Obito Uchiha (うちはオビト, Uchiha Obito) was a member of Konohagakure’s Uchiha clan. He was believed to have died during the Third Shinobi World War, his only surviving legacy being the Sharingan he gave to his teammate, Kakashi Hatake. In truth, Obito was saved from death and trained by Madara, but the events of the war left Obito disillusioned with reality, and he inherited Madara’s plan to create an ideal world.
Resurfacing under the names of Tobi (トビ, Tobi) and Madara Uchiha himself, Obito subtly took control of the Akatsuki, using them as a means to advance his machinations, eventually going public and starting the Fourth Shinobi World War. However, towards the war’s conclusion, Obito had a change of heart and, as atonement, sacrificed his life to save the same world he sought to replace.
- Birthdate: February 10
- Sex Gender: Male
- Age: Part I: 13 (Kakashi Gaiden) – Part II: 31
- Status: Deceased
- Height: Part I: 154.2 cm – Part II: 175 cm–182 cm
- Weight: Part I: 44.5 kg – Part II: 55.9 kg–70.3 kg
- Blood type: O
- Kekkei Genkai: Sharingan Triple – Mangekyō Sharingan – Rinnegan Standard – Nature Icon Wood
- Tailed Beast: Ten-Tails, Shukaku, Gyūki, Kurama
- Affiliation: Konohagakure Symbol – Akatsuki Symbol – Kirigakure Symbol
- Team: Team Minato
- Partner: Madara Uchiha, Deidara, Zetsu
- 1 Background Uchiha Obito
- 2 Uchiha Obito Personality
- 3 Appearance Uchiha Obito
- 4 Abilities Uchiha Obito
Background Uchiha Obito
Obito grew up not knowing who his parents were; in the anime, he was left in the care of his grandmother. Feeling alone in the world, Obito dreamed of becoming Hokage so that the people of the village would acknowledge his existence.
He enrolled in the Academy to help him achieve that goal, where he developed a one sided rivalry with Kakashi, whose natural talent and popularity he was jealous of. He also became a close friend of Rin Nohara, whom he eventually fell in love with. After finally graduating some years later, Obito, Rin, and Kakashi were placed on a team under the leadership of Minato Namikaze.
In the anime, as a final qualifying test, Minato gave the team a bell test to test their cooperation skills. Obito could not accomplish this on his own but, by joining forces with Rin and Kakashi, they succeeded in taking the bells, teaching Obito the value of teamwork.
The team later participated in the Chūnin Exams, where Obito was defeated in the third round in a one-on-one match with Might Guy. Kakashi would go on to defeat Guy in a subsequent match, promoting him to chūnin and impressing Rin.
Eager for Rin’s attention, Obito trained relentlessly, eventually rising to the rank of chūnin himself. His excitement was short-lived as Kakashi soon afterwards became a jōnin, once again earning Rin’s praise and Obito’s resentment.
During the Third Shinobi World War, Kakashi was placed in charge of the team for a mission to destroy the Kannabi Bridge, which would hinder Iwagakure from using Kusagakure as a relief point. Before beginning the mission, Minato and Rin gave gifts to Kakashi to celebrate his promotion to jōnin, though Obito had “forgotten”, straining their already poor relationship.
Minato was soon called to the front lines, leaving the team to complete the mission alone under Kakashi’s command. The three were discovered by Iwa-nin along the way and Rin was captured. Kakashi elected to abandon Rin, believing it was more important to finish the mission before concerning themselves with her safety.
Obito became enraged at the idea and insisted that they focus on her rescue. When Kakashi refused, Obito left on his own, remarking that Kakashi was worse than trash for abandoning his friends.
Obito located the cave the Iwa-nin were using as a hideout, but was found by a camouflaged Taiseki before he could launch a rescue. Kakashi, moved by Obito’s earlier words, arrived in time to save him from Taiseki’s attack, but lost his left eye in the process.
From his desire to help Kakashi, Obito awakened his Sharingan, allowing him to see through Taiseki’s camouflage and kill him. Obito and Kakashi infiltrated the cave and released Rin from her restraints. Her captor, Kakkō, caused the cave to collapse around them.
