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うちはマダラ Uchiha Madara

Debut
Manga Volume #41, Chapter #370
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #130
Novel Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky (Mentioned)
Movie The Last: Naruto the Movie
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Capricorn December 24 searchgray_iconsmall.png
Gender Gender Male Male
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part II: 179 cm1.79 m
    5.873 ft
    70.472 in
Weight
  • Part II: 71.3 kg157.19 lb
Blood type O
Kekkei Genkai
Kekkei Mōra
Classification
Tailed Beast Ten-Tails (Forms)
Occupation
Affiliation
Partner
Clan
Family
Nature Type
Unique Traits
Jutsu

Tools

Madara Uchiha (うちはマダラ, Uchiha Madara) was a legendary leader of the Uchiha clan. He founded Konohagakure alongside his rival, Hashirama Senju, with the intention of beginning an era of peace. When the two couldn't agree on how to achieve that peace, they fought for control of the village, a conflict that ended in Madara's death. He rewrote his death and went into hiding to work on his plans. Unable to complete it in his natural life, he entrusted his knowledge and plans to Obito Uchiha shortly before his actual death. Years later, Madara would be revived, only to see his plans foiled before dying one final time.

Background

Madara apperance

Madara as a child.

Madara was born during the Warring States Period, and was the eldest of Tajima Uchiha's five sons. Madara and his brothers grew up on the battlefield waging constant war with the Uchiha's rivals: the Senju. Three of his brothers died young, leaving Madara with only his younger brother, Izuna. Madara and Izuna became very close through their shared loss and constantly competed with each other to get stronger.[6] This, combined with his naturally strong chakra, enabled the young Madara to defeat adult Senju in battle and develop a reputation as a genius.[7]

During his infrequent downtime, Madara met a boy his own age named Hashirama. The two quickly developed a friendly rivalry, be it skipping stones or urinating in rivers. Like Madara, Hashirama was also a shinobi who had lost his brothers on the battlefield. Together they imagined a world where children like themselves wouldn't need to fight.[8] As a precaution, Madara and Hashirama did not divulge their family names, but nevertheless discovered each other's identities: Madara was an Uchiha, Hashirama was a Senju; it was their duty to kill each other, even if they were friends. Needing to choose between his family and his dreams of peace, Madara chose to end his friendship with Hashirama so he would have no reservations over killing him in the future, a resolve strong enough to awaken his Sharingan.[9]

Hashirama VS Madara

Madara and Hashirama clash on the battlefield.

Over the following years Madara and Hashirama continued to meet in combat. Madara could never defeat Hashirama — even after acquiring a Mangekyō Sharingan — and Hashirama could never bring himself to kill someone he still considered a friend, resulting in a constant stalemate between the two that lasted decades. In time, both Madara and Hashirama became leaders of their respective clans, a position Hashirama tried to use to broker peace between them.[10] Although some Uchiha found the offer increasingly tempting, Madara refused due to Izuna's death at the hands of Hashirama's own brother, Tobirama. Despite this, some Uchiha defected over to the Senju clan out of self-preservation. Madara then used Izuna's eyes in order to gain "eternal" Mangekyō Sharingan and restore his deteriorating vision. With this new power he waged one final assault against the Senju and was summarily defeated. Rather than kill Madara to bring the era of war to an end, Hashirama offered to kill himself if it would stop the fighting. Madara was moved by Hashirama's gesture and finally assented to peace.[11]

Senju & Uchiha truce

Konohagakure is formed.

The Senju, the Uchiha, and all their affiliated clans came together to found a village of peace, where children would never need to die in battle. Madara and Hashirama, rekindling their childhood friendship, called that village Konohagakure.[12] But Madara's idea of peace differed from Hashirama's: where Hashirama envisioned cooperation with the other newly-formed villages, Madara desired control so the peace could never be lost, evidenced by his attacking Iwagakure's and Ōnoki so that they would submit to Konoha's authority.[13] When Hashirama was elected as Hokage, Konoha's leader, Madara also became concerned for the Uchiha's future, believing this to be but the first step in the Senju's dominance.[14]

Hashirama vs Madara

Madara with the Nine-Tails battling Hashirama

The Naka Shrine had been in the Uchiha's possession for generations and was brought with them when they settled in Konoha. Through careful study, Madara was able decipher enough of it to learn of the history of shinobi: of the endless cycle of failed peace and the destiny of battle between Uchiha and Senju, but also a means of unity for the world.[15] With this knowledge, Madara decided Konoha was a failed experiment. He tried to convince his own clan and even Hashirama of the same conclusion, but none would hear him.[16] Madara chose to abandon the village, returning with the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox under his control to challenge Hashirama.[17] They fought to exhaustion, and from the carnage of their battle the Valley of the End was formed.[18] In the end, Madara, too tired to even keep his Sharingan activated, was killed by Hashirama.[19]

Madara Awakening Rinnegan

An elderly Madara awakens the Rinnegan.

News of Madara's death spread fast and his corpse was secretly hidden to keep anyone from finding it and profiting from it. But Madara had planned ahead: he had scheduled an Izanagi to activate sometime after his death, changing reality to bring him back to life in exchange for his right eye's vision. He left a copy in place of his real body and went into hiding with a special trophy from his fight with Hashirama: a mouthful of Hashirama's flesh that he transplanted into his wounds. It was not until decades later, towards the end of Madara's natural life, that the cells had any effect, awakening the Rinnegan (in the process restoring his right eye). With the Rinnegan he was able to summon the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, which he used to cultivate a mindless living clone of Hashirama from which he believed he had produced a White Zetsu Army.[20]

Over the years, Madara had perfected his plans for peace in what he called the Eye of the Moon Plan. But as his years waned, Madara knew he couldn't complete his plans in the time he had left. So he transplanted his Rinnegan into a young Nagato without the boy's knowing,[20] intending Nagato to someday use the eyes to restore Madara to life. If Nagato was to do this, however, Madara would need an agent to act on his behalf and guide Nagato towards this ultimate goal. Madara waited, connecting himself to Demonic Statue to keep him alive until someone could be found.[21] Madara spent this time keeping a close eye on Konoha to find a suitable pawn to take his place.

