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  • AB Negative: The story mentions early on something about chakra compatibility, when discussing the possibility of sharing chakra with another person. During Part II, Temari expands on it as the reason why Gaara and not her or Kankuro was chosen to be the Shukaku's jinchuriki.
  • Action Mom: Quite a few mothers in the series are shown to be high ranking ninja like Tsunade, Yugao, and Shizune. Even Kurenai is shown to return to active duty after her daughter is born (in contrast to canon, where she retired).
  • Actually a Doombot:
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    • Clone jutsus are used by both heroes and villains as decoys often.
    • And of course, Killer B leaves a tentacle disguised as himself, so the Akatsuki believe they caught him.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Tsunade initially thought Jiraiya's prank on Naruto by making him think he wasn't going to be promoted was a bit mean, but when she saw Naruto's picture-perfect expression (and the ANBU actually got pictures), she decided to have it framed in their living room.
    • Zetsu and Kisame find it amusing when they discover that Killer B left a decoy and slipped away from them. Deidara, not so much.
  • A-Cup Angst:
    • When Choji meets Karui in Chapter 91 and compliments her, she's internally grateful that he doesn't mention her chest.
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    • Genjutsu World!Tsunade has shades of this when Naruto comments about her chest.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: While Obito’s general history before the Kyūbi attack remains untouched, many the specifics have changed, mainly concerning his meeting with Madara. Here, Obito doesn’t take up the latter’s identity and Madara doesn’t even die, simply going through a process that’ll not only put him in a younger body, but also would make him stronger.
  • Adaptational Badass: Numerous examples, particularly with the Konoha Genin. Justified in-universe as the result of the Uchiha Clan pulling off their coup and attacking Konoha, forcing them to up the standards in the academy so the graduates are better prepared to handle future threats.
  • Adaptational Context Change: Naruto recieving the First Hokage's necklace from Tsunade is framed as a mother gifting her adopted son a family heirloom as a graduation present rather than him just getting it for winning a bet.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Several characters who weren't introduced until Part II appeared during the timeframe of Part I or before, either in major or minor roles. Among them: Danzo, Karin, Fu, A, Killer B, Karui and Yamato.
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    • Zabuza Momochi first appears as a mercenary hired during the Uchiha insurrection, which takes place long before Naruto has graduated the Academy.
    • Rasa and his kids make their appearances during a pre-Part I arc.
    • Kosuke the messenger toad makes his debut here in Part I instead of Part II.
    • Sai is a borderline example, as he appears during the period between Part I and Part II instead of Part II proper.
    • Mei Terumi and Chojuro both appear long before the Kage Summit arc.
    • Crossing over with Spared by the Adaptation, Ameyuri was introduced in canon as part of Kabuto's Impure World Ressurection army. Here she first shows up alongside Chojuro during the Kirigakure Civil War arc.
    • Toneri Otsutsuki, who has an Early-Bird Cameo during Chapter 4, is later recruited by Tobi in Chapter 55.
    • Hamura Otsutsuki himself, of all people, appears before Hinata at the end of Chapter 56.
    • Samui and Atsui appear shortly after Naruto and company defeat Hidan and Kakuzu, while in canon they weren't introduced until Pain's assault on Konoha.
  • Adaptational Explanation: Wood Release's ability to tame the Tailed Beasts is given a brief summary, as according to Nori, Wood Release channels the raw power of the Shinju as opposed to simply creating wood, and it's this that allows its user to control the Beasts.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Several examples, see the characters' pages for more details.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Downplayed. Naruto is certainly more studious than his canon counterpart thanks to Hinata's friendship curbing his attention seeking and making sure he pays attention in school, and he shows an aptitude for fuinjutsu under Jiraiya's tutelage, but he isn't exactly smarter. Romantic feelings in particular are something still has a hard time figuring out on his own, as Fu had to spell it out that Hinata was into him and he was the only one that failed to pick up on Kiba and Tamaki's Belligerent Sexual Tension (though he had no trouble figuring out that he was in love with Hinata).
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • The introductory arc delves a lot more during Naruto's early years before and during his days in the ninja academy before entering the timeframe of Part I.
    • Between Part I and Part II, we get to see firsthand the Kirigakure Civil War, and the rise of Mei Terumi as Mizukage.
      • Within this same arc, Akatsuki's capture of Han, which happened off-screen in the manga, is shown briefly.
    • A lot more of Hamura Otsutsuki's backstory (and by extension that of the Hyuga Clan) is fleshed out at the beginning of the Byakugan Princess arc.
    • In chapter 81, Tsunade briefly explains how the slugs teach their summoners Senjutsu, which is something that has never been touched upon in canon.
    • While filler has confirmed that Fugaku has the Mangekyo, its unique abilities have never been explored. Here, Danzo reveals that one of them is named Okuninushi, a jutsu which allows the user to create negative-colored afterimages of themselves that not only can mimic their attacks, but also can be controlled to attack independently. During the Fourth Ninja War, his Susanoo is also revealed, being black in color with red edges and wielding two swords capable of combining into a double-bladed one.
    • In canon, it was never explained why and how Danzo and Tobi know each other. Here, they first meet each other when the latter steals Shisui’s eye. In Chapter 90, it’s revealed that Tobi has been using Danzo as a puppet to get information about the Jinchuriki and spy on Orochimaru through the use of Kotoamatsukami.
    • Chapter 94 gives a bit of insight of Indra’s history after Hagoromo chose Asura as his successor.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection:
    • In canon, the Hyuga Affair ended up pretty much an Aborted Arc, its only purpose being setting up Neji's hatred of the Hyuga Clan's main family and never explored any further. In this story, however, the mastermind behind the incident is none other than Toneri Otsutsuki and it comes into play again during Part II.
    • Yakumo Kurama was an anime-only character who used to be Kurenai's student, until her genjutsu abilities became too dangerous to control and were forcibly sealed. Here, she was presumed dead in a fire along with her parents, an event Danzo took advantage of to take her and be used as one of his Root puppet agents.
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • Mostly averted with Naruto. The writer has gone to mention that he likes his canon personality a lot and dislikes stories "in which Naruto either becomes an emo nihilist, or a smug bastard that lords his new power over everybody".
    • Thanks to Jiraiya improving his seal and Yashamaru not being forced to attack and lie to him, Gaara is a lot more calmer and less prone to wanting blood when compared to how he initially acted in Part I.
    • Minor example with Hinata. While she retains much of her canon personality, her Shrinking Violet traits are mostly dropped by the time she graduates from the academy.
    • Genjutsu World!Shino and Lee have different personalities when compared to the versions seen in Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja, with the former being more talkative and outgoing and the former being more lazy and subdued.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change:
    • More like Adaptational Weapon Change in the case with Suigetsu, as due to Zabuza being alive in this fic and retaining the ownership of the Executioner’s Blade, he has the Nuibari "blade" in this story.
    • Downplayed example with Mei Terumi and Kurotsuchi. Both of them in canon had Lava Release, but it worked differently for each (acidic mud for Mei, and corrosive quicklime for Kurotsuchi). In this story, they both have the same one (actual lava), partly owing to the fact that they're closely related.
    • Since Danzo doesn't get the chance to transplant Shisui's eye, he substitutes it with Fugaku's, gaining a different Mangekyo Sharingan with access to Okuninushi instead of Kotoamatsukami.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Tsunade feared a lot for Naruto when he left Konoha for his first C-Rank mission, and her fears turned out to be not so far off when he ended up encountering Orochimaru of all people. And there's also the time Kaida and Hagane were kidnapped.
    • During the Akatsuki invasion, Hikari Hyuga sees her daughters fighting Toneri, who is obsessed with them. She feels relieved once they make it back safely, albeit not unscathed.
    • Shizune and Shisui's children are kidnapped while they're on a mission, with the babysitters they hired to look after them killed just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Fu ends up losing control of her Tailed Beast during her fight against Gaara in the Chunin Exams after drinking the Hero Water her village leader gave her. While Gaara managed to take her out before she could hurt anyone, the fact that things could have gone horribly wrong scares her off using any of her Tailed Beast's powers beyond basic flight for the next three years, even when she finds herself in a life or death fight against Akatsuki.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Jiraiya often calls Tsunade "Hime" (Japanese for "Princess"). Naruto later adopts it for Hinata.
    • Sai attempts this on Sakura when they first meet, by calling her "ugly". It goes as well as you'd expect. Later, Ino tries to explain to Sai that you should only use nicknames with people you're close to, not with strangers. He later calls Sakura "Pinky", and Ino mentions that he's improving but still needs to work on the nicknames.
  • Airborne Mook: During the first day of the Fourth Ninja War, several winged Zetsu clones (nicknamed "Flyers") are among the ranks attacking the Shinobi Allied forces.
  • Alien Hair: Mei's Sage Mode replaces her hair with tentacles.