As the team ran for the exit, Kakashi was struck in his blind spot and fell. When Obito noticed that Kakashi was about to be hit by a falling boulder, Obito pushed him out of the way and became trapped in his place.
With the right side of his body crushed and no way to free himself, Obito accepted his fate and made an offering: to give Kakashi his left Sharingan as an apology for not getting him a present earlier. Rin performed the transplant and, once the procedure was finished, Kakashi used his new Sharingan to kill Kakkō.
Iwa reinforcements quickly began to further compress the rubble, forcing Kakashi and Rin to leave Obito behind. As the rocks tightened around him, Obito reflected that he had finally started to get along with Kakashi and that he couldn’t confess to Rin that he loved her. Kakashi and Rin were rescued by Minato and, when they returned to Konoha, Obito’s name was engraved on the village’s Memorial Stone.
Saved from Death
In actuality, Obito was rescued by White Zetsu under orders from an elderly Madara. He brought Obito to Mountains’ Graveyard and tended to his injuries, removing those body parts too damaged to be healed and replacing them with limbs cultivated from the cells of Hashirama Senju.
Despite his injuries, Obito’s right Sharingan had survived intact. Although frightened by Madara, Obito felt indebted to him for saving his life and was willing to render any assistance he could, an offer Madara made clear he would collect upon.
Obito began a long rehabilitation process, eager to recover enough for him to return to Konoha and help his friends and the village with the still ongoing war. With the help of White Zetsu and another spiral faced Zetsu he nicknamed Guruguru, Obito became accustomed to his replacement limbs and the abilities they granted him. All the while, Madara would tell Obito about the harsh realities of the world and his plan to save it, which the young Uchiha disregarded.
During the end of his recuperation process, White Zetsu informed Obito that Kakashi and Rin were elsewhere about to be killed by Kirigakure ninja. Obito was insistent on helping them, which Guruguru offered to help with by encasing Obito with its body.
Before leaving, Obito thanked Madara for all his help but said he wouldn’t be returning. Madara made clear his conviction that Obito would return to him. Guruguru directed Obito to Rin and Kakashi’s location, along the way informing him of Minato’s absence.
When they arrived they found Rin and Kakashi surrounded by Kiri-nin and Kakashi plunging his Chidori through Rin’s heart. Rin’s death caused each of their Sharingan to mature into Mangekyō Sharingan, a process that also caused Kakashi to pass out.
Enraged by what had happened, Obito used a combination of his Mangekyō Sharingan’s Kamui and the Wood Release of Guruguru’s body to slaughter the Kirigakure ninja. When all of them were dead, Obito cradled Rin’s lifeless body, ignoring the unconscious Kakashi.
Obito returned to Mountains’ Graveyard, vowing to do anything for Madara if it could bring him together with Rin and Kakashi again. Madara explained his Eye of the Moon Plan, which would replace the contemporary world of violence and death with one where nobody ever needs to die.
Obito was intrigued, determined to create a reality where he, Rin, and Kakashi could exist alongside each other. Madara imparted all of his knowledge and plans to Obito, taught him about abilities he would need moving forward, entrusted him with his possessions, and manifested Black Zetsu to act as a guide.
Having left almost all that he had to Obito, Madara disconnected himself from the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path that was keeping him alive and told Obito that until his revival, he was to act as Madara Uchiha.
Moving the Plan Forward
Using Madara’s name and concealing his identity, Obito moved in the shadows of the ninja world to acquire the remaining pieces of the Eye of the Moon Plan. Shortly after Madara’s death, Obito and Zetsu went to Amegakure and approached the fledgling Akatsuki with an offer of support in creating the world of peace they envisioned.
In truth he only needed Nagato, in whom Madara had implanted his Rinnegan several years earlier and who would be needed in the final stages of the Eye of the Moon Plan. While Obito was almost able to sway Nagato, the Akatsuki leader, Yahiko, declined Obito claims he eventually agreed without informing Akatsuki’s other members.
