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  • Early-Bird Cameo: The Akatsuki members are given an appearance earlier than in canon. Then there’s also Toneri, from The Last: Naruto the Movie.
  • Eaten Alive: How Kidomaru meets his end, courtesy of Shino's enlarged bugs.
  • Eating Optional: After being revived, Rin no longer requires food to sustain herself (only water), but still does so because she enjoys the taste. Presumably, the same applies for Madara.
  • Eating the Eye Candy:
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    • During the Hyuga affair negotiations, Killer B doesn't waste the chance to glance at Tsunade's rack, taking advantage of his sunshades to cover it.
    • Naruto performs the "Uchiha Harem Jutsu" to defeat Sakura. The rest of the present females in their age group get similar reactions (even Ino).
    • In Chapter 69, when Naruto mentions that Hinata has "plenty of admirable qualities", she catches him glancing at her chest for a second.
  • Electric Love: Due to Hinata's increased power from her Tenseigan continuing to mature, she accidentally shocks Naruto with lightning release chakra while giving him a goodbye kiss as he leaves to train under Killer Bee. This ended up being very important later on as this allowed Hinata to give a portion of her chakra to Naruto which would come into play during his Bijū training.
  • Elemental Powers:
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    • Blow You Away: Like in canon, Naruto has wind affinity, but unlike canon, he has more wind jutsus, both canonical (Great Breakthrough, Wind Wall) and exclusive to this story (Cyclone Vortex). He would later learns to channel his Wind Release through his Chakra blades to use Razor Wind attacks. Other wind users include Temari, Gaara, Asuma, Orochimaru and Fu.
    • An Ice Person: Haku, like in canon.
    • Dishing Out Dirt: Sakura and Karin can use Earth jutsu. Kiba and Shino also have Earth affinity, but they haven't use any Earth jutsu yet. For the villains' side, Jirobo not only uses Earth jutsu, he's also able to summon rock golems to help him.
    • Green Thumb:
      • Besides canon examples, Kaida, Jiraiya and Tsunade's daughter, can naturally use Wood Release. Kaida's clone, Hebiko, also has the ability. In addition, Orochimaru manages to integrate Wood Release into his body some point after the time skip.
      • Rin finds out that whatever Obito used to revive her granted Wood Release as well.
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    • Magma Man: Besides canon examples like Mei, Son Goku, and his Jinchuriki, Orochimaru integrates Lava Release into his body.
    • Making a Splash: Besides canonical examples, Sakura, Ino, Shizune and Fu can use water jutsu. Naruto himself learns to use water release during the timeskip.
    • Playing with Fire:
      • All the Uchihas, Jiraiya, Shikamaru and Choji. The latter two even combine it with their respective clan jutsu. Later, it's revealed that Hanabi has fire affinity when she starts to train in elemental manipulation.
      • Sasori's puppet body has built-in flamethrowers in the hands.
      • Tamaki in the Fourth Ninja War has learned to use Fire Release too.
    • Shock and Awe: Hinata has lightning affinity, and combines lightning chakra with the Gentle Fist to create a new variant. She later combines it with the Heavenly Spin as well.
      • Other users include Sasuke (though he does NOT learn the Chidori) and pretty much every Kumo ninja. Chapter 107 reveals that Kakashi taught Kiba and Tamaki the Chidori, and they've created their own variants.
      • The revived Minato creates a lightning-infused Rasengan while fighting Jiraiya.
      • It's mentioned in passing at several points that Tenten knows lightning release.
  • Elemental Punch: Besides canon examples like Kakashi, Hinata and Hanabi learn how to infuse lightning and fire chakra respectively when using the Gentle Fist. Their mother Hikari is also revealed to have learned how to do this with water chakra by the time of the Fourth Ninja War.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Present and accounted for like in canon. The Bloodline Limits that give combined elemental releases make this even more complicated, given that the normal weaknesses can be offset or neutralized by the companion element.
  • Elite Mooks: The mutant Zetsu clones are bigger, tougher and stronger than their normal counterparts, making them much harder to defeat.
  • Embarrassing Nickname:
    • Ino goes from calling Sakura "Forehead Girl" to "the Pink Punching Bag" after the latter gets her ass handed by pretty much every single girl in her class.
    • Shikamaru earns the nickname "Pineapple Head" due to his usual hairstyle, and he's not amused. Though Temari seems to say it with some shades of endearment.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • According to Pain and Obito, the alliances between ninja villages are this, since they tend to join forces against common threats and once these are gone, they fall back their old grudges.
    • In Chapter 66, Shizune's Medical Squad and Rin have to fight alongside Yugito Nii, Samui, Atsui and Darui against Kisame and Obito, since although their villages aren't friends or even allies, they share a common enemy in Akatsuki.
    • Suggested by Gai and Shisui when Obito shows up in the middle of their fight with Danzo. Obito even cites the irony of that.
    • Even after defecting from Akatsuki, Orochimaru offers to ally with them in the wake of the Fourth Ninja War.
    • Hanabi and Konan have a brief moment of discussing this in Chapter 107, given that Konan fought Hinata before and the two were trying to kill one another. Both of them agree that they'll deal with the enemy first and, should they both survive the war, settle the matter afterwards if it comes to that.
    • The Fourth Ninja War has spurred many alliances between rival clans, like the Aburame and Kamizuru.
  • Energetic and Soft-Spoken Duo: Shino and Fu fit into this dynamic perfectly . He's just as quiet as his canon counterpart, while she is pretty much incapable of shutting up. After meeting his Motor Mouth Genjutsu World counterpart during her jinchuriki training, she complains how it throws off their whole dynamic.
  • Energy Absorption:
    • Samehada, Kisame's sword, can eat chakra from enemies and use it to replenish Kisame's powers and heal his wounds.
    • The Rinnegan's Preta Path can also do this.
  • Entitled to Have You: Toneri, has this attitude towards Hinata, and later extends it to Hanabi when he learns she has the Tenseigan as well.
  • Especially Zoidberg: Haku remarks that it's important to remember every enemy ninja one faces, especially the weak ones, in case they come back stronger for another go one day.
  • "Eureka!" Moment:
    • When Naruto is reluctant to tap into Kurama's power to fight Yagura in Tailed Beast mode, Mei tries to assure him that if he loses control, she has the sealing tags Kurenai gave her just in case. Then, she realizes they can use them to suppress Yagura's Tailed Beast chakra instead.
    • Hinata has one in Chapter 72, pondering about how the Truth Seeking Balls can neutralize ninjutsu techniques, and thinks there might be a way to also neutralize fuinjutsu. She then realizes this could be the answer to find the way to erase the Caged Bird Seal from the former Branch House Hyugas' foreheads (as well as Anko's Cursed Seal of Heaven).
    • Chapter 81 has Naruto getting an idea to help more people learn Senjutsu, when he thinks about some training he previously did with Hinata.
    • In Chapter 98, Naruto and Fu are stuck trying to figure out how to defeat their dark counterparts in the Genjutsu!World. Naruto comments that solving mysteries is more of his teammates' forte, while Fu adds that Shino being so smart would probably figure out something too. Then she suggests in passing they could probably ask Genjutsu World!Shino for help, which gives Naruto the idea of bringing all of the alternate Konoha 15 to the fight for backup.
    • During Chapter 105, Naruto is trying to perform a Tailed Beast Ball, but always fails to control its power and it explodes in his face. After a talk with Hiruzen, the old man reveals that Minato created the Rasengan based on it, giving Naruto the idea of trying to use the principles behind it to control the Tailed Beast Ball.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Hebiko and Hebimaru truly care for one another. This prompts the former to willingly offer Juugo and the stolen Scroll of Seals to Jiraiya as a bargaining chip in exchange for her brother's freedom.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Toneri expresses disgust at Orochimaru being so willing to desecrate a dead body for his own purposes.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: During the Chunin Exams preliminaries, Hinata catches the eye of T, who calls her "pretty".
  • Everyone Must Be Paired: The only major canon character who isn't shown to have a significant other by the time of the epilogue is Hanabi, and even then the author states that their relationship status is a case of Schrodinger's Cat.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: From Sai's account, Danzo always despised the fact that the previous Hokages fostered trying to make alliances with other villages, and sparing former enemies to give them a chance to redeem themselves.
  • Evil Knockoff: Hebiko and Hebimaru are this to Kaida and Hagane, being clones created by Orochimaru from their DNA and having their same abilities.
  • Exact Words:
    • Mei promised Naruto to return the captured Uzumaki seal research that Kiri has stored. She didn't say anything about the copies that had been made.
    • The epilogue establishes that genin are not givin relatives as jonin instructors. When Sarada tries to point out the obvious exception to this rule, Shizune reminds her that she was already her father's teacher before she and Shisui got engaged. Naruto is also mentioned to have been Shizuka's jonin teacher even though she is technically his niece since he and Shizune are not legally siblings despite considering themselves to be such.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At:
    • Sasuke shoots out several Fire Release attacks at Obito that the latter dodges, but they keep flying into the sky. As it turns out, they were aimed to stir up storm clouds to unleash the Kirin.
    • In Chapter 102, Edo Tensei!Pakura dodges a whip cloth from Maki, commenting that it wasn't a bad idea using her students as bait to catch her off guard. Maki however replies that she wasn't aiming at her, and gets a hold of Matsuri's johyo to tie her up, then trap her in a cloth cocoon to immobilize her.
  • Expendable Clone: Justified example with Naruto's Shadow Clones, which come in very handy during the Root headquarters raid to spring the traps Danzo's troops have set up for them.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Like in canon, Danzo attacks Shisui and forcibly takes his right eye to get Kotoamatsukami for himself, but Obito Uchiha has other plans.
    • During the Chunin Exams finals, while fighting against Karui, Choji becomes tiny and attacks Karui by poking her in the eyes.
    • In Chapter 66, Rin attacks Obito right to the face with the intent of taking back Shisui's eye. She succeeds.
    • In the Hanabi Gaiden sidestory, Konohamaru loses an eye while having a sparring match against Hanabi, a kunai accidentally flies into his eye when she goes overboard with her Tenseigan powers.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There:
    • The body of the Wrath of Jashin is full of these.
