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''There are times where all it takes is the right voice to help you realize the greatness within to conquer the painful evil without. Uzumaki Naruto's voice of promise just so happens to be his own... from the future. Warning: Lemons, Moral Ambiguity, Gray Area Decisions, Slow Build, and Harem. Naruto w/ Kurenai, Ino, Sakura, Tenten, Hinata, Temari, Mabui, Samui, and Mei'
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A Naruto story by GraeFoxx where a Naruto from a Bad Future speaks to his younger self in an attempt to warn him of the coming dangers.

Can be read here on Fanfiction Dot Net.

This fic contains examples of the following tropes, in addition to those already present in the source material:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Hinata's father is quickly established as being awful and is assumed to be one of the primary reasons for her complete lack of confidence.
      Hiashi: “I have no doubt you'll soon learn Hinata has no talent as a kunoichi and is sorely lacking as the heiress to the Hyūga clan, (...)As a veteran shinobi and her father, I can say, with regret, Hinata is a disappointment as a daughter, an heir to our great clan, and as you'll soon learn, as a kunoichi. I offer you words of caution, as a token for the appropriate respect shown here. Conserve your time, skill, and effort where my daughter is concerned. Save your consideration for the students who have real need of it."
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    • Samui's and Atsui's parents oversaw the Monster Study. What started with either praising or criticizing children (depending on their group) all the time quickly evolved to things like ordering them to drug and kidnap child prostitutes, murder their pets, or deliver increasingly painful shocks to prisoners.
  • The Ace: Multiple factions want Naruto to join them but have all realized that he's too physically powerful, and potentially politically important, to force so they have to find a way to coerce him into willingly defecting from Konoha.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Naruto gives Kurenai what he believes to be a pretty but unremarkable flower, only for Ino to reveal it's easily worth six figures at a minimum due to its beauty and rarity.
  • Adaptational Badass: Due to "Naru-nii's" help, Naruto becomes far stronger far faster than canon. Such as knowing Rasengan before the Wave mission, maintaining control over three tails worth of Kurama's chakra, and gaining Perfect Kyuubi Mode and learning Hiraishin when Itachi and Kisame first arrive.
  • Adaptational Sexuality:
    • In canon Ino was straight and only showed interest in one type of guy. Here she is bisexual and wants to marry both Naruto and Sakura.
    • Here Kabuto is gay while in canon he was asexual.
    • Haku is gay rather than straight.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In canon, Sasuke started out gruff and unfriendly but eventually warmed up to his team. He did become outright villainous, but only due to several mitigating factors. In this story, Sasuke's a psychopath ready to murder his teammates at the drop of a hat from the very beginning. Notably, when Sakura tells Sasuke she "wants to understand him better", he rants at her and threatens to murder her parents.
  • Adults Are Useless: With some sprinkles of Apathetic Teacher mixed in. Naru-nii estimated that Kakashi wasn’t going to start showing them chakra control – something extremely important for their growth as shinobi – for another two months.
  • Affectionate Nickname: The younger Naruto refers to his older self as Naruto-nii (Big Bro Naruto), which also helps differentiate the two, particularly as the older Naruto can only speak to his younger self.
  • Age Lift: The story goes both ways.
    • Naruto's peers are all three years older, making them sixteen to seventeen (twenty in Temari's case).
    • On the flip side, Mabui and Samui are twenty instead of twenty-six and Kurenai is twenty-four rather than twenty-eight. Similarly, Mei Terumi is approximately a decade younger than canon, being in her mid-twenties rather than mid-thirties.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: After Kurenai drunkenly attacks Naruto due to a number of factors (only one or two of which involved him), the boy refuses to keep helping her with Hinata even after she apologizes. When she tries to guilt him over how much their sessions have helped Hinata's confidence, Naruto basically tells her that it's too bad for Hinata but it's really not his problem and Kurenai should've thought of that before she assaulted him.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: When Naruto refuses to sell the Kubikiribōchō, Tenten's father plots to kill him and steal the sword.
  • Animal Eye Spy: Ino enjoys using her Mind Transfer Jutsu to do this, since it allows her to experience the freedom of flight. It also doubles as a spying technique, and was what allowed her to spot the flower that cased her For Want of a Nail entry below.
  • Apathetic Teacher: Naruto learns more under a week of instruction under Naru-nii than he did for years at the academy under “hard-hearted sensei who didn't seem to care about his education in the least.”
