Madara Uchiha (うちはマダラ, Uchiha Madara) was the legendary leader of the Uchiha clan. He founded Konohagakure alongside his childhood friend and rival, Hashirama Senju, with the intention of beginning an era of peace.
When the two couldn’t agree on how to achieve that peace, they fought for control of the village, a conflict which ended in Madara’s death. Madara, however, rewrote his death and went into hiding to work on his own plans.
Unable to complete it in his natural life, he entrusted his knowledge and plans to Obito shortly before his actual death. Years later, Madara would be revived, only to see his plans foiled and ultimately, and finally, realising the error of his ways and making amends with Hashirama before his final death.
- Japanese: Naoya Uchida – Gō Inoue
- English: Neil Kaplan – Xander Mobus
- Birthdate: December 24
- Sex Gender: Male
- Status: Deceased
- Height: Part II: 179 cm
- Weight: Part II: 71.3 kg
- Blood type: O
- Kekkei Genkai: Sharingan – Mangekyō Sharingan – Rinnegan – Wood Release – Storm Release
- Kekkei Mōra: Rinne Sharingan
- Classification: Jinchūriki – Missing-nin – Sensor Type – Sage
- Tailed Beast: Ten-Tails
- 1 Background Uchiha Madara
- 2 Uchiha Madara Personality
- 3 Appearance Uchiha Madara
- 4 Abilities Uchiha Madara
Background Uchiha Madara
Madara was born during the Warring States Period, and was the eldest of Tajima Uchiha’s five children. Madara and his siblings grew up on the battlefield waging constant war with the Uchiha’s rivals: the Senju.
Three of his siblings died young, leaving Madara with only his younger brother, Izuna. Madara and Izuna became very close through their shared loss and constantly competed with each other to get stronger. This, combined with his naturally strong chakra, enabled the young Madara to defeat adult Senju in battle and develop a reputation as a genius.
During his infrequent downtime, Madara met a boy his own age named Hashirama. The two quickly developed a friendly rivalry, be it skipping stones or urinating in rivers. Like Madara, Hashirama was also a shinobi who had lost his brothers on the battlefield.
Together they imagined a world where children like themselves wouldn’t need to fight. As a precaution, Madara and Hashirama did not divulge their family names, but nevertheless discovered each other’s identities: Madara was an Uchiha, Hashirama was a Senju it was their duty to kill each other, even if they were friends.
Needing to choose between his family and his dreams of peace, Madara chose to end his friendship with Hashirama so he would have no reservations over killing him in the future, a resolve strong enough to awaken his Sharingan.
Over the following years Madara and Hashirama continued to meet in combat. Madara could never defeat Hashirama – even after acquiring a Mangekyō Sharingan and Hashirama could never bring himself to kill someone he still considered a friend, resulting in a constant stalemate between the two that lasted decades.
In time, both Madara and Hashirama became leaders of their respective clans, a position Hashirama tried to use to broker peace between them. Although some Uchiha found the offer increasingly tempting, Madara refused due to Izuna’s death at the hands of Hashirama’s own brother, Tobirama Senju.
Despite this, some Uchiha defected over to the Senju clan out of self preservation. Madara then used Izuna’s eyes in order to gain “eternal” Mangekyō Sharingan and restore his deteriorating vision.
With this new power he waged one final assault against the Senju and was summarily defeated. Rather than kill Madara to bring the era of war to an end, Hashirama offered to kill himself if it would stop the fighting. Madara was moved by Hashirama’s gesture and finally assented to peace.
The Senju, the Uchiha, and all their affiliated clans came together to found a village of peace, where children would never need to die in battle. Madara and Hashirama, rekindling their childhood friendship, and Madara called that village Konohagakure, seeing it through leaves.
But Madara’s idea of peace differed from Hashirama’s: where Hashirama envisioned cooperation with the other newly-formed villages, Madara desired control so the peace could never be lost, evidenced by his attacking Iwagakure’s Mū and Ōnoki so that they would submit to Konoha’s authority.
When Hashirama was elected as Hokage, Konoha’s leader, Madara also became concerned for the Uchiha’s future, believing this to be but the first step in the Senju’s dominance.
