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A new generation of Ninjas!note 
"Yes, I am a ninja. But there was a time when I held a deep resentment towards ninjas. The greatest ninja of the village, The Hokage. Lemme tell you this right off the bat. This isn't the story of a boy aspiring to become Hokage. That's my dad's story. Make no mistake, start to finish, this is my story. I am the Hokage's son and whether I like it or not, my dad is part of my story. The ninja who realized his dream, the Hokage and ... my tale begins as I began rebelling against my father for not paying me enough attention. In case I wasn't clear the first time, this is MY story. But in the beginning, for a short while ... my father played a central role in my story too."
Boruto Uzumaki (Opening narration of Chapter 1)
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In a World… rife with Ninjas, one boy seeks to become the greatest ninja there ever was. This is not that story.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is a Spin-Offspring sequel to Naruto. Set fifteen years after the Fourth Ninja War, the ninja world enjoys a prolonged period of peace and prosperity, brought by the efforts of the Seventh Hokage, Naruto Uzumaki, and his allies, as well as radical technological advances which have greatly modernized the Hidden Villages. In this setting, a new generation of ninjas led by Naruto and Hinata's eldest son, Boruto Uzumaki, is being formed to inherit the world.

The series was written by Ukyō Kodachi and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto. Kodachi was the author of Gaara Hiden: A Sandstorm Mirage and co-author of Boruto: Naruto the Movie. Ikemoto was an assistant to Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto for the past 15 years. Kishimoto had a supervising role over the Boruto manga and he authored a one-shot manga that preceded the series, The Road Illuminated By The Full Moon that was adapted in episode 39 of the anime. From November 2020 onward, Kishimoto replaced Ukyo Kodachi as the writer.

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The manga series began in Spring 2016 and is published monthly. The manga begins right after the end of Naruto Gaiden, starting with an adaptation of Boruto: Naruto the Movie before moving on to new content. There's also a novel series published by Jump J-Books, which details further adventures in Boruto's life and a Parody Super-Deformed series, Saikyou Dash Generations.

The anime adaptation began broadcasting in April 2017 as a direct sequel to Naruto Shippuuden, with Kishimoto promising that he would "make it better than Naruto." The anime follows the same story overall, though it starts with new original story arcs that take place before the start of the manga to give some time for the manga to advance forward. It also runs canonical original arcs which serve to expand the world, provide build up and foreshadowing for major plot points, and enhance the manga arcs when they come around.

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Toonami announced that they would begin airing Boruto come September 29th, 2018, notably while its predecessor, Naruto Shippuden, was still airing on the block. It ended its tenure there on October 29th 2019, with Toonami saying it would likely return some time in the future, while Viz continues to produce and release dubbed episodes on home media.


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  • 13 Is Unlucky: When Kawaki tells Boruto how his got his kama, he remembers how the 13 first subjects died in horrible ways from being branded with the seal.
  • Absolute Cleavage: If Naruto had Tsunade, in Boruto, Delta displays the most impressive bust, prone to Gainaxing.
    • Sometimes, when Boruto uses Sexy no Jutsu, he also displays huge boobs with low cuts.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Curtain Village has a massive underground tunnel network, which serves as a secret base to the village's children and is used for their own society.
  • Abusive Parents: Even in this era of peace, where good parents are the norm, there is here and there an example which will stand out.
    • Kawaki's father was an alcoholic abuser who shamelessly acknowledged he used poor Kawaki as his punching bag and refused to feed his own son many times.
      • And just when things seemed to look better for Kawaki after he was bought by Jigen, he rather jumped out of the frying pan into the fire. Isshiki used to threaten Kawaki and used the boy for his experiments.
  • Academy of Adventure: Konoha's Ninja Academy is filled with a lot of weird happenings, from the first story arc. Boruto and his friends have to deal with strange kidnappings, strange new powers, evil possessions, a monster from another dimension, one of his own teammates being the mastermind behind everything.
  • The Ace: Several characters are born with The Gift.
    • The entire new Team 7 is made up of overly talented and prodigious children.
      • Boruto is popular, talented at many things, making some characters to believe he will surpass Naruto and become Hokage.
      • As an Uchiha, Sarada was born gifted. Many characters comment on how talented she is at many things and expect her to excel at everything.
      • Mitsuki was created by Orochimaru to be perfect genetically and has powerful abilities.
      • Subverted when it turns out all three also have various major flaws or deficiencies that can impede their performance as ninja, though thankfully their teammates can compensate for each other.
    • Shinki is easily the top genin at the Chunin Exams in terms of power, beating Sarada and Boruto in the same time — and he knows it.
    • Tsubaki Kurogane is a samurai girl who does better than both Team 5 and Team 15 in ninjutsu abilities, while not even being a ninja.
  • Acting Unnatural: In Academy, Sarada feared getting caught behaving like "Boruto". Once, Shizune catched her trying to climb a building and Sarada started acting in an overly formal manner even for her. She asks Sarada what's wrong but all she is left with is a raised eyebrow.
  • Action Girl: Unlike previous ladies who were rather assisting and rarely had a moment of shining in battle by comparison with their male counterparts, this generation has female characters on par with their mates from the start, from many moments of awesomeness to having a diverse range of jutsus. Characters like Sarada, Chōchō and Sumire have their own battles even before graduating the Ninja Academy. Much like in the original series this is more evident in the expanded material in the anime rather than the manga (in the latter Sarada is the only heroic female character with any notable fights so far).
  • Action-Hogging Opening: Boruto Opening 10 is very action-driven, it has all of Boruto's friends (except for Sumire) fighting a mysterious masked group who kidnapped Himawari and a Golem which left Konoha in ruins. The actual Story Arc has nothing to do with the opening, is about Team 7 and Team 15 facing off a pirate clan in the Land of Water.
  • Action Mom:
    • If Sakura struggled with her badass status in previous installments, now she is the most active kunoichi of her generation, and a certified Action Girl who takes matters into her own hands, especially when it comes to Sarada. Her daughter is her number one priority.
    • Even though being an ambassador for Suna is less exciting, Temari can kick ass as much as always, especially if Shikadai is in the harm's way. She can put up quite the fight against Urashiki's puppets.
  • Act of True Love: Before his death, Kokuyō asks Shikadai why humans would put themselves in such great danger to protect others. Shikadai starts to explain that besides ninjutsu, there is another kind of power.
    Shikadai: The strength of the heart. We're able to put our lives in the hands of our friends... Friends we trust with all of our heart.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness:
    • Momoshiki takes quite a turn in the manga's designs of his transformed state. He is much more humanoid here, with added long hair and a more Bishounen appearance. His skin is also black and white instead of red. His appearences after his death, where he resumes his origibal form, also have him look more Bishounen due to him keeping his hair down while downplaining a bit his alien origins with his horns being broken.
    • Temari in Boruto and Boruto: Naruto the Movie lacks the Exhausted Eye Bags she had in Chapter 700, which makes her look younger.
  • Adaptational Badass: Sakura got hit with this in the anime adaptation of Naruto Gaiden:
    • In Gaiden Chapter 6, she got warped away by Shin's Space-Time Dojutsu because she was standing next to him and his clone, and she wasn't fast enough to move. However, in Episode 21, Sarada was the original target, but Sakura pushed her out of the way and was teleported in her place.
    • In Gaiden Chapter 9, her "fight" against Shin merely consists of her running around and getting things thrown at her, including getting smashed against a giant rock pillar. However, in Episode 23, this fight was considerably extended, where she put up a good fight against Shin, gaining the upper hand and catching him with the aforementioned pillar.
    • Also in Gaiden Chapter 9, Sasuke defeats Shin rather quickly and by himself, by catching Shin off-guard and crushing him with the Susanoo. However, in Episode 23, this fight was also considerably extended, where Sakura helped him defeat Shin—he teleported her close enough to cripple Shin with her Super Strength.
  • Adaptation Distillation: While the anime expands the source material, it also removes some relatively important scenes for reasons that are yet to be known:
    • The scene where Sumire secretly confessed to Sarada that she likes Boruto is removed from the anime.
    • Sarada asking her mother if there could be a link between her Strength of a Hundred Seal and the karma didn't make it to the anime either.
    • Isshiki's final message to Code is cut in half in the anime, leaving out the mention of the Otsutsuki will and Code's desire to avenge his master before concluding what he started.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Happens to Sasuke in episode 202, as a result of the anime trying to expend some key scenes. After traveling in one of Otsutsuki's dimensions, in the manga, Sasuke immediately realizes that the Kinshiki he is seeing is just a projection. In the anime, he doesn't realize this and proceeds to fight a hologram. When the hologram passes through him, Sasuke asks himself "What is this?", even though the hologram is visibly glitching.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Subverted. Koji Kashin makes a brief appearance in Episode 53, seemingly casting a genjutsu on Katasuke. But the anime later Retcons this, and episode 182 shows that the shadowy man who casted the genjutsu was Ao, as it happened in the manga.
    • Played straight with Boro's cult, which appears in the Kawaki arc, right before its existence was even hinted in the manga.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: Despite the anime doing a great job when it comes to adapting its source material, there are certain istances where it outright fails:
    • In the anime, shortly after the defeat of Momoshiki, Sasuke tells Boruto to keep his headband, implying he gifted it to him; however, the manga later has Sasuke lend it to Boruto once more when Isshiki invades Konoha, and he also tells him to give it back to him someday. The anime does nothing to reconcile this discrepancy regarding what happened to the headband after the movie arc, and it doesn't even alter the later scene by the time it adapts it, and thus we have this.
    • More egregiously, in the anime, when Momoshiki posses Boruto once again, and prepares to capture Kawaki, Naruto tries to persuade him not to by stating that with Isshiki gone he has no one to use as a sacrifice. The issue comes with the knowledge that this detail of an Otsutsuki being needed as sacrifice for a god tree to blossom is something that Naruto shouldn't know, because it was first brought up by Amado in his conversation with Shikamaru, katasuke, Kawaki and Sumire in the manga, after the Hokage left to fight Isshiki. And much like the example above, the anime adapts this part of the manga pretty faithfully.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Given that the characters in need are three 12/13-year-old girls.
    • Sumire wears a Sailor Fuku with high heels in the manga; in the anime her Sailor Fuku is a rare ninja-stylized version with pants instead of a skirt.
    • Chocho wears overall same outfit in both media, but in the anime her dress is longer and she wears Modesty Shorts under it.
    • Sarada does wear her manga dress during her academy time, sans the high heels, but instead of being short and tight, her dress is modest and loose. During Naruto Gaiden, Sarada changes to her red Qipao and white pants with black leggings set and it remains her official outfit.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • In the anime, the kids have different clothes in the Academy episodes than they did in Chapter 700 of the Naruto manga, which was loosely adapted in Episode 24. Sarada in particular is dressed in a school uniform, when starting in Naruto Gaiden she would be using her trademark qipao she would use in all her subsequent appearances.
    • Ikemoto illustrates Chocho as a Dark-Skinned Blonde, while the anime follows Kishimoto's design as a Dark-Skinned Redhead.
    • Code's design was first shown coloured in the anime, rather than the manga, this caused a couple of differences in the color palette. Notably: his ear rings are purple in the anime, grey in the manga; he has auburn eyes in the anime, but green in the manga; his cranio-facial prosthetic belt is light grey, almost white in the anime, but is black in the manga; he also has a visible scar beneath it in the manga, but not in the anime.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In general, the anime greatly expands upon the source material, with manga arcs often being doubled in size, with anime original arcs serving to expand the universe and reinforce the ongoing major story. In contrast with the original series, in Boruto the anime original arcs are considered canon and even get referenced in the manga from time to time (and thus compared to the original series the anime-original arcs take greater care to keep the world building, lore and rules of the world consistent with the manga and overall feel more like part of a consistent story). Of course though, this doesn't mean that absolutely every anime episode is an example of this.
  • Adaptational Hairstyle Change:
    • Hinata's hairstyle is a bit different between the anime and manga. In the manga, her bob is more curved. Although this is more of an Art Shift.
    • In Chapter 700, Hinata is shown with long hair. In Boruto, Hinata has short hair even during Boruto's academy days.
    • In Naruto Gaiden, Sakura's hair is straight and longer, while in the anime adaptation is shorter and curved.
  • Adapted Out: In manga, it's implied that the there is a connection between the karma and the Byakugou Seal. Both Sakura and Mitsuki theorise that the seal has a long and mysterious history, tracing its existence from the Age of the Sage of the Six Paths. The anime removes the scene with Mitsuki talking about the Byakugou Seal, and erases Sakura from the scene where she and Sarada buy flowers from Ino for Sasuke's return. In the anime, only Sarada visits Ino, therefore the conversation between her and her mother about the seal doesn't exists at all. The manga doesn't makes anymore references further to the possible link.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Many recurring characters receive episodes that focus on them, usually to develop them, and some characters can receive even an entire arc dedicated to them, like Sarada, Mitsuki and Chōchō.
  • Aerith and Bob: On a show where everyone is wearing Japanese names, to have a character wearing a western name like "Victor" is kind of odd.
    • There is also "Ada", a name of Germanic or Jewish origins.
    • "Deepa" and "Sarada" are names of Hindi origins. But than again, in the case of the latter, she is not the first Otsutsuki descendant to wear a Hindi name.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: There is a lot of head tapping in Boruto.
    • Sarada gets her head tapped by all three members of the original team 7.
    • Himawari is usually tapped on the head by Boruto and adults like Sakura.
  • After-Action Patch-Up: Chances are that whenever Boruto gets hurt, Sarada will be the one to treat his wounds, and chances are that he will try to act tough around her.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Sarada, Chocho and Sumire — who are all in the range of 12 - 13 years old — are all dressed up normally in the anime, but in the manga they all wear short tight-fitting dresses coupled with high heels. Sarada's redesign was particularly controversial since it also came with Absolute Cleavage that went down to her waist.
    • Ikemoto himself had no choice but to address Sarada's controversial design, admitting that he "exaggerated a bit too much".
  • Age Lift: The characters look older than they did in Chapter 700, despite the anime beginning before that chapter.
  • The Alcatraz: Hōzuki Castle, also known as the Blood Prison. The concept of the Hōzuki Castle's terrain is similar to Alcatraz, which is also situated near a cliff with a raging ocean beneath.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Or in this case, aliens speaking Japanese. The Otsutsukis are a race of humanoid aliens which come from other dimensions and planets, yet they speak Japanese before ever coming to Earth. And not only, their natal language IS Japanese.
  • Alliterative Name: Kagura Karatachi and Koji Kashin.
  • All Genes Are Codominant: Happens with most of present generation:
    • Inojin, has can use both the Yamanaka clan's jutsus, and Sai's Ink Techniques.
    • Shikadai can use his mother's wind techniques and also mastered most the Shadow Techniques learned from his father.
    • Chocho usually uses only the Akimichi Techiques in a fight, but she inherited the lightning chakra nature of her mother.
    • The Uzumaki siblings inherited their baddassery from all directions: Himawari got the Byakugan, while Boruto the Gentle First from the Hyuga clan. From the Uzumaki side, they both got Minato's genius, and the chakra poll. Boruto also got the wind nature and ability to use Rasengan like his father.
    • Sarada Uchiha unlocked her Sharingan and Sakura's monstruous strength for the first time in the same day.
  • All Work vs. All Play: Sarada is always very serious about training and missions, while Boruto thinks they should be more relaxed and play everything by the ear. They end up fighting often because of this.
  • The Alcoholic: Kokatsu is NOT the funny and friendly drunken Comic Relief usually met in a shonen anime. In fact, he is a rare example that shows the darker side of this trope. He is an abusive asshole, that often beat and starved his own son. Kawaki spent his first years of childhood trying to bring alcoholic drinks for his father, and when he would not manage, his father would go so far as to break the bottle in his own son's head. But the lowest point Kokatsu hits is when he sells Kawaki to Jigen for more alcohol.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The Otsutsukis are devoid of any sympathetic trait, in the anime Kaguya describing them as having no comprehension of love and only understanding power. They are a species of completely sociopathic aliens which only seeks to destroy other worlds. The only exception shown was Kaguya in Naruto Shippuden, before going mad from the Divine Fruit (and even then her emotional complexity and capacity for empathy was decidedly limited) and Toneri in The Last: Naruto the Movie who pulled a Heel–Face Turn (and it took a beatdown from Naruto and his eyes getting ripped out by Hinata to stop him from destroying the Earth and forcibly marrying Hinata) and tries to help out Boruto from afar.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: All parents qualify to different degree in the New Era; Hiashi surprisingly, is one of these now, as a grandparent for Boruto and Himawari, but somehow, Sasuke of all people takes the cake. For all his coolness and badassery, his tries to connect with Sarada are more than hilarious.
    Sarada: Please just stop. You're so embarrassing!
    Sarada: You are annoying today, papa!
  • Amazon Brigade: Team 15, formed by Sumire, Wasabi and Namida, with Hanabi as their Jonin-sensei. Maintained even after Sumire's transfer to the Scientific Ninja Tool division with Tsubaki, her Samurai replacement.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: Orochimaru's gender is a subject of debate in the anime a few times. Sarada and Boruto try to get Mitsuki to admit if Orochimaru is his mother or his father, but not even he knows the answer. And Mitsuki himself asks Orochimaru whether he is his mother or his father, only for Orochimaru to avoid a straight answer by telling him that at different times in his life "Orochimaru" had the body of a man, a woman, or something else entirely (referencing the different bodies he possessed, the last being the alien-like Zetsu). In the end, Orochimaru's gender is... "parent".note 
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Beside Zetsu being behind every big event that happened in the Ninja World, there are some other mysterious things about Otsutsuki. Amado makes a little bit of light and reveals how the Ōtsutsuki have been travelling from planet to planet, harvesting chakra for the sake of evolving themselves while destroying the planet in the process. Those were Kaguya's and Isshiki's plans for Earth, but there was a falling-out which left Isshiki mortally wounded. Therefore, Isshiki used Jigen as his vessel for centuries.
  • Animal Metaphor: The domestic goose and its inability to fly on the Juugo Arc is used several times throughout the arc to state that You Can't Fight Fate and that you can't overcome your own genes' limitations; at the end of the arc the goose is able to mount in flight and joins its wild brethren, much to Boruto's cheers.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • Mitsuki -> Snakes.
    • Wasabi -> Cats.
    • Namida -> Sparrows. It's even in her name, clothing and techniques.
    • Himawari -> Pandas. And a room full of posters with them.
    • Akita Inuzuka -> Dogs.
    • Enko Onikuma -> Bears. Her surname features the Japanese word for "bear" and she is a girl who wears bear paw-like gloves.
  • Animation Bump: To be expected anytime Kanna Itou is involved. Take example Sarada vs Benga. The animation is very fluid and detailed, Sarada is drawn with unique and sharper facial features, has a rich Body Language while she speaks (something that is very hard to achieve on a weekly anime), and her dress flips as she moves.
  • Another Dimension: Some Otsutsukis and Sasuke can travel into other dimensions. Sasuke spent years searching for Otsutsukis traveling on other worlds. Boruto's Karma mark gives him this ability as well.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Kawaki and Boruto risk to suffer this fate if they continue to use karma and will inevitably turn into Otsutsukis themselves. Their bodies are already 80% Otsutsuki. The threat of becoming fully Otsutsuki ends for Kawaki with Isshiki's death (since the Karma causing the transformation disappears), but the changes made to his body are not reversed, making him more Otsutsuki than human.
  • Apocalypse Cult: Boro is established to be a cultist leader with extreme fanatical views. In the anime, he would secretly spread his virus and then appear as the "Saviour", using his abilities to cleanse the lands of illness and become revered by all around him, promising a world of bliss and salvation through Infinite Tsukoyomi to those who joined his cult. He would also take advantage of helpless civilians and warp the truth about Kaguya's falldown in disgrace, painting her as a hero, and the shinobi that defeated her as greedy villains.
  • Arc Villain: Until Kara and Otsutsuki, the Greater Scope Villains of the series to appear, the anime made use of other antagonists to build up the Myth Arc:
    • Academy Entrance Arc: Sumire starts as an Anti Villainess.
    • Naruto Gaiden Arc: Shin Uchiha is the first proper villain. His big dream is to start a war to force the human evolution and for that he targets Sasuke and Sarada for their Sharingan and tries to kill Naruto and Sakura. He gets murdered by his own cloned sons.
    • The New Seven Ninja Swordsman of the Mist, led by Shizuma Hoshigaki, are the main villains of the Field Trip Arc, whose goal was to bring back the Bloody Mist by igniting a war.
    • Versus Momoshiki Arc: First Otsutsuki introduced since Toneri are Momoshiki, Kinshiki and Urashiki. They are the first villains tied to the Myth Arc. Only Urashiki survives this arc, albeit at the end of the arc the dying Momoshiki puts in motion the means to resurrect himself through Boruto.
    • Mitsuki Disappearance Arc: The villains of this arc are a bunch of Tragic Monsters called fabrications, they were created from White Zetsu's DNA and desired to find a way to prolong their lives by any means. They serve as catalyst for Mitsuki's Character Development.
    • Juugo Arc brings back Sasuke's former Taka mates, the Cursed Seal of Heaven and a new villain who becomes Juugo's enemy: Tosaka, a man who desires to surpass the Curse Seal Orochimaru created from Juugo.
    • Urashiki Otsutsuki serves as main antagonist for both One-Tails Escort Mission Arc and Time Slip Arc.
    • Mujina Bandits Arc has as antagonists are Benga, the Blood Prison enforcer and Shojoji, the leader of the Mujina Band.
    • Kara Actuation Arc introduces first Kara inner members: Victor and Deepa.
  • Aristocrat Team: Most of the new formed teams of Boruto's generation are made up of children who come from Heroic Lineages. Some of them even have noble origins.
    • Team 7 is the most blatant example. The team has Konohamaru Sarutobi as a leader, the grandson of the former third Hokage. Boruto Uzumaki is the son of Naruto Uzumaki, the current Hokage and Hinata Hyuga, former heiress of the Hyuga Clan, also he is the grandson of the forth Hokage, Minato Namikaze and his wife, Kushina Uzumaki. Sarada Uchiha is the heiress of Uchiha Clan, once the most powerful clan in Konoha, she is the daughter of Sasuke Uchiha, the only survivor of the Uchiha Massacre, and Sakura Haruno, best medic-nin in the world and one of the most powerful kunoichis to date. And lastly, Mitsuki, who was artificially created by Orochimaru, one of the Sannin, and leader of Sound Village.
    • Team 10, just like above example has children who come from important clans. Shikadai Nara, is the son of Shikamaru, who is Naruto's counselor and leader of Nara Clan, and Temari of Sunakagure, the sister of the current Kazekage, Gaara and daughter of the deceased Forth Kazekage. Chōchō is the daughter of Chōji Akimichi, the current leader of the Akimichi clan, and Karui, a talented kunoichi from Kumokagure, once a student of Killer B. And Inojin Yamanaka, the son of Ino Yamanaka, a kunoichi of Yamanaka clan, the current leader of Leader of the Konoha Barrier Team and Sai, current ANBU chief. Unlike Konohamaru, Moegi doesn't come from any important line, but she is a well regarded jounin in Konoha and was a former teammate of Konohamaru.
