split personality that is always asleep. She was instrumental to keeping the Three Tailed Beast from breaking out of the weak seal when it was first sealed inside her.In fact, it was the first and only time she did anything.
    • The Chinatsugumi, a merchant group in the Land of Fire from the above-mentioned C-ranked mission, end up legitimizing some of Kei’s foreknowledge about Orochimaru’s powers and feeding information back to Konoha. They also (unintentionally) provided a means for Minato to get around the soul price for the Dead Demon Consuming Seal.
    • Nono Yakushi is mentioned post-Kannabi as a part of a plan to change the future, and eventually appears in person as a defector from ROOT.
  • Chekhov's Skill: A couple of examples.
    • The “Bullshitting the Fish Test” Jutsu keeps Kei alive during her first C-rank mission by allowing her to survive being caught in a Water Prison.
    • Obito admits to Kei that he broke into the Uchiha clan's secure files without anybody noticing. Eight chapters later, Minato sends him to steal Sunagakure secure files during the Chunin Exams.
    • Kei and Genma collaborate on modifying their respective seal designs for increased effectiveness and the latter's work eventually ends up helping Tsunade and Kushina corner and wipe out ROOT by contributing those new barrier seals.
    • Kei's ability to use the Rasengan without having to use her hands becomes immensely useful during the fight against Minato, who does have that limitation. Even more so once it becomes clear that Isobu has also picked up the same skill.
  • Child Soldiers: Kei has passing thoughts about this during her academy years. It is evident she doesn't approve.
    I just knew he’d attended the Academy, and then both graduated and got promoted to chūnin in the same year. At age six. Every time I thought I was okay with the ninja system, it reminded me why I wasn’t.
  • Clean Cut: Miyako Gekko is an expert at this, and she taught Kei some of it.
    Mom used the Mountain Cutter again and suddenly there were a lot more half-Zetsus not running around because they didn't have legs.
  • Cliffhanger: The majority of the more dramatic chapters.
  • Clone Army: The literal army of Zetsu clones.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Nagato, in the Commencement arc.
    His hair was about three centimeters shorter on the left side of his head compared to the right; the bright red abruptly terminated in burned fragments right around his earlobe, indicating a near-miss.
    • Earlier in the store, Kei barely avoided getting scorched by a jutsu misfire, and lost some hair around the back of her neck as a result.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Kakashi was the one taken in the Kannabi Bridge arc, and tortured before Obito and Kei came to the rescue. It was also how he lost his left eye.
  • Combat Parkour: Kakashi's fighting style.
    • Hayate is trying to learn it, with (so far) little success.
    He’d been trying some of Kakashi’s loose-limbed method of using the environment to every possible advantage, but wasn’t fast or strong enough to make full use of it.
    • Kei has (in a roundabout way) professed to have picked up some moves.
    (...) we kind of blended our styles after a while (...)
  • Combination Attack: Kakashi and Obito come up with one of these during the Threads Arc, blasting an entire enemy team unconscious via Wood Release: Thousand Flowering Snares combined with Lightning Release: Stunning Flash.
  • Cooldown Hug: How Kakashi tries to break through to the near-feral Kei in chapter 100, when her body is being overwhelmed by Isobu's chakra and the seal breaking after fighting Orochimaru and trying to destroy a Cursed Seal marked on her. It mostly works, though not as easily or painlessly as either party would have liked.
  • Cringe Comedy: Quite a few examples. A notable one is during Kei's second Chunin Exam, where after accidentally hitting her in the boob, Gai realizes she is a girl and proceeds to loudly and embarrassingly apologize to her while recounting their first few meetings.
    Gai:“FORGIVE ME, KEISUKE-CHAN, FOR I HAVE OFFERED YOU UNBELIEVABLE INSULT! (...)“FIRST WAS THE TIME WE MET, WHERE I ASSUMED YOU WERE A BOY WITHOUT NOTICING YOUR UNDENIABLE CHARMS! THE SECOND WAS WHEN I CHALLENGED MY RIVAL TO A SUMO MATCH IN YOUR PRESENCE. THE THIRD WAS AT THE PUBLIC BATHHOUSES, WHERE—!”
    I ended up contemplating a lot of courses of action while he was talking. Among them, ritual suicide.
    I settled for slamming my chakra into my legs, launching myself at him like a rocket. And then I kicked him in the groin.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Obito, though toned down.
  • Crushing Handshake: Gai has rattled Kei's shoulder in its socket when they shook hands, multiple times.
  • Cuddle Bug: Kushina had a tendency to exuberantly cuddle Minato's genin when they were small, particularly Kakashi. Sometimes this involves cuddling (read: crushing) them so enthusiastically that they can't breathe.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: A couple of times:
    • Kei's fight with Himawari (Hinata's mother) in her first Chunin Exam fits this trope.
    • Kakashi vs. Tenzo in the Whispers Arc, due to Kakashi being Properly Paranoid and sabotaging his opponent ahead of time.
  • Cute Little Fangs: In addition to the Inuzuka clan regulars, Kakashi has these. Fitting, as he confirms in-story that his mother was an Inuzuka.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Kei has this reaction to Kakashi's pack of dog summons.
    • Kushina and Mikoto also had this reaction seeing Naruto and Sasuke interact with each other as babies.
  • A Day in the Limelight: As the story goes on, other characters have a chance to break into Kei’s first-person narration with segments of their own.
  • Damage Control: Rin, Tsunade, and Shizune in the hospital during the first stage of the invasion in the Commencement Arc. So many people are coming in with injuries that it keeps them busy almost all night.
  • Dark Secret: Kei's foreknowledge was treated as this before she spilled the beans.
