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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''Uchiha clan'''|うちは一族|Uchiha Ichizoku}} was one of the four noble clans of [[Konohagakure]],<ref>First Databook, page 215</ref> and was also reputed to be the village's most powerful clan,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 7, page 2</ref> boasting shinobi that were exceptionally talented and battle-oriented. Together with the [[Senju clan]], they founded Konohagakure, but is now almost extinct after the events of the [[Uchiha Clan Massacre|clan massacre]].<section end=summary />
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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''Uchiha clan'''|うちは一族|Uchiha Ichizoku}} is one of the four noble clans of [[Konohagakure]],<ref>First Databook, page 215</ref> reputed to be the village's strongest because of their [[Sharingan]] and natural battle prowess.<ref>Chapter 7, page 2</ref> After helping found Konoha decades ago, the Uchiha grew increasingly isolated from the village's affairs, culminating in most of their deaths during the [[Uchiha Clan Downfall]]. Few Uchiha now survive into the present day.<section end=summary />
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
 
=== Founding ===
 
=== Founding ===
[[File:The Founding Uchiha.PNG|thumb|left|The Uchiha clan before the founding of Konoha.]]
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The Uchiha are descendants of [[Indra Ōtsutsuki]], the oldest son of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]]. Through Indra, the Uchiha inherited the Sage's "eyes", granting them powerful spiritual energy and [[chakra]]. As part of the so-called "[[Curse of Hatred]]" first displayed by Indra, Uchiha are subject to powerful emotions: these emotions typically start as love for a friend or family member that then become overpowering hatred when the object of their love is lost. This loss, whether actually experienced or merely threatened, awakens an Uchiha's [[Sharingan]]. It is due to the Sharingan that the Uchiha have received much of their fame and notoriety.
The Uchiha clan descended from the [[Uchiha Clan Ancestor|elder]] of the two sons of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]]. The elder brother inherited the Sage's "eyes", powerful chakra and spiritual abilities. When it came time for the Sage to choose a successor, he questioned the two on what course of action they would follow to bring order to the world. The elder believed that ''power'' was the way to bring peace, while the younger believed ''love'' was the way. The Sage favoured the ideal of the younger brother, and therefore designated the younger as his successor, causing the elder to be filled with jealousy and hate.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 462, pages 12-13</ref> From this hate came what [[Tobi]] calls the {{translation|[[Curse of Hatred]]|憎しみの呪い|Nikushimi no Noroi}}. From the [[Senju Clan Ancestor|younger son]] descended the [[Senju clan]] who would be the eternal rivals of the Uchiha.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 462, pages 14-17</ref> However, the Uchiha suffered another more dangerous curse: a passionate love that can become a bottomless well of despair the moment the one they care for most is dead.
 
   
Before the founding of the ninja villages, the Uchiha were one of the many mercenary clans for hire. Because of their [[Sharingan]] as well as battle prowess, the Uchiha clan came to be known as one of the two strongest clans, the other being the Senju clan. [[Madara Uchiha]] was particularly powerful, and, upon attaining the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]], took control of the clan. Under his leadership the Uchiha grew stronger, conquering whatever clans they came upon, such that, whenever the Uchiha clan was hired for a job, the opposing side would hire the Senju, and vice versa.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 398, pages 16-19</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 1-4</ref>
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The Uchiha have been fighting the [[Senju clan]] for centuries, a rivalry that traces back to the days of Indra and his younger brother, [[Asura]]. When the Sage of Six Paths was dying, he selected Asura as his successor, believing Asura's desire for peace through love was better than Indra's peace through power. Indra, driven by his Curse of Hatred, fought Asura to claim what he believed was his birthright. The Uchiha and Senju, descendants of Indra and Asura respectively, continued their battle through the centuries, though none still remembered this reason for their conflict.<ref>Chapter 462, pages 12-13</ref>
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[[File:The Founding Uchiha.PNG|thumb|left|The Uchiha during the Warring States Period.]]
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By the time of the [[Warring States Period]], the Uchiha and Senju had emerged as the strongest [[shinobi]] clans in the world. When one of the fledgling countries of the era would hire the Uchiha to fight in their wars, the opposing side would hire the Senju.<ref>Chapter 398, pages 16-19</ref> The constant warfare between their clans only fueled their hatred, with all Uchiha owing the death of a loved one to an Senju and vice versa. But centuries of conflict began to wear on members of the clans; [[Madara Uchiha]] and [[Hashirama Senju]] met as children and became friends, bonding over their disapproval of the combat and death that they and their younger brothers were constantly subjected to and dreaming of a time when children wouldn't need to fight. Unable to do anything about the world at their age, Madara turned away from their dreams.
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Madara and Hashirama continued to face each other in battle over the coming years. Driven by his desire to defeat Hashirama and through competition with his younger brother, [[Izuna]], Madara became the first Uchiha to awaken his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]]. With its increased power he took control of the Uchiha. Hashirama, by then leader of the Senju, tried to use their positions to broker peace between them and finally achieve their childhood dreams. Despite growing interest in peace amongst the Uchiha, Madara was unwilling to agree to peace after Izuna was killed by Hashirama's brother, [[Tobirama]]. Using Izuna's eyes to acquire "eternal" Mangekyō, Madara challenged the Senju for supremacy one final time.<ref>Chapter 624</ref> He was defeated, but even then refused Hashirama's offer of peace, insisting that Hashirama kill himself first. When Hashirama agreed to these terms, Madara was moved to accept, withdrawing his request for Hashirama's death.<ref>Chapter 625, page 5</ref>
   
