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{{translation|'''Sasuke Uchiha'''|うちはサスケ|Uchiha Sasuke}} is one of the main characters in the ''[[Naruto Series|Naruto]]'' series and was originally introduced as a protagonist but later became an antagonist. He was a [[genin]]-level shinobi of [[Konohagakure]]'s [[Team 7]] but later defected from the village becoming a [[missing-nin]], an affiliate of [[Akatsuki]] and is now considered an international criminal. He is also one of the two remaining living [[Uchiha]].
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{{translation|'''Sasuke Uchiha'''|うちはサスケ|Uchiha Sasuke}} is one of the last surviving members of [[Konohagakure]]'s [[Uchiha clan]]. After his older brother, [[Itachi]], [[Uchiha Clan Downfall|slaughtered their clan]], Sasuke made it his mission in life to avenge them. He is added to [[Team 7]] upon becoming a ninja and, through competition with his rival and best friend, [[Naruto Uzumaki]], Sasuke starts developing his skills. Dissatisfied with his progress, causing him to defect from Konoha so that he can acquire the strength needed to have his revenge. His years of seeking vengeance become increasingly demanding and irrational and isolates him from others, leading him to become an international criminal. After proving instrumental in ending the Fourth Shinobi World War and being redeemed by Naruto, Sasuke decides to return to Konoha and dedicates his life to helping protect the village and its inhabitants.
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
 
[[File:Infant Sasuke.png|thumb|left|Sasuke as an infant.]]
 
[[File:Infant Sasuke.png|thumb|left|Sasuke as an infant.]]
Sasuke is the second and youngest son of the [[Konoha Military Police Force]] captain and Uchiha clan head: [[Fugaku Uchiha]], and his wife [[Mikoto]]. Mikoto named him after the [[Sasuke Sarutobi|father]] of the [[Third Hokage]] in hopes that he would grow up to be a great ninja like his namesake.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 500, page 11</ref> As a child, Sasuke grew up in the shadow of his older brother, [[Itachi Uchiha]] who was an acknowledged prodigy viewed by the Uchiha clan as a genius, and whose work would further strengthen the bonds between the village and the clan. Sasuke's father in particular took an active interest in Itachi. Itachi, on the other hand, was rather ambivalent and full of oddly conflicting undercurrents, acknowledging Sasuke by taking interest in his progress as a ninja and spending time playing with him when even their father did not. Even after Sasuke enrolled in the [[Academy]], he was still unable to escape Itachi's shadow.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 221, page 6</ref> Despite consistently scoring at the top of every class, Sasuke failed to receive any recognition from his father, who defined Sasuke's success only in terms of his older brother.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 221, page 13</ref> Itachi acknowledged the rivalry Sasuke felt telling him: "''We are brothers. I am the wall you must climb over, so you and I will continue to exist together.''" Nevertheless Itachi deeply cared for his younger brother and Sasuke looked up to Itachi, wanting to be more like him.
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Sasuke is the second and youngest son of [[Mikoto]] and [[Fugaku Uchiha]]; they named him after [[Sasuke Sarutobi]] in the hopes that he would someday be just as strong a shinobi.<ref>Chapter 500, page 11</ref> Sasuke grew up in the shadow of his older brother, [[Itachi]], a natural prodigy who many in the [[Uchiha clan]] and the village expected Sasuke to match or surpass in talent. Sasuke himself adored Itachi, never passing up an opportunity to spend time with him. Although Itachi welcomed his company, letting Sasuke watch him train and taking him on adventures into the forests,<ref>Chapter 580, pages 9-12, 17</ref> Itachi never helped Sasuke become a better shinobi; when asked, he would instead poke Sasuke's forehead and promise to do so some other time, which he never would. Sasuke found this annoying, but didn't allow it to blemish his high opinion of his brother.
   
[[File:Itachi and Sasuke young.png|thumb|left|Sasuke and Itachi when they were younger.]]
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On entering the [[Konoha]] [[Ninja Academy]], Sasuke proved to be the standout of his class, consistently getting top grades.<ref>Chapter 221, page 6</ref> However, he could never meet the same milestones Itachi had set, resulting in their father paying Sasuke little attention.<ref>Chapter 221, page 13</ref> Aware of this neglect, Itachi, despite being increasingly busy, tried to stand in for their father by giving Sasuke the recognition he craved, at times even blackmailing Fugaku to spend time with Sasuke. As time went on, Itachi started becoming distant with and cold towards their family, culminating in a falling out with much of the Uchiha clan on their suspicion that he'd killed his best friend, [[Shisui Uchiha]]. Sasuke did not understand the reason for this, but he didn't mind the side-effect: his father began taking an interest in his development. Fugaku taught Sasuke how to perform the [[Great Fireball Technique]], which he mastered in a week, beating Itachi's own time.<ref>Chapter 223, page 10</ref> Fugaku stated his pride in Sasuke for this accomplishment, but at the same time encouraged him not to follow in Itachi's footsteps.
The relationship between Itachi and his father deteriorated further after Itachi was questioned by other members of the Uchiha clan regarding the apparent suicide of his best friend, [[Shisui]]. As Itachi's behaviour became increasingly bizarre, Sasuke's father began spending more time with Sasuke, and began teaching him the [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique|Great Fireball Technique]], a common family technique seen as a sign of coming of age in the Uchiha clan.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 223, page 10</ref> When Sasuke first tried to perform the technique, he only produced a small flame and after that, some smoke. His father said that Itachi was able to do it on his first try at Sasuke's age, which disappointed him. Later, with one week of training, Sasuke (age 7 at the time) performed the technique in front of his father, proving himself a prodigy as well in his own right and finally receiving his father's recognition. Sasuke's father told him that he could now proudly wear the clan's emblem on his back. Following this, Sasuke also received a stern warning not to follow in Itachi's footsteps any further, surprising him as before, he was told to be like him; and his father showing he was proud of Sasuke for the first time the same way as he used to with Itachi.
 
   
At some point in the past, Sasuke joined Itachi on a mission to catch a wild boar. Sasuke was wielding a bow and was told by Itachi not to hit any vital points. However, Sasuke missed the boar completely. Eventually they defeated the boar and Sasuke apologised for being so off, Itachi responded by telling him that he needed to train more.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 580, pages 9-12, 17</ref>
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{{imgRight|Uchiha Clan massacre.png|Itachi spares Sasuke.}}
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After a long day of training, Sasuke returned home one night to find the streets littered with the bodies of the Uchiha. He rushed home to notify his family of this [[Uchiha Clan Massacre]], only to find Itachi standing over the bodies of their parents. Sasuke tried to solicit help and comfort from Itachi, who responded by using [[Tsukuyomi]] on him to torment him with visions of him murdering their family. Horrified by what Itachi had done, Sasuke pleaded for an explanation, to which Itachi replied that it was to test his own power. Fearful that he would be next, Sasuke tried to run. Itachi cornered him and explained that Sasuke, as he then was, would not be worth killing. Only by becoming stronger, such as by acquiring his own [[Mangekyō Sharingan]], could he prove a worthwhile challenge to Itachi's abilities. Before leaving, Itachi encouraged Sasuke to hate him, to desire revenge, and to gain power from that. Sasuke immediately followed through, pursuing Itachi and using his newly-awakened [[Sharingan]] to attack him. The attack failed and Sasuke passed out, but not before glimpsing Itachi crying; Sasuke would forget this had happened for many years.
   
On one fateful night, Itachi [[Uchiha clan massacre|slew every member of the Uchiha clan]], sparing only Sasuke, saying that 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 where the [[Naka Shrine|secret meeting place of the Uchiha]] was hidden, and suggested that Sasuke go there to learn what the true history and purpose of the [[Sharingan]] was. He told him that "''to awaken the Mangekyō Sharingan,''" he "''had to kill the person he was closest to''", and that "''when we battle, we should have the same eyes''". Sasuke thought he had fainted after this, but later remembered that he had managed to stand back up, awaken his Sharingan, and pursued Itachi. Upon reaching Itachi, he used knives to knock off his [[forehead protector]]. Itachi was seen shedding a tear as he was picking up the forehead protector. He then proceeded to incapacitate Sasuke, who awoke in the hospital remembering only that which Itachi wanted him to.
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[[File:Young sasuke and Naruto.png|thumb|left|Naruto and Sasuke in the Academy.]]
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Sasuke, now one of the last surviving Uchiha, was alone. He spent the first few days after the massacre wandering his family's compound, reflecting on the people who were now gone, killed by Itachi. Sasuke decided to do what Itachi had instructed and dedicated his life to vengeance, having no other interest than bringing about Itachi's death. He threw himself into his studies at the Academy, making no efforts to form friendships and ignoring all of the girls' attempts to gain his affection. One of his classmates, [[Naruto Uzumaki]], disliked Sasuke's cool personality and the attention he received, and developed a one-sided rivalry in his pursuit to prove himself just as good as, if not better than, Sasuke. For his part, Sasuke thought little of Naruto and was usually annoyed by his outbursts, but would, at times, secretly smile at how hard Naruto worked because of him.
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[[File:Young sasuke and Naruto.png|thumb|Naruto and Sasuke's rivalry in the Academy.]]
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== Personality ==
When Sasuke first met [[Naruto Uzumaki]] in the Academy, they were matched to [[Traditional Shinobi Sparring|spar]] against each other. Naruto was excited at the opportunity to defeat Sasuke and become popular like him, but he was easily beaten. By looking at Sasuke's eyes, Naruto realised that they were so filled with hatred that it seemed that he wasn't even looking at Naruto. When [[Iruka]] told them to make the reconciliation seal, they both refused.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 538, pages 10-15</ref> Up until his graduation from the Academy, Sasuke remained a loner and never acknowledged Naruto's attempts to defeat him, considering him a hopeless dead-last and as such, someone not worth his time or energy.
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[[File:Sasuke child.png|thumb|Sasuke's pleasant disposition as a child.]]
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Sasuke was a happy child, eager to please and be worthy of his family name.<ref>Chapter 220, page 20</ref> This changed after his entire family was killed by Itachi, the person he most admired in the world. He became cold toward others, unmoved by and uninterested in what they do or think of him, choosing instead to keep to himself. He stopped using [[wikipedia:Japanese honorifics|honourifics]] like "[[wikipedia:Japanese honorifics#Sensei|sensei]]" or "[[wikipedia:Japanese honorifics#Sama|sama]]", something considered rude in the Japanese language. His only goal in life became to take revenge for his family's deaths and, by extension, acquire the power needed for that revenge, even if it meant acquiring an external power that wasn't his own.<ref>Chapter 225, page 21</ref><ref name="BorutoMovie">''Boruto: Naruto the Movie''</ref>
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The pursuit of power, difficult enough on its own, is something that Sasuke repeatedly struggles with. Whenever he meets new people he makes an evaluation of their abilities: those he perceives to be weaker than himself he arrogantly disregards, giving them as little attention as possible so that they won't hold him back; those he perceives as stronger he fixates over and tries to surpass, especially when he believes he should be their equal. As a member of [[Team 7]] he is repeatedly exposed to [[Kakashi Hatake]]'s philosophy that there is strength in teamwork. For a time, Sasuke accepts this, experiencing it firsthand on several of Team 7's missions. He even starts becoming attached to his team-mates and starts to forget the vengeance he craved. But when he meets Itachi again in Part I and is summarily defeated, Sasuke decides the team is making him weak and choses to leave them and Konoha entirely, focusing solely on himself.
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[[File:Sasukee.png|thumb|left|Sasuke sacrifices Karin to achieve revenge.]]
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Prior to Sasuke's defection, Kakashi tries to point out the contradiction in Sasuke's viewpoint: he is driven to gain power because of the relationships he lost when his family died, yet sacrifices the family he still has (Team 7) so as to gain that power. In Part II, Sasuke tries to avoid the same "weakness" of camaraderie he made with Team 7: he acquires new [[Taka|team-mates]], but, as in the case of [[Karin]], tries to kill them when they impede his objectives;<ref>Chapter 480, pages 13-16</ref> he allies with [[Tobi]] and [[Akatsuki]] when their goals align, but leaves them without comment when he no longer needs them; he allows [[Orochimaru]] to do what he wants with him and his body so long as he becomes stronger, only to turn against Orochimaru for using him in the first place. His abandonment of all his former loyalties and his criminal acts this causes convince his former [[Konoha 11|classmates]] that Sasuke is beyond salvation.
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After his final encounter with Itachi, Sasuke is left uncertain about what course to take; Orochimaru hypothesises this indecision is due to Sasuke, for the first time, being without anybody to tell him what to do. From long contemplation, Sasuke decides that the desire for retribution that drove him for so long is the perfect solution to the world's problems: if a single individual, what Sasuke calls the "[[Hokage]]", is solely responsible for making the difficult decisions, killing and the like for the greater good, then everybody will be unified in their hatred of that individual. He volunteers himself for that responsibility and, in order to prepare himself, plans to eliminate what few friendships he still has, namely [[Naruto Uzumaki]]. But Naruto, by refusing to give up on saving Sasuke from darkness, demonstrates that their friendship is too fundamental to who Sasuke is and that it cannot nor should it be broken. On coming to terms with this, Sasuke stops fighting the many bonds he's made as well as the pursuit for revenge.
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One of Sasuke's most significant bonds is the one he has with his older brother, Itachi, who by merely being mentioned can elicit strong reactions from Sasuke's otherwise calm demeanour. Sasuke adored Itachi when he was a boy, enjoying his company above all others'. When Itachi murdered the rest of the Uchiha clan, Sasuke was crushed not only by the loss of his family but also by what Itachi told him: that he had never loved Sasuke. Sasuke devotes years of his life to avenging their family by killing Itachi, which Itachi encourages whenever they meet. Sasuke is accordingly careful not to follow Itachi's instructions too closely, such as by not acquiring a [[Mangekyō Sharingan]], as he doesn't want Itachi to have the satisfaction. After Itachi dies in battle with Sasuke, however, Sasuke learns that the hateful older brother that Itachi seemed to be was an act and that, in truth, Sasuke was the most precious person to Itachi; his murder of the Uchiha was done on instructions of [[Konoha]], in order to protect Sasuke. Sasuke becomes overwhelmed by this discovery and starts conspiring against Konoha and all its citizens for ruining his and Itachi's lives, knowing full well it isn't what Itachi would want him to do. He changes his mind after he is able to speak to a [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] Itachi, adopting some of Itachi's views: he decides to fight for Konoha's future so that Itachi's actions aren't made meaningless and bases his understanding of the "Hokage" around the decisions Itachi made. After accepting defeat to Naruto and returning to Konoha, Sasuke matures by becoming a genuinely warm and caring person to his friends and comrades, although he is still reluctant to acknowledge certain people and retains his habit of insulting others, but more comically than coldly. He is also still capable of being indifferent if it is necessary. Also, despite travelling often, he still keeps tabs on Konoha and returns to protect the village whenever Naruto is away. Despite this, Sasuke spent much of his travels ridden with guilt for choosing his selfish desire for revenge over his friends, showing tremendous maturity. However, this resulted in Sasuke being unsure if he should return to Konoha until he received a letter saying Sakura saw the good in him when he protected the village from the shadows, such as during Toneri's meteorites, convincing him to return home to Konoha.
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[[File:Sasuke pokes Sarada.png|thumb|Sasuke pokes Sarada's forehead as an act of affection.]]
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[[Sakura Haruno]], a fellow member of Team 7, had the same infatuation on Sasuke that most other girls in their [[Academy]] class had. Unlike her peers, Sakura is able to spend time around Sasuke because of Team 7's missions, causing her feelings to develop into true love by the end of Part I. For his part, Sasuke spends years rejecting Sakura's attempts to spend extra time with him and having little regard for her personal feelings, but his feelings for her begin to change and he starts to think of her as someone he needs to protect. Although he expresses gratitude to her when she desperately tries to stop him from defecting from Konoha, his behavior to her becomes worse in Part II: he often shows little concern for her safety when they meet and, at times, has even tried to kill her himself. Things change after the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]]; after redeeming himself, Sasuke was overcome with guilt for the pain he put Sakura through and apologised to her, and showed her genuine affection by poking her on the forehead like his brother did with him and promised her that he would see her again as he left for his journey of atonement. This mutual affection with Sakura led Sasuke to finally fall in love with her, leading to the two getting married and having a daughter, [[Sarada]]. Although Sasuke spends years away on his mission, he never forgets about his family and feels a deep connection to them. After becoming a father, Sasuke became very caring and protective of his family, despite his initial indifference to Sarada's questions about his absence.<ref>Chapter 700+6, page 15</ref> However, Sasuke loves his daughter dearly, as he puts her safety before his own<ref>Chapter 700+6, page 11</ref> and shows Sarada how much he loves her and promises to come home before returning to his travelling, proving himself as a loving father. Sasuke admits his mistakes as a father, but he apparently has strong parenting skills, as he trusted Sarada's abilities enough to let her join in a dangerous battle with him, and he is wary of her feelings, as he reprimanded Naruto to not upset Sarada.<ref>Chapter 700+8</ref> While Sasuke is happy in his marriage to Sakura, he enjoys teasing her by declining to show her affection.<ref>Chapter 700+10, page 25</ref>
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[[File:Sasuke 698.PNG|thumb|left|Sasuke finally accepts his friendship with Naruto.]]
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Perhaps Sasuke's longest relationship is the one he's had with Naruto Uzumaki, the other member of Team 7. An orphan, Naruto spent his life alone in much the same way that Sasuke did after the Uchiha clan's assassination. Despite this similar background, Sasuke withdrew inwards, focusing on himself, whereas Naruto looked outwards, seeking others. Such differences within such similarities made Sasuke - the best student in their Academy class - and Naruto - the worst student - natural rivals. Sasuke refrained from acknowledging their rivalry until he discovered that competition with Naruto was an effective way of improving his abilities. When Naruto starts surpassing him in Part I, Sasuke becomes jealous, giving him a drive to not only become stronger than Itachi, but Naruto as well. Sasuke admits at the end of Part I that Naruto is his closest friend, a bond he tries to break repeatedly during Part II by killing Naruto. These attempts on his life never deter Naruto, instead driving him to become stronger as well. By the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto and Sasuke are equals, neither one willing or able to decisively defeat the other. When they fight past the point of being able to move, Naruto describes the idea of life without Sasuke as painful, as though being without his brother. In that moment, Sasuke realises that, as with Itachi, Naruto has always been his better, always been a model to live up to.<ref>Chapter 698, page 17</ref> He accordingly surrenders and accepts Naruto's friendship.<ref>Chapter 698, page 21</ref> Though they maintain their rivalry, they are on more friendly terms, with Sasuke telling Naruto's son, [[Boruto]], that his father's many seemingly impossible accomplishments eclipse whatever flaws of character he has.
 
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== Personality ==
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== Appearance ==
[[File:Sasuke child.png|thumb|left|Sasuke's pleasant disposition as a child.]]
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[[Hashirama Senju]] says Sasuke strongly resembles [[Izuna Uchiha]]:<ref>Chapter 661, pages 11-12</ref> he has black eyes and spiky black hair with a blue tint. Sasuke's hair has hung over his face as bangs since he was a child, which as he gets older he allows to grow longer and, in turn, cover more of his face; by adulthood, his hair completely covers his left eye. He is considered handsome by most girls his age.
When he was a child, Sasuke was very kind, loving towards his parents and older brother and respectful to his fellow clansmen as well as his teachers. He was even very proud of being Itachi's brother and Fugaku's son — famous for being devoted protectors of Konoha, and he desired to emulate them. His original dream was to join the [[Konoha Military Police Force]] when he grew up, like his father and as such greatly sought his father's approval and acknowledgement of his abilities.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 220, page 20</ref> After Itachi massacred the clan, Sasuke's ideals and personality changed drastically due to him suffering his clan's curse and became cold, indifferent, cruel, cynical, somewhat arrogant, unreasonable and devoted the next nine years of his life to kill Itachi.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 225, page 21</ref>
 
   
When first introduced to [[Team Kakashi]], Sasuke displayed great indifference to his team-mates as well as others. Feeling superior to all of them, including his teacher, Sasuke was unwilling to cooperate with any of his team-mates, as he felt they would provide him no aid in furthering his ambition to kill his brother; this attitude affected his grades in the Academy after losing his clan, he had the lowest score in cooperation and second lowest in assertiveness.<ref name=Hyo>''Naruto'', Hyō no Sho</ref> However over time, as he interacted more with his team mates on a day-to-day basis, he began to see them as somewhat of a family and Sasuke started to lose some of his hatred, caring more about his team than his revenge. Sasuke even admitted to Naruto that he almost thought that he must forget about his revenge and instead focus on Team 7. However, [[Orochimaru]] branded Sasuke with the [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]] during the [[Chūnin Exams]] to help push him back into his desire for vengeance and to give him a taste of power. Although [[Kakashi Hatake]] sealed away the cursed seal, and taught him the [[Chidori]] in the hopes of deviating him from the path of revenge, Sasuke began to draw more power from the seal in the hopes of getting stronger. This caused his previous ambition to be renewed while causing him to disregard camaraderie once again.
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Sasuke Part I.png|Sasuke's appearance for most of Part I.
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Sasuke Exams.png|Sasuke during the Chūnin Exams.
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Sasuke's typical clothing has changed a number of time throughout his life, but the [[Uchiha clan]]'s crest is usually present somewhere on his clothing, such as the back or his shirt collar. For most of Part I, he wears a navy blue, short-sleeved shirt with a high collar, white shorts, and, for a time, white arm warmers. During the Chūnin Exams' finals he wears a black, one-pieced version of this usual attire with many small belts adorning his left arm and similar bands around both legs. He wears a blue-clothed [[forehead protector]] with both of these outfits, but starts wearing it less and less after being hospitalised by Itachi, finally abandoning it entirely at the end of Part I.
   
According to Kakashi, Sasuke has both a [[Wikipedia:Superiority complex|superiority]] and an [[Wikipedia:Inferiority complex|inferiority]] complex, as he is unwilling to acknowledge when someone is stronger than him, but obsesses when he believes that they are. For example, he was complacent with his rivalry with Naruto when he believed he was the stronger of the two, but upon noticing Naruto's fast growth, showcased in his victory over [[Sunagakure]]'s [[jinchūriki]], [[Gaara]], who had previously beaten Sasuke, and his own quick defeat by Itachi on his return to Konoha, all culminated in his defection to [[Otogakure]] to seek power from Orochimaru.
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Sasuke timeskip.png|Sasuke's initial appearance in Part II.
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Sasuke sleeveless.png|Sasuke during his battle with Itachi.
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Sasuke - Rinnegan.png|Sasuke's appearance at the end of Part II.
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In Part II, Sasuke consistently wears dark blue pants, over which hangs a blue cloth that covers him from his stomach to his knees and which he secures with a purple rope belt; this all is common to [[Orochimaru]] and his followers. He initially complements this with a white long-sleeved shirt kept open at the torso and black arm guards that cover his forearms. Leading up to and during his battle with Itachi, he replaces this top with a sleeveless dark grey shirt and the arm guards with bandages on his wrists. He switches after Itachi's death, wearing a white (grey in the anime) zippered, high-collared, short-sleeved shirt and blue wrist warmers. He wears a hooded cloak over his clothing at different points, usually an unadorned black one, but for a time it bears the trademark [[Akatsuki]] clouds.
   
In Part II, Sasuke became increasingly confident in his newfound abilities. Constantly, he remained composed and unconcerned with the situation at hand. Even when pressured by enemies like Orochimaru or Deidara, he showed no emotional build up; ironically, acting much like his older brother and only getting worked up when it involved Itachi. Despite getting stronger, Sasuke seemed unwilling to needlessly kill in his quest for revenge displaying that he still had some morals left.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 343, pages 2-5</ref> Sasuke, however, retained his habit of underestimating his opponents, shown in his overconfidence in his battles. Although, Sasuke is not above admitting his mistakes on such things, as shown after his battles with [[Deidara]] and Killer B where he acknowledged that the former was stronger than he thought and that the latter had given Taka a much harder time than he expected.
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Sasuke - The Last.png|Sasuke in ''The Last: Naruto the Movie''.
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Sasuke epilogue.PNG|Sasuke during adulthood.
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Sasuke loses his left arm at the end of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], though unlike Naruto, he opts not to have it replaced. In ''[[The Last: Naruto the Movie]]'', he wears a black high-collared shirt, a midriff-exposing [[flak jacket]], and light blue pants. Most of this goes unseen, as he wears a tattered light brown poncho over it. He wraps bandages around his ankles and a blue sash around his head during this appearance. In his later adulthood, Sasuke dons a black coat with an indigo, long sleeved, collared shirt, over which he wears a grey vest. He also wears black pants, a purple belt, and dark blue finger-less glove on his remaining arm. He once again wears his forehead protector, letting it hang from his left hip.<ref>Chapter 700+4, page 16</ref>
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Sasuke has displayed an overbearing sense of pride in his clan's name and a great sense of loyalty to it and kept wearing his clan's crest on his back proudly while refusing to wear any other symbols such as a [[forehead protector]]. Despite claiming earlier that he did not care if he had to [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|sacrifice his own body]] to [[Orochimaru]] as long as it served his quest for revenge,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 309, pages 9-11</ref> when Sasuke felt he had grown stronger than Orochimaru he thought that to give himself up to someone weaker than himself was insulting to the Uchiha.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 344, pages 2-6</ref> However, despite his disrespect of Orochimaru as a person, Sasuke does have great respect for his power, going so far as to reprimand [[Suigetsu]] when he felt the latter was underestimating Orochimaru's capabilities.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 593, page 8</ref> He also views anyone outside of the clan wielding its [[Sharingan|dōjutsu]] as an insult, as the eye is representative of the Uchiha clan's powers, showing disgust towards [[Danzō Shimura]] who had ten Sharingan embedded in his arm, and an eleventh one in his right eye socket and stated that Kakashi should feel grateful to the Uchiha for the power of his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 484, pages 2-3</ref> According to Tobi, Sasuke alone is shouldering the entire [[Curse of Hatred|hatred of the Uchiha clan]] — an ideal which has been passed down for generations within the clan.
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== Abilities ==
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[[File:Indra arrow.PNG|left|thumb|Sasuke firing his strongest technique, Indra's Arrow.]]
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Sasuke is a natural prodigy, graduating top of his class at the [[Academy]] and making a strong impression on his sensei [[Kakashi]] in the [[bell test]]. He fought on par with strong shinobi such as [[Haku]] and [[Gaara]] in Part I, and earned the attention of [[Orochimaru]], [[Tobi]], and [[Madara Uchiha]] for his potential. Under Orochimaru's tutelage for two-and-a-half years, Sasuke became strong enough to fight [[Akatsuki]] members like [[Deidara]] and [[Itachi]] himself, [[A (Fourth Raikage)|two]] [[Gaara|of]] the [[Five Kage]], and defeat [[Danzō Shimura]]. With the [[Six Paths Chakra]], he helped overwhelm Madara as the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki and was praised for having comparable prowess to [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]] by [[Kurama]]. As an adult, despite losing his left arm, Sasuke could fight on par with [[Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki]], an individual who later held his own against multiple Kage at once.
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After his battle with Itachi, which concluded in the latter's death, the revelation that he had actually been ordered by the [[Konoha Council|Konoha Elders]] to eradicate the clan coupled with the new knowledge that Itachi had truly loved him, Sasuke vowed to kill the elders for using his brother and ordering him to massacre the Uchiha clan. After he confirmed the truth, Sasuke quickly grew to loathe the village that he once called home and vowed to destroy it, thus separating any connection it had to the Uchiha clan and purify the clan's name in the process. He, however, when returning to discover the truth, still felt some connection to his birth place.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 618, pages 4-5</ref>
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=== Chakra and Physical Prowess ===
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[[File:Sasuke's chakra.png|thumb|Sasuke's dark chakra.]]
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Sasuke's [[chakra]] is quite strong, in part because he is the [[reincarnation]] of [[Indra Ōtsutsuki]]. Though this quality is never really touched upon in Part I, it is frequently noted in Part II: whenever Sasuke's [[Curse of Hatred]] deepens, others remark how much stronger,<ref>Chapter 478, pages 8-9</ref> darker,<ref>Chapter 460, pages 14-15</ref> and more sinister his chakra becomes.<ref name="ch309">Chapter 309, pages 3-5</ref> His actual reserves are also quite large, enough to use [[Chidori]] twice a day during Part I without aid. His reserves increase by Part II, being able to use Chidori and related techniques multiple times in a single day as well as [[Summoning Technique|summon]] creatures as large as [[Manda]]. His chakra control, though less refined than [[Sakura Haruno]]'s, is nevertheless good; in adulthood, after losing one of his arms, he can use one-handed [[hand seals]].<ref>Chapter 700+2, page 3</ref>
   
[[File:Sasukee.png|thumb|Sasuke's hatred overwhelms him as he ruthlessly sacrifices Karin.]]
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[[File:Sasuke vs Yoroi.png|left|thumb|Sasuke using Lion Combo.]]
As time passed on with this new path of revenge and with further corruption by Tobi and the Uchiha curse, Sasuke has grown much more cruel and ruthless, with the remaining morality he showed during his time with Orochimaru fading rapidly; by the time he launched an attack against the Kage Summit, he killed anyone who stood in his way, not caring about his team,<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 461-466</ref> and after cornering Danzō, Sasuke turned to sacrificing Karin who got taken hostage to accomplish his goals of vengeance,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 480, pages 16-17</ref> and attempted to kill Karin and his former team-mates and teacher whilst experiencing neither shame, guilt, nor remorse for any of his actions.
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Although Sasuke is very capable in [[taijutsu]], enough to hold his own in hand-to-hand combat on several occasions, it is not his emphasis; he predominately uses it to create an opening for [[ninjutsu]] or when he runs low on chakra. His most consistent physical display is his speed, and by extension his reaction time: [[Haku]] remarks on how impressive Sasuke is in both regards during their battle. After re-awakening his [[Sharingan]], Sasuke concentrates on honing his speed and reflexes so that he can react to the Sharingan's heightened visual information, which he accomplishes by imitating [[Rock Lee]]'s movements.<ref>Chapter 112, pages 4, 6-7</ref> His speed is, at various times, faster than the [[Shield of Sand]],<ref>Chapter 111, pages 17-18</ref> a match for the [[Lightning Release Chakra Mode]], and enough to physically incapacitate opponents before they realise he's even approached them.<ref>Chapter 357, page 13</ref>
   
Initially, Sasuke still held onto the notion of sparing the innocent and cooperation, witnessed in his creation of a [[Taka|new group]] of shinobi.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 410-415</ref> Though, as he became more consumed by his thirst for vengeance, he showed that he cared for them as no more than tools to achieve his hatred-fueled goals, quickly discarding them when they were no longer necessary. This is seen at the [[Kage Summit]] where he leaves Jūgo and Suigetsu behind, taking only Karin with him who could lead him to where Danzō was, as well as killing many [[samurai]] who stood in his way. He would later discard Karin as well, unhesitatingly [[Chidori Sharp Spear|piercing her]] just to kill Danzō and then attempted to finish her off to prevent her from being a burden in the future.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 480, pages 13-16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 481, pages 2-3</ref> Even when Sakura's childish crush turned into more serious affection, Sasuke still did not return the feelings, though before he left the village, he gave Sakura a genuine thank you.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 181, pages 7-20</ref> But would later, after that same battle with Danzō, when he had to fight with Team Kakashi, where he attempted to kill Sakura twice despite her showing obvious hesitancy to do the same.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 483, pages 6-10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 484, pages 14-16</ref> Despite his arrogance and brutality, Sasuke is not above giving praise (albeit in a grudging, if not sarcastic, way) to his enemies as he commended Gaara for the strength and speed of his [[Shield of Sand|absolute defence]] and admitted that Kakashi was very skilled at using the [[Sharingan]] for someone who wasn't an Uchiha.
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Sakura, after re-encountering Sasuke for the first time in Part II, finds the improvement to his abilities unnaturally high and hypothesises that he was given drugs by [[Orochimaru]]. Orochimaru is known to have experimented on Sasuke, enough to make him immune to poisons,<ref>Chapter 485, page 8</ref> but it's not known what other modifications he may have received. He acquires some of Orochimaru's attributes after absorbing him, such as additional chakra reserves,<ref>Chapter 392, pages 4-6</ref> a faster healing rate,<ref>Chapter 365, page 6</ref> and the ability to [[Orochimaru-Style Body Replacement Technique|shed his body]], all of which are lost when Orochimaru is removed from him. He later receives half of Hagoromo's power, which he evidently is able to keep.
   
After expressing a feeling of exhilaration that he had never before felt upon killing Danzō and even declaring that he sees that killing the members of Konoha as a high priority and satisfaction, Karin, Kakashi, Sakura, and the rest of Konoha 11 completely lost all hope for him. Upon receiving his "Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan", Sasuke's cruelty seemingly reached a new level when he killed [[White Zetsu]] simply to test out his new powers.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 553, page 15</ref> He's also grown to be an impatient individual and reckless in battle. Despite Obito's influence being one of the main sources of Sasuke's corruption and their same path of hatred and revenge, as well as Obito being a fellow Uchiha survivor, Sasuke refused to acknowledge him as his ally, and even speaks rudely to him at times. He has also shown great homicidal rage whenever someone mentions Itachi in a negative way, even if it's indirect as shown when Kakashi tries to make him understand that there's more to his life than just his clan and his love for blood-soaked loathing only to angrily reply by saying that he wants to hear their screams and moans for laughing at Itachi's sacrifice, crushing [[Danzō]] with his [[Susanoo]] for speaking ill of his brother and ready to murder a team of ignorant Konoha shinobi for doing the same.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 581, page 7-10</ref> Sasuke's hatred has also twisted any of his potentially happy memories of Konoha into negative ones in order to fuel his vengeance.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 484, pages 7-9</ref>
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==== Cursed Seal ====
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[[File:Cursed Seal Level 2.png|thumb|Sasuke in the second level of his Cursed Seal of Heaven.]]
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Orochimaru brands Sasuke with the [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]] after their first encounter in Part I. When active, the cursed seal saps Sasuke's own chakra and replaces it with a larger amount of Orochimaru's, in turn increasing his strength and speed. Though useful, Sasuke's early uses of the cursed seal are often involuntary, painful while active, and leave him briefly unable to move afterwards. These shortcomings are either minimised or eliminated once he becomes able to enter the cursed seal's second state: a transformation that turns his skin grey, lengthens his hair, and causes him to develop wings. The transformation's boosts to his physical parameters are similar to a [[jinchūriki]]'s [[version 1]] forms, which by Part II he can isolate to parts of his body.
   
During the second day of the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], upon reuniting with a [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] Itachi, Sasuke showed a somewhat more vulnerable side to himself instead of his usual coldness. This showed just how confused and torn up he is over Itachi's decision, telling his brother that he did not understand why he was spared during the massacre and apparently implying that he would have rather died as a child than have had to deal with the grief and suffering that followed.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 576</ref> Having to live through many lies Itachi set for him, Sasuke wanted to hear the truth from Itachi himself. While his reunion with Itachi only intensified his hatred towards Konoha, Sasuke now questions all there is about shinobi, even questioning if revenge is the purpose for his life, seemingly very confused on his purpose or goal; his desire to find the answer led him to bring Orochimaru back, a feat that everyone least expected him to do. Orochimaru noted that Sasuke's changed from how he was when being manipulated by Itachi, himself and Tobi but did not elaborate any further; he did, however, approve of his current mindset.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 593, pages 15-17</ref>
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Itachi removes the cursed seal from Sasuke's body during Part II, preventing him from using it again. However, he remains compatible with the cursed seal's source, [[Jūgo]], allowing Jūgo to provide him flesh or chakra as the need arises.
   