    • The fact that she lived another life before and that their world was merely a manga story still remains as such. Even if she has told Isobu about the former, and later admitted both elements to Minato and Kakashi.
  • Dead All Along: Sho Kobayashi, the original Butterfly summon contract holder. His death was, in a way, what started the events of the arc in the first place.
    • Utterly inverted in the case of Madara.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kei, but not all of the time, and mostly in her head. Kakashi at times.
  • Death by Irony: Black Zetsu. Minato gives him to the Shinigami as the soul price for sealing Yang Kurama into Naruto. Black Zetsu was the one who extracted said half of Kurama from Kushina in the first place.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Miyako Gekko.
  • Detect Evil: One problem faced during the Commencement Arc is that nobody in the village could do this well enough to make a difference. Except Kushina and Kurama.
  • Didn't See That Coming: On both the protagonist and antagonist sides.
    • Madara's plan to use either Kei's or Rin's deaths to trigger Obito's Face–Heel Turn fails because Kei has two split personalities she never told anyone about.
    • Because Kei never got a chance to read the last eighty or so chapters of the manga, she has no idea how dangerous Black Zetsu really is. Thus, his involvement in and subsequent hijacking of the Commencement arc takes everyone by surprise.
    • Interestingly, this ends up playing into Kei's character growth and climaxes in the Memory arc. Her extensive actions throughout the course of the story have drastically changed the world, such that it barely resembles Naruto canon. This ends up damaging Kei's self-esteem, as she has increasingly come to define herself by her usefulness to others in her "foresight" as a self-insert. And more tangibly, she never foresees Orochimaru's attack on Sorayama, something utterly outside the scope of her ability to predict.
  • Disappeared Dad: Wataru Gekko, who dies in the first arc while on a mission outside of the village. During the same year as Sakumo Hatake, even.
  • Dragged by the Collar: Minato did this to his genin in earlier chapters, when they were still small. He also had a tendency toward picking them up and carting them around like sacks of rice if he needed to teleport somewhere with them.
    Sensei was accompanied by both a grumpy-looking Kakashi, slung under his arm like a sack of rice (...)
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Kei. After Hayate was born she kept dreaming of his future canon death for years, until she developed a split personality to deal with all those memories. This was also a recurring dream. She dreamt of Obito and Rin's fates after meeting them as well.
  • Dress-Coded for Your Convenience: Different villages have different, but standardized uniforms. Kei lampshades this fact when she gets her official flak jacket (and proceeds to leave it at home, since enemy troops can easily identify her as an opponent should she wear it on the field).
    Obito and I got our flak jackets in a ceremony that was at least half tongue-in-cheek and promptly hung them up in our respective closets to ignore. (There’s such a thing as subtlety in enemy territory. Village-based uniforms are not it.)
    • Invoked in a rather roundabout manner by Nagato towards Kei. In his thoughts he remarked that Kei, who was wearing the standard Konoha shinobi garb, did not dress like “most” kunoichi (presumably in flattering, feminine clothes) and implied it to be one of the reasons he mistook her for a guy.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Obito at times.
  • Emotional Maturity Is Physical Maturity: Though Kei did retain the memories of her previous life and her adult mindset, her young body still had some influence on her emotions and reactions. In the beginning, frustration would automatically equal a temper tantrum as a baby, and she broke down in tears when she finally went to her father about the incessant nightmares. However, this trope stopped being the case after Id split from her.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Kei has these as a result of frequent nightmares and not sleeping.
    • Hayate gets them due to breathing problems. Word of God confirms that as Hayate is healed from his illness, his eye bags exist because he likes to sleep late.
    • Her mother has them for an unknown reason, possibly medical.
  • Face Fault: The entire group when they spoke to the Great Toad Sage, and he forgot Minato's name.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Averted. Obito doesn't become Tobi, since Rin doesn't die. The Ame orphans also manage to avoid their canon fate, via intervention from Jiraiya and Tsunade.
  • Face Palm: Done by many characters, but mostly Kei.
  • Family of Choice: Team Minato, for the majority of its members.
  • Feather Flechettes: Kei's summon Tsuruya uses these as a primary ranged attack, allowing her to strike without touching the ground. It seems to be related to her Razor Wings ability—Kei notes that during a fight, anything hitting her wings sounds like it's bouncing off steel.
  • Fighting from the Inside: As a result of this trope and a collaborative peptalk, Black Zetsu-possessed Obito fights so badly “that drunk civilian could have beaten him.”
  • Fighting Your Friend: Team Minato plus Gai have to fight Obito when Black Zetsu takes hold of him.
  • First-Person Perspective: Most of the story is told from Kei's first person point of view.
    • When other characters get their Day in the Limelight, they’re also using first-person.
    • Averted in an extra which highlights Kakashi's point of view in regards to chapter 64. Averted again in another extra chapter later on, which explains how Genma and Raido got together.
  • First-Person Smartass: Kei, all the way through. A quarter of the story’s length is composed of Kei’s exposition about her thoughts at a given time and speculation on the story’s universe, while another fourth is color commentary. The remaining half is the plot.
  • Flat "What": Kei's personality in a nutshell.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Nagato, thanks to the Deva Path’s gravity-based powers, can do this with relative ease. Kei contributes by handing him ammunition on one occasion.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Multiple characters have a hard time forgiving Minato for his handling of the events leading up to the Memory Arc.
    • Kei ends up with severe self-worth issues and is wary of orders or raised voices.
    • Hayate has a hard time not glaring at the offender.
    • Kakashi read him the riot act almost instantly, furious.
    • Kushina was last seen making him sleep on the couch, her disapproval quite evident.
