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  • Named by the Adaptation:
    • Hinata’s mother is given the name Hikari in this story.
    • Last name example with Tsunade, as she has the Senju name instead of being a case of Only One Name. This also applies to Haku and Karin, who have their clan names (Yuki and Uzumaki) as their last names.
    • Karin's mother is given the name Mariko Uzumaki.
  • Named After Someone Famous:
    • The Tokimune clan is named after a Japanese general and samurai named Hojo Tokimune from the 13th century, who is known for pushing Mongolian forces back during their invasion of Japan.
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    • Sutoku is named after a deposed Japanese emperor during the 12th century.
  • Necessarily Evil: When tensions arise in the Hyuga clan after Hinata is appointed as the new head and tries to abolish the Caged Bird Seal altogether, Hanabi starts thinking that, in order to keep order efficiently in the clan and prevent as many deaths as possible, she might have to be "an even bigger tyrant than [Hinata]". Thankfully, her fight with Konohamaru snaps her out of it.
  • The Needs of the Many: When Jiraiya and Hiruzen tell Karin that she needs to become the jinchuriki of Kurama's Yin half she understandably freaks out and runs away. However, Sakura comforts her and makes her realize that it's a sacrifice that needs to be made for the sake of many lives, and she finally accepts it.
  • Nepotism: Subverted with Yugao, who couldn't show any favoritism towards her foster son Haku while acting as the proctor in the Chunin Exam finals for the sake of being impartial, and didn't even wish him good luck before his match started despite how much she wanted to. At most, she gives a small smile when he shows off some swordfighting skills that she had a hand in teaching him.
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  • Next Thing They Knew: In Chapter 3, Jiraiya and Tsunade decide to talk about what happened last night, and they end up admitting to have feelings for each other, but agree to take things slow. The next morning, Shizune finds them on the couch...
  • Never Found the Body:
    • In Chapter 69, Kurenai visits the grave of her former student, Yakumo Kurama, though revealing that only the charred corpses of her parents were found in the burned house, with no trace of Yakumo herself whatsoever. As it turns out, she was never found because Danzo took her and turned her into one of his puppet agents.
    • Like in canon, inverted in regards to Madara Uchiha, whose body after losing to Hashirama was kept intact and buried out of respect, ensuring that he could resurrect himself with Izanagi, allowing him to lay low while everyone would believe him long dead.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable:
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    • Fu can walk out of a major beating with nothing but very minor bruises. Gaara finally manages to bypass this and deal a serious injury during the Chunin Exam Finals.
    • Sakura invokes this with her Iron Skin jutsu. Like the name implies, it makes her skin as hard as metal, and thus impervious to most forms of damage. However, keeping it active quickly drains her chakra. And Sakon and Ukon are strong enough to hurt her even while using it.
  • No Body Left Behind:
    • In Chapter 118, Konan traps Deidara into an explosive paper coccoon, setting off a series of powerful explosions to kill him off. The explosions are so strong no corpse or trace is left behind afterwards.
    • In Chapter 122, Gai completely disintegrates into ash upon using his final attack on Madara Uchiha.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Tayuya when she finds out Itachi Uchiha is among her opponents
  • Noodle Incident:
    • During the timeskip, something happened when Temari took Shikamaru to meet her dad. Kankuro says it was hilarious, while Shikamaru is trying very hard to forget said meeting.
    • In Chapter 106, from Rin's account, Anko has her fair share of embarrassing stories from their younger days, enough to threaten with a slow and painful death if they're divulged.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: In Chapter 122, Neji gets his leg pinned and gravely injured by a large rock as a result of Madara's Chibaku Tensei. Right when they manage to get him out, Madara prepares a second wave of giant meteors so Neji tells them to leave him behind and save themselves, but they refuse to abandon him. Instead Gai heads off to destroy the meteors and fight Madara himself using the Gate of Death so Tenten and Lee can carry Neji to safety.
  • No Ontological Inertia:
    • At the start of Chapter 113, the Akatsuki troops composed of Toneri's puppets suddenly stop working, cutting off a large chunk of their numbers. Later in the chapter it's shown that he was killed by Hinata.
    • Also the eyes that he took from Hiashi's corpse to awaken the Tenseigan get reverted to Byakugan after his death.
    • Averted for the Edo Tensei reanimations, since even after the summoner is killed the jutsu is not undone. This is why Tsunade needs to temporarily use the Rinnegan to reanimate Orochimaru's corpse after killing him, so as to finally dispel it.
  • Non-Human Lover Reveal: Downplayed. Shino doesn't find out about Fu being the jinchuriki for the Seven-tailed beast until the day before they start dating, though since Naruto's status as a jinchuriki was never made a secret in this story, his only reaction is that it's "interesting".
  • Not Just a Tournament: Subverted. Orochimaru was planning on invading during the Chunin Exams like he did in canon (since the concentrated security at the stadium meant that the outer walls of the village would be less guarded), but the fact that two other kage would be present meant that he had to delay it to avoid them both declaring war on him.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: When Atsui jokes that there might be a second Nine-Tails rampaging around, Sasuke bluntly says that, indeed, that's exactly what it is. Yugito retorts that the Tailed Beast's power can't be replicated, but Shizune quickly counters that it can be split.
  • Not Quite Flight: Naruto has yet to develop actual flight in the story. The closest thing he's managed so far is using his wind jutsu to propel himself in the air and hover with a degree of control.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: The spirits of Yugito Nii, Han, Ukataka, Roshi and Yagura who now reside in Naruto lament not being able to do anything to help him in battle. Naruto then pours their chakra into reinforced Shadow Clones so they can join him, Fu, Gaara and Killer B to fight Obito, Madara and the Ten-Tails, if only temporarily.
  • Nosebleed: Female example: Naruto defeats Sakura by causing her one with the "Uchiha Harem Jutsu", causing her to literally rocket herself into the ceiling.
  • The Nose Knows: Kiba, like in canon, is able to use his sense of smell to track down his enemies. This comes in handy to find Tayuya while she's casting a genjutsu to try and get the Konoha genin off their trail.
  • Nothing Personal:
    • During the Chunin Exams finals Gaara tells Naruto he has to avenge Temari's defeat at Naruto's hands. Naruto protests that he said "no hard feelings" before, to which Gaara replies that he has no hard feelings, but Temari won't let him hear the end of it if he doesn't avenge her.
    • During the War, one of the reanimated zombies outright said this to Mifune when attacking him due to his body not being in control.
  • Not Hyperbole: In Chapter 65, Tsunade wants to force Jiraiya to dance with her until their feet bleed, then she'll heal them and they'll keep up until they bleed again. Jiraiya recalls she did the same in Shizune's wedding and the part about bleeding was quite literal.
  • Not So Different: Fu considers Genjutsu World!Shino annoying for talking non-stop. However, when she confronts Dark!Fu, the latter points out that she acts in a similar way to everyone she meets.
  • No, You:
    • Chapter 98 has a non-insult version, since Genjutsu World!Kiba and Tamaki start going "No, I love you more!" with each other in the middle of a battle, no less.
    • In Chapter 113, Toneri angrily tells Hinata "You surely want to take everything away from me, don't you?", to what she replies "You want to take everything away from us."
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • Despite being raised by loving parents, Naruto is still a bit slow to pick up that Hinata likes him until others point it out to him. Even after they get together, he's still unable to register the hints when some of his friends obviously like each other.
    • Neji isn't much better. His aunt had to supress the urge to simultaniously Dope Slap him and facepalm when he fails to realize why Karin is spending so much time with him or why she called out to him before her match in the Chunin Exam Finals.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Fu might not be very bright, but she tends to act much dumber than she really is, often just for kicks.
  • Official Couple: Word of God states at the beginning that NarutoxHinata and JiraiyaxTsunade are/will be this from the get-go. For the rest, there’s nothing definitive yet.
    • As of chapter 31, the following among the genin are official: Tenten and Haku, Shino and Fu, and of course Naruto and Hinata. On the adults' side, Shizune and Shisui have already gone all the way: she's pregnant with his child, and they're planning to get married soon.
    • By Chapter 32, Neji has begun dating Karin.
    • Shikamaru and Temari have become a couple by Chapter 51, sometime during the timeskip.
    • In Chapter 59, it's confirmed that Mei and Zabuza got together, and she's pregnant with their child.
    • While Kurenai and Asuma had been obviously together for quite a while, they cement they relationship by marrying in Chapter 65. During the same chapter, Sasuke and Sakura begin dating as well.
    • As of Chapter 100, both Choji and Karui are now a couple.
  • Offscreen Romance: Shikamaru and Temari hook up between the Kirigakure War arc and the start of Shippuden.
  • Off with His Head!:
    • How Jinin meets his end after being defeated. For added irony, he also gets disabled this way when brought back as an Edo Tensei zombie before being sealed again.
    • Danzo suffers this at one point during his fight against Shisui and Shizune. Naturally, thanks to his Izanagi it doesn't stick.
    • Kisame gets beheaded by Mei using Water Severing Wave during the 4th Ninja War.
    • Madara finally meets his end by getting decapitated by Naruto's Wind Blade.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Pretty much everybody's reaction when Orochimaru unleashes the resurrected Hokages upon Konoha, Minato included.
    • Basically all villains' reaction when they see Naruto's Rasenshuriken coming at them; even Akatsuki members and other Jinchuuriki realize that if it lands a direct hit on them, they won't be getting back up.
