Posing first as being the true Madara Uchiha, Tobi (トビ, Tobi) is a member of the Akatsuki clan and is the main antagonist of the second part of the Naruto Shippuden series.
However, the story is not easy to understand and many questions are still very present about this character, so in this article, we will discuss different topics to discover a little more about this character, like:
- Who is really Tobi?
- Is Tobi Madara Uchiha?
- Is Tobi Obito?
All the answers to these questions are in the following article, so stay tuned, many revelations are coming!
It is known that years after Hashirama Senju’s fight against Madara Uchiha, a mysterious masked man appeared under the name “Madara“. Tobi said that he encouraged Yahiko to create the Akatsuki and describes himself to be the person who gave the Rinnegan to Nagato. Tobi also seems to know a lot about Hashirama, Madara and seems that he has in his possession cells of the First Hokage.
TOBI FIRST APPARITION
Twelve years before the beginning of the Naruto series, Tobi launched an attack in Konoha with Kyuubi as an asset. At the time of Kushina Uzumaki’s childbirth, he killed a troop of Anbu in charge of the security of the delivery. Trying to capture with force the newborn, Naruto Uzumaki, he forced his father Minato Namikaze to teleport himself and his child to a shelter outside the village. Meanwhile, Tobi brought Kyuubi out of Kushina and controlled him with the help of his Sharingan.
Kyuubi began his carnage in Konoha while Minato was attacked by Tobi, a fight broke out between the two characters. While Tobi was close to grabbing Minato, the latter teleported above him and hit him with a Rasengan on his back. Minato succeeded in freeing Kyuubi from his hold before Tobi left saying that one day he would get Kyuubi back, forcing Minato to consider him as a terrible threat.
Eight years after the attack, Tobi came back to Konoha. When Itachi Uchiha found out about it, he met with him and offered to help him in his revenge against the Uchiha clan on the condition that he would not attack the village, which Tobi accepted. During this period, Tobi also met Danzo Shimura.
TOBI IN THE AKATSUKI
Tobi initially appeared as Sasori’s replacement in the Akatsuki. His “childish” and “stupid” side provoked the greatest exasperation from Deidara, his new partner.
Tobi participated on many quests inside of the Akatsuki clan as sealing Bijuus like Nibi and even tried to trap Sanbi on his own but ended up getting beaten by the Tailed Beast. Luckily, Deidara was there to put the situation in order with his clay bombs. He then sealed him like Nibi in Gedô Mazô with the Akatsuki.
Tobi has been the witness of the fight between Sasuke Uchiha and Deidara from episode 121 to episode 125 of the Naruto Shippuden Series. This time he proved to be an asset by hiding the bombs in the ground using a Doton technique. After Sasuke’s victory, Tobi decided to spy on him through Zetsu until his fight with Itachi.
During the fight Itachi against Sasuke, Tobi met Naruto and his friends returning from the mission. He showed them a glimpse of his time-space Jutsus, while still looking stupid. It’s only when Zetsu comes to tell him that Sasuke is the winner of the fight and Itachi is dead that his tone of voice and character changed, taking on a cruel and serious look.
Then Tobi beamed down, giving Kakashi a chance to see the Sharingan on his right eye. He nursed Sasuke and told him, under the name Madara Uchiha, that Itachi was not a traitor. Itachi was in the middle of a dilemma between his love for his village and that of his little brother and that the only solution was to massacre every member of the Uchiha Clan, who was planning a coup d’etat.
Itachi didn’t kill Sasuke because he was too young to know at the time. It was after this revelation that Sasuke decided to avenge his brother by joining forces with Akatsuki and Tobi to destroy Konoha. Tobi now had Sasuke under his control, gradually dragging him into hatred.
Tobi revealed his face to Kisame in episode 146 so that Kisame would recognize and trust him. He gave Sasuke and his new Taka group the mission to capture Hachibi’s jinchûriki, Killer B. During the sealing of Hachibi, Killer B turns into a tentacle, proof that a substitution took place during the capture and launches Kisame in pursuit.