The Stone Tablet Zetsu altered had been in the Uchiha’s possession for generations and was brought with them when they settled in Konoha. Through careful study, Madara was able to decipher enough of it to learn of the history of shinobi: of the endless cycle of failed peace and the destiny of battle between Uchiha and Senju, but also a means of unity for the world.
With this knowledge, Madara decided Konoha was a failed experiment. He tried to convince his own clan and even Hashirama of the same conclusion, but none would hear him.
Madara chose to abandon the village, attacking Konoha on multiple occasio later returning with the Nine Tailed Demon Fox under his control to challenge Hashirama. They fought to exhaustion, and from the carnage of their battle the Valley of the End was formed. In the end, Madara was killed by Hashirama.
News of Madara’s death spread fast and his corpse was secretly hidden to keep anyone from finding it and profiting from it. But Madara had planned ahead: he had scheduled an Izanagi to activate sometime after his death, changing reality to bring him back to life in exchange for his right eye’s vision.
Having expected this, Black Zetsu located Madara’s corpse and hid itself inside Madara’s body, allowing it to later deceive Madara into thinking he created it. After being revived, he left a copy in place of his real body and went into hiding with a special trophy from his fight with Hashirama: a mouthful of Hashirama’s flesh that he transplanted into his wounds.
It was not until decades later, towards the end of Madara’s natural life, that the cells had any effect, awakening the Rinnegan (in the process restoring his right eye). With the Rinnegan he was able to summon the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, which he used to cultivate a mindless living clone of Hashirama from which he believed he had produced a White Zetsu Army.
Over the years, Madara had perfected his plans for peace in what he called the Eye of the Moon Plan. But as his years waned, Madara knew he couldn’t complete his plans in the time he had left.
So he transplanted his Rinnegan into a young Nagato without the boy’s knowing, intending Nagato to someday use the eyes to restore Madara to life.
If Nagato was to do this, however, Madara would need an agent to act on his behalf and guide Nagato towards this ultimate goal. Madara waited, connecting himself to Demonic Statue to keep him alive until someone could be found. Madara spent this time keeping a close eye on Konoha to find a suitable pawn to take his place.
During the Third Shinobi World War, Madara found a badly injured Obito. Madara used Hashirama’s cells to replace Obito’s damaged extremities and placed a Forbidden Individual Curse Tag in Obito’s heart as a fail-safe in case Obito ever turned against him.
Until then, Madara began working towards corrupting Obito. He had Kirigakure kidnap the girl Obito loved, Rin Nohara, and seal the Three Tails into her. He then manipulated events so that Rin would die at the hand of Obito’s friend, Kakashi Hatake, while Obito watched.
Driven to despair, Obito offered his services to Madara. Madara divulged to Obito the history of the Sage of the Six Paths and the Ten Tails, the details of his Eye of the Moon Plan, and various techniques that Obito would need moving forward.
As a final act, he left behind Black Zetsu what he believed to be a manifestation of his will to provide additional guidance to Obito in pursuit of this goal. With that, Madara disconnected from the Demonic Statue and, with his dying breath, entrusted Obito with his name: Madara Uchiha.
Uchiha Madara Personality
Madara’s childhood was a product of the times he lived in: the constant fighting made him a perfectionist that would keep at something until he mastered it, and his triumphs on the battlefield made him very confident in his abilities and talent.
Whenever one of these personality traits was challenged, as they tended to be by Hashirama, Madara’s competitive streak would emerge. Madara did not mind Hashirama’s influence in this regard he believed that the only way to survive in the shinobi world was to make allies with one’s enemies.
His exposure to Hashirama is credited for Madara not experiencing the Uchiha’s “Curse of Hatred” or at the very least, not being victimised by it as much as Izuna was and even though he claimed to have abandoned his friendship with Hashirama, Madara still held onto their friendship subconsciously.
Madara’s actions and beliefs were singularly focused on protecting Izuna, his only surviving brother. So long as he had Izuna, Madara was reasonable and kind, willing to make concessions for a perceived greater good.
Madara changed after Izuna’s death, becoming bitter towards the Senju, particularly Hashirama since he still had a brother. Embracing his clan’s Curse of Hatred, he opted to die for revenge rather than compromise or forgive.