  • Apologetic Attacker: When he battles Kurama for control over his chakra, Naruto admits he doesn't want to fight him. But they don't have time to deal with Kurama's stubbornness of refusing him chakra against Akatsuki, just because Naruto used Sage Mode earlier.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Somewhat downplayed. Hyūga Hiashi quickly establishes himself as a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk as early as chapter one with his brutal verbal teardown of his own daughter to her sensei, and he does so from a position of power, with his platform elevated above her own on the floor and therefore forcing her to look up at him. Kurenai is notably displeased at the noble’s power games and annoyed over having to show deference to someone other than her Hokage.
  • Arranged Marriage: As the son of the current and longest reigning Hokage, Asuma is very politically important and ends up facing the possibility of getting married to the Daimyo's daughter to foster better relations between Konoha and the Land of Fire's government, rather than being allowed to continue his relationship with Kurenai.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Happens in Naru-nii’s timeline. Madara succeeds in casting the Infinite Tsukuyomi and Naru-nii has to seal himself away to prevent himself from getting ensnared.
    Naru-nii: It's not enough to close your eyes or cover your ears. If your body receives any sensory information—sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, then the illusion has you. I'm pretty good at Fūinjutsu and I trapped myself in a sealed expanse—a dimensional pocket—completely cut off from the outside world.
  • Behavioral Conditioning: Both intentional and unintentional variations occur.
    • The sex Naruto and Ino had was so good that, combined with lingering traces of the aphrodisiac in Ino's system, she comes to associate Naruto with sex and grows intensely aroused from anything he says or does that can be interpreted as sexual.
    • Samui spent years being constantly berated for any failures, refusal to obey orders, or showing emotion. As a result, she's The Stoic who only cares about fulfilling her current mission.
  • Betrayal by Inaction: Itachi believes Sarutobi guilty of this, stating the man had a year to find a peaceful resolution to the growing friction with the Uchiha and didn't even attempt to take action until less than two weeks before Itachi was forced to massacre his clan.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Naruto manages to figure out Hiraishin just in time to save Mei Terumi from Kisame.
  • Blackmail: Ino possesses Sakura then uses her body to give Naruto a blowjob and photographs it. She then uses the photos to threaten Sakura into following her orders. It’s later revealed that the blackmail was actually for Sakura’s own good, though the rest of it was simply Ino lashing out.
  • The Casanova:
    • Asuma didn't let his not-relationship with Kurenai or his possible Arranged Marriage with the Fire-Country's Princess stop him from sleeping with plenty of women.
    • Darui is well known for sleeping around, but Mabui thought their relationship was serious and that he was changing. Then while infiltrating Konoha, she gets the go ahead to do anything necessary to retrieve Kubikiribōchō with Darui claiming they were just Friends with Benefits.
  • Character Exaggeration: In canon, Hinata is fairly shy but outside of filler, she never faints or has any such overreaction to Naruto. Here, she can barely keep from fainting around a "genjutsu" of him that doesn't even talk.
  • Character Shilling: Chapters 39 and 40 have several characters talk about how great Hinata is, at times to nonsensical levels. Naruto can't believe that "a girl like Hinata" would be interested in him, despite having multiple women of similar status pursuing a relationship with him. Kurenai tries to insist that if it wasn't for Hinata, none of the other women would have fallen in love with Narutonote . Lastly, Temari declares that if the Hokage insists Naruto can only have one wife from Konoha, it should be Hinata, even though her given reason for marrying Narutonote  is far less passionate than Ino's and Kurenai's declarations of love for him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • A non-physical example. Sakura’s father acquired an incredibly rare and expensive perfume which was narrated as practically being love in a bottle. “Every kunoichi or civilian girl with a man in her pure heart has read about its amorous properties in one or all the beauty magazines. It's the nearest to a guarantee a budding girl with prospects of love in her heart could have...” When Ino comes across her and starts insulting her like normal, Sakura doesn’t even have to say a word. She just flashes the bottle to her rival and watches as Ino shuts right up and – after Sakura walks away in victory – Ino yells after her that she’ll find something even better.
    • Naruto versus the Sound Four after they capture Hinata. He fights them in his Kurama Chakra Mode and takes down all four in only a few seconds.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Samui and Atsui were part of a study by their parents that was later dubbed The Monster Study for how horrific it was. Samui was part of the group that was criticized for everything (aka the Cold Group) while Atsui was part of the Hot Group that was praised for everything. Both groups were forced to do things such as administer increasingly painful electric shocks to a prisoner, drug teenage prostitutes, and submerge their arms in disgusting substances such as feces. The project was cut short when the new Raikage learned of their actions and immediately cut funding, only not executing those running it due to their popularity. As a result, Samui is The Stoic and almost incapable of conversation while Atsui is a case of Small Name, Big Ego who literally can't comprehend being criticized.
