What kind of things do you want to read about in Naruto fanfiction? The original series is long over and the less said about everything came after the better... but there’s still plenty of things I want to see in the Narutoverse and I’m wondering if anyone else feels the same. These could be ideas that you've never encountered before but want to see or ones you've seen before but would love to see done in a different way or just done right. Major events such as a conflict against the samurai, character development like Gaara converting to Jashinism, worldbuilding about Konoha’s inner workings, alternative universes where Akatsuki doesn’t exist or small details like Naruto learning Earth Release. Anything that could still catch your interest even after all these years. Now allow me to get the ball rolling: More self-contained stories rather than multi-arc epics In the same vein as Spying no Jutsu or Monkey Business, fics that have next-to-nothing to do with the canon storyline and are essentially a single episode in the character’s life. The Narutoverse provides the perfect setting as Naruto and his peers have an entire career that is based on performing missions that could send them all around the continent with a variety of objectives e.g. escort this individual, assassinate that target, explore this area, investigate that organisation etc. And it is normal enough for ninjas to be shuffled into different teams depending on the mission, providing the opportunity for unusual groupings like Naruto, Sasuke, Lee and Neji, Naruto and the Sand Siblings or the entire Konoha Twelve to go on an adventure. And I don’t particularly mind if there are divergences before the fic’s starting point to mix things up or if the events of the fic would result in unseen changes to the canon storyline to give them some freedom. A Fourth Shinobi World War fought between the Five Great Shinobi Nations A story about Konoha fighting against the other hidden villages. It could start before Part 1 with things like the Nine-Tails Disaster, Hyuuga Incident or Uchiha Massacre acting as the trigger so Naruto's generation grow up in an era of war like the previous one. Or it could happen after the Konoha Crush encourages enemy nations to start a war just as Orochimaru had planned. The series itself and many fics threaten the possibility of a war between nations but almost never deliver. Genin learning jutsu in a relatively linear progression Normally, Naruto and his genin team are learning at least C-rank jutsu soon after graduation but everyone seems to forget that D-rank jutsu are literally intended for a genin's skill level. I'd like to see more use of basic techniques such as the Temporary Paralysis Jutsu and Body Flicker Jutsu before delving into anything more advanced. I don't mind if they teach themselves higher level jutsu, learn jutsu from their clans or if circumstances require it but, overall, I want rookie ninja to get a more solid foundation of basic but useful tricks before jumping into anything more powerful. Naruto with the Wood Release or Ice Release kekkei genkai Wood Release because of the implications that come from possessing its power; the ability to suppress the Tailed Beasts and their Jinchuuriki, how it affects his connection with the Nine-Tails (if he has it) and the expectations that stem from having the First Hokage’s jutsu style. I’d also like to see it applied outside combat situations considering it could, theoretically, grow any type of plant including ones with edible fruit and vegetable or have medicinal/poisonous properties. Ice Release because it gives Naruto a relatively unique fighting style and powers based on ice, snow and cold just make my day. But it also comes with the added difficulty that he practically has to re-invent it all himself because no-one in Konoha would be able to teach him how to use it except in the most general sense. Both options also provide the opportunity to explore how elemental kekkei genkai in regards to learning nature transformation. More stories with Haku, Juugo and the Sound Five Not as the protagonists like in The Broken Tool but just having bigger roles in fanfiction. Haku was once listed as being the only character to have latent potential on par with Naruto and Sasuke (albeit back in the series' early days). So I've long wanted to see a Haku that lives up to that idea and reach the shinobi world's top tier, regardless of whether he's a missing-nin, Kiri-nin or Konoha-nin. Juugo's abilities are just plain cool and his potential's high considering everything he did in canon was spending years in a cell. His connection to natural energy offers an opportunity to look at senjutsu in more depth, especially if he ever encounters Jiraiya and/or Naruto and isn't merely Sasuke’s lackey. I carry the faint hope that something might happen with Juugo in Dreaming of Sunshine given the protagonist’s interest in natural energy. Finally, there’s the Sound Five who usually die as soon as they appear in a variation of the Konoha Crush or Sasuke Retrieval Mission. But considering their unusual abilities, cursed seals and youth, it'd be interesting to see them survive the next few years and become a much more dangerous threat as both individuals and as a group.