The Truth Behind Itachi…
Hey, Dylan (Ix RefleX xI) here with my first post. Lately, I’ve been noticing talk in the comments that suggests Madara was lying about Itachi being a good guy. The question of whether he was really good or not was even brought up in a recent post. So, in order to erase all doubt (and because Itachi is one of my favorite characters), I decided to explore the mysterious life of Itachi…
But before we start:
Anyways, as most of you probably know, the thought of Itachi being good all this time was surprising to say the least. Hell, it even made #1 spot on the 2008 awesomeness year end breakdown. But is it really true? Is it really possible that someone as evil as Itachi seemed could really be “good” under his dark, mysterious exterior?
Ever since Madara first told Sasuke the “truth” about his brother, many skeptics criticized the idea as being insane. Even those who did believe it was true had to have had some reasonable doubt, because the idea just seems so crazy at first. I mean, after all, this is the famous missing-nin who killed his whole clan!! How can Kishi say that he was really a good guy after he’s dead?!? It became even harder to believe since chapter 404, where Madara admits to Kisame that he tricked Sasuke into joining him. But does this mean he was lying about Itachi, or something else? Is Itachi still “good” despite Madara’s trickery? Personally, I believe the answer is a resounding yes. At first, I, like many of you, was very skeptical. Since then, I have gone back through the manga looking for any signs that Itachi could really have been “good”. What I found was surprising, even to me. There are several occasions where Itachi seems to be acting strange for the evil Akatsuki member he’s supposed to be. While most people would normally write these off as unimportant or unnecessary, they’re actually quite important once you take the time to consider them. To show how important they really are and to save you the time of covering 430+ chapters looking for them yourselves, I’ve organized what I found into a handy list, just for you guys.
Why didn’t Itachi Kill Sasuke with the rest of the Uchiha clan?
This is one of the first and most confusing questions about Itachi. There are 3 theories about why Itachi did this. The first was that Itachi wanted to fight Sasuke when he was older so he could “test his own skills”. The second is that Itachi wanted to steal Sasuke’s eyes. However, both of these were proven wrong at the end of the Itachi / Sasuke battle. Right before Itachi dies, he did the complete opposite of both these theories when he transferred his powers to Sasuke. The third theory was explained to us by Madara several issues after the fight. He tells Sasuke that Itachi had done everything he had done in order to protect him and Konoha. This is the only theory that has yet to be proven wrong. It was even backed up when Sasuke remembers seeing a tear in Itachi’s eye the night he left.
Why does Kisame see Itachi “crying” when Deidara goes suicidal on Sasuke?
This one is pretty self-explanatory… WHY THE F*** IS ITACHI CRYING!!! Sure Kisame says that he’s not sure if Itachi is, but.. have a look for yourself below. And even if he isn’t, why does Kishi go through so much effort to make it look like he is?!? In my opinion, these images were actually put in the manga to warn us ahead of time that Itachi was “good”, or to at least show he had a heart. Most of us were just too stupid to pick up on it till 20 issues later when it outright told us the truth.
Why would he give Naruto some of his powers?
This is self-explanatory too. Sure, he knew that he was about to lose to Sasuke (on purpose), but if he was truly evil, why would he have given Naruto some of his powers? Did he just think it was funny to make things harder for his evil cohorts to capture Naruto later? Or was it his final way of ensuring Konoha’s safety? (I say this because I believe that whatever power Itachi gave Naruto could surface in his battle with Pein) Could it possibly be a way to help Naruto in his unavoidable fight with Sasuke? While we may not know what the power is intended for, or what it is, the main point is.. What was the purpose of giving his “enemy” any powers at all?? (… worst evil villain ever!!)
Why did he seem ”off” in his fight against Sasuke?
I’m sure we all remember the fight between Sasuke and Itachi. Many of us had been waiting for this fight since Sasuke first left Konoha. And, while most people seemed fairly satisfied with the battle between brothers, should it have lasted so long? As Zetsu is watching the fight, he comments several times on how Itachi seems “off”, like he’s not using his full skills. Now considering how close the fight was, what would the result have been if Itachi had used just a bit more power? … Itachi wins. (not a big shocker) So why wouldn’t he be fighting his hardest? As we found out after the fight was over, Itachi really lost on purpose so Sasuke could gain mangekyou and all of his power. In other words, he was still looking out for his little bro by sacrificing himself to give his brother more powers. (Just as Madara said…) While some people have speculated that he may be weaker because he gave Naruto power or because Madara was stealing his chakra, does that really make sense?? Considering all we know about how strong Itachi is, he still should have been fighting a lot better than he was. So, protecting his bro is the only explanation that really makes sense here. (notice how these are starting to fit together?)
Why does Itachi want to eliminate Madara?
Ah, yes, yet another one of the mysteries surrounding Itachi. This looks like an easy one at first. The Uchihas generally hate each other.. makes sense that they would want to kill each other, right?? Sure it does, but only if you are looking at it from the surface. As we found out several issues later, Madara’s goal in life is to destroy Konoha (its people, not just the city… I’m looking at you Pein!!) So if Itachi is “good” and he knew that Madara was trying to destroy Konoha, that gives a better, more justified reason to kill him than simply “He’s an Uchiha”, right?? In other words, Itachi good + Madara bad = they want to kill each other. So this opens another question. Why wouldn’t Itachi try to kill Madara earlier? Simple. Itachi knew Madara was stronger and that he would lose so he used Sasuke as a last desperate attempt to eliminate Madara. (once again.. trying to protect Sasuke AND Konoha)
As you can see, for an evil villain, Itachi sure did a lot of unusual things. I mean… Is it really possible that someone who took so many steps to protect his little bro can still be evil?? Knowing Kishi, the answer is never clear. But right now, all signs point to Itachi being a good guy.
So if these predictions are correct and Itachi was a good guy, then how did Madara “trick” Sasuke? Well the answer to that is actually simple. He told the truth about Itachi, but only to an extent. We figured out a couple issues after Sasuke won that Itachi had been intending to die at the hands of Sasuke so he could give Sasuke the mangekyou and his powers. In other words, he’s wanted Sasuke to kill him ever since he left God knows how long ago. So Madara takes Itachi’s noble sacrifice and blames it on the third Hokage and Konoha’s elders. Now Sasuke, finally knowing the “truth” about his bro, is pissed at Konoha’s elders, because ANOTHER member of his clan is dead. (even though Itachi told the elders not to tell Sasuke) It’s actually quite amazing how one simple lie can change things so much, but in this case it did. Now instead of Sasuke taking up the noble cause of protecting the Leaf Village like his brother intended, he wants to… kill its elders… How fun!!!
While this wasn’t exactly Itachi’s goal, I do believe it will work out as far as the whole manga goes. Why?? Because guess who Sasuke’s got to go through to get to Konoha and its elders now… Naruto. It’s also quite convenient that Naruto has gotten about 20x stronger since then and could already be near Sasuke’s level (I stress the word near here, because to fight Sasuke, Naruto is going to have to learn to fight the Sharingan.) Coincidence… hell no!! I believe a NaruSasu confrontation could be right around the corner, and may happen sometime this year or early 2010!! Will it be the final battle between Naruto and Sasuke? Probably not (I believe the final battle will be right before the manga ends, or at least after a time skip). Once again, knowing Kishi, the answer is never clear, but considering all the things that are starting to happen involving both Naruto and Sasuke, you just can’t help but wonder how much longer it is going to be before some kind of confrontation takes place.