Naruto is considered one of the most popular anime and manga series in the world. We all have a special memory attached to the series. Released in the year 2002, the anime series continued till 2017 and became the most popular in the world.
The series is versatile, to say the least, with its variety of characters, clans of shinobi, plots twists, backstories, tragedies, and so on. The series introduced us to many legendary shinobi and their Jutsu.
Among the several shinobi, there were those powerful enough to wield legendary forbidden Jutsu that were either extremely difficult or too difficult to master. Here, we will have a look at the 20 forbidden Jutsu users in the series.
1. Lady Chiyo
Lady Chiyo from the Sand Village was one of the most respectable shinobi there. She was extremely talented in medical ninjutsu and made several accomplishments in the field.
Among her several experiments, she created a Jutsu powerful enough to revive a deceased person. However, the cost was the user's life itself. Lady Chiyo used this Reanimation Jutsu to save Gaara's life and sacrificed herself.
2. Kabuto Yakushi
Kabuto was one of the victims of Konoha. He was trained and used by the dark side of the village since early childhood. He transferred from village to village, acting as a spy and having several near-death experiences.
At some point in his life, he became Orochimaru's right-hand man and helped him several times. During the war, he used a different kind of Reanimation Jutsu than Lady Chiyo. It was a type of summoning Jutsu that requires sacrifice to revive one person. In Kabuto's case, he sacrificed White Zetsu soldiers to complete the Jutsu.
3. Itachi Uchiha
Itachi is considered one of the most genius shinobi in the Naruto franchise. As a wielder of the Mangekyou Sharingan, he was able to use several powerful and legendary Jutsu. One of them was the forbidden Visual Jutsu called Izanami.
Itachi used this Jutsu on Kabuto to put a stop to the Reanimation Jutsu. It puts the target under a Genjutsu that makes them see their past actions in an endless loop. The Jutsu will only break when the victim decides to take the right decision, different from their past mistakes.
4. Naruto Uzumaki
As the main protagonist of the series, Naruto was more special than anyone in the series. He mastered the forbidden Multi Shadow Clone Jutsu created by the Second Hokage. Tobirama declared this Jutsu to be forbidden because it takes a massive toll on the user's chakra. However, Naruto mastered this Jutsu better than anyone in the series.
Another forbidden Jutsu that Naruto was best at was his Rasenshuriken. He created his version of Rasengan, adding his wind element chakra to it and creating an immensely powerful Jutsu. Tsunade considered it to be forbidden due to its extremely devastating nature and the high price of taking up almost all of his Chakra.
Kakuzu was a rogue ninja from the Hidden Waterfall Village and an Akatsuki member. Due to the several changes made in his body, he was alive since the time of Hashirama Senju and even fought with him once.
Kakuzu had four hearts attached to his body, each allowing him special powers. His most powerful Jutsu, Earth Grudge Fear is a secret forbidden kinjutsu of Hidden Waterfall. It allowed him to transfer his body into something of a rag-doll held together by hundreds of thick black threads.
6. Hiruzen Sarutobi
The Third Hokage was renowned as the Professor for his vast knowledge in ninjutsu. He was a versatile shinobi, talented in several Jutsu that people find difficult to master. He was a genius shinobi, sharing the same title as Hashirama Senju as the "God of Shinobi".
Despite his several efforts, he couldn't enforce the "will of fire" in his beloved student Orochimaru. When Orochimaru attacked Konoha, Hiruzen was baffled by his powers which didn't even seem human anymore. Ultimately, he had to use the Death Reaper Seal on Orochimaru, but he could only seal his arms at the cost of his life.
7. Minato Namikaze
Minato died several years before Hiruzen, using the same method as him. As the Fourth Hokage, Minato fought bravely against the Nine-Tailed Fox. The Death Reaper Seal was originally a forbidden Jutsu from the Uzumaki clan, his wife Kushina belonged.
The reason why this Jutsu was considered forbidden is that even a single-use costs the user its life and their soul stays trapped with the Death Reaper. Minato used the Jutsu to seal half of Kurama's chakra by sacrificing his own life. The rest of the chakra was sealed inside Naruto's body.
In his quest of unlocking the secrets of nature and understanding the truth of the world, he became a man knowledgeable in many ninjutsu, even the forbidden ones. As one of the legendary Sanin, he was highly respected in Konoha. After team Hiruzen was disbanded, he found his new interest.
Orochimaru realized that to gain knowledge of everything in this world, he needs to find a way to gain immortality. By having all the time in the world, he can learn about everything. A few powerful forbidden Jutsu that he knows are the Twin Snake Sacrifice Jutsu, The Living Corpse Reincarnation, and Edo Tensei.
9. Nagato Uzumaki
As a wielder of Rinnegan, Nagato had an enormous amount of chakra and several powerful Jutsu abilities. He was a war orphan turned Akatsuki leader. As Obito was manipulating Nagato under the guise of Madara Uchiha, Nagato turned Akatsuki into a terrorist organization.
During his attack on Konoha, Nagato revealed all of the Jutsu he was capable of using. The forbidden ones among them were Absorption Soul Technique, Rinne Rebirth, Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, and so on.
10. Madara Uchiha
As the primary antagonist of the series, Madara was extremely genius and strong. Although not as powerful as Hashirama, he was talented enough to challenge thousands of Shinobi single-handedly. Just before his death, he was able to awaken his Rinegan with the help of Hashirama's cells.