In the anime, Obito learned of a conspiracy between Hanzō and Danzō Shimura to eliminate Yahiko. He intercepted and killed the members of Akatsuki that tried to rescue Yahiko and, once Yahiko was dead, encouraged Nagato in a new direction for the organisation, one focused on acquiring the tailed beasts.
While Nagato became the Akatsuki leader and recruited powerful missing-nin for their cause, Obito took on the alias of “Tobi”, and changed his personality around members to conceal his identity.
In Kirigakure, Obito at some point took control of the Fourth Mizukage, Yagura Karatachi (in the anime being accompanied by Pain and Konan) in effect making him the de facto Mizukage. After Kisame Hoshigaki became disillusioned by the lies of the world, Obito (as “Madara”) revealed himself to Kisame and promised to help make a world of truth.
Kisame became his loyal servant, one of the few Kiri-nin to knowingly work for him. During this time Obito discovered the circumstances of Rin’s death: that Kiri had sealed the Three Tails into her to make her a timebomb that would destroy Konoha. At Rin’s insistence, Kakashi killed her to prevent this from happening. Obito’s manipulation of the Mizukage was eventually discovered by Ao and he was forced to abandon it.
Twelve years before the start of the series, Obito visited Rin’s grave in Konoha. Kakashi was already there when he arrived and Obito, watching secretly, heard him confide to Rin’s grave that Minato’s wife, Kushina Uzumaki, would soon be giving birth.
Knowing that Kushina was the Nine-Tails’ jinchūriki and that the seal keeping the Nine-Tails contained within her would weaken during childbirth, Obito tracked her down on the night of October 10.
He killed her Anbu bodyguards and midwives, which included the Third Hokage’s wife, and took her newborn son, Naruto Uzumaki, hostage to prevent Minato from interfering.
Minato was able to take Naruto from him, which distracted him long enough for Obito to escape with Kushina. He extracted the Nine-Tails from her body, placed it under his control with his Sharingan, and ordered it to destroy the village.
Minato soon afterwards arrived to help in the village’s defence. Before Minato could contribute much or even tell anyone what had happened, Obito located him and tried to use Kamui to send him away and prevent further interference. Minato was able to escape with his Flying Thunder God Technique, but Obito pursued him. Minato did not recognise Obito as they fought, instead suspecting he was Madara Uchiha.
He initially struggled to successfully strike Obito but, after several failed attacks, Minato finally hit him with a Rasengan and branded him with a Flying Thunder God seal, allowing him to teleport to Obito whenever he wanted.
He then used a Contract Seal on Obito to release the Nine-Tails from his control. Wounded and deprived of his best weapon, Obito fled. Minato gave his life to save the village by sealing the Nine-Tails into his son, and thus never had the chance to inform anyone of Obito’s involvement. Konoha’s leadership nevertheless suspected an Uchiha’s involvement, and to that end placed all members of the clan under heavy scrutiny.
Years after his attack, Obito attacked the Fire Daimyō’s convoy en route to Konoha, placing most of the procession in a genjutsu and killing Tenma Izumo, but swiftly retreats after sensing Kakashi approaching.
Years later, the Uchiha, as a result of their mistreatment, began plotting a coup d’état. Obito returned to the village with the intention of exacerbating the conflict, but was discovered by Itachi.
Believing Obito was Madara, Itachi asked for his help in wiping out their clansmen, offering revenge against them for their treatment of Madara decades earlier in exchange for Obito’s agreement to spare the village.
Obito accepted and offered Itachi a position in Akatsuki. In the anime, during the night of the massacre, he slaughtered the Konoha Military Police Force and killed Izumi. Afterwards, he collected several Uchiha corpses in order to extract their Sharingan for his own use. He also met Danzō around this time, for unknown reasons. Following the attack, he cut his hair and brought Itachi into his organisation.
Uchiha Obito Personality
Because he grew up without knowing his parents, Obito’s childhood was marked by dreams of being acknowledged. This motivated him to become a ninja so that he could, in turn, become Hokage and have the entire village finally recognise him.
