Itachi Uchiha is a fictional character in the fan-favorite manga series and its anime adaptation, Naruto, and its sequel, Naruto Shippuden, written by Masashi Kishimoto.
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Itachi is a complex character in the series. Itachi Uchiha was a rogue shinobi from the Village Hidden in the Leaves. He was a member of the legendary Uchiha Clan and even among the Uchiha, he possessed great intellect and skills. He was a prodigy of the Uchiha clan and showcased his superior skills at a young age. He was the youngest member of Anbu Black Ops.
He later fled the Hidden Leaf Village after he murdered all his clan members, gaining him the nickname Clan Killer Itachi. This incident later became known as the Uchiha Clan Massacre and The Downfall of the Uchiha Clan. He murdered his clan member and his parents, except his younger brother, Sasuke Uchiha. As a response to this development, Itachi became a rogue ninja of the Hidden Leaf and became one of the most wanted criminals in the Bingo Book.
After the massacre, Itachi joined the Akatsuki, a criminal organization consisting of strong rogue shinobi from different Hidden Villages. Itachi was in constant conflict with the Hidden Leaf Village during his missions as a part of the Akatsuki. In his final confrontation with his younger brother, Sasuke Uchiha, he succumbed to his injuries and illness.
After his death, Tobi, later revealed to be Obito Uchiha, revealed Itachi’s true personality and motives behind his actions which caught Sasuke and the fans of the show off guard.
|Alias||Itachi of the Sharingan, Clan Killer Itachi|
|First Appearance in Anime||Naruto Episode 80: The Third Hokage, Forever…|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Hideo Ishikawa Yuka Terasaki (Child)|
|English Voice Actor||Skip Stellrecth (episode 29-30) Crispin Freeman Michelle Ruff (Child)|
|Affiliation||Hidden Leaf Village Akatsuki|
|Team||Team 2 Team Ro (anime only)|
Itachi was the first born of Fugaku and Mikoto Uchiha, and he was born during an era of conflict. He was only four years old at the time of the Third Great Ninja War. One day, Fugaku took young Itachi to a battlefield where he witnessed mountains of corpses who died in the war. Fugaku took him to the battlefield to familiarize his son with the cruel life of a shinobi. He there saw a shinobi of the nation asking for some water. When he tried helping the wounded shinobi, he attempted to kill Itachi after he saw his ninja gear.
Witnessing such a brutal scene traumatized young Itachi and he became a pacifist. He then decided to become a strong ninja capable of eradicating all conflicts and unnecessary bloodshed from the ninja world and bringing peace and stability. To achieve his goal, he started training himself ruthlessly.
When he was five years old, Mikoto gave birth to Sasuke Uchiha and Itachi became a big brother. In the Nine-Tails Attack on the Hidden Leaf, Itachi was home alone, taking care of Sasuke. He then protects Sasuke and recuses his mother from falling debris, and in the anime, he looks for shelter with Izumi Uchiha after saving her life.
This incident caused a rift between the leaders of the village and the Uchiha Clan. Hidden Leaf leaders, except HiruzenSarutobi, considered this the doing of the Uchiha Clan, as the Sharingan is capable of controlling the Nine-Tailed Fox. During one of his training sessions, he ran into Shisui Uchiha, who offered to train him after he saw the dedication and potential in Itachi. They started training together, teaching each other their techniques, and soon formed a brother-like bond.
He soon got accepted into the Ninja Academy based on his exceptional skills when he was six years old. He excelled in all fields at the academy and was recognized as his generation's best. After just four months at the academy, his teachers decided to let him take the graduation exam early based on his advanced skills that could match the skill level of a genin. He graduated from the academy at the age of 7.
Itachi joined Team 2 after leaving the Ninja Academy, a group of Hidden Leaf genin. Team 2, led by Yuki Minazuki, included Itachi Uchiha, Tenma Izumo, and Shinko Inari.
Team 2 had established a reputation for themselves in just one year. They were to go with the Feudal Lord of the Land of Fire when he frequented Hidden Leaf. They were ambushed and encountered enemy attacks while on this expedition. During this task, Tenma is killed by a masked man who is later identified as Obito Uchiha.
