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Can I tell you a secret? Don't tell Tsunade or Shizune, because they would get really mad if they knew. But I have plans for you. Great plans. Once I'm done with you, you'll be the biggest pervert Konoha has ever seen, hahaha! I will teach you everything I know so no girl will be able to resist your charms! You'll be a legend second only to yours truly! [...] Oh yeah, and you'll be a great ninja too. I guess that's important as well.
Chapter 1: Jiraiya, talking to a sleeping baby Naruto.
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Son of the Sannin by Ander Arias is an Alternate Universe Naruto fanfic, with an interesting premise: what if Naruto was raised by Jiraiya and Tsunade, and what if the Sannin were around Konoha during the years he grew up? Prepare to embark in an amazing journey as we get to see how Naruto's life turns out under the care of everybody's favorite pervert sage and his blonde gambler friend.

The story begins shortly after the night the Kyuubi's attack on Konoha. In the aftermath, Hiruzen Sarutobi calls Jiraiya to his office to let him know that, as per the will of Minato and Kushina, he is now Naruto's legal guardian. However, Tsunade bursts in and demands that she is assigned as Naruto's guardian, as she is his only living relative. To break off the argument, Hiruzen suggests that the two share the boy's custody and live under the same roof to raise him together. They're not amused at the idea, but ultimately agree. You can only imagine how things will go from then on...

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While it comes across as a traditional Fix Fic at first, it quickly develops into a very interesting Alternate Universe that still stays true to the spirit of the series, even making efforts to fill the numerous plot-holes left in canon, and exploring several interesting What If? scenarios for the events and characters. It goes both ways, since even though the intervention of the Sannin does solve many of the problems and averts some of the canon tragedies, it also makes way for others to happen, creating a perfect balance to keep it interesting.

There's also a sidestory titled The Two Twisted Timelines, focused on Canon!Sasuke Uchiha two years after the end of the Fourth Ninja War somehow ending up waking in the Son of the Sannin timeline.

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  • Abled in the Adaptation: Kimimaro Kaguya has his illness from canon cured by Orochimaru, thanks to the knowledge of the Scroll of Seals. As a result he's at full health and power when the Sound Invasion rolls around.
  • AB Negative: The story mentions early on something about chakra compatibility, when discussing the possibility of sharing chakra with another person. During Part II, Temari expands on it as the reason why Gaara and not her or Kankuro was chosen to be the Shukaku's jinchuriki.
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • invoked Chapter 21 has this gem from Fu: "By the way, my offer of letting you touch them still stands." She's talking about her wings, but nobody except Shino has any way to know that. And knowing her, it might have been intentional.
    • In chapter 54, Sasori says to Hinata "I want your whole body". Obviously he means to make her into a new puppet, but that can also be taken in a very different way.
  • Actually a Doombot: Clone jutsus are used by both heroes and villains as decoys often.
    • Deidara in particular uses an explosive clone to slip away from the heroes in Chapter 54, pretending that he's gonna blow himself up to kill them.
    • And of course, Killer B leaves a tentacle disguised as himself, so the Akatsuki believe they caught him.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Tsunade initially thought Jiraya's prank on Naruto by making him think he wasn't going to be promoted was a bit mean, but when she saw Naruto's picture-perfect expression (and the ANBU actually got pictures), she decided to have it framed in their living room.
    • Zetsu and Kisame find it amusing when they discover that Killer B left a decoy and slipped away from them. Deidara, not so much.
  • Adaptational Badass: Numerous examples, particularly with the Konoha Genin. Justified in-universe as the result of the Uchiha Clan pulling off their coup and attacking Konoha, forcing them to up the standards in the academy so the graduates are better prepared to handle future threats.
    • Naruto, aside from learning several of his signature techniques much earlier than in canon, receives additional training from Jiraiya in the use of fuinjutsu.
    • Tamaki is worth mentioning. In canon, she was a normal girl with a connection to ninja cats who merely helped her grandma run an underground store. Here, she's a kunoichi.
    • On the villains' side, Mizuki is given an actual Cursed Seal by Orochimaru. In addition, Orochimaru reveals that he has gained the Sharingan in chapter 18.
    • As of Chapter 40, Sasuke awakens the Mangekyo Sharingan, far earlier than in canon.
    • Because of the above, in chapter 41, Shisui sets up a surgery appointment with Shizune so that Sasuke and Itachi can get the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan.
    • Chapter 42 shows plenty of development in this area: Namely, Gai's team has learned to use the Heavenly Gates for additional power boosts, and Naruto has already learned to use Sage Mode.
    • In Chapter 56, Hinata awakens the Tenseigan of all things, and in Chapter 58 shares her power with Hanabi so she awakens it too.
    • In canon, Jiraiya only achieved an imperfect Sage Mode. In this story, he completes his training and fully masters it.
    • Downplayed with Danzo, who is still way past his prime, but in this story he gains better control over his use of Wood Release, thanks to having found a way to stabilize Hashirama's cells.
    • Tsunade in Chapter 81 reveals that, so as to avoid falling behind Jiraiya, she went on to learn Senjutsu from the slugs.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Several characters who weren't introduced until Part II appeared during the timeframe of Part I or before, either in major or minor roles. Among them: Danzo, Karin, Fu, A, Killer B, Karui and Yamato.
    • Zabuza Momochi first appears as a mercenary hired during the Uchiha insurrection, which takes place long before Naruto has graduated the Academy.
    • Sai is a borderline example, as he appears during the period between Part I and Part II instead of Part II proper.
    • Mei Terumi and Chojuro both appear long before the Kage Summit arc.
    • Toneri Otsutsuki, who has an Early-Bird Cameo during Chapter 4, is later recruited by Tobi in Chapter 55.
    • Hamura Otsutsuki himself, of all people, appears before Hinata at the end of Chapter 56.
    • Samui and Atsui appear shortly after Naruto and company defeat Hidan and Kakuzu, while in canon they weren't introduced until Pain's assault on Konoha.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Zabuza and Haku end up joining Konoha early on. In an ironic twist of fate, the former is even assigned to protect Tazuna while the latter becomes Naruto and Hinata’s teammate.
    • Sasuke, by the time Part II rolls around, still remains loyal to Konoha as opposed to canon.
    • Zaku, Kin and Dosu, who appear as antagonists during the C-Rank Mission and Sound Invasion arcs, are taken into Anko's custody and become ninjas of Konoha by the Shippuden timeframe.
  • Adaptational Late Appearance: Yakumo Kurama, who appeared during the Part I filler arcs, is first mentioned in Chapter 69, well into the Shippuden timeframe. She makes her first appearance in person eight chapters later.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • While Neji retains his initial fatalist philosophy, unlike canon he doesn't use it to put others down.
    • Sasuke also counts, since despite still having some anger and pride issues, having Itachi around helps him not to stray from his moral compass. His relationship with Naruto develops into a more traditional Friendly Rivalry with their canon animosity virtually non-existent.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • Minor example with Deidara, who is shown to be vulnerable to Kurenai's genjutsu, not having trained his eye against them due to never being forcibly recruited by Itachi.
    • Toneri is notably weaker than he was in The Last. Partially justified since his Tenseigan hasn't yet fully matured, and he's implied to be just as inexperienced in actual combat.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • The introductory arc delves a lot more during Naruto's early years before and during his days in the ninja academy before entering the timeframe of Part I.
    • Between Part I and Part II, we get to see firsthand the Kirigakure Civil War, and the rise of Mei Terumi as Mizukage.
      • Within this same arc, Akatsuki's capture of Han, which happened off-screen in the manga, is shown briefly.
    • A lot more of Hamura Otsutsuki's backstory (and by extension that of the Hyuga Clan) is fleshed out at the beginning of the Byakugan Princess arc.
    • In chapter 81, Tsunade briefly explains how the slugs teach their summoners Senjutsu, which is something that has never been touched upon in canon.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection:
    • In canon, the Hyuga Affair ended up pretty much an Aborted Arc, its only purpose being setting up Neji's hatred of the Hyuga Clan's main family and never explored any further. In this story, however, the mastermind behind the incident is none other than Toneri Otsutsuki and it comes into play again during Part II.
    • Yakumo Kurama was an anime-only character who used to be Kurenai's student, until her genjutsu abilities became too dangerous to control and were forcibly sealed. Here, she was presumed dead in a fire along with her parents, an event orchestrated by Danzo to take her and be used as one of his Root puppet agents.
  • Adapted Out: While not a terribly important character, Konohamaru hasn't appeared in the story yet. By the start of Part II, his team's role in catching the runaway cat Tora is instead taken by Hanabi, Kaida and Hagane. However, his team is given a passing mention in Chapter 56, as having made it to the Chunin Exams finals.
  • Adult Fear: Tsunade feared a lot for Naruto when he left Konoha for his first C-Rank mission, and her fears turned out to be not so far off when he ended up encountering Orochimaru of all people. And there's also the time Kaida and Hagane were kidnapped.
  • A God Am I: Pain declares himself as God when he confronts Naruto and his friends.
  • A God I Am Not: As in canon, Hagoromo and Hamura Otsutsuki chose not to use their powers to rule over humanity, knowing that power can change and even corrupt people.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Jiraiya often calls Tsunade "Hime" (Japanese for "Princess"). Naruto later adopts it for Hinata.
    • Sai attempts this on Sakura when they first meet, by calling her "ugly". It goes as well as you'd expect. Later, Ino tries to explain to Sai that you should only use nicknames with people you're close to, not with strangers.
  • Alliterative Family: After the timeskip, we have Shizune, her husband Shisui, their son Shiro and their daughter Shizuka. Both children's names got a lot of groans and eye-rolls when they were announced.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Hidan and Kakuzu attack and take over control of Takigakure when they come searching for Fu, though she manages to escape capture. They stay there in wait knowing she'll eventually come back.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Post-timeskip, Fu has grown from her scrawny canon self into this.
  • And I Must Scream:
  • Apologetic Attacker:
    • Fugaku and Itachi when they're about to kill to each other. The latter is the only one who succeeds.
    • The First and Second Hokages, after being revived with Edo Tensei to attack Konoha, as well as Minato and Kushina.
  • Apology Gift: Naruto brings some cinnamon rolls for Hinata when he goes to apologize for not paying her attention when she tried to comfort him at the hospital due to Hagane being put in a coma. While she tells him there's nothing he should apologize for, she gladly accepts them anyway.
  • Archer Archetype:
    • Kidomaru uses primarily a bow and arrows to attack.
    • In Chapter 56, Tenten is revealed to have developed a chakra bow that doesn't need physical ammo, even capable of channeling elemental chakra. Later, Hinata and Haku get their own bows.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Hinata, of all people, gives one to Sakura, questioning her reasons for wanting to be a ninja. Sakura realizes that, other than trying to impress Sasuke, she doesn't have anything.
    • She tops herself in Chapter 58. When she's named the new head of the Hyuga Clan, she calls to abolish the Caged Bird Seal practice altogether. Naturally, many of the Main Branch members begin to protest, with a woman even calling her a tyrant. Her response:
    "Tyrant? Imposing my will by force? Isn't that what the Main House has been doing to the Branch House for generations?"
    • Played for Laughs in Chapter 73: Tsunade asks Naruto why he hasn't asked her for any training. He briefly struggles to come up with an excuse as he still has nightmares with her Training from Hell.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When they finally run into each other during the Konoha Invasion, Orochimaru taunts Jiraiya saying "Once a buffoon, always a buffoon". Jiraiya quickly retorts by reminding that he became Hokage, which used to be Orochimaru's goal, briefly distracting him.
  • Are We There Yet?: Naruto to Jiraiya at the start of Chapter 7. Fortunately for the sannin, they reach their destination right when he’s reached the limit of his patience.
  • Art Imitates Life: Sai's signature jutsu: Super Beast Imitation Drawing.
  • Ascended Extra: Several examples, but none more prominent than Hinata’s mother who becomes head of the Hyuga clan after her husband’s death.
    • Also, Shisui Uchiha. A Posthumous Character in canon, here not only is a supporting character, but Shizune's love interest to boot. He gets major spotlight during the Root arc, setting up to battle against Danzo.
    • Shizune herself as well. Very few fanfics give her any role other than Tsunade's assistant, and could be considered lucky if she's given a token love interest. Here, her presence is a major influence on Naruto's life (to the point that it's thanks to her that he and Hinata become friends in the first place), is a much more active kunoichi, has a romantic subplot with the aforementioned Shisui, and later even becomes the Jonin-sensei of a specialized medical team.
    • In the Gaara Rescue Arc, Kankuro and Temari. In canon, Kankuro's only role in the arc is to get curbstomped by Sasori, while Temari barely does anything. Here, they take an active role in the rescue attempt, and help Konoha fight against Sasori and Deidara.
    • Shino, Kiba and Tamaki become this for the Kakuzu and Hidan Arc, taking Team Asuma's place from canon.
    • For the Search for Roshi arc, Orochimaru's former genin, Zaku, Kin and Dosu.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Hamura Otsutsuki states that while his physical body died ages ago, his soul is tied to the Tenseigan's chakra, which enables him to communicate with anybody who awakens it.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: When she sees firsthand Hinata has awakened the Tenseigan and the powers it grants her, Hikari Hyuga decides to step down and officially name her the new Head of the clan.
  • Attack Animal: Kiba has his dog Akamaru, and Tamaki has her cats Denka and Hina.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Wrath of Jashin, a humanoid giant monster created by merging the Sons of Jashin. According to their cultists, it is an avatar of their god.
  • Attention Deficit Oh Shiny: Hinata and Hanabi request Fu to teach them how to fly. Unfortunately, the Taki jinchuriki becomes distracted when she spots a passing squirrel.
    "Come here, Squirrel! I wan't you to become my pet!"
  • Author Appeal:
    • In chapter 15, Ander mentions liking Kurenai Yūhi and dislikes how underdeveloped she is in canon.
    • It's not hard to discern that the author likes Mei Terumi a lot, and her village to a lesser extent. He went to write an original arc between Parts I and II about the Kiri Civil War that heavily features her.
    • The author stated many times his dislike for the original Kazekage Rescue Arc, mostly how Kankuro and Temari were Out of Focus and replaced with Chiyo, a character he isn't very fond of.
    • In Chapter 57, he also reveals that he didn't like the "twist" of Naruto and Sasuke being the reincarnations of Asura and Indra.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
    • Kiba and Tamaki constantly bicker and they seem unable to withstand the other. In Chapter 36, however, Kiba makes it clear that he cares for her more than he lets on, and she actually seems moved at this.
    • A more paternal example occurs between Zabuza and Haku in Chapter 50. Mei remarks that Zabuza cares for Haku like a son, which of course he's quick to deny.
  • Babies Ever After:
    • Early in the story, Jiraiya and Tsunade have twins named Kaida and Hagane.
    • During the time skip, Shizune and Shisui have their son named Shiro. And later their daughter Shizuka.
    • Prior to the start of Shippuden, Yugao and Hayate also have a child named Seiichi.
    • Sometime during the time skip, Mei and Zabuza become a couple and Mei gets pregnant.
    • Asuma and Kurenai's canon daughter, Mirai, is born in Chapter 76.
  • Back from the Dead: Somehow, Obito found a way to properly revive Rin, but even this doesn't deter him from his plans, whatever they might be.
  • Badass Grandpa: Hiruzen Sarutobi, despite his old age is still able to give the likes of Orochimaru and Fugaku Uchiha a run for their money.
    • Naturally, the First Hokage. Tsunade is very annoyed at this, since when he's resurrected to attack Konoha at far below full strength, he still outclasses her and takes all her focus just to keep him occupied. Hashirama apologizes profusely for this.
    • Fukasaku also counts, being able to lift toad statues with a single hand, and the one who teaches Senjutsu.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • The Akatsuki succeed in capturing some of the Tailed-Beast hosts.
    • Chapter 67 ends with Obito successfully capturing Yugito Nii despite Team Shizune's best efforts.
    • In Chapter 70, Pain and Konan successfully capture Ukataka.
    • In Chapter 75, Orochimaru takes Roshi away too, although he sacrifices Hebimaru to do so.
  • Bad with the Bone: Like in canon, Kimimaro's bloodline limit gives him the ability to manipulate and use his bones as all sorts of weapons.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • When Naruto is about to get his Chunin vest, Jiraiya stops halfway and decides that doing so on Naruto's first try would be Nepotism, so Naruto will have to wait until he retires. However, Jiraiya was just Trolling his adoptive son for the ANBU to get a picture of his face.
    • The Flash Forward of Chapter 32 was presented in a way that made it look as if Sasuke had decided to turn on Konoha out of revenge for his clan like in canon and Naruto was trying to prevent him from leaving. As it turns out, the roles are reversed: Naruto was brainwashed by Obito using Kotoamatsukami, and it's up to Sasuke to stop him from going willingly and let himself be captured by Akatsuki.
    • When the revived Hashirama learns that a Senju woman (Shizune, through adoption) is about to marry an Uchiha man (Shisui), he approaches seemingly with killing intent... only to grab Shisui into a hug and welcome him to the family.
