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  • Uncertain Doom: The aftermath of Deidara and Kisame's confrontation with Killer B to capture him leaves it ambiguous as to whether they succeeded or not. Given their comments about how they almost died against him there's a chance he could have slipped away like he did in canon. And he did.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Fuu and Torune dismiss Shizune during Chapter 79, thinking that only Shisui is a potential threat to them. That would be the last mistake they'd ever make in their lives.
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  • The Unfettered: Pain is clearly determined to achieve his goal of "peace", and he won't let his feelings about his former teacher get in the way of that.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Mitsuki is not Orochimaru's son in here due to the Sannin being killed.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • After receiving the Tenseigan's chakra Hanabi gains a lot of raw power, and manages to defeat the more experienced Neji in a sparring match.
    • In Chapter 82 Kurenai mentions that the Kurama Clan's bloodline limit is already pretty powerful without any formal training whenever it manifests.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Shortly after their wedding Jiraiya and Tsunade have fraternal twins, Kaida and Hagane.
  • Unwanted Revival: As per canon, any victim of the Edo Tensei jutsu experiences this, like Hashirama, Tobirama and to add insult to injury, Minato and Kushina.
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  • Unwitting Pawn: In an ironic twist of fate, Danzo ends up being this to Obito. At some point, Obito used Kotoamatsukami to implant on him the idea of leaking Konoha's intel to Orochimaru (and thus to Akatsuki), making it much easier for them to get the Tailed Beasts, thinking that they could get them back once they were gathered in a single place.
  • Uptown Girl:
    • Shizune's relationship with Shisui was this by the time they started dating. Her adoptive father had just been appointed Hokage and his family had just launched a failed coup to overthrow the previous one.
    • Matsuri has a crush on Gaara like in canon, but feels intimidated since she's just an ordinary girl and he's the son of a Kage. She ends up asking Hinata for advice at the end of the Gaara Retrival Arc after learning that she's dating Naruto, which the other girl is all to happy to provide.
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  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Discussed and deconstructed. Until Chapter 130, Obito had been fully on board with Madara's plan, using the "sacrificing a few for the good of many more" argument to justify his actions. It's quickly pointed out that it's easy to say that, until you or your loved ones are the few chosen to be sacrificed.
  • Vacuum Mouth: Danzo's Baku summon can open its jaws to suck its enemies with great force, attempting it on Shisui and Shizune while they try to get away on a giant crow.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: In-story example: The prophecy given to the Sannin by the Toad Gamamaru, especially the last line about a certain "One-eyed demon" that will come after Naruto. Everything comes to pass during the Uchiha Insurrection.
  • [Verb] This!: When Danzo tells Shizune that he'll spare her life if she surrenders, she replies "Surrender this!" before unleashing a cloud of poison mist at his summoned Baku.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Orochimaru has perfected this into an art, according to Hiruzen.
    • He even gives a hand to Danzo in this, sending Kabuto to help him cover his retreat in Chapter 80.
  • Villainous Crush: Like in canon, Toneri evidently has this for Hinata, to the point that he makes it clear to Pain and Konan that he wants her alive should their minions encounter her.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: More like couldn't, but aside from the immortality granted by the Edo Tensei, Mizuki doesn't seem any stronger than when he was alive, to the point his former students have little trouble defeating and capturing him.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Regardless of how much Jiraiya hates Danzo, he's not wrong when he says that Akatsuki will come to attack Konoha sooner than later to get their jinchuriki, and that war with them seems inevitable at that stage.
    • During the Akatsuki Invasion, Kakashi confronts Obito, who tells him point-blank that while Minato was a great ninja, he failed them as a teacher and protector. In the aftermath, Kakashi talks to Rin about this, and reluctantly has to admit that Minato leaving them to do dangerous missions on their own when they were still inexperienced, as well as leaving the psychological and sentimental issues that both Kakashi and Obito had with themselves and each other unaddressed, might have been the major factor that caused their team to fall apart.
  • Villains Never Lie: Zigzagged with Orochimaru when he's confronted by Hebiko about leaving Hebimaru behind and let him get captured by Konoha. While it's pretty much obvious Orochimaru left him behind because saving him would be a liability, he does know that his former friends aren't going to kill him or cause him harm.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Like in canon, Jirobo shamelessly tries to beg for his life right before Choji delivers a Megaton Punch to his chest and kills him.