    • And of course, Danzo's right arm full in Sharingan eyes, which he finally unwraps at the end of Chapter 79.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Not that he ever was a good guy to begin with, but Danzo cuts his ties with Konoha to hightail with Orochimaru during the Root arc, becoming officially a fugitive.
  • Face Palm:
    • Hikari has to mentally restrain herself from doing this (as well as a Dope Slap) after seeing just how oblivious Neji is towards Karin's feelings for him.
    • Ino does this after Sai unwittingly insults Shikamaru and Choji during Asuma and Kurenai's wedding.
      Sai: Most people came with a date, but you're on your own. Do girls find your appearance too ugly or your personalities too disgusting for staying with you?
      (Beat)
      The sound of Ino's hand slapping against her face echoed through the village.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In Chapter 80, Danzo admits to himself to have overlooked the possibility of Shisui having access to Susanoo, despite having two Mangekyo Sharingan.
  • Family Versus Career: Justified. Being a ninja is a high risk occupation, so couples who have children will sometimes have one member start taking lower level missions or retire altogether to ensure that the kids will have at least one parent survive. Whether the husband or wife steps down varies from couple to couple (both show up in the story).
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Naruto's status as a jinchuriki is never made a secret, so none of the members of the Konoha 15 treat it or the existence of other jinchuriki as a big deal. This is best seen when Fu loses control and outs herself during the Chunin Exam finals and Shino's only reaction is that it is "interesting". Kakashi even mentions during the Hidan and Kakazu arc that it's most likely the reason why Fu had a much easier time making friends in Konoha rather than her home village.
  • Fast Tunnelling: To escape an imminent attack from Edo Tensei!Kakuzu, Kiba and Tamaki dive underground.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Tamaki and Kiba become a full-blown version of this trope in Chapter 84, when they merge with their animal companions to transform into a Cat Girl and a Wolf-Man respectively.
  • Flawed Prototype: The initial verson of Naruto's chakra blade kunais had a chakra consumption rate far too high for anyone but him to use in battle. It isn't until Jiraiya helps him refine the design that others are able to use them.
  • Flight: While rare, there are some instances of ninja able to use this ability. Examples include Fu, thanks to her Tailed Beast, the Tsuchikages, who developed a jutsu to reduce their weight to float in the air, and the Tenseigan users, as it grants a degree of telekinesis. Konan can also fly with her paper wings.
  • Fighting Your Friend:
    • During the Sound Invasion, Orochimaru's use of the Edo Tensei forces Tsunade to fight against Hashirama until Shisui breaks the control with Kotoamatsukami. Likewise, Jiraiya ends up having to fight against Minato and Kushina.
    • Sasuke, as he tries to snap Naruto out of Obito's brainwashing and at the same time trying to avoid delivering lethal blows.
    • During the raid to Root's headquarters, Ino goes alone to fight Sai.
    • Like in canon some of the reanimated zombies brought back during the Fourth War have this effect, like how Maki ends up fighting Pakura. Some others include Kakashi fighting his father Sakumo, Shikaku facing Inoichi, Hikari and Hizashi fighting Hiashi, and the Uchiha brothers fighting Fugaku.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Hinata finishes Sasori off this way, poking his heart with a finger and channeling electric chakra to burst it.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: More like Fire-Reforged Friends in the case of Ino and Sakura, who become friends again after defeating Sakon and Ukon.
  • First Friend:
    • Naruto and Hinata are both this for each other, having become friends shortly after entering the academy. This proves to have a major effect on both of them, curbing Naruto's attention seeking habits enough to be on good terms with his other classmates, and giving Hinata a much needed confidence boost. Much like with their canon counterparts, this ends up developing into a Childhood Friend Romance.
    • Fu's first real friends were the members of the Animal Squad (Shino, Tamaki, and Kiba), having met them shortly before the Chunin exams when they were on a mission in Takigakure. Even after befriending the rest of the Konoha 15, she stays the closest to the three of them (especially Shino, who she ends up in a Long-Distance Relationship with).
  • Flash Forward: Chapter 32 opens up with one of Naruto and Sasuke about to fight each other, and this time playing for keeps.
  • Flipping the Bird: Karui does this to the crowd in the Chunin exams' finals in response to their booing after she beats Choji.
  • For Want of a Nail: The nail being the Sannin couple raising Naruto and being around Konoha as he grows up. Among the events changed are as follows:
    • Jiraiya manages to solve the Hyuga affair, saving Hizashi from having to sacrifice himself and warning Kumo not to try and pull something like this again.
    • Shizune notices Hinata watching Naruto as he plays and facilitates a friendship between the two. Because of this, Hinata is a good deal more confident than her canon counterpart and never loses her role as heiress for the Hyuga clan.
    • Upon learning that the Kazekage’s son is a jinchuriki, Jiraiya visits Suna as an ambassador and offers to perform a seal on Gaara so he can control his tailed beast better. This also results in Naruto befriending the Sand Siblings earlier than in canon, and Gaara not growing to be Ax-Crazy.
    • When Itachi and Shisui’s attempts to defuse the tensions with the Uchiha Clan fail, they pull off their coup and attack Konoha. Among the victims are Hiashi Hyuga and Inoichi Yamanaka, and Hiruzen Sarutobi is injured to the point he can’t continue as Hokage, passing on the title to Jiraiya. Furthermore, Orochimaru and Obito use the chaos during the attack to steal a pair of Sharingan eyes for himself and to take Shisui's Sharingan from Danzo respectively. Because of this, Danzo is forced to take Fugaku's instead.
    • The above leads to the standards in the academy to be increased for the graduates, so the genin become more proficient to face future threats.
    • Also related to the above, Shisui asks Nekobaa to move to Konoha after the coup so the remaining Uchiha will have people sympathetic to them. Her granddaughter ends up attending the Academey as one of Naruto's classmates rather than being a civilian like in canon.
    • Similarly, because Orochimaru gains the Sharingan from the Uchiha coup, Sasuke isn't given a Curse Mark of Heaven.
    • Due to Tsunade living in the village instead of Walking the Earth Karin and her mother choose to settle there instead of Kusagakure, feeling that they would be better treated where there are other members of the Uzumaki clan. Karin, like Tamaki, also ends up as one of Naruto's classmates as a result.
    • In regards to the members of Akatsuki:
      • Since Itachi never joins, Orochimaru remains a member up to the present time, though he still continues to pursue his own agenda. He eventually defects from them at the end of Chapter 80.
      • Kisame is partnered with Deidara during the Kirigakure War Arc, though the latter is paired with Sasori by the start of Part II.
      • Obito is a fully-fledged member from the start, as opposed to pretending to be just a lackey at first, and he's not hiding behind Madara's name, with Pain fully aware of his identity.
      • After Sasori's death, his replacement is none other than Toneri Otsutsuki.
    • Several of the genin teams are reorganized differently from canon:
      • Naruto, Hinata and Haku under Kurenai.
      • Kiba, Shino and Tamaki under Kakashi.
      • Sasuke, Sakura and Karin under Shizune. And since Sasuke isn't Kakashi's student, he never learns the Chidori.
    • Mizuki successfully steals the Scroll of Seals and delivers it to Orochimaru.
    • Since Naruto has parents this time around, the relationships he had in canon with Iruka (whom he saw a big brother) and the Third Hokage (whom he saw as a surrogate grandfather) aren't as deep or meaningful. His relationship with Iruka doesn't go beyond the standard teacher-student, and has no relationship with the Third Hokage at all.
    • The Land of Waves mission is handled by Zabuza instead of Naruto's team. As a result, Tazuna names his bridge after him.
    • During the Chunin exams arc:
      • The first stage, instead of a written test, has the Genin teams go around the village chasing a group of ninjas. The goal is to capture one of them and remove the scroll they have in their person within three hours. They have to avoid causing property damage, endangering civilians and using lethal force, and once a team gets a scroll, they automatically pass. Fighting other teams or trying to steal a scroll is not allowed.
      • The second stage takes place in a ship graveyard instead of the Forest of Death. The scroll retrieved from the previous stage is a map they have to use to find a treasure chest to pass to the final stage. Unlike the previous stage, fighting other teams, even with lethal force, is allowed. Once the chest has been retrieved, they have to take it to the steel freighter in the middle of the lake within three days, and the entire team has to get there safely.
      • Since Rasa never sides with Orochimaru and A is also attends the finals, Orochimaru is forced to push back his invasion plans by several weeks.
    • Hiruzen doesn’t take away Orochimaru’s use of arms during the Sound Invasion.
    • In the final arc of Part I, the battles against the Sound Five get re-arranged:
      • Shikamaru is the first who stays behind to distract Jirobo, though Choji shortly after goes back to help him as well.
      • Neji tries to stay back to fight Kidomaru, but Tamaki and Shino take him on instead.
      • Ino and Sakura fight together against Sakon and Ukon.
      • Kiba tracks down Tayuya using his sense of smell, and Neji comes later to assist him.
      • The group that reaches Kimimaro ends up with Naruto, Sasuke, Hinata, Lee, Tenten, Haku and Karin. They find him arguing with Mizuki, so the latter three stay behind to fight Kimimaro while the the rest goes after Mizuki. Later, Zabuza shows up to fight Kimimaro himself so they can continue and help the others.
    • Since Itachi is still around to act as his moral compass and he has the full context on why his clan was wiped out Sasuke doesn’t pull a Face–Heel Turn and remains a loyal Konoha shinobi.
    • Between Parts I and II, while the Kirigakure Civil War is ongoing, Mei Terumi comes to Konoha to ask for assistance in overthrowing the current regime, and Jiraiya accepts to form an alliance with them once they succeed.
    • Since Rasa is still alive, Gaara doesn't become Kazekage during the time-skip. Also, Chiyo doesn't get involved in the rescue mission, with Suna sending Maki, Matsuri, Yukata and Mikoshi for backup.
    • With Sasuke still loyal to Konoha by Part II, the Sasuke and Sai arc doesn't happen, being replaced by the Byakugan Princess arc. Same applies later for the Search for Itachi arc.
    • The Kakuzu and Hidan arc takes place mostly in Takigakure after they take control of it, while Fu makes it to Konoha to ask for help in retaking the village.
    • The clash between Naruto and Pain happens in different circumstances to canon, namely that they fight alongside their respective allies (Hinata and Haku for Naruto, and Konan for Pain), and the jinchuriki Pain is after is Ukataka instead of Naruto himself. The end result is also a victory for Pain since he manages to slip away with Ukataka.
