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Escape from the Hokage's Hat is an Alternate Universe Fic Naruto fic written by anothvortex. According to the summary, the fic happens some time after Naruto recaptures Sasuke after he defects from Konaha but is forced out of the village, taking with him some unexpected allies.

Tropes for Escape from the Hokage's Hat:

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Yamato, Mei, Ao, Onoki, A, Samui, Yugito, Omoi, and Karui.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • In The Land of Vegetables Tsunade and Shizune reveal a bit of their past together to Naruto and Hinata.
    • There is a focus on the political side of things in the story, compared to its coverage in canon.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: While Naruto comforts Hinata, he says something that makes her angrily snap that she cares about him more than he knows. Being who he is, it flies over Naruto's head.
  • Anti-Villain: Koharu and Homura.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Kakashi was on the receiving end of a couple for teaching Sasuke way more than Naruto and Sakura. To elaborate he only taught Naruto and Sakura ONE skill yet focused more on Sasuke.
    Sakura : (Kakashi indirectly calls her weak in front of Jiraiya and Team 8 while she points out he abandoned training her) What part of Those who abandon their allies are worse than trash do you believe?
    Sakura : (After Kakashi said that he wanted all his students, not just Sasuke, to become strong and powerful) Then why the hell did you teach Sasuke the Chidori when Naruto and I only got the tree walking exercise? Every single ninja in my generation is treating me like a lazy failure because I don't know more than the Academy ninjutsu and taijutsu. You're Sharingan Kakashi with over a thousand moves! Don't you think that maybe there was a technique or two in that grab bag for your other students?
    Jiraiya (On why he didn't teach Naruto ANYTHING) : You didn't want to teach him (Naruto) anything that would've pissed off the Uchiha right?
    • Tenten gets a rapidfire version that lightly crosses with "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
      Tenten: Then let me ask you a question, Kakashi-san. Is it true that the only true technique that you taught Naruto and Sakura before the Chunin Exams was the ability to walk up trees with chakra? Or how about the rumor that Uchiha Sasuke started suddenly pulling new fire jutsu out of nowhere during that same period? The thing you should be asking yourself is not Where did I go wrong with the Uchiha?. It's What would have happened if I made the others stronger?. Would Sakura have been able to stop Sasuke from leaving in the first place? Would Naruto have been nearly killed twice because he couldn't go any farther on his own? It's because you're asking the wrong questions that you're not finding the right answers."
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    • Naruto is told The Needs of the Many speech from every leader he talks with. Upon asking to himself if he could do the same, he stalls when he realizes he might have to force a childhood like his on someone else.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Hyuuga of course. When they prefer using infighting to prevent branch members from leaving the clan and getting their caged bird seals removed to actually changing the clan, it's really a no-brainer.
  • Book Dumb: Despite being a quick learner, quick thinker and resourceful kid, by Naruto's own admittance, he's bad with book knowledge. Although this is just because he has a short attention span and lack of a proper education but when given a teacher who is patient enough he learns just as well as any other kid.
  • Break the Haughty: Sasuke and Kakashi.
  • Breaking Speech: Sakura is on the wrong side of two. One from an angry Sasuke and the other from Yakumo's Ido demon.
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  • Broken Base: In-Universe. The reaction to the extra seals on Naruto and Tsunade's decrees lead to differing opinions between the ninja and civilians.
  • Broken Bird: Hinata shows signs of emotional abuse due to the contempt she receives from her own clan. Meanwhile, the knowledge of the other seals placed on him has (in some way) emotionally crushed Naruto, and Isaribi already went through something similar to Naruto but the "cure" Tsunade gives her makes one wonder if she made the right choice in taking it.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Ino takes the fact that two of her clan members brutalized Naruto, even putting limiting seals on his wounds, very hard, especially since she adored both the men in question and is now questioning if a slight misstep on her part could lead to everything she's worked for being stolen from her in an instant.
    • Jiraiya loses a lot of respect for the Third Hokage after digging into ROOT's files, pointing out that the only way it could have grown is either the Third didn't stop Danzo or agreed with him.
    • Lee is ashamed at how many seem pleased at Naruto getting sealed and asks Gai how can he fight for a village full of people like that.
