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Why does Kakashi have the Sharingan?

February 05, 2022 6 min read

Why does Kakashi have the sharingan?

The world of Naruto is made up of many mysteries that make it so intriguing and thrilling to uncover. Among the most asked questions, why Kakashi has the Sharingan comes up a lot with fans. A true legendary ninja, the captain of Naruto indeed possesses this special power. 🔮 

Is this a hidden member of the Uchiha family? Has he stolen the eye of one of his opponents? And why is he constantly hiding it under his blindfold? The purpose of this article is to see in detail how Kakashi got the Sharinganand what powers it grants him in battle. Get ready to discover more about your favorite Sensei and his mysterious past! 

Who can have the Sharingan?

The Sharingan is a dôjutsu (Technical pupil) hereditary. This means that it is transmitted directly at birth. Therefore, there are only two ways to get the Sharingan. Let's take a look at these two methods together to determine why Kakashi has the Sharingan:

1. The Uchiha clan

Kakashi at sharingan Uchiha

The first way to get that special eye is to inherit it from one of your parents. Sharingan is a natural characteristic unique to members of the Uchiha clan.  Therefore it is impossible to acquire it at birth if our ancestors are not part of this legendary family in the ninja world. 🏯

This hereditary trait also justifies why the members of this clan sometimes show pride and can feel superior to other Konoha ninjas: they are endowed with a power that intends them to become naturally more powerful than their peers in the world. within the hidden village of the Leaf.

2. Organ transplantation

The second way to get the Sharingan is through an organ transplant. 👁  Indeed, when it is torn from its owner, an eye possessing the Sharingan can be implanted in the body of another ninja. This exchange will then offer its new holder all the abilities allowed by the Sharingan he has just acquired.

In addition, you should know that the power of the Sharingan is not directly linked to the life of the Uchiha from which he came. Thus, even if the original owner of the Sharingan were to die, his power would continue to be active in the ninja who took his eye. This explains why so many shinobis hunted Uchiha to steal their eyes, as Orochimaru did with Itachi for example.

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How did Kakashi get the Sharingan?

How did Kakashi get the sharingan?

We now know the two ways to get that red pupil. But then, why does Kakashi have the Sharingan? What is the cause?

To put an end to any assumption in this direction, no, Kakashi is not a member of the Uchiha clan. Neither his father nor his mother belongs directly or indirectly to this family. He, therefore, did not inherit this dôjutsu at birth as Sasuke was able to do for example. But then, how did Kakashi get the Sharingan? Here is the answer to that question:

During the Third Ninja War, Kakashi fought alongside Rin and Obito under the command of Minato. However, during a difficult fight, the three team members were separated from their Sensei. Kakashi therefore temporarily led his companions as Jounin, the ninja rank he had just acquired in Konoha. ⚔️

Unfortunately, all did not go as planned and Rin was captured by the enemy camp. Additionally, as Obito and Kakashi faced difficult opponents to defeat, the gray-haired ninja was surprised and lost an eye that was slashed with a sword. It was because their lives were in danger and he wanted to protect his friend that Obito's Sharingan awoke, allowing him to defeat his opponents to continue their search for Rin.

Kakashi and Obito share the same sharingan

Eventually, the two members of Minato's squad managed to find Rin in their enemies' lair and fled with her. At the last moment, their opponent caused the cave they were all in to collapse, knocking Kakashi to the ground. In a surge of courage, Obito grabbed his friend's body and threw it aside, having his entire right half crushed by a huge stone. 

Feeling his end coming and seeing Kakashi moping at not succeeding in helping him as Jounin, Obito remembered not having given him a present to celebrate his promotion yet. He then implored Rin to use his medical skills to transplant his Sharingan into the left eye that Kakashi had lost in battle. Obito disappeared shortly after under a second collapse caused by the remaining enemies, causing his friend to promise to take care of Rin.

This is why Kakashi possesses the Sharingan even though he is not a member of the Uchiha clan.

Why is Kakashi hiding his Sharingan?

Why is Kakashi hiding his sharingan? 

We just saw why and how Kakashi got the Sharingan as a result of events taking place during the Third Ninja War. However, a mystery remains about the Eye of the Sensei of Konoha: why is he constantly hiding it under his mask? 😷

It is important to note that from a young age, Kakashi Hatake always wore a mask to hide his face, especially his nose and mouth. Desire to camouflage or specific clothing tastes, the reasons for wearing this mask are among the most frequent questions that arise among Naruto fans. We will answer them very soon in a dedicated blog article.

