The Uchiha clan has always been 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 its 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’s understand,
What is Sharingan?
Sharingan is the Kekkei Genkai Dojutsu of the Uchiha clan. Uchiha clan are the descendants of the Sage of the Six Path. Their eye Jutsu is a vulgarised version of the Rinne Sharingan of 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 user’s 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 then transforms a normal eye into a Sharingan.
Basic sharingan grants the user two abilities. They are:
Eye of Insight
The user is able to see the 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 also receives incredible clarity in their sight, letting them read lips or mimic something like copying hand signs for copying jutsus. It also grants 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.
In 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, the user comes in possession of the Mangekyou Sharingan. Mangekyou Sharingan unlocks when the user feels extreme emotions be it sad or happy.
However, it is widely believed to be sad emotions. That’s why the clan ritualised killing their best friends and lovers to achieve Mangekyou.
Why is every Mangekyou Sharingan ability different?
As we all know that Uchiha clan members experience love more deeply than others. This leads to their eye chakra manifesting into the Sharingan and the loss of that love causes the Sharingan to evolve into Mangekyou Sharingan.
However, all the abilities of the basic sharingan are the same for all users who achieve it whereas the mangekyou sharingan abilities are different. Ever thought why is that?
Fret not, I’ll help you understand. We know that every Uchiha to achieve Mangekyou Sharingan went through mental trauma and thus they wished that trauma never happened or something else happened instead of this trauma.
This led to them desiring ways to change their reality to some extent which led to the formation of various mangekyou abilities.
You read that right, the abilities of Mangekyou Sharingan manifest depending on the user’s state of mind. Hence each Mangekyou Sharingan 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 into how their desires were the ones that unlocked these abilities.
What Is Obito Uchiha’s Mangekyou Sharingan Ability?
When Obito unlocked his Mangekyou Sharingan he saw Rin dying at the hands of his best friend. In that situation, he lacked the speed to stop that from happening.
Hence, his deepest desire led him to curse himself for the lack of his speed, for if he was fast he would have been able to save her.
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.
Secondly, he feels that there’s nothing worth living in this world where she’s not alive. This led his mangekyou to manifest the ability to create a new dimension which is dark with nothing in that dimension.
Similar to the world he wanted, a place where there’s nothing without her.
Thus his desires at the moment of unlocking his Mangekyou Sharingan gave birth to his Mangekyou Sharingan abilities.
What Is Shisui Uchiha’s Mangekyou Sharingan Ability?
When Shisui unlocked his Mangekyou Sharingan he 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 and since his desire to change people was so strong that his Mangekyou ability is to date the strongest genjutsu.
His Kotoamatsukami was a genjutsu of such a high degree that it could overwrite powerful jutsus such as Edo Tensei.
It could put anyone into a genjutsu that was impossible to break and would enforce absolute obedience without direct eye contact. His Mangekyou Sharingan is also programmable to work on certain individuals or patterns.
However, there was a drawback since Shisui only wanted to change the heart of his clansmen only once, his Mangekyou Sharingan had a cooldown period of 10 years.
Without this cooldown period, Shisui could have become the Lelouch of Naruto world without any drawbacks from Lelouchs’ Geass.
What Are 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.
In that moment of awakening his mangekyou, Itachi deeply desired to change and control the world he was living in i.e. Konoha and the clan. These are the two things his friend sacrificed his life for and wanted to build them in his image and destroy everyone who opposed him.
Itachi’s pacifist nature and deep ingrained thought of fighting to cause minimal bloodshed and using diplomacy to avoid any battle also played a major role in him unlocking his mangekyou abilities.
Whereas his anger towards the people who would stand against him and wanting to take them out permanently without leaving a trace also had a huge impact on him unlocking his mangekyou sharingan.
This led to him manifesting two abilities, Tsukuyomi and Amaterasu.
Tsukuyomi, a genjutsu in which Itachi could control other’s minds and within the genjutsu their entire world.
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 beyond recovery.
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 turns to ash completely.
Furthermore, Itachi displayed the true warrior spirit of the Uchiha clan which resulted in the manifestation of the ability of Susanoo which held the Yata Mirror and Totsuka Blade. The combination of which made him practically invincible.
What Are Sasuke Uchiha’s Mangekyou Sharingan Ability?
Sasuke also manifested the same abilities as his brother Itachi but with few upgrades and downgrades. Since Sasuke didn’t care about what others thought about him and he just wanted to exact revenge on those who mistreated his brother.
His Mangekyou Sharingan abilities reflected those emotions. Such as his Tsukuyomi was a far cry from Itachis’ and could barely alter the person’s mind as Itachi could. But his Amaterasu was upgraded further than Itachis’.
Since his hatred was directed explicitly towards Danzo and Konoha elders, Sasuke could control the flames of his Amaterasu unlike Itachi and use them as an offence and defence.
He could also use them in sync with his other attacks and could turn them off at a whim.
Since destruction was his only aim, his superior destructive ability i.e. the Amaterasu was enhanced beyond what Itachi could do.
Whereas his desire to clear Itachi’s name rather and uplift the name of the Uchiha clan once again awakened Tsukuyomi but as I mentioned it was pretty weak since his desire to do so was weaker compared to his desire to exact revenge in the very moment he awakened Mangekyou Sharingan.
There were many other users who manifested Mangekyou Sharingan but their abilities are not mentioned in the manga or anime. Users such as Fugaku, Madara, Izuna etc.
Why Susanoo Abilities Are Different For Each User and Different Color?
From the above information, it is clear 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 offence i.e Yata Mirror and sword of Totsuka, respectively. Which showed that even though Itachi would kill people his main desire is to protect.
Whereas Sasuke’s Susanoo had a crossbow that could shoot a volley of arrows made of Amaterasu flames. Hence, denoting his love for destruction. Sasuke’s Susanoo is the only Susanoo that can also fly thanks to his wings.
It has nothing to do with Sasuke’s attitude but a shoutout to his final form under Orochimaru’s cursed mark and also his first summoning jutsu animal the eagle.
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?
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