  • Alliterative Family: After the timeskip, we have Shizune, her husband Shisui, their son Shiro and their daughter Shizuka. Both children's names got a lot of groans and eye-rolls when they were announced.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Hidan and Kakuzu attack and take over control of Takigakure when they come searching for Fu, though she manages to escape capture. They stay there in wait knowing she'll eventually come back.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Two examples during the Final Battle of the Fourth Ninja War:
    • Despite managing to match the Ten-Tails in power together, Naruto and Hinata are unable to fully bind it to free the trapped Tailed Beasts from it. They call for everyone in the Allied Forces to share their chakra with them, and in doing so they finally manage to overpower it with their sheer numbers.
    • Naruto and Hinata are able to surpass Madara Uchiha together by using the Golden Avatar of Kalika, so he forcibly uses the chakra of the Tailed Beasts (trapped in the Chibaku Tensei planetoids) to give his Susanoo a bigger power boost, turning it into the Six Paths Perfect Susanoo. In turn, the rest of the Konoha 15 enter the Avatar of Kalika and give it their respective powers and abilities, turning it into the Almighty Avatar of Konoha.
  • Almighty Janitor: During the Chunin Exam finals, Naruto, Sasuke, Tenten, Lee, and Neji are all refered to by the narration as being "Elite Genin", being so much more powerful in comparison to their peers that they're basically Chunin level in all but name. The former three all make Chunin on their first try, while the latter two fail to even make it to the finals and had to wait until the next one.
  • Altar Diplomacy Discussed. After finding out that Shisui Uchiha is engaged to Shizune (who is a Senju via adoption), an Edo Tensei revived Hashirama wonders if such a union would have been able to bring the two clans together during the Warring States Period. Tsunade says that it's more likely that they would have been executed by their clans for treason.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents:
    • Choza is this to Choji when the latter is introducing Karui to him.
    • Kushina's chakra ghost gets a moment of this, since she's happier for Naruto getting a cute girlfriend than making jonin at age sixteen, or taming Kurama.
    • The second half of the Hanabi Gaiden has a sibling variant, with Itachi teasing Sasuke about "using protection" with Sakura.
  • Amazon Chaser: According to Choza, Akimichi men have a thing for strong women.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Post-timeskip, Fu has grown from her scrawny canon self into this. Temari also has a rather athletic build, albeit not as pronounced as Fu's.
  • An Arm and a Leg: During the Fourth Ninja War, Kurotsuchi manages to petrify and destroy one of the arms of Hashirama's Wood Giant. However, it's only temporary as it eats a giant tree to regenerate it.
  • And I Must Scream:
  • …And That Little Girl Was Me: When Naruto asks Jiraiya about his past and why he doesn't have a surname, Jiraiya tells him how, during the First Ninja War, Hiruzen Sarutobi's unit found a white-haired baby as the Sole Survivor among the rubble of a destroyed city. The baby was brought back to Konoha, raised in and orphanage until he was five, and eventually decided to become a ninja. Obviously, Naruto deduces that baby was Jiraiya himself.
  • And This Is for...:
    • In Chapter 86, Deidara tries to invoke this on Kurenai, but stops midway when he notices her doing hand seals. He uses Release to dispel her genjutsu before going again:
      "Like I was saying, this is for my man Sasori! Die!"
    • In Chapter 130, during the battle against the Ten Tails, Naruto moves the Golden Avatar of Kalika to give the beast a roundhouse kick, causing its attack to blow up in its face, and then declares that it was for Killer B.
    • In Chapter 131, Hanabi goes to deliver a few blows on Madara, first for the beating he gave her earlier, then for her teammates, and another for her sister.
  • Anger Born of Worry:
    • Tsunade understandably gets pissed when she finds Hagane after he escaped from the hospital to go and help with the fight against Akatsuki without warning.
    • The Raikage, upon learning that Killer B isn't dead as he assumed yells in rage that he's going to kill him himself. Sure enough, he lets him have it during Chapter 95 when they meet again.
  • Animal Jingoism: Kiba and Tamaki have an immediate hatred for one another due to their respective affinity for dogs and cats. Well, they claim it's hatred. Everyone else (except Naruto) sees it as Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Summoned animals from the same tribe refuse to fight each other. Should two combatants with the same contract perform a summoning, they'll simply desummon themselves until the fight is over. Anko takes advantage of this during her fight against Orochimaru, since he has access to bigger snakes and it's therefore a bigger disadvantage for him.
  • Apologetic Attacker:
    • Fugaku and Itachi when they're about to kill to each other. The latter is the only one who succeeds.
    • The First and Second Hokages, after being revived with Edo Tensei to attack Konoha, as well as Minato and Kushina.
    • Kurenai mentally asks Yakumo to forgive her for using her parents' images as part of her genjutsu to get through to her, even calling it a cheap shot on her part.
  • Apology Gift: Naruto brings some cinnamon rolls for Hinata when he goes to apologize for not paying her attention when she tried to comfort him at the hospital due to Hagane being put in a coma. While she tells him there's nothing he should apologize for, she gladly accepts them anyway.
  • Archer Archetype:
    • Kidomaru uses primarily a bow and arrows to attack.
    • In Chapter 56, Tenten revealed to have developed a chakra bow that doesn't need physical ammo, even capable of channeling elemental chakra. Later, Hinata and Haku get their own bows.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Hinata, of all people, gives one to Sakura, questioning her reasons for wanting to be a ninja. Sakura realizes that, other than trying to impress Sasuke, she doesn't have anything.
    • She tops herself in Chapter 58. When she's named the new head of the Hyuga Clan, she calls to abolish the Caged Bird Seal practice altogether. Naturally, many of the Main Branch members begin to protest, with a woman even calling her a tyrant. Her response:
    "Tyrant? Imposing my will by force? Isn't that what the Main House has been doing to the Branch House for generations?"
    • Played for Laughs in Chapter 73: Tsunade asks Naruto why he hasn't asked her for any training. He briefly struggles to come up with an excuse as he still has nightmares with her Training from Hell.
    • In Chapter 86 Yin Kurama prepares a Tailed-Beast Ball. Kakashi prepares to counter it using Kamui, until Obito reminds him that Shino is inside the dimension.
    "And I don't think you plan to sacrifice him like that, do you, Kakashi?"
    • Chapter 88 throws a few at Konan and Nagato:
      • After they reveal that Obito was Madara Uchiha's disciple, Tsunade asks how Madara could still be alive, since Hashirama supposedly killed him and brought the corpse as proof. They admit they don't have an answer to that.
      • Later, Naruto asks them if Yahiko would approve of their actions should he still be alive. Konan's only response is to yell at him to shut up.
    • Kurenai is forced to use this on Yakumo, asking her if her parents would be proud of her being one of Danzo's puppets to finally get her to stand down.
    • In the flashback of Chapter 94, Madara asks Obito after reading the story of Indra's journal if he really thinks that Asura's approach to make the world a better place actually worked in the long run.Obito finds himself unable to reply.
    • In Chapter 129, in response to Obito's Motive Rant about how sacrifices are necessary for a "perfect" world with no war or conflict, Rin asks if he would sacrifice her if she had to die for such a world to exist. This pretty much plants the seed of doubt to finally open his eyes about what he's doing.
  • Armor-Piercing Response:
    • When they finally run into each other during the Konoha Invasion, Orochimaru taunts Jiraiya saying "Once a buffoon, always a buffoon". Jiraiya quickly retorts by reminding that he became Hokage, which used to be Orochimaru's goal, briefly distracting him.
    • During the Akatsuki invasion, Deidara gets angry at Kurenai's confusing tactics, and demands that she "fights [him] like a real ninja". Kurenai amusedly replies that she is fighting like a real ninja: through trickery and deception.
    • A more serious instance, again with Kurenai, happens in Chapter 89. Yakumo yells at Kurenai that she knows nothing about her parents. Kurenai calmly replies that, indeed, that might be true, but since she has a daughter of her own, she'd be saddened to see her fall into a dark road, or worse, suffering the guilt for causing her death.
  • Are We There Yet?: Naruto to Jiraiya at the start of Chapter 7. Fortunately for the sannin, they reach their destination right when he’s reached the limit of his patience.
  • Arm Cannon:
    • Tsunade uses one in Chapter 91, while testing the abilities granted by the Rinnegan.
    • During the Fourth Ninja War, the Zetsu clone army includes a variant (named Snipers by the allied forces) with the right arm mutated into a flower-like cannon, that fires corrosive spores.
  • Arranged Marriage: Discussed in Chapter 109. Suzumebachi tells her brothers that they might have chances of marrying members of the Kinryu clan if they're able to show their worth to Kurotsuchi.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Kushina's chakra ghost lists Naruto's achievements in order: becoming a jonin at age sixteen, taming Kurama, and most importantly, getting himself a cute girlfriend.
  • Art Imitates Life: Sai's signature jutsu: Super Beast Imitation Drawing.
  • Artistic License: Averted when it comes to eye surgery, as every known instance has a professional doing the implant.
  • Ascended Extra: Several examples, see characters pages for more details.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Hamura Otsutsuki states that while his physical body died ages ago, his soul is tied to the Tenseigan's chakra, which enables him to communicate with anybody who awakens it.
  • Asshole Victim: In her Gaiden sidestory, when Hanabi ends up unleashing the Tenseigan's power and kills off Kariya and the Main House Hyugas who were plotting to assasinate her along with her mother and sister, she tries to ease her consciousness by telling herself that they deserved it.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: When she sees firsthand Hinata has awakened the Tenseigan and the powers it grants her, Hikari Hyuga decides to step down and officially name her the new Head of the clan.