  • Balance of Power: Discussed during the Kirigaguke Civil War arc. Danzo believes they should let the war go on so Konoha can crush them when they're weakened and reap the benefits, whereas Jiraiya prefers to help Mei overthrow Yagura so they can form an alliance with them, which alongside Suna would tip the scales on their favor to deter Iwa and Kumo from possibly attacking them.
  • Bar Brawl: Well, more like "Restaurant Rampage", but that's pretty much what happens during the Konoha Ninjas' celebration after the Chunin exams.
  • Bash Brothers:
    • Shikamaru and Choji as per canon, with the former as the brains and the latter as the brawns as they battle against Jirobo in Chapter 36.
    • Sakura and Ino become a female version in Chapter 37, against Sakon and Ukon who are themselves an evil version of this trope.
  • Batman Gambit: Obito unleashes Kurama's Yin half on a Kumo outpost to lure one of their jinchuriki out to capture. As he predicted, Yugito Nii ends up leaving the village to investigate and in the ensuing battle, she ends up being captured.
  • Battle Couple: Most of the ninja couples count when they fight together.
    • During the Kirigakure Invasion arc, Yagura fights alongside his wife, Aiko.
  • Beam-O-War: Sasuke and Karui's battle in the Chunin exams finals ends this way, wth a clash of the former's Fire Dragon Stream versus the latter's Thunder Dragon Blast. The former wins.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Tsunade and Jiraiya experience this in Chapter 3, after having gotten drunk.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Played for Laughs. Since Zabuza wants to become Mizukage after Mei, she's letting him handle the job in her absence so he gets used to it... along with the meetings and paperwork he has to handle.
    • Played for Drama. Kurenai in Chapter 81 confides to Shizune that after Rin came Back from the Dead, part of her wished that the same happened to her former student, Yakumo Kurama. And she did come back, as one of Danzo's minions.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Seems to be the case between Mei and Zabuza. The former acts very flirtatious to him (more than usual, in any case) and goes to great lengths to recruit him for her cause, while the latter is very angry for having to follow her orders and play second fiddle to her. By the time of the Hidan and Kakuzu arc, they've become an item, and Mei is pregnant with their child.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don’t call Tsunade old to her face.
    • Anko cannot stand the mere mention of Orochimaru's name.
    • A good way to rile Sasuke up is to mention the Uchiha Insurrection.
    • Deconstructed with Choji. Like in canon, he can't stand being called fat, but his father makes him to control his anger when insulted, since a ninja who's so easily provoked is a dead man walking.
    • Naruto has it for anybody who threatens his friends and loved ones by default, but running into the guy who tried to kidnap Hinata as a child and now wants to take her away from him, his first reaction is to try to kill the guy.
    • In Chapter 79, Hinata was already in Tranquil Fury mode against Hanabi's kidnappers, but the moment one of them suggested using Hanabi as a living shield, her face turns red and she switches to Unstoppable Rage.
    • The Raikage flies into a rage when he gets the news of Killer B being found and possibly captured by Akatsuki.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Hinata is as sweet and gentle as in canon. She also earned the title of the best kunoichi of her generation, and in the Chunin exams she proved more than capable of giving her opponents a run for their money. She also becomes the first member of the cast in-story who kills an Akatsuki member. To top it off, in Chapter 58 she's named Head of the Hyuga Clan by her mother, and manages to shut up the Main House members who protest about her call to abolish the Caged Bird Seal practice altogether. And that's not even taking into account when her little sister is in danger.
    • Fu is no slouch either: she's a cheerful and friendly ball of energy who loves nothing more than hanging out with her friends. But if you piss her off, she can and will grab a whole tree and use it as a club to smack you to death. She's not the Seven-Tails' jinchuriki for nothing.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Naruto will do anything to protect his adoptive siblings.
    • Hinata feels the same towards Hanabi. It hits full force when Danzo's minions kidnap Hanabi during Chapter 79.
    • As well as Temari, who doesn't hide her worry for Gaara when he gets kidnapped.
    • Inverted in Chapter 76, with Sasuke becoming enraged and determined to make Akatsuki pay for hurting Itachi.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Itachi and Shisui to Sasuke.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Shino has a jutsu that can enlarge some of his kikai beetles to the size of a large cat. Though it does consume a good chunk of his chakra.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Plenty of moments during the final arc of Part I:
    • Choji goes back to help Shikamaru against Jirobo.
    • Zabuza comes to deal with Kimimaro, so the rest of the rescue group can continue with their mission.
    • At the climax, Kakashi, Asuma, Kurenai, Tenten, Hinata, Haku and Karin show up to rescue Naruto and Sasuke from Obito's clutches.
    • Naruto and Haku arrive to help Hinata and the others against Sasori's puppet army at the end of the Gaara Rescue Arc.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Chapter 31 has three of them, used to signal the birth of each of the newly formed couples.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Tsunade has one in Chapter 4 when Shizune tells her she's pregnant and will have to go nine months without drinking.
    • Killer B, when the Raikage is about to throw Jiraiya's Icha Icha book to the ground, even jumping to save it.
    • Tsunade has another when Naruto loses to Gaara in the final of the Chunin exams, thus losing all the money she bet on him.
    • The omake of Chapter 68 ends with one from the Ame genin, when he's about to be tortured by Itachi for information by forcing him to watch the filler season of a shonen series.
    • In Chapter 83, Tsunade has a third one when she rushes to the hospital room where Hagane is being kept, only to find it empty.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • The Kirigakure War arc ends this way. The rebel forces and their Konoha allies succeed in their invasion to depose the current regime and end the Bloody Mist once and for all, but it comes at the cost of Yagura being taken by Kisame and Deidara, not to mention the casualties his captors are responsible for.
    • The Roshi arc as well, leaning more to the bitter side as Akatsuki makes off with another jinchuriki, although this time the heroes take Hebimaru with them, as Orochimaru leaves him behind before making his escape.
    • The Root arc ends with Danzo slipping away from Konoha and joining Orochimaru, still with a fair amount of followers in tow. However, his treachery has been exposed and he's been branded a criminal, ensuring that he'll never be welcome back in Konoha, and he fails at his secondary goal of retrieving any of the potential assets he planned to take with him.
  • Blade Lock: Sasuke and Karui have a couple of these during the Chunin Exams finals. The second time, Karui channels Lightning Release chakra through her sword to break Sasuke's.
  • Blessed with Suck: According to Mei Terumi, despite the perks of having a powerful Bloodline Limit, it also entails many troubles, such as the need to pass it down to the next generation.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Obito lampshades this when he's confronted in Chapter 66, admitting that he was careless in his previous attacks on Konoha and made many rookie mistakes. And despite his claims, he stills ends up falling prey to it when Sasuke figures out the weakness of his powers.
  • Bully Hunter: As in canon, Naruto defends Hinata from the three bullies picking on her and actually manages to beat them.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Naruto doesn't even recognize Zaku, Kin and Dosu when he meets them again during Chapter 73, even though he fought them twice.
  • Break Them by Talking:
  • Breather Episode:
    • Chapter 31 is this, set between the Chunin exams and the final arc for Part I.
    • After the end of Kakuzu and Hidan arc, Chapter 65 focuses on the wedding of Kurenai and Asuma.
    • Chapter 76 is titled "Recovery", lifting some weight off the aftermath of the failed retrieval of Roshi and before the Root Arc.
    • Chapters 81 and 82 are set after the Root arc, as prelude to an incoming invasion from Akatsuki at Konoha.
  • Breath Weapon: Many of the Fire Release techniques are used like this. There's also Haku's Winter Breath.
  • Bridal Carry: Naruto catches Hinata in his arms after Pain knocks her out of the sky.
    • Hinata does it to Hanabi in Chapter 79, after rescuing her from Danzo's henchmen.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Kaida and Hagane, the children of Jiraiya and Tsunade. Their clones Hebiko and Hebimaru are themselves an evil version, and they even get to fight against each other.
  • Brutal Honesty: Kosuke the messenger toad, directly cites that Jiraiya called Rasa "a man who sucks the living joy out of you just by being in the same room" when delivering his message.
  • Came Back Strong: The process that brought Rin back from the dead also granted her Wood Release and a Healing Factor.
  • Canis Major: Kiba and Akamaru, like in canon, can transform together into a giant two-headed wolf. By the Shippuden timeframe, they upgrade it to a three-headed one adding a Shadow Clone to the mix.
    • One of Pain's bodies can summon varied beasts, including a whole pack of giant monster dogs.
    • Sai can also create large ink dogs to attack his opponents.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You:
    • Played for Laughs. When asked why they don't just kill Tora instead of having to go through the trouble to catch her, Tenzo/Yamato replies that she represents fifteen percent of Konoha's total income, thus doing that would be a major blow to the village's economy.
    • On the other hand, among the Akatsuki Obito can't wait for the day Orochimaru's usefulness to come to an end so he can get rid of him, and is annoyed that he can't off him now.
    • As in canon, the Akatsuki members need to capture the jinchuriki alive, lest they'd end up losing their tailed beasts.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Hiruzen Sarutobi is almost fatally wounded while battling Fugaku and his elite Uchihas. He's saved thanks to Itachi's intervention, but he's forced to step down as Hokage as a result of this battle.
  • Cavalry Betrayal: Villainous example: at the end of the Retrieval arc, Obito is facing down multiple Jonin as well as a released Rin who makes it clear that she is not having any part of his plans, and is willing to do anything before she is taken away a second time. Zetsu pops up and Obito orders him to assist, but Zetsu instead knocks him out with sleep dust and flees.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Part I at least, is pretty much this. The introduction arc is very lighthearted, focusing on Jiraiya and Tsunade's growing relationship as they raise baby Naruto. Then, we dive into the Uchiha Insurrection arc, probably the darkest arc of the first part. Then, it's followed by the Academy three-parter, which focuses on Naruto and his classmates training to become ninjas, as well as developing some of their friendships. Then, we have the Land of Sound arc, in which Naruto and his team finds that Orochimaru had taken over the Land of Rice, and they have to evacuate the last remaining town not under his control before it's too late. This is then followed by the Chunin Exams, focused mostly on friendly competition and romance, which is finally followed by the Invasion of Konoha, sperheaded by Orochimaru.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Like in canon, Gai and Lee fight using exclusively taijutsu. The latter manages to overpower Mizuki even while using Orochimaru's Cursed Seal.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Chapter 20 mentions the Hero Water, an elixir found in Takigakure capable of increasing the power of those who drink it, but at risk of potentially fatal results. Fu was given a vial of it for the Chunin Exams, which she drinks during her fight with Gaara.
      • Later in Chapter 64, turns out Kakuzu and Hidan stole a bit of it, and they drink it themselves to get a power boost when Naruto and the others are causing them troubles.
    • The Scroll of Seals, of all things. After being stolen by Mizuki, Orochimaru uses its knowledge to cure Kimimaro of his disease. Furthermore, he also learns from it on how to extract souls inside the Reaper's stomach, which allows him to resurrect Minato and Kushina.
    • Obito takes Shisui's eye from Danzo before he can transplant it to himself. Fast forward a few years, he uses it to brainwash Naruto using Kotoamatsukami so he willingly comes with him.
    • At the end of the Kirigakure War arc, Konoha retrieves some Chakra Golems for study, and at the beginning of Part II a few are given to Suna as well. Turns out Kankuro got himself one as a new puppet, named Tamotsu. The Golems would again come into play when the Akatsuki invades Konoha. Jiraiya activates them so that they can be used as an army of sorts.
    • During the Kirigakure Civil War arc, Rin cut herself a finger to show her Healing Factor, which was retrieved by Sai and given to Danzo. Come Chapter 80, he's revealed to have used it to stabilize Hashirama's cells, enabling him to properly use Wood Release.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • In Chapter 4, there's an Early-Bird Cameo of Toneri Otsutsuki, of all people. Fastforward to Chapter 55, he's "recruited" into Akatsuki as Sasori's replacement after his death.
    • Yakumo Kurama, Kurenai's former student, is mentioned in Chapter 69 when the Assault Squad visits her grave. She's revealed to be alive in Chapter 77, and reappears in Chapter 79 as part of Danzo's forces in Root.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • Naruto and company are taught, among other things, how to use their chakra to Walk on Water at the ninja academy. Fastforward to the Chunin Exams, the second stage takes place in a lake full of wrecked ships, and this gives them an edge over most of the other Genin teams, who weren't taught this.
    • Early in the story, Naruto is revealed to be able to mold his chakra and share it with other people rather easily, as shown when he shares some with Hinata when they're training together. This comes into play during the Gaara Rescue arc, as they manage to get him barely alive before the Akatsuki can finish their extraction ritual, but they need to perform a chakra transfer in order to save him. Even later, he's also able to apply it as a way to bypass the restrictions to teach Senjutsu to other people without having to sign a summon contract.
    • Ino's Mind Fragmentation Jutsu, originally introduced to create a Psychic Link between herself and her teammates, is revealed to be what Ino used to spy on Danzo through Sai, with the latter none the wiser.
  • Chest Blaster: The Wrath of Jashin attempts one last attack by opening a large eye in its chest, and firing a large chakra beam out of it.
  • Chest Burster: The Demonic Summon: Sons of Jashin, creates demonic creatures that eat the victim from the inside out and then burst out through their chests.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Naruto and Hinata quickly set up as this as in canon, except that they become actual friends during their academy days. They finally become a couple in Chapter 31.
  • Childhood Friends: Naruto quickly becomes this with the Sand Siblings, when he and Jiraiya visit Suna to fix Gaara's seal. He's very happy when they meet again during the Chunin exams.
  • Children Raise You: Looking after Naruto and living together under the same roof ends up bringing out the best of Tsunade and Jiraiya.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Surprisingly, Jiraiya becomes this when he starts living with Tsunade.
  • Cliffhanger: Chapter 62 ends in one, with Hidan using his curse with Kakashi.
  • Clones Are People, Too: Knowing that Orochimaru has made biological clones of their children has compelled Jiraiya and Tsunade to try and save them if possible. Naruto convinces Roshi to avoid killing them for this reason.
  • Cloning Blues: Averted for Hebiko and Hebimaru. They're very much aware of their origin as clones of Kaida and Hagane, but it doesn't seem to affect them that much.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Gai, Lee and Neji mostly specialize in Taijutsu. Sakura and Tsunade, who are mostly oriented to medical ninjutsu, prefer to fight up close physically using their chakra to boost their physical strength.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: As per canon, this is one of the Sharigan's standard abilities. The Mangekyo Sharingan can even take it further.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Hidan, full stop. Case in point, his signature jutsu allows him to disable his pain receptors if he wants, but he actively chooses not to do so, since he loves to feel the pain he inflicts on his victims before killing them.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Fu has a... bizarre train of thought, to say the least.
  • Combination Attack:
    • Mei and Naruto's Scorch Release: Spiraling Burning Wind, which was formed by Mei pouring fire chakra into Naruto's Rasenshuriken.
    • Anko does another with Zaku who uses his Decapitating Airwaves to power up Anko's Great Dragon Fire.
    • In Chapter 78, during the raid of Root's headquarters, Shizune combines her Poison Mist with Shisui's Great Fireball.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Hinata makes a point of using her newly awakened Tenseigan for good. This prompts her to share it with Hanabi so she doesn't keep that power all for herself.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Itachi tends to fall in and out of focus between arcs. Justified due to doing a lot of work in charge of Jiraiya's spy and intelligence network, so he needs travel away from Konoha on a regular basis.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Haku runs into this during the Kirigakure War arc, debating whether or not to remain with Zabuza even if it means moving to Kiri or staying in Konoha with his team and his girlfriend Tenten. It's eventually resolved when not only does Zabuza give his permission to leave him (in as harsh a manner as he can) but Mei makes him Kiri's ambassador to Konoha.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: in a dubiously-canon omake, Itachi tortures an Ame genin for information using Tsukuyomi... to force him to watch the entire filler season of a shonen series.
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • Shizune to Naruto. Later also to Jiraiya and Tsunade's twins.
    • Hanabi absolutely adores Hinata.
  • Combat Medic: Each of the Konoha genin teams is assigned at least one medic-nin, and each of them has some combat training to be able to defend themselves.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Tayuya tells Juugo she didn't ask for his help when he comes in and recovers her flute for her before Kin snatches it.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • Averted for the Genin teams. They are specialized, but they don't fall into this. It's the main reason as for why Sasuke was included in a team where every other member is a medic-nin.
    • Played straight to a degree for Shikamaru in the Chunin Exams preliminaries. His fighting style is more oriented to act as support alongside his teammates, thus rendering him vulnerable to fight an opponent alone.
    • Tayuya seems to be quite reliant on her flute for most of her attacks, being forced to retreat when Kiba and Akamaru disrupted her melody with a roar. Subverted after the timeskip, where she displays some hand-to-hand combat skills, although she still uses it as her main weapon and takes priority to regain it when it's knocked off her hands.
