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sasuke uchiha

Character outline


Sasuke's childhood, as told over the course of Naruto manga volume twenty-five, was spent living in the shadow of his older brother, Itachi Uchiha, whose natural abilities had made him the pride of the Uchiha clan. As a result, Sasuke's family largely ignored him, forcing Sasuke to constantly try to win their recognition. Sasuke, however, was never able to surpass the milestones set in place by his brother, leaving Itachi to be the only one to appreciate Sasuke's efforts.[16] It was not until Itachi had a falling out with his family that Sasuke began to receive his family's attention, his father in particular taking a keen interest in Sasuke's training. In tandem with finally being able to enjoy his family's company, Sasuke was encouraged to not follow in Itachi's footsteps.[17]

Upon returning home from ninja school one day, Sasuke found the street littered with the corpses of the Uchiha clan. After running home to alert his family to the tragedy, Sasuke found Itachi standing over their parents' bodies. Realizing Itachi was responsible for the murders, Sasuke ran for safety, only to be stopped by Itachi's proclamation that he would be spared. Sasuke, having always been trying to surpass Itachi, was as a result the only person who could someday prove a match for him.[18] Wanting to eventually test his abilities with Sasuke's own, Itachi encouraged Sasuke to get stronger by living a life of hate and anger, with the sole purpose in life being to avenge the clan. Itachi left, and Sasuke was left to consider his words in the absence of family. Longing for the love of his parents that he was now denied, Sasuke agreed to live his life as Itachi had instructed, wanting to kill his brother at all costs.[19]


After his assignment to Team 7 at the start of the series, Sasuke displays an immediate confidence in his abilities. He is as such unwilling to work with his teammates, Naruto Uzumaki or Sakura Haruno, believing their skills to pale in comparison to his own and therefore making them useless if he is to ever kill Itachi.[20] These perceptions are quickly proven wrong, for despite their failings, Sakura is an excellent source of information and competition with Naruto acts as an effective way to get stronger.[21] While his confidence in himself is ever-present throughout the series, Sasuke slowly begins to rely on those close to him over the course of Part I. This begins to result in his risking his own life to save those of his friends, even though his death would leave him unable to gain vengeance on Itachi.[22] He becomes complacent with his life in Konohagakure, satisfied with the speed of his growth as a ninja.

Similar to how Itachi used the slaughter of the Uchiha clan to measure his ability, Sasuke uses his battles with the various characters he meets in Part I to gauge his increase in strength. Through his battles with Haku, Rock Lee, and Gaara, Sasuke is able to test his abilities against those of progressively stronger ninja, discover his weakpoints, and carry away something new from the battle. Once Naruto begins to prove his worth, Sasuke starts to yearn for a battle with him as well.[23] Naruto, however, gains strength at a much more rapid rate than Sasuke, even learning the Rasengan, an attack stronger than Sasuke's Chidori. This, coupled with Sasuke's quick defeat by Itachi during the Return of Itachi arc, leads Sasuke to believe his growth is slowing. In an attempt to reassess his strength, he begins to treat his friends as opponents so as to test his abilities against their own.[24]

Dissatisfied with his progress in Konoha and believing Orochimaru holds the keys to getting strong enough to kill Itachi, Sasuke defects from Konoha at the end of Part I.[25] Naruto, the character Sasuke comes to consider his closest friend, tries to stop him, but Sasuke only tries to kill Naruto, believing his friend's death will grant him the strength needed to kill Itachi.[19] He is ultimately unable to bring himself to kill Naruto, realizing that is what Itachi would want, and instead continues on to Orochimaru.[26] In the two-and-a-half years he spends with Orochimaru, Sasuke's goal to kill Itachi takes precedence above all else, such that he is willing to give his body to Orochimaru if it means gaining the strength he needs.[27] Sasuke also comes to abandon his loyalties to others once they are of no further use to him, turning against Orochimaru after reaching the conclusion he can learn nothing else of value.[28] While he pays no allegiance to his allies, old or new, in Part II, Sasuke cannot bring himself to harm those he has never met before, and makes it a point to prevent their deaths when possible.[29]