    • Danzo's treachery against Konoha is exposed while he's still alive, and Jiraiya leads a raid to Root's headquarters to take him out once and for all.
    • Jiraiya doesn’t infiltrate Ame in order to learn more about the Akatsuki’s leader, instead sending Itachi to carry it out.
    • Instead of letting Konan take Nagato’s body as is for burial, Jiraiya takes the Rinnegan out of it first, then allows her to take it.
    • Instead of going back to Ame to guard Nagato’s body, Konan takes a more active role in fighting against the Akatsuki after defecting in the form of training Tsunade in using the Rinnegan.
    • Danzo doesn’t become the Rokudaime Candidate as a result of him being branded as a criminal before the Akatsuki Invasion. The fact that the Godaime Hokage survives the Invasion in one piece and didn’t fall into a coma also prevents this.
    • Tsunade doesn’t fall into a coma during the Akatsuki Invasion.
    • From Itachi's account and Suzumebachi's presence during the Five Kage Summit, it's inferred that she and her brothers retrieved the Bikochu. This is confirmed in Chapter 109, and they used it as the first step to restore their clan to its former glory.
    • Instead of A being the Supreme Commander of the Allied Shinobi Forces, Jiraiya is chosen for the position.
    • Orochimaru chooses to side with Akatsuki in the wake of the Fourth Ninja War, when in canon he fought against them.
    • During his Bijuu training, instead of facing his inner darkness, Naruto ends up being transported to the Genjutsu World from Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja as part of his training.
    • During the Fourth Ninja War arc, given that Fu escapes being captured by Akatsuki, her slot as one of Obito's reanimated six paths is taken by Bunpuku (Shukaku's first jinchuriki).
  • Foreshadowing: At the end of Chapter 6, Hiashi Hyuga muses that his seemingly good fortune (his brother being spared from sacrificing himself to Kumo, and his wife being saved from dying by Tsunade) has a price tag attached to it, and one day he'll have to pay it. He turns out to be right, as he himself gets killed in the Uchiha Insurrection.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Lampshaded and Played for Laughs; when Hinata is at the infirmary and laments that she can't watch Naruto's final match in the Chunin exams, her mother reminds her that she can use her Byakugan to do that. Hikari even remarks that "being lovesick certainly messes with one's mind".
  • Fostering for Profit: Subverted. Yugao confesses to Naruto in Chapter 71 that part of the reason she and Hayate volunteered to raise Haku was because of the hefty sum Jiraiya offered for it, since they wanted to buy a house for themselves. However, given that they planned to have a family of their own, they figured it'd also be good practice.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: When Pain goes on his Motive Rant about how people can't understand each other without suffering, Naruto becomes enraged that he uses his crappy childhood to justify why he's destroying Konoha and killing so many innocents.
  • Freudian Slip: Tsunade accidentally blurts out to Jiraiya “I like you better when you’re not a pervert!”
  • Friendless Background:
    • Downplayed with Naruto. Most of the other kids avoided him during his early childhood, but he befriends Hinata shortly after they enter the academy and he is shown to be on good terms with most of his classmates.
    • Sasuke is hit with this a lot harder than his canon counterpart, since after the Uchiha Coup, the only two students who actually like him are Sakura and Karin (and that's more obsessive fangirling than actual friendship).
    • Fu didn't have any friends until she met Shino, Kiba, and Tamaki (and later the rest of the Konoha 15) and didn't even have teammates growing up. The reason for this is mentioned to be a combination of her status as a jinchuriki, her personality, and her attachment to the village leader.
  • Friendly Rivalry: In the Hanabi Gaiden sidestory, it's revealed that Konohamaru has this with Hanabi, often challenging her to fights during the academy. Despite always losing to her, they have mutual respect for each other.
  • Frontline General:
    • Jiraiya, the Hokage himself, leads the vanguard force to attack Root's headquarters to bring Danzo in.
    • Kurotsuchi, who's been appointed Tsuchikage leads the Second Division on the battlefield during the first battle of the Fourth Ninja War.
    • A the Raikage leads the First Division and charges into battle during Chapters 110 and 111.
  • The Fundamentalist: Kariya, the main antagonist in the Hanabi Gaiden sidestory, strongly gives off this vibe, even accussing Hinata of being a "herectic" for wanting to break off the Caged Bird Seal practices altogether.
  • Fusion Dance:
    • Tamaki and Kiba both use combined transformation jutsu to merge with their animal partners for a power boost.
    • Mei reveals that squid summoners like her have this option to enter sage mode.
    • Kisame as well, with Samehada (which is technically a Living Weapon).
  • The Gambling Addict: Tsunade, of course, taking after her grandfather. She tries to pass it down to her children but fails.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: The aftermath of the confrontation with Pain and Konan leaves Naruto's teammates out of comission for several weeks, with Hinata needing to walk with a crutch and Haku having his arm cast on a sling.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man:
    • In Chapter 76, Tsunade can't stand that Naruto keeps blaming himself for the failure in the Roshi retrieval mission and Hagane ending up hurt and in a coma, and practically kicks him out of the hospital, yelling at him to go visit Hinata.
    • During Chapter 129, when Naruto hits a Heroic BSoD after Fu and Killer B get their Tailed Beasts sucked out of them, he briefly loses his will to fight and tells Hinata to run away and save herself. She slaps him and berates him for asking her to abandon him, even asking if he would leave her if their roles were reversed.
  • Giant Flyer:
    • The Uchiha clan has summoning contracts with crows (used by Itachi and Shisui) and hawks (used by Sasuke), some of which are big enough to ride on. Deidara also likes to make giant clay birds for transport. By Chapter 85, Haku has learned to create ice birds to ride on as well.
    • Shino can enlarge his kikai beetles to ride them in the air. Suzumebachi Kamizuru can also ride a giant bee.
  • Girlfriend in Canada:
    • When asked by Sai why they don't have dates during Asuma and Kurenai's wedding, Shikamaru cites this trope while also making it clear that he's not lying about his girlfriend living in Suna, while Choji mentions staying in contact with a girl in Kumo.
    • Many guys who asked Temari out back in Suna thought she was making up having a boyfriend in Konoha so they'd leave her alone, as she mentions to Shikamaru in Chapter 91.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Minato, as per canon. Lampshaded by Jiraiya when he gives a Lightning-infused Rasengan the name "Spiraling Thunder Blast Type Zero", and in the heat of the battle, no less.
  • The Glomp: Fu is fond of doing this, not helped by the fact that's she's pretty strong.
  • A God Am I: Pain declares himself as God when he confronts Naruto and his friends. Later when he faces his former teacher, who tells him he's way over his head in trying to take Naruto, he has this response:
    "It's you who's over your head, sensei. You're the one willing to fight a god, after all."
  • A God, I Am Not: As in canon, Hagoromo and Hamura Otsutsuki chose not to use their powers to rule over humanity, knowing that power can change and even corrupt people.
  • Good News, Bad News: During Chapter 86, Itachi relays the situation to Hiruzen Sarutobi. The good news, Deidara, Kisame and Toneri have been driven away, while Jiraiya is keeping Konan and Pain at bay. The bad news, Obito brought back Kurama's Yin half to go on a rampage.
  • Good People Have Good Sex:
    • Jiraiya and Tsunade are implied to have a very healthy sex life. Case in point, when they arrive early for the Kage Summit, they request for a shared room to kill that time together while waiting until the rest of the Kages arrive.
    • From Shizune's monologue in Chapter 81, this seems to be the case between her and Shisui.
  • Go for the Eye: When confronted by the Wrath of Jashin, Naruto and his team trick it so it hits its eyes with its own flames to disable it.
  • Golem:
  • Good Parents:
    • Jiraiya and Tsunade to Naruto and eventually to their own twin children.
    • Hinata's mother Hikari, while a bit on the stern side, is very loving and supportive of her.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: After Takigakure is taken over by Hidan and Kakuzu, Jiraiya requests for help from Rasa and Mei to retake it. They both agree, although the latter's forces don't make it to the battle in time, instead delivering help in food, medicine and supplies for rebuilding afterwards.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: A nurse arrives at the hospital room where some Root agents tried to kidnap a comatose Hagane, and were stupid enough to try and attack Tsunade when she got in their way. The narration doesn't describe the room's state, but judging by the fact Tsunade blasted a huge hole into the wall and the nurse's horror, the results weren't pretty.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Roshi wrote many adventures in his traveling journals, which he shared with Naruto when they met. He never got the chance to publish them as he was captured by Akatsuki. Now that Naruto has them, Tsunade suggests that he publishes them so Roshi's adventures become known to the world.
  • Green Around the Gills: The first time Jiraiya brought Ino to the stomach of a giant toad, she puked. However, it was necessary so nobody would listen to them while she relayed her intel about Danzo's treachery to Jiraiya.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Sasuke evidentially dislikes when someone else spends time with Itachi, and this is most pronounced when Natsu Hyuga is getting romantic with him.
  • Groin Attack: In Chapter 118, Kurenai attempts this on Deidara, to break free from his his hand mouths biting her. It doesn't even faze him, because the Deidara in question is actually an explosive clay clone.
  • Hands Go Down: The first round of this iteration of the chuunin exams involves the hopefuls have to chase and capture scroll bearers and interrogate their scrolls from them. When the proctor allows questions and hands go up, he clarifies that the scroll bearers won't hide the scroll in their rectums. Most hands go down.
  • Hammerspace: As in canon, sealing scrolls are often used to store items, weaponry, and even elemental ninjutsu to summon whenever needed.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Mizuki strongly believes in this, which contributed to his defection from Konoha. Lee however proves him dead wrong.
  • Happily Adopted:
    • Naruto ends up growing very happy with Jiraiya and Tsunade.
    • Shizune actually expresses relief that she isn't Jiraiya and Tsunade's biological child in chapter 58 after finding out what happens when the Senju and Uchiha bloodlines mix. Having to raise her and Shisui's kids is hard enough without worrying about the possibility that they might suddenly turn into demigods.
    • Downplayed with Haku. He isn't very happy with being Hayate and Yugao's adopted son, but he eventually warms up to them.
  • Happily Married:
    • They do have their issues, but Jiraiya and Tsunade end up a very happy couple overall.
