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Madara Uchiha

Voiced by: Naoya Uchida (JP), Neil Kaplan, Xander Mobus (young) (EN), Alexandre Crepet (French)

Debut: Naruto Chapter 370 (Manga), Shippuden Episode 130 (Anime)
Click here to see him as the Ten Tails Jinchuuriki 

You think you can beat me with the will which you inherited from Hashirama? Power has nothing to do with will. Even a child knows this.

One of the original founders of Konoha. Long before the beginning of the series, during the "Warring States" period, he was The Ace of the Uchiha Clan, bitter enemies of the Senju. Both clans were often pitted against each other by the Daimyos of the era, who were locked into a constant struggle for land and resources. During his childhood, he developed a close friendship with Hashirama Senju, who he had met by chance whilst skipping stones across a river. As neither of them revealed their surnames, Madara remained unaware that Hashirama was from an enemy clan until their secret meetings were discovered by his family. He was soon forced to end their friendship, and, bitter over his loss, sought to completely erase Hashirama from his life, and ignored the latter's offers to reconcile and become allies. Years later, his brother Izuna was mortally wounded in battle by Tobirama, and after his death, an irate Madara recklessly challenged Hashirama to a fight, despite the fact that the rest of his clan had already surrendered. After a day-long battle, he was ultimately defeated, and after an emotional exchange with Hashirama, he finally relented and agreed to form an alliance. In the end, the two clans were united under a single village, and after making an agreement with the land's Daimyo, gave rise to the "One Nation, One Village" system.


All seemed to go well at first... until it began to dawn on Madara that a lot of people didn't seem to trust him. Sometime after Hashirama was named the First Hokage, Madara used his Eternal Mangekyo to decipher the Uchiha's sacred stone tablet and fell into despair upon realizing the meaning of its contents. Fearing that the Senju would one day subjugate and perhaps even annihilate the Uchiha, he tried to persuade his clansmen to leave the village. Apparently this belief was poorly received, as not a single person listened to him. Regardless, Madara became bent on achieving "true peace" with his own methods, and eventually deserted Konoha. He would later repeatedly attack the village, going so far as commanding the Kyuubi to do his bidding, but he was eventually defeated by the First Hokage, whose wife Mito Uzumaki later became the Kyuubi's first jinchuuriki. Though he did perish from his wounds, he had prepared Izanagi to rewrite his death beforehand, and was later revived. Madara then went into hiding for several decades, making preparations for his Eye of the Moon Plan. As an elderly man, he implanted his newly-awakened Rinnegan into Nagato and saved the life of Obito Uchiha, whom he eventually recruited to carry on his plans until he could be resurrected in his physical prime.


After being resurrected and restored to his youth with Edo Tensei, he proceeds to Curb-Stomp Battle the Kages, and even manages to escape Edo Tensei's deactivation. He decides to stop playing around, and after finishing the curb-stomping off-panel, he crashes Obito's fight with Naruto, Kakashi, Guy, and B. As this fight kept expanding to include pretty much all of the other characters, things escalated and, long story short, Madara was revived.

He then proceeds to kick everyone's ass, which includes all nine Tailed Beasts, Naruto, Sasuke, Hashirama, Tobirama, etc. After sealing away all nine beasts in a matter of seconds, he then rids every obstacle in his path and becomes the new and current Jinchuuriki of the Ten-Tails. Despite several miracles happening one after the other (Gai putting up a decent fight with all Eight Gates released, Obito turning on him, and Naruto and Sasuke receiving the Sage of the Six Paths power to be on equal footing with him), Madara reaches his goal and activates Infinite Tsukuyomi. But later he gets a betrayal from Black Zetsu, who then forces his body to undergo a transformation into the far stronger and far more dangerous Kaguya Ōtsutsuki. After her defeat, Madara is returned to normal, all powers stripped from his body and dies peacefully shortly afterward, sharing a sad and final farewell with his former friend Hashirama.

His hobby was falconry.
Favorite phrase: "Armor-sleeved single hit". This refers to defeating someone with a single blow.

