Bushinjutsu (meaning "Clone Technique") are techniques that create a copy of the user or objects used by them. The standard Clone Jutsu is considered the most basic of basic ninjutsu. Despite this, bushinjutsu are every versatile and useful, and are often used to distract or fool enemies into thinking that they have delivered a critical or fatal hit to the user, leaving the enemy vulnerable. The various villages have created their own characteristic forms of bushinjutsu. Besides these, there are a dozens of other bushinjutsu in existence, some of which are extraordinary difficult to use.
There are various methods of creating clones. The mostly commonly used bushinjutsu use only chakra to create the clone. After these, bushinjutsu that use a medium seem to be most common. These bushinjutsu use various elements to give the clone form and substance. There are also bushinjutsu that transform another or animal into a clone of the user. Finally, there are bushinjutsu that makes use of Genjutsu to create illusionary clones.