  • Demoted to Extra: After the Wave Mission, Tenten seems like she'll be a prominent chracter, especially because Word of God states she's in the harem. Instead, she vanishes for twenty chapters. As of chapter 42, she's had only one scene and a few mentions in the last ten chapters
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: The older Naruto can communicate with his past self because he summoned the shinigami then stole his prayer beads.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Naruto's future self spends a fair amount of time instructing his past self on various techniques. It's only after the younger Naruto learns the Rasengan that they both consider the fact said technique isn't written down anywhere and only two people in the world know how to use it, one of whom the younger Naruto has never met and the other is his teacher. As a result, Naruto has a very powerful A Rank technique that he can't be seen using.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: Iruka is left paralyzed due to Naruto’s attempts to help aggravating his injuries.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Downplayed in regards to Kurenai. Naruto initially refuses to help her again after she drunkenly beat and stabbed him. But only a few months later, Naruto acts like the incidents never happened and views Ino more negatively than Kurenai for "being mean to him" after he accidentally raped her.
    • Naruto continues to forgive Sasuke, despite the latter showing zero remorse for trying to murder him on multiple occasions. While Naruto does the same in canon, he had a bond with Sasuke that he lacks here.
  • Entitled Bastard:
    • When Hinata is offered the chance to be Naruto's first wife, Hiashi states that the Hyuuga clan will only accept if Naruto not only promises to never attempt to remove the caged bird seal but also share all of his clan secrets. Kurenai, the one Hiashi is making these demands to, basically tells him to piss off and reminds Hiashi that the Hokage specficially offered the opportunity to Hinata. Hiashi's opinion is unneeded and unwanted.
    • Kurenai shows shades of this in chapter 38 when she acts like her marrying Naruto is a given and that she'll "accept" him marrying others. Ino rightfully calls her out that it's not her decision to make, but Naruto's.
  • Everybody Lives: Due to Naruto’s efforts, the Sand-Sound Invasion ends without a single fatality among the Sand and Leaf forces.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Zabuza refuses to simply steal back his sword from Naruto because the genin won it fair and square, instead insisting on challenging him again for it.
    • The fourth Raikage is so disgusted by "The Monster Study" that he immediately defunds it and would've had the two running it arrested or executed if their popularity didn't make it impossible.
    • Oyashiro is a largely amoral merchant who literally sold his own mother for an exotic animal. However, he's upset with Tenten's father for trying to sell something that didn't belong to him.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride for Kurama. When Naruto uses Sage Mode because it's better suited for his current fight, Kurama then refuses to let Naruto use his chakra afterwards. This results in the pair fighting and Naruto being forced take all of Kurama's chakra by force.
  • For Want of a Nail: Two combine for a truly monumental shakeup of the timeline; the younger Naruto losing his virginity ‘‘before his older self’’.
    • The first nail happens due to the older Naruto’s instructions for the younger. He gives his younger self information on the memory-transfer aspect of the Kage Bunshin technique, and then goes on to give him more training tips and even starting him on the Rasengan. This means that Naruto changes his patterns entirely, and goes to train in a different, more secluded area. This leads him to discover an incredibly rare and super expensive flower and one of them happens to stick to his clothes. When he runs into not-so-innocent flower girl Ino Yamanaka, she demands to know where he found it and asks to be brought there.
    • The second nail happens simultaneously in a "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot; Ino is accidentally drugged with an extremely potent aphrodisiac because Choji Akimichi’s mother was too embarrassed to talk with her sixteen-year-old son about what the new Food Pills he had never seen before actually did. She told him it, “Ahh, well, this is a special pill, so ninja boys and girls can be... friendly with each other.” Choji took it the wrong way and gave it to Ino to get her to stop being mean to him and Shikamaru.
      • This culminates in Naruto and Ino meeting up for a totally innocent endeavor on both ends and instead spending the next several hours with the stamina monster Naruto having sex with Ino until the aphrodisiac runs out.
