The Uchiha clan has always been mentioned as one of the strongest clans in Narutoverse. Ever since Sasuke first manifested his Sharingan to the time he achieved his Rinnegan we’ve witnessed him and other Uchihas display various abilities related to their Sharingan. But still, many questions related to Sharingan and it’s abilities arise every now and then. And there are many theories which surround these questions. We are going to debunk some fake theories and provide you with some facts and answers related to Sharingan and especially the abilities of the Mangekyou Sharingan!
First, let us understand what is sharingan:
Sharingan is the kekkei genkai dojutsu belonging to the Uchiha family and anyone who has Uchiha blood in them. Uchiha are the descendants of the Sage of Six Path. Their eye Jutsu is a vulgarised version of the rinne sharingan possessed by Kaguya Otsutsuki . Her grandson Indra was the first to possess the Sharingan.
The basic 3 Tomoe Sharingan manifests under stress or positive shock. Depending on the skill and the users state of mind it may manifest with all 3 tomoes or with one or two tomoe. The brain of the user releases a certain type of chakra to the optic nerves. Which transforms into the Sharingan.
The basic sharingan grants the user two abilities. They are:
Eye of Insight
The user is able to see chakra, giving it colour in order to separate it by its composition and source. It can see chakra through some obstructions and detect irregularities in chakra flow, such as those caused by genjutsu.
The user is granted incredible clarity in their sight, letting them to read lips or mimic something like copying hand signs for copying jutsus. It also grants a kinetic vision.
Eye of Hypnotism
This grants the user the ability to cast genjutsu. The powers take effect when someone makes eye contact with the Sharingan user. It allows them to put their target in a genjutsu and extract vital information or give specific instructions to act. n extreme cases, the Sharingan user can take complete control of the target’s body, forcing them to do exactly as the controller wishes.
When a basic Sharingan evolves, ther user comes in possession of the Mangekyou Sharingan. Mangekyou Sharingan is unlocked when the user feels extreme emotions be it sad or happy. It was mostly believed to be sad emotions. That’s why the clan had started a practice of killing their best friends and lovers to achieve Mangekyou.
Why is every Mangekyou ability different?
The abilities of Mangekyou Sharingan is manifested depending on the users state of mind. And hence each Mangekyou is unique and contains different abilities.
Let’s look at the various abilities of Mangekyou Sharingan manifested by the most powerful Uchiha clan members. Enabling us to understand the variation in abilities and gain more insight.
Obito Uchiha’s Mangekyou Sharingan Ability:
When Obito unlocked his Mangekyou. He saw his love get killed by his best friend. His deepest desire led to curse himself for the lack of his speed, for if he was fast he would have been able to save her and his best friend. Second was that he felt that there’s nothing in this world where she’s not alive.
This led to his Mangekyou manifesting a space time ninjutsu ability in which he can teleport himself and others from one place to the other without any distance limitations. And also create a new dimension which is dark and there’s nothing in that dimension. Similar to the world he wanted, a place where there’s nothing without her. This is the ability which Obito unlocked.
Shisui Uchiha’s Mangekyou Sharingan Ability:
When he unlocked his Mangekyou. Shisui deeply desired to change the hearts of everyone in the Uchiha clan to stop the coup. This led to him manifesting a genjutsu based ability. His desire to change the heart was so strong that his Mangekyou ability is till date the strongest genjutsu. It was able to change the heart of the person in front of him without even having a direct eye contact. And his Kotoamatsukami was a genjutsu of such high degree that it could undo powerful jutsus such as impure world resurrection.
It could put anyone into a genjutsu which was impossible to break and would enforce absolute obedience. His Mangekyou can also be programmed to work on certain individuals or patterns. As Shisui only wanted to change the heart of his clansmen only once his Mangekyou had a cooldown period of 10 years. Which proved to be a curse more than a boon for such a powerful ability. Without this cooldown period, Shisui could have become the Lelouch of Naruto world without any drawbacks from Lelouchs’ Geass.
Itachi Uchiha’s Mangekyou Sharingan Ability:
A child prodigy and a pacifist, Itachi unlocked his Mangekyou when his best friend committed suicide right in front of him. His desire then was to control the world and build it in his image and destroy everyone who opposed him in his path to protect Konoha.
This led to him manifesting two abilities, Tsukuyomi and Amaterasu. Tsukuyomi, a genjutsu in which Itachi could control the mind by making it feel like it’s in a different world. In this world, Itachi controls everything. He could make a few seconds in the real world feel like days using his Tsukuyomi. In that time he could torture his opponent or even kill them by frying their brain to immobilize them. He used this technique on Kakashi and Sasuke. Only Tsunade Senju can reverse the psychological scars left by Tsukuyomi.
Second is Amaterasu, a black fire that can destroy anything and everything and can’t be put off using anything. It can only be sealed or transported to another dimension. It will keep on burning unless the target is turned to ash completely.
Sasuke Uchiha Mangekyou Sharingan Ability:
He also manifested the same abilities as his brother Itachi but with few upgrades and downgrades. Since Sasuke didn’t care about what others think about him and he just wanted to exact revenge on those who mistreated his brother. Hence his Mangekyou abilities showed those features. Such as his Tsukuyomi was a far cry from Itachis’ and could barely alter reality as Itachi could. But his amaterasu was upgraded further than Itachis’. Sasuke could control the flames of his amaterasu unlike Itachi and use them as an offense and defense. He could also use them in sync with his other attacks and could turn them off at whim. Since destruction was his only aim. His only destructive ability i.e the amaterasu was enhanced beyond what Itachi could do.
There were many other users who manifested Mangekyou but their abilities are not mentioned in the manga or anime. Users such as Fugaku, Madara, Izuna etc.
This informs us that the deepest desires and the users mindset while unlocking the Mangekyou play a vital role in the manifestation of the abilities. This further points out why the mangekyou ability of Susanoo is again unique to every user.
The looks and design of Susanoo again depends on the users mindset. Like Susanoo belonging to Itachi and Shisui were bright in colour as they were good people deep down and wanted good for everyone. Whereas Sasuke, Madara, Obito had dark and devilish looking Susanoo.
The abilities of Susanoo again reflect those similar to the Mangekyou abilities and/or deepest desires of the user. Like Itachis’ Susanoo had the ultimate defence and offense i.e Yata Mirror and sword of Totsuka, respectively. Which showed that even though Itachi would kill his main desire is to protect. Whereas his brothers’ Susanoo had a crossbow which could shoot volley of arrows made of Amaterasu flames. Denoting his love for destruction.
This explains why every ability of Mangekyou is unique. This also leads us to ask few more questions such as can Sasuke and Madara use their Mangekyou abilities even when using his Rinnegan? Can Uchiha users use Mangekyou abilities of non related Uchiha members? Subscribe to get notified when we answer those questions in our next blogs.