Following Tenma's passing, Shinko leaves the life of a shinobi, while this event caused Itachi's Sharingan to awaken. Itachi was allowed to take part in the Chunin exams by himself with the authorization of Hidden Leaf officials. Itachi performed splendidly in the exams and passed with flying colors. Itachi left Team 2 after being promoted to the rank of Chunin.
Itachi was promoted and became a member of Anbu Black Ops. He was the youngest Hidden Leaf shinobi to achieve Anbu status. He was given a position in Team Ro, an elite Anbu force directly under the command of the Hokage of the Hidden Leaf. He served as a member of Team Ro and collaborated with Tenzo (Yamato), and Kakashi Hatake assumed the role of their captain.
At one point, Kakashi and Itachi worked as a two-man squad. They were tasked to follow Guy, who was on an exchange mission. Guy was supposed to exchange important scrolls with the Prajna Group of the Land of Woods. When the Prajna Group betrayed Guy and launched an attack on Guy and his team, Itachi and Kakashi eliminated the group and completed their mission.
He was tasked with maintaining constant watch on the Uchiha Clan as an Anbu. Fugaku, on the other hand, gave him the responsibility of spying on the village's leaders. Fugaku considered Itachi as the Uchiha clan’s pipeline into the hierarchy of the village. Itachi started acting as a double agent. He was opposed to the concept of a coup.
He believed that doing this would weaken the town's defenses, giving enemy nations the chance to launch an assault on the Hidden Leaf Village, eventually starting a war. This conflict was tearing Itachi from the inside.
Even though he and Shisui tried looking for a method to stop it, the village's ties with the Uchiha clan deteriorated over time. Danzo stole Shisui’s Mangekyo Sharingan, fearing its abilities. Shisui managed to flee and gave his other Mangekyo Sharingan to Itachi, fearing that the clan would launch an attack on the village if they saw his state. After Itachi saw his best friend die, he awakened his Mangekyo Sharingan, something Shisui counted on.
He was later accused of killing Shisui by his fellow clan members. He lost his composure and attacked them. At this point, Itachi lost all hope in his clan, who just focused on their clan and lacked the insight to look at the big picture. He later meets his father in the Naka Shrine, where Fugaku tells him about the Uchiha Stone Tablet and reveals his Mangekyo Sharingan to Itachi. In order to protect the peace in the town and prevent the clan from degrading the Uchiha name, he decided to exterminate the Uchiha Clan. He consented to this task provided his younger brother Sasuke Uchiha would be protected and cared for.
Itachi discovers a masked man while preparing for his attack. After observing him and his techniques, he believed that the masked man was Madara Uchiha. Itachi thought he was working on a scheme to create a conflict within the village and asked him to join forces and slaughter the Uchiha Clan if he agreed to leave the village alone.
He then slaughters his clan members with the help of a masked man and kills his parents, leaving Sasuke as the sole survivor of the Uchiha Clan in the massacre. He uses his Mangekyo Sharingan’s ability to cast a Genjutsu on Sasuke and forces him to witness the death of his parents and clan members over and over again.
He does this to make Sasuke hate him. He hoped that Sasuke would one day kill him to avenge his clan and be renowned as a hero in the Hidden Leaf. Itachi then threatens Danzo with his crow clone. He states that he will reveal village secrets if any harm was to come to Sasuke in Itachi’s absence.
Itachi left the village after the Uchiha Clan Massacre and enlisted in the Akatsuki, an organization he saw as a danger to the Hidden Leaf. The criminal group Akatsuki was made up of misfit ninjas with special skills from different hidden villages. The ultimate objective they aimed toward was global dominance.
Juzo Biwa, a rogue ninja from the Hidden Mist Village and a former member of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, was assigned to Itachi. Itachi and Juzo were met by Yagura Karatachi, Fourth Mizukage, and Jinchuriki of the Three-Tails while on a mission in the Hidden Mist Village. Juzo died during their conflict. Itachi was able to get away by inflicting damage on the Jinchuriki with his Mangekyo Sharingan’s Amaterasu.