== Appearance ==
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=== Ninjutsu ===
Sasuke is a fair-skinned ninja who has onyx eyes and black chin-length hair. His hair is spiky in the back with bangs that lengthen as the story progresses. As a young child, his bangs hung above his eyes. Later, they would hang on both sides of his face to roughly frame his cheeks and later again return to their original style. Sasuke is considered quite handsome as most girls near his age become very infatuated with him. At the beginning of Part I, Sasuke's clothing consisted of the traditional Uchiha clothing: a blue, short-sleeved shirt with a high collar and the Uchiha crest on the back and white arm warmers, which he stopped wearing after the Chūnin Exams, along with white shorts. In the last stage of the Chūnin Exams, he wore a black, one-pieced version of this outfit with many small arm-belts adorning his left arm and similar bands around both legs. As the story progressed, the Uchiha symbol became smaller and smaller until after he defeats his brother.
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Sasuke learns to [[Summoning Technique|summon]] [[snake]]s during his time with Orochimaru. He typically summons them as shields, rapid ground transportation, or to [[Binding Snake Glare Spell|bind]] targets. Unseen outside of the [[Animal Path]], Sasuke can also summon a second animal species: [[hawk]]s. His use of hawks is more limited than snakes, using them only for flight and the additional manoeuvrability that allows. By the time of ''[[Boruto: Naruto the Movie]]'', Sasuke is able to use the [[Shadow Clone Technique]].
   
Initially, Sasuke wore a short blue-clothed [[forehead protector]] with the Konoha symbol on the metallic plate. After suffering a second defeat from Itachi, Sasuke stopped wearing it for some time. He put it back on during the latter half of his battle with Naruto at the [[Valley of the End]], only to let it drop off at the end. Since then, Sasuke hasn't worn a forehead protector.
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==== Bukijutsu ====
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[[File:Sasuke giant shuriken.png|left|thumb|Sasuke unsealing a fūma shuriken.]]
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As an Uchiha, Sasuke is trained with a variety of different ninja tools. When he was a child, he once used (inexpertly) a bow and arrow to hunt boar with Itachi,<ref>Chapter 580, page 10</ref> practice that later becomes useful for his [[Susanoo]]. His area of expertise is in [[shurikenjutsu]], allowing him to throw [[shuriken]] and [[kunai]] with precision; for complicated or moving targets, Sasuke can guide shuriken to their mark using either [[Manipulated Shuriken Technique|wire strings]] or deflecting them off each other. Though his throwing speed is faster than most, it doesn't compare to Itachi, prompting him to devise the [[Lightning Flash Blade Creation]]: by sealing shuriken and kunai into his arm bracelets, Sasuke can always have a large supply at the ready, allowing him to barrage targets in an instant.
   
[[File:Sasuke Part 2.png|thumb|left|Sasuke's outfit later on in Part II.]]
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[[File:ChidoriKatana.png|thumb|Sasuke wielding his Sword of Kusanagi.]]
In Part II, Sasuke has grown noticeably taller over the two and a half years and more muscular. He was first shown wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, similar in appearance to the lavender long-sleeved shirt worn by [[Kimimaro]] and which was open at the torso, with a smaller version of the Uchiha crest on his collar. He wore dark blue pants with a blue cloth hanging from halfway up his stomach to his knees. He also wore black arm-guards that covered his forearms and stretched up to reach his upper biceps. He also wore a purple rope belt around his waist, tied in a bow, in which he carries his sword.
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Sasuke begins using a sword after training with Orochimaru, wielding it just as skillfully in either hand. He uses what he calls his "[[Sword of Kusanagi (Sasuke Uchiha)|Sword of Kusanagi]]" regularly throughout Part II, often to cut down multiple opponents in a short period of time.<ref>Chapter 343, pages 2-5</ref> He uses it defensively as well, blocking incoming attacks or holding off skilled swordsmen;<ref>Chapter 460, pages 12-15</ref> [[Mifune]], a [[samurai]], praises Sasuke's swordsmanship.<ref>Chapter 465, pages 12-13</ref> By adulthood, Sasuke's [[kenjutsu]] had developed to the point he can switch back and forth between wielding his sword backhanded and normally in an instant even in the middle of a clash.<ref name="BorutoMovie" />
   
After battling Deidara, he switched to a sleeveless dark grey shirt. His arm-guards were also removed, and he started wearing bandages on his wrists, under which he wore special armbands with seals where he stores various shuriken. He also wore a black cloak with this.
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==== Nature Transformation ====
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[[File:Fire Style Fireball.png|left|thumb|Sasuke using the Great Fireball Technique.]]
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Sasuke can use all five basic [[nature transformation]]s, as well as [[Yin–Yang Release]].<ref name="d4" /> As an Uchiha, Sasuke has a natural affinity for [[Fire Release]], mastering the clan's [[Great Fireball Technique]] years before becoming a [[genin]]. He can [[Fire Release: Phoenix Sage Fire Technique|coat fire]] around his shuriken, [[Fire Release: Dragon Fire Technique|guide his flames]] along wire strings, or create a succession of [[Fire Release: Great Dragon Fire Technique|dragon-shaped fireballs]].
   
After he encountered and battled Itachi, he reverted to a grey high-collared short-sleeved shirt similar in appearance to the blue shirt he commonly wore in Part I but with a zipper. He also wears blue wrist warmers with his shuriken armbands hidden underneath. He briefly wore an Akatsuki cloak along with this. Another noticeable trait is that along with this new outfit, Sasuke began letting his hair hang over his forehead. The Uchiha crest on the back of his outfit has returned to its original size since his battle with Itachi. While adjusting to Itachi's eyes at the [[Mountains' Graveyard]], he is seen wearing black Uchiha robes similar to those worn by Madara in his youth with a belt sash around his waist, though he would revert back to his previous clothing.
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[[File:Chidori.png|thumb|Sasuke using Chidori.]]
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Sasuke most commonly utilises [[Lightning Release]], the [[Chidori]] he learns from Kakashi being his first. While effective at piercing most targets, the standard Chidori is a very close-range attack. For this reason, Sasuke uses the principles of Chidori to create several long-range jutsu in Part II, such as [[Chidori Senbon|throwable needles]], [[Chidori Sharp Spear|extendable swords]], and [[Chidori Current|scattershot streams]]. He often channels his lightning chakra into his Sword of Kusanagi to increase its cutting power.<ref>Chapter 389, page 4</ref> When using his cursed seal or the [[Six Paths Chakra]], his lightning chakra becomes darker in colour, though it's not clear if this changes its actual properties in any way.
   
During his early childhood, Sasuke wore a simple long-sleeved black shirt with a raised collar and the Uchiha crest on the back, and black shorts (white in the anime). When Sasuke joined Itachi on his mission to capture the wild boar, Sasuke was wearing the [[ANBU]] uniform.
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=== Dōjutsu ===
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==== Sharingan ====
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[[File:Sasuke's Sharigan.png|left|thumb|Sasuke's Sharingan.]]
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Sasuke first awakened his [[Sharingan]] on the night of the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall]], though he isn't able to do so again until several years later, at the start of Part I. With the Sharingan, Sasuke can see the flow of chakra, accurately reproduce any movement he sees (his own physical skill permitting), track fast-moving objects, and, by the end of Part I, predict opponents' movement to a degree. He can also use [[Genjutsu: Sharingan]] for broad purposes such as distraction, interrogation, knocking targets out,<ref>Chapter 462, pages 5-6</ref> or placing them under his control.<ref>Chapter 363, pages 11-12</ref> He can use his Sharingan to relay information to others or enter their subconscious, which in the case of [[jinchūriki]] allows him to suppress their [[tailed beasts]].<ref name="ch309" />
   
== Abilities ==
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==== Mangekyō Sharingan ====
[[File:Fire Style Fireball.png|thumb|right|Sasuke using the Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique.]]
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[[File:SasukeMangekyo.png|thumb|Sasuke's Mangekyō Sharingan.]]
While still a child, Sasuke is hailed as a brilliant ninja, even by the battle-adept Uchiha clan's standards, showing an undeniable prodigious talent and keen intellect to excel at all that he does. From this, he finds little difficulty in more challenging tasks as seen during his time in the Academy.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 223, page 5</ref> Scoring the highest in the performance tests and one of the highest in written tests,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 221, page 11</ref> he easily graduated at the top of his Academy class. Sasuke has great knowledge if not proficiency in many of his clan's techniques, despite his lack of formal training by relying solely on his innate talent and determination. His abilities have been compared to various remarkable individuals like Kakashi Hatake, who was also hailed a a genius even as a child. Tobi, Itachi, and Orochimaru have all stated that Sasuke possesses the unique potential to become much stronger than his older brother, who was already considered a genius above all others.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 49, page 16</ref> Orochimaru even noted that Sasuke is far stronger than he was at the same age when he was training Sasuke in Part II.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 343, page 3</ref> Tobi has also stated that in time, Sasuke could become more powerful than Nagato.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 453, page 17</ref>
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Sasuke awakens his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] after Itachi's death, once he comes to terms with the fact that Itachi was the single most significant relationship he had. Its design gives the appearance of three intersecting ellipses. His Mangekyō is a {{translation|"straight tomoe"|直巴|Choku Tomoe}} type, granting him fluidity in his movements when fighting.<ref>Chapter 657, page 10</ref> Sasuke is warned before receiving his Mangekyō that using it deteriorates the user's eyesight, and for that reason [[Tobi]] repeatedly recommends that Sasuke take Itachi's eyes to gain "eternal" Mangekyō. Sasuke puts off doing this until he's nearly blind, just before the start of the Fourth Shinobi World War; the transplanted eyes resemble a cross between Sasuke's and Itachi's Mangekyō.
   
By Part II, despite officially still being only a genin, he develops much of his potential, becoming strong enough to fight on par with and defeat several highly skilled and extremely powerful shinobi, such as Deidara, Itachi, Danzō, and Orochimaru, though he downplays his victory over Orochimaru and attributes it to the Sannin's weakened state.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 363, page 15</ref> Sasuke was able to clash with Deidara — a powerful and dangerous [[S-rank]] Akatsuki member, decipher the mechanisms behind his abilities, and survive their battle without any handicaps. As Tobi noted, Itachi had already determined the outcome of their fight, as he was plagued with an unknown illness and was using medicine to prolong his life.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 401, pages 14-15</ref> This didn't prevent Itachi from praising Sasuke during their battle, displaying surprise on a few occasions over Sasuke's improved skills and tactics and ultimately noting that if he didn't use [[Susanoo]] he would have been killed by [[Kirin]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 391, page 16</ref>
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[[File:Sasuke's Eternal Mangekyo.png|left|thumb|Sasuke's Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan.]]
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With his left Mangekyō, Sasuke can use [[Amaterasu]], igniting whatever he looks at with black flames that can burn anything. With his right Mangekyō, he can [[shape]] Amaterasu into a variety of forms for offensive or defensive purposes, which Sasuke calls "[[Blaze Release]]". This ability to manipulate his Amaterasu makes him more skilled than Itachi was with his own.<ref>Chapter 463, page 14</ref> Having awakened the Mangekyō in both his eyes, Sasuke can use [[Susanoo]], a spectral warrior that protects him and acts on his behalf. It takes repeated uses before he's able to fully form Susanoo it, its evolutions often marked by moments of intense hatred. Initially, Sasuke can only create Susanoo's skeletal features, such as ribs for defence or arms to interact with his surroundings. He is steadily able to layer musculature and skin over the bones, and later armour to increase its defences. Upon receiving the [[Six Paths Chakra]], he is able to create Susanoo's significantly larger "Complete Body" form, comparable in power to [[Tailed Beast Mode]].
   
After awakening his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] (despite not being fully healed from the battle against Itachi), Sasuke proved able to hold his own against [[Killer B]], [[Gyūki]]'s [[jinchūriki]] and an extremely powerful ninja, who praised Sasuke as one of the strongest ninja he has ever faced, despite Sasuke's inability to defeat him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 419, page 17</ref> After fully healing and further adjusting to his Mangekyō Sharingan, Sasuke proved able to hold his own against at least two [[Kage]], their respective bodyguards and various samurai warriors. He also fought on even grounds with Danzō, another Kage-level opponent, while generally controlling the pace of the fight, and ultimately defeated him, even surviving against the elder's repeated use of Izanagi — a feat that later earned him praise from Itachi.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 581, page 15</ref> After adapting to Itachi's eyes, Sasuke was able to match his older brother in various fields of combat when working together with him against the extremely dangerous Kabuto, who had greatly modified his body and gained numerous abilities.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 585, pages 5-13</ref>
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[[File:Sasuke's Complete Susanoo.png|thumb|Sasuke's Complete Body Susanoo.]]
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Like all Susanoo, Sasuke's has several swords at its disposal that it can use against larger targets or to easily destroy nearby structures. More commonly, his Susanoo employs a bow that can fire arrows at rapid speeds and that can, when needed, double as a shield. Though most of these arrows are made of the same chakra as Susanoo itself, Sasuke can also fashion arrows made from Amaterasu's flames or,<ref>Chapter 553, page 15</ref> by channelling the tailed beasts' chakra, lightning; Sasuke calls the latter [[Indra's Arrow]], his strongest attack.<ref>Chapter 697, pages 1-3</ref> Susanoo can also be formed around the [[Nine-Tails]] in order to give it a sword and armour of its own,<ref>Chapter 651, pages 13-15</ref> and serve as a medium through which Sasuke uses Chidori.<ref>Chapter 695, pages 15-17</ref>
   
=== Taijutsu ===
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==== Rinnegan ====
[[File:Lions Barrage.jpg|thumb|left|Sasuke delivers the finishing blow of the Lion Combo.]]
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[[File:Sasuke's Rinnegan 2.png|left|thumb|Sasuke's Rinnegan at full power.]]
Although not his most used combat tactic, Sasuke's [[taijutsu]] was at a very high level since the start of the series, able to outmanoeuvre two chūnin-level Kirigakure missing-nin.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 10, pages 2-10</ref> Even during the bell test with [[Kakashi]], the elite ninja was shocked that he couldn't read Icha-Icha while fighting him as he needed both hands.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 7, page 7</ref> His skills improved drastically after his encounter with [[Rock Lee]]. With his Sharingan, he was able to copy several of Lee's [[Shadow of the Dancing Leaf|moves]] and from it create the [[Lion Combo]]. Under Kakashi's tutelage, he improved his taijutsu further by copying more of Lee's [[Strong Fist]]-style, roughly matching Lee's basic combat skills and speed in one month.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 112, page 4, 6-7</ref> With this, he overwhelmed Gaara during their initial fight. He was also able to hold his own against the entire [[Sound Four]] for a brief period of time. In Part II, Sasuke further improved his taijutsu under Orochimaru's guidance. In the anime, he was also able to hold his own against Kakashi in a taijutsu fight{{citation needed}}.
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After receiving chakra from [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]], Sasuke's left Sharingan becomes a [[Rinnegan]]. Unlike most Rinnegan, Sasuke's has six tomoe that, when present, indicate his eye is fully charged.<ref name="ch709">Chapter 700+9, pages 6-7</ref> If it loses its charge, Sasuke cannot use the eye's Rinnegan powers until the tomoe return, though he retains access to the abilities of the Sharingan and Mangekyō; keeping his eye closed apparently speeds up the recharge. He keeps it active near-constantly after receiving it, only being seen without it during ''[[The Last: Naruto the Movie]]''.
   
Since the start of the series, Sasuke showed a high level of speed and reflexes as he was the first of his fellow genin to react to the [[Demon Brothers]]' ambush and effectively counter them. He later increased his speed further to outrun Gaara's [[Sand (tool)|sand]] and move faster than unaided eyes could follow in Part I.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 111, pages 17-18</ref> After his Sharingan fully develops, he was also able to follow the speed of both Naruto's [[Naruto Uzumaki's Jinchūriki Forms#Initial Jinchūriki Form|initial jinchūriki form]] and [[Naruto Uzumaki's Jinchūriki Forms#Version 1|one-tailed form]] during their fight, though couldn't completely dodge the latter's demon shroud. In Part II, due to Orochimaru's training, Sasuke's already impressive speed saw a huge leap, able to evade attacks from the extremely fast [[Killer B]] and [[A]], though he credited the evasion to his Sharingan reading the linear moves. He also greatly increased his hand speed, able to do many hand seals in a blur and launch an enormous amount of weapons just as quickly, as seen during his fight with Itachi. His speed and proficiency with the [[Body Flicker Technique]] have also grown considerably, able to easily cut his opponents down without them noticing. When first facing Team Kakashi in Part II, he showed himself able to cover wide gaps in the blink of an eye, giving his former allies no time to react.
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Sasuke's Rinnegan grants him access to the [[Six Paths Technique]]s, though he's only been seen briefly using the [[Preta Path]] to absorb chakra and the [[Deva Path]] to create [[Chibaku Tensei]]. He can use it to see [[Limbo: Border Jail|invisible targets]], repel the effects of the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]],<ref>Chapter 677</ref> and turn his Susanoo into a vessel for the tailed beasts' chakra, much like the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]].<ref>Chapter 696, page 7, 10-11</ref> He can sense chakra through dimensions and accordingly travel to those dimensions by himself or with others;<ref name="ch709" /> in ''Boruto: Naruto the Movie'', these inter-dimensional portals manifest as dark oval-shaped spirals. His most frequent usage of his Rinnegan is for [[Amenotejikara]], which allows him to instantly swap places with anything in a specific range.
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Sasuke has shown a high level of stamina and endurance; at the Five Kage Summit, he was able to endure a consistent string of battles against the samurai, two Kage and their bodyguards before finally collapsing from exhaustion. In a near-blind, battered, and visibly exhausted state from his latter fight with Danzō and overusing the Mangekyō Sharingan, he still had enough stamina to fight against Kakashi, restrain and disarm Sakura and later match Naruto's [[Rasengan]] with his Chidori. His raw strength has also become noticeably greater, being able to lift Sakura by her throat into the air with a single hand even while exhausted. His overall improvements were so great that Sakura even suspected that he had been given drugs to improve his physical capabilities.
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=== Intelligence ===
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[[File:Kirin.png|thumb|For Kirin, Sasuke conserves chakra by manipulating the environment rather than perform it himself.]]
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Sasuke is very intelligent, having earned top grades in his [[Academy]] class. In combat, he usually remains on the offensive, rarely pausing in his attacks or falling back to regroup. Rather, Sasuke observes as he goes, being mindful to all factors on the battlefield and analysing his opponents' techniques to understand their mechanics and purposes. He is accordingly accustomed to coming up with tactics on the fly, choosing whatever approach, no matter how elaborate, will be most successful at the exact moment. His strategies could be considered risky or irresponsible, as he has on more than one occasion placed himself or allies in harm's way. Despite this, his actions have the tendency to pay off, earning praise for his analytical skills from [[Minato Namikaze]] and [[Madara Uchiha]].<ref>Chapter 639, page 9</ref>
   
=== Cursed Seal ===
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Despite how he proceeds in the midst of combat, Sasuke does tend to be prepared before entering a fight, or as best as he can: he specifically trains to be faster than [[Gaara]]'s [[sand]]; he attacks [[Orochimaru]] at the moment when his body is weakest; he equips himself with the [[Lightning Flash Blade Creation]] so that he can compete with [[Itachi Uchiha]]'s speed. He may even have a strategy in mind that he can work towards throughout a fight, as when he spends part of his fight with Itachi creating conditions for [[Kirin]], even relying on Itachi's own jutsu to facilitate in its use.
[[File:Sasuke in Cursed Seal Level 2 2.jpg|thumb|right|Sasuke's second level of the cursed seal.]]
 
An important aspect of Sasuke's growth as a shinobi in Part I was his acquisition of the [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]]. Orochimaru, recognising his potential, bestowed the seal on him as a gift in order to grant him greater strength, and to entice him to seek Orochimaru for further power. Initially, the seal would activate and overwhelm Sasuke if he used his chakra or became too excited, and he was only able to control it with extreme focus. As a result, Kakashi suppressed the seal and advised Sasuke to not rely on it, however, Sasuke's frustration with what he believed to be his inadequate strength caused him to use it in battles. When activated, the cursed seal forcefully absorbed Sasuke's chakra, while replacing it with Orochimaru's [[senjutsu]] chakra which covered his body with a flame-like pattern and granted him a number of benefits such as an enhanced chakra capacity, as well as increased strength, speed, and endurance.
 
   
After defecting from Konoha, with the help of the [[Sound Four]], Sasuke advanced his Cursed Seal to Level Two, allowing it to cover his entire body at will. When fully transformed, the second level of the cursed seal turned Sasuke's skin dark grey with a black four-point star-mark between his eyes and across the bridge of his nose, his sclerae turn black, his irides turn yellow (except when using his Sharingan), and his lips turn blue. He also grows claw-like nails and his hair grows to waist-length without losing its style. At any time, he is able to grow large webbed hand-shaped wings on his back that gave him the ability to fly and hover. In this form, not only were his physical attributes further increased, but his techniques were also enhanced by the cursed seal's chakra. This granted him power comparable to Naruto's [[Naruto Uzumaki's Jinchūriki Forms#Version 1|one-tailed form]]. In Part II, Sasuke gained complete control and mastery over the cursed seal, and could even access its power without fully activating it and even perform partial transformations at will.
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==== Collaboration ====
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Ever since the time he was a new genin, Sasuke has displayed high potential for teamwork despite not wanting to at first, especially with Naruto involved. He was able to catch onto Naruto's plan to free Kakashi from Zabuza's [[Water Prison]] without even talking about it and act accordingly. By adulthood, his reflexes enabled him to dodge a long ranged attack from [[Chōjūrō]] while in the middle of a clash with Kinshiki and perfectly coordinately a series of combo attacks with Naruto against Momoshiki.
   
However, the seal carried some disadvantages. The most notable one was that using the seal for longer periods of time, corroded Sasuke's body and caused him some pain. The other disadvantage was that the presence of Orochimaru's chakra twisted Sasuke's personality somewhat and made him susceptible to the Sannin's influence. However with aditional training, Sasuke greatly extended the time he could maintain his cursed seal active. Since Itachi sealed Orochimaru, the seal was removed from Sasuke.
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=== Stats ===
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=== Ninjutsu ===
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== Part I ==
==== Bukijutsu ====
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=== Prologue — Land of Waves ===
Since early childhood, Sasuke has displayed great skill and use of various ninja tools which has grown and diversified over time. Sasuke was trained in archery during his childhood.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 580, page 10</ref> He is also skilled in the use of [[wire strings]], using them for a variety of purposes ranging from rappelling, to manipulating the path of his shurikens, to ensnaring an opponent and setting them [[Fire Release: Dragon Fire Technique|on fire]]. His level with both trap and weapon-based tactics even surprised Kakashi during their first bell test.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 7</ref> In the anime, he also used a set of chains to ensnare foes.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 189</ref>
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[[File:Team Kakashi.png|left|thumb|Team 7's group photo.]]
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Upon graduating from the [[Academy]], Sasuke is added to [[Team 7]] under the leadership of [[Kakashi Hatake]]. Sasuke makes clear during their first meeting how little interest in the team he has, his only goal in life being to kill [[Itachi]]. One of his team-mates, [[Sakura Haruno]], tries to bond with him by sharing her envy of their other team-mate, [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s, lack of parents, but this only offends Sasuke. To test their qualifications, Kakashi gives the three a [[bell test]], stating that whichever of the three takes one of the two bells on his person will officially become [[genin]]. Of the three, Sasuke comes closest to taking a bell, his skills being great enough to force Kakashi to stop reading his copy of ''[[Icha Icha]]''. He ultimately fails, just like Naruto and Sakura. Kakashi explains that the goal of the test was to use teamwork, to do together what none of them could do by themselves. He is persuaded to allow them to try again after lunch, but instructs Sasuke and Sakura not to feed Naruto. They feed him anyway, needing him in top-form if they're to work together. Kakashi sees this and, because they care more about the team than listening to his instructions, allows them all to pass.
   
===== Kenjutsu =====
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[[File:Sasuke saves naruto.png|thumb|Sasuke takes on the Demon Brothers.]]
[[File:ChidoriKatana.jpeg|thumb|left|Sasuke wielding his Sword of Kusanagi.]]
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After a series of uneventful [[D-rank]] missions, Naruto is able to secure a [[C-rank]] mission for Team 7: escorting [[Tazuna]] to the [[Land of Waves]]. Soon after leaving Konoha they are attacked by the [[Demon Brothers]]. Naruto is paralysed with fear, forcing Sasuke to step in to disarm them and protect Tazuna until Kakashi can capture them. Tazuna confesses that assassins have been hired to kill him but that he couldn't afford the bodyguard detail he needs. Although the mission is now [[A-rank]] in nature - far beyond the skill of genin - Team 7 decides to continue with it; for his earlier indecision, Sasuke declares Naruto an ''[[usuratonkachi]]''. When they arrive in the Land of Waves, however, and are confronted by [[Zabuza Momochi]], Sasuke experiences a crisis of his own, overwhelmed by the battle between Kakashi and Zabuza. He quickly regains his composure and, when Kakashi is caught in a [[Water Prison]], he teams up with Naruto to break him out. In the end, Zabuza is seemingly killed by [[Haku]], allowing Team 7 to escort Tazuna back to his house.
During his time with Orochimaru, Sasuke was trained in [[kenjutsu]], and became a skilled swordsman. He also acquired a [[Sword of Kusanagi (Sasuke Uchiha)|chokutō]], and the use of kenjutsu has become a major part of his fighting style. With these kenjutsu skills, he was able to incapacitate hundreds of Oto-nin during his training without killing them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 343, pages 2-5</ref> His skills with a sword were better shown during the Kage Summit, where he was able to effortlessly outfight and kill multiple samurai, and even deflect their barrage of chakra blasts.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 460, pages 12-15</ref> He even skilfully blocked an attack from [[Mifune]], a famous master swordsman, who acknowledged Sasuke's ability with this combat form.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 465, pages 12-13</ref>
 
   
Sasuke's lethal swordsmanship is shown to very versatile, using impressive speed and precision behind his attacks, leaving little time for enemies to dodge or counter. He can effectively use it in either a normal or reverse grip, giving him various attack styles and the ability to attack or defend from various angles, allowing him to easily change his attack type to suit the situation. He can use his blade as a mid-range projectile with great precision as seen during the battle against Kabuto. Sasuke is also able to adapt his swordsmanship with equal proficiency to his makeshift [[Chidori Sharp Spear|Chidori blade]].
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Kakashi finds Zabuza's death suspicious and decides the train the team in case he returns. He has them perform the [[Tree Climbing Practice]] to improve their [[chakra]] control, which will help them against Zabuza. Although Sasuke's control is initially much better than Naruto's, Naruto improves rapidly using advice from Sakura, who herself mastered it from the start. Sasuke asks for Naruto to share Sakura's advice with him, and from competition between them they each climb to the top of their trees. Naruto is exhausted from the training, so Team 7 leaves him behind the next morning as they resume their escort duties. They are met by Zabuza and Haku, the latter of whom Sasuke faces in battle. Because of Sasuke's speed and refined chakra control, Haku imprisons him with his [[Demonic Mirroring Ice Crystals]]. Naruto arrives to help but, unaware of how Haku's mirrors work, joins Sasuke within the prison.
   
===== Shurikenjutsu =====
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[[File:Sasuke protects Naruto.png|left|thumb|Sasuke protects Naruto.]]
[[File:Sasuke giant shuriken.png|thumb|right|Sasuke wielding a fūma shuriken.]]
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Sasuke is unable to melt the mirrors with his [[fire]] and Naruto is unable to break free with his [[shadow clone]]s, leaving them at the mercy of Haku's [[senbon]]. As time passes, however, Sasuke becomes increasingly able to dodge Haku's attacks, a benefit of his awakening [[Sharingan]]. Seeing this, Haku decides to finish off Naruto so that he can focus on Sasuke. Sasuke shields Naruto from Haku's attack with his own body; when Naruto asks him why, Sasuke claims his body acted on its own. Sasuke seemingly dies from his injuries. In truth, Haku only struck Sasuke's vital points to put him in a temporary death-like state, so he wakes up a short time later. By the time that he does, both Haku and Zabuza are dead, so their bodyguard services are no longer required. When their injuries heal they return to home via the newly-constructed [[Great Naruto Bridge]].
Sasuke is also well-versed in weapons use such as kunai and shuriken. At the start of the series, he could use techniques like [[Shadow Shuriken Technique]] in which he could hide one shuriken in the shadow of another and the [[Manipulated Shuriken Technique]], which allows him to control the path of giant shuriken using [[wire strings]]. Due to his Sharingan, he can use an advanced version of the latter technique, the [[Manipulating Windmill Triple Blades]] which allows him to control a larger number of shuriken and even use them to ensnare an opponent with the strings. In the anime, he was able to perfectly strike a set of multiple targets (one of which was hidden in a blind spot) and precisely alter his launched kunai's trajectory by striking them with another tool in the process to accurately hit their respective mark, an identical feat to one his brother Itachi had performed years before.{{citation needed}}
 
   
Since his battle with Itachi, Sasuke started using a bracelet with a special seal that allowed him to [[Summoning: Lightning Flash Blade Creation|instantly summon shuriken]], thus increasing the amount he carries at any one time and launch speed. He has also demonstrated the ability to increase the lethal properties of the Fūma Shuriken by rigging it to disconnect its four blades and launch them into separate directions. Sasuke has also shown the ability to match his shuriken and Fire Release skills for techniques like [[Fire Release: Phoenix Sage Fire Technique]] or he can infuse a fūma shuriken with [[Lightning Release|lightning chakra]] for increased cutting power.
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=== Chūnin Exams ===
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Team 7 resumes its series of unremarkable missions. For their performance in the Land of Waves, however, Kakashi decides to enter them in the [[Chūnin Exams]] taking place in Konoha. Because they've only recently graduated from the Academy, the three feel they must give strong showings to prove themselves. When they arrive at the exam hall, Sasuke first uses his Sharingan to dispel a [[genjutsu]] intended to discourage unqualified genin and then agrees to spar with [[Rock Lee]]. Lee's speed and [[taijutsu]] skills impress Sasuke enough to use his Sharingan in their fight. Although he is able to see Lee's movements better, Sasuke can't physically keep up and Lee nearly performs the [[Front Lotus]] on him. Lee is stopped by his teacher, [[Might Guy]], whose emotional method of punishing Lee disturbs Sasuke, Naruto, and Sakura.
   
==== Summoning Technique ====
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During the exam's first stage, the participating genin are given a written test. Sasuke is unable to answer any of the questions, causing him to realise that the purpose of the first stage is to cheat without getting caught. He therefore uses his Sharingan to mimic the pencil movements of other examinees. Team 7 continues to the second stage in the [[Forest of Death]], where to pass they must obtain a pair of scrolls, one of which they are given at the start, the other of which they must take from another team. Soon after entering, Sasuke discovers that what appears to be Naruto is an [[Ame]]-nin, [[Oboro]], in disguise. He drives Oboro off and locates the real Naruto. To prevent this from happening again, Sasuke comes up with a complicated password that they'll share to confirm their identities in case they get separated. They are immediately attacked and, when they regroup, Naruto correctly recites the password. Knowing Naruto could never have remembered the password, Sasuke attacks the impostor.
[[File:Sasuke Hawk.png|thumb|left|Sasuke's hawk summoning.]]
 
During his training under Orochimaru, Sasuke learned many of the Sannin's snake-oriented techniques. He became able to summon various-sized snakes to aid him in battle, even hidden from his sleeves to [[Hidden Shadow Snake Hands|strike]] or [[Binding Snake Glare Spell|bind]] his opponents with little time to react. After absorbing Orochimaru, Sasuke gained access to Orochimaru's [[Power of the White Snake|regenerative powers]] that allowed him to heal at a much faster rate than usual,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 365, page 6</ref> and access Orochimaru's chakra as extra reserves, although he preferred not to.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 392, pages 4-6</ref> He was also able to summon snakes from any part of his body, and could use [[Orochimaru-style Body Replacement Technique]] to shed his skin and produce a new body, thus repairing any damage he sustained. After Itachi removed Orochimaru from Sasuke's being, Sasuke has not used any snake techniques. In addition, the snake summoning tattoo on his left arm, implying that Sasuke's snake techniques were a result of absorbing Orochimaru and by extension he lost these abilities with Orochimaru's removal.
 
   
To symbolise his ascension from snakes (i.e. Orochimaru's power) he changed his team's name from Hebi (snake) to Taka (hawk). It is revealed that his [[Summoning Technique|animal-oriented techniques]] have also changed from snakes to [[hawks]] as shown from him summoning a hawk that he used to fly around on during his fight with Danzō, evade his assaults and in the anime perform coordinated attacks with Sasuke. It is currently unknown when he made a contract with them.
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[[File:Sasuke receives curse seal.png|thumb|Sasuke branded with Orochimaru's cursed seal.]]
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The impostor, [[Orochimaru]], is far too strong for them to contend with and may very well kill them. Sasuke tries to forfeit their scroll in exchange for their lives, but Naruto, upon locating them, stops him, believing Sasuke may also be an enemy ninja in disguise because the Sasuke he knows would never surrender. Naruto engages Orochimaru in combat, defeats his [[snake]], and calls Sasuke an ''usuratonkachi'' before Orochimaru finally renders him unconscious. Amazed by Naruto's performance and encouraged by Sakura, Sasuke picks up where he left off by pinning Orochimaru down and attacking him with the [[Dragon Fire Technique]]. Orochimaru is impressed by Sasuke and brands him with a [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]] to reward him before leaving. The pain of the cursed seal overwhelms Sasuke and he passes out.
   
==== Nature Transformation ====
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When Sasuke regains consciousness, he finds Sakura badly injured, Rock Lee defeated in battle, and [[Team 10]] defending them from [[Team Dosu]], an [[Oto]]-team. Sasuke questions Sakura on the identity of who hurt her, which [[Zaku Abumi]] takes credit for. Under the cursed seal's influence, Sasuke attacks Zaku and breaks both of his arms. He prepares to do the same to Zaku's team-mates, but Sakura's pleas for him to stop bring him back to his senses and the cursed seal recedes. The genin teams go their separate ways and Team 7 spends several days recuperating from their ordeals. On the last day of the second stage, they go looking for the second scroll that they still need. They are found by [[Team Oboro]], who Naruto distracts while the rest of Team 7 sneaks up behind and knocks out.
[[File:Kirin.JPG|thumb|right|Sasuke activates Kirin.]]
 
As a true genius ninja and member of the Uchiha, Sasuke has great proficiency in [[Fire Release]] nature manipulation. By age 7, he had already mastered his clan's rite of passage technique, the [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique]]. Even Kakashi was amazed at such a feat as, according to him, Genin usually require much more experience and developed chakra to perform elemental techniques. He can also use his fire techniques in conjunction with his weapon skills.
 