    • Team 5. The leader, Udon Ise was teammate with Konohamaru and Moegi. Metal Lee part of the Lee Clan, is the son of Rock Lee, a taijutsu master, who was himself student of Might Guy. Denki Kaminarimon is the son of Kaminarimon Enterprises' president. While nothing is known of Iwabee Yuino's parents, his grandfather fought the Fourth Mizukage.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Happens in a dramatic scene in episode 72 between Sarada and Boruto. Mitsuki left the village without a warning and everyone deems him a rogue ninja. Sarada and Boruto have a disagreement over Mitsuki's true intentions. Sarada doubts Mitsuki and Boruto doesn't take it so well, so he questions what values has the title of Hokage for her.
    Boruto: The Hokage you want to become... is it just a shinobi with amazing skills? I thought you of all people, would have given Mitsuki the benefit of the doubt until the very end. [[Sarada remains stunned, unable to answer]]
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy:
    • Boruto has the bad habit of looking down on stronger opponents than him. This originated in part due to him not being challenged enough in the academy thanks to his own prodigy-level skills.
    • Shinki is monumentally arrogant and takes great pride in his abilities. He is absolutely unwilling to recognize the power of other ninjas, unless they show respectable strength. And his defense, he did beat everyone in the Chunin Exams; Boruto had to cheat in order to defeat him. His motivation also isn't so much to put others down but to have his adoptive father acknowledge him as strong, Shinki believing his gratitude and admiration toward Naruto makes him think too highly of the rest of the Konoha ninja (whom he thinks have become soft under Naruto's protection) and to underplay Shinki's own strength. He softens this view a bit when he hears of Boruto's bravery.
    • Tsubaki thinks that as a samurai, she automatically is superior to shinobi.
    • Sarada is unusually humble for an Uchiha, but she still has her moments. She has no problems Trash Talking her opponents, and will often brag about how superior her Sharingan is in order to rattle opponents. Most of time she really proves to be that good at what she is saying.
  • Art Attacker: Inojin has paintings like Sai, Hako Kuroi's puppets, Denki's scientific ninja tools etc.
  • Art Evolution: Ikemoto definitely came a long way since the first chapter, the art starts to get steadily more detailed and the action scenes got more creative and less repetitive as the time went on, as well as drawing the characters, especially the hair. Sasuke is a good example, he went from looking like Severus Snape to looking more similar to Kishimoto's version.
  • Art Shift: The animation used in the Boruto: Naruto the Movie made its way in the anime as well, since the movie was added in "Versus Momoshiki Arc". The expanded scenes were adapted to the same animation style.
    • Episode 189, in which Kawaki fights Garo, the animation is changed in such a way it resembles Ikemoto's style of drawing, and uses similar coloring and padding as the final battle between Sasuke and Naruto. Of course, the quality is greatly increased, being one of the best animated fights in the franchise.
  • Artificial Human: Orochimaru created Mitsuki as partial clone of himself and made sure to make him perfect genetically (one goal being to have him able to use Sage Mode, something Orochimaru was never able to do). Naturally, Mitsuki starts to angst over it and wonders what it truly takes to be human, if he can himself be a human with free will, or if he is just prisoner to his own genetic baggage and desires Orochimaru wanted him to have.
  • Artificial Limbs: Boruto brings the concept of Integrated Mechanical Ninja Tools known simply as Shinobi-Ware, bionic type prosthetics or implants used for combat .
    • Naruto sometimes utilizes a scientific ninja tool prosthetic right hand in addition to the organic prosthetic made for him as the end of the original series.
    • Amado modified Kawaki's body down to the nervous system, implanting countless microscopic scientific ninja tools throughout his entire body, allowing Kawaki to weaponize parts of his body and mimic the properties of a kekkei genkai.
    • Delta's legs are modified with the same tissue-altering Shinobi-Ware as Kawaki.
    • Ao's body is mostly made up of Shinobi-Ware, as a result of the injuries received during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
  • Artistic License – Chemistry: Surprisingly averted. Sarada defeats Buntan by tricking the latter into releasing her lightning attacks into an underground lake, which leads to water electrolysis. The water splits into its two components, hydrogen or oxygen. As expected, the water releases hydrogen bubbles that can explode from anything inflammable. Sarada takes advantage of this and throws a kunai into the hydrogen bubbles. Supernatural ninja elements aside, this is exactly how you make water "explode" in Real Life.
  • Ass Kicking Pose: When Mugire was stalking Sumire, she, Sarada and Chōchō realize this and immediately go on their mode attack, on a posse very reminiscent of Charlie's Angels (2000).
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: When Nue got invoked into the real world, his real appearance was of a large yokai, similar in size to Kyuubi.
  • Author Appeal: Ukyo Kodachi acknowledged his science background, so he fusioned traditional ninja saga with science and edge-cutting technology, which can be seen in Boruto. He also loves to give everyone belts, while the prominent female characters will wear high heels.
    • And the eyes, Kishimoto still has a thing for eyes.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The current kages: Naruto, Gaara, Darui, Chōjūrō and Kurotsuchi. Best seen when they all battle the Otsutsuki duo made up of Kinshiki and Momoshiki.

    B-C 
  • Badass Adorable:
    • Himawari is Boruto's cute little sister who awoke her Byakugan at a young age over a torn teddy bear.
    • Sarada, in her mother own words is very adorable and precious. She is even more precious when she launches a deadly jutsu, uses her Sharingan and is capable of killing a person with a single punch.
    • Even Sumire with her soft voice and meek demeanor proved she can be on par with Mitsuki (at least briefly).
  • Badass Boast:
    • Chōchō tries a memorable one against Shinki. She loses the fight, but bonus points for having the guts.
      Chōchō: If you're toying with me, you'll pay big time!
    • Sarada has a few badass lines to say to Deepa , right when she awakens her second Tomoe.
      Sarada: I'm not going to lose to you. I'm going to become the Hokage! I won't let things end here!
  • Bad Future: The entire series is just a HUGE build-up leading to the Downer Beginning scene in a future where some sort of apocalyptic event happened to the Shinobi World, Konoha is in ruins for the 100x time, Naruto is implied to be dead or sealed away in another dimension, and the fate of the other characters are left in the air.
  • Badass Family: Most characters from Naruto's generation that married have became this.
    • Naruto, the Seventh Hokage married Hinata, the Hyuga's former heiress, and have two prodigious children; Boruto and Himawari.
    • Sasuke, most powerful Uchiha to date (beside Madara Uchiha) married his former teammate, Sakura, the former student of Tsunade and arguably the current world's strongest woman. Together they have Sarada, who is ridiculously gifted even for a young prodigy like her.
    • Shikamaru, the best strategist in the world married Temari, a strong willed Action Girl and Gaara's sister and one of the strongest Wind users in the world. They have a son together, Shikadai Nara.
    • Ino Yamanaka is a gifted kunoichi belonging to the Yamanaka clan, married Sai, a former ANBU Root member and have a son called Inojin.
    • Chōji and Karui are another badass example, the former is the leader of Akimichi Clan, the latter is a kunoichi from Kumokagure, and together have a daughter, Chōchō.
    • Gaara and his adopted son, Shinki.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: Boruto opening 7 teases Sarada facing Delta, much like Naruto Shippuden opening 7 teases Hinata, Sakura and Ino fighting Konan. Sarada not only doesn't have an actual fight with Delta, but they don't even meet each other. Delta's apparent demise makes it impossible for any future interaction between the two.
  • "Balls" Gag: You know Boruto finally got serious when it starts to make dirty jokes. In episode 181, while watching the sparring between Naruto and Boruto, Sai comments how "Boruto's got the balls, trying to pull a sneak attack on Naruto".
    • It's even better in the manga version.
      Sai: Indeed, he's got the balls... to take Naruto's rear.
  • Battle Couple: Sasuke and Sakura work in perfect sync to defeat Shin Uchiha and protect Sarada.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • In Episode 11, in order to increase their chance to encounter another Ghost incident during their mail routes, Shikadai invites their friends to help them cover more ground. After they leave, the person responsible for the Ghost attacks starts another attack at the post office, which was the intended plan for Boruto and the gang since they figured out that they were being watched so they had to force the attacker to attack the only blind spot left.
    • Amado knew the shinobi would not risk the life of a child, so he planted a fake bomb on his hostage and then set off an identical real bomb on a nearby tree. Naturally, he gets the audience he wants.
  • Bespectacled Cutie: Kishimoto specifically gave Sarada glasses to make her cuter because she looked scary like Sasuke. Sarada's first important arc revolves around her glasses, so it's a given. She is fiery, but also sweet enough to qualify as the cute girl with glasses.
  • Between My Legs: Boruto goes through Chōchō's legs to escape and win the competition of "Girls vs Boys".
  • Betty and Veronica: Because why not? Boruto, our Mr. Oblivious to Love Archie, is caught up between Sumire and Sarada, in a love triangle none of them are aware it might exist. Sumire is Betty because she is mostly nice and calm, and has a painfully visible crush on Boruto. Sarada is a bit more complicated, yes she is clearly the Veronica because of her snarky and fiery attitude, and a somewhat ruthless strike. The thing is Sarada has an ambiguous infatuation with Boruto which is at best implied.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Because the new generation lives in an even more peaceful era, the children are more approachable and emotionally echilibrated then their predecesors. This being said, their parents, whom many of them happen to be powerhouses, also spent more time with their children, leading them to learn dangerous jutsus from a younger age. Boruto and his peers may be more relaxed and happy-go-lucky, but they will retaliate hard, and possible with a murder or two.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: For the majority of the anime, there have been Arc Villains that served as main villains, however the biggest villains are setup to be the Kara Organization, Otsutsuki and the Downer Beginning implies Kawaki joins the roster as well.
  • The Big Bad Shuffle: Boruto has multiple villains who could take the cake for the Big Bad. There are Arc Villains, and villains whose threat is immense. Shin Uchiha is the first serious threat that manages to gather the whole old team 7 together. Momoshiki and Urashiki are first to disturb the general peace by attacking near the end of the chuunin exams, the former even threatens to come back even after his demise. Deepa, a Kara member, seriously injured the heroes of the show. Than, he is followed by Kashin Kojin, Delta and Jigen, the latter being the leader. Than, Jigen turns out to be just a vessel for Isshiki Otsutsuki. The Big Bad is shifted again with Isshiki's own demise and passing the torch to Code, Ada and Daemon.
    • The intro scene implies that Kawaki may end up being the main villain of the series for unknown reasons.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: However, the New Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist created by Shizuma Hoshigaki ultimely are this, they want so much to revive the good old days of Blood Mist. Too bad that out of 7 members only 3 represent a serious threat, and even then, one is defeated by an 11 year old despite putting up the only serious fight, the other didn't even want to be part of this mess and quickly makes a Heel–Face Turn, and the third one, despite being the leader and initiator, proves to be just a manipulative coward in the end. 3 other members end up beaten by the Mizukage Chojuro who used nothing but a single broken sword.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Though Sakura wasn't exactly a Badass in Distress, Sasuke still aids her in her battle with Shin Uchiha, when he breaks in Shin's hideout with Susanoo.
    • It's already a trend to see Sarada appearing at the right moment to save Boruto whenever he gets in trouble.
    • Sakura herself in Naruto Gaiden; she trashes Shin with a punch so hard he needs organ transplants, and a second time when he was about to kidnap Sarada, but Sakura jumps in and saves Sarada, and gets herself caught instead.
  • Big Eater: Chocho inherited her father's appetite. There are even episodes revolving around her big appetite, in which she participates with her father in food contests.
    • Boruto is shocked to discover that his own mother holds the record for most ramen bowls eaten in one sitting at Ramen Ichiraku.
    • Deconstructed with Kawaki in a rather dark manner. His developing appetite is the result of suffering years of abuse and being punished with enduring an empty stomach for days. Kawaki would go without eating entire days, if his father felt his son didn't deserve food.
  • Big Fancy House: Both the Uzumakis and the Uchihas live in quite spacious houses (though in Naruto's case, smaller and more humble than one might expect of the leader of such a powerful village). Even after destroying her own residence by accident, Sakura moves into a huge apartment complex, seemingly owning an entire floor.
  • Big Good: Both Naruto and Sasuke are renowned as Worlds Strongest Men, and they are the main defense against Kara and Otsutsuki. Sasuke travels to different dimensions to hunt down intel on the Otsutsuki, while Naruto is more or less leading the battle against them whenever they show up. They overall maintain this status even after losing a great deal of their powers.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • 'Mitsuki's Disappearance Arc' ends up with Mitsuki and his teammates safely returning home after saving the people of Iwakagure from the fabrications. On the other side, Team 7 have their ranks temporary stripped down, Mitsuki has lost his fabrication friends after finally having someone to relate to about being an Artificial Human; and the saddest one is Ōnoki's death.
    • 'Konohamaru's Love Arc' is about Konohamaru falling in love with Remon. While their feelings are mutual, she is promised to marry her distant relative, Kankitsu. In the end, she proceeds with her wedding in order to completely seal Soma, a demon that haunted her clan for generations. Once the demon gets trapped inside her body, Remon forgets everything about her life but succeeds in putting Soma into a state where it can finally be destroyed. The next day, while enjoying a super sour lemon burger, Remon cries, remembering subconsciously her time meeting Konohamaru.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation:
    • In Episode 12, when Boruto and Mitsuki talk about Naruto, Boruto says "Kaa-chan ni deredere shite." For some reason, the English subtitles on both Crunchyroll and Viz translated that to "He makes Mom do everything," which is egregiously bad because a more accurate translation would be "He is lovestruck towards Mom" and all of the non-English subs give a similarly faithful translation—the French subs translated it to "Il est gaga devant maman" ("He is gaga in front of Mom"), the German subs translated it to "Er himmelt Mama an" ("He adores Mom"), and the Italian subs translated it to "Fa tanto il carino con la mamma" ("He's so cute with Mom").
    • Crunchyroll's subs have erroneously translated a couple of times that "It's been 10 years since the last Ninja War", when in the original Japanese dialogue, the characters are actually saying "It's been over 10 years since the last Ninja War"Explanation . This is notably correctly translated in a big speech Naruto gives at one point when he gives the specific year number instead of the usual "over 10 years" phrase.
    • Happens again in episode 230, Crunchyroll translated Naruto's words to Kawaki as "You'll be accompanying me on missions as a genin.", when the more accurate translation would be "You will take missions as a genin, under my supervision/authority." For example, the Spanish sub correctly translated the line as "Emprederas misiones como genin bajo mi supervision".
  • Blocking Stops All Damage: In the fight between Team 7 and Deepa has Sarada taking a heavy hit from the later, while trying to defend Boruto. We don't get to see how she dispersed the carbon cube, but she took absolutely no damage from it, despite all of Deepa's previous attacks involved blunt trauma and being slammed into the ground by weaker attacks from his part.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead:
    • Team 10 plays the trope straight to the point where the characters fit even the stereotypes associated with said hair colors. Shikadai is the Brainy Brunette, Chōchō is the Fiery Redhead and Inojin is the artistic Pretty Blond.
    • During "Mitsuki's Disappearance Arc", Boruto, Sarada and Chōchō are grouped temporary as Blonde, Brunette, Redhead to fight Kakō.
    • Speaking of Kakō, him and his fabrication peers can be grouped like this; Sekiei and Kirara are light-browned and respectively light blond, Lord Ku is dark browned and Kokuyō has jet black hair, and Kakō as the redhead.
    • Ino, Hinata and Sakura are often seen hanging out together.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Zig-Zagged. In Naruto one would expect to see characters visibly bleed from getting caught in a paper bomb explosion (barring special defenses). In Boruto, they barely get their clothes dirty. At the same time, there are scenes from Boruto manga that are altered to be more gory in the anime, like Mugino's death, where he bleeds more in the anime than the manga.
  • Bloody Murder: Duringa bodygurading mission, Kawaki and Team 10 face a villain, Jujumaru, who's specialty are blood jutsu. He can create webs made of blood, control a person once they are hit by his blood and set up a barrage of deadly needles.
  • Blow You Away:
    • Boruto is shown to be quite adept at wind techniques even as an Academy student.
    • Aditional to the shadow techniques, Shikadai can use his mother's wind jutsus too.
  • Body Horror: A very recurring Body Motif.
    • "Jugo's Arc" revolves entirely around something similar to The Cursed Seal of Heaven that is mysteriously spread among both people and animals. Some ducks turn into something bat-like with feathers and teeth. The three culprits for spreading the curse, have themselves some weird transformations from the curse. Tosaka turns into a beast with 6 limbs bordering on Lovecraftian Superpower, Sasami turns into a Wendigo-like creature, while her twin brother is a Humanoid Abomination.
    • Thanks to the bio-augmentations, Delta and Kawaki were granted with abilities that can allow them to weaponize parts of their bodies, like mutating them into blades or Combat Tentacles.
    • Boruto suffers some body modifications from being possessed by Momoshiki, having his horn grow out of his head as the transformation progresses.
  • Botanical Abomination: Victor used Hashirama's cells to recreate a new God Tree and sacrificed his own employees to get its fruit. Too bad his recreated God Tree was but a failed imitation unable to produce the fruit.
  • Bowdlerise: The transfer to anime from manga tones down some questionable scenes and alters several interactions between characters.
    • Amado's habit of smoking is removed in the anime version, instead he drinks a lot of coffee.
    • Mitsuki's body language and interactions with Boruto are changed as well. In the manga issue 17, there is scene when Mitsuki talks with Boruto about letting Sarada go alone on a mission with Katasuke. Mitsuki wraps his arm around Boruto's face in a suggestive way. The anime changes it to Mitsuki just staying behind Boruto while talking.
    • Sarada suffers some drastic changes. In the manga, she has a moment of being flirty with a grown man from the Mujina band and has the habit of biting her glasses, but the anime changes her to being cocky and removes her habit. Sarada's official outfit from the manga is altered, giving her Kishimoto's design and removing the heels. In issue 13, Sarada wears nothing but a bra and underpants when Boruto shows up at her home late in the night, again in the anime this is changed to her daily outfit.
    • A minor one happens in episode 194, while the manga shows Naruto sitting on the throne in his full glory, with his pants down, the anime barely shows Naruto's upper body.
  • Boyish Short Hair:
    • Kishimoto initially planned to give Sarada long hair, but he felt it wouldn't work too well with her action-oriented persona, so he changed for the long-shouldered hair she has in present. Which is a bit ironic, because Sarada is depicted anyway as a Proper Lady even with her tomboyish streak.
    • Wasabi is a tomboy with short spikey hair, which contrasts Sumire's long braided hair, Namida's Girlish Pigtails and Tsubaki's Samurai Ponytail; while all three are Girly Girls.
    • Mirai has short hair reminiscent of her father, Asuma (albeit the messy tresses are shaped like her mother Kurenai's).
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Boruto is a male version towards his father Naruto. He acts bratty, boastful and loves attention. He also constantly acts out due to his desire to have his father's undivided attention. However, this only applies when he's at home. He is generally willing to let others have the spotlight when his father is not involved.
  • Brainy Brunette:
    • The show has its fair share of smart-ass raven haired characters.
      • Sarada Uchiha- a raven-haired girl who is incredible intelligent for her tender age; she is a bookworm well-versed in science and has the keen intellect of her parents.
      • Shikadai Nara- as the son of Shikamaru Nara, he is on his way of becoming a great dark-haired tactician like his father.
      • Denki Kaminarimon- has incredible hacking skills for his age, managing to break even security systems.
      • Mirai Sarutobi- she is regarded at being the best at genjutsu in Konoha and has enough tactic skills to defeat a Sharingan user.
      • Akita Inuzuka- is a beauty with dark brown hair and the lead scientist for the Scientific Ninja Weapons Team.
    • Amusingly enough, during the Chunin exams, when Sai gives the children a quiz, the only characters who figure out the quiz is a sham with no right answer, are all dark-haired: Sarada, Shikamaru, Denki and Shinki.
  • Breakout Character: Sarada and Sumire both were incredibly well received by the audience from the moment they were introduced. Sarada received her own miniseries and became the Deuteragonist, while Sumire went from a Canon Foreigner character to being introduced in the manga and is part of the regular cast.
  • Breaking the Cycle of Bad Parenting:
    • Sasuke had a distant relationship with his "Well Done, Son!" Guy father. He's trying to be a more affectionate father towards his own daughter, Sarada, after spending a long time being away.
    • Hinata is a kind but still strict mother to both Boruto and Himawari. Contrasting her own father Hiashi who for years was emotionally distant and looked down on Hinata because he thought she was weak.
    • Gaara ends up adopting a son named Shinki. Shinki is shown to be very happy with Gaara and Gaara himself is very encouraging towards Shinki. Compare that to Gaara's father who ordered his death when he was still a child.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Kishimoto once said that we wont see firearms or certain advanced technologies. By the time of Boruto, the technology matches our 21 century, and Ao uses machine guns to try to kill Team 7.
  • Brawler Lock:
    • It happens between Sarada and Buntan when they fight.
    • Chōchō and Shinki are a variation. Chōchō uses Partial Multi-Size Technique to increase the size of her arms for Super Strentgh. Shinki molds his Iron Sand in the form of two gigantic fists and clashes with Chōchō's hands. She had to retreat because Shinki's grip was stronger.
      Chōchō: That hurt.
  • Broken Bird: Sumire is the first example in the anime. She had to live in poverty after it was discovered her father worked for Danzo Shimura and her family became ostracized by the village (to combat this the Hokage ordered the identities of Root members and their families be classified again but by then the damage was done). Not long after, her mother dies from stress, and her father raises her as a Tyke Bomb for his revenge against Konoha. After he succumbs to his death (possibly caused by the weapon he was developing), Sumire is left alone, bitter and miserable, trying to fulfill her father's dying wish. Her case is so bad, that she was unconsciously feeding Nue with her own negative emotions and becoming one of the possessed by dark chakra herself. She is better in present, but some of her emotional scars are still there.
  • Brick Joke: Remember how Sasuke used to call Sakura annoying? Now he is on the receiving end from his own daughter.
  • Bumbling Dad: While Naruto and Sasuke are competent adults and parents most of time, The "Family Day arc", still shows some of humorous bumbling dad moments with Naruto, and Sasuke as they spend Parent and Child Day with their respective daughters.
    • In the first episode, Naruto goofs up by buying a Kuraa-ma toy Himawari wanted and ended up buying a Shukaa-ku toy instead, which disappoints her until she changes her mind by the end.
    • The last episode has Sasuke trying to bond with Sarada. Sadly, with a combination of poor social skills and bad advice from Kakashi, he ends up embarrassing her. It isn't until he gets more practical advice from his wife Sakura (namely she suggests that he should be for Sarada what he wanted his own father to be for him) that he succeeds in bonding with her.
    • The second episode opens with Choji getting kicked out of his house by his wife for being lazy and eating the sweets she bought for the family to enjoy together, and the story ends with him almost losing an eating contest with Chocho in an attempt to get his wife's affection back (coming to the realization of just why she was upset with him to begin with).