When Rin acknowledged him regardless, Obito fell in love with her and aimed to earn her love in addition to the Hokage title. But Kakashi’s presence, both in the classroom and later on their team, became a wall for Obito, because of Kakashi’s prodigy and that he had, without trying, gained Rin’s affections.
Though generally kind and of unwavering loyalty to his friends and allies, Obito nevertheless formed a one-sided rivalry with Kakashi. When not in competition with Kakashi, Obito would famously perform random good deeds around Konoha, especially for the elderly, which in turn made him notoriously late. This combination of factors and Obito’s naturally just heart and optimism made him easy for Madara to exploit and ultimately corrupt.
After Rin’s death, Obito’s determination and idealism were shattered. He became more calm and focused, no longer caring about his village, his friends, or even his name, all of them being worthless parts of a miserable world that had forced Rin to die at the hands of a person she loved.
His sole commitment was to Madara’s Eye of the Moon Plan and the new peaceful world it would create; every crime was a necessary evil, every murder was a sacrifice for the greater good and a life that would be restored in the new world.
He was willing to sacrifice himself for the plan and, more often, his allies, turning on them the instant they no longer had any further use to him. Like Madara before him, Obito would gain these allies by preying on the darkness in their hearts and manipulating them, either by subtly corrupting their own goals or by appearing to share their beliefs.
This was best seen in the existence of Akatsuki, its wildly-differing members working together because they believed the organisation would further their own ends; in actuality, they were mere tools that Obito used to forward his own agenda.
Despite how different his adult personality seemed, it was at its basest level very much the same as the person he was as a child. Obito viewed his actions as a station beyond Hokage; where the Hokage does what is best for the village, Obito felt he did what was best for the world.
Though Rin remained ever-present in his thoughts, Kakashi and Minato were also present in his dreams of a new world, and it was the hope of reuniting their team under happier circumstances that motivated him.
Kakashi theorised that it was this conflict between his past and present selves that drove Obito the most, especially in the events leading up to and following the outbreak of the Fourth Shinobi World War he became increasingly hasty with his plans, first moving Akatsuki from a secretive organisation to a force that directly challenged the Five Great Shinobi Countries, and later by prematurely reviving the Ten-Tails.
As Obito grappled with his thoughts, he at different times took a special interest in Sasuke and Naruto. With Sasuke, Obito began monitoring him after their first meeting, though he avoided further contact for fear of provoking Sasuke’s brother, Itachi.
After Itachi’s death, he approached Sasuke and brought him into his confidence, later remarking that the loss of five Akatsuki members was worth it to gain Sasuke’s loyalty.
Although Obito stated a number of times that he saw Sasuke as nothing more than a disposable pawn, he nevertheless kept an eye on him, intervening whenever Sasuke was at risk and always happy with signs of his ever-improving Sharingan and his growing isolation from all other allies.
In a way, he saw in Sasuke the kind of person he was trying to be. With Naruto, however, he saw the person he once was: dreams of being Hokage and dedication to his friends.
Because of these similarities, Obito became fixated on Naruto, hoping to demonstrate the naivety of his beliefs and the terribleness of the world so that he would come around to Obito’s point of view.
When Naruto refused, Obito became increasingly angry and determined to eliminate Naruto and his dreams so that he can bury the last remains of the old Obito.
Through his inability to overpower Naruto’s will, Obito came to understand that Naruto’s way of thinking was right all along. Moreover, he realised the reason for his conflicting desires: he had been lying to himself about his dedication to the Eye of the Moon Plan by suppressing the former Obito deep down.
The persona that projected him as someone without feelings or a heart was a mask Obito wore to escape the painful truths of reality. When Naruto and his allies defeated Obito, the lie was destroyed, causing his original personality to emerge.
Obito felt guilty about his actions and declared himself unworthy of seeing Rin in the afterlife. He spent the remainder of his life opposing the Eye of the Moon Plan and Madara, wishing to keep the world as it was.
Believing Naruto was vital to the world’s preservation, Obito ultimately gave his life to protect Naruto and his team. His new conviction even allowed him to briefly return from death not only to assure Naruto’s victory, but also to make amends with Kakashi one final time before fully departing to the afterlife.
