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{{translation|'''Itachi Uchiha'''|うちはイタチ|Uchiha Itachi}} was [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s older brother, an S-class [[missing-nin]] from [[Konohagakure]] and a prominent member of [[Akatsuki]] who was partnered with [[Kisame Hoshigaki]].
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{{translation|'''Itachi Uchiha'''|うちはイタチ|Uchiha Itachi}} was a prodigy of [[Konohagakure]]'s [[Uchiha clan]]. He became an international criminal after [[Uchiha Clan Downfall|murdering]] his entire clan, sparing only his younger brother, [[Sasuke]]. He joined [[Akatsuki]], where he came into frequent conflict with Konoha and its ninja, including Sasuke, who sought to avenge their family. After dying during a battle with Sasuke, Itachi's motivations were revealed to be more complicated than they seemed and that he only wanted to protect his brother and village, remaining a loyal [[shinobi]] of Konohagakure to the very end.
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Uchiha's.PNG|thumb|left|A young Itachi with his family. From left to right: [[Fugaku]], [[Sasuke]], [[Mikoto]], Itachi.]]
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[[File:Infant Sasuke and Itachi.png|thumb|left|Itachi and Sasuke moments before the Nine-Tails' attack.]]
Itachi was born into the [[Uchiha clan]] and was praised by all as the best of his generation - a genius above all others. Even by the standards of the battle-adept Uchiha clan, Itachi's prowess far outshone them. However, not even his family, friends, or teachers could understand him. When he was only 4, Itachi had already witnessed countless lives lost due to the [[Third Great Shinobi World War]], which emotionally traumatized him and turned him into a pacifist. At age 7, he graduated from the [[Ninja Academy]] at the top of his class after only one year, mastered the [[Sharingan]] at age 8, passed the [[Chūnin Exams]] at age 10, and became an [[ANBU]] Captain at age 13.
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Itachi was the first son born to [[Mikoto]] and [[Fugaku Uchiha]]. His early childhood was marked with violence: when he was four years old the [[Third Shinobi World War]] broke out and he witnessed firsthand many of the war's casualties; shortly after the war ended the [[Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha]] occurred and Itachi his parents nowhere to be found was left solely responsible for keeping his infant brother, [[Sasuke]], safe.<ref name="ch502">Chapter 502, page 2</ref> The death and destruction he experienced at such a young age traumatized Itachi and made him a pacifist.<ref>Chapter 400, page 4</ref> He began to study history, not just of his clan or his village but of the world, and by doing so he gained a broader appreciation of what was important. Learning so much enabled him to understand how events of the past came to happen and, when he applied that same understanding into the future, he became concerned for where things were going.<ref name="chpt619">Chapter 619, page 9</ref>
[[File:Itachi_as_a_child.jpg|thumb|right|Itachi as a child.]]
 
He was praised highly by his father, who saw the family's future in Itachi, hence neglecting his youngest son, Sasuke. However, during this time Itachi showed great affection towards his little brother and even encouraged his father to come to the Academy enrollment ceremony for Sasuke, something their father had otherwise forgotten, by saying that he would not go to an important mission that would establish Itachi a place in the ANBU ranks, otherwise.
 
   
When the Uchiha began planning to overthrow Konoha, Itachi, as an ANBU, was tasked with spying on the village. Knowing that a coup d’état would only lead to another Ninja War; Itachi began spying on the Uchiha instead, passing on information to the Third Hokage and the other Konoha elders. During this time he began to act strangely, not attending the clan meetings, speaking out against the clan, and becoming the prime suspect for the murder of his best friend, [[Shisui Uchiha]]. Due to this the clan lost hope in Itachi and his father began shifting his focus to Sasuke instead. Meanwhile, the Third's attempts to negotiate a bloodless end to hostilities between the two parties were proving ineffective so, against the Third's wishes, [[Danzō Shimura]] and the [[Konoha Council]] ordered Itachi to wipe out the Uchiha.
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{{ImgRight|Uchiha's.PNG|Itachi with his family.}}
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Though peace-loving, Itachi was a natural prodigy in the shinobi arts, praised as the best of his generation.<ref>Chapter 221, page 5</ref> At age 7, Itachi graduated from the [[Academy]] at the top of his class; at age 8 he mastered the [[Sharingan]]; at age 10 he passed the [[Chūnin Exams]];<ref name="achievements">Chapter 145, pages 8-9</ref> at age 11 he entered the [[Anbu]];<ref>Chapter 220, pages 15-16</ref> by age 13 he was promoted to Anbu captain.<ref name="c142p12">Chapter 142, page 12</ref> Itachi's accomplishments were a source of great pride for his family, his father viewing him as proof of the Uchiha's future prosperity and his brother viewing him as a model to live up to. Itachi spent a great deal of time with Sasuke, training with him (though rarely actually training him) and giving him the recognition their father did not. But for all the attention he received, few truly understood Itachi,<ref name="achievements" /> believing his isolation to be a result of the gap between his abilities and theirs and not his dissatisfaction with the shinobi's life of conflict.
   
Before the fateful night arrived, Itachi discovered the existence of [[Madara Uchiha]], who was attempting to rekindle the flames of war in Konoha. In return for not attacking Konoha, Itachi offered to help Madara claim vengeance against the Uchiha for turning their backs on him decades earlier; Madara agreed. Itachi slaughtered his entire clan overnight, sparing only Sasuke as Sasuke's life was worth more than the village to Itachi, and he could not follow through with the orders to kill him as well. Instead, he made himself out as a villain, who had killed their innocent family only to test his abilities. By doing so, he wanted Sasuke to take vengeance on him and become a hero to Konoha, thus redeeming the Uchiha name. He tortured Sasuke with his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] and encouraged him to become strong enough to kill him and avenge their family. Hoping that his beloved little brother would someday be powerful enough to kill him, Itachi left the village as a traitor. According to [[Madara Uchiha]], Itachi also had a lover, whom he killed during the Uchiha clan massacre.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 401, page 10</ref>
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[[File:Uchiha Anbu.png|left|thumb|Itachi as an Anbu.]]
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The Nine-Tails' attack had soured relations between Konoha's leadership and the Uchiha, the former believing the latter to be responsible. The Uchiha were relocated to a corner of the village, isolating them from the rest of the village and making it easier to monitor them. The Uchiha felt wronged by this treatment and began planning a coup d'état. Fugaku, head of the Uchiha and the coup's chief conspirator, encouraged Itachi's advancement into the Anbu's ranks as a means of spying on the village. Itachi, however, knew an Uchiha coup would lead to intervention from other villages and ultimately start another World War, something he could not support. He instead became a double agent, reporting the Uchiha's actions to the [[Third Hokage]] and his advisers in the hopes it would help them find a peaceful resolution.<ref>Chapter 400, page 2</ref>
   
Knowing that Konoha would still want to eliminate Sasuke, Itachi pleaded with the [[Hiruzen Sarutobi|Third Hokage]] to keep Sasuke safe. He also threatened Danzō to not harm Sasuke or risk him revealing everything he knew about Konoha's secrets to enemy countries. Sasuke's safety was therefore secured and Itachi returned to his original plan of becoming infamous for his slaughter of the Uchiha clan.
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Itachi shared the burden of betraying his clan with [[Shisui]], his best friend, brother-figure, and a like-minded Uchiha. But as time went on it became increasingly clear that peace could not be achieved. Shisui attempted to use his [[Kotoamatsukami]] on the Uchiha's leaders to compel them to negotiate, but his right eye was stolen by [[Danzō Shimura]] before he had a chance. His own options exhausted, Shisui entrusted his remaining eye to Itachi and begged him to protect the village and their family name before drowning himself in the [[Naka River]].<ref>Chapter 590, page 6</ref> Itachi was anguished by Shisui's death, enough to awaken his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]]. When the following day some Uchiha, already suspicious of Itachi, accused him of murdering Shisui and staging a suicide, Itachi lost his composure and attacked them, defeating them easily.<ref>Chapter 222, page 1-10</ref> A rift was created between Itachi and his family, and his warnings to them to reconsider what they were doing fell on deaf ears.
   
Itachi joined [[Akatsuki]] in order to keep an eye on the organization, along with Madara Uchiha, in case either ever acted against Konoha, all the while planning for his death at Sasuke's hands. While a member of Akatsuki, Itachi was approached by [[Orochimaru]], who tried to steal his body to gain the Sharingan. Itachi trapped him in a genjutsu and severed his left hand as punishment, forcing Orochimaru to flee the organization. Sometime after joining Akatsuki and forcing Orochimaru to flee, Itachi helped recruit [[Deidara]], by beating him in battle, to which Deidara swore vengeance against Itachi.
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{{ImgRight|Tobi talks to Itachi.png|Itachi discovers Tobi.}}
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Although the Third Hokage still wished to negotiate with the Uchiha, Danzō Shimura recognised that there was no longer an outcome that could see the Uchiha clan's survival. He explained this to Itachi and left him a choice: support the Uchiha's coup and have the whole clan, including Sasuke, killed in the ensuing conflict, or accept the assignment to wipe out the clan before the coup started and be allowed to spare Sasuke. Itachi chose his brother.<ref>Chapter 590, pages 8-10</ref> While making final preparations, Itachi discovered [[Tobi|a masked man]] sneaking around Konoha. From observing him he came to believe the man was truly [[Madara Uchiha]] bent on provoking some new conflict. Itachi approached him with an offer: he would assist "Madara" with wiping out the Uchiha, taking vengeance against them for abandoning him decades earlier, if Madara would spare the village. The man, otherwise known as Tobi, agreed.<ref>Chapter 590, page 11</ref>
   
At some time, Itachi contracted a fatal illness, to which he kept himself alive through the intake of various medicines, in the hopes of living long enough to die by Sasuke's hands.
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[[File:Uchiha Clan massacre.png|thumb|left|Itachi spares Sasuke.]]
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In one night Itachi and Tobi slaughtered the entire clan. Itachi took it upon himself to personally execute his parents. Despite his betrayal, they bore him no ill-will, instead telling him in the moments before they were killed that they were proud of him and requesting that he take care of Sasuke.<ref>Chapter 590, page 12-13</ref> Racked by grief for his actions, Itachi saw in Sasuke the only person suitable to punish him for his crimes. In order to set Sasuke on this road he cast himself as the villain, done by allowing Sasuke to find him standing over their parents' bodies and using [[Tsukuyomi]] to torment him with visions of their murders. Sasuke fled, fearing his own death, but Itachi chased him down to divulge the lie he had concocted: he killed their family to test his mettle and now wanted to test himself against the only remaining challenge to him, the little brother he'd never loved. He encouraged Sasuke to become strong enough to kill him and take revenge, and to that end suggested he acquire a Mangekyō Sharingan of his own. Itachi left, but was surprised to find Sasuke already pursuing him with a newly-awakened Sharingan. Sasuke's attempt at vengeance failed and he passed out, but not before seeing Itachi cry with remorse.<ref>Chapter 403, page 16</ref>
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[[File:Orochimaru's failed attempt.png|thumb|Itachi effortlessly overwhelms Orochimaru.]]
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For his final business in the village, Itachi visited the Third Hokage and reported his mission completed, much to the Third's surprise and disappointment. Itachi requested that the Third look after Sasuke, which the Third vowed to do. Concerned that not all of Konoha's leadership would follow this request, Itachi also met with Danzō and threatened to tell every secret he knew about Konoha to its rival villages if any harm came to Sasuke, which Danzō assented to.<ref>Chapter 400, page 13</ref> Itachi left the village publicly a traitor but secretly with a new mission: to infiltrate Tobi's organisation, [[Akatsuki]], and keep it from moving against Konoha.<ref>Chapter 401, page 6</ref> He was partnered with [[Kisame Hoshigaki]], with whom he bonded over their shared notoriety for killing their own countrymen.<ref>Chapter 508, page 6</ref> At some point after joining Akatsuki, [[Orochimaru]] tried to steal Itachi's body in order to gain the Sharingan, but Itachi easily deflected him and severed his left hand, forcing him to leave the organisation.<ref>Chapter 345, page 9</ref> To find a replacement for Orochimaru, Itachi helped recruit [[Deidara]], whose art he defeated with his Sharingan's genjutsu; Deidara would forever after swear vengeance for the humiliating defeat.<ref>Chapter 359, pages 7-15</ref>
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Itachi at some point contracted an incurable terminal illness. He kept himself alive through the years with medicine and sheer willpower so that he could live long enough to die by Sasuke's hand.<ref>Chapter 401, pages 14-15</ref>
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Ever since his first appearance, Itachi had always been mysterious, and had acted as though he was hiding his true self. While flashbacks to his past showed that he was a compassionate brother and person, his later acts and claims made it seem that this was mostly just an act. But, surprisingly, he genuinely was the compassionate brother he had once claimed to be, although he hid this from the rest of the Akatsuki to protect Sasuke.
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From a young age, Itachi was quiet and insightful. He lived at a distance, observing individuals and ideas without getting directly involved so that he could fully understand them.<ref name="c145p89" /> Although this approach prevented him from becoming close with many people, it enabled him to think and act without prejudice or preconceptions, instead evaluating things strictly on their own merits. For this reason he never had the self-righteous loyalty to his clan that was [[Curse of Hatred|so common among the Uchiha]]; though he loved his family and wanted the best for them, he knew there were more important things than the Uchiha's aspirations.
   
As a member of Akatsuki, he possessed incredible self-control of his emotions. He constantly displayed an emotionless personality. He only showed surprise when opponents proved more powerful or skilled than he had expected, and even then he didn't lose his composure. He did not possess any arrogance, and fully justified any statements he made about his power, even complimenting his opponents at times on their abilities.
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[[File:Itachi cries.png|thumb|left|Itachi crying as he kills his parents.]]
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Despite being a pacifist by nature, Itachi felt his own needs were secondary to the greater good's; to that end he became a [[shinobi]]. He trained tirelessly to improve himself as quickly as he could and subjected himself to all of the shinobi life's inconveniences without complaint for the simple motivation of being useful to others. Being so accomplished as a ninja enabled Itachi to approach problems less violently than others would, satisfying his peace-loving nature. These two extremes of his personality came into conflict as events moved toward the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall]]; he did not want to harm his family and sought a peaceful resolution, but knew that the path with the least bloodshed would be the clan's extermination. As the inevitability of the massacre became more apparent, Itachi's normally polite attitude to his clansmen became more violent, criticizing them openly and lashing out at them for the choices that sealed their fates and his own.
   