  • Butt-Monkey: Not a person as much as a place this time. Remember how Konoha was attacked and almost destroyed several times in Naruto? Once by Kyuubi, once by Orochimaru and completely destroyed by Pain's attack, even some filler villains were close to nuke Konoha. Come Boruto, which continues the trend. Sumire Kaikei was dangerously close to doing it, then Momoshiki and Kinshiki came, and wrecked a stadium, then Isshiki came to mess things up a little as well, until Boruto forcefully dragged him away. Not to mention the first scene of Boruto which shows Konoha being in complete ruins, again.
  • Call-Back:
    • A subtle one, in Episode 3. The mysterious dark chakra from the first episode returns, this time affecting Metal Lee. Once again Boruto's eye powers activate, allowing him to see it, but once again he doesn't realize this fact. It's only when he arrives home, and is reminded of Himawari activating her Byakugan, that he starts to suspect that this is the reason why only he can see the dark chakra.
    • In Episode 5, when Mitsuki is talking to an unknown person about Boruto, he wants to see if Boruto is his "sun". This is a reference to Mitsuki's side story "The Path Shine by the Full Moon's Light".
    • In Episode 18, when Naruto takes Boruto to Ichiraku Ramen, he tells his son that that's where he took Hinata on their first date, which is a reference to the two-page manga short written by Kishimoto in a databook that was released with The Last: Naruto the Movie. Later, Boruto learns that Hinata holds the record for the most bowls of ramen eaten (46), which is a reference to the ramen-eating contest in the omake of Shippuden Episode 95.
    • In Episode 53, Urashiki Otsutsuki mentions to Toneri, the events of The Last: Naruto the Movie.
    • In Episode 93, Ino gives Himawari a pair of sunflowers as a thank you gift for her helping Inojin rediscover his passion for drawing in Episode 33.
    • In Episode 102, Karin mentions to Sarada her debt to Sakura when the latter saved her life after being stabbed by a then-darkness-consumed Sasuke.
    • Urashiki Otsutsuki is shown using Toneri's puppets in the Urashiki Returns arc.
    • In manga Chapter 43 Momoshiki after possessing Boruto and defeating Boro, tells Boruto how is not the time yet for "his blue eyes to take everything away from him", referencing the words he used after his initial defeat.
    • The place where Jiraiya was killed by Pain is shown in the opening scenes of Anime Episode 157.
    • In episode 180 it's shown that Mugino bought in the end a turtle from a lady he met in episode 167, whereas in said episode it was left ambiguous.
  • Call-Forward: The anime absolutely loves these.
    • In Episode 13, Naruto mentions that he thought Kakashi was enjoying his retirement in the hot springs. He would be doing this during the events of Naruto Gaiden.
    • In Episode 18, a newscast mentions an upcoming 5 Kage meeting in Konoha, the one that takes place in the Naruto manga chapter 700.
    • To the events of Boruto: Naruto the Movie:
      • Episode 45: A newscast mentions the upcoming Chunin exam that will take place in Konoha.
      • Episode 50: The Jonins discuss their students in preparation for the exam.
      • Episode 51: Katasuke is seen designing the wrist Ninja tool whose use of it will cause Boruto to be disqualified from the Chunin exam.
    • In Episode 103, Sumire expresses her intention to join the Science Ninja Tool Research team.
    • Episode 151: Sasuke and Sai catch a glimpse of biotech in the collapsing building, the same used to modify Kawaki.
    • Episode 182: Jigen and Amado discuss Victor's betrayal, and Jigen points out that there is another traitor inside Kara, which is later revealed to be Amado conspiring with Koji Kashin to take Jigen/Isshiki out.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Sarada is very confrontational. She chews out both Sasuke and Sakura for keeping her in the dark about Sasuke's whereabouts. She chews out even Naruto when he tries to comfort her, straight up calling him a liar.
    • Boruto calls his father out for seemingly caring more about his work than his family, in both anime and Boruto: Naruto the Movie after Naruto sends a Shadow Clone (which poofed and dropped the cake) to his little sister's birthday.
  • Canon Foreigner: Because the anime had to extend and create fillers to not catch up with the monthly released manga, it had to create new characters too. Unlike in Naruto, those characters are considered part of the canon, despite not appearing in Boruto the Manga, and have a regular appearance and even A Day in the Limelight episodes. Many students of the Academy are an anime creation, with only Sumire making an official appearance in the manga because of her popularity (though anime-only events are also sometimes mentioned, such as the trip the class took to the Hidden Mist). Deepa, was also purely an anime creation, yet it was incorporated as an Inner member of Kara, despite having zero mentions of his membership or existence in the manga.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Be sure every prominent male character, no matter how young they may be, will be considered a Bishōnen, called handsome and have girls swooning over them.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Kawaki wakes up in Konoha hospital, all sweaty and breathing hard, after dreaming of his worst childhood memories.
  • Central Theme: According to Ikemoto, while Naruto revolved around things like overcoming loneliness with The Power of Friendship and Heroic Will Power, Boruto puts more emphasis on things like the pros and cons of using technology and shaking off the inheritance of one’s own family, which was explored, starting with Naruto Gaiden.
    • You Can't Fight Fate is also one of the most pivotal themes, but is played different from Naruto, where everyone would go to extreme lengths to Screw Destiny. Boruto instead explores its other extreme, in which no matter how hard you try, you cannot bend you fate, you just postpone for a time what is predestined to happen.
  • Cerebus Retcon: In the anime, Shino is treated as a Butt-Monkey by his students every time they don't listen to him, abandon him, or say negative things about him. In Episode 5, it's revealed that Shino takes this treatment personally and he begins to have doubts about being a teacher. His doubts also makes him vulnerable to being possessed by the dark chakra.
    • It gets even worse when you take into account that people have been ignoring/neglecting him for the entire series, so much so that "Shino was forgotten again" became a running joke.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The anime is bouncing back and forth from lighthearted action-comedy, to some surprisingly intense darkness, which is intermitted by a lot of Breather Episodes. This becomes especially noticeable following the "Versus Momoshiki Arc", a very grime and dark story arc, which was followed by the silly and lighthearted "Chōchō Arc", which is about Chōchō crushing on an actor she is guarding. After Chōchō, we get another dark story arc, called "Mitsuki's Disappearance". It ends up with Ōnoki's death.
    • But as the anime is slowly catching up with the manga, the silly episodes slowly disappear and the arcs are getting darker; and if is there a lighthearted episode, expect the mood to shift within the individual episode, unlike the previous ones.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Word of God states that the series would start by being Lighter and Softer than Naruto, before taking the dark turn that is shown at the very beginning. This is proven to be the case.
  • Campfire Character Exploration: Episode 34, the children decide to go on camping before graduating. During the campfire, they talk about how much they changed since they entered the Ninja Academy and how far they have come, Iwabee shows that he has some talent for cooking, while Chocho laments about how she didn't change at all.
  • Character Title: Many episodes are titled after the characters who are the focus of the day.
  • Char Clone: Parodied in episode 8. Gongorō Kamakura is a former shinobi, now actor who plays the character Kagemasa. As Kagemasa he is a white haired, wears a red armour over a black bodysuit and has orange googles.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang:
    • The Jougan appears for the first time in "Academy Entrance Arc", and than goes completely missing (beyond brief appearances when Boruto is using a lot of power, wherein his eye may flash into the Jougan). Momoshiki warns Boruto that his blue eyes will take everything away from him. Several years in the future, and Boruto has the Jougan again, apparently now able to activate it at will.
    • Sasuke's old headband is worn by Boruto in the "Vs. Momoshiki Arc", and once again by him as teenager in his fight against Kawaki.
    • The information that Ao stole from Katasuke during the 'Vs Momoshiki arc' remains unseen and mysterious in its nature. Until the 'Ao Arc' that is, where it's revealed Kara used the informations to build up puppets that don't need a user.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Turns out the 15th kid that was part of Jigen's experiments, whose fate was left unknown for years, is none other than Code. He is important enough to be a contender to become one of the main villains.
    • Boro turns out to be more important with information we get after his demise. He was the leader of a strange cult and the reason Ada was not put to death.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Cherry blossoms motifs appear sometimes when the plot concentrates on Sarada. For example, when Sarada trains to use Chidori, the watterfall she hits forms a cherry blossom flower around her Chidori.
  • Childhood Friends:
    • Chocho mentions Sarada knowing Boruto since they were very young, despite Sarada denying being friends with Boruto for so long.
    • Episode 222 shed some light about how Team 10 came to know each other. Their parents introduced them to each other even before kindergarden, and they even had to wear matching pajamas.
  • Child Soldiers: In the peaceful times of Boruto, the standard age for becoming a genin has increased. In the original series, characters entered the academy at 6-8 years old and, while most don't graduate until 10-13, it's been shown that you can technically graduate at 6 if you're good enough (such as with Kakashi). In Boruto, all of Boruto's classmates are at least 9-10 when they enter the academy and their time there is relatively shorter (since they still graduate at around the same age as in the original series). Since they do start older in the academy, and often have more training from their families than in the first series (since their parents and such usually have more free time to teach them due to there not being as many missions), the academy itself teaches more advanced abilities such as wall walking and water walking (which in the first series was typically taught by the Jonin instructor after graduation). Once they graduate, they are sent on missions which at least are supposed to be relatively safe. Technically, just as in the first series, inexperienced genin are not supposed to go on missions that involve fighting anyone tougher than a average bandit, but just as with Naruto situations repeatedly arise that force Boruto and others to fight far more dangerous foes. And not even Boruto shies away from putting them in extreme life and death situations.
  • Chromatic Arrangement:
    • The members of Team 15 have this pattern with their outfits. Their outfits fit with Sumire in purple, Wasabi in green, and Namida in orange. After Sumire's departure, Tsubaki complits the pattern by wearing pink.
    • Team 7 at least in regard to their eyes with Sarada's red Sharingan, Mitsuki's yellow eyes, and Boruto's blue.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: A stark contrast with Akatsuki, Kara members are opportunists who seek out every chance to betray each other, when they are deemed as useless or to save their own skin.
  • Class Trip: The anime has an entire arc about Boruto and his classmates heading to the Village Hidden in the Mist in the Land of Water for a field trip. The story arc is even called "School Trip Arc". It starts as light-hearted, but it becomes a very dark take on the trope; some of the episodes bring one of the darkest moments of the anime, where the main trio is put on life and death situations, forced to fight for their life.
  • Clone by Conversion: The Ōtsutsuki resurrect themselves through Karma. Despite being reformed virtually identical to how they were in their previous body, the Ōtsutsuki also retains all the skills and knowledge from the vessel.
    • Jigen was completely Otsutsukified already when the story had began.
    • Boruto is almost turned so he has to take special medicine that might even kill him, jus to slow down the process.
  • Close-Range Combatant: A good chunk of characters are specialized on Taijutsu or techniques that require close range attacks. Sarada and Metal Lee follow closely in their parents's footsteps.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The anime establishes even from the first ending which color represents the new generation.
    • Boruto- yellow.
    • Sarada- hot pink and red.
    • Mitsuki- light blue.
    • Shikadai- green.
    • Inojin- brown.
    • Chōchō- purple.
    • Metal Lee- turquoise.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: The anime and manga follows the adventures of Boruto and his peers and their transformations from goofy children into becoming capable shinobi. Boruto's and Sarada's stories are always paralleled, and it's sometimes hinted their final destination will become a dark experience.
  • Combat Medic: Several characters from the new Generation like Mitsuki, Inojin, Iwabe and Wasabi know to do the Mystical Palm Technique and have basic medical knowledges.
  • Combat Stilettos:
    • In the manga, Sarada wears high heels instead of ninja boots. It's incredible how well she keeps her balance during a fight.
    • Delta wears her heels in both anime and manga, in fact, they are part of her modified body and she can reshape them along with her legs into various weapons.
  • Combined Energy Attack: How Team 7 defeats Deepa. With Mitsuki's addition of senjutsu chakra and Sarada adding her chakra to the force of the impact, they give to Boruto's Compression Rasengan's more than enough power. Together, they break Deepa's carbon armour and kill him.
  • Combination Attack: There is a subset of ninjutsu called “cooperation ninjutsu”.
    • Sarada and Boruto have their own combined attack called "Lightning Ball Shuriken Technique" used against Shinki.
    • The Formation Ino–Shika–Chō. The new generation works so well together they even defeat Sarada and Boruto who are best fighters of their generation, albeit Boruto and Sarada were trying to flee rather than seriously fight back.
  • Compilation Movie: A rare inverted example where the The Film of the Series is expanded and adapted into several episodes for the anime.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In Episode 13, Kakashi is shown using his "Purple Lightning" technique he developed in Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky.
    • In Episode 18, Naruto uses his lifetime free ramen coupon he received as a wedding gift in Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding.
    • In manga Chapter 17 and episode 182, Boruto mentions his Academy field trip to Kirigakure that was depicted in the Anime.
    • During the Time Travel arc, Boruto's BGM soundtrack is temporarily replaced by the original Naruto soundtrack, preview music and all.
    • At the end of the Time Travel arc Boruto finds Naruto paying his respects to Jiraiya at the same spot Naruto placed Konan's paper flowers in a scene exclusive to the Shippuuden Anime, right after he defeated Pain.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Keeping true to its Spiritual Antithesis nature, the main characters mirrors the old generation in different aspects. We have another team 7, composed of Boruto, Sarada, Mitsuki and Kawaki as Sixth Ranger. Each one of them finds their own foils on Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and Sai.
    • Whereas Naruto was a realistic and well-grounded Stock Shōnen Hero, Boruto has the personality, but his abilities and role in the story subverts most of the typical characteristics of a shonen protagonist. In fact, he wants to be like Sasuke more than anything, Naruto's long-lived Stock Shōnen Rival.
    • Sarada is more or less the embodiment of original team 7, by having Naruto's dream, Sakura's fists and fiery temper, and Sasuke's looks and seriousness. She looks up to Naruto, and Sasuke acknowledges as long as she follows Naruto footsteps, she won't repeat his mistakes.
    • Mitsuki is eerily pale and Comically Serious like Sai used to be, but more approachable and sociable. And he is the one with medical skills, rather than the main heroine.
    • Kawaki, the newcomer, brings to mind young Sasuke with his arrogant and aloof demeanor, except, Naruto is quick to notice the boy is closer to him in terms of life experiences.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
    • Kara brings in mind Akatsuki by being another Oddly Small Organization with dangerous members, which wants to take over the world for mysterious reasons. Akatsuki was known for their Anti Villains forging odd long-lasting friendships, but Kara is full members who are ready to betray and backstab each other at every turn. Just like some Akatsuki members, Kara also has members who augmented their bodies, but not through secret ninjutsu, but augmented science. And lastly, Kara don't regard themselves as ninjas like Akatsuki, but as something superior to ninjas.
    • Most of Villains Of The Week don't have any direct counterpart from Naruto, but they still contrast the previous villains by their role in the story. In Naruto most of them were people with sad pasts™, driven over the edge, that were shown to the smallest detail. They would often be Anti Villains for Naruto to "cure". But Boruto's villains are most of time greedy and sociopathic people with no remorse for the damage they are doing. Their pasts rarely get explored.
  • Contrived Coincidence: It seems that Temari, Ino, Sakura, Hinata and Karui were all pregnant within a year or so of each other because almost everyone from the Konoha 11 has children of around the same age. Even Gaara adopted a kid who has Boruto's age, and Orochimaru has created Mitsuki to be exactly 12 years old.
  • Corporate Conspiracy: At first, Victor looks like your typical benevolent, but very busy entrepreneur, who runs a huge company, except, Victor is a self-serving old man who created his medical care company to make unethical experiments on his own employees and use them as nourishment to create another Divine Tree, whose Chakra Fruit would give him eternal life.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: The protagonists fight against Otsutsuki and Kara in order to prevent this from happening. Earth is threatened by the powerful members of a clan of parasite-like Human Aliens that once attempted to harvest Earth's Resources by planting a Eldritch Abomination known as Ten Tails. When Kaguya came to Earth over a thousand years ago, her job was to help her partner Isshiki annihilate all life on Earth by sacrificing herself to Ten Tails so it could fully mature as the Divine Tree and her clan could harvest its chakra fruit. If she hadn't decided to turn against her clan and take the fruit herself, things may have gone very differently.
  • Credits Running Sequence: The second version of the second outro is mostly a walk cycle that ends with Sarada meeting her parents at the end. It serves to show how Sarada has finally found peace and contrasts with the original hectic outro.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Sakura vs Shin, it takes one punch for Sakura to defeat him, when Naruto and Sasuke themselves couldn't due to getting caught off guard and protecting Sarada, though he recovers later and has a rematch with her.
    • Deepa vs Team 7, in their first encounter, Deepa almost kills Boruto, Sarada and Mitsuki.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: There are several characters in the anime whose hair color is identical to their eye color, especial among Konoha's shinobis like Sarada, Shikadai, Denki, Iwabee, Metal Lee and Kawaki who are brunettes with dark colored eyes, or Sumire who has her eyes, hair and her NAME being violet.
  • Cyborg: Boruto has an interesting take, as in people combine chakra with weaponized technology, or they use augmentation which can mimic a kekkei genkai.

    D-E 
  • Daddy's Girl: Sasuke absolutely adores Sarada. He regrets missing from her life for so many years, so he does whatever he can to make up for it, even calling Sarada "my little peanut". But it also goes in the other way, as Sakura puts it into words: "for her [Sarada], I think her yearning and adoration for her father are much stronger than other kids."
    • Himawari Uzumaki is like this with her daddy Naruto, even forgiving him when he sent a shadow clone of himself to her birthday when he got caught up in his work as Hokage. On the "Parent and child" holiday, Naruto (with Boruto's assurance that it was all right with him) chose to dedicate his entire time to Himawari and spend some quality time with her.
    • Choji indulges his daughter a lot, much to Karui's chagrin.
  • Dark Action Girl:
    • Buntan Kurosuki is part of the self-proclaimed new Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, and she is also by far their most capable and dangerous fighter.
    • Delta is the only female of Kara, but also an Ax-Crazy woman who can give a run for money to Naruto (albeit we find out that Naruto was heavily holding back against her).
  • Darkest Hour: If we take the dialogue at face value, the Seventh Hokage, Naruto, is dead, Konoha is destroyed, and only Boruto stands up to the aggressor. Later revelations imply that humanity itself may very well be at risk.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • A notable aversion from Naruto is that almost none of new characters have a tragic backstory, and those who have can be counted on the fingers.
      • Kawaki is probably the only character that matches the memetic levels of traumatic backstories that characters from Naruto had. He was subjected to Domestic Abuse by his father for his early life, and then tortured and experimented on by Jigen against his will for an unknown amount of time. Poor kid gets a sense of real family and safety only after he is adopted by the Uzumakis.
      • Sumire Kakei is an orphan girl who had to endure the consequences of her father being a former ANBU Root member and the hatred it spawned in her father. After the dissolving of Root, her family gets ostracized over the many crimes Danzo and the organization committed, her mother dies because of the stress, and her father uses her as a tool for his revenge against Konoha only to die himself soon after finishing placing the weapon in Sumire's body.
      • Kagura Karatachi used suffered from homicidal rages during his academy days that injured people repeatedly, something that continues to haunt him.
    • If anything, it's the present and future that are meant to become dark and troubled for the characters, and those are the exact intentions of Kishimoto himself, to make an even bigger impact on the viewers, when the show will start to become really Darker and Edgier.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The new generation is full of smartass characters.
    • Sarada is one of the wittiest characters. She cannot stop snarking at Boruto, her parents or her foes. Itachi must be very proud of his niece.
      Sarada referring to Boruto: Mr. Kaminarimon should be more careful. Stupidity is contagious.

      Sakura: Is there anything you'd like me to bring you?
      Sarada: A dad... might be nice.
    • Inojin is incredibly insensitive, as expected from the son of Ino and Sai.
      Chōchō: We're in a age where looking cool counts.
      Inojin: You should talk...when you are the farthest from being cool.
    • Shikadai is sarcastic and enjoys complaining in a deadpan manner.
      Shikadai: Women are really such a drag.
    • Mitsuki especially loves to snark about Chōchō and her melodramatic fantasies.
      Mitsuki: Her symptoms are getting worse.
    • Wasabi has a few moments as well.
      Namida: The boys are monopolizing Kagura's attention!
      Wasabi: I just hope their stupidity doesn't rub off on him.
    • Chōchō is just as sassy as she is constantly hungry.
      Inojin: I guess delinquents like them still exist...
      Chōchō: We've got one too... He's [Iwabee] a national treasure.
    • Shino has no choice but to be sharp-tongued with such a problematic class.
      Shino: Move your hands not your mouth, Boruto!
  • A Death in the Limelight: Mugino gets his past explored and the anime greatly expanded his role and importance in the story just before his death.
  • Death Glare: Sarada shows her psychotic Uchiha rage to Naruto accentuated by her Sharingan, after he suggested her to go and save her mother, when she believed she was lied to by everyone.
  • Death of a Child: Mozuku was a young boy who secretly shared the treatment created by his master, to the population of the Land of Calm Seas after an epidemic. When the daimyō who used the epidemic as an opportunity to get rich, found out, he sent elite assassins that killed all of Mozuku's friends in gruesome ways. Mozuku himself dies in Kawaki's arms.
  • Decade Dissonance: The last Shinobi War left in ruins many nations, but between the 15 years old gap between Naruto and Boruto, the Five Great Nations have recovered and are even more prosperous than before, with the Land of Fire being overall the most developed technologically and economically. For some reason, the Land of Iron developing technology has stagnated after the war, because Tsubaki has never seen computer-like technology before coming in Konoha, though it does fairly well on the economical sector.
    • Not the same can be said about some of the small nations, for instance the Land of Silence, which is a lawless nation that still runs on a rural precarious economy. Its capital, The Curtain Village, sustains its poor population with the black market run by the world's fugitives. The city looks like it needs to catch up entire decades with its dirty roads and unstable old buildings.
    • Other small villages were left in complete ruins, like Iwakagure. Other unknown regions look straight up like Feudal Japan. Welfare and reconstruction efforts are ongoing, but remoteness and lack of infrastructure (among other issues) are obstacles to helping them.
  • Declaration of Protection: Part of Boruto's dream to become a ninja who protects from the shadows like Sasuke, is to become Sarada's right man and protect her when she will become Hokage. Naturally, she blushes when Boruto tells her this.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: A departure from earlier installments is that Boruto does not rely as much on redeeming villains. He is not quite the All-Loving Hero his father was (though he is close), but still has significant victories: turning Sumire away from a destructive path and making Ao turn his back on Kara which leads to Redemption Equals Death.
  • Designated Girl Fight: During the Field Trip arc, Sarada is the only girl in Boruto's class to become part of the fight, and she fights one of the girls in the new Swordsmen of the Mist group.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: With the upgrade from the Retro Universe of Naruto to a ninja version of modern-day Japan, the Five Great Shinobi Countries inherited some of the Real Life problems, like rampant capitalism, corrupted Mega Corps, and illegal weapon testings, while numerous small nations were left in ruins after the war even 15 years later.
    • In episode 24, Naruto is taking care of an old tree, the only thing of the old Konoha that survived Pain's attack. This is an event that draws inspiration from Hiroshima's bombing, where several ginkgo trees survived the attack.
