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Blind is a recommended Naruto fanfic by ObsidianSickle.

A sequel, Fidelis, has been posted, last updated 2011 with only two chapters; a good authority says that the third chapter had been written but ended on a cliffhanger, and the author was unable to write the next chapter, so he decided to be merciful.

Set up in an alternate continuity; Sasuke decides to take matters into his own hands before Orochimaru takes his body completely. Left to dead close to the Country of Fire he´s returned to Konoha and the people he tried to cut out of his life in his search for power. During this time he has to learn once more how to manage himself in the world, and also the importance of bonds.

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List of tropes appearing in Blind

  • All There in the Manual: the "extras" chapter includes in-depth explanations for the symbolism.
  • Almighty Janitor: Sasuke: last of the Uchiha, former S-ranked criminal; still technically a genin until the Chuunin Exam.
  • Amnesia Danger: Sasuke still has the skills, but because of the mind wipe he doesn't know that the village the team rested at is one of Oto's strongholds, and the townspeople recognize him from back then.
  • Attack Reflector: The Chakra Oscillation Project reverses someone's chakra, so their own attacks are used against them.
  • Bad Dreams: Triggered by being back in the Uchiha manor.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: Itachi's use of Amaterasu turns his confrontation with Sasuke into this.
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  • Bearer of Bad News: Kakashi tells Sakura that her father is MIA.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Justified in the case of Sasuke, as his (horrific) injuries were healed so as to not leave scars.
    • simultaneously justified and partially averted with Itachi; the Healing Factor makes it not scar, although it doesn't restore his vision or his fingers, and years later the person is noted to be quite attractive regardless
  • Beta Couple: Naruto and Hinata.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Kanaye, Sakura's older brother.
  • Blindfolded Vision: Sasuke can pull this off with his chakra senses.
  • Bookends:
    • Itachi's first and last on-screen appearances are both in Nariko's hometown.
    • A character being blinded with a kunai both begins and ends the plot.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Sasuke and Sakura, at first.
  • Career-Ending Injury:
    • Denied by Sasuke, who works to function as a ninja despite losing his sight.
    • Invoked for Itachi.
  • Cats Are Magic: The two-tailed cat Nekomata has power over the dead, which even for the setting is rather supernatural.
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  • Celibate Hero: Sasuke; despite his goal to restore his clan, he felt he couldn't while Itachi was still around to threaten any family he started.
  • Character Development: Oh so, so very much for Sasuke; Sakura too, to a lesser extent.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Partial genjutsu; Sasuke's father's kunai.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • The abnormally-large chakra signature. She's Sasuke's teammate for the Chuunin Exam.
    • The drunk Itachi killed when he went to retrieve the six-tails jinchuuriki. He's Nariko's biological father.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Sasuke training to break out of genjutsu; of course, that was the whole point of it.
  • The Coats Are Off: Before their fight, Sasuke takes off his raincoat and Itachi takes off his Akatsuki cloak.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Orochimaru was not happy with Sasuke damaging his intended vessel
  • Cooldown Hug: Sakura does this when Sasuke snaps at her for not letting him fight Itachi
  • Cruel Mercy: The aptly-given title of chapter sixty-nine.
  • Healing Factor: the jinchuuriki, as in canon; this gets invoked to save a character's life
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Nariko saves Itachi by giving him her bijuu, knowing that it will kill her
  • Hiding the Handicap: very rarely done by Sasuke, when he encounters a bartender who knew him when he was still with Orochimaru
  • Hollywood Healing: averted; medical jutsu is not a simple cure-all
  • Hope Is Scary: why Sasuke doesn't want to think about his sight coming back, and Sakura doesn't want to imagine that he might love her
  • How Many Fingers?: Kanaye does this after Sasuke explains how his chakra sense works; of course, the last corrrect answer is "one"
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: sorry Itachi, Sasuke isn't actually blind any more
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Sasuke and Sakura both experience this, even if not in so many words
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Sasuke gets this from both Naruto and Kanaye
  • Ill Girl: Nariko's body is weak due to earlier neglect; ironically enough this saves her life, as the bijuu can't be safely extracted (killing her) until she's healthy
  • Improbable Age: downplayed; at 17, Sakura is the youngest medic to graduate since the program started
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Sakura moves in with Sasuke to help his rehabilitation
  • Internal Reveal: Sakura finding out Sasuke blinded himself; Nariko finding out Itachi killed his clan and the extraction would kill her
  • Ironic Echo: "Then go ahead and hate me, go ahead and despise me."
  • Irony: lots of it, most explained in the "extras" chapter
  • Just Toying with Them: Sasuke vs Konohamaru in the chuunin exam tournament, because he wanted to show everyone what he was capable of
  • Jossed: given the date of writing, it was inevitable; the most notable (and spoiler-free) include the gender and identity of the six- and seven-tails jinchuuriki
  • Lap Pillow: the position they're in for Sasuke's healing sessions
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Sasuke's mind was wiped of any "important" details about Sound before being left for dead
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    Sakura: Naruto, please. If this was a novel, I can see almost everything that comes out of your mouth ending in a question mark followed by an exclamation mark.
  • Left for Dead: a variant, as Orochimaru wasn't actually trying to kill Sasuke, he just didn't care whether he lived or died
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: if you count "eyes" as a limb and Grand Theft Me as "death"
  • Love Epiphany: it takes a long time for Sasuke to realize he loves Sakura, but it finally happens at her birthday party
  • Million-to-One Chance: four percent, actually. It happens.
  • Misery Poker: Sakura does this to herself, trying to put things into "perspective", after hearing that her father is mission in action
  • Mistaken for Romance: Hinata starts to freak out when she sees Naruto with a girl. Turns out she's another jinchuuriki and thus an honorary relative to him.
  • Mood Whiplash: on the journey back from Kumogakure, nice light team bonding; then all of a sudden Itachi
  • Morality Pet: Nariko eventually becomes this to Itachi
  • Moving the Goalposts: when Sakura will move out of Sasuke's house
  • Never Say "Die": played with: after a certain point, Sasuke resolves to "eliminate" Itachi; he has a different fate in mind for his brother, although we don't find out until later.
  • The Nicknamer: Konan, and Kanaye
  • Nightmare Sequence: in a departure from the standard fare, in chapter 35 we get to see what happens when Sasuke's growing care for Sakura combines with his... other issues
  • No Name Given: Sakura's mother
  • No Periods, Period: averted; aside from Sai making a comment about somebody's menstrual cycle, Sasuke knows what brand of feminine hygiene products Sakura prefers
  • Throwing Off the Disability: averted. Sasuke's sight recovers gradually, and only after intense effort on Sakura's part
  • Title Drop: common with chapter titles
  • Token Good Teammate: Nariko really does not belong with the Akatsuki
  • Trespassing Hero: Sasuke and Sakura break into a (closed) teahouse for shelter. They clean up as much as they can, and leave money and a note when they leave.
  • Unfamiliar Ceiling: Aside from that Sasuke can't see the ceiling (because he's blind), played straight with his awakening in Konoha
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sakura and Ino
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: preemptively denied by Sasuke
    It was then that he swore that even when he was the legal age to be drinking, he would never do so, because losing your memory against your will was bad enough.
  • What Does She See in Him?: why would a talented medic care for someone who betrayed the village?
  • Wild Child: Nariko; she had essentially no human interaction from the time the bijuu was put in her as a little girl, to when Itachi "rescued" her
  • Womanchild: Nariko is 16 or 17, but acts like she's 8 because of no human interaction since then
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Nariko doesn't know it yet, but she's going to die once her body is strong enough
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