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{{translation|'''Itachi Uchiha'''|うちはイタチ|Uchiha Itachi}} was an [[ANBU]] captain from [[Konohagakure]]'s famed [[Uchiha clan]]. He later murdered his entire clan in what would become known as the [[Uchiha clan massacre]], and defected from the village becoming an [[S-rank]] [[missing-nin]], and a prominent [[Akatsuki]] member 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:Infant Sasuke and Itachi.png|thumb|left|Itachi holding his baby brother, moments before the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha.]]
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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 as the eldest son of [[Mikoto]] and [[Fugaku Uchiha]], and was praised by all as the best of his generation, and a genius above all others,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 221, page 5</ref> even by the standards of the battle-adept Uchiha clan, Itachi's prowess far outshone their own.<ref name="special">''Naruto'' chapter 221, page 9</ref> However, few could understand him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 145, pages 8-9</ref> When he was only four, Itachi had already witnessed countless lives lost due to the [[Third Shinobi World War]], which emotionally traumatised him and turned him into a pacifist.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 400, page 4</ref>
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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>
   
During the [[Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha]], Itachi was left alone to take care of his infant brother [[Sasuke]] and promised to protect him no matter what.<ref name="ch502">''Naruto'' chapter 502, page 2</ref> In the anime, it was shown that during their childhood, Itachi made a game of collecting paw prints of cats with his brother. The last paw print to be collected was [[Nekomata]]'s, who Itachi had defeated and asked him to fight Sasuke with all his might when Sasuke got older.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 189</ref>
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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.
   
At age 7, Itachi graduated from the [[Academy]] at the top of his class after only one year,<ref name="achievements">''Naruto'' chapter 145, page 9</ref><ref name="special"/> mastered the [[Sharingan]] at age 8,<ref name="achievements"/> passed the [[Chūnin Exams]] at age 10,<ref name="achievements"/> enrolled in [[ANBU]] half a year later<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 220, pages 15-16</ref> and became captain by 13.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 142, page 12</ref> At some point in time in their childhood, Sasuke helped Itachi on one of his missions to capture a giant boar. Itachi told Sasuke to avoid his vital points. He then threw kunai with explosive tags around the boar, to confuse it and to give Sasuke an opportunity to shoot the boar. Sasuke, however, missed completely. After Sasuke apologised, Itachi told him he needs to train more.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 580, pages 9-12, 17</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>
   
Itachi was praised highly by his father, who saw the family's future in Itachi and hence inadvertently neglected his [[Sasuke|younger son]]. However, during this time Itachi showed great affection towards his little brother and even encouraged his father to come to the Academy enrolment ceremony for Sasuke, something their father had otherwise forgotten, caught up an important mission that would establish Itachi a place in the ANBU ranks.
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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.
   
[[File:Uchiha's.PNG|right|thumb|A young Itachi with his family.]]
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{{ImgRight|Tobi talks to Itachi.png|Itachi discovers Tobi.}}
When the Uchiha clan began planning to overthrow Konoha, Itachi, as an ANBU, was tasked with spying on the village. Knowing that a coup d'état would only escalate to the beginning of another ninja-world war, Itachi began spying on the Uchiha instead, passing on information to the Third Hokage and Konoha elders. Though the Third Hokage ultimately decided to reason with the Uchiha in order to dissuade them from their actions, [[Danzō Shimura]] met secretly with Itachi Uchiha and inveigled him into choosing the lives of his clansmen or that of his little brother.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 590, pages 8-10</ref> 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]], who was drowned in the [[Naka River]]. In reality, Shisui died after he entrusted his left eye to Itachi, the other having been taken by Danzō. 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 [[Hiruzen]]'s wishes, [[Danzō Shimura]] and the [[Konoha Council]] ordered Itachi to wipe out the Uchiha clan.
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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>
   
[[File:Itachi and Sasuke.png|thumb|left|Itachi shows Sasuke how he slaughtered their parents.]]
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[[File:Uchiha Clan massacre.png|thumb|left|Itachi spares Sasuke.]]
Before the fateful night arrived, Itachi discovered the existence of [[Tobi]] — under the guise of a vengeful [[Madara Uchiha]] — who was attempting to rekindle the flames of war in Konoha. In return for not attacking Konoha, Itachi offered to help him claim vengeance against the Uchiha for turning their backs on him decades earlier to which Tobi agreed. Itachi [[Uchiha Clan Massacre|slaughtered his entire clan overnight]], including his friends, superiors, family, and lover;<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 401, page 10</ref> prior to killing his parents, the two people whom he was most hesitant to kill, they stated that they were still proud of their eldest son, and requested that he took care of Sasuke before allowing a tearful Itachi to kill them. When Sasuke returned late from a training session, Itachi spared Sasuke because he loved his little brother, and as per the agreement between him and Danzō, did not want to take the life of the person most important to him. He lied to his brother, making himself out as a villain who had killed their innocent family only to test his capacity, and told Sasuke he was not even worth killing. In addition, Itachi told him, ''"You've always wanted to surpass me. That's why I'm going to let you live… if you wish to kill me, then hate me, despise me… and by all means flee, cling to your wretched life".'' Itachi also revealed to Sasuke the secret meeting place of the Uchiha, where Sasuke can learn the true history and purpose of the Sharingan. Itachi told him that in order to awaken the Mangekyō Sharingan, Sasuke had to kill the person closest to him, and that when they met again, they should have the same eyes.
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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>
   
{{ImgRight|Itachi talks to Hiruzen.png|Itachi pleads with the Third to protect Sasuke.}}
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[[File:Orochimaru's failed attempt.png|thumb|Itachi effortlessly overwhelms Orochimaru.]]
Sasuke managed to stand back up, awaken his Sharingan, and pursue Itachi. Upon reaching Itachi, he managed to knock off his forehead protector. Itachi shed a tear as he was picking up his forehead protector, then proceeded to incapacitate Sasuke, who awoke in the hospital, only remembering up to Itachi's speech. By doing all this, Itachi hoped Sasuke would take vengeance on him and become a hero to Konoha, thus redeeming the Uchiha name. Hoping that his little brother would someday be powerful enough to kill him, Itachi left the village as a traitor. Knowing that Konoha would still want to eliminate Sasuke, Itachi pleaded with the [[Third Hokage]] to keep Sasuke safe and threatened Danzō not to harm Sasuke or else he would reveal everything he knew about Konoha's secrets to enemy nations.
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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>
   