Madara saves Obito

Madara meeting Obito Uchiha.

During the Third Shinobi World War, Madara found a badly injured Obito Uchiha. Madara used Hashirama's cells to replace Obito's damaged extremities and placed a Forbidden Individual Curse Tag in Obito's heart as a fail-safe in case Obito ever turned against him. Until then, Madara began working towards corrupting Obito. He had Kirigakure kidnap the girl Obito loved, Rin Nohara, and seal the Three-Tails into her. He then manipulated events so that Rin would die at the hand of Obito's friend, Kakashi Hatake, while Obito watched.[22] Driven to despair, Obito offered his services to Madara. Madara divulged to Obito the history of the Sage of the Six Paths and the Ten-Tails, the details of his Eye of the Moon Plan, and various techniques that Obito would need moving forward. As a final act, he left behind Black Zetsu — what he believed to be a manifestation of his will — to provide additional guidance to Obito in pursuit of this goal. With that, Madara disconnected from the Demonic Statue and, with his dying breath, entrusted Obito with his name: Madara Uchiha.[23]

Personality

Madara's rage

The childhood dynamics between Madara and Hashirama.

Madara's childhood was a product of the times he lived in: the constant fighting made him a perfectionist that would keep at something until he mastered it, and his triumphs on the battlefield made him very confident in his abilities and talent.[24] Whenever one of these personality traits was challenged, as they tended to be by Hashirama, Madara's competitive streak would emerge. Madara did not mind Hashirama's influence in this regard; he believed that the only way to survive in the shinobi world was to make allies with one's enemies.[25] In the anime, his exposure to Hashirama is credited for Madara not experiencing the Uchiha's "Curse of Hatred" or at the very least, not being victimised by it as much as Izuna was.[26] Madara's actions and beliefs were singularly focused on protecting Izuna, his only surviving brother.[27] So long as he had Izuna, Madara was reasonable and kind, willing to make concessions for a perceived greater good.[28] Furthermore, even though he declared he abandoned his original dream of peace and his friendship with Hashirama, Madara still held onto the friendship somewhere in his subconscious. As a result, he stopped Hashirama from killing himself to solidify the truce between them.

Hontō no Yume

Madara's descent into darkness.

Madara changed after Izuna's death, becoming bitter towards the Senju, particularly Hashirama since he still had a brother. Embracing his clan's Curse of Hatred, he opted to die for revenge rather than compromise or forgive.[29] Although he was briefly convinced to set aside his grief and try to replace Izuna with the collective family of Konoha, he could never shake the feeling that he was betraying Izuna's memory. The increasing isolation of himself and other Uchiha from village politics ultimately convinced him of this, causing him to fully break with any other attachments.

During his time as a Konoha shinobi, Madara did what he thought was in the village's best interests. Unlike Hashirama's compassionate methods, Madara took a merciless approach: the shinobi of Iwagakure only had purpose so long as they swore unwavering allegiance to Konoha.[30] After his defection from Konoha, Madara's priorities became centred around himself, manipulating countless others in order to satisfy his own goals and putting in place multiple layers of contingencies so that nobody could ever diverge from his own intentions. As he valued only power and possessed so much of it, Madara therefore disliked to waste it on unworthy causes or unchallenging opponents, claiming disgust when he was forced to.[31]

Madara loved fighting above all else: the sights, the sounds, even the taste of his own blood;[32] he felt being reincarnated deprived him of the full experience. Yet he was very disciplined in a fight, never allowing his failed plans or attacks to upset him and never letting superior numbers or power intimidate him. and always willing to do whatever must be done to gain victory. Although he sometimes imposed limitations on himself, such as not using certain techniques more than once, he was willing to "lower" himself with unbecoming tactics or excess displays, ever willing and able to change tactics and exploit advantages. He was perfectly aware of his talents and did not feign modesty, bluntly stating when he was stronger than his opponents and belittling them when they continued to defy him. Conversely, if he was proven wrong or somebody posed a legitimate challenge to him, he would admit it, apologise for previous remarks if necessary, and if he gained the upper hand, he would not drag out his opponent's suffering.[33]

Madara senses Hashirama

Madara's reaction after sensing Hashirama's chakra.

One of the exceptions Madara makes was Hashirama. Their years of rivalry left Madara with competing feelings of respect and resentment for Hashirama. He hated to hear Hashirama's name and at the same time grew excited at the prospect of fighting him.[30][34] Madara considered Hashirama the only opponent worthy of his time and would gladly postpone his own plans if it meant prolonging his time to fight with Hashirama.[35] Despite this, Madara is quite open-minded about recognising other strong individuals besides Hashirama. One example is Guy, who he declared the strongest in taijutsu.

In his later years, after developing his Eye of the Moon Plan, Madara became pessimistic about human nature, believing the cycle of battle to be inescapable.[36] He also came to believe that humanity and the world are incapable of changing from what they were in the past.[37] He believed the current, "worthless" reality was built too much on the idea of winning and losing. For this reason he was deeply committed to his plan, so much that he would prematurely end a fight he was enjoying or kill any threat, even, reluctantly, his own clansmen, for the sake of its success. The ultimate failure of his plan left Madara deeply depressed, but it caused him to see its errors: breaking free of his Curse of Hatred, he regretted the mistakes he'd made and admitted the superiority of Hashirama's methods for peace. He and Hashirama were thus able to reconcile in the moments before his death.

