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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, Naruto Gaiden 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.


Boruto: Naruto Next Generations contains examples of:

  • 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.
  • Abusive Parents: Even in this era of peace, where good parents are the norm, there is here and there an example who 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. Jigen/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.
    • Shinki is easily one of the top genins at the Chunin Exams, 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.
  • 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 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.
    • If Sakura struggled with her badass status in previous installments, now she is the most active kunoichi of her generation, and a certified Action Mom who takes matters into her own hands.
  • 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. 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.
    • 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.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Subverted. Koji Kashin makes a brief appearance in Episode 53, casting a genjutsu on Katasuke. But the anime Retcons this, and episode 182 shows that the shadowy man who casted the genjutsu was Ao, as it happened in the manga.
  • Adaptational Modesty: A necessary measure given that the characters in need are three 12-year-old girls.
    • Sumire wears a sexualized Sailor Fuku with high heels in the manga; in the anime all of her clothing are practical for a kunoichi, and 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 ridiculously short and tight, her dress is modest and loose. During Naruto Gaiden, Sarada changes to her iconic red Qipao and white pants with black leggings 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.
    • 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.
    • Ikemoto illustrates Chocho as a Dark-Skinned Blonde, while the anime follows Kishimoto's design as a Dark-Skinned Redhead.
  • 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.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Because the anime took its liberties with the Story Arcs before catching up the manga, many of the characters have changed personality traits or different reactions from the manga material in order to keep consistent the Character Development they received in the anime.
    • In the manga, Boruto is more hotheaded, but in the anime, he is patient. On example would be his reaction to discovering that Naruto secretly used a new prosthetic hand modified by Katasuke, during their sparring. In manga, he throws a temper tantrum, but in the anime he is calm when he expresses his angry disapprove of ninja tools.
    • The anime keeps intact Mitsuki's Character Development received in the "Mitsuki Disappearance Arc". In the manga he still has the "Boruto's will is my will" mentality, but in the anime, he is his own person, is independent of Boruto's choices and doesn't need anymore to ask Boruto what to do.
  • Adult Fear: While this sequel averts the Dark and Troubled Past and Freudian Excuse for the new generation, the children still follow the trend of becoming children 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 remainings and the Otsutsuki Clan is still existent.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 are all dressed up normally in the anime, but the manga is a whole another story. They all wear tight, short dresses coupled with high heels. 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 who come from other dimensions and planets, yet they speak Japanese before ever coming to Earth. And not only, their natal language IS Japanese. May be be justified given it was an Otsutsuki, Kaguya, who once ended human civilization and restarted it with herself as its head.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: All parents qualify to different degree in the New Era, 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: 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 admit if Orochimaru is his mother or his father, but not even he knows the answer. And Mitsuki himself asks Orochimaru what gender is he, 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 
  • 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.
  • Another Dimension: Some Otsutsukis and Sasuke can travel into other dimensions. Sasuke spent years searching for Otsutsukis traveling on other worlds.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Kawaki and Boruto risk to suffer this fate if they continue to use kama and will inevitably turn into Otsutsukis themselves even if the seal disappears from their bodies. Kawaki's body is already 80% Otsutsuki.
  • 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, lead by Shizuma Hoshigaki, are the main villains of the Field Trip Arc, whose goal was to bring back to life the Bloody Mist.
    • 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.
    • Mitsuki Disappearance Arc: The villains of this arc are a bunch of Tragic Monsters called fabrications, they were created from White Zetsu's DNA which made them desire to become humans 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 is rather Juugo's enemy: Tosaka, a man who dreams to defeat Orochimaru's greatness.
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • Tsubaki thinks that as a samurai, she is automatically superior to shinobis.
    • 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 is her Sharingan. Most of time she really proves to be that good at what she is saying.
  • Art Evolution: Ikemoto 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 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.
  • Artificial Human: Orochimaru created Mitsuki as partial clone of himself and made sure to make him perfectly genetic. Naturally, Mitsuki starts to angst over it and wonders what it truly takes to be human, if he can himself a human with free will, or if he is just prisoner to his own genetic baggage.
  • 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 utilizes a prosthetic right hand.
    • 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.
    • Up to Eleven with Ao, whose body is mostly made up of Shinobi-Ware, as a result of the injuries received during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
  • 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 fusionated traditional ninja saga with science and edge-cutting technology, which can be seen in Boruto.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The current kages: Naruto, Gaara, Darui, Chōjūrō and Kurotsuchi. Best seen when they all battle the Otsutsuki duo made of Kinshiki and Momoshiki.
