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[[File:The Founding Uchiha.PNG|right|thumb|A number of Uchiha displaying the Sharingan, a by-product of the initial stages of the Curse of Hatred.]]
The {{translation|'''Curse of Hatred'''|憎しみの呪い|Nikushimi no Noroi}}, is an [[Nindō|ideal]] of enmity that was said to have been passed down throughout the generations by the [[Uchiha clan]]'s [[Uchiha Clan Ancestor|forefather]] to the members of his lineage. The origins of this curse can be traced back to when a dying [[Sage of the Six Paths]] took the fateful decision to name his [[Senju Clan Ancestor|younger son]], who would go on to become the forefather of the [[Senju clan]], his successor instead of the older sibling because the Sage believed that the beliefs held by the younger son were the key to peace. Consumed with hatred, the elder brother eventually waged war against his brother and thus began a cycle of hatred that transcended history, culminating in the mutual hostility between the Uchiha and Senju.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 462, pages 11-13</ref>
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The {{translation|'''Curse of Hatred'''|憎しみの呪い|Nikushimi no Noroi}}, is an [[Nindō|ideal]] that is said to have been passed down from [[Indra]], the [[Uchiha clan]]'s forefather, to his many descendants. The origins of this way of thinking can be traced back to the time of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]], when on his deathbed the forefather of ninja chose to name his [[Asura|younger son]] his successor over his older son, despite the elder's supposed birthright. The Sage chose the child he thought most suitable to continue his legacy (Asura, who believed love necessary to achieve peace, over Indra, who sought power to bring peace). Consumed by hatred and envy after their father's death, Indra waged war against his brother, and began a cycle of conflict that transcended time and culminated in mutual hostility between the brother's descendants, the Uchiha and the [[Senju]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 462, pages 11-13</ref>
   
The curse was almost extinguished by the creation of Konoha, with only [[Madara Uchiha]] refusing to relinquish it. Infuriated that his rival [[Hashirama Senju]] was made First Hokage instead of himself, Madara sowed the seeds of contempt among his kin with the promise that they would eventually lose standing in their partnership with the Senju if they did not help him. Though Madara was exiled by his clan soon after, a few Uchiha would begin to believe his warning generations later yet were not in a position of power to do anything about it. The Uchiha's hatred was fully rekindled later as the result of them being unjustly accused for the [[Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha]], which in reality had been set up by [[Obito Uchiha]]. Years later, [[Sasuke Uchiha]] would come to inherit this immense hatred as well for what was done to his clan and brother, the involvement of Konohagakure in his clan's demise being revealed to him by Obito. Obito noted that Sasuke has inherited the hatred of all the Uchiha and as such, was fated to clash against [[Naruto Uzumaki]], who has inherited the Senju's [[Will of Fire]].<ref> ''Naruto'' chapter 462, pages 15-17</ref>
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[[File:Sasuke Dark.jpeg|thumb|left|Sasuke's hatred-induced mindset, due to falling deep under the influence of his innate Uchiha hatred.]]
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As was revealed by the Second Hokage, [[Tobirama Senju]], the Uchiha are people greatly devoted to love and friendship. Ironically, this same loyalty has caused the downfall of many members of the clan throughout the ages. Because the Uchiha tend to conceal their more affectionate traits, a member's love can be transformed into hatred in the blink of an eye if they somehow lose those closest to them. The despair of the experience causes a manifestation of unique chakra within that Uchiha's brain, impacting the optic nerves and creating the [[Sharingan]], which Tobirama referred to as literally "the eye that reflects feelings". Furthermore, the techniques known to cause more advanced development of the Sharingan require extremely painful experiences that cause the user to delve into darkness that utterly consumes them.<ref>''Naruto'', chapter 619, pages 13-17</ref> This path that follows falling victim of the Curse of Hatred leads the victim to do anything and everything to show the Uchiha clan's superiority and power, regardless of the consequences. One such example was [[Fugaku Uchiha]], who was so angry at the village for isolating the Uchiha clan that he was willing to go as far as plan a coup d'état to gain political power, despite the fact innocent lives would be lost, shinobi and non shinobi villagers alike. As stated by Itachi, this curse causes members of the clan to lose sight of what is important, such as the village as a whole, and focus on singular things like the clan or even simpler things like revenge.
   