Itachi joined [[Akatsuki]] in order to keep an eye on the organisation,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 401, page 6</ref> along with Tobi, in case either ever acted against Konoha, all the while planning for his death at Sasuke's hands. During his time in Akatsuki, [[Orochimaru]] tried to steal his body to gain the Sharingan, but Itachi trapped him in a genjutsu and severed his left hand.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 345, page 9</ref> Itachi was further partnered with [[Kisame Hoshigaki]], who initially tried to intimidate him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 508, page 6</ref> However, they eventually became good partners. Sometime after Orochimaru fled, Itachi helped recruit [[Deidara]] by beating him in battle using only genjutsu, to which Deidara swore vengeance.<ref>''Naruto'' 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>
 
At some point in time, Itachi contracted a fatal disease. He kept himself alive through the intake of various medicines, and sheer "willpower", in the hopes of living long enough to die by Sasuke's hands.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 401, pages 14-15</ref>
 
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
[[File:Itachi crying.png|thumb|left|Itachi shedding tears as he leaves 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.
Ever since his first appearance, Itachi had always been inscrutable. Flashbacks showed that he used to be a compassionate brother, but his initial appearances depicted him as an Akatsuki criminal interested in the organisation's success and secrecy before all else.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 143, page 8</ref> Later his interest in Akatsuki was revealed to be an act, and his true intentions for joining the organisation were to spy on it from within. Nonetheless, Itachi and his partner, Kisame, cooperated better than most Akatsuki partners, and despite the differences in personalities, appeared to have mutual respect for one another.
 
   
While a member of Akatsuki, Itachi possessed incredible control of his emotions, only showing surprise when opponents proved more powerful than expected, and even then did not lose his composure. After his death, he has been shown to have a sense of humour, such as questioning Naruto's claim that no one could survive Nagato's attack when Naruto clearly did, and calling his younger brother a [[Sasuke Uchiha|"snake expert"]] while fighting [[Kabuto Yakushi]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 551, page 11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 579, page 3</ref>
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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.
   
[[File:Itachi pokes Sasuke.png|thumb|right|Itachi poking Sasuke something he did regularly.]]
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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 was shown to be highly intelligent: something even Tobi acknowledged. He was sharp, observant, and intuitive, being rarely caught off guard or deceived. Itachi had great foresight; his foreknowledge of Sasuke's victory against Deidara, his own pre-meditated death by Sasuke's hand, and the implantation of the Kotoamatsukami-imbued crow inside Naruto were some examples seen.
 
   
However, while Itachi was a powerful [[shinobi]], he was not arrogant, and complimented his opponents at times on their abilities. After his death, Itachi realised that he should not have tried to deal with Sasuke on his own and encouraged Naruto to never forget his friends. Likewise, Itachi took no enjoyment in violence or combat, instead preferring to avoid battle or, if not possible, end it as quickly as he could.
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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.
   
[[File:ItachiShaking&Crying.png|thumb|left|Itachi shaking and crying as he is about to kill his parents.]]
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[[File:Itachi crying.png|thumb|left|Itachi shedding tears as he leaves Sasuke.]]
As Kabuto noted, Itachi lived in deception.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 581, page 11</ref> On top of his pretence in promoting Akatsuki's goals, he also pretended to seek the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan. During a genjutsu fight with Sasuke, he claimed to have only let Sasuke live to take his eyes, and that the Uchiha clan had been tainted and corrupt, since clan members would kill their friends to obtain the Mangekyō Sharingan and transplant another Uchiha clan members' eyes to make the power permanent. Once the genjutsu was released, he called it his true self, implying his emotionless personality was also a façade. This persona was later revealed to be an act to ensure that he would die by Sasuke's hands. After learning Sasuke refused to go back to Konoha post-mortem, Itachi placed all his faith in Naruto, who he noted had inherited Shisui's will and was determined to save Sasuke.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 522 page 11</ref> Despite all his treacherous actions, Itachi only did them all to protect Sasuke and Konoha. Finally, even while knowing the dark sides of the village, he still considered himself a shinobi of Konoha.<ref name="mykonoha">''Naruto'' chapter 581, page 13</ref> Along with Sasuke, Itachi also dearly loved his parents, [[Fugaku]] and [[Mikoto Uchiha]], even though he disagreed with their plans. When he was forced to kill them, having put them off for last, Itachi wept and shook violently as he committed the act.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 590, pages 12-14</ref>
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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.
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After he dies and is [[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 after joining Akatsuki.]]
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[[File:Itachi full.png|thumb|Itachi's Akatsuki attire.]]
Despite his status as an infamous shinobi, Itachi's appearance was not the most intimidating, apart from the intensity of his gaze. While living in Konoha, he would regularly have a gentle look in his eyes, especially directed towards his younger brother. After joining Akatsuki, they 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>
 
Itachi was a young man with onyx eyes, black hair with bangs that framed his face, and a low-tied ponytail which reached down into his upper back. The ponytail was, however, later obscured by the high collar of the Akatsuki cloak he wore after joining the organisation. Itachi's most distinguishing features were the long, pronounced tear-troughs under his eyes. Itachi and Sasuke also bear slight similarities to one another in terms of their appearance as Naruto nearly mistook Itachi for Sasuke when they first met,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 145, page 1</ref> while Tobi commented upon their resemblance when he first encountered Sasuke.<ref>''Naruto'' 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, and 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>''Naruto'' chapter 590, page 7</ref> As a member of Akatsuki, he wore a slashed Konoha forehead protector and the standard Akatsuki cloak. Sometimes, he would unbutton his cloak to mid-chest and rest his left arm there, rather than in the sleeve. After his cloak was incinerated by Sasuke's [[Kirin]] during their fight in Part II, it was revealed that he wore similar clothes to that of the rest of Akatsuki. His attire consisted of a body mesh under a blue v-neck T-shirt with a sash around the waist, and blue pants. Like most members of Akatsuki, he wore the forehead protector of his home village with a horizontal line gouged through it to symbolise his broken ties with the village. On his right ring finger was his Akatsuki ring, which was red and bore the kanji for {{Translation|''Vermilion''|朱|shu}}. He also wore purple nail polish on his fingers and toes and a necklace which had three metal rings.
 