In order to further conceal himself and his actions as Madara from the public eye, Obito adopted the name, personality and mannerisms of the aforementioned Zetsu he befriended during his recovery; Which he played up the role of a happy-go-lucky idiot who annoyed most members of Akatsuki.
Deidara, in particular, was easily provoked by his vanity and lack of respect, often retaliating against him with comical violence. Kisame, on the other hand, appreciated Tobi’s ability to brighten up a gloomy organisation such as theirs.
The anime showed that Tobi appeared to have a liking for dango, and continued to act like a fool even when nobody else was around. After first meeting Sasuke, Obito abandoned the Tobi persona except for during a brief encounter with Konoha ninja.
As “Tobi”, Obito would deactivate his Sharingan to prevent suspicion from arousing whenever he didn’t need it. Even without the Tobi persona, Obito had developed a morbid sense of humour, sometimes making jokes, if perverse ones.
Appearance Uchiha Obito
As a child, Obito had black eyes and short, spiky, black hair. He wore a long sleeved blue uniform and a blue jacket with an orange collar and trimmings. The jacket was fastened to the rest of the outfit by two buttons on the collar and had the Uchiha clan crest at the back.
He also wore a white belt, shinobi sandals, the standard Konoha dark blue forehead protector, and a pair of goggles with orange lenses connected to ear protectors.
The right half of his face was left heavily scarred after the events in Kusagakure, resembling wrinkles, while the destroyed right half of his torso and his right arm have been replaced by White Zetsu matter, which have a much lighter colour than his body. His hair grew longer during his rehabilitation, and he would repeatedly grow it out and cut it over the years.
Obito wore a variety of different masks over the years to hide his identity when he interacted with others. During the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox’s Attack on Konoha and for several years following he wore a mask with a black flame (coloured orange and yellow at different times in the anime, while being closer to grey in the Naruto: Colour Edition).
By the time Part II starts he wears an orange mask with a spiral pattern focused around his right eye, similar to Tobi’s face. After this mask is destroyed by Konan, he starts wearing a white mask with a purple tint that covers the entire upper half of his head.
The mask’s design resembles a combination of the Sharingan and Rinnegan, consisting of a ripple pattern with three tomoe around the centre, two of which act as the mask’s eye holes. He claims that this new mask had been specifically designed for combat, making it very durable. It is nevertheless destroyed by Naruto.
While masquerading as the Fourth Mizukage, he wore a simple purple lined kimono, bandages all over his body, and simple sandals. When attacking Konoha with Kurama, he wore a purple lined black cloak. During the Uchiha Massacre, he grew out his hair resembling Madara’s, and wore traditional blue Uchiha robes.
In his first appearance as Tobi, Obito wears a black long sleeve top that covered his neck and chin, a pair of black gloves, a pair of dark coloured pants, a long green scarf and standard sandals and white stirrups.
On his waist, he wears a thick black belt with armour-like metal plates attached to it, and similar plates on his upper arms. Obito had blue (black in the manga) nail polish on his fingers and toes.
He continues to wear this outfit under his Akatsuki cloak after he becomes a member and also wears a purple ring, which bears the kanji for “jewel” or “sphere” (玉, gyoku), on his left thumb. After Deidara’s death, he briefly wore a hooded Akatsuki cloak.
For the Fourth Shinobi World War he changes to an outfit similar to what the Uchiha wore during the Warring States Period; this attire includes a pair of black pants and gloves, with a white form-fitting shirt underneath.
Over this he wears a purple, high-collared, long sleeve mantle that splits down the lower half and has the Uchiha crest on the back. Around his waist he wears a simple, light-purple obi and a belt.
Strapped to his back is Madara’s gunbai, now purple with black trimmings and black tomoe, connected to a black chain that runs up his right sleeve.