    • Villainous example with Deidara in Chapter 54, when he realizes Naruto can use senjutsu.
    • Naruto himself has one in Chapter 63, when the Wrath of Jashin opens a giant eye in its chest and fires a laser-like chakra beam at him and Gamabunta. Fortunately, Hinata steps in and delays it long enough for them to counterattack.
    • A comedic example occurs in Chapter 65. During the reception party for Kurenai and Asuma's wedding, Jiraiya sees they're clearing the tables and chairs for the dance. Tsunade recalls they never had a dance in their wedding and forces him to "dance until their feet bleed".
    • In Chapter 67, Obito has one when Sasuke is about to unleash his ultimate attack on him: the Kirin.
    • Danzo has a brief one in Chapter 80, when he realizes he's used up his Izanagi more than he expected.
    • Chapter 85 has a few from the Akatsuki members during the invasion. First, Obito has one when he realizes they've learned to use Kakashi's Kamui to counter his own. Later, Toneri gets three separate ones: first when he gets hit by Fu's giant club, then when the Hyuga sisters overpower him by awakening the next stage of the Tenseigan Chakra Cloak, and lastly, when Naruto hits him with a Rasenshuriken powered by Senjutsu chakra.
    • This is pretty much the final reaction of Dark!Fu right before getting slammed by a giant log. She doesn't even get to voice it in full.
  • Old Soldier: Despite being retired, Hiruzen is still able to fight, to the point where he asks the Godaime Hokage about whether if he’ll fight in the front lines during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten:
    • Played for Laughs: when Karui manages to break his katana during their second Blade Lock, Sasuke muses that Shisui won't let him forget that he convinced him to bring a spare one. In the stands, that's exactly what Shisui is thinking.
    • Played for Drama: In Shisui's own backstory, he let a friend and rival of his die by refusing to help him fight against a very strong opponent, a fact his family still continue to remind him of.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Chapter 32 begins with a flashforward to the end of the arc that shows Naruto and Sasuke fighting, this time as actual enemies, with a strong implication that the latter has pulled a Face–Heel Turn. When the story reaches that moment in Chapter 39, it's shown that Naruto had been Kotoamatsukami-brainwashed by Obito, and Sasuke is trying to dispel the mind control.
  • One-Man Army: Chapter 122 has Madara Uchiha introducing himself by inflicting this on the Second Division.
  • One-Letter Name: Several of Kumo's characters, like A the Raikage, Killer B, and the genin T. Karui states that this practice became common due to the first Raikage, who changed his own name to A to set an example after it was founded.
  • One-Winged Angel: Both Kimimaro and Mizuki deconstruct the trope in some ways.
    • In Kimimaro's case, he only used the seal sparingly, and thus didn't have enough experience dealing with the disadvantages caused by it, such as reduced speed or accelerated chakra consumption rate. So when he fought against an opponent strong enough to drag the battle on, and skilled enough to notice and exploit these disadvantages, Kimimaro was defeated.
    • Mizuki went the opposite way, and used the seal as much as possible. However, by using the seal to overpower his opponents by sheer brute force, he turned it into a crutch, and when he fought against somebody he couldn't defeat with raw power alone, he had nothing else to rely on and was defeated as well.
  • Only Mostly Dead:
  • Only One Name:
    • Jiraiya was found as an orphaned baby, being the only survivor of a destroyed village during the First War. Since nobody knows about his family, he doesn't have a last name. Subverted when he marries Tsunade and adopts the Senju last name.
    • According to Karui in Chapter 116, the ninjas from Kumo do have surnames, but they don't use them often unless it's absolutely necessary, since they pledge loyalty to Kumo first and foremost.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Samehada, Kisame's sword, only allows its owner to wield it, producing huge spikes whenever someone else tries to grab it.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • Hinata knows Naruto enough that when he acts calm and quiet, it's because there's something heavily weighing on him.
    • During Chapter 78, Shizune notices Shisui, who is normally nice and friendly to everyone, is shaking with anticipation at the thought of making Danzo pay for his treachery.
  • Opponent Switch: Suggested by Fu as a tactic to defeat Dark!Naruto and Dark!Fu. Naruto however quickly discards it, feeling that they would be able to switch back anyway, and it would be cheating since each of them is supposed to defeat their own counterpart.
  • Opposites Attract: Many of the couples, especially among the younger cast, have this dynamic:
    • Naruto is rather loud and boisterous, while Hinata is shy and polite.
    • Shikamaru likes to take things easy and hates competition, while Temari is competitive and aggressive.
    • Shino is The Stoic, Fu is a Genki Girl.
    • From the epilogue, we have Badass Normal Lee and Squishy Wizard Yakumo.
  • Order Versus Chaos:
    • Jinin Akebino leans more to the "order" side, which is why he's loyal to Yagura as the Mizukage.
    • A more personal example happens to Yakumo Kurama. The chaotic nature of her powers was what led her to become one of Danzo's puppet agents in Root, when he offered her the means to control them.
  • Original Character: Word of God is that the author will keep this to a minimum, sticking to canon characters as much as possible. So far, the only prominent ones are Kaida and Hagane, Tsunade and Jiraiya's twin children.
    • The Kirigakure War Arc introduces a few:
      • Miyako Kiui and Kumore Nashi, two Jonin that work under Mei, and inherit the Helmet Splitter and the Splatter, respectively, after the deaths of Jinin Akebino and Jinpachi Munashi, becoming part of the newest generation of Swordsmen of the Mist under Mei and Zabuza.
      • Since Yagura's grandson Kagura had appeared in the Boruto anime, the Kiri Invasion arc also featured Yagura's wife and son, Aiko and Dagura.
    • Chapter 56 introduces the Order of the Moon Acolytes, who stand in direct opposition of the Otsutsuki descendants who resided in the moon.
    • Chapter 101 has two original Edo Tensei ninjas who bear combined elemental releases that didn't exist in canon: Sayu Tokimune, who uses Tempest (Wind + Lightning) Release, and Akashi Sutoku, who uses Plasma (Fire + Lightning).
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Kiba uses a combined transformation jutsu with Akamaru to adopt a wolf-man appearance, giving himself a power boost.
  • Out-Gambitted: Pain and Konan figured out Naruto's trick of keeping Shadow Clones hidden elsewhere to gather natural energy and took them out before he could do so, leaving Naruto unable to use Sage Mode against them.
  • Out of Focus:
    • Naruto and his peers take a backseat from the spotlight during the beginning of the Sound Invasion Arc, with Jiraiya, Tsunade and the rest of the adult cast becoming more prominent.
    • Later in Chapter 66, the focus shifts from Naruto (who is helping with the reconstruction of Taki) to Shizune's Medical Squad and Rin.
    • In Chapters 101 and 102, the focus again shifts away from Naruto while he and Fu continue their training with Killer B, with the spotlight on several groups of ninjas at the front lines during the Fourth War's initial clash.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Deidara and Kisame are this for the two sides when they show up during the Kirigakure War climax. However, given that Yagura is being manipulated by Akatsuki from behind the scenes, it's not that much of a surprise to the audience.
  • Overprotective Dad:
    • Hiashi demands that his wife go along when Naruto and Hinata go out for ramen. This has nothing to do with a dislike of Naruto specifically (if anything, he's grateful of their friendship since it's what saved his wife's life), he just doesn't want his eight year old daughter alone with a boy.
    • During Kurenai and Asuma's wedding, Jiraiya claims he passed a law banning anyone from dating the Hokage's daughter until she's 30. His expression afterwards make it clear he's only half-joking about it.
  • Panthera Awesome:
    • By the Shippuden timeframe, Hinata has started using lion-themed attacks.
    • Darui can create giant black panthers made of lightning.
    • Among many other beasts, Sai uses ink tigers during his fight with Ino in Chapter 78.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Jiraiya hits this in full force during Chapter 79, ready to punish Danzo for placing Naruto in danger of getting captured and sending Hagane into a coma in the latest mission.
    • In the same chapter, Shisui already had a very personal grudge with Danzo, but the last straw was to try and kidnap his children.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Averted with Naruto, whose adoption by Jiraiya and Tsunade forms the basis of the plot.
    • Sasuke lost both of his parents like in canon, though here they die during their coup instead of Itachi executing them to prevent it. He was raised by his older brother and Shisui.
    • Both of Lee's parents were ninja who died the night of the Nine Tales attack. No mention is made of who raised him afterwards.
    • Kin's father was killed in a mugging when she was young. Her mother later died from exhaustion after taking a second job to provide for her. She ended up on the streets before falling under Orochimaru's influence.
    • It’s briefly mentioned that the main reason why Fu became a Jinchuriki is because her parents died during a skirmish with Iwa and with no living relatives, she was a convenient choice.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: When Kurama is explaining why he fears being sealed in the Gedo Mazo statue so much, he tells Naruto to imagine if someone tried to shove him back in his mother's womb, a comparison that makes Naruto scream in disgust.
  • Parental Substitute: Zabuza and Haku's relationship is portrayed this way, though the former denies it being such.
  • Photographic Memory: Zabuza instilled this into Haku, to make sure he remembers every ninja he fights, especially the weak ones in case they come back stronger for another go one day.
  • Phrase Catcher: Fu has "What the hell do they feed you!?" whenever she shrugs off a major beating as if it was nothing, or shows off her Super Strength.