    • Sasuke's being unable to/choosing not to see his daughter for years because of his mission is very reminiscent of NATO soldiers who are gone on the front for many years and can't go home because of their duties and miss out seeing their children growing up.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Iwabee is very proficient in Earth Release, he can create weapons and walls for protection.
    • Mugino can make an entire cave collapse. This is also the way he dies.
  • Distant Sequel: Boruto is set 15 years after the conclusion of Naruto Shippuden, and revolves around the previous generation's children.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:... No Jutsu happens here and there several times, but the perpetrator is Boruto this time.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: During the 'Mujina Bandits Arc', Tsukiyo, one of Shojoji's subalterns tries to kill Mitsuki, Boruto and Sarada and uses Moon Shadow Jutsu on them, which is a technique capable to manifest multiple target's shadows as tangible clones. The clones are exact physical copies of the target, being devoid of any personality traits. They are able to mimic their target's techniques and abilities and can manipulate their form into other shapes, including morphing their arms into spears.
  • Doting Grandparent: Hinata's father Hiashi, who used to be a borderline Abusive Parent to his eldest daughter, absolutely adores his grandchildren. His first reaction upon seeing Boruto was to smother him and his sister in hugs.
  • Double Agent: During the Mujina Bandits Arc, Mitsuki and Boruto had to infiltrate Hōzuki Castle as prisoners to locate and protect Kokuri, a deserter of the Mujina Bandits, while Sarada impersonates a young journalist.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Averted with the young generation. This kind of Comedic Sociopathy is rarely shown in Boruto compared to the previous series. Sarada, who'd one might expect to be the Sakura of this generation, at worst is lashing out verbally toward Boruto. Chocho instead has no qualms over hitting guys for petty things; she tried to hit Mitsuki when he accidentally interrupted her kiss with Tomaru, but unlike Sai and Naruto in a similar situation, he doesn't stare in horror waiting to be hit, he defends himself and fights Chocho back.
    • Averted also by Sakura, who mostly lost her Hair-Trigger Temper and mellowed down a lot as an adult (admittedly in one of her rare times of snapping as an adult Sakura ended up wrecking her whole house).
    • There is Himawari who plays this straight in the OVA Naruto was about to become Hokage, as the scary young sister who hunts down her older brother for simply damaging her favorite toy, and even that was just an accident. Boruto is seriously scared by her and tries to hide, and if weren't for Naruto stepping between them, Boruto might have ended up in a hospital when she tried to attack him. Role reversed and it doesn't sounds so funny anymore.
      • Thankfully it was also the only time Himawari was shown reacting so extreme.
    • Ino is still as Hot-Blooded as always. She gets pissed at her husband Sai and decides to fight him when she gets called out on her strict ways of training Inojin (which quickly leads to them bringing up other issues that have strained their relationship lately and become the main motivation for the fight). Sai dodges every blow, and she yells at her son, Inojin for trying to interfere between them (by using mind transfer on her, which she easily repels). Sai is still the one who ends up apologizing (or rather, Inojin does it through him), which doesn't actually work as Ino sees through it. While they do simmer down and patch things up via a Cool Down Hug, there's no getting past the fact were the roles reversed, people would most certainly consider Sai an abusive Jerkass.
  • Downer Beginning: Naruto is taken out, or worse, dead, and the Leaf Village is destroyed.
  • Dramatic Irony: Naruto takes Kawaki under his wing out of his intention to prevent him from suffering the same ostracizing Naruto had during his childhood; Judging by the events shown on the Flash Forward this didn't turn out well.
    • Given the nature of the plot being a recollection of events leading up to the final battle, many events can be seen as this.
    • Sarada calling Sasuke "annoying" is both dramatic and heartwarming.
    • Sakura, Hinata and Ino married orphans belonging to the same team.
  • Dramatic Wind: Still happens, with leaves blowing in the wind and the characters looking at the sky.
  • Dramatis Personae: Mitsuki introduces his teammates and their families in the first chapter of Boruto SD in a Played for Laughs manner. Everyone is drawn in Kishimoto's style, standing on a very dramatic badass manner while entire descriptions of their origins, parents and abilities is written around them.
  • Dread Zeppelin: Kara tried to use a zeppelin to transport Kawaki to an unknown location.
  • Dream Team: Team 7. Everyone considers them to be Konoha's best team. In the second Chunin Exams, Shinki comes in Konoha solely to watch Team 7.
    Iwabee: Well, there are some guys you just don't want to fight, like team 7.
    • Team 10 is acknowledged to be another top elite team. At least from Metal Lee point of view, they are not far behind Team 7. Just like Team 7, they all have Heroic Lineage and took countless dangerous missions which where supposed to be easy at first.
  • Driving Question: Why Boruto and Kawaki will turn into bitter enemies in the future?
  • Drunken Glow: Not ALL the blushes are Ship related...
    • A flashback shows Naruto being taken home drunk by most of his male friends. Not only is Naruto's face flushed but his entire face is pink. Several of the other's faces are pink as well. Sai even has a faint blush.
    • When Konohamaru, Moegi, and Shino are shown drinking, Konohamaru and Moegi's faces are flushed. When Hanabi starts drinking with them her face turns completely pink (as does Konohamaru's).
    • Sakura, Ino and Hinata also go out on a late night drinking. Ino and Sakura have red, flushed faces from drinking alcohol.
  • Dynamic Entry: Despite being mostly confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, Might Guy pulls one in his trip to Land of Hot Water, after he mistook Mirai's genjutsu for a real demon.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Hiashi and Hanabi Hyuga made their Time Skip debut in the anime before they have even appeared in the manga.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The Distant Finale, chapter 700, has a lot of this compared to its animated version. Boruto and the rest of his classmates look younger, which implies that the Ninja Academy took in students at 6-8 like in Naruto, not 10-13 like in Boruto. Almost all of the outfits are also different than in the Boruto anime and Hinata has long hair. Some chapter 700 elements end up incorporated in subtle ways, such as Sarada's chapter 700 outfit being reused in the Boruto anime for her younger design in flashbacks, and family pictures seen in various episodes that were taken from earlier in Boruto's childhood showed Hinata kept long hair until relatively recently. More subtly, chapter 700 implies that Sasuke is around in Sarada's life, while Naruto Gaiden specifies that he's been absent since she was a toddler due to his mission of seeking out clues about Kaguya.
  • Easily Forgiven: Sumire almost destroys the village near the end of her arc in the anime, but she's brought in and reaccepted into the academy despite this. As Shino himself says, it helps that no one was seriously hurt.
  • Education Mama:
    • Hinata has shades of being this. During Boruto's suspension, she made sure he kept studying in order to keep him from falling behind. She was also very unhappy to learn that he tried to fake an excuse note to get out of class and confronted him with her Byakugan.
    • Temari is an even worse example as her reaction to discovering that Shikadai cut class was to smack him in the face.
      Shikadai: Compared to my mom, yours is mild.
  • Eject the Loser: Sai's stage in the Chunin Exams works in this way: He asks yes-or-no questions, and examinees must stand on Trap Doors marked "yes" or "no." Below is a pit with ink at the bottom, and he says that anyone with ink on them when time runs out will fail the exam. The first and only question is a trick question, and every participant gets dropped. What he wants to see is the examinees reacting quickly enough and finding ways to break their falls so they don't touch the ink.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Orochimaru's underground labs look quite futuristic, in comparison with other science-based places from Boruto's era. He has access to and possibly created his own cloning technology. His hideout looks more sophisticated with modern furniture, paved white walls and use of electricity, in comparison with his former hideouts which looked more like labyrinths carved by some Neanderthals, low-key lighted and barely touching any minimum comfort. Overall the hideout looks much less hostile, much as Orochimaru himself does.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita:
    • Kirara is an Artificial Human paranoiac about being considered ugly. She wears an elegant black and purple dress and a black parasol to make up for it.
    • Hako Kuroi is a young Konoha-nin who wears a ninja stylized outfit of "aristocratic" Lolita inspiration.
  • Elemental Powers: Many of Boruto's generation are able to manipulate and control at least one element. Mitsuki amazes everyone at the Academy when he tells and shows them he can use two Nature Transformations: wind and lightning. He is later joined by Sarada and Boruto who can use three nature transformations (albeit only two are used with much power and regularity).
  • Emotion Eater: Nue is a yokai which prays on people negative emotions to harvest chakra.
  • End of an Age: This is the first spoken line in the anime.
    Boruto: The Age of the Shinobi is over!
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: Team 15 is tasked with retrieving all of the escaped animals from Fire Park. Needless to say, the mission was not an easy task due to a particularly dangerous animal (a giant wolf) mistakenly not being on the list they were given and thus surprising them when it shows up.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Everyone who was part of Konoha 11 are great friends as adults, even married to each other (Hinata and Naruto), and are seen often hanging out together despite having different occupations (albeit it is noted some of them go long periods without seeing each other). This trope is discussed by Sarada and Sakura in episode 34. Sarada is about to have her first sleepover, but she is not very excited, since she believes it is a waste of time if she is not even gonna stay friends with her peers after graduation. Sakura tells her that only after graduation she became close to Naruto and Sasuke, and Team 7 was more than family. Sarada is curious if friendship is forever since her mother is on such good terms with Naruto.
    Sakura: Forever? Well, I'm not sure... But my friends from that time in my life are still my friends.
  • Everyone Can See It: The Ship Tease between Boruto and Sarada is painfully obvious, despite the constant denying and bickering. In their defense, they are young enough to be Oblivious to Love (unless the Ship Tease is another Red Herring). This doesn't stop characters like Sumire and Mitsuki teasing them about it anyway.
  • Evil Learns of Outside Context: Kara learns of Boruto's karma only after Kawaki starts to live in Konoha. They decide to keep an eye on him too.
    Jigen: Boruto Uzumaki. The Hokage's son. This is unexpected news.
  • Evil Only Has to Win Once: Amado asserts that if Isshiki reincarnates in the body of Kawaki and thus can use his full power without the time limit he currently has to deal with, neither Naruto nor Sasuke nor anyone will be able to stop him. Game over.
    Amado: Isshiki's power is immense. If he were to return in full form, we won't be able to stop him. It'll be the end of the world.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Jigen vs Kashin Koji.
  • Evolving Credits: The second ending sequence, with "Sayonara Moon Town" by Scenario Art, does this. It initially shows Sarada's alienation from her parents as she struggles to understand their situation. However, after episode 23, when they're finally back together as a family in Konoha (albeit temporarily), the sequence now changes to show her happily holding her parent's hands.
    • Opening 6 experiences this as well. At first, it depicts Boruto and Naruto eating together at the Ichiraku Ramen Shop in the past before leaving to engage Urashiki together. Later, when the Time Slip arc transitions into the Mujina Bandits, it depicts Boruto eating with his father in the future village before he leaves to fight Shojoji alone.
    • Starting with episode 139, Sumire is not featured anymore in the Opening 6.
    • Opening 7 always showed Kawaki and the Kara members mostly covered by dark shadows, but this changes after episode 176 finally introduces them. From episode 177 onward, the opening sequence shows them fully.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: It doesn't happens as often as in Naruto, since many used techniques were already used and explained in the original run; but there are still few instances where a character will explain how they are planning to defeat their foe.
    • It happens between Sarada and Buntan, though Sarada does it only after she is sure she can defeat Buntan.
      Buntan: a genjutsu?
      Sarada: What did you think this thick mist was?
      Buntan: You mean... since then? Where are you?
      Sarada: The electrolysis of water produces oxygen and hydrogen. [throws a paper bomb on Buntan and causes an explosion that fills the cave.]
  • Expy: Shojoji, based on his abilities and true nature - as a fat, ugly old man - inspires some connection to Aldrich, Saint of the Deep - both are voracious eaters of men, who show the ability to assimilate the abilities of what they eat, and actively enjoy devouring humans while seeking to transcend humanity. The sole difference is that Shojoji has not yet "softened into sludge" or moved on to higher order prey, though he is capable of distorting his body and extending his jaw to an uncanny degree.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Everything from Chapter 36 to 54, (Jigen vs Naruto and Sasuke, Team 7 vs Boro, Kashin Koji vs Jigen/Isshiki, Isshiki vs Naruto/Sasuke vs Momoshiki/Boruto), had take place in the span of less than 48 hours, based on Amado's declaration about Jigen needing to recover his full chakra in 2 days from chapter 39. That is almost 1.5 years of manga releases, all occurring in 1 day.

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  • Faint in Shock: Played for Laughs in the case of Sakura. She fainted upon accidentally destroying her Big Fancy House and again when Sasuke returned home unexpectedly.
  • Family Portrait of Characterization: The first family photo Sarada has of her parents proved to be a fake one. Sarada discovers the group photo of Taka, hidden under the frame to give the impression that Sakura and Sasuke are in the same photo, leading to a wild emotional rollercoaster for her. Thankfully, things come around for Sarada and she finally gets a proper family photo with both her parents. The second one closely resembles Sasuke's old photo with his parents and brother, signifying the new found happiness, and how powerful their bonds are.
  • Family Theme Naming:
    • Boruto follows the same fashion as his father and grandfather with his name ending in "-to". Himawari's (向日葵) name follows same sunny thematic of the Hyuga and has a Repetitive Name theme like Hinata. Reverse the first two kanji of her name and you obtain "Hyuga" (日向), which can also be read as "Hinata".
    • It seems like Sasuke and Sakura really wanted their daughter's name to start with "Sa" and have three syllables just like their names. The result is Sarada.
    • Ino, Shikamaru and Choji followed the tradition of their predecessors and named the newest generation of "Ino-Shika-Cho" as Inojin, Shikadai and Chocho.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: For a series that was specifically aimed to be more kid-friendly than Naruto (at least up to the moment it will become as dark as the original run, according the Word of God), it does have some questionable moments.
    • Shin Uchiha has a very detailed organ transplant and a violent battle with Sakura. And Sasuke has no problem trying to kill children in front of his daughter, even if they are clones of Shin.
    • How about an eleven-year-old who is capable of genjutsu where she gets decapitated in a graphic manner and even shows her head rolling on the ground?
    • Orochimaru just makes a person explode, not terribly graphic, but the method was ruthless nonetheless.
    • Garo decides to discipline a very young Kawaki by strangling him, when the boy refuses to join Kara.
  • Fanservice: Toned down and Zig-Zagged in some instances. The franchise never had much fanservice as a whole, but Boruto removes some of the old sources of fanservice. Mei and Anko who were huge Ms Fanservices before? They are older and plumper now (Mei much less so, still giving an air of mature sexiness despite a few wrinkles). Sexy no Jutsu is still used as fanservice, but instead of being covered only in smoke, Boruto's version always wears at least a bikini. The show also has its fair share of pretty boys from both the old and new generations, but unlike before, none of them is seen shirtless.
    • The manga on the other side, is chock full of fanservice coming from the female characters. Characters as young as Sarada, Sumire and Chocho can be seen wearing high heels, very short skirts and sometimes even panty shots in the case of the former. The anime removed most of the fanservice scenes involving the three girls.
    • A good amount about Delta and Ada is fanservice, from the former's large breasts, to the latter's curvaceous legs.
    • Chocho had a short period of providing Male Gaze and ripped clothing during her own arc.
  • Fantastic Angst: Both Sarada and Mitsuki have at one point identity issues that make them take rash decisions, for reasons such as daddy missing for years because he is searching for aliens in different dimensions, and respectively for being an Artificial Human.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The Shinobi Union has some key similarities to both United Nations and The European Union.
    • Like the UN, the Shinobi Union functions like a world wide organization, meant to keep the world at peace, created by the winning side of the war. The Allied Shinobi Forces from which it was born is named after the real alliance which was also known as Allies. The Shinobi countries also can interfere in the matters of other countries that are not part of the Union, whether they want it or not, as it happens in Real Life.
    • With The European Union it shares the similar sounding name, being an almost free trade and movement area and similar ways of organization. Namely, they have village representatives that monthly meet at the official headquarters located in Iron Land, much like real MEPs meet at Brussels to discuss political matters. The Great Shinobi Countries have similar social policies, are interdependent from an economical and political point of view, much like the UE, having exchange programs for students, with an open-minded view over receiving outsiders, leading to the population mixing up and growing fast.
      • With the Kara Organization having outside followers, the Shinobi Union faces similar problems that the UE faced with terrorism, some of them being to tighten the laws about receiving outsiders or not, becoming suspicious of people who come into the villages searching for a better life, and risking to go against their own values of freedom, equality and trust, in order to keep the population safe from extremists.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Beside the shinobis and tailed beasts, Boruto has humanoids aliens as villains, cyborgs, yokai equivalents, evil spirit beings and mutants.
  • Fearful Symmetry: Sarada vs Sakura.
  • Fighting from the Inside: When Shino is possessed by the dark chakra, it's noted that his usual fighting style changed and he must have been subconsciously holding back even as he tried to kill the students, since if he was truly fighting seriously he would have certainly killed them given only Mitsuki was anywhere near his level at the time.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: As an Uchiha, Sarada's main chakra nature is fire. Boruto himself develops in time an affinity for water, which works in similar manner to Sarada's Great Fireball Technique. That said his main chakra nature is Lightning, him even adding it to his Rasengan subconsciously.
    • Sarada and Sumire are another duo, as Sumire is a water-bending ninja.
    • Kawaki contrasts Boruto's water jutsus with his affinity for fire release.
  • Fishing Episode: Episode 34 is about Boruto's classmates going on camping and fishing for the eternal carp.
  • Flashy Protagonists, Bland Extras: Subverted in Boruto. While the side characters mostly have black or brown hair, most of Boruto's classmates in the ninja academy have individual designs that stand out.
  • Food Porn: Episode 12 shows a sample of Hinata's best cooking, with Boruto even commenting that she went overboard, to which she replies that it's because Naruto is also coming to dinner.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Due to Chapter 18 of the manga establishing Sumire as a worker of Katasuke's science department, this makes every one of her wishes in the anime to become a ninja this, as she will obviously have a change of mind in her career. She does this in episode 103, though she explicitly states her intention to return once she has gotten Nue under control, and Naruto notes when deciding on who to promote to chunin that being in the science division doesn't mean you are no longer a ninja.
    • As shown in the flash forward, by some means, Kawaki will come to face Boruto on Hokage Rock in the future, having both destroyed much of the Hidden Leaf Village and at the very least taken Naruto out of commission. This means that no matter what he does in the present day, no matter how hard he tries to be something else, he will fall at some point. Of course, the series is acutely aware of this, and uses it to drive home the tragedy of Kawaki's situation.
  • Foreign Language Title: Boruto: Naruto Next Generations .
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In Episode 7, while being possessed by the dark chakra, Magire becomes invisible and declares "Only Sumire can see me". This could easily go over the head of many viewers considering that he's obsessed with her, but in reality it foreshadows Sumire being behind the ghost attacks.
    • Mitsuki glares at Sumire very quickly right before he goes out a door in episode 7. This foreshadows that she's the perpetrator of the incidents and that he suspects it.
    • Boruto stops Mitsuki and Sumire by appearing between them and crosses his arms, stopping the punches. Later, Momoshiki does a similar movement with Sasuke and Naruto when they attack him at the same time. The similarities are intentional to show their compatibilities as vessel and occupant.
    • In episode 65, Momoshiki tells Boruto he can see clearly the boy's fate. In chapter 48, is finally revealed why; he can possess Boruto and therefore, control his destiny.
    • The strange designs Sai and Sasuke discovered in an abandoned hideout of Kara foreshadows the cursed marks from Karma that Boruto and Kawaki will have in the future.
    • In episode 167, Mugino meets an old turtle saleswoman who provides an In-Universe one by warning that "the shadow of death follows a close friend".
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In Episode 18, when Hinata is waiting for Naruto to return home the night before his Hokage inauguration (he went out with the males of the Konoha 11), the Uzumaki's calendar shows that he became Hokage in July. So Naruto became the Seventh Hokage during the seventh month of the year.
    • Apparently, Sakura knows Arabic. In the episode 152, while Sakura is writing on the blackboard, there can be seen a few Arabic written words, like " انا حبک" which means "I love you", or "بک" which means "to you".
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Team 7 goes from being a team of three to a "power quartet", once Kawaki joins the team.
    • Sanguine: Boruto is sociable, adventurous and people-oriented, but also has an egotistical and rude side. His rebellious streak got him in trouble with Naruto and his teachers. His idealism and charisma draws people to him.
    • Choleric: Sarada- Hot-Blooded and very determined to reach her goal of becoming Hokage. She is an adept of Combat Pragmatism and good at creating strategies and is appointed The Leader of the team for this reason. She can be a sardonic and confident Tsundere at times, but reserved and friendly most of the time.
    • Melancholic: Kawaki- As a Mood-Swinger, he constantly switches between being stoic and an angry, frightened asshole. In the end, he is aggressive and hostile, perceptive, resentful, intelligent, and loyal to a fault towards Naruto.
    • Phlegmatic: Mitsuki has a constant poker face, is good at stealth and how to get under people's skin. Very little fazes him, not even the idea of taking a life and he has a Dissonant Serenity reaction to everything. He is calm, patient, passive and open-minded. As The Gadfly, he enjoys poking fun at people by Stealth Insulting them.
  • Friendless Background:
    • Until Academy, it's implied Sumire had a quite lonely childhood.
    • Kawaki never had any friends in his childhood, and the only children he ever met were just bullying him.
    • Kagura Karatachi did not had any friends at the academy because he feared his own bloodlust.
  • Funny Background Event: While Kakashi was giving Sasuke parenting counseling on the bridge, Naruto can be seen far away in the background running with Himawari on his back somewhere.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Both Katasuke and Amado invented different devices and experimental ninja tools. Amado went as far as turning people into cyborgs.
  • Generational Saga: Naruto and Boruto form a generational epic, with Naruto following the titular ninja and showing the many great feats he accomplishes on his journey to be Hokage, while Boruto follows his son, and an entire new generation of ninja, some of which are the children of the previous cast of characters seen in Naruto.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Many of the new characters are this to their parents from the original series.
    • Played With with Team Konohamaru (Boruto, Sarada, Mitsuki) who are seemingly this to both Team 7 and the Sannin. However, some of their roles have been switched around, with Sarada, who would nominally be this to Sakura in Team 7 and Tsunade in the Sannin, not knowing medical jutsu - rather it's Mitsuki who's the medic this time. Furthermore, Boruto is Sasuke's apprentice and admires him, while Sarada has the same dream Naruto had.
  • Girls vs. Boys Plot: The fourth episode features all the boys and girls in Shino's class facing off against each other after Boruto and Sarada get into a fight over lunch. It ends up being declared a tie due to extenuating circumstances.
  • Girlish Pigtails:
    • Sumire used to wear two braided long pigtails when she was at the ninja academy.
    • Chocho sports two spiky ponytails with her long hair.
    • Namida's hair is tied in two long ponytails.
  • Girly Run: After getting trolled by Sarada over the trip's leadership, Boruto chases her all over the deck. Sarada starts to run with her upper arms kept high and pressed against the sides and the lower arms held upright.
  • A God Am I: Otsutsuki believe themselves to be superior to humans and make sure to show it with their smug and condescending attitude.
    Momoshiki to Boruto: Those who defeat gods cannot remain ordinary individuals.
  • Good Parents: Despite the hardships they endured as children, most of the old generation matured into responsible adults and became decent parents who could help their offsprings avoid repeating their mistakes.