After becoming the Ten-Tails’ jinchūriki, Obito’s hair becomes entirely white. His skin turns white, ten protrusions emerge from his back – five near his shoulders and five near his hips – as well as a black assortment of ten magatama markings appearing on his back one large one, with a black Rinnegan-like pattern within it, and nine smaller ones arranged in rows of three below it.
In addition, the entire right half of his body gains a scale-like pattern across it, replacing the scars. When Obito managed to gain control of the Ten-Tails, he underwent another transformation.
In this new form, the scale-half of his body became less prominent and the ten protrusions on his back expanded to form the collar and coattails of a haori.
He also had two horns sprouted from his forehead – the left smaller than the right and six magatama markings appeared across his chest. He reverts to his former appearance after the Ten-Tails is removed from his body, though his hair remains white.
During his imagination of his life as a Konoha shinobi while battling Naruto, Obito depicted himself wearing both Uchiha and Konoha uniforms but with a modified forehead protector with covers that stretch down the left half of his face to conceal his missing left eye.
Abilities Uchiha Obito
As a genin, Obito’s abilities were average at best, struggling to match his classmates from the Academy. Determined to improve himself, he trained for several months at a time to eventually become a chūnin. Madara saw great potential in Obito and thus selected him as his disciple.
Madara’s hopes were proven correct, as under his tutelage, Obito dramatically improved his abilities as a late bloomer, with his skills leading to others questioning if he was Madara.
As a teenager Obito posed a threat to the Five Great Shinobi Countries, having taken control of the Fourth Mizukage and effectively Kirigakure, as well as posing a challenge to the Fourth Hokage and nearly destroying Konoha.
As an adult, he defeated Root’s most skilled ninja, and simultaneously held his own against Konoha’s top shinobi and Killer B. As the Ten-Tails Jinchūriki, Obito’s power exceeded that of even Hashirama Senju, he was able to effortlessly fight three powerful Hokage with ease, overwhelm both Naruto and Sasuke several times, and had the capability to destroy the entire Allied Shinobi Forces.
Chakra and Physical Prowess
Obito’s chakra reserves were enhanced by the White Zetsu matter equipped to his body, enabling him to perform several chakra taxing techniques without noticeable exhaustion.
He showed the ability to absorb chakra, as well as transfer his own to another person. Obito was proficient in taijutsu as he fought on par with Kakashi on several occasions, while controlling the outcome of their last fight.
His physical strength and speed were great enough to lift Konan by her throat with one hand while gravely injured, impale someone by running his arm through their chest, and keep up with Naruto’s Nine-Tails Chakra Mode.
The right side of Obito’s body was badly damaged during the mission in Kusagakure, and he even lost his right arm. To heal his body and replace the limb, Madara outfitted Obito with the same substance that the White Zetsu are made of, enhancing his chakra reserves and eventually allowing him to perform Wood Release.
He also gains certain physical augmentations of Hashirama Senju’s DNA, such as great durability to attacks, rapid healing, and the ability to survive without food or water. His artificial limb is very strong, able to withstand an attack from Kubikiribōchō and punch through boulders. If this or another limb is damaged beyond repair, they are easily removed and replaced with the same material.
Obito learned from Madara how to perform a variety of different types of ninjutsu: he could create barrier ninjutsu, using the Uchiha Flame Formation to protect the Demonic Statue he could sense chakra, allowing him to predict attacks and locate others from great distances, even in different dimensions and he could perform fūinjutsu powerful enough to seal the Ten-Tails.
Obito could utilise all five basic nature transformations along with Yin–Yang Release. As an Uchiha, he had a natural aptitude for Fire Release techniques, and could perform the Great Fireball Technique at an early age.
The size and strength of his flames increased in his adulthood, and through a combination with his Mangekyō Sharingan he could perform Fire Release: Blast Wave Wild Dance. He was also seen performing Earth Release techniques on occasion, though he exclusively did so in order to burrow and move underground, letting him augment the battlefield from below or sneak up on opponents.
With the White Zetsu matter used as his replacement limbs, Obito could perform Wood Release, a combination of earth and water-based chakra. Instinctively, he was able to form branches and roots to bind, crush, or skewer opponents. Because the White Zetsu material is partly derived from the DNA of Hashirama Senju, Obito could control the Ten-Tails when he was connected to its body.