In addition to being an extremely powerful ninja, Itachi had equally impressive intelligence, and was shown to be very wise. He was exceedingly sharp and observant to any situation at hand, as he was rarely surprised or caught off guard. He also displayed great intuition, as he was almost never deceived and even then almost instantly realized the truth. Despite his status as a wanted criminal, and having wiped out his clan, Itachi took no enjoyment in violence or combat, instead preferring to avoid battle or, if this was not possible, end it as quickly as he could.
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Despite the traumas he endured from killing his own family, Itachi did not blame those among Konoha's leadership who gave him the mission; though he did not trust [[Danzō Shimura]] on a personal level, he knew Danzō only had the village's best interests at heart. But Itachi partly out of the necessity of his assignment to join [[Akatsuki]] was greatly changed after the massacre, rarely if ever showing emotion. He became more prone to displays of force and permitted certain violent habits of his partner, [[Kisame Hoshigaki]], under the pretense that it furthered Akatsuki's goals.<ref>Chapter 143, page 8</ref> Itachi could not and would not fully shake his pacifist ways, and would run from confrontation or rein in Kisame if the likelihood of collateral damage became too high for themselves or others. While Kisame would sometimes protest, he considered Itachi a good friend and would listen to his instructions.
   
Itachi's only initial interest was in Akatsuki's goals, and his only loyalties appeared to be to the organization and its members, seeming to put the organization's success and secrecy before everything else.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 143, page 08</ref> As such, Itachi got along with his partner, Kisame, much better than most other Akatsuki members did with their own partners. Kisame appeared to have a deep loyalty to Itachi, immediately doing as he instructed and constantly looking out for his well-being. Itachi treated all of his fellow Akatsuki members to this same, more respectful personality, although his courtesy was rarely returned by the other members.
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[[File:Itachi pokes Sasuke.png|thumb|Itachi poking Sasuke's forehead.]]
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Konoha's protection was always forefront in Itachi's mind,<ref name="mykonoha">Chapter 581, page 13</ref> but it was his dedication to his brother, [[Sasuke]], that took priority in every situation. From the time of Sasuke's infancy, Itachi tasked himself with looking after him. They'd spend whole days together in the woods around Konoha having adventures and accomplishing self-appointed missions. When Itachi began to become an accomplished ninja and took much of their father's attention, Itachi would make special time to fill their father's shoes for Sasuke's benefit, at times even refusing his father's wishes in order to make Sasuke happy. Sasuke, wishing to be just like his older brother, would often ask Itachi to train him in the ninja arts. Itachi would almost never do so, poking his forehead and promising to train him some other time.
   
However, when he was in a genjutsu duel during his fight with Sasuke, he cruelly claimed he had only let Sasuke live so that he could take Sasuke's eyes and obtain his own Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan, after which he then claimed the Uchiha clan had been nothing but tainted and evil, since many members would kill their friends to gain the Mangekyō Sharingan, and would take another Uchiha's eyes to make its power permanent. Once the genjutsu was released, he called it his true self, implying his calm, emotionless personality was also a facade. This persona was later revealed to be only an act to ensure that he would die by Sasuke's hands, his love for his younger brother being the fundamental aspect of his personality.
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[[File:Itachi crying.png|thumb|left|Itachi shedding tears as he leaves Sasuke.]]
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It was Sasuke's safety that ultimately convinced Itachi to go through with killing the rest of the Uchiha, believing his own damnation was worth it if it ensured Sasuke's survival. Even though he did it for Sasuke, Itachi wanted to be punished for his crimes and selected Sasuke as the one to take vengeance against him. To push Sasuke in this direction, Itachi withheld the true reason for his actions and instead took on the persona of a man who had no love for his younger brother. Per the persona, Itachi cared about Sasuke only because of the eyes that he could take to gain [[Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan]]. His actions in Akatsuki were meant to reinforce this persona, and whenever he met Sasuke over the years he would taunt his weakness and encourage him to get strong enough to kill him. His plan was that, once he had been killed, Sasuke would be hailed as a hero. Itachi never wanted Sasuke to learn the truth surrounding the Uchiha's massacre, and if he did he hoped the memory of a hateful older brother would cause him to not believe it. Despite all his success as a prodigy, Itachi's sole failure was in his responsibilities as an older brother to Sasuke, something he wasn't able to acknowledge until after his death.
   
In the end, Itachi put all of his faith in Naruto, who he notes as the person most determined to save and protect Sasuke. After hearing Naruto's answer to keep protecting Sasuke and everyone in Konoha, Itachi gave him some of his power. He was very grateful towards Naruto's determination to save Sasuke, and was smiling after hearing Naruto's response. Itachi even trusted him enough to bring Sasuke back to the light.
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After he died and was [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]], Itachi discovers that his plans largely failed; Sasuke is not a hero and he did find out the truth about what Itachi did. [[Naruto Uzumaki]] points out to Itachi the flaw in his plans: he had been trying to manipulate Sasuke rather than be honest with him and trust in his own strength. Acknowledging the mistake, Itachi is free to be himself instead of the persona he fabricated, being openly kind to others and displaying a dry sense of humour even in stressful situations.<ref>Chapter 579, page 3</ref> He is finally open with Sasuke when they meet again, admitting what he did and even sharing information Sasuke did not already know. He apologizes to Sasuke for all that he did, wondering if being up front with Sasuke from the beginning might have allowed them to avoid the Uchiha's destruction. In their final moments together, Itachi tells Sasuke he does not need forgiveness and that he will always love him no matter what.<ref>Chapter 590, page 23</ref>
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
[[File:Itachi Appearence.PNG|thumb|Itachi's appearance]]
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[[File:Itachi full.png|thumb|Itachi's Akatsuki attire.]]
Despite his status as an infamous shinobi, his appearance was not the most intimidating, apart from the intensity of his eyes. While living in Konoha, he would regularly have a gentle and caring look in his eyes, especially directed towards his younger brother. After joining Akatsuki, he would regularly have a stern look to them.
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Itachi had onyx eyes under which were long, pronounced tear-troughs. He had jet-black hair that was pulled back in a low ponytail and his face was framed with centre-parted bangs that extended to his chin; the ponytail and bangs grow longer over the years. His overall appearance is very similar to Sasuke's.<ref>Chapter 145, page 1</ref><ref>Chapter 365, page 9</ref> When he lived in Konoha, his casual clothes consisted of a black shirt with the Uchiha clan symbol on the back, bandages around his ankles, and black sandals. He wore tan pants with a weapons pouch strapped to his back. When on duty, he would wear the standard Anbu uniform complete with arm guards, a flak jacket, and a porcelain mask which was fashioned to resemble a weasel with a dark, triangular marking on top.<ref>Chapter 590, page 7</ref>
   
He, like all members of his clan, possessed dark gray eyes, black hair that hung near his cheeks to frame his face and a long ponytail in the back of his hair; later obscured by his Akatsuki cloak after joining the organization. Being brothers, Itachi and Sasuke had a similar appearance, but with subtle differences. Itachi's hair color appeared slightly duller and with a softer flow to it; his skin was also slightly darker. Itachi's most distinguishing characteristics were the long pronounced creases under his eyes.
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As a member of Akatsuki, he wore the standard Akatsuki cloak and a slashed Konoha forehead protector to symbolise his broken ties with the village. The cloak's high collar would obscure his ponytail. He would sometimes unbutton his cloak to mid-chest and rest his left arm there, rather than in the sleeve. Under his cloak he wore clothes similar to the rest of Akatsuki: mesh armour with navy accents under an identical T-shirt with a simple white belt around the waist and dark blue pants. On his right ring finger was his Akatsuki ring, which was red and bore the kanji for {{translation|"vermilion"|朱|shu}}. He wore purple nail polish on his fingers and toes and a necklace that had three silver rings with red gems inside them.
 
When he lived in Konoha, his casual clothes would consist of a black shirt with a large Uchiha clan symbol on the back, and black pants with a weapons pouch strapped to them. When on duty, he would wear the traditional ANBU uniform, although he was never shown wearing a mask. As a member of Akatsuki he wore the traditional Akatsuki cloak and usually kept the center of it buttoned down. After his cloak was incinerated by Sasuke's Kirin during their fight in Part II, it was revealed that he still wore his casual clothes underneath it. Like almost all members of Akatsuki, he wore the headband of his home village with a horizontal line gouged through it to symbolize his broken ties with the village. On his right ring finger was his Akatsuki ring, which bears the kanji for {{Translation|''Vermilion''|朱|shu}}.
 
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
Even at a young age, Itachi's intellect and talent showed their brilliance in everything he did, as even his teachers said his progress hardly required any help. In the few battles he had been seen in since the start of the series, Itachi was shown to be an incredibly powerful ninja, as demonstrated by his ability to easily defeat the likes of [[Deidara]], [[Sasuke Uchiha]], [[Kakashi Hatake]] and [[Orochimaru]]. Despite his pride in his abilities, [[Kisame Hoshigaki]], Itachi's partner in [[Akatsuki]], acknowledged Itachi as the stronger of the two. Even Madara said that Itachi never ceased to amaze him.
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[[File:Phoenix Sage Flower Nail Crimson.png|left|thumb|Itachi using a powerful combination of his clan's signature techniques.]]
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Itachi was a ninja of prodigious talent, evidenced by the rapidity with which he rose through the ninja ranks. He was equally proficient in all three main types of ninja skill and gained praise from allies and foes alike; [[Orochimaru]], one of the legendary [[Sannin]], openly admitted Itachi was stronger than he was.<ref>Chapter 140, pages 5</ref> Even during his final battle with Sasuke, the younger brother wasn't able to truly defeat him and it was Itachi's terminal illness that killed him in the end. Being a pacifist at heart, Itachi did not actually like fighting and would avoid it when he could. When he couldn't, he would end the fight as quickly as possible, all the while holding himself back. Even when restrained in this way, [[Kakashi Hatake]], [[Kurenai Yūhi]], and [[Asuma Sarutobi]] (all of whom were experienced [[jōnin]]) were still pushed to their limits against Itachi.<ref name="c142p12" />
   
Being a pacifist due to his traumatic experiences from the [[Third Great Shinobi World War]], Itachi did not actively take part in battle, typically only acting in self-defense and trying to incapacitate his enemies instead of killing them if possible. It can also be said that in every one of his battles, Itachi's true strength is never displayed, either because of his nonviolent nature or the terminal illness that plagued him.
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=== Chakra and Physical Prowess ===
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[[File:Itachi's Taijutsu.png|thumb|Itachi clashing with Naruto.]]
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As an Uchiha, Itachi's chakra was naturally strong, but his actual chakra reserves were very low, preventing him from participating in prolonged battles. In Part I, he could only use the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] three times in a day before he needed significant rest. Constant usage of his Mangekyō during his final battle with Sasuke contributed to his death as it worsened his illness.
   
=== Jutsu ===
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Itachi was very skilled with [[taijutsu]], enough to easily defeat three members of the [[Konoha Military Police Force]] and later clash with Naruto in his [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]].<ref>Chapter 222, page 11</ref><ref>Chapter 549, pages 6-7</ref> Although he rarely actually engaged in hand-to-hand combat, he consistently displayed impressive speed and reflexes, particularly with his hand movements. This extended to both throwing weapons and [[hand seals]], making it appear as if he could perform his techniques without seals; even skilled [[Sharingan]] users had difficulty keeping track of him.<ref>Chapter 142, page 9</ref><ref>Chapter 587, pages 8</ref> His speed allowed him to attack first in a battle, then immediately move to the location his opponent retreated to, giving them no chance to initiate a counter-attack.<ref>Chapter 141, pages 16-17</ref> In the anime, he was even able to keep up with the famous [[Shisui of the Body Flicker]].<ref>''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution]]'', OVA cutscene</ref>
[[File:Crow Clone.PNG|thumb|left|The usage of crows in Itachi's techniques]]
 
Itachi was a master of all the Uchiha clan's techniques, along with the [[Sharingan]], and had great prowess with all of the three main types of [[jutsu]]. When battling against Kakashi, Kurenai, and Asuma, Kakashi commented that Itachi wasn't fighting with even half of his strength.
 
   
Itachi was also noted to be very fast, particularly with his hand movements. This extended to weaving [[hand seals]] and throwing weapons, as he was able to reveal a set of shuriken with one hand and then suddenly attack the opponent with a form of ninjutsu. In terms of mobility, he is able to close considerable distances fast enough to appear like teleportation. His speed was such that neither Sasuke nor Kakashi, who are both very adept at using the Sharingan, could follow his movements in either case. Itachi's techniques also often involved usage of crows, both in ninjutsu and genjutsu. This is seen amongst others with his creation of a [[Crow Clone Technique|clone]] that dissolves into crows and using crows to hide shuriken in them.
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=== Ninjutsu ===
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[[File:Crow Clone.PNG|thumb|left|Itachi's Crow Clone Technique.]]
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Itachi could [[Summoning Technique|summon]] [[crow]]s, which he would typically call forth in flocks to swarm opponents and distract them. He even integrated crows into [[Crow Clone Technique|clones]] of himself that would draw opponents' attacks. He was likewise able to create [[shadow clone]]s that could lure in opponents before [[Clone Great Explosion|exploding]]. In addition to crows and clones, Itachi was practiced with [[fūinjutsu]], particularly those that would activate upon seeing specific people's Sharingan.<ref>Chapter 397, pages 8-11</ref><ref>Chapter 550, pages 10-13</ref>
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As traditional to the Uchiha clan, Itachi could use [[Fire Release]] techniques. He was also shown to use [[Water Release]] techniques.
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==== Bukijutsu ====
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As a fully-trained Konoha [[Anbu]], Itachi was skilled with a sword, which was his primary weapon during the Uchiha Clan Downfall. His comfort area as an Uchiha, though, was [[shurikenjutsu]]. Even in his early childhood, Itachi could perfectly hit an intricate set of nine targets, one of which was hidden in a blind-spot, by accurately deflecting one kunai off another to ensure they struck their mark.<ref>Chapter 220, pages 3-6</ref> His throwing speed was unprecedented, enough to keep up with and therefore negate the advantages of the [[Summoning: Lightning Flash Blade Creation]].<ref>Chapter 387, pages 4-7</ref> He was as equally comfortable with [[kunai]], and at times used kunai like swords against opponents that wielded actual swords.
   