  • Ass Kicks You: Tamaki's Feline Aerial Bomber has her drop herself from above, rear-first on Obito's face. Later during the Fourth Ninja War, she uses a version called Blazing Feline Aerial Bomber, after setting herself on fire.
  • Attack Animal: Kiba has his dog Akamaru, and Tamaki has her cats Denka and Hina.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever:
    • The Wrath of Jashin, a humanoid giant monster created by merging the Sons of Jashin. According to their cultists, it is an avatar of their god.
    • During the Fourth Ninja War, Obito summons Hashirama's Wood Giant to go on a rampage against the allied forces, and it takes the combined efforts of Team Shizune, Team Gai, and Kurotsuchi to finally bring it down.
  • Attention Deficit Oh Shiny: Hinata and Hanabi request Fu to teach them how to fly. Unfortunately, the Taki jinchuriki becomes distracted when she spots a passing squirrel.
    "Come here, Squirrel! I wan't you to become my pet!"
  • Author Appeal:
    • In chapter 15, Ander mentions liking Kurenai Yūhi and dislikes how underdeveloped she is in canon.
    • It's not hard to discern that the author likes Mei Terumi a lot, and her village to a lesser extent. He went to write an original arc between Parts I and II about the Kiri Civil War that heavily features her.
    • The author stated many times his dislike for the original Kazekage Rescue Arc, mostly how Kankuro and Temari were Out of Focus and replaced with Chiyo, a character he isn't very fond of.
    • In Chapter 57, he also reveals that he didn't like the "twist" of Naruto and Sasuke being the reincarnations of Asura and Indra.
    • In Chapter 116, the notes also state that he enjoys writing Shizune, since she can play a good foil to many characters, and feels sad that not many writers bother with her.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • At some point after the Sound Invasion and before the Kiri Civil War, Naruto created a Chakra Blade with the intention of it being mass produced. The issue was, the prototype ended up eating a lot of chakra, something Naruto wouldn’t have noticed due to his massive reserves. As a result, he ended up changing the design so that those with average or below average reserves would make use of it.
    • According to Kiba in Chapter 84, the Two-Headed Wolf transformation with Akamaru was powerful, but too big and hard to control and maneuver, which led him to develop a variant by turning them into a werewolf.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
    • Kiba and Tamaki constantly bicker and they seem unable to withstand the other. In Chapter 36, however, Kiba makes it clear that he cares for her more than he lets on, and she actually seems moved at this.
    • A more paternal example occurs between Zabuza and Haku in Chapter 50. Mei remarks that Zabuza cares for Haku like a son, which of course he's quick to deny.
  • Axe-Crazy: In the eyes of Pakura, Gari is this due to his enjoyment of being forced to fight the Alliance after being reanimated.
  • Babies Ever After:
    • Early in the story, Jiraiya and Tsunade have twins named Kaida and Hagane.
    • During the time skip, Shizune and Shisui have their son named Shiro. And later their daughter Shizuka.
    • Prior to the start of Shippuden, Yugao and Hayate also have a child named Seiichi.
    • Sometime during the time skip, Mei and Zabuza become a couple and Mei gets pregnant.
    • Asuma and Kurenai's canon daughter, Mirai, is born in Chapter 76.
    • Just about everyone is shown to have had childern in the epilogue, with several canon couples actually having more children than they did in the manga.
  • Back from the Dead: Somehow, Obito found a way to properly revive Rin, but even this doesn't deter him from his plans, whatever they might be.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • The Akatsuki succeed in capturing some of the Tailed-Beast hosts.
    • Chapter 67 ends with Obito successfully capturing Yugito Nii despite Team Shizune's best efforts.
    • In Chapter 70, Pain and Konan successfully capture Ukataka.
    • In Chapter 75, Orochimaru takes Roshi away too, although he sacrifices Hebimaru to do so.
  • Bad with the Bone: Like in canon, Kimimaro's bloodline limit gives him the ability to manipulate and use his bones as all sorts of weapons. Orochimaru later successfully integrates the ability into himself.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • When Naruto is about to get his Chunin vest, Jiraiya stops halfway and decides that doing so on Naruto's first try would be Nepotism, so Naruto will have to wait until he retires. However, Jiraiya was just Trolling his adoptive son for the ANBU to get a picture of his face.
    • The Flash Forward of Chapter 32 was presented in a way that made it look as if Sasuke had decided to turn on Konoha out of revenge for his clan like in canon and Naruto was trying to prevent him from leaving. As it turns out, the roles are reversed: Naruto was brainwashed by Obito using Kotoamatsukami, and it's up to Sasuke to stop him from going willingly and let himself be captured by Akatsuki.
    • When the revived Hashirama learns that a Senju woman (Shizune, through adoption) is about to marry an Uchiha man (Shisui), he approaches seemingly with killing intent... only to grab Shisui into a hug and welcome him to the family.
    • Played for laughs in Chapter 107. When Naruto tells Fu how he's come to see the other jinchuriki as family, especially thinking of Gaara like a brother, Fu is moved, and agrees that she always wanted a little brother... to torment him to no end and proceeds to give him a noogie.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: In Chapter 109, when Tamaki makes fun of Shino for being mad at Suzumebachi saving him (due to being from a rival clan), Kiba says she can't be right about that, and Shino thinks he's defending him... until Kiba says that Shino is so obviously above such petty things he wouldn't let that bother him too much. Shino comments that he preferred them when they bickered with each other.
  • Balance of Power:
    • Discussed during the Kirigaguke Civil War arc. Danzo believes they should let the war go on so Konoha can crush them when they're weakened and reap the benefits, whereas Jiraiya prefers to help Mei overthrow Yagura so they can form an alliance with them, which alongside Suna would tip the scales on their favor to deter Iwa and Kumo from possibly attacking them.
    • Hashirama offering some Tailed Beasts to other ninja villages was meant to create this so as to have a degree of stability among them. According to Madara, it backfired horribly and ended up causing the First Ninja War, so his endgame is to defy this by concentrating all the power into himself, like he feels the Sage of Six Paths should have done ages ago.
  • Bar Brawl: Well, more like "Restaurant Rampage", but that's pretty much what happens during the Konoha Ninjas' celebration after the Chunin exams.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Fu considers this an important part of herself. To the point she has Chomei retract the chakra armor around that area to expose her abs.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Shiro Uchiha is an in-universe example. After news of his mother's pregnancy came out, pretty much everyone was of one of two opinions: that the "Red Eyed Demons" would be better off disappearing, or that it'd be good for there to be more Sharingan users among the village's ranks.
  • Bash Brothers:
    • Shikamaru and Choji as per canon, with the former as the brains and the latter as the brawns as they battle against Jirobo in Chapter 36.
    • Sakura and Ino become a female version in Chapter 37, against Sakon and Ukon who are themselves an evil version of this trope.
    • Itachi and Sasuke fight as a team during the start of the Fourth Ninja War in Chapter 101.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Obito unleashes Kurama's Yin half on a Kumo outpost to lure one of their jinchuriki out to capture. As he predicted, Yugito Nii ends up leaving the village to investigate and in the ensuing battle, she ends up being captured.
    • Chapter 90 reveals that he played a bigger one on Danzo, of all people. All he had to do was implant an idea in the man's head (of letting Akatsuki gather all Tailed Beasts in a single place to take them back) and let his personal ambitions do the rest. Thanks to this, Akatsuki was able to capture Ukataka and Roshi before Konoha could secure them.
  • Bat Out of Hell: At the start of his fight with Ino, Sai summons a swarm of ink bats to attack her.
  • Battle Couple: Most of the ninja couples count when they fight together.
    • During the Kirigakure Invasion arc, Yagura fights alongside his wife, Aiko.
  • Beam-O-War:
    • Sasuke and Karui's battle in the Chunin exams finals ends this way, with a clash of the former's Fire Dragon Stream versus the latter's Thunder Dragon Blast. The former wins.
    • The Hyuga sisters later get into one against Toneri, each using their respective Wheel Reincarnation Explosion attacks. The sisters manage to overpower him together, albeit barely.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: The only known method to remove the mind control effects of Kotoamatsukami is to inflict potentially life threatening injuries on the victim. Sasuke ends up having to do this to Naruto in the climax of the Senju Twins Retrival arc by stabbing him through the gut and shocking him from the inside out. It ends up being deconstructed when Obito briefly tricks him into thinking that the wounds were fatal so that he'd awaken his Mangekyo Sharingan and the guilt of nearly killing one of his friends is still haunting him after the Time Skip.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Tsunade and Jiraiya experience this in Chapter 3, after having gotten drunk.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • The Kazekage is interrupted during a very important meeting and muses that he hopes it's 'someone better be dying' levels for the interruption. His son, Gaara, has been captured by the Akatsuki, and is likely in the process of dying as they try to extract his tailed beast.
    • Played for Laughs in Chapter 59. Since Zabuza wants to become Mizukage after Mei, she's letting him handle the job in her absence so he gets used to it... along with the meetings and paperwork he has to handle.