He knew the forbidden Jutsu of the Uchiha clan such as Izanagi and Izanami. And since he was a wielder of Rinegan, he could use all the forbidden Jutsu Nagato could.
11. Danzo Shimura
As a village elder and Anbu Black Ops leader, Danzo was extremely powerful. His powers were often compared to that of the Third Hokage. For his thirst of becoming a Hokage, Danzo became someone who wouldn't even bat an eye while making even the cruelest decisions.
After the massacre of the Uchiha clan, Danzo attached several Sharingan eyes in his left arm and gained their powers. In his last battle with Sasuke, he revealed the ugly truth behind his powers. He also kept using Izanagi repeatedly to save himself from Sasuke.
Deidara was a rogue ninja from the Hidden Stone Village. He joined Akatuski after the persuasion of Itachi and Kisame. Like the other Hidden Stone villagers, Deidara inherited the special Kinjutsu from there which allows the user to knead their chakra into different kinds of objects.
Deidara blends his chakra with special clay and uses it to create mobile objects. These objects are always useful for him to travel around and also create massive powerful explosions.
13. Sasuke Uchiha
Sasuke is a major protagonist of the series and an extremely talented Shinobi. Since the first episode, he was shown to have an extreme obsession with taking revenge against Itachi.
Amid his inner struggles, he encountered Orochimaru, who promised him that he would gain enough power to defeat Itachi. However, the price would be to surrender Orochimaru his body so he can have the power of the Sharingan for himself.
After Orochimaru put his curse mark on Sasuke, he gained some dark powers. During his fight with Naruto, Sasuke used a forbidden Jutsu called The Cursed Seals Of Heaven And Earth. It changed his appearance to something demonic and even blackened the color of his Chidori.
14. Tsunade Senju
Tsunade's specialty, the Strength of a Hundred Seals is a Jutsu that not just anyone can learn. Not only does it require extremely delicate chakra control, but the user also has to spend years to achieve results. As a direct descendant of the Senju Clan, Tsunade spent decades storing her chakra at one point.
It allowed her to look young as well as granted her unimaginable healing abilities. She was able to completely regenerate herself even from fatal wounds after activating this Jutsu. It also enhanced her physical strength immeasurably.
15. Sakura Harano
Apart from Tsunade, Sakura was the only person talented enough to master the forbidden Jutsu of the Strength of a Hundred Seals. Ever since the start of the series, Sakura was shown to be weaker than her peers Naruto and Sasuke. However, if there's one thing she always excelled at was her fine chakra control.
After Sasuke left the village, she swore to herself that she would become powerful and requested Tsunade to be her mentor. While learning Medical Ninjutsu from Tsunade, Sakura also picked up on her monstrous strength and also this forbidden Jutsu. It was revealed in the war that she had been storing her chakra for only three years and was able to master it.
16. Tobirama Senju
The Second Hokage was an extremely wise and talented Shinobi and a Hokage. He was the right-hand man of his brother and took over his position after the latter's death. He was among the very few Shinobi in the series who created their Jutsu. Among the three known Jutsu created by him, he declared two of the forbidden.
They were the Shadow Clone Jutsu and the Reanimation Jutsu. While the Shadow Clone Jutsu was passed down to the younger generations of Konoha, the other Jutsu was kept confidential. It was due to the fact that the Reanimation Jutsu requires a human sacrifice that Tobirama himself never used it and forbade others to do that as well.
17. Might Guy
No character in the series is talented in Taijutsu as much as Might Guy. Bullied and criticized for not having any Ninjutsu or Genjutsu, Might Guy made it his life's goal to be accepted as a true Shinobi with Taijutsu alone.
During the war, when Madara successfully became the Jinchuriki of the ten-tailed beast, Might Guy was the only one who could stand up against him single-handedly. He used one of the most powerful Jutsu in the entire series called the Eight Inner Gates Formation.
This Jutsu is forbidden because it claims the user's life for using it. Luckily, Naruto was able to save him with his Sage Powers, but Might Guy became paralyzed after this fight.
18. Obito Uchiha
Obito was a major antagonist in the series. He held the reigns of the Akatsuki from the shadows and pretended to be Madara Uchiha for several years. He shared the same Mangekyou Sharingan as Kakashi and also held the powers of Rinnegan and the ten-tailed beast temporarily.
As an Uchiha, he knew about the secrets of the clan and had knowledge of several of their forbidden Jutsu. Additionally, he was also capable of using the Rinne Rebirth, a Jutsu powerful enough to bring dead people back to life.
19. Torune Aburame
Torune was a high-ranking member of the disbanded Anbu faction Root. He served directly under Danzo Shimura and was introduced after the Pain Arc. While Danzo was attacked by Sasuke, Torune tried his level best to save the former.
He inherited his clan's specialty of possessing and utilizing rare nano-sized insects known as rinkaichū. His most powerful Jutsu, the Jar of Poison Technique was considered forbidden due to its lethal abilities.
20. Anko Mitarashi
Anko was a Kunoichi from Konoha and one of Orochimaru's former underlings. She was able to escape his clutches and started working in Konoha. She was responsible for hosting the Chunin exams.
Like Sasuke, she also had the same curse mark to enhance her powers. She was also able to use many strong Jutsu. One forbidden Jutsu that she was shown to use was the Twin Snake Sacrifice Jutsu. She planned to kill both herself and Orochimaru with the Jutsu but was ultimately stopped.