Although he was briefly convinced to set aside his grief and try to replace Izuna with the collective family of Konoha, he could never shake the feeling that he was betraying Izuna’s memory. The increasing isolation of himself and other Uchiha from village politics ultimately convinced him of this, causing him to fully break with any other attachments.
During his time as a Konoha shinobi, Madara did what he thought was in the village’s best interests. Unlike Hashirama’s compassionate methods, Madara took a merciless approach: the shinobi of Iwagakure only had purpose so long as they swore unwavering allegiance to Konoha.
Since their methods were so different, Madara hated to hear Hashirama’s name during diplomatic discussions.. After his defection from Konoha, Madara’s priorities became centred around the Eye of the Moon Plan, manipulating countless others in order to satisfy his own goals and putting in place multiple layers of contingencies so that nobody could ever diverge from his own intentions.
Despite this, Madara genuinely believed this plan would in fact, benefit the world and simply followed an “ends justifies the means” principle.
As he valued only power and possessed so much of it, Madara therefore disliked to waste it on unworthy causes or unchallenging opponents, claiming disgust when he was forced to.
Madara loved fighting above all else: the sights, the sounds, even the taste of his own blood he felt being reincarnated deprived him of the full experience. Yet he was very disciplined in a fight, never allowing his failed plans or attacks to upset him, never letting superior numbers or power intimidate him, and always willing to do whatever must be done to gain victory.
Although he sometimes imposed limitations on himself, such as not using certain techniques more than once, he was willing to “lower” himself with unbecoming tactics or excessive displays in order to change tactics and exploit advantages.
He was perfectly aware of his talents and did not feign modesty, bluntly stating when he was stronger than his opponents and belittling them when they continued to defy him.
Conversely, if he was proven wrong or somebody posed a legitimate challenge to him, he would admit it, and apologise for previous remarks if necessary.
In addition, if such an opponent is about to die, he would show them the ultimate respect by taking the time and effort to finish them off himself, even if said person is going to die on their own.
Stemming from this, he feels insulted if he knows an opponent isn’t using their full power against him, even if he knows it will result in their death.
He also held the Senju to a higher standard in terms of power due to his encounters with Hashirama, stating a weak Senju disgusts him more than a weak shinobi of any kind.
One of the exceptions Madara makes was Hashirama. Their years of rivalry left Madara with competing feelings of respect and resentment for Hashirama.
Madara considered Hashirama the only opponent worthy of his time and would postpone his own plans if it meant prolonging his time to fight with Hashirama without issue.
Despite this, Madara is quite open-minded about recognising other strong individuals besides Hashirama, as when he declares Might Guy as the strongest taijutsu user he’s ever faced.
Despite his prowess and intellect, Madara is not without moments of recklessness. When he was brought back to life, he showed no hesitation in absorbing Hashirama’s senjutsu chakra while admitting he expected to have some difficulty controlling it due to having no prior training.
In the later years of his developing the Eye of the Moon Plan, Madara became pessimistic about human nature, believing the cycle of battle to be inescapable.
He also came to believe that humanity and the world are incapable of changing from what they were in the past. He believed the current, “worthless” reality was built too much on the idea of winning and losing.
For this reason he was deeply committed to his plan, so much that he would prematurely end a fight he was enjoying or kill any threat, even, reluctantly, his own clansmen, for the sake of its success.
Despite this, Madara was simply acting on what he believed would benefit humanity as a whole, showing his time in Konoha did indeed influence his actions and he wasn’t acting simply out of bloodlust after Izuna’s death.
His plan’s ultimate failure deeply depressed Madara, but it made him see its errors: breaking free of his Curse of Hatred, he regretted the mistakes he had made and admitted the superiority of Hashirama’s methods for peace. He and Hashirama were thus able to reconcile their friendship in the moments just before his death.
For all his ruthless and manipulative nature, Hashirama stated that Madara was still a kind man at his core.
Appearance Uchiha Madara
Madara was a fair-skinned man with spiky, black hair that had a slight blue tint to it. In his childhood, his hair was chin-length that parted to frame the sides of his face.
His casual attire consisted of a blue long sleeve shirt and white pants. While on the battlefield he wore the standard Uchiha outfit: a black shirt with a high collar left slightly open and the clan’s crest on its back, with blue pants and bandages around his shins.