== Trivia ==
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As an Uchiha delves into the darkness of the Curse of Hatred, even the slightest hint or mention of anything even remotely connected to the person whose death caused them to lose themselves will make them extremely angry and emotional, as was seen in the cases of Madara, [[Obito]] and [[Sasuke Uchiha]]. Also, after having delved, an Uchiha cannot be reasoned with by anyone except the person who originally caused them to do so. Only that person has any chance of saving the Uchiha from the curse, as was seen in the case of Sasuke Uchiha. Although they may not completely break free from the curse, they can at least regain enough loyalty to return to any previous affiliations they once had such as team-mates and/or a village. They may, however, still retain the trait of being difficult to reason with despite having good intentions even by the people they want to help. Another trait they may retain is stopping at nothing to accomplish their goal.
* Although this is said to be the ideal of the members of the Uchiha clan, two known members, namely [[Itachi]] and [[Shisui]]'s ideals were the opposite of this, and seemed to follow more closely to the ideals of the Will of Fire. Obito also followed that ideal before assuming the alias "Tobi".
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Over the years, there have been several Uchiha who managed to transcend the limitations of acting only for the sake of the clan, and instead valuing Konoha as a whole. Uchiha including [[Kagami]] — a subordinate of the Second Hokage, his descendant [[Shisui]], and Shisui's best friend, Itachi, all inherited the village's will to care and care for its continued well-being.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 627, pages 3-5</ref>
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[[Madara Uchiha]] is a prime example of a strong inheritor of the Curse of Hatred. Prior to the founding of the Konoha, he waged war against the Senju and its leader Hashirama for many years. Madara refused to relinquish his hatred for the Senju after being forced to take and transplant his [[Izuna Uchiha|beloved brother]]'s eyes in order to obtain the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan. Unsure how long the Uchiha's standing in the Konoha would last after the Second Hokage replaced the First, Madara sowed seeds of contempt amongst his brethren, swearing that they would surely lose their partnership with the Senju if they did not help him.
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[[File:Wounded_Obito.png|thumb|The hatred has led Obito to become heartless.]]
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Though Madara was exiled by his clan for attempting to disrupt the peace they had all worked hard to achieve with the Senju, generations later, a few members finally took heed of his warning. It was too late, however, as the Uchiha were no longer in a position of power due to the Second Hokage's attempts to thwart the Curse by designating the Uchiha to the [[Konoha Military Police Force]] in order to regulate their emotions. Despite Tobirama's efforts, the Curse was fully rekindled when Obito Uchiha witnessed the death of [[Rin Nohara]], whose death influenced Obito to orchestrate the [[Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha]], resulting in the Uchiha plotting to take over the village after being unjustly accused of setting [[Kurama|the demon]] on Konoha. This led to the annihilation of the entire Uchiha clan at the hands of [[Itachi Uchiha]], who caused Sasuke Uchiha's quest to avenge his family's death by killing Itachi years later. As noted by Obito Uchiha, Sasuke's vengeful pursuit of those even remotely responsible for his clan's demise eventually caused him to become the sole inheritor of the Uchiha clan's hatred, fated to clash against [[Naruto Uzumaki]], the inheritor of the Senju's [[Will of Fire]].<ref> ''Naruto'' chapter 462, pages 15-17</ref> Questioning his resolve, Sasuke later has [[Orochimaru]] [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnate]] the previous Hokage, from whom he comes to learn the full nature of the Curse of Hatred. Having also learned about the origins and history of Konohagakure, Sasuke chooses to honour his brother's sacrifice and protect the village rather than destroy it. Another Uchiha who was able to overcome this curse was Obito, who with Naruto's help, was able to rediscover his true self and revert to his old self as the Obito who wanted to be Hokage.
   
 
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Latest revision as of 15:22, April 17, 2014

The Founding Uchiha
A number of Uchiha displaying the Sharingan, a by-product of the initial stages of the Curse of Hatred.

The Curse of Hatred (憎しみの呪い, Nikushimi no Noroi), is an ideal that is said to have been passed down from Indra, the Uchiha clan's forefather, to his many descendants. The origins of this way of thinking can be traced back to the time of the Sage of the Six Paths, when on his deathbed the forefather of ninja chose to name his younger son his successor over his older son, despite the elder's supposed birthright. The Sage chose the child he thought most suitable to continue his legacy (Asura, who believed love necessary to achieve peace, over Indra, who sought power to bring peace). Consumed by hatred and envy after their father's death, Indra waged war against his brother, and began a cycle of conflict that transcended time and culminated in mutual hostility between the brother's descendants, the Uchiha and the Senju.[1]

Sasuke Dark
Sasuke's hatred-induced mindset, due to falling deep under the influence of his innate Uchiha hatred.