    • Shizune and Shisui eventually become this as well over the course of the story.
    • While they had been together for quite a while, Kurenai and Asuma don't become officially married until Chapter 65.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: Shisui uses Kotoamatsukami on a reanimated Hashirama to override Orochimaru's control with his own, and uses it to give Hashirama back his free will.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • As in canon, Zabuza is introduced as an enemy although as a mercenary hired by the Uchiha for their insurrection. He's taken prisoner and given jail time with the chance of parole on the conditions that his protegé Haku studies at the academy and becomes a Konoha ninja. He doesn't like the idea very much, but he ultimately accepts and becomes a valuable ally to Konoha.
    • Orochimaru's genin trio, Zaku, Kin and Dosu appear as recurring antagonists during Part I, until they end up captured and placed under Anko's custody. Come Part II, they're now officially on Konoha's side.
    • At the end of the Akatsuki invasion, Konan turns herself in and becomes an ally to Konoha.
  • Heel Realization: Fugaku Uchiha, right when Itachi kills him.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend:
    • As per canon, Kurenai insists this about Asuma. Nobody believes her, of course.
    • Downplayed with Ino in Chapter 65. When asked if Sai is her boyfriend, her response is more along the lines of "not yet". Later in Chapter 72, though, Shikamaru remarks Ino gets mad if anybody within earshot says it.
    • Karui in chapter 90 denies to Omoi and T that Choji is her boyfriend. She'd take it back ten chapters later, though.
  • Hell-Fire:
    • The Wrath of Jashin fires from its multiple mouths streams of blue fire that can't be extinguished with water.
    • And of course, the canon example of Amaterasu, the Mangekyo Sharingan's black flames.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: By the time the Chunin Exams finals roll around, Sasuke has started using katanas to battle. Itachi often uses them too.
  • Heroes Want Redheads:
    • After the Chunin Exams, Neji hooks up with Karin. Likewise, Choji gets some Ship Tease with Karui.
    • Zabuza is more of an Anti-Hero, but eventually gets married to Mei Terumi.
  • Heroic Rematch: Naruto is unable to defeat Konan and Pain during their first confrontation resulting in them taking Ukataka away. When they invade Konoha along with the rest of Akatsuki, he manages to defeat them.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Ukataka, having to choose between saving himself or Hotaru, chooses to save her, and gets captured by Konan and Pain.
    • Maito Gai, in Chapter 122, decides to stay behind to destroy Madara's giant meteors to save as many lives as possible (including those of his students') and use the Gate of Death to fight him one-on-one.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: After the Uchiha coup attempt, the surviving Uchihas, Itachi, Shisui and Sasuke, are loyal to Konoha, but their clansmen's actions sullied the clan's name to the public eye, and thus they're treated with scorn.
  • Hidden Buxom: Hinata begins to wear her baggy coat after her mother, during a sparring session, notices her chest growth and wonders if she should buy her a bra.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Shisui, despite being for the most part a pretty easygoing guy, has a lot more under the surface. For starters, he feels guilty for letting his friend Seiichi die out of jealousy, and he hasn't forgotten about when Danzo forcibly stole his eye.
    • Natsu Hyuga in Chapter 100 confesses that she held a lot of resentment for the Main Hyuga Family, wanting to do more than be just a maid or caretaker.
    • In the same chapter, Zabuza of all people gives a wise lecture about how important is to rely in your allies during war (and also how one of the reasons he fights solo is because his weapon's range can potentially make him a danger to his allies).
    • In Chapter 106, Anko reveals there's more to her sadistic Blood Knight tendencies: namely, that surviving every day during war times makes her appreciate being alive more than usual. Moreover, she doesn't think that War Is Glorious in the least.
    • The Hanabi Gaiden sidestory shows that, under Hanabi's cheerful and happy-go-lucky personality, she has a bit of a superiority complex that she managed to keep in check, but was reignited by getting the Tenseigan, and is capable of being very ruthless when her loved ones are threatened. Similarly, Konohamaru, under his headstrong and reckless personality shows that he can be deep and intellectual side, which helps snap Hanabi when she verges into being obsessed with her power.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Konan is the only female member of Akatsuki, and the only one who switches sides to ally with Konoha against them (due to Nagato's Redemption Equals Death after their mutual Heel Realization, he doesn't get the chance to do so).
  • Hold the Line: Chapter 52 ends with Sasori and Deidara attacking the heroes while Hinata and Naruto perform a chakra transfer to save Gaara, forcing Kurenai, Haku and Maki's team to fight them off until Gaara is out of danger.
  • Honey Trap: In Chapter 68, Itachi disguises himself as a woman to lure an Ame genin into a trap, and later extract info from him.
  • Honorary Uncle: Ino's father Inoichi is mentioned to be like an uncle to Shikamaru and Choji due to their three clans having been close allies for generations (and it can be presumed that this also applies to her mother and their parents as well). After Inoichi ends up being killed in the Uchiha coup, Shikamaru and Choji are both mentioned to be crying just as hard as Ino during the funeral. Choji expresses similar sentiments after Shikaku Nara's death during the Fourth War, as he explains to Karui after he goes with Ino to comfort Shikamaru.
  • Hope Spot:
    • In the climax of Chapter 67, Sasuke uses the Kirin to knock out Kurama's Yin half, and it seems they'll seal it inside Karin's body. However, before they can do so, it wakes up and starts another rampage, sending out a Tailed Beast Ball and forcing Yugito to take the blast for them.
    • Twofold in Chapter 75. Hagane briefly figures out that his Nature-based chakra attacks can counter the Truth Seeking Balls and manages to put Toneri on the brink of defeat, but he gains a sudden power boost from a burst of rage, although he's forced to retreat after performing one single attack. Likewise, Naruto and Roshi almost defeat Orochimaru, but he's distracted when he senses Hagane getting knocked out, and gives Orochimaru the opening to capture Roshi and escape.
  • Hostage Situation:
    • A rare example where the heroes are the ones taking a hostage. When Orochimaru is about to escape, Anko tries to negotiate by using Hebimaru, knowing that he's "special". Unfortunately, Orochimaru doesn't care and just leaves him behind.
    • In Chapter 116, Hebiko shows up attacking the Shinobi Allied Forces' HQ, though her forces refrain from killing anybody as she's just come to negotiate. When Jiraiya shows up, he turns it around and catches her in an Earth jutsu while stating that he's not fond of hostage situations unless he is the hostage holder.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Chapter 92 has almost all of the main cast and several of their friends going to Konoha's hot springs. Due to the amount of people and with many couples who wanted to spend time together, the staff had to remove the walls separating the women and men's bath from the mixed one to fit everyone together.
  • Human Popsicle: Hidan gets defeated this way, encased in a block of ice by Haku and put into stasis by sealing tags.
  • Humans Are Bastards:
    • Orochimaru holds the view that "there's no such thing as innocent people, just people who never had the chance to sin".
    • Toneri seems to hold a similar view, stating that the world isn't worth saving and that the ninja nations would be killing one another if they weren't facing a bigger threat.
  • Humongous Mecha:
    • During his final battle against Hinata, Toneri summons a giant statue of Hamura Otsutsuki to fight her.
    • In Chapter 114, Obito summons Hashirama's Wood Giant, a colossal ogre made of wood with a serpentine dragon wrapped around its neck.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Deidara does not like when someone uses his explosive clay figurines against him.
    • The biggest one, of course, is Danzo, who is unable to practice what he preaches in regards to making sacrifices for the greater good. Moreover, he claims to be acting in Konoha's best interest, yet is more than willing to leak intel to Konoha's enemies to pave the way so he can rise and become Hokage. The latter part becomes somewhat averted as Chapter 90 reveals that he was under the effects of Kotoamatsukami and was forced to work for Obito.
    • Hanzo of the Salamander, when brought back during the Fourth Ninja War, constantly speaks about honor. Naturally, both Mifune and Konan reply that a warmonger like him is no one to talk about honor.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At one point, Tsunade yells at Naruto that he shouldn't yell inside a hospital. While she herself was inside that hospital.
  • I Call It "Vera": "Arbor-chan" is the name Fu gave it to the tree trunk she kept after the defeat of Kakuzu and Hidan to use as her personal weapon.
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This:
    • In Chapter 4, Jiraiya is clearly disgusted about agreeing with Danzo during the discussion of the Hyuga affair.
    • Later in Chapter 90, Gai suggests to Shisui they should team up with Danzo when Obito shows up, recognizing him as the bigger threat. Shisui is not happy to agree with that, given his story with the Root leader.
  • I Did What I Had to Do:
    • When Shizune calls Danzo sick for his actions, he replies "I will always do what's best for Konoha. No matter how many people see me or my ideals, I will always do what is right."
    • Nagato considers that everything he's done and all the people he's killed are "necessary sacrifices" to achieve his end goal of bringing peace to the world.
    • While he does acknowledge Yagura’s flaws and is happy that the village managed to prosper under Mei, Jinin doesn’t regret siding with him during the Civil War.
  • I Have No Son!: Offscreen example, Itachi ends up having an argument with his parents and they kick him out of the clan as a result.
  • I Heard That: Kurama's response to Naruto saying that the Seven Tails is more reasonable than "the stupid fox". Naruto doesn't care.
  • I Knew It!: Sasuke's reaction when he learns that his hunch about Sai being distrustful ends up being correct.
  • I Know You Know I Know: In the aftermath of the Akatsuki invasion, Danzo sends some of his minions to infiltrate Konoha's hospital to steal Pain's Rinnegan eyes. Jiraiya foresaw this, and purposefully left decoys in the hospital while keeping the real ones in the Hokage's office. But, that attack was meant to be a distraction, as Danzo foresaw he'd be keeping the real deal right there. Fortunately, Jiraiya anticipated to this as well, and had Team Gai and Shisui stand on guard to retrieve them when they were stolen.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Sasuke to Naruto, after the latter is brainwashed by Obito and Sasuke tries to snap him out of it.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Shisui considers his greatest failure ever not helping his friend Shunichi when he fought a Kumo ANBU captain alone, indirectly causing his death.
  • I Let You Win: The two Takigakure shinobi that accompany Fu to the Chunin exams throw their preliminary matches so that it isn't revealed that they're actually disguised Jonin.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • The Raikage after meeting with Toneri.