 
=== Konohagakure ===
 
=== Konohagakure ===
[[File:UchihaSenjuTruce.png|thumb|The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.]]
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[[File:Senju & Uchiha truce.png|thumb|right|The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.]]
The Senju soon grew tired of the endless fighting, and approached the Uchiha clan with a peace treaty. Madara feared that an alliance would ruin the Uchiha yet was forced by his kin to accept the treaty. The two clans came together to form Konoha, with [[Hashirama Senju]], leader of the Senju clan, being selected as [[Hokage]]. Madara believed that this was proof that the Uchiha would be made subservient to the Senju, but his clan saw this only as his attempt to rekindle the flames of war. They turned their backs on him, and he defected.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 4-12</ref>
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They unified with Senju and made a pact with the [[Land of Fire]] to create a [[hidden village]] within its borders, what would become [[Konohagakure]]. Other clans settled in Konoha to share their peace and Konoha's model was adopted across the shinobi world, ending the turmoil of the era.<ref>Chapter 625</ref> When it came time to select Konoha's First [[Hokage]], Konoha's leader, the villagers selected Hashirama. Madara interpreted this as the first step in the Senju's supremacy over the Uchiha and tried to rally his clan to take control of the village. Weary of the fighting, the Uchiha ignored him, prompting him to leave the village.<ref>Chapter 399, pages 4-12</ref> He later returned, challenging Hashirama at what would become the [[Valley of the End]] and dying in battle.
   
Following Madara's betrayal, having gone into hiding after faking his death in the battle against his brother, the Second Hokage [[Tobirama Senju]] gave the Uchiha control of the [[Konoha Military Police Force]] as a sign of trust. However, this was really just a way of keeping the Uchiha's emotions in check so the village would not end up with another Madara. Over the years, some Uchiha, such as [[Setsuna Uchiha]], come to realise their ostracism and believed that they were being purposely kept out of Konoha's governing affairs. Though Setsuna and his followers tried to rebel against the village as Madara did, but they found that it was too late to make a difference, as the Senju had already completely suppressed the Uchiha.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, pages 12-14</ref> Despite Tobirama's attempts, it only cause a greater rift between the Uchiha and the village. The matter grew worse when a young [[Obito Uchiha]], presumed dead at the time, witnessed the death of [[Rin]] and become a follower of Madara's ideals.
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Hashirama did not wish for Madara's actions to be held against the rest of the Uchiha, a wish that was not followed: his successor as Hokage, Tobirama, was wary of the Uchiha, believing they could never be convinced to fully commit to Konoha's best interests. For this reason he created the [[Konoha Military Police Force]] which he left the Uchiha in charge of, officially as a sign of good faith but what [[Setsuna Uchiha|many]] Uchiha interpreted as the start of their clan's isolation from Konoha's affairs. As the decades passed, a growing number of Uchiha came to believe that Madara had been right to fear ostracism from the Senju.<ref>Chapter 399, pages 12-14</ref> During the [[Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha]], the Uchiha were absent in the village's defence. Because of this and the Sharingan's known ability to control the [[Nine-Tails]], Konoha's government came to suspect an Uchiha's involvement in the attack.<ref>Chapter 399, page 15</ref> Being regarded with such scepticism despite their years of service to the village convinced most remaining Uchiha that Madara had been right.
   