      • As a result, when it runs its course and Ino is back to normal, she cries, slaps Naruto, and runs home to cry some more. Naruto thinks it happened because he was bad at it, so he seeks out a teacher to get better at it. This leads to him having sex with more women, including one of his teachers: Kurenai. Ino feels awful initially because she feels like she turned into a giant slut when she didn’t think that was who she was. Not only that, but the Food Pills has residual effects which make her almost unbearably horny sometimes and desperate for Naruto’s touch again and she slut shames herself. Eventually though, she works through her own issues and becomes full lovers with Naruto.
    • The residual effects of the Food Pills, her growing desire for more sex with Naruto the longer they’re apart and the shame she feels because of it, and Sakura thinking nothing is wrong and trading barbs with her like normal makes Ino snap when one button in particular is smashed. She possesses Sakura and uses her body to give oral to a blindfolded Naruto and takes pictures to Blackmail Sakura. This is later accompanied by a My God, What Have I Done? moment, but she doubles down on blackmailing her old friend because Sakura is a Love Martyr and can’t see how detrimental to herself her own obsession is.
  • Formerly Fat: Statuesque Stunner Mei remarks that as a teen, she was short, fat, and flat chested.
  • Gaining the Will to Kill: After Tenten functionally becomes Haku's slave, the latter initially intends to have her murder a random homeless person, but at her adamant refusal, he changes his mind to making her have sex with Naruto. In both cases, the goal was to make Tenten lose some of her innocence so she could "become a useful tool".
  • Genius Ditz: Naruto has an instinctive grasp of seals that allows him to easily understand or create pretty much any seal he comes across. Mabui, who considers herself rather proficient at seals, has to ask him to dumb down his ideas until eventually she just asks him how beginners get their start in sealing. Notably, Naruto took a single glance at a scroll she's spent months trying to decipher and remarks that the seal would work but it'd be wonky and inefficient. Later, Naruto comments on being able to make a seal that'd heal almost any injury and admits that he doesn't remotely understand any of the parts relating to biology except that he knows the seal would work.
  • Heel Realization: Sakura finally realizes how unhealthy her feelings for Sasuke are when he threatens to kill her parents so "she can understand him like she wants" and Sakura realizes she actually considered it for a moment. Sakura breaks down sobbing in Ino's arms at the idea she'd seriously consider letting her parents get murdered just for the chance it might get her closer to Sasuke.
  • Heroic RRoD: Mei Terumi can use her Boil Release to essentially boil her chakra and grant a considerable boost to her physical abilities, but admits she'll "be paying for it later". The following chapter, her internal body temp is noted by Sakura to be 47 degrees celsiusnote  and the woman can't even sweat to disperse the heat because the extreme temperatures cut off all bloodflow to her skin. If not for Mei's shinobi durability, even being submerged in a tub of cool water with ice packs under her arms and between her legs wouldn't have kept her from dying of heatstroke.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gai gets ready to perform one by holding off Itachi and Kisame long enough for Naruto to spirit away the captive Kakashi, only for Naruto to inform him that he's a shadow clone.
  • Honey Trap: At Gaara's order, and later Rasa's as well, Temari spends the month before the chunin exam finals getting close to Naruto. While Rasa is hoping to gain useful intel for the upcoming invasion, Gaara simply wants Naruto to fell in love with Temari so she'll break his heart when she reveals the truth. In the end, both plots fail as Naruto doesn't share any intel and Temari genuinely starts falling in love with Naruto.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • After Zabuza loses his sword to Naruto in a bet, he eventually returns to reclaim it. Even though Naruto is perfectly happy to let the man simply have the blade, citing that he doesn't have the skills to wield it, Zabuza's code of honor insists he win it back fairly.
    • Naruto goes through the Sound-Sand Invasion seeking to keep two different near impossible promises: Not letting anyone from Konoha or Suna die and not using Kurama's chakra against Gaara. Because of the hundreds of clones Naruto makes to fulfill the first promise, he can't use Sage Mode against Gaara and is stuck in his base form. Eventually, Jiraiya yells at Naruto to stop trying to save everyone and focus on Shukaku, before popping one of his clones.
    • Naruto manages to inspire this in Mei when she helps him against Kisame. While she knows the smart thing is to booby trap Itachi's unconscious form and hope that lets her take out Kisame, she honors her word to Naruto to deliver Itachi to him.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Tenten's father calls Zabuza and Naruto the scum of society for being a criminal and a jinchuriki respectively, even though he not only tried to steal Zabuza's sword from Naruto, he also intended to kill Naruto for it if necessary.