  • Badass Adorable:
    • Himawari is Boruto's cute little sister who has awaken 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.
  • 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, 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. 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.
  • "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.
  • Between My Legs: Boruto goes through Chōchō's legs to escape and win the competition of "Girls vs Boys".
  • 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 Organisation, Otsutsuki and the Downer Beginning implies Kawaki joins the roster as well.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: The New Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist created by Shizuma Hoshigaki 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 years old despite putting up the only serious fight, the other didn't even wanted 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.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Though Sakura wasn't exactly a Badass in Distress, Sasuke still aids her in her battle with Shin Uchiha, when he just 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 troubles.
    • Sakura herself in Naruto Gaiden; she trashes Shin only 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.
  • "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 .
  • Bloodless Carnage: Zig-Zagged. In Naruto one would expect to see characters to visibly bleed form getting caught into a paper bomb explosion. In Boruto, they barely get their clothes dirty. In 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 manga.
  • 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.
  • Body Horror: A very recurring Body Motif.
    • "Jugo's Arc" revolves entirely around 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.
    • The Otsutsukis can suffer heavy body transformations from the Kama sign.
    • 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 something akin to a horn growing out of his head.
  • 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 to go alone in 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 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 girl with short spikey hair, which contrasts Sumire's long braided hair, Namida's Girlish Pigtails and Tsubaki's Samurai Ponytail; who all three are Girly Girls.
    • Mirai has a messy short hair reminiscent of her father, Asuma.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. 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, 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. She is better in present, but some of her emotional scars are still there.
  • 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. Comes Boruto, which continues the trend. Sumire Kaikei was dangerously close to do it, not to say of 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".
    • The place where Jiraiya was killed by Pain is shown in the opening scenes of Anime Episode 157.
    • In episode 180 is 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 into 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 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. 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.
  • 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 a chakra-like snake.
    • 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.
  • Character Title: Many episodes are titled after the characters who are the focus of the day.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang:
    • The Jougan appears for the first time in "Academy Entrance Arc", and than goes completely missing. Momoshiki warns Boruto that his blue eyes will take everything away from him. Several years in the future, and Boruto has the Jougan again.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The anime establish 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 shinobis. Boruto's and Sarada's stories are always paralleled, and is often hinted for their final destination to become a dark experience.
  • Combination Attack: There is a subset of ninjutsu called “cooperation ninjutsu”.
    • A good example is the combined attack of Team 7 to defeat Deepa. With Mitsuki's addition of senjutsu chakra and Sarada adding her chakra to the force of impact, they give to Boruto's Compression Rasengan's more than enough power. Together, they break Deepa's carbon armour and kill him.
    • 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 even Sarada and Boruto who are best fighters of their generation.
  • 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 new "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.
  • Corporate Conspiracy: At first, Victor looks like your typical benevolent, but very busy entrepreneur, who runs a huge company, except, Victor is an 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 God Tree, whose Chakra Fruit should acquire 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 centuries 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Sakura vs Shin, it takes one punch for Sakura to defeat him, when Naruto and Sasuke themselves couldn't, 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.
  • 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 chose to dedicate his entire time to Himawari and spend some quality time with her.
    • Choji indulge 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.
  • Darkest Hour: If we take the dialogue as true, 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, 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 had to endure the consequences of her father being a former ANBU Root member. After the disolvation of Root, her family gets ostracized, her mother dies because of the stress, and her father uses her as tool for his revenge against Konoha only to die soon after himself.
      • Kagura Karatachi used to hurt and kill others during his academy days, something that continues to haunt him.
    • If anything, is 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.
      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 constantly hungry.
      Inojin: I guess delinquents like them still exist...
      Chōchō: We've got one too... He's [Iwabee] a national treasure.
    • Shino has not choice but to be sharp-tongued with such a problematic class.
      Shino: Move your hands not your mouth, Boruto!
  • Declaration of Protection: Part of Boruto's dream to become a ninja who protects from 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 his goal.
  • 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 unscathed the attack.
    • Sasuke's impossibility 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 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. Is also the way he dies.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:... No Jutsu happens here and there several times, but the perpetrator is Boruto this time.
  • 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, Halleluiah! This kind of Comedic Sociopathy is rarely shown Boruto. Sarada, who'd mostly be Sakura of this generation, at worst is lashing out verbally to 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 completely lost her Hair-Trigger Temper and mellowed down so much that even Hinata has more nerve and a scarier temper than her as adults.
    • 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 destroying 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, probably Boruto would 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 beat him, when she gets called out on her strict ways of training Inojin. Sai dodges every blow, and yells at her son, Inojin for trying to interfere between them. Sai is still the one who ends up apologizing. While they do simmer down 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 first chapter of Boruto SD on 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.