=== Massacre ===
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[[File:Uchiha Clan.png|thumb|left|The Uchiha clan during Fugaku's leadership.]]
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Under the leadership of [[Fugaku Uchiha]], the Uchiha began plotting a coup d'état to overthrow the [[Third Hokage]] and his administration.<ref>Chapter 399, page 17</ref> They strategically placed some of their members within the [[Anbu]] in order to spy on Konoha, but some of these very spies disagreed with the Uchiha's plans, believing an Uchiha coup would only begin a world war. [[Shisui Uchiha]] tried to use his [[Kotoamatsukami]] to force the Uchiha to stop their plans, but he was prevented from doing so by [[Danzō Shimura]]. Danzō after that approached [[Itachi Uchiha]], a longtime double agent for Konoha, and gave him an ultimatum: allow the Uchiha to carry out their coup, inevitably ending with the eradication of all Uchiha, or Itachi could wipe out the Uchiha before they had the chance, and in exchange he could spare his younger brother, [[Sasuke]]. Itachi chose the latter.<ref name="chpt590">Chapter 590, pages 5-10</ref>
[[File:Uchiha clan after founding.jpg|thumb|left|The Uchiha clan after the founding of Konoha.]]
 
Years later, after the [[Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha]], Konoha began to suspect that an Uchiha was behind the attack because of their ability to control the Nine-Tails with their Sharingan.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, page 15</ref> Tobi stated that the clan was forced to live in a corner of the village, ostracised from the rest of the community, and placed under heavy surveillance.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, page 16</ref> This gave birth to ill-will amongst the clan and the Uchiha interpreted this as confirmation of what [[Madara]] had warned them of years earlier, and began to plan overthrowing the village.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 399, page 17</ref> [[Itachi]] disagreed with his father who was the then leader of the clan and militia [[Fugaku]]'s coup d'état plan, and informed Konoha's leadership of what the Uchiha were up to. [[Shisui Uchiha]], who had been told to keep an eye on his best friend Itachi also disagreed with the clan's plan and joined Itachi in his mission to put a stop to it. He attempted to used the ability of his [[Mangekyō Sharingan]]: [[Kotoamatsukami]] to stop them, but once again, Danzō, determined to protect the village the only way he saw possible, stole Shisui's right eye from him. After this, Shisui met with Itachi and saddened that he had failed to stop the clan, gave Itachi his left eye before Danzō came after it as well, telling him to protect the village and the name of the Uchiha. The Third [[Hokage]], [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]] who had disagreed with the treatment the Uchiha were receiving, tried to negotiate for a more peaceful solution, but as time passed and that strategy seemed to be getting them nowhere, Danzō took matters into his own hands and inveigled Itachi to commit the [[Uchiha Clan Massacre|genocide]] with threat of his clan's actions creating another war and innocent children, such as his little brother, becoming a casualty.<ref name="chpt590">''Naruto'' chapter 590, pages 5-10</ref>
 
   
[[File:Uchiha Clan Massacre.png|thumb|The end of the Uchiha clan.]]
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[[File:Uchiha Clan massacre.png|thumb|right|The Uchiha Clan Downfall.]]
Within one night, the entire clan was slaughtered with only one Uchiha left alive: Itachi's younger brother, [[Sasuke]]. Sasuke would spend the next few years trying to avenge their family by killing Itachi, something Itachi had planned from the very beginning. After accomplishing this goal, Sasuke learned of Tobi's existence. Tobi, who is in fact [[Obito Uchiha]], another survivor of the clan who was also the one behind the Nine-Tails' attack, told Sasuke about the Uchiha's history and why Itachi had wiped out the Uchiha, prompting Sasuke, with Tobi's help, to resolve to destroy Konoha.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 399-401</ref> Sasuke would later be shown the truth by Itachi himself after he was [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]].<ref name="chpt590"/>
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Before assassinating his clan, Itachi sought out the help of [[Tobi]], who he believed to be Mdara Uchiha. [[Uchiha Clan Downfall|In a single night]], Itachi and Tobi wiped out the entire Uchiha clan, with Itachi taking responsibility of killing his parents. When he was discovered by Sasuke, Itachi pretended to be solely responsible for the attack, concealing Konoha's involvement and the fact that he did everything for Sasuke's safety. Overwhelmed with grief for killing his family, Itachi wanted Sasuke to take revenge against him, and to do that, he began pushing Sasuke to get strong enough to kill him. In the meantime, he left Sasuke under the Third Hokage's care, due to the fact the Third had long desired a peaceful resolution to the Uchiha's grievances.
   