   
After being reincarnated, Itachi's eyes appear to have black sclerae like the other shinobi that [[Kabuto Yakushi]] [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]]. He is also clad in a dark-red cloak.
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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.
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Crow Clone.PNG|thumb|left|Itachi's usage of crows in genjutsu.]]
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[[File:Phoenix Sage Flower Nail Crimson.png|left|thumb|Itachi's powerful combination of his clan's signature abilities.]]
Even at a young age, Itachi was talented, and his teachers said his progress hardly required any help. In his battles, Itachi was shown to be an immensely powerful ninja and gained praise from allies and foes alike. During his battle against Kakashi, Kurenai, and Asuma, Kakashi commented that Itachi was not fighting with even half his strength. [[Kisame Hoshigaki]] acknowledged Itachi as the stronger of the two,{{Citation needed}} and Tobi stated that Itachi never ceased to amaze him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 397, page 9</ref> Despite his own impressive abilities, Itachi never underestimated his opponents, given his praise of [[Jiraiya]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 148, page 16</ref> in which he noted to Kisame that if they fought him, they would either die or end in a tie.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 144, page 10</ref>
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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 [[Sannin]], openly admitted Itachi was stronger than he was.<ref>Chapter 140, pages 5</ref> Even during his final battle with Sasuke, the latter could not defeat him and it was Itachi's 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" />
   
Itachi's only hindrance to his abilities was his low stamina.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 148, page 7</ref> Even with Itachi's health failing and the fact that he was holding back, Sasuke still could not defeat him during what would be their final confrontation. In his final moments of life, Itachi was able to perform a [[Transcription Seal: Amaterasu|fūinjutsu]], accomplishing all he had planned to do during that fight. Being a technical pacifist due to traumatic experiences from the [[Third Shinobi World War]], Itachi did not actively take part in battle, only acting in self-defence, and mostly incapacitating his enemies instead of killing them if possible.
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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 terminal illness.
   
=== Taijutsu ===
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Although he was very skilled with [[taijutsu]] – enough to easily defeat three members of the [[Konoha Military Police Force]]<ref>Chapter 222, page 11</ref> – he rarely actually got involved in hand-to-hand combat. What he did consistently display, however, was 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:Young Sasuke vs Itachi.png|thumb|Itachi choking Sasuke with one hand.]]
 
Itachi possessed high-level taijutsu skills despite not specialising in it. This was demonstrated when he easily defeated [[Tekka]], [[Yashiro]], and [[Inabi]] — all of them his seniors and members of the [[Konoha Military Police Force]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 222, page 11</ref> In Part I, he stopped Sasuke's [[Chidori]] with one hand and effortlessly disabled him during their reunion in the [[Land of Fire]] despite Sasuke's extensive taijutsu training for the Chūnin Exams. His skill in taijutsu allowed him to keep up with [[Naruto Uzumaki]] in his [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] and [[Killer B]] respectively in individual fights.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 549, pages 5-7</ref>
 
 
Itachi was also noted to possess good reflexes and speed, particularly with his hand movements. This extended to collectively weaving both [[hand seals]] and throwing weapons, making it appear as if he could perform his techniques without seals; even skilled Sharingan users like Kakashi and Sasuke had difficulty seeing his movements.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 142, page 9</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 587, pages 8</ref> He was also proficient with the [[Body Flicker Technique]] and was able to attack a target, then immediately move to the location they had retreated to, giving them no time to initiate a counter-attack.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 141, pages 16-17</ref>
 
   
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
 
=== Ninjutsu ===
[[File:Grandfire Ball.PNG|thumb|left|Itachi using Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique.]]
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[[File:Crow Clone.PNG|thumb|left|Itachi's Crow Clone Technique.]]
Itachi was a master of the [[Sharingan]], and had great prowess with all of the three main types of [[techniques]]. Itachi's signature moves were techniques that involved the usage of [[crows]], able to [[Summoning Technique|summon]] a large flock of them and use them both in his ninjutsu and genjutsu. This is seen primarily with his creations of [[Crow Clone Technique|clones]] which dissolve into crows, and crows that hide as shuriken. He could also create [[Clone Great Explosion|explosive clones]].
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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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Traditional to the Uchiha clan, Itachi could use [[Fire Release]] techniques, including the clan's [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique|giant fireballs]] the intensity of which was enough to bother even [[Samehada]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 549, page 5</ref> and he could combine his proficient weapon skills with his fire attacks. He was also proficient with [[Water Release]], able to perform them without an already existing water source.<ref name="watersource">''Naruto'' chapter 587, page 11</ref> Itachi could catch his opponents off guard with [[Water Release: Water Fang Bullet|drilling masses of pressurised water]]<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 142, page 8</ref> and [[Water Release: Water Dragon Bullet Technique|large water dragons]].<ref name="watersource"/>
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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.
   
As a fully-trained Konoha ANBU, Itachi was also proficient in [[kenjutsu]].
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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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==== Shurikenjutsu ====
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=== Genjutsu ===
[[File:Itachi Shurikenjutsu.jpg|thumb|Itachi's skill in shurikenjutsu.]]
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[[File:Tsukuyomi.png|thumb|left|Itachi using Tsukuyomi on Kakashi.]]
Even in his youth, 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>''Naruto'' chapter 220, pages 3-6</ref> During his fight with the controlled [[Nagato]], he was able to blind Nagato's summons despite the shared field of vision granted by the [[Rinnegan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 552, page 3</ref> Itachi was also very skilled with shuriken, with Sasuke stating that Itachi was best with such tools, even more so than their own father.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 223, page 17</ref> He could also [[Fire Release: Phoenix Sage Flower Nail Crimson|infuse shuriken with fire]] for a devastating two-fold attack.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 549, page 12</ref>
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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 ====
 
==== Sharingan ====
[[File:Itachi Sharingan.jpg|thumb|left|Itachi's Sharingan.]]
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[[File:Itachi's Sharingan.png|thumb|right|Itachi's Sharingan.]]
As noted by Kakashi, Itachi was a true successor of the [[Sharingan]], developed and mastered by the age of eight.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 142, page 3</ref> He reached the stage where he could even have his Sharingan activated for extended periods of time, with minimal drain on his [[chakra]] levels.
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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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Itachi was especially praised for his skills in [[genjutsu]], such as casting one by merely [[Ephemeral|pointing at]] someone or turning opponents' genjutsu [[Demonic Illusion: Mirror Heaven and Earth Change|against them]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 141, page 15</ref> According to [[Ao]], he could even use his genjutsu to take control of other individuals from a long distance.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 540, page 13</ref> With the Sharingan, Itachi reached the point where he could use of one of the Uchiha clan's ultimate [[dōjutsu]], [[Izanami]], and also understood its counterpart, [[Izanagi]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 581, pages 14-16</ref>
 
   
 
==== Mangekyō Sharingan ====
 
==== Mangekyō Sharingan ====
[[File:ItachiMangekyōSharingan.jpg|thumb|right|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 enabled him to use his most powerful techniques. With his left eye, he could use [[Tsukuyomi]], a genjutsu that trapped opponents' minds in an illusory world, torturing them for what felt like days in a matter of seconds.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 142, page 17</ref> With his right eye he could use [[Amaterasu]], which created controllable black flames that could burn anything, including fire itself. His final technique was [[Susanoo]], the {{translation|"Tempestuous God of Valour"|勇武の荒神|Yūbu no Aragami}},<ref>Third Databook</ref> a technique that used both eyes to create a spectral being. It wielded the [[Sword of Totsuka]], an ethereal sword with the ability to seal anything it pierced into the gourd that served as its hilt, and [[Yata Mirror]], a shield that could reflect any attack. With the Susanoo also came his most powerful long-ranged attack: the [[Yasaka Magatama]]. During his battle with Kabuto, he also demonstrated the ability to partially manifest and control the various stages of Susanoo with great mastery.
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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.
   
