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Naruto Shippuden is one of the most popular and influential anime series of all time, with a rich and complex story that spans hundreds of episodes and several spin-offs. The series follows the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. Along the way, he faces many enemies and challenges, both from within and outside his world.

One of the characters that Naruto and his friends encounter is Izuna Uchiha, the younger brother of Madara Uchiha, the founder and leader of the Uchiha clan. Izuna was a shinobi of the Uchiha clan, who lived during the warring states era, before the formation of the hidden villages.

He, along with his brother Madara, were renowned as the clan’s two strongest members in their lifetime, and the first to awaken the Mangekyō Sharingan, a rare and powerful eye technique.

But who is Izuna, and how did he become the co-founder of the Uchiha clan? What are his motives and goals, and how does he relate to the other characters in the series? In this article, we will explore the backstory, abilities, and role of Izuna Uchiha in the anime Naruto Shippuden, and try to answer some of these questions.

All about Izuna Uchiha

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  • Birthdate: February 10 Search_Icon.svg
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Part II: 24
  • Status: Deceased
  • Height: Part II: 174.8 cm
  • Weight: Part II: 55.9 kg
  • Blood type: O
  • Kekkei Genkai: Sharingan/Mangekyō Sharingan
  • Clan: Uchiha Clan
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Izuna Uchiha’s Background

Before the era of ninja villages, Izuna was one of the five sons born to Tajima Uchiha. However, three of his brothers died at the hands of the Senju, leaving the second eldest Izuna and his oldest brother Madara. Alongside Madara, Izuna was considered one of the most gifted members of the Uchiha. Izuna often competed with his brother as training.

As a child growing up during the war-torn era, Izuna once accompanied his father on a mission to kill Hashirama Senju, whom Madara – albeit unknowingly – had been meeting. Once there, Izuna and his father were confronted by Butsuma and Tobirama Senju, the latter of whom he acknowledged by name.

As Izuna clashed with Tobirama, unbeknownst to him, Butsuma had launched an attack at him, hoping to strike him down and gain an advantage at defeating the evenly-matched Tajima. This attack, however, was deflected by his brother Madara who had intervened between the two sides along with Hashirama. Izuna later showed shock when Madara noted that Hashirama was stronger than he was, but was later elated to see that his brother had awakened his Sharingan.

As the battles between the two clans raged on, Izuna awakened his own Sharingan and became one of the first two Uchiha to awaken the Mangekyō Sharingan, alongside his older brother. With their newly obtained power, the two brothers became the heads of the clan, with Madara becoming its leader.

During a battle with Tobirama, Izuna was mortally wounded by Tobirama’s technique. With Madara quickly rushing to Izuna’s aid, Hashirama pleaded with Madara to come to peaceful terms. Seeing his brother begin to consider this offer, Izuna told his brother not to listen to their lies, ultimately making Madara retreat with Izuna.

When Madara later returned to the battlefield, he revealed that the injury inflicted on Izuna was fatal. At the last moments of his life, the dying Izuna had given Madara his eyes so his brother could obtain the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan to protect their clan from its growing number of enemies and the Senju. Because of the blindness caused by overuse of a Mangekyō Sharingan, many people came to believe that Madara took Izuna’s eyes by force to regain his sight.

Izuna Uchiha’s Personality

Izuna Uchiha was a harmonic and devoted person, who wished for his clan to have peace and stability. He also appeared to be very competitive with his brother, Madara, in terms of skill as they would often spar with one another in an attempt to hone these skills. Izuna looked up to Madara greatly and was even in disbelief when as children, Madara admitted to being weaker than Hashirama.

Likewise, Izuna was elated when Madara awakened his Sharingan shortly after. As he grew older, Izuna’s love for his clan grew and he fought fiercely to protect it. He distrusted the Senju clan, even asking Madara, while severely wounded, not to fall for Hashirama’s “false” truce proposals.

He looked up to his older brother and was so close to Madara that he even gave him his eyes as a dying gift as a means of ensuring that Madara will be able to better protect the clan’s future.