However, among the many users of the Kekkei Genkai (hereditary technique) of the Uchiha clan, few mask their eyes. On the contrary, most of them keep their eyes open so that they can use their Sharingan immediately if the need arises during a fight or to face a threat. 👀

First of all, even if he is known and recognized by many fighters in the ninja world, hiding his Sharingan offers Kakashi a significant element of surprise during a fight against complete strangers.

Why is Kakashi hiding his face?

But the real reason is this: not being an Uchiha himself, the pupil transplanted in Kakashi does not belong to him from birth and it is thus impossible for him to control its activation or deactivation. However, the Sharingan consumes a lot of chakra of its user if it does not belong to the Uchiha family. Kakashi, therefore, made the choice to keep his eye closed and masked to preserve his energy. He only uses it in critical moments when he needs to mobilize all his strength.

What powers does the Sharingan offer to Kakashi?

From a young age, Kakashi Hatake has always shone among aspiring ninja by his exceptional abilities, hard work, and unwavering determination. A true genius, he graduated from the ninja academy at the age of 5 and became a chûnin at the age of only 6. However, the power of the Sharingan is not without consequence on the power of a ninja and it is interesting to know how the power of Kakashi has increased thanks to this pupil.

1. Increased analytical capacities

Kakashi at the Sharingan the Copier Ninja

Among the many nicknames of the Sensei of the team of Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke, that of the copy ninja comes back regularly in the manga. Indeed, Kakashi has the reputation of mastering more than 1000 ninjutsu techniques that he would have learned by copying them on his opponents during the many fights he was able to lead as shinobi of the country of fire. 🔥

This copying capacity is enabled by his Sharingan with three tomoe (symbol observable in the iris of its wearer). Indeed, not only does this allow him to better grasp enemy movements, but it also offers him the possibility of anticipating and even predicting what will be the next movements that he will have to face. This ability was also revealed during the famous fight between Zabuza and Kakashi during which Kakashi was able to summon a watery dragon at the same time as Zabuza, simply by reproducing his movements.

2. Better Genjutsu

Why Kakashi has better genjutsu with his sharingan

The second ability offered by the Sharingan concerns the amplification of the power of the Genjutsu of its holder. Genjutsu techniques can be boiled down to all the indirect attacks that place their target in a state of semi-hypnosis by trapping them in an imperceptible illusion. They are used to trap enemies by torturing them, to manipulate the minds of individuals from whom one wishes to obtain information or to make someone lose their mind by inflicting a trauma that will not allow them to continue their journey. fight. 

The Sharingan with 3 Tomoe allows its wearer to unseal the presence of a genjutsu and thus not to be a victim. 🔮  Better yet, it allows you to counter an opposing genjutsu and turn it against its caster if he does not have this dôjutsu. Finally, this pupil of the Uchiha clan makes the illusion techniques more powerful. It makes perfect sense when you consider that the most powerful Genjutsu launcher in the Naruto universe is none other than Itachi, and how well he masters his Kekkei Genkai.

3. Access to the Mangekyou Sharingan

Kakashi's mangekyou sharingan

Finally, Kakashi's Sharingan gives him the potential to use the Mangekyou Sharingan if he is awake. An extremely rare pupil among Uchiha members, it can only be acquired by going through a deep personal trauma often caused by the death of a loved one. Increasing tenfold the power of the ninja, it will also give him access to exceptional techniques such as Amaterasu (black flames) or Kamui (Obito and Kakashi).

Not being an Uchiha by birth, Kakashi would never have been able to awaken his Mangekyou Sharingan if it had not been for Obito himself to awaken him when Rin died. The event will be so traumatic for the gray-haired ninja that he will pass out. However, he will gradually learn to tame the power of the Mangekyou Sharingan which he will use occasionally as he progresses. Discover Kakashi's 15 secrets now.

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Now you know why Kakashi owns the Sharingan and how he received it from a young age. A true exceptional fighter, Kakashi was doomed to a grandiose destiny in Konoha. The acquisition of the Sharingan has also made it possible to increase his power to enable him to compete with the most powerful ninjas of his time, making him a legend in the shinobi world but also in the hearts of fans of the Naruto manga. ❤️

Do you love this silver-haired shinobi? Do you like his relaxed and combative character? Would you have loved to have Kakashi as your captain when you entered the Konoha ninja academy? So discover without further delay our collection of Kakashi t-shirts, figuresand accessories to fully live your passion for Naruto!
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