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Overview
Sasuke Uchiha
Sasuke Uchiha
Kanji うちは サスケ
Rōmaji Uchiha Sasuke
Characteristics
Race Human
Birthday July 23
Height 168 cm
Weight 52.2 kg
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Dark Blue
Status
Affiliations Uchiha Clan
Hidden Leaf Village
Otogakure
Akatsuki
Teams Team Kakashi
Team Minato
Debut
Light Novel Naruto Jinraiden: The Day the Wolf Howled
Manga Naruto Volume #1: Chapter #3
Anime Naruto Episode #1
Film Naruto the Movie: Ninja Cla
Game Naruto: Clash of Ninja
Portrayal
Japanese Noriaki Sugiyama
English Yuri Lowenthal


Sasuke Uchiha is the rival and former teammate of Naruto. Eventually, with intent of gaining power, he goes out and seeks Orochimaru's help to defeat his brother. He finds that Itachi was order by Konoha elders to kill his clan,now he wants destroy it and later joins Akatsuki.

Origin

Baby Sasuke

Sasuke as an infant.

Sasuke Uchiha's early childhood, as told over the course of Naruto manga volume twenty-five, was spent living in the shadow of his older brother, Itachi Uchiha, a natural prodigy of the Uchiha clan. In an effort to win some recognition for himself, Sasuke trained diligently to win some of his parents' attention, though he was never able to surpass the milestones set in place by his brother, who would be the only one to acknowledge Sasuke's accomplishments. In time, Itachi began to distance himself from the clan and fell out of his family's confidence, which consequently began to look to Sasuke as the new future for the clan.

Soon after Sasuke started to be accepted into his family, he returned home one day to find the streets littered with the corpses of the Uchiha clan. Upon rushing home, Sasuke found Itachi standing over his parent's corpses. As Sasuke tried to flee, Itachi went on to explain that he had never loved his little brother.

Sasuke and Naruto's rivalry

Naruto and Sasuke's rivalry in the Academy.

Claiming that Sasuke was not worth killing, Itachi encouraged him to get stronger by living a life of hate and anger towards him, with his sole purpose being to avenge the clan. Itachi left, and in the absence of a loving family Sasuke agreed to do as instructed, dedicating his life to killing Itachi. Years later, in Part II of the series, Sasuke is shown to have some doubts about the events of that night. It is not until after Itachi's death that he learns the truth surrounding the massacre of the Uchiha: that it was all done on command by the village.

Creation

Sasuke Uchiha is a lead character of the Naruto series that was created by Masashi Kishimoto. It first began serialization Weekly Shonen Jump in November 1999. He was first introduced in the very first story arc. Sasuke was originally not even a planned character for the Naruto series as he was developing the story. After discussion the series future with the editors, Kishimoto was told that the lead protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki, would need a rival to challenge hm. This is what spurred the creation of Sasuke. Kishimoto went on to do intensive research of other manga series about what makes an effective rival. The rival of a hyper-active and dim protagonist should be the polar opposite, so he was sure to make Sasuke a prodigy and never show much emotion. As he put it, a "cool genius".

"Am I really going to be able to draw such a fussy, complicated character over and over, panel after panel, and issue after issue, week after week? "
Masashi Kishimoto - "Naruto" Volume 3 Early Character Designs - Sasuke

Sasuke Concept Art

Sasuke Uchiha early design sketch.

Kishimoto struggled with Sasuke's design more so than any other character that he had previously worked on for the series. In some early drafts Sasuke appeared to be too matured for a character the same age as Naruto. First after designing the face, he started work on the clothing design. He would add a large number of necklaces and adornments around his legs and arms, but the complexity of these designs would of been far too complex to draw on a weekly basis. He once again looked to Naruto and went in an opposite direction to be minimalist to Naruto's outlandish clothes. Sasuke's first shirt design bears a striking resemblance to a character from the first series Kishimoto ever submitted to Weekly Shonen Jump. The series was titled Karakuri (からくり), but it was cancelled since fan polls were rock bottom. Kishimoto struggled throughout the early series to draw Sasuke and retain the youthful appearance. Art mistakes were frequent and he would often look older then intended. He blamed himself for his inexperience in drawing character that were mature beyond their actual age. Sasuke's hair initially started as short but grew as the series progressed. He was given a more complicated outfit during the Chunin Exams, that had a variety of straps on the arms and elbows; but this was again too complicated for the weekly schedule. After the arc, he was returned to his initial design. Despite all the trials in drawing Sasuke, Kishimoto has said that he is his favourite to draw.