[[File:Susanoo.JPG|thumb|left|Itachi's Susanoo, complete with the Yata Mirror.]]
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[[File:Susanoo.png|thumb|right|Itachi's Susanoo, complete with the Yata Mirror and Sword of Totsuka.]]
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 left him fatigued afterwards, requiring him to deactivate his Sharingan altogether. From Part I, three uses of the Mangekyō seemed to bring him to this point.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 149, page 7</ref> The other side effect was that his eyesight would gradually worsen since the awakening of the Mangekyō Sharingan, and the degradation would only quicken after every time he used it, which would lead him to eventually go blind, 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 had deteriorated so much that Sasuke appeared to be a mere blur, his eyesight was so close to blindness that by the time he activated [[Susanoo]], both Sharingan had lost the Mangekyō design, with only the red iris remaining.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 390, page 14</ref>
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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>
   
=== Intelligence ===
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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.
[[File:Trascription Seal.png|thumb|right|Itachi sealing his power within Sasuke during the final moments of their battle.]]
 
Itachi has been shown to be analytical and perceptive, being able to deduce the inner workings and weaknesses of powerful techniques, even while under pressure.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 551, pages 11-12</ref> He orchestrated his battle against Sasuke to bring about his desired outcomes, and even account for the possibility that his plan wouldn't go as intended by [[Transcription Seal: Amaterasu|sealing his power]] into Sasuke and placing a [[Itachi's Crow|special crow]] inside of Naruto Uzumaki.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 401, page 4</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 403, page 10</ref> In the event that [[Tobi]] would come in contact with Sasuke, he [[Transcription Seal: Amaterasu|transcribed]] Amaterasu to Sasuke's eyes in an attempt to kill Tobi when his guard was down. This lead the masked man to note that had he not kept a few secrets from Itachi, he would have died from his last trap.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 397, page 10</ref>
 
   
On top of his perceptive skills, Kabuto also noted that Itachi possessed skill in deception due to Itachi's ability to read people's feelings, and this made him a ninja of lies up until his death.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 580, page 8</ref>
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=== Intelligence ===
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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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=== Search for Tsunade ===
[[File:Itachi and Kisame Debut.jpg|thumb|left|Itachi and Kisame's début.]]
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After the [[Invasion of Konoha]] and the death of Hiruzen, Itachi and Kisame infiltrated the Konoha to find [[Naruto Uzumaki]], the [[jinchūriki]] of the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]]. However, Itachi has an ulterior motive in using his appearance to remind [[Danzō]], [[Koharu]], and [[Homura]] that he is still alive and not to think of harming Sasuke with Hiruzen dead. While Itachi stops for tea after Kisame suggested it, they attract the attention of [[Kakashi Hatake]], who had [[Asuma Sarutobi]] and [[Kurenai Yūhi]] follow them. Making it out of Konoha with Asuma and Kurenai still in pursuit, seeing no more need to conceal their identities, Itachi and Kisame proceed to overpower them and Kakashi. After a short skirmish, learning that he is aware of them, Itachi activated his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] and used [[Tsukuyomi]] on Kakashi before instructing Kisame to silence the Konoha ninja until [[Might Guy]] arrived and deflected Kisame's attack.
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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.
   
Learning that the [[ANBU]] have been informed of their presence, Itachi tells Kisame to fall back to avoid further confrontation as dealing with four jōnin-level shinobi would be problematic enough, before they track Naruto down to a hotel where he was staying with [[Jiraiya]] at the time. To ensure the [[Sannin]] does not meddle, Itachi uses a genjutsu on an [[Emi|attractive woman]] to draw Jiraiya away from Naruto. As he and Kisame confronted Naruto, Itachi is confronted by Sasuke before Jiraiya arrives with Itachi learning that the Toad Sage told Kakashi about Akatsuki. Allowed to fight his brother, Itachi uses his Mangekyō Sharingan to easily defeat Sasuke while him easily reaffirming Sasuke's need to get stronger. Jiraiya takes over the fight from there, using the [[Summoning: Toad Mouth Bind]] technique to trap the Akatsuki members before Itachi risked his health by using [[Amaterasu]] to allow himself and Kisame to escape.
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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.
   
=== Sasuke Retrieval Arc ===
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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.
At the end of Part I, Itachi made a cameo appearance as a silhouette during an Akatsuki gathering where they discussed [[Orochimaru]]'s taking of [[Sasuke Uchiha]] as well as both capture of [[Kurama]] for the furthering of their plans.
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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 ==
=== Kazekage Rescue Arc ===
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=== Kazekage Rescue Mission ===
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[[File:Itachi Kakashi Face-off.png|thumb|right|Itachi and Kakashi clash.]]
 
[[File:Itachi Kakashi Face-off.png|thumb|right|Itachi and Kakashi clash.]]
While Akatsuki was sealing the [[One-Tailed Shukaku]], the members 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. Itachi was impressed by Naruto and Kakashi's improvements in strength. However, because the clone had only a portion of his ordinary strength, it was killed by Naruto's [[Big Ball Rasengan]]. Nevertheless, he was able to buy enough time.
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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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=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
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=== Itachi Pursuit Mission ===
Itachi was present during the sealing of the [[Two-Tails]].
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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.
   
=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
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=== Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant ===
As Sasuke defeated [[Orochimaru]], Itachi sensed something odd yet assured Kisame that it was nothing. Following Kisame's capture of [[Son Gokū]]'s [[jinchūriki]], [[Rōshi]], 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 Son Gokū was sealed, [[Zetsu]] informed them that Sasuke had been killed by [[Deidara]]'s [[C0]]. However, though asked by Kisame if he was troubled by his brother's death, Itachi remarked that Sasuke is still alive.
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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.
   
[[File:Itachi's Genjutsu.PNG|thumb|left|Itachi talks with Naruto.]]
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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.
Knowing that his end was near, Itachi sent one of his [[Shadow Clone Technique|shadow clones]] to meet Naruto, who was looking for Sasuke. Although he only wanted to talk, Itachi is forced into defending himself as he asks why Naruto cares so much about a traitor like Sasuke. Upon hearing Naruto's intent to bring Sasuke back to Konoha, along with finding a way to stop Sasuke without killing him should he ever attack their village, Itachi smiled and is content with the youth's resolve. He then has one of his [[Itachi's Crow|crows]] enter Naruto's body, telling the boy that he hopes he may never need to use it.
 