  • Platonic Co-Parenting: Starts off with this as its base premise, with Jiraiya and Tsunade moving in together to raise an infant Naruto. That said, the two of them do eventually become romantically involved and get married after a few years of living under the same roof.
  • Please Get Off Me: The members of the Konoha 15 land in one big pile after defeating Madara's Susanoo and crash-landing in the Valley of the End, and immediately start squabbling to get off each other.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Nagato asks Naruto to finish him off, as he's earned the right to end his life just like he did to Hanzo of the Salamander. Naruto replies that killing him won't bring back the people he's killed, and doing so would only perpetuate the Cycle of Revenge.
  • Plot Armor: According to the notes of Chapter 63, Kakashi has this at least until the plot with Obito and Rin gets wrapped up.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Kaida and Hagane, the children of Tsunade and Jiraiya are very much this. Hagane is the calmer and more mature of the two, with Kaida being more lively and childish sometimes.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: After learning Sage Mode, Naruto's entire fighting style begins to revolve around it, which becomes a serious problem when his enemies take out his clones before they can gather the nesscesary nature energy and leave him with nothing sustantial to fall back on. His situational awareness in battle also atrophied because he relied on Sage Mode's sensory abilities.
  • Portal Network: By the time of the epilogue, Naruto and Jiraiya have managed to reverse engineer the Moon Portal to create a series of two way portal seals interconnecting all of the ninja villages. Unfortunately, the amount of chakra required for even a one-way trip makes them impractical for widespread use, so they're only used for major events like visiting heads of state.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: After Shino and Fu's First Kiss, the former is so stunned he stays paralyzed for two hours.
  • Post-Victory Collapse:
    • Itachi successfully defeats the revived Tobirama but collapses due to the strain shortly after.
    • Choji also collapses upon defeating Jirobo.
    • Hinata in Chapter 113 passes out after she defeats Toneri. The battle left her so exhausted it took her about two whole days to wake up.
  • Power at a Price:
    • On top of the user slowly going blind with each use, the Mangekyo Sharingan forces the user to relieve the traumatic moment that caused its awakening every time it's used. According to Obito, the only way to stop it from happening is to embrace those memories instead of rejecting them and give in to the inner darkness, although Shisui later refutes this saying that the other way is to learn to forgive oneself instead of giving in to the pain.
    • The Rinnegan's most powerful ability is to resurrect the deceased, at the cost of the user's own lifespan. According to Nagato, the Sage of the Six Paths could do this without risk thanks to the Ten-Tails' chakra.
    • Acording to Anko, Orochimaru always has a price tag attached to the power he gives to other ninjas, usually because he's using them to test if the abilities are safe for him, and there's always the human sacrifices he makes to achieve them. One of the rare aversions was when he allowed her to sign the Snake Summoning Contract.
  • Power Copying: Sasuke uses the Sharingan to copy Karui's Thunder Blade jutsu during the Chunin Exams finals.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Sakura's Iron Skin jutsu turns her hair metallic silver and her skin brown.
  • Power Incontinence: Like in the anime, Yakumo Kurama's powers unleashed a fire genjutsu that destroyed her home and killed her parents. Danzo played up on this to get her to join Root.
  • Power Misidentification: When Shino first sees Fu's ability to sprout wings to fly and is told that it's an ability unique to her, he mistakes it for being a bloodline limit instead of her being the host of the Seven-Tailed Beetle. While he already knew that jinchuriki existed due to Naruto's identity as such never being made a secret, he had no reason to think that she was one at the time.
  • Power Nullifier:
    • Downplayed with the Yamanaka clan's Mental Scourge jutsu. Using chakra while under its effects cause debilitating headaches, so most people wont bother with ninjutsu or genjutsu until it wears off, even if it is theoretically possible to do so.
    • Toneri has the ability to nullify his enemy's chakra with ease, even that of a jinchuriki. However, this ability doesn't work against Senjutsu.
  • The Power of Love: It is well documented in canon that Hinata is stronger and more confident when Naruto is present, so the fact that they're Childhood Friends here means that she is that much more powerful (to the point that she supplants Ino as the top ranked kunoichi of their graduating class). Her mother took notice of this, and made sure to have Naruto come over to the Hyuga compound whenever Hinata was sparring as they were growing up.
  • Power Palms: Hinata's Thunder Palm, and Hanabi's Burning Palm.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Lampshaded by Naruto when he practices with Hinata how to produce Lightning Release chakra, she offers to use her Byakugan to check what he's doing wrong. Naruto quickly realizes she could theoretically use it to see through his clothes, causing her to become flustered.
  • The Pratfall: In the first stage of the Chunin Exams, Naruto's team manages to pass by setting up an ice floor trap for a scroll bearer to slip onto. When Shisui shows up to announce they've passed, he steps on the floor and ends up falling on his butt as well.
  • Prehensile Tail: When using Kurama's chakra cloak, Naruto can use the chakra tails as this. He uses to catch Haku after he gets knocked off the air by Pain.
  • Prehensile Hair: The Golden Avatar of Kalika has nine strands of long hair that resemble Kurama's tails. They come in handy to help it break free after its other limbs are immobilized by the roots of Madara's Deep Forest Emergence.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Double Subverted. At first, Fu is too angry with Kakuzu to say a witty remark before clubbing him with the tree she grabbed. However, once he lays defeated wondering how he could have been beaten, she says "[he] just forgot to take [his] pills". She then adds they come easier when she's calm, before adding "Enjoy this 'natural remedy'!" and slamming him with the tree to finish him off.
  • Pride Before a Fall:
    • What causes the downfall of Uzushiogakure in this universe. During the Second War, the leader of the village, Kuniotoko Uzumaki, took advantage of a dispute between Kumo and Kiri, declared himself Uzukage, and tried invading Kiri to replace it as a Great Village, despite Konoha's warnings. The act was so egregious and insulting that Kumo and Kiri buried the hatchet and not only repelled the invasion, but counter-invaded Uzushio and crushed it to the last man.
    • Konan suggests that this happened to Hanzo as well. He was able to defeat the three Sannin together during his prime, but not being on the battlefield for years caused his abilities to rust, and he coasted on his fearsome reputation to remain as Amegakure's leader until Pain killed him off.
    • Suzumebachi reminds her brothers that their clan's fall from grace was caused by pride, so she's willing to swallow it as much as it takes to restore it to its former glory.
  • Primal Scene: Poor Shizune suffers two. First, when she bursts into Tsunade’s room and finds her and Jiraiya in the middle of getting dressed in a hurry. Then the next day, she finds them sleeping on the couch…
    • And then in a canon omake at the end of Part I, she gets her revenge, with her fiancé Shisui's help.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • When Sasuke spots Sai in Chapter 43, he tells Sakura that he gets a bad vibe from him. Considering that Danzo sent him along to gather information, he's quite right in his feeling.
    • Pain and Konan are very much aware that they cannot trust Orochimaru, Obito and Toneri within their own ranks, and that any of them could easily betray them at a moment's notice. True to form, Orochimaru is now making plans to take Pain's Rinnegan for himself.
    • Jiraiya himself is wary of Danzo, and suspects that he's the traitor within Konoha feeding intel to Akatsuki, leading to the capture of most of the jinchuriki they've tried to secure. His fears are confirmed in Chapter 77, and he holds secret meetings with Ino, whom he assigned to spy on Danzo through Sai.
    • During the Akatsuki Invasión, Itachi and Hiruzen take measures to prepare for Orochimaru's coming. When he doesn't show up, they both agree it's strange and he might be up to something big. Later, Itachi interrogates Sai about Danzo, and from their partnership deduces that Danzo might be planning to make another attack in Orochimaru's behalf while they're weakened from the invasion, and that the latter must have cut his ties with Akatsuki.
  • Promotion to Parent: Itachi becomes this to Sasuke. To an extent Shisui as well, since he’s the oldest surviving Uchiha.
  • Psychic Link:
    • The tailed beasts seem to have a degree of this to communicate with each other. When Fu is on the run from Hidan and Kakuzu, Chomei decides to contact Kurama so Naruto can alert Konoha about her predicament and they can go to her rescue. Later in Chapter 73, Son Goku contacts Kurama in order to draw Naruto to them, which makes their job to find him much easier.
    • Ino develops the Mind Fragmentation jutsu by Chapter 72, which allows her to place small pieces of her mind into her teammates, allowing them to communicate with each other mentally. The link also allows her to see and hear what they do.
    • In Chapter 109, Hanabi manages to connect telepathically with Hinata through the Tenseigan, using what Hamura told her when she first awakened it to create a link between them. This however has also the unfortunate effect of allowing Toneri to eavesdrop on their conversation, which alerts him that Hinata's coming to the moon..
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil:
    • As per canon, Pain and Konan are this to Jiraiya, who is rather shocked to learn they're still alive, and moreover, that they're both the leaders of Akatsuki and Amegakure. They finally meet again face to face in Chapter 83.
    • Kurenai finds out that her old student Yakumo Kurama did not die in a fire that consumed her home, but was instead turned into a Root agent by Danzo. As it turns out later, however, she's a less willing example than it seems at first glance.
  • Pursuing Parental Perils:
    • Since Naruto is informed of who his biological parents were and how they died while he's still a young child, his dream of becoming Hokage is partially motivaded by a desire to follow in Minato's footsteps.
