Kinjutsu (Forbidden Techniques) are techniques that have been banned from being taught. This ban can have been put in place for any number of reasons, but kinjutsu can generally be put in either of two categories:

1. Techniques that do extreme harm to oneself (Taju Kage Bunshin no Jutsu, which will bring almost any user to the brink of death by mere use).

2. Techniques that violate the laws of nature (Kuchiyose • Edo Tensei, which resurrects the dead with a human sacrifice).

Despite their being banned, the use of these techniques generally does not carry any consequences, except those brought on by the techniques themselves. However, their use is heavily frowned upon, especially those techniques that violate nature. Kinjutsus are usually either Rank-A or Rank-S.