   
[[File:Amaterasu2.PNG|thumb|Itachi and Sasuke battle.]]
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=== Fated Battle Between Brothers ===
After his business with [[Naruto]] was done, another of Itachi's shadow clones went to meet with Sasuke. Sasuke exhibited an improvement in his abilities during their confrontation, so Itachi agreed to have their final battle at the [[Uchiha Hideout]]. He waited there for Sasuke's arrival, instructing Kisame to not let the other members of Sasuke's [[Hebi|team]] interfere with the fight. Itachi and Sasuke met face-to-face and, while exchanging genjutsu, had a conversation about [[Madara Uchiha]], 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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[[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.
   
Itachi used Amaterasu, but Sasuke uses Orochimaru's power to [[Body Shedding|shedding his skin]] to catch his brother off guard with a [[Fire Release: Great Dragon Fire Technique]] at Itachi's direction above although he only managed to burn one of Itachi's arms. Out of chakra, he told Itachi about his final technique that, like Amaterasu, was impossible to avoid. Sasuke then used his [[Kirin|trump card]], on Itachi.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 390-391</ref>
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[[File:Itachi sealing Orochimaru.png|thumb|left|Itachi sealing Orochimaru.]]
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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:Totsuka.jpg|thumb|left|Itachi fights Orochimaru.]]
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[[File:Last Smile.PNG|thumb|right|Itachi smiles to his brother before death.]]
However, with only his Akatsuki cloak burned off, Itachi managed to survive by using his [[Susanoo]] to defend himself. With Kirin having expended all of Sasuke's chakra, Orochimaru gained control and reappeared 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. Orochimaru thanked Itachi for pushing Sasuke so far, thereby 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, removing the [[Orochimaru's Juinjutsu|cursed seal]] from Sasuke's body.
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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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[[File:Last Smile.PNG|thumb|Itachi smiles to his brother before passing away.]]
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=== Power ===
As Itachi began to weaken, the Susanoo started to fade and Sasuke saw an opportunity to strike. This was in vain, as Susanoo was still able to protect Itachi with the Yata Mirror. His last option gone, Sasuke was pushed against a wall as Itachi stumbled closer to him, seemingly reaching for Sasuke's eyes. However, he instead poked Sasuke's forehead and smiled before saying, "''Forgive me, Sasuke… …It ends with this''" before he finally succumbed to his illness and died.
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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>
   
=== Konoha History Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown ===
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In the anime, three years ago before Sasuke's defection from Konoha, [[Nekobaa]] mentioned about Itachi, but was stopped by Sasuke from talking about him. After Sasuke defeated [[Nekomata]], he told Sasuke that Itachi had defeated him in the past along with his ninja cats and asked Nekomata to fight Sasuke with all his might when he got older.
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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.
   
Later, [[Sadai]], an assailant who entered the Land of Fire to capture [[Naho]], mentioned to Sasuke about Itachi, the [[Uchiha Clan Massacre]], and even about Sasuke being weak, which led Sasuke to defeat and punch him repeatedly.
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation ===
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=== Chikara Arc ===
 
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In the anime, a [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] Itachi was summoned by Kabuto to battle [[Team Kakashi]], who were investigating the massacre that he brought about in the [[Tonika Village]] to gain access to [[The Hole]]. Quickly after being summoned, Itachi's coffin vanished with Kabuto questioning if the Impure World Reincarnation was still incomplete.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 290</ref>
 
 
=== Confining the Jinchūriki Arc ===
 
In an attempt to both impede Tobi and coerce him into joining forces during their initial encounter, [[Kabuto Yakushi]] demonstrated his capabilities by reincarnating many of the deceased members of Akatsuki, including Itachi, using [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 489, pages 18-20</ref>
 
 
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
 
 
[[File:Itachi and Nagato.png|thumb|left|Itachi and Nagato en route.]]
 
[[File:Itachi and Nagato.png|thumb|left|Itachi and Nagato en route.]]
When the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] against the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] commenced, Itachi was mobilised alongside [[Kakuzu]] and [[Nagato]] who due to being crippled was being carried by Kakuzu. Later supporting the latter as they walked, the now isolated pair continued throughout the night, conversing about [[Akatsuki]]. Itachi remarked that their two [[dōjutsu]] together could achieve anything which was likely why their [[Kabuto Yakushi|summoner]] would wait for the opportune moment to use their abilities. After pausing at a shrine and discussing Kabuto's influence on [[Tobi]]'s plan, they marched onwards until they encountered [[Naruto Uzumaki]] and [[Killer B]].
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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.
 
Surprised by Naruto's growth and the fact that he had subjugated the [[Nine-Tails]], Itachi attempted to ask him something, but he instead attacked the pair involuntarily with his [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique]]. He discerned Kisame's death from B's possession of [[Samehada]], and while exchanging both dialogue and blows with Naruto, was shocked and disappointed to learn of his brother's decision to destroy [[Konoha]], and Tobi's awareness of the truth behind the [[Uchiha clan massacre]]. Imploring Naruto to keep the truth secret for the sake of his clan's honour, he then entrusted dealing with Sasuke to him. As Itachi confronted B, he caught him in a [[genjutsu]] after using his [[Fire Release: Phoenix Sage Flower Nail Crimson]] technique to attack him. However, fending off several attacks, he retreated atop Nagato's [[Giant Drill-Beaked Bird|summon]] and activated his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]]. Much to Naruto's shock, the [[Itachi's Crow|crow]] Itachi had placed inside him during their last encounter emerged.
 
 
[[File:Itachi Amaterasu.png|thumb|right|Itachi attacks Nagato's summon with Amaterasu.]]
 
As Itachi and the crow's eyes met, Itachi readied [[Amaterasu]]. However, instead of hitting Naruto, it had hit Nagato's [[Giant Multi-Headed Dog|other]] summon. Freed from Kabuto's control, Itachi turned to Nagato and engulfed him in black flames, before leaping towards Naruto. Itachi explained how he had implanted [[Shisui]]'s [[Mangekyō Sharingan|eye]] into the crow, rigged it to use [[Kotoamatsukami]] with the command "''protect Konoha''" on whoever used his dōjutsu. This was originally meant for Sasuke in case he attacked Konoha with the [[Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan]], overrode Kabuto's control over himself instead. Asked by B why he didn't just use Kotoamatsukami on Sasuke from the beginning, Itachi revealed that he had other intentions and that excluding augmentations, such as [[Hashirama Senju]]'s DNA, Shisui's Mangekyō would take a decade to regenerate after using Kotoamatsukami.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 550, page 12</ref> Itachi, along with Naruto and B, was then [[Shinra Tensei|assaulted]] by a regenerated Nagato.
 