    • Toneri zigzags it somewhat. On the one hand, he has a rather limited jutsu arsenal, but knows how to put it to good use. On the other hand, he still falls into being Skilled, but Naïve and severely underestimates his foes, and he actually comes close to being defeated when Hagane discovers that he can counter the Truth Seeking Balls with his Nature-based chakra.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: One happened offscreen between Mei and Zabuza, when the latter challenged the former over the leadership of the Kiri Rebellion. Zabuza was barely able to touch her.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Hanabi and Neji have a sparring match against each other in chapter 72. They're more or less evenly matched until Hanabi uses the Truth Seeking Balls to neutralize Neji's chakra, and unleashes the Eight Trigrams: Sixty-Four Palms on him.
  • Cutting the Knot: Naruto's entire generation of genin was spared the pain of having to catch Tora the cat since they could just get Tamaki to summon her.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In Chapter 79, Torune gets tricked into killing by his partner, by means of getting the beetles to devour Fuu's flesh and chakra as they proceed to multiply themselves all over his body. Somewhat downplayed because Shisui impales him with his tanto in the chest to end his suffering.
  • The Dead Have Names: After the Kirigakure Civil War ends, Jiraiya requests for the names of the eleven casualties among the group sent to assist the rebel forces who were killed during the conflict, and send condolence letters to their families.
  • Dead Man Writing: Subverted. Hiruzen leaves a letter to be read after his death, since he thinks he will die fighting Fugaku and his elite Uchihas. However, he manages to survive thanks to Itachi's intervention.
  • Death from Above: Sasuke's Kirin stirs up storm clouds to summon a single massive bolt of lightning on the target.
  • Deliberate Capture Gambit: Having deduced how Obito's powers work, Sasuke asks Rin to let herself be captured by his Kamui. She does so and starts stabbing him when he phases his body parts into the Pocket Dimension.
  • Death Is Cheap: Invoked by Danzo during his battle against Shisui and Shizune, as he constantly abuses the Sharingan implanted in his arms to use Izanagi and revive himself after taking fatal blows.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Happens to Sai, when he's confronted by Ino during the raid to Root's headquarters. When Ino catches him in an explosive trap that will blow him up if he tries to move, he surrenders instead of letting himself get killed, admitting that he let her influence him more than he had expected or wanted to. She continues her efforts in Chapter 81, convinced that Danzo didn't strip him of all of his humanity, and wants to bring it back to the surface.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Kakashi, due not being Naruto's sensei this time around. Also, Sasuke and Sakura to a lesser extent, for the same reasons.
    • Chiyo also counts for the Gaara Rescue arc, as she doesn't get involved in the mission.
  • Description Cut: In Chapter 51, when asked where's Temari, Kankuro replies that she and Shikamaru are probably having fun together. He's only half-right: Shikamaru is obviously not having fun at all.
  • Determinator:
  • Didn't See That Coming: Obito clearly didn't expect that Rin would purposely let herself get captured by his teleportation jutsu, so as to hurt him from inside the Pocket Dimension.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Sai thought Ino wouldn't be able to pry into his mind because he'd been scanned by Fuu Yamanaka and he found nothing. Ino quickly points out that she created the Mind Fragmentation Jutsu herself, so no other Yamanaka knows about it, much less how to detect or counter it.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: In-Universe, according to Kankuro this is the case for puppeteer ninjutsu. It's hard to learn, but the payoff for mastering it is worth it.
  • Double Entendre: In Chapter 82, Shisui asks Shizune "Care to lend me your magic hands?". She frowns and tells him not to call them that way out of their bedroom.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Kurama doesn't like being called by his real name unless he considers the one using it worthy. His "brother" Son Goku apparently doesn't fall into said category.
  • Downer Ending:
    • Chapter 67 ends with Obito successfully capturing Yugito Nii, and still having Kurama's Yin half under his control, making Team Shizune's mission a complete failure. The only silver lining is that Rin manages to take Shisui's eye back from him.
    • In Chapter 70, Pain and Konan slip away with Ukataka, and to add insult to injury Pain reveals to Naruto that he was a former disciple of Jiraiya.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Shizune finds Kurenai doing this after the Root raid, and the reveal that Kurenai's old student Yakumo did not die in a fire, but was turned into a Root agent by Danzo.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Sasuke does this in Chapter 30 with a katana and a kunai, empowered with lightning and fire chakra. To top it off, he manages to combine them to create Plasma Release, even without having a proper kekkei genkai.
    • Naruto later pulls out a second chakra blade to do the same while brainwashed against Sasuke.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady:
  • Dumb Muscle: The Chakra Golems are pretty much this. They usually rely on their size and brute strength since they lack intelligence and capacity to come up with complex strategies.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Orochimaru, since despite being technically under Pain and Obito within Akatsuki's ranks, he continues to pursue his own goals outside of their overall plans. And said goals now include to obtain the Rinnegan, which he plans to take directly from Pain. He officially cuts his ties with Akatsuki at the end of Chapter 79.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: In Chapter 81, Shizune finds Kurenai at a bar drinking and looking miserable. She's depressed due to her encounter with her former student Yakumo during the Root raid.
  • Drunk with Power: Played for Laughs. When Naruto offers to help Sakura become stronger, he teaches her Tsunade's trademark technique to boost her strength. She quickly takes to it and reduces a large boulder to rubble, and practices it on some trees.
    Sakura: YES! YES! I'M SAKURA THE UNSTOPPABLE! SAKURA THE INVINCIBLE! TREMBLE, EVERYBODY, AND DESPAIR! YOUR DOOM HAS COME TO THIS WORLD! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
  • Dynamic Entry: It's a Naruto fic!
    • In the very first chapter, Tsunade wants to enter the Hokage office, but the guard won't let her. She just brings down the door (and the guard) with a punch.
    • At the start of the Chunin Exams, Fu lands in front of the Konoha genin falling like a meteor from the sky, after shouting Shino's name.
     E-M 
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The Akatsuki members are given an appearance earlier than in canon. Then there’s also Toneri, from The Last: Naruto the Movie.
  • Eaten Alive: How Kidomaru meets his end, courtesy of Shino's enlarged bugs.
  • Eating Optional: After being revived, Rin no longer requires food to sustain herself (only water), but still does so because she enjoys the taste.
  • Eating the Eye Candy:
    • During the Hyuga affair negotiations, Killer B doesn't waste the chance to glance at Tsunade's rack, taking advantage of his sunshades to cover it.
    • Naruto performs the " Uchiha Harem Jutsu" to defeat Sakura. The rest of the present females in their age group get similar reactions (even Ino).
    • In Chapter 69, when Naruto mentions that Hinata has "plenty of admirable qualities", she catches him glancing at her chest for a second.
  • Elemental Powers:
    • Blow You Away: Like in canon, Naruto has wind affinity, but unlike canon, he has more wind jutsus, both canonical (Great Breakthrough, Wind Wall) and exclusive to this story (Cyclone Vortex). Other wind users include Temari, Gaara, Asuma, Orochimaru and Fu.
      • Naruto later learns to channel his Wind Release through his Chakra blades to use Razor Wind attacks.
    • An Ice Person: Haku, like in canon.
    • Dishing Out Dirt: Sakura and Karin can use Earth jutsu. Kiba and Shino also have Earth affinity, but they haven't use any Earth jutsu yet. For the villains' side, Jirobo not only uses Earth jutsu, he's also able to summon rock golems to help him.
    • Green Thumb: Kaida, Jiraiya and Tsunade's daughter, can naturally use Wood Release. As per canon Tenzo/Yamato is also able to use it due to Orochimaru's experiments. Likewise, Danzō is shown to be capable of Wood Release through Orochimaru's experiments, though he reveals he has found a way to stabilize Hashirama's cells, thus having better control compared to canon. Kaida's clone, Hebiko, also has the ability.
      • Rin finds out that whatever Obito used to revive her granted Wood Release as well.
    • Making a Splash: Besides canonical examples, Sakura, Ino, Shizune and Fu can use water jutsu. Naruto himself learns to use water release during the timeskip.
    • Playing with Fire: All the Uchihas, Jiraiya, Shikamaru and Choji. The latter two even combine it with their respective clan jutsu. Later, it's revelaed that Hanabi has fire affinity when she starts to train in elemental manipulation.
      • Sasori's puppet body has built-in flamethrowers in the hands.
    • Shock and Awe: Hinata has lightning affinity, and combines lightning chakra with the Gentle Fist to create a new variant. She later combines it with the Heavenly Spin as well.
      • Other users include Sasuke (though he does NOT learn the Chidori) and pretty much every Kumo ninja.
      • The revived Minato creates a lightning-infused Rasengan while fighting Jiraiya.
  • Embarrassing Nickname:
    • Ino goes from calling Sakura "Forehead Girl" to "the Pink Punching Bag" after the latter gets her ass handed by pretty much every single girl in her class.
    • Shikamaru earns the nickname "Pineapple Head" due to his usual hairstyle, and he's not amused. Though Temari seems to say it with some shades of endearment.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • According to Pain and Obito, the alliances between ninja villages are this, since they tend to join forces against common threats and once these are gone, they fall back their old grudges.
    • In Chapter 66, Shizune's Medical Squad and Rin have to fight alongside Yugito Nii, Samui, Atsui and Darui against Kisame and Obito, since although their villages aren't friends or even allies, they share a common enemy in Akatsuki.
  • Especially Zoidberg: Haku remarks that it's important to remember every enemy ninja one faces, especially the weak ones, in case they come back stronger for another go one day.
  • Eureka Moment:
    • When Naruto is reluctant to tap into Kurama's power to fight Yagura in Tailed Beast mode, Mei tries to assure him that if he loses control, she has the sealing tags Kurenai gave her just in case. Then, she realizes they can use them to supress Yagura's Tailed Beast chakra instead.
    • Hinata has one in Chapter 72, pondering about how the Truth Seeking Balls can neutralize ninjutsu techniques, and thinks there might be a way to also neutralize fuinjutsu. She then realizes this could be the answer to find the way to erase the Caged Bird Seal from the former Branch House Hyugas' foreheads.
    • Chapter 81 has Naruto getting an idea to help more people learn Senjutsu, when he thinks about some training he previously did with Hinata.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Toneri expresses disgust at Orochimaru being so willing to desecrate a dead body for his own purposes.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: During the Chunin Exams preliminaries, Hinata catches the eye of T, who calls her "pretty".
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: From Sai's account, Danzo always despised the fact that the previous Hokages fostered trying to make alliances with other villages, and sparing former enemies to give them a chance to redeem themselves.
  • Evil Knockoff: Hebiko and Hebimaru are this to Kaida and Hagane, being clones created by Orochimaru from their DNA and having their same abilities.
  • Exact Words: Mei promised Naruto to return the captured Uzumaki seal research that Kiri has stored. She didn't say anything about the copies that had been made.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Sasuke shoots out several Fire Release attacks at Obito that the latter dodges, but they keep flying into the sky. As it turns out, they were aimed to stir up storm clouds to unleash the Kirin.
  • Expendable Clone: Justified example with Naruto's Shadow Clones, which come in very handy during the Root headquarters raid to spring the traps Danzo's troops have set up for them.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Like in canon, Danzo attacks Shisui and forcibly takes his right eye to get Kotoamatsukami for himself, but Obito Uchiha has other plans.
    • During the Chunin Exams finals, while fighting against Karui, Choji becomes tiny and attacks Karui by poking her in the eyes.
    • In Chapter 66, Rin attacks Obito right to the face with the intent of taking back Shisui's eye. She succeeds.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There:
    • The body of the Wrath of Jashin is full of these.
    • And of course, Danzo's right arm full in Sharingan eyes, which he finally unwraps at the end of Chapter 79.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Not that he ever was a good guy to begin with, but Danzo cuts his ties with Konoha to hightail with Orochimaru during the Root arc, becoming officially a fugitive.
  • Face Palm: Ino does this after Sai unwittingly insults Shikamaru and Choji during Asuma and Kurenai's wedding.
    Sai: Most people came with a date, but you're on your own. Do girls find your appearance too ugly or your personalities too disgusting for staying with you?
    (beat)
    The sound of Ino's hand slapping against her face echoed through the village.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In Chapter 80, Danzo admits to himself to have overlooked the possibility of Shisui having access to Susanoo, despite having two Mangekyo Sharingan.
  • Flaming Sword: Sasuke's Fire Release: Burning Edge coats the blade of his katana on fire.
  • Flight: While rare, there are some instances of ninja able to use this ability. Examples include Fu, thanks to her Tailed Beast, the Tsuchikages, who developed a jutsu to reduce their weight to float in the air, and the Tenseigan users, as it grants a degree of telekinesis. Konan can also fly with her paper wings.
  • Fighting Your Friend:
    • During the Sound Invasion, Orochimaru's use of the Edo Tensei forces Tsunade to fight against Hashirama until Shisui breaks the control with Kotoamatsukami. Likewise, Jiraiya ends up having to fight against Minato and Kushina.
    • Sasuke, as he tries to snap Naruto out of Obito's brainwashing and at the same time trying to avoid delivering lethal blows.
    • During the raid to Root's headquarters, Ino goes alone to fight Sai.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Hinata finishes Sasori off this way, poking his heart with a finger and channeling electric chakra to burst it.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: More like Fire-Reforged Friends in the case of Ino and Sakura, who become friends again after defeating Sakon and Ukon.
  • Flash Forward: Chapter 32 opens up with one of Naruto and Sasuke about to fight each other, and this time playing for keeps.
  • For Want of a Nail: The nail being the Sannin couple raising Naruto and being around Konoha as he grows up. Among the events changed are as follows:
    • Jiraiya manages to solve the Hyuga affair, saving Hizashi from having to sacrifice himself and warning Kumo not to try and pull something like this again.
    • Upon learning that the Kazekage’s son is a jinchuriki, Jiraiya visits Suna as an ambassador and offers to perform a seal on Gaara so he can control his tailed beast better. This also results in Naruto befriending the Sand Siblings earlier than in canon, and Gaara not growing to be Ax-Crazy.
    • When Itachi and Shisui’s attempts to defuse the tensions with the Uchiha Clan fail, they pull off their coup and attack Konoha. Among the victims are Hiashi Hyuga and Inoichi Yamanaka, and Hiruzen Sarutobi is injured to the point he can’t continue as Hokage, passing on the title to Jiraiya. Furthermore, Orochimaru uses the chaos during the attack to steal a pair of Sharingan eyes for himself.
    • The above leads to the standards in the academy to be increased for the graduates, so the genin become more proficient to face future threats.
    • Similarly, because Orochimaru gains the Sharingan from the Uchiha coup, Sasuke isn't given a Curse Mark of Heaven.
    • In regards to the members of Akatsuki:
      • Since Itachi never joins, Orochimaru remains a member up to the present time, though he still continues to pursue his own agenda. He eventually defects from them at the end of Chapter 80
      • Kisame is partnered with Deidara during the Kirigakure War Arc, though the latter is paired with Sasori by the start of Part II.
      • Obito/Tobi is a fully-fledged member from the start, as opposed to pretending to be just a lackey at first, and he's not hiding behind Madara's name, with Pain fully aware of his identity.
      • After Sasori's death, his replacement is none other than Toneri Otsutsuki.
    • Several of the genin teams are reorganized differently from canon:
      • Naruto, Hinata and Haku under Kurenai.
      • Kiba, Shino and Tamaki under Kakashi.
      • Sasuke, Sakura and Karin under Shizune. And since Sasuke isn't Kakashi's student, he never learns the Chidori.
    • Mizuki successfully steals the Scroll of Seals and delivers it to Orochimaru.
    • Since Naruto has parents this time around, the relationships he had in canon with Iruka (whom he saw a big brother) and the Third Hokage (whom he saw as a surrogate grandfather) aren't as deep or meaningful. His relationship with Iruka doesn't go beyond the standard teacher-student, and has no relationship with the Third Hokage at all.
    • The Land of Waves mission is handled by Zabuza instead of Naruto's team. As a result, Tazuna names his bridge after him.
    • During the Chunin exams arc:
      • The first stage, instead of a written test, has the Genin teams go around the village chasing a group of ninjas. The goal is to capture one of them and remove the scroll they have in their person within three hours. They have to avoid causing property damage, endangering civilians and using lethal force, and once a team gets a scroll, they automatically pass. Fighting other teams or trying to steal a scroll is not allowed.
      • The second stage takes place in a ship graveyard instead of the Forest of Death. The scroll retrieved from the previous stage is a map they have to use to find a treasure chest to pass to the final stage. Unlike the previous stage, fighting other teams, even with lethal force, is allowed. Once the chest has been retrieved, they have to take it to the steel freighter in the middle of the lake within three days, and the entire team has to get there safely.
    • In the final arc of Part I, the battles against the Sound Five get re-arranged:
      • Shikamaru is the first who stays behind to distract Jirobo, though Choji shortly after goes back to help him as well.
      • Neji tries to stay back to fight Kidomaru, but Tamaki and Shino take him on instead.
      • Ino and Sakura fight together against Sakon and Ukon.
      • Kiba tracks down Tayuya using his sense of smell, and Neji comes later to assist him.