Itachi was paired with Kisame Hoshigaki after Juzo's passing. Kisame was a former member of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist and a renegade ninja from the Hidden Mist Village. Itachi and Kisame grew close during their time together as a team and gained respect for one another. At some point in time, Itachi caught a life-threatening disease.
Itachi battled with his illness and prolonged his life using medications just in hopes of battling Sasuke and dying by his hands, which will give solace to Sasuke of avenging his clan and make him the Hero of the Hidden Leaf who eliminated the famous Itachi of the Sharingan.
After Itachi joined the Akstuski, Orochimaru set his eyes on him. He wanted to possess Itachi’s body and his Dojutsu. He attacks Itachi in hopes of stealing his body but finds himself defeated by Itachi in mere seconds. Itachi traps Orochimaru in a paralyzing Genjutsu and severs his left hand.
In the anime, Itachi was going to kill Orochimaru out of disgust for his inhumane experiments, but his apprentice, Kabuto Yakushi, saves Orochimaru. At some point in time, Itachi also recruits Deidara and Hidan with other Akatsuki members.
Itachi and Kisame made an appearance in the Hidden Leaf Village after the death of Hiruzen Sarutobi, who he trusted will take care of Sasuke. Itachi wanted to remind the Hidden Leaf officials that he was still alive and that there would be consequences if they tried to harm Sasuke in any way.
During his visit to Hidden Leaf, he runs into Leaf Jonin, Asuma Sarutobi, and Kurenai Yuhi. Asuma and Kurenai found themselves beat by the pair quite easily. Kakashi’s sudden appearance saved them on the battlefield.
Itachi puts Kakashi under his Tsukuyomi and paralyzes him. Itachi was impressed that Kakashi was able to stand on his feet after experiencing his Tsukuyomi genjutsu. Guy makes an appearance and reveals his technique to counter the prowess of the Sharingan. Guy fights the Sharingan user by predicting their moves by looking at their feet. Itachi and Kisame retreated, and Kakashi was hospitalized due to experiencing the trauma of being in Itachi’s Tsukuyomi.
After confirming Sasuke’s safety, Itachi pursues Naruto Uzumaki, the Nine-Tails Jinchuriki, to avoid suspicion from the Akatsuki and alert Hidden Leaf of the Akatsuki’s goal. When Itachi encounters Naruto, he is confronted by Sasuke. Sasuke tries to kill Itachi with his newly acquired Ninjutsu, Chidori but gets beaten up by Itachi.
Itachi then puts him under Tsukuyomi and makes him relieve the death of their parents and the slaughter of their clan on that fateful day over and over again. Jiraiya makes an entrance to save both genin and traps Itachi and Kisame in his Summoning: Toad Mouth Bind Jutsu. Itachi uses Amaterasu and successfully escapes with Kisame.
During the Kazekage Rescue Mission, Team 7 and Lady Chiyo are intercepted by Itachi. In reality, it was not Itachi in the flesh. Kisame and Itachi used Pain’s (Nagato Uzumaki) Shapeshifting Technique to create body doubles by using sand shinobi as their vessel and controlling them remotely.
As the body double does not possess Itachi’s chakra and the full extent of his prowess, he is defeated by Naruto’s Big Ball Rasengan. Still, he manages to buy other Akatsuki members enough time to extract One-Tail Beast Shukaku from Gaara.
Itachi realizes that his life will soon end from his illness. He decided to have his final battle with Sasuke and die by his hands. Before his battle, Itachi sends a shadow clone to meet with Naruto. Itachi asks Naruto why he is so obsessed with his younger brother and what he will do if Sasuke attacks the Hidden Leaf Village. To Itachi’s surprise, Naruto states that he is more of a brother to Sasuke than he ever was.
If Sasuke ever attacked the Hidden Leaf, he would stop him without killing him. Satisfied with his response, Itachi entrusts Naruto with Shisui’s Mangekyo Sharingan by storing a crow with Shisui’s eye implanted on him. Itachi hoped Sasuke would eventually transplant Itachi’s Mangekyo to gain the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan.
He programmed Shisui’s eye such that when Naruto encounters Itachi’s Mangekyo Sharingan, it will activate and cast Kotoamatsukami on the user, in this situation, Sasuke, and compel him to protect the Hidden Leaf Village.