  • 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 others faces are pink as well. Sai even had 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: Even 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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 even three nature transformations.
  • Emotion Eater: Nue is a yokai who 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!
  • 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), are seen often hanging out together despite having different occupations. 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 is a waste a 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 in 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 to tease them about it anyway.
  • Evil Only Has to Win Once: If Isshiki fully reincarnates in the body of Kawaki and taps into his full power, 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.
  • 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 parents 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 shown 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 makes the whole cave to explode]
  • 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 24 hours. That is almost 1.5 years of manga releases, all occurring in 1 day.
  • 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 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 same fashion as his father and grandfather with his name ending in "-to". Himawari's (向日葵) name follows same sunny thematics 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 theirs daughter name to start with "Sa" and have three syllables just like their names. The result is Sarada.
    • Ino, Shikamaru and Choji follows the tradition of their predecessors and name 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 has 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, being them even 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?
    • You are about to die, Kirara? Let's show you getting crushed to death by rocks, while Sarada snarks about it like it was another mundane event in her life.
    • 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.
  • 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 on 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 ME Ps meet at Bruxelles to discuss political matters. The Great Shinobi Countries have similar social policies, are interdependent from an economical and political point of view, much like UE, having exchange programs for students, with an open-minded view over receiving outsiders, leading to the population mixing up and growing fast.
      • With Kara Organization having outside followers, the Shinobi Union faces similar problems that UE faced with the 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, mutants.
  • Fighting from the Inside: When Shino is possessed by the dark chakra, it's noted that he must have been subconsciously holding back even as he tried to kill the students, since if he was 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.
  • 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.
    • As shown in the flash forward, by some means, Kawaki will come to face Boruto on Hokage Rock in the future, having both destroyed 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. 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 ghost 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.
    • 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 on 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 Kama that Boruto and Kawaki will have in the future.
    • In episode 167, Mugino meets an old turtle saleswoman, who warns him 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 Power Trio to a "power quarto", once Kawaki joins the team.
    • Sanguine: Boruto is sociable, adventurous and people-oriented, but also has an egotistical and rude side. His rebellious strike got him in troubles 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 tends to be a sardonic and confident Tsundere, but reserved and friendly in the same time.
    • Melancholic: Kawaki- As a Mood-Swinger, he constantly switches between being stoic and an angry 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. Nothing fazes him, not even the idea of taking a life and has a Dissonant Serenity reaction to everything. He is calm, patient, passive and open-minded. As The Gadfly, he enjoys pocking fun at people by Stealth Insulting them.
  • 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.
  • Girlish Pigtails:
    • Sumire used to wear two braided long pigtails when she was at the ninja academy.
    • Chocho sports two spiky ponytails with her Rapunzel Hair.
    • Namida's hair is tied in two long ponytails.
  • 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 avoided for Shinki becoming like his younger self.
    • 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 in 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 for 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 for Mitsuki's development, which is something when this guy went from hunting down and killing children to participating into 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 taps into his full power. However, he seems to have found a suitable replacement in Kawaki. Judging by the Flash Forward at the beginning of the series, it worked.
    • This will be the fate of Boruto
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Starting with the title which is written in romanji, instead of kanji or katagana since Boruto is a japanese series.
  • Hair Colors: There are natural hair colors like the blond Boruto and Inojin, auburn-haired Chōchō or brunette Sarada, and then you have purple haired Sumire, blue haired Mitsuki or pink haired Sakura.
  • 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 on the same time.
  • 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 adopted in by Naruto.
  • Henpecked Husband: With the exception of Sasuke and Sakura, every other Official Couple has the typical "Tsundere bossy wifey and the obedient husband" interactions to the point of becoming a Running Gag.
    • Karui threw her own husband in the street for eating chips.
    • Ino attacked Sai when he disagreed with her methods of training Inojin.
    • Temari slaps the hell out of Shikamaru for being a Lazy Husband.
    • Even Hinata, though she is not a tsundere, is clear she calls the shots in the Uzumaki household.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: We have yet to know what Kara want from the Otsutsuki, what exactly they have in mind for the rest of the world and what are their secret personal desires.
    • Turns out Kaguya was this for entire 15 years. Amado is the one who finally made light of why she came to Earth.
  • 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 Magine, whom she rejects when 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. 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-Tail which will grow into a God Tree -> absorb chakra from all its surroundings and inhabitants -> everything dies on said planet -> The God Tree bears a large fruit -> Ōtsutsuki consume the fruit in order for them to evolve. Once harvested, rinse and repeat.