  • For Want of a Nail: Whooo boy:
    • Due to a paralytic poison, Kei gets taken by Mist shinobi instead of Rin (who was the harder target then) and becomes the host of the Three-Tailed Beast. She planned for this eventuality in a way.
    • Rin not dying prevents Obito's Face–Heel Turn.
    • Obito not going insane and rejecting reality, in turn, means that there is no Mangekyo Sharingan to take control of the Kyuubi and set him upon Konoha (with the exception of Madara himself - who is connected to the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path and thus has a very limited range of movement.)
    • Kei's simple act of sharing her "foreknowledge" with her team, plus Jiraiya and Kushina, results in massive changes to the Naruto plotline.
    • Jiraiya goes to find Tsunade and together they save Yahiko - averting Nagato's transformation into Pain.
    • Tsunade returns to the village twelve years earlier than in canon, and later decides to stay.
    • Nagato comes to Konoha's aid, thanks to Jiraiya and Tsunade coming to Akatsuki's rescue after the Ripple Arc.
    • Kushina and Minato survive Naruto's birth.
    • Kei sharing the knowledge with Isobu, trying to befriend him, and nudging Kushina (who had already started to doubt her preconcieved bias against bijuu due to Kei's abovementioned spilling of the beans) to be more cordial to Kurama later results in Yang Kurama not rampaging all over Konoha.
    • And this twist of fate, in turn, results in Iruka's parents not getting killed.
    • Minato has Obito steal Sasori's files from Suna, likely to better prepare for the possibility of something like the canon Akatsuki being created.
    • Due to having access to Kei's memories (and fuuinjutsu knowledge), Isobu tells Shukaku how to strengthen Gaara's seal from the inside. As a result, Minato strengthens it from the outside. Neither of which happened in canon.
    • Naruto now has a little sister named Tatsumaki.
  • Freudian Trio: Kei, Id and the Dreamer. Kei is the Ego, the Dreamer the Superego and Id is the Id.
  • Fuzz Therapy: Kakashi has figured out how to use his dogs for this. Mostly on Kei.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Keisuke "Kei" Gekko. She points out that the proper feminine form of her name would have been "Keiko," but assumes that her parents had a reason for giving her a masculine personal name.
    The Author explains:
    Author reason: It’s funny on its own and sets up a running joke. It also had the kanji I wanted.
    In-character reason: She’s named after the great-uncle that raised her dad. But for the rest of the reasoning, her dad figured it’d be like adding salt to watermelon to enhance sweetness (or enhance femininity by contrast)–-basically like Tohru from Fruits Basket. It’s hard to say if it worked.
  • Geometric Magic:
    • Having a Blast: Kei's particular specialty within fuinjutsu. The size of the largest explosion she can create increases as each arc passes, thanks to additional training, and she can use them on any surface.
    • Instant Runes: Kei can set seals with a touch, as can Minato. However, he uses Flying Thunder God seals for instant teleportation, while Kei just blows things up.
      • More specifically: Kei uses seals, is sometimes referred to as a fuinjutsu specialist and is Minato's apprentice in fuinjutsu. Kei was first inspired to take up fuinjutsu because her father made a career out of it, but did not do so until after his death. Meanwhile, Minato, Kushina and Jiraiya are sealing masters, and Genma is said to be good with barrier seals.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Kurama tries this with Black Zetsu when it's in the middle of going to 'capture' Obito.
    "Black Zetsu flattened where he was, sliding across the ground like a shadow, and made a beeline for—"Obi—!" (...) Kurama’s right paw smashed into the ground directly between Sensei and Obito (...)"
  • The Gloves Come Off: We see this throughout the Commencement Arc with Kei. She freely uses Isobu's chakra while fighting inside Konoha where everyone can see her, despite it being an S-class secret. Also while locating Hayate, despite it meaning that the enemy can locate her too.
    • Escalates even further during Kei's fight with Minato, to the point that a full Tailed Beast Mode transformation is now on the table.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: With all jinchuriki. When Kei's eyes change to Isobu's, one knows the fecal matter is about to hit the ventilation device.
  • Good Is Not Soft: And it can't be, if it wants to survive in the Narutoverse. Examples:
    • Minato is a nice, genial person who would rather avoid fighting if a situation can be resolved differently. But it won't stop him from ripping an opponent to shreds if he feels it's necessary. And woe unto those that make him angry...
    • Nagato, whose canon fate had been averted, is a nice, polite, even-tempered and somewhat shy individual... with the ability to flatten mountains when pissed off. Do not poke with a stick!
    • The number of times that a real enemy has left a fight with Kei alive can be counted on one hand, with plenty of fingers left over.
    • Obito, who reacts to threats to his friends with attempted impalement via Wood Release spears.
  • Good News, Bad News: Kei did this, when she told her team of her foreknowledge.
  • Groin Attack: Kei does this to Gai in her second Chunin exam, to shut him up.
  • Group Hug: Plenty of examples.
    • One of the earlier ones include Obito getting hugged by Kei and Rin, after he was overwhelmed by having people who cared for him around him on his birthday.
    • Also Minato and his genin team when they were younger. Particularly during their first C-rank as a team, where Kei makes her first kill.
  • Half Truth: Kei does this a lot as a result of her foreknowledge.
  • Hammerspace: Kei has a veritable arsenal of storage scrolls on her person at all times.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Kei and Kakashi both suffer this in the wake of the Kannabi Bridge mission.
    • Obito briefly suffers one as a result of discovering he's related to Madara Uchiha.
    • Kei hits this point again in chapter 96 after being on nearly continuous B/A-ranked mission deployment, one after another, for a year. During this time, she saw very few of her Nakama for any length of time. She didn't take it all that well when the pressure was finally off.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: None of the members of Team Minato have strong self-esteem, except Minato himself. Turns out Kei's is the worst.