  • Brutal Honesty: Hanabi loses her position as heir and ends up either bullied, or treated with indifference by her clan. She does eventually get to voice her frustration to Neji and asks why they are treating her like that while they only have nice things to say about Hinata. Neji replies by telling her that it's because she isn't a nice person and Hinata is liked because the Branch members don't want to torment the only Main branch Hyuuga who is genuinely nice to them.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Kimimaro's body. Mentioned during an impromptu debriefing by Naruto and found and stored for later by Tsunade. It gets forgotten for an entire arc but Tsunade and Shizune later get to dissect it and learn more about the curse seal. Which then makes what they learned from the autopsy help them find a "cure" for Isaribi.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • Naruto spends the first two arcs incapacitated and forced to work on his tactics, diplomacy and control. This pays off immensely during his fight with the Chameleon summon, during the assault on Amachi's base and in Crater City.
    • The strength-enhancing technique for Hinata.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • This was due in part to having had a seal placed on Naruto (multiple actually, but just explaining this one is important for now) that screwed with his libido and hormones but was removed, which forced the 13 year old to just deal with the overload. Naruto then travels in a group with Hinata, Shizune and Tsunade. Cue Naruto suddenly thinking about how bad he wants a backrub from Shizune, wants a hug (Marshmallow Hell) from Tsunade, comments on how he wants to "hold Hinata and never let her go" and suddenly be turned on by Hinata's laugh.
    • At one point Hinata's thoughts go to how she tends to use her Byakugan to watch Naruto while he's asleep.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Tsunade's tends to engage in this when she wants to prove a point without yelling at someone and structures it in a way where the person being punished understands WHY she's doing so.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • Shizune is at least a Jonin level ninja. However on multiple occasions, her mid to long range fighting style, centered around senbon and poison, gets neutralized by several people below her skill level with unique abilities making her put in more effort than she should in trying to win.
    • The author notes this about Kakashi's teaching style:
    "If you take the basics of ninja balance into account, he clearly pigeonholes each (member of Team 7) into a specific sub-set without giving much in the ways of supplementary training. Naruto was his Taijutsu student, Sakura was the Genjutsu student and Sasuke was the Ninjutsu student. Therefore, Naruto uses the experience of the shadow clone jutsu to build up natural fighting skills, Sasuke learns jutsu through the Sharingan of doom and Sakura deals with any genjutsu issues that they cannot overcome with the strength of the Sharingan. Funny how badly he mistyped them, ne?"
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Homura at one point actually asks Koharu if what they're doing is right as Tsunade has seen through their plot and neutralized it and maybe they should try helping her since the village doesn't need to be divided as it is right now.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Naruto's Fatal Flaw. He's quick to go for the option that will solve the problem but has serious trouble thinking about the consequences of his actions.
    • In the Land of Vegetables arc, Naruto rants to Tsunade, angrily asking why she didn't take the Hokage's Hat (which has special seals on it filled with other scrolls from Konoha) with her when during an enemy attack since he, Hinata and Shizune were put in a position where they wouldn't be able to stop the enemy from taking it and stealing Konoha's secrets and it would have been safer if she had it. Tsunade is quick to placate Naruto and Hinata but always has the hat with her at all times after this point.
  • Dead Fic: Has not been updated since 2012.
  • Deconstruction Fic:
    • The "evil council of doom" (Homura and Koharu) is shown to just be Well Intentioned Extremists doing what they think is best for Konoha and its people and actually would have preferred if Sasuke was either dead or out of their hair.
    • The stock "Naruto gets banished" fic gets this considering the reason the council want to banish him is different and far more complex rather than being done out of hate. Also Tsunade immediately acts against the council when they inform her of wanting to banish Naruto.
    • The civilian council is actually far smarter than they are given credit for like when the more influential members don't buy into the Uchiha breeding program considering what Sasuke did.
    • Kakashi's chronic tardiness. While is often Played for Laughs in canon, here it highlights a nasty side effect of this habit, which does nothing but even worsen his already bad reputation as a teacher: the fact that he's usually 2-3 hours late to team meetings means that Team 7 has to waste those 2-3 hours waiting for him while the rest of the teams spend that time doing missions or training.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • Koharu, Homura and Danzo figured they could manipulate Tsunade into banishing Naruto by making the only other option his death. They never expected her to give them what they wanted but in a way that screwed with their plans.
