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Pretty much everyone in the anime community has seen or is at least familiar with Naruto. But not everyone is familiar with the thriving community of fanfiction authors populate the fandom. All over the Internet, talented writers are putting their own spin on the series. Whether it's an AU where Kakashi becomes a rogue ninja raising a baby Naruto, a full rewrite of the series itself, or Itachi Uchiha traveling through time, there's no shortage of good Naruto fanfiction out there. If you love Naruto, there's something on this list for you.

Which of these stories is worthy of being called the best Naruto fanfiction? That's for you to decide. If you find a fic you already love or a brand new favorite, vote it up to help guide your fellow readers. 

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Of Harrowed Hearts is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Of Harrowed Hearts

by Sable_Scribe

Sometimes the hardest battle isn’t enough to change a heart, sometimes all the war and blood in the world isn’t enough to shift a single destiny.
Sometimes a simple touch is enough to break down the strongest of barriers, sometimes a single word is enough to make the world quake.
Sometimes the most reaching of changes comes in the form of a little boy sad enough, strong enough, and kind enough to make friends with a monster.
Sometimes one change makes waves.

Naruto has been hearing the rumbling growl in the back of his head for as long as he can remember. He’s seven when he tries to talk to it for the first time. He’s the dead last, the failure at everything, so he doesn’t actually expect to succeed.
And when he’s suddenly standing, knee deep in murky water and face to face with a demon, he has no idea what to expect.
As it turns out, the world could use something unexpected. 

In which Naruto discovers the real meaning of the word monster, Sasuke discovers power and strength and learns the difference between them, and Sakura discovers that being herself is not as selfish as she thought.
Where Kakashi learns to fight again for what he loves, and Obito never stopped.

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Team 8 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Team 8

by S'TarKan

What if Naruto had been selected for a different team? What if he'd had a different mentor? Who would guess the consequences would be so large?

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Akatsuki Babysitter's Club is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Akatsuki Babysitter's Club

by beetlebee

Obito thought quickly. "They're part of a... club... for babysitters."

"A club," said Kakashi, flat.

"Yep. A... babysitter's club."

"I see," said Kakashi, who clearly didn't see at all.

"Yeah, the clouds on the coats are supposed to be a soothing visual for kids?" Obito said, as he decided to dig himself deeper.

"In red and black."

"Okay, the color scheme could maybe stand to be changed," Obito conceded. He heard Konan snort from underneath the table.

He glanced briefly at Hidan, who was now shaking his shoulders, and the entire curtain, laughing at Obito.

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(Kakashi decides to raise Naruto. The Akatsuki takes a new direction.)

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Wolf and cub (Or how small chi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Wolf and cub (Or how small children became the new must have missing nin accessory)

by Dissenter

A slightly unhinged Kakashi finds two year old Naruto being beaten up, and decides the best course of action is to kidnap him and go on the run. Hilarity ensues. Other ninjas follow Kakashi's example. Zabuza has no idea how he ended up giving all these Konoha ninja parenting classes.

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How to Win Friends, Influence ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
How to Win Friends, Influence People

by sparrowette

And Start Your Very Own Secret Ninja Organization. Three months into Naruto's training trip Jiraiya must leave him behind to go to check on a situation in Iwa, leaving Naruto to his own devices. Naruto thinks everything he did makes perfect sense, Kiri thinks he is a cult leader and Tsunade thinks she doesn't get paid enough to deal with this.

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Sanitize is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Sanitize

by Sage Thrasher

Basic medicine and sanitation are simple. During the Warring Clans era, they become revolutionary.

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Comrade in Irons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Comrade in Irons

by Rahuratna

After a mission goes horribly wrong, Naruto and Kakashi must battle their way back to Konoha in the face of false accusation. Faced with a series of baffling murders, Shikamaru must unravel a scheme that could destroy his friends as well as Konoha itself.

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Family's Just Another Word Fo... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Family's Just Another Word For Something Left To Lose

by Chrononautical

Kakashi lives in the darkness, which is more than he deserves, but for Naruto he'll step into the light.

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Cutting Loose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Cutting Loose

by Chengar Qordath

Naruto and TenTen become friends while he's still at the Academy; TenTen helps Naruto graduate, and the two of them join Team Gai along with Rock Lee. Now, Naruto must learn what it means to be a jinchuriki, and how far he'll go to defend his ninja way.

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A Thoughtful, Moving Explorati... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
A Thoughtful, Moving Exploration of Passionate Youth

by thehoyden

It said something about Gai that Iruka was actually unsure whether that was a line.

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from the corner of your eye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
from the corner of your eye

by chadsuke

When a misunderstanding prompts Sasuke to take a deeper involvement in the growth of his teammates, no one is quite prepared for the way things... change. Especially Sasuke.

The question is - is it for the better?

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A Comprehensive Guide to Aggre... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
A Comprehensive Guide to Aggressive Gardening

by blackkat

“What is that,” Obito says flatly.

“It is a cactus,” Gaara says, like that’s the only question here. Deftly, with an air of ceremony, he sets the pot in Obito's hands, and then tells him, “It reminded me of you.”

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Perchance to Dream is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Perchance to Dream

by TaikoHawk

Uchiha Itachi hadn't planned for this possibility, but then, if he'd had his way, he would be dead. How this had happened was a useless question. What mattered was, what would he do now? To be or not to be... It all hinged on his choices. Time travel.

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Uprooted is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Uprooted

by Orrunan

Naruto makes a good shinobi, but a lousy weapon. Danzo has finally managed to connive Naruto into Root, or so he believes. Naruto, who will now be within reach of his emotionally inept, traumatized, fanatical devotees. What on earth was he thinking?

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Connecting the Dots is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Connecting the Dots

by Afalstein

It started with an arm. Now all sorts of super-powered teenagers are dropping out of the sky, and the Justice League must scramble to find out who these new visitors are and what they're after. But the League isn't the only one interested in them... [Naruto x DC Animated Universe crossover]

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Blood Sings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Blood Sings

by Fireun Feather

For Namikaze Minato, Yondaime Hokage, the day started out like any other. But then Jiraiya walked into his office with a teen that could have been Minato's clone and that bore the name of his vanished lover. His day just got very, very interesting.

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Baby Animals, Weddings, And O... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Baby Animals, Weddings, And Other Things Not Normally Associated With Uchiha Sasuke

by prettypriestess

In which Konoha needs to upgrade their plumbing to be more resistant. (Or, the one where Sasuke and Naruto get genin and maybe someone buys a house.)

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Fuinjutsu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Fuinjutsu

by Eleature

A new seal made by Naruto malfunctions when it's challanged by Akatsuki's extraction ritual. Now Naruto has to deal with situations he'd never dreamed of before: a war, a demon attack, Orochimaru, spies and the paradox of his own existence.

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Pulling My Weight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Pulling My Weight

by itsthechocopuff

During their mission to Wave, Sakura realises how behind she is in her training and decides to do something about it. She vows to become a shinobi her Village and her teammates can respect and depend on. But Sakura has always been a paper-ninja, so her first stop for inspiration is the library where she finds unexpected help in the form of one very bored tokujo who quickly goes on to become an integral part of her life. Soon, despite the neglect of her sensei and all odds seemingly against her, Sakura's destiny begins to change.

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Early Summer Rain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading
Early Summer Rain

by Orlha

Having parents doesn't always mean it's a good thing and just because scars can't be seen doesn't mean they don't exist. The Chuunin Exams leaves Sakura an orphan and she doesn't cry.

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