    • In the same chapter, Fu is shown wishing for an excuse to go visit her boyfriend and considers asking the village leader for a mission that will take her to the Land of Fire. Cue Akatsuki invading the village and her being sent to get help from Konoha.
    • Kurenai in Chapter 81 confides to Shizune that after Rin came Back from the Dead, part of her wished that the same happened to her former student, Yakumo Kurama. And she did come back, as one of Danzo's minions.
    • Maki in Chapter 101 is starting to regret wanting to be able to see Pakura after her death when the latter is brought back by Edo Tensei.
  • Bee Bee Gun:
    • Deidara can use his explosive clay to create giant queen bees, capable of firing explosive shots from their abdomens.
    • The Kamizuru Clan from Iwa uses bees in a similar fashion to the Aburame their kikai beetles.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension:
    • Seems to be the case between Mei and Zabuza. The former acts very flirtatious to him (more than usual, in any case) and goes to great lengths to recruit him for her cause, while the latter is very angry for having to follow her orders and play second fiddle to her. By the time of the Hidan and Kakuzu arc, they've become an item, and Mei is pregnant with their child.
    • Tamaki and Kiba's constant bickering also borders on this, which hasn't gone unnoticed by the rest of their friends (barring Naruto).
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don’t call Tsunade old to her face.
    • Kage in general get pissed off when the leaders of lesser villages are treated as their equals. This is actually what lead to the fall of Uzushiogakure, since Kuniotoko Uzumaki declaring himself to be the "Uzukage" during the Second Ninja War was considered so egregious that Kiri and Kumo (who were at war with each other at the time) joined forces to wipe them out.
    • Anko cannot stand the mere mention of Orochimaru's name.
    • A good way to rile Sasuke up is to mention the Uchiha Insurrection.
    • Deconstructed with Choji. Like in canon, he can't stand being called fat, but his father makes him to control his anger when insulted, since a ninja who's so easily provoked is a dead man walking.
    • Naruto has it for anybody who threatens his friends and loved ones by default, but running into the guy who tried to kidnap Hinata as a child and now wants to take her away from him, his first reaction is to try to kill the guy.
    • In Chapter 79, Hinata was already in Tranquil Fury mode against Hanabi's kidnappers, but the moment one of them suggested using Hanabi as a living shield, her face turns red and she switches to Unstoppable Rage.
    • The Raikage flies into a rage when he gets the news of Killer B being found and possibly captured by Akatsuki.
    • Ameyuri dislikes being treated as a little girl.
  • Best Friends-in-Law:
    • Itachi and Shizune develop an Intergenerational Friendship early in the story, and it's through that friendship that Shizune meets her eventual husband, Itachi's cousin Shisui.
    • It's implied that Naruto and Hinata's mothers were friends back when the former was alive. Kushina's chakra ghost also mentions that she had originally theorized that Naruto would end up with the second child of her best friend Mikoto, though that obviously never happened since said kid turned out to be a boy.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Hinata is as sweet and gentle as in canon. She also earned the title of the best kunoichi of her generation, and in the Chunin exams she proved more than capable of giving her opponents a run for their money. She also becomes the first member of the cast in-story who kills an Akatsuki member. To top it off, in Chapter 58 she's named Head of the Hyuga Clan by her mother, and manages to shut up the Main House members who protest about her call to abolish the Caged Bird Seal practice altogether. And that's not even taking into account when her little sister is in danger.
    • Fu is no slouch either: she's a cheerful and friendly ball of energy who loves nothing more than hanging out with her friends. But if you piss her off, she can and will grab a whole tree and use it as a club to smack you to death. She's not the Seven-Tails' jinchuriki for nothing.
    • Shizune is often depicted as a caring and gentle woman, whether it be to her adopted little brother, her students, or her husband and children. Of course, one should not forget that she was personally trained by one of the Sannin and specializes in choking her opponents to death with poisonous gas.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The Fourth Ninja War has Akatsuki, led by Obito and the remaining members, and Orochimaru, who provides the Edo Tensei zombies for the army, as the main threats for the Shinobi Allied Forces.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Naruto will do anything to protect his adoptive siblings, which Orochimaru exploits to lead him into a trap.
    • Hinata feels the same towards Hanabi. It hits full force when Danzo's minions kidnap Hanabi during Chapter 79.
    • As well as Temari, who doesn't hide her worry for Gaara when he gets kidnapped.
    • Inverted in Chapter 76, with Sasuke becoming enraged and determined to make Akatsuki pay for hurting Itachi.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Itachi and Shisui to Sasuke.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Shino has a jutsu that can enlarge some of his kikai beetles to the size of a large cat. Though it does consume a good chunk of his chakra.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Plenty of moments during the final arc of Part I:
    • Choji goes back to help Shikamaru against Jirobo.
    • Zabuza comes to deal with Kimimaro, so the rest of the rescue group can continue with their mission.
    • At the climax, Kakashi, Asuma, Kurenai, Tenten, Hinata, Haku and Karin show up to rescue Naruto and Sasuke from Obito's clutches.
    • Naruto and Haku arrive to help Hinata and the others against Sasori's puppet army at the end of the Gaara Rescue Arc.
    • Naruto has another moment during Chapter 84, after vanishing for a while. He'd gone to the underground bunker to set up his clones for Sage Mode safely before arriving to fight Akatsuki.
    • When Natsu Hyuga and several others are about to be killed by mutant-Zetsu clones, Itachi arrives to help them.
    • In Chapter 130, Jiraiya and Tsunade return to the battlefield, just in time to save Naruto and Hinata from the Ten Tails.
  • Big Damn Kiss:
    • Chapter 31 has three of them, used to signal the birth of each of the newly formed couples.
    • There's one more between Kiba and Tamaki during Chapter 132.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Tsunade has one in Chapter 4 when Shizune tells her she's pregnant and will have to go nine months without drinking.
    • Killer B, when the Raikage is about to throw Jiraiya's Icha Icha book to the ground, even jumping to save it.
    • Tsunade has another when Naruto loses to Gaara in the final of the Chunin exams, thus losing all the money she bet on him.
    • The omake of Chapter 68 ends with one from the Ame genin, when he's about to be tortured by Itachi for information by forcing him to watch the filler season of a shonen series.
    • In Chapter 83, Tsunade has a third one when she rushes to the hospital room where Hagane is being kept, only to find it empty. It turns out Hagane woke up from his coma and chose to fight in the invasion.
    • In Chapter 129 Shino, of all people, yells out one when Fu gets Chomei sucked out of her, leaving her in a near-death state.
  • Big Sister Bully: Inverted and played for laughs in Chapter 107. Naruto tells Fu that he'd like to see her as a sister. She's moved and then replies she always wanted a little brother... to torment, and then proceeds to give him a noogie while laughing like crazy, prompting Naruto to take back what he said.
  • Bio-Augmentation: Orochimaru in the Shippuden part of the story, as he integrated Wood Release, Lava Release, and the Dead Bone Pulse into his body.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • The Kirigakure War arc ends this way. The rebel forces and their Konoha allies succeed in their invasion to depose the current regime and end the Bloody Mist once and for all, but it comes at the cost of Yagura being taken by Kisame and Deidara, not to mention the casualties his captors are responsible for.
    • The Roshi arc as well, leaning more to the bitter side as Akatsuki makes off with another jinchuriki, although this time the heroes take Hebimaru with them, as Orochimaru leaves him behind before making his escape.
    • The Root arc ends with Danzo slipping away from Konoha and joining Orochimaru, still with a fair amount of followers in tow. However, his treachery has been exposed and he's been branded a criminal, ensuring that he'll never be welcome back in Konoha, and he fails at his secondary goal of retrieving any of the potential assets he planned to take with him.
    • Chapter 122 ends with the death of Maito Gai, who sacrificed his life so his students and many others could survive to fight another day. Despite the countless casualties inflicted by Madara alone in the Second Division, his Heroic Sacrifice buys the alliance some time, injuring him enough that he'll take a while to recover.
  • Bizarro Universe: It seems the Genjustu World in this fic is exactly like the one that appears in Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja.
  • Blade Lock: Sasuke and Karui have a couple of these during the Chunin Exams finals. The second time, Karui channels Lightning Release chakra through her sword to break Sasuke's.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • According to Mei Terumi, despite the perks of having a powerful Bloodline Limit, it also entails many troubles, such as the need to pass it down to the next generation.
    • Yakumo Kurama sees her powers as nothing but a source of misery, as they killed her parents and brought Danzo to forcibly recruit her into Root.
  • Blood Knight:
    • Anko seems to be the only one who is giddy over the prospect of going to war. She's also disappointed due to not being able to participate in the Kiri Civil War.
    • Gari is having fun fighting against the Alliance despite not being in control as an Edo Tensei zombie and is disappointed that his intended targets didn’t die thanks to Pakura.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Obito lampshades this when he's confronted in Chapter 66, admitting that he was careless in his previous attacks on Konoha and made many rookie mistakes. And despite his claims, he stills ends up falling prey to it when Sasuke figures out the weakness of his powers.