  • Housewife: Hinata ceased to be an active duty ninja and let Hanabi become the Heir to the Dojo 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 and thus had to maintain her own skills, and 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.
  • How We Got Here: Since the first scene of Boruto opens up with him and Kawaki in their teenage years, fighting each other and Konoha being destroyed once again, the entire anime and manga are actually like a prequel to that scene, telling the story of how the things got there, and what will happen to the characters.
  • 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.
  • 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 change of repeating the circumstances of Naruto's and Sasuke's famous Accidental Kiss, with Boruto and Sarada. It happens in 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, respectively, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Sailor Fuku dress when she had to pose as a journalist at the Hōzuki Castle, and her Iconic Outfit, the red qipao with white hotpants.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The anime starts as having a sizable character roster from the very first arc, where the focus is on Boruto's generation going at the Ninja Academy. The School trip Arc and Versus Momoshiki Arc introduce characters from the other villages, and after them, the cast just kept increasing, to which one can add the humongous cast of Naruto that has regular appearances.
  • 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.
    • 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 Dōjutsu.
  • 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.
  • 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 colect human vessels to revive the Otsutsukis.
  • Meganekko: 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.
  • 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?
  • Mentor Archetype: Sasuke become's Boruto's mentor during the Chunin Exams with the condition that Boruto leanrs 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Face: Played for Laughs, Hinata sported one of these with her Byakugan after she finds out that Boruto had skipped school.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted as usual by Naruto, even as an adult. Poor guy had to invoke several clones just to stop Kawaki and Boruto from fighting, while he was 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When Naruto reveals to everyone that his own son cheated during the Chunin Exams, Boruto doesn't react well at all. He constantly moves his eyes from the ninja tech attached to his hand and back to Naruto.
    • Buntan is shocked to learn that most of her fight with Sarada was just pure genjutsu.
    • Namida has a constant terrified look on her face whenever she goes in missions.
    • When Kirara takes control over their bodies, Boruto and Sarada are petrified by the fact they will be forced to fight each other to death if they don't release themselves from Kirara's genjutsu.
    • Kirara looks and screams in horror when she gets crushed by boulders, while Sarada just quips.
      Kirara: NO! STOPPP!!
    • Played for Laughs during the Time Slip Arc, when a young Sakura comes to confront Sasuke about the letter Sarada left for him. Sasuke and Boruto are both petrified realizing that Sakura might figure out the truth if they don't come with a good excuse. Thankfully, Jiraya saves their asses with a made up story about Sasuke being a fanboy of him, which earns another Oh, Crap! reaction from Sasuke when he realizes he has no choice, but to go along.
    • Shojoji acts very smug against Sai and Ibiki when they interrogate him, until Sasuke enters the room. His smugness is quickly replaced by fear and his voice cracks down immediately.
    • During Team's 7 first battle with Deepa, Sarada creates an opening for Boruto to use his Rasengan against him. Deepa makes the typical villainous wide mouth while screaming, only to reveal he was just making a "Oh, Crap!" Fakeout. Is Boruto who has such a terrified look on his face that even the camera focuses on his eyes to convey his all-consuming horror.
    • Shinki is not the kind of person to be fazed not even in the worst situations, yet Deepa still terrifies him with his power.
    • Orochimaru is still same creeper even when he is Played for Laughs. He scared Iwabee, Metal Lee and Denki so much with his simple presence, that all three started to sweat and have the blue-shading on their foreheads.
    • During her training session with Sakura, Sarada is terrified enough of Sakura's power and speed to fall in her knees.
    • Victor has some precious expressions when something goes against him.
      • In episode 175, he thinks that his God Tree will grant him a forbidden fruit, only to look in horror while he gets trapped inside the tree.
      • Happens again in episode 181, where Victor has multiple Oh, Crap! reactions. First, when everyone agrees that Koji should be the one to retrieve the vessel; second when he realized that Koji was in the room with him the whole time when the Kara meeting was held through genjutsu; and third, just before Koji kills him through spontaneous combustion.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 6, Shikadai, Boruto and Mitsuki have to fight a possessed Shino. At some point, Boruto is covered with Shino's bugs, but his belt is drawn in such a way, it looks like Something Else Also Rises.
    • 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.
  • 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 same haircolor.
  • 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's actual nature is still unknown, it's only use is to be embedded in the vessel's body, enhancing the user's physical abilities and absorbing ninjutsu attacks.
  • 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 by centuries.
  • 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.
  • Power Trio:
  • 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: Up to Eleven in the Mujina Bandits Arc, which 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.
