Shisui Uchiha, commonly referred to as Shisui: The Teleporter or Shisui of the Body Flicker is a fictional character who frequently appears in the Naruto series. He was a fan favorite Uchiha Clan member who left a mark on fans as soon as he appeared on the show.
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Shisui Uchiha is a well-known member of the prestigious Uchiha Clan and one of the select few who had the honor of gaining access to the Mangekyo Sharingan's abilities. Not only that, he was also able to harness its entire potential.
Shisui graduated from the Hidden Leaf Ninja Academy when the Five Great Nations were engaged in the Third Great Ninja War. He was fairly young when he got assigned to a genin squad and lost his comrade and friend in a mission. This incident introduced Shisui to the cruel life of a shinobi. This incident caused great trauma for young Shisui, as a result, he awakened his Mangekyo Sharingan as he blamed himself for the unfortunate death of his comrade.
Shisui had a brother-like bond with Itachi Uchiha and taught him many things in his life. Before he committed suicide, he entrusted everything to his best friend, Itachi, and gave him the responsibility of saving the Uchiha name from getting sullied.
|Alias||Shisui: The Teleporter/Shisui of the Body Flicker|
|First Appearance in Anime||Naruto Shippuden Episode 156: The Assembly of the Five Kage - Painful Decision|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Hidenobu Kiuchi Kengo Kawanishi (Child)|
|English Voice Actor||Nicolas Roye|
|Affiliation||Hidden Leaf Village|
Shisui was born in the renowned Uchiha clan. Very little is known about his lineage other than the fact that he was the sole breadwinner for a family of three. His father was bedridden and ill as he lost a leg in the last war which caused the decline in his health. At some point, his father even stopped recognizing him.
Although it brought him great sorrow, he acknowledged that everybody dies someday and was prepared for his father’s passing, believing that it might be the best thing for his father. It is also stated that he is a descendent of Kagami Uchiha, a renowned jonin who was a member of Second HokageTobirama Senju’s Escort Unit.
While the Third Great Ninja War was raging, consuming many lives on the battlefield, Shisui graduated from the Hidden Leaf Ninja Academy and became a genin. Following his graduation, he was assigned to a genin squad and started completing the assigned missions, gaining a name for himself along the way. He became renowned as Shisui of the Body Flicker or Shisui: The Teleporter for his mastery of the Body Flicker Technique.
At the ripe age of just seven years old, Shisui witnessed his friend and comrade die in battle. Due to the dire situation, he was helpless at that moment and couldn’t do anything other than watch his friend die in front of him. This inflicted great trauma on the young boy and he awakened the Mangekyo Sharingan when he was seven years old. Although it is not stated explicitly, Shisui is probably the youngest member of the Uchiha Clan to awaken the Mangekyo Sharingan. When exactly he awakened his Sharingan and what caused its awakening is not stated in the series.
A year after this traumatizing incident, Shisui met five-year-old Itachi Uchiha, training in the woods. He became fond of young Itachi and started spending time with him. He even trained with him from time to time, teaching Itachi his techniques. After some time, approximately 2 years later, he was promoted to the rank of a Jonin. He became the captain of Team Shisui.
As time passed on, shinobi from the Five Great Nations started fearing Shisui. During a mission, Ao of the Hidden Mist Village sensed Shisui’s presence on the battlefield and retreated with his squad as he knew that they did not stand a chance against him.
The Uchiha clan was not satisfied with their status in the village. The Uchiha clan felt that they were not trusted by the village higher-ups, which worsened when they were suspected to be the proprietor of the Nine-Tails Attack on the village. They were forced to relocate further away from the village.
As their status deteriorated, they became angrier with the village and started planning a coup d'état to seize power in the village. Shisui was not on board with this development and started looking for ways to avoid a clash between the clan and the village. He wanted to resolve this issue peacefully without any bloodshed.
After Itachi became a member of Anbu Black Ops, he became the Uchiha clan’s pipeline in the Hidden Leaf’s hierarchy and was tasked to spy on the higher-ups for the clan. Little did they know that Itachi was acting as a double agent and was spying on the clan for the village as well. After the clan noticed some odd behavior in Itachi, Shisui was assigned to track and keep an eye on Itachi from the Hidden Leaf Military Police Force.
Shisui sympathized with Itachi, as he was also against a coup but he was struggling to find a way to resolve this peacefully. On the other hand, the clan members grew angrier for being suspected to be involved in the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox’s attack on the village. As the situation grew dire, he trusted Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village, and informed him about the situation at hand. Being the descendent of Kagami Uchiha, Hiruzen’s former trusted teammate, he assigned Shisui as a spy and tasked him to track the clan’s movements. With this new development, Shisui started acting as a double agent as well.
