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The Best Dark 'Naruto' Fanfiction, Ranked

Updated May 26, 2021 445 votes 112 voters 18.5k views35 items

List RulesVote up the dark 'Naruto' fanfics that are worth reading.

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.

Which of these stories stand as the best dark Naruto fanfiction? Vote up your favorite fanfics to help your fellow readers decide what they should read next!

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    Serenade

    by Kimi no vanilla

    There is an old saying in the Nara family: Don't walk with the shadows for too long, or you'll become one.

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    5

    A Different Path to Destiny

    by Operaman bye bye 

    Sasuke's death in wave changes Naruto's entire future. Now wielding one of the legendary doujutsu Naruto struggles to find a new path to greatness. Watch as the child of prophecy blazes a new trail towards his fate.

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    Wisdom and Eternity

    by Xenoglossy

    Most people live their lives in a straight line, but they've all walked a circle with too many dead ends. Memories, regrets, and the death of a friend. 

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    Team 7's Ascension: Blood Wings

    by Eilyfe

    In unity lies strength; each leaf is important or the beauty of the tree is lost. Some bonds, however, are difficult to forge and even harder to keep. The tide of blood nears, drums thunder, and three Genin stand tall as the world spirals into madness.

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    Uzumaki

    by AlmostElectric

    Uchiha Satsuki, avenger, doesn't love anything, or anyone. Not revenge, not tomatoes, and definitely – definitely! – not Uzumaki Naruto. But when she winds up on a genin team with him, she realizes there's more to his smile than teeth and sunshine.

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    Lost Soul

    by LD 1449 

    The eve after Kyuubi's attack, Konoha is low on strength. The council agrees to turn Naruto into a living weapon. But years later, after Sarutobi's death, will Konoha's weapon continue to defend it? Or will he poise his blade to carve out their throats?

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    Blind Stars of Fortune

    by 100demons

    Thirty year old Kakashi was supposed to have been killed by Pein during the Invasion. Instead, he wakes up in the body of his twenty year old self. (It gets a lot more complicated.) 

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    Order of Arrival

    by Ekusukallybaa

    Sasuke arrives before Jiraiya at the small hotel in Tanzaku-Gai, where his brother and Kisame confront Naruto, and Itachi makes a decision with horrifying, long-lasting consequences.

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    Accidental Companions

    by Windschild8178

    Guruko, one of Kakashi's dogs, ends up staying with Naruto because of an injury. However, along the way he discovers it's Naruto who really needs the help. But what can a dog do? 

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    Death of a Kage Bunshin

    by Foxie-sama

    Kage Bunshin no Jutsu was perfect in every way and form. It is only the human element of it that is inherently flawed.

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    The First Shifting Grain

    by Cadel

    Sabaku no Gaara lands in the past to a time where everyone fears him and his father is still alive. He realizes regaining everyone's trust will be difficult, especially when they still think he's a blood-thirsty psychopath. 

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    Tis Femina

    by Sythe

    Naruto had gone to his last battle with Madara fully prepared to die with his enemy. He did not think he'd be manipulated by old toad sages and thrown to the far past. He did not expect to wake up in the Senju clan compound either.

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    He Had No Fingers

    by Gleam

    The Ninetails cannot be contained. But it will take a human sacrifice, all the same.

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    5
    2

    Dirt and Ashes, or: The One-and-a-Half Body Problem

    by Tozette

    The invasion didn't fail. Team seven is long gone. Konoha has burned to the ground. And Sakura finds herself carrying half of Hidan across two countries, leaving a trail of blood, bodies, and other people's legs.

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    ANBU

    by God Amongst Mere Mortals

    Tsunade's death sets off a chain reaction that disillusions Naruto's perception of the shinobi world and forces Hinata to abandon her faith in love and become her own person. Sometimes, love destroys more than it creates. Can they reclaim their old dreams and achieve their new ones when they're partnered in the ANBU? A redemption story. Eventual god-like Hinata.

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    Introverted

    by Shadenight123

    Being ignored and gazed at with hatred can lead someone to become a boisterous and loud orange-wearing shinobi, but it can also drive him to become a silent and invisible introvert. Of the two, Naruto takes the logical choice for a future in the Ninja World.

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    The Boy in the Team

    by Shadenight123

    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.

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    The Ghost and the Darkness

    by Kirsdarkenvar

    Sasuke and Naruto become friends at a young age, but will Naruto's paranoia and mental instability draw Sasuke down into madness, or will Sasuke's own demons bring them both into the dark?

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    Konoha's Scarlet Claw

    by NoNameNeeded

    What would Naruto be like if he had been born 4 years earlier, Kyuubi still being sealed inside of him? What would he be like if he had grown up with Itachi, reaching shinobi ranks alongside him? He is now 16, a jounin who just took on team 7.

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    The Waves Arisen

    by Rationalist Naruto Fanfiction

    A young Naruto found refuge in the village library, and grew up smart, but by blood he is Ninja, and what place is there for curiosity and calculation in this brutal world of warring states?

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    Shadows of Konoha

    by Amora Journeys

    Naruto Uzumaki is one of the strongest ninja in the world today. But everyone has their limits. Can he survive ANBU or will it defeat him first?

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    Oyabun

    by leonardo1123581321

    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

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    Play With Words

    by XER9AF

    A normal, though rather vertically challenged, young woman appears in the Naruto world through what she thinks might have been a freak accident. Problem is, she knows absolutely nothing about said world. Somehow she manages to burn Google translate into her own brain, and also have everyone out for her blood...literally.

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    The Price of Living

    by LovelyWeather

    Knowledge of the future is not the safest thing to possess, she learned...

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    Loyalty

    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.

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