 
[[File:Itachi saves Naruto and B.png|thumb|left|Itachi saves Naruto and B from Nagato.]]
 
As Naruto and B fought Nagato directly, Itachi blinded both the [[King of Hell]] and the [[Giant Snake-Tailed Chameleon|chameleon]] summon with a barrage of [[kunai]]. This allowed him to move undetected and free both [[jinchūriki]] from danger with his incomplete [[Susanoo]]. In response, Nagato used [[Chibaku Tensei]] in an attempt to lift and crush them with gravity. After careful analysis, Itachi surmised that attacking the sphere at the centre of the technique would effectively dispel it, so he proposed that they take advantage of Chibaku Tensei's attraction force to gravitate their strongest long-range techniques directly towards it. Using [[Yasaka Magatama]] in combination with the [[Tailed Beast Ball|others']] [[Wind Release: Rasenshuriken|attacks]], they confirmed his assumption and the sphere was broken. Before the dust settles, Itachi impaled Nagato with his [[Sword of Totsuka]] and asked Nagato to impart any final words before the sword sealed him.
 
 
After Nagato was sealed, Itachi stated that he would deal with the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] technique as he had already formulated a plan, allaying Killer B's concerns by reiterating that every technique had a weakness. However, when Naruto decided to stop the war on his own, Itachi told him that despite becoming stronger, Naruto was forgetting all those who he wanted acknowledgement from and that with those egotistical thoughts, he would become like Tobi. Reminding him that his [[Minato Namikaze|father]] became [[Hokage]] because of [[Kushina]] and those around him, he stated that if Naruto had the same dream, he should not forget his friends. Itachi then [[Amaterasu|incinerated]] his crow, stating that the eye could not be reactivated for another decade and that Naruto, having inherited Shisui's will, could stop Sasuke without it. Realising that he tried to do everything on his own and still failed, Itachi refused to see Sasuke and resolved to leave Sasuke to his friends instead. After asking B to look after Naruto, Itachi departed.
 
 
[[File:Itachi confronts Kabuto.png|thumb|right|Itachi discovers Kabuto.]]
 
On his way to stop Kabuto's technique, Itachi encountered Sasuke but pressed on. This caused Sasuke to chase him down and attempt to catch him with a hand of his Susanoo, but Itachi deflected this with one of his own. Bombarded by a flurry of questions from Sasuke, Itachi said he spared Sasuke at the [[Uchiha Clan Massacre|massacre]] because of Sasuke's childhood innocence and his own desire to eventually be judged for his actions by a fellow Uchiha. Expressing his regret about the path Sasuke had chosen and partially blaming himself, he resolved to talk no further, which led Sasuke to retort that Itachi was still running away from him even in death. Itachi broke his silence to refute this, stating that he was not running away but going to stop the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique. Itachi attempted to prevent Sasuke from following by using a flock of [[Summoning Technique|summoned]] crows to obscure Sasuke's vision. Upon arriving to Kabuto's location, he answered Kabuto's intrigue of how found him, stating that he could feel the source of Kabuto's chakra while under his control. However, Kabuto advised Itachi to not kill him if he sought to stop the technique. Detecting Sasuke behind him, Itachi noted that things were not proceeding as intended.
 
 
[[File:Sasuke siding Itachi.png|thumb|left|Itachi and Sasuke join forces to defeat Kabuto.]]
 
Kabuto tried to persuade Sasuke to his side, but failed and caused Sasuke to attack. Itachi deflected Sasuke's [[shuriken]]s, informing his little brother that the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique couldn't be stopped should Kabuto die. When Sasuke joined forces with Itachi, Itachi promised his brother that he would speak to him once Kabuto was defeated.
 
   
Kabuto obscured his vision to prevent being caught in genjutsu, and sent his snakes out to attack, but the brothers used their Susanoo to intercept and sever their heads. However, Kabuto eluded their attack and concealed his location by [[Body Fluid Shedding Technique|scattering his chakra]]. Then to Itachi's surprise, Kabuto revealed that he had found the [[Ryūchi Cave]] and attacked with his [[Sage Art: White Rage Technique]].
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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.
   
[[File:Itachi vs. Kabutomaru.png|thumb|right|Itachi attacks Kabuto.]]
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[[File:ItachiSavesNarutoBee.png|thumb|right|Itachi saves Naruto and B from Nagato.]]
As Itachi rushed to Sasuke's side, he was both deafened and blinded by Kabuto's technique, but still managed to [[Susanoo|protect]] Sasuke from Kabuto's advance. When Kabuto questioned whether Itachi could [[Sensor|sense]] his chakra, Itachi replied stating that he possessed no such ability as he had made Kabuto think, but merely predicted Kabuto's intent instead. Kabuto then used Itachi's deceit to implant doubt and mistrust amongst the brothers, but Itachi retorted by asking if Sasuke remembered the time they dealt with a giant boar, with the two immediately taking action after Sasuke affirmed that he did. Itachi launched his [[Yasaka Magatama]] at the area surrounding Kabuto to prevent his escape, providing Sasuke with an opportunity to [[Susanoo Bow|pin]] his snake tail to the ceiling. As Kabuto now dangling from the cave's roof — seemingly attempted to use Sasuke's [[Sword of Kusanagi (Sasuke Uchiha)|sword]] to sever his navel-snake, Itachi intercepted the swing but found himself impaled in the process. However, his body dispersed into a [[Crow clone|flock of crows]], which allowed the real Itachi to commandeer the blade and sever one of Kabuto's horns.
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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.
   
Kabuto once again attempted to inveigle Sasuke's loyalty, but Itachi told his brother to not heed Kabuto's words, as Kabuto was an even more convincing liar than he was. He then explained that while their village does have its dark side and inconsistencies, he still remained loyal to it as {{Translation|'''Konoha's Itachi Uchiha'''|木ノ葉のうちはイタチ|Konoha no Uchiha Itachi}}.<ref name="mykonoha"/><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 588, page 1</ref> Despite his admitted fault for Sasuke's current state and as such, not being in any position to criticise him, he still desired to tell Sasuke something after Kabuto's defeat. In response to Kabuto's later claims of invincibility, Itachi declared that Kabuto wasn't aware of the true power of the Uchiha and that the [[Izanami|ultimate eye technique]] which would decide his destiny was already prepared.
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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.
   
Anticipating Kabuto's next [[Sage Art: Inorganic Reincarnation|attack]], Itachi used his Susanoo to protect Sasuke, but was himself incapacitated. As Kabuto moved to rewrite the talisman in Itachi's head, Sasuke encircled them both with a ring of [[Amaterasu]], cancelling out Kabuto's technique through the flames intense heat. After his recovery, Itachi apologised to his brother, and then turned his attention to Kabuto and told him that though Kabuto was very different from himself, he could sympathise because in the past, he too couldn't appreciate his true self nor his limitations. He then went on to declare that comrades were there to do what you couldn't and that those who weren't able to acknowledge their own selves were bound to fail.
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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.
   