Appearance

Madara fullbody

Madara's appearance after Konoha's founding.

Madara was a fair-skinned man with spiky, black hair that had a slight blue tint to it. In his childhood, his hair was chin-length that parted to frame the sides of his face. His casual attire consisted of a blue long sleeve shirt and white pants. While on the battlefield he wore the standard Uchiha outfit: a black shirt with a high-collar left slightly open and the clan's crest on its back, with blue pants and bandages around his shins. Around his waist he had a white sash that held a sack, presumably containing his ninja tools.[6] Later, his sash was replaced by a belt, adorned with pouches and various weapons. He also wore another sash strapped across his shoulders which he used to hold his swords.[38]

When he reaches adulthood, Madara let his hair grow to waist-length with shoulder-length bangs framing the sides of his face, covering most of his right eye. Although still relatively young, more prominent creases had developed under each of his eyes. At times, he wore crimson armour with numerous metal plates, forming protective guards along his chest, waist, shoulders and thighs. Most of the time, however, he continued wearing the same basic Uchiha outfit: a blue high-collared, long sleeve mantle that splits down the lower half and a simple, light-brown obi and a belt.[39] During battle, he often carried an orange-brown gunbai which had a long black chain running up it. The anime also shows him wearing a metal belt, as well as a brown leather sash to hold some of his other weapons, and a pair of belt sashes to hold two of his swords.

In his old age, Madara became extremely worn and emaciated, with his hair turned thin and white, and lost all his teeth. He wore a simple black outfit and used his kama as a makeshift cane.[40][41] When Madara was reincarnated his body's youth was restored, albeit with the generic effect of gaining grey sclerae and minor cracks all over his body. These disappear once he is properly revived.

After becoming the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, Madara had white hair (taupe in the Naruto: Colour Edition) and pale skin, and he became enveloped by a cloak of chakra that stabilised into physical clothing: a full-bodied black garment with black pants, gloves, and boots, over which he wore a flowing white robe with six black magatama markings across his chest and the familiar pattern of a black Rinnegan and nine black magatama markings in rows of three on his back. A grey horn-like protrusions grew out of his left temple and overlapped his forehead akin to a protector with an upward-curve on the right temple, giving him an overall appearance very similar to that of the Sage of the Six Paths. After absorbing the recreated Ten-Tails produced by Obito, Madara obtained additional black magatama markings around his sleeve cuffs and the rim of his robe. He reverts to his former appearance after the Ten-Tails is removed from his body.[42]

Abilities

Hashirama and Madara clash

Madara clashing with his life-long rival, Hashirama.

Madara was one of the most gifted shinobi who ever lived, recognised as the strongest member of the Uchiha clan.[43] A child prodigy, he killed several adult Senju before he had awakened his Sharingan.[44] History remembers him best for competing with Hashirama Senju, a "God of Shinobi".[45] When Obito began operating under Madara's name, fear of Madara's power forced the Five Great Shinobi Countries, and the neutral Land of Iron, to band together and trigger the Fourth Shinobi World War.[46] After his reincarnation, Madara matched and defeated the five Kage at once.[47] Upon his full revival, he immobilised Hashirama, stole his senjutsu chakra, and with it, defeated and sealed all of the nine tailed beasts at once.[48]

Chakra and Physical Prowess

Madara captures Hashirama

Madara absorbing a restrained Hashirama's senjutsu chakra.

Madara was born with very powerful chakra,[38] described as very foul and evil by both the Nine-Tails and Tobirama Senju.[49][50] This is partly because he inherited Indra's chakra.[51] His large chakra reserves allowed him to fight nonstop for twenty-four hours before collapsing,[52] and in his old age, summon the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path from its cage in the moon.[53] He was skilled in chakra control as he could perform complicated techniques with a single hand seal. He could also quickly absorb and synchronise senjutsu chakra with his own, while suffering no adverse effects associated with a lack of proficiency in senjutsu.[54]

Although he primarily used ninjutsu, Madara was skilled in taijutsu. During his confrontation with the Fourth Division, he fought hundreds of opponents with taijutsu, disarming and dodging attacks from many directions. He could strike with precision before his opponent could react, and overpower individuals twice his size.[55] He was fast enough to blitz Naruto in Sage Mode,[56] and when using senjutsu chakra, dodge a Flying Thunder God Slash without looking.[57] While using senjutsu chakra, Madara's pain tolerance was high, as he did not flinch from the tailed beasts' assault, nor the loss of his arm.[58]

Body Modifications

Madara's body modifications

A replica of Hashirama's face on Madara's chest.

When Madara was reincarnated, Kabuto Yakushi modified him to be "beyond his physical and combat prime". The abilities he had in his old age were now present in his younger body.[59] In addition, a pale replica of Hashirama's face existed on Madara's left pectoral region, which granted him Hashirama's Wood Release kekkei genkai.[60] After being resurrected, he acquired Hashirama's senjutsu chakra, and could now heal most of his injuries in seconds.[61] For severe injuries, like amputation, Madara could replace his limb with material from a White Zetsu's body.[62][63]

Ninjutsu

Madara was well-versed in a variety of ninjutsu styles: he could use juinjutsu powerful enough to restrict the target's actions,[64] perform fūinjutsu strong enough to seal the Ten-Tails,[65] and through an unorthodox use of the Shadow Clone Technique, fake his death by having a clone act as his corpse.[66] He could hide within surfaces to avoid damage and move around the battlefield unnoticed.[67] In the anime, Madara showed the ability to levitate.[68]

Bukijutsu

MadaraChakra

Madara wielding his gunbai.