    • Danzo never expected Jiraiya to outright have a team of ANBU storm his base.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Unknowingly done by Kakashi during an "argument" with Sakura in front of Jiraiya and Team 8.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Invoked. The council want to banish Naruto, want Sasuke's prison sentence forgotten and were smart enough to get the Daimyo to agree with any of their decisions. Tsunade's response? Shove Sasuke in one of the darkest ANBU cells being kept barely alive, setting up the collapse of Konoha's economy, taking money from the accounts of every clan that ever wronged Naruto and finally making Jiraiya (temporary) Sixth Hokage while she leaves with Shizune, Hinata and Naruto for a six month training trip. When she explains why she did it to Naruto, she has this to say:
    "I decided to teach those meddling old fools a lesson in respect. If the reason I came back to the village is kicked out, I am SO joining in the fun!"
    • Ino and Chouji both point out to their fathers that, from their perspective, Naruto was turned into a pariah, mistreated at every opportunity, denied friendship and love and had his ninja career sabotaged in such a way it could have killed him for being annoying.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: While out shopping for new clothes and supplies (they've been out in the wild for 4 months) Hinata asks for Naruto's opinion on her new outfit. What he sees is her wearing a blue version of Tsunade's top with a spandex one piece that stops at mid-thigh at the bottom and shows off her Absolute Cleavage up top. He's quiet for a beat before blurting out how hot she looks.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Kakashi thinks that the reason he became a pariah among the rest of Konoha Ninja was because he failed to stop Sasuke from trying to defect, while the truth is that they're utterly appalled upon learning how negligent he was with Naruto and Sakura's training, or lack of thereof. It isn't until Tenten points this out to him later in the story (see Armor-Piercing Question above) that Kakashi realizes of this and takes a step to rectify this.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe. The jokes about how much of a dense dork or "dead-last" Naruto is, stop being used by characters as it is insulting to him and also not true.
  • Dumbass No More: Tsunade's main goal when training Naruto is to remove his tendency to be Leeroy Jenkins-incarnate. She succeeds considering Naruto later beats her in an argument and manages to defend and justify his actions to her on two separate occasions.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Downplayed : Sakura comes to Hinata, in tears, over Naruto's injuries, and says Sasuke isn't worth Naruto getting hurt so badly. Hinata blames Sakura for what she did to Naruto- begging him to save Sasuke and having "hit him, yelled at him and used him,"- but gives her a hug because "If she cried for Naruto, she couldn't be all bad."
    • Subverted : Naruto looks like he'll do this with Sasuke but comments he still can't forgive Sasuke due in part to Sasuke trying to KILL him while Naruto just wanted to incapacitate Sasuke.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Sakura notes that even though most kids are willing to pick on Naruto, they’re not willing to call him a traitor, even if it’s meant as a joke, due to the way they were taught about them.
    • Konoha’s sealers agree that even if they dislike Naruto, intentionally messing with the seal that holds the Kyūbi is plain unprofessional.
  • Fair-Weather Mentor: Deconstructed. Kakashi certainly doesn't mean to be one, but his teaching method is dissected and shown to paint him as one.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The shogi match Shikamaru has with his father.
    • During his return trip to Konoha, Kakashi considers teaching Naruto some Water Release jutsus considering Sasuke primarily uses fire. It turns out that in addition to wind, Naruto has an affinity for the element when tested by Tsunade.
  • Fragile Speedster: Hinata is a mix of this and Glass Cannon. She can cause a large amount of damage due to her Jyuuken training and while she's fast and good and evading attacks thanks to Tsunade's training she still can't take too much damage before she's taken out of the fight.
  • Friendship Moment: Naruto and Hinata get a couple. Most notable is when he comforts her after first kill and when he asks her out on a date.
  • Gambit Pileup: We have Tsunade's plan which kicks off the fic in the hopes of of either removing the advisers council from power or to prepare Naruto to take care of himself if he still gets banished. Jiraiya running damage control in Konoha for Tsunade's return. The council trying to turn the Hokage into a puppet ruler. The Daimyo supporting the council thinking it's the right thing to do at the moment. Orochimaru doing his best to ruin Tsunade's plan. Oh, and a ROOT team sent to kill Naruto. Not to mention what the other villages are up to.
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: The council was willing to compromise on Sasuke's imprisonment because they have the threat of Itachi hanging over their heads should anything bad happen to Sasuke. Never gets used since they ultimately leave Sasuke to his fate.
  • Guilt Complex: Sakura and Ino develop a minor case of this over Naruto's treatment.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation:
    • Hinata has self worth issues what with being looked down on by her family.