    • Jiraiya's reaction is essentially this when dealing with the aftermath of the Root Arc.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: At the end of Chapter 77, Ino is eating with her teammates when she suddenly remembers something, and then leaves telling them she needs to help her mom with something at the flower shop. She knows it's a pretty bad excuse, but she can't tell them about her mission to relay her intel about Danzo to Jiraiya.
  • I'd Tell You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You: When Karin asks Naruto about his birth parents during a talk about their families, he says that it's an S-Rank secret and he'd have to kill her if he divulged anything beyond his mother's last name and the fact that they died during the Kyubi attack. This causes Karin to ask "Geez, was your father Hokage, or what?"
  • If I Can't Have You…: Toneri's final encounter with Hinata has shades of this, as he grows increasingly angry when she not only starts to get the upper hand against him, but compares him to Naruto, until he finally decides that she's beyond his reason and fight her to the death.
  • If We Get Through This...:
    • Jiraiya promises to Fukasaku and Shima to complete his Sage training if they make it out of the invasion alive.
    • In Chapter 102, Natsu Hyuga ponders that, should the Hyuga Clan make it through the Fourth Ninja War, they should be more open to learn other techniques like elemental ninjutsu, instead of just relying on the Gentle Fist.
  • I'll Kill You!:
    • Naruto yells "You're dead!" at Toneri in Chapter 57, as soon as he finds out he was the one behind Hinata's kidnapping when she was a child.
    • To get Genjutsu World!Hinata to attack Dark!Naruto (she's reluctant to do so because he looks like the real one), Naruto tells her to picture him like "a version of me who cheated on you with Sakura". She immediately goes "YOU'RE SO FUCKING DEAD!"
  • Immune to Mind Control: It's mentioned in 'chapter 52 that Orochimaru had protective seals carved into his skull that prevent his mind from being read or tampered with, just in case he found himself at the mercy of members of the Yamanaka clan working at Konoha's Torture and Interrogation department. They're effective enough that he able to shrug off Obito's attempts to use Kotoamatsukami on him with Shisui's stolen eye.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • Sasuke ends up doing this to a brainwashed Naruto with a lightning-infused blade to try and shock him out of it from the inside out.
    • During the Akatsuki Invasion arc, Shima gets dragged by Pain's Bansho Ten'in, and impaled into one of his chakra rods.
  • Inappropriately Close Comrades: People within a single chain of command are allowed to be in relationship, though it has to be approved from the higher ups beforehand to avoid abuse of power. The only time it really comes up is during Haku and Tenten's Relationship Upgrade (which happened right after the latter had received a promotion), and they instantly get the okay due to Jiraiya wanting Haku to start a family and add the Yuki clan's Bloodline Limit to the village's forces.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • The summoned toads don't like being called "frogs".
    • Kankuro would like to remind you "This isn't make-up, it's war paint!"
    • Anko had to break this habit out of Zaku, Kin and Dosu, as they used -sama when referring to Orochimaru. They still slip into it every once in a while, though.
    • Likewise, Yakumo still uses the honorific with Danzo even after being freed from his influence. Kurenai decides she'll do everything to help her break the habit.
    • By the Fourth Ninja War, Hikari Hyuga tells Neji he can drop the -sama with her, since she's no longer the clan's head and refer to her just as his aunt.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Shisui Uchiha still has his eye taken by Danzo, preventing him from using Kotoamatsukami, though Danzo doesn't get to keep it this time; Obito gets ahold of it.
    • Itachi gains the Mangekyo Sharingan after killing his father.
    • Naruto and Hinata first meet each other when the former saves the latter from being bullied.
    • Naruto still gets the First Hokage's necklace from Tsunade, though he gets it as a graduation present instead of from a bet.
    • Sakura still learns medical ninjutsu under Tsunade, albeit during her academy days instead of during the timeskip.
    • The Ino-Shika-Cho team is the only graduate genin team that keeps its canon formation.
    • Sakura and Sasuke are in the same Genin team, as are Shino and Kiba.
    • Hinata gets Kurenai as her jonin-sensei.
    • Despite Mizuki stealing the Scroll of Seals, Naruto still learns the Shadow Clone Jutsu, this time taught directly by Jiraiya.
    • In the Chunin Exam preliminaries, while none of the canon fights end up happening, Shikamaru ends up battling Temari the same way he did in the canon finals, forfeiting when he manages to catch her with his shadow.
    • All canon couples remain the same, though most get together a lot sooner.
    • Ino and Sakura are still bitter enemies despite Ino no longer being interested in Sasuke; rather, Ino despises Sasuke because her father was killed in the Uchiha Insurrection and she can't believe Sakura still likes him. They eventually reconcile during the Retrieval arc.
    • The Sound Invasion still happens, albeit after the Chūnin Exams and without the assistance of Suna.
    • The final arc of Part I, like in canon, ends with Naruto and Sasuke fighting against each other, albeit on very different circumstances: Obito, using Shisui's eye, brainwashed Naruto with a Kotoamatsukami, and Sasuke ends up fighting him to shake him out of it.
    • Sasuke gains the Mangekyo Sharingan, albeit when he thinks he accidentally killed Naruto as part of the fight mentioned above instead of killing Itachi.
    • At the end of Part I Jiraiya and Naruto leave off for a training trip. Unlike in canon, they're going to Mount Myoboku to undergo sage training, and they end up returning to Konoha much sooner.
    • The Akatsuki succeed in their capture of several Tailed-Beast hosts including Yagura at the end of the Kirigakure War arc, and Gaara at the start of Part II. Yugito Nii later ends up being captured as well, albeit by Obito and Kisame instead of Kazuku and Hidan, and later Ukataka follows, by Konan and Pain. Roshi would later be caught by Orochimaru and Toneri.
    • In Chapter 69, Kurenai reveals that her former student, Yakumo Kurama, unleashed a fire genjutsu that destroyed her house and killed her parents. And herself too, apparently.
    • Killer B manages to escape the Akatsuki’s attempt to capture him. The Fourth Raikage would then call for a 5 Kage Summit in response to this and sends Omoi and Karui to tell Konoha of the Summit, although T joins them instead of Samui.
    • Pain still invades Konoha, although unlike in canon, where it's just him and Konan, every surviving member of the Akatsuki bar Orochimaru (who by this point has severed ties) and Zetsu (who is tasked to find Killer B) takes part in it. In addition, the Akatsuki is backed up by a White Zetsu army and Toneri's puppets. Also, unlike in canon, both Jiraiya and Naruto are around in Konoha when the Akatsuki make their move.
    • Jiraiya still fights Pain and Konan with the help of Fukasaku and Shima, albeit during Pain’s invasion instead of his Ame mission. Like in canon, he fails to fully defeat them, although unlike canon he survives the encounter.
    • Naruto still confronts Nagato after destroying the Six Paths of Pain during his assault, albeit alongside with Tsunade and Jiraiya.
    • Naruto manages to convince Nagato what he did was wrong and Nagato uses the Rinne Tensei to revive those that died during the Akatsuki Invasion. Using said technique resulted in Nagato’s death.
    • Obito manages to take the Rinnegan, albeit only one eye instead of both.
    • Danzo dies in the same way as in canon: by committing suicide with the Reverse Tetragram Sealing, albeit he does so under Obito's control rather than on his own free will.
    • Kurotsuchi replaces Onoki as the Tsuchikage, albeit much earlier than in canon.
    • Obito still crashes the Gokage Summit and declares war.
    • Not only have the Allied Forces have been formed in response to the above, but it is also agreed to hide B and Naruto in a secret location. Although unlike in canon, hiding them is meant to help Naruto (and Fu) train their Biju powers.
    • During the war preparations, Naruto is summoned to Mt. Myoboku as Gamamaru has a prophecy relating to his meeting with Killer B and Gyuki and is given the key to his seal.
    • Tobirama is brought back as an Edo Tensei zombie as a combatant in the Fourth Shinobi World War, albeit on the Akatsuki’s side instead of the Allies’.
    • Naruto meets both Kushina and Minato when the fail-safe that contains their chakra in his Kyūbi seal activates, albeit he meets both during his Bijū training instead of separately.
    • Maki ends up confronting Edo Tensei!Pakura during the Fourth War and tries to seal her.
    • Discussed in Chapter 109. When Konan points out to Mifune that Hanzo's actions led to the creation of Akatsuki, Mifune counters that he's certain that, even without Hanzo, Obito would have found another way to carry out his plans, like killing Nagato in his sleep to steal his Rinnegan.
    • Hiashi and Hizashi Hyuga end up fighting against each other during the Fourth Ninja War, albeit in reversed positions with Hizashi being alive and Hiashi being dead, and Hiashi's wife also taking part in the battle.
    • Maito Gai ends up fighting one-on-one against Madara Uchiha himself. Unlike in canon, however, Gai does not survive the battle.
    • Despite Fu not being captured by Akatsuki, Obito is still able to summon the Ten-Tails by substituting in a pair of her wings that Kakazu ripped off of her when she was escaping to Konoha.
    • Despite Orochimaru's death, Mitsuki still exists, but as a regular human and is the child of Hebimaru and Kagero.
    • Naruto and Hinata's eldest child is still named Boruto despite the fact that Neji is still alive and thus wouldn't qualify for a Dead Guy Junior.
    • Hanabi still becomes the head of the Hyuga clan in the epilogue even though Hinata never lost her birthright.
  • Instant Expert:
    • Subverted with Fu during the Chunin Exams preliminaries. While she manages to snatch Karasu from Kankuro's grasp by producing stronger chakra threads, she's unable to properly control the puppet without practice.
    • Played straight with zombie Minato, who manages to replicate and use the Elemental Rasengan after seeing it just once, much to Jiraiya's chagrin.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Shizune and Itachi, mostly at the beginning.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Naruto has these a few times when he talks to Kurama in his mind, who tells him about some of his ancient story prior to being sealed.
      • In Chapter 41, Kurama reveals the details about the battle between Hashirama and Madara that created the Valley of the End, how Madara controlled him using the Mangekyo Sharingan, and how and why he ended up sealed inside Mito Uzumaki. Kurama apparently decided to tell him this because Naruto was brainwashed by Obito, and thought he would understand how it feels to be controlled and manipulated by someone else.