== Abilities ==
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=== Post-Downfall ===
[[File:Grandfire Ball.PNG|thumb|left|Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique, a signature move of the Uchiha.]]
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Only three Uchiha survived their clan's downfall: Itachi, though publicly acting as a criminal by joining [[Akatsuki]], continued serving Konoha for the rest of his life until finally dying while fighting Sasuke; Sasuke, at Itachi's insistence, began seeking power at any cost so that he could someday kill Itachi, a pursuit that drove him to eventually defect from Konoha and become an international criminal; Tobi, real name [[Obito Uchiha]], kept to the shadows for many years following his apparent death during the [[Third Shinobi World War]], only taking public actions after Itachi's death so that he can gain Sasuke's assistance during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]]. From learning from Obito about what Konoha forced Itachi to do, Sasuke initially decides to destroy Konoha to take revenge. When he's able to talk with a [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] Itachi, however, he changes his mind, as Konoha's destruction would make all that Itachi sacrificed meaningless.
The Uchiha were famous for their powerful chakra, exceptionally strong techniques, and natural aptitude for anything combat-related. The clan possessed an innate aptitude for [[Fire Release]] [[nature transformation]], with even the youngest of members able to use it from just observation.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 223, pages 6-8</ref> As such they have created several and use this nature transformation more skilfully than any other.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 315, page 13</ref> Their signature technique was the [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 260, page 15</ref> Clan members were not recognised as adults by the rest of the clan until they could successfully use this technique.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 223, page 9</ref> The Uchiha were also highly known for their mastery of [[List of Ninja Tools|ninja tools]]. They themselves invented many [[shuriken]] move sets which required the use of thin metal wires, one example being the [[Manipulating Windmill Triple Blades|Windmill Triple Blades]] technique. They were apparently also somewhat skilled in [[barrier ninjutsu]], having created the [[Uchiha Flame Battle Encampment]] which, still holding to their natural affinity for fire, created a barrier that burned whatever came in contact with it.
 
   
[[File:Itachi Sharingan.jpg|thumb|The Sharingan.]]
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During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Madara Uchiha is [[Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|brought back to life]]. He and Obito join forces in trying to use the [[Ten-Tails]] to enslave the world with the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]]. After learning the truth from Itachi, Sasuke opposes them and joins forces with the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]], and Obito, in time, also sides against Madara. However, after being redeemed by [[Naruto Uzumaki]], Obito gives his life to end the war and Madara dies shortly afterwards, leaving Sasuke the last surviving Uchiha. From his subsequent battle with Naruto, Sasuke redeems himself and escapes the Curse of Hatred that plagued the Uchiha for so long. Despite his years of criminal actions, his contributions to the victory in the Fourth Shinobi World War were enough for him to be pardoned for his crimes.
The Uchiha clan were most feared for their powerful [[Sharingan]], a [[kekkei genkai]] which gives them the ability to see the "colours" of chakra, allowing them to analyse and copy their opponent's skills, along with a number of other abilities. Only a select few members of the Uchiha clan manifested the Sharingan. Due to their natural affinity for battle, and their proficiency with [[Dōjutsu|ocular genjutsu]], many ninjas considered it more tactically favourable to flee rather than face an Uchiha shinobi in one-on-one combat.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 257, pages 5-6</ref> Among the techniques granted by the Sharingan, the [[Izanagi]] and [[Izanami]] are deemed to be [[Kinjutsu|forbidden]], due to their effect of rendering the user blind in exchange for creating genjutsu capable of escaping death or trapping the opponent without failure. Though the clan was feared for their Sharingan, the eyes have also been transplanted into various characters outside the clan.
 
