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The Best Naruto Fanfiction That's Actually Worth Reading

Updated January 21, 2021 5.4k votes 1.5k voters 51.7k views27 items

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

    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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    Backslide

    by blackkat

    Naruto’s friends are gone, his lover is dying, Konoha is destroyed, and Madara’s second return has pushed the entire world to the brink. Hunted and harried, Naruto is sent back in time to upend Madara’s plan before it even starts, and sets about changing everything. Butterfly effect nothing: the world is at stake, and Naruto is hardly about to let it fall to ruin once more. Not while he’s still breathing.

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    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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    Stormborn

    by blackkat

    Flashes of an unknown past haunt Naruto, entwining his steps with those of a former life no longer content to stay forgotten. There's a voice on the wind and another lifetime in his head, and it’s time for Uzushio’s Storm God to rise once more.

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    Sanitize

    by Sage Thrasher

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

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    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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    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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    What You Knead

    by AgentMalkere

    It started, as most things did in Kakashi’s life, with a mission gone wrong. (In which Kakashi accidentally acquires an emotionally healthy coping technique.)

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Naruto: The Next God of Shinobi

    by Dragon6

    At five years old, Naruto unleashes the Kyuubi's chakra and slaughters the mob that attempted to kill him. Having little choice, Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Sandaime Hokage, takes in Naruto and trains him. Will the Yondaime legacy become the next 'God?

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    Master of Jiongu

    By The Dark Dragon Emperor

    In order to save Naruto's life, the Sandaime is forced to use a kinjutsu stolen by the Shodaime to help Naruto survive. Now with the incredible power of Jiongu on his side, Naruto is ready to shake up the ninja world and show his power. The only question, when does he start? Naru/Hina/Fu! Good Kurama! Sakura and Sasuke Bashing in Part 1!

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    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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    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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    Strawberry Sugar

    by Ohxhipstaxplease 

    In which Naruto (finally) realizes he's in love with Hinata over a slice of strawberry shortcake.

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    Team 7's Time Travel for Dummies

    by junistired

    Team 7 finds themselves nearly a decade into the past—but there's a catch. None of them realize they've ALL gone back... Needless to say they find it a bit frustrating that things are seemingly changing without their direct influence. Watch as they make fools of themselves trying to keep their time traveling a secret from one another, all whilst they desperately try to change fate.

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    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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