  • Hidden Army Reveal: Zetsu clones can literally hide in the ground. In the Commencement arc this trope came into effect when Kei and the rest of her ragtag rescue group caught up to Nagato, and a mass of Zetsu clones rose from the ground nearby.
    "The ground trembled and, with a tremendous roar of earth and stone, Zetsu clones emerged from the ground as though being plucked from it like errant potatoes (...) And apparently we'd been sitting on a nest of the damn things."
  • Human Weapon: All jinchuuriki.
    • Kirigakure ANBU, under the influence of Madara, deliberately made Kei into the Three-Tails jinchuriki so that the aforementioned giant monster would destroy Konoha when Kei returned to the village and Three Tails’ weak seal broke.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: The core of the Gekko family kenjutsu style. This is deliberate.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Since chapter 53, the vast majority of the chapters have been named after songs, some of which fit the chapter in question and some of which do not. Other naming schemes include house words, character tags, or just whatever the author feels like. Each chapter is also labeled according to the story arc it belongs to.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: During the Commencement Arc, Obito runs into trouble with Black Zetsu, and his friends resort to this to give him the willpower to fight the latter off.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Several examples.
    • Obito has Wood Release and can do this to his opponents.
    • Guruguru did this in the arc when the Three Tails was sealed into Kei.
    • This is also how Kei’s mother dies.
  • Implied Death Threat: Minato does this to Honoka Uchiha.
    “Honoka-san.” Sensei said, in a voice that was almost pleasant, “At this point, I’d like to remind you that S-ranked secrecy exists for a reason.”
  • In Spite of a Nail: Certain plot points still go through fairly closely to how they did in canon, despite Kei’s foreknowledge and intervention. However, the exact circumstances and timing of these events are different.
    • The Kannabi Bridge Arc still ends with Obito under a rock and Kakashi with a Sharingan.
    • One team member still ends up kidnapped and turned into Isobu’s host.
    • Kushina is still kidnapped on the tenth of October.
    • Yang Kurama still ends up sealed inside of Naruto.
    • Tsunade returns to Konoha with Shizune.
    • Obito and Kakashi gain the Mangekyo Sharingan.
  • In-Series Nickname: In addition to the Yellow Flash (Minato) and the Toad Sage, as well as other canonical titles, Kei and Hayate eventually learn that their mother used to have such a moniker. Funnily enough, the Ghoul of Three Wolves—while badass—is barely a blip compared to the other people Kei associates with.
  • Internal Reveal: Kei does this on a couple of occasions, whenever she turns out to know something that none of the other characters expected her to. This reaches its climax when she finally tells her inner circle about her "future" knowledge.
    • In chapter 96, Kei finally reveals to Kakashi and Minato that she's a reincarnation from a world where Naruto is a story, though she has trouble explaining what she means.
  • Irony: Quite a bit of it.
    • One notable example is: when they first met and became a team, Minato confessed to sharing the dream of becoming Hokage with Obito, and jokingly offered to make his new genin his lieutenants should he accomplish it; Kei declined - thinking she was too lazy for such responsibility. Ironically, after Minato became Hokage, and Kei shared her foreknowledge, she was appointed as one of the Hokage's bodyguards, and Minato does bounce ideas off of her on some important issues.
  • Japanese Honorifics: Used extensively, but not to the point of overriding English familial titles.
  • Jaw Drop: Obito's reaction to Kakashi actually calming down thanks to Gai's reassurances in the Commencement Arc. Kakashi is wound pretty tightly after several high-level fights, and that stress is instantly invalidated by seeing that his friend's alive and cheery.
    I reached over and pushed Obito's drooping jaw up with one finger. While I could appreciate a good and comedic jaw drop on principle, now was not the time to gawk.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Akihito Yamaguchi, a chain-smoking medic-nin who works in the hospital. He teaches Kei basic medical ninjutsu on weekends until she graduates from the Academy, and later basically adopts Rin.
  • The Juggernaut: On the protagonist side, Nagato. Him showing up alive in the Commencement Arc (and figuring out what he can do when triggered) makes overt attacks a losing prospect, because he can freely use the Deva Path powers that made him so dangerous in canon. He walks out of the arc with singed hair at worst, despite the literal army of foes.
    (...)Nagato had to hit everything with the Fist of God. Twice.
  • Just Eat Him: Isobu’s first resort in a fight where he can use his teeth, including when first sealed inside Kei.
  • Killing Intent: Minato is shown to have very potent killing intent. Whenever Kei uses Isobu's chakra it is registered as massive killing intent by everyone around her.
  • Kill It with Fire: Kei indicated this as standard operating procedure for the Uchiha clan. The Uchiha district was scorched, smouldering and partly on fire during the Commencement arc, though the residents don’t seem perturbed by it.
    Thanks to the fact that most of the Uchiha clan and the nearby families tended to favor Fire Release techniques, the district was slightly smoldering by the time we got there. The buildings were fine, but any White Zetsu that had been found had also been torched, meaning that the streets were covered in burning, melting mayonnaise-men. While there were a few people who had tried cleaning up, melted shovels seemed to turn public opinion against the idea.
  • Large Ham: Gai, of course. Wataru Gekko also briefly affects this persona to make his teammates laugh.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Gai. He may look like a clown, he may act like a clown, but, boy, can he pummel you into the ground—all while exuberantly praising the Power of Youth.
    Gai? Gai went straight for the Leaf Whirlwind which, while not necessarily lethal, would still catch most opponents napping. Black Zetsu steered Obito away from the face-cruncher of a kick, spitting curses at the "clown" he'd dismissed.