    • One such example is Gaara, he adopted Shinki, who was on his way to become like pre-chunin exam Gaara, but with his love and patience, Gaara helped him become a devoted and stable young man.
    • Sasuke proves himself to be a good and affectionate father, after all the misunderstandings between him and Sarada are cleaned up. He tries so hard to understand "his little peanut" and attend all her needs that he even ends up becoming an Amazingly Embarrassing Parent, much to Sarada's chagrin.
    • As someone who had to deal with Sasuke's long missions, be a full time medic-nin, and going herself on missions, Sakura managed to raise her daughter quite well. Naruto convinced Sarada to not turn her back on Sakura when she believed Karin was a real mother, only because she remembered Sakura being such a good and loving parent to her that she started crying and regretting immediately acting out.
    • Hinata herself had to deal with Naruto's responsibilities as Hokage and raising two young children. She is strict, but very kind to them, in stark contrast with how her father treated her and Hanabi in their youth.
    • Orochimaru is preoccupied with Mitsuki's development, which is something when this guy went from hunting down and killing children to participating in parent-student meetings.
  • Grand Theft Me: The goal of Isshiki Otsutsuki who needs a suitable vessel in order to survive. He is currently inhabiting Jigen whose body starts to fall apart when he is forced to fully incarnate into him and tap into his full power, giving him only a few days to live. However, he seems to have found a suitable replacement in Kawaki.
    • This will be the fate of Boruto if something isn't found that can stop it.
  • Gratuitous English: The series has an English name, Boruto: Next Generations , of course pronounced with a Japanese accent by Boruto in the intro.
  • Gratuitous German: Akita talks about the Van der Waals force as if Dutch exists in Naruto.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Otsutsuki, since Kaguya they seek to mature a Divine Tree on Earth to drain it of all life, and Kara is merely another example of those efforts.
    • Momoshiki deserves a special mention. He is technically dead, but his spirit/mind threatens to take over Boruto's through the karma and revive himself one day.
    • Code turns out to become this. He was instructed by Isshiki's spirit to continue his plans even after the latter's demise. Kawaki, Amado and others, constantly mention that he a force to recon with and facing him before becoming strong enough is a sure way to die. Amado came to seek asylum in Konoha specifically to seek shelter and safety from him.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo:
    • Boruto contrasts several characters when he is around them; he is a cheerful loud blond, somewhat arrogant but friendly.
      • Him and Sarada play the trope straight for the Japanese Media. She is portrayed as a cynical raven-haired Ojou with a sharp tongue. They spend some of their time arguing.
      • Kawaki sports a Delinquent Hairstyle with a black mohawk, while Boruto has a leaf-stylized Anime Hair, according to Kishimoto. Kawaki is portrayed as a moody and stoic Anti-Hero, while Boruto is on his way to become an Ideal Hero.
      • Mitsuki's cyan hair is just as unnatural as his Blue-and-Orange Morality, which weirds out Boruto.
    • As noted above, Sarada is a Brainy Brunette with a sharp tongue and Closer to Earth.
      • Her Best Friend, Chocho Akimichi, is a Fiery Dark-Skinned Redhead, with long auburn hair, whereas Sarada has Boyish Short Raven Hair. Chocho behaves like an eccentric confident diva and flips her hair a lot.
      • Sumire has long purple hair, which again contrasts Sarada's short hair. Of the two, Sumire is calmer and more girly.
    • Namida has her hair tied in two straight, long pigtails, while Wasabi has short spiky hair.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Momo and Sasami are so identical they are hard to differentiate because they are same height and hair color, despite one being male and the other being female.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even fifteen years after the last Great Ninja War and permanently damaging his leg against Madara, Might Guy proves he is still more than a match for most ninja. He still follows his crazy training schedule, is capable of making his signature Dynamic Entry even confined to a wheelchair, and can defeat with ease Metal Lee and Iwabee when they attacked him at the same time (fighting using his good leg and his arms he can be independent of the wheelchair, if only for short periods).
  • Harmful to Minors:
    • While this sequel averts the Dark and Troubled Past and Freudian Excuse for the new generation, the children still follow the trend of becoming child soldiers trained to kill. The ninja world is genuinely a safer place for them to live than it was before the Great Ninja War, but it doesn't mean they won't face villains who couldn't care less about torturing or killing children. And the threat of Kaguya's remnants and the Otsutsuki Clan is still existent. Getting across that being a ninja is still serious and dangerous is one of Kakashi's goals when he tests the graduating class on if they really actually want to be ninja.
    • Sasuke and Sakura themselves are rightfully worried about Sarada's curiosity about Mangekyou Sharingan. Sakura especially points out the tragedies she would have to face in order to acquire it. The Curse Of Hatred may be gone, but Sarada is still genetically prone to self-destructiveness. Besides, just the mere fact that she is a possessor of the Sharingan is more than enough to turn her into a target for villains who want the Sharingan.
    • Hinata and Naruto don't do much better. Because their son is a Living MacGuffin, he is constantly hunted down by Otsutsuki and Kara. One day, they may risk losing their son to Evil Possession. Himawari herself was already put in great danger.
    • Even Orochimaru has to confront this problem with Mitsuki. He may say Mitsuki is just his perfect creation, but in reality, he cares for Mitsuki like a parent. When Mitsuki was gravely injured from using his Sage Mode, Orochimaru was visibly distressed.
    • Kawaki, is a boy who was subjected for years to Domestic Abuse. His drunk father was physically and emotionally abusive toward him; and right when he thought he would get a better life by joining Kara, Kawaki ends up experimented on. Because of how much he had to suffer at the hands of people who were supposed to keep him safe, Kawaki exhibits PTDS and typical problematic behavior that one could meet in Real Life cases. He lives with Uzumakis in present, but Kara is still hunting him down.
  • Hero Killer: Ao kills Mugino, turning the latter a case of Developing Doomed Characters in the anime.
  • Happy Ending Override: As mentioned above, after Naruto earned his happy ending by conquering all his adversities in the original series, finding true love in Hinata and later marrying her and having two children with her, in the Cold Opening of this new series we see that the Village of Konoha is destroyed and Naruto is implied to be dead.
    • Kokuri, after seemingly escaping wrongful imprisonment and with the promise of a peaceful life ahead, is revealed to have been murdered and impersonated by the very man he was fleeing from, meaning Team 7 only facilitated his escape.
  • Happily Adopted: Kawaki becomes a step sibling to Himawari and Boruto after he is taken in by Naruto.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: The whole team 7 counts, as they are all the Ace in different things. Specifically, they already have exceptional skills even before graduating, and with the few times they train seriously, they can get several powerups in a row thanks to Superpowerful Genetics mixed with The Gift. This is noted to actually be a problem for Boruto early on, with him not being adequately challenged during the academy and early missions causing him a bad case of overconfidence that puts him in danger when he eventually faces foes that far outclass him in power or experience. It takes a severe humbling at the Chunin exams for him to grow out of it.
  • Hate Sink: Any member of the Otsutsuki lacks any sort of Freudian Excuse beyond that the way they live is the only way they have ever known or at least ever understood.
  • Henpecked Husband: With the exception of Sasuke and Sakura, every other Official Couple has various shades of the typical "Tsundere bossy wifey and the obedient husband" interactions to the point of becoming a Running Gag.
    • Karui threw her own husband out on the street for asking her to get more food after he had eaten something she wanted to enjoy as a family, telling him to go buy it himself.
    • Ino challenged Sai to battle when he disagreed with her methods of training Inojin, though this proved more a product of some festering issues between them rather than him being henpecked.
    • Temari slaps the hell out of Shikamaru for being a Lazy Husband.
    • Even Hinata, though she's not a tsundere, clearly shows that in two occasions, that she calls the shots in the Uzumaki household.
  • Heroic Rematch: Deepa absolutely trashes Team 7 in their first fight. They almost die and for a while their morale lowers. Sarada and Boruto decide to train while Mitsuki is recovering in Orochimaru's labs. In their second match, Team 7 defeats Deepa with a Combination Attack and well-placed strategy.
  • Hero Does Public Service: Sometimes even the elite teams do lower rang missions involving jobs like walking dogs, arranging and distributing letters, catching escaped zoo animals, repairing buildings, helping firefighters do their job or "bodyguarding' cows.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Boruto and Mitsuki (as excessively focused on Boruto as Mitsuki can seem at times, it is not a remotely sexual interest), Sarada with Sumire and Chocho. Shikadai and Inojin.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Turns out Kaguya and her clan were this for an entire 17 years. While there was a lot that Naruto and Sasuke had figured out over the years, Amado is the one who finally revealed to them in full why she came to Earth.
  • High-Pressure Emotion:
    • When Magire confesses his feelings for Sumire and asks her out, Boruto goes so red from the embarrassment that vapors come out of his head.
    • Tsubaki manages to piss off Sarada hard enough with her dismissive attitude towards ninjas that steam started to come out of the latter's head. Bonus points for being the only one getting this reaction from Sarada.
  • His Quirk Lives On: Itachi's gesture of poking others' foreheads, was passed down to Sarada and Sakura by Sasuke, and it became their ritual of showing affection toward each other.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Sumire has one in Magire, whom she rejects him after he asks her out.
  • Hostage Situation: In chapter 44, Amado forces one of these by putting a bomb collar on Shikadai in order to get to talk to Shikamaru to negotiate his terms of getting put under Konoha's protection in exchange for intel. Subverted in that Amado was bluffing, the bomb was a fake. However, Amado was confident after his earlier demonstration of the device, even if they suspected it, they wouldn't take the chance.
  • Hostile Terraforming: The Otsutsuki's modus operandi is: seek a new planet -> plant Ten-Tails which will grow into a God Tree -> absorb life from all its surroundings and inhabitants -> everything eventually dies on said planet -> The God Tree grows a large chakra fruit as it drains the planet -> Ōtsutsuki consume the fruit in order for them to evolve via the chakra and stored information as well as to extend their lifespans. Once harvested, rinse and repeat.
  • Housewife: With Hanabi long settled as the heir to the title of clan head, Hinata ceased to be an active duty ninja at some point after she married Naruto and became a mom. She spends most of her time taking care of Boruto and Himawari and keeping house. Mind you, this doesn't mean she has lost her edge, she trained Boruto off-screen during much of his life and thus had to maintain her own skills, and she defeated Hanabi in hand to hand combat in the Naruto Shinden: Parent and Child Day Novel, although the scene didn't make it into the animated adaptation of the novel as we didn't get to see what Hinata was doing during it (she still goes on the visit to her father's that she does in the novel, implying the fight still happens).
  • A House Divided: The series reveals that Kaguya came to Earth with another member, Isshiki, who had a higher status than her. Because the Otsutsuki ritual to mature a God Tree requires one of the pair to sacrifice themselves, Kaguya was chosen to do it. But for uncertain reasons she chose to rebel and mortally injured Isshiki by cutting him in half. Isshiki had to shrink himself and embed his bisected upper half into Jigen's brain to take control of him like a puppet and stay alive, while presumably his bisected lower body was used for the ritual. Jigen ended up becoming the future leader of Kara as Isshiki sought a compatible body to incarnate into, setting the plot of Boruto in motion.
  • How We Got Here: Since the first scene of Boruto opens up with him and Kawaki in their later teenage years, fighting each other and Konoha being destroyed once again, the entire anime and manga are like a prequel to that scene, with Boruto narrating the entire story up to that scene.

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  • Idiot Hair: Kishimoto specifically designed Himawari's and Boruto's hairstyles to resembles a leaf, by adding an ahoge that looks like the tail of a leaf.
  • In Medias Res: The first chapter starts with Konoha destroyed and an older Boruto fighting Kawaki, before returning to the events that happened prior to, or in the manga, directly to the ones depicted in Boruto: Naruto the Movie.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Boruto has vibrant blue eyes like his father, something that doesn't go unnoticed by Sarada. Several years in the future and the vibrance is replaced by a Thousand-Yard Stare, as Boruto's Wide Eyed Idealism is completely gone.
  • Internal Homage: Is not a surprise given that the creators aimed to parallel some of Naruto's iconic moments.
    • Boruto's fight with Iwabee has same choreography as a young Sasuke vs Kakashi in Naruto.
    • In episode 9, Sarada throws a fuuma shuriken against Kagemasa, only to be revealed is Boruto turned into a weapon. Now, where have we seen something that? Maybe in Naruto, with Sasuke and Naruto vs Zabuza?
    • During the Genin Exams, Boruto fights Kakashi in a similar manner his father used to when he had to pass his own genin exams against Kakashi.
    • Sarada saves Boruto from Deepa's attack in a similar manner Sasuke saved Naruto from being killed by Haku.
    • Mirai Sarutobi vs Sarada Uchiha is reminiscent of Kurenai's battle against Itachi Uchiha, the difference is that this time, The Uchiha is the loser.
    • The anime doesn't lose the chance of repeating the circumstances of Naruto's and Sasuke's famous Accidental Kiss, with Boruto and Sarada. It happens on the day of promotion, Boruto is pushed accidentally and he almost kisses Sarada, if it weren't for the girl's quick reaction.
    • Boruto's opening 7 visuals pay homage to several of Naruto openings.
      • The intro's effect, Boruto sitting in reddish water and Sarada leaning on a fence, are taken from Naruto's opening 7.
      • Kara looking away on a stormy day is taken from Naruto Shippuden opening 6, where Akatsuki would do the same thing.
      • The genins running away, while Boruto runs among explosions are taken from Naruto's opening 5.
      • The genins fighting Kara among ruins, and Sarada fighting Delta are references to Naruto Shippuden opening 7 with Konoha-nins going against Pain and Konan. Despite the tease in both openings, neither Sarada or Sakura have an actual fight with Delta, or Konan.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Downplayed in Episode 6 when Boruto reveals to Mitsuki about the shadow-like aura possessing certain people and only he can see it. But judging by how calm he reacted and the comment he made in Episode 5, Shikadai suspects that he may know more about what's going on. Played straight with Shino when he also reveals to Naruto and Shikamaru about him being possessed and they both now plan on investigating it.
    • In Episode 8, Boruto now discovers that his right eye has awoken a dōjutsu after meeting Toneri in a dream.
  • In the Dreaming Stage of Grief: Ryuki seemingly kills Mirai and completes the ritual for immortality, but everything fades as an uninjured Mirai reveals her illusion jutsu. With his plan foiled, Ryuki nervously convinces himself what he sees now is an illusion, and charges at her to prove his "immortality". He has lost touch with reality by the time of his arrest.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • In Episode 11, after Sumire gets hurt after another Ghost attack in the previous episode, Boruto blames himself for Sumire getting hurt because of his carelessness of delivering the mail which results in him and friends being assigned another job at the post office, preventing them from going on patrol.
    • Kawaki blames himself for Jigen kidnapping Naruto.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Chocho is a self-centered girl who only cares about romance, food and her friends.
    • Inojin is abrasive and has no problem {{Trash Talking]]ing others, but he has the best intentions at heart.
    • Kawaki has an abrasive and jerkish behavior, tells other to mind their own business because he believes they only want to patronize him. This doesn't stop Kawaki from feeling remorse and ashamed by his behavior, he even wants to follow Naruto's footsteps.
    • Sarada had several shades on the first few episodes. While she behaved well mannered, respected her closest friends and higher-ups, Sarada was also sullen and cynical, looked down on others for their dreams to become ninjas, especially on Boruto, saw her own peers as being too childish and had a bit of a superior attitude.
    • Boruto himself before his Character Development, was an arrogant brat, a Mouthy Kid, only interested in pranking his father. He was still very protective of family, and could behave well mannered if he wanted too.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: Byakuya Gang was a group of masked thieves who would target rich people to rob and distribute the stolen goods to the poor in remote areas. As a result they were regarded as noble Robin Hood like figures among the civilians. In reality, they were a bunch of not-so-noble people led by a selfish manipulative man, Gekkō, who only cared to make himself rich. They convinced the public to believe that wealthy groups and organizations are inherently evil and will only take advantage of the less fortunate. They went as far applying a Genjutsu Cursed Seal on several rioters to further discontent in the middle of the protest against Kaminarimon Company.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: In the Downer Beginning, Boruto is using a katana to fight Kawaki, presumably, Sasuke's Kusanagi.
  • Kid from the Future: Boruto becomes this in the Time-travel arc, where he and Sasuke get sent to the Village of Konoha 20 years in the past; there Boruto meets a young Naruto and the rest of the Konoha 11.
  • Kid Hero: Just like the title of the anime says, the heroes of the show are Boruto and his peers.
  • Ki Manipulation: Just like in its predecessor, chakra has same attributes, but now it can be combined with science and technology, which means that even characters who cannot use chakra, can use it now with the help of scientific ninja weapons or prosthetics.
  • Knight of Cerebus: As the anime gets slowly darker, so do its villains.
    • A notable example is Deepa. He is an Inner member of Kara, and despite being an anime creation, he is the first real threat that team 7 has to face. He beats all of them to a bloody pulp and almost kills them. And he almost curb-stomped them a second time, if it wasn't for the Power of Friendship defeating him.
    • Honestly, the Kara Organization as whole. The Kara is an uprising mysterious organization, which seems to follow Akatsuki's foot steps in terms of being a worldwide threat so big it can change the world forever.
    • Isshiki Ōtsutsuki, given that he dominates both Sasuke and Naruto in the battle.
  • Laser Blade: Katasuke created a type of chakrasword that generates its blade out of its wielder's chakra.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Due to its nature as a Sequel Series, all of the Official Couples from The Last: Naruto the Movie and the Distant Finale of Naruto are common knowledge from the beginning.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Boruto's opening monologue in which he stresses that this will be his story and that his father at one point was only a part of it, seems dedicated to the fanbase to assure them that for his parental similarities, Boruto is not like his father.
  • Legacy Team: Sarada personally asks Naruto to allow the new formed trio made up of her, Boruto and Mitsuki, to be named "Team 7" in order to honor the old one. Naruto is more than happy to accept her request.
  • Lighthouse Point: The Blood Prison features a lighthouse surrounded by steel wire with tags. Boruto is asked to destroy its flashlight in exchange for information about Benga's weaknesses.
  • Lighter and Softer: Despite the dark connotations of the opening, Kishimoto said in an interview that he wants to make Boruto a more lighthearted story that little kids can read. This however does not stop them from conjuring up some fairly nightmarish imagery from time to time.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Most characters don't change their clothing too often, except for certain story arcs only to return to their previous gear. They rarely change in casual clothing when off-duty. Sarada at best has 3 official outfits: the red dress she wore in academy, the blue dress when she had to pose as a journalist at the Hōzuki Castle, and her Iconic Outfit, the red qipao with white hotpants.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The young generation and general public don't know select major things about what happened 15 years in the past. Of course, the truth behind the Uchiha massacre and anything that has to do with them is still a very sensitive subject. This proves to be source of distress for Sarada when she tries to learn more about the Sharingan. Given that the topic involves eyes transplants, going mad with grief even without the Curse of Hatred — the traumatic event which is a must in order to acquire the Mangenkyo Sharingan, the clan's obscure past, and Sasuke's less than heroic past; it's no wonder Sasuke, Naruto and Sakura don't want to tell her too much. It turns out that everything that has to do with Sasuke is classified as top secret information, and the information publicly available on the Sharingan and Uchiha clan is rather basic and limited. Regarding 15 years ago specifically, the full scope of who Kaguya is, that she was the originator of chakra on Earth, what the Infinite Tsukyomi was, etc. also seems to be kept on a need to know basis (as when Boro tells villagers about the Infinite Tsukyomi none of them seem to know about it). The new Team Seven knew about the Zetsu army, but it's only when encountering still active ones in a ruin linked to Kaguya that Konohamaru reveals to them the truth about Kaguya, what the Zetsu are, and what Sasuke's mission has been all these years. Mitsuki is something of an exception among the young generation, as Orochimaru has told him a great number of secrets of the ninja world, so he often already knows things that surprise Sarada and Boruto.
  • Logical Weakness: On of Karma's drawbacks is its inability to absorb non-chakra matter and energy such as natural flames, objects and viruses, making the wielder vulnerable to them.
  • Love Triangle: Because if there is a trend in this franchise that must be kept alive, is this one. Sumire has an explicit crush on Boruto, Sarada is still under the question mark since all she does is blushing around Boruto and gave no answer to Sumire when she got ask if she has feelings for him. As for The Hero, Boruto is just as Oblivious to Love as Naruto in his youth, and has Ship Tease with both girls.
  • MacGuffin Super Person:
    • Kawaki is young boy who was aggressively experimented on by Jigen to become future vessel for Isshiki Ōtsutsuki. In present, he is hunted down by Kara.
    • Boruto becomes one after Momoshiki gives him cryptic warning that someone who defeats a god ceases to be a normal person, then gives him a seal on his palm, which turns out to be Kāma. Of course since then he is constantly watched over by Sasuke and Naruto to prevent the worse from happening, assuming they even can.
    • Sarada plays with this status as well. In Naruto Gaiden she is wanted by Shin Uchiha for her Sharingan. Buntan also shows an interest when she yells "That Sharingan is mine" to Sarada. Therefore, Sarada has to be careful to whom she shows her Sharingan because others might come after her one day.
  • Made of Iron: Those children are repeatedly blown through walls, smashed in the ground or fall from great heights. At times, they seem to be more resistant than some jounins. The two confrontations Team 7 had with Deepa are good examples. It takes some time for Deepa to seriously injure them in the first battle. By the second battle, after the children recover and go through some serious training, they are even more resistant against his attacks. Deepa constantly smashes them and they still get up to fight him.
  • Magical Eye: Beside the Great Three Dojutsus: Rinnegan, Sharingan and Byakugan, the anime and manga bring others in the sight.
    • The Jōgan is an unique dōjutsu that is native the Ōtsutsuki Clan, but Boruto also can use it because of his genetic inheritance. Some of its specialties is to see the chakra flow and invisible barriers through dimensions.
    • Isshiki's Doujutsu.
    • Then we have Ada's Senrigan.
    • At the end of chapter 65, Kawaki activates his new karma, and manifests the horned state again, but this time his left eye changes too, becoming a single blank pupil with a spike in it. It resembles Isshiki's Doujutsu.
  • Magitek: While it doesn't rely on chakra itself, the Kote Scientific Ninja Tool is capable of casting pre-prepared ninjutsu that have been sealed into a special scroll, including bloodline-specific hidden and elemental kekkei genkai. Most other Scientific Ninja Tools directly rely on chakra, so this is more or less played straight.
  • Making a Splash: Sumire main affinity is Water Release. Boruto develops off-screen his own water jutsus.
  • Male Might, Female Finesse: Inverted with Sarada and Boruto. Is Sarada the one who has the less gracious fighting style, as she is fond of using her fists combined with Super Strength more than any other move, while Boruto is more nimble with his Gentle Fist style of martial arts.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Since his favorite movie hero is named "Kagemasa", Boruto is thinking calling himself "Kagemasa the Second" after defeating the real Kagemasa. Sarada's reaction? "See ya later, Dummy-masa the Second." She does it again with Buntan, whom she called "Miss Shy" the entire time of their battle. Buntan was not pleased.