   
After learning that Sasuke can also manipulate [[Lightning Release]] nature manipulation, and hoping to deter Sasuke from using the Cursed Seal, Kakashi taught him the [[Chidori]], made more effective when combined with his Sharingan. With this combination, Sasuke can punch through most obstacles with relative ease, as well as severely damaging any opponent during most uses. In Part I, Sasuke was limited to using the attack only twice a day, with a third usage after the initial activation of his cursed seal. In Part II, Sasuke was shown to be able to use the Chidori several times in one day. During their battle, [[A]] commended Sasuke's Chidori for being able to break through his [[Lightning Release Armour]] despite inflicting only minor damage.
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With two scrolls, Team 7 is able to advance to the preliminary round. Sasuke is paired against [[Yoroi Akadō]] for the first match. Before the fight starts, Kakashi warns Sasuke that use of the cursed seal will disqualify him. Because he can't use chakra without the cursed seal activating, Sasuke is forced to only use taijutsu, something that proves difficult when Yoroi [[Chakra Absorption Techniques|absorbs]] his chakra whenever he gets close. Sasuke ends up mimicking the portion of Rock Lee's Front Lotus that he saw a few days earlier, inventing the [[Lion Combo]] to defeat Yoroi. Afterwards, Kakashi takes Sasuke aside and uses the [[Evil Sealing Method]] on his cursed seal so that it won't flare up as often. Sasuke loses consciousness from the application and by the time he wakes up the preliminaries are already over.
   
Over the timeskip, Sasuke put a great deal of time developing his lighting-based chakra, having mastered it to create many new techniques of said type, most of these revolving around his Chidori, which he has refined. When first seen in Part II, he was able to channel his Chidori to emit electricity from [[Chidori Current|all over his body]] as a shield that stuns those it comes into contact with. He can also channel the Chidori [[Kusanagi Sword: Chidori Katana|through his sword]] through "[[chakra flow]]", giving [[Sword of Kusanagi (Sasuke Uchiha)|the blade]] extreme cutting power and allowing it to numb anyone it cuts. This is powerful enough to slice through a chakra wave created by a similar [[Samurai Sabre Technique|sword technique]]. He can also concentrate it into solid [[Chidori Senbon|senbon]] and a [[Chidori Sharp Spear|sword]] to make more precise attacks. He is also able to infuse shuriken with lightning chakra. Sasuke's most powerful elemental technique is [[Kirin]], a lightning technique that uses natural lightning as opposed to chakra, allowing Sasuke to perform it even when visibly exhausted. If there are no thunder clouds available, Sasuke can use a [[Fire Release: Great Dragon Fire Technique|powerful fire release technique]] to create thunder clouds. Sasuke then takes control of the lightning, shapes it into a [[Wikipedia:Qilin|kirin]], and then brings the lightning down on his target. The technique is so powerful that it has the ability to destroy a mountain, as well as break [[Itachi Uchiha]]'s Susanoo.
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[[File:Sasuke against Gaara.png|thumb|left|Sasuke fighting Gaara.]]
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For the final matches taking place in a month, Sasuke will face [[Gaara]] of [[Sunagakure]] in the first round. In order to prepare him for this fight, and to give him an alternative to the cured seal's power, Kakashi teaches him how to use the [[Chidori]] and helps him further emulate Lee's speed and fighting style. Their training runs long and Sasuke in fact arrives late for his match, but he finds that they waited for him because the audience has anticipated the fight so much. Sasuke uses his speed to attack Gaara from multiple angles in a short time, leaving his [[Shield of Sand]] unable to block everything. Gaara surrounds himself with his sand so that Sasuke won't bother him while he [[Jinchūriki Forms|prepares]] for the fight. Unable to get through the shield with physical attacks, Sasuke pierces it with Chidori. Gaara's arm is wounded and his shield dissolves, but not before Sasuke briefly senses [[Shukaku]] within him. Before the fight can continue, a [[Temple of Nirvana Technique|genjutsu]] descends on the stadium.
   
After adjusting to his Mangekyō Sharingan powers, Sasuke has developed an advanced Fire Release known as the Blaze Release; an element that draws its power from Amaterasu. Aside from unleashing a wave of unquenchable black flames that incinerates everything that reflects in his eyesight, Sasuke can control the movement of the flames into [[Shield of Black Flames|surrounding]] him and creating [[Blaze Release: Kagutsuchi|spikes]] to protect himself. As such, he was regarded as more skilled with it than Itachi was by [[C]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 463, page 14</ref> After gaining his Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan, he can use his Amaterasu orb to wrap the black flames around his [[Susanoo]]'s various weapons, even using it to create tomoe-like projectiles that can be fired in a wave.
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=== Konoha Crush ===
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The [[invasion of Konoha]] begins, forcing the cancellation of the Chūnin Exams. As Konoha-nin in the stadium start engaging the invading Suna and Oto forces, the exam proctor, [[Genma Shiranui]], sends Sasuke after the escaping Gaara. [[Kankurō]] attempts to delay Sasuke, but [[Shino Aburame]] appears to fight Kankurō in Sasuke's place. By the time Sasuke catches up with him, Gaara is already in the process of transforming into Shukaku. Gaara attacks with increased speed and strength, which Sasuke is only narrowly able to avoid. He counters with Chidori and succeeds in injuring Gaara yet again, but Gaara is still able to continue fighting; Sasuke, who has already reached his limit of using Chidori twice a day, is low on options. He is able to use a third Chidori by using his cursed seal, but is left paralysed afterwards and at Gaara's mercy.
   
=== Dōjutsu ===
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Sasuke is saved by the timely arrival of Naruto and Sakura, sent by Kakashi to provide assistance. Sakura is quickly captured and Naruto initially struggles against Gaara. Sasuke volunteers to use what little strength he still has to distract Gaara while Naruto escapes with Sakura, but Naruto is unwilling to do so. Instead, Naruto taps into a [[Nine-Tails|mysterious chakra source]], creates a thousand shadow clones, and soon afterwards [[Summoning Technique|summon]]s [[Gamabunta]], each of which amazes Sasuke. Naruto ultimately defeats Gaara, but he's not able to move. Sasuke collects him and takes him back to Konoha with Sakura.
==== Sharingan ====
 
[[File:Sasuke3.jpg|thumb|left|Sasuke's Sharingan.]]
 
As a member of the Uchiha clan, Sasuke possesses the [[Sharingan]], the clan's [[kekkei genkai]]. He first developed it at age 7, during Itachi's departure from Konoha after the [[Uchiha clan massacre]], with one [[tomoe]] in each eye, but Sasuke had forgotten he had activated the Sharingan from being traumatised by the incident. He was able to reactivate it during the battle with [[Haku]], where his right eye acquired two tomoe in it. By the time he fought [[Rock Lee]], both eyes had two tomoe. Midway during his battle against Naruto at the [[Valley of the End]], it reached completion to have three tomoe in each eye. This dōjutsu grants Sasuke all the Sharingan's standard abilities such as analysing and predicting movements, as well as copying enemy techniques into his arsenal.
 
   
While making good use of it in Part I, Sasuke also developed a number of more novel uses for it in Part II. During his encounter with Naruto, Sasuke's Sharingan could enter Naruto's subconscious and effectively suppressed [[Kurama]]'s chakra. In this instance, the demon compared Sasuke's eyes to that of Madara.<ref name="ch309"/> In Part II, Sasuke regularly uses his [[Genjutsu: Sharingan|Sharingan genjutsu]] abilities, which grew considerably strong, to easily hypnotise opponents, replay memories,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 346, pages 2-8</ref> paralyse his target,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 462, pages 5-6</ref> and control a mighty summoned creature like [[Manda]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 363, pages 11-12</ref> In developing his Sharingan prowess, Sasuke drastically increased his time periods to maintain it with little effect to his chakra levels, even in prolonged fights against several high-level opponents. When Orochimaru later tried to take over his body, Sasuke was able to use his Sharingan to turn Orochimaru's technique against the Sannin. He was also able to break out of Itachi's [[Tsukuyomi]] after using the power of his Cursed Seal, much to his brother's shock.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 388, pages 9-14</ref>
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A few days later, Team 7 attends the [[Third Hokage]]'s funeral.
   
==== Mangekyō Sharingan ====
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=== Search for Tsunade ===
[[File:Sasuke EMS Eyes 574.jpg|thumb|right|Sasuke activates his Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan.]]
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Sasuke awakened his [[Mangekyō Sharingan#Sasuke Uchiha|Mangekyō Sharingan]] after the death of his older brother, Itachi. Sasuke's Mangekyō takes the appearance of three intersecting ellipses. Unlike other Sharingan, which have a black design and red background, Sasuke's Mangekyō is the first one that is shown to have a red design and a black background. His Eternal Mangekyō took the shape of his old Mangekyō Sharingan, with a symmetrical version of Itachi's Mangekyō Sharingan design in the centre.
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Sasuke arrives at a [[Dango Shop]] to meet Kakashi for lunch. Not only does he find that Kakashi has arrived uncharacteristically early, but Kakashi abruptly cancels soon afterwards. When Sasuke stops by Kakashi's home later that day he finds Kakashi is comatose. The assembled [[jōnin]] avoid divulging what happened to him until [[Aoba Yamashiro]] unwittingly reveals that Itachi has returned to Konoha in search of Naruto. Sasuke immediately starts tracking Naruto down so that he can, in turn, find Itachi. He stops by [[Ramen Ichiraku]] and is informed that Naruto has gone to [[Shukuba Town]] with [[Jiraiya]].
   
Customary of the dōjutsu, Sasuke's Mangekyō Sharingan damages and gradually reduces his eyesight every time he uses it, causing him to experience great pain and extreme fatigue as well as causing eye bleeding with each use. While resting after his fight with Killer B, Sasuke found that his vision was slightly blurred and during his battle with Kakashi, unleashing Susanoo's final form caused his vision to worsen, leaving him unable to maintain the technique. Although Sasuke initially refused Itachi's eyes, after his conversation with Naruto, he finally had Tobi transplant his brother's eyes in order to escape the Mangekyō-induced blindness and to face Naruto with his full power.
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[[File:Young Sasuke vs Itachi.png|thumb|Itachi choking Sasuke.]]
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Sasuke locates the inn where Naruto is staying shortly after Itachi does the same. Itachi allows Sasuke an opportunity to demonstrate how much stronger he's become, which he does by attacking with Chidori. Itachi easily blocks the attack and breaks Sasuke's arm, but he is stopped from going further by the arrival of Jiraiya. When Jiraiya states his intention to defeat both Itachi and his partner, [[Kisame Hoshigaki]], Sasuke demands that Itachi be left for him. Uninterested, Itachi kicks Sasuke away and uses [[Tsukuyomi]] to force him to experience their parents' murders over and over again. Before Sasuke passes out, Itachi informs him that he is still weak.
   
The first ability Sasuke has displayed using the Mangekyō was to induce paralysis into his victim<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 413, page 9</ref> and brainwash them to follow his orders.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 408, page 7</ref> Sasuke's first named technique shown was Tsukuyomi, able to induce it on his victims without their knowing. However, Danzō denounced Sasuke's might with the technique, reiterating Itachi's ability to alter a victim's perception of time while under his Tsukuyomi. Despite this, Tobi noted that Sasuke's resourcefulness and precise timing in its use are able to somewhat make up for the illusion's lack of power. The second technique was [[Amaterasu]]. When Sasuke first used it unintentionally on Tobi, his right eye took Itachi's Mangekyō Sharingan form. When he later used it on his own, they took his own Mangekyō Sharingan form. Various characters have implied that his skill with Amaterasu surpasses Itachi's, as he is able to both control and extinguish the flames with his right eye.
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Sasuke is hospitalised, comatose like Kakashi before him. It isn't until Naruto brings [[Tsunade]] to Konoha that the trauma to their minds is healed.
   
[[File:Sasuke Eternal MS Susanoo.jpg|thumb|left|Sasuke's full Susanoo, complete with Amaterasu orb.]]
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=== Land of Tea Escort Mission ===
Sasuke is one of the rare few Uchiha who obtained the ability to use [[Susanoo]], which he can use in the same manner as his Cursed Seal, manifesting single parts at a time; the technique's development is dependent on Sasuke's extreme emotion, usually anger. Sasuke initially uses incomplete versions of Susanoo due to various reasons. During his fight with Danzō, he uses a more complete version, and demonstrates its ability to use different weapons. Later on, during his fight with Kakashi, he perfected his Susanoo into an armoured form similar to Itachi's. Unlike Itachi, Sasuke's Amaterasu comes from his left eye, and Tsukuyomi along with his ability to manipulate and extinguish the black flames from his right eye. The last ability Sasuke demonstrated with his Mangekyō Sharingan was a technique that manipulates the black flames of Amaterasu known as [[Blaze Release]].
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In the anime, Team 7 is sent to the [[Land of Tea]] to protect [[Idate Morino]]. During the mission they are brought into conflict with [[Aoi Rokushō]]. Although Sasuke is able to help break Aoi's [[Sword of the Thunder God]] with his Chidori, he is injured during the fight and must be hospitalised when they get back to Konoha.
   
Following the acquisition of the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan, the usage of this dōjutsu or any of its techniques doesn't appear to affect his chakra reserves nearly as much and his health at all. His Susanoo's final form also underwent a new change as the armour's hood gained a beak-like shape, its hands gained scales and it wields an orb composed of the black flames of Amaterasu on its second right hand, from which he can produce either a [[Sword of Kagutsuchi|blade]] to stab his opponents, or fire several [[Blaze Release: Yasaka Magatama|tomoe-shaped projectiles]] that can incinerate a foe on contact. The bow in its primary left hand also grows in size and takes on a more shield-like appearance.
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=== Sasuke Recovery Mission ===
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While recuperating, Sasuke reflects on his encounter with Itachi and is upset that, after all this time, Itachi is still so much stronger than he is. He is also jealous of Naruto who, despite being the worst student in their Academy class, has seemingly surpassed Sasuke, evidenced by his defeat of Gaara. Determined to prove himself superior, Sasuke challenges Naruto to a fight when he comes to visit him in the hospital. At first Naruto refuses because Sasuke is still in no condition to fight, but Sasuke persists and Naruto agrees. The fight escalates quickly, culminating with Sasuke using Chidori and Naruto using [[Rasengan]]. Kakashi arrives and deflects their attacks into opposing water towers before they can clash. Sasuke initially believes his Chidori was at least stronger based on the damage to their respective water towers, but on closer examination finds that Naruto's water tower is destroyed. Sasuke leaves, jealous of Naruto's development.
   
=== Chakra Prowess ===
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Kakashi tracks Sasuke down afterwards and lectures him; the Chidori is supposed to be used to protect friends, not attack them. Kakashi reminds Sasuke that, no matter how painful the losses of the past are, it would be worse to lose the friends he still has. Kakashi leaves him to think over what he said, and Sasuke becomes conflicted between his desire for revenge and his friendship with Naruto and Sakura. Before he can take Kakashi's words to heart, Sasuke is confronted by the [[Sound Four]]. Sent by Orochimaru, the Sound Four fight with Sasuke to test his abilities and quickly defeat him. He tries using his cursed seal to gain the upper-hand, but discovers that they each have cursed seals also. The Sound Four offer to take him to Orochimaru so that he can gain strength like theirs, which he'll never achieve if he remains in Konoha.
[[File:Sasuke Cold Chakra.jpg|thumb|right|Sasuke's chakra becoming colder and darker.]]
 
Even by the Uchiha standards, Sasuke has exceptionally strong and large amounts of chakra. At age 7, he was already able to use his clan's [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique|signature fire release technique]]. This later surprised even Kakashi, as such techniques usually require more developed chakra. In Part II, his reserves grew considerably greater, able to use many highly chakra-consuming techniques in a day, even recklessly using three different [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] techniques plus Chidori multiple times respectively without visible exhaustion; able to continue fighting effectively with plenty of stamina left against the Kage. Also, even when extremely weakened, he could summon [[Manda]], a high level summon (though he may have used Orochimaru's chakra for this). After gaining Itachi's eyes, Sasuke's reserves appear to have grown even further, as during the battle against Kabuto, he was visibly unaffected from using several of his Mangekyō Sharingan techniques as well as his Chidori multiple times.
 
   
Quality-wise, Sasuke's chakra is very powerful; its strength is compared to that of Madara Uchiha's, whose chakra was particularly strong even amongst the Uchiha. When Sasuke first arrived at the [[Land of Sound]] and gave Kabuto a frightening glare, both he and Orochimaru noted Sasuke's exceptional chakra. His chakra's strength was even great enough to break free from Danzō's [[Danzō's Juinjutsu|restraining seal]] by releasing it from his entire body. Likewise, his chakra control has also grown considerably. With many high-level techniques, usually lightning and fire-based, he can perform them with few to no hand seals, giving his opponents little time to react.
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[[File:Sasuke leaving.png|left|thumb|Sasuke leaving Konoha with the Sound Four.]]
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Desperate to become stronger than Itachi, Sasuke decides to take the Sound Four up on the offer and leaves during the night. As he approaches the village's exit he is met by Sakura, who tries to persuade him to stay so as not to break up Team 7. When this doesn't work, Sakura confesses her love for him and asks to be allowed to accompany him at the very least. Sasuke refuses again so she threatens to call for help. He stops her by knocking her out, but thanks her before he does. He meets the Sound Four outside the village and they start guiding him to Orochimaru. Once they're far enough away from Konoha, the Sound Four give Sasuke some medication that will mature his cursed seal to a second, stronger stage. He is left unconscious while his body adjusts to the drug, but when he finally wakes up many hours later his body is much stronger. Ecstatic, Sasuke continues on to Orochimaru by himself, paying little attention to the Sound Four's ongoing battle with the [[Sasuke Recovery Team]].
   
Gradually, as Sasuke continued to sink deeper into darkness, his chakra became noticeably darker.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 478, pages 8-9</ref> Even [[Kurama]] noted that Sasuke's chakra has become even darker than his own, and even similar to that of Madara's.<ref name="ch309">''Naruto'' chapter 309, pages 3-5</ref> Karin has also mentioned that Sasuke's chakra, as he approached the point of manifesting [[Susanoo]], had become even darker, and colder than the corrupting influence of the second stage [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 460, pages 14-15</ref> and has since continued to grow even more potent along with the development of Susanoo.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 464, page 17</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 484, page 9</ref>
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Sasuke is stopped at the [[Valley of the End]] by Naruto. Sasuke ignores his pleas to return to Konoha and is unmoved by Naruto's warnings that Orochimaru will [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|take his body]], believing that such a sacrifice is worthwhile if it will lead to Itachi's death. Naruto starts attacking him, ready to take him back to Konoha by force if necessary. Sasuke returns the attacks as a way of resuming the fight that Kakashi interrupted earlier. He also decides to kill Naruto, remembering Itachi's explanation that killing one's closest friend will awaken the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]]. With his cursed seal, Sasuke is able to land a number of serious blows. Although Naruto didn't want to believe that Sasuke would really kill him, his mounting injuries convince him otherwise and force him to call on the powers of the [[Nine-Tails]] within him.
   
=== Intelligence ===
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[[File:Naruto Sasuke clash.png|thumb|Sasuke clashing with Naruto.]]
From a young age, Sasuke has repeatedly shown keen instincts and quick decision-making, causing many to consider him a genius. Able to easily learn various advanced techniques or utilise basic ones for crafty manoeuvres, Sasuke already became a stand-out before graduating the Academy. He is a proficient strategist, observing his opponent's skills and deducing their workings with ease and accuracy while remaining calm and composed. He then chooses the most effective means and ninjutsu to counter them.<ref name="d3"/> His resolution enables him to pick strategies in which he requires getting injured in order to defeat the enemy, thereby showing tremendous endurance and willpower. Sasuke is also a very capable leader, able to form a team from specific ninja after scouting them out and quickly command their respect and cooperation. Furthermore, he can effectively instruct his team to engage an enemy. He also showed the ability to perform a series of precise and coordinated attacks with his brother Itachi with minimal planning despite their previous volatile relationship.
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Sasuke is surprised by the insidious chakra he senses, the sudden healing of Naruto's wounds, and the increases to his strength and speed. Sasuke becomes angry and asks Naruto why he would go so far for him, to which Naruto responds that Sasuke is like a brother to him and that he simply can't let him go. Sasuke acknowledges their bond and promises to sever it, but does at least put on the [[forehead protector]] that he'd until now refused to do Naruto the courtesy of wearing; he boasts that Naruto will not even be able to scratch the forehead protector. They continue trading blows, with Naruto eventually manifesting a [[version 1|fox-shaped cloak]] and Sasuke entering his cursed seal's second level. Sasuke clashes his Chidori with Naruto's Rasengan, and within the dome of resulting energy they trade final blows: Sasuke punches Naruto and Naruto scratches Sasuke's forehead protector.
   
His intelligence also allowed him to develop many powerful techniques on his own, all based on the one technique his teacher taught him. From the Chidori, Sasuke mastered the principles of Lightning Release, and created many innovative techniques that are derived from it. He was also able to combine techniques together to create the right atmosphere for the Kirin, utilising weather manipulation to create a powerful thunderstorm. In order to defeat his former mentor Orochimaru, Sasuke did extensive research of his various abilities, such as the nature of his snake summons and techniques as well as his unique cursed seals. With this knowledge, he was able to resurrect the Sannin using a combination of Anko's cursed seal, a piece of Kabuto's altered body and a [[Evil Releasing Method|special fūinjutsu]].
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[[File:Sasuke defeats Naruto.png|left|thumb|Sasuke spares Naruto's life.]]
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When the energy dissipates, Sasuke stands over an unconscious Naruto. He decides not to kill him since that's what Itachi would want him to do, and he refuses to let Itachi decide his actions. He leaves his forehead protector behind with Naruto and continues on to Orochimaru by himself. When he finally reaches Orochimaru's lair he discovers that Orochimaru has already found a new body. Sasuke is unconcerned, only wanting whatever power Orochimaru can give him.
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=== Other Skills ===
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== Interlude ==
Under Orochimaru's training, Sasuke was subjected to the Sannin's experiments and as a result developed physical enhancements including an immunity towards most forms of [[poison]]s, to a level that the one Sakura learned from [[Shizune]] would not affect him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 485, page 8</ref> However, he was not immune to the effects of Orochimaru's true form's poisonous blood. His training has also given him great skill in [[fūinjutsu]] and is also otherwise quite knowledgeable in other seals, such as Orochimaru's cursed seals. As an Uchiha, he is also one of the few who can [[Naka Shrine Pass Technique|access]] the Naka Shrine.
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=== In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths ===
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In the anime, approximately two years into his training with Orochimaru, Sasuke volunteers to deliver some research material to one of Orochimaru's hideouts. While there, Sasuke releases one of Orochimaru's test subjects, [[Suigetsu Hōzuki]], from his confinements and then helps [[Karin]] capture Suigetsu yet again. Pleased with what he witnesses of their abilities, Sasuke resolves to win them both over so that he can have them as allies in the future.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 408</ref>
   
=== Stats ===
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== Part II ==
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=== Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission ===
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Two-and-a-half years after leaving Konoha, Sasuke waits impatiently at one of Orochimaru's hideouts in [[Kusagakure]]. When Orochimaru finally returns, Sasuke demands that he resume their training. Before complying, Orochimaru introduces him to [[Sai]], his replacement in Team 7, but Sasuke isn't interested. Sai tries to engage Sasuke by discussing Naruto, prompting Sasuke to knock him over with [[killing intent]]. Sai persists, telling Sasuke that Nauto thinks of him as a brother. Sasuke replies he has only one brother whom he will kill. Sai tracks him down later as he rests. When Sasuke demands an explanation for the disturbance, Sai reveals that he wishes to reunite Sasuke with Naruto so as to reestablish the brotherly bond they had. Annoyed, Sasuke attacks him.
   
== Part I ==
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[[File:Sasuke draws sword.png|thumb|Sasuke prepares to kill Naruto.]]
=== Introduction Arc ===
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Naruto, Sakura, and [[Yamato]] (Kakashi's replacement) are attracted to the site of Sasuke's attack; Sai is unharmed and is prepared to help them bring him back to Konoha. Sasuke reacts with indifference to Sakura and Naruto, chastising the latter for still pursuing him after all these years. To demonstrate that they mean nothing to him, Sasuke quickly neutralises them all, his growth under Orochimaru being far greater than any of them expected. Naruto, frustrated by this, struggles to avoid the temptation of using the Nine-Tails. Seeing this, Sasuke enters Naruto's subconscious using his Sharingan and suppresses the Nine-Tails. He escapes Yamato's attempt to capture him and prepares to kill them all, but is stopped by Orochimaru. Orochimaru points to their recent successes against [[Akatsuki]], the organisation that Itachi belongs to, and explains that letting them live may further weaken Akatsuki, thereby making it easier to kill Itachi. Sasuke accepts this reasoning and they leave Team 7 behind.
[[File:Teamkakashi.jpg|thumb|The official group photo of Team 7.]]
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Upon the formation of Team 7, Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke were forced to mingle. Sasuke tried to avoid both of them, but he kept getting drawn into Sakura and Naruto's antics. Accordingly, Kakashi gave them a bell test, the three of them being tasked with taking the two bells he kept on his person. Sasuke tried to take a bell by himself, ignoring his team-mates in the process, failing regardless of having a better success rate. Regrouping with his team, they all realised that the true goal of the test was to learn to place teamwork above the single-handed completion of the mission, and, in doing so, were allowed to pass.
 
   
=== Land of Waves Arc ===
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[[File:Sasuke protects Naruto.png|thumb|left|Sasuke protects Naruto.]]
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Sasuke's first major mission was escorting the bridge builder, [[Tazuna]], to his home in the poverty-stricken [[Land of Waves]]. Soon after setting out, Sasuke showed exceptional skill when attacked by the [[Demon Brothers]], even taunting Naruto for being shocked and useless during this encounter. When they later had a tree-climbing exercise to improve chakra control, he managed to stay ahead of Naruto for a good length of time, but as Naruto began to catch up, they started to push each other's limits. His skills improved, Sasuke was almost able to compete with [[Haku]], who was extremely dangerous because of his extreme speed and dexterity. It was during this battle that Sasuke reawakened the legacy of his clan, the [[Sharingan]], and even selflessly put himself in the way of Haku's attack on Naruto to protect him. Although he claimed his body had moved on its own, his actions showed that he was willing to put himself in mortal danger for Naruto's sake. Although it appeared that Sasuke had died in the process, it was later revealed that he was merely put in a temporary death state.
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In the anime, Sasuke meets one of Orochimaru's test subjects, [[Yūkimaru]], who was picking white camellias.
   
=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
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Before the [[Chūnin Exams]] started, Sasuke fought [[Rock Lee]], who uses his speed to defeat him with his [[taijutsu]] prowess. However, before the [[Front Lotus|finishing blow]] could be given, [[Might Guy]] interrupted the match and punished his beloved student for using a forbidden technique in a normal fight. In the first part of the exam, Sasuke realised that, to succeed in the written test, it is required to cheat without getting caught, using his Sharingan to copy the pencil movements of a student in front of him, effectively copying the answers.
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[[File:Sasuke Defeats Orochimaru.PNG|thumb|left|Sasuke defeats Orochimaru.]]
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After defeating hundreds of Otogakure forces in a training match without receiving a scratch and without killing his opponents, Sasuke decides there's nothing else he can learn from Orochimaru. He decides to kill Orochimaru before he goes, finding Orochimaru's pursuit of power for power's sake distastefully similar to Itachi. Because his current host body is in the process of rejecting him anyway, Orochimaru vacates it and attempts to take Sasuke's. Sasuke repels the attack and cuts up his body, but the exposure to fluids in Orochimaru's body paralyses Sasuke, allowing Orochimaru to initiate the [[Living Corpse Reincarnation]]. Orochimaru starts imprisoning Sasuke within his own subconscious, but Sasuke reverses the process with [[Demonic Illusion: Shackling Stakes Technique]], imprisoning Orochimaru in Sasuke's subconscious instead.
   
[[File:Sasuke receives curse seal.png|thumb|Sasuke branded with Orochimaru's cursed seal.]]
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Before leaving the base, Sasuke releases [[Suigetsu Hōzuki]] from the tank he was kept stored in and invites him to join a team he's forming. When Sasuke explains that he's dealt with Orochimaru, Suigetsu tests his abilities to make sure his victory wasn't a fluke and, satisfied, agrees to join him. They travel to another hideout to recruit [[Karin]], and release the prisoners kept there so that she won't have other commitments. Karin refuses to join their team, but claims that she happens to be going in the same direction as they are. They visit another hideout to recruit [[Jūgo]], the origin of [[Orochimaru's cursed seals]]. As they approach they are confronted by a horde of escaped cursed seal recipients, but easily deal with them all. Although they locate Jūgo easily enough in his cell, he is unwilling to go with them, afraid that he'll kill them in a violent rage. When Sasuke demonstrates that he can keep Jūgo's rage under control, he agrees to go with them.
In the second test of the Chūnin Exams in the [[Forest of Death]], Sasuke was attacked by who he thought was [[Kusagakure]] genin [[Shiore]]. However, with Naruto urging him not to surrender to the stronger ninja, Sasuke defeats who he learns is actually the missing-nin [[Orochimaru]] who implants his [[Cursed Seal of Heaven|cursed seal]] on Sasuke's neck as a reward. Losing conscious from the immense pain of the seal as it attunes to his body, Sasuke suffers horrific nightmares before awakening under its influence as he mercilessly defeats [[Team Dosu|Otogakure genin]] and breaks [[Zaku]]'s arms. It took Sakura's hug and pleas to snap him back to normal. In a flashback detailed Part II, Sasuke is revealed to have met [[Karin]] while saving her from a [[bear]], letting her be as he didn't need her scroll.
 
   
Sasuke's match up in the preliminaries was against [[Yoroi Akadō]]. Before the fight started, Kakashi warned Sasuke that, if his cursed seal got out of control, which would happen if he used any [[chakra]], he would need to be removed from the competition. The match started with Yoroi absorbing what little chakra Sasuke had left through his hands, and with Sasuke being in constant pain from his cursed seal. Having only one option, and remembering his previous encounter with Rock Lee, Sasuke used the [[Lion Combo]]. Yoroi was knocked out, and Sasuke advanced to the next round.
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[[File:Team Hawk.png|thumb|Hebi sets out.]]
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Sasuke takes the others to [[Sora-ku]] to stock up on supplies, after which he explains that their team, called [[Hebi]], has been assembled for the sole reason of finding and killing Itachi. They then split up to search for leads. While trying to pick up Itachi's trail, Sasuke is confronted by [[Tobi]] of Akatsuki, who distracts him while [[Deidara]] attacks from above with his [[Explosive Clay]]. Sasuke [[Summoning Technique|summon]]s a [[snake]] to shield the blast and then immediately retaliates, seemingly cutting Tobi down, although he gets up unfazed. Deidara attacks with a volley of additional explosives, which Sasuke is able to deflect with his [[Chidori Senbon]]. Deidara takes to the air with a [[C2]] dragon and Tobi plants explosive mines underground, cutting off Sasuke's escape. Sasuke enters the second stage of his cursed seal and, by sacrificing his transformation's left wing, he is able to propel Deidara's dragon onto the minefield.
   
[[File:Sphere of Sand.JPG|thumb|left|Sasuke in his fight with Gaara.]]
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[[File:Clay Clone.PNG|thumb|left|Sasuke fights Deidara.]]
Following his win, Kakashi took Sasuke away to seal the cursed seal, but made it a point to tell him that the seal would only remain active as long as Sasuke wanted it to. Not convinced that his words would deter Sasuke from using the cursed seal, and turning to Orochimaru, Kakashi used the month leading up to the final rounds to teach him the [[Chidori]]. At the same time, knowing Sasuke would be facing [[Gaara]], he helped Sasuke to emulate some of Lee's speed. After showing up late for his match with Gaara, Sasuke demonstrated the fruits of his training, even managing to break through Gaara's defences and injure him. Before the match could finish, however, it was interrupted by the start of Orochimaru's attack on Konoha.
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Frustrated that Sasuke keeps defeating his explosives, Deidara uses [[C4]] to cover the area in microscopic bombs that destroy anyone who inhales them from the inside out. Able to see the bombs with his Sharingan, Sasuke uses a genjutsu to fake his death while he sneaks up behind Deidara. This is a trap, as Deidara has trained himself to be immune to genjutsu, and Sasuke is trapped in a sphere of C4 explosives. Having earlier noticed that the explosives can be diffused with [[lightning]] chakra, Sasuke escapes with Chidori and corners Deidara. He starts asking for Itachi's whereabouts, deactivating his Sharingan since he thinks the battle is over. This insults Deidara, who uses his last resort: [[C0]]. Deidara dies in the explosion and Sasuke only narrowly avoids the same fate by summoning [[Manda]] and hiding within his mouth to shield the attack; Manda uses his dying breath to curse Sasuke.
   
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
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Sasuke regroups with the rest of Hebi and they find a place to rest. After a few hours, Karin reports that Konoha ninja are approaching their location. Assuming it's Naruto and the others, Sasuke takes Hebi to one of the nearby Akatsuki bases that Jūgo learned about. Sasuke goes in by himself and finds Itachi waiting for him. Sasuke attacks and defeats Itachi with his [[Chidori Sharp Spear]], impressing him enough to divulge where the real Itachi is before it, a [[crow clone]], disperses. Sasuke leads Hebi towards Itachi's location.
With the start of the invasion, Gaara fled the village with his siblings, and Sasuke was sent after them by [[Genma]]. Sasuke chased them and, after short battles with [[Kankurō]] and [[Temari]], caught up with Gaara before fighting him again. However, Gaara utilises his [[Gaara's Jinchūriki Forms#Half Shukaku Form|jinchūriki]] powers to overpower Sasuke before Naruto arrives and takes the fight in Sasuke's place and defeats Gaara. Later attending the [[Third Hokage]]'s funeral, witnessing Naruto's strength injured Sasuke's pride as he becomes envious of him.
 
   
=== Search for Tsunade Arc ===
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=== Fated Battle Between Brothers ===
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After the failed invasion, Sasuke went to see Kakashi, and later was seen reading the stone tablet in the [[Naka Shrine]]. When he arrived at Kakashi's house to see him again, he found his teacher in a coma. Although nobody in the room was willing to tell Sasuke of what had happened, [[Aoba Yamashiro]] soon arrived and let slip that Itachi had returned to the village in search of Naruto. Determined to find Itachi, Sasuke tracks Naruto down and finds his brother there. Despite his best efforts, including the use of Chidori, none of his attacks were able to hit Itachi. Itachi tormented Sasuke physically and mentally, belittling him for still being too weak, eventually leaving Sasuke with a broken wrist and mind. Sasuke then fell into the same [[Tsukuyomi]]-induced coma as Kakashi. Guy appeared to take Sasuke back to Konoha, however, it was not until [[Tsunade]] returned to Konoha that he recovered.
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As they approach the [[Uchiha Hideout]] where Itachi is waiting, [[Kisame Hoshigaki]] meets them and allows only Sasuke to proceed. Sasuke instructs Hebi to wait for him and goes on alone. When they're finally face to face, Sasuke and Itachi start by trading genjutsu, within which they trade taijutsu attacks. During a temporary lull, Sasuke questions Itachi about a suspicion he's long had: that someone helped Itachi kill the Uchiha clan. Itachi confirms he was helped by [[Madara Uchiha]], one of Konoha's founders, but Sasuke doesn't believe him. While explaining Madara's history, Itachi also reveals that use of the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] eventually causes blindness, which can only be cured by taking the eyes of a sibling. Intending to take Sasuke's eyes for just this reason, Itachi uses [[Tsukuyomi]] on him, which Sasuke is able to break out of to Itachi's surprise.
   