  • Bookends: The story begins with Jiraiya and Tsunade returning to Konoha. The final scene of the epilogue has them reflecting on how much their village has changed in over three decades.
  • Boring, but Practical:
    • The story makes it clear that even basic ninjutsu such as the Body Replacement and Hiding Like A Mole can be very useful if used correctly.
    • In Chapter 113, when Hinata pulls out Tenten's chakra bow, Toneri dismisses it saying that he expected something more impressive from her. Big mistake, as it's all she needs to get one clean shot to finish him off.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: After reading the story of Indra and Asura, upon being asked what he thinks of it, Obito answers that both brothers had good points in their arguments, though he sides slightly more with Asura. That is, until Madara asks if his approach actually worked in the long run.
  • Bullying the Disabled: Averted. Naruto mistakenly believes Hinata is blind when he defends her from the bullies picking on her, possibly helped by the fact they were calling her eyes creepy. While she's grateful for his help, she needs to clear up that she's not actually blind.
  • Bully Hunter: As in canon, Naruto defends Hinata from the three bullies picking on her and actually manages to beat them.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The Hyugas who plotted to murder Hikari Hyuga and her daughters really should have seen it coming when they decided to threaten Hanabi after she discovered their plot, knowing the power she had with the Tenseigan as Hinata had previously demonstrated.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Naruto doesn't even recognize Zaku, Kin and Dosu when he meets them again during Chapter 73, even though he fought them twice.
  • Break Them by Talking:
  • Breather Episode:
    • Chapter 31 is this, set between the Chunin exams and the final arc for Part I.
    • After the end of Kakuzu and Hidan arc, Chapter 65 focuses on the wedding of Kurenai and Asuma.
    • Chapter 76 is titled "Recovery", lifting some weight off the aftermath of the failed retrieval of Roshi and before the Root Arc.
    • Chapters 81 and 82 are set after the Root arc, as prelude to an incoming invasion from Akatsuki at Konoha.
    • Chapter 91 takes a breather from the aftermath of the Akatsuki invasion and Danzo's final stand that continues in Chapter 92 in preparation for the Five Kage Summit.
    • Chapters 103, 106, 109 and 116 are downplayed examples, given that they're just brief respites dealing with the aftermath of every day of battle during the Fourth Ninja War.
    • According to Word of God, Chapter 123 is the final respite until the story's end, and given that it comes right after two episodes full of action and drama, it's no surprise.
  • Breath Weapon: Many of the Fire Release techniques are used like this. There's also Haku's Winter Breath.
  • Bridal Carry:
    • Naruto catches Hinata in his arms after Pain knocks her out of the sky.
    • Hinata does it to Hanabi in Chapter 79, after rescuing her from Danzo's henchmen.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Genjutsu World!Lee doesn't see the need to train, claiming that he has all the natural talent he needs.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: To prove her point about not needing chakra armor around her midriff, Fu dares Naruto to punch her in the stomach (offering to treat him with ramen if he makes her recoil). He ends up breaking his hand.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Kaida and Hagane, the children of Jiraiya and Tsunade. Their clones Hebiko and Hebimaru are themselves an evil version, and they even get to fight against each other.
  • The Brute: The bigger and stronger mutant Zetsu clones are even nicknamed "Brutes" by the Shinobi Allied Forces.
  • Brutal Honesty: Kosuke the messenger toad, directly cites that Jiraiya called Rasa "a man who sucks the living joy out of you just by being in the same room" when delivering his message.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Hotaru comes back in chapter 100 to participate in the Fourth Shinobi World War.
    • In a strange twist, some of the reanimated zombies during the Fourth War are characters who died in previous arcs, like Mizuki.
    • Iruka Umino, last seen during the Sound Invasion, reappears during Chapter 116.
  • Call-Back: When Shino first meets Fu, he comes to the conclusion that her ability to sprout wings is due to a Bloodline limit since he doesn't know that she's Chomei's jinchuriki yet. By the time the two of them are married in the epilogue, it becomes a Bloodline Limit since both of their children inherit it.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name:
    • Haku never refers to his foster parents as anything other than "Hayate-san" and "Yugao-san". For that matter, he always calls Zabuza "Zabuza-sama", even long after it becomes clear to both of them that their relationship is far more than that of a master and servant.
    • Shizune is treated as the eldest of Jiraiya and Tsunade's children, though she only ever addresses them by name (or rank in the case of Jiraiya). The closest she gets for using familial terms with them is calling Tsunade grandma in reference to her own son.
    • Naruto has a brief slip into this in Chapter 99, implied to be out of respect for the ghosts of his biological parents. Minato and Kushina however are fine with him calling Jiraiya and Tsunade "Dad" and "Mom", since they were the ones to raise him.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: When the Uchiha brothers encounter Fugaku, Sasuke lets him have it for leading their clan into near extinction. Fugaku accepts he has all the right to be angry at him.
  • Came Back Strong: The process that brought Rin back from the dead also granted her Wood Release and a Healing Factor. Madara is also undergoing it to restore himself to his prime once he can't stave death any longer.
  • Campfire Character Exploration: There's a bit of this every once in a while. Notably, Chapters 103 and 106 (which take place during the first and second nights of the Fourth Ninja War) has some groups talking to each other on the aftermath of their battles.
  • Canis Major:
    • Kiba and Akamaru, like in canon, can transform together into a giant two-headed wolf. By the Shippuden timeframe, they upgrade it to a three-headed one adding a Shadow Clone to the mix.
    • One of Pain's bodies can summon varied beasts, including a whole pack of giant monster dogs.
    • Sai can also create large ink dogs to attack his opponents.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Downplayed with Sasuke in Chapter 100. With his teammates assigned to the Medical Division, he privately admits that he's grown used to them and misses them.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You:
    • Played for Laughs. When asked why they don't just kill Tora instead of having to go through the trouble to catch her, Tenzo/Yamato replies that she represents fifteen percent of Konoha's total income, thus doing that would be a major blow to the village's economy.
    • On the other hand, among the Akatsuki Obito can't wait for the day Orochimaru's usefulness to come to an end so he can get rid of him, and is annoyed that he can't off him now.
    • As in canon, the Akatsuki members need to capture the jinchuriki alive, lest they'd end up losing their tailed beasts.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Hiruzen Sarutobi is almost fatally wounded while battling Fugaku and his elite Uchihas. He's saved thanks to Itachi's intervention, but he's forced to step down as Hokage as a result of this battle.
  • Cat Girl: Tamaki uses a combo transformation jutsu with Hina in Chapter 84 to turn into one for a power boost, complete with feline ears, eyes and tail.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Justifed. After Jiraiya requests help from her and Rasa to retake Takigakure from Akatsuki in a week's time, Mei comments that she probably wouldn't be able to get her forces there until after the fighting is over (Kiri is significantly further away from Taki than Konoha and Suna are). To make up for it, she makes sure to have things like food, medicine, and other vital supplies delivered for once the battle is over.
  • Cavalry Betrayal: Villainous example: at the end of the Retrieval arc, Obito is facing down multiple Jonin as well as a released Rin who makes it clear that she is not having any part of his plans, and is willing to do anything before she is taken away a second time. Zetsu pops up and Obito orders him to assist, but Zetsu instead knocks him out with sleep dust and flees.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Part I at least, is pretty much this. The introduction arc is very lighthearted, focusing on Jiraiya and Tsunade's growing relationship as they raise baby Naruto. Then, we dive into the Uchiha Insurrection arc, probably the darkest arc of the first part. Then, it's followed by the Academy three-parter, which focuses on Naruto and his classmates training to become ninjas, as well as developing some of their friendships. Then, we have the Land of Sound arc, in which Naruto and his team finds that Orochimaru had taken over the Land of Rice, and they have to evacuate the last remaining town not under his control before it's too late. This is then followed by the Chunin Exams, focused mostly on friendly competition and romance, which is finally followed by the Invasion of Konoha, sperheaded by Orochimaru.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Like in canon, Gai and Lee fight using exclusively taijutsu. The latter manages to overpower Mizuki even while using Orochimaru's Cursed Seal.
  • Chekhov's Gag: In Chapter 95, Hinata accidentally shocked Naruto when the two kissed. Chapter 99 reveals that Hinata passed some of her chakra to him, which manifests alongside with Minato’s and Kushina’s when Naruto is trying to tame Kurama.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • During the Uchiha coup, Obito takes a few Byakugan eyes from dead Hyūga, including those belonging to Hiashi, which Obito considers to be most important. Considering that Toneri has unlocked the Tenseigan, it's likely that Obito gave him Hiashi's eyes. For the others, during the Sound Invasion, one of Orochimaru's snakes has the Byakugan. In addition, Obito has implanted a Byakugan in his left eye socket after having Shisui’s Sharingan taken away during his capture of Yugito.
    • Chapter 20 mentions the Hero Water, an elixir found in Takigakure capable of increasing the power of those who drink it, but at risk of potentially fatal results. Fu was given a vial of it for the Chunin Exams, which she drinks during her fight with Gaara.
      • Later in Chapter 64, turns out Kakuzu and Hidan stole a bit of it, and they drink it themselves to get a power boost when Naruto and the others are causing them troubles.