    • Played for Drama during a therapy session between Naruto and Tsunade. Tsunade notes Naruto genuinely feels stupid and has a desperate need to constantly prove himself to anyone who will notice.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • The Third Hokage's law about not telling anyone Naruto has the Kyuubi sealed in him. The parents of Konoha used it to turn him into a pariah. When Ino and Choji actually call their parents out on it and ask WHY they did it, the law prevents them from telling them the real reason and they end up looking like hateful pricks to an orphan.
    • As Tsunade later reveals to Naruto, his leaving more clones than she told him to in Neck Country gave Aoi and his team a way to track them to Sea Country.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: An enemy ninja mocks Hinata when he picks apart her fighting styles weakness. Hinata responds with by using Tsunade's strength technique, along with her speed, to quickly and utterly decimate him.
  • It Gets Easier / It Never Gets Any Easier: Discussed when Naruto comforts Hinata after her first kill. While they do go back and forth with Hinata worried she'll get a taste for killing and Naruto saying it helps to dull your emotions when you kill, Naruto does tell her killing does come up in their line of work but reminds her she only killed to protect and that the context of a kill is important in learning to deal with it.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Naruto is referred to as "The Container", due to having a Tailed Beast sealed in him.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Naruto to Hinata, yet he's unaware of this. Later during a heart-to-heart, Hinata states her intention to become one for Naruto.
  • Loophole Abuse: Where to begin?
    • The council (or rather Danzo) use the daimyo to go over Tsunade's authority in order to banish Naruto.
    • Tsunade, in turn, uses her authority to turn Naruto's banishment into a way to screw the council's plan while allowing her to train Naruto by saying that she is just rehabilitating the village's jinchuuriki.
    • Jiraiya uses an existing practice that Konoha uses to deal with lack of manpower (reactivating retired and other ninja in civilian jobs to bolster their forces) and the two's jonin rank to make the advisers council do D rank missions with the excuse that they are to evaluate whether or not they can keep their ranks.
    • One can actually leave their clan whenever they want. However the risk is they either get punished by the clan if they have no political allies to protect them or they have to fend for themselves as their assets are tied to the clan. Jiraiya works around this by assigning Ino the long term mission of living in and taking care of Naruto's apartment (to show she supports him over her family) and since it's an official mission they'd have to go through him if they wanted to talk to her. For Neji, he sets up an account for him and puts in the payment for a B rank mission since Neji helped him find a way to remove the Caged Bird Seal.
    • The Hyuuga responsible for applying the Caged Bird Seal to the Hyuuga clan is caught as one of the people who put a seal on Naruto. Tsunade uses this to arrest him and officially sanction that a method to remove the Caged Bird Seal be made to prevent copycats or abuse of the seal.
  • Mistaken for Profound: Ao and Mei come to the conclusion that Tsunade is pulling off a massive Kansas City Shuffle on the Elemental Countries.
  • Morton's Fork: Chouji asks his dad to tell him the real reason he told him to avoid Naruto. This puts Chouza in a bad position because A) there isn't a way to justify Naruto's treatment to one of his friends. B) If he attempts to divert, deflect or stay silent, Chouji would call him on it. and C) He can't tell Chouji the real reason because it would get them killed due to the Third's law.
  • My Defense Need Not Protect Me Forever: Hinata's first use of Protection of the 8 Trigrams: 64 palms at first stops a large chunk of steel thrown at her before she sends it right back at the enemy.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: As the Daimyo later reveals The Third Hokage is the reason he had to use the advisers' council as his regents. As he puts it, the Third was thought to have been too old and weary for being Hokage and his waiting too long to name the next Hokage is making damage control more difficult. The Daimyo's council then argued that he should be more involved in how Konoha is run to help the current Hokage, at least until they recover from the Sound/Suna invasion. Thus the council who hope to usurp power from Tsunade now have the power of the Daimyo to call on.
  • Not Helping Your Case: The Hyuuga are regarded as heroes when Konoha finds out about Shinji sealing Naruto. Until a rumor spreads that Naruto was a prototype for a seal they planned to use to gain more power in the village. The fact that they seal their own clan members adds fuel to the fire.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat:
    • The advisers' council in Konoha manage to cause more problems. Lampshaded as Tsunade notes that Konoha should be a military dictatorship instead of her having to worry about what the council thinks. It's shown the other villages never have to deal with this trope proving her point.
    • The Daimyo of Fire Country. He means well but clearly doesn't understand how valuable Naruto is to Konoha most likely due to the fact that he doesn't live in a ninja village.
  • Oh, Crap!: Shikaku has a subdued version of this when his shogi match with Shikamaru mentioned under Foreshadowing and Talking Through Technique ends with an arrangement of pieces that say "I stand with my friend not my village."