Despite his extensive use of genjutsu, Itachi appeared to be quite skilled in taijutsu as well, as demonstrated when he easily dispatched three fellow Uchiha and when he stopped Sasuke's [[Chidori]] with one hand and brutally beat the latter during their reunion in the [[Land of Fire]] despite Sasuke's extensive taijutsu training for the Chūnin Exam. He was also very proficient wielding a sword, in the same way as throwing shuriken and kunai.
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==== Nature Transformation ====
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[[File:Grandfire Ball.PNG|thumb|right|Itachi using the Great Fireball Technique.]]
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As an Uchiha, Itachi had a natural affinity for [[fire release|Fire Release]], mastering the clan's [[Great Fireball Technique]] at a very young age. He would often [[Fire Release: Phoenix Sage Flower Nail Crimson|coat shuriken with fire]] to increase their offensive capacities.<ref>Chapter 549, page 12</ref> He was also a skilled [[Water Release]] user, able to perform the [[Water Dragon Bullet Technique]] without an already existing water source.<ref name="watersource">Chapter 587, page 11</ref> His other chakra natures included [[Wind Release]], [[Yin Release]], and [[Yang Release]].<ref name="d4" />
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=== Sharingan ===
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=== Genjutsu ===
Being of the Uchiha Clan, and as noted by Kakashi, Itachi was a true successor of the [[Sharingan|Sharingan Eye]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 142, page 03</ref> From a stationary position, he would study an opponent's movements with his Sharingan and respond accordingly, often with a [[genjutsu]]. He could cast a genjutsu by merely pointing at or looking at someone, and could similarly turn an opponent's genjutsu against them with [[Demonic Illusion: Mirror Heaven and Earth Change]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 141, page 15</ref> Itachi had trained so much with his eyes that he had reached the stage where he could have his Sharingan activated ''all'' the time, with minimal drain on his [[chakra]] levels.
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[[File:Tsukuyomi.png|thumb|left|Itachi using Tsukuyomi on Kakashi.]]
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Consistent with his pacifist nature, Itachi specialised in [[genjutsu]] typically performed with his [[Sharingan]]. His illusions, which often involved crows, could be initiated after only the briefest moment of eye contact, and even targets that knew to expect genjutsu might not immediately realise that they'd fallen prey to him. Even avoiding eye contact with him didn't guarantee safety, as he could cast genjutsu by merely [[Ephemeral|pointing at]] someone. In addition to basic illusions, Itachi could use genjutsu to share information or psychologically disable opponents, allowing him to end fights before they even began. According to [[Ao]], he was the only person who could use his genjutsu to take control of other individuals outside the range of the even the [[Sensor Division]].<ref>Chapter 540, page 13</ref> If ever he came up against other genjutsu users, he could [[Demonic Illusion: Mirror Heaven and Earth Change|turn their genjutsu against them]].<ref>Chapter 141, page 15</ref>
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=== Dōjutsu ===
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==== Sharingan ====
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[[File:Itachi's Sharingan.png|thumb|right|Itachi's Sharingan.]]
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Itachi awakened and mastered the [[Sharingan]] by the age of eight,<ref>Chapter 142, page 3</ref> demonstrating skill and power superior to most members of his clan.<ref>Chapter 222, page 7</ref> He keeps his Sharingan active near-constantly with minimal drain on his chakra levels. The Sharingan allowed him to see chakra and predict movements, as well as facilitate his use of genjutsu. With the Sharingan he could perform [[Izanami]], a counterpart to the more dangerous [[Izanagi]].<ref>Chapter 581, pages 14-16</ref>
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==== Mangekyō Sharingan ====
 
==== Mangekyō Sharingan ====
[[File:ItachiMangekyōSharingan.jpg|thumb|Itachi's Mangekyō Sharingan]]
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[[File:Itachi Mangekyō.png|thumb|left|Itachi's Mangekyō Sharingan.]]
Itachi possessed the [[Mangekyō Sharingan#Itachi Uchiha|Mangekyō Sharingan]], which increased his already great power, and enabled him to use his most powerful techniques. With his left eye, he could use [[Tsukuyomi]], a genjutsu that traps an opponent's mind in an illusory world, torturing them for what seems like days in a matter of seconds.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 142, page 17</ref> With his right eye he could use [[Amaterasu]], a [[ninjutsu]] which allowed him to create a black flame that he could direct by moving his eye to burn through seemingly anything in its path, including fire itself. His final technique was [[Susanoo]], the "Raging God of Battle"<ref>Third Databook</ref>, a technique that uses both eyes to manifest itself as a spectral being. It wielded the Totsuka Sword, an ethereal sword with the ability to seal anything it pierces into the gourd that serves as its hilt, and Yata's Mirror, a shield that could reflect any attack. [[Zetsu]], a fellow Akatsuki member, stated that Itachi's mastery of the Sharingan, combined with the legendary weapons of [[Susanoo]], made him invincible.
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Itachi awakened the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] after the suicide of [[Shisui Uchiha]]. Its design was three spiralling curves around the pupil. With his left eye, he could use [[Tsukuyomi]], a genjutsu that trapped opponents' minds in an illusory world, torturing them for what seemed like days in a matter of seconds.<ref name="c142p17">Chapter 142, page 17</ref> With his right eye he could use [[Amaterasu]], which ignited whatever he looked at with black flames that would burn anything, including fire itself. He had the ability to extinguish Amaterasu, but never displayed the sort of [[shape transformation]] that Sasuke later would.
   
Despite his mastery of the Mangekyō Sharingan, Itachi suffered greatly from its side effects. Each of the techniques bestowed by the Mangekyō Sharingan required vast amounts of chakra to perform, and they left Itachi fatigued afterward, to the point of requiring him to deactivating his Sharingan altogether, something that he did not usually need. The other side effect was that his eyesight would worsen as time passed since the awakening of the Mangekyō Sharingan, and the degradation would only increase after every time he used it, which would lead him to eventually go blind from its power, with his Sharingan forever sealed away.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 385, page 16</ref> By the time Itachi activated his Mangekyō Sharingan during his final fight with Sasuke, Itachi's eyesight is so badly damaged, that Sasuke appeared to be only a messy blur. Itachi was so close to blindness that by the time he activated Susanoo in his final fight, both Sharingan had lost the Mangekyō design in them, with only the red iris remaining.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 390, page 14</ref> Despite the stress his body was under that was slowly killing him he was still able, in his last moments, to perform his own [[Transcription Seal: Amaterasu|Fūinjutsu]].
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[[File:Susanoo.png|thumb|right|Itachi's Susanoo, complete with the Yata Mirror and Sword of Totsuka.]]
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Having unlocked the abilities of both his Mangekyō, Itachi could use [[Susanoo]]. With its simplest manifestations he could produce extra arms or bones to improve his options in a fight. When used in full, Itachi was surrounded by a spectral warrior that would protect him from all damage, even jutsu as powerful as [[Kirin]].<ref>Chapter 391, pages 16-17</ref> In addition to the chakra swords and [[Yasaka Magatama]] common to all Susanoo, Itachi's Susanoo wielded the [[Sword of Totsuka]] – an ethereal sword with the ability to seal any person it pierced into its gourd—hilt – and the [[Yata Mirror]] – a shield that was said to reflect any attack by changing its chakra nature to counterbalance an attack. The simultaneous use of both weapons made Itachi's Susanoo essentially invincible.<ref>Chapter 393, page 9</ref>
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Itachi was not immune to the Mangekyō Sharingan's side-effects: each of the Mangekyō's techniques required vast amounts of chakra to perform and left him so fatigued afterwards that he had to deactivate his Sharingan altogether. Every time he used his Mangekyō Sharingan his eyesight deteriorated, a process that would progressively worsen on each occasion. Early uses of the Mangekyō would only cause his eyes to bleed, but by the end of his life he reached the point where was nearly blind, most things looking to him like mere blurs.<ref>Chapter 390, page 14</ref> He does not suffer these shortcomings after his [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnation]] and can use all his Mangekyō techniques without problems.
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[[File:Sasuke Amaterasu.jpg|thumb|left|As a precaution, Itachi programmed Sasuke's Sharingan to react to Tobi's.]]
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Just as he was emotionally distant in his personal life, Itachi would typically be physically distant in combat, avoiding direct conflict so that he could observe an opponents' actions and abilities. He thought quickly and remained calm in a fight, enabling him to respond with maximum efficiency and with little likelihood of misjudging circumstances. If an opponent exceeded his expectations or posed a legitimate challenge to him, Itachi would freely admit it.<ref>Chapter 148, page 16</ref> His studies of history gave him remarkable foresight and a cost-benefit understanding on par with the [[Hokage]];<ref name="chpt619" /> he took several precautions for Sasuke and against [[Tobi]] that he planned would activate after his death, and if not for Tobi's interference, these precautions would have worked exactly as intended.<ref>Chapter 397, page 10</ref>
   
 
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== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
=== Search for Tsunade arc ===
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[[File:Itachi and Kisame Debut.jpg|thumb|Itachi and Kisame's debut.]]
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After the [[Invasion of Konoha]] and the death of the Third Hokage, Itachi and Kisame infiltrated the Konoha to find [[Naruto Uzumaki]], the container of the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]]. Before searching for Naruto, the two quickly stopped for tea after a suggestion from Kisame. While there, however, their uncommon clothes drew the attention of [[Kakashi Hatake]], who had [[Asuma Sarutobi]] and [[Kurenai Yūhi]] follow them. Itachi and Kisame nearly managed to escape village, before Asuma and Kurenai managed to catch up with them in time.
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[[File:Team Itachi Kisame.png|thumb|right|Itachi and Kisame sneak into Konoha.]]
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After the [[invasion of Konoha]] and the death of the [[Third Hokage]], Itachi and [[Kisame]] use Itachi's prior experience as an Anbu to infiltrate the village undetected.<ref>Chapter 419, page 3</ref> They are nevertheless noticed by [[Kakashi Hatake]], who sends [[Asuma Sarutobi]] and [[Kurenai Yūhi]] after them to determine their identities and purpose. Itachi and Kisame lead them to an isolated location and reveal themselves. Asuma and Kurenai engage them but pose little challenge and it is only due to the timely arrival of Kakashi that they are saved. Itachi uses [[Tsukuyomi]] on Kakashi, but is surprised that Kakashi not only remains standing afterwards but that he knows they and [[Akatsuki]] are seeking the [[Nine-Tails]]. Itachi instructs Kisame to capture Kakashi to find out what else he knows and kill the others, but Kisame is parried by [[Might Guy]]. With things escalating, Itachi and Kisame decide to withdraw.
   
When the two revealed their identities, Itachi and Kisame were quick to battle Asuma and Kurenai after they refused to leave. Despite their high ranks of [[Jōnin]], Asuma and Kurenai stood little chance against the two Akatsuki members. However, the arrival of Kakashi managed to keep Asuma and Kurenai from receiving any major injuries. After a short skirmish with Kakashi, Itachi activated his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] and used [[Tsukuyomi]] to attack Kakashi's mind and spirit, which afterwards left the latter confined to bed for several days. After Kakashi revealed he had knowledge of Akatsuki, Itachi ordered Kisame to kidnap Kakashi and to kill Asuma and Kurenai. However, [[Might Guy]] then showed up, revealing that he had already told the [[ANBU]] about the two Akatsuki members' presence. Itachi and Kisame retreated, saying that they didn't want to start a war.
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[[File:Young Sasuke vs Itachi.png|thumb|left|Itachi choking Sasuke.]]
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Itachi and Kisame track the Nine-Tails' [[jinchūriki]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]], to [[Shukuba Town]]. Because Naruto is under the protection of [[Jiraiya]], Itachi uses a genjutsu on an [[Emi|attractive woman]] to draw Jiraiya away. They confront Naruto and contemplate how to apprehend him. Before they can make a decision they are interrupted by Sasuke, who heard about Itachi's return and attacks him with [[Chidori]]. Itachi easily deflects it and then breaks Sasuke's wrist, but Jiraiya returns before things can go further. Not wishing to get drawn into a fight with Jiraiya, Itachi taunts Sasuke's weakness, incapacitates him with Tsukuyomi, and then makes to escape. Jiraiya attempts to stop them with [[Summoning: Toad Mouth Bind]], but Itachi uses [[Amaterasu]] so he and Kisame can break through.
   
Itachi and Kisame tracked Naruto to a hotel where he was staying with [[Jiraiya]] at the time. Uninterested in provoking a [[Sannin]], Itachi used a genjutsu on a pretty woman to draw Jiraiya away from Naruto. Taking the chance, Itachi and Kisame confronted Naruto, although, at the very same moment, Sasuke arrived to seek vengeance on his brother. Itachi handled his brother with ease while Kisame and Naruto watched, although Jiraiya arrived in time to save the two boys, having not fallen for the hypnotized woman's charm as he knew that pretty women did not usually show interest in him.
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Despite his seeming intentions to capture Naruto, Itachi's only real reasons for returning to Konoha were to, in the wake of the Third's death, remind [[Danzō Shimura]] and the rest of the [[Konoha Council]] that he was still out there and that they should not do anything to harm Sasuke.
   