  • War Is Hell: In the prelude to the Fourth Ninja War, Neji mentions that veterans who have seen open war, like his father, don't have any pleasant memories of such times.
  • Wartime Wedding: Asuma and Kurenai's wedding happened when it did partially because of the looming threat of Akatuski, and partially because Kurenai was several months pregnant.
  • Weak, but Skilled: The principle behind genjutsu specialists is that they're capable of defeating opponents much stronger than them, by playing their cards well and misdirecting them.
  • We Can Rule Together: After he breaks out of the Kotoamatsukami brainwashing, Toneri rejects Hinata's offer to join them against Akatsuki in favor of letting the war rage on and destroy the current world, so he can later step in and become the Ten-Tails' jinchuriki, and have her as his queen of the new era. Naturally, she refuses.
  • We Used to Be Friends:
    • Sakura and Ino, as per canon. They rekindle their friendship after defeating Sakon and Ukon.
    • Hiruzen has this thought about Danzo when the latter's treachery is exposed to everyone in Konoha in Chapter 78.
  • Wedding Episode: Chapter 65 chronicles Kurenai and Asuna's wedding as a Breather Episode.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Like in canon, Sasuke had a big chip over his shoulder due to wanting to make Fugaku proud of him. He finally gets it in Chapter 115, after he and Itachi defeat him when he's brought back by Edo Tensei.
  • We Need a Distraction: During the final battle in Chapter 131, Tsunade, Shisui, Itachi and Hanabi keep Madara busy while the rest of the Konoha 15 join Naruto and Hinata inside the Golden Avatar of Kalika to power it up together.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Averted for Mizuki, who in canon all but vanished from the plot after playing his role. In the story, he's all but confirmed to have been executed for his betrayal.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 40. Not only Sasuke awakens the Mangekyo Sharingan when Obito tricks him into thinking he killed Naruto, but also Konoha learns about Tobi being Obito, and, shocking both characters and readers alike, the revelation that Obito had somehow resurrected Rin.
    • Chapter 50. The end of the Kirigakure War Arc, but the wham is completely unrelated: The half of the Kyubi's chakra, stored in Minato and released when he was resurrected by Edo Tensei, begins to reform.
    • Chapter 90. It's revealed that much of Danzo's actions during Part II (and perhaps even earlier) were the result of Obito influencing him with Kotoamatsukami with the former and everyone else being none the wiser.
    • Chapters 110 and 111 pretty much draw the line as the fourth war enters Anyone Can Die territory, as the Shinobi Allied Forces suffer their first complete defeat, forcing them to retreat. Worst of all Orochimaru learns of Naruto, Fu and Killer B's whereabouts and is now planning on seeking them out.
    • Chapter 122 has Madara Uchiha taking on the entire 2nd Division of the Shinobi Allied Forces all by himself to show off his powers, managing to put against the ropes the likes of Team Gai, Itachi and Sasuke, Hanabi and Rin all at once and at full capacity. Not only he manages to No-Sell being sealed by Itachi's Susano'o, but he forces Maito Gai to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save his students and many others, only succeeding in leaving him temporarily out of commission.
    • Dear God, Chapter 129. For starters, the Ten-Tails ends up sucking out Chomei and Gyuki out of Fu and Killer B, leaving Naruto to have a Heroic BSoD and briefly lose his will to fight. And right when Hinata snaps him out of it, their combined chakras somehow teleport them to outer space, where they're greeted by Kaguya Otsutsuki.
  • Wham Line:
    • The first one is in Chapter 40, from somebody trapped inside Orochimaru's hideout in the Land of Sound, though the Wham part is who says it rather than the line itself.
      My name is Rin Nohara. I'm a Konoha ninja too.
    • Two In-Universe examples in Chapter 70. First, Konan is left shocked that Naruto knows of Akatsuki's plan to revive the Ten-Tails. At the end, before leaving, Pain says to Naruto "tell Jiraiya-sensei that I sent our regards", causing him to stop on dead on his tracks.
    • The last line of Chapter 77, though not so much the line itself, as much as it being the revelation that Jiraiya had assigned Ino the mission to root out Danzo as the traitor of Konoha.