Around his waist he had a white sash that held a sack, presumably containing his ninja tools. Later, his sash was replaced by a belt, adorned with pouches and various weapons. He also wore another sash strapped across his shoulders which he used to hold his swords.
As an adult, Madara had let his hair grow to waist-length with shoulder-length bangs framing the sides of his face, covering most of his right eye.
He has several scars throughout his body. Although still relatively young, more prominent creases had developed under each of his eyes. At times, he wore crimson armour with numerous metal plates, forming protective guards along his chest, waist, shoulders and thighs.
Most of the time, however, he continued wearing the same basic Uchiha outfit: a blue high-collared, long sleeve mantle that splits down the lower half and a simple, light brown obi and a belt.
During battle, he often carried an orange-brown gunbai which had a long black chain running up it. At one point, he wore a Konohagakure forehead protector.
The anime also shows him wearing a metal belt, as well as a brown leather sash to hold some of his other weapons, and a pair of belt sashes to hold two of his swords.
In his old age, Madara became extremely worn and emaciated, with his hair turned thin and white, and lost all his teeth. He wore a simple black outfit and used his kama as a makeshift cane.
When Madara was reincarnated his body’s youth was restored, albeit with the generic effect of gaining grey sclerae and minor cracks all over his body. These disappear once he is properly revived.
After becoming the Ten-Tails’ jinchūriki, Madara gains the appearance of an Ōtsutsuki having white hair (taupe in the Naruto: Colour Edition), pale skin, and he became enveloped by a cloak of chakra that manifests into physical clothing: a full bodied black garment with black pants, gloves, and boots, over which he wore a flowing white robe with six black magatama markings across his chest and the familiar pattern of a black Rinnegan and nine black magatama markings in rows of three on his back.
A grey horn-like protrusions grew out of his left temple and overlapped his forehead akin to a protector with an upward curve on the right temple, giving him an overall appearance very similar to that of the Sage of the Six Paths.
After absorbing the recreated Ten Tails produced by Obito, Madara obtained additional black magatama markings around his sleeve cuffs and the rim of his robe. He reverts to his former appearance after the Ten Tails is removed from his body.
Abilities Uchiha Madara
Madara was one of the most powerful shinobi in history, recognised as the strongest Uchiha in his lifetime and for decades after his death.
A child prodigy, he killed several adult Senju before he had awakened his Sharingan. History remembers him as the only one able to compete with Hashirama Senju, a “God of Shinobi”, and pushed him to his absolute limits.
When Obito operated under Madara’s name, fear of Madara’s power forced the Five Great Shinobi Countries, and the neutral Land of Iron, to band together and trigger the Fourth Shinobi World War, as it was noted Madara’s name itself was power.
After his return from death and various enhancements, Madara was able to decisively defeat thousands of shinobi, the Five Kage, and the nine tailed beasts, all at once respectively. Madara was also confident if he had senjutsu chakra, he would have been able to defeat Obito while the latter was the Ten-Tails’ jinchūriki.
Chakra and Physical Prowess
Even by Uchiha standards, Madara was born with very powerful chakra, described as very foul and evil. This is partly because he inherited Indra’s chakra.
His large chakra reserves allowed him to fight nonstop for twenty four hours before collapsing, and in his old age, summon the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path from its cage in the moon.
His chakra control could perform complicated techniques with a single hand seal. He could also quickly absorb and synchronise senjutsu chakra with his own and therefore enter Sage Mode, despite having no prior training in senjutsu. Even when distributing his chakra among twenty five wood clones, each still had enough power to threaten the Five Kage.
Madara was incredibly skilled in taijutsu. During his confrontation with the Fourth Division, he calmly defeated thousands of opponents with physical combat, disarming and dodging attacks from many directions.
He could strike with precision before his opponent could react, and overpower individuals twice his size. He was fast enough to attack Naruto who was in Sage Mode, and dodge a Flying Thunder God Slash via his own sensing abilities combined with sensing abilities that Sage Mode provides.
While using Sage Mode, Madara’s pain tolerance was high, as he neither flinched from Sasuke stabbing his right arm, the tailed beasts’ assault, nor from the loss of his arm.