      • The group that reaches Kimimaro ends up with Naruto, Sasuke, Hinata, Lee, Tenten, Haku and Karin. They find him arguing with Mizuki, so the latter three stay behind to fight Kimimaro while the the rest goes after Mizuki. Later, Zabuza shows up to fight Kimimaro himself so they can continue and help the others.
    • Between Parts I and II, while the Kirigakure Civil War is ongoing, Mei Terumi comes to Konoha to ask for assistance in overthrowing the current regime, and Jiraiya accepts to form an alliance with them once they succeed.
    • Since Rasa is still alive, Gaara doesn't become Kazekage during the time-skip. Also, Chiyo doesn't get involved in the rescue mission, with Suna sending Maki, Matsuri, Yukata and Mikoshi for backup.
    • With Sasuke still loyal to Konoha by Part II, the Sasuke and Sai arc doesn't happen, being replaced by the Byakugan Princess arc. Same applies later for the Search for Itachi arc.
    • The Kakuzu and Hidan arc takes place mostly in Takigakure after they take control of it, while Fu makes it to Konoha to ask for help in retaking the village.
    • The clash between Naruto and Pain happens in different circumstances to canon, namely that they fight alongside their respective allies (Hinata and Haku for Naruto, and Konan for Pain), and the jinchuriki Pain is after is Ukataka instead of Naruto himself. The end result is also a victory for Pain since he manages to slip away with Ukataka.
    • Danzo's treachery against Konoha is exposed while he's still alive, and Jiraiya leads a raid to Root's headquarters to take him out once and for all.
      • Within this same arc, it's also heavily implied that he was the one behind the fire that destroyed the Kuramas' house and Yakumo's disappearance, taking her away to become one of his puppet agents in Root.
    • Jiraiya doesn’t infiltrate Ame in order to learn more about the Akatsuki’s leader.
  • Flipping the Bird: Karui does this to the crowd in the Chunin exams' finals in response to their booing after she beats Choji.
  • Foreshadowing: At the end of Chapter 6, Hiashi Hyuga muses that his seemingly good fortune (his brother being spared from sacrificing himself to Kumo, and his wife being saved from dying by Tsunade) has a price tag attached to it, and one day he'll have to pay it. He turns out to be right, as he himself gets killed in the Uchiha Insurrection.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Lampshaded and Played for Laughs; when Hinata is at the infirmary and laments that she can't watch Naruto's final match in the Chunin exams, her mother reminds her that she can use her Byakugan to do that. Hikari even remarks that "being lovesick certainly messes with one's mind".
  • Freudian Slip: Tsunade accidentally blurts out to Jiraiya “I like you better when you’re not a pervert!”
  • Frontline General: Jiraiya, the Hokage himself, leads the vanguard force to attack Root's headquarters to bring Danzo in.
  • The Gambling Addict: Tsunade, of course, taking after her grandfather. She tries to pass it down to her children. but fails.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: The aftermath of the confrontation with Pain and Konan leaves Naruto's teammates out of comission for several weeks, with Hinata needing to walk with a crutch and Haku having his arm cast on a sling.
  • Generation Xerox: From her talk with Hinata, it's inferred that Hikari Hyuga was a lot like her daughter in her youth, too gentle for her own good in the eyes of others, and had to work really hard to become strong and earn the right to be with the man she loved.
  • Genki Girl: Fu is extremely friendly and energetic, and loves to make new friends.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In Chapter 76, Tsunade can't stand that Naruto keeps blaming himself for the failure in the Roshi retrieval mission and Hagane ending up hurt and in a coma, and practically kicks him out of the hospital, yelling at him to go visit Hinata.
  • Giant Flyer: The Uchiha clan has summoning contracts with crows (used by Itachi and Shisui) and hawks (used by Sasuke), some of which are big enough to ride on. Deidara also likes to make giant clay birds for transport.
  • Girlfriend in Canada: When asked by Sai why they don't have dates during Asuma and Kurenai's wedding, Shikamaru cites this trope while also making it clear that he's not lying about his girlfriend living in Suna, while Choji mentions staying in contact with a girl in Kumo.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Minato, as per canon. Lampshaded by Jiraiya when he gives a Lightning-infused Rasengan the name "Spiraling Thunder Blast Type Zero", and in the heat of the battle, no less.
  • The Glomp: Fu is fond of doing this, not helped by the fact that's she's pretty strong.
  • Goddamned Bats: At the start of his fight with Ino, Sai summons a swarm of ink bats to attack her.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: From Shizune's monologue in Chapter 81, this seems to be the case between her and Shisui.
  • Go for the Eye: When confronted by the Wrath of Jashin, Naruto and his team trick it so it hits its eyes with its own flames to disable it.
  • Golem:
  • Good Parents:
    • Jiraiya and Tsunade to Naruto and eventually to their own twin children.
    • Hinata's mother Hikari, while a bit on the stern side, is very loving and supportive of her.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: After Takigakure is taken over by Hidan and Kakuzu, Jiraiya requests for help from Rasa and Mei to retake it. They both agree, although the latter's forces don't make it to the battle in time, instead delivering help in food, medicine and supplies for rebuilding afterwards.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: A nurse arrives at the hospital room where some Root agents tried to kidnap a comatose Hagane, and were stupid enough to try and attack Tsunade when she got in their way. The narration doesn't describe the room's state, but judging by the fact Tsunade blasted a huge hole into the wall and the nurse's horror, the results weren't pretty.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Roshi wrote many adventures in his traveling journals, which he shared with Naruto when they met. He never got the chance to publish them as he was captured by Akatsuki. Now that Naruto has them, Tsunade suggests that he publishes them so Roshi's adventures become known to the world.
  • Green Around the Gills: The first time Jiraiya brought Ino to the stomach of a giant toad, she puked. However, it was necesary so nobody would listen to them while she relayed her intel about Danzo's treachery to Jiraiya.
  • Hands Go Down: The first round of this iteration of the chuunin exams involves the hopefuls have to chase and capture scroll bearers and interrogate their scrolls from them. When the proctor allows questions and hands go up, he clarifies that the scroll bearers won't hide the scroll in their rectums. Most hands go down.
  • Hammerspace: As in canon, sealing scrolls are often used to store items, weaponry, and even elemental ninjutsu to summon whenever needed.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Mizuki strongly believes in this, which contributed to his defection from Konoha. Lee however proves him dead wrong.
  • Happily Adopted:
    • Naruto ends up growing very happy with Jiraiya and Tsunade.
    • Downplayed with Haku. He isn't very happy with being Hayate and Yugao's adopted son, but he eventually warms up to them.
  • Happily Married:
    • They do have their issues, but Jiraiya and Tsunade end up a very happy couple overall.
    • Shizune and Shisui eventually become this as well over the course of the story.
    • While they had been together for quite a while, Kurenai and Asuma don't become officially married until Chapter 65.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: Shisui uses Kotoamatsukami on a reanimated Hashirama to override Orochimaru's control with his own, and uses it to give Hashirama back his free will.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • As in canon, Zabuza is introduced as an enemy although as a mercenary hired by the Uchiha for their insurrection. He's taken prisoner and given jail time with the chance of parole on the conditions that his protegé Haku studies at the academy and becomes a Konoha ninja. He doesn't like the idea very much, but he ultimately accepts and becomes a valuable ally to Konoha.
    • Orochimaru's genin trio, Zaku, Kin and Dosu appear as recurring antagonists during Part I, until they end up captured and placed under Anko's custody. Come Part II, they're now officially on Konoha's side.
  • Heel Realization: Fugaku Uchiha, right when Itachi kills him.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend:
    • As per canon, Kurenai insists this about Asuma. Nobody believes her, of course.
    • Downplayed with Ino in Chapter 65. When asked if Sai is her boyfriend, her response is more along the lines of "not yet". Later in Chapter 72, though, Shikamaru remarks Ino gets mad if anybody within earshot says it.
  • Hell-Fire:
    • The Wrath of Jashin fires from its multiple mouths streams of blue fire that can't be extinguished with water.
    • And of course, the canon example of Amaterasu, the Mangekyo Sharingan's black flames.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: By the time the Chunin Exams finals roll around, Sasuke has started using katanas to battle. Itachi often uses them too.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: After the Chunin Exams, Neji hooks up with Karin. Likewise, Choji gets some Ship Tease with Karui.
    • Zabuza is more of an Anti-Hero, but eventually gets married to Mei Terumi.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ukataka, having to choose between saving himself or Hotaru, choses to save her, and gets captured by Konan and Pain.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: After the Uchiha coup attempt, the surviving Uchihas, Itachi, Shisui and Sasuke, are loyal to Konoha, but their clansmen's actions sullied the clan's name to the public eye, and thus they're treated with scorn.
  • Hidden Buxom: Hinata begins to wear her baggy coat after her mother, during a sparring session, notices her chest growth and wonders if she should buy her a bra.
  • Hidden Depths: Shisui, despite being for the most part a pretty easygoing guy, has a lot more under the surface. For starters, he feels guilty for letting his friend Seiichi die out of jealousy, and he hasn't forgotten about when Danzo forcibly stole his eye.
  • Hold the Line: Chapter 52 ends with Sasori and Deidara attacking the heroes while Hinata and Naruto perform a chakra transfer to save Gaara, forcing Kurenai, Haku and Maki's team to fight them off until Gaara is out of danger.
  • Honey Trap: In Chapter 68, Itachi disguises himself as a woman to lure an Ame genin into a trap, and later extract info from him.
  • Hope Spot:
    • In the climax of Chapter 67, Sasuke uses the Kirin to knock out Kurama's Yin half, and it seems they'll seal it inside Karin's body. However, before they can do so, it wakes up and starts another rampage, sending out a Tailed Beast Ball and forcing Yugito to take the blast for them.
    • Twofold in Chapter 75. Hagane briefly figures out that his Nature-based chakra attacks can counter the Truth Seeking Balls and manages to put Toneri on the brink of defeat, but he gains a sudden power boost from a burst of rage, although he's forced to retreat after performing one single attack. Likewise, Naruto and Roshi almost defeat Orochimaru, but he's distracted when he senses Hagane getting knocked out, and gives Orochimaru the opening to capture Roshi and escape.
  • Hostage Situation: A rare example where the heroes are the ones taking a hostage. When Orochimaru is about to escape, Anko tries to negotiate by using Hebimaru, knowing that he's "special". Unfortunately, Orochimaru doesn't care and just leaves him behind.
  • Human Popsicle: Hidan gets defeated this way, encased in a block of ice by Haku and put into stasis by sealing tags.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Orochimaru holds the view that "there's no such thing as innocent people, just people who never had the chance to sin".
  • Hypocrite:
    • Deidara does not like when someone uses his explosive clay figurines against him.
    • The biggest one, of course, is Danzo, who is unable to practice what he preaches in regards to making sacrifices for the greater good. Moreover, he claims to be acting in Konoha's best interest, yet is more than willing to leak intel to Konoha's enemies to pave the way so he can rise and become Hokage.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At one point, Tsunade yells at Naruto that he shouldn't yell inside a hospital. While she herself was inside that hospital.
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: In Chapter 4, Jiraiya is clearly disgusted about agreeing with Danzo during the discussion of the Hyuga affair.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: When Shizune calls Danzo sick for his actions, he replies "I will always do what's best for Konoha. No matter how many people see me or my ideals, I will always do what is right."
  • If We Get Through This...: Jiraiya promises to Fukasaku and Shima to complete his Sage training if they make it out of the invasion alive.
  • I Have No Son!: Offscreen example, Itachi ends up having an argument with his parents and they kick him out of the clan as a result.
  • I Heard That: Kurama's response to Naruto saying that the Seven Tails is more reasonable than "the stupid fox". Naruto doesn't care.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Sasuke to Naruto, after the latter is brainwashed by Obito and Sasuke tries to snap him out of it.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Shisui considers his greatest failure ever not helping his friend Shunichi when he fought a Kumo ANBU captain alone, indirectly causing his death.
  • I Let You Win: The two Takigakure shinobi that accompany Fu to the Chunin exams throw their preliminary matches so that it isn't revealed that they're actually disguised Jonin.
  • I'll Kill You!: Naruto yells "You're dead!" at Toneri in Chapter 57, as soon as he finds out he was the one behind Hinata's kidnapping when she was a child.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Sasuke ends up doing this to a brainwashed Naruto with a lightning-infused blade to try and shock him out of it from the inside out.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • The Raikage after meeting with Toneri.
    • Jiraiya's reaction is essentially this when dealing with the aftermath of the Root Arc.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: At the end of Chapter 77, Ino is eating with her teammates when she suddenly remembers something, and then leaves telling them she needs to help her mom with something at the flower shop. She knows it's a pretty bad excuse, but she can't tell them about her mission to her intel about Danzo to Jiraiya.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • The summoned toads don't like being called "frogs".
    • Kankuro would like to remind you "This isn't make-up, it's war paint!"
    • Anko had to break this habit out of Zaku, Kin and Dosu, as they used -sama when referring to Orochimaru. They still slip into it every once in a while, though.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Shisui Uchiha still has his eye taken by Danzo, preventing him from using Kotoamatsukami, though Danzo doesn't get to keep it this time; Obito gets ahold of it.
    • Itachi gains the Mangekyo Sharingan after killing his father.
    • The Ino-Shika-Cho team is the only graduate genin team that keeps its canon formation.
    • Despite Mizuki stealing the Scroll of Seals, Naruto still learns the Shadow Clone Jutsu, this time taught directly by Jiraiya.
    • In the Chunin Exam preliminaries, while none of the canon fights end up happening, Shikamaru ends up battling Temari the same way he did in the canon finals, forfeiting when he manages to catch her with his shadow.
    • Ino and Sakura are still bitter enemies despite Ino no longer being interested in Sasuke; rather, Ino despises Sasuke because her father was killed in the Uchiha Insurrection and she can't believe Sakura still likes him. They eventually reconcile during the Retrieval arc.
    • The final arc of Part I, like in canon, ends with Naruto and Sasuke fighting against each other, albeit on very different circumstances: Obito, using Shisui's eye, brainwashed Naruto with a Kotoamatsukami, and Sasuke ends up fighting him to shake him out of it.
    • Sasuke gains the Mangekyo Sharingan when he thinks he accidentally killed Naruto as part of the fight mentioned above.
    • At the end of Part I Jiraiya and Naruto leave off for a training trip. Unlike in canon, they're going to Mount Myoboku to undergo sage training, and they end up returning to Konoha much sooner.
    • The Akatsuki succeed in their capture of several Tailed-Beast hosts including Yagura at the end of the Kirigakure War arc, and Gaara at the start of Part II. Yugito Nii later ends up being captured as well, albeit by Obito and Kisame instead of Kazuku and Hidan, and later Ukataka follows, by Konan and Pain.
    • In Chapter 69, Kurenai reveals that her former student, Yakumo Kurama, unleashed a fire genjutsu that destroyed her house and killed her parents. And herself too, apparently.
    • Pain still invades Konoha, although unlike in canon, where it's just him and Konan, every surviving member of the Akatsuki bar Orochimaru (who by this point has severed ties) and Zetsu (who is tasked to find Killer B) takes part in it. In addition, the Akatsuki is backed up by a White Zetsu army and Toneri's puppets. Also, unlike in canon, both Jiraiya and Naruto are around in Konoha when the Akatsuki make their move.
  • Instant Expert:
    • Subverted with Fu during the Chunin Exams preliminaries. While she manages to snatch Karasu from Kankuro's grasp by producing stronger chakra threads, she's unable to properly control the puppet without practice.
    • Played straight with zombie Minato, who manages to replicate and use the Elemental Rasengan after seeing it just once, much to Jiraiya's chagrin.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Many elemental techniques are shaped like dragons, such as Sasuke's Fire Dragon Stream, and Karui's Thunder Dragon Blast.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Shizune and Itachi, mostly at the beginning.
  • Internal Reveal: Naruto has these a few times when he talks to Kurama in his mind, who tells him about some of his ancient story prior to being sealed.
    • In Chapter 41, Kurama reveals the details about the battle between Hashirama and Madara that created the Valley of the End, how Madara controlled him using the Mangekyo Sharingan, and how and why he ended up sealed inside Mito Uzumaki. Kurama apparently decided to tell him this because Naruto was brainwashed by Obito, and thought he would understand how it feels to be controlled and manipulated by someone else.
    • In Chapter 55, he tells Naruto about his origin, how he and the other Tailed Beasts were born from the Ten-Tails, now that the Akatsuki members have the statue that used to be its body, knowing that they're trying to revive it.
    • Chapters 56 and 57, while not by Kurama himself, have Naruto and Hinata learning more about their respective lineages, and how they retrace back to Hagoromo and Hamura Otsutsuki themselves.
    • In Chapter 58, there's a two-way one: Naruto shares what he learned in the previous chapters with the Uchihas, who in turn lead him to where they keep the stone tablet that can only be read with the Sharingan and Mangekyo Sharingan to piece their information together about their lineages.