  • Like a Son to Me: Miyako Gekko feels like this towards Obito. Obito reciprocates. Yamaguchi-sensei also feels like this towards Rin.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Averted. Kei makes friends with Obito and Rin in the Academy and, due to being the only member of the group with a living family, quickly incorporates them into an extended family group with her, her mother, and her brother. Because of this, Obito is less dependent on Rin and later defies Madara’s attempt to break him to heel.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Yuki Uesugi, the only surviving member of the Uesugi clan aside from Kei's mother.
  • Lowered Recruiting Standards: Kei muses about this when she passes her Chunin Exam, along with the majority of the participants, and concludes that the war and need for manpower is the reason for it.
    All in all the exams ended with my entire team being promoted—-Rin, Obito, and I were all officially chūnin-ranked shinobi right on schedule. Gai was also promoted (based mostly on his match with Obito, I think), as was Asuma. Overall, we had a much higher proportion of graduates than most Exams did, but we needed them. Either that or standards were lowered during wartime.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Minato muses on this in chapter 77, when he, Jiraiya, and Kei are in the Hokage's office. Kei also notes that being a part of this chain is the apparent key to becoming Hokage.
    Minato: "It’s strange to think that we have three full generations of teacher-student bonds in this room. Jiraiya-sensei taught me when I was younger, then I grew up to teach Kei and her teammates. (...) that left just the three of us to represent a long tradition of shinobi teachings."
  • Morality Chain: Kei views Rin as this to Obito, and thus takes steps to keep her out of harm’s way.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Understandable, considering Kei fought through the Third Shinobi War. She also advocates killing off people like Madara and Danzo, due to worries that they could come to threaten people she cares about.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Kei's feelings for Konoha, mostly.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Minato in chapter 96.
  • Nepotism: Kei lampshades this fact several times, mostly in regards of claiming the title of Hokage. An example from chapter 78:
    "It also generally required becoming the student of the Hokage, or of a future Hokage, or of a Hokage's student. Most of these categories overlapped. Nepotism was definitely a thing in the ninja world."
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Minato in chapter 96. It resulted in Kei having a major breakdown and going into what amounts into an emotional coma .
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Madara saving Obito from dying in that cave-in and transplanting the right side of his torso with Zetsu flesh can count as this, especially as Obito doesn't join Madara.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • The exact events of Obito’s entrance exam into the Konoha Military Police.
    • How Kei first met Anko.
    • The reason why missions with Gai quickly turn into a farce.
    • And a comment by Jiraiya saying that his Ame apprentices were “up to their necks in toads and slugs” without any additional details.
    • There are many more.
  • Not a Morning Person: Kei. Also Minato, whom Kei always wakes up from a safe distance.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Kei's reasons to change the plot are, at first, of a personal nature (to protect her loved ones). This changes later.
  • Oblivious to Love: Kei, whom the author has confirmed as romantically illiterate.
    “Kei wouldn’t know romance if it hit her in the face.”
    • Also Rin, who is shown canonically to be somewhat oblivious to love. The author rolled with it.
    “Rin shares that “obliviousness” trait. That Team Minato photoset I reblogged on my other account was accurate for Rin as well as Kei (”Don’t drop me a hint. I will dust it off and give it back to you without ever realizing it was for me.”).”
    • Raido was a relatively short-lived version of this, as Genma was attracted to him for longer than Raido was aware of it. They got together after he finally acknowledged his feelings.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: While everyone knows that Minato is a genius and an S-class threat on his own, he often pretends to be politically naive and inexperienced. While he is an idealist, people would be well-advised not to take him lightly in any fashion. As seen by his apparent carelessness with secret techniques and alliances during the Depths Arc, only for the readers to find that he's been ripping off Suna's intelligence division through Obito.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Jiraiya and Tsunade are pretty good at these, since their power gives them the ability to run off and stomp on whatever enemy forces they find. This includes rescuing the fledgling Akatsuki from Hanzo and changing the fate of Amegakure.
    • Kakashi takes out twenty Sound-nin in this manner, while carrying an unconscious Tenzo, who had tried to kill him not five minutes beforehand.
    • Kushina and Tsunade collaborate to destroy the remainder of ROOT while the rest of the cast is in Sunagakure.
    • Though we see Kei's—and later Kakashi's too—heroic stand against Orochimaru at Sorayama, the resolution of the fight by Kushina and Minato takes place offscreen, as the story turns to focus on Kakashi trying to stabilize Kei as her seal collapses.
  • Off with His Head!: How Orochimaru is (seemingly) put down for good in the Memory arc: in his wrath at seeing Kei impaled by the Kusanagi, Kakashi unleashes the offensive potential of his Mangekyou for the first time, ripping off Orochimaru's head with Kamui.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Kei realizes that Zetsu clones have infiltrated Konoha.
    • Taken to new heights—or perhaps lows—when Orochimaru arrives at Sorayama in chapter 98. To Kei's credit, she decides to fight anyway soon afterward, despite her fear, to rescue Genma. The other members of Team Choza join in immediately.
  • One-Hit Kill: Kei has used her iaijutsu to do this. Her mother as well.
  • Original Character: A slew of them, due to the story taking place well before canon. Many of the trusted adult figures in the village are still teenagers here.
  • Parental Abandonment: Kei makes a note of this in the early arcs, remarking that her close friends seem to not have any parents. Aside from her, every member of her genin team—including her teacher Minato—is an orphan. Minato also has difficulty relating to Kei on occasion because of this, because otherwise he’d be the only authority the kids would have to worry about directly.
  • Parental Substitute: Because of the high number of dead parents, adults in orphans' lives tend to take up this role.
    • Minato is this for Kakashi and Obito, but doesn't quite reach this point with Kei. He is, however, her legal guardian.
