Madara Uchiha is the foremost antagonist of the manga and anime series Naruto. He is the co-founder the Hidden Village of the Leaf, who later deserted it and was thought to have died. It is eventually revealed that he survived and planned to rule the Ninja World as a god. He is responsible for the existence Akatsuki and Tobi, as well as many gloomy events of history. He is eventually resurrected as an undestructible undead and takes part in the Fourth Great Shinobi War.
Madara Uchiha was born around a century before the start of the story. In these times, the Ninja World was locked in a permanent state of war and the Ninjas were organized as huge clans of mercenaries, hired by the lords of the warring nations.
The mightiest clans of all were the Uchiha and the Senju of the Forest. The only force able to face one another, leading each lord to hire one whenever the other was hired against him. (According to Tobi, both clans descend from the Sage of the Six Path's two sons. One born with the Sage chakra, who favoured power, the other born with the Sage's strength, who favoured love and was selected as the Sage's successor, much to his brother's ressentment.)Madara Uchiha was the most powerful ninja of his clan. He and his younger brother Izuna eventualy awakened the Mangekyo Sharingan (Kaleidoscope of Hypnosis), the most powerful state of the Clan’s eye power, and were appointed as the rulers of the Uchihas. To his horror, Madara discovered that the Mangekyo Sharingan was rendering him gradually blind and that transplanting his brother's Mangekyo Sharigan was the only way to restore his eyesight, and so he did.
The Founding of KonohagakureNow the undisputed leader of his clan, Madara had to fight against the Senjus' leader Harashima more times than he could remember. But eighty years before the start of the story, when the Senjus approached the Uchihas and offered durable peace to found Konohagakure, the Hidden Village of the Leaf, Madara only agreed under his clan's pressure.
So the first Ninja Village was created. Following their example, the ninja clans of each country formed an alliance to create the different Hidden Villages, leading to a stability never seen before. Yet, Madara was bitter towards Harashima Senju, who was appointed as the first Hokage (lord of Konoha) instead of him. However, even his clan regarded his mistrust as paranoia and he lost much of his credit among them.
Madara's downfallMadara deserted the village and began to plot its destruction. Harashima Senju pursued him and the two led their ultimate battle: a fight so tremendous that it dug a huge chasm that would become known as the Valley of the End. Despite controlling Kurama the Night Tailed Demon Fox, the most powerful Tailed Beast, Madara was defeated, everyone believing him to be dead. Since then, the people of Konoha carved two immense statues of Harashima Senju and Madara Uchiha in the cliffwall, permanently facing one another at both sides of a waterfall, as a symbol of their neverending rivalry.
However, Madara faked his death and went into hiding, even managing to steal a sample of Harashima's cells to copy his unique Mokuton ability. However, he was severly weakened and could only survive by continuously infusing himself with the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path's demonic energy. He built himself a subterranean lair and planned his revenge, resolving to gather the Tailed Beasts and mold the entire world following his twisted ideals. During the Third Great Shinobi War, he gave the Rinnegan (the mightiest eye power in the world) he managed to awake he to Nagato and inspired the creation of Akatsuki. Knowing that his life was about to end, he rescued Obito Uchiha from death and made him into the villain known as Tobi. After his death, he anoinded Tobi as his successor, with the instruction to resurrect him when the time would come.
Madara Uchiha's most defining trait is his monumental ego: He is extremely overproud and conceited, and he boasts without stop about how powerful he is. Madara only cares about might and skills, seeing anyone weaker than him as unsignificant. As such, he treats his foes - including the immensely powerful Kage (lords of the five biggest Ninja Villages) and the nightmarish Tailed Beasts - with high levels of contempt. The only exception being Hashirama Senju, the only man able to defeat him, whom he respected immensely and hated even more. He is also a staunch battle-lover,
Madara is a staunch battle-lover who lives and breathes to fight. However, he only involves himself in battles he deems challenging, going as far as keeping his foes alive as long as they interest him; (while slaughtering everyone else mercilessly). Although he never bothers fighting at full strength, he is a humongous show-off, who uses immensely powerful techniques for no other reason that he can. Despite this he is quite honourable, giving genuine praise whenever someone exceeds his expectations and harsh but constructive criticism when he deems his foes worthy. Still, any praise he makes is followed by a statement about his superiority.
Generally speaking, Madara is cruel, aloof, spiteful and detached. He grew up in a era of permanent war, which made him highly warmongering and vindictive, to the point of paranoia. He hated the Senju so much that he was unable to bury the hatchet; persuading himself that any offer of friendship they made concealed an attempt to subdue his clan. He is so egomaniacal that he cannot see himself in any other place than on the very top. He also demonstrates a very strong desire for domination, which first made him want Konohagakure to dominate every other nation, and culminated in his desire to rule all creation forever.