In the anime, because of the Sharingan’s ability to see past any attempt to blind the user, Izuna felt pity for those who did not possess one, viewing it as a curse. He also willingly went to his grave telling his brother not to trust the Senju as it would mean the demise of their own clan, something that came to pass when the Uchiha planned a coup in the village.

The Backstory of Izuna

Izuna’s backstory is revealed in the sequel series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, which focuses on the next generation of ninjas, including Naruto’s son Boruto. In the anime, Izuna’s past is shown in a flashback, where it is revealed that he was one of the five sons born to Tajima Uchiha, the patriarch of the Uchiha clan.

Izuna grew up in a time of constant war and strife, where the Uchiha clan was engaged in a bitter rivalry with the Senju clan, another powerful clan that was considered their equal. Izuna lost three of his brothers in the battles, leaving only him and his older brother Madara. Izuna was devoted to his clan and his brother, and vowed to protect them at any cost.

Izuna often competed with his brother as training, and developed a strong bond with him. He also admired his brother’s strength and leadership, and followed his decisions without question. He was loyal and obedient to his brother, and respected his authority and vision.

Izuna was also a fierce and skilled warrior, who fought bravely and fiercely in the battles against the Senju. He was proficient in his Fire Release, and capable of performing the Great Fireball Technique, a signature technique of the Uchiha clan. He also awakened his Sharingan, a special eye technique that granted him enhanced perception, reflexes, and genjutsu abilities.

Izuna and his brother Madara were the first to awaken the Mangekyō Sharingan, a more advanced and powerful form of the Sharingan, that granted them access to new and unique abilities.

Izuna and Madara became the heads of the clan, with Madara becoming its leader. They were feared and respected by their enemies and allies alike, and were considered the strongest shinobi of their time.

Izuna Uchiha’s Abilities

Izuna, as the co-founder of the Uchiha clan and the younger brother of Madara, possessed incredible abilities that made him a formidable and legendary ninja. He was a master of the Mangekyō Sharingan, a rare and powerful eye technique that granted him access to new and unique abilities.

The Mangekyō Sharingan allowed Izuna to use the Susanoo, a gigantic humanoid avatar that surrounded and protected him. The Susanoo was a manifestation of his chakra and will, and could be used for offense and defense. The Susanoo was also armed with various weapons, such as swords, spears, and shields, that could be used to attack or defend against enemies.

The Mangekyō Sharingan also allowed Izuna to use the Amaterasu, a black flame that could burn anything it touched. The Amaterasu was a powerful and destructive technique, that could not be extinguished by normal means. The Amaterasu could also be controlled and manipulated by Izuna, and could be used to create various shapes and forms, such as spikes, walls, or nets.

The Mangekyō Sharingan also allowed Izuna to use the Tsukuyomi, a powerful genjutsu that could trap the target in an illusionary world. The Tsukuyomi was a technique that could manipulate the perception of time, space, and reality, and could inflict physical and psychological damage on the target. The Tsukuyomi could also be used to communicate or interrogate the target, or to influence their actions or emotions.

However, the Mangekyō Sharingan also had a drawback, as it gradually deteriorated Izuna’s eyesight, and eventually rendered him blind. To prevent this, Izuna gave his eyes to his brother Madara, who had also lost his sight due to the use of the Mangekyo Sharingan.

By doing this, Izuna and Madara obtained a new and permanent form of the Mangekyō Sharingan, called the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan, that restored their vision and enhanced their power.

Izuna was also proficient in the Fire Release, a type of elemental ninjutsu that allowed him to manipulate fire and heat. He was capable of performing the Great Fireball Technique, a signature technique of the Uchiha clan, that allowed him to exhale a large ball of fire at his enemies. He was also skilled in other aspects of ninjutsu, such as taijutsu, the art of hand-to-hand combat, and genjutsu, the art of creating illusions.

Ninjutsu

In the anime, Izuna showed proficient skill in Fire Release, able to perform his clan’s signature Great Fireball Technique with enough power to disperse a Water Dragon Bullet Technique. Izuna possessed overflowing talent in kenjutsu wielding a sword when seen in battle. He could proficiently wield it backhanded or normal grip, letting him attack in different patterns.