    • Chapter 78 has a massive one for Konoha as a whole, as Jiraiya gathers everybody at the Hokage Monument to out Danzo's treachery.
  • Interquel: The Kirigakure War arc is placed between the original anime and Shippuden.
  • In the Back: Torune Aburame dies this way, courtesy of Shisui's tanto.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Neji does this to Sasuke during their fight in the Chunin Exams preliminaries with the intent of making him lose his focus. It backfires horribly when Neji brings up the Uchiha Insurrection and Sasuke goes into a full-blown Unstoppable Rage, having to be stopped by Shisui.
  • I Should Have Been Better: Sasuke feels this way due to his failure to prevent Yugito Nii's capture.
  • Is That a Threat?: Jiraiya asks this when Danzo tells him he's gonna regret forming an alliance with Mei Terumi and Kirigakure. Danzo replies with the typical "It's a warning".
  • It Amused Me: Tsunade decides to let Zabuza and Mei to fight each other because it's more fun than the soap operas she watches.
  • It's All My Fault: Discussed heavily on Chapter 68, both for Naruto and Sasuke in the aftermath of Yugito Nii's capture:
    • Naruto feels guilty for not being there to do something, but Hinata comforts him saying that she knows how he feels since she felt the same way after her father was killed in the Uchiha Insurrection, despite the fact there was nothing she could have done at the time. It kick backs full force in the aftermath of the loss of Roshi and Hagane ending up in a coma, even though he wasn't in charge of the mission.
    • Sasuke feels guilty for failing the mission, to the point whether he could have done something if he had full control of his Mangekyo Sharingan to control Kurama's Yin half. In response, Shisui takes him to a graveyard and tells him the story of his old friend and rival Shunichi and how he intentionally let him die out of pride and jealousy. He then tells Sasuke he needs to learn to forgive himself and use his failures to motivate himself to be better instead of dwelling on them.
    • Hotaru in Chapter 70 blames herself for Ukataka's capture, as he chose to save her instead of himself.
    • In Chapter 71, in addition to the above, Naruto blames himself for letting his teammates get hurt while fighting Pain and Konan, even though everybody assures him it's not his fault at all.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Trapped by Konan's explosive butterflies, and knowing that he can't save both himself and Hotaru, Ukataka traps her in a bubble and sends her away to safety. He tells her he's glad to have let her into his life and regrets not having been a better teacher to her, telling her to live her life to the fullest so when her time comes she won't have any regrets.
  • It Only Works Once: Deidara suggests that they unleash Kurama's Yin half to go on a rampage to lure the remaining jinchuriki out of hiding, since it already worked for them. Konan points out the villages will know it's them and won't fall for it a second time.
  • It's Personal:
    • Sasuke has this big time against Obito, both for instigating the Uchiha Insurrection, and for making him almost kill Naruto. It extends to Akatsuki as a whole when Itachi ends up in the hospital in the aftermath of the Roshi retrieval mission.
    • Shisui already had plenty of reasons to hate Danzo, including having taken his eye and being the most responsible for the downfall of the Uchiha Clan, but what really makes him decide to kill the man with his own hands is that he sends his minions to kidnap Shiro and Shizuka.
  • I Want Grandkids: Mei had to go through this, as her parents were pressuring her to get married and have kids to ensure her two Bloodline Limits would carry on.
  • Jerkass: Rasa, BIG TIME. Until Chapter 55, at least.
  • Jerkass Realization: Rasa finally realizes how terrible of a father he has been when he almost loses all of his children at the hands of Akatsuki.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Zabuza. It's best exemplified at the end of the Kirigakure War arc, when he tells Haku he has no more use for him so that his apprentice can stay in Konoha with his team and girlfriend instead of moving to Kiri.
  • Joke and Receive: When Naruto meets Roshi, he reveals to him that he's the adoptive son of Jiraiya, who is the current Hokage. Roshi then jokingly asks if his adoptive mother happens to be Tsunade, which Naruto confirms.
  • Killed By The Adaptation:
    • Hiashi Hyuga and Inoichi Yamanaka die even before Naruto becomes a Genin.
    • Mizuki was a case of What Happened to the Mouse? in canon. Here, at the end of Part I he's confirmed to be slated for imprisonment and eventually executed for his betrayal of Konoha.
    • Kabuto, a character shown to be alive in the new era, is killed in chapter 82.
  • Kill It with Fire: The Wrath of Jashin falls to this twofold: first, Naruto and the others trick it into hurting its own eyes with its flames, and then Gamabunta soaks it in oil for Naruto to finish it off with a fire jutsu before its pieces can reform.
  • Kill It with Water: Ino destroys some of Sai's ink beasts firing water bullets at them.
  • Kirk Summation: Lee's reply to Mizuki's rant about how Hard Work Hardly Works is that instead of trying to improve himself Mizuki chose to shift the blame to Konoha and take shortcuts to gain power at any cost.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    • In the Chunin exams preliminaries, Shikamaru throws his match against Temari after he realizes she's way too strong for him to fight alone. She's not happy about it.
    • Tayuya engages Neji in direct combat using her cursed seal, but when Kiba and Akamaru (merged as the Two-Headed Wolf) show up to help him, she promptly retreats.
    • At the end of the Kirigakure Civil War, once it comes out to light that Yagura has been manipulated and taken by Akatsuki, his wife Aiko orders their forces to surrender to the rebels to prevent more meaningless bloodshed.
    • As soon as Deidara realizes that Naruto can use senjutsu, he quickly leaves an explosive clone as a decoy to escape.
    • Toneri in Chapter 57 tries to take Hinata away, but when Naruto and the others prove themselves stronger than he expected, he promptly retreats.
    • Surprisingly, when confronted by Ino in Chapter 78, Sai surrenders once she catches him in an explosive trap. Sai admits that once upon a time he would have chosen death over surrender, but he doesn't want to die that way.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Hidan and Kakuzu seem to think this about Fu. She's not happy about it.
  • Lame Comeback: Sasori says to Hinata that he can't wait to turn her into a work of art. Hinata tries to reply, but she can't come up with anything and admits Naruto is better than her at verbal combat.
  • Laser Blade: Naruto's Chakra Blade is a modified kunai that, as the name implies, projects a blade of pure chakra, similar to how Asuma uses his trench knives. He later pulls out a second one for Dual Wielding.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Naruto replenished Hinata's chakra during the finals when they get pitted against each other, so she can fight him at her best. Hinata tries to protest, but he counters that she healed him after his previous match and does it anyway.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Jiraiya and Tsunade have this dynamic for the first couple years of their cohabitation. Doesn’t take long for them to become an actual married couple.
  • Like a Son to Me: Mei says this is how Zabuza sees Haku, but Zabuza denies it. Not like he's fooling anyone.
  • Like Cannot Cut Like:
    • During the Sasuke vs Karui battle in the Chunin exams finals, Karui's Thunder Blade overpowers Sasuke's Burning Edge, breaking the katana in the process. Sasuke then decides to copy Karui's jutsu and channel the same element through his spare katana so it doesn't happen again.
    • Summons of the same tribe refuse to fight each other if they're summoned on opposite sides. Anko exploits this against Orochimaru in the Land of Sound arc to get rid of his snakes with her own. During the invasion arc, Orochimaru bypasses this by placing Manda under a genjutsu, so when Anko attempts to pull the same trick, it doesn't work.
  • Little Black Dress: An omake in Chapter 26 shows Tsunade wearing one to convince Killer B to train Naruto in controlling his Tailed Beast.
  • Living Lie Detector: Karin is able to use her chakra-sensing abilities to tell when people are lying. Ino later learns to do the same as well.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Defied hard. When Hiruzen proposes that Naruto's lineage and birth circumnstances are kept secret from him and from the rest of the village, Jiraiya is quick to point all of the reasons why that's a bad idea, and fully intends to tell Naruto the whole truth once he's old enough to understand.
    • However, it's played straight to a degree in Chapter 56, as he doesn't share with Naruto what he knows about Nagato and the Rinnegan, although that's partly because he wants to confirm his suspicions first, if still having hopes he might be wrong. Naruto finally learns the truth by Chapter 70 and discusses it with Jiraiya during Chapter 71.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • The Byakugan, being a power that resides in the eyes, can be easily neutralized (at least temporarily) by a burst of harsh light.
    • After Neji figures out that Tayuya uses the sound of her flute to control her summoned Doki demons, he suggests countering it with a louder sound to disrupt it. Kiba and Akamaru then transform together into the Two-Headed Wolf and let out a roar to do just that, allowing Neji to defeat the Doki and find Tayuya.
    • In Chapter 66, Sasuke analyzes Obito's intangibility and teleportation powers, and when the latter accidentally hurts himself with a blast of Amaterasu he previously absorbed, the former realizes they're both the same ability of phasing his body into a Pocket Dimension, and it is possible to attack him from the other side.
    • Samehada, Kisame's sword, can absorb the chakra of any attack and transfer it to its user. However, it cannot absorb shockwaves generated by chakra-enhanced, super-powered physical blows.
    • Ino's Mind Scourge Jutsu is capable of causing the opponent brain pains if they try to perform any ninjutsu. However, Naruto was able to bypass this by ordering his Shadow Clones to use ninjutsu for him, as unlike the original they remained unaffected.
    • The Tenseigan's Truth-Seeking Balls are capable of nullifying any kind of ninjutsu, which of course extends to fuinjutsu. Hinata uses this principle to erase the Caged Bird Seal from the Hyuga Branch House members.
    • Sai's ink beasts are powerful, but they can be easily washed away with a Water Release jutsu.
    • Danzo finds out the hard way that Izanagi's effects shorten as the user's chakra reserves deplete, meaning that every time he spams it, it lasts a few seconds less than the previous one.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Danzo holds a non-romantic variation of this. He believes that ninjas must not have emotions or loved ones, calling that an egotistical point of view to protect Konoha just for the sake of a few people who mean something to you.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The toad Ryoko complains that he's always summoned to be used as a meat shield, and wonders if it's because he carries a shield himself.
  • Mad Artist: Deidara and Sasori, each with his own idea about what true art is.
  • Mad Bomber: Obviously, Deidara and his explosive clay.
  • Magitek: Chakra Golems, mechanical constructs animated by fuinjutsu, used as support troops. They were designed by the Uzumaki Clan, but their village was destroyed before they had a chance to produce them. Kirigakure managed to get its hands onto the designs, and produced them to use as a support defense force.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Jiraiya takes the last name Senju after marrying Tsunade. When Naruto asks him about this, he explains that he never had a last name to begin with, and even if he had, he doubted Tsunade would change hers.
  • Make My Monster Grow: During the battle in Chapter 62, the remaining Sons of Jashin retreat to Taki's Great Tree to regroup... and they merge into a giant monstrosity known as the Wrath of Jashin.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Tsunade, of course. Just ask Obito.
      • Again during Chapter 79. Those Root agents who tried to kidnap Hagane while Tsunade was at the hospital didn't live long afterwards.
    • Hinata's mother Hikari is no slouch either.
  • Man on Fire:
    • Inspired by T wreathing herself in lightning to defend herself at melee range, Sasuke develops a similar fire release technique and uses it against Haku during the Chunin exam finals
    • Toneri of all people, turns into this when he thinks about Hinata and Naruto, apparently fueled by his anger. It gives him a sudden power boost that brings him back when he's on the brink of defeat.
  • Manly Tears: Zabuza sheds these as Haku leaves for Konoha while he remains in Kiri.
  • Marionette Master: Examples include Suna ninjas like Kankuro and Sasori, who fight using their ninja puppets. Toneri Otsutsuki also employs them.
  • Marry Them All: Toneri after giving it some thought, has decided he will marry both Hyuga sisters since they both have the Tenseigan. Naturally neither of them agrees.
  • Master of Illusion: Besides canon examples like Kurenai and Itachi, Sakura and Haku learn Genjutsu and use them quite often.
  • The Medic: Each of the Genin teams is assigned a medical ninja to increase their survival odds:
    • Hinata for Kurenai's Assault Squad.
    • Shino for Kakashi's Animal Squad.
    • Ino for Asuma's Tactical Squad.
    • Shizune's Medical Squad is this as a whole for the rest of the teams.
  • Meet the In-Laws:
  • Mêlée à Trois: The finals of the Chunin exam tournament seems to set up as this between Naruto, Sasuke and Gaara. However, when Rasa complains that Gaara is at a disadvantage (clearly not wanting him to fight both Konoha Genin at once), offers Jiraiya a deal so he pits Naruto and Sasuke against each other first, and the winner gets to fight Gaara.
  • Men Like Dogs, Women Like Cats: Kiba and Tamaki, who use them respectively as their battle partners.
  • Mercy Kill:
    • Sasori denies this to Kankuro and Temari for destroying his beloved puppet Hiruko. Big mistake, as they manage to get to Konoha alive and alert them of Gaara's kidnapping to set up the rescue mission.
    • Played straight in Chapter 79; after Torune is tricked into attacking Fuu, the former's kikai beetles quickly begin devouring the latter. Shisui finishes Fuu off with his tanto to end his pain.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing:
    • Tsunade does this to Obito during their fight. She's surprised he managed to survive.
    • Gaara is also fond of doing this, using limbs and whips made of sand.
  • Megaton Punch:
    • Like in canon, Choji finishes Jirobo off with one to his chest.
    • Sakura's trademark attack, as developed by Tsunade.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Kankuro reveals to Naruto that his reason for becoming a puppeteer ninja was partly because he didn't stand out from Temari and Gaara.
  • Mighty Roar: Weaponized by Kiba and Akamaru, who transform into the Two-Headed Wolf and let out a "Thundering Roar" to disrupt the sound of Tayuya's flute, giving Neji the opening to strike. During the Kakuzu and Hidan arc, they use it to attack directly.
  • The Millstone: Danzo is this for Konoha. Despite being nominally on their side, he's more than willing to sabotage his own allies and cooperate with the enemy, if he believes it'll pave the way for him to become Hokage.
  • Mind over Matter: One of the powers granted by the Tenseigan is the ability to use telekinesis.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Naruto's team is sent to protect a village from bandits as their first C-Rank mission. They end up discovering Orochimaru's takeover of the Land of Rice Fields.
  • Moment Killer: Naruto and Hinata are having a tender moment with each other in Chapter 76. Cue Fu showing up to greet them.
  • Mood Whiplash: Chapter 32 has Lee talking to Sakura about the reason why he keeps working hard to improve herself: his sensei believed in him when nobody else did, and he wants to inspire that same feeling in others. Sakura is touched by this until Lee tells her how much training they still have left to do, and her expression switches to hate and horror at the incoming torture.
  • Motive Rant:
    • In Chapter 10, Fugaku Uchiha gives one to Hiruzen Sarutobi when the latter asks the former about his reasons for the coup d'etat.
    • Later in Chapter 39, Mizuki delivers one for Lee about his reasons to defect from Konoha, as well as mocking him for trying to work hard to improve himself.
  • Morality Chain:
    • Itachi takes this role very seriously with Sasuke, always working hard to get him to control his anger and impulses.
    • Before confronting Danzo, Shisui muses that he hopes Shizune can be this to him so he doesn't succumb to the darkness he's about to embrace just that once.
  • Moving the Goalposts: When Hotaru asked Ukataka to make her his disciple, he tried to get rid of her asking her to perform ninja skills with no prior training or knowledge whatsoever. She managed to do all of them.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Kidomaru by default. Mizuki also counts when using his cursed seal, as it gives a pair of bladed arms like those of a praying mantis.
  • Mundane Utility: Kaida's Wood Release chakra comes in handy for gardening jobs, much to her chagrin.
    • She later uses it to make a wooden cage for Tora the runaway cat.
    • Rin, having the same abilities, decides to use them to make a crib as a gift for Asuma and Kurenai's future child.
  • Murder by Inaction: As part of Shisui's backstory, he intentionally refused to help a friend and rival of his fight an opponent way too strong for himself alone, thinking it would teach his friend some humility. What instead happened was Shisui's friend dying in the fight.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Toneri, obviously, wants to do this to Naruto to take Hinata for himself.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless->Muscles Are Meaningful: During the Part I timeframe, Fu was short and scrawny, yet physically stronger than anybody else in her age group. By Part II, she's developed a more muscular yet still feminine frame.
  • Musical Assassin: Tayuya and her flute. Not only she uses it to control her summons and cast genjutsu, but she can also fire projectiles out of it like a blowpipe.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Jinin Akebino is loyal to Kirigakure regardless of who runs it and his own views about its policies.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Invoked by Obito on Sasuke, making him believe that he killed Naruto so he awakens the Mangekyo Sharingan for him to take.
  • My Greatest Failure: Shisui considers that the Uchiha Insurrection is his second greatest failure, since he at least tried his best to prevent it. The first one is letting his friend Shunichi get killed by actively refusing to help him fight an opponent too strong for him alone.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling:
    • Played for Laughs. Ino apparently has a "gossip" sense that allows her to sense when somebody she knows develops a crush on someone else.
    • In Chapter 72, Son Goku tells Roshi that he senses how his siblings are "disappearing" one after another. Knowing what happened to them, he guesses they might be the next ones to be hunted down and captured.