    • Lee briefly mentions to Sakura during her endurance training that he was told his parents died protecting him on the night of the Kyubi attack, and his drive for becoming a skilled ninja is fueled by wanting to protect others just like they protected him (well, that and make Gai proud of him).
  • Put on a Bus:
    • After the Chunin Exams arc, the Sand Siblings, the Kumo Genin, and Fu leave for their respective villages. The Sand Siblings reappear at the beginning of Part II in Chapter 51, for the beginning of the Gaara Rescue arc. Fu reappears for the Hidan and Kakuzu arc and would remain in the story while Taki is rebuilding. The Kumo trio (Omoi, Karui, and T) come back when they deliver the news of B’s kidnapping and the upcoming Gokage Summit at the Land of Iron. In addition, all of them come back for the Fourth Shinobi World War arc.
    • Zabuza, who has been a recurring character until that point in the story, stays in Kirigakure once the Civil War ends. But like with the above, he comes back in Chapter 100 to take part in the Fourth Shinobi World War.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Sound Five are this to Orochimaru. Only Kimimaro and Tayuya make it out alive from their first encounter, and after the deaths of Jirobo, Kidomaru, Sakon and Ukon, they're replaced by Hebiko, Hebimaru and Juugo.
  • Quality over Quantity:
    • The principle behind Jiraiya's Academy reforms, as while the graduates are at a lower number than before, the refromations are meant to help those who do graduate be more prepared for the "real world".
    • In Chapter 113, when Toneri's puppets suddenly stop working after his death, Obito orders Orochimaru to bring back some of his Edo Tensei summons, but focusing on stronger ones and even citing the trope verbatim.
  • Rank Up:
    • After the exams, Tenten, Hinata, Sasuke and Naruto are all promoted to Chunin.
    • By Chapter 42, the rest of Naruto's former classmates earn their promotion as well, while Naruto himself, Sasuke and Neji have gotten to Special Jonin.
    • Zabuza is made the captain of the Swordsmen of the Mist that follow Mei.
    • The author's notes at the end of Chapter 51 reveal that Naruto, Sasuke and Neji have advanced to full-fledged Jonin, while Haku, Tenten, Hinata, and Lee have in turn advanced to Special Jonin.
    • In Chapter 60, Hanabi, Kaida and Hagane win the Chunin exams and receive promotions.
    • By Chapter 77, almost all of Naruto's generation has already made it to Jonin or Special Jonin, and Asuma is already considering Ino, Shikamaru and Choji to move to higher missions so they can promote as well.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Kin lets out one when Orochimaru's troops attack them, as Anko deduces he must be close by.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The fic’s premise is a result of this. Unlike in canon, when Jiraiya learns about Naruto becoming an orphan and the new Kyūbi Jinchūriki, he takes his status as the boy's godfather very seriously, knowing that he won't be accepted and loved by most of Konoha and will be isolated if word about his status as the Jinchūriki of the Kyūbi gets out.
    • Unlike how it's done in canon, if a person wants an eye transplant, then they need actual medical professionals in order for the process to be done safely.
    • In the manga, the fact that only 33% of Academy graduates pass the True Genin Test is used to show that being a ninja is serious business. This fic, however, explores a consequence of this unaddressed in canon: the fact that, if less than half of the graduates pass the test, that means that the Academy is doing a very poor job training them, and more than half of its budget and resources are being wasted training kids that will never become ninjas. That's why one of the first things the Fifth Hokage does is to change the Academy Curriculum and increases its standards so every Academy graduate passes the True Test and becomes a Genin.
    • When Kiri and Konoha began forming an alliance, Rasa, as leader of Konoha’s biggest ally by that point, didn’t simply sit back and allowed it happen, since as it turns out, there is some bad blood between Kiri and Suna that hasn't been settled. As a result, the finalized version of the alliance is one where everyone involved is happy, instead of just Kiri and Konoha, and it takes months to sort out the details.
    • In Chapter 89, Kakashi addresses that even a great ninja might not be the best person suited to lead a team. Minato was so skilled that he could solo entire groups of enemies, but his students couldn't do that. Adding to that, he sent them to do dangerous missions on their own without being prepared, while Kakashi and Obito had loads of personal issues that disrupted the team's dynamic. Kakashi acknowledges that Minato not noticing these details ultimately caused their team to fall apart, and resolves to be a better teacher to his own team so that doesn't happen to them.
    • During the Kage Summit, Rasa points out that several of the jinchuriki who were captured by Akatsuki left their villages, due to being treated as living weapons with little incentive to stay loyal. This left them as easier prey for Akatsuki as they couldn't be easily tracked or protected.
    • Not even a Manipulative Bastard like Orochimaru is able to keep his followers loyal forever if they see his true colors, like Hebiko did, and she managed to drag a large group of Otogakure ninjas who share similar sentiments with her.
  • Really Gets Around: According to Itachi, the Kinryu clan, of which Mei and Kurotsuchi descend from, have this tendency, as they are a lot less protective of their Bloodline Limits than other clans.
  • Rebel Leader: Mei Terumi is the leader of the Kirigakure Liberation Movement, planning to overthrow the current regime and establish her as the new Mizukage.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Played with in the case of Fugaku Uchiha's Susanoo, which is black with red edges and wields a pair of swords of the same color. On the one hand, he was more of an Anti-Villain when he was alive, but never got to use it, and he's not a willing attacker when he's brought back as an Edo Tensei zombie. On the other hand, he's still a powerful and dangerous enemy that needs to be defeated.
  • Redemption Rejection: In Chapter 112, Hinata learns that Toneri broke out of Obito's Kotoamatsukami brainwashing which was what led him to join Akatsuki in the first place. She tells him they don't have to fight anymore and he agrees... but refuses to help them stop Akatsuki, as he plans to let the war rage on and let the world be destroyed, so he can step in and hijack the Ten Tails and become its jinchuriki and make Hinata his queen of the new world.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As per canon, the Uchihas' Sharingan is this. Kurenai was almost mistaken by one several times during the Uchiha Insurrection and almost got attacked due to the fact her eyes look a lot like a Sharingan.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Zabuza, though reformed might be a bit of a stretch.
  • Refuge in Audacity:
    • Jiraiya and Tsunade manage to turn back the demands from Kumo by showing up before the Raikage in person, and giving a counter-demand that he acknowledges the attempt to kidnap Hinata and apologizes to Hiashi. Surprisingly, it works, and the Hyuga affair is resolved.
    • Naruto himself has his moment in Chapter 54, convincing Kurama to give him chakra to save the dying Gaara by threatening to turn himself over to Akatsuki, when he realizes that as much as fox hates being sealed inside him, he'd hate it even more to be sealed in the Gedo Mazo statue.
  • Relationship Upgrade:
    • Jiraiya and Tsunade become a couple in chapter 3. Chapter 5 begins with them coming back from their honeymoon.
    • Shizune starts dating Shisui shortly after the end of the Uchiha Insurrection.
    • Chapter 31 might as well be titled "Relationship Upgrade: The Chapter". Not only do three pair of teens consolidate their relationships (Naruto and Hinata among them), but a previously established relationship announce both their future wedding and that a child is on the way.
    • As of Chapter 32, Neji and Karin are dating as well.
    • Chapter 51 shows that Temari and Shikamaru hooked up during the Time Skip.
    • Chapter 65 has Sasuke offer to become a couple with Sakura, and Sakura exuberantly accepts.
    • Chapter 100 finally confirms that Choji and Karui are dating.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Mei and Kurotsuchi are second cousins in this fic.
    • Mitsuki is given different parents here, and his mother is Kagero from the Rice Field filler arc.
  • Religion of Evil: Jashinism, like in canon. Hidan has his own legion of cultists as soldiers under his command.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Fugaku's Mangekyo Sharingan follows the pattern of being named after a Shinto god, as Ōkuninushi is a god of nation-building, agriculture, business, medicine, love, marriage and fortune.
  • Removed Achilles' Heel: In Chapter 95 Shisui reveals that Senjutsu chakra enables him to use Susano'o as much as he wants without the usual handicaps of the Mangekyo Sharingan.
    • A specific case happens in Chapter 110 when Edo Tensei!Hiashi meets his brother Hizashi. His natural course of action would be to try and use the Caged Bird Sealed, which by then had already been removed from him and the rest of the Branch House Hyugas.
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: A group of Main House Hyugas who disagreed with Hinata's decision to remove the Caged Bird Seal and its practices altogether wanted to split from the clan and form one of their own. It ultimately goes nowhere since Hanabi kills the ones responsible when she learns they're plotting to kill her along with her mother and sister.
  • Rescue Arc:
    • Part I ends with Naruto and company going off to rescue Kaida and Hagane from the Sound Five.
    • And of course, the Gaara Rescue Arc at the start of Part II.
  • Rescue Romance: Natsu Hyuga develops a crush on Itachi after he protected her during the Akatsuki invasion.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Anybody who wants out from Root doesn't get to live long.
  • Restraining Bolt:
    • Jiraiya places a special seal in Zabuza's body that he can trigger to potentially kill him, and allows to track him in the maps, to ensure that he doesn't try anything funny while he serves under Konoha.
    • As per canon, the Caged Bird Seal is this for the Hyuga Clan. It's later revealed that when it was first created, it was used to keep the Main House members from awakening the Tenseigan, but over the years it turned into a tool to keep the Branch House members under control.
