A lot of people seem to think that Plot no Jutsu (PNJ) refers to the plot as a whole, and that bitching about PNJ because certain events doesn't make any sense because of it. This is wrong. PNJ =/= Plot. When people bitch about PNJ they are referring to certain events or all the time affecting anomalies that affect events/characters during the course of the story in a way that goes against the story's internal logic and breaks the on some readers. The suspension of disbelief is the most important part, because it is true PNJ affects many events people don't bitch about. This is because readers are willing to overlook these events in exchange for the promise of entertaiment. However when people start bitching about PNJ is when this suspension is broken and the entertaiment of certain things taken away. Now in order to define what plot no jutsu is, I made a list of commonly used terms in the fandoms of fiction, use wikipedia to explain them and give an example from Naruto to each of them: : Prevents important character from dying or being seriously injured in dramatically inconvenient moments. In Naruto, an example would be Sasori's poison not having any visible effect on Chiyo, despite if it's supposed to be insta-paralyzing. : A gap in a storyline that goes against the flow of logic set-up by the plot. Hidan: *impales through heart* Shikamaru: The pulse is still there... : A person or an object introduced to a story to affect or advance the plot. Basically every character/item is a plot device, but in this context we mean a poor plot device, that only servers for one purpose, that again breaks the suspension of disbelief. Example: antidote against Sasori. : Used to describe an unexpected, artificial, or improbable character, device, or event introduced suddenly in a work of fiction or drama to resolve a situation or untangle a plot. Characters are faced against an opponent they simply do not have resources to take down with. Sakura needs her time to shine. Gaara is dead. Solution: Chiyo is created. : Cliché in works of fiction where minor characters are unrealistically ineffective in combat against more important characters. This mostly effects nameless jounin level ninjas, as seen during the Konoha invasion arc for example, but there is also no antagonist in Naruto who wouldn't suffer from this, especially in their final battles. : The effectiveness of a group of ninja are inversely proportional to the number of ninja in the group. A single Akatsuki member is always individually stronger than an Akatsuki pair fighting together. Likewise Orochimaru is always stronger than an Akatsuki member (excluding Itachi & AL, possibly) even if their reputation might be atleast nearly on the same level as Oro's. That's about all I can think at the moment. Feel free to disagree. Oh yes, and bitching about PNJ is criticizing the writer and the manga. These incidents are always considered as flaws in the story. When people call PNJ, they usually mean one or some of the events above.