Jiraiya immediately asked Itachi and Kisame if their real goal was kidnapping Naruto. They confirmed this and Itachi understood that Jiraiya was the one who had told Kakashi about Akatsuki. Although Jiraiya wished to fight them himself and prevent others from getting hurt, he honored Sasuke's feelings, and allowed him to fight Itachi instead. Itachi, however, only proved Jiraiya wrong in letting Sasuke fight by using his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] on his younger brother, thus reaffirming his need to get stronger. Jiraiya saved Sasuke in time by using the [[Summoning: Toad Mouth Bind]], which transformed the entire hotel hallway into a toad's esophagus to trap Itachi and Kisame. Despite Jiraiya's claim that no-one had escaped this technique before, the two Akatsuki partners managed to evade capture and death using Itachi's [[Amaterasu]], which left him exhausted.
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=== Sasuke Recovery Mission ===
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Although he was actually supposed to capture Naruto, Itachi's only reason for returning to Konoha after the death of the Third Hokage was to remind Danzō and the other two village elders that he was still alive and not to harm his younger brother.
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Itachi and the rest of Akatsuki assemble to discuss the progress of their plans as well as Sasuke's recent alliance with [[Orochimaru]].
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Rescue Gaara arc ===
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=== Kazekage Rescue Mission ===
While Akatsuki was sealing the [[One-Tailed Shukaku]], they discovered that [[Team 7]] and [[Chiyo]] were en-route to their location. Itachi volunteered to distract them, so [[Pain]] used the [[Shapeshifting Technique]] on [[Yūra]] to create a body-double for Itachi. The lookalike, under Itachi's control, engaged the Konoha ninja. He was impressed by Naruto and Kakashi's improvements in strength but, because the clone had only a portion of his ordinary strength, it was killed by Naruto's [[Great Ball Rasengan]]. Nevertheless, he had bought enough time.
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[[File:Itachi Kakashi Face-off.png|thumb|right|Itachi and Kakashi clash.]]
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While Akatsuki is sealing the [[One-Tail]], they learn that Konoha ninja are converging on their location. Just as Kisame volunteers to delay [[Team Guy]], Itachi volunteers to delay [[Team 7]]. [[Nagato]] uses his [[Shapeshifting Technique]] to make [[Yūra|a body-double]] of Itachi that he controls remotely, which he uses to intercept Team 7. Team 7 coordinates against him and Itachi is impressed by Naruto's growth, but he still manages to catch him in a genjutsu. He torments Naruto for his failures to protect his friends, specifically Sasuke, until the genjutsu is broken by Naruto's teammates. Itachi, his body-double not having his full power, is eventually defeated by Naruto's [[Big Ball Rasengan]]. He nevertheless succeeds in buying enough time to complete the One-Tail's sealing.
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=== Hunt for Itachi arc ===
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=== Itachi Pursuit Mission ===
As Sasuke was defeating Orochimaru, Itachi sensed something odd. Kisame asked him what was wrong, to which Itachi replied, "No, it's nothing." Following Kisame's capture of the [[Four-Tailed Monkey]], Itachi and Kisame met with the rest of Akatsuki. There, they discovered that Sasuke, after being trained by [[Orochimaru]] for two and a half years, had killed his teacher. Sometime after the Four Tails was sealed, [[Zetsu]] informed them that Sasuke had been killed by [[Deidara]]'s [[C0]]. Kisame asked Itachi if he was upset that Sasuke's death had left him as the only Uchiha because in the rain he looked as if he were crying. However, Itachi remarked that Sasuke wasn't dead, and alluded to the fact that there was still another [[Madara Uchiha|Uchiha]] regardless.
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After Kisame captures the [[Four-Tails]], Akatsuki convenes to seal it. Before the sealing gets underway they are informed that Sasuke has killed Orochimaru after two-and-a-half years of training with him and is now coming after Itachi. [[Deidara]] and [[Tobi]] go after Sasuke following the Four-Tails' sealing, and Akatsuki later receives reports that all three have been killed. Kisame consoles Itachi afterwards for now being the last Uchiha, but he replies that Sasuke is still alive. Even had he died, he says there is still another Uchiha, alluding to Tobi's survival as well.
   
Knowing that his end was near, one of Itachi's [[Shadow Clone Technique|shadow clones]] confronted Naruto, who was looking for Sasuke. Although he claimed he wished only to talk, Itachi was forced to defend himself against Naruto's attacks. After fending off Naruto, Itachi asked why he showed so much interest in Sasuke, a traitor to Konoha. Naruto replied that he was more of a brother to Sasuke than Itachi had ever been, and that he would do whatever it took to bring Sasuke home. This causes Itachi to give a small smile, followed up by asking if he would always feel that way, even if Sasuke attacked Konoha. Naruto replied only that, if that happened, he would stop Sasuke without killing him ''and'' protect the village. Content with this answer, Itachi gave some of his power to Naruto, by forcing him to swallow one of his crows, and hoped he would never have to use it.
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[[File:Itachi's Genjutsu.png|thumb|left|Itachi talking with Naruto.]]
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Knowing that his end is near, Itachi sends a [[shadow clone]] to find and meet with Naruto. When Naruto attacks him, Itachi insists he only wants to talk. He asks Naruto what Sasuke means to him and what he will do if ever Sasuke moves against Konoha. Naruto replies that he is Sasuke's brother – a better brother than Itachi is – and that if Sasuke ever attacks the village he will defend it without killing Sasuke. Itachi is happy with this answer and gives Naruto some assistance for this purpose: a [[Itachi's Crow|special crow]] that he stores within Naruto's body. (He does not tell Naruto the crow's purpose, but the crow, implanted with [[Shisui]]'s [[Mangekyō Sharingan]], will react to seeing Itachi's eyes and [[Kotoamatsukami|compel]] whoever has the eyes to protect Konoha. Since he expects Sasuke will take his eyes at some point, the plan is for the crow to reestablish Sasuke's loyalties to the village after Itachi is dead.) Having business elsewhere, the shadow clone disperses.
   
After his business with Naruto was done, another of Itachi's shadow clones went to meet with Sasuke. Sasuke displayed a dramatic improvement in his abilities during their confrontation, so Itachi agreed to have their final battle at the [[Abandoned Uchiha Stronghold]]. He waited there for Sasuke's arrival, instructing Kisame to not let the other members of Sasuke's [[Hebi|team]], interfere with their battle. Itachi and Sasuke met face-to-face and, while exchanging genjutsu, had a conversation about the Uchiha, Madara, and Itachi's "''true''" motives of wanting to take Sasuke's eyes. When Sasuke managed to escape Itachi's [[Tsukuyomi]], the genjutsu battle ended and the ninjutsu battle began.
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Another shadow clone allows Sasuke to track him to one of Akatsuki's lairs. Sasuke attacks him, displaying the new abilities he's learned, and in doing so convinces Itachi that he has gotten strong enough. The shadow clone arranges to meet with Sasuke at the [[Uchiha Hideout]] before it disappears. While Itachi waits for Sasuke, he has Kisame patrol the hideout's perimeter and permit nobody but Sasuke to enter.
   
Itachi used Amaterasu, but Sasuke shielded himself by [[Body Shedding|shedding his skin]], a technique he was able to use because of Orochimaru being sealed within him. Using the shed skin as a decoy Sasuke went below and fired a [[Fire Release: Great Dragon Fire Technique]] at Itachi's direction above although he only managed to burn away one of Itachi's sleeves. Out of chakra, he tells Itachi about his final jutsu that like Amaterasu it is impossible to avoid. Sasuke then used his [[Kirin|trump card]], on Itachi, who had his Akatsuki cloak burned off as a result.<ref>''Naruto'' Chapters 390 - 391</ref>
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=== Fated Battle Between Brothers ===
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[[File:Amaterasu2.PNG|thumb|right|Itachi and Sasuke clash.]]
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When Sasuke arrives they start by trading genjutsu. At Sasuke's request Itachi tells him about Tobi, who also goes by [[Madara]], as well as the mysteries of the Mangekyō Sharingan and the even more powerful [[Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan]]. Itachi expresses his disappointment that Sasuke has not gained his own Mangekyō, but says he can use Sasuke's eyes to gain an Eternal Mangekyō all the same. The genjutsu exchange ends when Sasuke breaks free of Itachi's Tsukuyomi, thus beginning the real fight. The volleys of ninjutsu quickly spill outside, where Sasuke and Itachi compare their [[Great Fireball]]s. When Sasuke's starts to pull ahead, Itachi uses Amaterasu. While trying to hit Sasuke he ends up igniting the surrounding forest, but does finally manage to catch Sasuke. Sasuke [[Orochimaru-Style Body Replacement Technique|sheds his skin]] to escape the flames and performs multiple [[Great Dragon Fire Technique]]s while Itachi is off-guard. Itachi avoids them, but Sasuke informs him that Itachi wasn't his target.
   
[[File:Eight Branches Technique.JPG|thumb|left| Itachi faces Orochimaru's Eight Branch Technique.]]
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[[File:Itachi sealing Orochimaru.png|thumb|left|Itachi sealing Orochimaru.]]
However, Itachi managed to survive by using [[Susanoo]] to defend himself. With Kirin having expended all of Sasuke's chakra, Orochimaru was able to break free and violently appear through his [[Eight Branches Technique]]. However Itachi was easily able to cut off the seven snake heads, leaving only one behind whose mouth Orochimaru appeared out of and thanked Itachi for pushing Sasuke so far thus setting him free and allowing him to take control of Sasuke's body. Itachi, however, stabbed Orochimaru with the Totsuka sword to seal him away with Susanoo thereby removing the [[Orochimaru's Juinjutsu|cursed seal]] from Sasuke's body.
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After Sasuke's attack, storm clouds gather and lightning brews, allowing Sasuke to attack Itachi with [[Kirin]]. Although the hideout is destroyed, Itachi survives thanks to his [[Susanoo]]. With his Susanoo active, Itachi approaches Sasuke. Having used all his chakra to perform Kirin, Sasuke activates his [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]] and out of desperation to defeat Itachi unleashes Orochimaru. Orochimaru springs from Sasuke's body using the [[Eight Branches Technique]] and states his intentions to take finally take Sasuke's body for his own. Itachi, having prolonged the battle in order to draw Orochimaru out, pierces him with Susanoo's [[Sword of Totsuka]], sealing Orochimaru away and removing Sasuke's cursed seal.
   
[[File:Last Smile.PNG|thumb|Itachi's last smile to his little brother, Sasuke.]]
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[[File:Last Smile.PNG|thumb|right|Itachi smiles to his brother before death.]]
As Itachi began to weaken, thus weakening Susanoo, Sasuke saw an opportunity to strike, but in vain, as Susanoo was still able to protect Itachi. His last option gone, Sasuke was pushed against a wall and left helpless as Itachi walked up close to him and seemed to be reaching for Sasuke's eyes. However, he instead poked Sasuke's forehead and smiled before saying, "Forgive me Sasuke... ...It ends with this" a reference to Itachi constantly poking of Sasuke on the head when they were younger. With that act Itachi finally gave in to his fatal illness, which he had been using medication and sheer willpower to fend off, and died.
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Itachi resumes his approach, telling Sasuke his resolution to now take his eyes, and Sasuke makes futile attempts to keep him away. Susanoo continues to protect Itachi, but it degrades as he labors near and Itachi starts coughing up blood. When he finally reaches Sasuke, Itachi appears to grab for his eyes but instead only pokes his forehead. (The poke [[Transcription Seal: Amaterasu|seals Amaterasu]] in Sasuke's eyes, set to activate against Tobi's Sharingan in order to protect Sasuke from him.) Itachi apologizes to Sasuke and says this is the end before succumbing to his disease and falling dead.
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War arc ===
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=== Power ===
Itachi was summoned by [[Kabuto Yakushi]] through the [[Summoning: Impure World Resurrection]], along with [[Nagato]], [[Kakuzu]], [[Sasori]], and [[Deidara]] as a demonstration of power to [[Madara]].<ref>''Naruto'' manga; Chapter 489, pages 18-20</ref>
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In the anime, [[Kabuto Yakushi]] [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnates]] Itachi to be used against Team 7. The summon fails almost immediately afterwards, causing Kabuto to wonder if the Impure World Reincarnation was still incomplete.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 290</ref>
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When the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] looms, Kabuto approaches Tobi – who survived the implanted Amaterasu – offering to join forces. To that end he reincarnates Itachi and four other dead members of Akastuki as offerings for Tobi's war plans.
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[[File:Itachi and Nagato.png|thumb|left|Itachi and Nagato en route.]]
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When the Fourth Shinobi World War begins, Itachi is mobilized with the rest of Kabuto's collection of reincarnated ninja. Itachi is paired with Nagato, who he carries because of Nagato's damaged legs. They discuss Akastuki and how little they, particularly Nagato, actually knew about the organisation; both were only pawns kept by Tobi because of their [[dōjutsu]], and now they've been revived so Kabuto can use them for the same reason.
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Itachi and Nagato are found by Naruto and [[Killer B]]. Itachi learns several things as Kabuto forces him to fight them: Naruto's [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] indicates he's finally gained control of the Nine-Tails; B's use of [[Samehada]] is proof Kisame is dead; Naruto tells him that Sasuke now works to destroy Konoha, having been told the truth of the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall]] by Tobi. Itachi and Nagato continue attacking but give advice to Naruto and B about how to evade them. When he has an opening, Itachi calls out the crow he planted in Naruto before his death and allows it to use its genjutsu on him, overriding Kabuto's control with its pre-programmed mission to protect Konoha.
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[[File:ItachiSavesNarutoBee.png|thumb|right|Itachi saves Naruto and B from Nagato.]]
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Now free to do as he wishes, Itachi joins Naruto and B against Nagato, using Amaterasu on him and his [[Rinnegan Summoning|summon]]s. Itachi continues to eliminate Nagato's summons and also saves B and Naruto from being killed by Nagato himself. Nagato uses [[Chibaku Tensei]] to try and restrain them, but the three join forces to destroy it. Itachi stabs Nagato with the Sword of Totsuka before the dust settles, sealing him away and ending the battle. Itachi then decides to personally take care of Kabuto in order to end the Impure World Reincarnation. Before leaving, he destroys the crow and Shisui's eye with Amaterasu so it doesn't fall into the wrong hands and entrusts Sasuke's reform to Naruto.
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
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[[File:Kabuto vs Uchiha.png|thumb|left|Itachi and Sasuke join forces.]]
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Nagato had been able to locate Kabuto's location while they were together, and Itachi now moves on a direct course there. He inadvertently crosses paths with Sasuke along the way. Feeling he is unworthy of Sasuke, Itachi tries to avoid him and his questions. When Sasuke persists, Itachi admits that he made a mistake manipulating Sasuke along a path that he wanted, which has put Sasuke in a worse position than he ever intended. As they near Kabuto's lair Itachi tries one last time to shake him, only to be disappointed when Sasuke joins him shortly after he confronts Kabuto. Sasuke moves to kill Kabuto, but is blocked by Itachi, who explains that Kabuto must be kept alive if the Impure World Reincarnation is to be broken. Sasuke offers to help on the condition that Itachi will finally talk to him afterwards. Itachi agrees.
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[[File:Itachi attacks Kabuto.png|thumb|Itachi attacks Kabuto.]]
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Kabuto obscures his vision to prevent being caught in a genjutsu and attacks. Itachi and Sasuke block with their Susanoo, only to find that they have lost track of Kabuto. Itachi realises that Kabuto has achieved [[Sage Mode]] and quickly defends Sasuke before he can come to harm in Kabuto's sneak attack. Itachi reminds Sasuke of a mission they went on as children to hunt a boar, which they reenact with their Susanoo against Kabuto. Kabuto avoids them and commandeers [[Sword of Kusanagi (Sasuke Uchiha)|Sasuke's sword]], which he uses to attack Itachi. Itachi takes the sword back from him and uses it to cut off the tip of one of Kabuto's horns.
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Kabuto tries to turn Sasuke against Itachi, pointing out all the lies and distrust Itachi has been showing Sasuke for years. Itachi admits his faults, but promises to tell Sasuke something after he's performed his [[Izanami]]. Kabuto is confident that he cannot be defeated since they can't kill him and because of the precautions he's taken to avoid genjutsu. He [[Sage Art: Inorganic Reincarnation|manipulates the cave]] to confine them and uses [[Strange Transmission Distant Shadow]] to perform a variety of other ninja's long-range jutsu, trying to create an opportunity to access Itachi's head and regain control of him. Sasuke becomes increasingly earnest to kill Kabuto, but Itachi pleads for him to wait until Izanami is ready.
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[[File:Edo Tensei Kai.png|thumb|left|Under Itachi's control, Kabuto releases the Impure World Reincarnation.]]
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While Itachi and Sasuke deal with Kabuto's recreation of Orochimaru, Kabuto [[Chakra Scalpel|bisects]] Itachi. Itachi's reincarnated body regenerates and he uses Sasuke's sword to cut off more of the same horn as before. This creates a sensory loop independent of vision that traps Kabuto in eternal battle; that is Izanami. Kabuto has the chance of escaping Izanami by accepting the fate he now tries to fight by taking on others' powers, Itachi's gift to him because of their perceived similarities. He raises the [[Wikipedia:Brille|brille]] that cover Kabuto's eyes and uses a genjutsu to make Kabuto perform the hand seals that will end the Impure World Reincarnation.
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[[File:Itachi's farewell.png|thumb|Itachi imparts his final words to his brother.]]
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While Kabuto performs the hand seals, Sasuke tells Itachi that he won't forgive Konoha for coercing Itachi the way that he was and that he will continue to conspire against the villages despite Itachi's wishes. Itachi listens without response. When he is engulfed in light and the Impure World Reincarnation begins to break, he faces Sasuke and admits to everything Sasuke has been told about him, even imparting some of his own memories to Sasuke to fully dispel the lies he's told. He reaches for Sasuke, seemingly meaning to poke his forehead again, but instead gives Sasuke a head bump, symbolising he no longer saw Sasuke as a child, but an equal. He tells Sasuke that he wants no forgiveness and promises that he will love Sasuke no matter what he decides to do. His reincarnated body dissolves and his soul returns to the [[Pure Land|afterlife]].
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== Legacy ==
 