When Madara was reincarnated, Kabuto Yakushi modified him to be “even greater than when he was alive”. He was restored to his physical prime while also retaining the abilities he only had in his old age. In addition, a pale replica of Hashirama’s face existed on Madara’s left pectoral region, which acted as a medium to channel senjutsu chakra into Sage Mode.
It also let him heal most of his injuries in seconds, and allows him the usage of Wood Release. For severe injuries he could not heal, like amputation, Madara could replace his limb with material from a White Zetsu’s body.
Stemming from having Hashirama’s cells in his body, Madara’s life-force became powerful enough to not immediately die from having all the tailed beasts extracted from his body.
Madara was well-versed in a variety of ninjutsu styles: he could use juinjutsu powerful enough to restrict the target’s actions, hide within surfaces to avoid damage and traverse the battlefield unnoticed, and through an unorthodox use of the Shadow Clone Technique, fake his death by having a clone act as his corpse. In the anime, Madara showed the ability to levitate.
Madara was an adept sensor, being able to detect others’ chakra signature countries away, determine a person’s clan and the nature of their kekkei genkai, and even differentiate species.
When amplified by Sage Mode, he could even fight whilst blind by locating targets and dodging attacks through his sensory perception.
Madara could use many weapons, such as giant shuriken, a kama, chains with weights, a kusarigama, and hand-held shuriken. He also demonstrated proficiency with swords while fighting the Fourth Division.
His trademark weapon was his gunbai, with which he could shield himself and redirect attacks, or wield it like a mace or flail. He could slice through the giant roots of the Ten-Tails’ tree form with it.
Madara was able to utilise all five basic nature transformations, as well as Yin Yang Release. An Uchiha, he had a natural affinity for Fire Release, being able to produce a massive wall of flames that required several Water Release users to repel together, launch a volley of dragon shaped fireballs, or cover an area with ash to act as a smokescreen.
In the anime, Madara could create powerful gusts with his gunbai to repel an entire platoon. Later in his life, he used Yin–Yang Release to amplify White Zetsu, and pour his will into black receivers which could restrict and control targets.
After transplanting Hashirama’s DNA, which was later augmented further by Kabuto, Madara could then use Wood Release, a mixture of water and earth natured chakra, with his skill being comparable to Hashirama himself.
He could create gigantic flowering trees that could render a foe unconscious, wood clone, and wood dragons which could bind targets and drain their chakra.
With Hashirama’s cells, Madara could also produce roots to connect to and gain limited control of the Ten-Tails. Despite the Wood Release’s power, Madara does not seem to use it unless he is either toying with his opponent or if he needs it as a last resort to restrain a tailed beast.
After becoming the Ten Tails’ jinchūriki, he was shown using Yin Release to create lightning bolts, and Storm Release a mixture of water and lightning-natured chakra to create energy beams that could cut through the Six Paths Rods.
Madara awakened his Sharingan as a child, with one tomoe in each of his eyes. By adulthood, his Sharingan was fully developed and active near-constantly.
Madara’s mastery over the Sharingan surpassed every other member of the Uchiha clan in his natural lifetime. Only he could tell the difference between a shadow or wood clone, and the original.
With brief eye contact, Madara could place targets under genjutsu and paralyse them or relay information. He could even trap the Nine Tails, and summon it as a powerful tool in battle.
By programming one of his eyes to activate Izanagi after his death, he was able to alter reality and resurrect himself.
Madara and his brother Izuna were the first Uchiha known to have awakened the Mangekyō Sharingan. Madara knew about other users’ Mangekyō techniques, and was also capable of discerning the mechanics of these techniques with brief observation.
After stealing Kakashi Hatake’s Mangekyō Sharingan, he was able to use Kamui on himself immediately. With his eyesight deteriorating from overuse, he replaced his original eyes with Izuna’s, restoring his vision and gaining the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan. The “straight tomoe” (直巴, Choku Tomoe) of his Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan granted him fluidity in his movements when fighting.
Having awakened both his Mangekyō, Madara could use Susanoo, which he could use even without his eyes in their sockets. The ribcage could withstand an Ultra Big Ball Rasengan and A’s strength, and he could produce a legged humanoid Susanoo.