    • In Chapter 90, several prisoners, including Konan and the Root survivors are restrained with chakra dampening bracers and Shock Collars that can be activated with a hand seal.
  • Retcon: In the original version of Chapter 1, Minato and Kushina's corpses vanished without a trace. This was edited out towards the end of the story, as per Word of God it was meant for a subplot that never materialized in the end.
  • Retired Badass: Unlike in the manga, Tsunade never returns to active ninja duty (instead preferring to focus on her medical career), though she is just as powerful as her canon counterpart. Post-Time Skip chapters show that she actually surpasses canon Tsunade, since gains access to both Sage Mode and gets an implanted Rinnegan eye.
  • Revenant Zombie: After fusing with the five deceased jinchuriki, Naruto is able to place their consciousness' in reinforced Shadow Clones. He is quick to note that they aren't really alive though.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Defied in Chapter 90. Shisui is willing to put aside his personal revenge on Danzo in the face of Obito, since he's the bigger threat.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Up until Danzō’s death, Orochimaru has always known that he couldn’t be trusted and placed several contingencies in the event of a betrayal, but didn’t expected him to be under Obito’s control during their partnership.
  • The Rival:
    • Naruto and Sasuke to each other, as per canon. To a lesser extent, Ino and Sakura as well even if the former isn't interested in Sasuke anymore.
    • Karin tried to make Fu into her rival, but Fu was just too nice to reciprocate the rivalry.
  • Rocket Punch: One of Pain's battle bodies is a puppet that can fire it's forearms this way, and retrieve them with a retractable cable.
  • Rule of Cool: It's implied that this is the reason why Naruto's entire graduating class took the elemental jutsu class despite it being an elective. Because what kid doesn't want to learn how to breathe fire or shoot lightning?
  • Rump Roast: Inverted with Tamaki's Blazing Feline Aerial Bomber. She attacks the opponent with her butt while on fire.
  • Running Gag: People keep asking Fu "What have they been feeding you?" after witnessing her ridiculous strength.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Two of the three genin who are at Shisui and Shizune's home babysitting their children are unceremoniously killed by Danzo's Root henchmen in Chapter 79.
  • Sacrificial Lion:
    • The Uchiha Insurrection sees the deaths of many, including Hiashi Hyuga and Inoichi Yamanaka.
    • Most of the jinchuriki have turned into this after getting caught by Akatsuki: Han, Yagura, Ukataka, Yugito Nii and Roshi.
    • Anko and Shima are killed during the duel against Konan and Pain. They get better.
    • Choza Akimichi, Tenzo and Hiruzen Sarutobi die when Obito's forces attack Turtle island to get at the jinchuriki, performing a Heroic Sacrifice to hold them off while Naruto, B and Fu escape.
  • Sadist Teacher:
    • Anko gets the chance to be this to Zaku, Kin and Dosu after they're taken into Konoha's custody, and she's delighted. That said, she also makes it clear she's very fond and protective of them.
    • Naruto gets a bit of this in Chapter 82, as everyone notices he enjoys a little too much smacking everyone's heads during their Sage Mode training.
  • Saying Too Much: Jiraiya makes the mistake of telling the revived Minato that he learned to add elemental chakra to the Rasengan by using a Shadow Clone. Sure enough, Minato quickly proceeds to do so.
  • The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction: Itachi disguises himself as a beautiful woman to seduce an Ame genin while looking up information on Akatsuki's leadership. The narration notes that the fact that the other guy fell for it is part of the reason why they're still a genin.
  • Scissors Cuts Rock: Much to Edo Tensei!Hanzo's shock, Konan overpowers his fire jutsu using paper shurikens.
  • Screw Destiny: This is a recurring theme with Hinata, as she constantly chooses to go against what is expected of her instead of accepting her place in life. She learns to combine her Gentle Fist techniques with elemental chakra to make up for her lack of proficiency, becomes the first medical ninja in the history of her clan, chooses to share Hamura Otsutsuki's chakra with Hanabi, and ultimately abolishes both the Caged Bird seal practice and the separation between the main and branch families upon being appointed as clan head. She even lampshades it when Toneri attempts to do a You Can't Fight Fate Breaking Speech on her:
    "Fate, you say? You aren't the only one to use that word to put me down. All my life... I was told that things are the way they are because of fate. My apparent weakness. How I wouldn't amount to anything. How my clan would forever remain divided. And guess what? I proved them wrong. I proved all of them wrong! And I shall prove you wrong too!"
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Anko disobeys a direct order from the Hokage himself, which is considered high treason and punishable by death. However, Jiraiya acknowledges that he might have not survived the fight without her help, so he only demotes her to genin rank and expels her from the Torture and Interrogation Department for two years.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • During the Uchiha Insurrection, Mizuki gets tired of fighting, so he decides that Konoha is doomed and chooses to get away from there to save his own skin.
    • After her Doki demons are defeated and her flute disrupted, Tayuya realizes she stands no chance to defeat Neji and Kiba, so she promptly retreats.
    • Deidara hightails out of the fight with the heroes when Naruto shows up, as soon as he realizes the boy can use senjutsu.
    • Tayuya in Chapter 75 hightails out of the battle when Itachi shows up behind Anko. In the same battle, Toneri after he suffers the backlash of using a jutsu too powerful that his already injured body can't withstand.
    • Subverted for Danzo in Chapter 79. While he does intend to flee to the Land of Sound after his headquarters were raided, he decides he's gonna take Shisui's eyes when he and Shizune catch up to him.
    • In Chapter 84, Kisame retreats after (barely) surviving Gai's Morning Peacock, since Neji, Tenten and Lee are still up and capable of fighting.
    • In Chapter 86, Obito cancels the summon of Kurama's Yin half and decides to pull back, realizing he stands no chance against Tsunade and Naruto together.
    • In Chapter 94, Deidara (again) decides to retreat after Orochimaru summons the second Mizukage and the second Tsuchikage with the Edo Tensei, when the latter seemingly vaporizes Kisame. While Kisame dodges the attack and wants to keep fighting at first, the realization of the Edo Tensei zombies' regenerative capacities no matter how much he damages them makes him realize he's fighting a lost battle and agrees with Deidara, and the two quickly flee.
  • Second Love: Jiraiya is this to Tsunade.
  • Secret Legacy: Chapter 56 has a twofold example, with the Internal Reveal of Hagoromo Otsutsuki as the forefather of the Senju, Uchiha and Uzumaki clans (and thus ancestor of Naruto), and Hamura Otsutsuki as the forefather of the Hyuga Clan (and thus the ancestor of Hinata and Neji).
  • Self-Made Orphan:
    • Itachi, like in canon, is forced to do this. He only does it to Fugaku, though.
    • Yakumo Kurama accidentally killed her parents when her powers got out of control and set their house on fire. The trauma left her as easy prey for Danzo to recruit her into Root.
  • Self-Mutilation Demonstration: To show off her Healing Factor, Rin cut herself a finger, which immediately regrows without leaving any trace of injury.
  • Self-Serving Memory: When Naruto told Shizune about the time he defended Hinata from the bullies, he said there were ten of them and they were as big as Jiraiya.
  • Servile Snarker: Unlike canon, Shizune has no problem sassing Tsunade. It's implied that Naruto's rebellious nature rubbed off on her.
    Tsunade: Shizune, if I didn't bet all my money on Naruto, I'd imply I don't have enough faith in him, and that would make me a bad mother. By doing so, I'm showing both Naruto and everybody else how much I trust his skill. You could say is my duty as a mother to bet all my money on him.
    Shizune: Wow... your brain must be sore after all the mental gymnastics you went through to justify your bullshit, Tsunade-sama.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Genjutsu World! Kiba and Tamaki act all lovey-dovey with each other, unlike their real counterparts.
  • Silence, You Fool!: During the meeting of the Konoha clan heads in Chapter 95, an argument breaks out amongst some of them about allying with Iwa and Kumo. Tsunade yells "SILENCE, YOU FUCKS!" and everyone quiets down.
  • Single Tear: Ino has one in Chapter 37 when she begs Sakura to forgive her for ending their friendship the way she did, and for being harsh on her for still having a crush on Sasuke.
  • Sinister Scythe:
    • Hidan's Weapon of Choice, his red, three-bladed scythe.
    • When Naruto has Dark!Naruto immobilized, the latter summons a Grim-Reaper-like figure, complete with a black cloak, skull mask, and of course a scythe imbued with chakra.
  • Sins of Our Fathers:
    • Sasuke has to deal a lot with this. Ino is particularly bitter towards him because Mikoto Uchiha was directly responsible for the death of Inoichi Yamanaka.
    • Inverted for Chiyo, who feels guilty over her grandson's crimes, but everyone assures her that she's not to blame for what he's done.
  • Sizeshifter: The Akimichi clan's trademark fighting style. Choji also develops the ability to shrink and not just grow.
  • She Is All Grown Up:
    • The collective reaction of Naruto and the other Konoha ninja (barring Kakashi and Shino) when they rescue Fu: She's grown quite a bit taller and has a more muscular yet feminine frame.
    • Goes both ways for Karui and Choji when they meet again in Chapter 91. Karui notes that Choji is now taller than her, and Choji even tells her's she's grown pretty.