== Legacy ==
Madara collected Sasuke, tended to his wounds, and tried to befriend him when he awoke. When he removed his mask while doing the latter, Sasuke reflexively used Amaterasu on him. After quelling the flames, Madara explained that the Amaterasu had been inserted in Sasuke by Itachi, intended to protect him from Madara and whatever he might say. Sasuke was perplexed, so Madara went onto detail the history of the Uchiha clan, and the truth behind Itachi's life. Towards the end of his story, he explained that Itachi had been dying of disease, but had kept himself going with medicine so that he could die by Sasuke's hands, stating that if Itachi had battled with all his strength they wouldn't be having that conversation. He also stated that Itachi had pushed Sasuke to his limits during their battle to draw out Orochimaru, so that he could remove the latter's influence from his beloved little brother.
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By his own design, Itachi had a profound influence on [[Sasuke]]'s life. His instructions on the night of the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall]] for Sasuke to gain power at any cost caused Sasuke to isolate himself from other people and avoid companionship. When he realised that he was getting attached to the members of [[Team 7]] and, from his perspective, failing to get stronger because of them, he joined with [[Orochimaru]], propelling him along the path towards Itachi's death. But once Itachi is dead, his plans start to fail due to the interference of [[Tobi]], who continues the trend of power and vengeance started by Itachi to Sasuke's detriment. Itachi is able to make amends with Sasuke once he's [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]], wiping Sasuke's prejudices clean and allowing him to start deciding things for himself.
   
Sasuke was unwilling to believe the story. Madara persisted, saying that Itachi had entrusted the Uchiha name to Sasuke, hoping he would rebuild the clan on a new foundation of honor and nobility. For the sake of Konoha, and for Sasuke, he had been willing to die as a traitor and criminal. He had traded honor for disgrace and Sasuke's love for his hatred, and even then he had died smiling. Finally accepting the truth, Sasuke was crushed to find that the brother he had hated had actually been looking out for him all along. Upon realizing the truth, he resolved to take vengeance against Konoha for the massacre of his clan and the fate they placed on his brother, regardless of Itachi's attachment to the village. He also agreed to start working with Madara and, as a result, is classified as an international criminal, something Itachi had tried to prevent.
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Upon learning the truth about Itachi, Sasuke reverts to the great admiration he had for him when they were children and follows in his brother's footsteps. He does not want to see Konoha, the village Itachi sacrificed so much for, destroyed and therefore works against Tobi and Madara to end the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].<ref>Chapter 627, page 9</ref> He also sees the reason in Itachi's decision to make difficult choices and be hated for them, and for that reason gives himself the task after the war is concluded to become the world's darkness, using his power to force peace and unapologetically kill any that threaten it. Though this is again a great divergence from Itachi's plans, another of Itachi's plans redeems him: [[Naruto]], at Itachi's insistence, eventually convinces Sasuke of the errors he has made without killing him after their final battle.
   
Sasuke initially refused to transplant Itachi's eyes into his own sockets, due to the two of them having completely different visions of the future. However, after his reckless overuse of his own [[Mangekyō Sharingan#Sasuke Uchiha|Mangekyō Sharingan]] from battling [[Killer Bee]], [[A]], [[Danzō Shimura]] and [[Team Kakashi|Team 7]], Sasuke's eyesight had greatly deteriorated. As such, he decided to abandon his refusal, and take Itachi's eyes to use them to destroy Naruto at full power. The transplant was then commenced by Madara, and Sasuke felt Itachi's power flowing through him.
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Itachi's influence would extend beyond Sasuke: [[Danzō Shimura]], despite his difference of opinions with Itachi, believed him an unsung hero of Konoha who worked selflessly for the village's good; the five [[Kage]], despite not knowing about Itachi's involvement, hailed him as the world's savior for ending the Impure World Reincarnation;<ref>Chapter 591, page 4</ref> [[Kabuto Yakushi]] remembered who he truly was as a result of Itachi's [[Izanami]] and, inspired by him, resuscitated Sasuke when he was on the verge of death.
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== Movies ==
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In the [[Genjutsu World|alternate world]], Itachi is the leader of [[Akatsuki]]. They are hired by Konoha to assist Naruto in the battle against [[Menma]]. Itachi rescues a captured Sakura during the fight.
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== Video Games ==
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* {{translation|''Itachi''|鼬}} can be translated as "weasel".
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* According to Pain, Itachi's reason for joining the [[Akatsuki]] was "ideology".
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* {{translation|''Itachi''|鼬}} can be translated as "[[Wikipedia:Weasel|weasel]]".
* Itachi ranked highly in the ''Shonen Jump'' popularity polls for the series, continuously placing in the top ten and reaching sixth place once.<ref name="PopularityPoll1">''Naruto'' chapter 245, pages 08-09</ref><ref name="PopularityPoll2">''Naruto'' chapter 293</ref>
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* Itachi consistently ranks highly in the [[Naruto Character Popularity Polls|''Shōnen Jump'' popularity polls for the series]], his highest to-date position being fifth most popular character.
* He and Kisame were the first active Akatsuki members to appear.
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* Itachi and Kisame made a brief cameo appearance in the ''[[Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!]]'', where they were standing in line to use the bathroom, along with many other random characters.
* Itachi and Kisame made a brief cameo appearance in the Konoha Sports Festival OVA, where they were standing in line to use the bathroom, along with many other random characters.
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* Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Itachi show that he was 130 cm as a genin, 148 cm when he joined the Anbu and 170 cm around the time of the Uchiha Clan Downfall.
* According to the Third ''Naruto'' Databook:
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* According to the databook(s):
** Itachi's hobby was visiting traditional Japanese cafes.
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** Itachi's hobby was visiting traditional Japanese cafés.
** Itachi's favorite foods were [[wikipedia:Cabbage|cabbage]] and [[wikipedia:Onigiri|onigiri]] with seaweed in it, while his least favorite was [[wikipedia:Steak|steak]].
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** Itachi wished to fight Sasuke.
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** Itachi's favourite foods were [[Wikipedia:Cabbage|cabbage]] and [[Wikipedia:Onigiri|onigiri]] with seaweed in it, while his least favourite was [[Wikipedia:Steak|steak]].
 
** Itachi had completed 340 official missions in total: 53 D-rank, 152 C-rank, 134 B-rank, 0 A-rank and 1 S-rank.
 
** Itachi had completed 340 official missions in total: 53 D-rank, 152 C-rank, 134 B-rank, 0 A-rank and 1 S-rank.
** Itachi's favorite word was {{translation|"peace"|平和|heiwa}}.
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** Itachi's favourite word was {{translation|"peace"|平和|heiwa}}.
*Itachi had always poked his younger brother, [[Sasuke Uchiha]], in the forehead when they were younger, saying {{translation|''"Forgive me Sasuke... Again, next time"''|「許せサスケ…また今度だ」|"Yuruse Sasuke... Mata kondo da"}}. This is referred to very poignantly with Itachi's last words, as he pokes his brother's forehead again and says, {{translation|''"Forgive me Sasuke... ...It ends with this"''|「許せサスケ……これで最後だ」|"Yuruse Sasuke... ...Kore de saigo da"}}
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* Itachi had always poked his younger brother, [[Sasuke Uchiha]], in the forehead when they were younger, saying {{translation|''"Forgive me Sasuke… Again, next time"''|「許せサスケ…また今度だ」|"Yuruse Sasuke… Mata kondo da"}}. This is referred to very poignantly with Itachi's last words, as he pokes his brother's forehead again and says, {{translation|''"Forgive me Sasuke… …It ends with this"''|「許せサスケ……これで最後だ」|"Yuruse Sasuke… …Kore de saigo da"}}
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* Itachi is tied with Jiraiya for having the highest stat total in the databooks.
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (To Younger Sasuke) {{translation|''"Forgive me Sasuke... Again, next time"''|「許せサスケ…また今度だ」|"Yuruse Sasuke... Mata kondo da"}}
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* (To an infant [[Sasuke]]) "''Don't cry, Sasuke. Your big brother is here to protect you, no matter what happens.''"<ref name="ch502" />
* (To Sasuke) "''You and I are flesh and blood. I'm always going to be there for you, even if it's only as an obstacle for you to overcome. Even if you do hate me. That's what big brothers are for.''"
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* (To [[Yashiro]], [[Tekka]] and [[Inabi]]) "''You hold onto the organisation and your clan name. These things limit us and limit our capacities… These things deserve to be shunned. It is foolish to fear what we've yet to see and know!''"<ref>Chapter 222, page 12</ref>
* (To Uchiha Clansmen) "''I've had enough, there's no hope left for this pathetic clan.''"
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* (To Sasuke) {{translation|"''There is no value in killing the likes of you… My foolish brother… If you want to kill me… curse me! Hate me! And live a long and unsightly life… Run away… run away… and cling to your pitiful life. And then some day, when you have the same eyes as I do, come before me.''"|「貴様など…殺す価値も無い。…愚かなる弟よ……。このオレを殺したくば、恨め!憎め!そして みにくく生きのびるがいい………。…逃げて逃げて…生にしがみつくがいい。そして何時か、俺と同じ目を持って、俺の前に来い!”」|"Kisama nado… Korosu kachi mo nai. …Orokanaru otōto yo…… Kono ore o koroshitakuba, urame! Nikume! Soshite, minikuku ikinobiru ga ii……… …Nigete nigete… Sei ni shigamitsuku ga ii. Soshite itsuka, Ore to onaji me wo motte… Ore no mae ni koi!"}}<ref>Chapter 225, page 5</ref>
* "''The people of this clan are all the same. You focus on the trivial, and lose sight of what's most important. Change is impossible, in this fog of ignorance. How can we evolve when regulation is all we know?''"
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* (To [[Naruto]]) ''"You don't become the Hokage to be acknowledged. The one who is acknowledged becomes the Hokage."''
* (To Sasuke) ''"Foolish little brother, if you wish to kill me, hate me, detest me. And yet survive in an unsightly way. Run, run and cling to life."''
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* (About [[Konoha]]) "''The village does have its dark side and its inconsistencies, but I'm still Konoha's Itachi Uchiha.''"<ref name="mykonoha" />
* (To Sasuke) "''People live their lives bound by what they accept as correct and true. That's how they define "reality". But what does it mean to be "correct" or "true"? Merely vague concepts ... their "reality" may all be a mirage. Can we consider them to simply be living in their own world, shaped by their beliefs?''"
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* (Last words to Sasuke after reincarnation) "''I failed. I won't put myself above you and tell you this and that, it's too late. So this time for once, let me tell you one small truth. It's all right if you never forgive me, but no matter what you become, I will always love you.''"<ref>Chapter 590, page 16</ref>
* (Last words) {{translation|''"Forgive me Sasuke... ...It ends with this."''|「許せサスケ……これで最後だ」|"Yuruse Sasuke... ...Kore de saigo da."}}
 
   
 
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UchihaItachi

(うちはイタチ, Uchiha Itachi)
Debut
Manga Chapter #139
Anime Naruto Episode #80
Movie Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2
OVA Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Gemini June 9
Gender Gender Male Male
Age
  • Part I: 18
  • Part II: 20-21
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part I: 175.2 cm1.752 m
    5.748 ft
    68.976 in
  • Part II: 178 cm1.78 m
    5.84 ft
    70.079 in
Weight
  • Part I: 57.1 kg125.884 lb
  • Part II: 58 kg127.868 lb
Blood type AB
Kekkei Genkai
Classification
Occupation
  • Anbu Captain (Former)
Affiliation
Team
Partner
Clan
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 012110
Academy Grad. Age 7
Chūnin Prom. Age 10
Family

Nature Type
Jutsu

Tools

Itachi Uchiha (うちはイタチ, Uchiha Itachi) was a prodigy of Konohagakure's Uchiha clan. He became an international criminal after murdering his entire clan, sparing only his younger brother, Sasuke. He joined Akatsuki, where he came into frequent conflict with Konoha and its ninja, including Sasuke, who sought to avenge their family. After dying during a battle with Sasuke, Itachi's motivations were revealed to be more complicated than they seemed and that he only wanted to protect his brother and village, remaining a loyal shinobi of Konohagakure to the very end.

