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Sometimes a technique can lead to new discoveries, new paths. A chance discovery lets Naruto learn that which he was never taught... using the memories of others to aid his progress.

Memories Of Others is a Naruto Alternate Universe Fic written by The Bearded One.

The story follows Naruto, who decides that he doesn't want to be on the same team as a girl who keeps hitting him, an emo who communicates in grunts and a teacher who is always late and probably hates him. His decision made, he abandons the bell test and strikes out to make a name for himself his own way, as an independent genin of Konoha.

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The story contains the following tropes:

  • All Issues Are Political Issues: Discussed as to Sasuke's fielding as a Shinobi. Kurenai assumed it was internal politics, but it turned out to be related to Konoha's reputation as seen by the other villages.
  • Badass Army: Uzushiogakure as related by Asuma. Three villages united to wipe them out, using trickery to take down the outer defences. Uzu inflicted a 7 to 1 loss ratio despite being caught by surprise and only a tithe of the attackers survived to leave.
  • Brick Joke: Kiba tricks Hinata into declaring that if Naruto calls himself an idiot, she'll give him a good kissing. A few chapters later, Naruto does exactly that.
  • Butterfly Effect: Naruto running into Hinata and Kurenai after graduation is what kicks off the plot.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The Preliminary round is occasionally adjusted to showcase more talents in the finals by removing duplication and weaker genin.
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  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Being dead-last, put on a team with the beloved Uchiha and a fan-girl, and given a test by their jonin sensei that will only pass two of them, Naruto concludes that the test is rigged to get rid of him, and decides to become a genin in his own way. In reality, Kakashi's test was designed to foster teamwork, and he specifically requested Naruto for his team out of respect for his old teacher.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: While discussing Naruto, an incoming team talk themselves into realizing that Naruto was alone, meaning he isn't on a team, meaning that he's an ordinary genin, and if he's that strong, then they barely stand a chance against elite and on teams genin.
  • Ghost Memory: Naruto gains the experiences of his clones, even the clones he has made of other people. The effect is limited to new memories, however.
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  • Take a Third Option: Naruto misinterprets the Bell Test as a way of getting rid of him, so he decides to take an alternative path using the way he graduated to become an independent genin.

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