=== Land of Tea Arc ===
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[[File:Amaterasu2.PNG|thumb|left|Sasuke and Itachi compare flames.]]
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Sasuke and Itachi abandon genjutsu and switch to ninjutsu. The volleys of attacks quickly spill outside, where Sasuke and Itachi compare their [[Great Fireball]]s. When Sasuke's starts to pull ahead, Itachi uses [[Amaterasu]], igniting Sasuke and seemingly killing him. As Itachi approaches to take his eyes, Sasuke, having [[Orochimaru-Style Body Replacement Technique|shed his skin]] to escape Amaterasu, attacks with multiple [[Great Dragon Fire Technique]]s. Itachi avoids them, but Sasuke informs him that Itachi wasn't his target. Storm clouds gather and lightning brews, allowing Sasuke to attack Itachi with [[Kirin]]. The hideout is destroyed and Sasuke briefly believes he has won, only for Itachi to reveal that he has survived thanks to his [[Susanoo]]. Angry that Itachi could endure his strongest attack and having exhausted his own chakra reserves, Sasuke activates level two of his cursed seal.
   
=== Sasuke Retrieval Arc ===
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[[File:Sasuke vs. Itachi conclusion.png|thumb|Itachi pokes Sasuke.]]
[[File:Sasuke sound 4.png|thumb|left|Sasuke leaving Konoha with the Sound Four.]]
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Orochimaru, sensing Sasuke's desperation, calls out to him from within his subconscious, promising to help him if Sasuke lets him out. Sasuke complies and Orochimaru emerges from his body, attacking Itachi with his [[Eight Branches Technique]]. Itachi uses Susanoo to behead Orochimaru's jutsu, but he isn't concerned, having decided to take Sasuke's body while he's weak. Itachi stops him by stabbing him with the [[Sword of Totsuka]], sealing him away and removing the cursed seal from Sasuke's body. Itachi approaches Sasuke, repeating his intention to take Sasuke's eyes, and Sasuke makes futile attempts to keep him away. Susanoo continues to protect Itachi, but it degrades as he labours 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. Itachi smiles, apologises to Sasuke, and says this is the end before falling dead. Sasuke is confused about what has happened, but smiles for finally avenging his family before passing out.
Motivated by anger over Itachi still being stronger, and his jealously to his team-mate for becoming stronger in a short period of time, Sasuke forces Naruto into fighting him before Kakashi stops the two as they use their strongest attacks on each other. Although thinking his Chidori did the most damage to a nearby water tower, Sasuke is shocked to find Naruto's Rasengan obliterated one whole side of it without the structure being compromised. After being lectured by Kakashi over not using Chidori on his own friends, Sasuke was confronted by Orochimaru's [[Sound Four]], who have been sent to bring to him to [[Otogakure]]. Revealing himself and his comrades being branded with cursed seals with full mastery over them, [[Sakon]] leaves Sasuke with the offer to come with them if he wishes to use his cursed seal's true potential. Deciding to take Orochimaru up on his offer, Sasuke is confronted by a shocked Sakura as he sneaks out of Konoha. Despite Sakura's desperate pleas, Sasuke thanks her before knocking her out and joining up with the Sound Four, who soon afterwards advanced his cursed seal to its second level, a process that left him unconscious for most of their battle with the [[Sasuke Retrieval Team]].
 
   
[[File:Naruto And Sasuke.PNG|thumb|Sasuke and Naruto face off.]]
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When Sasuke wakes up, he finds his injuries being treated by Tobi, who reintroduces himself as Madara Uchiha. When he sees Tobi's Sharingan, Sasuke's eyes suddenly use Amaterasu on him. Tobi escapes the flames and marvels at the lengths Itachi would go through to protect Sasuke. Sasuke doesn't understand this and accuses Tobi of lying to him, but Tobi insists that everything he says is true: that Itachi killed the Uchiha clan on orders of Konoha's leadership in order to protect Sasuke. Sasuke is unable to process this and passes out again. When he wakes up, Tobi starts over, explaining the Uchiha's history, Konoha's history, and Itachi's history from the beginning. Sasuke tries pointing how hard Itachi tried to kill him, to which Tobi replies that it was only to draw out Orochimaru so as to stop him from manipulating Sasuke any further. Sasuke starts recalling memories he blocked out, things Itachi said, and occurrences that make more sense with Tobi's version of events. Realising how much Itachi loved him, Sasuke is overcome with grief.
Soon after Sasuke woke up, he ran his way towards the [[Valley of the End]] where he is found by Naruto, who had learned Orochimaru's intent to [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|turn Sasuke into his next host]]. Seeing Naruto, Sasuke reveals his intents to kill him to obtain the Mangekyō Sharingan. Naruto refused to accept that Sasuke would do this or his other reasons for pursuing Orochimaru, choosing instead to drag Sasuke back to the village by force if needed. With Sasuke gloating that Naruto can not even make a scratch on his forehead protector, he initially having the upper hand thanks to his cursed seal and Sharingan. When he managed to pierce Naruto's right shoulder with his Chidori, however, the [[Nine-Tails]]' chakra surfaces to protect Naruto, giving him a massive power increase as he attempts to knock some sense into him. Sasuke merely retorted that Naruto could never understand losing a family as he had never had one to begin with, despite Naruto feeling that Sasuke is like a brother to him and refuses to let him sever that bond. Sasuke's Sharingan evolved to its final stage at that point, tipping the battle in Sasuke's favor with Sasuke now being able to predict Naruto's movements. However, Naruto's Nine-Tails' chakra envelops him in a [[Naruto Uzumaki's Jinchūriki Forms#Version 1|fox-shaped shield of chakra]].
 
   
[[File:Parting Thumb HD.png|thumb|left|Sasuke clashing with Naruto.]]
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=== Naruto Jinraiden: The Day the Wolf Howled ===
In response, Sasuke activated the second stage of his cursed seal as both he and Naruto clash with their respective empowered attacks. Clashing with the dome produced from the conflicting energies, Sasuke defeats Naruto with a punch to the chest rather than what remained of Chidori. But before the dome dissipates while losing consciousness, Naruto managed to scratch Sasuke's forehead protector as it falls off of him. Though considering to kill Naruto then and now, Sasuke begins to have second thoughts and resolves to find his own way to surpass Itachi. Leaving behind his scratched forehead protector, which had fallen off after Naruto's last attack, Sasuke made his way to Orochimaru, who decides to train Sasuke until the time to make the youth his new host comes.
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In this novel, Sasuke starts experiencing eye irritation in the days after Itachi's death. Tobi gives him a bottle of [[Kotarō]], a medicine that Itachi used to use. It helps, but very little of it remains. Hoping to get more and to verify parts of the story that Tobi told him, Sasuke goes to the [[Howling Wolf Village]]. There, he meets [[Kina]] and [[Reishi Kodon]], two brothers whose relationship is very similar to the one Sasuke used to have with Itachi when they were younger. They recognise Sasuke before he even introduces himself, having heard so much about him from Itachi that they feel as though they already know him. They explain that Itachi would visit them a couple times every year to get another prescription of Kotarō and that, while waiting for it to be prepared, he would tell them warmly about his beloved little brother. Itachi also explained to them that, if Sasuke ever stopped by, it would be because he had died, so they share their condolences.
   
== Part II ==
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Sasuke is saddened by this confirmation that Itachi was a good person. Wishing to be alone, he places an order for more Kotarō before going off to rest in the same shack Itachi used to stay in. During the week it will take the Kotarō to be made, Kina convinces Sasuke to help him investigate a series of murders that have been taking place in the area, hoping it will redeem their [[Kodon clan]]. During the course of the investigation, Sasuke discovers that Kina is behind the murders, killing villagers who pick on him by inadvertently releasing [[Rōen]], a monster sealed within him; every time this happens, Reishi wipes his memory so that he won't be traumatised by what he did. With the village starting to suspect that one of the brothers is responsible, Reishi asks Sasuke to help convince them that he is the murderer in order to spare Kina. Sasuke, again reminded of the relationship between Itachi and himself, agrees.
=== Sasuke and Sai Arc ===
 
[[File:Chara Sasuke.png|thumb|Sasuke's appearance in the first half of Part II.]]
 
Almost three years after leaving Konoha, Sasuke meets his replacement in the renamed [[Team Kakashi]], [[Sai]]. Despite a lack of interest in Sai, Sasuke is inadvertently provoked and subjects Sai to a genjutsu exuding a large amount of [[killing intent]]. Sai is amazed that even an emotionless person such as himself was affected by Sasuke's gaze, channelling through his Sharingan. When Sai comments on how Naruto and Sakura have been searching for him, Sasuke once again regards him with indifference in attitude. Later, when Team Kakashi infiltrates one of Orochimaru's hideouts successfully under the leadership of [[Yamato]], Sai, acting on his own, locates and enters Sasuke's room while he was resting in a bid to assassinate him as ordered by his superior in Konoha's [[Root]] faction, [[Danzō Shimura]].
 
   
However, after spending quality time in Team Kakashi, especially with Naruto, Sai comes to understand the meaning of bonds of friendship, and decides to help Naruto save him. However, enraged on being disturbed, Sasuke destroys the room, drawing Naruto, Sakura and Yamato to their location. Despite this being the first time in nearly three years that they had seen each other, Sasuke expresses his usual indifference towards his former team. Unperturbed of Orochimaru's intentions for him and the prospect going home to Konoha with his former friends, Sasuke engages them in battle, showing off his increase in speed and improved abilities.
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Kina, however, doesn't want anything to happen to Reishi, and once again inadvertently releases Rōen and starts attacking the Howling Wolf Village. Because of the nature of the seal containing Rōen, they have only ten minutes to perform another seal or Kina will die. Sasuke suggests a new seal concocted by Itachi before he died: Sasuke keeps Rōen busy with his Mangekyō Sharingan, it having finally awakened on coming to terms with Itachi's death; Reishi performs the seal, trapping Rōen in a nearby shrine at the cost of his life. Kina is saved and is given sole credit for stopping Reishi and saving the village, Sasuke having altered the villagers' memories with genjutsu. Kina, unable to remember anything, doubts this story is true, unwilling to believe Reishi was a murderer. Sasuke offers to take Kina with him and train him to be a ninja, but Kina refuses, wishing to stay in the Howling Wolf Village and help people like Reishi did.
   
[[File:Sasuke's encounter with Kyuubi.jpg|thumb|left|Sasuke's encounter with the Nine-Tails.]]
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As in the manga and anime, Sasuke gathers the members of Hebi with Tobi watching from nearby. Having finally accepted that Itachi was a good person who was wronged by Konoha, he decides that the new mission for their team, now renamed "Taka", will be to destroy Konoha.
Team Kakashi are ultimately outmatched against Sasuke, mostly due to the team's exhaustion with Naruto's [[Naruto Uzumaki's Jinchūriki Forms#Version 2|four-tailed form]] (that he had previously used to battle Orochimaru), causing Naruto to begin struggling with Kurama in his mind. To the surprise of both Naruto and Kurama, Sasuke uses his heightened prowess of his Sharingan to enter Naruto's subconscious to meet the Nine-Tails itself, finally discovering the true source of Naruto's strength. Kurama appears to be impressed with Sasuke's growth and ability as it states his chakra being as "sinister" as [[Madara Uchiha]]'s. Sasuke coldly dismisses knowing such a person and uses his Sharingan to suppress Kurama back into its sealed cage. Kurama concludes that this would probably be its last meeting with Sasuke, so it warns him not to kill Naruto, for he would only end up regretting it. Back outside, Sasuke decides to finish off his former team-mates, starting with Naruto, only to be stopped by Orochimaru as the prospect of them and other Konoha shinobi thinning out the [[Akatsuki]] would make his revenge easier. Accepting the notion, Sasuke [[Body Flame Technique|leaves]] with Orochimaru and [[Kabuto]].
 
 
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=== Three-Tails Arc ===
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=== Pain's Assault ===
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[[File:Sasuke and B clashing.png|thumb|left|Sasuke clashing with Killer B.]]
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Tobi offers to help Taka destroy Konoha, but in exchange first asks that they help Akatsuki by going to [[Kumogakure]] to capture the [[Eight-Tails]]. Sasuke agrees but makes it clear he plans to kill only the elders involved in the massacre and the rest of the villagers will be spared. They track the Eight-Tails' [[jinchūriki]], [[Killer B]], to the [[Valley of Clouds and Lightning]] and confront him. Sasuke and Suigetsu attack him with their swords, but he proves to be a better swordsman than they are and stabs Sasuke with several of his [[Supervibrato Lightning Release Swords]]. After Karin heals his injuries, Sasuke attacks B with Chidori, but it has little effect. B enters a [[version 1]] form and attacks. Sasuke, recognising it from his fight with Naruto, tries halting B with a genjutsu. B pretends to be paralysed by it, causing Sasuke to lower his guard and allowing B to hit him with a [[Lariat]].
   
=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
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Sasuke is left badly injured and it falls to Jūgo to heal him. B enters [[Tailed Beast Mode]] and attacks Taka with a [[Tailed Beast Ball]], which Suigetsu uses his body to block; he survives, but is knocked unconscious. Unwilling to lose his team-mates, Sasuke uses his Mangekyō Sharingan to perform Amaterasu on B. As B writhes in pain he nearly crushes Karin with a tentacle, prompting Sasuke to sever it to protect her. B's transformation recedes, Taka collects his body, and they deliver it to Tobi. It is revealed that in an earlier, secret conversation with Tobi, Sasuke admitted he not only wants to kill the elders but all the residents of Konoha. Sasuke explains that the grief of losing Itachi and everyone ignorantly living happily in the peace Itachi sacrificed his life for made it impossible for him to follow in Itachi's footsteps and he felt the villagers are just as guilty, even going as far as to threaten to kill the loved ones of anyone who dared to oppose him. As they recuperate, they discover they've been followed by Kumo-nin. They escape before they can be drawn into battle and set out for Konoha.
[[File:Sasuke Defeats Orochimaru.PNG|thumb|Sasuke defeats Orochimaru.]]
 
Some time later, Orochimaru tests Sasuke's abilities by having him battle hundreds of Otogakure ninja with no compassion or mercy, a task he completes without taking a scratch and without killing any of them. When inquired about the latter part of the scenario, Sasuke remarks that the only person he wants to kill is his brother, Itachi, and leaves to his training room. Soon afterwards, as Orochimaru reaches the limit of his [[Gen'yūmaru|present "vessel"]] containing his soul, which starts degrading his health, he is notified by Kabuto that the time for [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|his ritual]] to take over Sasuke's body is near. As Kabuto leaves to get some medicine, a vulnerable Orochimaru is unexpectedly attacked by Sasuke, who deems Orochimaru too weak to be worthy of having his body or the Sharingan. Although Sasuke appears victorious after a brief scuffle with Orochimaru's true snake-form, he is nevertheless brought to Orochimaru's subconscious for his [[Living Corpse Reincarnation]]. Having severely underestimated Sasuke, it is Orochimaru, in turn, who is absorbed to a dormant state within Sasuke, who is able to reverse the process using his Sharingan and hence, gains access to all of Orochimaru's abilities.
 
   
With Orochimaru gone, Sasuke goes ahead with his plan to locate and kill Itachi, by first recruiting some of Orochimaru's former test subjects — [[Suigetsu Hōzuki]], Karin, and [[Jūgo]] — on the pretext of granting them virtues for their themselves after the success of their mission (Suigetsu wants to obtain [[Samehada]] by killing Itachi's Akatsuki partner, [[Kisame Hoshigaki]]; Karin wants to be with Sasuke due to her massive crush on him since their meeting; and, Jūgo wants to see if Sasuke was indeed worth of his dear friend, [[Kimimaro]]'s [[Sasuke Retrieval Arc|sacrifice]]), and dubs their team [[Hebi]]. And immediately afterwards, Sasuke had his team split up and learn of Itachi's potential whereabouts. While searching alone, Sasuke is found by Akatsuki members, [[Deidara]] and [[Tobi]], with the former wanting to kill him for defeating Orochimaru himself. Using his Sharingan and [[Lightning Release|lightning-based techniques]], Sasuke manages to counter most of Deidara's [[Explosive Clay|attacks]], fueling his pre-existing hatred for the Sharingan, stemming from his past encounter with Itachi, even further, which to him could not see or admire his "art". As a last ditch effort, Deidara uses [[C0]] to try blowing himself up along with Sasuke in a titanic explosion, which obliterates everything in the nearby vicinity. Sasuke, however, [[Summoning Technique|summons]] [[Manda]] in time and uses his Sharingan to have the great serpent shield him from the explosion, at the cost of his life, later admitting to Karin that he only defeated Orochimaru because he was already weakened after the latter shows disbelief that he could have. After recovering from his wounds, Hebi continues onto one of Akatsuki's lairs, where Sasuke finds a [[crow clone]] of Itachi which expresses admiration over Sasuke's growth in power and tells him they will have their battle at the [[Uchiha Hideout]], leaving the rest of Hebi behind to deal with Kisame.
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=== Past Arc: The Locus of Konoha ===
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In the anime, on their way to Konoha, Taka passes a construction site that reminds Sasuke of Team 7's mission to rescue [[Naho]].
   
[[File:Amaterasu2.PNG|thumb|left|Sasuke and Itachi's clash of flames.]]
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=== Five Kage Summit ===
Once inside the Hideout, Itachi tells Sasuke the cursed history of their clan, of "[[Obito Uchiha|Madara Uchiha]]" being still alive as another Uchiha besides themselves, and his desire to obtain the flawless Eternal [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] by taking Sasuke's eyes. Once he finishes, the brothers first fight in a battle of genjutsu, where Sasuke demands the location of Madara so that he can kill him too, but after Itachi declares him to be "immortal", he ensnares Sasuke in a [[Tsukuyomi]], from which Sasuke breaks free, much to Itachi's surprise, due to his immense mastery of the Sharingan. With [[Zetsu]] witnessing (and "recording") the battle, Itachi appears somewhat weaker to dodge some of the simplest attacks from Sasuke and even coughs blood. Notwithstanding Itachi's condition, Sasuke unleashes a [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique|fireball]], provoking Itachi to do the same. As Sasuke's fire gains on Itachi's, the latter resorts to using his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] technique, [[Amaterasu]], which ignites the area in the undying black flames, and almost burns Sasuke. But Sasuke survives using one of Orochimaru's [[Orochimaru-style Body Replacement Technique|techniques]], and in his [[Cursed Seal of Heaven|cursed seal second state]], launches [[Fire Release: Great Dragon Fire Technique]], which creates an [[Wikipedia:Cumulonimbus cloud|artificial weather condition]] around them, perfectly suitable for Sasuke to attack Itachi with his final lightning technique that uses the power of natural lightning itself: [[Kirin]]. But Itachi barely survives, only by his use of the third and final Mangekyō technique, [[Susanoo]].
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Tobi intercepts Taka on their way to Konoha, explaining that the B was a fake, the real B having escaped when Sasuke severed the tentacle. While trying to decide if and how they will compromise, [[Zetsu]] appears and announces that Konoha has been destroyed already and that [[Danzō Shimura]] has been appointed the next [[Hokage]]. Because Danzō was the main conspirator in the Uchiha clan's assassination, Tobi comes up with an alternative for capturing the Eight-Tails: Taka must go to the [[Five Kage Summit]] being held in a few days to kill Danzō. Sasuke accepts these terms and is led to the [[Land of Iron]] by [[White Zetsu]]. On arrival, White Zetsu points Danzō out to them and Taka finds a place where they can ambush him.
   
[[File:Sasuke vs. Itachi conclusion.png|thumb|The conclusion of Sasuke's battle with his brother.]]
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[[File:Sasuke vs A.png|thumb|Sasuke vs. the Raikage.]]
Having used the last of chakra on Kirin, Orochimaru, who has been absorbed and suppressed by Sasuke's chakra, uses this opportunity to reappear in the outer world through one of his [[Eight Branches Technique|eight giant snakes]] in a last attempt to take Sasuke's body for his own. However, before this could happen, Itachi has Susanoo use the [[Sword of Totsuka]] to seal him permanently in a genjutsu realm, thereby removing every tint of Orochimaru's being from Sasuke, including the Cursed Seal of Heaven. Cornered by an incoming Itachi, Sasuke watches in horror his brother inevitably aiming for his eyes, but is flabbergasted when, instead, Itachi says a few words and collapses to his death, after poking him in the forehead- something Itachi would regularly do to Sasuke when they were younger. Shocked and exhausted, Sasuke too passes out, albeit with a smile due to the accomplishment of his lifelong mission.
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Taka's presence is discovered (exposed by White Zetsu on Tobi's orders) and the country's [[samurai]] mobilise to capture them. Sasuke kills dozens of samurai, attracting the [[Fourth Raikage]] to their location. Taka engages the Raikage and his bodyguards; while Sasuke neutralises [[C]], Jūgo fights and is defeated by the Raikage. Sasuke and the Raikage turn their attentions to each other, but Sasuke is unable to pierce the Raikage's [[Lightning Release Chakra Mode]]. The Raikage's lightning-augmented psychical attacks prove similarly formidable, and it is only by manifesting an underdeveloped Susanoo that Sasuke survives the Raikage's [[Liger Bomb]]. Sasuke tries to discourage further contact from the Raikage by coating Susanoo with Amaterasu's flames, but the Raikage attacks regardless, willingly forfeiting his left arm in order to avenge Killer B, his younger brother.
   
Sasuke wakes up in a cave in the care of Tobi, who quickly reveals himself to be Madara Uchiha. As Tobi tries to befriend Sasuke by removing his mask and revealing his Sharingan, Sasuke's left eye reacts to Tobi's Sharingan and [[Transcription Seal: Amaterasu|triggers]] Itachi's Mangekyō Sharingan which castes Amaterasu, setting the masked man on fire, causing him to retreat into the darkness of the cave. After dispelling the black flames with ease, an unscathed and masked Tobi appears again and begins to muse about how Itachi never ceased to amaze him. As Sasuke asks what he was talking about, Tobi reveals that Itachi had most likely implanted a one-shot Amaterasu in Sasuke's eye to attack if and when he saw Tobi's Sharingan. As Sasuke complains that he is making no sense, Tobi makes startling revelations that it had been to protect him, and, when Sasuke still didn't believe him, Tobi said how it must all sound crazy, but assured him that he was telling the truth, and introduced himself as the man who had helped Itachi to slaughter the entire Uchiha clan.
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[[File:Sand Siblings fight Sasuke Uchiha.png|left|thumb|Sasuke fights the Kazekage and his bodyguards.]]
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Sasuke and the Raikage prepare to attack each other yet again, but are stopped by [[Gaara]], now the [[Kazekage]]. Gaara asks for a chance to speak with Sasuke, which the Raikage agrees to so that he can have his arm healed. Gaara shares his own experiences with loneliness and vengeance and how he came to decide that they were not worthwhile pursuits. He discourages Sasuke from making the same mistakes as he did, but Sasuke refuses to listen because all he can see is darkness. Unable to get through to him, Gaara and his bodyguards attack. Sasuke escapes by caving the room in with his Susanoo and locates Karin to have her guide him to Danzō. Danzō flees as soon as they arrive and Sasuke's attempt to pursue is blocked by the [[Fifth Mizukage]]. With his chakra running low, Sasuke nearly succumbs to her [[Boil Release]], only to be saved by White Zetsu's [[Spore Technique]]. He escapes from the Mizukage but is met by the [[Third Tsuchikage]], who seemingly vaporises him with [[Dust Release: Detachment of the Primitive World Technique]].
   
[[File:Sasuke cry.jpg|thumb|left|Sasuke mourning the loss of his brother after learning the truth.]]
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[[File:Susanoo Crush.png|thumb|Sasuke seemingly killing Danzō.]]
Tobi reveals to Sasuke the "truth" of Itachi: that he killed his clan by orders from [[Konoha]], how he joined Akatsuki to keep an eye on the organisation from the inside to keep his village and his brother safe, and that everything he had done was to make sure Sasuke grew strong. Remembering his childhood of how Itachi really was a kind, good brother, Sasuke developed his own Mangekyō Sharingan. He renamed Hebi to [[Taka]] and vowed he would destroy Konoha after crying over the memories of his beloved older brother.
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Sasuke is saved at the last moment by Tobi, who sends him to [[Kamui's Dimension]] to keep him safe; he also sends Karin with him to revitalise him. Tobi releases both of them later once he's tracked down Danzō, making good on his promise to help Sasuke avenge the Uchiha clan by killing him. Before they start fighting, Sasuke asks for Danzō to confirm that Itachi really was ordered to kill the Uchiha by Konoha's leadership. Danzō, assuming Sasuke heard this from Itachi, criticises Itachi for revealing the secret and concludes that Itachi, by doing so, is a traitor to Konoha. Taking this as confirmation, Sasuke uses Susanoo to crush Danzō in anger. Danzō, however, appears unharmed and starts attacking Sasuke. Sasuke counters a number of times, even evolving his Susanoo to a completed form, but each time Danzō is seemingly fatally wounded he emerges a short distance away unharmed.
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=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
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[[File:Danzō vs Sasuke.png|thumb|left|Sasuke and Danzō clash.]]
[[File:Sasuke Killer Bee Clash.jpeg|thumb|Sasuke vs Killer B.]]
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From observing Danzō during the fight, Sasuke notices that he has many Sharingan embedded in his arm and that they close at regular intervals. He concludes that this is the key to Danzō's survival and that, when all eyes close, he won't be able to avoid injury anymore; Danzō confirms this as [[Izanagi]]. Their battle continues on until Danzō is left with only one Sharingan remaining, at which point he and Sasuke clash, stabbing each other. Danzō waits for Izanagi to undo the damage, only to realise that what he thought was a remaining Sharingan was Sasuke's genjutsu and that his injury is irreversible. Desperate to escape, Danzō takes Karin hostage, threatening to kill her if Sasuke comes near. Sasuke doesn't hesitate to stab through her with his Chidori Sharp Spear in order to fatally wound Danzō. Dying, Danzō staggers closer to Sasuke and Tobi and activates his [[Reverse Four Symbols Sealing]] in order to kill them both, but they escape.
Before Hebi, now renamed Taka, could attack Konoha, Tobi convinced them to start working with Akatsuki. He sent them to the [[Land of Lightning]] to capture the [[Eight-Tails]], where they found its host, [[Killer B]]. The capture attempt got off to a bad start, as Killer B swiftly overpowered both Suigetsu and Jūgo, prompting Sasuke to face B one on one. Sasuke was unable to read Killer B's [[Seven Swords Dance|unique kenjutsu]] and B ultimately stabbed Sasuke with six swords. Sasuke was rescued and healed by Karin, and the team decided to all attack at once. While they had more success, Killer B released a great deal of the Eight-Tails' chakra and created a chakra cloak. When Sasuke attempted to use a [[Tsukuyomi|genjutsu]] to knock B out, the Eight-Tails broke him out of it and B retaliated on the unaware Sasuke with [[Lariat|great force]], using the Eight-Tails' power to blow Sasuke's neck and chest open.
 
   
While Sasuke was down, Killer B [[Killer B's Jinchūriki Forms#Full Eight-Tails Form|fully transformed]] into the beast sealed within him, leaving Taka outclassed. [[Jūgo]] healed Sasuke by fusing some of his own flesh with Sasuke's body and Suigetsu allowed the team to flee and protected them from Killer B's [[Tailed Beast Ball]]. Fearing the deaths of he and his team-mates, Sasuke unleashed his new Mangekyō Sharingan and [[Amaterasu]] to capture Killer B.
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Sastisfied with his revenge on Danzō, Sasuke states his intentions to continue on to Konoha. Tobi advises that he rest as he's already starting to experience blindness from overusing the Mangekyō Sharingan. He also suggests that Sasuke finish off Karin and then leaves with Danzō's body. Sasuke approaches Karin and bids her farewell as he prepares a Chidori, but he is stopped by the arrival of Sakura. She tells him that she has defected from Konoha and is prepared to help him in his goals, even if that means destroying the village. Suspicious, Sasuke tells her to kill Karin to prove her loyalty but, as she nears Karin, Karin warns her that Sasuke is attacking her from behind. His attack is blocked by Kakashi, who was furious at Sasuke for trying to kill Sakura. Kakashi explains he is aware that Sakura came here to kill Sasuke and doesn't want her to need to go through that. Kakashi tries to discourage Sasuke from the path of vengeance he's on, which Sasuke laughs at, having grown tired of people trying to change his mind, and then shouts he will only stop if his clan is brought back to him. Realising Sasuke is serious about his threats to kill everyone, Kakashi sends Sakura away to heal Karin.
   
Sasuke delivered Killer B to Tobi before regrouping with Taka. While resting, they dealt with [[J]], who had been following them. However, when Sasuke tipped over a glass of water, he learned that his eyesight was already starting to deteriorate. He opted to keep this revelation from the team.
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[[File:Naruto vs. Sasuke.png|thumb|Sasuke and Naruto clash.]]
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As they start fighting, Sasuke once again refuses to listen to Kakashi about giving up his revenge and says he wants to hear their screams and anguish for laughing at Itachi's sacrifice, and also states that Kakashi's Sharingan is yet another example of Konoha profiting on the Uchiha's downfall. The rage of this realisation causes his Susanoo to evolve yet again, but it dissipates immediately afterwards, his eyes on the verge of blindness. Sakura takes this opportunity to try and kill him, but she ultimately can't bring herself to do so. Sensing her, Sasuke grabs her by the throat, takes her kunai, and tries to kill her, but she is rescued by Naruto, who is intent on stopping the fighting. When asked by Naruto why he would attack Sakura, Sasuke announces his plan to destroy the village and kill all the residents to avenge Itachi, as well as admitting to murdering Danzo and his desire to the same to them. Sasuke and Naruto clash with Chidori and Rasengan respectively, but their mental states connect. Sasuke offers Naruto two choices: kill him or get killed, but Naruto rejects both. The impact of their attacks send them flying and Sasuke is saved by Tobi. As Tobi tries convincing Sasuke to retreat, Naruto tells Sasuke they have become equals and they will both die the next time they fight. Although angry at Naruto for refusing to give up on him, Sasuke accepts this and vows to kill Naruto first. He finally agrees to leave with Tobi and, when they get back to the [[Mountains' Graveyard]], he asks for Itachi's eyes, needing to restore his sight if he's to become stronger than Naruto and kill him.
   
=== Konoha History Arc ===
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After transplanting Itachi's eyes into Sasuke, Tobi advises that he rest until he gets used to them. Sasuke claims that he's already more powerful because he can feel Itachi.
   
=== Five Kage Summit Arc ===
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===Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation===
Once Taka recovered from their battle with Killer B, they headed for Konoha, but are intercepted by Tobi. He informed Taka about the destruction of Konoha and their failure in capturing the Eight-Tails which had been revealed to be nothing more than a transformed tentacle. He also told them about [[Danzō Shimura]] becoming [[Hokage]] and the [[Kage Summit]]. Taka was led to the [[Land of Iron]], where the summit was held, by [[White Zetsu]].
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Sasuke asks Zetsu if he can take off the bandages over his eyes. Zetsu tells him to be patient. By the next day, Sasuke is tired of waiting and removes the bandages anyway, killing White Zetsu with his Susanoo in order to test his new powers.
   
[[File:Sasuke vs the Raikage anime.jpg|thumb|left|Sasuke vs A.]]
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
Taka managed to infiltrate the summit without being detected, but their cover was blown by Zetsu, on orders from Tobi. Forced out of hiding, Sasuke engaged the [[samurai]] guards and slaughtered them despite his previous strict no-kill policy, revealing how deep he has fallen into darkness. The [[Fourth Raikage]], still under the impression that Sasuke has killed his younger brother Killer B, confronted Taka together with his escorts. The ensuing fight was interrupted by the [[Fifth Kazekage]] and his escorts, but not before the Raikage had lost an arm and Sasuke was near exhaustion. After seeing how dark Sasuke had become, the Kazekage continued the fight, but Sasuke used his Susanoo to create a distraction and escaped with [[Karin]], leaving [[Suigetsu]] and [[Jūgo]] to fend for themselves.
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Sasuke leaves the Mountains' Graveyard and wanders through two towns, but finds both strangely empty. When members of the [[White Zetsu Army]] come after him, Sasuke asks what's currently happening in the world. The Zetsus avoid answering and try to capture him. He destroys most of them with Amaterasu and interrogates one other with a genjutsu. The Zetsu reveals that Tobi has initiated the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] in order to capture Killer B and Naruto. Sasuke decapitates this last Zetsu and then goes looking for Naruto himself, intending to make good on his promise to kill him. Immediately upon entering a nearby forest, Sasuke sees Itachi going in the opposite direction.
   
Karin guided Sasuke to the room where the summit was held, but before he could engage Danzō, Sasuke was confronted by Mifune. In the meanwhile, Danzō managed to escape, but the [[Fifth Mizukage]] prevented Sasuke from pursuing him. Sasuke was ready to pass out, but was reinvigorated by Zetsu's [[Spore Technique]]. He escaped from the Mizukage, only to be confronted by the [[Third Tsuchikage]]. He was just barely saved by Tobi, who pulled him and Karin into another dimension using his Sharingan, where Karin nursed Sasuke back to health.
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Sasuke gives chase, desperately wanting to talk to Itachi. Because he has business elsewhere, Itachi doesn't stop to talk, but he does field some of Sasuke's questions: Itachi has been brought back with the [[Impure World Reincarnation]]; he spared Sasuke all those years ago because Sasuke was only a child, innocent of the rest of the Uchiha's conspiracies against Konoha; he pushed Sasuke onto a path of vengeance because he regretted killing their family and wanted Sasuke to hold him accountable for his actions; the criminal activities Sasuke has been involved in since his death are not what Itachi wanted, as he wished for Sasuke to be regarded as a hero for killing him. This only angers Sasuke, who says Itachi had no right to decide his fate. As he approaches his destination, Itachi tells Sasuke to remain outside. Sasuke ignores him and follows him into the cave where the user of the Impure World Reincarnation is hiding.
   
[[File:Sasuke Danzo Clash.jpg|thumb|Sasuke and Danzō strike each other simultaneously.]]
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[[File:Kabuto vs Uchiha.png|thumb|left|Sasuke joins forces with Itachi against Kabuto.]]
Tobi brought Sasuke out in front of Danzō. Sasuke, overtaken by his lust for revenge, advances his Susanoo to a form able to fire arrows. Danzō, using [[Izanagi]], avoids fatal injury and goads Sasuke about Itachi all the while. Each determined to kill the other, they clash again, Danzō relying on Izanagi to save him. Sasuke, however, had used a [[genjutsu]] to only create the illusion that Izanagi was still active, allowing him to mortally wound Danzō. Danzō takes Karin hostage in an attempt to buy time, but Sasuke had no hesitations in fatally wounding Karin in order to finish off Danzō.
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Sasuke initially believes the user is Orochimaru, but on closer inspection recognises him as [[Kabuto Yakushi]]. Because Itachi's mission is to stop Kabuto so as to end the Impure World Reincarnation, Sasuke tries to end things quickly by simply killing him. Itachi blocks his attack, explaining that the Impure World Reincarnation will not be ended if Kabuto dies and that their only option is to trap him in a genjutsu. Aware of this, Kabuto avoids making eye contact with either of them, instead sending out his snakes to attack them. They counter with their Susanoo, but Sasuke notices that the snakes, as well as Kabuto himself, display abilities similar to Suigetsu and Karin. Kabuto explains that he's altered his body using Orochimaru's research of both of them; he's done the same for Jūgo, which has enabled him to enter [[Sage Mode]].
   