Dōjutsu

Sharingan

Izuna awakened and mastered his Sharingan at a very young age; around the same time as Madara. His prowess with the dōjutsu was such that his clan soon recognised his high level of abilities even amongst their battle-excelling clan.

With it, Izuna gained access to the dōjutsu’s various generic abilities, including seeing events with advanced detail and from it easily evade most enemy attacks.

Mangekyō Sharingan

Along with his brother, Izuna became the first Uchiha to awaken the Mangekyō Sharingan. Its design had three straight bars stretching out from his enlarged pupil.

While never seen using this form in battle or any of its acquired techniques, Izuna’s new ocular abilities quickly rose him along with Madara to leadership roles within their clan.

Izuna Uchiha’s Appearance

Izuna was a fair-skinned man with spiky, black hair that had a blue tint to it and was tied in a ponytail. His bangs parted down the centre of his face to frame both sides of it.

He wore the standard Uchiha outfit which consisted of a high-collared, blue shirt with the Uchiha crest on his upper back and blue pants which were wrapped up in bandages at the ends. On his waist, he had a bandage belt that held a sack which presumably held ninja tools.

As a child, his ponytail was absent, and his hair was spiky in the back, and he wore the standard high-collared robes worn by other Uchiha of the Era of the Warring States with the Uchiha crest on the back, with an armoured chest plate. According to Hashirama Senju, Izuna bore a striking resemblance to one of his clansmen, Sasuke Uchiha.

Izuna Uchiha’s Role

Izuna, as the co-founder of the Uchiha clan and the younger brother of Madara, played a significant role in the plot of Naruto Shippuden and its sequel series. He was the co-founder and the martyr of the Uchiha clan, who sacrificed his eyes and his life for his brother and his clan. He was also the catalyst and the inspiration for his brother’s actions and decisions, that shaped the fate of the world.

Izuna’s role was first introduced in the Five Kage Summit arc, where he was mentioned by Tobi, a mysterious masked man who claimed to be Madara Uchiha, and who revealed the history and origin of the Uchiha clan.

Tobi told Sasuke Uchiha, a young Uchiha who sought revenge against his brother Itachi Uchiha, who had massacred their clan, about Izuna and his sacrifice, and how it affected Madara and his vision.

Izuna’s role was further expanded in the Fourth Shinobi World War arc, where he was shown in a flashback, where he was killed by Tobirama Senju, the younger brother of Hashirama Senju, the founder and leader of the Senju clan.

Izuna was mortally wounded by Tobirama’s technique, and was carried away by his brother Madara, who tried to save him. Izuna then told his brother to take his eyes, and to protect their clan and their honor. He then died in his brother’s arms, leaving Madara devastated and enraged.

Izuna’s death was the turning point for Madara, who became obsessed with his brother’s vision, and refused to accept the peace offer from Hashirama, who had become the leader of Konohagakure, the Hidden Leaf Village.

Madara then challenged Hashirama to a final battle, where he was defeated and presumed dead. Madara then secretly survived, and began to plot his revenge against the world, by creating a plan to revive the Ten-Tails, a monstrous beast that was the source of the God Tree, and to cast the Infinite Tsukuyomi, a genjutsu that would trap everyone in a dream world.

Izuna’s role was also important in the Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax arc, where he was shown in a flashback, where he was resurrected by Kabuto Yakushi, a rogue ninja who had allied with Tobi, using the Edo Tensei, a forbidden jutsu that allowed the user to control the dead.

Izuna was summoned along with other deceased shinobi, to fight against the Allied Shinobi Forces, a coalition of all the ninja villages that united to stop the enemy. Izuna was confronted by Naruto Uzumaki, the son of the Fourth Hokage and the protagonist of the series, who tried to reason with him and free him from the Edo Tensei.

Izuna then told Naruto about his brother and his clan, and how they were misunderstood and persecuted by the world. He then asked Naruto to stop his brother, and to end the cycle of hatred and war. He then faded away, and thanked Naruto for listening to him.

Izuna, as the co-founder of the Uchiha clan and the younger brother of Madara, was one of the legendary and influential shinobi of his time. He was also one of the co-founders and the martyrs of the Uchiha clan, who sacrificed his eyes and his life for his brother and his clan.

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