    • Upon learning of Kurenai's relationship with Naruto, Asuma is furious that Kurenai would cheat on him, even though they were in an on again, off again relationship and Asuma regularly broke things off if he was facing a potential Arranged Marriage.
    • Naruto is upset that some of the women in his life (particularly Temari and Kurenai) have used him and didn't care about him. Naruto himself blackmailed Kurenai into having sex with him and wanted to use Temari to get closer to Gaara.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Stated almost verbatim by Naruto to Hinata, despite him being involved with other women of equal or greater status.
  • Ignore the Fanservice: Multiple women try to seduce Naruto for various reasons and all fail because they think they're seducing a hapless virgin, not someone who has very regular sex with two beautiful women (though not at the same time). While a flash of cleavage might be distracting for some, Naruto barely even glances.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Sasuke impales Naruto with a Chidori during their match in the Chunin Exam Prelims.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Rasa isn't killed by Orochimaru but the invasion of Konoha still goes forward anyway as he had agreed to the alliance long before Orochimaru murdered him.
    • Despite Sarutobi surviving his battle with Orochimaru, Naruto and Jiraiya still have to track down Tsunade, though this time it’s because she’s the only one who can potentially cure the poison Orochimaru afflicted Sarutobi with.
  • In Vino Veritas: Atsui accidentally lets slip that he, Samui, and Mabui are from Kumo when he gets drunk and Naruto has to escort him home.
  • Informed Flaw: Chapter 39 talks about every woman in Naruto's life except Hinata was "abusive, mean, dismissive, or ignorant" of him, specifically singling out Tenten, Temari, Sakura, Ino, and Kurenai. Temari had zero reason to know Naruto or want to know him before Gaara forced her to pretend to fall in love with him. Tenten was dismissive because she only knew Naruto as the class clown and hadn't seen him since before he Took a Level in Badass. Ino was "mean" because Naruto accidentally raped her. Oddly, Kurenai's negative traits are downplayed even though she broke Naruto's nose and stabbed him in the leg while drunk.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Sakura makes some mocking comments to Ino that are no worse than their usual banter. But due to Ino's poor mental state from having been drugged then having sex with Naruto, Ino mentally snaps and uses her family jutsu on her.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Tenten initially believes that Naruto has the Kubikiribōchō because Sasuke beat Zabuza.
  • Irony: The scientists running "The Monster Study" refused to switch the Hot and Cold groups because their son Atsui was in the Hot group and they couldn't bear to ruin his confidence (never mind their daughter Samui was in the Cold group). After the study was defunded, Atsui struggled as a shinobi due to his overinflated ego while Samui excelled due to her drive to succeed.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While blackmailing Sakura, one of the things Ino makes her do is study obsessive love and write reports on it. Even though Ino is doing it almost entirely to give herself a better chance with Sasuke, she's shown to be nonetheless correct that Sakura's infatuation with Sasuke is unhealthy.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Samui's and Atsui's parents oversaw a study that was supposed to be used to see if constant praise/criticism had an effect on children with speech impediments. Then they decided to start having the children torture prisoners, kill their own pets, and stick their arms in feces. Notably, there doesn't seem to be any actual reasoning for why they did so.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After the invasion's beaten, Naruto learns from Jiraiya that they're both facing charges for treason. While Naruto's shocked and horrified, Jiraiya calmly notes they did knowingly conceal evidence of a significant threat to the village. Fortunately, Naruto's let off with a slap on the wristnote .
  • Last Request: When Gai is mentally preparing himself to perform a Heroic Sacrifice, he asks Naruto to "visit Lee-kun once in a while". Naruto interrupts him by informing Gai that he's just a clone and thus should be the one to Hold the Line.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: One of the conditions to Ino forgiving Choji for accidentally drugging her is that he can never mention it happened.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Kurenai due to her on-off relationship with Asuma, who had a potential Arranged Marriage hanging over his head. Compounded by him also being The Casanova, though he was always straight up with Kurenai and Kurenai only and prevented things from getting too serious because of it. But she always compared them or started thinking of Asuma. Later defied when she realized she needed to stop and focused instead on her career.
    • Played straight with Anko.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Sasuke is a revenge-obsessed person who doesn’t give a damn what Sakura looks like or that she loves him. Sakura – up until Ino forces her too look deeply into herself for a Heel Realization – molds her entire world around her love for him.
  • Mad Love: What Sakura has for Sasuke, to the point where she can be seen as delusional. She outright ignores her own welfare in her quest to make her crush love her back.