With his revenge against Danzō fulfilled, Sasuke declared his plans to go to Konoha. However, Tobi pointed out that Sasuke was exhausted and near blindness. He also told Sasuke to kill [[Karin]] if she was no longer of any use, before leaving himself. As Sasuke was about to kill Karin, Sakura suddenly appeared and interrupted him. She told him that she was willing to follow him, even if it meant abandoning and even destroying Konoha. Sasuke was sceptical and told Sakura to kill Karin to prove she was sincere. However, as Sakura hesitated, Sasuke attempted to kill her with his [[Chidori]], only to be stopped by Kakashi. Sasuke laughs at their continued attempts to convince him to return to Konoha and attacks Kakashi, with the intention of killing him. Taking Kakashi's attempt to remind him about his former comrades in Konoha as an insult to Itachi, Sasuke's Susanoo gained a layer of armour. However, this form was short-lived, as much to Sasuke's horror, his eyesight deteriorates instantly, to the point of seeing a blurred haze at most, and [[Sakura]] uses the opportunity to try and strike him down.
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[[File:Sasuke pins Kabuto down.png|thumb|Sasuke pins Kabuto with his Susanoo.]]
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In Sage Mode, Kabuto shields his eyes so that he's immune to genjutsu. Needing to coordinate, 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. Kabuto tries to turn Sasuke against Itachi, pointing out that Itachi has been lying to him for most of his life. Itachi admits to having made mistakes in how's he's handled Sasuke, but he promises to tell Sasuke something after they've stopped Kabuto, for which purpose he's already started using [[Izanami]].
   
[[File:Chidori vs Rasengan.jpg|thumb|left|Sasuke and Naruto about to clash.]]
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[[File:Itachi's farewell.png|thumb|left|Itachi imparts his final words to Sasuke.]]
Sakura ultimately cannot bring herself to kill Sasuke. Though near-blind, Sasuke senses her and nearly killed her, but she is saved by [[Naruto]]. Naruto sympathises with Sasuke's motives, to which Sasuke cynically counters with his pleasure of revenge, as well as revealing his crime of murdering Danzō. When Naruto restrains Kakashi to keep him from killing Sasuke, Sasuke uses this opportunity to try once more to kill Kakashi with Chidori, but Naruto counters with Rasengan. As the two collide, he tells Naruto that his only options are to kill him or die. Naruto rejects both, stating he has a third option. As their clash sends two flying back, one of [[White Zetsu]]'s [[Parasite Clone|clones]] appears and cushions Sasuke's fall. Tobi then appears and prepares to take Sasuke away, but he tells him to wait so he can hear what Naruto has to say, which is that if they fight again, they will both die together. Sasuke then becomes angry and demands Naruto to answer why he cares about him so much, to which Naruto replies he is doing it because he is his friend, leaving Sasuke shocked. Despite this unperceived event, Sasuke firmly states he refuses to go back on the path he walks. So, before leaving away with Tobi, Sasuke says that they must have a talk.
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Kabuto resumes his attack, using a variety of jutsu available to him through Sage Mode and his research of others, namely the [[Sound Five]] and even Orochimaru. Because his body is immortal, Itachi focuses on protecting Sasuke from harm while waiting for an opportunity to complete the Izanami. When the opportunity presents itself, Itachi allows Kabuto to take Sasuke's sword again, which Itachi once again takes back and uses to cut off the tip of the same horn. This creates a loop of sensation that is independent of vision, trapping Kabuto in a genjutsu and ending the battle. Itachi then instructs Kabuto to end the Impure World Reincarnation. As Kabuto does the hand seals, Sasuke tells Itachi that he can't do as Itachi wished and forgive Konoha for taking away his clan and brother. Itachi apologises for ever expecting him to, remarking that the clan's destruction might have been avoided had he been honest with Sasuke from the start. Rather than poke Sasuke's head as he always did, Itachi rests his forehead on Sasuke's and tells Sasuke that he will love him no matter what choice he makes; his soul then departs to the [[Pure Land]].
   
At their hideout, Sasuke asks Tobi to replace his eyes with Itachi's eyes, as his vision is almost faded due to his reckless overuse of his [[Mangekyō Sharingan#Sasuke Uchiha|Mangekyō Sharingan]] from battling [[Killer B]], [[A]], [[Danzō Shimura]] and [[Team 7]] as he wants to defeat Naruto with his full power. After transplanting Itachi's eyes, Tobi claimed that Sasuke would need time to recuperate from the operation and adjust to the new Mangekyō. Sasuke however remarked that it felt perfect and that he could feel Itachi's power flowing into him.
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[[File:Sasuke returns to Konohagakure.png|thumb|Sasuke returns to Konoha.]]
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With Itachi's parting words, Sasuke starts to question the meaning of a shinobi, a village, and a clan, and doesn't know what he should do now. When he is found by Suigetsu and Jūgo, they inform him that Madara Uchiha (unrelated to Tobi) escaped the release of the Impure World Reincarnation, leaving Itachi's last mission unfinished. Before deciding how he feels about this, Sasuke decides he wants to find Orochimaru. To that end, Jūgo locates [[Anko Mitarashi]], who still has a cursed seal. Sasuke then uses the [[Evil Releasing Method]] on her in order to revive Orochimaru from her cursed seal. Sasuke explains to Orochimaru that he wants to understand the world better so that he can, in turn, understand Itachi. Curious about this change that has come over Sasuke, Orochimaru leads him, Suigetsu, and Jūgo to the [[Naka Shrine]] in Konoha. There, Orochimaru releases the souls of the first four Hokage from the stomach of the [[Shinigami]] and then uses the White Zetsu spores that Sasuke was secretly planted with as sacrifices to reincarnate the Hokage.
   
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
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[[File:Sasuke no Kotae.png|thumb|left|Sasuke makes his decision to protect Konoha.]]
[[File: Second Susanoo.png|thumb|Sasuke tests out his Susanoo after transplanting Itachi's eyes.]]
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Sasuke briefly summarises the current events of the Fourth Shinobi World War. Before he chooses which side to take in the conflict, he wants to know more about what Konoha is and also what it was intended to be, which may in turn help him understand the sacrifices Itachi made when he was alive. Each of the Hokage gives their own thoughts on Konoha and the Uchiha and what they did while they were in office to reconcile the two, at times, opposing forces. From listening to them, particularly the [[First Hokage]], Sasuke decides that Konoha is worth protecting, as its destruction would only nullify everything that Itachi did in his life. He heads towards the battlefield and allows the Hokage to accompany. As they leave, Karin tracks them down and vents her anger at Sasuke, who immediately forgives Sasuke's earlier attempt on her life after he simply apologises to her.
Sasuke recovers from his surgery, and asks [[Zetsu]] if he could take off the bandages. Zetsu tells him not yet, but when he does, he'll be looking at a whole new world. After some time passes, Sasuke attacks White Zetsu with his [[Susanoo]] and sets him ablaze with [[Amaterasu]], saying that his eyes could see just fine in the dark so he should try it outside. He then removes his bandages, revealing his Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan. Back at the [[Mountains' Graveyard]], Sasuke carves an opening through the roof with his sword — and dressed in his old garbs — mobilises. Later, as Sasuke walks to the battlefield in the middle of a thunderstorm, he looks behind him and grins ominously.
 
   
Sasuke meets up with some of [[White Zetsu Army|Zetsu's clones]], who demand to know why he left the hideout. When the clones realise that Sasuke killed the original White Zetsu, they attack him. Choosing this time to test his new powers further, he slaughters most of the clones using a combination of Susanoo and Amaterasu. He uses genjutsu on a surviving clone to discover that Tobi has waged war and that the Allied Shinobi Forces were moving to aid Naruto in his battle. Sasuke wonders if Naruto has forgotten what true strength is. He decapitates the hypnotised clone and destroys the last Zetsu clone with Amaterasu before heading towards the battlefield to kill Naruto himself. He then reminisces about his brother and resumes his way to the battlefield. As he notices something coming by the forest, he takes his sword and goes to investigate, only to find his brother, much to his surprise. Sasuke chases after him and tries to catch him with an arm of Susanoo after he calls out to Itachi, but Itachi counters with his own. Positively identifying Itachi, Sasuke asks what he is doing there since he was supposed to be dead, to which Itachi reveals [[Kabuto]] had reincarnated him with [[Impure World Reincarnation]]. Sasuke bombards Itachi with a slew of questions and retorts his brother's later statement that since he was dead, he would not talk anymore by saying that even in death he was running away from him. Itachi then tells Sasuke that he wasn't running away but rather was focusing on doing important tasks like ending the Impure World Reincarnation.
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[[File:Team 7 Reunited.png|thumb|Team 7 reborn.]]
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The Hokage reach the battlefield before he does, but he is no less willing to help the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] defeat the [[Ten-Tails]]. With the exception of Naruto, all of Sasuke's former comrades, including Sakura, are angry and suspicious of his sudden arrival and demand an explanation. Sasuke replies he has decided to protect the village and he wants to be Hokage to change the current ninja system. The now reunited Team 7 charges into battle, cutting through the Ten-Tails' army of [[Ten-Tails Fission|clones]]. Because the clones' numbers are too great, Team 7 decides to perform their own summonings so that they can focus on the Ten-Tails itself; Sasuke summons [[Aoda]]. Once close enough, Sasuke and Naruto combine efforts into the [[Scorch Release: Halo Hurricane Jet Black Arrow Style Zero]], successfully damaging the Ten-Tails' arm. Tobi (who is revealed to actually be [[Obito Uchiha]]) appears above the Ten-Tails shortly afterwards and starts performing a jutsu. Sasuke and the rest of the Allied Shinobi Forces try to stop him, but they fail and Obito becomes the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki.
   
[[File:Sasuke siding Itachi.png|thumb|left|Sasuke joins forces with Itachi to defeat Kabuto.]]
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=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
Still pursuing his brother — who even goes as far as to summon a flock of [[crows]] in order to blind him — he manages not to lose sight of him and follows him right to Kabuto's location. After seeing him, Kabuto lets out a maniacal laugh and states that his luck was finally changing. After seeing Kabuto's form, Sasuke mistakes him for Orochimaru, but after hearing Kabuto's voice, he realises it's not Orochimaru. Kabuto then tries to take advantage of Sasuke's hatred to help him defeat Itachi. Sasuke, however, having learned the truth about Itachi, sided with his brother over Kabuto, stating that anything left of Orochimaru was his enemy as well and then told Itachi that when this was over he was supposed to keep his promise and talk to him about everything afterwards.
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[[File:Shuriken hits Obito.png|thumb|left|Sasuke and Naruto attack Obito.]]
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Sasuke allows the Hokage to attack Obito first, taking advantage of their immortal bodies to test Obito's new abilities. When the first three Hokage are quickly defeated, Sasuke prepares to join in with his Susanoo, but Obito's [[Truth-Seeking Ball]]s quickly pierce through it and Obito grabs both him and Naruto. The [[Fourth Hokage]] rescues them and tries fighting Obito on his own, but he suffers a defeat just like the other Hokage did. After regrouping, Sasuke and Naruto, with assistance from the Fourth and [[Second Hokage]], use another attack on Obito and smile when they succeed in landing a direct hit. Although this attack actually succeeds in hitting Obito, they discover that his new body is impervious to most conventional forms of attack.
   
[[File:Uchiha siblings vs. Kabuchimaru.png|thumb|Sasuke and Itachi vs. Kabuto.]]
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[[File:Obito is taken down.png|thumb|Sasuke and Naruto slash through Obito.]]
As Kabuto covers his face up entirely claiming that introverts weren't used to so much attention, Sasuke surmises that it's because he wanted to protect himself from the brothers' ocular-based [[genjutsu]]. Informing his brother of some of the abilities of the snake, he watches on vigilantly as Kabuto's snakes grow in size and attack them. Activating his Susanoo alongside Itachi, he beheads the snakes that attacked him. As Itachi cautions him to not be so rough, Sasuke tells his brother that with Orochimaru's powers it'd take more than that to kill him. After Kabuto manages to [[Body Fluid Shedding Technique|elude]] them, Sasuke listens as Kabuto tells him that the experiments on his [[Taka|former team-mates]] had allowed Kabuto to acquire new abilities. Firing an [[Susanoo Bow|arrow]] at Kabuto which the latter narrowly dodges, Sasuke watches on as Kabuto emerges from the mouth of one of the snakes and declares that after finding the [[Ryūchi Cave]] and learning the [[Sage Mode|way of the sage]] from the [[White Snake Sage]], that he had transcended to a dragon.
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From testing with different jutsu, Naruto discovers that Obito is vulnerable to [[senjutsu]]. He and the Fourth exploit this weakness by entering Sage Mode and attacking. After he recovers, Obito recreates the [[God Tree]]'s tree in order to carry out the [[Eye of the Moon Plan]] as well as to decimate the Allied Shinobi Forces. As some Allied shinobi, including Naruto, start fearing that the battle is lost, Sasuke uses his Susanoo to cut through one of the tree's roots and berates Naruto for nearly giving up, which inspires Naruto to continue fighting. Sasuke then has Jūgo imbue his Susanoo with [[senjutsu chakra]], allowing him to assist Naruto in Nine Tails Mode in attacking Obito. Despite working together, Naruto and Sasuke attack separately, which Obito proves consistently able to avoid or block. Deciding to combine efforts, Sasuke coats his Susanoo around Naruto's [[Tailed Beast Mode]], increasing its offensive and defensive capabilities. With further assistance from the rest of the [[Konoha 11]], they succeed in cutting Obito down and ultimately removing the [[tailed beasts]] from his body.
   
[[File:Sasuke stabs Kabuto's tail.png|thumb|left|Sasuke's arrow pins Kabuto to the roof of the cave.]]
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[[File:Madara stabs Sasuke1.png|thumb|left|Madara stabs Sasuke.]]
As Kabuto's [[Sage Art: White Rage Technique|technique]] is initiated, Sasuke covers his ears and closes his eyes in pain, realising that he can't maintain his Susanoo. As the technique ends, Sasuke opens his eyes to see Itachi's Susanoo protecting him. Kabuto tries to implant doubt and mistrust amongst the two brothers, but Sasuke doesn't fall for them and attempts to hit him with his [[Chidori Sharp Spear]], but fails. As Kabuto tells them that a mismatched pair like them could never defeat him, Itachi tells him that they'd be going with an attack pattern they had used in their youth against a wild boar. Forming his Susanoo arrows, Sasuke is able to hit Kabuto's snake-tail with his arrow, effectively pinning Kabuto to the ceiling of the cave. He later realises that Kabuto was moving to use his discarded [[Sword of Kusanagi (Sasuke Uchiha)|sword]] to seemingly sever his snake-tail. Itachi intercepts the swing however. As Itachi returns to Sasuke, he tells him that beating a giant pig like that was probably no problem for him now, to which Sasuke replies that dealing with the snake before them was the more pressing issue.
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Obito is unable to move after his defeat and Sasuke prepares to finish him off. Kakashi stops him and offers to deal with Obito himself, sending Sasuke to help Naruto deal with Madara, who was fighting the First Hokage. By the time he arrives there, however, Madara has been [[Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|restored to life]] and has neutralised the First. Sasuke attacks him, but Madara dodges and asks that Sasuke join forces with him, impressed by his abilities. When Sasuke refuses, Madara advises that he stay out of his way or else he will die. Madara goes on to recapture the tailed beasts, including those sealed within Killer B and Naruto. As he prepares to revive the Ten-Tails and become its jinchūriki like Obito before him, Sasuke attacks again but is caught in mid air by Madara. Having already warned Sasuke once, Madara stabs him in the chest with his own sword. Sasuke tries to get up, determined to not let Madara win and, in turn, let Itachi's memory be sullied, but he passes out as the life fades from him.
   
Noticing the strong teamwork between the two brothers, Kabuto admits that he is surprised by it. Sasuke explains that he merely wants to know the truth from Itachi's own mouth. Realising that Sasuke is now aware of Itachi's secret past, Kabuto mocks Sasuke for trying to get the truth from Itachi when he has been lying to his younger brother all his life. Kabuto goes on to say it is foolish that Sasuke is helping Itachi when their personal goals are so different; Itachi's being to protect Konoha while Sasuke wants to destroy it. Pointing out that he and Sasuke share similar goals of destroying Konoha, Kabuto again tries to persuade Sasuke to join him. Ultimately, Itachi tells Sasuke not to listen as Kabuto is an even better liar than him. Itachi then admits to Konoha's dark side, but still firmly considers himself a Konoha ninja, greatly shocking Sasuke. Admitting to his own faults for how Sasuke turned out, Itachi promises to tell him something important after the battle, which he intends to finish with "[[Izanami]]", the partner technique to "[[Izanagi]]". As Kabuto attacks, Itachi blocks it, telling Sasuke the technique has begun and to stay near him.
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[[File:Naruto and Sasuke obtain Rikudo Power.png|thumb|Sasuke and Naruto accept Hagoromo's power.]]
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On the edge of death, Sasuke is met by [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]], the famed Sage of Six Paths. Hagoromo warns Sasuke about the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]] that Madara is planning to use. Because Sasuke is the reincarnation of [[Indra]], Hagoromo's oldest son, Hagoromo can give him half of his power that, in combination with the half he gives to Naruto (the reincarnation of Hagoromo's other son, [[Asura]]) will enable them to stop the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Sasuke agrees and receives the [[Six Paths Yin Power]]. He regains consciousness and finds that the damage to his body has been healed by Kabuto, who escaped the Izanami and now feels indebted to Itachi. Sasuke's left eye, meanwhile, has become a [[Rinnegan]]. Sasuke releases Tobirama from Madara's [[Black Receiver|restraints]] and has him [[Flying Thunder God Technique|teleport]] himself to Naruto's location.
   
As Kabuto [[Sage Art: Inorganic Reincarnation|attacks]] once again, this time incapacitating Itachi, Sasuke creates a ring of [[Amaterasu]] flames around himself and his brother in order to prevent Kabuto from getting any closer. As Kabuto begins chastising the Uchiha, Sasuke lashes out at him but is stopped by a now-regenerated Itachi. Growing impatient, Sasuke questioned Itachi about whether or not they really had to keep him alive as it was hampering them. Seeing that Kabuto was prepared to attack once more, he asks Itachi again if Izanami was ready yet. The siblings come 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]] their Amaterasu barricade. Without time to retaliate, the two brothers incinerated the onslaught on [[Spider Web Unrolling|web]] produced by the copy of [[Kidōmaru]] which appeared next. Kabuto then produced a copy of [[Kimimaro]] to [[Dance of the Seedling Fern|barricade]] their exit with bones after covering their fore with more web. Realising that they were boxed in the brothers activate their Susanoo with Sasuke using his [[Blaze Release: Kagutsuchi]] to destroy the web that was in front of them whilst leaving the field of bones to Itachi. Retreating further into the cave, the brothers are afflicted by [[Tayuya]]'s [[Demonic Flute: Phantom Sound Chains|auditory genjutsu]]. Using their own genjutsu to break each other free from the technique, the brothers are able to stop the [[Power of the White Snake|white snake form]] of Orochimaru from attacking them. However, Kabuto uses this opportunity to emerge from the mouth of the snake and bisect Itachi, much to Sasuke's horror.
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[[File:Madara Cut In Half.png|thumb|left|Sasuke bisects Madara.]]
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Arriving as Naruto is facing Madara, Sasuke uses his Rinnegan to see Madara's [[Limbo: Border Jail|invisible doppelganger]]. He also sees that damage is shared between all the Madaras, so Sasuke stabs Madara to momentarily incapacitate all of them. While Madara recovers from the injury, Naruto and Sasuke attack from opposing sides in an effort to activate the seal given to them by Hagoromo. Madara escapes at the last moment and goes after Kakashi, taking his Sharingan. Sasuke catches up to Madara and [[Chidori Sharp Spear|bisects]] him, but he uses [[Kamui]] on his upper half to swap [[Kamui's Dimension|dimensions]]. Sasuke is later surprised to see Sakura appear after Obito used Kamui to save her from Madara. Regrouping with Team 7 and unsure when he'll return, Sasuke warns the others to be on guard. While they wait, Kakashi remembers when his team first introduced themselves years ago and wonders what Sasuke's intents are now that Itachi is gone. When asked this, Sasuke doesn't reply and Kakashi doesn't push it because they have more things to worry about. Sensing Madara coming, Kakashi reminds them of Team 7's first lesson: the importance of teamwork.
   
[[File:Sasuke protects Itachi.png|thumb|right|Sasuke protects an incapacitated Itachi from Kabuto.]]
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Madara eventually returns with his other Rinnegan. Sakura launches the first attack and Sasuke follows close behind her. When she is stabbed by Madara's rode, Sasuke uses Chidori Sharp Spear to cut off the rode and allow Naruto to get her away. Sasuke sees four more Madaras and has naruto fight them While Madara moves into position to use the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Madara rains numerous [[Chibaku Tensei]] down on Team 7. Sasuke cuts through several with his [[Complete Body — Susanoo]], but he isn't able to reach Madara in time to stop the Infinite Tsukuyomi from being cast.
As Kabuto attempts to reassert his control on Itachi again with his seal, Sasuke intervenes, launching his sword at Kabuto and then using his Susanoo in an attempt to capture him, forcing Kabuto to retreat. Sasuke then launches a [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique|fireball]] at Kabuto, only for Kabuto to easily counter it with a [[Water Release: Great Waterfall Technique|powerful water stream]]. As Kabuto then redirects his attention to Itachi, Sasuke rushes to his brother's side, where Itachi tells him once again to stay close to him. Sasuke then watches as Kabuto and Itachi seem to repeatedly clash in the same manner. It is then realised that Itachi's Izanami has finally taken effect, forcing Kabuto to repeat the same series of events with the same outcome every time. Taking the opportunity to question his brother about the technique, Itachi explained the mechanism behind Izanami and when he used it. Seemingly angered when Itachi told him why he used a technique that could be cancelled by the victim, Sasuke listens as Itachi explained his reasons for doing so, before Itachi tells him that he would be stopping the Impure World Reincarnation. Voicing his apprehension at first when he hears this, as it meant that Itachi would also be stopped once the technique was cancelled, Sasuke reacts angrily to Itachi's statement that he was proud to be able to protect his village and claiming that after all the village had done to Itachi, there was no way he could forgive them. Sasuke is later both shocked and confused following Itachi's response that he was stopping the technique in order to help Naruto's desire to change Sasuke.
 
   
[[File:Itachi loves Sasuke.png|thumb|left|Itachi imparts his final words to his brother.]]
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=== Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes ===
Resigned to the fact that he could not change his brother's mind, Sasuke told Itachi that it was because he remembered his time with Itachi that he would not give up his vendetta against Konoha and in the same manner that Itachi strived to protect it, he would destroy it. With that, he wished his brother farewell before he noticed Itachi walking towards him with his hand outstretched. Itachi then explains to Sasuke that what Danzō and Tobi had told him had been the truth: he had been given the choice to either die along with his clan or to kill the Uchiha, protecting the village and Sasuke. Itachi reaches Sasuke and puts his hand on the back of Sasuke's head and his forehead on his, telling him that he knows that he can't change Sasuke's mind, but no matter what path he chose, he would love Sasuke forever. Sasuke then watches as his brother's soul is released from the Impure World Reincarnation, leaving him with Kabuto.
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[[File:Sasuke shields Team 7.png|thumb|Sasuke shields Team 7 from the Infinite Tsukuyomi.]]
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Sasuke hurries back to Naruto and uses his Susanoo to shield him, Sakura, and Kakashi from the Infinite Tsukuyomi's effects. Naruto tries to go check on the others but Sasuke tells him to be patient. Sakura asks what is happening but Sasuke tells her and then Kakashi they don't need to know because there is nothing they can do and assumes leadership of Team 7 because he believes only he can stop the Infinite Tsukuyomi with his Rinnegan. When they emerge, they find Madara has bound the world's population with [[God: Nativity of a World of Trees]] and trapped them all within perpetual dreams. Madara confronts them and insists that he has ended all conflicts and that only Team 7, as the only remaining opposition, would seek to renew the cycle of death that plagued the world for centuries. As he's talking, Madara is stabbed from behind by [[Black Zetsu]] and his body is converted into [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]].
   
[[File:Evil Releasing Method.PNG|thumb|right|Sasuke revives Orochimaru.]]
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[[File:Kaguya traps naruto and sasuke.png|thumb|left|Kaguya thwarts Naruto and Sasuke's sealing attempt.]]
With his brother removed to the afterlife, Sasuke started to question what a village was, and what shinobi truly were. While still in thought, Suigetsu and Jūgo found Sasuke, and give him the [[scroll]] they had found at Orochimaru's hideout. From what he reads in the scroll, he declared that he will find the human who knows everything, even if it means reviving Orochimaru. To this end, he uses [[Anko]]'s [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]] along with a piece of Kabuto's altered flesh to [[Evil Releasing Method|revive]] Orochimaru, ignoring Suigetsu's vehement protests. After catching each other up with what has happened, Sasuke shows Orochimaru the scroll, making him wonder what Sasuke wanted from "them". Tired of being treated as a child by everyone, Sasuke was determined to find the truth of the past in order to find his own path.
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Sasuke and Naruto recognise Kaguya from his meeting Hagoromo as the origin of chakra. Although she now has access to the chakra of those trapped within the Infinite Tsukuyomi, she wants Team 7's too, specifically Naruto's and Sasuke's. She transports them to one of [[Kaguya's Dimensions]]: a sea of lava. Sasuke summons [[Garuda]] to save himself and Naruto, ignoring Kakashi, Sakura, and an unconscious Obito Uchiha. Sasuke reminds Naruto that only they can stop Kaguya, and therefore what happens to the others doesn't matter. Naruto understands, but can't help but save them anyway, reminding Sasuke of when he saved him in the [[Land of Waves]]. Naruto engages Kaguya while Sasuke attacks from above with his Susanoo. Kaguya repels him and he nearly falls in the lava - he drops his sword and loses it to that fate - but he's able to teleport to safety with [[Amenotejikara]]. While they try to come up with a way to place Hagoromo's seal on her, Kaguya sneaks up behind Naruto and Sasuke, paralyses them with Black Zetsu, and starts absorbing their chakra. Naruto breaks them free and distracts her with his [[Sexy Reverse Harem Technique]], which nearly allows them to initiate the seal. She shifts dimensions before they connect, encasing them in ice. Sasuke shatters the ice with [[Blaze Release: Kagutsuchi]], only for Kaguya to then grab him and send him off by himself to a dimension of sand dunes.
   
While insisting that he still desired revenge, Sasuke explained that he must know what the idea of revenge really meant for him to know if it was truly his decision. Intrigued by how much Sasuke has changed, Orochimaru decided to take him to where his questions could be answered. Following the Sannin, their travels took them to [[Konoha]] where they briefly sense the volume of [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s chakra on the battlefield. Reacting to this as little more than a nuisance, Sasuke tells the group to continue on their journey, which took them to a [[Uzumaki Clan's Mask Storage Temple|temple]] which had fallen into ruin on the outskirts of the village. Retrieving a mask from there, Sasuke followed Orochimaru through the village where he stopped, moved to a high vantage point and surveyed the village, noting that it had changed somewhat. Not one to linger on sentimental feelings, Sasuke pressed on to the destroyed [[Naka Shrine]] where he unsealed the hidden meeting hall below the temple. Once there, Orochimaru initiated the ritual to unseal the contents of the [[Shinigami]] using the [[Spore Technique|spore clones]] that had been attached to Sasuke as sacrifices to [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnate]] the ones who knew everything: the previous four [[Hokage]]. After introducing himself to the Hokage, Sasuke asks the Third why he had ordered [[Itachi]] to massacre the Uchiha clan to have Hiruzen confirm everything he had been told before. The [[Second Hokage]] then tells Sasuke that he was from a clan possessed by evil, revealing how the Sharingan was awaken, and how an Uchiha who experienced loss would spiral deeper into darkness and become unwieldy, and that he, in his attempt to help the Uchiha channel that force, gave them the Konoha Military Police Force, which ultimately destroyed them as well. Though admonished for this by the [[First Hokage]], Sasuke told them that he was not pure nor a child and asked the latter what is a village and what is a shinobi.
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[[File:Sasuke attacks Kaguya.png|thumb|Sasuke attacks Kaguya.]]
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Sasuke wanders the dunes, finding the spot where Naruto's chakra signature is strongest. There, he is shortly afterwards found by Obito and Sakura, who with considerable effort are able to briefly open a portal between dimensions. Sasuke uses Amenotejikara to teleport to Sakura's side, thanks her and Obito, and is then reunited with Naruto. Frustrated that her attempt to separate them failed, Kaguya shifts to a dimension with powerful gravity, immobilising them while she kills them with her [[All-Killing Ash Bones]]. Kakashi shields Sasuke from her attack and Obito, in turn, shields Kakashi, being the only one to die. Sasuke forces himself up and nearly hits Kaguya with a Chidori, forcing her to shift dimensions to somewhere with normal gravity.
   
== Movies ==
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[[File:Team 7 defeats Kaguya.png|thumb|left|Team 7 defeats Kaguya.]]
=== Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow ===
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Sasuke uses Susanoo to fight her by himself until Naruto, done grieving for Obito, comes to join him. Naruto's [[Super Tailed Beast Rasenshuriken]] destabilises the tailed beasts' chakra within her, prompting her to create an [[Expansive Truth-Seeking Ball]] to destroy them all. With the end near, Team 7 mobilises for its final assault: Kakashi, using chakra received from Obito, pierces though her; Naruto, with additional help from Kakashi, uses shadow clones to exhaust her countermeasures; Sasuke teleports closer to her in order to initiate the seal; Sakura punches her when she tries to escape. When both Naruto and Sasuke make contact with her, the tailed beasts are removed from Kaguya's body and she (as well as Black Zetsu) is entombed with the [[Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei]].
Sasuke joined his fellow members of Team 7 on a mission to protect the actress, [[Yukie Fujikaze]], as she travelled to the [[Land of Snow]]. Later, Sasuke encountered [[Fubuki Kakuyoku]], and defeated her with the Lion Combo. Sasuke used Chidori to damage [[Dotō Kazahana]]'s armour, which led to him being knocked out. He was seen looking out at the newly created Land of the Spring, with Sakura holding his head, in the ending credits. In a post-credits scene, he was the one who got [[Koyuki Kazahana]]'s autograph for Naruto.
 
   
=== Naruto the Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel ===
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[[File:Sasuke's true ambition.png|thumb|Sasuke declares his intentions.]]
Sasuke made a very short cameo when Naruto was unconscious, he had a dream of him and Sasuke walking towards each other. However, they passed by each other without a word; with this, Naruto woke up into the battle. The point of the dream, however, emphasised Naruto's regret over losing Sasuke, and strengthened his resolve not to lose any more friends.
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Having been waiting for this, Hagoromo then summons them all back to the real world with the help of the dead [[Kage]] and congratulates them for their victory. Madara has also been returned so Sasuke prepares to kill him, but Hagoromo stops him, explaining that Madara is dying anyway. After Madara shares his dying words with the First Hokage, Hagoromo returns the Kage's souls to the Pure Land. Hagoromo also informs Naruto and Sasuke that they can release the world from the Infinite Tsukuyomi by simply joining hands. However, Sasuke has other things he'd like to do first: he starts by placing the tailed beasts under his control with a genjutsu, traps them with Chibaku Tensei, and promises to release the Infinite Tsukuyomi only after he has killed the current Kage. Sasuke explains that the tailed beasts have too often been a source of conflict and that the Kage have consistently failed to keep the peace; the world would be better off without any of them.
   
=== Naruto Shippūden: The Movie ===
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[[File:Naruto vs. Sasuke begins.png|thumb|left|Naruto and Sasuke's final battle begins.]]
Sasuke was mentioned by Tsunade when Lee became his replacement.
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Because Naruto is the only one who can challenge him at this point, Sasuke states his intention to kill him. Sakura tries to dissuade him by telling him she loves him and, although her words clearly have an affect on him, he responds by calling her annoying and knocking her out with a genjutsu of him piercing her chest. Condemned by Kakashi for this, Sasuke tells Kakashi there is no reason for him and Sakura to love each other and her love is a remnant of a "failed" past. Sasuke then travels to the [[Valley of the End]] - the same place where he and Naruto last fought - and waits for Naruto to come to him. When Naruto arrives, he tells Sasuke it's impossible to do everything alone like he plans to, pointing to the missteps Itachi made and their own successful teamwork against Kaguya. Sasuke replies that he only wants to remake a better world, one where he can, like Itachi before, be solely responsible for the difficult decisions that must be made so that nobody else needs to; this is what he believes a true "Hokage" to be. Naruto inists he will be Hokage, not Sasuke, because Sasuke is still going against what Itachi wanted for him and they start fighting.
   
=== Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds ===
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[[File:A new clash.png|thumb|Naruto and Sasuke's attacks collide.]]
Sasuke was summoned by Orochimaru, and was told by him about the recent Sky ninja's attack on Konoha, to which Sasuke made clear that he didn't care. Orochimaru then gave him an assignment, telling him to go retrieve a scroll from a man named [[Shinnō]]. Near the end of the movie, he made his appearance just as Naruto was about to finish off Shinnō, stopping Naruto and cutting off Shinnō's flow of chakra by hitting his chakra points with [[Chidori Senbon]], something only the [[Byakugan]] can usually see. He and Naruto quickly chased after a fleeing Shinnō, only to find themselves in a deep chamber with a strange large cocoon that seemed to absorb any chakra in the area. It was revealed to be a seed of the [[Zero-Tails]] that Shinnō had planted. He taunts both of them and an angry Naruto jumps down to fight him. Sasuke soon follows suit. The cocoon then attacked Sasuke and Naruto, and was able to restrain them until they both released their chakra from the cursed seal and the Nine-Tails respectively.
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After a brief exchange of blows reminiscent of their fight years ago, Naruto and Sasuke start trading punches with their Tailed Beast Mode and Susanoo. Sasuke chastises Naruto for not attacking with an intent to kill, but Naruto, like last time, is unwilling to do that, not wishing for either of them to go without the other. Sasuke uses his Susanoo to perform Chidori and Naruto uses Tailed Beast Mode to make a [[Tailed Beast Ball]], which they clash with. The collision of the two attacks creates a large explosion, doing noticeable but not debilitating damage to their respective avatars. Each therefore powers up the avatars, Sasuke by channelling the captured tailed beasts into his Susanoo and Naruto by merging his avatar with the avatars of two shadow clones. The two meet attacks once again, this time creating a giant explosion that strips away their avatars and leaves them with too little chakra to use it practically. They instead resort to [[taijutsu]], kicking and punching each other into the night.
   
Together, Naruto defeated the cocoon with the [[Tornado Rasengan]], while Sasuke used his [[Flapping Chidori]]. [[Amaru]] released [[Hinata Hyūga]] and the rest of the villagers who had been taken prisoner as Sasuke and Naruto exited the building. Hinata and the villagers all boarded a flying lifeboat which they found outside the temple. Amaru scrambled to reach a launching lever away from the boat, but Naruto appeared again and ordered Amaru to get in the boat, assuring her that he would take care of the launch. She refused, but Sasuke appeared behind her and threw her in by force.
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[[File:Naruto & Sasuke final clash.png|thumb|left|Naruto and Sasuke's final clash.]]
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As they near exhaustion, Naruto musters what little chakra he can, which Sasuke immediately [[Preta Path|absorbs]]. However, as the chakra was not moulded to fit Sasuke's chakra signature, he wasn't able to utlise it. Having expected this, Naruto delivers a solid punch, finally irritating Sasuke over the endless repetition of their fight. Sasuke uses Chidori and Naruto, taking the last remaining chakra the Nine-Tails can give him, counters with Rasengan. Both wake up later to find that much of the Valley of the End has been destroyed, that they've each lost an arm, and that neither can move. Sasuke reflects that Naruto has been a constant obstacle to his goals but that he's also the only person who's never given up on him. Naruto's usual response that they're friends doesn't convince Sasuke since it obviously goes beyond that, so Naruto elaborates that he experiences pain whenever Sasuke is going through a tough time. Sasuke is shocked, knowing full well that Naruto has experienced various misfortunes in his life, smiled through all of them, yet would suffer without him.
   
