See also: Ninja Ranks
Tokubetsu Jōnin (特別上忍, Tokubetsu Jōnin, English TV: Special Jōnin, Literally meaning: Special High Ninja, sometimes known as Tokujō for short) are ninja who, rather than having all-around jōnin skills, only excel in a specific area, much like warrant officers in real-world militaries. For example, Ibiki Morino can completely understand the workings of the human mind, making him an expert in interrogation. They are elite specialists in their areas and are often assigned as subordinates to regular jōnin when their services are needed.
- In Naruto: Rise of a Ninja, tokubetsu jōnin are called elite shinobi.