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  • Named by the Adaptation: Hinata’s mother is given the name Hikari in this story.
  • The Needs of the Many: When Jiraiya and Hiruzen tell Karin that she needs to become the jinchuriki of Kurama's Yin half she understandably freaks out and runs away. However, Sakura comforts her and makes her realize that it's a sacrifice that needs to be made for the sake of many lives, and she finally accepts it.
  • Next Thing They Knew: In Chapter 3, Jiraiya and Tsunade decide to talk about what happened last night, and they end up admitting to have feelings for each other, but agree to take things slow. The next morning, Shizune finds them on the couch...
  • Never Found the Body: In Chapter 69, Kurenai visits the grave of her former student, Yakumo Kurama, though revealing that only the charred corpses of her parents were found in the burned house, with no trace of Yakumo herself whatsoever. As it turns out, she was never found because Danzo took her and turned her into one of his puppet agents.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe examples:
    • Played for Laughs: when Karui manages to break his katana during their second Blade Lock, Sasuke muses that Shisui won't let him forget that he convinced him to bring a spare one. In the stands, that's exactly what Shisui is thinking.
    • Played for Drama: In Shisui's own backstory, he let a friend and rival of his die by refusing to help him fight against a very strong opponent, a fact his family still continue to remind him of.
  • Nigh Invulnerable:
    • Fu can walk out of a major beating with nothing but very minor bruises. Gaara finally manages to bypass this and deal a serious injury during the Chunin Exam Finals.
    • Sakura invokes this with her Iron Skin jutsu. Like the name implies, it makes her skin as hard as metal, and thus impervious to most forms of damage. However, keeping it active quickly drains her chakra. And Sakon and Ukon are strong enough to hurt her even while using it.
  • No Body Left Behind: According to Hiruzen, Minato and Kushina's bodies vanished without a trace after their deaths.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Tayuya when she finds out Itachi Uchiha is among her opponents
  • Noodle Incident: During the timeskip, something happened when Temari took Shikamaru to meet her dad. Kankuro says it was hilarious, while Shikamaru is trying very hard to forget said meeting.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: When Atsui jokes that there might be a second Nine-Tails rampaging around, Sasuke bluntly says that, indeed, that's exactly what it is. Yugito retorts that the Tailed Beast's power can't be replicated, but Shizune quickly counters that it can be split.
  • Nosebleed: Female example: Naruto defeats Sakura by causing her one with the "Uchiha Harem Jutsu", causing her to literally rocket herself into the ceiling.
  • The Nose Knows: Kiba, like in canon, is able to use his sense of smell to track down his enemies. This comes in handy to find Tayuya while she's casting a genjutsu to try and get the Konoha genin off their trail.
  • Nothing Personal: During the Chunin Exams finals Gaara tells Naruto he has to avenge Temari's defeat at Naruto's hands. Naruto protests that he said "no hard feelings" before, to which Gaara replies that he has no hard feelings, but Temari won't let him hear the end of it if he doesn't avenge her.
  • Not Hyperbole: In Chapter 65, Tsunade wants to force Jiraiya to dance with her until their feet bleed, then she'll heal them and they'll keep up until they bleed again. Jiraiya recalls she did the same in Shizune's wedding and the part about bleeding was quite literal.
  • Oblivious to Love: Despite being raised by loving parents, Naruto is still a bit slow to pick up that Hinata likes him until others point it out to him. Even after they get together, he's still unable to register the hints when some of his friends obviously like each other.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Fu might not be very bright, but she tends to act much dumber than she really is, often just for kicks.
  • Official Couple: Word of God states at the beginning that NarutoxHinata and JiraiyaxTsunade are/will be this from the get-go. For the rest, there’s nothing definitive yet.
    • As of chapter 31, the following among the genin are official: Tenten and Haku, Shino and Fu, and of course Naruto and Hinata. On the adults' side, Shizune and Shisui have already gone all the way: she's pregnant with his child, and they're planning to get married soon.
    • By Chapter 32, Neji has begun dating Karin.
    • Shikamaru and Temari have become a couple by Chapter 51, sometime during the timeskip.
    • In Chapter 59, it's confirmed that Mei and Zabuza got together, and she's pregnant with their child.
    • While Kurenai and Asuma had been obviously together for quite a while, they cement they relationship by marrying in Chapter 65. During the same chapter, Sasuke and Sakura begin dating as well.
  • Offscreen Romance: Shikamaru and Temari hook up between the Kirigakure War arc and the start of Shippuden.
  • Off with His Head!:
    • How Jinin meets his end after being defeated.
    • Danzo suffers this at one point during his fight against Shisui and Shizune. Naturally, thanks to his Izanagi it doesn't stick.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Pretty much everybody's reaction when Orochimaru unleashes the resurrected Hokages upon Konoha, Minato included.
    • Basically all villains' reaction when they see Naruto's Rasenshuriken coming at them; even Akatsuki members and other Jinchuuriki realize that if it lands a direct hit on them, they won't be getting back up.
    • Villainous example with Deidara in Chapter 54, when he realizes Naruto can use senjutsu.
    • Naruto himself has one in Chapter 63, when the Wrath of Jashin opens a giant eye in its chest and fires a laser-like chakra beam at him and Gamabunta. Fortunately, Hinata steps in and delays it long enough for them to counterattack.
    • A comedic example occurs in Chapter 65. During the reception party for Kurenai and Asuma's wedding, Jiraiya sees they're clearing the tables and chairs for the dance. Tsunade recalls they never had a dance in their wedding and forces him to "dance until their feet bleed".
    • In Chapter 67, Obito has one when Sasuke is about to unleash his ultimate attack on him: the Kirin.
    • Danzo has a brief one in Chapter 80, when he realizes he's used up his Izanagi more than he expected.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Chapter 32 begins with a flashforward to the end of the arc that shows Naruto and Sasuke fighting, this time as actual enemies, with a strong implication that the latter has pulled a Face–Heel Turn. When the story reaches that moment in Chapter 39, it's shown that Naruto had been Kotoamatsukami-brainwashed by Obito, and Sasuke is trying to dispel the mind control.
  • One-Letter Name: Several of Kumo's characters, like A the Raikage, Killer B, and the genin T.
  • One-Winged Angel:
    • Both Kimimaro and Mizuki deconstruct the trope in some ways:
      • In Kimimaro's case, he only used the seal sparingly, and thus didn't have enough experience dealing with the disadvantages caused by it, such as reduced speed or accelerated chakra consumption rate. So when he fought against an opponent strong enough to drag the battle on, and skilled enough to notice and exploit these disadvantages, Kimimaro was defeated.
      • Mizuki went the opposite way, and used the seal as much as possible. However, by using the seal to overpower his opponents by sheer brute force, he turned it into a crutch, and when he fought against somebody he couldn't defeat with raw power alone, he had nothing else to rely on and was defeated as well.
  • Only in It for the Money: Subverted. Yugao confesses to Naruto in Chapter 71 that part of the reason she and Hayate volunteered to raise Haku was because of the hefty sum Jiraiya offered for it, since they wanted to buy a house for themselves. However, given that they planned to have a family of their own, they figured it'd also be good practice.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Since the ritual to extract the Shukaku from Gaara is interrupted, he's left with a sliver of chakra that keeps him barely alive, long enough for Naruto and company to save him before he actually dies.
  • Only One Name: Jiraiya was found as a baby, being the only survivor of a destroyed village during the First War. Since nobody knows about his family, he doesn't have a last name. Subverted when he marries Tsunade and adopts the Senju last name.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Samehada, Kisame's sword, only allows its owner to wield it, producing huge spikes whenever someone else tries to grab it.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Hinata knows Naruto enough that when he acts calm and quiet, it's because there's something heavily weighing on him.
    • During Chapter 78, Shizune notices Shisui, who is normally nice and friendly to everyone, is shaking with anticipation at the thought of making Danzo pay for his treachery.
  • Opposites Attract: Many of the couples, especially among the younger cast, have this dynamic:
    • Naruto is rather loud and boisterous, while Hinata is shy and polite.
    • Shikamaru likes to take things easy and hates competition, while Temari is competitive and aggressive.
    • Shino is The Stoic, Fu is a Genki Girl.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Jinin Akebino leans more to the "order" side, which is why he's loyal to Yagura as the Mizukage.
  • Original Character: Word of God is that the author will keep this to a minimum, sticking to canon characters as much as possible. So far, the only prominent ones are Kaida and Hagane, Tsunade and Jiraiya's twin children.
    • The Kirigakure War Arc introduces a few:
      • Miyako Kiui and Kumore Nashi, two Jonin that work under Mei, and inherit the Helmet Splitter and the Splatter, respectively, after the deaths of Jinin Akebino and Jinpachi Munashi, becoming part of the newest generation of Swordsmen of the Mist under Mei and Zabuza.
      • Since Yagura's grandson Kagura had appeared in the Boruto anime, the Kiri Invasion arc also featured Yagura's wife and son, Aiko and Dagura.
    • Chapter 56 introduces the Order of the Moon Acolytes, who stand in direct opposition of the Otsutsuki descendants who resided in the moon.
  • Out-Gambitted: Pain and Konan figured out Naruto's trick of keeping Shadow Clones hidden elsewhere to gather natural energy and took them out before he could do so, leaving Naruto unable to use Sage Mode against them.
  • Out of Focus:
    • Naruto and his peers take a backseat from the spotlight during the beginning of the Invasion Arc, with Jiraiya, Tsunade and the rest of the adult cast becoming more prominent.
    • Later in Chapter 66, the focus shifts from Naruto (who is helping with the reconstruction of Taki)to Shizune's Medical Squad and Rin.
  • Outside-Context Problem: In-Universe, Deidara and Kisame are this for the two sides when they show up during the Kirigakure War climax. However, given that Yagura is being manipulated by Akatsuki from behind the scenes, it's not that much of a surprise to the audience.
  • Overprotective Dad: During Kurenai and Asuma's wedding, Jiraiya claims he passed a law banning anyone from dating the Hokage's daughter until she's 30. His expression afterwards make it clear he's only half-joking about it.
  • Panthera Awesome:
    • By the Shippuden timeframe, Hinata has started using lion-themed attacks.
    • Darui can create giant black panthers made of lightning.
    • Among many other beasts, Sai uses ink tigers during his fight with Ino in Chapter 78.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Jiraiya hits this in full force during Chapter 79, ready to punish Danzo for placing Naruto in danger of getting captured and sending Hagane into a coma in the latest mission.
    • In the same chapter, Shisui already had a very personal grudge with Danzo, but the last straw was to try and kidnap his children.
  • Parental Substitute: Zabuza and Haku's relationship is portrayed this way, though the former denies it being such.
  • Photographic Memory: Zabuza instilled this into Haku, to make sure he remembers every ninja he fights, especially the weak ones in case they come back stronger for another go one day.
  • Phrase Catcher: Fu has "What the hell do they feed you!?" whenever she shrugs off a major beating as if it was nothing, or shows off her Super Strength.
  • Plot Armor: According to the notes of Chapter 63, Kakashi has this at least until the plot with Obito and Rin gets wrapped up.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Kaida and Hagane, the children of Tsunade and Jiraiya are very much this. Hagane is the calmer and more mature of the two, with Kaida being more lively and childish sometimes.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: After Shino and Fu's First Kiss, the former is so stunned he stays paralyzed for two hours.
  • Post-Victory Collapse:
    • Itachi successfully defeats the revived Tobirama but collapses due to the strain shortly after.
    • Choji also collapses upon defeating Jirobo.
  • Power at a Price: On top of the user slowly going blind with each use, the Mangekyo Sharingan forces the user to relieve the traumatic moment that caused its awakening every time it's used. According to Obito, the only way to stop it from happening is to embrace those memories instead of rejecting them and give in to the inner darkness, although Shisui later refutes this saying that the other way is to learn to forgive oneself instead of giving in to the pain.
  • Power Copying: Sasuke uses the Sharingan to copy Karui's Thunder Blade jutsu during the Chunin Exams finals.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Sakura's Iron Skin jutsu turns her hair metallic silver and her skin brown.
  • Power Incontinence: Like in the anime, Yakumo Kurama's powers unleashed a fire genjutsu that destroyed her home and killed her parents.
  • Power Palms: Hinata's Thunder Palm, and Hanabi's Burning Palm.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Lampshaded by Naruto when he practices with Hinata how to produce Lightning Release chakra, she offers to use her Byakugan to check what he's doing wrong. Naruto quickly realizes she could theoretically use it to see through his clothes, causing her to become flustered.
  • The Pratfall: In the first stage of the Chunin Exams, Naruto's team manages to pass by setting up an ice floor trap for a scroll bearer to slip onto. When Shisui shows up to announce they've passed, he steps on the floor and ends up falling on his butt as well.
  • Prehensile Tail: When using Kurama's chakra cloak, Naruto can use the chakra tails as this. He uses to catch Haku after he gets knocked off the air by Pain.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Double Subverted. At first, Fu is too angry with Kakuzu to say a witty remark before clubbing him with the tree she grabbed. However, once he lays defeated wondering how he could have been beaten, she says "[he] just forgot to take [his] pills". She then adds they come easier when she's calm, before adding "Enjoy this 'natural remedy'!" and slamming him with the tree to finish him off.
  • Pride Before a Fall: What causes the downfall of Uzushiogakure in this universe. During the Second War, the leader of the village, Kuniotoko Uzumaki, took advantage of a dispute between Kumo and Kiri, declared himself Uzukage, and tried invading Kiri to replace it as a Great Village, despite Konoha's warnings. The act was so egregious and insulting that Kumo and Kiri buried the hatchet and not only repelled the invasion, but counter-invaded Uzushio and crushed it to the last man.
  • Primal Scene: Poor Shizune suffers two. First, when she bursts into Tsunade’s room and finds her and Jiraiya in the middle of getting dressed in a hurry. Then the next day, she finds them sleeping on the couch…
    • And then in a canon omake at the end of Part I, she gets her revenge, with her fiancé Shisui's help.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • When Sasuke spots Sai in Chapter 43, he tells Sakura that he gets a bad vibe from him. Considering that Danzo sent him along to gather information, he's quite right in his feeling.
    • Pain and Konan are very much aware that they cannot trust Orochimaru, Obito and Toneri within their own ranks, and that any of them could easily betray them at a moment's notice. True to form, Orochimaru is now making plans to take Pain's Rinnegan for himself.
    • Jiraiya himself is wary of Danzo, and suspects that he's the traitor within Konoha feeding intel to Akatsuki, leading to the capture of most of the jinchuriki they've tried to secure. His fears are confirmed in Chapter 77, and he holds secret meetings with Ino, whom he assigned to spy on Danzo through Sai.
  • Promotion to Parent: Itachi becomes this to Sasuke. To an extent Shisui as well, since he’s the oldest surviving Uchiha.
  • Psychic Link: The tailed beasts seem to have a degree of this to communicate with each other. When Fu is on the run from Hidan and Kakuzu, Chomei decides to contact Kurama so Naruto can alert Konoha about her predicament and they can go to her rescue. Later in Chapter 73, Son Goku contacts Kurama in order to draw Naruto to them, which makes their job to find him much easier.
    • Ino develops the Mind Fragmentation jutsu by Chapter 72, which allows her to place small pieces of her mind into her teammates, allowing them to communicate with each other mentally. The link also allows her to see and hear what they do.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil:
    • As per canon, Pain and Konan are this to Jiraiya, who is rather shocked to learn they're still alive, and moreover, that they're both the leaders of Akatsuki and Amegakure. They finally meet again face to face in Chapter 83.
    • Kurenai finds out that her old student Yakumo Kurama did not die in a fire that consumed her home, but was instead turned into a Root agent by Danzo.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • After the Chunin Exams arc, the Sand Siblings, Fu and the Kumo ninjas leave for their respective villages. The Sand Siblings reappear at the beginning of Part II in Chapter 51, for the beginning of the Gaara Rescue arc, and Fu reappears for the Hidan and Kakuzu arc.
    • Zabuza, who has been a recurring character until that point in the story, stays in Kirigakure once the Civil War ends.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Sound Five are this to Orochimaru. Only Kimimaro and Tayuya make it out alive from their first encounter, and after the deaths of Jirobo, Kidomaru, Sakon and Ukon, they're replaced by Hebiko, Hebimaru and Juugo.
  • Rank Up:
    • After the exams, Tenten, Hinata, Sasuke and Naruto are all promoted to Chunin.
    • By Chapter 42, the rest of Naruto's former classmates earn their promotion as well, while Naruto himself, Sasuke and Neji have gotten to Special Jonin.
    • Zabuza is made the captain of the Swordsmen of the Mist that follow Mei.
    • The author's notes at the end of Chapter 51 reveal that Naruto, Sasuke and Neji have advanced to full-fledged Jonin, while Haku, Tenten, Hinata, and Lee have in turn advanced to Special Jonin.
    • In Chapter 60, Hanabi, Kaida and Hagane win the Chunin exams and receive promotions.