    • Chapter 90 has this:
      Obito: Oh, come on, don't blame poor Danzo. After all, you should know better than anybody how hard is to fight Kotoamatsukami, right?
    • The final words of Chapter 129. Naruto and Hinata are teleported out of the battlefield and into outer space, and are greeted by someone who asks if they know who she is.
      Naruto: Kaguya Otsutsuki.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Perhaps not so much for the audience, but certainly for the heroes when Hinata uses her Byakugan on their attackers when they reach the Land of Rivers. It turns out they're adult clones of Kaida and Hagane.
    • Danzo reveals his right eye in Chapter 80. It has a Mangekyo Sharingan he took from Fugaku Uchiha.
  • What Is This Feeling?:
    • At the end of Chapter 67, Sasuke wonders why he feels so hurt about failing to prevent Yugito's capture, as he has no ties to Kumo or their jinchuriki whatsoever.
    • Sai in the aftermath of the Root arc is left wondering why he surrendered to Ino rather than kill himself to avoid capture.
  • When She Smiles:
    • Non-romantic example when Naruto notices the Hyugas happier than usual, and especially with Neji. Turns out they're this way because Hinata found the way to remove the Caged Bird Seal from their foreheads.
    • Inverted with Sai in Chapter 78. He smiles when Ino comes to confront him, and she calls him out on giving her a fake smile. He then reveals it's not fake, and that he's genuinely happy to see her.
  • Whip It Good: In Chapter 104, Mei Terumi uses Fire Release: Searing Lash to summon a fire whip.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Kimimaro, Kabuto, Mizuki, Hidan and Toneri are all examples.
  • Why Won't You Die?:
    • After Danzo abuses his use of Izanagi one too many times to cheat death, Shisui tells him to "stop not-dying".
    • Karin demands this of Madara after they just grounded his Susanoo and Naruto Rasengan-ed him in the chest. Fortunately, the last round sticks.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity:
    • Defied by Itachi and Shisui, who are both very aware of the risks of using the Mangekyo Sharingan, and thus they only have it as a last resort. They go out of their way to instill this mindset on Sasuke as well so he doesn't go off the deep end.
    • Hanabi in her Gaiden sidestory veers dangerously close to this trope after she awakens the Tenseigan, since her desire to be strong to protect her loved ones causes her to slip into being extremely ruthless and losing control of her powers. Thankfully, she's snapped out of it after she fights Konohamaru and accidentally takes out his eye when she goes overboard.
  • Wolverine Claws: Tamaki's Weapon of Choice.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Downplayed with Kurotsuchi. Given that she's recently become Tsuchikage, the prospect of having to lead her village in the wake of the 4th Ninja War was clearly a heavy duty for her, to the point she almost broke down crying upon returning from the summit. Thankfully, her grandfather was there to support her.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: Downplayed example with Kaida and Hagane, the children of Jiraiya and Tsunade. At first it seems they needed to be in close proximity to each other for their powers to awaken, but they're later shown to be able to control their abilities at will independently.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Sasuke acknowledges Naruto as a worthy rival during the Chunin Exams finals, and the feeling is mutual.
    • Tobirama commends Itachi's abilities and even congratulates him when he uses the Sword of Totsuka to defeat him.
    • Sayu Tokimune praises Neji when he uses the Heavenly Spinning Lotus against her.
    • Mifune still holds some respect for Hanzo despite his actions, as he respects the skill of any strong warrior, be it a friend or foe, a samurai or a ninja.
  • Wrecked Weapon: During the Chunin Exams finals, Sasuke battles against Karui and she manages to break his katana. Fortunately he was carrying a scroll with a spare one, as per Shisui's suggestion.
  • Writer on Board: While he doesn't hate him overall, you can tell that the author doesn't agree with Shikamaru's promotion to Chunin, and by extension how he's always promoted to Chunin in fanfiction. The author even admitted that Kakashi's comment about people who give up so easily when things ahead get difficult don't deserve to be Chunin reflects his own opinion.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • Fu thinks there's only one reason Kakuzu would have returned to Takigakure. Namely, to come to ask for forgiveness and atone for his crimes. He's left speechless about it.