Powers and Abilities
Madara Uchiha is by very far the mightiest ninja ever seen in the series. He already was monumentaly powerful when alive, but as an undead he is restored to his prime while retaining the special powers he obtained after his defeat, putting his might to absolutely ludicrous levels. As if it was not enough, being undead gives him unlimited regenerative abilities and limitless supplies of chakra (energy), meaning that he can use his mightiest techniques without strain and that he cannot be defeated in battle.
Madara is an exceptionally gifted fighter with immense strength, speed, spryness and reflexes, able to take on an entire army all by himself. He was seen sending taller foes flying away, dodging highly fast attacks and taking a weapon from its owner's scabbard with no effort. He displays unrivalled skills with weapons and in martial arts. He was seen using swords, scythes and giant shurikens in battle, but his signature weapon is a huge war-fan which he uses as both a sword and a shield. His war-fan is connected to a chain which he uses to swing his weapon like a flail, with a scythe attached to its other end. Also, he can channel his chakra through it to increase its sharpness, raise barriers of chakra, and absorb any kind of attack to reflect the impact in a given direction. Madara has huge amounts of extremely powerful chakra, enough to summon and compel the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox. He also masters the mightiest fire-based attacks in existence, being able to conjure overwhelming streams of fire that need many powerful water attacks just to be contained and powerful fireballs shaped like dragon heads, just to name a few.
Madara was the most proficient Sharingan user of his time, mastering Sharingan and attaining Mangekyo Sharingan in his teens. His Sharingan were so powerful, they allowed him complete control over Kurama, the most powerful and dangerous Tailed Beast. Like most Uchiha that awaken the Mangekyo Sharingan, he is able to keep his Sharingan constantly activated without feeling the strain that most other users feel (Kakashi and Danzo also have constantly-active Sharingan with Mangekyo-Sharingan, but that is mainly due to a lack of control).
Madara was one of the first Uchiha to awaken the Mangekyo Sharingan. After prolonged use, he realised that his eyesight was deteriorating. To counter this, he replaced his eyes with his brother's, gaining access to the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan, allowing him to keep using this ability with no damage to his eyes.
When he activates the Mangekyo Sharingan, he is able to use Susanoó, decimating entire armies and providing an impenetrable barrier for himself. It is said that anyone who sees Susanoó fully materialised will immediately die, the only survivors of it's assault being the five Kage
Sometime after his fight with Hashirama Senju, Madara awakened the Rinnegan, presumably the first real Rinnegan since The Sage of Six Paths. With it, he is able to use the same abilities that Nagato and the Six Paths of Pain could use. At some point before meeting Obito, Madara removed his eyes and gave them to Nagato, replacing his left eye with a spare Sharingan.
After being resurrected by Kabuto, Madara's body was modified by having Hashirama's DNA grafted to his body. This allowed him to use Mokuton jutsu, one of the few-if not only-jutsu able to subdue both Madara and the Tailed Beasts. Despite this being a recent upgrade, Madara shows great proficiency with it, creating a garden full of giant flowers that spread toxic pollen as well as making as many as 25 wood-based replicas of himself similar to Naruto's Shadow Clone technique
Fourth Shinobi War
Madara was revived by Kabuto and aware of Tobi's actions implied that they were working together on the Eye of the Moon Plan and Madara fights the Allied Shinobi forces. Before the war Madara was the sixth coffin that Kabuto used to blackmail Tobi into joining forces. He is also shown to use The Rinnegan which he awakened shortly before his actual death after obtaining Hashirama's powers and later Kabuto injects Madara with the First Hokage's DNA making Madara more powerful and states only The First Hokage Hashirama Senju can defeat him.
Once awakened, Madara puts his abilities to use, slaughtering an entire ninja platoon, summoning two meteorites and revealing his Rinnegan when backed into a corner. The only thing he couldn't do was summon Kurama, since it was sealed within Naruto, who was divided among nations. His attempted summon stirs Kurama, who realises that Madara is the common enemy and that he and Naruto would need to form a truce to beat him. When the five Kage arrive, Naruto departs and Madara faces the five most powerful living shinobi.
But despite their combined efforts, the five Kage are no match for Madara, as he is not only stronger than they are but also faster, smarter and more experienced. His disbelief that he could fight all five on his own made him vainly wish that Hashirama were alive so as to provide him a real challenge. When Itachi forces Kabuto to undo the Edo Tensei jutsu that binds the undead to the world of the living, Madara is seemingly vanquished, but manages to force his soul back into its vessel and continue fighting the Kage. He explains that he managed to find a counter to the Edo Tensei that would effectively make him his own master.
Madara continues to fight the increasingly fatigued Kage, finally defeating them. He then locates Naruto and Tobi, who gives him his war fan. The two then take on Naruto and Kurama