   
[[File:Madara & Izuna.jpeg|thumb|left|Madara and Izuna, the first Uchiha to awaken the Mangekyō Sharingan.]]
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Years later, Sasuke marries [[Sakura Haruno]] and together they have a daughter, [[Sarada]], thus restarting the Uchiha line. An experiment of [[Orochimaru]], [[Shin Uchiha|Shin]], creates numerous [[Shin Uchiha (Clones)|clones of himself]] that all naturally possess Sharingan. Shin planned to use them to form his own pure line of the Uchiha clan, but his mistreatment of his clones causes them to turn against him and kill him. The clones settle in Konoha afterwards.
Madara and Izuna were the first two Uchiha to awaken an advanced form of the Sharingan known as the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]], which can be activated by the pain of losing close friends or family members. However, frequent use of the Mangekyō Sharingan deteriorates the user's eyesight and results in blindness. Only by taking the eyes of a sibling can one's vision be restored, a process that results in the creation of an {{translation|''Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan''|永遠の万華鏡写輪眼|Eien no Mangekyō Sharingan}}. Itachi indicated that the intricacies of the Mangekyō Sharingan were only discovered after decades of trial and error, implying that many Uchiha throughout history had made the attempt to gain the Mangekyō Sharingan.
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== Abilities ==
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[[File:Grandfire Ball.PNG|thumb|left|Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique, the signature technique of the Uchiha.]]
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Members of the Uchiha clan have a natural affinity for the [[fire]] [[nature transformation]]; Uchiha are not truly considered adults until they can successfully perform the [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique]].<ref>Chapter 223, page 9</ref> Uchiha also frequently use [[List of Ninja Tools|ninja tools]] in combat, being best known for their use of [[shuriken]].
   
One member of the clan, Madara, had managed to awaken the [[Rinnegan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 560, pages 14-15</ref> After he had integrated Senju DNA into his body, he noted that the dōjutsu did not manifest until he was nearing the end of his natural lifespan.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, page 13</ref>
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[[File:Sasuke's Sharigan.png|thumb|right|The Sharingan.]]
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The Uchiha clan are most feared for their [[dōjutsu]] [[kekkei genkai]], the [[Sharingan]]. They can use their Sharingan to see chakra, cast various [[genjutsu]], and, most infamously, copy opponents' [[jutsu]]. The Sharingan is such a versatile ability that many ninja consider it wiser to flee than to face an Uchiha in one-on-one combat.<ref>Chapter 257, pages 5-6</ref> Sharingan can be evolved into [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] by experiencing loss of a loved one, granting the user new and more powerful jutsu. Overuse of the Mangekyō eventually robs the Mangekyō of its sight, something that can only be restored by receiving another's eyes, preferably a sibling's, to create "eternal" Mangekyō. The Mangekyō's mechanics were long poorly misunderstood by the Uchiha, causing many to personally kill their loved ones to gain power.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Uchiha is another way of pronouncing {{translation|"uchiwa"|団扇|fan}}, which is 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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* "Uchiha" is another way of pronouncing {{translation|"[[Wikipedia:Hand fan#East Asia|uchiwa]]"|団扇|paper fan}}, which is the clan's symbol. Uchiwa can be used to fan flames, making the flame hotter — referring to the fact that the Uchiha is a clan of [[Fire Release]] users.
* Most of the powerful techniques exclusively used by the Uchiha ([[Tsukuyomi]], [[Amaterasu]], [[Susanoo]], [[Izanagi]], [[Izanami]] and [[Kotoamatsukami]]) are named after Shintō deities from the Japanese creation myth.
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* Attire-wise, the Uchiha have always favoured high-collared outfits with their clan's symbol proudly emblazoned on the back. During the [[Warring States Period]], the Uchiha refused to have any armour on their back in order to proudly display their clan's symbol. Over the generations, their attire has changed with their attire initially consisting of a dark coloured mantle along with pants, which later became simple shirts and pants, all the while retaining the high collar.
* Most of the clan members tend to wear a black high-collared shirt with the Uchiha clan symbol on the back.
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* Many of the Uchiha clan's [[jutsu]] ([[Tsukuyomi]], [[Amaterasu]], etc.) are named after Shintō deities from the Japanese creation myth.
* Itachi, Sasuke, and Obito are the three Uchiha that remained after the massacre, and all three eventually became affiliated with [[Akatsuki]] and like Madara and his brother Izuna, awoke the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]].
 