His Susanoo wielded two to four undulating blades that could be thrown and controlled remotely. He could also fire Yasaka Magatama of varying sizes. When fully produced, Madara would hover inside Susanoo to grant him a greater range of movement.
After acquiring the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan Madara could “stabilise” Susanoo into its Complete Body form, causing it to resemble a tengu with outer armour that was nearly impenetrable.
A secondary pair of arms wielded sheathed katana which could be used to bisect mountains with their mere shockwaves. According to himself, its power was comparable to that of the tailed beasts, and no one was said to have lived to see it a second time.
Madara’s Complete Body Susanoo uses its secondary set of arms for attack and defence rather than flight. He was also able to shape his Susanoo into an armour for Kurama, which synergised their abilities.
Years after infusing himself with Hashirama’s DNA and unknowingly mixing Indra’s and Asura’s chakra, Madara’s Sharingan evolved into the Rinnegan.
As the eyes’ original owner, only he could use them to their maximum power. He was able to switch between both dōjutsu. With the Rinnegan, Madara could use all of the abilities of the Six Paths Technique, such as the Preta Path to absorb chakra and the Deva Path to perform Chibaku Tensei.
He could also use the Outer Path to create chakra chains that could restrain all nine tailed beasts. and black receivers for various melee and supplementary purposes. Through the usage of his Rinnegan with that of his Sharingan, Madara could summon meteorites to cause widespread destruction.
While under the Impure World Reincarnation, Madara was unable to use the full extent of his Rinnegan’s abilities. After being revived and obtaining one of his actual eyes, he could summon and control the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, seal the Ten Tails inside himself, and generate a corporeal invisible shadow to aid him in battle.
While Madara was in Sage Mode and further boosted by Kurama’s chakra, this shadow was powerful enough to knock down the tailed beasts. With access to both of his Rinnegan, Madara could produce at least four shadows to aid him.
As the Ten-Tails’ jinchūriki and with both of his Rinnegan, Madara approached the moon and awakened a Rinne Sharingan on his forehead, which he could use to reflect the eye onto the moon, allowing him to cast the Infinite Tsukuyomi and trap everyone beside himself in genjutsu.
After sealing the Ten Tails into his body, Madara had immediately gained complete control over the beast, which was stronger than when it was first revived due to having all of the Eight Tails and half of the Nine Tails’ chakra sealed in it, leading to his power being noted to feel stronger than Obito’s, which only had a portion of the Eight and Nine-Tails’ chakra.
As such, only shinobi using all of the Eight Gates or the Six Paths Chakra are able to compete with him. In this form, Madara could fly and his physical abilities were enhanced, being fast enough to react to the Flying Thunder God Technique and Kamui, and durable enough to survive the Night Guy, albeit barely.
After absorbing the tree form of the Ten Tails, his regenerative powers could circumvent bisection and restore his body, causing him to declare himself immortal.
He could also harness natural energy to enhance his various techniques, as well as cast the Infinite Tsukuyomi and God: Nativity of a World of Trees after he awakened the Rinne Sharingan.
With his transformation, Madara obtained Truth Seeking Balls that floated behind him in a circular formation, which were comprised of the five basic nature transformations and Yin Yang Release.
Their chakra is highly malleable and versatile, such that he could use them as high speed projectiles, protective barriers, and various weapons, such as a shakujō. With Yin Yang Release, the balls could nullify all ninjutsu they came into contact with.
Madara’s years of experience on the battlefield honed his strategic ingenuity. He could quickly devise a number of approaches and could switch approaches immediately.
The longer he spent against a particular opponent, the less he needed backup tactics, as he could eventually predict what they would do and identify literal or psychological weaknesses to exploit.
He could form and verify any theories he comes up with using small details. In addition to his sheer adaptability, Madara was knowledgeable on a large variety of individuals and abilities, and thus could identify techniques when used and react with the most appropriate counter to them.
Likewise, Madara was an excellent teacher, having single handedly trained the young Obito into a powerful shinobi comparable to himself.
A researcher, he experimented on and cultivated a clone flower through the Demonic Statue of Outer Path, and from it, he created a life support system for himself. He had enough medical knowledge to transplant eyes, treat severe injuries, and could replace destroyed body parts with White Zetsu matter.