Background Edit

Infant Sasuke and Itachi

Itachi and Sasuke moments before the Nine-Tails' attack.

Itachi was the first son born to Mikoto and Fugaku Uchiha. His early childhood was marked with violence: when he was four years old the Third Shinobi World War broke out and he witnessed firsthand many of the war's casualties; shortly after the war ended the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha occurred and Itachi – his parents nowhere to be found – was left solely responsible for keeping his infant brother, Sasuke, safe.[5] The death and destruction he experienced at such a young age traumatized Itachi and made him a pacifist.[6] He began to study history, not just of his clan or his village but of the world, and by doing so he gained a broader appreciation of what was important. Learning so much enabled him to understand how events of the past came to happen and, when he applied that same understanding into the future, he became concerned for where things were going.[7]

Uchiha's

Itachi with his family.

Though peace-loving, Itachi was a natural prodigy in the shinobi arts, praised as the best of his generation.[8] At age 7, Itachi graduated from the Academy at the top of his class; at age 8 he mastered the Sharingan; at age 10 he passed the Chūnin Exams;[9] at age 11 he entered the Anbu;[10] by age 13 he was promoted to Anbu captain.[11] Itachi's accomplishments were a source of great pride for his family, his father viewing him as proof of the Uchiha's future prosperity and his brother viewing him as a model to live up to. Itachi spent a great deal of time with Sasuke, training with him (though rarely actually training him) and giving him the recognition their father did not. But for all the attention he received, few truly understood Itachi,[9] believing his isolation to be a result of the gap between his abilities and theirs and not his dissatisfaction with the shinobi's life of conflict.

Uchiha Anbu

Itachi as an Anbu.

The Nine-Tails' attack had soured relations between Konoha's leadership and the Uchiha, the former believing the latter to be responsible. The Uchiha were relocated to a corner of the village, isolating them from the rest of the village and making it easier to monitor them. The Uchiha felt wronged by this treatment and began planning a coup d'état. Fugaku, head of the Uchiha and the coup's chief conspirator, encouraged Itachi's advancement into the Anbu's ranks as a means of spying on the village. Itachi, however, knew an Uchiha coup would lead to intervention from other villages and ultimately start another World War, something he could not support. He instead became a double agent, reporting the Uchiha's actions to the Third Hokage and his advisers in the hopes it would help them find a peaceful resolution.[12]

Itachi shared the burden of betraying his clan with Shisui, his best friend, brother-figure, and a like-minded Uchiha. But as time went on it became increasingly clear that peace could not be achieved. Shisui attempted to use his Kotoamatsukami on the Uchiha's leaders to compel them to negotiate, but his right eye was stolen by Danzō Shimura before he had a chance. His own options exhausted, Shisui entrusted his remaining eye to Itachi and begged him to protect the village and their family name before drowning himself in the Naka River.[13] Itachi was anguished by Shisui's death, enough to awaken his Mangekyō Sharingan. When the following day some Uchiha, already suspicious of Itachi, accused him of murdering Shisui and staging a suicide, Itachi lost his composure and attacked them, defeating them easily.[14] A rift was created between Itachi and his family, and his warnings to them to reconsider what they were doing fell on deaf ears.

Tobi talks to Itachi

Itachi discovers Tobi.

Although the Third Hokage still wished to negotiate with the Uchiha, Danzō Shimura recognised that there was no longer an outcome that could see the Uchiha clan's survival. He explained this to Itachi and left him a choice: support the Uchiha's coup and have the whole clan, including Sasuke, killed in the ensuing conflict, or accept the assignment to wipe out the clan before the coup started and be allowed to spare Sasuke. Itachi chose his brother.[15] While making final preparations, Itachi discovered a masked man sneaking around Konoha. From observing him he came to believe the man was truly Madara Uchiha bent on provoking some new conflict. Itachi approached him with an offer: he would assist "Madara" with wiping out the Uchiha, taking vengeance against them for abandoning him decades earlier, if Madara would spare the village. The man, otherwise known as Tobi, agreed.[16]

Uchiha Clan massacre

Itachi spares Sasuke.

In one night Itachi and Tobi slaughtered the entire clan. Itachi took it upon himself to personally execute his parents. Despite his betrayal, they bore him no ill-will, instead telling him in the moments before they were killed that they were proud of him and requesting that he take care of Sasuke.[17] Racked by grief for his actions, Itachi saw in Sasuke the only person suitable to punish him for his crimes. In order to set Sasuke on this road he cast himself as the villain, done by allowing Sasuke to find him standing over their parents' bodies and using Tsukuyomi to torment him with visions of their murders. Sasuke fled, fearing his own death, but Itachi chased him down to divulge the lie he had concocted: he killed their family to test his mettle and now wanted to test himself against the only remaining challenge to him, the little brother he'd never loved. He encouraged Sasuke to become strong enough to kill him and take revenge, and to that end suggested he acquire a Mangekyō Sharingan of his own. Itachi left, but was surprised to find Sasuke already pursuing him with a newly-awakened Sharingan. Sasuke's attempt at vengeance failed and he passed out, but not before seeing Itachi cry with remorse.[18]

Orochimaru's failed attempt

Itachi effortlessly overwhelms Orochimaru.

For his final business in the village, Itachi visited the Third Hokage and reported his mission completed, much to the Third's surprise and disappointment. Itachi requested that the Third look after Sasuke, which the Third vowed to do. Concerned that not all of Konoha's leadership would follow this request, Itachi also met with Danzō and threatened to tell every secret he knew about Konoha to its rival villages if any harm came to Sasuke, which Danzō assented to.[19] Itachi left the village publicly a traitor but secretly with a new mission: to infiltrate Tobi's organisation, Akatsuki, and keep it from moving against Konoha.[20] He was partnered with Kisame Hoshigaki, with whom he bonded over their shared notoriety for killing their own countrymen.[21] At some point after joining Akatsuki, Orochimaru tried to steal Itachi's body in order to gain the Sharingan, but Itachi easily deflected him and severed his left hand, forcing him to leave the organisation.[22] To find a replacement for Orochimaru, Itachi helped recruit Deidara, whose art he defeated with his Sharingan's genjutsu; Deidara would forever after swear vengeance for the humiliating defeat.[23]

Itachi at some point contracted an incurable terminal illness. He kept himself alive through the years with medicine and sheer willpower so that he could live long enough to die by Sasuke's hand.[24]

Personality Edit

From a young age, Itachi was quiet and insightful. He lived at a distance, observing individuals and ideas without getting directly involved so that he could fully understand them.[25] Although this approach prevented him from becoming close with many people, it enabled him to think and act without prejudice or preconceptions, instead evaluating things strictly on their own merits. For this reason he never had the self-righteous loyalty to his clan that was so common among the Uchiha; though he loved his family and wanted the best for them, he knew there were more important things than the Uchiha's aspirations.

Itachi cries

Itachi crying as he kills his parents.

Despite being a pacifist by nature, Itachi felt his own needs were secondary to the greater good's; to that end he became a shinobi. He trained tirelessly to improve himself as quickly as he could and subjected himself to all of the shinobi life's inconveniences without complaint for the simple motivation of being useful to others. Being so accomplished as a ninja enabled Itachi to approach problems less violently than others would, satisfying his peace-loving nature. These two extremes of his personality came into conflict as events moved toward the Uchiha Clan Downfall; he did not want to harm his family and sought a peaceful resolution, but knew that the path with the least bloodshed would be the clan's extermination. As the inevitability of the massacre became more apparent, Itachi's normally polite attitude to his clansmen became more violent, criticizing them openly and lashing out at them for the choices that sealed their fates and his own.

Despite the traumas he endured from killing his own family, Itachi did not blame those among Konoha's leadership who gave him the mission; though he did not trust Danzō Shimura on a personal level, he knew Danzō only had the village's best interests at heart. But Itachi – partly out of the necessity of his assignment to join Akatsuki – was greatly changed after the massacre, rarely if ever showing emotion. He became more prone to displays of force and permitted certain violent habits of his partner, Kisame Hoshigaki, under the pretense that it furthered Akatsuki's goals.[26] Itachi could not and would not fully shake his pacifist ways, and would run from confrontation or rein in Kisame if the likelihood of collateral damage became too high for themselves or others. While Kisame would sometimes protest, he considered Itachi a good friend and would listen to his instructions.

Itachi pokes Sasuke

Itachi poking Sasuke's forehead.

Konoha's protection was always forefront in Itachi's mind,[27] but it was his dedication to his brother, Sasuke, that took priority in every situation. From the time of Sasuke's infancy, Itachi tasked himself with looking after him. They'd spend whole days together in the woods around Konoha having adventures and accomplishing self-appointed missions. When Itachi began to become an accomplished ninja and took much of their father's attention, Itachi would make special time to fill their father's shoes for Sasuke's benefit, at times even refusing his father's wishes in order to make Sasuke happy. Sasuke, wishing to be just like his older brother, would often ask Itachi to train him in the ninja arts. Itachi would almost never do so, poking his forehead and promising to train him some other time.

Itachi crying

Itachi shedding tears as he leaves Sasuke.

It was Sasuke's safety that ultimately convinced Itachi to go through with killing the rest of the Uchiha, believing his own damnation was worth it if it ensured Sasuke's survival. Even though he did it for Sasuke, Itachi wanted to be punished for his crimes and selected Sasuke as the one to take vengeance against him. To push Sasuke in this direction, Itachi withheld the true reason for his actions and instead took on the persona of a man who had no love for his younger brother. Per the persona, Itachi cared about Sasuke only because of the eyes that he could take to gain Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan. His actions in Akatsuki were meant to reinforce this persona, and whenever he met Sasuke over the years he would taunt his weakness and encourage him to get strong enough to kill him. His plan was that, once he had been killed, Sasuke would be hailed as a hero. Itachi never wanted Sasuke to learn the truth surrounding the Uchiha's massacre, and if he did he hoped the memory of a hateful older brother would cause him to not believe it. Despite all his success as a prodigy, Itachi's sole failure was in his responsibilities as an older brother to Sasuke, something he wasn't able to acknowledge until after his death.

After he died and was reincarnated, Itachi discovers that his plans largely failed; Sasuke is not a hero and he did find out the truth about what Itachi did. Naruto Uzumaki points out to Itachi the flaw in his plans: he had been trying to manipulate Sasuke rather than be honest with him and trust in his own strength. Acknowledging the mistake, Itachi is free to be himself instead of the persona he fabricated, being openly kind to others and displaying a dry sense of humour even in stressful situations.[28] He is finally open with Sasuke when they meet again, admitting what he did and even sharing information Sasuke did not already know. He apologizes to Sasuke for all that he did, wondering if being up front with Sasuke from the beginning might have allowed them to avoid the Uchiha's destruction. In their final moments together, Itachi tells Sasuke he does not need forgiveness and that he will always love him no matter what.[29]

Appearance Edit

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Itachi's Akatsuki attire.

Itachi had onyx eyes under which were long, pronounced tear-troughs. He had jet-black hair that was pulled back in a low ponytail and his face was framed with centre-parted bangs that extended to his chin; the ponytail and bangs grow longer over the years. His overall appearance is very similar to Sasuke's.[30][31] When he lived in Konoha, his casual clothes consisted of a black shirt with the Uchiha clan symbol on the back, bandages around his ankles, and black sandals. He wore tan pants with a weapons pouch strapped to his back. When on duty, he would wear the standard Anbu uniform complete with arm guards, a flak jacket, and a porcelain mask which was fashioned to resemble a weasel with a dark, triangular marking on top.[32]

As a member of Akatsuki, he wore the standard Akatsuki cloak and a slashed Konoha forehead protector to symbolise his broken ties with the village. The cloak's high collar would obscure his ponytail. He would sometimes unbutton his cloak to mid-chest and rest his left arm there, rather than in the sleeve. Under his cloak he wore clothes similar to the rest of Akatsuki: mesh armour with navy accents under an identical T-shirt with a simple white belt around the waist and dark blue pants. On his right ring finger was his Akatsuki ring, which was red and bore the kanji for "vermilion" (朱, shu). He wore purple nail polish on his fingers and toes and a necklace that had three silver rings with red gems inside them.

Abilities Edit

Phoenix Sage Flower Nail Crimson

Itachi using a powerful combination of his clan's signature techniques.

Itachi was a ninja of prodigious talent, evidenced by the rapidity with which he rose through the ninja ranks. He was equally proficient in all three main types of ninja skill and gained praise from allies and foes alike; Orochimaru, one of the legendary Sannin, openly admitted Itachi was stronger than he was.[33] Even during his final battle with Sasuke, the younger brother wasn't able to truly defeat him and it was Itachi's terminal illness that killed him in the end. Being a pacifist at heart, Itachi did not actually like fighting and would avoid it when he could. When he couldn't, he would end the fight as quickly as possible, all the while holding himself back. Even when restrained in this way, Kakashi Hatake, Kurenai Yūhi, and Asuma Sarutobi (all of whom were experienced jōnin) were still pushed to their limits against Itachi.[11]

Chakra and Physical Prowess Edit

Itachi's Taijutsu

Itachi clashing with Naruto.