  • Only Sane Man: Onoki for Iwa. The rest of Iwa is still bitter and resentful of Konoha after the war. He's just trying to keep the place running and rebuilding his forces as he fully admits they lost to a better opponent and he can't blame the Fourth for protecting his home.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Gai is so horrified at how much Kakashi neglected Naruto and Sakura that he even refused to talk to Kakashi. This effectively tips Kakashi that there's something very wrong going on.
  • Parental Substitute: Tsunade to all three of her students (Shizune, Naruto and Hinata). While Shizune is a fairly well adjusted adult, she spends most of her time helping Naruto and Hinata with their own personal issues.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Defied by Tsunade. Since she's pulling triple duty as Team Mom, Parental Substitute and Warrior Therapist for Hinata and Naruto, Tsunade is always honest with them and chooses her words carefully lest she break Hinata's confidence or undo her work fixing Naruto's mental stability.
    • Ao ends up nearly starting a fight with Tsunade's team in Sea Country by antagonizing Naruto. Something he was told to avoid.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The Sasuke retrieval mission was a success, although Naruto lost his right arm (worry not, for it grew back). Sasuke, however, is charged with treason and locked up in ANBU prison with his ninja status (his chakra network is also shut down) revoked without any chance to regain it or any parole. Made worse due to attacking Naruto, a fellow Leaf nin, and placing the others on the mission in danger. Naruto himself doesn't dispute the punishment.
    • After years of dealing with Sakura (who'd commit Domestic Abuse on him at any time or call him an idiot or a perv), 13 year old Naruto has the notion that ALL women will beat him for anything even something out of his control leading to a rather OOC (read: quiet) Naruto on a trip with Tsunade, Shizune and Hinata and a case of accidental Covert Pervert. Tsunade sits him down and tells him "No. Sakura just had issues. We are not going to beat you for something as stupid as that."
    • Shikamaru assumes Naruto and Hinata will become a couple not because everyone knows how Hinata feels about Naruto, but because Tsunade is about to take a self depreciating Shrinking Violet and an abused Attention Whore desperate for a real friend into isolation. Naturally both will make the other a Living Emotional Crutch and become a couple from there.
    • When Tsunade leaves Konoha, it puts every other village on guard and threat watch because an autonomous Kage roaming the world on a mystery errand isn't normal and thus puts everyone on edge.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Tsunade, Jiraiya and the Daimyo. Although in the Daimyo's case he ends up unfortunately helping the council while genuinely believing he's doing the right thing but he does end up calling Danzo and the council out on trying to abuse his power and sends them an ultimatum to keep Jiraiya in check or else he'll stop offering them his support.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Tsunade's plan is (even In-Universe) referred to as this trope. She made it that way to prove the point to both the council and the Daimyo about respecting her authority and power.
    • Konohamaru, Udon and Moegi end up stalking and embarrassing many of Naruto's detractors. With the Sexy Jutsu.
  • Sanity Slippage: Sasuke goes through this early what with being in prison.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!:
    • How the council gets away with threatening Tsunade with Naruto's banishment. Tsunade however later notes during their travels, that Naruto is slowly shaping up to do this since he's known and trusted by various Daimyo around the Elemental Countries.
    • Jiraiya later mentally suggests that they could tell Naruto of his parentage, so he could use the leverage to appeal to the Daimyo of Fire Country to retract his decision to allow his banishment.
  • Shipper on Deck: Tsunade and Shizune ship Naruto and Hinata. Although they tend to push Hinata to make the first move.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Hinata. Part of her charcater arc and romance arc with Naruto moves forward because of it.
  • Stating the Simple Solution:
    • Danzo, of all people, suggests that Naruto get a more personal teacher to help polish his skills. Homura agrees saying that Naruto's victory against Sasuke proves he's got more potential than they gave him credit for. Koharu shoots this down with the flimsy excuse of how it would take time and Naruto isn't worth the effort.
    • How Naruto solves the problem with the rouge Lizard summon. He argues he could sign his contract and order him to disperse while allowing him to keep his honor.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Tsunade.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: While thinking of a way to save Naruto from banishment, Tsunade comes to the conclusion that countering the council will cause more problems than Konoha can deal with at the time. After a brief mental pause she actually goes through with it.
