Itachi Uchiha is one of the most complex and well-developed villains in all of Naruto - and arguably, in anime as a whole. Perhaps because of that complexity, there's a lot to know about him - and some of it may have flown under the radar of even his most dedicated fans.
What are some things you didn't know about Itachi Uchiha? Some cool Itachi trivia involves his ninja prowess - did you know that he's tied with Jiraiya as having the highest stats in genjutsu, ninjutsu, and taijutsu out of anyone in the series? There are also some fascinating facts about Itachi's personal life, including everything from his former lover and childhood rival to his skirmishes with drug cartels.
If you want to learn about Itachi, keep reading - and voice up the pieces of Itachi trivia surprised you the most.
Who is the most powerful character in the Naruto-verse? If you're basing your opinion on stats, the answer is either Jiraiya or Itachi. That's because the two of them tied for highest stats in the Naruto databook, which measures the characters' proficiency in areas like genjutsu, ninjutsu, and taijutsu. This might be why when faced with the prospect of fighting Jiraiya, Itachi chose to run away instead.
Itachi has such a wide range of incredible skills that it's easy to overlook one of his most impressive ones - the ability to use one-handed seals. Though it might sound simple, it's actually an incredibly useful ability that only a few characters besides Itachi possess.
What makes it so useful? Ninja who can perform one-handed seals can use two jutsu at once, creating a plethora of fatal combinations. They can also perform single jutsu while wielding a weapon.
Most Naruto fans know that one of the major driving forces in Itachi's life is that his childhood was marred by war. Because he was so traumatized by his formative experiences, he was willing to do whatever it took to create peace - even if that meant sacrificing his entire family.
What they might not know are the gory details of exactly what Itachi experienced. These details, which were revealed in the spin-off novels, are chilling. At four years old, Itachi was caught in the middle of a war zone. He tried to give a wounded enemy soldier some water but was forced to take the soldier's life instead.
His father believed that this was necessary for his development as a soldier, but the child was traumatized. After a conversation with Orochimaru, Itachi resolved to take his own life - but later changed his mind, and resolved to keep living after learning that he would soon have a younger sibling.
Before their true identity was revealed, many Naruto fans speculated that Itachi's secret lover had been Shisui Uchiha, one of his closest friends in the whole clan. That turned out not to be correct - actually, his lover was a girl named Izumi Uchiha.
Despite their connection, Izumi was the first person that Itachi struck down when he destroyed the clan. In an attempt to be merciful, he trapped her in an Infinite Tsukuyomi that allowed her to live out a happy dream life with him.