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  • The Ace: Despite his infamy, Madara was widely regarded to be the greatest shinobi of all time in terms of power and skill. The very thought of facing Madara Uchiha on battle struck fear in the hearts of shinobi. The only other shinobi who could fight him on equal terms was his life long rival, Hashirama Senju.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga becoming the Ten-Tails' Jinchuuriki turns his hair pale red, while in the anime it turns his hair white.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: When Madara is finally defeated, he and Hashirama lament the path that he chose to walk on and notes that his life was wasted in trying to force everyone into following his dream. At the very least, he was comforted by Hashirama's words and dies peacefully.
  • All for Nothing: See Alas, Poor Villain. Not only will his dream and ideology die with him, Madara was forced to confront the fact that everything he believed in and worked towards was based on a huge lie. Even Obito got more than Madara in the end — he at least was able to finally reunite with Rin in the afterlife. Madara had nothing but Hashirama's words for comfort.
  • Always Second Best:
    • To the First Hokage, Hashirama Senju. But because him and Hashirama are on a completely different level when compared to others he brags about being second best!
    • Admits to Gai that his taijutsu surpasses his own and that of anyone he's ever fought.
  • Always Someone Better: While he never managed to surpass Hashirama (that is until the Fourth War), it's revealed with his resurrection that Madara is this to basically the entire modern generation of Shinobi (in part due to the various enhancements his resurrected self possessed compared to how he was in the past). He effortlessly takes on the 5 Kage, with the fight only lasting as long as it does due to limitations he placed on himself, such as not reusing certain techniques, and his desire to test the Kage for fun. Whereas Obito originally struggled to control the Juubi as its Container, Madara does so instantly and a more powerful version of the Juubi at that, since it had absorbed one half of Kurama. Obito also failed to defeat Naruto and Sasuke, but Madara puts both at the brink of death in a short span of time and they then needed to receive an Eleventh Hour Super Power in order to combat him. The heroes don't even end up defeating him. He's just taken out of the picture due to Black Zetsu's betrayal, paving the way for Kaguya.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Much of his appearances after his revival have him deploring Hashirama's death, as he feels that the current Kages cannot live up to his legacy.
  • Anti-Villain: Somewhat Played With. Madara will tell anyone who will listen that his goal is to end the suffering of the world. His methods of doing this however is to throw the world into even more turmoil before finally subjugating everything to his will. He may have wanted to save the world, but his methods of doing so fly in the face of everything in it, and that doesn't even take into account he was detached enough to disregard the safety of Konoha's villagers for the sake of advancing his plan.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • The Senju Brothers. The entire plot of Naruto happened ultimately because Madara was never able to get over being Always Second Best to Hashirama Senju. And a large part of that is because of Tobirama, who killed his little brother Izuna, Madara's Morality Chain.
    • To the world. It's safe to say that by the end of the Fourth Great Shinobi War, every single person in the world hates Madara Uchiha. Even his protege Tobi/Obito came to hate him in the end, for very valid reasons.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: In a series filled to the brim with Arrogant Kung Fu guys, he's the most arrogant of them all. In fact, he was once The Leader of a clan of particularly arrogant Kung Fu guys, and was essentially kicked out 'cause he was too arrogant. It should be said that he easily lives up to it in terms of power.
  • Assimilation Plot: His main goal immerse all the people in the illusion, in order to creating a dream world without chakra.
  • Attack Reflector: His war fan (see Paper Fan of Doom below) can be used to bounce back attacks, even ungodly powerful ones.
  • Attention Whore: The Eye of the Moon Plan is as much an excuse for him to show off his power as it is for him to give everyone their ideal dream worlds. He constantly engages in arguably needless battles or spectacles instead of putting all his focus on finishing the plan he's spent the better part of a century on.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: When he led the Uchiha in the Warring States period, his strength was second only to that of Hashirama.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: He can summon a freaking asteroid, and yet the size of the intergalactic projectile makes it impossible for Madara himself to dodge its impact. This is averted after he absorbs Shinju and gains the power of flight, allowing him to launch multiple asteroids without consequence.