  • Take That!:
    • The notion that Naruto was physically abused gets this, considering it's offhandedly mentioned how the first few who tried were killed by ANBU (on orders by the Third Hokage) and that stopped it before it got traction. Sadly that just made the villagers more passive aggressive about their treatment of Naruto.
    • While they see nothing wrong with Kakashi taking Sasuke to train for the month before the third part of the Chunin Exam (it's considered personal tutoring), they do however call him on not fixing Naruto and Sakura's flaws (Tsunade even listing possible ways to do so).
  • Talking Through Technique: Played with in a game of shogi between Shikamaru and his father Shikaku. Shikamaru plays according to no conventional defensive prescription, but instead plays each of his pieces as one of his age group against his father's remainder of the Konoha ninja. After the game, Shikaku notices that while his position is technically weak, he's put all of his pieces in position to assassinate most of Shikaku's. Which is, correctly, taken as a declaration of allegiance for Naruto and the second generation against the older shinobi, who mostly hate him.
  • Telescoping Staff: Naruto ends up signing the Monkey summoning scroll and uses Enma from time to time.
  • Tempting Fate: A Running Gag is how one arc will either begin or end with someone doing this.
  • There Are No Therapists: Subversion. While Tsunade helps Naruto deal with his issues, she only tries to help when Naruto allows her to considering how stubborn he is. She does however lament that it would've been nice to have a Yamanaka along to help but since two of them where involved in brainwashing Naruto, the clan is on her shitlist at the moment.
  • The Needs of the Many: Deconstructed. While logical arguments are made for this stance, it's shown that the ones who make the choice CAN regret the decision and in some cases it isn't always the right choice and can cause more harm than good. Helped by how we get see how the people sacrificed by the many are affected this.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Tenten subtly gives one to Kakashi.
  • Team Mom: Tsunade. While she gripes about it, she does take to and love the job and is proud of her apprentices.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Played with in that while Sakura wasn't a complete Jerkass, she still wasn't a nice person either. Suffice to say after a few Break the Haughty moments and several reality checks, she reevaluates herself and tries to be both a better person and ninja even going as far as asking Lee out on a date and having a much needed Sorkin Relationship Moment with Naruto where she practically begs him to find someone who'll reciprocate his feelings rather than be her Hopeless Suitor.
  • Training from Hell: Deconstructed. While she works them hard, Tsunade's training of Naruto and Hinata is carefully structured so that they aren't at risk of getting badly injured, since she is a medic and knows not to stretch them too far past their limits. Kurenai does her best to build up Sakura but makes sure she isn't at risk of burning out.
  • Twice Shy: Naruto and Hinata. Hinata's a Shrinking Violet with low self-esteem who still thinks he holds a torch for Sakura. Naruto doesn't want to jeopardize one of the only healthy female relationship he has and is afraid to be rejected. It's takes a Freudian Slip to actually help them.
    Naruto: "If I was to ever date a girl, I hope she's as cute as you are." (beat) Oh, Crap! face then Facepalm
    Hinata: "W-w-w-well. I..I..I wouldn't mind."
    Naruto: "R-R-Really?"
    Hinata: "Y-y-yes."
  • Underestimating Badassery: Mei chews out Ao for not using his squad to try and take Tsunade's team hostage. Word of God points out she's using outdated knowledge that stated that until recently, Tsunade was a semi-retired drunk and Naruto was a lackluster ninja. Aoi keeps this silent not wanting Mei to vent her frustration on him at being told this.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • While the ANBU serve Tsunade and Jiraiya because it's their job, they only display this trope after they shut down ROOT and kill Danzo while witnessing the horrific acts and methods ROOT uses.
    • Hinata has killed to protect Naruto and has on numerous occasions shown a desire to be by his side.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • The Daimyo. Tsunade and Jiraiya really wish he'd stay away from how Konoha is run, since the adviser's council are clearly working their own agenda and using his power to do so and it is upsetting the balance of power.
    • The Third Hokage. He meant well but he is responsible for some of the problems plaguing Konoha at present.
  • Weak, but Skilled: To some extent, Naruto. He's hasn't got much in the way of long range techniques or ones that cause damage except the Rasengan but covers for it with a more refined and structured fighting style that helps him take advantage of his creativity and Confusion Fu.
  • White Sheep: As Hiashi begrudingly admits, Hinata. If she were still in the village, she would be able to not only prevent civil war in the clan but also help clean up the Hyuuga's image considering her personality.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Inoichi feels this way when some of the villagers are proud of what Yamanaka Kenshin and Jinzo did to Naruto.


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