    • Miyako was this for Obito up until her death.
    • Tsunade is this for Shizune, since she effectively adopted Shizune after Dan's death. A few years after her return to Konoha, she also adopts Tenzo.
  • Parallel Conflict Sequence: The Commencement Arc.
  • Past-Life Memories: The source of Kei's knowledge of the Naruto world.
    • As the timeline changes her foreknowledge of events becomes less and less reliable. However, she still retains the knowledge of the powers, skills, fighting styles and personalities of the individual Naruto characters.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Zetsu clones when working in concert, Nagato, the Sannin, Minato, and many others.
    • Kei has, as of the 90th chapter mark, reached the point where she can functionally be called this.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Kei tends to forget to tell things to people. She forgot to tell Minato she had split personalities before, and she also forgot to tell her teammates what she inferred with her chakra sense about their opponents in one arc. She's getting better at it as time goes on, though.
    • Minato is also sometimes guilty of this: as Kei was one of the last to find out she was being promoted (to special jonin rank). And, most recently, he didn't tell her the reason she was being kept out of the village on back to back missions, for an entire year... and when he did, she broke down.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: One gets the impression that the characters have trouble gauging their own stamina.
    • Kakashi during the Kannabi Bridge Arc.
    • Kakashi and Obito from exhaustion in the Threads Arc after defeating the Hokage Guard Platoon's old roster.
    • Kei also fainted from chakra exhaustion in the Kannabi Bridge and Commencement Arc.
    • Minato, also from chakra exhaustion in the Commencement arc.
    • Invoked on Kei by Kakashi in the aftermath of the Rashomon Arc, when she was clearly too tired to walk in a straight line but refused to admit it. Turns out the Sharingan has its uses.
  • Powers via Possession: All jinchuuriki get this, though in differing forms and levels.
    • Kei has transformed into the Three Tailed Beast himself, recently.
  • Praetorian Guard: The Hokage Guard Squad of which Kei has recently become a member.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Not quite, but Kei was very close to the breaking point when she discovered Hayate had been taken.
    "I was going to find my brother, and I was going to track down whoever had taken him away. And then I was going to kill the everliving fuck out of everything that tried to get into my way for the rest of the night. All that escaped my throat was a monstrous growl that owed its depth and resonance to Isobu. The rage, though? That was all me."
  • Rain of Blood: More like rain of body parts (and parts of the landscape), after Kei's latest landscape-rearranging explosion.
  • Reincarnation: The method by which Keisuke Gekko came to be in the Naruto universe.
    • Kei has noted that the core members of the Chinatsugumi merchant group are also reincarnations. They even have a group-wide deja vu regarding other members of their troupe, which is part of how they formed it.
    • It is currently unknown if Naruto and Sasuke are still reincarnations in this fic.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: Short stories written by fans can be found on the story's tumblr blog, some of which have been declared canonical.
  • Relative Button: During the Commencement Arc the second Spiral Zetsu taunts Kei while she's paralyzed on the ground and reveals that it is the one holding her brother hostage. Kei's mother immediately attacks in a rage, having overheard the taunt, and is killed by it shortly afterward.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Kei finds herself leading one of these when Hayate is taken.
  • Rugged Scar: Kei has a near face-bisecting scar she got on a mission as a chunin when Taiseki, an Iwa nin, slashed a kunai across her face in the Kannabi Bridge arc.
    The ragged kunai slash extended from the forward edge of my left cheek, sweeping over my cheekbone and a little above the bridge of my nose and tearing a chunk out of my right eyebrow, before finally ending on the right half of my forehead, nearly to my hairline.
    • The entire right side of Obito's face is still just as scarred as in canon.
    • Unlike in canon, Kakashi is missing the vertical scar over his left eye due to the differing circumstances in which he lost said eye.
  • Running Gag: Several.
  • Sad Clown: Obito may be silly, but he's also a lonely kid with deep-seated inadequacy issues. Kei realizes this and makes a point to be supportive where she can.
  • Samurai: Kei and Hayate’s mother used to be this. And then things went wrong…
    • Kei’s summon Tsuruya also has this skill-set. Despite being a huge crane.
  • Screw Destiny: How Kei decides to deal with the Naruto plotline. She's done a good job of it so far.
  • Self-Insert: Kei is the reincarnation of the author.
  • Ship Tease: Rampant once the characters hit puberty. This mostly seems to have resolved itself, with Obito and Rin deciding to start dating in chapter 94 and Kakashi developing an attraction to Kei over the course of their teenage years, which was finally resolved with much awkwardness in Chapters 115-116.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Kei refers to the Puppet-Master Seal's active mode as the local equivalent of both the Agony Matrix and the Cruciatus Curse.
    • The author is an admitted fan of Rurouni Kenshin which shows in various ways, such as:
      • Kenjutsu attacks based on Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu.
      • Offhand mentions of a ninja-inn called the Aoiya and the restaurant Akabeko.
      • Kei's mother Miyako's real name, Tomoe Uesugi.
      • In the side-story focused on Kei's mother, she was briefly married to a walking reference to Kenshin Himura, named Shinta Asakura, who was an Uzumaki by blood.
    • Kei says one of the Zetsu fusion monsters looks like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
    • Kei's summon animal, Tsuruya, is partially based on the story of the Crane-Wife.
    • One of the toads from Mount Myoboku, Keroro, is a dead ringer for the main character of Sgt. Frog.
    • Minato has unknowingly used The Flash's catchphrases on a few occasions.
    • Kei obliquely refers to Jiraiya and Minato as "the sealing equivalent of Tony Stark."
    • Anko's water-aligned snake summon, Nurehebi, is based heavily on Nuregami.