    • By Chapter 77, almost all of Naruto's generation has already made it to Jonin or Special Jonin, and Asuma is already considering Ino, Shikamaru and Choji to move to higher missions so they can promote as well.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Kin lets out one when Orochimaru's troops attack them, as Anko deduces he must be close by.
  • Rebel Leader: Mei Terumi is the leader of the Kirigakure Liberation Movement, planning to overthrow the current regime and establish her as the new Mizukage.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As per canon, the Uchihas' Sharingan is this. Kurenai was almost mistaken by one several times during the Uchiha Insurrection and almost got attacked due to the fact her eyes look a lot like a Sharingan.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Zabuza, though reformed might be a bit of a stretch.
  • Refuge in Audacity:
    • Jiraiya and Tsunade manage to turn back the demands from Kumo by showing up before the Raikage in person, by giving a counter-demand that he acknowledges the attempt to kidnap Hinata and apologizes to Hiashi. Surprisingly, it works, and the Hyuga affair is resolved.
    • Naruto himself has his moment in Chapter 54, convincing Kurama to give him chakra to save the dying Gaara by threatening to turn himself over to Akatsuki, when he realizes that as much as fox hates being sealed inside him, he'd hate it even more to be sealed in the Gedo Mazo statue.
  • Relationship Upgrade:
    • Jiraiya and Tsunade become a couple in chapter 3. Chapter 5 begins with them coming back from their honeymoon.
    • Shizune starts dating Shisui shortly after the end of the Uchiha Insurrection.
    • Chapter 31 might as well be titled "Relationship Upgrade: The Chapter". Not only do three pair of teens consolidate their relationships (Naruto and Hinata among them), but a previously established relationship announce both their future wedding and that a child is on the way.
    • As of Chapter 32, Neji and Karin are dating as well.
    • Chapter 65 has Sasuke offer to become a couple with Sakura, and Sakura exuberantly accepts.
  • Religion of Evil: Jashinism, like in canon. Hidan has his own legion of cultists as soldiers under his command.
  • Rescue Arc:
    • Part I ends with Naruto and company going off to rescue Kaida and Hagane from the Sound Five.
    • And of course, the Gaara Rescue Arc at the start of Part II.
  • Restraining Bolt:
    • Jiraiya places a special seal in Zabuza's body that he can trigger to potentially kill him, and allows to track him in the maps, to ensure that he doesn't try anything funny while he serves under Konoha.
    • As per canon, the Caged Bird Seal is this for the Hyuga Clan. It's later revealed that when it was first created, it was used to keep the Main House members from awakening the Tenseigan, but over the years it turned into a tool to keep the Branch House members under control.
  • The Rival:
    • Naruto and Sasuke to each other, as per canon. To a lesser extent, Ino and Sakura as well even if the former isn't interested in Sasuke anymore.
    • Karin tried to make Fu into her rival, but Fu was just too nice to reciprocate the rivalry.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Two of the three genin who are at Shisui and Shizune's home babysitting their children are unceremoniously killed by Danzo's Root henchmen in Chapter 79.
  • Sacrificial Lion:
    • The Uchiha Insurrection sees the deaths of many, including Hiashi Hyuga and Inoichi Yamanaka.
    • Most of the jinchuriki have turned into this after getting caught by Akatsuki: Han, Yagura, Ukataka, Yugito Nii and Roshi.
  • Sadist Teacher:
    • Anko gets the chance to be this to Zaku, Kin and Dosu after they're taken into Konoha's custody, and she's delighted. That said, she also makes it clear she's very fond and protective of them.
    • Naruto gets a bit of this in Chapter 82, as everyone notices he enjoys a little too much smacking everyone's heads during their Sage Mode training.
  • Saying Too Much: Jiraiya makes the mistake of telling the revived Minato that he learned to add elemental chakra to the Rasengan by using a Shadow Clone. Sure enough, Minato quickly proceeds to do so.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Anko disobeys a direct order from the Hokage himself, which is considered high treason and punishable by death. However, Jiraiya acknowledges that he might have not survived the fight without her help, so he only demotes her to genin rank and expels her from the Torture and Interrogation Department for two years.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • During the Uchiha Insurrection, Mizuki gets tired of fighting, so he decides that Konoha is doomed and decides to hightail out of there to save his own skin.
    • After her Doki demons are defeated and her flute disrupted, Tayuya realizes she stands no chance to defeat Neji and Kiba, so she promptly retreats.
    • Deidara hightails out of the fight with the heroes when Naruto shows up, as soon as he realizes the boy can use senjutsu.
    • Tayuya in Chapter 75 hightails out of the battle when Itachi shows up behind Anko. In the same battle, Toneri after he suffers the backlash of using a jutsu too powerful that his already injured body can't withstand.
    • Subverted for Danzo in Chapter 79. While he does intend to flee to the Land of Sound after his headquarters were raided, he decides he's gonna take Shisui's eyes when he and Shizune catch up to him.
  • Second Love: Jiraiya is this to Tsunade.
  • Secret Legacy: Chapter 56 has a twofold example, with the Internal Reveal of Hagoromo Otsutsuki as the forefather of the Senju, Uchiha and Uzumaki clans (and thus ancestor of Naruto), and Hamura Otsutsuki as the forefather of the Hyuga Clan (and thus the ancestor of Hinata and Neji).
  • Self-Serving Memory: When Naruto told Shizune about the time he defended Hinata from the bullies, he said there were ten of them and they were as big as Jiraiya.
  • Servile Snarker: Unlike canon, Shizune has no problem sassing Tsunade. It's implied that Naruto's rebellious nature rubbed off on her.
    Tsunade: Shizune, if I didn't bet all my money on Naruto, I'd imply I don't have enough faith in him, and that would make me a bad mother. By doing so, I'm showing both Naruto and everybody else how much I trust his skill. You could say is my duty as a mother to bet all my money on him.
    Shizune: Wow... your brain must be sore after all the mental gymnastics you went through to justify your bullshit, Tsunade-sama.
  • Single Tear: Ino has one in Chapter 37 when she begs Sakura to forgive her for ending their friendship the way she did, and for being harsh on her for still having a crush on Sasuke.
  • Sinister Scythe: Hidan's Weapon of Choice, his red, three-bladed scythe.
  • Sins of Our Fathers:
    • Sasuke has to deal a lot with this. Ino is particularly bitter towards him because Mikoto Uchiha was directly responsible for the death of Inoichi Yamanaka.
    • Inverted for Chiyo, who feels guilty over her grandson's crimes, but everyone assures her that she's not to blame for what he's done.
  • Size Shifter: The Akimichi clan's trademark fighting style. Choji also develops the ability to shrink and not just grow.
  • She Is All Grown Up: The collective reaction of Naruto and the other Konoha ninja (barring Kakashi and Shino) when they rescue Fu: She's grown quite a bit taller and has a more muscular yet feminine frame.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Shizune quickly picks up that Hinata has a crush on Naruto, so she gives her a little push to get the two to play together on a swing and become friends.
    • Kaida and Hagane yell at Naruto that he doesn't hurt Hinata too much or else she won't marry him.
    • Hinata's mother also picks up on how much her daughter tries to impress Naruto, and encourages her to continue doing so. She also notices that Neji has seem to have taken a liking to Karin.
    • Hanabi is very supportive of her sister's relationship with Naruto, something she makes it very clear to Toneri when she faces him.
    • Both Kiba and Tamaki give Shino a thumbs up when he starts developing feelings for Fu. In turn, they are shipped by Hinata and Haku.
    • Hashirama, of all people, is all too happy to welcome Shisui to his family.
    • By Chapter 72, Ino brings Sai often to train with her team, and Shikamaru and Choji already consider them a couple.
  • Ship Tease: Aside from the obvious ones, there’s plenty, and not just among the genin:
    • Sakura and Karin are vying for Sasuke. Though the latter takes a shine to Neji, and as of Chapter 32 they are dating.
    • Shino with Fu.
    • Haku becomes smitten with Tenten.
    • Shikamaru and Temari are having their dynamic very much like in canon.
    • Choji and Karui.
    • Shizune with Shisui. By the end of the Chunin exams, Shizune is pregnant and they're planning their wedding.
    • Matsuri, like in canon, has a crush on Gaara.
    • Ino decides to approach Sai to try and give him some help on being social with people. She's evidently attracted to him.
  • Shrinking Violet: Hinata, as per canon, although she starts growing out of it and gaining more confidence after the Chunin Exams.
  • Shoot the Medic First:
    • This is why Sasuke is assigned to the medic/search and rescue squad with Sakura and Karin under Shizune, to act as escort and defend them so that this trope doesn't occur.
    • Defied by Tamaki, who is aware that she can't heal Shino if he gets hurt, so she has to protect him from Kidomaru's attacks.
  • Show Within a Show: Apparently, there's an In-Universe shonen series called "Haruto".
  • Shy Finger-Twiddling: Hinata does this a lot as a child, though she drops it later on. In Chapter 58, she does it again before asking Naruto to come with her to drop the reveal on her mother about the Tenseigan, and he notes that she hasn't done it in years.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: The canon examples of Hidan and Tayuya still remain very foul-mouthed as usual.
  • Skewed Priorities: Played for laughs. After the birth of her children, the first thing Tsunade reaches for is a sake jug.
  • Sneeze Cut:
    • In Chapter 2, Tsunade hopes that Jiraiya can take care of baby Naruto while she takes a very much needed nap, but an ANBU informs her that Hiruzen requested Jiraiya's presence. When she remarks that fate must be conspiring against her, a toddler in the Hyuga compound (most likely Neji) sneezes.
    • In Chapter 24, during the month prior to the Chunin Exam Finals, when Sakura is surprised to see that her sensei (Shizune) is planning to train her despite not making it to the finals, Shizune asks what kind of neglectful sensei would ignore one of their students like that. The scene then cuts to a "certain silver haired Jonin" sneezing.
    • In Chapter 30, Shikamaru comments "I bet you will never see a man so obsessed with revenge" when Gaara announces he's planning to avenge Temari's defeat against Naruto. Cue Sasuke sneezing.
  • So Much for Stealth: Quoted by Deidara when he ambushes the Sand Siblings.
  • So Proud of You: Hashirama to Tsunade, during their battle.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • With the Hyuga affair solved by Jiraiya, Neji's father Hizashi is spared from having to sacrifice himself.
    • Thanks to Jiraiya getting news of Gaara's rampages, he goes to Suna and is allowed to fix his seal. As a result, Yashamaru doesn't die in a suicide attack against Gaara.
    • Itachi convinces Shisui not to commit suicide.
    • Zabuza and Haku aren't killed off in this fic since the former is assigned to protect Tazuna as opposed to killing him while the latter doesn’t take part in the Wave mission at all.
    • As there’s no conspiracy during the Chunin Exams arc, Hayate Gekko doesn’t get killed. Same for Rasa, since he doesn't get involved with Orochimaru this time around, and remains the Kazekage by the start of Part II.
    • While an anime only character, and a very minor one to boot, Karin's mother Mariko survives as well.
    • Kimimaro gets spared from dying to his illness during battle, since Orochimaru found a cure to his disease.
    • As of Chapter 35, Hiruzen Sarutobi survives the Konoha invasion, and continues to play a supporting role as an advisor to Jiraiya by Part II.
    • Tayuya retreats from the fight against Kiba and Neji before they can kill her, and escapes. Likewise, Kimimaro stays in hiding after Zabuza defeats him, but survives the fight.
    • The Sound Genin trio, Kin, Zaku and Dosu, are taken prisoner at the end of the invasion arc, and they're assigned to be watched over by Anko, of all people.
    • Chiyo does not take part in the Gaara rescue mission, and thus she doesn't sacrifice her life to revive him. It helps that Gaara himself doesn't actually die.
    • Fu makes it alive past the Kakuzu and Hidan arc, escaping capture from Akatsuki. Same for Asuma, who doesn't take part in this arc and thus doesn't get killed by Hidan.
  • Spell Blade: Many characters such as Hayate, Karui or Sasuke channel elemental chakra through their swords for added power. Sasuke in particular can channel two different elements at the same time through two different weapons, and is working to channel them at the same time through the same weapon.
  • Spin Attack: The Hyuga Heavenly Spin is mostly used as a defensive technique, but Neji takes it a step further and learns how to move while spinning to turn it into an attack.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: The Hyuga Heavenly Spin, as per canon. Hinata is even able to combine it with Lightning Release chakra.
  • Spirit Advisor: Hamura Otsutsuki's spirit appears before Hinata when she awakens the Tenseigan, relaying more about the Otsutsuki descendants that eventually became the Hyuga clan, and why he chose her. He tried to do the same with Toneri, who awakened the Tenseigan before she did, but he didn't listen to him.
  • Spy Speak: At the end of Chapter 77, Ino goes to visit Jiraiya at the Hokage's office, telling the secretary that she's brought "something that will inspire [him] for [his] next book". It's all but stated that this is the code for her to relay her intel about Danzo, whom they've been suspecting is the traitor feeding Konoha's intel to Akatsuki.
  • Squick: invoked
    • Sakura and Ino's reaction to Sakon and Ukon's ability. Especially when Sakon uses it with Sakura.
    • Hanabi also has a moment in Chapter 74, when she thinks about the possibility of Toneri trying to make her into his bride instead of Hinata.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Defied to hell and back. The author loathes this trope with a passion due how much it pops up in Naruto fanfiction. Here's a list of what he considers the biggest offenders, and how he tackled them:
    • The confrontation with Mizuki never happens, since Mizuki succesfully steals the Scroll of Seals by taking advantage of the chaos during the Uchiha Insurrection. When he reappears, he's been working for Orochimaru for some time.
    • Naruto's first C-Rank mission is something entirely different rather than the Wave Arc, which happens offscreen, with Zabuza of all people being Tazuna's bodyguard.
    • The Chunin Exams are completely overhauled as well, with the first two parts being replaced by a different test, and having different proctors. While the final part is still a one on one tournament, both the finals and preliminaries feature completely different fights (in no small case because it also have different participants).
    • Shikamaru is not among those promoted to Chunin during Part I.
    • By Part II, the story has gone pretty much Off the Rails in regards to the original series, with only the Gaara Rescue arc being in general terms similar to its canon counterpart.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Fu has grown One Head Taller over her Konoha friends by Part II, and even gets a few centimeters over Kakashi.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: This was a common attitude during the Warring State Period, as women were often barred from participating in battle so they could produce and raise the children due to the high mortality rate.
  • Stepford Smiler: Much to Sasuke's shock, Shisui reveals that under his happy-go-lucky and seemingly carefree attitude, he hides a lot of emotional baggage due to letting his best friend die over jealousy.
  • Storming the Castle: Chapter 78 sees Jiraiya calling for a raid to Root's main base with himself at the lead, to bring Danzo to justice once and for all.
  • Super Empowering: Jiraiya and Tsunade's son, Hagane, can use his nature energy affinity to give others temporary power and chakra boosts.
  • Super Mode: Jiraiya's Sage Mode, as per canon. At the end of Part I, he takes Naruto along for training at Mount Myoboku so he learns to use it himself, and to complete his own training on it as well.
  • Super Powerful Genetics: Zigzagged. While a lot of powers are inherited from one's parents like in canon, this isn't always the case. For example, if two people with Bloodline Limits have a child together, the chance of said child manifesting both Bloodlimits is pretty low. Mei's parents kept having children until she was born because none of her older siblings inherited both Steam and Lava Release.
    • Wood Release only manifests naturally if the individual is born with an exceptionally powerful chakra. This is hinted early on, and later confirmed, to be the reason why Jiraiya and Tsunade's daughter is able to use it.
  • Super Strength: Thanks to Naruto, Sakura learns Tsunade's chakra-enchanced strength when she is still in the Academy, and so do Hinata and Karin. Fu also has this, but it's implied that unlike the previous examples, she's just that strong.
    • Learning to use Senjutsu also gives this as one of the default abilities.
  • Take That!:
    • The fanfic's take on Uzshiogakure's downfall is one towards its general depiction on most other fanfics, in which Uzushio is portrayed as a Mary Suetopia with the Uzumaki being an uber-badass Too Good for This Sinful Earth clan, ruled by an "Uzukage". Here, it was Uzushio's leader's delusions of grandeur that brought the wrath of Kumo and Kiri upon his village when he declared himself a Kage and attempted to invade Kiri while they were busy fighting Kumo, with Konoha begging them not to do such a foolish thing, since their forces were spread thin and wouldn't be able to help Uzushio.
    • In Chapter 67 there's one towards Rin happily welcoming Obito into the afterlife despite all the atrocities he committed in her name. The story portrays her visibly outraged and hurt for all the pain and deaths he caused, and makes it clear she'll do everything in her power to stop him.
    • Also in chapter 67, there's a subtle one about how the fights in canon became more focused on power than strategy as the series went on.
    • The Chapter 68 omake has a potshot at the Filler episodes at the end of Part I of the anime, calling them "seventy-two hours of mediocre writing, forgettable characters, cheap animation and nonsensical yet predictable plots".