  • Meaningful Funeral: The entire episode 178 is dedicated to commemorating the heroes who died during the Fourth Great Ninja War. The episode especially focuses on Ino and Shikamaru who have been wondering for years if their fathers were sure their plans are gonna work against Ten Tail, or they just had that much faith in their children and the Shinobi Alliance.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Sarada's" name is derived from the Hindu goddess of knowledge and wisdom, Saraswati, which is a nod to her intelligence, but also marks her as being a symbol of incorruptibleness, as opposed to her ancestor, Indra Uchiha, who created the Curse of Hatred.
      • Her name can be interpreted as a portmanteau of her parents' and uncle's names; "Sa" from Sasuke, "Ra", from Sakura, and "Da" is from the katakana of "Ta" from Itachi.
    • "Boruto" is the Japanese pronunciation of the English word "bolt". His name is a reference to his late uncle Neji, whose name means "screw".
    • "Mitsuki" is a name derived from the words "Mi" meaning Snake and "Tsuki" meaning Moon or Vessel.
    • "Kara" means "shell", which makes sense, since one of their goals is to create a suitable body for their leader to revive in.
  • Mêlée à Trois: During the Chunin Exams, the finalists are Shinki, Boruto and Sarada and they have to compete against each other.
  • Metaphorgotten: Chōchō can use some really weird-ass metaphors to lighten up the mood.
    Chōchō: We're like lounge pants with an elasticized waist. There's lots and lots of room for us to grow... to the max!
    Inojin: I can never get your questionable metaphors!
    Shikadai: What the hell... Is this your idea of consoling me?
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Most of the dead characters are males, especially on the villain side.
  • Mentor Archetype: Sasuke becomes Boruto's mentor during the Chunin Exams with the condition that Boruto learns how to do Rasengan, which he does. Sasuke is worried enough for what having the kama might to do Boruto one day, and tries to looks out after Boruto.
  • Missing Mom: Sumire's mother died of depression after her father's fall in disgrace for serving Danzo.
    • Kawaki's mother is really nowhere to be found, she could be dead or alive.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: The Nue in Japanese mythology is a creature that has the face of a monkey, the body of a tanuki, the legs of a tiger, and the front part of a snake for a tail. The Nue here looks just like that, except gigantic, and the snake tail regenerates like hydra heads do.
  • Monumental Damage: In universe example: The Hokage Mountain has been smashed in the battle between Boruto and Kawaki.
  • Mundane Luxury: Kawaki is a tragic example. He was deprived from a normal bed and decent food his whole life, using to sleep on the cold floor while starving. After moving into the Uzumaki household, Kawaki is so overcome over simple things like cooked food, sleeping on a warm bed and having to repair a vase that he has no idea how to react to them at first.
    • Played for Laughs with Tsubaki. She is not exactly poor or mistreated, but apparently, people native to Land of Iron have a more rigid lifestyle. Tsubaki is amazed to see mundane technology that doesn't exists in her country, not to say eating something so common as French fries, which she never thought it exists.
      Tsubaki: I never knew something so delicious existed in this world! Not bad for shinobi cuisine...
  • Mundane Utility: Explored in the anime. Since the current age of peace and prosperity means the demand for regular shinobi work has decreased, it's opened up opportunities for ninjutsu to be utilized for regular civilian work that would have been considered a waste of fighting power in the previous era. It's noted many people now go into schools that offer ninjutsu courses not out of a desire to be shinobi but rather to use jutsu for mundane purposes, or simply to add to their resume (as passing a ninjutsu course means you have skills beyond most people). Many ninja who retire likewise go into regular civilian work that benefits from ninjutsu powers. Some examples include water jutsu for firefighting, earth jutsu for construction work, fire jutsu for manufacturing, etc.
  • Myth Arc: Boruto's mysterious Jougan, the Karma and the Kara organization all have a common denominator: Otsutsuki. The anime deals with finding answers about the looming threat related to the clan that was discovered only after the coming of Kaguya.
  • Mythology Gag: The Narutonic Water can was used as easter eggs in some endings of Shippuden, but was made entirely canon in Boruto.

    N-Q 
  • Narrator: An older Boruto relates the opening of the pilot, and tells the viewership that his story began a few years ago up to the moment from where he starts to narrate, which means the entire anime is Boruto relating his life story.
  • Nature Tinkling: Just in the second morning of sleeping into the Uzumaki household, Kawaki argues with Boruto over who uses the bathroom first. Naruto was anyway the first one and sends them out to "release" themselves. After peeing on the same spot, they fight each other and Naruto's clone has to stop them.
  • Neck Lift: It happens almost every fight.
    • Sarada allows herself to be neck-lifted by Boro as part of her plan to blow her Fireball Jutsu in his face to blind him.
    • Delta grabs Himawari's sweater and tries to kill her by throwing her into the air.
    • Garo used to strangle a young Kawaki with his Arm Cannon just to show how sadistic he was.
  • Nemesis Weapon: [[Kawaki vs Boruto in the opening scene]]. The first one uses a bo stuff, while the later is implied to use Sasuke's sword, Kusanagi.
  • Neon City: The Hidden Mist Village goes from the Wretched Hive it was in Naruto to a colorful lively city, crowded with giant Mega-Corp logos. It's the most prosperious city in the world.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: A variation. The trailer released for advertising the arrival of Kawaki in the anime, has a scene which is entirely different from how he meets team 7 in the manga. The scene presented in trailer is very reminiscent of how Sasuke has meet again his old team in Shippuden. When the anime actually caught up to that moment, it adapted the scene exactly how it was in the manga.
  • Nice Guy: Boruto's generation is much friendlier and less suspicious of strangers, mainly because the children never faced the adversities previous generations fought against, neither they had to live in same toxic or dangerous environment.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Who or what is responsible for possessing people made the mistake to possess Shino. While the past victims had no idea they were being possessed after Boruto and the others saved them, being a jonin level ninja meant Shino was able to realize to some degree what was effecting him and he reported this to Naruto and Shikamaru.
  • Night and Day Duo: Mitsuki is often associated with the moon, the kanji for "tsuki" in his name mean "moon", and he refers to Boruto as 'his sun'.
  • Nightmare Face: Played for Laughs, Hinata sported one of these with her Byakugan after she finds out that Boruto had skipped school.
  • Nobody Poops: Inverted as usual by Naruto, even as an adult. Poor guy had to invoke several clones just to stop Kawaki and Boruto from fighting, while sitting on the closet.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: None of the Official Couples are shown doing anything affectionate in public or in front of their children. At best, they flirt with each other. Naruto doesn't even sleep on the same bed with Hinata when he comes home late from work because he doesn't want to wake her from peaceful sleep. The one exception so far is an episode where Sai gives Ino a Cooldown Hug that flusters her quite a bit due to Inoichi watching.
  • Noodle Incident: In "Mitsuki Disappearance Arc", while spying on Naruto, Kakashi, Sai, Shikamaru, Konohamaru and Tsunade, Boruto mentions to Sarada about how Tsunade used to scold him when he was younger and the bad temper she has. Sarada, in the name of the audience, asks him what he has done so awful.
  • No Place for a Warrior: Zig-Zagged. Another recurring theme in Boruto, where Naruto's concept of "Ninja" as a social class is becoming increasingly redundant - not only is the world largely at peace but Magitek is slowly being developed which allows anyone to use ninja-like abilities without training. Even children born to ninja families after the war's end are impacted by this, with some of them deciding that the "age of heroes" their parents lived through was much better than the present day and that the only way to make the world fair again is to plunge it into war once more.
    • Despite the peaceful times, there are extremely powerful ninjas that can only be defeated by other ninjas. Beside, the new technology can be mixed with the ninja abilities, giving birth to very dangerous foes. With the new threats, it is shown that the world still needs well trained ninjas to defend the helpless and keep the world at peace.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Chapter 55 reveals that because of his usage of Baryon Mode, Naruto has permanently lost Kurama. Sasuke also confirms that when Momoshiki stabbed his Rinnegan, it rendered it unusable, possibly forever. As in, the two greatest ninja in the world have lost the very things that made them powerful, meaning they can no longer be last resorts if things go south in the fight against Kara.
  • Nue: One of the various experiments done by Root is a Nue, a monster created from Project Gozu Tenno as a bioengineered superweapon using Hashirama Senju's harvested cells. Now, the yokai is in the care of Sumire.
  • Nurture over Nature: According to Naruto, "bonds aren't just about history or blood", but "feelings of love", regardless if people are related or not by blood.
  • Off with His Head!: Sarada puts Buntan in a genjutsu where the latter believes she decapitated Sarada.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: The chanting for Kara's official theme is downright creepy with the childish voices singing, which may represent all the children sacrificed and killed by Jigen. The track may not be in Latin, but it's certainly ominous.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Hinata chased after Momoshiki in order to save Naruto. We only learn of this from her conversation with Sakura.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Happens between Mitsuki and Sumire, when he comes to visit her at hospital. They both speak cryptically, as if they were trying the ground. They both keep the discussion at a polite level, but their words were hiding warnings from each side. Mitsuki constantly asks Sumire how she feels about the attacks. He already knows it was Sumire behind them. By the end of discussion, Sumire realize Mitsuki knows the truth and will likely try and stop her, so she explains her past to him, but keeping same double meaning of her own words.
    Mitsuki: You seem to be doing much better.
    Sumire: Mitsuki? you came alone?
    Mistuki: Are your wounds okay?
    Sumire: Yes. They said I'll be discharged soon.
    Mitsuki: I see. That's good. We can't have dying on us. I have circumstances too. Hey, can I ask you one thing? How do you feel about Boruto?
    Sumire: What do you mean?
    Mitsuki: Inojin said you probably feel the most stress.
    Sumire: That's not true! Sure there is trouble in class and I am always panicking, but it's kinda fun with Boruto around, right? What about you, Mitsuki?
    Mitsuki: Me? I don't really know yet.
    Sumire: Do you have a family, Mitsuki?
    Mitsuki: As far as I know...
    Sumire: I see. I'd thought all along that you were like me.
    Mitsuki: You don't have a family?
    Sumire: No, they all died. My father was a ninja too. But I'm not skilled as my father was... That's why I was always unsure and straining so hard to make it. But being in this class with everyone. Before I knew it, it's became so much fun. Sometimes I wonder what I was doing all this time.
    Mitsuki: Hey, how do you feel about the person who did that to you?
    Sumire: I don't know. But I want this to be over quickly. That's how I feel...
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Naruto is pretty unfazed from having a sword impaling his guts.
  • Only Six Faces: The new art style in which is drawn Boruto is even less diverse when it comes to drawing different faces, best seen when it come to female characters who can only be distinguishable by eye shape or hairstyle. Most of them have same the same construction of the face. Take Hinata who used to have very distinctive features, with Tareme Eyes and rounder face even after the Art Evolution in Naruto Shippuden. Now she has same eyes shape and face as Sakura. And speaking of Hinata and Sakura, they both are drawn so alike to their daughters, Himawari and Sarada, that they come off as taller versions of their girls. Mum Looks Like a Sister in their case indeed.
    • Zig-Zagged with the male characters. If they are young and Bishōnen, they usually suffer same "Only Six Faces" syndrome as the girls, and sometimes they barely differ from the girls. Naruto's generation instead is very distinguishing, most males have also different face shapes and features, and even wrinkles. Others will look Gonkish, like Katasuke.
  • Ordered Apology: After Kawaki destroyed Himawari's vase by accident, Boruto becomes very adamant to make Kawaki apologize to his sister and repair the broken vase. He does apologize in his arrogant way, and buys a new one from Ino. But Boruto being Boruto, still expect Kawaki to repair the old one.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Everyone thought the threat of the God Tree has ended with Kaguya Otsutsuki, and two years later with Toneri. But in his travelings, Sasuke discovered that there is more to Kaguya than he met in the war; there are other Otsutsuki who present an even bigger threat than her. It took fifteen years to discover that Kaguya had a partner, Isshiki, and they both came to Earth to harvest the God Tree of its Chakra Fruit. Kaguya was supposed to be sacrificed for the tree, while the planet to be destroyed in process. The remaining Otsutsukis are now trying to carry out those plans.
  • Papa Wolf: Never mess with Sarada, Kawaki, Boruto or Himawari when it comes to Naruto and Sasuke.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Sumire's parents both died when she was very young.
    • Mugino was an orphaned refugee in the Land of Fire. There is implied his parents died as a result of international conflicts between nations.
    • Nobody knows what happened to Kawaki's mother, and after being sold to Jigen, his father's fate remains equally sealed.
    • There are many children from smaller nations who got orphaned by the last ninja war.
  • Parents as People: As shown in the Gaiden chapters and Movie, Naruto is struggling to balance his life as a husband and father with his responsibilities as Hokage and obligations towards the village.
  • Parental Bonus: Despite the Lighter and Softer tone, this series is not above making some subtle as a brick sexual jokes.
    • Young Sarada apparently is well aware about sexual intercourse.
      Sarada: Mom, have you ever kissed dad? [Sakura blushes] What is it?
      Sakura: Nothing, I just remembered something better.
      Sarada: Mama is a pervy.
    • In episode 139 Team 7 tries to help Team 40 overcome their fear of Enko's troubling jutsu by making them face some scary situations, and Sarada goes at a library and reads this gem in a psychology book, not that she realizes anything.
      Sarada: "If curiosity surpasses fear, it is possible to change fear into pleasure."
    • During the Chunin Exams, after Sarada's fight they discuss about Sasuke and Sarada asks Sakura why Sasuke doesn't come home and relax a little. Except he does, by night, and only after Sarada is asleep.
      Sakura: He comes home to sleep late at night once in a while... when you aren't aware.
    • During the Father and Children Holiday, Kakashi uses Icha Icha Tactics to help Sasuke interact better with Sarada.
    • And Icha Icha Tactics strikes again a few episodes later when Sarada and Boruto want to learn more about Jiraya and they innocently believe that Icha Icha is a book about how to be a great ninja, except, the book is about other kind of teachings.
    • Tentou Madoka is the son of the current Daimyō and is barely around Himawari's age, if not younger. When Boruto tries to use Sexy no Jutsu on him, it doesn't work on him because "those sexy type come and go all the time at [his] house.'' Kid must have seen a lot.
  • Parental Title Characterization: Boruto usually calls his father Naruto "oyaji" (old man) to emphasis his feelings of neglect by his father. When he's happy with his dad, he calls him the very affectionate "tou-chan".
    • Even with her father, missing from her life due to him being on a mission since she was a toddler, Sarada refers to Sasuke with the affectionate "Papa", hinting at their close bond. She also refers to her mother by "Mama".
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: Sarada gives one combined with Trash Talk, after defeating Kirara during "Mitsuki's Disappearance Arc".
    Sarada: You said we are not pretty at all. But we humans are beautiful too, like never giving up, not being obedient... And things like the Sharingan. [[Sarada flexes her Sharingan with a smirk on her face]]
    Kirara: Shut up!
  • People of Hair Color: The children tend to zigzag with the hair colors, they will likely inherit the looks of the parent whose Heroic Lineage is more important, instead of the typical dominant gene.
    • Shikadai is the inheritor of two clans: Nara and Kazekage's clan. He looks like the most typical Nara with his spikey black hair, while his mother is blonde.
    • Inojin too has a blonde mother and dark-haired father, and yet, he takes in looks after his mother; he is blond and blue-eyed like Ino and the rest of the Yamanakas, since she is the one who is part of the clan, and not Sai.
    • Played With in the case of Chocho, whose auburn hair is a combination her father's brown hair and the intense red hair of Karui.
    • Sarada looks as Uchiha as possible, she has Sasuke's perfect pitch black hair and dark eyes.
    • Played With with the Uzumaki siblings; Boruto is blue eyed and has Naruto's blond Shonen Hair. Himawari has too the blue eyes, but unlike Boruto, she can use the Byakugan, therefore she is dark haired like Hinata and the rest of the Hyugas.
    • The Otsutsukis all share same bluish silver hair, and unlike the rest of the clans, they don't have different shades of the same hair color.
  • Pirate: Funato is a clan of pirates in the Land of Water, and their modus operandi is to enslave, pillage and burn.
  • Plot Device:
    • Hashirama's Cells are wanted by a lot of people and some plots exist just because of them. Nue was created as a secret weapon using Hashirama'c Cell essence when Danzo Shimura was still alive; Shin Uchiha, one of Orochimaru's former test subjects, stole Danzo's right arm along with the Sharingans and some of Hashirama's Cells it had; and Victor stole them to make illegal experiments in order to revive the God Tree.
    • The Kāma seal of the Otsutsuki Clan. It enhances the user's physical abilities and absorbes ninjutsu attacks. It's later revealed to be a way for the Otsutsuki to resurrect themselves.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Kaguya's apparent demise is what makes Kara and Otsutsuki to take action only in Boruto 's present day and not in Naruto, despite at least in the case of the latter, being alive for centuries.
  • Post-Victory Collapse:
    • Sarada collapses after he fight with Buntan. She gets so exhausted that needs to be carried on somebody's back.
    • Kawaki instantly collapses after fighting Garō.
  • Power Tattoo:
    • After being freed of the Gozu Tennou, Sumire is instead linked to the Nue by a circular mark that looks like the Gozu Tennou's eye in the palm of her left hand. Incidentally, it can blink, and was technically a Mark of the Beast before that same beast became an ally.
    • Karma, the mark of the Otsutsuki, which they will usually attempt to imprint onto a host in the event they are killed. Implied to be the precursor of the curse marks and seals employed by ninja throughout the franchise, it is in fact a small crystalline barb that implants itself into the skin of the target, granting the user the Otsutsuki's incredible power. However, the mark also transplants the genetic and cerebral information of the slain Otsutsuki onto its host. As it spreads, forming organic circuitry as it goes, this information overwrites the host and eventually they are fully transformed into the Otsutsuki who implanted it, resurrecting them. Jigen, Kawaki, and Boruto all possess one, though each received it in a different way. It is later revealed that there is a lesser variation of the Karma seal, the white Karma, which, as the name suggests, is colored white instead of black, and lacks the possibility of overwriting the host's genetic code with its Otsutsuki, but for the rest, it is identical to a regular one.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Among the Gozu Tennou's purposes is the transfer of chakra to the beast it serves as the contract for. What qualifies it is that it does so by latching onto the chakra of people plagued with negative emotions (and amplifying them as a side effect), sometimes until they're so drained of chakra that they're on the brink of death. If that wasn't enough, the very foundation on which it operates is the negative emotions of its user, and it's all but stated to have killed the person who developed and activated it, who had to be connected to tubes and wires by his spine and arms just to place it on his successor.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation:
    • Since the anime gives more insight into the character dynamics of the main cast, adaptations of later arcs get colored by the arcs already done for it. For example, Mitsuki already knows Chōchō and Sarada thanks to his introductory arc, so his first encounter with them in Gaiden is Retconned into a simple run in.
    • The Naruto manga chapter 700 was loosely adapted on Boruto Episode 24, some of the significant changes were that the 5 Kage meeting is used by Naruto to warn them of an upcoming threat, and Sarada attempting to stop Boruto from vandalizing the Hokage Mountain, also some of the circumstances are different like Shikadai and Inojin giving a different reason to blow off Boruto's invitation to join him in his prank.
    • In the manga, Shojoji and Boruto meet for the first time at their final battle. In the anime, Boruto unknowingly encountered the bandit during his stint in Blood Prison, leading to Shojoji taunting the young ninja and turning their fight into a personal matter.
  • Predator Turned Protector: Nue was created to destroy Konoha. However, it has a will and conscience of its own, and is loyal to its contracted summoner, so if the summoner pulls a Heel–Face Turn...
  • Prison Episode: The Mujina Bandits Arc consists of 11 episodes, while 7 episodes have the plot happening in a prison called Hōzuki Castle. Mitsuki and Boruto have to go as undercover prisoners at Hōzuki Castle, while Sarada as an undercover journalist, to protect a guy called Kokuri from the Mujina Bandits.
  • Prolonged Prologue: An extreme case, similar to Berserk. Boruto is more of a "How We Got Here" prologue that will take years, hundreds of episodes and tens of issues to finally get to the scene from the Downer Beginning, where Boruto and Kawaki are older.
  • Protagonist Title: Well, Boruto is the protagonist of Boruto.
  • Protectorate:
    • Boruto supports Sarada dreams to become hokage and swears to protect her.
    • Kawaki feels this toward Naruto, he wants to protect Naruto at all costs.

    R-S 
  • Race Against the Clock: Sarada made a goal out of defeating Buntan by nine o'clock, which she does.
  • Racial Remnant: Sarada and Sasuke are the only living scions of the once powerful Uchiha Clan.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Jigen is at least one millennium old.
  • Recap Episode: Episode 50 of the Anime serves as this, as it has the Jonin teachers Shino, Konohamaru, Moegi, Udon and Hanabi getting together to discuss the events and the Genin characters up to that point, in preparation for the upcoming Chunin exams. Episode 104 does the same, however this is framed around a growing defect in Mitsuki's brain, which Orochimaru is analyzing.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: If Sarada activates her Sharingan, changes are that the battle is over before it even begins.
    • This is even a plot point in Juugo's Arc. All the ducks that were infected with the Cursed Seal of Heaven could be differentiated from normal ducks only by their unnatural red eyes, as it was crucial to be caught before they immigrate and spread the curse around the world.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Boruto is a male version of Pink Heroine and Mitsuki represents Blue Is Calm. Naturally, Boruto is lively and Hot-Blooded, while Mitsuki is a stoic Deadpan Snarker.
    • The trope is interestingly played when it comes to Kawaki and Boruto. Boruto is friendly and full of energy, being represented by pink, he is clearly the red oni, while Kawaki, brooding and gruff, wears a blue jacket and is on the blue oni side. And yet, when it comes to their powers, Boruto has affinity for water, while Kawaki for fire release. Opening 8, which payed homage to Naruto Shippuden op 6, places Boruto on Sasuke's side, having a blue aura around him, while Kawaki is placed as Naruto, with reddish aura.
    • Sarada and Sumire. Sarada is a Cute Bruiser who wears Red, a Brainy Brunette Nice Girl with a strong personality, and affinity for fire and lightning jutsus. Sumire is a Lady of War who favors the purple and blue colors, has purple hair, personality-wise has shadows of being a demure Yamato Nadeshiko, and she is specialized in water jutsus.
    • While Sakura was a very Hot-Blooded tomboyish girl with a Hair-Trigger Temper in her younger years, those days she mellowed down into an Older and Wiser woman, and her nasty temper is completely gone. She joined Hinata in the club of feminine Blue Oni moms. Best seen in the way she interacts with her child and husband. Ino and Temari easily get mad at their children and husbands over petty things, fighting and yelling at them, still keeping some Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male around their characterizations. Sakura, instead is usually calm and serious when she talks to Sasuke and Sarada and any other character in situations that would have activated a volcanic temper on other times, and doesn't even make anymore the funny angry faces.