      • In Chapter 55, he tells Naruto about his origin, how he and the other Tailed Beasts were born from the Ten-Tails, now that the Akatsuki members have the statue that used to be its body, knowing that they're trying to revive it.
    • Chapters 56 and 57 have Naruto and Hinata learning more about their respective lineages, and how they retrace back to Hagoromo and Hamura Otsutsuki themselves.
    • In Chapter 58, there's a two-way one: Naruto shares what he learned in the previous chapters with the Uchihas, who in turn lead him to where they keep the stone tablet that can only be read with the Sharingan and Mangekyo Sharingan to piece their information together about their lineages.
    • Chapter 78 has a massive one for Konoha as a whole, as Jiraiya gathers everybody at the Hokage Monument to out Danzo's treachery.
    • In Chapter 93, during the Five Kage Summit, Jiraiya reveals to the other other Kages the story the Order of the Moon Acolytes told them about the Otsutsuki Clan.
  • Interquel: The Kirigakure War arc is placed between Part I and Shippuden.
  • In the Back:
    • Torune Aburame dies this way, courtesy of Shisui's tanto.
    • Akashi Sutoku is impaled from the back by Itachi's Susano'o, before being sealed into the Totsuka Sword's gourd.
    • Shikaku Nara also suffers it, at the hands of Edo Tensei!Fugaku Uchiha.
  • Insult of Endearment: Mei refers to Zabuza as "Zabuza-chan" (and later "Zabuza-kun") in a way that's clearly meant to be half demeaning, half flirtatious. It pisses him off to no end, but considering the fact that he was willing to become her right hand man upon her being appointed Mizukage as well as enter a relationship with her, it obviously doesn't bother him as much as he claims.
  • In-Universe Catharsis:
    • Rin in Chapter 104 gets some, by delivering payback on Kakko and Taiseki (two of the Iwa ninjas who kidnapped her years ago).
    • Kakashi in Chapter 109 tells his team that fighting his father helped him relieve the resentment he kept holding against him after his death (due to leaving him to fend by himself) enough to forgive him.
  • I Shall Taunt You:
    • Neji does this to Sasuke during their fight in the Chunin Exams preliminaries with the intent of making him lose his focus. It backfires horribly when Neji brings up the Uchiha Insurrection and Sasuke goes into a full-blown Unstoppable Rage, having to be stopped by Shisui.
    • During the Fourth Ninja War, after Hashirama's Wood Giant is summoned into battle, Karin calls it an "oversized vegetable doll" to get its attention and bring it into a trap, eventually bringing it down for good.
  • I Should Have Been Better: Sasuke feels this way due to his failure to prevent Yugito Nii's capture. He still seems to reel on this by the time of the Fourth Ninja War.
  • Is That a Threat?: Jiraiya asks this when Danzo tells him he's gonna regret forming an alliance with Mei Terumi and Kirigakure. Danzo replies with the typical "It's a warning".
  • It Amused Me:
    • Tsunade decides to let Zabuza and Mei to fight each other because it's more fun than the soap operas she watches.
    • Anko believes that the only reason Orochimaru bothered to bring back Mizuki as a zombie was because he found it funny.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Discussed heavily on Chapter 68, both for Naruto and Sasuke in the aftermath of Yugito Nii's capture:
      • Naruto feels guilty for not being there to do something, but Hinata comforts him saying that she knows how he feels since she felt the same way after her father was killed in the Uchiha Insurrection, despite the fact there was nothing she could have done at the time. It kick backs full force in the aftermath of the loss of Roshi and Hagane ending up in a coma, even though he wasn't in charge of the mission.
      • Sasuke feels guilty for failing the mission, to the point whether he could have done something if he had full control of his Mangekyo Sharingan to control Kurama's Yin half. In response, Shisui takes him to a graveyard and tells him the story of his old friend and rival Shunichi and how he intentionally let him die out of pride and jealousy. He then tells Sasuke he needs to learn to forgive himself and use his failures to motivate himself to be better instead of dwelling on them.
    • Hotaru in Chapter 70 blames herself for Ukataka's capture, as he chose to save her instead of himself.
    • In Chapter 71, in addition to the above, Naruto blames himself for letting his teammates get hurt while fighting Pain and Konan, even though everybody assures him it's not his fault at all.
    • Chapter 89 reveals that Danzo took advantage of this to recruit Yakumo into Root. After her powers went out of control and accidentally killed her parents, he coerced her into joining Root by offering the means to control them. She accepted out of desperation and fear of harming more innocents, although she came to eventually regret it.
  • It Has Been an Honor:
    • Trapped by Konan's explosive butterflies, and knowing that he can't save both himself and Hotaru, Ukataka traps her in a bubble and sends her away to safety. He tells her he's glad to have let her into his life and regrets not having been a better teacher to her, telling her to live her life to the fullest so when her time comes she won't have any regrets.
    • In Chapter 122, Gai imparts some words to his students before heading off to destroy the meteors summoned by Madara and fight him using the Gate of Death to buy as much time as possible so they can survive. He tells them how proud of them he is before heading off to fight his final battle.
  • It Only Works Once: Deidara suggests that they unleash Kurama's Yin half to go on a rampage to lure the remaining jinchuriki out of hiding, since it already worked for them. Konan points out the villages will know it's them and won't fall for it a second time.
  • It's Personal:
    • Sasuke has this big time against Obito, both for instigating the Uchiha Insurrection, and for making him almost kill Naruto. It extends to Akatsuki as a whole when Itachi ends up in the hospital in the aftermath of the Roshi retrieval mission.
    • Shisui already had plenty of reasons to hate Danzo, including having taken his eye and being the most responsible for the downfall of the Uchiha Clan, but what really makes him decide to kill the man with his own hands is that he sends his minions to kidnap Shiro and Shizuka.
    • By Chapter 113, Toneri has racked more than a few reasons to earn Hinata's hatred. In order: trying to orchestrate her kidnapping when she was still a child, repeatedly attempting to kill Naruto and force her (and her sister) to marry him, and using her deceased father's eyes to awaken the Tenseigan and fight her.
  • I've Come Too Far: When Rin tries to plead with Obito to stop the madness, he replies that he can't, "not when a world free of strife and suffering is at hand".
  • I Want Grandkids: Mei had to go through this, as her parents were pressuring her to get married and have kids to ensure her two Bloodline Limits would carry on.
  • Jerkass: Rasa, BIG TIME. Until Chapter 55, at least.
  • Jerkass Realization: Rasa finally realizes how terrible of a father he has been when he almost loses all of his children at the hands of Akatsuki.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Zabuza. It's best exemplified at the end of the Kirigakure War arc, when he tells Haku he has no more use for him so that his apprentice can stay in Konoha with his team and girlfriend instead of moving to Kiri.
    • To a lesser extent, Anko is a sadist and proud of it, even to her own students. But when push comes to shove, she'll do anything to protect them from harm.
  • Joke and Receive:
    • When Naruto meets Roshi, he reveals to him that he's the adoptive son of Jiraiya, who is the current Hokage. Roshi then jokingly asks if his adoptive mother happens to be Tsunade, which Naruto confirms.
    • Earlier on, after being informed that what happened to Naruto's biological parents is an S-Rank secret, Karin asks "Geez, was your father a Hokage, or what?"
    • Karui in Chapter 95 says in regards to Killer B's absence "It's not like he pretended to be dead just so he could go on vacation. I'd cut his balls if he did that."
  • Just One Man: During Chapter 122, Kurotsuchi tries to rally the 2nd Division saying that "Madara or not, powerful or not, he's just one man". It goes as well as expected for them.
  • Karmic Death: After years of using and discarding his subordinates as he saw fit in the name of his personal ambitions, Danzo dies forced to commit suicide under Obito's control once he's fulfilled his purpose.
  • Kill It with Fire: The Wrath of Jashin falls to this twofold: first, Naruto and the others trick it into hurting its own eyes with its flames, and then Gamabunta soaks it in oil for Naruto to finish it off with a fire jutsu before its pieces can reform.
  • Kill It with Water: Ino destroys some of Sai's ink beasts firing water bullets at them.
  • Kirk Summation: Lee's reply to Mizuki's rant about how Hard Work Hardly Works is that instead of trying to improve himself Mizuki chose to shift the blame to Konoha and take shortcuts to gain power at any cost.
  • Klingon Promotion: This is presumably a tradition among those who wish to join the Seven Swordsmen, based on what Juzo states, as he expresses disappointment in Zabuza for taking the Executioner’s Blade after the former died.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Akatsuki is a collective version. Case in point, the darkest arcs during Part I have at least one member involved in the events, and Part II sees a significant decrease in lighthearted moments once they start actively hunting for the jinchuriki and their Tailed Beasts.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Babysitting children is normally a mission given to Genin fresh out of the academy. Shizune on the other hand demands from the Hokage that her chidren be watched by a squad of highly trained Jonin, and only by ones that she personally trusts if possible. Considering the fact that both of the kids were nearly kidnapped by to be raised as Tyke Bombs and the one responsible managed to escape, it's understandable that she'd be a bit overprotective, even if the chance of the kidnappers returning is almost nonexistant.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    • In the Chunin exams preliminaries, Shikamaru throws his match against Temari after he realizes she's way too strong for him to fight alone. She's not happy about it.
    • Tayuya engages Neji in direct combat using her cursed seal, but when Kiba and Akamaru (merged as the Two-Headed Wolf) show up to help him, she promptly retreats.
    • At the end of the Kirigakure Civil War, once it comes out to light that Yagura has been manipulated and taken by Akatsuki, his wife Aiko orders their forces to surrender to the rebels to prevent more meaningless bloodshed.
    • As soon as Deidara realizes that Naruto can use senjutsu, he quickly leaves an explosive clone as a decoy to escape.
    • Toneri in Chapter 57 tries to take Hinata away, but when Naruto and the others prove themselves stronger than he expected, he promptly retreats.
    • Surprisingly, when confronted by Ino in Chapter 78, Sai surrenders once she catches him in an explosive trap. Sai admits that once upon a time he would have chosen death over surrender, but he doesn't want to die that way.
    • In Chapter 106, after Kisame gets killed and half the resurrected past Seven Swordsmen are defeated, Akatsuki pulls back the remaining ones into their coffins, to save them for another round.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Hidan and Kakuzu seem to think this about Fu. She's not happy about it.