As the lifeboat left, a tentacle appeared and tried to stop the boat leaving, but Sasuke cut it away. Naruto then forced Sasuke off the flying fortress onto the ship with a Rasengan, leaving him alone to destroy the flying ruins. Sasuke then uses the full cursed seal to fly away. He is next seen watching Naruto being saved by Jiraiya from a distance. Sasuke turns around and goes back to Orochimaru's hideout. He gave him the scroll Orochimaru had asked for, though Kabuto pointed out that he didn't bring Shinnō and it's not like him to fail a mission. Orochimaru notices that Sasuke seemed different, and asks him if a "good thing" happened to him. He pauses into the doorway, but doesn't say anything and walks out. Once outside, he thinks about what Naruto had said to him as he blew Sasuke onto the lifeboat that he would bring him back home one day. He then resumed his training.
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[[File:Naruto & Sasuke together.png|thumb|Naruto and Sasuke reconcile.]]
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When they wake up the next day, Sasuke is surprised they are still alive and laughs when Naruto is angry he is too weak to fight him. Sasuke admits defeat, as he's come to accept that Naruto is just as vital to him as he is to Naruto. He asks Naruto to give his Rinnegan to Kakashi in order to undo the Infinite Tsukuyomi but he wants end his own life in order to atone his sins, but Naruto refuses and vows to be there for his friend no matter what, which moves Sasuke to tears. Sakura and Kakashi arrive and Sakura begins healing them. Guilt-ridden for the pain he put Sakura through, Sasuke tries to speak to her but she tells him not to because she needs to concentrate on healing them. Sasuke then apologises to Sakura for everything he's done, which she tearfully accepts and Sasuke smiles at her. All the while as Kakashi looks on with joy as Team 7 reunites for good. Sasuke and Naruto use a special hand gesture to undo the Infinite Tsukuyomi and free everyone and the tailed beasts. As they do so, Sasuke talks about how he and Naruto have come to understand each other's feelings and pain, and he finally understands why Naruto never gave up on him.
   
=== Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire ===
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== Blank Period ==
Sasuke appeared in a few flashbacks when Sai asked Naruto about what Kakashi had taught him.
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[[File:Headband.png|thumb|left|Naruto returns Sasuke's forehead protector.]]
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After the war, Sasuke is pardoned for his crimes based on his service in helping undo the Infinite Tsukuyomi, along with a good word of Naruto and Kakashi (who has been selected to become the Sixth Hokage). Sasuke leaves Konoha to wander the world, curious how different it will appear to him now that his outlook has changed. Sakura offers to come with him, but he declines, explaining that his journey is also one of atonement and that she has no part in that. He then pokes her forehead, promises to her that he will see her when he returns and thanks her. As he leaves, he is met by Naruto, who returns to him his [[forehead protector]] that he left behind all those years ago. Sasuke accepts the headband as a sign of reconciliation and credits Naruto for teaching him the true meaning of a shinobi.
   
=== Naruto 6: Road to Ninja ===
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While on his travels, Sasuke would often help the Five Great Nations whenever something tried to disrupt the peace. Although he often did this without being seen, he often left subtle hints that he was responsible.<ref>Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise</ref> This would eventually redeem him in the eyes of the Five Kage when he came forward with his theory regarding Kaguya's reasons for assembling an army.
The [[Genjutsu World|alternate world]]'s Sasuke, compared to the Sasuke that Naruto and Sakura know, is more of a carefree flirt that goes after several girls his age compared to his broody self who held interest in different things deemed more important than romantic relationships. Furthermore, the alternate Sasuke never became a missing-nin and thus is still a resident of Konoha while his brother Itachi and the Akatsuki are heroic ninja instead of villains.
 
   
Also, the alternate Sasuke seems to return Sakura's feelings by giving her a rose to show how he cares for her that makes her happy, however, she later sees him giving roses to a lot of other girls, breaking her heart.
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=== The Last: Naruto the Movie ===
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[[File:Sasuke The Last.png|thumb|Sasuke destroys a meteorite.]]
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Two years after the end of the war, Sasuke crosses paths with [[Hiashi Hyūga]], who falls unconscious in front of him. He returns Hiashi to Konoha and, while there, discovers a series of meteorites from the [[Moon]] bombarding the village. When one particularly large meteor makes it through the village's defences, Sasuke quickly destroys it. Sasuke vanishes afterwards, lingering only long enough to note to Kakashi that Sasuke himself is the only one who can protect the village when Naruto is away. In the end credits, in correspondence to Naruto and Hinata's wedding, Sasuke continues his journey through the desert.
   
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=== Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze ===
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Rumours start to spread that someone fitting Sasuke's description is conspiring to destroy Konoha. Konoha sends repeated messages to Sasuke to try and confirm or deny the rumours, but he doesn't respond to any; Naruto hypothesises that he finds the rumours too ludicrous to give them any attention. However, when one of the messages mentions Sakura has been captured, he immediately returns to the village. Sakura is able to deal with most of her captors by herself, but Sasuke finishes off the few remaining. He then leaves without Sakura ever being aware of his presence. At the end of the novel, it is hinted that Sasuke returns to the village at some point due him stating "I'm home".
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During his journey, Sasuke meets two boys that tell him stories about [[Akatsuki]]. After he leaves them, he meets another boy who confuses him for Itachi, who the boy met many years earlier. He tells Sasuke that Itachi was a very good person, which Sasuke agrees with before departing once more.
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As Sasuke starts investigating Kaguya Ōtsutsuki during his journey of redemption, he is forced to examine his former role as an avenger and how this past will influence his future. Although he is offered to return to Konoha, he is unsure if he should or not, due to the guilt he feels for betraying his friends. After receiving a letter from Naruto that mentions Sakura comparing his efforts to protect the village to that of his childhood dream of joining the Konoha Military Police Force, Sasuke decides his home is with Sakura and makes the decision to return to Konoha.
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== Epilogue ==
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A couple of years after the war, Sasuke allows Sakura to accompany him on his journey and they got married, and she became pregnant with their daughter [[Sarada]], who was born in one of Orochimaru's hideouts with [[Karin]] delivering her. Afterwards, Sasuke returned to Konoha with Sakura and Sarada, and they lived as a normal family for a couple of years. Sarada's memories seem to imply that Sasuke was actively part of her life for the first few years.
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At some point, during his investigations into [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]], Sasuke comes to suspect that she created the [[White Zetsu Army]] in order to face some greater threat. He asks Naruto, now the Seventh Hokage, to call a [[Five Kage Summit]] so that he can share his theory with the other Kage. Not wishing to cause a panic, the Kage agree to keep this to themselves for the time being. Wanting to safeguard the future of his daughter and the new generation, Sasuke continues his wanderings as he tries to find more information, using his [[Rinnegan]] to inspect other dimensions.
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[[File:Sasuke threatens Sarada.png|thumb|left|Sasuke mistakes Sarada for an enemy.]]
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While travelling through a forest, Sasuke is attacked by a [[Shin Uchiha (Clones)|young boy]] with [[Sharingan]] and whose clothes bear the Uchiha crest. After he drives the boy off, he sends a message to Naruto informing him of the encounter and asking to meet with him. After waiting for a while, he is found by Sarada, who had left Konoha to find her father. Seeing her with the Sharingan and having the Uchiha crest on her back, Sasuke suspects she is connected to the boy and almost attacks her until she calls him "Daddy" and he realises she is his own daughter. When Naruto arrives shortly afterwards, Sasuke reprimands him for bringing children like Sarada and [[Chōchō Akimichi]] along. Sarada defends Naruto, insisting that she came against his wishes because she wanted to meet Sasuke, wanted to know where he's been all these years and who Karin in the photo of Team Taka is. He ignores her questions and says his actions have nothing to do with her, causing her to storm out, crying.
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[[File: Sasuke protects Sarada.PNG|thumb|Sasuke protects Sarada.]]
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When Sasuke senses Naruto and Sarada being attacked by [[Shin Uchiha]] - the "father" of the boy from before - Sasuke rushes out to lend assistance. He swats away Shin's projectiles and, when Shin takes his sword, he blasts him with a [[Great Fireball]] and takes the sword back. However, this brief contact allows Shin to control the sword remotely with his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]], which he uses when he has an opening to stab Naruto. With Naruto down, Shin turns his attention to Sarada and Sasuke rushes to protect Sarada from Shin's follow-up attack. Sakura then appears and incapacitates Shin with a punch. Sakura apologises to Sasuke for not keeping things clear to Sarada about his mission but Sasuke insists he is at fault before one of Shin's [[Sharingan Spying Creature|creatures]] teleports him and Sakura away. Unable to locate their whereabouts, Sasuke believes Orochimaru knows where Shin is and, learning Shin is targeting Sarada, he decides to take her with them to ensure her safety.
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When they arrive, Sasuke promises retaliation against Orochimaru if he is in anyway involved in the attack on his daughter or the kidnapping of his wife. Orochimaru denies responsibility, confessing that Shin in an old experiment has long since lost control of; Shin's "sons" are actually his genetic clones. To help them deal with Shin, Orochimaru offers some suggestions about where they might find him. when Orochimaru suggests Sakura is already dead, Sasuke denies this as a possibility due to her not being a weak woman and she likely already finished Shin off by the time they find her. When his Rinnegan recharges from his earlier dimensional travels, Sasuke manifests his Susanoo and transports Naruto, Sarada, and Chōchō to Shin's hideout. As Sasuke guessed, Sakura is already in the middle of combat when they arrive and Sasuke uses his Susanoo to punch the largest clone as he grabs Sakura. He pulls the scalpels out of her arm and burns them with Amaterasu before asking her if she can heal herself now. Sasuke and the others proceed to fight Shin, who is killed by the clones who then turn on Sasuke and Naruto. When the spying creature tries to attack Sarada, Sasuke calls out to her to warn her and she kills the creature before activating her Sharingan and using her Chakra Enhanced Release to defeat some of the clones, making Sasuke smirk with pride. When the battle is over, Sasuke comments how soft Naruto is for offering to do no harm to the clones if they surrender but agrees to drop them off at the Konoha Orphanage. When Sarada learns Sakura is really her biological mother, she asks her father is he truly feels connected to Sakura. He replies yes because Sarada, as their daughter, is proof of their bond, moving Sarada to tears.
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[[File:Uchiha family photo.png|thumb|left|Sasuke poses for a family photo.]]
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Sasuke spends some time with Sarada and Sakura in Konoha, even posing for their first family photo. After some time, Sasuke was about to leave again and hugged his daughter as she sadly asked him when he will come back. Sasuke tells Sarada to not make such a face and pokes her on the forehead, promising to come home soon, which makes her very happy. Sakura gives him a bagged lunch and hopes for a kiss in return, but he leaves without further comment, only smirking in amusement as he walks away.
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=== Boruto: Naruto the Movie ===
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[[File:Kinshiki VS Sasuke.png|thumb|Sasuke battles Kinshiki.]]
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After much searching, Sasuke locates a scroll in Kaguya's ice palace. There, he is attacked by [[Kinshiki]] and [[Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki]], while barely surviving a lethal attack from the former by using his Rinnegan's abilities, he is ultimately able to escape. Unable to read the scroll with his Rinnegan, Sasuke takes it back to Konoha to have it deciphered.
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[[File:Boruto meets Sasuke.png|thumb|left|Sasuke intercepts a punch from Boruto.]]
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He stops at Naruto's house to deliver it to him but is attacked by Naruto's son, [[Boruto Uzumaki]], who mistook Sasuke for his father. Sasuke easily blocks the attack and asks for Naruto's whereabouts; [[Hinata]], Naruto's wife, tells him Naruto is still at the Hokage's office. On finding Naruto, Sasuke remarks that Boruto is quite similar to him. Naruto disagrees, thinking he has more in common with Sasuke but retracts and says Boruto isn't like him either because Boruto never works hard as a ninja like they did. Naruto thinks they are behind the new generation, which Sasuke disagrees because the nature of shinobi never changes, and they make a bet over this.
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As Sasuke leaves to go home to his family, Boruto launches a sneak attack. Sasuke once again avoids it effortlessly and pushes Boruto over. Impressed, Boruto asks Sasuke to train him, having heard that Sasuke is Naruto only equal and thus best qualified to help him become stronger than his father. Sasuke tells Boruto to ask him again after he's learned to use the [[Rasengan]]. Boruto does just that and demonstrates it after he becomes able to form it. On seeing it, Sasuke remarks that Boruto's Rasengan is quite small, which Boruto wrongly believes to mean he's been rejected, causing him to subsequently run off. Sarada then revealed herself to her father, and tried to convince him that he was being too hard on Boruto, as he usually didn't apply that kind of dedication to anything. Sasuke then revealed to his daughter that Boruto jumped to the wrong conclusion, and that he was going to agree to make him his student. In truth, Sasuke was quite satisfied, further impressed by the [[wind]] nature Boruto applies to his Rasengan. The next day, Boruto demonstrates a normal-sized Rasengan, which Sasuke recognises to be a result of using the [[Kote]] - noting that Boruto was indeed different than his father after the former boasted about his exceptional skill being the reason for the remarkable progress of his Rasengan. However, in actuality - Sasuke was referencing the fact that Boruto was willing to cheat to attain his goal (having Sasuke train him), rather than that he was more talented than Naruto. He doesn't mention this, however, and agrees to train Boruto.
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[[File:Sasuke talks to Boruto by the fire.png|thumb|Sasuke talks to Boruto about the old Naruto.]]
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After his day training with Sasuke, the two sit by a fire and talk. Boruto starts by asking about his father's weaknesses. Sasuke explains that Naruto had many weaknesses, but nonetheless managed to pull himself up and become Hokage. Believing Boruto's approach to be incorrect - Sasuke explained that Naruto is better understood by the hardships he overcame in his life than the flaws he may still have. This doesn't satisfy Boruto, so he throws himself into training for the upcoming [[Chūnin Exams]], [[shurikenjutsu]] figuring prominently in Sasuke's lessons. While training, Boruto struggles with bending his throws - complaining that shurikenjutsu is Sarada's specialty, because she is Sasuke's daughter. Sasuke retorts this assertion by applying the same reasoning to Boruto regarding the Shadow Clone Technique, of which Boruto can only create two, as opposed to his father - who can create thousands. Sasuke keeps tabs on how deciphering the scroll is going, but it isn't until the day of the Chūnin Exams' finals that it is finally finished. Reading what it says, Sasuke finds his suspicions about the threat Kaguya was preparing for confirmed and rushes to inform Naruto. When he arrives at the stadium where the finals are being held, Kinshiki and Momoshiki are already attacking. Sasuke rescues Sarada from falling debris but is confronted by Kinshiki while he tries to get her to safety. [[Shikamaru Nara]] briefly restrains Kinshiki and Momoshiki, allowing Sasuke to tell Naruto what the scroll said: that Kinshiki and Momoshiki harvest planets' chakra in order to prolong their lives and that Kaguya was building a White Zetsu Army to prepare for their inevitable invasion.
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[[File:Sasuke protects Boruto and Sarada.png|thumb|left|Sasuke shields Boruto and Sarada with his Susanoo.]]
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As Momoshiki starts attacking, Naruto forms his [[Tailed Beast Mode]] around Boruto and Sarada in order to protect them; Sasuke layers his Susanoo over this to provide additional protection. The shield is insufficient against Momoshiki, so Naruto instructs Sasuke to focus on protecting the children while he fights Momoshiki alone. Sasuke does so, staying with Boruto and Sarada and, as a result, preventing him from stopping Naruto's capture. With his father gone, Boruto feels guilty about how he treated Naruto and reprimanded himself for being so uncool. Overhearing this, Sasuke affirmed Boruto's words - and noted that if it weren't for his mother and sister, he would be in the same position Naruto was in the past. After Boruto asks Sasuke how his father overcame his hardships, Sasuke suggests Boruto ask Naruto in person, and to that end invites Boruto to join him in rescuing him. When Boruto asks why he'd be invited and why Sasuke agreed to train him in the first place, Sasuke explains that Boruto is an exceptionally gifted shinobi has the potential to surpass Naruto because he hates to lose. The Five Kage then reveal themselves and offer their assistance to rescue Naruto, revealing they are on friendly terms with Sasuke. Before they leave, however - Sasuke lends his forehead protector to Boruto, who had his confiscated by Naruto for cheating in the exams.
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[[File:Sasuke and Naruto destroy Momoshiki's Golem.png|thumb|Sasuke and Naruto destroy Momoshiki's Golem.]]
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Sasuke uses his Rinnegan to open a portal to [[Momoshiki's Planet]]. Before they leave, Hinata tries to stop Boruto from leaving - who then puts on Sasuke's headband and affirms confidently that he's going to go save his father (reminding Hinata of Naruto when he was young). Sasuke approves of this demeanour and notes that Boruto is finally starting to carry himself like a true shinobi. When they arrive on Momoshiki's planet, which has long since had its chakra harvested - the group frees Naruto from Momoshiki and Kinshiki, who had him bound to a tree resembling the God Tree, and immediately engage them in battle. Sasuke assists the [[Sixth Mizukage]] and [[Fourth Tsuchikage]] with restraining Kinshiki and then joins Naruto, the [[Fifth Kazekage]], and the [[Fifth Raikage]] against Momoshiki; he warns them not to use [[ninjutsu]] since Momoshiki can absorb them. Kinshiki breaks free and drives them back, then allows Momoshiki to absorb him to become stronger. Naruto and Sasuke start fighting Momoshiki with taijutsu, during the course of which Sasuke is badly burned. Naruto catches him and heals his wounds with the Nine-Tails' chakra, allowing them to combine their Tailed Beast Mode and Susanoo to strike him down. With Momoshiki down, the uninvited [[Katasuke]] tries to finish him off. This unwittingly revives him Momoshiki, giving him a chance to paralyse Naruto and the Kage with the Shadow Paralysis Jutsu while Sasuke elsewhere protects Boruto.
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[[File:Sasuke and Sakura watching Team Konohamaru.png|left|thumb|Sasuke and Sakura watch over the next generation.]]
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Sasuke suggests that Boruto attack Momoshiki with his Rasengan, depending on its wind-nature to catch him off guard. This works and the Kage are freed, but an earlier injury prevents Naruto from fighting. He adds his chakra to Boruto's Rasengan, which Sasuke then helps him find an opening to use to destroy Momoshiki with. After the battle, Sasuke tells Naruto he won their bet and they return to Konoha, and Sasuke posed for a photograph with Naruto, Boruto, and the other Kage. Sasuke is later seen looking on with Sakura as they watch their daughter with her team-mates, entrusting the future to the next generation.
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== In Other Media ==
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=== Movies ===
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==== Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow ====
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Team 7 is sent on a mission to protect the actress, [[Yukie Fujikaze]], as she travels to the [[Land of Snow]]. During the course of the mission, Sasuke encounters [[Fubuki Kakuyoku]] and defeats her with the [[Lion Combo]]. He also uses Chidori to damage [[Dotō Kazahana]]'s [[Chakra Armour]], but is knocked out afterwards. When the mission is completed, Sasuke gets Yukie's autograph for Naruto.
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==== Naruto Shippūden the Movie: Bonds ====
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Orochimaru informs Sasuke about the [[Land of the Sky]]'s attack on Konoha, which Sasuke claims to have no interest in. Orochimaru then gives him a mission to retrieve a scroll from [[Shinnō]]. He tracks down Shinnō just as Naruto is about to defeat him, stopping Naruto but also cutting off Shinnō's chakra using [[Chidori Senbon]]. Shinnō flees, luring them both to the [[Zero-Tails]]' cocoon, which absorbs all of their chakra and traps them. Naruto and Sauske respond by tapping in to the [[Nine-Tails]] and [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]], respectively, enabling them to destroy the cocoon.
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Naruto and Sasuke assist with evacuating all the prisoners the Land of the Sky has taken. Just as they get the last of the lifeboats to disembark, a tentacle starts attacking it. Sasuke cuts it away, only for Naruto to then force him onto the lifeboat as well so that he can destroy the flying fortress by himself. Sasuke flies off with his cursed seal transformation and watches from a distance, only leaving after he sees Naruto being evacuated by [[Amaru]]. He delivers the scroll to Orochimaru, who notices a change in his personality. Sasuke says nothing, but thinks about what Naruto said to him before putting him on the lifeboat: that he would bring Sasuke back home one day. He then resumes his training.
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==== Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie ====
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The Sasuke of the [[Genjutsu World]] never defected from Konoha. He is still cocky and assertive, but he's also comparatively more carefree and dresses fashionably. He takes full advantage of girls' natural attraction to him, flirting with all of them indiscriminately.
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== Creation and Conception ==
 
== Creation and Conception ==
When developing the original ''Naruto'' manga, [[Masashi Kishimoto]] had not initially intended to create Sasuke. After speaking with his editor about the future of the series, he was advised to create a rival character for the series' protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki, which resulted in Sasuke's creation. To learn more about creating an effective rivalry, Kishimoto read a variety of manga to gather ideas on what constituted such a rivalry, and he coalesced these ideal elements into one relationship. Because Sasuke is intended to be Naruto's opposite, Kishimoto is always careful to make sure Sasuke is never too emotional. With Sasuke's character being that of a "cool genius", Kishimoto feels he has created the ideal rivalry.
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When developing the original ''Naruto'' manga, [[Masashi Kishimoto]] had not initially intended to create Sasuke. After speaking with his editor about the future of the series, he was advised to create a rival character for the series' protagonist, [[Naruto Uzumaki]], resulting in Sasuke's creation.<ref>April 2007 ''US Shonen Jump April'', p. 366</ref> To learn more about creating an effective rivalry, Kishimoto read a variety of manga to gather ideas on what constituted such a rivalry, and he coalesced these ideal elements into one relationship. Because Sasuke is intended to be Naruto's opposite, Kishimoto is always careful to make sure Sasuke is never too emotional. With Sasuke's character being that of a "cool genius," Kishimoto feels he has created the ideal rivalry.<ref>''[[Art Collection: Uzumaki]]'', page 140</ref> By the time Sasuke suffered a drastic change in the plot which made him become one of the series' antagonists, Kishimoto compared Sasuke and Naruto to the [[wikipedia:yin and yang|yin and yang]] as a result of their notable differences. As a result, he mentions that whenever one of the two progresses, he makes sure the other does it too.<ref>February 2012 ''Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha'', pp. 120–123</ref> In early 2014, he referred to Sasuke as a "very pure person" when asked whether he was good or evil, adding that while some of his actions such as following his clan's ideals are positive, he tends to bring problems to others due to his self-centred nature.<ref>[http://shonenjump.viz.com/node/1962 Interview with Masashi Kishimoto]</ref> Since the series started serialisation, Kishimoto had decided the ending would feature a fight between these two characters.<ref>[http://ajw.asahi.com/article/cool_japan/style/AJ201411100007 Masashi Kishimoto: Fan letters from overseas made me realise the popularity of ‘Naruto’]</ref>
   
Sasuke's design gave Kishimoto a number of problems, making him the most difficult character he has had to create. Because he lacked a proper idea of what Sasuke's face should look like, initial drafts of Sasuke appeared too old or mature for a character the same age as Naruto. Once settling on a proper face, Kishimoto began to work on Sasuke's attire. Original designs of Sasuke had a number of necklaces and ties around his arms and legs, a result of Kishimoto's habit of giving characters as much ornamentation as possible. Realising he could not draw such a complex character on a weekly basis, Kishimoto simplified the design to a basic contrast of Naruto's costume.
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When first introducing Sasuke, Kishimoto had made a chapter which was set before the creation of Team 7, and Naruto had just become a ninja. However, this idea was later cancelled and Sasuke was introduced alongside Team 7, yet keeping the same traits and his rivalry with Naruto.<ref>''[[Kai no Sho]]'', page 190</ref> Sasuke's first name comes from the manga ''Sasuke'' by [[wikipedia:Sanpei Shirato|Sanpei Shirato]], a series which Kishimoto likes, as well as from [[wikipedia:Sarutobi Sasuke|Sarutobi Sasuke]], a fictional ninja featured in Japanese children's stories.<ref>August 2007 ''Shonen Jump Naruto Collector 3''</ref> Kishimoto remarks that Sasuke's character was influenced by [[wikipedia:List of YuYu Hakusho characters#Hiei|Hiei]] from ''[[wikipedia:Yu Yu Hakusho|Yu Yu Hakusho]]'', stating that he referenced Hiei when making his character and his Sharingan.<ref>''[[Kai no Sho]]'', pages 74–81</ref>
   
For Kishimoto, Sasuke remains the most difficult character for him to draw. While drawing, errors and mishaps commonly result in Sasuke's youthful appearance being lost, a result of Kishimoto's inexperience in drawing characters mature beyond their years. Sasuke's hair, originally kept short to save Kishimoto time, has slowly got longer as the series has progressed, resulting in the amount of time needed to draw Sasuke increasing as well. Sasuke received a new costume during the final portion of the Chūnin Exam Arc, which featured a number of belts strapped around his arms and legs. Due to the time needed to draw a costume of this design, Kishimoto returned Sasuke to his original costume in the following arc. Despite the time and energy Kishimoto spends drawing Sasuke, Sasuke has become his favourite character to draw.
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Sasuke's design gave Kishimoto a number of problems, making him the most difficult character he had to create. Because he lacked a proper idea of what Sasuke's face should look like, initial drafts of Sasuke appeared too old or mature for a character the same age as Naruto.<ref name="Face">''[[Art Collection: Uzumaki]]'', page 124</ref> Once settling on a proper face, Kishimoto worked on Sasuke's attire. Original designs of Sasuke had a number of necklaces and ties around his arms and legs, a result of Kishimoto's habit of giving characters as much ornamentation as possible. Realising he could not draw such a complex character on a weekly basis, Kishimoto simplified the design to a basic contrast of Naruto's costume.<ref name="Design">[[Volume 3]], page 26</ref>
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For Kishimoto, Sasuke remains the most difficult character for him to draw. While drawing, errors and mishaps commonly result in Sasuke's youthful appearance being lost, a result of Kishimoto's inexperience in drawing characters mature beyond their years.<ref name="Design" /> Sasuke's hair, originally kept short to save Kishimoto time, has slowly gotten longer as the series has progressed, increasing the amount of time needed to draw Sasuke.<ref name="Face" /> Midway through Part I of the series Kishimoto drew a new costume for Sasuke that featured a number of belts strapped around his arms and legs. Because of the time needed to draw a costume of this design, Kishimoto returned Sasuke to his original costume.<ref>''[[Art Collection: Uzumaki]]'', page 130</ref> Despite the time and energy Kishimoto spends drawing Sasuke, Sasuke has become his favourite character to draw.<ref name="Design" />
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When designing Sasuke in his Part II appearance, Kishimoto's main objective was to make him look cool. For this, he tried giving him several outfits such as [[wikipedia:Shimenawa|Shimenawa]] around him to preserve Orochimaru's style of clothing as by the moment in the series he was his apprentice. He also tried other clothes such as a turtleneck and a military uniform to show "cleanliness". However, he ended up choosing Japanese-style clothes with a [[wikipedia:chokutō|chokutō]]-style sword.<ref>''[[Sha no Sho]]'', page 343</ref>
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Sasuke was named after [[Sasuke Sarutobi]], the [[Third Hokage]]'s father, though their names in turn were likely inspired by the fictional ninja [[Wikipedia:Sarutobi Sasuke|Sarutobi Sasuke]]. Sasuke's surname, "''Uchiha''", is another way of pronouncing {{translation|"uchiwa"|団扇|paper fan}}, which is actually the [[Uchiha clan]] symbol. Uchiwa can be used to fan flames, making the flame hotter — referring to the fact that the Uchiha is a clan of fire techniques users.
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* Unlike most characters in ''Naruto'', Sasuke doesn't address anyone with [[Wikipedia:Japanese honorifics|honorifics]] at the end of their names (except to his parents, clan members, and Itachi when he was a child and after discovering Itachi's true nature), like "Kakashi-[[Wikipedia:Japanese honorifics#Sensei|sensei]]" or "Orochimaru-[[Wikipedia:Japanese honorifics#Sama|sama]]", something the Japanese would consider very insulting or rude.
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* Sasuke stars in a spin-off manga created by Masashi Kishimoto's assistant, [[Kenji Taira]]: ''[[Sasuke Uchiha's Sharingan Legend]]''.
* In the June 2006 edition of ''Shōnen Jump'', Kakashi remarked that, while Sasuke is a genius, he is dull to teach because he learns everything easily, compared to the less predictable Naruto.
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* In the [[Naruto Character Popularity Polls|''Naruto'' character popularity polls]], Sasuke is one of four characters to have always placed in the top ten of every poll.
* Although Sasuke's first appearance is generally thought to be chapter 3, he can actually be seen sitting behind Naruto in chapter 1, page 13.
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*In the ''[[Live Spectacle Naruto]]'', the role of Sasuke was played by Ryuji Sato.
* On the cover page of chapter 1, Sasuke is seen riding a hawk, which he later learns to summon. In most subsequent cover pages he is only depicted with snakes, another species he learns to summon.
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* According to [[Hyō no Sho]], while in the [[Academy]], Sasuke had an A in ninjutsu, taijutsu, and genjutsu, a B in classroom attitude, a C in positivity, and an F in cooperation.
* In the ''Naruto'' character popularity polls, Sasuke was placed in 3rd in the first, 4th in the second and third, and 3rd in the fourth. He finished 1st in the fifth and sixth popularity polls, and in the third databook, which added results from the previous six polls, has Sasuke as the third most popular character overall with 33,632 votes. In the most recent poll, Sasuke ranked second.
 
* Sasuke is one of four characters to have always stayed in the Top Ten of every Character Popularity Poll.
 
* Sasuke's [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] which consists of three overlapping pointed ellipses, giving it six points is the only one shown to have inverse colours; while most are red with black designs, Sasuke's is black with red designs.
 
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
* According to the databook(s):
 
** Sasuke's hobbies are training and taking walks.
 
** Sasuke's hobbies are training and taking walks.
** Sasuke wishes to fight against [[Itachi Uchiha]] (first and second databooks) and the upper ninja of Konoha (third databook).
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** Sasuke wishes to fight against Itachi Uchiha<ref name="d1" /><ref name="d2" /> and the upper ninja of Konoha.<ref name="d3" />
** Sasuke's favourite foods are [[Wikipedia:Onigiri|omusubi]] with [[Wikipedia:katsuobushi|okaka]] and [[Wikipedia:Tomatoes|tomatoes]], while his least favourites are [[Wikipedia:Nattō|nattō]] and anything sweet.
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** Sasuke's favourite foods are [[wikipedia:omusubi|omusubi]] with [[wikipedia:katsuobushi|okaka]] and [[wikipedia:tomato|tomato]]es, while his least favourites are [[wikipedia:nattō|nattō]] and anything sweet.
 