    • Fuse and Yatsu Inuzuka, along with their eight dogs, are based on the head priest and priestess of the Gale Shrine (and the Satomi Canine Warriors) from Ōkami.
    • Kei occasionally refers to a successful action as "a Natural 20," or a complete failure as a "Natural 1."
    • Kei at one point refuses to "do the Pokémon thing," referring to Defeat Means Friendship toward Tailed Beasts.
    • The first bad joke Kakashi tells is from Undertale.
    • Naruto's sister is named after a certain Esper hero from One-Punch Man.
    • And many, many more.
  • Silent Conversation: Kei and Kakashi seem to have this skill after the Kannabi Bridge mission.
  • Small Steps Hero: Kei.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Quite a few.
    • Rin didn't have the Three-Tails sealed into her and thus doesn't impale herself on Kakashi's Chidori.
    • Yahiko. Jiraiya and Tsunade's intervention utterly derailed Yahiko's death, and Danzo and Hanzo's plots.
    • As a result of Kei showing them the events of the original October tenth, Minato and Kushina are a lot better prepared for the clusterfuck that was Naruto's birth.
    • Iruka's parents are shown to have survived the night of October 10th when they bring their son to the Academy, several days afterward.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Dreamer is always referred to with “the” in front.
  • Split Personality: Kei had two separate split personalities that manifested as the consequence of having an adult mind with memories of a past life in the body of a child.
    • Id, the first personality to split from Kei, was the manifestation of the true age of her body, her childish self and her emotions and instinctual desires.
    • The Dreamer, the second split personality, was artificially made to deal with Kei's memories. When the Three-Tailed Beast was sealed into her, both personalities incorporated back into her.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Obito has learned how to do this with his right, Wood Release, hand. So far we've seen a mallet and spikes.
    • Later, Kei learns to do this to form swords with Isobu's coral generation ability.
  • Summon Magic: Kei eventually signs a summon contract with a large crane named Tsuruya.
    • Minato also retains the Toad contract.
    • Kakashi gets his summoned dogs in chapter 41.
    • The Aburame clan acquires the Butterfly summon contract.
    • Gai has a Turtle summon.
    • Rin signs a summon contract with scorpions.
  • Super Senses: Kakashi has a strong sense of smell and Genma has extremely accurate hearing.
  • Supernatural Sensitivity: As pointed out in the Threads Arc, most shinobi have one form of long-range detection or another.
    • In addition to Minato and his sage-training-based sensing ability, Kei is a chakra sensor, whose range expands when using Isobu's chakra.
    • Miyako Gekko uses a close-range samurai sensing technique that lets her predict an opponent’s moves, which she teaches to Hayate.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Kei gets these when she's "agitated but not murderous". Minato is noted to have these in Sage Mode. Miyako Gekko may get these when she gets serious.
  • Super Toughness: Kei eventually reaches this point as a result of manifesting enough of Isobu's chakra cloak, so it acts as his shell does for him.
  • Super Weapon Surprise: When a Yamanaka hit Kei with the mind body switch jutsu he came face to face with the Three Tailed Beast. Also when Honoka Uchiha hit her with two devastating jutsu, and Kei started manifesting a bijuu chakra cloak to mitigate the damage. It was quite a nasty surprise for everyone not in the know.
    • In an Omake chapter where Zabuza and (especially) Haku find out they've bitten off far more than they can chew when that lanky Konoha special jonin (Kei) whips out Tailed Beast chakra. Canon Kakashi can be counted too, since he had no idea the cross-dimensional time-traveller (also Kei) is a jinchuuriki as well.
    • Raido has confirmed, in-story, to have had a run in with the Four Tails host (presumably on the battlefields of the Third Shinobi War).
    Raido: “After you’ve run into the Four-Tails Host and been nearly killed by him, then we can talk about keeping secrets.”
  • Sword Sparks: Kei's weapon is a katana (previously a kodachi), and there are sparks when she engages another opponent with a blade.
  • Symbiotic Possession: During Minato's POV in the Rashomon arc, it's seen that Killer B and Gyuki already have a relationship that fits this trope.
  • Take My Word For It: In a way. Naruto is Trouble. We know it, Kei knows it, and after she tells her team of her future knowledge, they may have an inkling of it — but as she doesn't tell them much, they may not believe her as much as they should.
    “I’m not sure that your son could ever be as bad as we are right now.” Rin said. “At least about all the trouble we keep running into…”
    I said, “I wouldn’t put money on that.”
    Kushina gave me a smirk. “Oh, really?”"
    “How bad could he be?” asked Rin."
    Rather than answer directly, I said, “Do you want the chronological or categorical list?”
    “That bad, huh?” Obito actually had the gall to grin.
  • Taking the Bullet: Despite how badly her relationship with Minato has deteriorated by the Memory arc, Kei is still selfless and heroic enough to throw him out of the way of Orochimaru's last attack, and ends up impaled by the Kusanagi.
  • Taking the Heat: One of the reasons Kei agrees to make her jinchuriki status public knowledge is to take the heat off of Kushina and Naruto—especially Naruto.
    In exchange for making my status public, Sensei had been able to hide the exact nature of the events on October Tenth—specifically, who the Nine-Tails jinchūriki was. Naruto and Kushina got off essentially scot-free as long as there was a public figure to associate all one's demon-mongering needs with, and I could work with that.
  • Taking You with Me: Mount Sorayama is linked by some kind of seals to Chinatsu and Misaki of the Chinatsugumi, and should they be killed the aforementioned volcano will blow its top. The seals are eventually transferred to Misaki's daughter, Aiko.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Actually Kei's favored tactic when it comes to dealing with opponents out of her weight class. Kei (and Isobu) convince the Yang half of Kurama to let himself get sealed again by yelling at him.