As he witnessed how the situation unfolded, he realized that he wouldn't be able to deter the Uchiha clan members from their plan to launch a coup. Shisui was greatly concerned about the consequences the coup would cause and how it would affect the village and its citizens. As a last resort, he decided to use his Kotoamatsukami on Fugaku Uchiha, the leader of the Uchiha Clan, during one of their clan meetings and make him abandon the notion of going to war against the village.
Although Hiruzen supported his decision as there was no other way to end this peacefully, Danzo Shimura did not approve of this. Danzo believed that simply manipulating the clan’s leader would not suffice and that they needed to eliminate the clan. Danzo feared that Shisui would hit Kotoamatsukami on village higher-ups and control them. Danzo decided to steal Shisui’s eyes and use them to protect the village in his own twisted way.
While Shisui was preparing for his action, he was attacked by Danzo. Shisui effortlessly countered Danzo and subdued him. To Shisui’s surprise, Danzo used Izanagi, a Forbidden Jutsu, and caught him off guard. He performed Izanagi with one of the Sharingans in his possession and stole Shisui’s right eye. Shisui realized that the situation is not in his favor and managed to escape. Danzo’s men started pursuing to retrieve his left eye as well.
Shisui managed to shake off his pursuers and escaped. He realized his inability to stop the coup. He knew that Danzo would not stop coming after his other eye and that he could not return to the clan in this state as it would fuel their anger against the village. He then decided to entrust everything to his best friend, Itachi.
He entrusted his left eye to Itachi and committed suicide by jumping off a cliff into the Naka River. He entrusted Itachi to protect the village and not let the Uchiha name be sullied because of the actions of some. He also hoped to awaken Itachi’s Mangekyo by his death, which he succeeded in. Shisui jumped off the cliff and died with a smile on his face.
Shisui wrote a suicide note and stated that he could not go through with the coup, which forced him to commit suicide. He even made it seem like he crushed his eyes while jumping off the cliff to avoid conflict over his eyes within the clan. He even went as far as to erase his body’s existence and left no corpse behind due to which Kabuto Yakushi was not able to reincarnate him in the Fourth Great Ninja War.
Shisui was a gentle and kind soul. Even though he was exceptionally skilled and strong, even in the Uchiha Clan, he was very humble and down to earth. He never belittled anyone for being weaker than him and also treated everyone with respect and kindness.
Unlike most members of the Uchiha clan, he was open-minded and did not foolishly follow a single ideology. He was loyal to the clan but at the same time, he cared for the well-being of the village and his fellow citizens. His vision was not limited to his clan, he saw the village as a whole, all being part of a big family.
Shisui was very perceptive. He was capable of noticing the smallest details around him and understanding others’ emotions. Shisui cared deeply for his family. Even though his father was gravely ill and did not recognize him, he always cared for him deeply. Shisui also cared for Itachi like a big brother, and always looked after him. He taught Itachi about self-sacrifice, and that being a nameless shinobi who works from the shadows for the well-being of others is the true mark of a shinobi.
Shisui was devoted to his clan. It was because of his devotion that no one believed he committed suicide, and everyone suspected Itachi of his murder. Itachi believed that if Shisui were alive, he probably would have not supported his choice to massacre the clan and would have gone against Itachi to protect the clan.
Shisui believed that self-sacrifice is the true mark of a great shinobi. He knew that Danzo’s hunger for power would lead him to make another attempt to acquire Shisui’s left eye. He also knew that if he went to the clan in such a state, that would surely lead to war. To avoid all this, he chose the path of self-sacrifice. He entrusted his eye to Itachi and jumped off a cliff into the Naka River, killing himself. He was also concerned about his corpse falling into the wrong hands, so he went as far as to erase his existence. His corpse was never found. Due to this decision of his, Kabuto was unable to reincarnate Shisui and use him against the Allied Shinobi Force in the war.
Shisui valued the importance of family. Itachi once stated that Naruto’s personality is similar to Shisui in that regard. Even in conflict, he never let anything get between him and Itachi. Like Itachi, Shisui was also a pacifist. He always avoided bloodshed and always tried to resolve conflicts peacefully This can be confirmed by his use of Genjutsu. Even though he possessed great combat abilities, he used genjutsu to scare his opponents away and avoid bloodshed. Even though Danzo tried to steal his eye, he used Genjutsu on him to subdue him.
Shisui had short, dark hair and dark colored eyes with a broad nose and distinct eyelashes. Shisui resembled Kagami Uchiha in appearance.