    Sakura: She had thought to spend some time training and honing her skills—after all, she was the top kunoichi of their class—but one look at her hair and she knew it didn't shine quite as vibrant as she knows Sasuke would like.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Naruto and Kisame act like one to each other depending on how Naruto fights. If Naruto uses Kurama's chakra, Kisame can simply steal it away with Samehada. But if Naruto uses Sage Mode, stealing his chakra causes Samehada to start turning to stone and incapacitates it until the sword can regenerate.
  • Megaton Punch: The punch Ino landed on Choji broke his nose and sent him flying into a wall.
  • Mental Time Travel: The older Naruto is neither hijacking his younger body nor even physically in the past. Instead, he speaks with his younger self about things that happened that he must prevent, while also providing training tips. Almost like a phone call from the future.
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: What Kurenai often did when she was pining for Asuma during their 'off' periods.
    With her looks, Kurenai comes across many interested men. That was never the problem. She tried to focus on their positives and if the sex was good, the relationship would last longer. But after some time, she would always find faults with them, then fixate on that like a blaring red warning sign signaling the doom to come before ending it.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Due to both Gaara wanting to demoralize Naruto and Rasa wanting the boy pumped for information Temari is engaged to the boy, with Gaara forcing Temari to insist during the Chunin Exam finals that she never loved Naruto and that he's outright unlovable. When the invasion fails miserably and Suna is forced to pay reparations towards Konoha, Rasa orders Temari to convince Naruto to cancel their engagement. Temari, fed up at being "first treated as a whore then a spoiled child" and genuinely falling for Naruto, outright refuses, stating she plans to insist on going through with their marriage.
  • Moment of Weakness: Sakura mocking her during a time of inner turmoil causes Ino to use her family jutsu on Sakura and then have oral sex with Naruto, functionally using her sorta boyfriend to rape her best friend.
  • Must Make Amends:
    • Kurenai drunkenly assaults Naruto, including breaking his nose and throwing a kunai into his thigh. Afterwards, she has to outright beg for Naruto to continue helping her with Hinata and even then, he only agrees after she accepts his demands of having sex with her.
    • Naruto feels this way after seeing how upset Ino was from having sex with him.
  • My Fist Forgives You: After it comes out that Choji accidentally drugged Ino, part of his reparations towards her is letting Ino hit him. Right as said condition is stated, Ino punches him hard enough to break Choji's nose and launch him into to a wall.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Mabui's attracted to intelligence, even referring to herself as sapiosexual. Intelligence is such a turn on for her that her first love had been an overweight man thirty years her senior who was a university professor. When Naruto starts teaching her seals, she gets aroused by his knowledge, particularly because she has two doctorates and yet he makes her feel like a young student all over again. Naruto later exploits this by using sealing Technobabble as dirty talk.
  • Never My Fault: Downplayed. When Choji's parents learned he unknowingly drugged someone with a powerful aphrodisiac, Choji's mother initially blames her husband for not explaining what the drug was to their son, even though Choji had asked her and all she gave was a vague and misleading explanation that it "allows shinobi and kunoichi to be friendly". As a result, Choji gave it to Ino (though he's forced to swear to never reveal her identity), thinking it'd make her more friendly towards her teammates. Instead, she jumped the closest man nearby and demanded he have sex with her. It's only pure chance Ino was off in the forest with Naruto rather than a more unsavory type.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Sasuke can shutdown Naruto's Perfect Kyuubi Mode, something he couldn't do even during their Final Battle, seemingly just so he can be an actual threat to Naruto.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Naruto's attempts to help Iruka when he's injured result in the man being paralyzed from the waist down.
    • Ino and Kurenai investigating Naruto's mistreatment results in him getting banned from the last two stores that sell to him and his landlord running off with all his tenants' rent money, meaning Naruto and anyone else in the building now has no water or electricity and is facing eviction.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Mabui spends some time feeling guilty over her interactions with Naruto, both because she's knowingly stringing him along and because of her growing sexual attraction to him while she has a boyfriend back in Kumo. When Samui identifies what she feels is the source of Mabui's hesitation, she contacts Mabui's boyfriend, Darui, about the situation. Darui gives them the go-ahead, stating that he and Mabui are just Friends with Benefits. Mabui is so outraged that she not only stops stringing Naruto along but also uses Samui to further advance things by setting up a threesome.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Kurenai gives an unprovoked beating to Naruto while drunk. Though she’s horrified at what she did the next day, Naruto refuses to accept her apologies until she agrees to his demands.