As an Uchiha, Itachi's chakra was naturally strong, but his actual chakra reserves were very low, preventing him from participating in prolonged battles. In Part I, he could only use the Mangekyō Sharingan three times in a day before he needed significant rest. Constant usage of his Mangekyō during his final battle with Sasuke contributed to his death as it worsened his illness.

Itachi was very skilled with taijutsu, enough to easily defeat three members of the Konoha Military Police Force and later clash with Naruto in his Nine-Tails Chakra Mode.[34][35] Although he rarely actually engaged in hand-to-hand combat, he consistently displayed impressive speed and reflexes, particularly with his hand movements. This extended to both throwing weapons and hand seals, making it appear as if he could perform his techniques without seals; even skilled Sharingan users had difficulty keeping track of him.[36][37] His speed allowed him to attack first in a battle, then immediately move to the location his opponent retreated to, giving them no chance to initiate a counter-attack.[38] In the anime, he was even able to keep up with the famous Shisui of the Body Flicker.[39]

Ninjutsu Edit

Crow Clone

Itachi's Crow Clone Technique.

Itachi could summon crows, which he would typically call forth in flocks to swarm opponents and distract them. He even integrated crows into clones of himself that would draw opponents' attacks. He was likewise able to create shadow clones that could lure in opponents before exploding. In addition to crows and clones, Itachi was practiced with fūinjutsu, particularly those that would activate upon seeing specific people's Sharingan.[40][41]

Bukijutsu Edit

As a fully-trained Konoha Anbu, Itachi was skilled with a sword, which was his primary weapon during the Uchiha Clan Downfall. His comfort area as an Uchiha, though, was shurikenjutsu. Even in his early childhood, Itachi could perfectly hit an intricate set of nine targets, one of which was hidden in a blind-spot, by accurately deflecting one kunai off another to ensure they struck their mark.[42] His throwing speed was unprecedented, enough to keep up with and therefore negate the advantages of the Summoning: Lightning Flash Blade Creation.[43] He was as equally comfortable with kunai, and at times used kunai like swords against opponents that wielded actual swords.

Nature Transformation Edit

Grandfire Ball

Itachi using the Great Fireball Technique.

As an Uchiha, Itachi had a natural affinity for Fire Release, mastering the clan's Great Fireball Technique at a very young age. He would often coat shuriken with fire to increase their offensive capacities.[44] He was also a skilled Water Release user, able to perform the Water Dragon Bullet Technique without an already existing water source.[45] His other chakra natures included Wind Release, Yin Release, and Yang Release.[4]

Genjutsu Edit

Tsukuyomi

Itachi using Tsukuyomi on Kakashi.

Consistent with his pacifist nature, Itachi specialised in genjutsu typically performed with his Sharingan. His illusions, which often involved crows, could be initiated after only the briefest moment of eye contact, and even targets that knew to expect genjutsu might not immediately realise that they'd fallen prey to him. Even avoiding eye contact with him didn't guarantee safety, as he could cast genjutsu by merely pointing at someone. In addition to basic illusions, Itachi could use genjutsu to share information or psychologically disable opponents, allowing him to end fights before they even began. According to Ao, he was the only person who could use his genjutsu to take control of other individuals outside the range of the even the Sensor Division.[46] If ever he came up against other genjutsu users, he could turn their genjutsu against them.[47]

Dōjutsu Edit

Sharingan Edit

Itachi's Sharingan

Itachi's Sharingan.

Itachi awakened and mastered the Sharingan by the age of eight,[48] demonstrating skill and power superior to most members of his clan.[49] He keeps his Sharingan active near-constantly with minimal drain on his chakra levels. The Sharingan allowed him to see chakra and predict movements, as well as facilitate his use of genjutsu. With the Sharingan he could perform Izanami, a counterpart to the more dangerous Izanagi.[50]

Mangekyō Sharingan Edit

Itachi Mangekyō

Itachi's Mangekyō Sharingan.

Itachi awakened the Mangekyō Sharingan after the suicide of Shisui Uchiha. Its design was three spiralling curves around the pupil. With his left eye, he could use Tsukuyomi, a genjutsu that trapped opponents' minds in an illusory world, torturing them for what seemed like days in a matter of seconds.[51] With his right eye he could use Amaterasu, which ignited whatever he looked at with black flames that would burn anything, including fire itself. He had the ability to extinguish Amaterasu, but never displayed the sort of shape transformation that Sasuke later would.

Susanoo

Itachi's Susanoo, complete with the Yata Mirror and Sword of Totsuka.

Having unlocked the abilities of both his Mangekyō, Itachi could use Susanoo. With its simplest manifestations he could produce extra arms or bones to improve his options in a fight. When used in full, Itachi was surrounded by a spectral warrior that would protect him from all damage, even jutsu as powerful as Kirin.[52] In addition to the chakra swords and Yasaka Magatama common to all Susanoo, Itachi's Susanoo wielded the Sword of Totsuka – an ethereal sword with the ability to seal any person it pierced into its gourd—hilt – and the Yata Mirror – a shield that was said to reflect any attack by changing its chakra nature to counterbalance an attack. The simultaneous use of both weapons made Itachi's Susanoo essentially invincible.[53]

Itachi was not immune to the Mangekyō Sharingan's side-effects: each of the Mangekyō's techniques required vast amounts of chakra to perform and left him so fatigued afterwards that he had to deactivate his Sharingan altogether. Every time he used his Mangekyō Sharingan his eyesight deteriorated, a process that would progressively worsen on each occasion. Early uses of the Mangekyō would only cause his eyes to bleed, but by the end of his life he reached the point where was nearly blind, most things looking to him like mere blurs.[54] He does not suffer these shortcomings after his reincarnation and can use all his Mangekyō techniques without problems.

Intelligence Edit

Sasuke Amaterasu

As a precaution, Itachi programmed Sasuke's Sharingan to react to Tobi's.

Just as he was emotionally distant in his personal life, Itachi would typically be physically distant in combat, avoiding direct conflict so that he could observe an opponents' actions and abilities. He thought quickly and remained calm in a fight, enabling him to respond with maximum efficiency and with little likelihood of misjudging circumstances. If an opponent exceeded his expectations or posed a legitimate challenge to him, Itachi would freely admit it.[55] His studies of history gave him remarkable foresight and a cost-benefit understanding on par with the Hokage;[7] he took several precautions for Sasuke and against Tobi that he planned would activate after his death, and if not for Tobi's interference, these precautions would have worked exactly as intended.[56]

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
Third 5 4.5 5 5 3.5 5 2.5 5 35.5

Part I Edit

Search for Tsunade Edit

Main article: Search for Tsunade

Team Itachi Kisame

Itachi and Kisame sneak into Konoha.

After the invasion of Konoha and the death of the Third Hokage, Itachi and Kisame use Itachi's prior experience as an Anbu to infiltrate the village undetected.[57] They are nevertheless noticed by Kakashi Hatake, who sends Asuma Sarutobi and Kurenai Yūhi after them to determine their identities and purpose. Itachi and Kisame lead them to an isolated location and reveal themselves. Asuma and Kurenai engage them but pose little challenge and it is only due to the timely arrival of Kakashi that they are saved. Itachi uses Tsukuyomi on Kakashi, but is surprised that Kakashi not only remains standing afterwards but that he knows they and Akatsuki are seeking the Nine-Tails. Itachi instructs Kisame to capture Kakashi to find out what else he knows and kill the others, but Kisame is parried by Might Guy. With things escalating, Itachi and Kisame decide to withdraw.

Young Sasuke vs Itachi

Itachi choking Sasuke.

Itachi and Kisame track the Nine-Tails' jinchūriki, Naruto Uzumaki, to Shukuba Town. Because Naruto is under the protection of Jiraiya, Itachi uses a genjutsu on an attractive woman to draw Jiraiya away. They confront Naruto and contemplate how to apprehend him. Before they can make a decision they are interrupted by Sasuke, who heard about Itachi's return and attacks him with Chidori. Itachi easily deflects it and then breaks Sasuke's wrist, but Jiraiya returns before things can go further. Not wishing to get drawn into a fight with Jiraiya, Itachi taunts Sasuke's weakness, incapacitates him with Tsukuyomi, and then makes to escape. Jiraiya attempts to stop them with Summoning: Toad Mouth Bind, but Itachi uses Amaterasu so he and Kisame can break through.

Despite his seeming intentions to capture Naruto, Itachi's only real reasons for returning to Konoha were to, in the wake of the Third's death, remind Danzō Shimura and the rest of the Konoha Council that he was still out there and that they should not do anything to harm Sasuke.

Sasuke Recovery Mission Edit

Main article: Sasuke Recovery Mission Itachi and the rest of Akatsuki assemble to discuss the progress of their plans as well as Sasuke's recent alliance with Orochimaru.

Part II Edit

Kazekage Rescue Mission Edit

Main article: Kazekage Rescue Mission

Itachi Kakashi Face-off

Itachi and Kakashi clash.

While Akatsuki is sealing the One-Tail, they learn that Konoha ninja are converging on their location. Just as Kisame volunteers to delay Team Guy, Itachi volunteers to delay Team 7. Nagato uses his Shapeshifting Technique to make a body-double of Itachi that he controls remotely, which he uses to intercept Team 7. Team 7 coordinates against him and Itachi is impressed by Naruto's growth, but he still manages to catch him in a genjutsu. He torments Naruto for his failures to protect his friends, specifically Sasuke, until the genjutsu is broken by Naruto's teammates. Itachi, his body-double not having his full power, is eventually defeated by Naruto's Big Ball Rasengan. He nevertheless succeeds in buying enough time to complete the One-Tail's sealing.

Itachi Pursuit Mission Edit

Main article: Itachi Pursuit Mission After Kisame captures the Four-Tails, Akatsuki convenes to seal it. Before the sealing gets underway they are informed that Sasuke has killed Orochimaru after two-and-a-half years of training with him and is now coming after Itachi. Deidara and Tobi go after Sasuke following the Four-Tails' sealing, and Akatsuki later receives reports that all three have been killed. Kisame consoles Itachi afterwards for now being the last Uchiha, but he replies that Sasuke is still alive. Even had he died, he says there is still another Uchiha, alluding to Tobi's survival as well.

Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant Edit

Main article: Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant

Itachi's Genjutsu

Itachi talking with Naruto.

Knowing that his end is near, Itachi sends a shadow clone to find and meet with Naruto. When Naruto attacks him, Itachi insists he only wants to talk. He asks Naruto what Sasuke means to him and what he will do if ever Sasuke moves against Konoha. Naruto replies that he is Sasuke's brother – a better brother than Itachi is – and that if Sasuke ever attacks the village he will defend it without killing Sasuke. Itachi is happy with this answer and gives Naruto some assistance for this purpose: a special crow that he stores within Naruto's body. (He does not tell Naruto the crow's purpose, but the crow, implanted with Shisui's Mangekyō Sharingan, will react to seeing Itachi's eyes and compel whoever has the eyes to protect Konoha. Since he expects Sasuke will take his eyes at some point, the plan is for the crow to reestablish Sasuke's loyalties to the village after Itachi is dead.) Having business elsewhere, the shadow clone disperses.

Another shadow clone allows Sasuke to track him to one of Akatsuki's lairs. Sasuke attacks him, displaying the new abilities he's learned, and in doing so convinces Itachi that he has gotten strong enough. The shadow clone arranges to meet with Sasuke at the Uchiha Hideout before it disappears. While Itachi waits for Sasuke, he has Kisame patrol the hideout's perimeter and permit nobody but Sasuke to enter.

Fated Battle Between Brothers Edit

Main article: Fated Battle Between Brothers

Amaterasu2

Itachi and Sasuke clash.

When Sasuke arrives they start by trading genjutsu. At Sasuke's request Itachi tells him about Tobi, who also goes by Madara, as well as the mysteries of the Mangekyō Sharingan and the even more powerful Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan. Itachi expresses his disappointment that Sasuke has not gained his own Mangekyō, but says he can use Sasuke's eyes to gain an Eternal Mangekyō all the same. The genjutsu exchange ends when Sasuke breaks free of Itachi's Tsukuyomi, thus beginning the real fight. The volleys of ninjutsu quickly spill outside, where Sasuke and Itachi compare their Great Fireballs. When Sasuke's starts to pull ahead, Itachi uses Amaterasu. While trying to hit Sasuke he ends up igniting the surrounding forest, but does finally manage to catch Sasuke. Sasuke sheds his skin to escape the flames and performs multiple Great Dragon Fire Techniques while Itachi is off-guard. Itachi avoids them, but Sasuke informs him that Itachi wasn't his target.

Itachi sealing Orochimaru

Itachi sealing Orochimaru.

After Sasuke's attack, storm clouds gather and lightning brews, allowing Sasuke to attack Itachi with Kirin. Although the hideout is destroyed, Itachi survives thanks to his Susanoo. With his Susanoo active, Itachi approaches Sasuke. Having used all his chakra to perform Kirin, Sasuke activates his Cursed Seal of Heaven and out of desperation to defeat Itachi unleashes Orochimaru. Orochimaru springs from Sasuke's body using the Eight Branches Technique and states his intentions to take finally take Sasuke's body for his own. Itachi, having prolonged the battle in order to draw Orochimaru out, pierces him with Susanoo's Sword of Totsuka, sealing Orochimaru away and removing Sasuke's cursed seal.

Last Smile

Itachi smiles to his brother before death.

Itachi resumes his approach, telling Sasuke his resolution to now take his eyes, and Sasuke makes futile attempts to keep him away. Susanoo continues to protect Itachi, but it degrades as he labors near and Itachi starts coughing up blood. When he finally reaches Sasuke, Itachi appears to grab for his eyes but instead only pokes his forehead. (The poke seals Amaterasu in Sasuke's eyes, set to activate against Tobi's Sharingan in order to protect Sasuke from him.) Itachi apologizes to Sasuke and says this is the end before succumbing to his disease and falling dead.