    • When Naruto throws a Rasenshuriken at him, Toneri assumes the attack is meant to be a distraction so he can sneak up on him, so he lifts a barrier around himself and waits for the "real" attack. Turns out, the Rasensuriken was the real attack all along, shattering his barrier completely, and the resulting explosion still injures him significantly despite not killing him outright.
  • Xanatos Gambit:
    • Orochimaru has his subordinates kidnap Jiraiya and Tsunade's children, knowing that they carry powerful bloodline limits for him to harvest. Having anticipated that Jiraiya and Tsunade would stop at nothing to get them back (and they succeeded in the end), he had Kabuto extract enough DNA samples from them for his experiments. And it pays off, as two years later he has fully grown clones of them with their abilities as his personal servants.
    • To divert attention from Jiraiya's forces during the raid to Root's headquarters, Danzo sends some of his minions to kidnap specific targets: Hanabi, Rin, Hagane, Shiro and Shizuka. While the main goal was to buy him more time to escape to the Land of Sound, he hoped to get at least one of them to harvest their powers for himself.
  • You Are Already Dead:
    • Said word for word by Shizune when Obito inhales some of her poison. Subverted in that his Healing Factor stopped the poison from killing him.
    • Also said by Sasori to Kankuro and Temari when their bodies begin reacting to his poison, stating that it'll kill them within three days. Subverted again, as they manage to reach Konoha and get help.
    • Hidan, when he catches Kakashi in his signature jutsu, also boasts about how he's already dead and doesn't know it. However, he spends so much time gloating and toying around, Kakashi manages to figure out how his jutsu works and gives Kiba and Tamaki enough time to pull Hidan out of his circle.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Ino's speech to Sai in Chapter 81 has some shades of this. He firmly believes in Danzo's ingrained teachings and considers himself a simple tool, but Ino is convinced that there's still a shred of humanity buried in him, and vows to bring it back to the surface.
  • You Are in Command Now:
    • After Hiruzen is forced to step down as Hokage, Jiraiya is named his successor. He's reluctant at first, but ultimately accepts, if only to prevent Danzo from getting the position.
    • After a prominent Clan Head, Hiashi Hyuga, dies during the Uchiha Insurrection, his wife has to take the mantle.
      • Then later in Chapter 58, in light of Hinata awakening the Tenseigan, Hikari Hyuga decides to step down as the clan head and name Hinata as the new one.
    • Sasuke becomes the new leader of the Medical Squad after Shizune is removed from active duty due to maternity leave.
    • Kurenai puts Naruto in charge of the Assault Squad also due to maternity leave.
  • You Are Not Alone:
    • After the Kirigakure War Arc, Sasuke tells Naruto that whatever he plans to do regarding the other Jinchuriki and the Tailed Beasts, he can count on the Uchiha's help.
    • Kurenai reaches out to Yakumo this way, assuring her that she and many other people in Konoha are willing to help and protect her from Danzo.
    • This turns out to be the key for Naruto and Fu to defeat their dark doppelgängers in the Genjutsu World. Naruto realizes that he doesn't need to carry the burden of the world in his shoulders alone, and he should rely on others to protect him as much as he protects them.
    • Shibuki gets a lesson from this while fighting his father, along with Kiba and Tamaki who agree with him. They even use themselves as examples that relying on others for help is nothing to be ashamed of (since they fuse with their animal partners to make themselves stronger).
    • During the final battle of the Fourth Ninja War, Naruto and Hinata are unable to overpower Madara by themselves. Cue the rest of the Konoha 15 showing up to add their own powers to the fold, and they finally stand on even ground.
  • You Can't Fight Fate:
    • Neji still believes in this, although this time around it's due to Hiashi's death during the Uchiha insurrection. Though, unlike canon, he doesn't use this philosophy to bully or demean others.
    • Toneri attempts this on Hinata, claiming that her awakening of the Tenseigan was foretold ages ago, and it's their fate to be together. Naturally, Hinata replies with Screw Destiny, and during the final confrontation even turns his own words back on him, saying that it's his fate to lose to her.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Rin feels this way, since after dying and coming back to life, she's had to cope with the fact that all of her friends have grown into adults while she stayed a teenager, and the Konoha she used to know has also moved long past the one she knew.