  • Taking the Bullet: Yugito Nii and the Two-Tails intercept a Tailed Beast Bomb from Obito's second Nine-Tails that would've killed Team Shizune, allowing Obito to capture her.
  • Taking You with Me: Deidara seemingly tries to pull this off against the heroes in Chapter 54, but it turns out to be only an explosive clay clone, allowing him to slip away from the battle.
  • The Talk: Jiraiya implies he's gonna give this to Naruto soon in Chapter 20.
  • Talking Is a Free Action:
    • Averted in Chapter 72. When Neji starts to talk about his knowledge of the Gentle Fist techniques, Hanabi uses the chance to throw a Truth Seeking Ball at him.
    • Invoked by Shisui in Chapter 80. He purposely tries to keep Danzo talking for a bit so the effect of Fuu's Mind Scourge jutsu wears off to fight at full capacity again.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Jiraiya manages to release Minato and Kushina from the Edo Tensei by telling them how happy Naruto has grown over these years.
  • Taught by Experience: After a lifetime of fighting Uchihas, Tobirama is all but immune to genjutsu. And while Itachi managed to succesfully trap him under one at first, Tobirama was caught off guard, and and the next attempts to do so ended in failure.
  • The Tease: Mei Terumi certainly loves being this.
    • Fu seems to have developed some shades of this by the timeskip, nonchalantly asking Hinata if she and Naruto already have had sex (and hints that she'd like to have it with Shino).
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Snakes and toads are natural enemies, so when summoned to fight on the same side they can't stop bickering with one another.
  • Technicolor Fire: Mizuki's Cursed Seal makes his Fire Release jutsu unleash blue flames.
  • Telephone Polearm: Fu grabs one of the toppled trees and uses it as a club to fight against Kakuzu. She later decides to keep it as her Weapon of Choice.
  • Tell Me About My Father: In Chapter 32, after a chat with Karin, Naruto gets curious about the Uzumaki clan's history, prompting him to ask Jiraiya and Tsunade about it.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Naruto is having a winning streak during the Chunin exams and Tsunade gambles everything on him. He loses in the finals against Gaara.
    • On their way back to Suna from Konoha at the start of the Shippuden timeline, Kankuro complains about wanting some action. Cue Akatsuki ambush.
  • That's an Order!: Said by Tenten to Lee when they're about to fight Kimimaro so that he removes his weights to fight at full capacity, since in Gai's absence, she's his direct superior.
  • That Man Is Dead: When confronted by his former allies, Tobi insists that, indeed, Obito Uchiha died that day when the boulder crushed him.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: In Chapter 2, one of the few things that could get baby Naruto to calm down from his tantrums was clinging to Tsunade's chest. Even more literal when she has to breastfeed him.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. Tsunade goes to a therapist at the beginning in order to overcome her hemophobia and move on from the trauma of Dan and Nawaki's deaths.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: When chasing Tora the runaway cat, Kaida decides to unleash her Wood Release on her, but the cat jumps to her face and begins scratching her, preventing her from doing so.
  • They Do:
    • Chapter 4 starts with Jiraiya and Tsunade, after a few years of raising baby Naruto, getting married and coming back from their honeymoon.
    • Chapter 31 has Shizune and Shisui announcing their engagement.
    • Chapter 65 involves the wedding of Asuma and Kurenai.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: While escaping from Kakuzu and Hidan's mooks, Fu tries to use her wind jutsu to deflect a rain of multiple attacks. She manages to stop the solid projectiles and the water-based blasts, but unfortunately it fails to stop the rocks, and amplifies the fireballs.
    Fu: (whimpering) This is going to hurt.
    Seven Tails: YOU DON'T SAY?!
  • Title Drop: Rock Lee is the first to call Naruto "Son of the Sannin" at the beginning of the Chunin Exams arc.
  • This Cannot Be!: Sasori's reaction when he finds himself cornered by the Gaara Rescue team.
    "This is not my end! My art is eternal, and so I am!"
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed with Konan. She's shown to have some doubts about having to eventually confront Jiraiya, and clearly holds some esteem for the Sannin as their former sensei.
  • Too Much Information: Mei ends up mentioning how much steam she and Zabuza need to blow off and how they can do it together in front of Naruto and Haku, much to their discomfort.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: After the Uchiha Insurrection, an angry mob forms at the gates of the clan's compound to attack the surviving members. Jiraiya is forced to pass a law to protect them from the village's wrath.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Chapter 55, Rasa finally realizes how terrible of a father he's been to Gaara and his siblings, and vows to mend his relationship with them.
  • Tournament Arc: The Chunin Exams, of course. Unlike in canon, the finals go without a hitch until the end.
  • Training from Hell: Maito Gai loves this, of course. And now, Sakura and Hinata are going to suffer it to become stronger.
    • In Part II, Naruto still has nightmares with Tsunade's training regime, almost choking on his food when she asks him why he hasn't come to her for training lately.
    • The training to learn Senjutsu and Sage Mode, of course, is this to anybody who tries it.
  • Training Montage:
    • There's plenty of this during Chapters 13 and 14, set during Naruto's Academy years.
    • And of course, a lot during chapters 25 and 26, which take place before the Chunin Exam Finals (albeit only Naruto, Hinata, Sasuke, and a bit of Haku and Karin are seen training).
    • More training occurs in Chapter 61. Fu teaches Hinata and Hanabi how to fly, and she later trains with Naruto and Jiraiya to control her tailed beast's chakra.
    • Chapter 82 shows Naruto and Fukasaku training a small group so they can learn how to use Sage Mode.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Exploited by Obito on Sasuke, making him believe that he killed Naruto so he awakens the Mangekyo Sharingan.
  • Trigger Phrase: Implanted by Tobi on Yagura. Once triggered, they make him to surrender willingly and peacefully to the Akatsuki.
  • Try Not to Die:
    • Kiba to Shino and (especially) Tamaki, when they stay behind to fight Kidomaru.
    • Karin to Neji when he goes to help Kiba against Tayuya, telling him she will break up with him if he doesn't make it back.
  • Turns Red: After losing two of his hearts, Kakuzu gets enraged and reabsorbs the remaining ones and merges with them for a power boost, sprouting them out like a pair of wings out of his back.
  • Twitchy Eye: Rasa gets one in response to how Jiraiya described him, according to Kosuke.
     U-Z 
  • Uncertain Doom: The aftermath of Deidara and Kisame's confrontation with Killer B to capture him leaves it ambiguous as to whether they succeeded or not. Given their comments about how they almost died against him there's a chance he could have slipped away like he did in canon. And he did.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Fuu and Torune dismiss Shizune during Chapter 79, thinking that only Shisui is a potential threat to them. That would be the last mistake they'd ever make in their lives.
  • The Unfettered: Pain is clearly determined to achieve his goal of "peace", and he won't let his feelings about his former teacher get in the way of that.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: After receiving the Tenseigan's chakra Hanabi gains a lot of raw power, and manages to defeat the more experienced Neji in a sparring match.
    • In Chapter 82 Kurenai mentions that the Kurama Clan's bloodline limit is already pretty powerful without any formal training whenever it manifests.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Shortly after their wedding Jiraiya and Tsunade have fraternal twins, Kaida and Hagane.
  • Unwanted Revival: As per canon, any victim of the Edo Tensei jutsu experiences this, like Hashirama, Tobirama and to add insult to injury, Minato and Kushina.
  • Vacuum Mouth: Danzo's Baku summon can open its jaws to suck its enemies with great force, attempting it on Shisui and Shizune while they try to get away on a giant crow.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: In-story example: The prophecy given to the Sannin by the Toad Gamamaru, especially the last line about a certain "One-eyed demon" that will come after Naruto. Everything comes to pass during the Uchiha Insurrection.
  • [Verb] This!: When Danzo tells Shizune that he'll spare her life if she surrenders, she replies "Surrender this!" before unleashing a cloud of poison mist at his summoned Baku.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Orochimaru has perfected this into an art, according to Hiruzen.
    • He even gives a hand to Danzo in this, sending Kabuto to help him cover his retreat in Chapter 80.
  • Villainous Crush: Like in canon, Toneri evidently has this for Hinata, to the point that he makes it clear to Pain and Konan that he wants her alive should their minions encounter her.
  • Villain Has a Point: Regardless of how much Jiraiya hates Danzo, he's not wrong when he says that Akatsuki will come to attack Konoha sooner than later to get their jinchuriki, and that war with them seems inevitable at that stage.
  • Villains Never Lie: Zigzagged with Orochimaru when he's confronted by Hebiko about leaving Hebimaru behind and let him get captured by Konoha. While it's pretty much obvious Orochimaru left him behind because saving him would be a liability, he does know that his former friends aren't going to kill him or cause him harm.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Like in canon, Jirobo shamelessly tries to beg for his life right before Choji delivers a Megaton Punch to his chest and kills him.
  • Weak, but Skilled: The principle behind genjutsu specialists is that they're capable of defeating opponents much stronger than them, by playing their cards well and misdirecting them.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Sakura and Ino, as per canon. They rekindle their friendship after defeating Sakon and Ukon.
    • Hiruzen has this thought about Danzo when the latter's treachery is exposed to everyone in Konoha in Chapter 78.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Averted for Mizuki, who in canon all but vanished from the plot after playing his role. In the story, he's all but confirmed to have been executed for his betrayal.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 40. Not only Sasuke awakens the Mangekyo Sharingan when Obito tricks him into thinking he killed Naruto, but also Konoha learns about Tobi being Obito, and, shocking both characters and readers alike, the revelation that Obito had somehow resurrected Rin.
    • Chapter 50. The end of the Kirigakure War Arc, but the wham is completely unrelated: The half of the Kyubi's chakra, stored in Minato and released when he was resurrected by Edo Tensei, begins to reform.
  • Wham Line:
    • Two In-Universe examples in Chapter 70. First, Konan is left shocked that Naruto knows of Akatsuki's plan to revive the Ten-Tails. At the end, before leaving, Pain says to Naruto "tell Jiraiya-sensei that I sent our regards", causing him to stop on dead on his tracks.
    • The last line of Chapter 77, though not so much the line itself, as much as it being the revelation that Jiraiya had assigned Ino the mission to root out Danzo as the traitor of Konoha.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Perhaps not so much for the audience, but certainly for the heroes when Hinata uses her Byakugan on their attackers when they reach the Land of Rivers. It turns out they're adult clones of Kaida and Hagane.
    • Danzo reveals his right eye in Chapter 80. It has a Mangekyo Sharingan he took from Fugaku Uchiha.
  • What Is This Feeling?:
    • At the end of Chapter 67, Sasuke wonders why he feels so hurt about failing to prevent Yugito's capture, as he has no ties to Kumo or their jinchuriki whatsoever.
    • Sai in the aftermath of the Root arc is left wondering why he surrendered to Ino rather than kill himself to avoid capture.
  • When She Smiles: Non-romantic example when Naruto notices the Hyugas happier than usual, and especially with Neji. Turns out they're this way because Hinata found the way to remove the Caged Bird Seal from their foreheads.
    • Inverted with Sai in Chapter 78. He smiles when Ino comes to confront him, and she calls him out on giving her a fake smile. He then reveals it's not fake, and that he's genuinely happy to see her.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Kimimaro, Kabuto, Mizuki, Hidan and Toneri are all examples.
  • Why Won't You Die?: After Danzo abuses his use of Izanagi one too many times to cheat death, Shisui tells him to "stop not-dying".
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Defied by Itachi and Shisui, who are both very aware of the risks of using the Mangekyo Sharingan, and thus they only have it as a last resort. They go out of their way to instill this mindset on Sasuke as well so he doesn't go off the deep end.
  • Wolverine Claws: Tamaki's Weapon of Choice.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: Downplayed example with Kaida and Hagane, the children of Jiraiya and Tsunade. At first it seems they needed to be in close proximity to each other for their powers to awaken, but they're later shown to be able to control their abilities at will independently.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Sasuke acknowledges Naruto as a worthy rival during the Chunin Exams finals, and the feeling is mutual.
    • Tobirama commends Itachi's abilities and even congratulates him when he uses the Sword of Totsuka to defeat him.
  • Wrecked Weapon: During the Chunin Exams finals, Sasuke battles against Karui and she manages to break his katana. Fortunately he was carrying a scroll with a spare one, as per Shisui's suggestion.
  • Writer on Board: While he doesn't hate him overall, you can tell that the author doesn't agree with Shikamaru's promotion to Chunin, and by extension how he's always promoted to Chunin in fanfiction. The author even admitted that Kakashi's comment about people who give up so easily when things ahead get difficult don't deserve to be Chunin reflects his own opinion.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Fu thinks there's only one reason Kakuzu would have returned to Takigakure. Namely, to come to ask for forgiveness and atone for his crimes. He's left speechless about it.
  • Xanatos Gambit:
    • Orochimaru has his subordinates kidnap Jiraiya and Tsunade's children, knowing that they carry powerful bloodline limits for him to harvest. Having anticipated that Jiraiya and Tsunade would stop at nothing to get them back (and they succeeded in the end), he had Kabuto extract enough DNA samples from them for his experiments. And it pays off, as two years later he has fully grown clones of them with their abilities as his personal servants.
    • To divert attention from Jiraiya's forces during the raid to Root's headquarters, Danzo sends some of his minions to kidnap specific targets: Hanabi, Rin, Hagane, Shiro and Shizuka. While the main goal was to buy him more time to escape to the Land of Sound, he hoped to get at least one of them to harvest their powers for himself.
  • You Are Already Dead:
    • Said word for word by Shizune when Obito inhales some of her poison. Subverted in that his Healing Factor stopped the poison from killing him.
    • Also said by Sasori to Kankuro and Temari when their bodies begin reacting to his poison, stating that it'll kill them within three days. Subverted again, as they manage to reach Konoha and get help.
    • Hidan, when he catches Kakashi in his signature jutsu, also boasts about how he's already dead and doesn't know it. However, he spends so much time gloating and toying around, Kakashi manages to figure out how his jutsu works and gives Kiba and Tamaki enough time to pull Hidan out of his circle.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Ino's speech to Sai in Chapter 81 has some shades of this. He firmly believes in Danzo's ingrained teachings and considers himself a simple tool, but Ino is convinced that there's still a shred of humanity buried in him, and vows to bring it back to the surface.
  • You Are in Command Now:
    • After Hiruzen is forced to step down as Hokage, Jiraiya is named his successor. He's reluctant at first, but ultimately accepts, if only to prevent Danzo from getting the position.
    • After a prominent Clan Head, Hiashi Hyuga, dies during the Uchiha Insurrection, his wife has to take the mantle.
      • Then later in Chapter 58, in light of Hinata awakening the Tenseigan, Hikari Hyuga decides to step down as the clan head and name Hinata as the new one.
    • Sasuke becomes the new leader of the Medical Squad after Shizune is removed from active duty due to maternity leave.
    • Kurenai puts Naruto in charge of the Assault Squad also due to maternity leave.
  • You Are Not Alone: After the Kirigakure War Arc, Sasuke tells Naruto that whatever he plans to do regarding the other Jinchuriki and the Tailed Beasts, he can count on the Uchiha's help.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Neji still believes in this, although this time around it's due to Hiashi's death during the Uchiha insurrection. Though, unlike canon, he doesn't use this philosophy to bully or demean others.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Rin feels this way, since after dying and coming back to life, she's had to cope with the fact that all of her friends have grown into adults while she stayed a teenager, and the Konoha she used to know has also moved long past the one she knew.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Kakashi's reaction when Gai faints after being praised by the resurrected Hashirama, meaning that he now has to fight him alone.
  • You Monster!: Hinata yells "You bastards!" at the Root agents who kidnap Hanabi.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Mei reveals she's the youngest of four siblings, but not just they only inherited either Steam or Lava Release, while Mei inherited both (her parents kept having children until they had one who manifested both), but she ended up becoming Mizukage.
  • Your Answer to Everything: Jiraiya says that war is Danzo's solution to anything, which is why he's always been passed for the title of Hokage.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Jiraiya feels this way when Danzo praises him.
  • You Remind Me of X: Roshi is quick to notice the physical resemblance between Naruto and "the Yellow Flash" with a single glance. Naruto calmly replies that he was his father. He also notes how much Kaida and Hagane resemble Jiraiya and Tsunade.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: The Kurama clan's bloodline gives the ability to create genjutsu powerful enough to make the victim suffer real wounds. Chapter 79 reveals that it's strong enough that not even Sharingan or highly skilled sensors can see through or dispel it.
  • You Talk Too Much: In Chapter 80, this exchange:
    Danzo: Haven't you realized the difference in skill and power between you and me yet?
    Shisui: Haven't you realized that you talk too much?
  • You Will Be Spared: When facing Hanabi, Toneri declares he might spare her to avoid upsetting Hinata, and for other reasons he avoids to disclose.
  • Zerg Rush: Sasori's ultimate jutsu amounts to this, by controlling an army of puppets. It's somewhat downplayed by the fact that his control is less effective the more puppets he manipulates at once. And of course, Naruto can easily match it with his Shadow Clones.

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