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Naruto: The Game of Life is a Naruto Fan Fic that, like Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion, Zero no Tsukaima: Saito the Onmyoji, After the Chamber: Lords and Ladies, and Issei: The Gaming Gear, is a mix of Alternate Universe Fic and Rational Fic written by SeerKing that has elements from The Gamer.

One morning, Naruto wakes up to discover that his life has become a game.

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  • Adaptational Badass: Naruto himself is one, having obtained a number of elemental jutsu and the Shadow Clone Technique before graduating. Sakura and Ten-Ten also appear to be going this way through the training Naruto puts them through.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Canonically, Mizuki had manipulated Naruto into stealing the Scroll of Seals at the start of the series and tried murdering him and Iruka. Here, the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing persona is not present and he is actively antagonistic towards Naruto to the point of trying to sabotage him constantly during his time at the Academy.
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted.
    • When Iruka and the Third Hokage learn of Naruto's actual living circumstances and about all the difficulties in his daily life and studies, they immediately act to put an end to those circumstances and give Naruto the means to improve his situation.
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    • Similarly, Tenten's lack of knowledge about ninjutsu is because Might Guy was planning to find a tutor for her, only for his main choices to be unavailable followed by the training of Rock Lee taking up a lot of his time. When Might Guy is called out about this, he immediately sets out to solve his huge oversight.
    • The Ichirakus are the only civilians that treat Naruto nicely at the beginning, and the Higurashis (Tenten's parents) quickly grow on him, especially after he fights to protect her from the fake Nuke-nin.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Downplayed. When Naruto stops asking her out every day, Sakura admits that she misses it, if only as reinforcement that someone finds her attractive.
  • Ascended Extra: Asuma has a bigger role as a result of being Naruto’s mentor and later Jonin-sensei.
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  • The Bet: Naruto makes two. The first with Sakura over whether he can beat her in a best-of-five fight, the second with Ino Yamanaka over whether Sakura can defeat her. He wins both times.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Iruka, much like in canon.
  • Character Development: The Gamer helps Naruto become more mature and capable of improving himself.
  • Cool Sword: Naruto's kodachi, Kogetsu Kyuushiki (Arc/Fox Moon Type Nine). Made of chakra metal by the Higurashis, it has a second blade and contains several small weapons within.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Naruto would rather not have to fight Sakura, but if it is the best way to ensure she takes her training seriously, then he will.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Naruto defeats Mizuki without suffering more than a few scratches.
  • Dramatic Irony: When the Third Hokage reveals how the Fourth Hokage died fighting the Nine-Tailed Fox, Naruto expresses a tad of hero worship for the man. Sarutobi cringes internally because the Fourth Hokage was actually Naruto's father and he defeated the Fox by sealing it into a newborn Naruto.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: After Naruto defeats her in a best-of-five fight, Sakura admits that Naruto is right in that she needs to put more effort in her physical training.
  • Engineered Public Confession: To force Mizuki to reveal his treason, the Third Hokage has Naruto go meet the man and brings several people to witness the meeting through his crystal ball. It works like a charm.
  • False Flag Operation: Danzō sends several of his brainwashed minions disguised as Kirigakure Nuke-nin to either test or kill Naruto. However, the Interface Spoiler, along with their behavior, helps Naruto realize that they are not what they claim to be.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: While they were already becoming friendly with each other, Naruto saving Ten-Ten from being gravely injured and then fighting at her side against the false Nuke-nin pushes their friendship forward - with a dash of Rescue Romance for her.
  • For Want of a Nail: Due to the changes caused by The Gamer, Naruto is put in Team 10 with Sakura and Ino instead of Team 7.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Naruto once manages to sneak in the Hokage's office by exploiting the patrol patterns of the guards.
  • It's Quiet… Too Quiet: Naruto notices that the Training Grounds he usually goes too are way too silent in comparison to the usual, moments before the retired shinobi try to kill him.
  • Karma Meter: Naruto unlocks one, Mass Effect style, that measures whether his heroic behavior leans towards Righteous or Pragmatic. So far, his choices have leaned towards the former. It is implied he may end up unlocking other such meters in the future.