    • A paternal example occurs in Chapter 110. Edo Tensei!Inoichi Yamanaka runs into Ino, and comments that she's grown into a pretty young woman, lamenting not being able to see her as she grew.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Shizune quickly picks up that Hinata has a crush on Naruto, so she gives her a little push to get the two to play together on a swing and become friends.
    • Kaida and Hagane yell at Naruto that he doesn't hurt Hinata too much or else she won't marry him.
    • Hinata's mother also picks up on how much her daughter tries to impress Naruto, and encourages her to continue doing so. She also notices that Neji has seem to have taken a liking to Karin.
    • Hanabi is very supportive of her sister's relationship with Naruto, something she makes it very clear to Toneri when she faces him.
    • Both Kiba and Tamaki give Shino a thumbs up when he starts developing feelings for Fu. In turn, they are shipped by Hinata and Haku.
    • Hashirama, of all people, is all too happy to welcome Shisui to his family.
    • By Chapter 72, Ino brings Sai often to train with her team, and Shikamaru and Choji already consider them a couple.
    • In Chapter 99, Naruto meets the chakra ghosts of his biological parents. Kushina is especially happy because her son found himself a cute girlfriend like Hinata.
  • Ship Tease: Aside from the obvious ones, there’s plenty, and not just among the genin:
    • Sakura and Karin are vying for Sasuke. Though the latter takes a shine to Neji, and as of Chapter 32 they are dating.
    • Shino with Fu.
    • Haku becomes smitten with Tenten.
    • Shikamaru and Temari are having their dynamic very much like in canon.
    • Choji and Karui.
    • Shizune with Shisui. By the end of the Chunin exams, Shizune is pregnant and they're planning their wedding.
    • Matsuri, like in canon, has a crush on Gaara.
    • Ino decides to approach Sai to try and give him some help on being social with people. She's evidently attracted to him.
    • Natsu Hyuga becomes attracted to Itachi Uchiha, after he saves her and several other Hyugas during the Akatsuki invasion.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The trio of Genin taking care of Shizune and Shisui's children in chapter 79 are based on the members of the Greenhorn Team from the first chapter of Goblin Slayer. They even die the same way their counterparts did. Thankfully, unlike in Goblin Slayer, the one who survives isn't brutally raped.
    • Fugaku's Susanoo is red and black, and wields two katanas capable of uniting into a dual-bladed one. Sounds familiar?
    • The Golden Avatar of Kalika sports a Kitsune-based armor that is inspired by Sakuyamon.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming:
  • Shrinking Violet: Hinata, as per canon, although she starts growing out of it and gaining more confidence after the Chunin Exams.
  • Shoot the Medic First:
    • This is why Sasuke is assigned to the medic/search and rescue squad with Sakura and Karin under Shizune, to act as escort and defend them so that this trope doesn't occur.
    • Defied by Tamaki, who is aware that she can't heal Shino if he gets hurt, so she has to protect him from Kidomaru's attacks.
    • Inverted in Chapter 125 during the Sannin's final confrontation. At one point, Orochimaru decides to kill Jiraiya first because, unlike Tsunade, he's unable to heal himself.
  • Short-Range Guy, Long-Range Guy: During the battle against their father, Itachi's engages him at melee range with his own Susanoo, while Sasuke supports him by shooting Amaterasu arrows.
  • Show Within a Show: Apparently, there's an In-Universe shonen series called "Haruto".
  • Shy Finger-Twiddling: Hinata does this a lot as a child, though she drops it later on. In Chapter 58, she does it again before asking Naruto to come with her to drop the reveal on her mother about the Tenseigan, and he notes that she hasn't done it in years.
  • Sibling Team:
    • As per canon, Temari, Kankuro, and Gaara are in the same Genin team in Part I.
    • Jiraiya and Tsunade's kids, Hagane and Kaida are in the same team as Genin in Shippuden.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: The canon examples of Hidan and Tayuya still remain very foul-mouthed as usual.
  • Skewed Priorities: Played for laughs. After the birth of her children, the first thing Tsunade reaches for is a sake jug.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Tazuna's presence is almost completely glossed over due to the events of the Wave mission not being handled by Naruto's team and taking place offscreen, yet his actions directly lead to Mei Terumi seeking Konoha's help in the Kirigakure civil war (and by extention, the formation of the Konoha/Suna/Kiri alliance) due to Zabuza being the one assigned to protect him as part of his parole.
  • Smooch of Victory:
    • Discussed by Fu during the Chunin Exams when she suggests to Naruto that he should confess his feelings to Hinata by giving her a kiss after her fight with Tamaki... and then she immediately starts cheering for Tamaki instead.
    • Inverted by Tenten who kisses Haku in the heat of the moment after she gets promoted to Chunin as he comes over to congratulate her.
  • Sneeze Cut:
    • In Chapter 2, Tsunade hopes that Jiraiya can take care of baby Naruto while she takes a very much needed nap, but an ANBU informs her that Hiruzen requested Jiraiya's presence. When she remarks that fate must be conspiring against her, a toddler in the Hyuga compound (most likely Neji) sneezes.
    • In Chapter 24, during the month prior to the Chunin Exam Finals, when Sakura is surprised to see that her sensei (Shizune) is planning to train her despite not making it to the finals, Shizune asks what kind of neglectful sensei would ignore one of their students like that. The scene then cuts to a "certain silver haired Jonin" sneezing.
    • In Chapter 30, Shikamaru comments "I bet you will never see a man so obsessed with revenge" when Gaara announces he's planning to avenge Temari's defeat against Naruto. Cue Sasuke sneezing.
  • The Social Darwinist: Orochimaru, full stop. He's made Otogakure's motto that only the strong deserve to live, and the weak are nothing but stepping stones for those destined for greatness.
  • So Much for Stealth: Quoted by Deidara when he ambushes the Sand Siblings.
  • So Proud of You:
    • When Haku demonstrates the ability to match Sasuke's swordfighting skill during their match in the Chunin Exam, his foster mother Yugao can't help but give a smile despite needing to remain impartial as the referee.
    • Edo Tensei!Hashirama to Tsunade, during their battle.
    • The ghosts of Naruto's biological parents both express pride over his accomplishments when they finally get to meet him, though it also spills into Amazingly Embarrassing Parents due to Kushina putting specific focus on the fact that he has a cute girlfriend.
    • Edo Tensei!Fugaku, after being defeated by Sasuke and Itachi, expresses pride of both his sons, while also apologizing for leaving them with such a huge burden to carry and not being the father he should have been in life.
    • Shizune tells Sasuke she's proud of him in Chapter 116 for mastering the Mangekyo Sharingan and helping defeat his father.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • With the Hyuga affair solved by Jiraiya, Neji's father Hizashi is spared from having to sacrifice himself.
    • Thanks to Jiraiya getting news of Gaara's rampages, he goes to Suna and is allowed to fix his seal. As a result, Yashamaru doesn't die in a suicide attack against Gaara.
    • Itachi convinces Shisui not to commit suicide.
    • Zabuza and Haku aren't killed off in this fic since the former is assigned to protect Tazuna as opposed to killing him while the latter doesn’t take part in the Wave mission at all.
    • As there’s no conspiracy during the Chunin Exams arc, Hayate Gekko doesn’t get killed. Same for Rasa, since he doesn't get involved with Orochimaru this time around, and remains the Kazekage by the start of Part II.
    • While an anime only character, and a very minor one to boot, Karin's mother Mariko survives as well.
    • The Sound Genin trio, Kin, Zaku and Dosu, are taken prisoner at the end of the invasion arc, and they're assigned to be watched over by Anko, of all people.
    • Chiyo does not take part in the Gaara rescue mission, and thus she doesn't sacrifice her life to revive him. It helps that Gaara himself doesn't actually die.
    • Fu makes it alive past the Kakuzu and Hidan arc, escaping capture from Akatsuki. Same for Asuma, who doesn't take part in this arc and thus doesn't get killed by Hidan.
    • Jiraiya survives his fight against Pain and Konan.
    • Every named character who was killed and later revived during the Invasion of Pain survives when Akatsuki attacks Konoha with only Anko and Shima being among the (temporary) casualties.
    • Kosuke the messenger toad. In canon, he was killed by Danzo during Pain’s Assault but it was never made clear if he was revived by Pain’s Rinne Tensei.
    • Konan isn't killed in battle by Obito after returning Nagato's body to Amegakure, instead remaining in Konoha as a prisoner and training Tsunade in using the Rinnegan. She's still alive by the time the Fourth Ninja War starts.
    • Ameyuri was already dead by the time of her introduction in canon as an Impure World Ressurection zombie. Here she's still alive by that point.
    • Kagero Fuuma and Ajisai are shown to be alive during the epilogue.
  • Spell Blade: Many characters such as Hayate, Karui or Sasuke channel elemental chakra through their swords for added power. Sasuke in particular can channel two different elements at the same time through two different weapons, and is working to channel them at the same time through the same weapon.
  • Spin Attack: The Hyuga Heavenly Spin is mostly used as a defensive technique, but Neji takes it a step further and learns how to move while spinning to turn it into an attack. It culminates on him developing the Heavenly Spinning Lotus, with the Heavenly Gates to increase its power and area of effect.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: The Hyuga Heavenly Spin, as per canon. Hinata is even able to combine it with Lightning Release chakra.