[[File:Kabuto cuts down Itachi.png|thumb|left|Itachi is cut down by Kabuto.]]
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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.
Itachi asserted that he had failed in the past and that the "''Uchiha''" name alone was nothing more than a display of his roots. Imploring Sasuke to not kill Kabuto but instead wait until his preparations were complete, the siblings came under attack once more, as a copy of [[Sakon]] — which emerged from the base of Kabuto's naval snake — [[Sakon and Ukon's Kekkei Genkai|transformed]] into [[Jirōbō]] and [[Earth Release: Earth Shore Return|breached]] the protective circle of flames. Without pause, the brothers simultaneously used Amaterasu to incinerate the approaching, uncuttable [[Spider Web Unrolling|web]] created by a copy of [[Kidōmaru]]. Trapped between more webbing and numerous invasive [[Dance of the Seedling Fern|bones]] created by a [[Kimimaro]] copy, the two separated — with Itachi focusing on destroying the latter — and used their Susanoo to eliminate the threats. The siblings then retreated further into the cave, but this evasion was short-lived as Kabuto produced a copy of [[Tayuya]] to use an [[Demonic Flute: Phantom Sound Chains|auditory genjutsu]], which paralysed them both. As Kabuto produced a copy of Orochimaru's [[Power of the White Snake|true form]], Itachi chastised his belief that a person's reason to exist could be found through the imitation of someone they respected. Telling Sasuke to look into his eyes, he cast [[Tsukuyomi]] as Sasuke used his [[Genjutsu: Sharingan|Sharingan genjutsu]], effectively allowing them to enter each other’s minds and counteract Kabuto's technique in time to stop the copy of Orochimaru's true form from attacking them. After declaring that he would now use Izanami, Itachi was suddenly [[Chakra Scalpel|bisected]] by Kabuto who launched a surprise attack by emerging from the mouth of the subdued Orochimaru copy.
 
   
While Sasuke bought him enough time to regenerate, Itachi attacked Kabuto, who countered his attack by driving Sasuke's sword into Itachi's chest. Disappearing into a flock of crows, Itachi cut off Kabuto's horn once again. This sequence of event repeated itself several times until it was revealed that Kabuto was actually trapped inside [[Izanami]], which would continue to loop this same sequence of events. Itachi explained to Sasuke that he wished to use this technique so Kabuto could acknowledge his real self before dying, unlike himself. After this, Itachi told Sasuke that he would stop the Impure World Reincarnation, that he had no more attachments to the living world, and that he was proud to be able to protect his village once more. He also added that ending the technique was the least he could do to alleviate some of the burden he had placed on Naruto. Raising the [[Wikipedia:Brille|brille]] that had covered Kabuto's eyes, Itachi casted a genjutsu and ordered Kabuto to teach him the seals to stop the Impure World Reincarnation technique.
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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.
   
[[File:Itachi loves Sasuke.png|thumb|Itachi imparts his final words to his brother.]]
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[[File:Itachi's farewell.png|thumb|Itachi imparts his final words to his brother.]]
After being told the seals, Itachi has Kabuto perform them while his brother states he still could not forgive Konoha for what they had done to Itachi. Before the Impure World Reincarnation was cancelled, Itachi moved towards Sasuke with his hand outstretched to poke him as he always did in their youth, and stated that he could still make it. Before his consciousness faded completely, Itachi used his Sharingan and shared with Sasuke his memories and the truth of what had happened, leading up to the coup d'etat their clan had planned. Showing him this, Itachi told Sasuke that he no longer wanted to lie to Sasuke and contemplated whether things would have turned out differently had he told Sasuke the truth of what was happening at the time. Seemingly gesturing to poke Sasuke once more, Itachi told his little brother that he did not have to forgive him, but no matter what happened to him from that point onwards, he would always love him, resting his forehead on his little brother's as he imparted his final words to him and then disappeared, and his spirit went to the afterlife, leaving the corpse of an unknown Konoha shinobi behind.
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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 ==
Knowing that his death was near, Itachi set up his final battle against Sasuke as redemption for what he did. Itachi removed Orochimaru and his influence from Sasuke and left behind an Amaterasu that would activate in the presence of Tobi's Sharingan. Though the latter act was designed to protect Sasuke from Tobi, it did not stop Tobi from revealing the true reason for the Uchiha Clan Massacre and the identities of the ones responsible: Konoha's higher-ups. Though Itachi hoped Sasuke would rebuild the Uchiha to be better than before, Sasuke was unable to let go of his grief nor ignore the suffering of his clan or his brother, and became a bitter enemy of Konoha as a result. But having expected Sasuke would take such a path after his death, Itachi entrusted a [[Itachi's Crow|crow]] which had [[Shisui Uchiha]]'s Sharingan implanted in its eye socket to Naruto.
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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.
   
Expecting Sasuke to eventually transplant his eyes to stave off the blindness that would come, Itachi planned for the crow to emerge from inside Naruto during their confrontation and [[Kotoamatsukami|compel]] his brother into protecting the village rather than destroy it. However, after Itachi was [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] by [[Kabuto Yakushi]] during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] and sent after Naruto, the crow's Kotoamatsukami broke him free from Kabuto's control instead. He aided the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] by finding the summoner and forced Kabuto to release Impure World Reincarnation. Joined by Sasuke, Itachi succeeded in ending the technique, imparting final words that had Sasuke questioning whether or not he truly wanted revenge.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 592, pages 1-3</ref>
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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.
   
Inadvertently, Itachi also garnered praise from the five current [[Kage]], who hailed the person who released the Impure World Reincarnation as a hero who protected the shinobi world.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 591, page 4</ref>
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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.
   
 
== Movies ==
 
== Movies ==
=== Naruto Shippūden 6: Road to Ninja ===
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Itachi appears as the leader of Akatsuki in the alternate universe Naruto and Sakura end up at. Working for Konoha, they help Naruto in the battle against Menma's pawns as Itachi rescues a captured Sakura.
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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.
   
 
== Video Games ==
 
== Video Games ==
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* {{translation|''Itachi''|鼬}} can be translated as "[[weasel]]".
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* Itachi ranked highly in the ''Shōnen Jump'' popularity polls for the series, continuously placing in the top ten and reaching sixth place once.<ref name="PopularityPoll1">''Naruto'' chapter 245, pages 8-9</ref><ref name="PopularityPoll2">''Naruto'' chapter 293</ref> In the latest popularity poll, he rose to fifth place.<ref name="PopularityPoll3">''Naruto'' chapter 531</ref>
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* {{translation|''Itachi''|鼬}} can be translated as "[[Wikipedia:Weasel|weasel]]".
* He and Kisame were the first active Akatsuki members to appear.
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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.
 