When Naruto went to Ironland to prevent the Raikage from putting a wanted notice on Sasuke Uchiha as a deserter and killer (for the supposed capture of Hachibi and Killer B), Tobi followed him and revealed to him the secret of Itachi as for Sasuke, and confided to him that, despite their friendship, these two “comrades” are destined to hate each other: Naruto having inherited the “Will of Fire” and Sasuke the “Curse of Hate“. Kakashi and Yamato immobilized him thanks to his Mokuton techniques, but after the end of his story, Tobi escaped easily with time-space Jutsu.
Tobi then went to the Kage summit and unveiled to all the Kages that he is Madara Uchiha and proposed to them to help him so that he can perform his technique “Eye of the Moon“. He explains that this Jutsu consists in creating a gigantic hypnosis with his Sharingan and Rinnegan allowing him to maintain each human being on a dream forever. This way, he ensures that there will be no more war deaths to cry for or family bodies to bury. But, to succeed it, he must first capture all the Bijus to become the Jinchuriki of the Ten-Tails Beast, Jûbi.
After the Kage had refused his proposal, Tobi went to find Danzô to witness his fight against Sasuke. When Danzo was defeated, he decided, instead of resisting in vain, to use a suicidal technique: the “seal of the four anti-elements” to take Sasuke with him to the grave. Unfortunately for him, Tobi saved Sasuke from the explosion and took Danzo’s body. Tobi tried to take Shisui’s Sharingan from him that he had grafted on to control Kyuubi, but Danzo destroyed it in the explosion of his technique.
He then agreed to make an alliance with Kabuto, who offered to resurrect powerful ninjas (including the real Madara and captured guests). He fought Konan to make her reveal the location of Nagato’s tomb to him, even going so far as to use Izanagi to survive Konan’s most powerful technique, his left Sharingan closing forever after using this technique. He sent Kabuto to capture Hachibi and Kyuubi after implanting Rinnegan in his left eye. He let Kabuto modify the Zetsu of his army with Yamato’s DNA, similar to Hashirama Senju’s and thus the Zetsu.
IS TOBI MADARA UCHIHA?
Although Tobi proclaimed to all that is the real Madara Uchiha, there is no real proof that this is true. In fact, Madara lived almost 100 years before the beginning of the Naruto series, which would mean that he had found a way of stay alive all these years and being able to keep is power despite his old age.
However, there are many arguments in his favor:
- Tobi knows Madara and Hashirama’s past very well
- Tobi owns the Sharingan that only those of the Uchiha clan can own (not counting Kakashi and Danzo)
- Tobi knows the secrets of the Uchiha clan better than anyone else which means that he is or has known some high-ranking member of the Uchiha clan
One thing for sure, we cannot know for the moment at this point in the Naruto history whether Tobi is indeed Madara or not.
TOBI AGAINST THE ALLIED SHINOBI FORCES
Tobi sent his army to attack the troops of the Shinobi Forces in order to steal chakra from them. During the night, the Zetsu took on the appearance of the ninjas to whom the chakra belonged and confused the ranks of the Alliance. He relied on this mess to force the Alliance to resort to Naruto who could sense the negative emotions of the Zetsu as Mito Uzumaki could in his time.
Tobi needed the truth about the resurrection technique, so he threatened Kabuto, who was forced to reveal to him how the Edo Tensei works and how to stop it. He then implanted a Sharingan and a Rinnegan each in the Jinchuriki, creating some kinds of Pain. At dawn, he and the receptacles moved to an unknown place. After a long journey, Tobi and Naruto see each other and make a head-to-head. The two push each other away.
As Naruto and Tobi were fighting against each other, Kakashi who was completely frozen because of the situation came back to his senses and tricked him by sending Naruto’s clone to the other dimension. Tobi trying to avoid Kurama’s Bijuu dama, went to the other dimensions and received the Rasengan of Naruto’s clone on the face.
Everything is staring at the opponent while the pieces of his mask fall on the ground letting his figure shown for the first time… Kakashi recognized him directly, he’s name is Obito Uchiha.
IS TOBI OBITO?
Yes, Tobi is Obito Uchiha. After almost more than 150 episodes of mystery, we finally learn with certainty that the true identity behind the mask is Obito, Kakashi’s former comrade from Team Minato.
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