Madara could use many weapons, such as giant shuriken, a kama, chains with weights, a kusarigama, and hand-held shuriken.[69] He also demonstrated proficiency with swords while fighting the Fourth Division.[70] His trademark weapon was his gunbai, with which he could shield himself[71] and redirect attacks,[72] or wield it like a mace or flail.[73] He could slice through the giant roots of the Ten-Tails' tree form with it.[74]

Nature Transformation

Katon Gōka Mekkyaku

Madara using Fire Release: Great Fire Annihilation.

Madara was one of the few shinobi in history capable of utilising all five basic nature transformations as well as Yin–Yang Release.[2] An Uchiha, he had a natural affinity for Fire Release, whether to produce a wall of flames – which required the combined efforts of several Water Release users to repel[75] – or cover an area with ash to act as a smokescreen.[76] In the anime, Madara could create powerful gusts with his gunbai to repel an entire platoon.[77] Later in his life, he used Yin–Yang Release to amplify White Zetsu, and pour his will into black receivers which could restrict and control targets.[78]

After acquiring Hashirama's DNA, he could use Wood Release, a mixture of water and earth-natured chakra, with his skill being comparable to Hashirama himself.[79] He could create gigantic flowering trees, which could render a foe unconscious,[80] wood clones,[81] and wood dragons which could bind targets and drain their chakra.[82] With Hashirama's cells, Madara could also produce roots to connect to and gain limited control of the Ten-Tails.[83] After becoming Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, he was shown using Yin Release to create lightning bolts, and Storm Release – a mixture of water and lightning-natured chakra – to create energy beams that could cut through the Six Paths Rods.[84]

Sensory Perception

An adept sensor type, he could detect and recognise chakra signatures from a great distance.[34] His skills were refined enough to determine a person's clan and the nature of their kekkei genkai. He could even differentiate species.[85] When amplified by Senjutsu chakra, his sensory abilities allowed him to fight whilst blind, by locating targets and dodging attacks through his sensory perception.[86]

Dōjutsu

Sharingan

Madara's Sharingan

Madara's Sharingan.

Madara awakened his Sharingan as a child, with one tomoe in both eyes.[9]. By adulthood, his Sharingan was fully developed and active near-constantly. Madara's mastery over the Sharingan surpassed every other member of the Uchiha clan. Only he could tell the difference between a shadow or wood clone, and the original.[87][88] With brief eye-contact, Madara could place targets under genjutsu and paralyse them or relay information.[89] He could even trap the Nine-Tails, and summon him as a powerful tool in battle. By programming one of his eyes to activate Izanagi after his death, he was able to alter reality and resurrect himself.[66]

Mangekyō Sharingan

Madara's Mangekyo Sharingan

Madara's Mangekyō Sharingan.

Izuna and he were the first Uchiha to awaken the Mangekyō Sharingan. With his eyesight deteriorating from overuse, he replaced his eyes with Izuna's, restoring his vision and gaining the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan.[90] The "straight tomoe" (直巴, Choku Tomoe) of his Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan granted him fluidity in his movements when fighting.[91]

Madara's Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan

Madara's Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan.

As he awakened both his Mangekyō, Madara could use Susanoo. The ribcage could withstand an Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan,[92] and he could use its upper half for offensive attacks. His Susanoo wielded two to four undulating blades that could be thrown and controlled remotely.[93] He could also use Yasaka Magatama of varying sizes.[94] When fully produced, Madara would hover inside Susanoo to grant him a greater range of movement.[80]

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Madara's Complete Body — Susanoo.

He could "stabilise" Susanoo into its Complete Body form, causing it to resemble a tengu with outer armour that was nearly impenetrable.[95] A secondary pair of arms wielded sheathed katana which could be used to bisect mountains.[96] According to Madara, its power was comparable to that of the tailed beasts, and no one was said to have lived to see it a second time.[97] He was also able to shape his stabilised Susanoo into an armour for Kurama, which synergised their abilities.[98]

Madara knew about other Mangekyō techniques, and was also capable of discerning the mechanics of these techniques with brief observation.[99] After stealing Kakashi Hatake's Mangekyō Sharingan, he was able to use Kamui immediately.[84]

Rinnegan

Madara's Rinnegan

Madara's Rinnegan.

Years after infusing himself with Hashirama's DNA, Madara's Sharingan evolved into the Rinnegan.[20] As the eyes' original owner, only he could use them to their fullest power.[100] He was able to switch between both dōjutsu. With the Rinnegan, Madara could use the Six Paths Techniques,[101] such as the Preta Path to absorb chakra.[102] With the Deva Path, he could perform Chibaku Tensei on a massive scale,[103], he could create chakra chains with the Outer Path that restrained all nine tailed beasts.[104] In addition, he could create black receivers for various melee and supplementary purposes.

When under the Impure World Reincarnation, Madara was unable to use all of his Rinnegan abilities. After being revived, and obtaining one of his actual eyes, he could summon and control the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path,[105] as well as generate a corporeal invisible shadow to aid him in battle. With senjutsu chakra, this shadow was powerful enough to physically hurt the tailed beasts.[106] With access to both of his Rinnegan, Madara could produce at least four shadows to aid him.[107]

Rinne Sharingan

Rinne Sharingan

Madara's Rinne Sharingan.

As the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki and with both of his Rinnegan, Madara approached the moon and awakened a Rinne Sharingan on his forehead, which could cast the Infinite Tsukuyomi.[108]

Jinchūriki Transformations

Main article: Jinchūriki Forms

Madara Jinchuriki anime

Madara's jinchūriki transformation.

After sealing the Ten-Tails into his body, Madara was noted to have obtained more power than Obito did, and did not go through an adjustment period of wrestling for control.[109] He was fast enough to react to the Flying Thunder God Technique and Kamui.[110] He was durable enough to survive the Night Guy, though he nearly died in the process, and after he absorbed the Tree form of the Ten-Tails, his regenerative powers could circumvent bisection, and restore his body[111]. In this form, Madara could fly and harness natural energy to enhance his various techniques. He was also able to cast the Infinite Tsukuyomi as well as God: Nativity of a World of Trees after he awakened the Rinne-Sharingan.