In his final confrontation with Sasuke, Itachi reveals the secret of the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan. He then battles and makes Sasuke exhaust all of his chakra. As Sasuke is out of chakra, he is now unable to suppress Orochimaru’s chakra and he takes over Sasuke. Itachi then seals Orochimaru with his Sword of Totsuka.
After Itachi successfully seals Orochimaru, he then approaches Sasuke, knowing that Sasuke is now out of danger and he was successful in protecting his younger brother. Itachi succumbs to his illness and injuries and dies with a smile on his face.
During the Fourth Great Ninja War, Kabuto revives Itachi, other Akatsuki members, and many notable individuals in shinobi history using Edo Tensei no Jutsu. Nagato and Itachi are tasked to fight and capture Naruto. His plan fails when Itachi breaks out of Kabuto’s control thanks to Kotoamatsukami performed by Shisui’s eye implanted in Naruto. Itachi then seals Nagato with his Sword of Totsuka.
Itachi tracks Kabuto and sets out to release the Edo Tensei no Jutsu. In his pursuit, he runs into Sasuke, who then follows him in search of answers. Both brothers breach Kabuto’s hideout and confront him. Itachi traps Kabuto in Izanagi and others him to release the jutsu. After the Jutsu is undone, Itachi’s reincarnated body starts to crumble as his soul is no longer bound to the world of the living. In his last act, Itachi puts Sasuke in a genjutsu, shows him his truth, and reveals his true story to Sasuke. Before Itachi returns to the afterlife, Itachi tells Sasuke that no matter what he does, he will always love his younger brother.
As stated by Fugaku himself, Itachi was a kind soul. He always put the needs of others before his own. After experiencing war at a young age, he became a pacifist and dedicated his life to becoming strong enough to bring peace. Being a pacifist, Itachi always avoided battle and bloodshed until necessary. If he had to engage in a battle, he would try to end it as soon as possible with minimum bloodshed while holding himself back.
Itachi always had the best interest of Hidden Leaf Village and its residents in his heart. It is believed that Itachi thought like a Hokage very young. As a kid, he was still naive as he did not possess real-life experience. He observed individuals and situations at a distance and learned from his peers, specially Shisui and Kakashi.
Unlike most shinobi, Itachi was not bound by trivial concepts of clan or team. He always thought about the origin of the village and its future and thought of every citizen of the village as one. Itachi slaughtered his clan, believing a coup would lead to war and eventually destroy the village. When he comes to the conclusion that there is no way to stop the clan from attempting a coup, he slaughters his fellow clan members and sacrifices his family, except Sasuke, for the village's sake.
Itachi also cared a lot about his friends and family. When he lost Shisui, the trauma he went through awakened his Mangekyo Sharingan. He extremely loved his younger brother, Sasuke, as he was willing to sacrifice even the Hidden Leaf for Sasuke’s sake. He made Sasuke hate him and kept him in the dark hoping to die by his hand, which will make Sasuke the hero who killed Itachi, the Clan Killer.
Even after he slaughtered his clan and fled the village, he did not forsake the Hidden Leaf. He joined Akatsuki, a criminal organization he feared could cause trouble for the village and keep them under check.
Itachi had a fair skin tone and was pretty tall. He had black eyes and hair in a low ponytail. He had bangs that ended at his chin. He and Sasuke resemble each other in appearances. He was considered handsome and was very popular among girls his age.
As a genin, he wore a blue shirt and grey shorts, and a weapon pouch strapped with white bandages. He had white bandages around his arms, a HIdden Leaf Headband, and black sandals.
As an Anbu, he dressed in a black shirt and pants with a grey vest. He had white bandages wrapped around his lower legs and grey arm protectors on both his hands, and a Tanto on his back. He used to wear a Hidden Leaf Headband, a face mask with cat ears, and black sandals.
As a member of the Akatsuki, Itachi dressed in their infamous black cloak with red clouds on the outside and the cloak being red from the inside and a slashed Hidden Leaf Headband. Under the cloak, he wore meshed armor and a navy blue t-shirt, a white belt, and navy blue pants, identical to the clothing of the rest of the members.