He first appeared in Naruto Volume 1, CH. 3 "Enter Sasuke!", and his first anime appearance was in Naruto - Episode 1 "He Appears! Naruto Uzumaki". Though Sasuke's first official appearance in the Naruto manga was in Chapter 3, he can be seen standing in line behind Naruto in Chapter 1 "Uzumaki Naruto" on page 13, and he also appears in the splash page for Chapter 1 riding a hawk. His character in the Japanese series is voiced by Noriaki Sugiyama, and the U.S. dub produced by VIZ Media is done by Yuri Lowenthal. Sasuke has a natural gift in ninjutsu that made him the star of his class.

Sasuke was named after the father of the Third Hokage, Sasuke Sarutobi. Sasuke's family name of Uchiha (うちは) is another way of pronouncing Uchiwa (団扇, "paper fan"). In fact, the Uchiha Clan's symbol is that of a paper fan. These fans are designed for fanning a fire to help it burn. The only people Sasuke uses Japanese honorifics when talking to is his parents and fellow Uchia Clan members. In Japanese culture, this would be seen as incredible rude. In the splash page for Chapter 1 "Uzumaki Naruto", Sasuke is seen riding a hawk, a type of animal his character would eventually learn to summon.

Sasuke has had various places in the fan polls for the Naruto cast, but he has kept a steady place within the top ten on each one. He is one of four characters to to this. This in spite of frequent absences from the story. In the first poll, Sasuke ranked 3rd, in the second and third he placed 4th, in the fourth he placed 3rd again, and would held the 1st place for both the fifth and sixth poll. By the Third Naruto Databook, all of the votes were tallied for a grand total of 33,632 votes, making him the third most popular character of the manga. In a more recent poll, Sasuke took 2nd place, and these numbers have not yet been added to his total votes.

Sasuke had the highest grades in the Ninja Academy for Ninjutsu, Taijutsu and Genjutsu, but his average was lowered due to his poor scores in cooperation and the second-lowest grade in assertiveness. He was the second highest in grades, behind Ino Yamanaka.

Character Evolution

"My name is Sasuke Uchiha. There are plenty of things I hate, but I don't see that is matters, considering there is almost nothing I do like. It seems pointless to talk about "dreams"... That's just a word... But what I do have is determination. I plan to restore my clan, and there is someone I have sworn...to kill."
Sasuke Uchiha - "Naruto" Volume 1. Ch. 4

Sasuke costume change

Sasuke Uchiha's first two outfits.

As per Kishimoto's design, Sasuke is a polar opposite to Naruto in almost every fashion. He's coo headed to a point of being nearly emotionless and holds a sense of superiority about himself. Much of his talent comes from heavy training he did while young but still excelled quickly. Growing up, he felt he was under the shadow of his even more talented older brother. After the slaughter of the Uchiha Clan, he blamed himself for being so weak and further threw himself into training since he was now dedicated to revenge. Seeing others such as Sakura or Naruto succeed past him only exposed a feeling of inferiority. It was in a battle against Haku and Zabuza Momochi that Sasuke's Sharingan Eyes first appeared. He even sacrificed himself to save Naruto when it appeared that he was about to die. During the Chunin Exams is when he first met Orochimaru, who was after him to be his new vessel; and placed the Juinjutsu Cursed Seal of Heaven on him. Sasuke survived the curse mark and gained more power from it, but it only fed the darkness inside of him. He was later trained by Kakashi Hatake to use his signature technique, the Chidori. It was during the last stage of the Chunin Exam that the Sand Village and Sound Village invaded the Leaf Village. Sasuke battled Gaara and was easily defeated. He was humiliated to watch as Naruto was the one to show greater skill and defeat Gaara.



This bitterness only grew for Naruto's advancing skill and made him feel he wasn't moving forward fast enough. He challenged Naruto to an all out fight on top of the hospital, and he nearly tried to kill Naruto with the Chidori. This fight was stopped at the last moment by Kakashi. Sasuke was later approached to join Orochimaru by his elite Sound Four, and he accepted. He was put through a special jutsu that would complete his Cursed Seal mark and abandoned the village. Naruto and other Leaf Ninja chased after him and he had a full all out fight with Naruto. This was the first fight he unleashed the Second-Stage Juinjutsu form and the three-tomoe Sharingan awoke in him. Sasuke barely won this fight but didn't chose not to kill Naruto. He then went to Orochimaru for training to kill Itachi for two years. Several characters throughout the story have often mentioned that they find the idea of teaching a genius, such as Sasuke, as boring next to teaching someone more unpredictable, such as Naruto.