Truth-Seeking Ball

When Madara was the Ten Tails' jinchūriki, he had ten Truth-Seeking Balls, which were comprised of the five basic nature transformations and Yin–Yang Release.[112][113] The balls were his primary weapons and floated behind him in a circular formation.[114] Their chakra is highly malleable and versatile. He could use them as high speed projectiles,[115] protective barriers,[116] and various weapons, such as a shakujō with a crescent-shaped curve.[117] With Yin–Yang Release, the balls could nullify all ninjutsu they came into contact with.[118]

Intelligence

Madara's years of experience on the battlefield honed his strategic ingenuity. He could quickly devise a number of approaches and could switch approaches immediately. The longer he spent against a particular opponent, the less he needed backup tactics, as he could eventually predict what they would do and identify literal or psychological weaknesses to exploit. He could form and verify any theories he comes up with using small details.[84] In addition to his sheer adaptability, Madara was knowledgeable on a large variety of individuals and abilities, and thus could identify techniques when used and react with the most appropriate counter to them.

A researcher, he experimented on and cultivated a clone flower through the Demonic Statue of Outer Path, and from it, he created a life-support system for himself.[119] He had enough medical knowledge to transplant eyes, treat severe injuries, and could replace destroyed body parts with White Zetsu matter.[120]

Madara rarely lets shock impede his reaction time. When Sasuke used Amenotejikara to trap him, he reacted fast enough to substitute his shadow before he could be sealed.

Part II

Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown

Madara Reanimated

The contents of the sixth coffin.

Tobi, acting under Madara's name, moves into the final stages of the Eye of the Moon Plan by initiating a Fourth Shinobi World War. Before the war's start, Kabuto Yakushi approaches Tobi to try and form an alliance. When Tobi asks what will happen if he refuses, Kabuto resurrects Madara to show he knows that Tobi is not the true Madara and forces him to accept.[121] Tobi reluctantly agrees and Kabuto de-summons Madara.[122]

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

Madara vs Alliance

Madara arrives on the battlefield with Mū.

During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kabuto decides to use Madara against the Allied Shinobi Forces and uses as a medium to summon him to the battlefield. When he first becomes aware of his surroundings, Madara believes he has been brought back by Nagato's Outer Path — Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique but soon realises that he instead has been brought back with the Impure World Reincarnation. Kabuto speaks through Mū, introduces himself, and explains recent developments in the world and Tobi's current actions. After Kabuto points out that he has restored Madara to a state beyond his prime, Madara tests his body by tearing through the Fourth Division, thinning its numbers. The Fourth Division's initial attempts to stop Madara fail as he protects himself with Susanoo. When the Fifth Kazekage, Third Tsuchikage, and one of Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clones combine efforts, Madara is forced to activate his Rinnegan and absorb the attack.

Realising his enemies were too dangerous for him to hold back to basic ninjutsu and taijutsu, Madara pulls down a meteorite from the atmosphere. When the Kazekage and Tsuchikage successfully stops it, Madara adds a second meteorite to his attack, both of which fall upon and devastate the Fourth Division. With most of the Fourth Division dead, Madara questions Kabuto about just how far off-plan Tobi has gone. Because Kabuto doesn't actually know much about the plan, Madara is left to check things for himself and tries to summon the Nine-Tails, only to discover it's sealed in a jinchūriki, specifically Naruto. Despite knowing the current Naruto was a clone, he decided to delay his plans to test out his new powers, namely, the Wood Release: Nativity of Trees which Naruto's clone barely contered. He then moves in to finish off the remainder of the Fourth Division but is repelled by the arrival of the Fifth Hokage, the Fifth Mizukage, and the Fourth Raikage. The five Kage combine forces against Madara and propel him from the immediate area.

Gokage vs 25 Susanoo

Madara overwhelms the Kage.

By the time he returns, Naruto's shadow clone is gone and the five Kage remain his only opponents. They battle for some time, with Madara equaling and besting the Kage's efforts. When he is hit with the Tsuchikage's Dust Release: Detachment of the Primitive World Technique, Madara's armour is torn away, revealing the implant of Hashirama's face on his chest. Madara laments Hashirama's legacy that these Kage have inherited, having been completely unimpressed by their attacks, particularly those of the Hokage, Hashirama's granddaughter. Madara then creates creating twenty-five copies of himself and have them each activate their Susanoo.

Madara's soul1

Madara's soul remains intact.

By nightfall, the Kage are still alive and are able to pool their efforts so successfully that he is nearly sealed. Finally impressed by their display, Madara responds by summoning his perfected Susanoo. Before he can use it to kill the Kage, his Susanoo starts to fade and Madara is engulfed in light. Madara realises that Kabuto has elsewhere released him from the Impure World Reincarnation and his soul is returning to the afterlife. Madara responds by performing the hand seals to rescind the Impure World Reincarnation contract that Kabuto has over him, enabling him to return to his immortal body without further interference from a summoner. Now able to do whatever he likes and bored with the Kage, Madara decides to go find Naruto and reclaim the Nine-Tails. The Kage try to block his escape.

Uchiha's Reunited

Madara reunites with Obito.