  • Spirit Advisor: Hamura Otsutsuki's spirit appears before Hinata when she awakens the Tenseigan, relaying more about the Otsutsuki descendants that eventually became the Hyuga clan, and why he chose her. He tried to do the same with Toneri, who awakened the Tenseigan before she did, but he didn't listen to him.
  • Spy Speak: At the end of Chapter 77, Ino goes to visit Jiraiya at the Hokage's office, telling the secretary that she's brought "something that will inspire [him] for [his] next book". It's all but stated that this is the code for her to relay her intel about Danzo, whom they've been suspecting is the traitor feeding Konoha's intel to Akatsuki.
  • Squick: invoked
    • Sakura and Ino's reaction to Sakon and Ukon's ability. Especially when Sakon uses it with Sakura.
    • Hanabi also has a moment in Chapter 74, when she thinks about the possibility of Toneri trying to make her into his bride instead of Hinata.
  • The Starscream:
    • Orochimaru during his time in the Akatsuki, as he intends on taking the Rinnegan, and later Samehada.
    • Despite breaking Kotoamatsukami, Toneri is still willing to help Obito, only to betray him once the Ten Tails is reformed and become its Jinchuriki himself.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Kakashi's team wanted to see his face under the mask, so what does Fu do? Ask him directly.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Defied to hell and back. The author loathes this trope with a passion due how much it pops up in Naruto fanfiction. Here's a list of what he considers the biggest offenders, and how he tackled them:
    • The confrontation with Mizuki never happens, since Mizuki succesfully steals the Scroll of Seals by taking advantage of the chaos during the Uchiha Insurrection. When he reappears, he's been working for Orochimaru for some time.
    • Naruto's first C-Rank mission is something entirely different rather than the Wave Arc, which happens offscreen, with Zabuza of all people being Tazuna's bodyguard.
    • The Chunin Exams are completely overhauled as well, with the first two parts being replaced by a different test, and having different proctors. While the final part is still a one on one tournament, both the finals and preliminaries feature completely different fights (in no small case because they also have different participants).
    • Shikamaru is not among those promoted to Chunin during Part I.
    • By Part II, the story has gone pretty much Off the Rails in regards to the original series, with only the Gaara Rescue and the Akatsuki Invasion arcs being in general terms similar to their canon counterparts.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Fu has grown One Head Taller over her Konoha friends by Part II, and even gets a few centimeters over Kakashi.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: This was a common attitude during the Warring State Period, as women were often barred from participating in battle so they could produce and raise the children due to the high mortality rate.
  • Stepford Smiler: Much to Sasuke's shock, Shisui reveals that under his happy-go-lucky and seemingly carefree attitude, he hides a lot of emotional baggage due to letting his best friend die over jealousy.
  • Storming the Castle: Chapter 78 sees Jiraiya calling for a raid to Root's main base with himself at the lead, to bring Danzo to justice once and for all.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Kakashi and Sai both have the idea of giving Asuma a book on how to quit smoking as a wedding gift (since Kurenai said she wouldn't marry him unless he did so). Only Kakashi actually bought it though, as Ino convinced Sai to draw a picture for them instead.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Rin Nohara feels this way at first, since the Konoha she used to know has changed a lot over the years and everyone in her generation has aged to adulthood while she remained a teenager.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: On top of the canonical Shikamaru/Temari, this fanfic adds a couple more examples:
    • Jiraiya and Tsunade are a downplayed example. He's far from a weakling, and she's far from unintelligent, but Jiraiya is somebody specialized in ninjutsu, seals, spying and intelligence gathering, while Tsunade is well known for her Super Strength, despite also being a prodigial medic.
    • Shino and Fu are more straightforward examples. Shino is smart and has a sharp and analytical mind, and fights from afar with his clan's brand of ninjutsu; Fu, meanwhile, is an overly excitable Amazonian Beauty with Super Strength on par with Tsunade who mostly fights in close combat (even if she's no stranger to ninjutsu).
  • Super Breeding Program:
    • This is Jiraiya's long term plan with Haku. Get him attached enough to the village to want to stay once Zabuza's parole has ended, and then start a family to add another powerful clan to Konoha's ranks.
    • Mei Terumi mentions at one point that she was constantly pressured by her family into having children for this reason (since she is a rare case of having two Bloodline Limits). The author also mentions that this is one of the reasons why they found her Christmas Cake status in canon so ridiculous (the other being that her looks, power, smarts, and influence would have most men fight to the death for the right to be her husband).
    • During the Fourth Ninja War, Suzumebachi talks to her brothers that she's hoping for this, since if they're able to impress Kurotsuchi enough, they might hace chances to marry members of the Kinryu Clan and thus gain access to Lava Release.
  • Super Empowering: Jiraiya and Tsunade's son, Hagane, can use his nature energy affinity to give others temporary power and chakra boosts.
  • Super Mode: Jiraiya's Sage Mode, as per canon. At the end of Part I, he takes Naruto along for training at Mount Myoboku so he learns to use it himself, and to complete his own training on it as well.
    • By Chapter 90, several other characters learn to use it as well, and it ends up giving them a major boost in their already existing abilities.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Water Release: Underwater Breathing allows the user to survive underwater without problem. Mei's Squid Sage Mode gives her gills that allow for underwater breathing as well.
  • Super Powerful Genetics: Zigzagged. While a lot of powers are inherited from one's parents like in canon, this isn't always the case. For example, if two people with Bloodline Limits have a child together, the chance of said child manifesting both Bloodlimits is pretty low. Mei's parents kept having children until she was born because none of her older siblings inherited both Steam and Lava Release.
    • Wood Release only manifests naturally if the individual is born with an exceptionally powerful chakra. This is hinted early on, and later confirmed, to be the reason why Jiraiya and Tsunade's daughter is able to use it.
  • Super Strength: Thanks to Naruto, Sakura learns Tsunade's chakra-enhanced strength when she is still in the Academy, and so do Hinata and Karin. Fu also has this, but it's implied that unlike the previous examples, she's just that strong, although as explained in Chapter 109, that's also a result of having Chomei sealed inside her from an early age.
    • Learning to use Senjutsu also gives this as one of the default abilities.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: Played with. After defecting from Konoha Mizuki becomes the sensei of Kin, Zaku and Dosu. The latter three are taken into Konoha's custody after the failed invasion under Anko, who becomes their new sensei come Part II. Later during the Fourth Ninja War, the three former Oto ninjas face their former sensei (revived as an Edo Tensei) and defeat him with relative ease, though they state that when they were his students he never actually taught them anything, plus he's not any stronger than when he was alive while they've grown a lot under Anko.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: During Day 2 of the Fourth Ninja War, after losing Kisame and half of the revived Seven Swordsmen, Orochimaru pulls back the remaining ones into their coffins before they get sealed to use them later.
  • Take a Third Option: During her final battle against Toneri Otsutsuki, Hinata is forced to battle a giant statue of Hamura Otsutsuki that is connected to the Energy Vessel, which Toneri absorbed into himself for a power boost, and no matter how many times she destroys it, it'll always regenerate. Toneri tells her that to defeat him, either she'll have to destroy the statue first, or kill him to stop it permanently, neither of which seems a viable option. Hinata then uses the Avatar of Kalika to throw the statue out of the Moon and into space, leaving it out of the battle and clearing the way for her to defeat Toneri.
  • Taken for Granite: Kurotsuchi attempts to use a Dust Release jutsu on Hashirama's Wood Giant, attempting to petrify it to destroy it. However the attack only serves to destroy one of its arms, and the giant later regrows it making her efforts useless.
  • Take That!:
    • The fanfic's take on Uzshiogakure's downfall is one towards its general depiction on most other fanfics, in which Uzushio is portrayed as a Mary Suetopia with the Uzumaki being an uber-badass Too Good for This Sinful Earth clan, ruled by an "Uzukage". Here, it was Uzushio's leader's delusions of grandeur that brought the wrath of Kumo and Kiri upon his village when he declared himself a Kage and attempted to invade Kiri while they were busy fighting Kumo, with Konoha begging them not to do such a foolish thing, since their forces were spread thin and wouldn't be able to help Uzushio.
    • In Chapter 67 there's one towards Rin happily welcoming Obito into the afterlife despite all the atrocities he committed in her name. The story portrays her visibly outraged and hurt for all the pain and deaths he caused, and makes it clear she'll do everything in her power to stop him.
    • Also in chapter 67, there's a subtle one about how the fights in canon became more focused on power than strategy as the series went on.
    • The Chapter 68 omake has a potshot at the Filler episodes at the end of Part I of the anime, calling them "seventy-two hours of mediocre writing, forgettable characters, cheap animation and nonsensical yet predictable plots".
    • In Chapter 122, Itachi dismisses the idea of a secret time-loop genjutsu as nonsense, referencing how he defeated Kabuto with Izanami in canon.
    • Chapter 126 has Naruto and Fu meeting the spirit of Hagoromo Otsutsuki, who only tells them his story, and when Fu asks if he's not going to give them any new power-ups, he politely reveals that, unlike in canon, he cannot influence the world of the living, meaning that he can't give them new powers or enhance their current ones.
    • In Chapter 130, Naruto says that unless Madara has a way to magically seal all Tailed Beasts back into the Ten Tails in a matter of seconds, he's pretty much screwed. After an awkward silence and him asking whether he can actually do that, Madara admits that even someone as powerful as him can't do such a feat, even comparing it to being able to use Susanoo without his eyes.
