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.
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.
Not only is Itachi a fan favorite, he also has a special place in the heart of his creator. In an interview with Shonen Jump, Masashi Kishimoto revealed that Itachi is his favorite member of the Akatsuki. This is due to his extensive backstory.
Kishimoto is known for creating villains who are as layered and detailed as his protagonists, so its unsurprising that he has a soft spot for the characters who best exemplify this.
The most talented student in Ninja Academy history is Minato Namikaze, a fact that probably left Naruto's baffled about the latter's poor performance.
Next to Minato, Itachi Uchiha's scores were the second highest. Sasuke's teachers expected him to follow suit, and he did exactly that.