After defeating the five Kage, Madara finds and reunites with Obito while he's engaged in combat with Naruto, Killer B, Kakashi Hatake, and Might Guy. Madara notices the Demonic Statue undergoing a premature transformation into the Ten-Tails and scolds Obito for being too hasty. After Obito returns Madara's gunbai, Madara creates a wood dragon in an attempt to capture Naruto and Killer B and complete the Ten-Tails. He at one point manages to restrain and drain B of his energy but is overwhelmed by Guy's Daytime Tiger. The Ten-Tails is revived before he can recover, forcing Madara to make do. He and Obito leap onto the Ten-Tails' head and connect themselves to it, granting them control of its actions. Their four opponents put up a resistance but are no match for the Ten-Tails' power. Before the Ten-Tails can finish them off, however, the combined Allied Shinobi Forces arrive to join the fight, deflecting the Ten-Tails' attack.

The Allies join forces to immobilise the Ten-Tails, making it an easy target. The Ten-Tails undergoes a new transformation before their attacks can connect, freeing it and letting it block the incoming attacks. Though the immediate problem is solved, Madara realises there's another issue: the Allies are being coordinated too effectively. He and Obito direct the Ten-Tails to attack the distant Allied HQ, something that takes several Tailed Beast Balls due to their lack of control, which Madara attributes to Obito's failure to revive him correctly. Although the Allies' "brain" is killed, the Allies are given one final battle plan in the time it takes the Ten-Tails to hit its target. Obito and Madara try to thin the Allies' numbers before they can get into position and, when that fails, block against the oncoming attack, but the combined forces manage to break through and separate Obito and Madara from the Ten-Tails. With the Ten-Tails now out of their control they must fight the Alliance directly. Obito eventually disappears to the other dimension, forcing Madara to fend for himself.

During Obito's absence, Madara senses that Hashirama has elsewhere been brought back to life. Excited at the prospect of fighting his rival again, Madara eagerly awaits his arrival. When he arrives, Hashirama sends only a wood clone to face him, being too busy restraining the Ten-Tails. Madara decides to sit out the fight until the real Hashirama is ready. When the wood clone persists, Madara easily defeats it. Madara later senses Obito's return to the battlefield and decides to make use of one of his fail-safes, activating black receivers planted in Obito to force him to finally revive Madara. Obito resists and instead seals the Ten-Tails into himself.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki

Main article: Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki

Madara and Hashirama fight again

Madara fighting Hashirama.

Though he's frustrated by this setback, Hashirama is no longer preoccupied, so Madara forces him into a fight. As their battle rages, Hashirama tries to convince Madara to postpone, but Madara repeatedly refuses. Nevertheless, he keeps track of Obito's progress and growing control of the Ten-Tails' power. After Obito's defeat, Madara is restrained by Hashirama's wood dragons and the Alliance moves in to seal him.

Madara Revived

Madara is properly revived.

With Obito no longer the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, Madara puts another fail-safe into effect: Black Zetsu. Having been in contact with it since his initial reincarnation, Madara orders Black Zetsu to take control of Obito's body and use the Outer Path — Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique. Restored to life, Madara breaks free of his restraints and defects the converging Alliance. Having died with his real eyes intact and removed from his body, Madara's reincarnated eyes crumble to nothing. To compensate for his blindness, he immobilises Hashirama with black receivers and absorbs his senjutsu chakra, allowing him to sense attacks without the need to see them. His first attacker is Sasuke Uchiha. Madara does not want to kill his own clansman, so he instructs Sasuke to stay out of his way.

Madara stabs Sasuke1

Madara impales Sasuke.

Madara goes after the freed tailed beasts so that he can revive the Ten-Tails once more. He attempts to take on all nine at once, failing and losing his right arm in the process. While he regroups, a White Zetsu clone brings him one of his Rinnegan that Obito kept in storage. Madara takes this and one of the Zetsu's arms, allowing him start round two. He summons the Demonic Statue from Obito's body and uses Limbo: Border Jail to repel the nine beasts. Before they can recover, he seals all of them into the Demonic Statue, including those sealed in Naruto and B. While the Statue undergoes its transformation into the Ten-Tails again, Madara asks the Zetsu clone how Black Zetsu is faring with taking his remaining Rinnegan back from Obito. Tobirama Senju, having been reincarnated alongside Hashirama, attacks him immediately afterwards, but is restrained after failing to deal any damage. Sasuke also attacks him. Having already warned Sasuke once, Madara turns his own sword against Sasuke and stabs him through the chest.

Obito Stealing Chakra

A reformed Obito steals a portion of Madara's tailed beast chakra.

With nobody left to oppose him, Madara seals the Ten-Tails into himself once its resurrection is complete. Pleased with himself, Madara sets off to regain his other Rinnegan. Along the way he spits out the Benihisago and Kohaku no Jōhei, Obito having used both as part of his premature revival method. When he arrives at Black Zetsu's location, he discovers that Obito has regained control of his body. Madara tries to reason with Obito, reminding him of all they planned and insisting on the impending effectiveness of the Eye of the Moon Plan. Rather than be convinced, Obito stabs Madara and manages to steal fragments of the One-Tail's and Eight-Tails' chakra from him before using Kamui to escape with Naruto.

Guy Attack Madara

Madara battling Guy.

While Madara contemplates his next move, he is confronted by Might Guy, a master of taijutsu, which is one of the only effective attacks against Madara in his new form. Guy opens all Eight Gates and hits Madara with the Evening Elephant. Madara is taken by surprise and tries to defend himself, but other Allied Shinobi are able to reduce him to a single Truth-Seeking Ball, leaving him wide open. Madara is thrilled at the prospect of such a challenging fight, and visibly battered but not beaten, forcing Guy to use Night Guy. Madara is nearly killed by the attack, which obliterates the entire left side of his body. Thanking Guy for giving him such an entertaining battle, and acknowledging him as a worthy opponent, Madara decides to show him the ultimate respect by killing him instead of letting him succumb to his injuries. However, the Truth-Seeking Ball that Madara launches at Guy is kicked back at him by a revived Naruto, whom Madara notes has somehow gained power similar to his own.