  • Qipao: Sarada wears one similar to what Sakura used to wear as a child, which only emphases their similarities more.
  • Racial Remnant: Sarada and Sasuke are the only living scions of the once powerful Uchiha Clan.
  • Rapunzel Hair: There are characters with long hair like Chocho and Sumire, but the one who stands out is Yodo because she can turn her own hair into a weapon. She is the show's own Rapunzel with her long blond hair, and can use her hair to generates high-frequency sound waves that are capable of simultaneously disorienting the enemy and likewise able to slice the target.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • 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.
  • 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 Heroic. Naturally, Boruto is lively and Hot-Blooded, while Mitsuki is a stoic Deadpan Snarker.
    • Sarada and Sumire. Sarada is a Cute Bruiser who wears Red, a Brainy Brunette with a strong personality despite being a Nice Girl, with 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, almost making Sakura The Stoic. 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 the 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 Iwabe 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 Iwabe 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.
  • Retcon: Metal's teammates go from look-alikes in Boruto: Naruto the Movie to having Denki and Iwabe 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 are using chakra in the traditional ways and the valor of hard work versus using chakra in science and getting powerful though bio-augmentation. According to Sasuke, neither way is bad, what matter are the intentions.
  • Sailor Fuku: The Class Representative, Sumire, wears a purple version, despite the fact the ninja academy doesn't even use uniforms.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • According to Hinata, her first missions took place in a time of war, except, Naruto also took place in a peaceful era, and those first dangerous missions were simple chores like mowing grass and finding lost pet cats. It wasn't until Naruto asked for a higher level mission that he first went on a dangerous mission (and it was only dangerous because of 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 long before their battle, when she was attacked in the Forest of Death, for entirely different reasons that had nothing to do with Ino.
  • 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 take this Up to Eleven, not only they happen to say "What a drag" in same time often, but even think the Catchphrase on the same time.
  • 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 colourful purplish backgrounds and even same frame rate as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
  • 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 win, but both groups acknowledge each other's assets.
    • 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 signify 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. Unlike previous generation where their goals was 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 works 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 progressed 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 in present.
  • 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.
  • 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? 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.
  • 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.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Sarada and Boruto suffer from time to time. 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.
  • 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: Averted 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 team work. 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: Kama 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, Space–Time Ninjutsu, Resurrection. All of this powers come at the cost of Death of Personality for the host, while their body will be inhabited by an Otsutsuki.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: The most important plot point. See a pattern already? Victor makes inhuman 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 the boy ever gets captured. Sarada and Boruto are both victims of villains who want them for their powers and dojutsus.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: Boruto communicates with Toneri in a dream.
  • 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.
  • 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 team work. 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.
  • 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: How Boruto narrates the events that leaded to the first chapter.
  • Timed Mission: Sarada made a goal out of defeating Buntan by nine o'clock, which she does.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
  • 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.
  • 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 tomboiysh 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.
  • Trouble Entendre: 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 about 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 blastsword.
      • 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 live 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 pointed 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 was proven wrong about the young generation, as a whole the Shinobi World has been caught by surprise more than once by Kara and Otsutsuki.
  • Wham Line:
    • Episode 12:
      Mitsuki: I know who's behind the ghost attacks.
    • Episode 132
      Jiraiya: Are you... Sasuke Uchiha?
    • Chapter 23:
      Koji Kashin: Karma?!
    • Chapter 38:
      Jigen: You are not worthy of being Isshiki Otsutsuki's vessel.
    • Chapter 43:
      Momoshiki: Don't get cocky you inferior creature.
    • Chapter 43:
      Amado: You going to do it?
      Koji Kashin: Yeah. I'm taking him down.
    • Chapter 46:
      Amado: I'll teach all of you how to kill an Otsutsuki.
    • Chapter 47:
      Isshiki: Koji Kashin, clone of Jiraiya of the Great Three...
    • Chapter 48:
      Ino: Naruto, do you copy?! Enemy attack! One foe in the sky above!
  • 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.
  • 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 averts the typical "give every tragic character/villain entire episodes about their past" trend that was one of Naruto's trade marks. While Boruto has it's own share of tragic characters and villains, their pasts are ussualy 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, who spends half of the episodes telling Boruto his past.
  • 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!
  • 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 falling victim to 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.
  • 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.Kawaki is dangerously close as 80% of his DNA was already converted.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Momoshiki's final form is very different from the movie's.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Some characters have unusual haircolor.
    • Mitsuki has cyan-colored hair.
    • Himawari inherited her mother's beautiful night-blue hair.
    • 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.


 
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