  • Lame Comeback: Sasori says to Hinata that he can't wait to turn her into a work of art. Hinata tries to reply, but she can't come up with anything and admits Naruto is better than her at verbal combat.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: When Yakumo asks Naruto and Hinata about their other teammate, Naruto's reply is that "he's a pretty cool guy". Hinata just rolls her eyes at the remark.
  • Laser Blade: Naruto's Chakra Blade is a modified kunai that, as the name implies, projects a blade of pure chakra, similar to how Asuma uses his trench knives. He later pulls out a second one for Dual Wielding.
  • Last-Minute Hookup: Kiba and Tamaki become an Official Couple right at the end of the Fourth Ninja War, in the second-to-last chapter.
  • Last Request: After being defeated by Mifune and Konan and before being sealed, Edo Tensei!Hanzo asks the latter to ensure that Amegakure stays strong and doesn't get stomped on by the Great Ninja Villages. Konan assures him that it won't happen, because she and everyone else in the alliance will work to make a better world where the conflicts of the past remain in the past.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Naruto replenished Hinata's chakra during the finals when they get pitted against each other, so she can fight him at her best. Hinata tries to protest, but he counters that she healed him after his previous match and does it anyway.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Jiraiya and Tsunade have this dynamic for the first couple years of their cohabitation. Doesn’t take long for them to become an actual married couple.
  • Like a Son to Me: Mei says this is how Zabuza sees Haku, but Zabuza denies it. Not like he's fooling anyone.
  • Like Cannot Cut Like:
    • During the Sasuke vs Karui battle in the Chunin exams finals, Karui's Thunder Blade overpowers Sasuke's Burning Edge, breaking the katana in the process. Sasuke then decides to copy Karui's jutsu and channel the same element through his spare katana so it doesn't happen again.
    • Summons of the same tribe refuse to fight each other if they're summoned on opposite sides. Anko exploits this against Orochimaru in the Land of Sound arc to get rid of his snakes with her own. During the Sound Invasion arc, Orochimaru bypasses this by placing Manda under a genjutsu, so when Anko attempts to pull the same trick, it doesn't work.
  • Little Black Dress: An omake in Chapter 26 shows Tsunade wearing one to convince Killer B to train Naruto in controlling his Tailed Beast.
  • Living Lie Detector: Karin is able to use her chakra-sensing abilities to tell when people are lying. Ino later learns to do the same as well.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Defied hard in regards to Naruto's lineage and birth circumstances. When Hiruzen proposes that they are to be kept secret from him and from the rest of the village, Jiraiya is quick to point all of the reasons why that's a bad idea, and fully intends to tell Naruto the whole truth once he's old enough to understand.
    • It's played straight to a degree in regards to Nagato and the Rinnegan, as Jiraiya doesn't share with Naruto what he knows about them, although that's partly because he wants to confirm his suspicions first, if still having hopes he might be wrong. Naruto finally learns the truth by Chapter 70 and discusses it with Jiraiya during Chapter 71.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • The Byakugan, being a power that resides in the eyes, can be easily neutralized (at least temporarily) by a burst of harsh light, either from a jutsu or even simple flash grenades. Same applies for the Tenseigan and other dojutsu.
    • After Neji figures out that Tayuya uses the sound of her flute to control her summoned Doki demons, he suggests countering it with a louder sound to disrupt it. Kiba and Akamaru then transform together into the Two-Headed Wolf and let out a roar to do just that, allowing Neji to defeat the Doki and find Tayuya.
    • In Chapter 66, Sasuke analyzes Obito's intangibility and teleportation powers, and when the latter accidentally hurts himself with a blast of Amaterasu he previously absorbed, the former realizes they're both the same ability of phasing his body into a Pocket Dimension, and it is possible to attack him from the other side. Later on, they're able to use Kakashi's eye to counter its effects.
    • Samehada, Kisame's sword, can absorb the chakra of any attack and transfer it to its user. However, it cannot absorb shockwaves generated by chakra-enhanced, super-powered physical blows.
    • Ino's Mind Scourge Jutsu is capable of causing the opponent brain pains if they try to perform any ninjutsu. However, Naruto was able to bypass this by ordering his Shadow Clones to use ninjutsu for him, as unlike the original they remained unaffected.
    • The Tenseigan's Truth-Seeking Balls are capable of nullifying any kind of ninjutsu, which of course extends to fuinjutsu. Hinata uses this principle to erase the Caged Bird Seal from the Hyuga Branch House members, and later Orochimaru's Cursed Seal of Heaven from Anko's body.
    • Sai's ink beasts are powerful, but they can be easily washed away with a Water Release jutsu.
    • Danzo finds out the hard way that Izanagi's effects shorten as the user's chakra reserves deplete, meaning that every time he spams it, it lasts a few seconds less than the previous one.
    • As Obito demonstrates, those brought back by Impure World Reincarnation are affected by the Rinnegan's Human Path's ability to rip out souls.
    • Dark!Naruto and Dark!Fu are equally as strong as their counterparts, plus they can predict anything they will do and counter it, meaning they can't be defeated alone. So the key to take them down is to bring more help to fight them.
    • Plasma Release: Light That Burns the Sky summons a rain of meteors around the user leaving a small safe radius in the center. So, if the user is forced to leave said radius, they expose themselves to get hit by them.
    • With the Brute Zetsu clones' Healing Factor and enhanced durability, external attacks would be useless. Thus, Shino resorts to send his kikai beetles to get inside their bodies and eat them from the inside out, while also draining their chakra to grow themselves to giant size.
    • Hashirama's ultimate jutsu, the Thousand-Armed Kan'on is an all but unstoppable force, but it's clearly thought up to fight giant-sized opponents. Fu manages to get under it taking advantage of her small size and holds it back in place using her Super Strength, giving Naruto and Killer B the seconds they need to charge a double Tailed Beast Ball to destroy it.
    • While Izanagi can even undo the user's death, it can only do so as long as there's left enough of the body to do so. Madara knew about this, and intentionally used a time-delayed Izanagi to undo his death at Hashirama's hands, knowing that Tobirama would keep the body intact to give him a proper burial out of respect.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Danzo holds a non-romantic variation of this. He believes that ninjas must not have emotions or loved ones, calling that an egotistical point of view to protect Konoha just for the sake of a few people who mean something to you.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Downplayed. Hikari Hyuga mentions that "being lovesick certainly messes with one's head" when Hinata forgets she can use her Byakugan to watch Naruto's final match during the Chunin Exams.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me:
    • The toad Ryoko complains that he's always summoned to be used as a meat shield, and wonders if it's because he carries a shield himself.
    • Itachi's Susano'o, like in canon, has the Yata Mirror on its left arm. It saves him and Sasuke in Chapter 102 from a rain of plasma meteors. Though it does have its limits, as in Chapter 115 Fugaku's Susanoo manages to crack it.
  • Mad Artist: Deidara and Sasori, each with his own idea about what true art is.
  • Mad Bomber: Obviously, Deidara and his explosive clay.
  • Magitek: Chakra Golems, mechanical constructs animated by fuinjutsu, used as support troops. They were designed by the Uzumaki Clan, but their village was destroyed before they had a chance to produce them. Kirigakure managed to get its hands onto the designs, and produced them to use as a support defense force.
  • Magma Man: Or woman in this case. Kurotsuchi uses Lava Release: Lava Chakra Armor to create a cloak of molten rock around her body for attack and defense.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Jiraiya takes the last name Senju after marrying Tsunade. When Naruto asks him about this, he explains that he never had a last name to begin with, and even if he had, he doubted Tsunade would change hers.
  • Make My Monster Grow: During the battle in Chapter 62, the remaining Sons of Jashin retreat to Taki's Great Tree to regroup... and they merge into a giant monstrosity known as the Wrath of Jashin.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Tsunade, of course. Just ask Obito.
      • Again during Chapter 79. Those Root agents who tried to kidnap Hagane while Tsunade was at the hospital didn't live long afterwards.
    • Hinata's mother Hikari is no slouch either.
    • Shizune in chapter 79. After her children are rescued from a kidnapping attempt, she immediately teams up with her husband to kill the man responsible.
  • The Man Makes the Weapon: Karui is of the belief that Kumo swordsmen are superior to those found in Kiri because they rely on pure skill rather than swords with built-in tricks.
  • Man on Fire:
    • Inspired by T wreathing herself in lightning to defend herself at melee range, Sasuke develops a similar fire release technique and uses it against Haku during the Chunin exam finals
    • Toneri of all people, turns into this when he thinks about Hinata and Naruto, apparently fueled by his anger. It gives him a sudden power boost that brings him back when he's on the brink of defeat.
    • During the Fourth Ninja War, Tamaki even uses the titular Fire Release: Man on Fire jutsu, in conjunction with her Feline Aerial Bomber.
  • Mandatory Motherhood: Clans with bloodline limits often place a lot of pressure on those who inherit those abilities to have children and pass it on to the next generation. Mei metions at one point after having gotten pregnant with her first child how her parents would constantly pester her to settle down and have kids since she was the only one of her siblings to have both of their abilities (this despite the fact that the entire reason it took her so long to get married was because she was busy leading the Kirigakure Liberation Movement).
  • Manly Tears: Zabuza sheds these as Haku leaves for Konoha while he remains in Kiri.
  • Marionette Master: Examples include Suna ninjas like Kankuro and Sasori, who fight using their ninja puppets. Toneri Otsutsuki also employs them.
  • Marry Them All: Toneri after giving it some thought, has decided he will marry both Hyuga sisters since they both have the Tenseigan. Naturally neither of them agrees.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings:
    • In the epilogue, it's shown that Mei and Zabuza have six kids due to pressure from the Terumi clan elders to have children with dual bloodlines (though only the second oldest and youngest got both). After that point, Mei decided to have her tubes ligated so they'd finally stop pestering her about it.
    • Karin is pregnant with her seventh child in the epilogue, and she "jokingly" threatens to castrate her husband as soon as the baby is born.
  • Master of Illusion: Besides canon examples like Kurenai and Itachi, Sakura and Haku learn Genjutsu and use them quite often.
  • Meanwhile Scene: The Fourth Ninja War chapters often have brief scenes to Naruto and Fu during their training to control their tailed beasts, as well as Hinata's team during their mission to the moon.