Madara vs Naruto

Madara battling Naruto and Sasuke.

Naruto sends Madara crashing through the recreation of the Ten-Tails in its giant tree form, a remnant of Obito's earlier battle. Black Zetsu speaks to Madara, making him believe the tree is telling him to absorb it. Madara does so and becomes stronger, but is met with a new problem: Sasuke, also healed from his injuries, has joined forces with Naruto and is also in possession of new abilities. Despite Madara's efforts, he can do nothing against them. Knowing he needs his other Rinnegan if he's to end the fight, Madara steals Kakashi Hatake's Mangekyō Sharingan and uses it to go after Obito. He stops Sakura Haruno from destroying the Rinnegan, to which Obito responds by sending her back to the real world before Madara can kill her. However, Obito himself is too weak to fight back.

Infinite Tsukuyomi Activated

Madara activates the Infinite Tsukuyomi.

To give Obito some final words, Madara first congratulates him for removing the Forbidden Individual Curse Tag he had placed on him. He also reveals his role in the death of Rin Nohara, in doing so admitting that he's been manipulating Obito from the start. With that, Madara takes back his Rinnegan, returning to Obito his left Mangekyō Sharingan. Black Zetsu uses Obito's body to perform Kamui and return them to the real world. Naruto and Sasuke move to attack him as soon as Madara appears, so Madara delays them with multiple Chibaku Tensei. Madara gains proximity to the moon, awakening the Rinne Sharingan in the process, and succeeds in casting the Infinite Tsukuyomi.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes

Main article: Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes The entire world is trapped in a dream and then wrapped into Madara's God: Nativity of a World of Trees. Sasuke is able to save Naruto, Kakashi, and Sakura from the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Seeing them, Madara announces himself the world's saviour, one who has saved the world from itself by replacing the hells of reality with the heavens of dreams. While he is proselytising, Black Zetsu stabs him in the back. Black Zetsu reveals that it has never served Madara, but rather Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, and that it has taken advantage of him in order to bring about her revival. Black Zetsu transfers from Obito's body to Madara's, completely covering him and forcing him to start absorbing the chakra of those trapped in the Infinite Tsukuyomi. After dramatically increasing in size, Madara shrinks down until a revived Kaguya is revealed in his stead.

Madara dying

Madara speaks to Hashirama for the last time.

Naruto and Sasuke eventually seal Kaguya in her own dimension, along with Black Zetsu, at which point she reverts into the Ten-Tails and spits out Madara. The Sage of the Six Paths summons Madara and everyone else back to the real world, but he can do nothing to save Madara from his approaching death as a result of having both the tailed beasts and Demonic Statue removed from his body. Madara uses his remaining time speaking to Hashirama, noting that his own dream for peace has died while Hashirama's lives on, and therefore was apparently the better of the two. Hashirama replies that they are still friends despite everything, to which Madara agrees as he dies.

Legacy

After his second death, Madara's greatest lasting influence was in Obito's actions, who used Madara's knowledge to create Akatsuki. Several years later, when Obito began operating under Madara's name, the mere possibility that he was truly Madara was enough to unify the ninja of the Five Great Shinobi Countries and trigger the Fourth Shinobi World War.[122]

Madara's actions during life, and even those subsequent actions of Obito, would end up having disastrous effects for the Uchiha clan. Following Madara's betrayal of Konoha, the Uchiha were entirely isolated from any form of control over Konoha's future, chiefly because of the actions of Tobirama Senju. At the time, some Uchiha saw this as proof of what Madara always feared, but the fears subsided with time. Years later, when Obito causes the Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha, Konoha once again becomes suspicious of the Uchiha and the Uchiha once again feel wronged. This time, however, their discontent does not subside. When the Uchiha began planning to overthrow Konoha, the upper echelons of Konoha's government ordered the Uchiha Clan Downfall.

In Other Media

Video Games

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

Game name Japanese release English release
J-Stars Victory VS 19 March 2014 30 June 2015
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 18 April 2013 5 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 4 February 2016 9 February 2016
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014

Trivia

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  • "Madara" (斑) can be translated as "spots".
  • Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Madara show that he was 143.5cm when he met Hashirama.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Madara's hobby was falconry.
    • Madara's favourite food was inarizushi, while his least favourite was roe.
    • Madara wished to fight the upper class Konoha ninja.
    • Madara's favourite phrase was "Armour-sleeved single hit" (鎧袖一触, Gaishū Isshoku), which refers to defeating someone with a single blow.
  • Despite Madara being a user of the Six Paths Senjutsu and using various senjutsu techniques, he is not listed as a user of senjutsu in the fourth databook.[2]

Quotes

  • (To Ōnoki and ) "There is no alliance. From here on, you will obey Konoha! And never, ever say that shinobi's name around me!"[30]
  • (To Hashirama) "While I walk towards my real dream, I'll enjoy fighting you."[123]
  • (To Kurama) "Nine-Tails, you are merely a momentary life, a temporary existence of coalesced energy… energy that once was a single, ultimate form! An unstable force, lacking in intelligence or sapience, you require a guide to show you purpose. That guide is the Uchiha! The tailed beasts are but slaves to those with blessed eyes. Obey!"[124]
  • (To Obito) "This world is full of things that don't go as you wish. The longer you live the more you realise reality is just made of pain, suffering, and emptiness… Listen… In this world, whenever there is light, there are also shadows. As long as the concept of winners exist, there must also be losers. The selfish desire of wanting to maintain peace causes wars and hatred is born to protect love."[125]
  • (To Obito before dying for the second time) "Go… until the time… I revive… you are Madara Uchiha."[126]
  • (To Tobirama) "Hashirama's country was a shameful contradiction… Man seeks peace, yet at the same time yearning for war… Those are the two realms belonging solely to man. Thinking of peace whilst spilling blood is something only humans can do. They're two sides of the same coin. To protect something… another must be sacrificed. That is, other than that of, say a dream world."[127]
  • (To Obito) "I taught you that in order to control people, you need to use the darkness in their hearts. And if there's no darkness, then you just create it… […] From the bottom of your heart, you felt kindness and sympathy for others. […] Your deep feelings… …for Rin… …your comrades… …the Hokage and the shinobi… All you needed to do was to fall once, and all that would turn around into deep hatred for the world."[128]
  • (To Naruto) "I just stopped the fate of this world. I freed people from pain, suffering, emptiness. […] Naruto… You're getting in the way of everyone's happiness. Our game ends here. I turned hell into heaven. You should understand… It's already over."[129]
  • (Last words to Hashirama) "As comrades, huh… Well… if that's how… we… will…"