  • Ax-Crazy: His desire for peace and his condescending nature aside, Madara consistently showcases himself to be a bloodthirsty person who relishes the prospect of battle and is not above getting all giddy whenever he starts to feel a drip of his blood trickle down on whatever wound he endures. His violently insane nature is best shown when he regains his right Rinnegan eye, bites himself to feel and taste his own blood and maniacally laugh at the feeling of having to experience a fight whilst being alive. This may have something to do with a combination of the Curse of Hatred as well as living a life of constant battles between the Uchiha and Senju Clans, which would have shaped Madara to have become the deranged Blood Knight that he is.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Along with many of the deceased seen in the story. And then broke free of Kabuto's jutsu, giving Konoha yet another Uchiha headache to deal with. He later tried to force Obito to use the Rinne Tensei technique to fully resurrect himself, but suffer Out-Gambitted from Obito. He later all the same succeeds in forcing Obito to use Rinne Tensei on him via Black Zetsu.
    • The first time it happened was after Hashirama impaled him during their battle at the Valley of the End. Madara set up a time-delayed Izanagi to resurrect himself at the cost of his right eye, which he regained the use of after awakening the Rinnegan.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: He holds this as his default stance when he's not in combat. He also enters this when using his Susanoo, as he no longer needs to move his body at all to fight.
  • Badass Baritone: In the Japanese and English versions he has a very deep voice to compliment his power.
  • Badass Boast: Madara states The Kage are lucky that Hashirama wasn't also brought back so they don't have to redraw the maps "that much". In fact, the majority of what comes out of his mouth is this in spades.
    "If I'm the only one here, the extent to which the maps will need to be redrawn won't be too drastic."
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: Zig-Zagging trope. Everything in the series pointed to Madara as the Big Bad, until it's revealed that he was the unidentified corpse that was revived by Kabuto. Then we find out that he's still the guy ultimately responsible for Tobi and his plan, so he is still the Big Bad. However later, Tobi hijacked Madara's master plan, promoting himself to the role of Big Bad and lowering Madara. But after the defeat Tobi, Madara right back resumed being the Big Bad until as Black Zetsu stabbed him from behind and started to take over his body the, revealing that Black Zetsu is a manifestation of Kaguya's will and that the still kicking Kaguya is actually the true Final Boss.
  • Barbarian Longhair: This head of the Uchiha clan has long, unkempt hair.
  • Batman Gambit: He took control of the Kurama and attacked Konoha to force Hashirama fight him, which would in turn allow him the perfect opportunity to get at his cells.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He technically achieved everything he wanted on paper. He got a rematch with Hashirama and defeated him, he got to humiliate Tobirama, he acquired the power of the Six Paths and completed the Infinite Tsukuyomi, giving him access to all the chakra in the world... but Black Zetsu pumps all of it at once into him to convert him into Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.
  • Berserk Button:
    • As a kid, he hated it when people stood behind him, especially as he urinated. Hashirama exploited this for lulz.
    • Also, Hashirama, in general. In one flashback the mere mention of Hashirama's name enraged him.
  • Better Than New: Kabuto comments that he used Edo Tensei to make him even stronger than when he was in his prime. However, due to it merely being an inorganic medium of his soul, he still isn't quite at his best.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Rules regarding chakra, Biju, and other supernatural elments of the setting tend to be more "guidelines" for him. For this reason, among others, he is regarded as one of the two most fearsome ninja to ever live. Here is a list: He dies of old age but thanks to Kabuto, he is revived at a younger age. He pulls out very large meteors out of thin air. He is able to terminate the contract with Edo Tensei, despite the fact that even the original creator this jutsu does not know how to do it. He summons a Susanoo with no eyes. He even extracted the Bijuu in mere minutes despite the fact that previously was necessary 9 members of the Akatsuki and 3 days to extract at least one. He proceeds to casually turn himself into the Ten-Tails Jinchuuriki without even going through an Almighty Idiot phase like Obito and also use Kamui as the ten tailed beast container despite the original wielder being incapable of doing such a thing (this last one is a bit ambiguous, as it was specifically the intangible aspect of Kamui wherein parts of the user are briefly put into another dimension that Obito was unable to use as a jinchuruki, and Madara never uses this, instead using the similar but separate ability of transporting his entire body into the Kamui dimension).