Like many Uchiha, Obito was trained in shurikenjutsu, allowing him to throw shuriken with precision for offence and defence. When Madara died, a number of weapons were left to Obito which he has used at different times over the years.
Several of these weapons he keeps stored within Kamui’s dimension so that he can access them anywhere and fire them at opponents; he is seen using giant shuriken and chakra receivers – fashioned into giant restraining stakes – for the latter purpose.
When he fought Minato during the attack on Konoha, he used a long chain attached to braces on his wrists that, when used in conjunction with his intangibility, enabled him to harmlessly pass through his opponent before solidifying to restrain him with the trailing chain.
Around the time of the Uchiha Massacre, Obito carried a sword at his waist. During the Fourth Shinobi World War he wields Madara’s iconic gunbai, using it both as a shield and as a sort of flail for attack. The gunbai can generate wind to reflect attacks.
When Obito first awakened his Sharingan, it already had two tomoe, which at that level he could use to track chakra signatures and predict movements. He acquired a third tomoe after witnessing Rin’s death. Obito keeps his Sharingan active seemingly all the time without any noticeable drain on his chakra levels.
With his Sharingan he can perform various genjutsu on targets he has eye contact with, either to create illusions, acquire information, or control their actions.
Although he is seen controlling six tailed beasts with his Sharingan, his control with multiple targets is not as complete as it is with one and it is possible for some to break free from his control.
Obito has a number of Sharingan in his possession which he keeps in storage should he need them. He uses one of these Sharingan to replace the one he gave to Kakashi, although he keeps it covered with his mask most of the time.
He later sacrifices this spare eye’s vision in order to perform Izanagi, which allows the user to manipulate events around them. Izanagi ordinarily lasts for only the briefest of moments, but with his access to Hashirama’s DNA he can maintain it for ten minutes using a single eye.
Obito awakened his Mangekyō Sharingan after witnessing Rin’s death; the Sharingan he gave to Kakashi awakened its Mangekyō at the same time. Their Mangekyō’s design is three stretched triangles evenly spaced around the pupil that each curve at the top around the eye to form a circle, making it similar to a pinwheel.
Obito does not appear to suffer any adverse effects from using his Mangekyō Sharingan, such as the deteriorating eyesight or exhaustion experienced by others.
Obito’s Mangekyō Sharingan allows him to perform Kamui, a space time ninjutsu with greater versatility than Minato’s. Kamui serves as a gateway to another dimensional space, which he can move all or parts of his body between at will.
This grants Obito two distinct abilities: teleportation and what is best described as “intangibility”. For teleportation, he absorbs himself through his right eye into the special dimension, and from there he can travel anywhere in the world instantly.
His intangibility is a more specialised application of the teleportation, where he sends only parts of his body to the other dimension so that he can pass through objects or, more often, objects can pass through him. He can only make himself continuously intangible for about five minutes at a time before needing to rest.[
Kamui becomes Obito’s signature fighting style to the point that he rarely resorts to more traditional forms of ninjutsu. In combat he uses his intangibility defensively, allowing opponents and their attacks to pass through him without harming him, and then as offence he teleports them to his dimension while they are disoriented so that they can no longer bother him.
The chakra signatures of those he sends to the other dimension cannot be sensed from outside of it. Despite how useful Kamui is, it isn’t without its weaknesses. Because the two aspects of the technique are connected he can’t use both at the same time if he wants to teleport he can’t be intangible, leaving him open to attack, and if he wants to be intangible he can’t teleport, preventing him from escaping so long as he remains on the defensive.
Because Kakashi’s Mangekyō Sharingan can also use Kamui, his eye remains the only reliable counter to Obito’s abilities.
Although Kakashi cannot use Kamui against Obito directly, he can use his own access to the other dimension to negate the advantages Obito makes use of: by teleporting attacks or allies to the other dimension at the same moment that Obito’s body resides there for defence, he can be attacked successfully.
