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Shisui Uchiha

(うちはシスイ, Uchiha Shisui)

  • Shisui of the Body Flicker (瞬身のシスイ, Shunshin no Shisui; English TV "Shisui the Teleporter")[1]
Debut
Manga Chapter #459
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #201
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
Appears in Anime, Manga and Game
Voice Actors
Japanese
Personal
Gender Gender Male Male
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part II: 180 cm1.8 m
    5.906 ft
    70.866 in
Kekkei Genkai
Affiliation
Team
Clan
Nature Type
Jutsu

Tools

Shisui Uchiha (うちはシスイ, Uchiha Shisui), renowned as "Shisui of the Body Flicker" (瞬身のシスイ, Shunshin no Shisui; English TV "Shisui the Teleporter"), was a shinobi from Konohagakure's Uchiha clan.

Background

Born to Kagami Uchiha of the Uchiha clan,[2] Shisui was noted to be one of the most talented members of the famed clan.[3] At some point in the past, he fought with Ao of Kirigakure who retained an acute memory of Shisui's chakra colour, as well as the Uchiha's ability to control others with his Mangekyō Sharingan's ability.[4]

Shisui was best friends with Itachi Uchiha, who shortly after joining the ANBU began to act "oddly". Shisui was instructed by the Konoha Military Police Force to monitor Itachi because of this.[5] Soon afterwards, a suicide note from Shisui was found and it was uncovered that he had drowned himself in the Naka River, claiming that he was tired of carrying out the clan's duties. The police suspected that Itachi had murdered him and used his Sharingan to forge the suicide note, since Shisui was very devoted to the clan, and suicide would have been highly unusual, and uncharacteristic of him.[6] Itachi later told Sasuke Uchiha that he did in fact kill Shisui and forged the suicide note, all in order to awaken his own Mangekyō Sharingan.[7]

File:Shisui gives his eyes.png

However, Itachi would later reveal the truth behind the incident to his brother, Sasuke: Shisui was perplexed that the clan would not deter from the coup d'etat that they were planning and Shisui was greatly concerned with the consequences that would follow their actions. He told Itachi that he had tried to use Kotoamatsukami on Danzō Shimura to stop his plans, but he stole Shisui's right eye, adamant on protecting the village his own way. Fearing that Danzō would get his left eye as well, Shisui entrusted it to Itachi, telling him to protect both the village and the Uchiha name.[8] In order to prevent conflict from arising over his eyes within the clan, Shisui made it appear as though he had crushed them before dying.[9] He would later erase his existence, leaving no corpse behind.[9][10] It would appear that Shisui's corpse had in fact disappeared, as even Kabuto Yakushi noted that he was unable to locate it. Shisui was one of Kabuto's prime candidates to be reincarnated.[10]

Personality

Itachi was Shisui's best friend; in fact, Itachi thought of him as a brother.[11] Shisui taught Itachi that "self-sacrifice… a nameless shinobi who protects peace from within its shadow…" was the true mark of a shinobi.[12] Shisui was also very devoted to the clan, which is why the Konoha Military Police Force asked him to spy on Itachi. It is because of this devotion that the police did not believe he could have committed suicide.[3]

Although Shisui was devoted to his clan, he was even more devoted to the well being of his village, a trait he inherited from his father. His devotion to his village was so strong that he never fell victim to the Curse of Hatred when awakening his Sharingan or even his Mangekyō Sharingan. He even went as far as to attempt to put his clan under a genjutsu in order to stop their coup d'etat which would lead to civil war.[13] However, this failed when Danzō stole his right eye. Knowing Danzō's power hungry personality would eventually lead him to steal his left eye as well, he resolved to prevent Danzō from stealing it to prevent him from gaining too much power. With this in mind, he entrusted his left eye to Itachi and told him to protect the village and was able to die with a smile knowing the village would be in good hands despite all he had been through prior to his death.[14] Shisui even went as far as to erase his own existence to prevent his corpse from falling into the wrong hands, which inadvertently, prevented him from being reincarnated by Kabuto years later and being forced to fight his own village. According to Itachi, he and Naruto Uzumaki hold similar ideals and goals.[9]

Appearance

Bearing stark resemblance to his father, Shisui also had short, unkempt, dark-coloured hair and a relatively broad nose and well-defined eyelashes, that were turned upwards at each end. In the anime however, these lines are broken instead of whole. He wore the standard attire of the Uchiha clan which includes a high-collared, dark-coloured outfit along with a tantō strapped to the right side of the back of his shoulder. He also wore what appeared to be a harness for his tantō which ran across his chest and fastened over both his shoulders.