* 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 ''[[Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!]]'', 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 databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
** Itachi's hobby was visiting traditional Japanese cafés.
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** Itachi's hobby was visiting traditional Japanese cafés.
** Itachi wished to fight Sasuke.
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** Itachi wished to fight Sasuke.
 
** 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'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.
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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"}}
 
* 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"}}
 
* Itachi is tied with Jiraiya for having the highest stat total in the databooks.
 
* Itachi is tied with Jiraiya for having the highest stat total in the databooks.
* Itachi is one of the few people who knows the identities of both Naruto's father and mother.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 552, page 8</ref>
 
* Fittingly, the shinobi that was sacrificed for his reincarnation was a Konohagakure shinobi, indicating his affiliation with the village.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 591, page 2</ref>
 
* Amaterasu, the Shintō goddess of the sun, had a three-legged crow named Yatagarasu. In addition to having a technique named Amaterasu (which he used against Pain’s Giant Drill-Beaked Bird, which also had three legs), Itachi uses crows in his techniques.
 
* According to Shintō mythology, Yatagarasu's appearance was regarded as an omen for either something really good or bad. His permanent appearance was through the Koto Amatsukami, namely Takagi no Kami and Amaterasu who sent Yatagarasu as a saviour to end Emperor Jimmu's war. This closely resembles Itachi's role, where he is freed through Koto-Amatsukami and becomes an important asset in the Alliance's efforts to end the shinobi war.
 
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (To [[Sasuke]]) {{translation|"''Forgive me Sasuke… Again, next time.''"|「許せサスケ…また今度だ」|"Yuruse Sasuke… Mata kondo da."}}<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 220, page 8</ref>
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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) "''Being skilled isn't all that's it's made out to be. When you're strong, you become arrogant and withdrawn. Even if what you sought after was your dream.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 221, page 18</ref>
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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 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.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 221, page 19</ref>
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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>
* (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>''Naruto'' chapter 222, page 12</ref>
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* (To [[Naruto]]) ''"You don't become the Hokage to be acknowledged. The one who is acknowledged becomes the Hokage."''
* (To Yashiro, Tekka and Inabi) "''I've had enough, there's no hope left for this pathetic clan. You forget what is most important to you because you cling to something small like your clan. True change cannot be made if it is bound by laws and limitations, predictions and imagination.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 222, pages 15-16</ref>
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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) {{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.''"|「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。」|"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."}}<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 225, page 5</ref>
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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>
* (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?''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 385, page 6</ref>
 
* (To an infant Sasuke) "''Don't cry, Sasuke. Your big brother is here to protect you, no matter what happens.''"<ref name="ch502"/>
 
* (To [[Kisame]], after he related the story of the sharks) "''We are humans, not fish. We don't know what kind of people we truly are until the moment before our deaths. As death comes to embrace you, you will realise what you are. That's what death is, don't you think?''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 508, pages 8-9</ref>
 
* (Last words to Sasuke) {{translation|"''Forgive me Sasuke… <!-- this is the actual translation, do NOT change -->…It ends with this.<!-- this is the actual translation, do NOT change -->''"|「許せサスケ……これで最後だ」|"Yuruse Sasuke… …Kore de saigo da."}}<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 402, pages 12-13</ref>
 
* (About [[Shisui]]'s teachings to him) ''"Self-sacrifice… A nameless shinobi who protects peace within its shadow… That is a true shinobi."''<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 550, page 10</ref>
 
* (About [[Konoha]]) "''The village does have its dark side and its inconsistencies, but I'm still Konoha's Itachi Uchiha.''"<ref name="mykonoha"/>
 
* (To [[Kabuto]]) "''Those who can't acknowledge their real selves are bound to fail.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 582, page 7</ref>
 
* (To Kabuto) "''That (imitating someone you respect) is something you do in order to grow. You can't use it as a disguise to pretend to be someone you are not.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 585, page 12</ref>
 
* (Last words to Sasuke after reincarnation) "''You never have to forgive me. No matter what happens to you from here on out, I will always love you.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 590, page 16</ref>
 
   
 
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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.

After he dies and is 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

Itachi full

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's powerful combination of his clan's signature abilities.

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 Sannin, openly admitted Itachi was stronger than he was.[33] Even during his final battle with Sasuke, the latter could not defeat him and it was Itachi's 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 terminal illness.

Although he was very skilled with taijutsu – enough to easily defeat three members of the Konoha Military Police Force[34] – he rarely actually got involved in hand-to-hand combat. What he did consistently display, however, was 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.[35][36] 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.[37] In the anime, he was even able to keep up with the famous Shisui of the Body Flicker.[38]

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.[39][40]

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.[41] His throwing speed was unprecedented, enough to keep up with and therefore negate the advantages of the Summoning: Lightning Flash Blade Creation.[42] 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.[43] He was also a skilled Water Release user, able to perform the Water Dragon Bullet Technique without an already existing water source.[44] 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.[45] If ever he came up against other genjutsu users, he could turn their genjutsu against them.[46]

Dōjutsu Edit

Sharingan Edit

Itachi's Sharingan

Itachi's Sharingan.

Itachi awakened and mastered the Sharingan by the age of eight,[47] demonstrating skill and power superior to most members of his clan.[48] 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.[49]

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.[50] 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.[51] 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.[52]

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.[53] 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.[54] 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.[55]

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.[56] 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.[57]

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.[58] 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;[59] 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!"[60]
  • (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!")[61]
  • (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."[62]

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 142, page 9
  36. Chapter 587, pages 8
  37. Chapter 141, pages 16-17
  38. Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, OVA cutscene
  39. Chapter 397, pages 8-11
  40. Chapter 550, pages 10-13
  41. Chapter 220, pages 3-6
  42. Chapter 387, pages 4-7
  43. Chapter 549, page 12
  44. Chapter 587, page 11
  45. Chapter 540, page 13
  46. Chapter 141, page 15
  47. Chapter 142, page 3
  48. Chapter 222, page 7
  49. Chapter 581, pages 14-16
  50. Chapter 142, page 17
  51. Chapter 391, pages 16-17
  52. Chapter 393, page 9
  53. Chapter 390, page 14
  54. Chapter 148, page 16
  55. Chapter 397, page 10
  56. Chapter 419, page 3
  57. Naruto: Shippūden episode 290
  58. Chapter 627, page 9
  59. Chapter 591, page 4
  60. Chapter 222, page 12
  61. Chapter 225, page 5
  62. Chapter 590, page 16

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