Why Did Itachi Kill the Uchiha Clan?

Itachi is one of the Naruto series’ most popular characters. His past is one of the causes of his undying devotion to the characters. However, the question is, why did Itachi kill the Uchiha clan?

Why did Itachi Kill the Uchiha Clan

Who is Itachi?

Itachi is introduced to us as a traitor to his clan, the person who orchestrated the massacre of clan members, and the person who tortured his younger brother.

However, as the story progresses, we learn more details, prompting viewers to question why Itachi killed his clan.

Although it was not Itachi’s decision to kill his tribe, he went through with it because he wanted to protect his town and his younger brother, whom Danzo promised to save, provided Itachi carried out the plan.

Saying that there’s more to Itachi’s clan slaying than meets the eye.

Keep reading as we go into the intricacies and explain everything about Itaachi’s storyline, which is one of the reasons why so many fans love him.

Why Did Itachi Kill the Uchiha Clan?

The Uchiha clan had long been a source of suspicion in Hidden Leaf Village. The insurrection of Madara Uchiha against the Konoha village instilled fear and distrust in the minds of many.

The attack by the nine-tailed fox heightened people’s concerns about the Uchiha clan, and village advisors became suspicious.

As the village leader’s anxieties grew, he determined to confine the Uchiha clan to the community’s fringes. The Uchihas were enraged by their exclusion.

Itachi’s father, the clan leader, enrolled his son in the Anbu black operations program, where he began spying on the village and other clans in preparation for a coup attempt.


Other Things to Know

Itachi, on the other hand, is already a spy for Danzo, the village advisor.

Moreover, he believed that by being a double agent; he was helping the cause of peace. The Uchihas, Danzo believed, would instigate another conflict if allowed uncontrolled.

Danzo persuaded Itachi into believing that the coup could not be prevented without bloodshed when Itachi informed him about his family’s coup intentions.

Itachi was divided about who he could trust after he stole Shisui’s eye.

He eventually used Itachi’s trauma and naivete to persuade him to kill the Uchiha clan. Itachi sought to avert a new Shibori war and the deaths of many innocent people.

Itachi killing his clan

The Consequences

Itachi sent Sasuke, his spared brother, on a path of anger and vengeance.

He believed that only his brother Sasuke could judge him for the massacre he had committed, and he wished for Sasuke to grow powerful enough to kill him.

In other to revenge for his clan’s murders, Sasuke left the village and embarked on a journey to become more powerful than Itachi.

As a result, Naruto embarked on his own mission to grow more powerful and reintegrate Sasuke into the village.

The Uchiha massacre shaped Sasuke and, by extension, Naruto into two of Konoha’s most powerful Shinobi. Sasuke attempted to kill Itachi several times but failed each time.


Important Things to Know

Important Things to Know

Meanwhile, Sasuke challenged Itachi one day and was strong enough to murder his brother. After killing his brother, he discovered the truth about his sibling’s motive.

Sasuke and Naruto defeated Madara and Obito after Sasuke gained all of Itachi’s powers after Itachi’s death.

They both protected the Shinobi world from the limitless Tsukuyomi, which might have enslaved the entire world in a dream-like illusion by beating Madara and Obito.

Itachi’s younger brother would never have gotten his talents or been able to help Naruto defeat Madara and Obito if he hadn’t spared him and massacred the Uchiha clan.

Now that you know why Itachi killed the Uchiha Clan, you should now have a better perspective on him and his role. 

Frequently Asked Questions

It is later revealed that Itachi did not kill his clan in cold blood. In truth, he was commanded to murder them by the leadership of his town in order to prevent a coup d’etat, implying that he acted entirely in Sasuke’s and his village’s best interests.

Itachi assassinated the Uchiha clan to prevent them from launching a coup against the Leaf, which would have resulted in tremendous losses.

Itachi didn’t murder Sasuke because he cared too much about him.

That wasn’t Sasuke, but Itachi, his brother. And he put them to death because they were planning an insurrection against the village.

This is because, after the Massacre, Itachi had three objectives: he wanted to protect Sasuke, Konoha, and himself. If done correctly, leading Sasuke down “a path of darkness” accomplished all of this

That was never Itachi’s intention.

Obito, too, wanted to destroy Konoha in any case, and by killing all uchihas, he was able to reduce the enemy numbers, assisting Itachi in annihilating his clan.

Yes, he had to eliminate them all. They would have persuaded Sasuke against the village if he had left one or even two and then left the village, much like Tobi/Madara/Obito did.

No, most likely. The evidence for this is that he enlisted the aid of Madara Uchiha (really, Obita) to assassinate his fellow clan members.

Because they did not share Itachi’s vision of Konoha’s future, his clan became exceedingly contradictory to him.

Itachi departs the town, despite warning Danzo not to hurt Sasuke, after creating the perception that he slaughtered their family in cold blood to give Sasuke the mindset to become strong enough to kill him once he is capable.

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