He wore a necklace with three round rings with red gems inside them and an Akatsuki red ring on his right ring finger with the kanji for vermilion embedded in it. In addition to that, he wore light blue nail polish on his fingers and toes.
He was shown wearing a maroon long sleeve cloak, the same as the other reborn ninjas, along with his dark blue leggings and black open-toed sandals after being reincarnated by Kabuto’s Impure World Reincarnation technique. His hair turns dark grey, his skin turns pale white with linings on his face, and he develops soulless ebony eyes without the irides.
Itachi's skills were unique even among the Uchiha because he could perform jutsu he had never even practiced before after just one brief encounter. At the ripe age of 12, he is the youngest Anbu captain ever in the anime. Shisui, a close friend of his, was his only peer in the Uchiha clan, and even the renowned Sannin Orochimaru declared Itachi to be superior.
Itachi is adaptable because he is a skilled shinobi in all key combat modalities. He became a member of Anbu Black Ops when he was eleven years old and became its youngest member ever. He was particularly adept with swords as well as other ninja weapons like shuriken and kunai. He had water, wind, and fire release ninjutsu very young. Being an Uchiha, he excelled in Fire-Style Ninjutsu.
However, his genjutsu was his well-known strength and fit with his pacifistic attitude. He is an expert illusionist even without the use of his eyes. With the aid of his Tsukuyomi, he is able to mentally disarm his adversaries without having to move a muscle. If the target cannot dispel the illusion, the Tsukuyomi genjutsu can mentally devastate them and terminate combat before it even begins.
Lady Tsunade, the Fifth Hokage, is the only known individual capable of healing the psychological damages caused by Tsukuyomi. The three primary functions of Itachi's Mangekyo Sharingan make it his most distinctive unique ability. The Amaterasu is a tremendously strong offensive tool that is very hard to evade and will burn everything in its path until its target is reduced to ashes.
As a last resort, Susanoo's strength serves as both a perfect defense that protects him from practically any injury and an offensive force. Itachi’s Susanoo also possesses the Totsuka Blade and Yata Mirror, which practically makes him invincible, as stated by Zetsu. Itachi's weakened stamina as a result of his terminal sickness, however, is the fundamental limitation that restricts him and these powers. Repeated use may wear him out.
Itachi excelled in multiple forms of jutsus. Here is a list of the jutsus that Itachi possessed in his arsenal:
Other than the manga and its anime adaptation, Itachi appears in other forms of media as well. Itachi debuts in an ova in the Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival and later gets his own ova, titled Sunny Side Up.
He also appears in Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie. Itachi is a playable character in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 and its later installments and other series-related games. When it comes to novels, Itachi makes his debut in Akatsuki Hiden: Evil Flowers in Full Bloom and also has a novel dedicated to him, which is titled, Naruto: Itachi’s Story, Vol.1: Daylight and Naruto: Itachi’s Story, Vol.2: Midnight.
Here is a list of the games in which Itachi is a playable character:
|Naruto RPG 2: Chidori vs. Rasengan|
|Naruto Shippūden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3|
|Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX|
|Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2|
|Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 3|
|Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special|
|Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive|
|Naruto Shippūden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Council 4|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 2|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3|
|Naruto Shippūden: Shinobi Rumble|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution|
|Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker|
|Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Tribes|
|Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage|
|Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution|
|Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2|
|Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 3|
|Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 4|
|Naruto: Ninja Council 3|
|Naruto: Ninja Destiny|
|Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2|
|Naruto: Shinobi Collection|
|Naruto: Shinobi Collection Shippū Ranbu|
|Naruto: The Broken Bond|
|Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2|
|Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3|
|Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes|
|Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress|
|Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Online|
|Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm|
|Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2|
A. While discreetly collaborating with the town to maintain tabs on the Akatsuki and prevent them from assaulting the Hidden Leaf Village, Itachi was publically denounced as a traitor to the Hidden Leaf.
A. Although it is not confirmed in the series, the development of depressions along the tear ducts is often regarded as an indication of extreme stress.
A. Tapping Sasuke on his forehead was Itachi’s way of showing affection towards him. It is also significant that he quits doing this in his final appearance to symbolize his brother's maturation.