Affiliation: Akatsuki / Hidden Leaf Village (former)

Rank: Genin

Registered Ninja #: 012606

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Blood Type: AB

Completed Assignments:

  • D-Rank 7 / C-Rank 1 / B-Rank 2 / A-Rank 6 / S-Rank 0
Sasuke fact-file

Sasuke Uchiha after time skip.

After a two year time skip in the manga series, Sasuke is now at the age of 15 or 16 years old. He had spent the entire time being trained by Orochimaru in many of his snake based and other forbidden jutsu. He even mastered the second-stage juinjutsu. His clothes were also modelled after Orochimaru's Sound Ninja and he has a chakra sword of called Kusanagi. Though, this model is a katana style and is a different style than Orochimaru's Kusanagi. After killing Orochimaru, he formed his own team of other Sound Ninja he called Team Snake. He would eventually kill Itachi and was approached by Madara Uchiha. Madara would tell him the whole truth about the story of the Uchiha Massacre and that is was the plot of Danzo Shimura. Sasuke then joined the Akatsuki and rename his squad to Team Hawk. Both his clothes under Orochimaru and Akatsuki bore the Uchiha Clan's symbol on the back. They tried to capture the Jinchuuriki, of the Eight-Tailed Ox, Killer Bee; but failed. These actions lost him the protection of the Fifth Hokage, Tsunade; and he was classified a Rouge Ninja. Sasuke tried to rebel against Madara but this was another failure. His team was then tasked with attacking the Kage Summit in the Land of Iron, and Danzo would be attending. It was his actions here that would instigate the Fourth Great Shinobi War.

Not long after, Sasuke battled Danzo and reached a new level of darkness. Though Danzo held his Team Hawk member, Karin; who was deeply in love with him. He pierced through her to kill Danzo and left her to die, as well. Sakura appears to try and kill Sasuke, and he would of killed her, as well. If Kakashi hadn't appeared at the last moment to save her. It was then that he declared that he would eventually return the Hidden Leaf Village with the intent to kill everyone and wipe the village off the map. To gain more power, Sasuke agreed to have his Sharingan Eyes replaced with his brother Itachi's eyes.

Original Series Major Story

Introductory Arc

Sasuke encounters Kakashi

Facing Kakashi.

Sasuke's first appearance in the series is a short section of Part I, where he quickly and easily passes the Ninja Academy graduation test, whereas Naruto could not even create and sustain a working clone for a few seconds. Naruto, after seeing that Sakura Haruno desired Sasuke's affection, decided that the two would from here on out be rivals. Naruto did everything he could to be better than Sasuke, but in the end, regardless of how hard he fought against him, he was eventually placed into the same three man unit as him and Sakura, with Kakashi Hatake, the copy ninja, as their teacher. As much as neither of them liked it, they would eventually have to come to terms with one another and help each other fight and complete missions together.

Naruto, to prove his straightforward conviction, drove a kunai into his hand at one point during their first real mission, to guard the bridge builder from the land of waves. This mission was supposedly simply a Rank C given to them specifically by the Third Hokage, but it ended up being much more than a simple mission once Zabuza, "The Demon" appeared and attempted to kill them and take the bridge builder. The fight escalated with Kakashi facing off against him in an open area with a large lake, surrounded by misty fog, Zabuza's specialty. Sasuke and team were commanded to guard the bridge builder with their lives while Kakashi fought him and lured him away from them, eventually combating his opponent in the middle of a lake.

Sasuke vs. Naruto in an eating contest

They eat more!?

It wasn't too long before the Demon sent one of his water clones to do away with the trio while they attempted to hold their own. Naruto attemptedto barrage the assassin's doppelganger with multiple shadow clones of his own, with intent of crushing him, but the Demon's sword skill was too great and he faltered, all of his clones being blown back. Eventually, after leading it out far away enough, Sakura noted that the clone would stop working so well if they were able to get it far away enough from the person controlling it. She was right, and it melded down into water once it had been such a distance.

Sasuke protects Naruto

Sasuke protects Naruto.

Suddenly, though, from through the midst, Sasuke and Naruto could see that Kakashi had been trapped by one of Zabuza's many water based jutsu, a prison in spherical shape keeping Kakashi pinned down, with Zabuza holding his hand in it. Naruto and Sasuke quickly developed a plan to take out his technique. Sasuke, lifting out a giant shuriken from his bag, held it up, labelling it as a "Demon Wind Shuriken" technique.

He threw his giant shuriken straight towards Zabuza as hard as he could. Zabuza caught the first thrown projectile, only to realize that in fact there was a second one underneath the shadow of the first. The water demon was forced to unleash his water prism jutsu on Kakashi, and was defeated by the second shuriken, which was actually Naruto in disguise.

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