Itachi Uchiha is one of the most beloved Naruto characters. Introduced in the story as a villain that stood in Sasuke’s path, Itachi played the role of an obstacle for his brother to surpass. Feared across the entire world of shinobi, Itachi’s skills were considered to be nothing short of impeccable. As a member of the Uchiha Clan, it was expected of him to have excellent visual prowess. However, his skill was such that he went far beyond the level of an average Uchiha, even as a kid.
Itachi awakened the special power of the Uchiha, known as the Sharingan, at quite the young age of 8. Soon after, he went on to master this eye to a great degree and earned the admiration of some of the most incredible shinobi, such as Orochimaru. But, Itachi’s true strength didn’t blossom until much later, when he finally awakened his Mangekyo Sharingan while serving as a member of the ANBU.
The Mangekyo Sharingan is quite a complex power that awakens within just a few members of the Uchiha Clan. This power is considered to be an evolved and much stronger form of the regular Sharingan. Expectedly, it makes an Uchiha much more threatening and powerful than they are without it; however, at the same time, the hatred in their heart grows with it. Awakening the Mangekyo Sharingan is quite tricky as it cannot be tapped into simply by training or evolved by working on visual prowess. To gain this power, one must witness the death of one of their loved ones. The pain resulting from the loss of love is what causes a regular Sharingan to turn into a Mangekyo Sharingan.
In Itachi’s case, Things were no different. Around the time when he served as an ANBU captain, the Uchiha clan planned a coup d’etat to overthrow the then Hokage of the village. Itachi and Shisui attempted to stop the clan from revolting. Unfortunately, due to Danzo’s interference, Shisui suffered tremendously and lost one of his eyes. Entrusting the other one to Itachi, Shisui committed suicide. Witnessing this made Itachi’s Sharingan evolve into a Mangekyo Sharingan.
These eyes granted him tremendous power and made him much stronger than he was before, however, the price to pay for this was just as great. As with all Mangekyo Sharingan users, Itachi became colder and full of pain that resulted from the death of his best friend. He then proceeded to use this eye to help destroy his very own clan in an attempt to protect the village. Shortly after, he abandoned the village and was branded as a murderer, living his life in disgrace until the moment he died.
Itachi ended up joining the Akatsuki, where he served as one of their strongest members, thanks to the powers of his Mangekyo Sharingan. Itachi’s visual prowess was such that Orochimaru, one of the members of the Akatsuki at the time, attempted to steal his body, yet managed to lose to him without him even lifting a finger. Without a doubt, Itachi’s visual powers were one of the greatest seen in the Naruto story.
The Mangekyo Sharingan is quite an incredible eye that offers everything that a Sharingan does, only better and on a greater scale. Just like the regular Sharingan, this eye can see through ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu completely and copy jutsu that aren’t Kekkei Genkai. Furthermore, it takes the Sharingan’s ability to read fast and intricate movements and makes it much better. However, the true power of the Mangekyo Sharingan doesn’t lie in these rather smaller abilities. Unlike the Sharingan, this eye offers two unique powers to every user, one to be used through each eye. Itachi Uchiha had some of the most overpowered abilities at his disposal. Through his left eye, he was able to access the power of Tsukuyomi, which was known to be a powerful genjutsu capable of manipulating space and time itself.
Once caught in the Tsukuyomi, escape is practically impossible and even a second in that world can be made to feel like an eternity since Itachi has complete control over both time and space. What’s more, the pain felt in the world of Tsukuyomi can actually kill a person, making it the only genjutsu capable of doing so. Itachi killed his girlfriend, Izumi with this technique by making her see out her entire life within the blink of an eye and die of old age.
Through his right eye, he could use the black flames of Amaterasu. These flames are known to be the highest form of Fire Release and fall under the category of Blaze Release. Amaterasu is incredibly difficult to counter and burns through anything. Not even the mightiest of shinobi can counter this ability unless they possess the power to absorb it or they evade it completely. Upon contact, Amaterasu keeps burning until the target is incinerated completely. These flames are known to be inextinguishable, meaning not even rain or the highest form of Water Release can douse them.
Finally, the strongest power of Itachi’s Mangekyo Sharingan was the Susanoo. As with every Mangekyo Sharingan user, the Susanoo is the ultimate ability for Itachi as well. Although Itachi couldn’t manifest a full-body Susanoo, he could still use a very powerful variant of it with two ethereal weapons, the Yata Mirror and the Totsuka Blade. With the Yata Mirror, he could counter any and all jutsu with ease, and with the Totsuka Blade, Itachi could seal anyone in a world of genjutsu for eternity by piercing their body with it. All in all, Itachi’s powers were terrific – seeing as Zetsu named him invincible in combat despite being ravaged by a disease. Had Itachi not been ill and pursued power, he could very well have been among the very strongest characters in the series.
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