Naruto: The 10 Most Clever Jutsu of Part 1

Masashi Kishimoto's smash hit Naruto series tells the tale of Naruto Uzumaki, a cursed boy who sets his sights on the goal to become his village leader and the world's number one ninja. On his quest, he learns all kinds of new jutsu, or combat techniques, and many of them are very tricky to use in battle.

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Naruto is an anime about ninjas and in the story's first half, each battle is in fact a battle of wits, tricks, and deception. That's what ninjutsu is all about, and ten particular jutsu in the series' first part are some really sneaky tricks to use in a fight. What are the 10 most clever jutsu seen in Naruto Part I? Read on and find out if your favorite technique made the cut!

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10 Transformation

No one needs Groucho Marx's gag glasses when they can do this Mystique-like jutsu. It's used a few times early on, but not much after that. What a shame, too, since shapeshifting is incredibly effective in many fictional universes.

9 Sexy Jutsu

But if you think about it, this jutsu's end result is so outrageous and unexpected, it could actually confused and disarm an opponent for a moment. Ninjutsu is about striking in an unexpected way, and no one is going to count on a stark-nude lady on the battlefield. It's a bit tasteless, but hey, if you're desperate enough...

8 Substitution

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Kakashi is the first person seen doing this, and he swaps out his body with a shadow clone, to Naruto's deep confusion. More than once, it looked like a hero had taken a mortal wound only for a nearby log to take the fall instead.

7 Water Emergence

In true ninja style, they wait patiently for the right moment to strike, and place an innocent puddle of water on the country road. When our heroes happen by, the ninjas emerge from the water and strike from behind! Watch your six!

6 Mist Assassination

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Naruto and the others are frozen in terror when Zabuza corners them, shrouding the area in an unnatural mist. Once this mist has cloaked the entire area, Zabuza can appear from nowhere and slice someone in half. Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura were taken by total surprise.

5 Eight Trigrams, 64 Palms

Once all 64 points are struck, the target can't summon any chakra for ninjutsu! It's a disabling technique, and a brilliant one at that. Neji Hyuga in particular is a master at this.

4 Puppet Jutsu

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During the Chunin Exams arc, Kankuro uses his puppet for a substitution jutsu to escape his opponent's grip. Right after that, Kankuro delivered the final blow. What a clever boy!

3 Chakra Scalpels

A medical expert like Kabuto can place sharp blades of chakra on the hands, and then start attacking. These scalpels can pass through clothes and skin, and slice up the target's tendons, muscles, and more. In this way, the target is crippled and can't move an inch. The doctor is in!

2 Dead Demon Consuming Soul

This cost Hiruzen everything, but it did the trick. Orochimaru was rendered unable to perform any jutsu while in this state, and Orochimaru wailed in despair. He later found a way out of this, but all the same, it's a cunning move on Hiruzen's part.

1 Genjutsu Decoys

Genjutsu doesn't get nearly the same screen time that ninjutsu does, but its results speak for themselves. Itachi corners Naruto while Jiraiya is far away, and only Sasuke's interference prevents a total kidnapping. If it's too good to be true, it's a genjutsu!

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