* In the earlier stages of the series, [[Kakashi]] stated that there are rumours the Uchiha clan's Sharingan was derived from the [[Hyūga clan]]'s [[Byakugan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 78, page 13</ref> However, [[Kurama]] is the only one to know the full truth about the Uchiha clan yet appears to have no intention of revealing what it knows.<ref>Third Databook, page 70</ref>
 
* According to Obito, the Uchiha clan is [[Nindō|destined]] to a life of [[Curse of Hatred|revenge against their hated enemies]], the [[Senju clan]] and [[Konohagakure]]. However there are exceptions in the form of [[Itachi]] and [[Shisui Uchiha]] who seemingly had [[Will of Fire|opposing ideals]].
 
 
* The clan had various places affiliated with them:
 
* The clan had various places affiliated with them:
 
** A [[Uchiha Senbei|senbei shop]] that was famous throughout the village.
 
** A [[Uchiha Senbei|senbei shop]] that was famous throughout the village.
** A [[Naka Shrine|shrine]] as well as a secret meeting place under said shrine.
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** A [[Naka Shrine|shrine]] where the clan secretly met.
** A [[Naka River|river]] which runs through their compound.
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** A supply base in [[Sora-ku]].
** A supply base in [[Sora-ku]] that [[Hebi]] visited for supplies.
 
 
** A [[Uchiha Hideout|hideout]] that served as the arena for the final battle between [[Sasuke]] and [[Itachi]].
 
** A [[Uchiha Hideout|hideout]] that served as the arena for the final battle between [[Sasuke]] and [[Itachi]].
   
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Uchiha Clan
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(うちは一族, Uchiha Ichizoku)
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The Uchiha clan (うちは一族, Uchiha Ichizoku) is one of the four noble clans of Konohagakure,[1] reputed to be the village's strongest because of their Sharingan and natural battle prowess.[2] After helping found Konoha decades ago, the Uchiha grew increasingly isolated from the village's affairs, culminating in most of their deaths during the Uchiha Clan Downfall. Few Uchiha now survive into the present day.

Background Edit

Founding Edit

The Uchiha are descendants of Indra Ōtsutsuki, the oldest son of the Sage of the Six Paths. Through Indra, the Uchiha inherited the Sage's "eyes", granting them powerful spiritual energy and chakra. As part of the so-called "Curse of Hatred" first displayed by Indra, Uchiha are subject to powerful emotions: these emotions typically start as love for a friend or family member that then become overpowering hatred when the object of their love is lost. This loss, whether actually experienced or merely threatened, awakens an Uchiha's Sharingan. It is due to the Sharingan that the Uchiha have received much of their fame and notoriety.

The Uchiha have been fighting the Senju clan for centuries, a rivalry that traces back to the days of Indra and his younger brother, Asura. When the Sage of Six Paths was dying, he selected Asura as his successor, believing Asura's desire for peace through love was better than Indra's peace through power. Indra, driven by his Curse of Hatred, fought Asura to claim what he believed was his birthright. The Uchiha and Senju, descendants of Indra and Asura respectively, continued their battle through the centuries, though none still remembered this reason for their conflict.[3]

The Founding Uchiha

The Uchiha during the Warring States Period.

By the time of the Warring States Period, the Uchiha and Senju had emerged as the strongest shinobi clans in the world. When one of the fledgling countries of the era would hire the Uchiha to fight in their wars, the opposing side would hire the Senju.[4] The constant warfare between their clans only fueled their hatred, with all Uchiha owing the death of a loved one to an Senju and vice versa. But centuries of conflict began to wear on members of the clans; Madara Uchiha and Hashirama Senju met as children and became friends, bonding over their disapproval of the combat and death that they and their younger brothers were constantly subjected to and dreaming of a time when children wouldn't need to fight. Unable to do anything about the world at their age, Madara turned away from their dreams.

