Although the Naruto series has its fair share of laugh-out-loud comedy, there are plenty of tragic characters and tear-jerking moments that make the story quite dark and mature. If you're a Naruto fan looking to explore the darker elements of the series, this list will provide you with some great reads. Explore these dark Naruto fanfics that take a more serious approach to the plot and characters.
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The Price of Living
Knowledge of the future is not the safest thing to possess, she learned...
After failing the graduation exam and getting arrested on false charges, Naruto finds refuge in the least likely place: The Yakuza. Will our favorite, hyperactive, knuckle-headed ninja rule the underworld or will it bring him to his knees? Watch Naruto's life unfold as a gangster in everyone's favorite ninja world! Inspired by: The Sicilian and Confessions of a Yakuza
by True Radical Dreamer
At a young age, Sakura is forcibly recruited as a spy. As she navigates the new, dangerous world she must now operate in, she begins to realize that she is changing as a person and that she may not recognize who it is she is becoming. A story about personal responsibility, about the duties of a ninja village, and about the true meaning of loyalty. Sakura-centric, pre-skip.
There is something going on with Kakashi, but Minato can't figure out what. All he has are distressing deductions, each one progressively worse than the last. It's no wonder Minato can't help but fear and fear and fear. (To be fair though, it really wasn't his fault he never considered the possibility of time-travel)
Silence of the Damned
by Daystar Clarion
When Naruto wakes up to a dead body in his bathroom, he begins a quick spiral into madness.
One reincarnation unwisely decides to publish the stories of several villains in the form of fairy tales. Unfortunately, not just children take notice.
Dancing with Demons
by Daystar Clarion
Growing up with a pack of Demons is easy, especially when the older he gets, the more a demon Naruto becomes. But when the pack is killed by shinobi, Naruto vows revenge by learning to use his ever growing Chakra. Meeting team Seven, his journey begins.
If You Like Piña Coladas
We've heard it all before. Girl gets sucked into Naruto, girl heroically makes sure the story stays on track. Well, this girl was nearly killed in a ninja attack, and since then, she's had a change of heart. The story of a girl out to change the world...completely.
The Boy in the Team
Sasuke Uchiha is Rookie of the Year and son of the police chief. Naruko Namikaze is prime Kunoichi and hero of Konoha, daughter of the Yondaime Hokage. Hence, the dead last assigned to their team is Shinku Haruno...son of civilians. There is no rising from the lower levels when you're surrounded by prodigies. Just live through the nightmare...and hope to wake up to a better day.
The Eyes Have It
by Shana the Short
Most people seem to think that developing a doujutsu is a wondrous, unspeakably lucky occurrence. Considering that she now has to deal with an ability she has no idea how to use, family drama, fashion crises, and the world's most rude and vulgar doctor, on top of getting to know her new genin team just after graduation...needless to say, Sakura begs to differ.