  • Lifesaving Misfortune: The fact that one member of Clan Haruno was behind the vandalism on Naruto's home could have been really bad for Sakura and her family. Instead, the Third Hokage only punishes them by forcing Sakura to tutor Naruto until the exams and not to diet at least for that time - things that allow her to improve herself as a kunoichi, since the latter eliminates her health problems and the former leads to her taking her physical training more seriously.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The Third Hokage is unaware of Naruto's new Gamer status and is trying to figure out some of the weird actions that go against Naruto's character. Subverted when Naruto finally reveals it to him when asked about it.
  • Loophole Abuse: One of the reasons why Naruto has not been able to pass before is because he cannot use the basic clone jutsu requested in the exam since it is too easy for him to overload. Iruka realizes that students are required to demonstrate proficiency with one clone jutsu without specifying which one, so he teaches Naruto several such techniques that allow him to pass.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The source of most of Naruto's problems with the townspeople is that the adults know about Naruto being the Jinchuuriki for the Nine-Tailed Fox (which killed many people and almost destroyed Konoha), but think he is possessed by the bijū, so they take their frustrations on him.
  • Mundane Utility: After learning how to create Rock Clones and Shadow Clones, Naruto uses them to keep his building clean and learn skills a lot faster than usual.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Ino's mother is named Saori.
  • Not So Above It All: Sarutobi plays a prank on Naruto by telling the ANBU that were looking for him because of his "robbery" of the Scroll of Seals that it was all one of Naruto's pranks and that he was disappointed they did not find him even though he did not move from the Training Grounds in the time between the "robbery" and him returning after beating Mizuki.
  • Papa Wolf: Learning all the problems Naruto faces daily makes Sarutobi furious at the people that hate Naruto for something that is not his fault.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Every time that Naruto either performs well in an exercise or is able to hold his own in a sparring match despite still losing, he notices that he still gains positive reputation points in his relationship with Sasuke.
    • Sakura begins to gain a better opinion of Naruto when he demonstrates that he is a lot more capable than she believed. She also tells him what she knows of the Uzumaki clan when he reveals she knows little about them.
  • Polyamory: Word of God is that Naruto is going to have a harem. Officially, at least Sakura, Ten-Ten, and Hinata are joining in.
  • Prolonged Prologue: It takes around eighteen chapters to merely get to the beginning of the canon storyline.
  • Rational Fic: A lot of named characters behave a lot more intelligently than in canon.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • When fourteen retired shinobi try to assassinate Naruto, all of them have terrible stats despite being much higher level, due to being over a decade out of practice.
    • As a jinchuuriki, Naruto is considered a military asset and trying to keep him weak is seen as sabotaging a military asset, which is a capital offense, earning the offenders life in prison.
    • In addition, trying to spread slander about someone will have its consequences, especially if said person has a close relationship with someone who has a powerful political seating, as the reason why the fourteen shinobi were even retired to begin with was because, as Hokage, Sarutobi had forced them to years prior in order to send a message to those who wrongly believe that Naruto is the Nine-Tails.
  • Revealing Cover Up: Apparently, everyone knows where the old ANBU headquarters are because of the guards keeping people away even though there is a sign about apartments being available.
  • Running Gag:
    • Every time Naruto makes an intelligent observation, he is awarded points for his WIS stat, much to his irritation over time.
    • Also, his Detect Bloodlust ability increases frantically due to his poor reputation with the majority of the village.
  • Schmuck Bait: After the canon example of Mizuki telling Naruto to take the Scroll of Seals as part of the exam, the Third Hokage runs a second one, with Naruto as bait, to catch Mizuki with proof of his treason.
  • Sudden Game Interface: How the story begins.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Thanks to Naruto, Sakura improves her fighting technique and learns new skills. Ten-Ten also gets training in the use of ninjutsu.
  • Unobtanium: Chakra metal, which can be used to make very powerful weapons. Naruto finds a slab, and is informed that he would be able to buy all of Clan Hyūga's Compound and still have money to live for many years without working.

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