Abilities

Shisui was noted to be one of the most talented members of the Uchiha clan. He had earned the nickname of "Shisui of the Body Flicker", possibly implying that he had great mastery of the Body Flicker Technique.[3] He was also hailed as the most powerful genjutsu user of the clan.[12] Another testament to his prowess is that Kabuto Yakushi wanted to reincarnate him for the war but failed to find sufficient DNA samples.[10] He also displayed a high level of pain tolerance, as he didn't flinch from ripping out his own left eye to give to Itachi.[14] He wielded a tantō which he was presumably adept at using.[14]

Sharingan

Like many members of his clan, Shisui was a wielder of the Sharingan. Alongside his friend Itachi, he was praised for superior skill and sheer power in its use.[3]

Mangekyō Sharingan

Mangekyō Sharingan Shisui

Shisui's Mangekyō Sharingan's design.

Shisui was one of the few members in the clan's history that was able to awaken the Mangekyō Sharingan. It granted him access to powerful genjutsu techniques, the strongest of which was a unique genjutsu noted to be of the highest calibre, Kotoamatsukami.[12] This technique allowed him to enter a person's mind and manipulate them by giving them false experiences, making it seem as if they were doing things on their own free will; the victim wouldn't even notice they were being manipulated.[15]

This ability was so unique and powerful, that even Obito wanted it for himself and was angry that Danzō managed to destroy the eye before he died.[16] Kabuto was also extremely thrilled when he learned that the remaining eye was within Itachi's crow.[17] However, this genjutsu could only be used once in a decade, unless given a way to augment the process, like Danzō, with the implementing of Hashirama Senju's cells, thereby drastically reducing the time required to only about once a day.[18][19] Shisui's eyes were also seen as something of a treasure even within his own clan, as before his death he had to ensure that it looked like he had destroyed them before he had died, fearing it would end in conflict otherwise.[9]

Legacy

Kotoamatsukami

Shisui's left eye implanted in a crow.

Throughout his lifetime and even in death, Shisui influenced Itachi greatly as a friend in teaching him self-sacrifice and how a true shinobi must protect his village from within its own shadow. This possibly influenced Itachi in his future actions to the staving off of a possible civil war within the village that may have escalated into a world war.[13] Even years after his demise, Shisui's powers and actions left their mark on the world. While Danzō used the eye he stole for his questionable agendas to maintain their village, Itachi kept Shisui's other eye to honour his friend's final request to protect the village and their clan's good name.[14] Inserting the eye in the body of a crow, Itachi made final arrangements to implant the bird in Naruto's body as a counter measure against Sasuke if he learned the truth behind the Uchiha Clan's demise and attempted to destroy Konoha.

However, due to the immense power Shisui's eyes held they were eventually destroyed to prevent them from falling into enemy hands: Danzō destroying his eye in his final moments to keep Tobi from acquiring it, and a reincarnated Itachi, after Kotoamatsukami was used on him, incinerated the crow. But Itachi also stated that above all else, Shisui wanted someone to inherit his will and ideals, believing Naruto to be that someone.[20]

Trivia

  • Shisui's name has two interpretable meanings. Combining the words Shi (死, Death) and Sui (水, Water), Shisui would mean "death water", which is a reference to his death by drowning. "Shisui" (止水) alone means "still water" or "stagnant water".

Quotes

  • (To Itachi) "…You're my best friend and the only one I can count on… Protect the village… and the Uchiha name."[14]

References

  1. Naruto chapter 222, page 7
  2. Naruto chapter 627, page 5
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Naruto chapter 222, page 7
  4. Naruto chapter 459, pages 14-15
  5. Second Databook, pages 38-39
  6. Naruto chapter 222, pages 4-7
  7. Naruto chapter 225, page 3
  8. Naruto chapter 590, pages 5-6
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Naruto chapter 550, page 11
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Naruto chapter 520, page 15
  11. Naruto chapter 222, page 5
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Naruto chapter 550, page 10
  13. 13.0 13.1 Naruto chapter 590, page 5
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Naruto chapter 590, page 6
  15. Naruto chapter 459, page 15
  16. Naruto chapter 482, page 13
  17. Naruto chapter 550, page 13
  18. Naruto chapter 461, page 10
  19. Naruto chapter 479, page 5
  20. Naruto chapter 552, page 11

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