** Sasuke has completed 16 official missions in total: 7 D-rank, 1 C-rank, 2 B-rank, 6 A-rank, 0 S-rank.
 
** Sasuke has completed 16 official missions in total: 7 D-rank, 1 C-rank, 2 B-rank, 6 A-rank, 0 S-rank.
 
** Sasuke's favourite word is {{translation|"power"|力|chikara}}.
 
** Sasuke's favourite word is {{translation|"power"|力|chikara}}.
* According to the first ''Naruto'' fanbook, while in the [[Academy]] Sasuke had the highest grade in ninjutsu, taijutsu, and genjutsu, the lowest grade in cooperation and the second-lowest grade in assertiveness, which was bringing down his average. His overall grade was second place to [[Ino]]'s.<ref name=Hyo/>
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* Although Sasuke's first appearance is generally thought to be [[Sasuke Uchiha!!|chapter 3]], he can actually be seen sitting behind Naruto in [[Naruto Uzumaki!!|chapter 1]], page 13.
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** On the cover page of chapter 1, Sasuke is seen riding a hawk, which he later learns to summon. In most subsequent cover pages, he is only depicted with snakes, another species he learns to summon.
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* Studio Pierrot's settei sheets of Sasuke show that he was 122.5 cm at 7 yrs old and 140 cm around the time of the Uchiha Clan Downfall.
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* In the June 2006 edition of ''Shōnen Jump'', Kakashi remarked that, while Sasuke is a genius, he is dull to teach because he learns everything easily, compared to the less predictable Naruto.
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* Whenever Sasuke appears in the anime, slow acoustic guitar music titled {{translation|"Wandering"|漂泊|Hyōhaku}} is played.
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* Sasuke is ambidextrous, as he typically punches and uses Chidori with his left hand, he wields his sword with his right hand. However, when Hagoromo asked him to raise his dominant arm, he chose his left.
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* Despite Sasuke gaining Hagoromo's power, which is stated to grant Yin–Yang Release, Yang Release is not listed as one of his natures in the fourth databook.<ref name="d4" />
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* In 2015 Da Vinci interview, the anime voice actors of Team 7 revealed that right after the anime start to airing, Kishimoto told them that Sasuke would eventually end up together with Sakura.{{Citation needed}}
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (To [[Itachi]]) "''That's okay… Just as long as we can be together sometimes.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 402, page 7</ref>
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* (To [[Itachi]]) "''That's okay… Just as long as we can be together sometimes.''"<ref>Chapter 402, page 7</ref>
* (To [[Team 7]]) "''My name is Sasuke Uchiha. I hate a lot of things, and I don't particularly like anything. What I have is not a dream, because I will make it a reality. I'm going to restore [[Uchiha clan|my clan]], and kill a [[Itachi Uchiha|certain someone]].''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 4, page 7</ref>
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* (To [[Team 7]]) "''My name is Sasuke Uchiha. I hate a lot of things, and I don't particularly like anything. What I have is not a dream, because I will make it a reality. I'm going to restore my clan, and kill a certain someone.''"<ref>Chapter 4, page 7</ref>
* (To [[Sakura]] about Team 7) "''I know the four of us have worked together. And for a while, I thought I could choose that path instead… but in the end… I've decided on revenge. That's always been my purpose of living.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 181, page 10</ref>
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* (To [[Sakura]] about Team 7) "''I know the four of us have worked together. And for a while, I thought I could choose that path instead… but in the end… I've decided on revenge. That's always been my purpose of living.''"<ref>Chapter 181, page 10</ref>
* (To [[Naruto]]) "''I don't look to the future any more. Only the past.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 219, page 18</ref>
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* (To Naruto) "''Just shut up for once! What the hell do you know about it?! It's not like you ever had a family in the first place! You were on your own right from the beginning, what makes you think you know anything about it?! Huh?! I'm suffering now because I had those ties, how on earth could you possibly understand, what it feels like to lose all that!''"<ref>Chapter 229, pages 9-10</ref>
* (To Naruto) "''Just shut up for once! What the hell do you know about it?! It's not like you ever had a family in the first place! You were on your own right from the beginning, what makes you think you know anything about it?! Huh?! I'm suffering now because I had those ties, how on earth could you possibly understand, what it feels like to lose all that!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 229, pages 9-10</ref>
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* (To [[Tobi]]) "''If you want to ridicule me as a brat swayed by his emotions, go ahead. To accept and adopt Itachi's intention would be childish. The foolish sputtering of those who don't know hatred. If anyone who criticises my way of life were to come forward, I'd turn around and kill every single one of their loved ones, so that they too can grasp what it's like… to experience this hatred of mine.''"<ref>Chapter 416, pages 15-16</ref>
* (To [[Tobi]]) "''If you think I'm just a foolish kid ruled by his emotions, that's fine. Following Itachi's path would be childish, the whispering of fools who don't know hatred. If anyone else tries to ridicule the way I live, I'll slaughter everyone they ever cared about. And then maybe they'll understand what it's like to taste… a little of my hatred.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 416, pages 15-16</ref>
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* (To Team Kakashi) "''I finally… I finally got my first bit of revenge for Itachi… it's like the disgrace of the Uchiha clan is being cleansed. Like I'm separating the Uchiha clan from the rotten ninja world. You might even say it's what Konoha always wanted. You always repudiated the Uchiha clan, so now we will disappear from your memories just like you always wanted. When I kill everyone in Konoha! By severing the bond, we will be purified! That will be the true revival of the Uchiha clan!''"<ref>Chapter 485, pages 6-7</ref>
* (To Team Kakashi) "''I finally… I finally got my first bit of revenge for Itachi... it's like the disgrace of the Uchiha clan is being cleansed. Like I'm separating the Uchiha clan from the rotten ninja world. You might even say it's what Konoha always wanted. You always repudiated the Uchiha clan, so now we will disappear from your memories just like you always wanted. When I kill everyone in Konoha! By severing the bond, we will be purified! That will be the true revival of the Uchiha clan!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 485, pages 6-7</ref>
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* (To [[Kakashi]] when asked about his current dream) "''While it's true I once desired destruction… and the only goal I had was revenge… things are different now. Because that which is destroyed can always be fixed and rebuilt. Villages freed from the clutches and employ of darkness… what I desire is to reform the entire shinobi world! What I am calling for, what I am bringing forth… that is… Revolution.''"<ref>Chapter 692, pages 10-11</ref>
* (To Itachi) "''I can forgive you… But I can never forgive Konoha!!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 588, page 2</ref>
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* (To Kakashi, about Naruto) "''If he's not here, then there's no choice but me to protect you.''"<ref>''[[The Last: Naruto the Movie]]''</ref>
* (To Itachi) "''I guess anything I say now would be pointless… When I saw you… I decided to follow you here to confirm whether or not what [[Danzō]] and Tobi told me was true or not. But that wasn't the only reason… When I'm with you I remember the way it used to be. I remember time spent with the brother that I looked up to… that I loved. That's why… The closer I get to you… The more I'm able to recall what those days felt like… And the more I'm able to understand you.The more I'm able to hate Konoha for the suffering they put you through. In fact, it's becoming even stronger than before. I do understand what you want me to do. It's probably because you're my older brother that you feel the need to put me on the right path. But it's probably because I'm your younger brother that I'll never stop, no matter what you say. As you'll always exist to protect the village… so will I to destroy it. Goodbye… brother.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 589, pages 9-11</ref>
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* (To Boruto when asked about Naruto's weaknesses) "''Weaknesses? Listen, he was full of weaknesses. He was a good-for nothing. But he pulled himself up with his own strength and became Hokage… You don't need to understand who Naruto is now, you need to know the Naruto who made it all the way here.''"<ref name="BorutoMovie" />
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うちはサスケ Uchiha Sasuke

Debut
Manga Volume #1, Chapter #3
Anime Naruto Episode #1
Novel Naruto Jinraiden: The Day the Wolf Howled
Movie Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Game Naruto: Clash of Ninja
OVA Find the Four-Leaf Red Clover!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Novel, Game, Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Leo July 23
Gender Gender Male Male
Age
  • Part I: 12-13
  • Part II: 15-17
Height
  • Part I: 150.8 cm1.508 m
    4.948 ft
    59.37 in
    -153.2 cm1.532 m
    5.026 ft
    60.315 in
  • Part II: 168 cm1.68 m
    5.512 ft
    66.142 in
  • Blank Period: 182 cm1.82 m
    5.971 ft
    71.654 in
Weight
  • Part I: 42.2 kg93.035 lb-43.5 kg95.901 lb
  • Part II: 52.2 kg115.081 lb
Blood type AB
Kekkei Genkai
Classification
Affiliation
Team
Clan
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 012606
Academy Grad. Age 12
Family
Nature Type
Jutsu

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Sasuke Uchiha (うちはサスケ, Uchiha Sasuke) is one of the last surviving members of Konohagakure's Uchiha clan. After his older brother, Itachi, slaughtered their clan, Sasuke made it his mission in life to avenge them. He is added to Team 7 upon becoming a ninja and, through competition with his rival and best friend, Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke starts developing his skills. Dissatisfied with his progress, causing him to defect from Konoha so that he can acquire the strength needed to have his revenge. His years of seeking vengeance become increasingly demanding and irrational and isolates him from others, leading him to become an international criminal. After proving instrumental in ending the Fourth Shinobi World War and being redeemed by Naruto, Sasuke decides to return to Konoha and dedicates his life to helping protect the village and its inhabitants.

Background Edit

Infant Sasuke

Sasuke as an infant.

Sasuke is the second and youngest son of Mikoto and Fugaku Uchiha; they named him after Sasuke Sarutobi in the hopes that he would someday be just as strong a shinobi.[7] Sasuke grew up in the shadow of his older brother, Itachi, a natural prodigy who many in the Uchiha clan and the village expected Sasuke to match or surpass in talent. Sasuke himself adored Itachi, never passing up an opportunity to spend time with him. Although Itachi welcomed his company, letting Sasuke watch him train and taking him on adventures into the forests,[8] Itachi never helped Sasuke become a better shinobi; when asked, he would instead poke Sasuke's forehead and promise to do so some other time, which he never would. Sasuke found this annoying, but didn't allow it to blemish his high opinion of his brother.

On entering the Konoha Ninja Academy, Sasuke proved to be the standout of his class, consistently getting top grades.[9] However, he could never meet the same milestones Itachi had set, resulting in their father paying Sasuke little attention.[10] Aware of this neglect, Itachi, despite being increasingly busy, tried to stand in for their father by giving Sasuke the recognition he craved, at times even blackmailing Fugaku to spend time with Sasuke. As time went on, Itachi started becoming distant with and cold towards their family, culminating in a falling out with much of the Uchiha clan on their suspicion that he'd killed his best friend, Shisui Uchiha. Sasuke did not understand the reason for this, but he didn't mind the side-effect: his father began taking an interest in his development. Fugaku taught Sasuke how to perform the Great Fireball Technique, which he mastered in a week, beating Itachi's own time.[11] Fugaku stated his pride in Sasuke for this accomplishment, but at the same time encouraged him not to follow in Itachi's footsteps.

Uchiha Clan massacre

Itachi spares Sasuke.

After a long day of training, Sasuke returned home one night to find the streets littered with the bodies of the Uchiha. He rushed home to notify his family of this Uchiha Clan Massacre, only to find Itachi standing over the bodies of their parents. Sasuke tried to solicit help and comfort from Itachi, who responded by using Tsukuyomi on him to torment him with visions of him murdering their family. Horrified by what Itachi had done, Sasuke pleaded for an explanation, to which Itachi replied that it was to test his own power. Fearful that he would be next, Sasuke tried to run. Itachi cornered him and explained that Sasuke, as he then was, would not be worth killing. Only by becoming stronger, such as by acquiring his own Mangekyō Sharingan, could he prove a worthwhile challenge to Itachi's abilities. Before leaving, Itachi encouraged Sasuke to hate him, to desire revenge, and to gain power from that. Sasuke immediately followed through, pursuing Itachi and using his newly-awakened Sharingan to attack him. The attack failed and Sasuke passed out, but not before glimpsing Itachi crying; Sasuke would forget this had happened for many years.

Young sasuke and Naruto

Naruto and Sasuke in the Academy.

Sasuke, now one of the last surviving Uchiha, was alone. He spent the first few days after the massacre wandering his family's compound, reflecting on the people who were now gone, killed by Itachi. Sasuke decided to do what Itachi had instructed and dedicated his life to vengeance, having no other interest than bringing about Itachi's death. He threw himself into his studies at the Academy, making no efforts to form friendships and ignoring all of the girls' attempts to gain his affection. One of his classmates, Naruto Uzumaki, disliked Sasuke's cool personality and the attention he received, and developed a one-sided rivalry in his pursuit to prove himself just as good as, if not better than, Sasuke. For his part, Sasuke thought little of Naruto and was usually annoyed by his outbursts, but would, at times, secretly smile at how hard Naruto worked because of him.

Personality Edit

Sasuke child

Sasuke's pleasant disposition as a child.

Sasuke was a happy child, eager to please and be worthy of his family name.[12] This changed after his entire family was killed by Itachi, the person he most admired in the world. He became cold toward others, unmoved by and uninterested in what they do or think of him, choosing instead to keep to himself. He stopped using honourifics like "sensei" or "sama", something considered rude in the Japanese language. His only goal in life became to take revenge for his family's deaths and, by extension, acquire the power needed for that revenge, even if it meant acquiring an external power that wasn't his own.[13][14]

The pursuit of power, difficult enough on its own, is something that Sasuke repeatedly struggles with. Whenever he meets new people he makes an evaluation of their abilities: those he perceives to be weaker than himself he arrogantly disregards, giving them as little attention as possible so that they won't hold him back; those he perceives as stronger he fixates over and tries to surpass, especially when he believes he should be their equal. As a member of Team 7 he is repeatedly exposed to Kakashi Hatake's philosophy that there is strength in teamwork. For a time, Sasuke accepts this, experiencing it firsthand on several of Team 7's missions. He even starts becoming attached to his team-mates and starts to forget the vengeance he craved. But when he meets Itachi again in Part I and is summarily defeated, Sasuke decides the team is making him weak and choses to leave them and Konoha entirely, focusing solely on himself.

Sasukee

Sasuke sacrifices Karin to achieve revenge.

Prior to Sasuke's defection, Kakashi tries to point out the contradiction in Sasuke's viewpoint: he is driven to gain power because of the relationships he lost when his family died, yet sacrifices the family he still has (Team 7) so as to gain that power. In Part II, Sasuke tries to avoid the same "weakness" of camaraderie he made with Team 7: he acquires new team-mates, but, as in the case of Karin, tries to kill them when they impede his objectives;[15] he allies with Tobi and Akatsuki when their goals align, but leaves them without comment when he no longer needs them; he allows Orochimaru to do what he wants with him and his body so long as he becomes stronger, only to turn against Orochimaru for using him in the first place. His abandonment of all his former loyalties and his criminal acts this causes convince his former classmates that Sasuke is beyond salvation.

After his final encounter with Itachi, Sasuke is left uncertain about what course to take; Orochimaru hypothesises this indecision is due to Sasuke, for the first time, being without anybody to tell him what to do. From long contemplation, Sasuke decides that the desire for retribution that drove him for so long is the perfect solution to the world's problems: if a single individual, what Sasuke calls the "Hokage", is solely responsible for making the difficult decisions, killing and the like for the greater good, then everybody will be unified in their hatred of that individual. He volunteers himself for that responsibility and, in order to prepare himself, plans to eliminate what few friendships he still has, namely Naruto Uzumaki. But Naruto, by refusing to give up on saving Sasuke from darkness, demonstrates that their friendship is too fundamental to who Sasuke is and that it cannot nor should it be broken. On coming to terms with this, Sasuke stops fighting the many bonds he's made as well as the pursuit for revenge.

One of Sasuke's most significant bonds is the one he has with his older brother, Itachi, who by merely being mentioned can elicit strong reactions from Sasuke's otherwise calm demeanour. Sasuke adored Itachi when he was a boy, enjoying his company above all others'. When Itachi murdered the rest of the Uchiha clan, Sasuke was crushed not only by the loss of his family but also by what Itachi told him: that he had never loved Sasuke. Sasuke devotes years of his life to avenging their family by killing Itachi, which Itachi encourages whenever they meet. Sasuke is accordingly careful not to follow Itachi's instructions too closely, such as by not acquiring a Mangekyō Sharingan, as he doesn't want Itachi to have the satisfaction. After Itachi dies in battle with Sasuke, however, Sasuke learns that the hateful older brother that Itachi seemed to be was an act and that, in truth, Sasuke was the most precious person to Itachi; his murder of the Uchiha was done on instructions of Konoha, in order to protect Sasuke. Sasuke becomes overwhelmed by this discovery and starts conspiring against Konoha and all its citizens for ruining his and Itachi's lives, knowing full well it isn't what Itachi would want him to do. He changes his mind after he is able to speak to a reincarnated Itachi, adopting some of Itachi's views: he decides to fight for Konoha's future so that Itachi's actions aren't made meaningless and bases his understanding of the "Hokage" around the decisions Itachi made. After accepting defeat to Naruto and returning to Konoha, Sasuke matures by becoming a genuinely warm and caring person to his friends and comrades, although he is still reluctant to acknowledge certain people and retains his habit of insulting others, but more comically than coldly. He is also still capable of being indifferent if it is necessary. Also, despite travelling often, he still keeps tabs on Konoha and returns to protect the village whenever Naruto is away. Despite this, Sasuke spent much of his travels ridden with guilt for choosing his selfish desire for revenge over his friends, showing tremendous maturity. However, this resulted in Sasuke being unsure if he should return to Konoha until he received a letter saying Sakura saw the good in him when he protected the village from the shadows, such as during Toneri's meteorites, convincing him to return home to Konoha.

Sasuke pokes Sarada

Sasuke pokes Sarada's forehead as an act of affection.

Sakura Haruno, a fellow member of Team 7, had the same infatuation on Sasuke that most other girls in their Academy class had. Unlike her peers, Sakura is able to spend time around Sasuke because of Team 7's missions, causing her feelings to develop into true love by the end of Part I. For his part, Sasuke spends years rejecting Sakura's attempts to spend extra time with him and having little regard for her personal feelings, but his feelings for her begin to change and he starts to think of her as someone he needs to protect. Although he expresses gratitude to her when she desperately tries to stop him from defecting from Konoha, his behavior to her becomes worse in Part II: he often shows little concern for her safety when they meet and, at times, has even tried to kill her himself. Things change after the Fourth Shinobi World War; after redeeming himself, Sasuke was overcome with guilt for the pain he put Sakura through and apologised to her, and showed her genuine affection by poking her on the forehead like his brother did with him and promised her that he would see her again as he left for his journey of atonement. This mutual affection with Sakura led Sasuke to finally fall in love with her, leading to the two getting married and having a daughter, Sarada. Although Sasuke spends years away on his mission, he never forgets about his family and feels a deep connection to them. After becoming a father, Sasuke became very caring and protective of his family, despite his initial indifference to Sarada's questions about his absence.[16] However, Sasuke loves his daughter dearly, as he puts her safety before his own[17] and shows Sarada how much he loves her and promises to come home before returning to his travelling, proving himself as a loving father. Sasuke admits his mistakes as a father, but he apparently has strong parenting skills, as he trusted Sarada's abilities enough to let her join in a dangerous battle with him, and he is wary of her feelings, as he reprimanded Naruto to not upset Sarada.[18] While Sasuke is happy in his marriage to Sakura, he enjoys teasing her by declining to show her affection.[19]

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Sasuke finally accepts his friendship with Naruto.

Perhaps Sasuke's longest relationship is the one he's had with Naruto Uzumaki, the other member of Team 7. An orphan, Naruto spent his life alone in much the same way that Sasuke did after the Uchiha clan's assassination. Despite this similar background, Sasuke withdrew inwards, focusing on himself, whereas Naruto looked outwards, seeking others. Such differences within such similarities made Sasuke - the best student in their Academy class - and Naruto - the worst student - natural rivals. Sasuke refrained from acknowledging their rivalry until he discovered that competition with Naruto was an effective way of improving his abilities. When Naruto starts surpassing him in Part I, Sasuke becomes jealous, giving him a drive to not only become stronger than Itachi, but Naruto as well. Sasuke admits at the end of Part I that Naruto is his closest friend, a bond he tries to break repeatedly during Part II by killing Naruto. These attempts on his life never deter Naruto, instead driving him to become stronger as well. By the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto and Sasuke are equals, neither one willing or able to decisively defeat the other. When they fight past the point of being able to move, Naruto describes the idea of life without Sasuke as painful, as though being without his brother. In that moment, Sasuke realises that, as with Itachi, Naruto has always been his better, always been a model to live up to.[20] He accordingly surrenders and accepts Naruto's friendship.[21] Though they maintain their rivalry, they are on more friendly terms, with Sasuke telling Naruto's son, Boruto, that his father's many seemingly impossible accomplishments eclipse whatever flaws of character he has.

Appearance Edit

Hashirama Senju says Sasuke strongly resembles Izuna Uchiha:[22] he has black eyes and spiky black hair with a blue tint. Sasuke's hair has hung over his face as bangs since he was a child, which as he gets older he allows to grow longer and, in turn, cover more of his face; by adulthood, his hair completely covers his left eye. He is considered handsome by most girls his age.

  • Sasuke's appearance for most of Part I.
  • Sasuke during the Chūnin Exams.

Sasuke's typical clothing has changed a number of time throughout his life, but the Uchiha clan's crest is usually present somewhere on his clothing, such as the back or his shirt collar. For most of Part I, he wears a navy blue, short-sleeved shirt with a high collar, white shorts, and, for a time, white arm warmers. During the Chūnin Exams' finals he wears a black, one-pieced version of this usual attire with many small belts adorning his left arm and similar bands around both legs. He wears a blue-clothed forehead protector with both of these outfits, but starts wearing it less and less after being hospitalised by Itachi, finally abandoning it entirely at the end of Part I.

  • Sasuke's initial appearance in Part II.
  • Sasuke during his battle with Itachi.
  • Sasuke's appearance at the end of Part II.

In Part II, Sasuke consistently wears dark blue pants, over which hangs a blue cloth that covers him from his stomach to his knees and which he secures with a purple rope belt; this all is common to Orochimaru and his followers. He initially complements this with a white long-sleeved shirt kept open at the torso and black arm guards that cover his forearms. Leading up to and during his battle with Itachi, he replaces this top with a sleeveless dark grey shirt and the arm guards with bandages on his wrists. He switches after Itachi's death, wearing a white (grey in the anime) zippered, high-collared, short-sleeved shirt and blue wrist warmers. He wears a hooded cloak over his clothing at different points, usually an unadorned black one, but for a time it bears the trademark Akatsuki clouds.

  • Sasuke in The Last: Naruto the Movie.
  • Sasuke during adulthood.

Sasuke loses his left arm at the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, though unlike Naruto, he opts not to have it replaced. In The Last: Naruto the Movie, he wears a black high-collared shirt, a midriff-exposing flak jacket, and light blue pants. Most of this goes unseen, as he wears a tattered light brown poncho over it. He wraps bandages around his ankles and a blue sash around his head during this appearance. In his later adulthood, Sasuke dons a black coat with an indigo, long sleeved, collared shirt, over which he wears a grey vest. He also wears black pants, a purple belt, and dark blue finger-less glove on his remaining arm. He once again wears his forehead protector, letting it hang from his left hip.[23]

Abilities Edit

Indra arrow

Sasuke firing his strongest technique, Indra's Arrow.

Sasuke is a natural prodigy, graduating top of his class at the Academy and making a strong impression on his sensei Kakashi in the bell test. He fought on par with strong shinobi such as Haku and Gaara in Part I, and earned the attention of Orochimaru, Tobi, and Madara Uchiha for his potential. Under Orochimaru's tutelage for two-and-a-half years, Sasuke became strong enough to fight Akatsuki members like Deidara and Itachi himself, two of the Five Kage, and defeat Danzō Shimura. With the Six Paths Chakra, he helped overwhelm Madara as the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki and was praised for having comparable prowess to Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki by Kurama. As an adult, despite losing his left arm, Sasuke could fight on par with Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki, an individual who later held his own against multiple Kage at once.

Chakra and Physical Prowess Edit

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Sasuke's dark chakra.

Sasuke's chakra is quite strong, in part because he is the reincarnation of Indra Ōtsutsuki. Though this quality is never really touched upon in Part I, it is frequently noted in Part II: whenever Sasuke's Curse of Hatred deepens, others remark how much stronger,[24] darker,[25] and more sinister his chakra becomes.[26] His actual reserves are also quite large, enough to use Chidori twice a day during Part I without aid. His reserves increase by Part II, being able to use Chidori and related techniques multiple times in a single day as well as summon creatures as large as Manda. His chakra control, though less refined than Sakura Haruno's, is nevertheless good; in adulthood, after losing one of his arms, he can use one-handed hand seals.[27]

Sasuke vs Yoroi

Sasuke using Lion Combo.

Although Sasuke is very capable in taijutsu, enough to hold his own in hand-to-hand combat on several occasions, it is not his emphasis; he predominately uses it to create an opening for ninjutsu or when he runs low on chakra. His most consistent physical display is his speed, and by extension his reaction time: Haku remarks on how impressive Sasuke is in both regards during their battle. After re-awakening his Sharingan, Sasuke concentrates on honing his speed and reflexes so that he can react to the Sharingan's heightened visual information, which he accomplishes by imitating Rock Lee's movements.[28] His speed is, at various times, faster than the Shield of Sand,[29] a match for the Lightning Release Chakra Mode, and enough to physically incapacitate opponents before they realise he's even approached them.[30]

Sakura, after re-encountering Sasuke for the first time in Part II, finds the improvement to his abilities unnaturally high and hypothesises that he was given drugs by Orochimaru. Orochimaru is known to have experimented on Sasuke, enough to make him immune to poisons,[31] but it's not known what other modifications he may have received. He acquires some of Orochimaru's attributes after absorbing him, such as additional chakra reserves,[32] a faster healing rate,[33] and the ability to shed his body, all of which are lost when Orochimaru is removed from him. He later receives half of Hagoromo's power, which he evidently is able to keep.

Cursed Seal Edit

Cursed Seal Level 2

Sasuke in the second level of his Cursed Seal of Heaven.

Orochimaru brands Sasuke with the Cursed Seal of Heaven after their first encounter in Part I. When active, the cursed seal saps Sasuke's own chakra and replaces it with a larger amount of Orochimaru's, in turn increasing his strength and speed. Though useful, Sasuke's early uses of the cursed seal are often involuntary, painful while active, and leave him briefly unable to move afterwards. These shortcomings are either minimised or eliminated once he becomes able to enter the cursed seal's second state: a transformation that turns his skin grey, lengthens his hair, and causes him to develop wings. The transformation's boosts to his physical parameters are similar to a jinchūriki's version 1 forms, which by Part II he can isolate to parts of his body.

Itachi removes the cursed seal from Sasuke's body during Part II, preventing him from using it again. However, he remains compatible with the cursed seal's source, Jūgo, allowing Jūgo to provide him flesh or chakra as the need arises.

Ninjutsu Edit

Sasuke learns to summon snakes during his time with Orochimaru. He typically summons them as shields, rapid ground transportation, or to bind targets. Unseen outside of the Animal Path, Sasuke can also summon a second animal species: hawks. His use of hawks is more limited than snakes, using them only for flight and the additional manoeuvrability that allows. By the time of Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Sasuke is able to use the Shadow Clone Technique.

Bukijutsu Edit

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Sasuke unsealing a fūma shuriken.

As an Uchiha, Sasuke is trained with a variety of different ninja tools. When he was a child, he once used (inexpertly) a bow and arrow to hunt boar with Itachi,[34] practice that later becomes useful for his Susanoo. His area of expertise is in shurikenjutsu, allowing him to throw shuriken and kunai with precision; for complicated or moving targets, Sasuke can guide shuriken to their mark using either wire strings or deflecting them off each other. Though his throwing speed is faster than most, it doesn't compare to Itachi, prompting him to devise the Lightning Flash Blade Creation: by sealing shuriken and kunai into his arm bracelets, Sasuke can always have a large supply at the ready, allowing him to barrage targets in an instant.

ChidoriKatana

Sasuke wielding his Sword of Kusanagi.

Sasuke begins using a sword after training with Orochimaru, wielding it just as skillfully in either hand. He uses what he calls his "Sword of Kusanagi" regularly throughout Part II, often to cut down multiple opponents in a short period of time.[35] He uses it defensively as well, blocking incoming attacks or holding off skilled swordsmen;[36] Mifune, a samurai, praises Sasuke's swordsmanship.[37] By adulthood, Sasuke's kenjutsu had developed to the point he can switch back and forth between wielding his sword backhanded and normally in an instant even in the middle of a clash.[14]

Nature Transformation Edit

Fire Style Fireball

Sasuke using the Great Fireball Technique.

Sasuke can use all five basic nature transformations, as well as Yin–Yang Release.[4] As an Uchiha, Sasuke has a natural affinity for Fire Release, mastering the clan's Great Fireball Technique years before becoming a genin. He can coat fire around his shuriken, guide his flames along wire strings, or create a succession of dragon-shaped fireballs.

Chidori

Sasuke using Chidori.

Sasuke most commonly utilises Lightning Release, the Chidori he learns from Kakashi being his first. While effective at piercing most targets, the standard Chidori is a very close-range attack. For this reason, Sasuke uses the principles of Chidori to create several long-range jutsu in Part II, such as throwable needles, extendable swords, and scattershot streams. He often channels his lightning chakra into his Sword of Kusanagi to increase its cutting power.[38] When using his cursed seal or the Six Paths Chakra, his lightning chakra becomes darker in colour, though it's not clear if this changes its actual properties in any way.

Dōjutsu Edit

Sharingan Edit

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Sasuke's Sharingan.

Sasuke first awakened his Sharingan on the night of the Uchiha Clan Downfall, though he isn't able to do so again until several years later, at the start of Part I. With the Sharingan, Sasuke can see the flow of chakra, accurately reproduce any movement he sees (his own physical skill permitting), track fast-moving objects, and, by the end of Part I, predict opponents' movement to a degree. He can also use Genjutsu: Sharingan for broad purposes such as distraction, interrogation, knocking targets out,[39] or placing them under his control.[40] He can use his Sharingan to relay information to others or enter their subconscious, which in the case of jinchūriki allows him to suppress their tailed beasts.[26]

Mangekyō Sharingan Edit

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Sasuke's Mangekyō Sharingan.

Sasuke awakens his Mangekyō Sharingan after Itachi's death, once he comes to terms with the fact that Itachi was the single most significant relationship he had. Its design gives the appearance of three intersecting ellipses. His Mangekyō is a "straight tomoe" (直巴, Choku Tomoe) type, granting him fluidity in his movements when fighting.[41] Sasuke is warned before receiving his Mangekyō that using it deteriorates the user's eyesight, and for that reason Tobi repeatedly recommends that Sasuke take Itachi's eyes to gain "eternal" Mangekyō. Sasuke puts off doing this until he's nearly blind, just before the start of the Fourth Shinobi World War; the transplanted eyes resemble a cross between Sasuke's and Itachi's Mangekyō.

Sasuke&#039;s Eternal Mangekyo

Sasuke's Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan.

With his left Mangekyō, Sasuke can use Amaterasu, igniting whatever he looks at with black flames that can burn anything. With his right Mangekyō, he can shape Amaterasu into a variety of forms for offensive or defensive purposes, which Sasuke calls "Blaze Release". This ability to manipulate his Amaterasu makes him more skilled than Itachi was with his own.[42] Having awakened the Mangekyō in both his eyes, Sasuke can use Susanoo, a spectral warrior that protects him and acts on his behalf. It takes repeated uses before he's able to fully form Susanoo it, its evolutions often marked by moments of intense hatred. Initially, Sasuke can only create Susanoo's skeletal features, such as ribs for defence or arms to interact with his surroundings. He is steadily able to layer musculature and skin over the bones, and later armour to increase its defences. Upon receiving the Six Paths Chakra, he is able to create Susanoo's significantly larger "Complete Body" form, comparable in power to Tailed Beast Mode.

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Sasuke's Complete Body — Susanoo.

Like all Susanoo, Sasuke's has several swords at its disposal that it can use against larger targets or to easily destroy nearby structures. More commonly, his Susanoo employs a bow that can fire arrows at rapid speeds and that can, when needed, double as a shield. Though most of these arrows are made of the same chakra as Susanoo itself, Sasuke can also fashion arrows made from Amaterasu's flames or,[43] by channelling the tailed beasts' chakra, lightning; Sasuke calls the latter Indra's Arrow, his strongest attack.[44] Susanoo can also be formed around the Nine-Tails in order to give it a sword and armour of its own,[45] and serve as a medium through which Sasuke uses Chidori.[46]

Rinnegan Edit

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Sasuke's Rinnegan at full power.

After receiving chakra from Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki, Sasuke's left Sharingan becomes a Rinnegan. Unlike most Rinnegan, Sasuke's has six tomoe that, when present, indicate his eye is fully charged.[47] If it loses its charge, Sasuke cannot use the eye's Rinnegan powers until the tomoe return, though he retains access to the abilities of the Sharingan and Mangekyō; keeping his eye closed apparently speeds up the recharge. He keeps it active near-constantly after receiving it, only being seen without it during The Last: Naruto the Movie.

Sasuke's Rinnegan grants him access to the Six Paths Techniques, though he's only been seen briefly using the Preta Path to absorb chakra and the Deva Path to create Chibaku Tensei. He can use it to see invisible targets, repel the effects of the Infinite Tsukuyomi,[48] and turn his Susanoo into a vessel for the tailed beasts' chakra, much like the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path.[49] He can sense chakra through dimensions and accordingly travel to those dimensions by himself or with others;[47] in Boruto: Naruto the Movie, these inter-dimensional portals manifest as dark oval-shaped spirals. His most frequent usage of his Rinnegan is for Amenotejikara, which allows him to instantly swap places with anything in a specific range.

Intelligence Edit

Kirin

For Kirin, Sasuke conserves chakra by manipulating the environment rather than perform it himself.

Sasuke is very intelligent, having earned top grades in his Academy class. In combat, he usually remains on the offensive, rarely pausing in his attacks or falling back to regroup. Rather, Sasuke observes as he goes, being mindful to all factors on the battlefield and analysing his opponents' techniques to understand their mechanics and purposes. He is accordingly accustomed to coming up with tactics on the fly, choosing whatever approach, no matter how elaborate, will be most successful at the exact moment. His strategies could be considered risky or irresponsible, as he has on more than one occasion placed himself or allies in harm's way. Despite this, his actions have the tendency to pay off, earning praise for his analytical skills from Minato Namikaze and Madara Uchiha.[50]

Despite how he proceeds in the midst of combat, Sasuke does tend to be prepared before entering a fight, or as best as he can: he specifically trains to be faster than Gaara's sand; he attacks Orochimaru at the moment when his body is weakest; he equips himself with the Lightning Flash Blade Creation so that he can compete with Itachi Uchiha's speed. He may even have a strategy in mind that he can work towards throughout a fight, as when he spends part of his fight with Itachi creating conditions for Kirin, even relying on Itachi's own jutsu to facilitate in its use.

Collaboration Edit

Ever since the time he was a new genin, Sasuke has displayed high potential for teamwork despite not wanting to at first, especially with Naruto involved. He was able to catch onto Naruto's plan to free Kakashi from Zabuza's Water Prison without even talking about it and act accordingly. By adulthood, his reflexes enabled him to dodge a long ranged attack from Chōjūrō while in the middle of a clash with Kinshiki and perfectly coordinately a series of combo attacks with Naruto against Momoshiki.

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
First 2.5 2.5 1.5 2 2 3 2 3 18.5
Second 3.5 2.5 1.5 2.5 3 3.5 3 3 22.5
Third 5 3.5 4 3.5 3.5 4.5 3.5 4 31.5

Part I Edit

Prologue — Land of Waves Edit

Main article: Prologue — Land of Waves

Team Kakashi

Team 7's group photo.

Upon graduating from the Academy, Sasuke is added to Team 7 under the leadership of Kakashi Hatake. Sasuke makes clear during their first meeting how little interest in the team he has, his only goal in life being to kill Itachi. One of his team-mates, Sakura Haruno, tries to bond with him by sharing her envy of their other team-mate, Naruto Uzumaki's, lack of parents, but this only offends Sasuke. To test their qualifications, Kakashi gives the three a bell test, stating that whichever of the three takes one of the two bells on his person will officially become genin. Of the three, Sasuke comes closest to taking a bell, his skills being great enough to force Kakashi to stop reading his copy of Icha Icha. He ultimately fails, just like Naruto and Sakura. Kakashi explains that the goal of the test was to use teamwork, to do together what none of them could do by themselves. He is persuaded to allow them to try again after lunch, but instructs Sasuke and Sakura not to feed Naruto. They feed him anyway, needing him in top-form if they're to work together. Kakashi sees this and, because they care more about the team than listening to his instructions, allows them all to pass.

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Sasuke takes on the Demon Brothers.

After a series of uneventful D-rank missions, Naruto is able to secure a C-rank mission for Team 7: escorting Tazuna to the Land of Waves. Soon after leaving Konoha they are attacked by the Demon Brothers. Naruto is paralysed with fear, forcing Sasuke to step in to disarm them and protect Tazuna until Kakashi can capture them. Tazuna confesses that assassins have been hired to kill him but that he couldn't afford the bodyguard detail he needs. Although the mission is now A-rank in nature - far beyond the skill of genin - Team 7 decides to continue with it; for his earlier indecision, Sasuke declares Naruto an usuratonkachi. When they arrive in the Land of Waves, however, and are confronted by Zabuza Momochi, Sasuke experiences a crisis of his own, overwhelmed by the battle between Kakashi and Zabuza. He quickly regains his composure and, when Kakashi is caught in a Water Prison, he teams up with Naruto to break him out. In the end, Zabuza is seemingly killed by Haku, allowing Team 7 to escort Tazuna back to his house.

Kakashi finds Zabuza's death suspicious and decides the train the team in case he returns. He has them perform the Tree Climbing Practice to improve their chakra control, which will help them against Zabuza. Although Sasuke's control is initially much better than Naruto's, Naruto improves rapidly using advice from Sakura, who herself mastered it from the start. Sasuke asks for Naruto to share Sakura's advice with him, and from competition between them they each climb to the top of their trees. Naruto is exhausted from the training, so Team 7 leaves him behind the next morning as they resume their escort duties. They are met by Zabuza and Haku, the latter of whom Sasuke faces in battle. Because of Sasuke's speed and refined chakra control, Haku imprisons him with his Demonic Mirroring Ice Crystals. Naruto arrives to help but, unaware of how Haku's mirrors work, joins Sasuke within the prison.

Sasuke protects Naruto

Sasuke protects Naruto.

Sasuke is unable to melt the mirrors with his fire and Naruto is unable to break free with his shadow clones, leaving them at the mercy of Haku's senbon. As time passes, however, Sasuke becomes increasingly able to dodge Haku's attacks, a benefit of his awakening Sharingan. Seeing this, Haku decides to finish off Naruto so that he can focus on Sasuke. Sasuke shields Naruto from Haku's attack with his own body; when Naruto asks him why, Sasuke claims his body acted on its own. Sasuke seemingly dies from his injuries. In truth, Haku only struck Sasuke's vital points to put him in a temporary death-like state, so he wakes up a short time later. By the time that he does, both Haku and Zabuza are dead, so their bodyguard services are no longer required. When their injuries heal they return to home via the newly-constructed Great Naruto Bridge.

