Why did Itachi Uchiha Kill His Clan?

Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. Naruto and Itachi are one of the main characters in the manga series.

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‌‌Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells us the story of a Young boy Naruto who wanted to be a Ninja and wanted to serve his village. Naruto and Itachi are one of the main characters in the manga series. There have been a lot of questions about why Itachi killed his clan?

If you are looking for the answer to this question then you are at the correct place. The Naruto manga series took its time to reveal the truth behind why Itachi actually killed his clan! Like always fans have come up with their point of view regarding the same too.

Itachi killed his clans when he was 13 years old, he was an Anbu Black Ops member by age of 11 and a chunin by 10. Without any other ado let's see what was the main reason for his deed.‌‌

Who is Itachi Uchiha?

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Before we start with the reasons which led to the Uchihas massacre, let's see who Itachi was. Itachi was the firstborn child of the Uchiha clan leader, he was born as a powerful ninja. He later became a powerful international criminal after murdering his entire clan.

He only spared his younger brother, Sasuke. He afterward joined the International criminal organization, named Akatsuki, whose activity brought him into contact with Konoha and its Ninja.

His younger brother wanted to take revenge on his brother for killing the entire clan. Itachi’s intentions were revealed to be more complicated at the end of the manga series.

Also, we saw in the manga series that he was given the title of Loyal Shinobi of Konohagakure at the very end. Nevertheless, if we focus on the Third Shinobi War, the horror of the war led him to become a pacifist, and he set out to become the best ninja he could be.

Why did Itachi kill his clan?

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This question needs to be answered. Are you here for the answer to the above question? There have been many talks about Itachi’s action but let’s see the real cause behind his deed.

Okay so, you must have seen the Hidden Leaf Village’s founding days when many were spectacular about the Uchiha clan. The nine-tailed fox attacked, which increased the fear in the people of the village.

In episode 455 of Naruto (Moonlit Night) It's shown that the village leader decided to restrict the Uchiha clan to the village’s outskirts. This made the Uchiha’s very enraged. Itachi’s father, the leader of the clan, entered his son into Anbu Black Ops, this is where he began to spy on the village and other clans to attempt a coup.

Why did Danzo wanted to kill the Uchiha clan?

Itachi was also the spy for Danzo at this very point. Danzo is said to be one of the Konoha's higher-ups who was suspicious of  the Uchiha Clan when the Nine-Tails attacked the village. he forced the clan to massacre his family and clan to avoid a coup. And as Itachi was doing a double service, that means one to his father and the other to Danzo.

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Danzo thought that if they left Itachi unchecked, the Uchihas would attack them. Itachi informed Danzo about his father's plan and Danzo manipulated Itachi into believing that the coup could not be stopped without violence and bloodshed.

‌Danzo stole Shisui’s eye, which had the ability to manufacture peace, and because of this reason, Itachi was confused as to whom he should trust. After this Itachi was left with a choice between open war and the death of his brother.

How many Uchihas did Itachi kill?

But if we look at the plot of the series again, it is hinted that Itachi killed only Two Uchihas, his very own parents, and the rest of the Uchiha's were killed by Tobi aka Obito.

The attack was also carried out with the help of Obito, who was then posing as Madara Uchiha. Now that you know the reason for the same, do you think he can be said to be the only one at fault for the same?‌‌‌‌

In which episode does Itachi kill his clan?

In episode 455 of the anime series we saw Itachi choose to kill all the clans on Danzo’s order, but with his brother's life protected.