Power Edit

Main article: Power (Arc) In the anime, Kabuto Yakushi reincarnates Itachi to be used against Team 7. The summon fails almost immediately afterwards, causing Kabuto to wonder if the Impure World Reincarnation was still incomplete.[58]

Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown When the Fourth Shinobi World War looms, Kabuto approaches Tobi – who survived the implanted Amaterasu – offering to join forces. To that end he reincarnates Itachi and four other dead members of Akastuki as offerings for Tobi's war plans.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation

Itachi and Nagato

Itachi and Nagato en route.

When the Fourth Shinobi World War begins, Itachi is mobilized with the rest of Kabuto's collection of reincarnated ninja. Itachi is paired with Nagato, who he carries because of Nagato's damaged legs. They discuss Akastuki and how little they, particularly Nagato, actually knew about the organisation; both were only pawns kept by Tobi because of their dōjutsu, and now they've been revived so Kabuto can use them for the same reason.

Itachi and Nagato are found by Naruto and Killer B. Itachi learns several things as Kabuto forces him to fight them: Naruto's Nine-Tails Chakra Mode indicates he's finally gained control of the Nine-Tails; B's use of Samehada is proof Kisame is dead; Naruto tells him that Sasuke now works to destroy Konoha, having been told the truth of the Uchiha Clan Downfall by Tobi. Itachi and Nagato continue attacking but give advice to Naruto and B about how to evade them. When he has an opening, Itachi calls out the crow he planted in Naruto before his death and allows it to use its genjutsu on him, overriding Kabuto's control with its pre-programmed mission to protect Konoha.

ItachiSavesNarutoBee

Itachi saves Naruto and B from Nagato.

Now free to do as he wishes, Itachi joins Naruto and B against Nagato, using Amaterasu on him and his summons. Itachi continues to eliminate Nagato's summons and also saves B and Naruto from being killed by Nagato himself. Nagato uses Chibaku Tensei to try and restrain them, but the three join forces to destroy it. Itachi stabs Nagato with the Sword of Totsuka before the dust settles, sealing him away and ending the battle. Itachi then decides to personally take care of Kabuto in order to end the Impure World Reincarnation. Before leaving, he destroys the crow and Shisui's eye with Amaterasu so it doesn't fall into the wrong hands and entrusts Sasuke's reform to Naruto.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

Kabuto vs Uchiha

Itachi and Sasuke join forces.

Nagato had been able to locate Kabuto's location while they were together, and Itachi now moves on a direct course there. He inadvertently crosses paths with Sasuke along the way. Feeling he is unworthy of Sasuke, Itachi tries to avoid him and his questions. When Sasuke persists, Itachi admits that he made a mistake manipulating Sasuke along a path that he wanted, which has put Sasuke in a worse position than he ever intended. As they near Kabuto's lair Itachi tries one last time to shake him, only to be disappointed when Sasuke joins him shortly after he confronts Kabuto. Sasuke moves to kill Kabuto, but is blocked by Itachi, who explains that Kabuto must be kept alive if the Impure World Reincarnation is to be broken. Sasuke offers to help on the condition that Itachi will finally talk to him afterwards. Itachi agrees.

Itachi attacks Kabuto

Itachi attacks Kabuto.

Kabuto obscures his vision to prevent being caught in a genjutsu and attacks. Itachi and Sasuke block with their Susanoo, only to find that they have lost track of Kabuto. Itachi realises that Kabuto has achieved Sage Mode and quickly defends Sasuke before he can come to harm in Kabuto's sneak attack. Itachi reminds Sasuke of a mission they went on as children to hunt a boar, which they reenact with their Susanoo against Kabuto. Kabuto avoids them and commandeers Sasuke's sword, which he uses to attack Itachi. Itachi takes the sword back from him and uses it to cut off the tip of one of Kabuto's horns.

Kabuto tries to turn Sasuke against Itachi, pointing out all the lies and distrust Itachi has been showing Sasuke for years. Itachi admits his faults, but promises to tell Sasuke something after he's performed his Izanami. Kabuto is confident that he cannot be defeated since they can't kill him and because of the precautions he's taken to avoid genjutsu. He manipulates the cave to confine them and uses Strange Transmission Distant Shadow to perform a variety of other ninja's long-range jutsu, trying to create an opportunity to access Itachi's head and regain control of him. Sasuke becomes increasingly earnest to kill Kabuto, but Itachi pleads for him to wait until Izanami is ready.

Edo Tensei Kai

Under Itachi's control, Kabuto releases the Impure World Reincarnation.

While Itachi and Sasuke deal with Kabuto's recreation of Orochimaru, Kabuto bisects Itachi. Itachi's reincarnated body regenerates and he uses Sasuke's sword to cut off more of the same horn as before. This creates a sensory loop independent of vision that traps Kabuto in eternal battle; that is Izanami. Kabuto has the chance of escaping Izanami by accepting the fate he now tries to fight by taking on others' powers, Itachi's gift to him because of their perceived similarities. He raises the brille that cover Kabuto's eyes and uses a genjutsu to make Kabuto perform the hand seals that will end the Impure World Reincarnation.

Itachi's farewell

Itachi imparts his final words to his brother.

While Kabuto performs the hand seals, Sasuke tells Itachi that he won't forgive Konoha for coercing Itachi the way that he was and that he will continue to conspire against the villages despite Itachi's wishes. Itachi listens without response. When he is engulfed in light and the Impure World Reincarnation begins to break, he faces Sasuke and admits to everything Sasuke has been told about him, even imparting some of his own memories to Sasuke to fully dispel the lies he's told. He reaches for Sasuke, seemingly meaning to poke his forehead again, but instead gives Sasuke a head bump, symbolising he no longer saw Sasuke as a child, but an equal. He tells Sasuke that he wants no forgiveness and promises that he will love Sasuke no matter what he decides to do. His reincarnated body dissolves and his soul returns to the afterlife.

Legacy Edit

By his own design, Itachi had a profound influence on Sasuke's life. His instructions on the night of the Uchiha Clan Downfall for Sasuke to gain power at any cost caused Sasuke to isolate himself from other people and avoid companionship. When he realised that he was getting attached to the members of Team 7 and, from his perspective, failing to get stronger because of them, he joined with Orochimaru, propelling him along the path towards Itachi's death. But once Itachi is dead, his plans start to fail due to the interference of Tobi, who continues the trend of power and vengeance started by Itachi to Sasuke's detriment. Itachi is able to make amends with Sasuke once he's reincarnated, wiping Sasuke's prejudices clean and allowing him to start deciding things for himself.

Upon learning the truth about Itachi, Sasuke reverts to the great admiration he had for him when they were children and follows in his brother's footsteps. He does not want to see Konoha, the village Itachi sacrificed so much for, destroyed and therefore works against Tobi and Madara to end the Fourth Shinobi World War.[59] He also sees the reason in Itachi's decision to make difficult choices and be hated for them, and for that reason gives himself the task after the war is concluded to become the world's darkness, using his power to force peace and unapologetically kill any that threaten it. Though this is again a great divergence from Itachi's plans, another of Itachi's plans redeems him: Naruto, at Itachi's insistence, eventually convinces Sasuke of the errors he has made without killing him after their final battle.

Itachi's influence would extend beyond Sasuke: Danzō Shimura, despite his difference of opinions with Itachi, believed him an unsung hero of Konoha who worked selflessly for the village's good; the five Kage, despite not knowing about Itachi's involvement, hailed him as the world's savior for ending the Impure World Reincarnation;[60] Kabuto Yakushi remembered who he truly was as a result of Itachi's Izanami and, inspired by him, resuscitated Sasuke when he was on the verge of death.

Movies Edit

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie Edit

Main article: Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie In the alternate world, Itachi is the leader of Akatsuki. They are hired by Konoha to assist Naruto in the battle against Menma. Itachi rescues a captured Sakura during the fight.

Video Games Edit

Itachi Uchiha is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Naruto RPG 2: Chidori vs. Rasengan 14 July 2005
Naruto Shippūden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 17 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 22 February 2007
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2 29 November 2007
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 3 27 November 2008
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special 2 December 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive 15 July 2010 22 March 2011
Naruto Shippūden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising 6 October 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Council 4 19 July 2007 2 June 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 2 24 April 2008 15 September 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3 28 April 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Shinobi Rumble 22 April 2010 8 February 2011
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4 5 April 2007 24 March 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 20 December 2007 27 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 10 December 2009 11 May 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact 20 October 2011 18 October 2011
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 21 October 2010 19 October 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 18 April 2013 5 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations 23 February 2012 13 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 23 October 2007
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 21 October 2008
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 3 20 November 2004
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 4 21 November 2005
Naruto: Ninja Council 3 27 April 2006 22 May 2007
Naruto: Ninja Destiny 14 December 2006 20 March 2008
Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2 13 July 2006 14 October 2008
Naruto: The Broken Bond 18 November 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 30 September 2004 12 June 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 22 December 2005 25 March 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 28 August 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress 30 March 2006 24 June 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 15 January 2009 4 November 2008
Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2 16 November 2006 4 September 2007

Trivia Edit

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  • Itachi (鼬) can be translated as "weasel".
  • Itachi consistently ranks highly in the Shōnen Jump popularity polls for the series, his highest to-date position being fifth most popular character.
  • Itachi and Kisame made a brief cameo appearance in the Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!, where they were standing in line to use the bathroom, along with many other random characters.
  • Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Itachi show that he was 130 cm as a genin, 148 cm when he joined the Anbu and 170 cm around the time of the Uchiha Clan Downfall.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Itachi's hobby was visiting traditional Japanese cafés.
    • Itachi wished to fight Sasuke.
    • Itachi's favourite foods were cabbage and onigiri with seaweed in it, while his least favourite was steak.
    • Itachi had completed 340 official missions in total: 53 D-rank, 152 C-rank, 134 B-rank, 0 A-rank and 1 S-rank.
    • Itachi's favourite word was "peace" (平和, heiwa).
  • Itachi had always poked his younger brother, Sasuke Uchiha, in the forehead when they were younger, saying "Forgive me Sasuke… Again, next time" (「許せサスケ…また今度だ」, "Yuruse Sasuke… Mata kondo da"). This is referred to very poignantly with Itachi's last words, as he pokes his brother's forehead again and says, "Forgive me Sasuke… …It ends with this" (「許せサスケ……これで最後だ」, "Yuruse Sasuke… …Kore de saigo da")
  • Itachi is tied with Jiraiya for having the highest stat total in the databooks.

Quotes Edit

  • (To an infant Sasuke) "Don't cry, Sasuke. Your big brother is here to protect you, no matter what happens."[5]
  • (To Yashiro, Tekka and Inabi) "You hold onto the organisation and your clan name. These things limit us and limit our capacities… These things deserve to be shunned. It is foolish to fear what we've yet to see and know!"[61]
  • (To Sasuke) "There is no value in killing the likes of you… My foolish brother… If you want to kill me… curse me! Hate me! And live a long and unsightly life… Run away… run away… and cling to your pitiful life. And then some day, when you have the same eyes as I do, come before me." (「貴様など…殺す価値も無い。…愚かなる弟よ……。このオレを殺したくば、恨め!憎め!そして みにくく生きのびるがいい………。…逃げて逃げて…生にしがみつくがいい。そして何時か、俺と同じ目を持って、俺の前に来い!”」, "Kisama nado… Korosu kachi mo nai. …Orokanaru otōto yo…… Kono ore o koroshitakuba, urame! Nikume! Soshite, minikuku ikinobiru ga ii……… …Nigete nigete… Sei ni shigamitsuku ga ii. Soshite itsuka, Ore to onaji me wo motte… Ore no mae ni koi!")[62]
  • (To Naruto) "You don't become the Hokage to be acknowledged. The one who is acknowledged becomes the Hokage."
  • (About Konoha) "The village does have its dark side and its inconsistencies, but I'm still Konoha's Itachi Uchiha."[27]
  • (Last words to Sasuke after reincarnation) "I failed. I won't put myself above you and tell you this and that, it's too late. So this time for once, let me tell you one small truth. It's all right if you never forgive me, but no matter what you become, I will always love you."[63]

References Edit

  1. First Databook, page 37
  2. Second Databook, pages 36-41
  3. Third Databook, pages 34-39
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fourth Databook, pages 38-41
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chapter 502, page 2
  6. Chapter 400, page 4
  7. 7.0 7.1 Chapter 619, page 9
  8. Chapter 221, page 5
  9. 9.0 9.1 Chapter 145, pages 8-9
  10. Chapter 220, pages 15-16
  11. 11.0 11.1 Chapter 142, page 12
  12. Chapter 400, page 2
  13. Chapter 590, page 6
  14. Chapter 222, page 1-10
  15. Chapter 590, pages 8-10
  16. Chapter 590, page 11
  17. Chapter 590, page 12-13
  18. Chapter 403, page 16
  19. Chapter 400, page 13
  20. Chapter 401, page 6
  21. Chapter 508, page 6
  22. Chapter 345, page 9
  23. Chapter 359, pages 7-15
  24. Chapter 401, pages 14-15
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  26. Chapter 143, page 8
  27. 27.0 27.1 Chapter 581, page 13
  28. Chapter 579, page 3
  29. Chapter 590, page 23
  30. Chapter 145, page 1
  31. Chapter 365, page 9
  32. Chapter 590, page 7
  33. Chapter 140, pages 5
  34. Chapter 222, page 11
  35. Chapter 549, pages 6-7
  36. Chapter 142, page 9
  37. Chapter 587, pages 8
  38. Chapter 141, pages 16-17
  39. Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, OVA cutscene
  40. Chapter 397, pages 8-11
  41. Chapter 550, pages 10-13
  42. Chapter 220, pages 3-6
  43. Chapter 387, pages 4-7
  44. Chapter 549, page 12
  45. Chapter 587, page 11
  46. Chapter 540, page 13
  47. Chapter 141, page 15
  48. Chapter 142, page 3
  49. Chapter 222, page 7
  50. Chapter 581, pages 14-16
  51. Chapter 142, page 17
  52. Chapter 391, pages 16-17
  53. Chapter 393, page 9
  54. Chapter 390, page 14
  55. Chapter 148, page 16
  56. Chapter 397, page 10
  57. Chapter 419, page 3
  58. Naruto: Shippūden episode 290
  59. Chapter 627, page 9
  60. Chapter 591, page 4
  61. Chapter 222, page 12
  62. Chapter 225, page 5
  63. Chapter 590, page 16

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