Chūnin Exams Edit

Main article: Chūnin Exams Team 7 resumes its series of unremarkable missions. For their performance in the Land of Waves, however, Kakashi decides to enter them in the Chūnin Exams taking place in Konoha. Because they've only recently graduated from the Academy, the three feel they must give strong showings to prove themselves. When they arrive at the exam hall, Sasuke first uses his Sharingan to dispel a genjutsu intended to discourage unqualified genin and then agrees to spar with Rock Lee. Lee's speed and taijutsu skills impress Sasuke enough to use his Sharingan in their fight. Although he is able to see Lee's movements better, Sasuke can't physically keep up and Lee nearly performs the Front Lotus on him. Lee is stopped by his teacher, Might Guy, whose emotional method of punishing Lee disturbs Sasuke, Naruto, and Sakura.

During the exam's first stage, the participating genin are given a written test. Sasuke is unable to answer any of the questions, causing him to realise that the purpose of the first stage is to cheat without getting caught. He therefore uses his Sharingan to mimic the pencil movements of other examinees. Team 7 continues to the second stage in the Forest of Death, where to pass they must obtain a pair of scrolls, one of which they are given at the start, the other of which they must take from another team. Soon after entering, Sasuke discovers that what appears to be Naruto is an Ame-nin, Oboro, in disguise. He drives Oboro off and locates the real Naruto. To prevent this from happening again, Sasuke comes up with a complicated password that they'll share to confirm their identities in case they get separated. They are immediately attacked and, when they regroup, Naruto correctly recites the password. Knowing Naruto could never have remembered the password, Sasuke attacks the impostor.

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Sasuke branded with Orochimaru's cursed seal.

The impostor, Orochimaru, is far too strong for them to contend with and may very well kill them. Sasuke tries to forfeit their scroll in exchange for their lives, but Naruto, upon locating them, stops him, believing Sasuke may also be an enemy ninja in disguise because the Sasuke he knows would never surrender. Naruto engages Orochimaru in combat, defeats his snake, and calls Sasuke an usuratonkachi before Orochimaru finally renders him unconscious. Amazed by Naruto's performance and encouraged by Sakura, Sasuke picks up where he left off by pinning Orochimaru down and attacking him with the Dragon Fire Technique. Orochimaru is impressed by Sasuke and brands him with a Cursed Seal of Heaven to reward him before leaving. The pain of the cursed seal overwhelms Sasuke and he passes out.

When Sasuke regains consciousness, he finds Sakura badly injured, Rock Lee defeated in battle, and Team 10 defending them from Team Dosu, an Oto-team. Sasuke questions Sakura on the identity of who hurt her, which Zaku Abumi takes credit for. Under the cursed seal's influence, Sasuke attacks Zaku and breaks both of his arms. He prepares to do the same to Zaku's team-mates, but Sakura's pleas for him to stop bring him back to his senses and the cursed seal recedes. The genin teams go their separate ways and Team 7 spends several days recuperating from their ordeals. On the last day of the second stage, they go looking for the second scroll that they still need. They are found by Team Oboro, who Naruto distracts while the rest of Team 7 sneaks up behind and knocks out.

With two scrolls, Team 7 is able to advance to the preliminary round. Sasuke is paired against Yoroi Akadō for the first match. Before the fight starts, Kakashi warns Sasuke that use of the cursed seal will disqualify him. Because he can't use chakra without the cursed seal activating, Sasuke is forced to only use taijutsu, something that proves difficult when Yoroi absorbs his chakra whenever he gets close. Sasuke ends up mimicking the portion of Rock Lee's Front Lotus that he saw a few days earlier, inventing the Lion Combo to defeat Yoroi. Afterwards, Kakashi takes Sasuke aside and uses the Evil Sealing Method on his cursed seal so that it won't flare up as often. Sasuke loses consciousness from the application and by the time he wakes up the preliminaries are already over.

Sasuke against Gaara

Sasuke fighting Gaara.

For the final matches taking place in a month, Sasuke will face Gaara of Sunagakure in the first round. In order to prepare him for this fight, and to give him an alternative to the cured seal's power, Kakashi teaches him how to use the Chidori and helps him further emulate Lee's speed and fighting style. Their training runs long and Sasuke in fact arrives late for his match, but he finds that they waited for him because the audience has anticipated the fight so much. Sasuke uses his speed to attack Gaara from multiple angles in a short time, leaving his Shield of Sand unable to block everything. Gaara surrounds himself with his sand so that Sasuke won't bother him while he prepares for the fight. Unable to get through the shield with physical attacks, Sasuke pierces it with Chidori. Gaara's arm is wounded and his shield dissolves, but not before Sasuke briefly senses Shukaku within him. Before the fight can continue, a genjutsu descends on the stadium.

Konoha Crush Edit

Main article: Konoha Crush The invasion of Konoha begins, forcing the cancellation of the Chūnin Exams. As Konoha-nin in the stadium start engaging the invading Suna and Oto forces, the exam proctor, Genma Shiranui, sends Sasuke after the escaping Gaara. Kankurō attempts to delay Sasuke, but Shino Aburame appears to fight Kankurō in Sasuke's place. By the time Sasuke catches up with him, Gaara is already in the process of transforming into Shukaku. Gaara attacks with increased speed and strength, which Sasuke is only narrowly able to avoid. He counters with Chidori and succeeds in injuring Gaara yet again, but Gaara is still able to continue fighting; Sasuke, who has already reached his limit of using Chidori twice a day, is low on options. He is able to use a third Chidori by using his cursed seal, but is left paralysed afterwards and at Gaara's mercy.

Sasuke is saved by the timely arrival of Naruto and Sakura, sent by Kakashi to provide assistance. Sakura is quickly captured and Naruto initially struggles against Gaara. Sasuke volunteers to use what little strength he still has to distract Gaara while Naruto escapes with Sakura, but Naruto is unwilling to do so. Instead, Naruto taps into a mysterious chakra source, creates a thousand shadow clones, and soon afterwards summons Gamabunta, each of which amazes Sasuke. Naruto ultimately defeats Gaara, but he's not able to move. Sasuke collects him and takes him back to Konoha with Sakura.

A few days later, Team 7 attends the Third Hokage's funeral.

Search for Tsunade Edit

Main article: Search for Tsunade Sasuke arrives at a Dango Shop to meet Kakashi for lunch. Not only does he find that Kakashi has arrived uncharacteristically early, but Kakashi abruptly cancels soon afterwards. When Sasuke stops by Kakashi's home later that day he finds Kakashi is comatose. The assembled jōnin avoid divulging what happened to him until Aoba Yamashiro unwittingly reveals that Itachi has returned to Konoha in search of Naruto. Sasuke immediately starts tracking Naruto down so that he can, in turn, find Itachi. He stops by Ramen Ichiraku and is informed that Naruto has gone to Shukuba Town with Jiraiya.

Young Sasuke vs Itachi

Itachi choking Sasuke.

Sasuke locates the inn where Naruto is staying shortly after Itachi does the same. Itachi allows Sasuke an opportunity to demonstrate how much stronger he's become, which he does by attacking with Chidori. Itachi easily blocks the attack and breaks Sasuke's arm, but he is stopped from going further by the arrival of Jiraiya. When Jiraiya states his intention to defeat both Itachi and his partner, Kisame Hoshigaki, Sasuke demands that Itachi be left for him. Uninterested, Itachi kicks Sasuke away and uses Tsukuyomi to force him to experience their parents' murders over and over again. Before Sasuke passes out, Itachi informs him that he is still weak.

Sasuke is hospitalised, comatose like Kakashi before him. It isn't until Naruto brings Tsunade to Konoha that the trauma to their minds is healed.

Land of Tea Escort Mission Edit

Main article: Land of Tea Escort Mission In the anime, Team 7 is sent to the Land of Tea to protect Idate Morino. During the mission they are brought into conflict with Aoi Rokushō. Although Sasuke is able to help break Aoi's Sword of the Thunder God with his Chidori, he is injured during the fight and must be hospitalised when they get back to Konoha.

Sasuke Recovery Mission Edit

Main article: Sasuke Recovery Mission While recuperating, Sasuke reflects on his encounter with Itachi and is upset that, after all this time, Itachi is still so much stronger than he is. He is also jealous of Naruto who, despite being the worst student in their Academy class, has seemingly surpassed Sasuke, evidenced by his defeat of Gaara. Determined to prove himself superior, Sasuke challenges Naruto to a fight when he comes to visit him in the hospital. At first Naruto refuses because Sasuke is still in no condition to fight, but Sasuke persists and Naruto agrees. The fight escalates quickly, culminating with Sasuke using Chidori and Naruto using Rasengan. Kakashi arrives and deflects their attacks into opposing water towers before they can clash. Sasuke initially believes his Chidori was at least stronger based on the damage to their respective water towers, but on closer examination finds that Naruto's water tower is destroyed. Sasuke leaves, jealous of Naruto's development.

Kakashi tracks Sasuke down afterwards and lectures him; the Chidori is supposed to be used to protect friends, not attack them. Kakashi reminds Sasuke that, no matter how painful the losses of the past are, it would be worse to lose the friends he still has. Kakashi leaves him to think over what he said, and Sasuke becomes conflicted between his desire for revenge and his friendship with Naruto and Sakura. Before he can take Kakashi's words to heart, Sasuke is confronted by the Sound Four. Sent by Orochimaru, the Sound Four fight with Sasuke to test his abilities and quickly defeat him. He tries using his cursed seal to gain the upper-hand, but discovers that they each have cursed seals also. The Sound Four offer to take him to Orochimaru so that he can gain strength like theirs, which he'll never achieve if he remains in Konoha.

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Sasuke leaving Konoha with the Sound Four.

Desperate to become stronger than Itachi, Sasuke decides to take the Sound Four up on the offer and leaves during the night. As he approaches the village's exit he is met by Sakura, who tries to persuade him to stay so as not to break up Team 7. When this doesn't work, Sakura confesses her love for him and asks to be allowed to accompany him at the very least. Sasuke refuses again so she threatens to call for help. He stops her by knocking her out, but thanks her before he does. He meets the Sound Four outside the village and they start guiding him to Orochimaru. Once they're far enough away from Konoha, the Sound Four give Sasuke some medication that will mature his cursed seal to a second, stronger stage. He is left unconscious while his body adjusts to the drug, but when he finally wakes up many hours later his body is much stronger. Ecstatic, Sasuke continues on to Orochimaru by himself, paying little attention to the Sound Four's ongoing battle with the Sasuke Recovery Team.

Sasuke is stopped at the Valley of the End by Naruto. Sasuke ignores his pleas to return to Konoha and is unmoved by Naruto's warnings that Orochimaru will take his body, believing that such a sacrifice is worthwhile if it will lead to Itachi's death. Naruto starts attacking him, ready to take him back to Konoha by force if necessary. Sasuke returns the attacks as a way of resuming the fight that Kakashi interrupted earlier. He also decides to kill Naruto, remembering Itachi's explanation that killing one's closest friend will awaken the Mangekyō Sharingan. With his cursed seal, Sasuke is able to land a number of serious blows. Although Naruto didn't want to believe that Sasuke would really kill him, his mounting injuries convince him otherwise and force him to call on the powers of the Nine-Tails within him.

Naruto Sasuke clash

Sasuke clashing with Naruto.

Sasuke is surprised by the insidious chakra he senses, the sudden healing of Naruto's wounds, and the increases to his strength and speed. Sasuke becomes angry and asks Naruto why he would go so far for him, to which Naruto responds that Sasuke is like a brother to him and that he simply can't let him go. Sasuke acknowledges their bond and promises to sever it, but does at least put on the forehead protector that he'd until now refused to do Naruto the courtesy of wearing; he boasts that Naruto will not even be able to scratch the forehead protector. They continue trading blows, with Naruto eventually manifesting a fox-shaped cloak and Sasuke entering his cursed seal's second level. Sasuke clashes his Chidori with Naruto's Rasengan, and within the dome of resulting energy they trade final blows: Sasuke punches Naruto and Naruto scratches Sasuke's forehead protector.

Sasuke defeats Naruto

Sasuke spares Naruto's life.

When the energy dissipates, Sasuke stands over an unconscious Naruto. He decides not to kill him since that's what Itachi would want him to do, and he refuses to let Itachi decide his actions. He leaves his forehead protector behind with Naruto and continues on to Orochimaru by himself. When he finally reaches Orochimaru's lair he discovers that Orochimaru has already found a new body. Sasuke is unconcerned, only wanting whatever power Orochimaru can give him.

Interlude Edit

In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths Edit

Main article: In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths In the anime, approximately two years into his training with Orochimaru, Sasuke volunteers to deliver some research material to one of Orochimaru's hideouts. While there, Sasuke releases one of Orochimaru's test subjects, Suigetsu Hōzuki, from his confinements and then helps Karin capture Suigetsu yet again. Pleased with what he witnesses of their abilities, Sasuke resolves to win them both over so that he can have them as allies in the future.[51]

Part II Edit

Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission Edit

Main article: Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission Two-and-a-half years after leaving Konoha, Sasuke waits impatiently at one of Orochimaru's hideouts in Kusagakure. When Orochimaru finally returns, Sasuke demands that he resume their training. Before complying, Orochimaru introduces him to Sai, his replacement in Team 7, but Sasuke isn't interested. Sai tries to engage Sasuke by discussing Naruto, prompting Sasuke to knock him over with killing intent. Sai persists, telling Sasuke that Nauto thinks of him as a brother. Sasuke replies he has only one brother whom he will kill. Sai tracks him down later as he rests. When Sasuke demands an explanation for the disturbance, Sai reveals that he wishes to reunite Sasuke with Naruto so as to reestablish the brotherly bond they had. Annoyed, Sasuke attacks him.

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Sasuke prepares to kill Naruto.

Naruto, Sakura, and Yamato (Kakashi's replacement) are attracted to the site of Sasuke's attack; Sai is unharmed and is prepared to help them bring him back to Konoha. Sasuke reacts with indifference to Sakura and Naruto, chastising the latter for still pursuing him after all these years. To demonstrate that they mean nothing to him, Sasuke quickly neutralises them all, his growth under Orochimaru being far greater than any of them expected. Naruto, frustrated by this, struggles to avoid the temptation of using the Nine-Tails. Seeing this, Sasuke enters Naruto's subconscious using his Sharingan and suppresses the Nine-Tails. He escapes Yamato's attempt to capture him and prepares to kill them all, but is stopped by Orochimaru. Orochimaru points to their recent successes against Akatsuki, the organisation that Itachi belongs to, and explains that letting them live may further weaken Akatsuki, thereby making it easier to kill Itachi. Sasuke accepts this reasoning and they leave Team 7 behind.

Three-Tails' Appearance Edit

Main article: Three-Tails' Appearance In the anime, Sasuke meets one of Orochimaru's test subjects, Yūkimaru, who was picking white camellias.

Itachi Pursuit Mission Edit

Main article: Itachi Pursuit Mission

Sasuke Defeats Orochimaru

Sasuke defeats Orochimaru.

After defeating hundreds of Otogakure forces in a training match without receiving a scratch and without killing his opponents, Sasuke decides there's nothing else he can learn from Orochimaru. He decides to kill Orochimaru before he goes, finding Orochimaru's pursuit of power for power's sake distastefully similar to Itachi. Because his current host body is in the process of rejecting him anyway, Orochimaru vacates it and attempts to take Sasuke's. Sasuke repels the attack and cuts up his body, but the exposure to fluids in Orochimaru's body paralyses Sasuke, allowing Orochimaru to initiate the Living Corpse Reincarnation. Orochimaru starts imprisoning Sasuke within his own subconscious, but Sasuke reverses the process with Demonic Illusion: Shackling Stakes Technique, imprisoning Orochimaru in Sasuke's subconscious instead.

Before leaving the base, Sasuke releases Suigetsu Hōzuki from the tank he was kept stored in and invites him to join a team he's forming. When Sasuke explains that he's dealt with Orochimaru, Suigetsu tests his abilities to make sure his victory wasn't a fluke and, satisfied, agrees to join him. They travel to another hideout to recruit Karin, and release the prisoners kept there so that she won't have other commitments. Karin refuses to join their team, but claims that she happens to be going in the same direction as they are. They visit another hideout to recruit Jūgo, the origin of Orochimaru's cursed seals. As they approach they are confronted by a horde of escaped cursed seal recipients, but easily deal with them all. Although they locate Jūgo easily enough in his cell, he is unwilling to go with them, afraid that he'll kill them in a violent rage. When Sasuke demonstrates that he can keep Jūgo's rage under control, he agrees to go with them.

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Hebi sets out.

Sasuke takes the others to Sora-ku to stock up on supplies, after which he explains that their team, called Hebi, has been assembled for the sole reason of finding and killing Itachi. They then split up to search for leads. While trying to pick up Itachi's trail, Sasuke is confronted by Tobi of Akatsuki, who distracts him while Deidara attacks from above with his Explosive Clay. Sasuke summons a snake to shield the blast and then immediately retaliates, seemingly cutting Tobi down, although he gets up unfazed. Deidara attacks with a volley of additional explosives, which Sasuke is able to deflect with his Chidori Senbon. Deidara takes to the air with a C2 dragon and Tobi plants explosive mines underground, cutting off Sasuke's escape. Sasuke enters the second stage of his cursed seal and, by sacrificing his transformation's left wing, he is able to propel Deidara's dragon onto the minefield.

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Sasuke fights Deidara.

Frustrated that Sasuke keeps defeating his explosives, Deidara uses C4 to cover the area in microscopic bombs that destroy anyone who inhales them from the inside out. Able to see the bombs with his Sharingan, Sasuke uses a genjutsu to fake his death while he sneaks up behind Deidara. This is a trap, as Deidara has trained himself to be immune to genjutsu, and Sasuke is trapped in a sphere of C4 explosives. Having earlier noticed that the explosives can be diffused with lightning chakra, Sasuke escapes with Chidori and corners Deidara. He starts asking for Itachi's whereabouts, deactivating his Sharingan since he thinks the battle is over. This insults Deidara, who uses his last resort: C0. Deidara dies in the explosion and Sasuke only narrowly avoids the same fate by summoning Manda and hiding within his mouth to shield the attack; Manda uses his dying breath to curse Sasuke.

Sasuke regroups with the rest of Hebi and they find a place to rest. After a few hours, Karin reports that Konoha ninja are approaching their location. Assuming it's Naruto and the others, Sasuke takes Hebi to one of the nearby Akatsuki bases that Jūgo learned about. Sasuke goes in by himself and finds Itachi waiting for him. Sasuke attacks and defeats Itachi with his Chidori Sharp Spear, impressing him enough to divulge where the real Itachi is before it, a crow clone, disperses. Sasuke leads Hebi towards Itachi's location.

Fated Battle Between Brothers Edit

Main article: Fated Battle Between Brothers

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Sasuke and Itachi clashing.

As they approach the Uchiha Hideout where Itachi is waiting, Kisame Hoshigaki meets them and allows only Sasuke to proceed. Sasuke instructs Hebi to wait for him and goes on alone. When they're finally face to face, Sasuke and Itachi start by trading genjutsu, within which they trade taijutsu attacks. During a temporary lull, Sasuke questions Itachi about a suspicion he's long had: that someone helped Itachi kill the Uchiha clan. Itachi confirms he was helped by Madara Uchiha, one of Konoha's founders, but Sasuke doesn't believe him. While explaining Madara's history, Itachi also reveals that use of the Mangekyō Sharingan eventually causes blindness, which can only be cured by taking the eyes of a sibling. Intending to take Sasuke's eyes for just this reason, Itachi uses Tsukuyomi on him, which Sasuke is able to break out of to Itachi's surprise.

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Sasuke and Itachi compare flames.

Sasuke and Itachi abandon genjutsu and switch to ninjutsu. The volleys of attacks quickly spill outside, where Sasuke and Itachi compare their Great Fireballs. When Sasuke's starts to pull ahead, Itachi uses Amaterasu, igniting Sasuke and seemingly killing him. As Itachi approaches to take his eyes, Sasuke, having shed his skin to escape Amaterasu, attacks with multiple Great Dragon Fire Techniques. Itachi avoids them, but Sasuke informs him that Itachi wasn't his target. Storm clouds gather and lightning brews, allowing Sasuke to attack Itachi with Kirin. The hideout is destroyed and Sasuke briefly believes he has won, only for Itachi to reveal that he has survived thanks to his Susanoo. Angry that Itachi could endure his strongest attack and having exhausted his own chakra reserves, Sasuke activates level two of his cursed seal.

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Itachi pokes Sasuke.

Orochimaru, sensing Sasuke's desperation, calls out to him from within his subconscious, promising to help him if Sasuke lets him out. Sasuke complies and Orochimaru emerges from his body, attacking Itachi with his Eight Branches Technique. Itachi uses Susanoo to behead Orochimaru's jutsu, but he isn't concerned, having decided to take Sasuke's body while he's weak. Itachi stops him by stabbing him with the Sword of Totsuka, sealing him away and removing the cursed seal from Sasuke's body. Itachi approaches Sasuke, repeating his intention to take Sasuke's eyes, and Sasuke makes futile attempts to keep him away. Susanoo continues to protect Itachi, but it degrades as he labours 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. Itachi smiles, apologises to Sasuke, and says this is the end before falling dead. Sasuke is confused about what has happened, but smiles for finally avenging his family before passing out.

When Sasuke wakes up, he finds his injuries being treated by Tobi, who reintroduces himself as Madara Uchiha. When he sees Tobi's Sharingan, Sasuke's eyes suddenly use Amaterasu on him. Tobi escapes the flames and marvels at the lengths Itachi would go through to protect Sasuke. Sasuke doesn't understand this and accuses Tobi of lying to him, but Tobi insists that everything he says is true: that Itachi killed the Uchiha clan on orders of Konoha's leadership in order to protect Sasuke. Sasuke is unable to process this and passes out again. When he wakes up, Tobi starts over, explaining the Uchiha's history, Konoha's history, and Itachi's history from the beginning. Sasuke tries pointing how hard Itachi tried to kill him, to which Tobi replies that it was only to draw out Orochimaru so as to stop him from manipulating Sasuke any further. Sasuke starts recalling memories he blocked out, things Itachi said, and occurrences that make more sense with Tobi's version of events. Realising how much Itachi loved him, Sasuke is overcome with grief.

Naruto Jinraiden: The Day the Wolf Howled Edit

Main article: Naruto Jinraiden: The Day the Wolf Howled In this novel, Sasuke starts experiencing eye irritation in the days after Itachi's death. Tobi gives him a bottle of Kotarō, a medicine that Itachi used to use. It helps, but very little of it remains. Hoping to get more and to verify parts of the story that Tobi told him, Sasuke goes to the Howling Wolf Village. There, he meets Kina and Reishi Kodon, two brothers whose relationship is very similar to the one Sasuke used to have with Itachi when they were younger. They recognise Sasuke before he even introduces himself, having heard so much about him from Itachi that they feel as though they already know him. They explain that Itachi would visit them a couple times every year to get another prescription of Kotarō and that, while waiting for it to be prepared, he would tell them warmly about his beloved little brother. Itachi also explained to them that, if Sasuke ever stopped by, it would be because he had died, so they share their condolences.

Sasuke is saddened by this confirmation that Itachi was a good person. Wishing to be alone, he places an order for more Kotarō before going off to rest in the same shack Itachi used to stay in. During the week it will take the Kotarō to be made, Kina convinces Sasuke to help him investigate a series of murders that have been taking place in the area, hoping it will redeem their Kodon clan. During the course of the investigation, Sasuke discovers that Kina is behind the murders, killing villagers who pick on him by inadvertently releasing Rōen, a monster sealed within him; every time this happens, Reishi wipes his memory so that he won't be traumatised by what he did. With the village starting to suspect that one of the brothers is responsible, Reishi asks Sasuke to help convince them that he is the murderer in order to spare Kina. Sasuke, again reminded of the relationship between Itachi and himself, agrees.

Kina, however, doesn't want anything to happen to Reishi, and once again inadvertently releases Rōen and starts attacking the Howling Wolf Village. Because of the nature of the seal containing Rōen, they have only ten minutes to perform another seal or Kina will die. Sasuke suggests a new seal concocted by Itachi before he died: Sasuke keeps Rōen busy with his Mangekyō Sharingan, it having finally awakened on coming to terms with Itachi's death; Reishi performs the seal, trapping Rōen in a nearby shrine at the cost of his life. Kina is saved and is given sole credit for stopping Reishi and saving the village, Sasuke having altered the villagers' memories with genjutsu. Kina, unable to remember anything, doubts this story is true, unwilling to believe Reishi was a murderer. Sasuke offers to take Kina with him and train him to be a ninja, but Kina refuses, wishing to stay in the Howling Wolf Village and help people like Reishi did.

As in the manga and anime, Sasuke gathers the members of Hebi with Tobi watching from nearby. Having finally accepted that Itachi was a good person who was wronged by Konoha, he decides that the new mission for their team, now renamed "Taka", will be to destroy Konoha.

Pain's Assault Edit

Main article: Pain's Assault

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Sasuke clashing with Killer B.

Tobi offers to help Taka destroy Konoha, but in exchange first asks that they help Akatsuki by going to Kumogakure to capture the Eight-Tails. Sasuke agrees but makes it clear he plans to kill only the elders involved in the massacre and the rest of the villagers will be spared. They track the Eight-Tails' jinchūriki, Killer B, to the Valley of Clouds and Lightning and confront him. Sasuke and Suigetsu attack him with their swords, but he proves to be a better swordsman than they are and stabs Sasuke with several of his Supervibrato Lightning Release Swords. After Karin heals his injuries, Sasuke attacks B with Chidori, but it has little effect. B enters a version 1 form and attacks. Sasuke, recognising it from his fight with Naruto, tries halting B with a genjutsu. B pretends to be paralysed by it, causing Sasuke to lower his guard and allowing B to hit him with a Lariat.

Sasuke is left badly injured and it falls to Jūgo to heal him. B enters Tailed Beast Mode and attacks Taka with a Tailed Beast Ball, which Suigetsu uses his body to block; he survives, but is knocked unconscious. Unwilling to lose his team-mates, Sasuke uses his Mangekyō Sharingan to perform Amaterasu on B. As B writhes in pain he nearly crushes Karin with a tentacle, prompting Sasuke to sever it to protect her. B's transformation recedes, Taka collects his body, and they deliver it to Tobi. It is revealed that in an earlier, secret conversation with Tobi, Sasuke admitted he not only wants to kill the elders but all the residents of Konoha. Sasuke explains that the grief of losing Itachi and everyone ignorantly living happily in the peace Itachi sacrificed his life for made it impossible for him to follow in Itachi's footsteps and he felt the villagers are just as guilty, even going as far as to threaten to kill the loved ones of anyone who dared to oppose him. As they recuperate, they discover they've been followed by Kumo-nin. They escape before they can be drawn into battle and set out for Konoha.

Past Arc: The Locus of Konoha Edit

Main article: Past Arc: The Locus of Konoha In the anime, on their way to Konoha, Taka passes a construction site that reminds Sasuke of Team 7's mission to rescue Naho.

Five Kage Summit Edit

Main article: Five Kage Summit Tobi intercepts Taka on their way to Konoha, explaining that the B was a fake, the real B having escaped when Sasuke severed the tentacle. While trying to decide if and how they will compromise, Zetsu appears and announces that Konoha has been destroyed already and that Danzō Shimura has been appointed the next Hokage. Because Danzō was the main conspirator in the Uchiha clan's assassination, Tobi comes up with an alternative for capturing the Eight-Tails: Taka must go to the Five Kage Summit being held in a few days to kill Danzō. Sasuke accepts these terms and is led to the Land of Iron by White Zetsu. On arrival, White Zetsu points Danzō out to them and Taka finds a place where they can ambush him.

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Sasuke vs. the Raikage.

Taka's presence is discovered (exposed by White Zetsu on Tobi's orders) and the country's samurai mobilise to capture them. Sasuke kills dozens of samurai, attracting the Fourth Raikage to their location. Taka engages the Raikage and his bodyguards; while Sasuke neutralises C, Jūgo fights and is defeated by the Raikage. Sasuke and the Raikage turn their attentions to each other, but Sasuke is unable to pierce the Raikage's Lightning Release Chakra Mode. The Raikage's lightning-augmented psychical attacks prove similarly formidable, and it is only by manifesting an underdeveloped Susanoo that Sasuke survives the Raikage's Liger Bomb. Sasuke tries to discourage further contact from the Raikage by coating Susanoo with Amaterasu's flames, but the Raikage attacks regardless, willingly forfeiting his left arm in order to avenge Killer B, his younger brother.

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Sasuke fights the Kazekage and his bodyguards.

Sasuke and the Raikage prepare to attack each other yet again, but are stopped by Gaara, now the Kazekage. Gaara asks for a chance to speak with Sasuke, which the Raikage agrees to so that he can have his arm healed. Gaara shares his own experiences with loneliness and vengeance and how he came to decide that they were not worthwhile pursuits. He discourages Sasuke from making the same mistakes as he did, but Sasuke refuses to listen because all he can see is darkness. Unable to get through to him, Gaara and his bodyguards attack. Sasuke escapes by caving the room in with his Susanoo and locates Karin to have her guide him to Danzō. Danzō flees as soon as they arrive and Sasuke's attempt to pursue is blocked by the Fifth Mizukage. With his chakra running low, Sasuke nearly succumbs to her Boil Release, only to be saved by White Zetsu's Spore Technique. He escapes from the Mizukage but is met by the Third Tsuchikage, who seemingly vaporises him with Dust Release: Detachment of the Primitive World Technique.

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Sasuke seemingly killing Danzō.

Sasuke is saved at the last moment by Tobi, who sends him to Kamui's Dimension to keep him safe; he also sends Karin with him to revitalise him. Tobi releases both of them later once he's tracked down Danzō, making good on his promise to help Sasuke avenge the Uchiha clan by killing him. Before they start fighting, Sasuke asks for Danzō to confirm that Itachi really was ordered to kill the Uchiha by Konoha's leadership. Danzō, assuming Sasuke heard this from Itachi, criticises Itachi for revealing the secret and concludes that Itachi, by doing so, is a traitor to Konoha. Taking this as confirmation, Sasuke uses Susanoo to crush Danzō in anger. Danzō, however, appears unharmed and starts attacking Sasuke. Sasuke counters a number of times, even evolving his Susanoo to a completed form, but each time Danzō is seemingly fatally wounded he emerges a short distance away unharmed.

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Sasuke and Danzō clash.

From observing Danzō during the fight, Sasuke notices that he has many Sharingan embedded in his arm and that they close at regular intervals. He concludes that this is the key to Danzō's survival and that, when all eyes close, he won't be able to avoid injury anymore; Danzō confirms this as Izanagi. Their battle continues on until Danzō is left with only one Sharingan remaining, at which point he and Sasuke clash, stabbing each other. Danzō waits for Izanagi to undo the damage, only to realise that what he thought was a remaining Sharingan was Sasuke's genjutsu and that his injury is irreversible. Desperate to escape, Danzō takes Karin hostage, threatening to kill her if Sasuke comes near. Sasuke doesn't hesitate to stab through her with his Chidori Sharp Spear in order to fatally wound Danzō. Dying, Danzō staggers closer to Sasuke and Tobi and activates his Reverse Four Symbols Sealing in order to kill them both, but they escape.

Sastisfied with his revenge on Danzō, Sasuke states his intentions to continue on to Konoha. Tobi advises that he rest as he's already starting to experience blindness from overusing the Mangekyō Sharingan. He also suggests that Sasuke finish off Karin and then leaves with Danzō's body. Sasuke approaches Karin and bids her farewell as he prepares a Chidori, but he is stopped by the arrival of Sakura. She tells him that she has defected from Konoha and is prepared to help him in his goals, even if that means destroying the village. Suspicious, Sasuke tells her to kill Karin to prove her loyalty but, as she nears Karin, Karin warns her that Sasuke is attacking her from behind. His attack is blocked by Kakashi, who was furious at Sasuke for trying to kill Sakura. Kakashi explains he is aware that Sakura came here to kill Sasuke and doesn't want her to need to go through that. Kakashi tries to discourage Sasuke from the path of vengeance he's on, which Sasuke laughs at, having grown tired of people trying to change his mind, and then shouts he will only stop if his clan is brought back to him. Realising Sasuke is serious about his threats to kill everyone, Kakashi sends Sakura away to heal Karin.

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Sasuke and Naruto clash.

As they start fighting, Sasuke once again refuses to listen to Kakashi about giving up his revenge and says he wants to hear their screams and anguish for laughing at Itachi's sacrifice, and also states that Kakashi's Sharingan is yet another example of Konoha profiting on the Uchiha's downfall. The rage of this realisation causes his Susanoo to evolve yet again, but it dissipates immediately afterwards, his eyes on the verge of blindness. Sakura takes this opportunity to try and kill him, but she ultimately can't bring herself to do so. Sensing her, Sasuke grabs her by the throat, takes her kunai, and tries to kill her, but she is rescued by Naruto, who is intent on stopping the fighting. When asked by Naruto why he would attack Sakura, Sasuke announces his plan to destroy the village and kill all the residents to avenge Itachi, as well as admitting to murdering Danzo and his desire to the same to them. Sasuke and Naruto clash with Chidori and Rasengan respectively, but their mental states connect. Sasuke offers Naruto two choices: kill him or get killed, but Naruto rejects both. The impact of their attacks send them flying and Sasuke is saved by Tobi. As Tobi tries convincing Sasuke to retreat, Naruto tells Sasuke they have become equals and they will both die the next time they fight. Although angry at Naruto for refusing to give up on him, Sasuke accepts this and vows to kill Naruto first. He finally agrees to leave with Tobi and, when they get back to the Mountains' Graveyard, he asks for Itachi's eyes, needing to restore his sight if he's to become stronger than Naruto and kill him.

Fourth Shinobi World War: CountdownEdit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown After transplanting Itachi's eyes into Sasuke, Tobi advises that he rest until he gets used to them. Sasuke claims that he's already more powerful because he can feel Itachi.

Fourth Shinobi World War: ConfrontationEdit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation Sasuke asks Zetsu if he can take off the bandages over his eyes. Zetsu tells him to be patient. By the next day, Sasuke is tired of waiting and removes the bandages anyway, killing White Zetsu with his Susanoo in order to test his new powers.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Edit

Main article: Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Sasuke leaves the Mountains' Graveyard and wanders through two towns, but finds both strangely empty. When members of the White Zetsu Army come after him, Sasuke asks what's currently happening in the world. The Zetsus avoid answering and try to capture him. He destroys most of them with Amaterasu and interrogates one other with a genjutsu. The Zetsu reveals that Tobi has initiated the Fourth Shinobi World War in order to capture Killer B and Naruto. Sasuke decapitates this last Zetsu and then goes looking for Naruto himself, intending to make good on his promise to kill him. Immediately upon entering a nearby forest, Sasuke sees Itachi going in the opposite direction.

Sasuke gives chase, desperately wanting to talk to Itachi. Because he has business elsewhere, Itachi doesn't stop to talk, but he does field some of Sasuke's questions: Itachi has been brought back with the Impure World Reincarnation; he spared Sasuke all those years ago because Sasuke was only a child, innocent of the rest of the Uchiha's conspiracies against Konoha; he pushed Sasuke onto a path