  • Not So Above It All: Shizune and Tsunade are instantly very interested in hearing gossip about Naruto's love life.
  • One Degree of Separation: Almost every faction that infiltrates Konoha ends up learning that Naruto is the one they seek, regardless of what exactly they're after.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Sakura is so used to mistreating Naruto that even after he helped her tremendously, she accuses him of lying about his close relationship with the Hokage.
  • Out of Focus: Tenten gets some screentime shortly after the Wave Mission then disappears from the story almost entirely for over twenty chapters.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Mabui is fairly proficient at using and interpreting seals. Unfortunately, she's in a relationship with Naruto who has an instinctive understanding of seals most could only dream of, understanding at a glance a seal Mabui has spent months deciphering.
  • Peggy Sue: The main premise of the story.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Naruto's engagement to Temari starts off with them being near strangers but within a month, they both care deeply for each other, with Temari being heartbroken at Gaara forcing her to lie to Naruto that she never loved him.
    • Invoked. When Naruto's and Temari's engagement isn't called off after the Invasion, Sarutobi determines it'd be best for Naruto's first wife to be someone from Konoha. The two candidates Kurenai suggests to him are Ino and Hinata, both of whom she knows are in love with Naruto.
  • Poke in the Third Eye: An accidental example occurs when Naruto hits the bird Ino is currently possessing. Her headache is stated as being "throbbing anguish," which she compounds by going to read something in a book to confirm something she saw.
  • Polyamory:
    • After the idea is explained to him by Mabui, Naruto realizes he's a polygamist and makes sure to tell any woman who might get romantically involved with him. This also means that Naruto's Arranged Marriage to Temari is modified so he could have multiple brides.
    • Ino eventually comes to the conclusion that she wants to marry Naruto and Sakura.
  • The Power of Hate: During their fight, Kurama attempts to overwhelm Naruto by forcing him to remember all the hatred he felt over his lifetime.
  • The Power of Love: During the above battle, Kushina saves Naruto from drowning in his hatred by making him feel all the love she has for him, which provides a Heroic Second Wind.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Most of the Sand ninja invading Konoha aren't particularly malicious and are more focused on how they'll be able to better provide for their families once they've taken over Fire Country or invest in upgrades they've been wanting for a while. The worst any of them consider is maybe looting a bit for bonus pay or souvenirs for their kids.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Mei Terumi is the illegitimate daughter of the third Mizukage
  • Refuge in Audacity: To send his voice to the past, Naru-nii summons the Shinigami and ‘steals his prayer beads’ in the hopes that if the beads can receive wishes, it might be able to send them as well. According to Naru-nii, the Shinigami wasn’t even that mad.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Samui ticks off several boxes. She's The Stoic with a Dark and Troubled Past, has pale skin and short hair in a bob cut, and is slowly learning to become more emotional thanks to Naruto and Mabui.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: Asuma's and Kurenai's relationship constantly fluctuates between on again and off again, especially whenever Asuma is facing a potential Arranged Marriage. Eventually, Kurenai breaks things off entirely.
  • Samaritan Syndrome: When asked why she's the one to lead the rebellion against Yagura, Mei asks why not her, stating that she knows he has to be stopped so it's her duty to help stop him.
  • Secret Test of Character: Ino has blackmail on Sakura that could potentially ruin her chances at a relationship with Sasuke, which Ino uses to humiliate and torment Sakura. Near the end of the blackmail, Ino reveals the whole thing was a test which Sakura failed profoundly. At any time, Sakura could have given up and accepted that her chances with Sasuke might be ruined, but she insisted on continuing even when Ino demanded she have sex with Naruto. Despite her claims, all Sakura proved was that she was unhealthily obsessed with Sasuke, though Sakura doesn't believe it herself until a conversation with Sasuke sees him threatening to murder her parents and Sakura realizes she was actually considering letting him.
  • Sense Freak: Kurama feels some of the sensations Naruto does when the latter has sex. Since it's literally the only positive sensation Kurama can feel while sealed away, he insists Naruto have sex as often as possible, even using it as a condition to letting Naruto use its chakra.
  • Sex God: Naruto is this due to his Uzumaki vitality and caring nature. He is a stamina freak that can go longer than most men but does everthing he can to make his partner or partners feel as good as he does.