    • The Scroll of Seals, of all things. After being stolen by Mizuki, Orochimaru uses its knowledge to cure Kimimaro of his disease. Furthermore, he also learns from it on how to extract souls inside the Reaper's stomach, which allows him to resurrect Minato and Kushina. And much later, it's stolen back from him by Hebiko, who offers it to Jiraiya as part of a bargain to get her brother Hebimaru back.
    • Obito takes Shisui's eye from Danzo before he can transplant it to himself. Fast forward a few years, he uses it to brainwash Naruto using Kotoamatsukami so he willingly comes with him. Later, it turns out that he also used it on Danzo, both to keep an eye on Orochimaru and to undermine Konoha's efforts to retrieve the Tailed Beasts with nobody suspecting it was his plan.
    • At the end of the Kirigakure War arc, Konoha retrieves some Chakra Golems for study, and at the beginning of Part II a few are given to Suna as well. Turns out Kankuro got himself one as a new puppet, named Tamotsu. The Golems would again come into play when the Akatsuki invades Konoha. Jiraiya activates them so that they can be used as an army of sorts. The Golems would again be used during the reconstruction after the Akatsuki Invasion and later as combatants during the Fourth War.
    • During the Kirigakure Civil War arc, Rin cut herself a finger to show her Healing Factor, which was retrieved by Sai and given to Danzo. Come Chapter 80, he's revealed to have used it to stabilize Hashirama's cells, enabling him to properly use Wood Release.
    • During the early arcs it's revealed that the Senjus have an underground bunker to use as shelter during emergencies such as the Uchiha Insurrection. Fast-forward to the Akatsuki invasion, Naruto puts this same bunker to use by hiding Shadow Clones in it, which come in handy for him to use Sage Mode in his rematch against Pain and Konan.
    • In Chapter 41, Rin reveals that there was a second cocoon that has the same capabilities used to bring her back to life. In Chapter 94, it’s revealed via flashback that said cocoon contains Madara.
    • Tenten presents a chakra bow she invented during Chapter 56, and Hinata eventually gets one of her own. Fast-forward to Chapter 113, she uses it to give the finishing blow to Toneri.
    • During the Hidan and Kakuzu arc, Kakuzu tore off some of Chomei's wings, which ended up being used by Obito to revive the Ten-Tails during the War Arc.
    • Naruto's chakra sword, of all things, serves as one for the final battle. Once Madara realizes the blade is made of pure chakra energy, he charges in to try and absorb it to replenish his own reserves. Naruto however knew he was going to do this, and lured him into so he would make a mistake, allowing him and the rest of the Konoha 15 to begin their counterattack.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • In Chapter 4, there's an Early-Bird Cameo of Toneri Otsutsuki, of all people. Fastforward to Chapter 55, he's "recruited" into Akatsuki as Sasori's replacement after his death.
    • Yakumo Kurama, Kurenai's former student, is mentioned in Chapter 69 when the Assault Squad visits her grave. She's revealed to be alive in Chapter 77, and reappears in Chapter 79 as part of Danzo's forces in Root.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • Naruto and company are taught, among other things, how to use their chakra to Walk on Water at the ninja academy. Fastforward to the Chunin Exams, the second stage takes place in a lake full of wrecked ships, and this gives them an edge over most of the other Genin teams, who weren't taught this.
    • Early in the story, Naruto is revealed to be able to mold his chakra and share it with other people rather easily, as shown when he shares some with Hinata when they're training together. This comes into play during the Gaara Rescue arc, as they manage to get him barely alive before the Akatsuki can finish their extraction ritual, but they need to perform a chakra transfer in order to save him. Even later, he's also able to apply it as a way to bypass the restrictions to teach Senjutsu to other people without having to sign a summon contract.
    • Ino's Mind Fragmentation Jutsu, originally introduced to create a Psychic Link between herself and her teammates, is revealed to be what Ino used to spy on Danzo through Sai, with the latter none the wiser.
    • Once Hinata gets some mastery in using the Tenseigan's Truth Seeking Balls, she uses them to remove the Branch Hyugas' Caged Bird seal, as well as Anko's Cursed Seal.
    • During the Chunin Exam finals, Sasuke manages to combine Fire and Lightning Release to create a makeshift Plasma Release jutsu. This saves him and Itachi when they fight a revived ninja with the Plasma Release bloodline limit, since Itachi couldn't counter it on his own.
    • During the Senju Twins Retrieval arc, Shino reveals that he's learned to use his chakra to grow his kikai beetles to giant size. Fastforward to the Fourth Ninja War, now he's trained them to eat his enemies' chakra to achieve the same effect, plus destroying them from the inside out as a bonus.
    • Hamura Otsutsuki tells Hinata that he's able to communicate with her through the Tenseigan chakra. Come Chapter 109, Hanabi uses that knowledge to create a Psychic Link to talk to Hinata from far away, and during Chapter 123 she uses it let Hinata know that Naruto might be in danger so she can go help him.
  • Chest Blaster: The Wrath of Jashin attempts one last attack by opening a large eye in its chest, and firing a large chakra beam out of it.
  • Chest Burster: The Demonic Summon: Sons of Jashin, creates demonic creatures that eat the victim from the inside out and then burst out through their chests.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Haku was born in and spent his early years in the Land of Water but grew up in the Land of Fire, and is the only known character who wears the forehead protector from two different ninja villages at the same time (although he wears one of them around his neck). He was specifically appointed as Kiri's ambassador in Konoha for this reason, since he would have a vested interest in maintaining peace between the two nations.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Naruto and Hinata quickly set up as this as in canon, except that they become actual friends during their academy days. They finally become a couple in Chapter 31.
  • Childhood Friends: Naruto quickly becomes this with the Sand Siblings, when he and Jiraiya visit Suna to fix Gaara's seal. He's very happy when they meet again during the Chunin exams.
  • Children Raise You: Looking after Naruto and living together under the same roof ends up bringing out the best of Tsunade and Jiraiya.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Surprisingly, Jiraiya becomes this when he starts living with Tsunade.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • Chapter 62 ends in one, with Hidan using his curse with Kakashi.
    • An even bigger one in Chapter 86, as Pain uses Chibaku Tensei to create a giant planetoid over Konoha, and prepares to crush the village with it.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Heavily downplayed with Hinata. The closest she ever veers into this trope is at one point Naruto winks at Tenten (which wasn't for romantic reasons anyway, and she knew that), and she politely asks him to never do it again.
    • Genjutsu World!Hinata on the other hand, is this full stop mixed with Yandere. Naruto actually uses this to his advantage to goad her into attacking his evil doppelganger.
  • Clones Are People, Too: Knowing that Orochimaru has made biological clones of their children has compelled Jiraiya and Tsunade to try and save them if possible. Naruto convinces Roshi to avoid killing them for this reason. This pays off when Hebiko shows up to offer a deal to help them take down Orochimaru, after he betrayed her and her brother.
  • Cloning Blues: Averted for Hebiko and Hebimaru. They're very much aware of their origin as clones of Kaida and Hagane, but it doesn't seem to affect them that much.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Gai, Lee and Neji mostly specialize in Taijutsu. Sakura and Tsunade, who are mostly oriented to medical ninjutsu, prefer to fight up close physically using their chakra to boost their physical strength.
  • Colony Drop:
    • Pain throws a Chibaku Tensei at Jiraiya, which quickly lifts him up into the air, and begins to suck the debris nearby to create a large planetoid, which he prepares to drop over Konoha to destroy it for good. However, his efforts are thwarted by Tsunade, who shatters it to pieces and rescues Jiraiya from the inside.
    • He does it again when brought back in the Fourth Ninja War in Chapter 111. And unfortunately, this time around Tsunade isn't around to stop it.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in Chapter 122, except that this time it's Madara Uchiha who summons six of them at once. Had it not been for Gai's usage of the Gate of Death, the results would have been much more devastating for the Shinobi Alliance.
  • Combat Breakdown: The final battle between Madara Uchiha and the Konoha 15 ends up this way, after they exhaust most of their energy reserves with their respective chakra avatars and crashland on the Valley of the End, leading them to one last fight using the last of their strength.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: As per canon, this is one of the Sharigan's standard abilities. The Mangekyo Sharingan can even take it further.
  • Combat Medic: Each of the Konoha genin teams is assigned at least one medic-nin, and each of them has some combat training to be able to defend themselves.
  • Combat Sadomasochist:
    • Hidan, full stop. Case in point, his signature jutsu allows him to disable his pain receptors if he wants, but he actively chooses not to do so, since he loves to feel the pain he inflicts on his victims before killing them.
    • Genjutsu World!Hinata seems to be this while sparring with Naruto, moaning in pleasure whenever he lands a hit on her. Naruto cringes and mentally prays that the real one isn't like that inside.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Fu has a... bizarre train of thought, to say the least.
  • Combat Tentacles: Mei can create tentacles and use them to attack an opponent in her Sage Mode.
  • Combination Attack:
    • Mei and Naruto's Scorch Release: Spiraling Burning Wind, which was formed by Mei pouring fire chakra into Naruto's Rasenshuriken.