As was revealed by the Second Hokage, Tobirama Senju, the Uchiha are people greatly devoted to love and friendship. Ironically, this same loyalty has caused the downfall of many members of the clan throughout the ages. Because the Uchiha tend to conceal their more affectionate traits, a member's love can be transformed into hatred in the blink of an eye if they somehow lose those closest to them. The despair of the experience causes a manifestation of unique chakra within that Uchiha's brain, impacting the optic nerves and creating the Sharingan, which Tobirama referred to as literally "the eye that reflects feelings". Furthermore, the techniques known to cause more advanced development of the Sharingan require extremely painful experiences that cause the user to delve into darkness that utterly consumes them.[2] This path that follows falling victim of the Curse of Hatred leads the victim to do anything and everything to show the Uchiha clan's superiority and power, regardless of the consequences. One such example was Fugaku Uchiha, who was so angry at the village for isolating the Uchiha clan that he was willing to go as far as plan a coup d'état to gain political power, despite the fact innocent lives would be lost, shinobi and non shinobi villagers alike. As stated by Itachi, this curse causes members of the clan to lose sight of what is important, such as the village as a whole, and focus on singular things like the clan or even simpler things like revenge.

As an Uchiha delves into the darkness of the Curse of Hatred, even the slightest hint or mention of anything even remotely connected to the person whose death caused them to lose themselves will make them extremely angry and emotional, as was seen in the cases of Madara, Obito and Sasuke Uchiha. Also, after having delved, an Uchiha cannot be reasoned with by anyone except the person who originally caused them to do so. Only that person has any chance of saving the Uchiha from the curse, as was seen in the case of Sasuke Uchiha. Although they may not completely break free from the curse, they can at least regain enough loyalty to return to any previous affiliations they once had such as team-mates and/or a village. They may, however, still retain the trait of being difficult to reason with despite having good intentions even by the people they want to help. Another trait they may retain is stopping at nothing to accomplish their goal.

Over the years, there have been several Uchiha who managed to transcend the limitations of acting only for the sake of the clan, and instead valuing Konoha as a whole. Uchiha including Kagami — a subordinate of the Second Hokage, his descendant Shisui, and Shisui's best friend, Itachi, all inherited the village's will to care and care for its continued well-being.[3]

Madara Uchiha is a prime example of a strong inheritor of the Curse of Hatred. Prior to the founding of the Konoha, he waged war against the Senju and its leader Hashirama for many years. Madara refused to relinquish his hatred for the Senju after being forced to take and transplant his beloved brother's eyes in order to obtain the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan. Unsure how long the Uchiha's standing in the Konoha would last after the Second Hokage replaced the First, Madara sowed seeds of contempt amongst his brethren, swearing that they would surely lose their partnership with the Senju if they did not help him.

Wounded Obito
The hatred has led Obito to become heartless.

Though Madara was exiled by his clan for attempting to disrupt the peace they had all worked hard to achieve with the Senju, generations later, a few members finally took heed of his warning. It was too late, however, as the Uchiha were no longer in a position of power due to the Second Hokage's attempts to thwart the Curse by designating the Uchiha to the Konoha Military Police Force in order to regulate their emotions. Despite Tobirama's efforts, the Curse was fully rekindled when Obito Uchiha witnessed the death of Rin Nohara, whose death influenced Obito to orchestrate the Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha, resulting in the Uchiha plotting to take over the village after being unjustly accused of setting the demon on Konoha. This led to the annihilation of the entire Uchiha clan at the hands of Itachi Uchiha, who caused Sasuke Uchiha's quest to avenge his family's death by killing Itachi years later. As noted by Obito Uchiha, Sasuke's vengeful pursuit of those even remotely responsible for his clan's demise eventually caused him to become the sole inheritor of the Uchiha clan's hatred, fated to clash against Naruto Uzumaki, the inheritor of the Senju's Will of Fire.[4] Questioning his resolve, Sasuke later has Orochimaru reincarnate the previous Hokage, from whom he comes to learn the full nature of the Curse of Hatred. Having also learned about the origins and history of Konohagakure, Sasuke chooses to honour his brother's sacrifice and protect the village rather than destroy it. Another Uchiha who was able to overcome this curse was Obito, who with Naruto's help, was able to rediscover his true self and revert to his old self as the Obito who wanted to be Hokage.

References Edit

  1. Naruto chapter 462, pages 11-13
  2. Naruto, chapter 619, pages 13-17
  3. Naruto chapter 627, pages 3-5
  4. Naruto chapter 462, pages 15-17

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