  • You Didn't Ask!: According to Kakashi, many people have tried to see him unmasked by setting up schemes, traps and ambushes of all sorts, including his own teammates. Turns out he would have shown his face if somebody had bothered to just ask him to.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Kakashi's reaction when Gai faints after being praised by the resurrected Hashirama, meaning that he now has to fight him alone.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once a mind-controlled Danzo hands him over the stolen Rinnegan eye, Obito tells him to commit suicide with the Reverse Tetragram Sealing, having already fulfilled his purpose.
  • You Killed My Father:
    • Ukon manages to say "YOU KILLED SAKON!" after Sakura delivers a Megaton Punch that cracks the latter's skull, but he doesn't get to do anything to avenge his brother before getting killed himself. Played for a bit of Black Comedy when Sakura feels the urge to tell that Sakon wasn't technically dead, but he wasn't going to last long anyway.
    • During the Fourth Ninja War, Konan gets the chance to confront Edo Tensei!Hanzo for Yahiko's death (and by extension, for ruining her and Nagato's lives afterwards).
  • You Monster!: Hinata yells "You bastards!" at the Root agents who kidnap Hanabi.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Mei reveals she's the youngest of four siblings, but not just they only inherited either Steam or Lava Release, while Mei inherited both (her parents kept having children until they had one who manifested both), but she ended up becoming Mizukage.
  • Your Answer to Everything: Jiraiya says that war is Danzo's solution to anything, which is why he's always been passed for the title of Hokage.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Jiraiya feels this way when Danzo praises him.
  • You Remind Me of X:
    • Hinata's mother comments how much she reminds her of herself when she was younger: someone who was considered far to gentle for their own good but always pushed themselves improve to prove that they were worthy of being with the man they loved.
    • Roshi is quick to notice the physical resemblance between Naruto and "the Yellow Flash" with a single glance. Naruto calmly replies that he was his father. He also notes how much Kaida and Hagane resemble Jiraiya and Tsunade.
    • Nagato later notes that Naruto shares a passing resemblance to his old friend Yahiko, both in appearance and his boundless optimism.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: The Kurama clan's bloodline gives the ability to create genjutsu powerful enough to make the victim suffer real wounds. Chapter 79 reveals that it's strong enough that not even Sharingan or highly skilled sensors can see through or dispel it.
  • Your Soul is Mine!:
    • Anko gets her soul devoured by Pain's Human Path.
    • Tsunade defeats Edo Tensei!Nagato using this same power, to extract the soul from his body to dispel the summoning. She later delivers the same fate to Orochimaru to get rid of him for good.
  • You Talk Too Much!: In Chapter 80, this exchange:
    Danzo: Haven't you realized the difference in skill and power between you and me yet?
    Shisui: Haven't you realized that you talk too much?
  • You Will Be Spared:
    • When facing Hanabi for the first time, Toneri declares he might spare her to avoid upsetting Hinata, and for other reasons he avoids to disclose. It's later revealed that he wants to make her into another wife of his, much to her disgust and horror.
    • In Chapter 94, despite having the chance to kill Kisame and Deidara with the revived Mu and Gengetsu, Orochimaru decides to let them go so they can deliver a message to his former Akatsuki comrades.
    • In Chapter 122, Madara mentions that he's going to spare Rin's life, partly because he knows his henchman Obito would be upset if she died, and partly because he thinks killing her would mean a waste of all the time and resources they used to bring her back to life. Later however, he gets fed up with her constant interference, and after Obito turns on him, he decides to just drop the charade and kill her off.
  • Zerg Rush:
    • Sasori's ultimate jutsu amounts to this, by controlling an army of puppets. It's somewhat downplayed by the fact that his control is less effective the more puppets he manipulates at once. And of course, Naruto can easily match it with his Shadow Clones.
    • Subverted in the case of Akatsuki's Zetsu army. While they still heavily rely on the superior numbers, the war's initial clash makes it clear that the Shinobi Allied Forces can still dispatch them with (relative) ease, even in large groups. Which is why they've got several variations among the troops, including mutant Zetsu with multiple arms, giant ones that are way tougher and stronger than normal, and even a few that are capable of flight.
      • Akatsuki later plays this straight during the war's final day. After the loss of a huge chunk of their forces and with Madara temporarily out of commission, Akatsuki decides to forgo any kind of strategy and launches a full-scale attack with their remaining army of Zetsu clones and reanimations.
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