  • Taking the Bullet: Yugito Nii and the Two-Tails intercept a Tailed Beast Bomb from Obito's second Nine-Tails that would've killed Team Shizune, allowing Obito to capture her.
  • Taking You with Me: Deidara seemingly tries to pull this off against the heroes in Chapter 54, but it turns out to be only an explosive clay clone, allowing him to slip away from the battle.
  • The Talk: Jiraiya implies he's gonna give this to Naruto soon in Chapter 20.
  • Talking Is a Free Action:
    • Averted in Chapter 72. When Neji starts to talk about his knowledge of the Gentle Fist techniques, Hanabi uses the chance to throw a Truth Seeking Ball at him.
    • Invoked by Shisui in Chapter 80. He purposely tries to keep Danzo talking for a bit so the effect of Fuu's Mind Scourge jutsu wears off to fight at full capacity again.
  • Talking the Monster to Death:
    • Jiraiya manages to release Minato and Kushina from the Edo Tensei by telling them how happy Naruto has grown over these years.
    • During the Fourth Ninja War, Kakashi does the same with his father Sakumo, telling him that he forgives him for having killed himself and leaving him alone.
    • Orochimaru eventually catches wind of this, and from then on he decides to monitore the reanimations and make sure to override their wills with his own, so as to make sure this won't happen again.
  • Talk to the Fist: More like "Talk to the Tree", but when Toneri mocks Fu for trying to use her giant club on him, he gets a good smack to the chest that sends him flying.
  • Taught by Experience: After a lifetime of fighting Uchihas, Tobirama is all but immune to genjutsu. And while Itachi managed to successfully trap him under one at first, Tobirama was caught off guard, and and the next attempts to do so ended in failure.
  • Teacher/Parent Romance: Technically it's more teacher/Parental Substitute, but Shizune had already been dating Shisui for 4 years by the time she becomes Sasuke's jonin sensei.
  • The Tease:
    • Mei Terumi certainly loves to tease Zabuza.
    • Fu seems to have developed some shades of this by the timeskip, nonchalantly asking Hinata if she and Naruto already have had sex (and hints that she'd like to have it with Shino).
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • Snakes and toads are natural enemies, so when summoned to fight on the same side they can't stop bickering with one another.
    • Shino gets a moment of this when Suzumebachi saves him from Kakuzu. While he tries to be civil and even grateful, she tries to get a rise out of him by asking how it feels to be saved by a Kamizuru, and when he doesn't take the bait, she calls him "self-righteous" and promptly leaves.
  • Technicolor Fire:
  • Telephone Polearm: Fu grabs one of the toppled trees and uses it as a club to fight against Kakuzu. She later decides to keep it as her Weapon of Choice.
  • Tell Me About My Father: In Chapter 32, after a chat with Karin, Naruto gets curious about the Uzumaki clan's history, prompting him to ask Jiraiya and Tsunade about it.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Naruto is having a winning streak during the Chunin exams and Tsunade gambles everything on him. He loses in the finals against Gaara.
    • On their way back to Suna from Konoha at the start of the Shippuden timeline, Kankuro complains about wanting some action. Cue Akatsuki ambush.
  • That's an Order!: Said by Tenten to Lee when they're about to fight Kimimaro so that he removes his weights to fight at full capacity, since in Gai's absence, she's his direct superior.
  • That Man Is Dead:
    • When confronted by his former allies, Tobi insists that, indeed, Obito Uchiha died that day when the boulder crushed him.
    • Yakumo says to her former teacher that "the girl you trained is no more", though it later becomes clear she doesn't believe that herself.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: In Chapter 2, one of the few things that could get baby Naruto to calm down from his tantrums was clinging to Tsunade's chest. Even more literal when she has to breastfeed him.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. Tsunade goes to a therapist at the beginning in order to overcome her hemophobia and move on from the trauma of Dan and Nawaki's deaths.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill:
  • They Do:
    • Chapter 4 starts with Jiraiya and Tsunade, after a few years of raising baby Naruto, getting married and coming back from their honeymoon.
    • Chapter 31 has Shizune and Shisui announcing their engagement.
    • Chapter 65 involves the wedding of Asuma and Kurenai.
  • This Is a Drill:
    • Like in canon, Kimimaro is able to create a drill with of his arm bones using Dance of the Clemantis: Flower.
    • Shisui's Susano'o has a long spear with a drill on the tip.
    • By the Fourth Ninja War, Kiba has improved his Fang Passing Fang by powering it up with the Chidori, creating the Fang Passing Chidori. Tamaki uses a similar technique called Chidori Drill Claw.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: While escaping from Kakuzu and Hidan's mooks, Fu tries to use her wind jutsu to deflect a rain of multiple attacks. She manages to stop the solid projectiles and the water-based blasts, but unfortunately it fails to stop the rocks, and amplifies the fireballs.
    Fu: (whimpering) This is going to hurt.
    Seven Tails: YOU DON'T SAY?!
    • In Chapter 102, when Sasuke tries to warn Itachi of Akashi's jutsu on the clouds, Itachi calmly replies "I know" and tells his brother to brace for what's coming.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    • Sasori's reaction when he finds himself cornered by the Gaara Rescue team.
    "This is not my end! My art is eternal, and so I am!"
    • Dark!Naruto has a similar one when he's trapped in an ice block and sees Naruto about to throw a Rasenshuriken at him.
    "No, no, NO! This can't be happening!You can't beat me! YOU CAN'T!"
    • Madara in Chapter 131, when he's about to get hit by his own giant meteor being deflected back at him.
    "How? How can a bunch of brats could-"
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works:
    • Ameyuri throws one of her Thunderfang swords and directs it to attack independently while she wields the other. Her predecessor, Raiga, seems surprised that this was possible.
    • Fugaku's Susanoo is able to throw his dual katana, turning it into a flying spinning cutter.
  • Throw the Mook at Them: In Chapter 115, Shizune tries to toss one of the wooden dragons back at Hashirama's giant golem, but misses.
  • Title Drop: Rock Lee is the first to call Naruto "Son of the Sannin" at the beginning of the Chunin Exams arc.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed with Konan amongst the Akatsuki members. She's shown to have some doubts about having to eventually confront Jiraiya, and clearly holds some esteem for the Sannin as their former sensei. She eventually defects after Nagato's death, though.
  • Too Much Information: Mei ends up mentioning how much steam she and Zabuza need to blow off and how they can do it together in front of Naruto and Haku, much to their discomfort.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Chapter 55, Rasa finally realizes how terrible of a father he's been to Gaara and his siblings, and vows to mend his relationship with them.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: After the Uchiha Insurrection, an angry mob forms at the gates of the clan's compound to attack the surviving members. Jiraiya is forced to pass a law to protect them from the village's wrath.
  • Tournament Arc: The Chunin Exams, of course. Unlike in canon, the finals go without a hitch until the end.
  • Training from Hell:
    • Might Gai loves this, of course. And now, Sakura and Hinata are going to suffer it to become stronger.
    • In Part II, Naruto still has nightmares with Tsunade's training regime, almost choking on his food when she asks him why he hasn't come to her for training lately.
    • The training to learn Senjutsu and Sage Mode, of course, is this to anybody who tries it.
    • Anko's training to Kin, Zaku and Dosu includes dropping them in the middle of the Forest of Death and sending giant snakes at them.
  • Training Montage:
    • There's plenty of this during Chapters 13 and 14, set during Naruto's Academy years.
    • And of course, a lot during chapters 25 and 26, which take place before the Chunin Exam Finals (albeit only Naruto, Hinata, Sasuke, and a bit of Haku and Karin are seen training).
    • More training occurs in Chapter 61. Fu teaches Hinata and Hanabi how to fly, and she later trains with Naruto and Jiraiya to control her tailed beast's chakra.
    • Chapter 82 shows Naruto and Fukasaku training a small group so they can learn how to use Sage Mode.
  • Trap Is the Only Option: This is part of Orochimaru's Xanatos Gambit during his invasion, manipulating circumstances so that Naruto has no choice but to run right into a trap with limited backup so Akatsuki can capture him.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Exploited by Obito on Sasuke, making him believe that he killed Naruto so he awakens the Mangekyo Sharingan.
  • Trigger Phrase:
    • "The time has come for the nine to become one" was implanted by Tobi on Yagura. Once triggered, they make him to surrender willingly and peacefully to the Akatsuki.
    • He also implanted another on Danzo, which he uses to get the Rinnegan eye before ordering him to kill himself with a Reverse Tetragram Sealing once he's fulfilled his purpose.
  • Try Not to Die:
    • Kiba to Shino and (especially) Tamaki, when they stay behind to fight Kidomaru.
    • Karin to Neji when he goes to help Kiba against Tayuya, telling him she will break up with him if he doesn't make it back.
    • Before leaving to get Ameyuri's help to fight Edo Tensei!Mangetsu, Suigetsu tells Chojuro "Just try not to get killed".
  • Tsundere: Zabuza continues to act this way towards Mei even long after they've been married.
  • Turns Red: After losing two of his hearts, Kakuzu gets enraged and reabsorbs the remaining ones and merges with them for a power boost, sprouting them out like a pair of wings out of his back.
  • Twitchy Eye: Rasa gets one in response to how Jiraiya described him, according to Kosuke.
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