    • Anko does another with Zaku who uses his Decapitating Airwaves to power up Anko's Great Dragon Fire.
    • In Chapter 78, during the raid of Root's headquarters, Shizune combines her Poison Mist with Shisui's Great Fireball.
    • In Chapter 101, Maki and Ruka combine Water Wall and Gale Palm to create a water tornado that fills the air with droplets, to weaken Edo Tensei!Pakura's Scorch Release attack.
    • Also in Chapter 101, Sasuke adds a Thunderbolt to Itachi's Water Bullet jutsu to counter Edo Tensei!Sutoku's Plasma Release: Light of Death.
  • Comes Great Responsibility:
    • Hinata makes a point of using her newly awakened Tenseigan for good. This prompts her to share it with Hanabi so she doesn't keep that power all for herself. Hanabi takes it the same way in her Gaiden sidestory.
    • Fukasaku, at the end of Chapter 90, tells everyone who finished their sage training to use their new power responsibly.
  • Commonality Connection: Kurenai mentions during her wedding reception that part of the reason why she and Asuma clicked so easily is because they both had issues with their fathers.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Itachi tends to fall in and out of focus between arcs. Justified due to doing a lot of work in charge of Jiraiya's spy and intelligence network, so he needs travel away from Konoha on a regular basis.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Tayuya tells Juugo she didn't ask for his help when he comes in and recovers her flute for her before Kin snatches it.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Haku runs into this during the Kirigakure War arc, debating whether or not to remain with Zabuza even if it means moving to Kiri or staying in Konoha with his team and his girlfriend Tenten. It's eventually resolved when not only does Zabuza give his permission to leave him (in as harsh a manner as he can) but Mei makes him Kiri's ambassador to Konoha.
  • Confusion Fu: Kurenai has taken Haku's habit of combining genjutsu with ninjutsu to confuse his enemies. It works nicely against Deidara, who expects her to attack with a genjutsu, and she instead sends out a Great Breakthrough, catching him off-guard.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In a dubiously-canon omake, Itachi tortures an Ame genin for information using Tsukuyomi... to force him to watch the entire filler season of a shonen series.
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • Shizune to Naruto. Later also to Jiraiya and Tsunade's twins.
    • Hanabi absolutely adores Hinata.
    • For all her sadistic tendencies as a teacher, Kin, Zaku and Dosu have come to view Anko as this.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Downplayed example in Chapter 119. After Kurenai learns how Danzo managed to create mental blocks to Yakumo's bloodline limit using the Yamanaka's mental jutsu, she feels stupid for not having thought about that, thinking that she could have prevented the deaths of Yakumo's parents and her being taken into Root if that idea had occurred to her before.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • Averted for the Genin teams. They are specialized, but they don't fall into this. It's the main reason as for why Sasuke was included in a team where every other member is a medic-nin.
    • Played straight to a degree for Shikamaru in the Chunin Exams preliminaries. His fighting style is more oriented to act as support alongside his teammates, thus rendering him vulnerable to fight an opponent alone.
    • Tayuya seems to be quite reliant on her flute for most of her attacks, being forced to retreat when Kiba and Akamaru disrupted her melody with a roar. Subverted after the timeskip, where she displays some hand-to-hand combat skills, although she still uses it as her main weapon and takes priority to regain it when it's knocked off her hands.
    • Toneri zigzags it somewhat. On the one hand, he has a rather limited jutsu arsenal, but knows how to put it to good use. On the other hand, he still falls into being Skilled, but Naïve and severely underestimates his foes, and he actually comes close to being defeated when Hagane discovers that he can counter the Truth Seeking Balls with his Nature-based chakra.
    • To a degree, Natsu Hyuga in Chapter 102 ponders that the Hyuga Clan's over-reliance in the Gentle Fist leaves them unprepared to face situations such as a rain of plasma meteors, and believes it's due time to change that.
    • According to Hiruzen, this is something Tobirama believes in regards to how the other villages treat their Jinchuriki and their Tailed Beasts: overly relying on their abilities. He wanted Konoha to focus more on training others so that they can be the main line of defense.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In Chapter 79, Torune gets tricked into killing his partner, by means of getting the beetles to devour Fuu's flesh and chakra as they proceed to multiply themselves all over his body. Somewhat downplayed because Shisui impales him with his tanto in the chest to end his suffering.
  • Cthulhumanoid: The end result of using Sage Transformation with a squid summon, as demonstrated by Mei.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • One happened offscreen between Mei and Zabuza, when the latter challenged the former over the leadership of the Kiri Rebellion. Zabuza was barely able to touch her.
    • Taken Up to Eleven when in Chapter 122 Madara Uchiha shows up in the battlefield, and massacres over half of the Second Division by himself.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Hanabi and Neji have a sparring match against each other in chapter 72. They're more or less evenly matched until Hanabi uses the Truth Seeking Balls to neutralize Neji's chakra, and unleashes the Eight Trigrams: Sixty-Four Palms on him.
  • Cutting the Knot: Naruto's entire generation of genin was spared the pain of having to catch Tora the cat since they could just get Tamaki to summon her.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Being a Naruto fic, this remains a central theme all the way across the story. Heavily discussed during Chapter 88, where Naruto, Tsunade and Jiraiya listen to Konan and Nagato's reasoning for their actions.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: Hashirama's Wood Giant is extremely resilient, with most attacks barely scratching it. Only a Dust Release jutsu from Kurotsuchi, followed by a rock-shattering blow destroyed one of its arms after petrifying it, and the thing just ate a giant tree to regenerate it (on top of being near a forest area, meaning that it has an unlimited supply of them).
  • Dashed Plot Line: The story covers Naruto's life from shortly after his birth all the way to the Fourth Ninja War. Most of this time is covered in the first 14 chapters, which go from his adoption by Tsunade and Jiraya as an infant up until his graduation from the academy at twelve and each Time Skip being represented by a caption at the beginning of the chapter saying how long it's been since the Kyubi attack.
    • The Hanabi Gaiden sidestory does similar timeskips between scenes, starting during the end of the Uchiha Insurrection and ending in the wake of the Fourth Ninja War.
  • Dating Catwoman: Ino and Sai fall into this during the Root Arc. While the two of them are a couple (just don't say that within earshot of Ino), both of them are under orders to spy on the other and are fully aware of the other's intention.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 94 is dedicated to showing Obito’s past after being rescued by Madara and before the Kyūbi attack.
    • The Hanabi Gaiden sidestory by Shinobi410 and Animephilosopher1 is largely told from Hanabi's perspective, with Konohamaru as the Deuteragonist.
  • D-Cup Distress: Tsunade in Chapter 91 complains that she still needs to wear the Konoha flak jacket unzipped because of her massive rack.
  • The Dead Have Names: After the Kirigakure Civil War ends, Jiraiya requests for the names of the eleven casualties among the group sent to assist the rebel forces who were killed during the conflict, and send condolence letters to their families.
  • Deadly Dodging: As part of his One-Man Army power display during Chapter 122, Madara Uchiha decides to engage in some of this, luring several ninjas of the Second Division into attacking him, only to Flash Step out of the way and make them kill their own allies.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Like in canon, the Gate of Death gives the user incredible power, at the cost of sustaining fatal damage in their entire bodies. Gai uses it to fight Madara Uchiha and destroy his meteors to try and save as many people as possible, and he manages to damage Madara enough to leave him out of comission temporarily.
  • Dead Man Writing: Subverted. Hiruzen leaves a letter to be read after his death, since he thinks he will die fighting Fugaku and his elite Uchihas. However, he manages to survive thanks to Itachi's intervention.
  • Death by Adaptation: See the characters' pages for more details.
  • Death by Childbirth: Averted with Hinata's mother. Complications with Hanabi's birth led to an infection that went misdiagnosed for several years and left her suffering from chronic illness. It almost ended up killing her, but Tsunade was able to cure her and she made a full recovery (with the exception of her being rendered infertile from the damage that had already occured).
  • Death from Above:
    • Sasuke's Kirin stirs up storm clouds to summon a single massive bolt of lightning on the target.
    • During Chapter 101, Kurotsuchi elevates herself and conjures a rain of fire meteors over the enemy army.
    • In Chapter 102, Edo Tensei!Akashi uses an attack named Plasma Release: Light That Burns the Sky summons a rain of golden energy meteors. Unlike the above, he doesn't care much whether they hit friend or foe.
  • Deliberate Capture Gambit: Having deduced how Obito's powers work, Sasuke asks Rin to let herself be captured by his Kamui. She does so and starts stabbing him when he phases his body parts into the Pocket Dimension.
    • The Chibaku Tensei invokes this by creating large planetoids to drop over enemies. While Nagato only uses one, Madara Uchiha can summon at least six at once.
  • Death Is Cheap: Invoked by Danzo during his battle against Shisui and Shizune, as he constantly abuses the Sharingan implanted in his arms to use Izanagi and revive himself after taking fatal blows.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb:
    • Happens to Sai, when he's confronted by Ino during the raid to Root's headquarters. When Ino catches him in an explosive trap that will blow him up if he tries to move, he surrenders instead of letting himself get killed, admitting that he let her influence him more than he had expected or wanted to. She continues her efforts in Chapter 81, convinced that Danzo didn't strip him of all of his humanity, and wants to bring it back to the surface.