  • Refuge in Audacity: During the Time Slip, just before Boruto and Sasuke are about to return to the future, Sakura confronts Sasuke about a letter that fell out of his pockets with the names of his family written on it. Jiraiya hastily makes the excuse that they're obsessive fans, which Sasuke very reluctantly backs up. When Boruto asks Jiraiya if he couldn't have come up with a better excuse, Jiraiya replies that it had to be extreme in order to work.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Sumire, Denki, and Iwabee were nowhere to be seen in Chapter 700, Naruto Gaiden, or Boruto: Naruto The Movie. Here, they're important characters from the start of Boruto's academy days. Denki and Iwabee were even retroactively added into the short depicting Naruto's inauguration when it was shown in Episode 18.
  • The Reveal:
    • In Episode 11, the episode reveals someone is in fact responsible for causing the Ghost attacks from a distance and the purpose of these attacks are to absorb all the negative chakra to awaken the legendary creature, the Nue, that is being contained by the Hashirama Cells.
    • Episode 13 reveals that the Ghost attacks were caused by Sumire.
    • In Chapter 47, Koji Kashin is revealed as Jiraiya's clone.
  • Ret-Canon: The Blood Prison appeared for the first time in the non-canon movie Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison. Boruto makes the prison part of the canon material by showing Kara members visiting the place and linking everything that happened there to the later events of the manga.
  • Retcon: Metal's teammates go from look-alikes in Boruto: Naruto the Movie to having Denki and Iwabee in this continuity.
  • Rival Final Boss: Going by what happens in the first scene of the anime, Kawaki is meant to turn from being Boruto's friend to his rival, Evil Counterpart and Final Boss.
  • Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: A recurring theme in the series is using chakra in the traditional ways and the valor of hard work versus using chakra in science and getting powerful through bio-augmentation. According to Sasuke, neither way is bad, what matter are the intentions.
  • Roofhopping: Young Boruto is introduced running around and jumping on buildings.
  • Rule of Three: The main characters tends to gather in teams of threes:
  • Running Gag:
    • Metal Lee getting excited about fights, only for his anxiety to kick in most inopportune moments from being watched.
    • You know a male character is handsome, when Chocho falls for them, which happens constantly.
    • Shino's existence being ignored hasn't stop in Boruto's Era.
    • Mitsuki being too honest on the wrong moments and Chocho constantly missing out him Stealth Insulting her.
    • Boruto always gets a Naruto card, instead of the rare ones he wants.
  • Sailor Fuku: The Class Representative, Sumire, wears a purple version, despite the fact the ninja academy doesn't even use uniforms.
  • Samurai Shinobi : Tsubaki is first samurai student send in a ninja village as a result of an exchange program between nations. She is put in team with Namida and Wasabi.
  • Sarashi: In manga version, Sarada wears bandages in lieu of underwear, under her dress. In the anime, is a white undershirt.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Chocho has an immense joie de vivre, is sardonic, confident and thinks every handsome guy is in love with her. She is the resident Plucky Comic Relief.
  • Saved by Canon: Given that the anime is a prequel to the Bad Future from the Downer Beginning, is safe to say that at least Boruto and Kawaki make it through the story, because they are also the only characters shown in that scene.
  • Scenery Porn: You can expect detailed shots of different locations, no matter how good or bad the quality of the animation was. The Otsutsuki dimension and wide-open different shots of Konoha's in the sunset are among the most impressive.
  • Schizo Tech: Even more so than in the original series, as modern technology such as laptop computers and credit cards not only exist but are widespread, yet people still use swords, shuriken, and kunai for fighting. And apparently that extends into science programs that allow to create tools able to replicate ninjutsu, which can be highly lucrative for people from beyond the hidden villages.
    • In an interesting subversion, the Land of Iron, shown to be one of the most technologically advanced nations in Shippuden, is apparently falling far behind as Tsubaki has never seen a computer before the Hidden Leaf Village.
  • Screw Destiny: The creed by which Boruto and many of his cohorts live. As far as their concerned, you're free to be anything you want to be, and no one will say otherwise. Forms an interesting dichotomy with the main villains, who almost exclusively believe that You Can't Fight Fate.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: When Mitsuki left Konoha for reasons known only to him, Sarada and Boruto followed him and left the village as well just to find him, despite being forbidden to go after their teammate. They bring back Mitsuki, but get stripped down temporary of their ranks.
  • Secret Test of Character: How could ever Kakashi miss out the chance to use same bell tactics for the graduation exams with the new generation? As is his habit, he insults and threatens the class repeatedly, while also offering a lot of constructive criticism and showing just what sort of power they may have to face from enemies in the future. Reasonable, the children only pass after some good team-working despite breaking the rules, and without getting any bell. Admittedly he goes a bit overboard in how much he roughs them up, since he was impressed by their resolve and wanted to see just how far he could push them, which gets him chewed out by Iruka later. Kakashi gives the class the same speech he once gave to the old team 7.
    Kakashi: There are many rules and laws in the real world. And those who break the rules are called scum. But... If you don't value your comrades, you're worse than scum.
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • In Naruto, it was established that even a low-evolved Sharingan can see chakra, which means that in the moment Sarada activated her Sharingan, she should have been capable of instantly seeing the puppet strands used by Araya. Instead, it took her a while to discover she was fighting a puppet and not a real person, and that Araya was a puppet user. She was able to see the chakra threads coming from the puppet, but it took her a while to notice them and realize where they were connected.
    • According to Hinata, her first missions took place in a time of war, except that part of Naruto also took place in a peaceful (if still more volatile than the present) era, and those first missions were simple chores like mowing grass and finding lost pet cats rather than anything dangerous. It wasn't until Naruto asked for a higher level mission that he first went on a dangerous mission (and it was only became as dangerous as it did because of unforeseen complications).
    • in episode 53, the anime implies Koji Kashin to be the one who put Katasuke under a genjutsu to gather info on his research for Kara. The manga instead depicted Ao, now an Outer for Kara, as the shadowy man who did it. The anime acknowledges the manga version in the end, as shown in episode 182 where Koji and Ao meet, with Koji saying Ao was guilty for putting Katasuke in genjutsu.
    • On their Girls' Night Out, Ino recalls Sakura wanting to defeat her so much, that she impulsively chopped off all of her long hair during their chunin match, except Sakura chopped off her hair well before their battle, when she was attacked in the Forest of Death, for entirely different reasons that had nothing to do with Ino.
    • In series example, in episode 66 it is implied that Boruto his headband to Boruto, in a scene that was never present in the manga. Fast foward to episode 215, and Sasuke lends Boruto his headband once more, when Isshiki attacked. And no word on how and when Sasuke got his headband back beforehand was ever stated.
    • For how much emotional the last moment between Kurama and Naruto was, there is a considerable mistake in it. Naruto mentions how happy he felt when the demon fox told him his true name; but said event never happened, Naruto discovered the fox's real name when the four tails told him about it, and Kurama never told him that he had a real name.
    • In episode 11, Wasabi's mother appears to have short brown hair , while her father is tall, lean, with dark hair. Comes episode 222 where her parents finally make an official appearance and... they are nothing alike to their brief appearance from episode 11. Now, her mother wears glasses and has wavy blond hair, while her father is a hulk of a man.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Most of the children share personality quirks with their parents. Boruto has same verbal quirks as Naruto and Kushina, with his being "dattebasa"; Himawari is just as clumsy as Hinata; Sarada has same naughty smirk as her parents, as well the Finger-Tenting; Chocho can even synchronize herself with Choji when it comes to eating potato chips.
    • And speaking of synchronizing, Shikamaru and Shikadai; not only they happen to say "What a drag" in same time often, but even think the Catchphrase on the same time.
  • Shipper on Deck: Played with in regards to Mitsuki. In the Japanese dub he means "I think you guys are pretty good friends" in the platonic way whenever he teases his teammates when they bicker. Sumire cheerfully acknowledges Sarada and Boruto get along really well, despite having herself feelings for Boruto.
  • Shock and Awe: Lightning Chakra Nature went from being one of the rarest chakra natures, to being quite common those days. The entire team 7 can use lightning jutsus, there is Chocho, who inherited from her mother, and Denki.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The fight between Sakura and Shin is partly drawn over the fight between Steve Rogers and The Winter Soldier from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. See here the comparisons.
    • In the Time-travel arc, Boruto and Sasuke get respective outfits that are very similar to the ones of Marty McFly and Doc Brown.
    • The first half of the Mujina Bandits arc on the Anime seems like a straight up Homage to The Shawshank Redemption:
      • The prisoner Team 7 must protect, Kokuri, like Andy, is an innocent man that has been unjustly incarcerated, and also possesses knowledge regarding criminal activity which makes him a target. Bonus points for revealing that he also used to be an accountant.
      • Benga, like Norton and his main guard Hadley, is also a corrupt and sadistic warden with a vested interest in silencing Kokuri.
      • Kedama like Red, develops a friendship with Boruto and Mitsuki, and aids them indirectly in their escape attempt.
      • Boruto, Mitsuki and Kokuri escape their cells by digging a hole concealed behind Boruto's bunk and they exit the prison using a waterway, just like Andy.
    • The cover for Boruto Volume 11 presents Kawaki, Sarada, Boruto and Mitsuki doing the Rebel Relaxation resembling Drax, Groot, Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket, Yondu and Nebula in one of the promotional posters for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
    • Orochimaru just used Infinity Gauntlet no jutsu on Victor's secretary and turned her into black dust.
    • Ending 15- Answers uses similar CGI animation with colorful purplish backgrounds and even same frame rate as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
  • Sick Episode: Episode 18 of Boruto is about Himawari having a fever. It's used as A Day in the Limelight episode for Himawari and a chance to focus on the relationship between Naruto and his kids.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": The voice acting and the sounds effects of cracking bones sound quite unsettling when Isshiki breaks Boruto's arm and steps on his back.
  • Simple Score of Sadness: Boruto has the appropriately titled "Sadness", as well as Sarada's leitmotif titled "Shintsū (Heartache)".
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Sumire falls for Boruto because he saved her from a path of self-destruction.
  • Slice of Life: Several episodes of the anime focus on the family interactions during the daily lives of the new generation with their parents.
  • Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality: Boruto generally does better than Naruto at balancing the power escalation and roles between men and women, putting itself in the category 5. The anime indeed puts more emphasis on the males (it's a Shōnen after all), but unlike Naruto where the guys started from the very beginning as Action Heroes, while the girls took an overly long journey from Action Survivors to Action Girls, in Boruto the young kunoichis start directly as Action Girls, whose jutsus and Character Development are just as fleshed out as the guys'.
    • To break down the way three man teams are created, the anime does better at averting the usual Two Guys and a Girl rule. Only the 3 most notable squads, Team 7, Team 10 and Team Shinki follow the standard of ¡Three Amigos! standard. Team 5 is made up only of boys, but they have a counterpart in Team 15, which is an Amazon Brigade; and both receive equal attention in the anime. There is also another squad which is made up of Two Girls and a Guy.
    • There is an episode whose plot is Girls VS Boys that discuss this matter. Sarada and Boruto start to fight and from there resulting on girls insulting the boys and vice versa; things quickly escalades in a competition of genders organized by Shino. The girls technically win, but both groups acknowledge each other's assets and mitigating factors in their victory mean the girls decide to not take the prize.
    • The Deuteragonist of the anime is Sarada Uchiha. She is the character who gets most character development and screen time next to the lead, being in the same time his most important Foil, which is a rarity in a Shōnen. She is actually the first character to have and win a solo battle against a foe, even before Boruto himself.
      • Sarada is more important for what she signifies for the Uchiha Clan. Before her, there was absolutely no manga canon woman with awaken Sharingan, and the only two Uchiha women shown were Mikoto and Izumi, and both were more of Satellite Characters for Sasuke and Itachi. After the massacre, the only survivors where all males, but with her birth, the Uchiha Clan restarts again with a girl who may be the first Uchiha as Hokage, if she will manage somehow to fulfill her dream despite the Downer Beginning.
    • Another notable improvement for the female characters is a diversification of their goals. While the young kunoichi of the previous generation did have diverse goals (Tenten becoming a great kunoichi, Hinata becoming a stronger person who was happy with herself, Sakura becoming a medical ninja), the goals that often got the most attention were mainly to be in a relationship with their object of love and settle down, now the girls are more independent and career focused; for example Sarada wants to be Hokage, Sumire wants to pursue both a scientific career and work as a ninja, Tsubaki wants to be a samurai, Hanabi is both a team leader and the heiress of the Hyuga.
      • Heck, Himawari has an entire episode about what career she wants to choose when she gets older.
  • Sliding Scale of Plot Versus Characters: Boruto manages to find a thin balance between being character driven and action driven. Because of the monthly release, the manga is very fast-paced, focusing more on driving the plot, constantly revealing new information, the Plot Twists happen every chapter, and characters develop mostly through fights. The anime instead takes its time to develop the characters, sometimes through Slice of Life episodes, or creating entire arcs to explore their motivations and interactions.
  • Sliding Scale Of Silliness Vs Seriousness: The whole anime dances a jig up and down this. You have episodes, and even entire light hearted arcs filled with Slice of Life moments, only to be followed by rather dark and action packed storylines.
  • Skyscraper City:
    • Konoha has significantly expanded into a massive metropolis of high-rises and skyscrapers, thanks to the rise of powerful enterprises after the Fourth Shinobi World War, which introduced modern technology.
    • Kirikagure is even a more extreme example. It went from a place known as "Village of the Bloody Mist" for its spartan ways, to a modern and thriving city, even more cosmopolitan than Konoha. According to Kagura, the village is modern because it became overtime an important commercial point for different countries.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Some of the ninja teams still follow the "one girl to a team" trend; Team 7, team 10, team Shinki, though there are exceptions where a team can be entirely made up of only girls or boys. Delta From Kara is also the only woman in the organization. Kurotsuchi herself is the only female kage presently.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: They do. Sakura even opened child rehabilitation clinics in all the Great Nations for orphans whose parents died in the war. No wonder she is so busy all the time.
  • So Proud of You: During the Parent and Children Day, Sasuke tries to approach Sarada, but most of his attempts fall short. In the afternoon, he meets Sakura who advises him to just be sincere with Sarada. Later, Sasuke finds Sarada training and he tells her he is all for her becoming Hokage, Sasuke then remembers Fugaku telling him "as expected, that's my boy" as a child, and tries to tell her same thing, but ultimately Sasuke defies this, deciding to save it for a better occasion.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance:
    • When Denki, Iwabee and Metal Lee pay a visit to Orochimaru to ask for his autograph, Orochimaru's Shippuden Theme is used in the background in a scene where everything is mostly Played for Laughs.
    • Ino getting angry at Sai for interfering in her lessons, is played as serious as a death and life situation. The soundtrack used is usually played for really tensioned and serious moments, yet here only serves to show how ridiculous their dispute is.
  • Space Elves: The Otsutsuki clan fit the Mystic Alien Intruders who want to take over the world. They have an alien mindset and seek to satisfy their God Complex, by draining entire worlds of life. One of them, Kaguya Otsutsuki, is the ancestor of the Uchiha, Senju, Uzumaki, Hyuga and Kaguya clans.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The way karma/Kāma can be spelled or translated is a bit tricky. Kāma is its own concept in the Hindu literature, different from karma, and has the meaning of "longing" or "desire". In Japanese, Kāma can be written as karma, making no distinction between the words. The latter is used as the official translation in Western media.
    • Is "Boruto" or "Bolt/Volt"? "Sarada", the Hindu goddess or "Salad"?
  • Spiritual Antithesis: On a superficial level, Naruto and Boruto are exactly the same story: a loud blonde hero who easily befriends everyone, has a Friendly Rivalry with an aloof brunet and must overcome different obstacles to become a fine ninja. And from this point, everything in Boruto is set up to go in the opposite direction. The Crapsaccharine World where everyone had a Dark and Troubled Past, but kept getting better with a bright future ahead and a peaceful place to live in? Well, in Boruto, the things will go from peaceful times to a grim and unsure future for the shinobi world if the Downer Beginning is of any indication. The previous protagonist was a Book Dumb orphan who wanted To Be a Master? Boruto has a loving family, but wants to be rather like The Rival of the protagonist. And his dark-haired rival is not an Uchiha this time, but his own adopted brother, Kawaki. Sarada Uchiha instead , wants To Be a Master with her dream of becoming Hokage, and befriends Boruto Uzumaki, instead of trying to kill him, like it happened between Sasuke and Naruto. In Naruto, everyone could overcome they destiny with enough willpower and a good dose of Japanese Spirit, right? Boruto says NO to Screw Destiny.
  • Spoiler Opening: Boruto opening 8 spoils things about Kawaki's past; like having an alcoholic dad, how he met Jigen and his future bond with Naruto.
  • Standard Evil Organization Squad:
    • Kara follows Akatsuki's patterns of being a small organisation with not so good intentions, and having a single female member.
    • The New Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist wanted so badly to be one by overthrowing the Mizukage.
  • Status Quo Is God: After Boruto and Sarada return to the village after leaving without permission they get their Genin ranks stripped as punishment, and it is implied they are going to have to start all over at the academy to get them back. They get them restored before the end of the episode after having lost them for less than a day due to the intervention of the Tsuchikage speaking on their behalf.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Subverted with Boruto. He is Naruto's son and looks near-identical to his father (complete with spiky hair, albeit in a different style and more combed downward), however he has a completely different personality. His clothes are predominantly black and his main colour is pink, in contrast to the primary colours of his father. He's a powerful Child Prodigy (even before getting into the ninja academy), but is an overly cocky Smug Super at the same time. Boruto can be knuckle-headed but is not an Idiot Hero, instead being Brilliant, but Lazy. He also isn't quite the All-Loving Hero his father is. He doesn't seem to be a Big Eater but does like eating burgers a lot.
  • Stock Shōnen Rival: Kawaki, much like Boruto subverts several aspects. He is presented as being Boruto's equal instead of being better than him, and Boruto would be the Privileged Rival, thanks to his Blue Blood. He is serious, brooding and wants power at any costs to protect Naruto, not because some sort of Inferiority Superiority Complex. He is extremely talented when it comes to Karma, but lacks in ninjutsu, while Boruto is The Ace. While they will have to face each other in the future, his motivations are others than the typical rivalry that can lead to a Face–Heel Turn. Otherwise Kawaki has the Dark and Troubled Past, to contrast him to Boruto's happier upbringing, he is Tall, Dark, and Handsome, and his chakra nature is Fire Release. Him and Boruto also warm up to each other much sooner than other rivals, also because they live under the same roof, allowing for a more personal connection than in many other cases.
  • Storm of Blades:
    • One of Isshiki's specialties is to invoke hundreds of metal sticks and throwing them at the enemy. He can use them to locate people.
    • Sasuke invoked hundreds of kunais when he trained Sarada to master her Sharingan.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Sarada and Boruto suffer from this time to time, in fillers. Both are capable of showy powerful jutsus that would end a fight in different matters, even if they would end up completely drained after. Boruto sometimes seems to forget about using techniques and his Super Reflexes, and just stares blank if an attack is dodged to him. Sarada is even worse at times, she inherited the franchise's biggest Story-Breaker Power, and sometimes she looks like she forgets she has it. Her resistance of using the Sharingan also fluctuates a lot. She can put up a long battle, fight an enemy, use genjutsu, copy and use multiple jutsus and keep her Sharingan activated without any problem, all in the same time, while on other times she faints from a single time using the Sharingan.
    • Pheraps the most blatant example of this, happens during the Funato arc, where Funamushi takes Kagura hostage, and forces Boruto and his friends to surrender, unless they wanted Kagura to die, and none of them tries anything to save Kagura despite having the means to. This leads to Kagura being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice anyway, and in a fit of rage, Boruto activates his karma for the first time since the fight against Isshiki, and hits Funamushi with a rasengan, and still, the guy is able to slip away without much damage. Needless to say, none of this would have happened if at least Sarada remembered that she can cast genjutsu with her Sharingan.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: The Hidden Leaf Village gains an R&D department, complete with researchers in white lab coats and hallways lined with glass with experiments on chakra being performed inside. Presumably, other major ninja villages have similar departments, but Konoha is acknowledged In-Universe to be the most advanced technologically.
  • Super-Deformed: Ending 13, shows Boruto, Sarada and Mitsuki as chibis dancing, dressed up as a bear cub, a bunny and respectively a baby shark. The anime proved popular enough to green-light Boruto Saikyo Dash Generations.
  • Superhero Speciation: Subverted by Team 7. Sarada, Boruto and Mitsuki all have affinity for Lightning Release and have their own attacks. Is very common for them to use lightning based jutsus on the same fight.
  • Superior Successor: The new generation has more jutsu arsenal because most of them come from Heroic Lineages and do better at teamwork, as well as their parents and families having more time to teach them jutsu than their parents did (due to there being fewer missions amidst the lasting peace). Of course, they also don't have the emotional baggage of the previous generations.
    • This is even a matter of discussion among the five kages in episode 24. Discovering that the threat of Kaguya is not over, Darui, Chōjūrō and Kurotsuchi are convinced that the constant peace made the young generation soft and weak. Gaara and Naruto believe the contrary. Their dispute is intertwined with shots of the young generation training, and Sarada and Boruto fighting as equals. By the end, they all agree the new generation can and will surpass them one day.
  • Superpower Lottery: Karma is a pyramid-shaped barb that can grant their user a portion of the Ōtsutsuki's power and abilities which includes: enhanced physical abilities, ninjutsu absorption and Space–Time Ninjutsu. All of these powers come at the cost of Death of Personality for the host, while their body will be inhabited and taken over by an Otsutsuki.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: The most important plot device. See a pattern already? Victor conducts inhumane experiments on his own employees to obtain the power of Hashirama's Cell. Mitsuki was created by Orochimaru to be perfect genetically and going as far as putting a curse mark on Mitsuki's heart to keep the secrets of his creation safe if anyone ever tried to investigate his body too deeply. Sarada and Boruto are both victims of villains who want them for their powers and dojutsus.
  • Surprise Party: In episode 137, Sarada plans a goodbye party for Sumire and gets everyone on board with the preparations for Sumire's departure.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • After leaving the village without permission in search for Mitsuki, when coming back, Boruto and Sarada are both scolded and hugged by their respective mothers, Hinata and Sakura, who were worried sick from their absencenote . And they also get their Genin ranks temporarily stripped by Naruto as punishment.
    • Naruto succeeded in helping bring about an age of peace that has lasted almost two decades...and it has led to a massive demilitarization for the first time in history leading many shinobi veterans to have retired and for the Ninja life to no longer be seen as the most prestigious career path and main form of social advancement. Which in turn makes it harder to fill openings at the Ninja Academy and justify their budget requests to the Daimyo, who seeks to transfer funds to other operations.
      • Naruto achieved his dream of becoming Hokage the leader of the village. However, despite the prestige of being acknowledged as one of the most powerful ninjas in the world the position of Kage is mostly day-to-day administration just like being the mayor of a town would be in real life. Naruto spends most of his days doing paperwork with very little time for his family.
    • Where previously the Hidden Leaf could take unilateral action to protect its interests, any intervention now requires the approval of their partners and allies, a process that can take days if not weeks, leaving them unable to do anything during the Hidden Earth coup until after it is over.
    • Deposing the leaders of smaller villages, no matter how ruthless or evil they are, without a follow-up plan breeds chaos. The Hidden Rain Village is in ruins without Nagato and Konan, requiring humanitarian intervention from the Shinobi Union, and the Land of Silence, whose dictator was deposed by Shikamaru, has become a haven for fugitives and criminals amidst its internal struggles for power. Mugino claims these are hardly unique circumstances, implying that while the Five Great Nations may have prospered, lesser nations all over have suffered.