  • The Medic: Each of the Genin teams is assigned a medical ninja to increase their survival odds:
    • Hinata for Kurenai's Assault Squad.
    • Shino for Kakashi's Animal Squad.
    • Ino for Asuma's Tactical Squad.
    • Shizune's Medical Squad is this as a whole for the rest of the teams.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Chakra Golems designed by the Uzumaki Clan and used by Kirigakure. Konoha later builds some of their own turning them into a heroic example.
  • Meet the In-Laws:
    • In Chapter 51, Temari asks Shikamaru when he's going to take her to meet his parents. Meanwhile, he's trying very hard to forget his own first encounter with Rasa, which according to Kankuro was hilarious. In Chapter 91, Shikamaru invites her to stay at his place so she can finally meet his family.
    • Chapter 76 reveals Fu has been staying with the Aburame Clan. She seems to be getting along with them just fine.
    • In Chapter 91, Choji introduces Karui to his dad, who seems very pleased to do so.
  • Mêlée à Trois: The finals of the Chunin exam tournament seems to set up as this between Naruto, Sasuke and Gaara. However, when Rasa complains that Gaara is at a disadvantage (clearly not wanting him to fight both Konoha Genin at once), offers Jiraiya a deal so he pits Naruto and Sasuke against each other first, and the winner gets to fight Gaara.
  • Men Like Dogs, Women Like Cats: Kiba and Tamaki, who use them respectively as their battle partners.
  • Mercy Kill:
    • Sasori denies this to Kankuro and Temari for destroying his beloved puppet Hiruko. Big mistake, as they manage to get to Konoha alive and alert them of Gaara's kidnapping to set up the rescue mission.
    • Played straight in Chapter 79; after Torune is tricked into attacking Fuu, the former's kikai beetles quickly begin devouring the latter. Shisui finishes Fuu off with his tanto to end his pain.
  • Meta Origin: Within the canon of the fic, Samehada was created by the Three Tails' first jinchuriki, using the beast's coral to craft it.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing:
    • Tsunade does this to Obito during their fight. She's surprised he managed to survive.
    • Gaara is also fond of doing this, using limbs and whips made of sand.
  • Megaton Punch:
    • Like in canon, Choji finishes Jirobo off with one to his chest.
    • Sakura's trademark attack, as developed by Tsunade.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Kankuro reveals to Naruto that his reason for becoming a puppeteer ninja was partly because he didn't stand out from Temari and Gaara.
  • Mighty Roar: Weaponized by Kiba and Akamaru, who transform into the Two-Headed Wolf and let out a "Thundering Roar" to disrupt the sound of Tayuya's flute, giving Neji the opening to strike. During the Kakuzu and Hidan arc, they use it to attack directly.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Averted. The Fourth Ninja War doesn't pull any punches on the losses, though it really kicks in during Chapter 122, where Madara Uchiha's rampage decimates over half the forces of the Second Division and Gai's intervention to put him out of commission is treated as a Heroic Sacrifice for saving the remaining ones. Kurotsuchi is latter shown deeply affected for their losses.
  • The Millstone: Danzo is this for Konoha. Despite being nominally on their side, he's more than willing to sabotage his own allies and cooperate with the enemy, if he believes it'll pave the way for him to become Hokage. Chapter 90 reveals that Obito purposefully invoked this, playing up on the man's ambitions to undermine Konoha from the inside.
  • Mind over Matter: One of the powers granted by the Tenseigan is the ability to use telekinesis.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Naruto's team is sent to protect a village from bandits as their first C-Rank mission. They end up discovering Orochimaru's takeover of the Land of Rice Fields.
  • Moment Killer: Naruto and Hinata are having a tender moment with each other in Chapter 76. Cue Fu showing up to greet them.
  • Mood-Swinger: Genjutsu World!Hinata can switch from romantic to murderously angry in a heartbeat.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Chapter 32 has Lee talking to Sakura about the reason why he keeps working hard to improve herself: his sensei believed in him when nobody else did, and he wants to inspire that same feeling in others. Sakura is touched by this until Lee tells her how much training they still have left to do, and her expression switches to hate and horror at the incoming torture.
    • Chapter 96, opens with a scene between Hinata and Anko (who is topless), as the former tries to remove the latter's Cursed Seal. It starts out rather tense, as the process causes Anko a horrible pain that makes her scream, to the point Hinata has to temporarily apply pressure points to immobilize her, but she endures it all the way. And when it's finally over, she hugs Hinata in gratitude... right when a Hyuga comes in after hearing Anko's screams and sees a rather sugestive scene.
  • Motif Merger: After being appointed as Kiri's ambassador to Konoha, Haku wears two forehead protectors to symbolize his loyalty to both villages. It's unclear if he is the first person to do this, but by the time of the epilogue it has become an official practice for any ambassador to wear the symbols of both the village they represent and the village they're staying in.
  • Motive Rant:
    • In Chapter 10, Fugaku Uchiha gives one to Hiruzen Sarutobi when the latter asks the former about his reasons for the coup d'etat.
    • Later in Chapter 39, Mizuki delivers one for Lee about his reasons to defect from Konoha, as well as mocking him for trying to work hard to improve himself.
    • Pain gets a moment of this, when Naruto confronts him about why he has such a bleak worldview to carry out his heinous actions. The Akatsuki leader remarks that as long as people haven't experienced the same kind of pain, they'll never be able to understand each other.
  • Morality Chain:
    • Itachi takes this role very seriously with Sasuke, always working hard to get him to control his anger and impulses.
    • Before confronting Danzo, Shisui muses that he hopes Shizune can be this to him so he doesn't succumb to the darkness he's about to embrace just that once.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Make no mistake, Zabuza has more than earned his credentials as one of Kirigakure's Seven Swordsmen, but he's still below his wife Mei Terumi in terms of power and general skills. In their one-on-one fight, it took her less than five minutes to take him down.
  • More Than Mind Control: Played with. In order to undermine Konoha's efforts to retrieve the jinchuriki and their Tailed Beasts, Obito used Kotoamatsukami to plant on Danzo an idea, of letting Akatsuki gather all Tailed Beasts in a single place to steal them back later, letting his personal ambitions to become Hokage do the rest. However, he still instilled a mental trigger that would bend the Root leader completely to his control when the time came.
  • Moving the Goalposts: When Hotaru asked Ukataka to make her his disciple, he tried to get rid of her asking her to perform ninja skills with no prior training or knowledge whatsoever. She managed to do all of them.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Kidomaru by default. Mizuki also counts when using his cursed seal, as it gives a pair of bladed arms like those of a praying mantis.
    • One of Pain's six battle bodies is a puppet with six arms. Later when he's brought back via Edo Tensei, both he and Tsunade (who has one of his Rinnegan eyes) sprout extra pairs of arms as they collide against one another in an arm-wrestling physical struggle.
    • Some of the mutant Zetsus have extra limbs to aid in combat.
    • By Chapter 104, both Fu and Naruto have learned to create extra chakra arms with their Tailed Beast chakra cloak modes.
    • The Tenseigan equivalent of the Susanoo, the Avatar of Kalika, is a giant female humanoid with four arms..
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Wood Release, a very rare and powerful ability, finds a lot of utility outside of combat:
      • Kaida is often called to use it for gardening jobs, much to her chagrin.
      • At one point, she uses it to make a wooden cage for Tora the runaway cat.
      • Rin uses it to make a crib as a gift for Asuma and Kurenai's future child.
      • In the aftermath of Akatsuki's invasion, every available user of Wood Release is called to help build new houses to replace the ones that got destroyed in the attack.
    • The x-ray vision granted by the Byakugan has obvious application for healing, but no member of the Hyuga clan ever bothered pursuing a medical career before Hinata due to how focused on tradition they are.
  • Murder by Inaction: As part of Shisui's backstory, he intentionally refused to help a friend and rival of his fight an opponent way too strong for himself alone, thinking it would teach his friend some humility. What instead happened was Shisui's friend dying in the fight.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Toneri, obviously, wants to do this to Naruto to take Hinata for himself.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless->Muscles Are Meaningful: During the Part I timeframe, Fu was short and scrawny, yet physically stronger than anybody else in her age group. By Part II, she's developed a more muscular yet still feminine frame.
  • Musical Assassin: Tayuya and her flute. Not only she uses it to control her summons and cast genjutsu, but she can also fire projectiles out of it like a blowpipe.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong:
    • Jinin Akebino is loyal to Kirigakure regardless of who runs it and his own views about its policies.
    • Danzo is an even more extreme example. For him, there's no right or wrong, there's only Konoha and its enemies.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Invoked by Obito on Sasuke, making him believe that he killed Naruto so he awakens the Mangekyo Sharingan for him to take.
    • Yakumo Kurama went through this when her powers went out of control and killed her parents. This made her easy prey for Danzo to recruit her into Root, in exchange for the means to control them to avoid killing innocents again.
  • My Grandma Can Do Better Than You: When one of the bullies picking on Hinata punches Naruto in the face, his response is "You call that a punch? My mom punches way harder than that." Of course, given that it's Tsunade he's talking about...
  • My Greatest Failure: Shisui considers that the Uchiha Insurrection is his second greatest failure, since he at least tried his best to prevent it. The first one is letting his friend Shunichi get killed by actively refusing to help him fight an opponent too strong for him alone.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling:
    • Played for Laughs with Ino, as she apparently has a "gossip" sense that allows her to sense when somebody she knows develops a crush on someone else.
    • In Chapter 72, Son Goku tells Roshi that he senses how his siblings are "disappearing" one after another. Knowing what happened to them, he guesses they might be the next ones to be hunted down and captured.
    • In Chapter 85, when Naruto has just defeated Toneri, he suddenly gets a strange feeling of something terribly wrong. Suddenly, a smoke explosion goes off in the distance revealing Kurama's other half, that was just summoned by Obito to rampage on Konoha.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Unlike his real counterpart, Genjutsu World!Sasuke can use the Chidori.
    • During their fight against Madara, Sasuke makes a reference to Izanami after asking Itachi if he has a secret time-loop genjutsu. Itachi dismisses such a thing as nonsense.
    • Shikadai has a younger sister named Kazane in the epilogue, as his father had mentioned in canon how he had wanted to have a son then a daughter.
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