Taking a Comedic Trope Too Seriously
I got into the Naruto fandom by a link on some excellent author's profile. Shifting through a number of stories I got the idea that Naruto was some sort of Saint who didn't seem to grasp the idea that the horrible civilian mobs and evil Council meant he should probably do a runner... And lets not get started on how poorly the other members of Team Seven could be portrayed. The funny thing is the same thing happened to me when I started reading Ranma Fanfics years and years ago. The "hitting" done by both Akane and Sakura is a comedic trope; and a fair amount of times Naruto or Ranma to some greater or lesser degree deserved a bop. In fact it was set up so it'd happen. In anycase watching the anime of both series (and then reading the manga here and there) swiftly dispelled any false ideas.
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