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|Rōmaji||Bunshin no Jutsu|
|Literal English||Clone Technique|
|Viz manga||Art of the Doppleganger|
|English TV||Clone Jutsu|
|Other||Art of Body Splitting|
|Anime||Naruto Episode #1|
|Appears in||Anime and Manga|
|Classification||Ninjutsu, Clone Techniques, General skill|
|Hand seals||Ram → Snake → Tiger|
A ninjutsu that creates an intangible copy of one's own body, without any substance. Since the clone itself doesn't have the ability to attack, and thus can only be used to confuse the enemy, it is mainly used in combination with other ninjutsu. It's a basic technique, but depending on one's ingenuity, it can be used effectively. The clones will dissipate when they come into contact with something.
These clones can be easily distinguished by persons with dōjutsu. A person with normal eyes can also distinguish the clones from the original, since the clones do not have shadows and will not disrupt the area around themselves with their movement (i.e. won't kick up dust, crush grass, etc…).
- Part of the requirements to graduate from Konoha's Academy and become a genin is to properly use this technique during their evaluation. Naruto Uzumaki and Rock Lee are the only two ninja known to graduate without mastering this technique.
- When Sakura performs this technique, the hand seals she uses are: Tiger → Boar → Ox → Dog.
- The hand seals used for this technique are the same used for the Water Release: Black Rain Technique