    "Keisuke-chan, isn't it?" Tsunade huffed. "Fourteen hours ago, you stood in the way of the strongest of the Tailed Beasts and shouted him into submission. (...)"
  • Talking to Themself: Kei and The Dreamer frequently talked to each other.
  • Teleport Spam: Minato's signature technique, the Hiraishin (Flying Thunder God Jutsu) is this, and we see a lot of it's usage through Kei's eyes.
  • Terse Talker: Honoka Uchiha and Shimika Aburame.
  • There Are No Therapists: After eighty chapters Kei expressing distrust against state of mental health services in Konoha, Obito seeks treatment after the events of October Tenth. Several in-story years later, Kei later seeks therapy for her reincarnation-derived problems and the recent trauma of the Memory Arc.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Averted, canon is out the window and fading into the background less than halfway through
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Kei's reaction to the idea of fighting Minato in chapter 90.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kei and Rin form a duo, with Kei as the tomboy and Rin as the girly girl.
  • Trail of Bread Crumbs: Or a trail of Kushina's hair. She did this so Nagato and Kakashi could follow her.
    Turned out that Kushina had never entirely lost the habit of using her hair like Hansel and Gretel used breadcrumbs.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Standard operating procedure for the Sharingan, as well as the Rinnegan and Tailed Beast modes. Obito, Nagato, and Kei all get variations of this during the invasion during the Commencement Arc.
  • Underestimating Badassery: When they sealed the Three Tails into Kei and implanted the Mind Control seal into her, it was with the “foolproof” assumption that she would be helpless to both. However, no one counted on Kei having split personalities and successfully holding back the Three-Tailed Beast's influence, fighting the seal, AND fighting them.
    Kei says, “(...)Sealing the Tailed Beast inside us allowed another seal implant, which was placed over our heart. The Puppet Master Seal demands that we head for Konoha and unleash the Three-Tails on it.” Kakashi goes pale under his mask, and I feel the bottom drop out of my stomach. Kei goes on, “We’re not going to let that happen.” spoiler: She almost smiles, but the expression doesn’t reach her eyes, “Because neither seal was designed for a shinobi with multiple personalities, like us. Even if it results in a war on three fronts.”
  • Vagueness Is Coming: The Great Toad Sage, Gamamaru, gives the prophecy “Dead gods still dream/Beware the man in black.” Kei immediately lampshades the fact that this could refer to about half of the shinobi population.
  • Weaponized Landmark: Mount Sorayama. It's linked by seals to Misaki and Chinatsu of the Chinatsugumi and they can trigger an eruption by will. It will also erupt should they die.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: During the entire sealing Three Tails fiasco,The Dreamer says this exact line while in control of Kei's body. As Kei cannot be in control herself at the time.
    The Dreamer: [Blink, blink.] “Hello. We’re, ah, experiencing technical difficulties.”
  • Why Am I Ticking?: Kei and Obito, in a way. Madara put a Mind Control seal on them, meaning they could be used against their allies.
    • Can also be done deliberately by Kei, by setting an explosive seal directly on an opponent’s body.
  • We Need to Get Proof: In order to take down Danzo.
    Minato: If I had any solid evidence to link Shimura directly to anything, I’d have ordered the seizure of all of his assets within the village and put him under seal-enforced house arrest until we could have a trial.
  • Wham Episode: Everything about chapter 96. Kei undergoes a Heroic BSoD as a result of being effectively exiled from the village for almost eighteen months, set off by Minato admitting that those missions were deliberately scheduled too close together to allow her much time at home. Kei immediately assumes the worst. In the depths of her breakdown, she finally admits that she's a reincarnation. All of this magnifies and is magnified by her already-existing self-esteem issues and results in an emotionally comatose Kei.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After placing Minato—their sensei, the Yellow Flash, the man who would be and does become the Fourth Hokage—on a pedestal for much of the story, both Kei and Kakashi end up taking a more realistic evaluation of him in the Memory arc, as the mistakes he's made regarding Kei's isolation leave her traumatized and ultimately near-death at the hands of Orochimaru.
  • Wild Wilderness: The Forest of Death. Much mention is made of the giant centipede population.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Well, Kei is the reincarnation of a twenty-something-year-old person who retained their memories and adult mindset. This manifests mostly in terms of her mental monologue, at least until she hits puberty, at which point she begins to act the part in plain view.
  • World of Badass: Kei's first impression of the Narutoverse (where even the non-shinobi are stronger than your average Joe here on Earth, thanks to chakra) after being reborn in it.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Kei's kodachi gets broken by an opponent in the Kannabi Bridge arc. But she still fights with the broken piece.
  • You Are Not Alone: Kei makes a point to reassure her friends that, while she may not understand what they’re going through at a given time, she’s always willing to lend an ear to their troubles.
    • Everyone she told her foreknowledge to told Kei she doesn't need to shoulder it alone, to rely on them and that they would fight together.
  • You Can Barely Stand: Kushina. After giving birth to Naruto, helping with the barrier team, detecting Zetsu clones and having the Kyuubi partially extracted from her, she still wants to fight.
    Kushina: "I'm not dead enough to be an invalid!"
  • You Monster!: The entirety of Kei's feelings for Madara.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Isobu does this to Shukaku twice over the course of their fight. Given that the latter is also Nigh Invulnerable, this doesn't end up slowing him down too much.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: It has been implied, whether by thoughts or by reactions of certain characters, that pissing off Kushina is a supremely bad idea.
  • Zombie Advocate: Pretty much what Kei's sympathy for the Tailed Beasts sounds like to an outside observer. And now Isobu has taken an active role in it as well...
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