    • Those who have not benefited from the peaceful policies of the Five Kage and the Shinobi Union are turning to radical organizations to undermine them. Hawkish feudal lords are covertly funneling money and resources to Kara in the hopes of destabilizing the status quo, while the organization itself recruits agents from the ranks of the disenfranchised, including disillusioned veterans and war orphans. Through this, like many real radical organizations, Kara has grown far beyond the control of their benefactors and now poses as much a threat to them as they do to the established order.
    • Unfortunately, many children that are victims of Domestic Abuse at home, are often made fun of by their bullies. The victims will often defend and love their abuser no matter how bad they are, and they cannot survive on their own if they try to leave their abuser behind, especially if they are children. Kawaki is a classic example that happens too often in Real Life.
    • To be expected for the most vulnerable group of people, like poor, uneducated civilians or orphanated children to fall victim to religious cultists like Boro when they come with the promising of a better life with an event like Infinite Tsukoyomi. Also, keeping classified information about what truly happened in the past, gives people like Boro and his followers the chance to warp the truth in their advantage to the point where the good guy becomes the bad guy and viceversa. Naturally, the people believe Boro and would willingly join into the creation of another Infinite Tsukoyomi, without truly knowing what that implies for them.
  • Symbolically Broken Object: Himawari's vase that she created for her mother's birthday, has a certain significance to Kawaki's growth as a person after he carelessly breaks the vase. At Boruto's insistence, his tries to repair the vase, represents Kawaki's own self-healing. In his memories, Jigen always likened Kawaki to an empty vessel with a hole in it. After starting to repair the vase he is stressed out for not finding the last missing piece, and has a heart to heart conversation with Kurama in which he is told that Naruto himself was a vessel that filled the filled the void with the bonds Naruto created his entire life, leaving Kawaki in tears, realizing that he is not beyond repair. Himawari's vase is shown spilling water through the hole as if it was tears.
    Jigen: Nothing your gain, will ever fill a broken vessel."
  • Systematic Villain Takedown: Kara are taken down one by one. Deepa and Victor were the first ones to go down, then Garo was barely introduced and already killed by Kawaki, they were followed by Delta who battled Naruto, and Boro who fought Team 7. Jigen was the last one to be taken down. Only Koji Kashin, Amado, Code and Delta have survived.

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  • Talking in Your Dreams: Boruto communicates with Toneri in a dream.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: During the battle against Isshiki, Isshiki gives Kawaki twenty seconds to come out of his hideout before the former kills Naruto. During the countdown, Kawaki has the time to think about his past, when in the outside several minutes are passing, but for him only 20 seconds.
  • Taking the Bullet: Sarada ends up jumping in front of Boruto and takes Deepa's attack, which was meant to parallel Sasuke's "my body just moved on its own" when he defended Naruto from Haku.
  • Tamer and Chaster: Because Boruto was created to be more kid-friendly; the fanservice, sexual innuendos, gory scenes, shots with blood flowing like a waterfall from wounds, are mostly gone or at least very restrained. Though the anime, slowly gets darker and more explicit.
    • Naruto's "Sexy Jutsu" form was completely naked (albeit with Censor Steam), whereas in later ones in Naruto Shippuuden it's clothed. In Boruto, even during the Time-travel arc when they visit the pre-Time Skip Era Leaf Village, Naruto's Sexy Jutsu is shown fully clothed.
  • Targeted Human Sacrifice: Boruto takes this to extremes. In Chapter 13, we learn that Tento has been kidnapped, and to make things worse, the Big Bad doesn't plan to just kill him or collect a ransom; he wants to perform a Kinjutsu that gives him the victim's memories and appearance. How is this jutsu accomplished? Biting off the top of the person's head while they're still alive and eating their brain tissue.
  • Team Spirit:
    • After getting promoted to genin, Sarada is put in Team 3 with Boruto and Mitsuki, a thing she does not agree with. Stubborn as always, Sarada does everything in her power to reach Naruto, and in her way she is aided by Mitsuki and Boruto. However, by the time she got to Naruto and seeing how well she worked with Boruto and Mitsuki, Sarada changes her mind and simply asks Naruto to change the team's name to Team 7 in order to honor the previous one.
    • Tsubaki has a very competitive spirit, but lacks a lot in teamwork. Frustrated at the thought of being perceived weaker than others, she convinces Wasabi and Namida to treat each mission as a challenge between each other, to see who did the best for the mission. This ultimately backfired, as this overly-competitiveness made them lose sight of their true objective and fail in high assignments. It takes seeing well-coordinated Team 5 for Tsubaki to understand that the key to victory was team-work. After learning her lesson, Team 15 starts to get higher scores for their missions than Team 5.
  • Technology Porn: In episode 183, during their time at the facility research, Boruto, Mitsuki and Sarada test some fancy ninja tools like chakra blade, Smoke Flash Bomb, climbing mitts and boots and the kite Transport. Everybody is excited about the new ninja technology, except Boruto.
  • Theme Naming: Hi, get acquainted with the Otsutsukis: Momoshiki, Kinshiki, Urashiki and Isshiki. The only full-blood Otsutsukis who don't follow the trend are Toneri and Kaguya.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: The voiced version of the ost "Become the wind", sang by Ray and composed by Yasuharu Takanashi and Yaiba, is played when Mitsuki and Sarada combine their attacks with Boruto's Rasengan to defeat Deepa, and boy, they do send him flying across the room just when the song is reaching its highest notes.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Nue exists in another dimension, so it needs a specially prepared jutsu — the Gozu Tennou — that acts as a gateway to that dimension to be summoned. These same portals seem to be part of its repertoire of supernatural abilities as the "Ghost" that Boruto keeps seeing.
  • This Is My Story: The story goes back in time several years from this point.
  • Time Skip: Several years pass between the OVA where Naruto becomes Hokage, and the start of the anime, where the young generation is 11-years-old.
  • Time Travel: Sasuke and Boruto travel around 20 years back in past to stop Urashiki from messing up the timeline, where they meet everybody's young versions and dead characters being alive.
  • Title: The Adaptation: Boruto: Naruto the next generation.
  • To Be a Master: Defied by the protagonist himself, who wants to serve from the shadows, like Sasuke; instead is Sarada who wants to follow in Naruto's footsteps and become Hokage.
  • Toilet Humour: Tosaka, a Mad Scientist posing as a harmless biologist, randomly decides to lick bird poop in front of everyone. Sarada is so disgusted she is left in shock, constantly repeating "He licked it".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
  • Tombstone Teeth: Unlike the first form of Kaguya Ōtsutsuki's Ten-Tailed Beast, which had hundreds of fangs, Jigen's Ten-Tailed Beast has a large mouth lined with two rows of uniformly-shaped humanoid teeth — setting it apart from its predecessor and making it all the more unnerving.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: Not in a commercial, but the premiere of the anime starts with possibility of Naruto dying at the hand of Kawaki somewhere in the future. The implications are many.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the first fight with Deepa, Boruto and Sarada barely made out alive, with Mitsuki being the most affected. After getting out of the hospital, they both acknowledge they have to become stronger for Mitsuki's sake. In their second fight Team 7 defeats Deepa due to the intense training between the fights. Heck, Sarada does another when she acquires her second tomoe mid fight.
  • Tournament Arc: Much like its predecessor, Boruto has its own Chunin Exams, following same patterns, with teams coming from other villages, the hunting down, pitting children against other children, another Nara giving up the fighting, the inevitable villainous attack which stops the exams, and the only person being promoted to a chunin being again, a Nara. The only difference is that this time, nobody has to kill or be killed because of the peaceful times.
    • Around a year later from first Chunin exams, every ninja village has organized new and more complex exams than the first ones since the danger brought by the Otsutsuki has increased too from their first attack on Konoha.
  • Town Girls: As the most notable female characters: Sarada, Chōchō and Sumire play around with this trope, despite being proper and feminine all of them. Sarada is the Butch as she is a fiery and cynical Brainy Brunette who enjoys getting dirty just as much the boys; Sumire is the Femme because she is a mature Team Mom and a poised Lady of War who hates conflicts; Chōchō is the Neither, despite being the most interested in boys and physical appearance, her fighting style is not exactly what you'd describe as elegant, and she is a very feisty redhead too.
    • Namida and Wasabi develop this dynamic with the newcomer, Tsubaki. Namida, the shy and the most sensible girl who loves cute things is the Femme. Wasabi is the Butch for being a tomboyish and daring girl, with less girly interests. Tsubaki is Neither, on a side she is a feminine Lady of War who dresses up in pink, in the other hand, she is aloof, snarky and very competitive.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: One notable aversion is Sarada, whose Sharingan awoke from the joy and desperation of finally getting to meet her father. Even so, Sakura believes that Sarada will awake one day her own Mangekyou Sharingan, but at the cost of departing from someone dear to her and is very worried of what Sarada may have to endure when the day will come.
    • Played for Laughs in the case of Himawari. She awakens her Byakugan over her favorite stuffed toy being accidentally torn apart by Boruto.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: Unlike Naruto, while not in lack of tragic characters, this series doesn't really bother to spend entire episodes exploring their pasts. The only exceptions are Sumire and Kawaki.
  • Tyke Bomb:
    • Sumire's father has trained her from a very young age in preparation to enact his quest for revenge against Konoha even after his death.
    • Kawaki was specifically targeted by Jigen for his compatibility with the kama curse. Kawaki remembers being raised as a weapon and having Training from Hell to use the curse as effective as possible. Deconstructed case, Kawaki resents Jigen, but in the same time he justifies Jigen's way as being more effective than a ninja's training.
  • Two-Teacher School: Shino is the only teacher shown at the academy, while Iruka is the director.
  • Training from Hell: Played for Laughs, after training her daughter, Sakura starts to recall her own training with Tsunade where she would get all of her bones broken and not even taking a single break from Tsunade. She proposes for Sarada to go on a similar intense training, and Sasuke just simply agrees. Sarada is not very delighted to hear all those details and the possibility of going trough same process.
  • True Companions: New Team 7 are very loyal and protective of each other despite their short comes.
    • According to Sakura, her childhood friends are still her dear friends and calls them family.
  • Tsundere: There are several examples.
    • Sarada and Boruto are both tsu tsun towards their fathers for feeling neglected by them. Sarada applies this to Boruto too, she may be harsh with him, but also worried about him.
    • Chocho had a short lived tsundere phase when she was trying to get the attention of an actor she was crushing on.
    • Ino and Temari are strongly the harsh type with their husbands. They are stern, but also can be loving on some intimate moments.
  • Undying Loyalty: A villainous example happens between Isshiki and Code. Code resented Kawaki for being chosen as a vessel for Isshiki. He was noted to be Isshiki's most loyal subordinate, and revered him like a God. Afer Isshiki's demise, Code would swear both vengeance and to continue the legacy of the celestial clan.
  • Variant Power Copying:
    • Boruto has his own variant of Rasengan that he creates it subconsciously by applying lightning-natured chakra to it and launching it like a projectile.
    • Sarada uses her Sharingan to mimic Sakura's movements and general timing for chakra-enhanced strength to better her own, since Sakura's perfect control is not something the Sharingan can copy.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Sarada tends to scream "Shannaro" like her mother, but got Sasuke's Haughty "Hmph" too.
    • Boruto has his own "Believe it" in "Dattebasa", which he adds every two sentences spoken, just like Naruto and Kushina.
    • Sumire tends to make a "hawawawa" sound whenever she panics or gets embarrassed by something.
    • Shikadai finds everything "troublesome" just like his father in his youth.
  • Victory by Endurance: During her fight with Araya, Sarada discovers that she was fighting a puppet all along, and figures out why Araya tried so hard to end the battle as early as possible, so his secret wouldn't be discovered. Sarada starts to explain that if Araya would have tried to tire her up instead of rushing the things, he would have obtained a Victory by Endurance, as Sarada's weakness is stamina, thanks to her Sharingan.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Delta suffers one in the middle of the fight against Naruto, after Kawaki defended him and Himawari from her Eye Beams. Shortly after she fights more and more deranged.
    Delta: Every last one of you...are shitheads!!...How much do you need to piss me off until you are satisfied?!
    • Kirara crumbles instantly after Sarada defeated her, she starts to scream and lose her sanity quite fast. She dies being crushed by rocks.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Boruto is a light, lively colored and funny Shonen with a lot of Slice of Life episodes by comparison with its contemporaries and its predecessor. This being said, the new villains are just as dark as were those from Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, and some of them present even a bigger threat that what we've met in the original run. Some of the Otsutsuki remnants for example, are said to be stronger even than freaking Kaguya; and Kara, has none of the Noble Demon intentions nor redeeming qualities that Akatsuki had.
  • Villain Episode: Episode 179 finally introduces Kara as whole and explores the dynamics between members.
  • Villainous Friendship: In a group of people where everyone absolutely loathes each other, Jigen and Amado stand out for being the only ones respecting the other and caring for each other. Jigen trusts Amado enough to tell only him several of his fears of betrayal. Subverted in the end, because Amado turns out to be the infiltrator, and Jigen was well aware of it, but kept him around for make a use of him, and thus, it's unclear how genuine their interactions through the story were.
  • Villain of the Week: The anime only villains never make any return, and outside of references to the events, simply have disappeared.
  • Watching the Sunset: In openings, the characters can be seen gazing upon the setting sun often.
  • Warrior Therapist: Gathering some life experience from the dangerous missions and a devastating war, the older generation acts as guides for Boruto and his friends. It is not uncommon for parents to counsel their children about difficulties they need to exceed.
  • Weapon of Choice: Several characters have personal preferences from the Stock Ninja Weaponry they use.
    • Sarada will use shurikens or even the Fuuma Shuriken, rather than kunais.
    • Konohamaru makes use of a trench knife like his uncle Asuma as his main weapon.
    • Mirai Sarutobi inherited Asuma's chakra blade.
    • Shin Uchiha can invoke and create even artificial limbs with his blades and scalpels.
    • Inojin is able to use a tanto dagger like his father.
    • Kokuyō showed remarkable prowess with his pair of tonfa, using them akin to a boomerang.
    • Iwabee, has a Jō stuff and uses Earth release to create hammer-like weapons with it.
    • The New Seven Ninja Swordsmen:
      • Shizuma, their leader, chose specifically to wield Samehada, but because he wasn't strong-willed enough to handle a sentient sword, Samehada merged with him and went on rampage.
      • Kagura is in possession of the Hiramekarei, which can be split in two swords. He refused for a while to use the sword out of fear of hurting innocent people.
      • Buntan chose the Kiba swords as they once belonged to her father, Raiga, who was part of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist.
      • Kyohō is capable of using Kabutowari, due to his size and height.
      • Hebiichigo uses Nuibari, a needle like sword and combines it with her chakra wire strings.
      • Ichirōta uses Shibuki, the blast sword.
      • Hassaku uses Zabuza's former sword, Kubikiribōchō.
  • We Have Become Complacent: Fifteen years after the Great Ninja War, shinobi live in a mostly peaceful world, ninja skills turned into Mundane Utility, and the new generation lives mostly in ignorance of how harsh the life of a shinobi was before the Great War (and indeed how harsh it still can be, a lesson Kakashi hammers in during their graduation exam). Some children of the newest generation like Iwabee worship the supposed Good Old Ways, and Boruto believed for a while that it was cooler to be a ninja in his father's time. The five Great Nations are at present more or less a ninja European Union, while the smaller countries have not recovered as well as the larger nations after the last war, which allowed for another secret terroristic group akin to Akatsuki to form by recruiting adepts from the poorer shinobi countries. Kurotsuchi even points out that the peaceful times resulted in a soft and weak young generation that will stand no chance against the Otsutsuki and their allies. While she is proven wrong about the young generation, as a whole, the Shinobi World has been caught by surprise more than once by Kara and Otsutsuki.
    Tsubaki: It seems that shinobi have grown complacent due to peace.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Being the Hokage's son and leaving a sheltered life, Boruto does anything to get Naruto's attention, from painting the Hokage's Mountain to cheating during the chunnin exams just to get acknowledged by his very busy father. He grows insecure over time, when everything he is achieving is attributed to being "the Hokage's son". Thankfully, after the battle with the Otsutsuki, Boruto and Naruto work through their differences to understand each other better.
    • Sarada yearned all her life for Sasuke's affection because of his absence. She was desperate enough to awaken the Sharingan for this reason.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Chapter 23: Kawaki is found in a crater.
    • Chapter 43: Momoshiki revives and possesses Boruto.
    • Chapter 48: Isshiki appears over the village.
    • Chapter 53: A Boruto possessed by Momoshiki stabs Sasuke's Rinnegan.
    • Chapter 65: To save Naruto from a massive rasengan, Kawaki reveals to have obtained a new karma, and absorbs the jutsu, while also progressing to a more advanced stage of karma than before, to the point that his left eye also mutates into a never-seen-before doujutsu.
  • What Are You: Sarada is so awestruck by old Team 7 after witnessing them fighting Shin, that she mentally questions "what the heck are those people".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Remember Magire, a classmate of Boruto and the others? Remember him asking Sumire out and getting rejected? Remember falling victim to Sumire's Nue? Remember what happened to him afterwards? Neither do we, he completely went missing from the show.
  • What the Hell, Hero??
    • Sarada and Shikadai are shocked to find out that Boruto has cheated during the Chunin Exams and both give him very disappointed looks.
    • Mitsuki manages to pull this on multiple people when he attacks two guards and leaves Konoha in the middle of the night. It turns out he was just The Mole, but the fact he told nobody anything, made people doubt his good intentions.
    • Boruto is not happy to find out that Naruto used ninja tech in their sparring, while he got scolded for cheating and headband revoked when he was caught during the Chunin Exams. Naruto, Sarada and Sasuke all three had to convince Boruto to listen to their reasoning for why the tech is not inherently bad.
  • What Would X Do?: During the Chunin Exams, for the first try, Sarada asks Boruto what he thinks her father would choose at the quiz trial. Boruto thinks it would be "false" since Sasuke is not the straightforward type. Sarada decides to choose the opposite option and goes for "true".
  • Whole Episode Flash Back: Boruto subverts the typical "give every tragic character/villain entire episodes about their past" trend that was one of Naruto's trade marks. While Boruto has its own share of tragic characters and villains, their pasts are usually just mentioned, or shown through several key scenes. However, once with Kawaki's introduction...
    • Episode 192 is all about Kawaki's past. It should be noted that Kawaki is the first Boruto original character to get his past explored in an entire episode.
    • Mugino himself gets his past explored in episode 180.
  • Willfully Weak: Turns out Naruto strongly hold back against Delta because he wanted to capture her alive for interrogations.
  • Won the War, Lost the Peace: Yes, the war against Kaguya was won, but the conflict against the Otsutsuki continued 15 years later, up to the present events. And not only, this resulted also in the rise of Kara and their followers.
  • Worldbuilding: Boruto takes the Otsutsuki further and starts to develop their mythos, revealing that Kaguya too was part of a duo, and that said duo is depicted in a temple in another dimension, where there are logos depicting Momoshiki and Kinshiki too, and there are 2 other logos too (all but confirming the existence of other two Otsutsuki that have yet to come), the role of the Juubi in the Otsutsuki clan's actions is also greatly expanded, revealing that there multiple specimen of it. With the introduction of cyborgs, augmentations and technology, the Ninja World entered a new era where is shown new era where is shown the effects and consequences of such things.
  • World of Badass: It's a given already only because of the old generation. But the Boruto's generation is no slouch either. Starting with new Team 7, the children are downright born prodigies. But the badassery of the ninjas is threaten by the existence of engineered weapons and the creations of cyborgs that can rival and replace a shinobi, depending in whose hands they fall.
  • World of Ham: The newest generation of ninjas is just as subtle and stealthy as the previous one. BELIEVE IT!
  • World of Technicolor Hair: Like in the previous series, some characters have unusual hair colors that no one seems to consider strange.
    • Mitsuki has cyan-colored hair.
    • Himawari inherited her mother's beautiful night-blue hair.
    • Kashin Koji inherited Jiraiya's white hair color.
    • Sumire has long purple hair.
    • Three Senka Brothers are a set of triplets from Kirikagure who can be distinguished from each other only by their different shades of blue.
    • The Haze Quadruplets all have violet hair.
  • Would Hit a Girl: As Boruto is filled with both Action Girls and Dark Action Girls, the "I'm not gonna fight a woman because they are a woman" mentality would quickly get anyone who thinks this killed. Therefore, most of male characters don't care if their opponent is a woman, being them hero or villain, otherwise they would be dead. Naruto would have been killed if he didn't choose to curb-stomp Delta, while Deepa cared next to nothing that Sarada is just a preteen girl, trashing and punching her in the face.
  • Would Hurt a Child: ''Boruto'' continues the tradition of having as main characters Kid Heroes as young as 11 years old, and villains who will try to kill them, abuse them, kidnap them, experiment on them, torture them, even cannibalize on them.
    • A special mention goes to Sasuke who was perfectly willing to kill Shin Jr. Later, with the possibility of Boruto being possessed by Momoshiki in the near future, he vows to kill his own student if this comes to pass.
  • Wretched Hive: Curtain Village is the capital of the Land of Silence and also a heaven for criminals and rogue ninjas. The city hosts the only black market in the region. Some villagers are desperately trying to survive, leading to many shinobi selling their headbands in exchange for money, while those with money can get everything they want. The village is swarming with figures from the Bingo Book.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Sumire is the poster girl for Boruto, and a rare Anti Villainous example. She is a girl quite mature for her age, has a very nurturing side, is demure and hates conflicts. She is a Lady of War, very dangerous on her own. Other characteristics include being associated with the color purple, sporting a Hime Cut and contrasting Sarada.
  • You Are Not Alone: Both Sarada and Boruto assure Kawaki he is not alone and can rely on them on different occasions, because he's got them as his friends.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: This is a recurring theme among the villains, especially major antagonists, contrasting against Boruto and his comrades who refuse to let anyone but themselves decide their destinies. Specifically, Sumire, Shin, the Otsutsukis, and Kara all deem events to be predetermined for one reason or another. The irony is that to a degree, they are correct, as because of the flash forward at the beginning of the series the audience is aware that none of this is going to end well for anyone.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Kawaki and Boruto both risk to die one day. While they may not die physically, their minds will be destroyed and replaced by their Otsutsuki host.Boruto is dangerously close as 80% of his DNA was already converted, while Kawaki has seemingly escaped this fate after he lost his karma, but considering that he has one in the future.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Momoshiki's final form is very different from the movie's.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: It seems that now that Kara is finally defeated, all of the remaining Otsutsuki being dead, especially Isshiki, Kawaki apparently losing his karma like he wanted, the story can end, isn't it? Nope, there is another big problem called Code, who turns out to be another vessel, with a sealed power said to be greater than Jigen's (though not Isshiki's), not to mention the lingering issue of Momoshiki trying to resurrect himself in Boruto's body. And there are Code's allies, Ada and her younger brother, Daemon, who were hidden the entire time by Boro's cult in an unknown location.



 
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