As a kid, he wore a high-collared dark t-shirt with gray shorts, a standard Uchiha outfit, with a weapon carrier attached to his right leg. He also had a Tanto strapped to the right side of his back with a harness. He fashioned a Hidden Leaf Headband and his lower legs and ankles were covered with white bandages paired with standard black sandals.
As a young adult, he fashioned a dark blue outfit paired with his flak jacket, an indicator of his Jonin status. He wore a Hidden Leaf Headband and a weapon carrier attached to his right thigh and lower back. He wore standard black sandals with his lower legs and ankles covered in white bandages.
Even within the renowned Uchiha clan, Shisui Uchiha stood out as one of the most gifted and feared shinobi Konoha had ever produced. He graduated from the Hidden Leaf Ninja Academy at a fairly young age, and less than four years later, he was appointed to the rank of a Jonin. He was so dreaded by shinobi in all the Great Five Nations that when a squad from Hidden Mist Village led by Ao detected Shisui's presence, they all withdrew. He was known as Shisui of the Body Flicker because of his agility, speed, and utilization of the Body Flickering Technique.
He was capable of Yin Release in addition to having control over the three chakra natures of Fire, Wind, and Lightning releases. Shisui had a significant amount of Fire Style jutsu expertise. The Great Fireball Jutsu, the signature Uchiha Ninjutsu, allowed him to produce a huge fireball that was enormous even by Uchiha standards. His skill in Genjutsu and Taijutsu developed early on as well. Additionally, Shisui was skilled in Shuriken Jutsu, which he later taught to Itachi Uchiha.
He was one of the few people in the clan's history to be able to awaken the legendary Mangekyo Sharingan, along with the majority of other Uchiha clan members who also possessed the Sharingan. Shisui was able to utilize the Susanoo and the Kotoamatsukami after awakening the Mangekyo Sharingan. Shisui possessed such command of his Mangekyo Sharingan that in a cutscene from Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, he demonstrated his ability to use Susanoo while missing one eye.
Shisui Uchiha, known as Shisui of the Body Flicker for his agility, speed, and use of body flickering techniques, was feared throughout the Great Five Nations. His title indicates that he was able to maneuver with such speed and agility that sensory ninjas were unable to spot him. Additionally, he had the ability to produce numerous tangible after images that could actually use strike force to assault the opponent.
Shisui Uchiha possessed a special skill known as Kotoamatsukami that he alone was capable of using. He was able to throw a subtle but potent mind-controlling Genjutsu on any victim in his line of sight after obtaining Mangekyo Sharingan. Since Kotoamatsukami produces false experiences, it is praised as a Genjutsu of the finest caliber because the victim was never aware that they were being affected by it and instead believed that everything they did was of their own free will. It plants an idea in the victim’s mind and makes them believe that it was their own idea.
Other than his mastery of these unique abilities, Shisui also possessed numerous Jutsus with exceptional mastery over them. Although information regarding his entire arsenal is not available, here is a list of the known Justus that Shisui mastered:
Other than the manga and anime adaptation of the Naruto series, Shisui is also a vital part of novels, games, and OVAs related to the series. Shisui makes his debut in the novel category with the release of Itachi Shinden: Book of Bright Light. Shisui is also a part of OVAs of the series, making his debut with Ninja Escapades. Shisui Uchiha is also a playable character in the following games related to the series:
|Game name||Japanese release||English release|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing||14 July 2016||24 August 2016|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4||4 February 2016||9 February 2016|
|Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution||11 September 2014||16 September 2014|
|Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker||30 August 2018||31 August 2018|
|Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage||22 November 2017||22 November 2017|
|Naruto: Shinobi Collection||2014||-|
|Naruto: Shinobi Collection Shippū Ranbu||27 July 2015||-|
|Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Online||14 April 2013||20 July 2016|
I don't even know if there is such a thing as justice in the shinobi world. We fight believing in our own justice. But if the enemy is doing the same thing, who's right?
To Itachi - You're my best friend and the only one I can count on… Protect the village… and the Uchiha name.
A. Shisui committed suicide by jumping off a cliff with a smile on his face. He was attacked by Danzo and his men and his right eye was stolen. He knew if he went to the clan in such a state, it would fuel their anger and cause a war between the clan and the village. In order to avoid that, he committed suicide and entrusted everything to his best friend, Itachi Uchiha.
A. Shisui Uchiha is a descendant of Kagami Uchiha. Kagami Uchiha was a former partner and friend of the Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi. Kagami Uchiha was part of a 12 shinobi group, formed by the Second Hokage, Tobirama Senju, of his most trusted students which also included Hiruzen and Danzo.
A. Shisui Uchiha was seen using Susanoo in a cutscene of Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Storm Revolution game. He was visualized using a Susanoo with only one Mangekyo Sharingan at his disposal.