He regains the Sharingan he gave to Kakashi during the Fourth Shinobi World War, allowing him to use the eye to perform rapid, precise long-distance teleportation instead of the physical contact required with his other eye’s teleportation. With effort, he can use his left Mangekyō to access other dimensional planes.
Obito took the Rinnegan from Nagato’s body after he died and implanted it in his left eye socket. Although he used only one eye and was not its original owner, Obito nevertheless gained a great deal of power from it.
While he admitted that he could barely handle a single eye, Obito was capable of performing all of the Six Paths Techniques with the Rinnegan, though he was only ever seen performing abilities of the Outer Path: he can summon the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, create chakra chains to restrain targets, and use the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique to revive the dead in exchange for his life.
While in possession of the Rinnegan, Obito used it to create his version of the Six Paths of Pain, composed of the six reincarnated jinchūriki with their respective tailed beasts sealed back into their bodies. He controls them each with a single chakra receiver embedded into their bodies.
Each jinchūriki had the same eye pattern as him – a right Sharingan (which granted them its predictive abilities) and a left Rinnegan allowing him to share their vision and coordinate their movements.
The effort required to not only maintain this coordination but to keep the tailed beasts under his control prevents Obito from manifesting any of the Six Paths Techniques in his Six Paths of Pain.
From Madara, Obito learned much about the world, individual people in it, and different abilities from throughout history. As such, it is difficult to surprise him in combat because he already knows tactics ninja from certain villages are likely to use, what weaknesses to take advantage of in different opponents, and how to counter most jutsu.
On those infrequent occasions when he encounters something new, he calmly keeps his distance and observes carefully until he devises the best approach to neutralising it. His insight enables him to plan years in advance, accurately predicting the course of nations and knowing just how to manipulate them to his advantage.
If any plan of his should fail for whatever reason, he can formulate a backup plan quickly and without being inconvenienced, proving tremendous strategic and tactical ingenuity. Indeed, Obito often kept multiple back-up plans, rarely pinning his hopes on a single outcome.
Obito also demonstrates high abilities in manipulation, able to see the darkness in others and twist them to his own purposes with a clever mixture of truth and lies.
As Tsunade noted, by taking on the identity of the infamous Madara Uchiha, Obito was able to command the influence that came with it, such as the entire world taking his simple declaration of the Fourth Great Shinobi War seriously.
Obito seals the Ten-Tails into his body during the Fourth Shinobi World War. Upon becoming its jinchūriki, all of the previous damage to his body is healed and he becomes stronger, faster, and nearly impervious to damage.
He initially lacks control of his mind after the sealing, causing him to literally swell with the Ten-Tails’ chakra and react relentlessly to all threats until he can pull himself together.
Once he does, Obito becomes stronger than the original Ten-Tails because he is able to focus its immeasurable power, leaving so-called God of Shinobi unable to compete with him.
As the Ten-Tails’ jinchūriki, Obito can fly and create chakra arms. He can produce trees through which he can fire Tailed Beast Balls, and later create and control the Ten-Tails’ tree form in preparation for performing the Infinite Tsukuyomi. He is unable to use Kamui’s intangibility while a jinchūriki, however.
Truth Seeking Ball
As the Ten Tails’ jinchūriki, Obito is able to use Truth Seeking Balls, ten black orbs comprised of all five elemental nature transformations, and Yin-Yang Release. The balls are his primary weapons and generally float behind him in a halo-like formation.
The black chakra is highly malleable, able to be shaped into various forms for different uses, such as high speed projectiles, protective barriers, explosives, and various weapons, including a shakujō reminiscent of the Sage of the Six Paths’.
He can even recreate the Sage’s Sword of Nunoboko, with which Obito claims he can lay waste to the world. With his complete control over the Ten-Tails’ power, Obito can apply Yin Yang Release to nullify all ninjutsu the balls come in contact with.
Unique to Obito, he is able to increase the size of his Truth-Seeking Ball by passing them through holes in his hand. After the Ten-Tails’ extraction, Obito was able to manifest a single Truth-Seeking Ball after absorbing some of Madara’s power.