The Naruto anime took its time to expose the facts about the circumstances preceding the slaughter of Uchiha, by Itachi Uchiha.
As such as his character growth advanced during the series, fans’ feelings about Itachi have fluctuated.
Let’s unpack the circumstances that led to the slaughter of Uchiha and why Itachi really destroyed his Clan.
Who is Itachi? and What are his Abilities?
Before fans can comprehend the Uchihas’ massacre, They need to first look at who Itachi is.
Itachi was born a powerful ninja as the firstborn child of the Uchiha clan chief, and many praised him as the strongest of his generation.
He, however, from an early age, experienced numerous massacres.
The Third Shinobi World War was one of the important incidents that impressed him.
Itachi can be considered as the most powerful Uchiha, second to only Madara Uchiha.
The atrocities of war led him to become a pacifist, and he set out to become the finest possible ninja, so that both warfare and violence will be erased from the world in the future.
Itachi graduated from the Shinobi Academy early on and became the captain of Anbu at the age of 11. Itachi agreed to slaughter his entire clan two years later, saving only his younger brother.
Chakra and Physical Prowess
Itachi’s chakra was normally high as an Uchiha, though it is unclear if his real reserves affected his terminal disease.
In a single day, just three uses of his Mangekyō Sharingan left him unable to use his Sharingan and he would take considerable rest to recover his strength afterward.
This also saved him from fighting in extended fights. However, Itachi had very refined chakra power that compensated for this, including being able to execute his techniques with single-handed seals.
Itachi was able to summon crows, which he would usually call out in flocks to surround and distract enemies.
He also introduced crows into self-clones that would provoke attacks from opponents. He was also able to create shadow clones from which he could draw opponents before exploding.
Itachi was also well-versed in fūinjutsu, particularly those that would activate in the presence of the Sharingan of a particular person.
Itachi became proficient in stealth, infiltration, and assassination from his time in Anbu.
Fire, Water, Wind, Yin, and Yang Release included the transformations of Itachi’s nature.
He had a natural affinity for Fire Release as an Uchiha, learning the Great Fireball Technique of the clan at a very young age.
To increase their offensive capacities, he would also coat shuriken with fire. With Water Release, without an external water supply, Itachi could execute the Water Dragon Bullet Technique, as well as mold existing water into tendrils to attack his opponents from all directions.
Itachi trained in genjutsu, consistent with his pacifist nature, where the visions would usually include crows.
Considered to be one of the strongest users of Konohagakure, even without the aid of his Sharingan, his illusions have remarkable strength, capable of effortlessly influencing his targets while on guard without them understanding it and even carrying them out by merely pointing at his target.
Ao is noted to have such strong prowess that he could use genjutsu to manipulate other persons outside the context of the Sensor Division as well.
Itachi could even use genjutsu to exchange knowledge or enemies with psychological difficulties, enabling him to quickly stop the war.
Since seeing the death of his team-mate Tenma Izumo, Itachi was able to awaken the Sharingan at the age of eight, and shortly after perfected it.
He showed ability and power superior to other members of his clan from a young age. His prowess and feats with it gained him considerable renown in the anime as “Itachi of the Sharingan”.
With limited drain on his chakra numbers, he continues to keep his Sharingan engaged nearly continuously.
The Sharingan helps Itachi to see the chakra flow, anticipate motions, and make his use of genjutsu simpler. He could turn their genjutsu against them against other genjutsu users. Also, he could execute Izanami with the Sharingan, a complement to the more dangerous Izanagi.
Itachi was a highly intelligent person who, considering the age gaps at the academy, had the second-highest scores in the history of the Academy after Minato Namikaze, with Itachi graduating at age 7 and Minato at age 10.
Why Did Itachi Decide To Wipe Out His Clan?
Many have been wary of the Uchiha clan since the founding days of Hidden Leaf Village.
The rebellion by Madara Uchiha against the village of Konoha began to ignite terror and distrust in the hearts of many.
The nine-tailed fox assault further cemented the Uchiha clan’s suspicions of the inhabitants, and the advisors of the village grew suspicious.
The village leader agreed, with fears mounting, to limit the Uchiha clan to the outskirts of the village. The Uchihas were made angry by this omission. Itachi’s father, the chief of the tribe, took his son into the black ops of Anbu, where he began to spy on the village and other clans to try a coup.
However, at this stage, Itachi is already a spy for Danzo, the village advisor. Itachi felt that he was helping the cause of peace through his double-agent status. Danzo claimed that the Uchihas would incite another war if left unchecked.
Itachi informed Danzo of the coup preparations for his kin, and Danzo tricked Itachi into thinking that without bloodshed, the coup could not be thwarted.
He stole the eye of Shisui, causing Itachi to become conflicted as to who he should trust.
Danzo eventually played on the trauma and naivety of Itachi to trick him into murdering the Uchiha clan. Itachi wished that another Shiboi war and the destruction of many human lives would be avoided.
What Are The Consequences For His Actions?
Sasuke, the brother he saved, was led by Itachi on a path of revenge and retribution.
He claimed that only Sasuke could blame him for the genocide he had perpetrated, and he needed Sasuke, his brother, to be powerful enough to kill him.
To avenge the deaths of his clan, Sasuke left the village and began his journey to becoming more powerful than Itachi. In exchange, this caused Naruto to go on his own journey to become stronger and return Sasuke to the village.
The Uchiha massacre helped form Sasuke, and Naruto, in exchange, became two of the most powerful Shinobi Konoha ever known.
Sasuke went on several occasions to try to conquer Itachi but managed to lose. The day came when Itachi was confronted by Sasuke and was powerful enough to destroy his brother. Since murdering him, Sasuke finally discovered the truth about his brother’s motive.
After Itachi’s death, after Sasuke acquired all Itachi’s powers, Sasuke and Naruto defeated Madara and Obito.
Naruto and Sasuke freed the Shinobi world from the limitless Tsukuyomi by destroying Madara and Obito, who should have imprisoned the world as a whole in a dream-like delusion.
His brother would never have achieved his abilities or been able to help Naruto defeat Madara and Obito if Itachi had not saved his younger brother and not massacred the Uchiha clan.