References

  1. Third Databook, page 48
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Fourth Databook, pages 58-63
  3. Chapter 510, page 12
  4. Chapter 678, page 13
  5. Chapter 602, page 9
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chapter 386, page 5
  7. Chapter 398, page 18
  8. Chapter 623, page 8
  9. 9.0 9.1 Chapter 624, page 8
  10. Chapter 386, page 6
  11. Chapter 625, pages 4-5
  12. Chapter 386, page 10
  13. Chapter 575, pages 8-11
  14. Chapter 625, page 19
  15. Chapter 646, pages 7-9
  16. Chapter 626, page 2
  17. Chapter 399, page 9
  18. Chapter 399, pages 11-13
  19. Chapter 626, page 14-16
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Chapter 606, pages 13-14
  21. Chapter 602, page 12
  22. Chapter 675, pages 7-10
  23. Chapter 606
  24. Chapter 621, page 18
  25. Chapter 622, page 15
  26. Naruto: Shippūden episode 368
  27. Chapter 623, page 11
  28. Chapter 661, pages 15-16
  29. Chapter 625, page 21
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Chapter 562, page 2
  31. Chapter 592, pages 5-6
  32. Chapter 659, pages 1-5
  33. Chapter 672, pages 16-17
  34. 34.0 34.1 Chapter 628, page 12
  35. Chapter 589, page 2
  36. Chapter 646, page 11
  37. Chapter 562, page 4
  38. 38.0 38.1 Chapter 398, page 17
  39. Chapter 399, pages 10-11
  40. Chapter 601, pages 16-17
  41. Chapter 602, page 9
  42. Chapter 690
  43. Chapter 385, page 16
  44. Chapter 623, page 13
  45. Chapter 399
  46. Chapter 467
  47. Chapter 601, page 7
  48. Chapter 661, pages 6-7
  49. Chapter 561, page 11
  50. Chapter 620, page 8
  51. Chapter 671, page 6
  52. Chapter 624, pages 13-14
  53. Chapter 603, pages 1-4
  54. Chapter 657
  55. Chapter 560, pages 5-6
  56. Chapter 657, page 7
  57. Chapter 661
  58. Chapter 658
  59. Chapter 561, pages 3, 11
  60. Chapter 575, page 14
  61. Chapter 657, page 15
  62. Chapter 658, pages 16-17
  63. Chapter 659, page 11
  64. Chapter 675, pages 6-7
  65. Chapter 663, pages 13-15
  66. 66.0 66.1 Chapter 681, pages 13-14
  67. Chapter 577, pages 11-12
  68. Naruto: Shippūden episode 362
  69. Chapter 604, page 8
  70. Chapter 560, pages 5-6
  71. Chapter 601, pages 9-10
  72. Chapter 601, pages 14-15
  73. Naruto: Shippūden episode 140
  74. Chapter 646, page 9
  75. Chapter 560, pages 4-5
  76. Chapter 657, pages 19-20
  77. Naruto: Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations OVA
  78. Chapter 657, page 5
  79. Chapter 609, page 6
  80. 80.0 80.1 Chapter 575, pages 3-6
  81. Chapter 578, pages 10
  82. Chapter 607
  83. Chapter 613, pages 5-6
  84. 84.0 84.1 84.2 Chapter 674
  85. Chapter 657, page 20
  86. Chapter 657, pages 5-8
  87. Chapter 577, page 12
  88. Chapter 601, page 2
  89. Chapter 606, page 10-11
  90. Chapter 624, page 16
  91. Chapter 657, page 10
  92. Chapter 560, page 9
  93. Chapter 660, page 11
  94. Chapter 563, page 9
  95. Chapter 626, pages 4-6
  96. Chapter 589, pages 4-5
  97. Chapter 589, page 10
  98. Chapter 621, pages 5-15
  99. Chapter 666
  100. Chapter 675, page 4
  101. Chapter 606, page 14
  102. Chapter 560, pages 13-14
  103. Chapter 676, pages 9-13
  104. Chapter 659, pages 15-16
  105. Chapter 659, pages 4-17
  106. Chapter 659, pages 14-17
  107. Chapter 676, page 8
  108. Chapter 676, pages 16-17
  109. Chapter 665, page 3
  110. Chapter 665, pages 11-13
  111. Chapter 674, pages 15-16
  112. Chapter 689, page 7
  113. Fourth Databook, page 249
  114. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named c673
  115. Chapter 669, page 9
  116. Chapter 669, pages 15-18
  117. Chapter 663, page 14
  118. Chapter 665, pages 14-15
  119. Chapter 602, page 11
  120. Chapter 602, page 3
  121. Chapter 564, page 12
  122. 122.0 122.1 Chapter 490, pages 1-6
  123. Chapter 625, page 18
  124. Chapter 568, page 8
  125. Chapter 602, page 8
  126. Chapter 606, page 17
  127. Chapter 661, page 12-13
  128. Chapter 675, page 9
  129. Chapter 678, page 13

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