Madara and Hashirama continued to face each other in battle over the coming years. Driven by his desire to defeat Hashirama and through competition with his younger brother, Izuna, Madara became the first Uchiha to awaken his Mangekyō Sharingan. With its increased power he took control of the Uchiha. Hashirama, by then leader of the Senju, tried to use their positions to broker peace between them and finally achieve their childhood dreams. Despite growing interest in peace amongst the Uchiha, Madara was unwilling to agree to peace after Izuna was killed by Hashirama's brother, Tobirama. Using Izuna's eyes to acquire "eternal" Mangekyō, Madara challenged the Senju for supremacy one final time.[5] He was defeated, but even then refused Hashirama's offer of peace, insisting that Hashirama kill himself first. When Hashirama agreed to these terms, Madara was moved to accept, withdrawing his request for Hashirama's death.[6]

Konohagakure Edit

Senju &amp; Uchiha truce

The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.

They unified with Senju and made a pact with the Land of Fire to create a hidden village within its borders, what would become Konohagakure. Other clans settled in Konoha to share their peace and Konoha's model was adopted across the shinobi world, ending the turmoil of the era.[7] When it came time to select Konoha's First Hokage, Konoha's leader, the villagers selected Hashirama. Madara interpreted this as the first step in the Senju's supremacy over the Uchiha and tried to rally his clan to take control of the village. Weary of the fighting, the Uchiha ignored him, prompting him to leave the village.[8] He later returned, challenging Hashirama at what would become the Valley of the End and dying in battle.

Hashirama did not wish for Madara's actions to be held against the rest of the Uchiha, a wish that was not followed: his successor as Hokage, Tobirama, was wary of the Uchiha, believing they could never be convinced to fully commit to Konoha's best interests. For this reason he created the Konoha Military Police Force which he left the Uchiha in charge of, officially as a sign of good faith but what many Uchiha interpreted as the start of their clan's isolation from Konoha's affairs. As the decades passed, a growing number of Uchiha came to believe that Madara had been right to fear ostracism from the Senju.[9] During the Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha, the Uchiha were absent in the village's defence. Because of this and the Sharingan's known ability to control the Nine-Tails, Konoha's government came to suspect an Uchiha's involvement in the attack.[10] Being regarded with such scepticism despite their years of service to the village convinced most remaining Uchiha that Madara had been right.

Uchiha Clan

The Uchiha clan during Fugaku's leadership.

Under the leadership of Fugaku Uchiha, the Uchiha began plotting a coup d'état to overthrow the Third Hokage and his administration.[11] They strategically placed some of their members within the Anbu in order to spy on Konoha, but some of these very spies disagreed with the Uchiha's plans, believing an Uchiha coup would only begin a world war. Shisui Uchiha tried to use his Kotoamatsukami to force the Uchiha to stop their plans, but he was prevented from doing so by Danzō Shimura. Danzō after that approached Itachi Uchiha, a longtime double agent for Konoha, and gave him an ultimatum: allow the Uchiha to carry out their coup, inevitably ending with the eradication of all Uchiha, or Itachi could wipe out the Uchiha before they had the chance, and in exchange he could spare his younger brother, Sasuke. Itachi chose the latter.[12]

Uchiha Clan massacre

The Uchiha Clan Downfall.

Before assassinating his clan, Itachi sought out the help of Tobi, who he believed to be Mdara Uchiha. In a single night, Itachi and Tobi wiped out the entire Uchiha clan, with Itachi taking responsibility of killing his parents. When he was discovered by Sasuke, Itachi pretended to be solely responsible for the attack, concealing Konoha's involvement and the fact that he did everything for Sasuke's safety. Overwhelmed with grief for killing his family, Itachi wanted Sasuke to take revenge against him, and to do that, he began pushing Sasuke to get strong enough to kill him. In the meantime, he left Sasuke under the Third Hokage's care, due to the fact the Third had long desired a peaceful resolution to the Uchiha's grievances.