    • Kurenai does it to Yakumo in Chapter 89, though it's downplayed given that she was a more reluctant example and actually despised Danzo for everything he did to her.
    • Chapter 90 reveals the surviving members of Root are undergoing this, with several even being given the choice to become civilians if they wish to retire from active duty for good.
  • Demoted to Extra: See the characters page for more details.
  • Description Cut:
    • In Chapter 51, when asked where's Temari, Kankuro replies that she and Shikamaru are probably having fun together. He's only half-right: Shikamaru is obviously not having fun at all.
    • Another in Chapter 107, Fu is talking to Naruto about what's probably happening with Shino and the rest of the Animal Squad.
    Fu: I'm sure they're kicking plenty of ass right now!
    (cut to the Land of Frost)
    Kiba: Goddamit, we're getting our asses kicked by these guys!
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • Nagato acknowledges that Yahiko's death left him completely broken and made him lose all hope in the world.
    • Yakumo seemingly crossed it when she accidentally set her house on fire and killed her parents. Danzo took advantage of this to recruit her into Root.
  • Destructo-Nookie: Downplayed. Fu admits to Naruto during a break in their Jinchuriki training that she is very rough with Shino when they make out.
  • Determinator:
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
    • In Chapter 121, Edo Tensei!Hashirama summons his strongest jutsu, the Variable Thousand-Armed Kan'on, a giant Buddha that combines his Wood Release and Sage Mode. According to Kurama, nobody has been able to beat it, or even stops its movements. Fu manages to use her Super Strength to hold it back for a few seconds, causing Hashirama to have a Jaw Drop.
    • A more serious example occurs in Chapter 122. Madara is left in a shock when Maito Gai uses his final card, entering Night Guy mode, and not only shatters his Armored Susano'o, but actually kicks him over a kilometer away. He only survives because Gai had spent a huge chunk of energy destroying his meteors a while before.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • Obito clearly didn't expect that Rin would purposely let herself get captured by his teleportation jutsu, so as to hurt him from inside the Pocket Dimension.
    • When confronted by Naruto, Nagato admits he never expected to meet someone who'd choose not to kill him in revenge for everything he'd done.
    • Toneri finds himself caught off-guard when Hinata reveals the Avatar of Kalika, a Tenseigan ability he was not aware of.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Sai thought Ino wouldn't be able to pry into his mind because he'd been scanned by Fuu Yamanaka and he found nothing. Ino quickly points out that she created the Mind Fragmentation Jutsu herself, so no other Yamanaka knows about it, much less how to detect or counter it.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: See the characters' pages for more details.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: According to Kankuro, puppeteer ninjutsu is hard to learn, but the payoff for mastering it is worth it.
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • Inoichi Yamanaka and Hiashi Hyuga are both killed relatively early in the story during the Uchiha coup. The former's daughter takes is especially hard, focusing all her rage at Sasuke since his mother was responsible for the deed.
    • Karin mentions in chapter 32 that her father died protecting her and her mother from a kidnapping when she was a child.
  • Disappointed in You:
    • How Juzo feels about Zabuza due to the latter not complying with tradition of killing the former to get the Executioner’s Blade.
    • After Toneri broke Obito’s mind control, Hinata hoped that this would create an Enemy Mine situation and have him fight against the Akatsuki, only for the Otsutsuki to reveal that he will continue fighting for them due to him genuinely believing that Obito has a point with how Hagoromo supposedly failed.
    • When confronted by Itachi and Sasuke, Madara expresses dissapointment that a pair of talented Uchihas like them have chosen "the wrong side" of the conflict.
  • Disney Death:
    • All the casualties Konoha suffered during the Akatsuki Invasion are reversed in the end, as Nagato revives them at the cost of his own life.
    • Surprisingly, the jinchuriki who were captured by Akatsuki and died after having their beasts extracted, were also revived by Obito's sacrifice during the fourth war (aided partly because Naruto had given their spirits temporary control of some Shadow Clones, thus giving them physical bodies).
  • Disintegrator Ray: Akashi Sutoku has an attack named Plasma Release: Light of Death, which is basically a laser beam that turns to ash anything it touches.
  • Door Stopper: Story is over 130 chapters and 1,200,000 words and counting.
  • Double Entendre: In Chapter 82, Shisui asks Shizune "Care to lend me your magic hands?". She frowns and tells him not to call them that way out of their bedroom.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Kurama doesn't like being called by his real name unless he considers the one using it worthy. His "brother" Son Goku apparently doesn't fall into said category.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Besides canon examples, Danzo reveals in Chapter 90 that Fugaku's Mangekyo Sharingan has an ability named Okuninushi, which creates negative-colored afterimages of the user that mimic his attacks, and can also be controlled to attack independently.
  • Double Weapon: As revealed during the Fourth Ninja War, Fugaku's Susanoo wields two swords that can combine into a dual-bladed one. And be thrown on top of that.
  • Downer Ending:
    • Chapter 67 ends with Obito successfully capturing Yugito Nii, and still having Kurama's Yin half under his control, making Team Shizune's mission a complete failure. The only silver lining is that Rin manages to take Shisui's eye back from him.
    • In Chapter 70, Pain and Konan slip away with Ukataka, and to add insult to injury Pain reveals to Naruto that he was a former disciple of Jiraiya.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • In Chapter 16, after Zabuza returns from completing the Land of Waves mission, he tells Jiraiya that Tazuna would be dead before completing his bridge if Gato had hired him.
    • In chapter 51, Kankuro compares his father's anger over Konoha and Kiri's alliance to being similar to how Konoha would feel if he had teamed up with Orochimaru behind their backs.
      Jiraiya: Honestly, I can't picture that.
    • Kurenai in chapter 89 reveals that she considered sealing Yakumo's powers altogether so she wouldn't pose a danger to anybody, and Yakumo says she should have done exactly that. Anybody familiar with the anime knows how well that turned out, of course.
    • In chapter 106, Kin comments how it's likely that they would have ended up as an Impure World Reincarnation zombie if she, Zaku, and Dosu had stayed under Orochimaru. Anko says that it's far more likely that they would have been used as one of the sacrifices instead.
    • In chapter 123, Itachi theorizes that he might have been able to stop the Uchiha Insurrection by himself if he had done things differenty.
    • In chapter 124, a resurrected Mu claims that Gaara can't match the power of a Kage just because he happens to be the son of one. At this point in canon he had already been Kazekage for over a year.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Shizune finds Kurenai at a bar drinking and looking miserable after the Root raid, and the reveal that Kurenai's old student Yakumo did not die in a fire, but was turned into a Root agent by Danzo.
  • Drunk with Power: Played for Laughs. When Naruto offers to help Sakura become stronger, he teaches her Tsunade's trademark technique to boost her strength. She quickly takes to it and reduces a large boulder to rubble, and practices it on some trees.
    Sakura: YES! YES! I'M SAKURA THE UNSTOPPABLE! SAKURA THE INVINCIBLE! TREMBLE, EVERYBODY, AND DESPAIR! YOUR DOOM HAS COME TO THIS WORLD! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Sasuke does this in Chapter 30 with a katana and a kunai, empowered with lightning and fire chakra. To top it off, he manages to combine them to create Plasma Release, even without having a proper kekkei genkai.
    • Naruto later pulls out a second chakra blade to do the same while brainwashed against Sasuke.
    • In Chapter 101, Tenten uses two katanas to parry Sayu Tokimune's attacks.
    • The Thunderfang swords, as wielded previously by Raiga and currently by Ameyuri.
    • Chapter 111 reveals that Fugaku Uchiha's Susanoo wields a sword in each hand, and can combine them into a dual-bladed one.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: This seems hereditary in the Hyuga clan, according to Hinata's mother.
  • Due to the Dead:
    • After surrendering, Konan requests that she's allowed to take Nagato and Yahiko's bodies back to Amegakure so they can be properly buried.
    • Chapter 122 reveals that Madara used this to his advantage. After he was defeated by Hashirama, he knew Tobirama would preserve his corpse and give him a proper burial out of respect, and this allowed him to use a time-delayed Izanagi to undo his death, and he gloats to the heroes that.
  • Dumb Muscle: The Chakra Golems are pretty much this. They usually rely on their size and brute strength since they lack intelligence and capacity to come up with complex strategies.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Orochimaru, since despite being technically under Pain and Obito within Akatsuki's ranks, he continues to pursue his own goals outside of their overall plans. And said goals now include to obtain the Rinnegan, which he plans to take directly from Pain. He officially cuts his ties with Akatsuki at the end of Chapter 79.
  • Dynamic Entry: It's a Naruto fic!
    • In the very first chapter, Tsunade wants to enter the Hokage office, but the guard won't let her. She just brings down the door (and the guard) with a punch.
    • At the start of the Chunin Exams, Fu lands in front of the Konoha genin falling like a meteor from the sky, after shouting Shino's name.
    • Tsunade gets another one in Chapter 84, landing like a meteor and yelling at Hagane for escaping from the hospital without warning.
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