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The Transformation Technique allows the user to take the appearance of whatever they choose.

Overview

This technique is most often used to disguise the user as another person, but they can also turn into an animal, plant, or inanimate object.[1] Users will gain the attributes and physical features of whatever they transform into, such as a weapon's sharpness or an animal's fangs.[2][3] To be able to assume so many different forms makes this technique invaluable for not just combat, but intelligence gathering and diversionary tactics as well.[1]

Being able to use the Transformation Technique does not necessarily mean one can use it well. Ideally, the user's transformation should be indistinguishable from the original, so that if they were placed together they could not be told apart. Inexperienced users, particularly Academy students, will often have obvious discrepancies in their transformations, making them useless for deception.[1] Even practised users, though their transformations may lack any serious flaws, can overlook small details of whoever they're impersonating (such as minor scrapes or blemishes), thus enabling careful observers to expose them as impostors. Even if a transformation is a perfect likeness, users can still inadvertently reveal themselves if they don't act in the same was as their subject would.[4]

When a transformed user has been found out and attacked, they ordinarily allow the transformation to dispel. Some users may maintain the transformation in a final attempt to keep their cover, only dispelling the transformation once this effort fails.[4] Still other users may, when they seem to be dispelling the transformation, actually take another transformation altogether, confusing opponents as to their true identity. Seemingly the only way to reliably find out if somebody is using the Transformation Technique is to knock them unconscious, which will cause the transformation to dissolve.[5]

Tsunade uses the Transformation Technique to constantly appear several decades younger, keeping it active regardless of where she is or what she's doing. She only reverts to her original form when she no longer has the chakra to maintain her transformation.[6] In the anime, Kagerō also keeps her Transformation Technique active for long periods of time, taking the form of a buck-toothed, hunchbacked man.[7] In Akatsuki Hiden, the citizens of Shangri-la use the Transformation Technique at all times in a concerted effort to make news lives for themselves; their transformations only dispel when they die.

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Rin no Sho, page 220
  2. Naruto chapter 120
  3. Naruto chapter 75
  4. 4.0 4.1 Naruto chapter 46
  5. Naruto chapter 77
  6. Naruto chapter 171
  7. Naruto episode 138
  8. Naruto chapter 14