Post-Downfall Edit

Only three Uchiha survived their clan's downfall: Itachi, though publicly acting as a criminal by joining Akatsuki, continued serving Konoha for the rest of his life until finally dying while fighting Sasuke; Sasuke, at Itachi's insistence, began seeking power at any cost so that he could someday kill Itachi, a pursuit that drove him to eventually defect from Konoha and become an international criminal; Tobi, real name Obito Uchiha, kept to the shadows for many years following his apparent death during the Third Shinobi World War, only taking public actions after Itachi's death so that he can gain Sasuke's assistance during the Fourth Shinobi World War. From learning from Obito about what Konoha forced Itachi to do, Sasuke initially decides to destroy Konoha to take revenge. When he's able to talk with a reincarnated Itachi, however, he changes his mind, as Konoha's destruction would make all that Itachi sacrificed meaningless.

During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Madara Uchiha is brought back to life. He and Obito join forces in trying to use the Ten-Tails to enslave the world with the Infinite Tsukuyomi. After learning the truth from Itachi, Sasuke opposes them and joins forces with the Allied Shinobi Forces, and Obito, in time, also sides against Madara. However, after being redeemed by Naruto Uzumaki, Obito gives his life to end the war and Madara dies shortly afterwards, leaving Sasuke the last surviving Uchiha. From his subsequent battle with Naruto, Sasuke redeems himself and escapes the Curse of Hatred that plagued the Uchiha for so long. Despite his years of criminal actions, his contributions to the victory in the Fourth Shinobi World War were enough for him to be pardoned for his crimes.

Years later, Sasuke marries Sakura Haruno and together they have a daughter, Sarada, thus restarting the Uchiha line. An experiment of Orochimaru, Shin, creates numerous clones of himself that all naturally possess Sharingan. Shin planned to use them to form his own pure line of the Uchiha clan, but his mistreatment of his clones causes them to turn against him and kill him. The clones settle in Konoha afterwards.

Abilities Edit

Grandfire Ball

Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique, the signature technique of the Uchiha.

Members of the Uchiha clan have a natural affinity for the fire nature transformation; Uchiha are not truly considered adults until they can successfully perform the Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique.[13] Uchiha also frequently use ninja tools in combat, being best known for their use of shuriken.

Sasuke&#039;s Sharigan

The Sharingan.

The Uchiha clan are most feared for their dōjutsu kekkei genkai, the Sharingan. They can use their Sharingan to see chakra, cast various genjutsu, and, most infamously, copy opponents' jutsu. The Sharingan is such a versatile ability that many ninja consider it wiser to flee than to face an Uchiha in one-on-one combat.[14] Sharingan can be evolved into Mangekyō Sharingan by experiencing loss of a loved one, granting the user new and more powerful jutsu. Overuse of the Mangekyō eventually robs the Mangekyō of its sight, something that can only be restored by receiving another's eyes, preferably a sibling's, to create "eternal" Mangekyō. The Mangekyō's mechanics were long poorly misunderstood by the Uchiha, causing many to personally kill their loved ones to gain power.

Trivia Edit

  • "Uchiha" is another way of pronouncing "uchiwa" (団扇, paper fan), which is the clan's symbol. Uchiwa can be used to fan flames, making the flame hotter — referring to the fact that the Uchiha is a clan of Fire Release users.
  • Attire-wise, the Uchiha have always favoured high-collared outfits with their clan's symbol proudly emblazoned on the back. During the Warring States Period, the Uchiha refused to have any armour on their back in order to proudly display their clan's symbol. Over the generations, their attire has changed with their attire initially consisting of a dark coloured mantle along with pants, which later became simple shirts and pants, all the while retaining the high collar.
  • Many of the Uchiha clan's jutsu (Tsukuyomi, Amaterasu, etc.) are named after Shintō deities from the Japanese creation myth.
  • The clan had various places affiliated with them:

References Edit

  1. First Databook, page 215
  2. Chapter 7, page 2
  3. Chapter 462, pages 12-13
  4. Chapter 398, pages 16-19
  5. Chapter 624
  6. Chapter 625, page 5
  7. Chapter 625
  8. Chapter 399, pages 4-12
  9. Chapter 399, pages 12-14
  10. Chapter 399, page 15
  11. Chapter 399, page 17
  12. Chapter 590, pages 5-10
  13. Chapter 223, page 9
  14. Chapter 257, pages 5-6
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