Sasuke is able to easily grasp most ninja-related abilities. Throughout the series he displays great proficiency with the Uchiha clan's signature fire and weapon-based techniques, surprising his teacher, Kakashi Hatake, during their first training session.[30] Of the abilities gained through his Uchiha lineage, Sasuke most commonly uses the Sharingan, a unique eye condition that grants him a variety of advantages in battle. For the duration of Part I, Sasuke's Sharingan continues to develop, granting him new abilities in the process. When it first forms Sasuke is given the ability to pick up and react to fast-moving opponents,[31] and in a subsequent arc he is able to mimic Rock Lee's speed for his own personal usage.[32] Once fully manifesting itself at the end of Part I, Sasuke is even able to use his Sharingan to predict the movements of others, allowing him to dodge an attack before it is made.[33] In Part II, Sasuke starts to use his Sharingan to cast genjutsu, illusionary techniques with which he can manipulate and confuse others.[34]

Like the Sharingan, Orochimaru's influence is a recurring element of Sasuke's abilities. During their first encounter during the Chunin Exam arc, Sasuke is branded with a cursed seal, which grants him a brief surge in strength and speed when active. Though he is left exhausted after its usage, Sasuke's various uses of the seal cause him to crave more of its power.[35] As such, Sasuke forces his seal to a second level, drastically changing his appearance when active and giving him a boost in chakra.[36] Once he begins training under Orochimaru, Sasuke learns to summon snakes, which he can call upon in battle to help attack or defend.[37] Orochimaru also uses their time together to enhance Sasuke's physical abilities, such that neither Naruto nor Sakura are a match for him during their first reencounter in Part II.[38] After absorbing Orochimaru into his body, Sasuke gains access to his unique abilities, such as healing from injuries in short periods of time.[39]

Prior to Sasuke's defection, Kakashi Hatake teaches him how to use the Chidori in an attempt to steer him away from Orochimaru.[24] The Chidori, a collection of lightning-based chakra in the user's hand, serves as a rapid thrusting attack that severely damages any target. While Sasuke is able to put the Chidori to great use during Part I, his usage of the attack is somewhat limited in Part II. Instead, Sasuke employs variants of the technique, using the fundamentals behind the Chidori to create a number of new abilities. Sasuke's first display of such an ability involves emitting electricity from his body as a shield and then sending it along the blade of his chokutō to increase its cutting potential.[40] He later proves able to mold electricity into more solid forms such as throwing needles,[41] and even harnesses the power and speed of natural lightning for his own personal use. Because of the amount of energy required to create the Chidori, Sasuke can only use it twice a day under his own power for the duration of Part I.[42] In Part II, a limit on his number of uses for the Chidori or its variants has yet to be seen.

Plot overview

For the first half of Part I, Sasuke accompanies Team 7 in its various endeavors and training sessions. After his encounter with Orochimaru during the Chunin Exams, who begins to manipulate Sasuke into his custody, Sasuke starts to act independently of Naruto and Sakura, pursuing his own opponents and being the only one to train with Kakashi.[43] After Itachi's brief return to Konoha and Sasuke's simultaneous defeat by him, Sasuke becomes dissatisfied with what he has learned whilst a member of Team 7.[24] Believing Orochimaru will be able to give him the strength needed to kill Itachi, Sasuke goes to him, severing his ties with Konoha in the process.[25] Naruto follows him for the duration of the Sasuke Retrieval arc in an effort to stop him, and the two ultimately do battle. Neither is able to bring themselves to finish off the other, and the two go their separate ways. Sasuke eventually arrives at Orochimaru's hideout, ready to gain strength, no matter what the cost.[26]

The remaining members of Team 7 spend the bulk of Part II trying to find and subsequently retrieve Sasuke. Their efforts are not successful until the Sasuke and Sai arc, where Sasuke finally makes his Part II debut. Team 7, however, is no match for Sasuke, and they are left unable to stop him from escaping with Orochimaru.[27] Soon afterwards Sasuke, satisfied he has learned all he can from his new master, turns against a weakened Orochimaru before the latter can steal his body.[28] Though Orochimaru attempts to force a body switch, Sasuke is able to reverse the process, absorbing Orochimaru and allowing him to put his plans to find Itachi into motion.[44] Sasuke forms Snake, a team of individuals assembled to aid him in finding Itachi. After their search of the Naruto world, they track Itachi down. Snake's purpose fulfilled, Sasuke leaves them behind and goes to kill Itachi; the two are currently engaged in battle.

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