  • Shown Their Work: Naruto partially escapes Orochimaru's lightning jutsu by letting the man's water jutsu engulf him. While some of the electricity hits Naruto, most of it flows around him, taking the path of least resistance through the water.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Justified when it comes to Atsui. He was part of a project later dubbed the Monster Study (for how horrific the experiments were) and was part of the group that was praised regardless of what they did. Having spent a good deal of his childhood being praised for absolutely everything left him with a massively inflated ego and the inability to ever realize he might be wrong. Notably, he can't comprehend that Mabui isn't remotely interested in him because he was never told "No" before.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Haku and Zabuza survive the events of Wave.
    • Both Rasa and Sarutobi survive the invasion, along with every other Suna and Konoha ninja present.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Though Haku and Kabuto genuinely love each other, the fact they're on opposite sides of the invasion drives them apart. While Orochimaru would welcome Naruto and Haku with open arms, Naruto refuses to defect from Konoha and Haku refuses to consider turning against Naruto.
  • The Stoic: Due to her abusive parents, Samui is almost incapable of expressing emotion and equally bad at identifying it.
  • Sucky School: Naruto's experience with the ninja academy.
    “In his youth, when his school texts were stolen, they would never give him another one. When he didn't understand something, the sensei's were always too busy to help him. He was even banned from the library.”
  • Take That!: The story takes a shot at Sakura's canon relationship with Sasuke, particularly Kishimoto declaring that Sakura would be a terrible person if she gave up on him. Ino uses blackmail she has on Sakura to break her obsessive love with Sasuke, stating that what Sakura feels for him is extremely unhealthy.
    Ino: I bet Sasuke could beat you, could try to kill you, could try to kill your parents, your teammates, or even everyone in this village, and you would still "love" him. Do you think that's normal? Do you? Because that sounds like the delusional fantasy of what some anti-social man thinks a woman's love is.
  • Trickster Mentor: Ino insists she's using her blackmail against Sakura to make the girl rethink her affection for Sasuke. Sakura spends the entire month think Ino is trying to "dilute her love for Sasuke". It's not until the end of the month that Ino reveals the whole thing was a Secret Test of Character. Had Sakura refused to go along with the blackmail and let Ino release the pictures of her (really Ino in Sakura's body) fellating Naruto, Ino would've handed them back. Instead, Sakura willingly degraded herself and did everything in her power to keep Sasuke from seeing those pictures because it might hurt her chances with him. Though Sakura doesn't truly get the lesson until Sasuke threatens to kill her parents if she really wants to understand him and Sakura's horrified to realize that she briefly considered it, making her realize just how unhealthy her feelings towards Sasuke is.
  • Trust Password: The older Naruto has to name several things only he would know to prove to his younger self he is who he is.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Choji’s mother fails to explain what one of the clan's pills does, causing Choji to think it makes people friends, not knowing it's an aphrodisiac. As a result, he gives one to Ino in hopes of making her friendlier. This leads to (among other things) Naruto unknowingly taking advantage of the drugged Ino, Ino using Naruto to rape and blackmail Sakura, and Naruto becoming romantically involved with Kurenai. Made worse by the fact that Choji and his classmates are sixteen rather than thirteen like canon, yet his mother still refused to explain what an aphrodisiac is and instead just tells him it "allows shinobi and kunoichi to be friendly with each other" and to ask his father. When Kurenai pieces together what happened, Choji's mother is devastated to realize she was indirectly responsible for someone's rape.
  • Villain Respect: In their brief battle during the Search for Tsunade mission, Orochimaru fights Naruto seriously, which is noted as being the greatest compliment he could give the boy.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Upon learning Samui and Mabui are Kumo ninja, Naruto asks if they'd been playing him from the start. Mabui insists that their meeting was a complete accident and it wasn't until later she even learned he was their target.
  • Wham Shot: During the Chunin Exam finals, the Kazekage shows up with his normal veil, only to remove it and reveal he actually is Rasa.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Samui is terrible at recognizing her feelings due to years of being forced to not express any emotions. When she develops romantic feelings for Naruto, Samui only understands that she wants to see him more often.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Naruto wastes no time in calling Kurenai out on drunkenly assaulting him for no fault of his own.
    • After realizing the seal Mabui is studying is an Uzumaki technique, Naruto quickly rips into her, demanding to know if she stole from his family.
  • Worst Aid: Naruto picking up the badly injured Iruka, who'd just been stabbed in his back, and running to the hospital aggravates his injuries to the point that the man is left paralyzed from the waist down.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Though Naruto doesn't kill Zabuza, the fact Naruto beat him causes Zabuza to give him Kubikiribōchō and Haku until such time that Zabuza can defeat him.