  • Big Bad: Madara is the one who originally came up with the Eye of the Moon Plan, a plan to put all humans on the planet under the Infinite Tsukuyomi. However, he died long before the series began, and has to rely on the boy he manipulated into becoming his protege, Obito Uchiha, to carry out the plan in his stead and revive him at the proper moment. While Obito intends to hijack the plan for himself and leave his master six feet under, Madara is revived by Kabuto and joins his former apprentice in a Big Bad Duumvirate, finally becoming the Jinchuriki of the Ten-Tails after Obito is defeated and undergoes a Heel–Face Turn. Unfortunately for him, when he finally performs the Infinite Tsukuyomi, he's backstabbed by his seemingly loyal minion Black Zetsu, who reveals himself to be the will of Kaguya Otsutsuki. Black Zetsu then revives Kaguya, who replaces Madara as the villain for the rest of the final arc.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Obito, the direct instigator for most of the events of the series, as Madara was his mentor who introduced him to the Infinite Tsukuyomi plan. After being resurrected via Edo Tensei by Kabuto Madara joins Obito in a Duumvirate properly, as Obito has long since dropped any pretense of being The Dragon and, if anything, Madara has to play second fiddle due to still technically being dead, at least until Obito is defeated.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: He’s one of the main antagonists of the franchise as a whole, along with Obito (his Dragon-in-Chief who tried to hijack the Infinite Tsukuyomi, and was directly responsible for a majority of the events in the series) and Kaguya (the Greater-Scope Villain of the series and indirectly responsible for everything through her Dragon, Black Zetsu).
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Downplayed, at least compared to other examples in the series, but Madara is still very much reduced to this by the end. As the Greater-Scope Villain to Obito, Madara is indirectly responisible for all of his atrocities, and despite getting completely overshadowed by his ancestor Princess Kaguya he still receives the lion's share of the blame for the Fourth Shinobi War years after its conclusion. Upon being revived he joined Obito as one of the two biggest threats in the war as he soundly curb-stomped the Five Kage and most of the Alliance. By all rights, even after Obito betrayed him he should have been the Big Bad proper once he was fully-revived and sealed the Ten Tails into himself. However, soon after he activates the Infinite Tsukuyomi he's betrayed by his Enigmatic Minion Black Zetsu, with his body being used as a vessel for the revival of Kaguya. He isn't even dignified with a final face-off against Naruto and Sasuke.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He threw away his friendship with Hashirama to protect his little brother. When he failed to do so, his guilt awakened special hate chakra in his brain that almost drove him crazy.
  • Blood Knight: Madara very much likes a good fight, to such an extent that upon sensing the presence of Edo-Tensei Hashirama, he ditches his plan in favor of being able to fight Hashirama once again as it brings him great excitement. He also claims that he sees the world as mere "entertainment" and even gets to the point of letting himself almost get killed because he wanted to see the full abilities of Guy's eighth gate.
  • Body Horror:
    • He's got the First Hokage's face on his chest! In the past we get to see that he was able to live far beyond his supposed "death" at the Valley of the End by hooking himself up to a combination of the Gedo Mazo and what appears to be a gelatinous blob of the First Hokage's cells. This connection is represented by several pipe-like growths that protrude from his back and feed back into the statue.
    • His Ten Tails Jinchuuriki form looks like Obito's controlled form, only more perfected. And when Kaguya/Black Zetsu starts to take over him, he swells like Obito did in his first Ten Tailed form, only WORSE!
  • Break the Haughty: He's absolutely convinced that he's an invincible Sage of Six Paths who will save humanity from themselves, only to be backstabbed by Black Zetsu, who reveals the true nature of Infinite Tsukuyomi. After he's dispossessed by Kaguya, he's left completely depowered and on the verge of death, a far cry from his previous state. At this point, he finally realizes his actions did nothing to improve the world and that his ideology will die with him, unlike his rival's dream.
  • Breaking Lecture:
    • Gives one to Obito during their first meeting. Then tries another one as Obito reemerges from his the possession of Black Zetsu in order to question him.
      Madara: Obito Uchiha, with his Uchiha chakra, challenged Kakashi Hatake, sought the title of Hokage, and yearned for Rin Nohara. But because his power was a deception, he ended up losing everything. This entire world is hell! Have you forgotten that!?
    • Attempts this repeatedly while fighting the Five Kage, even letting an attack that he could have simply absorbed hit him so they could see Hashirama's face on his chest, believing the sight would damage his opponents psychologically and add weight to his words. When this fails and he ceases to enjoy the fight he settles for physically breaking the kages.
  • Broken Ace: Having been raised in war and combat, he made a name for himself as one of the world's strongest, always fighting to protect the Uchiha. But after spending most of his life in war and losing all his brothers, Madara finally lost all hope after discovering that human conflict led to people stealing chakra from god, which only made the world worse. At this point he decided that the current world isn't worth caring about and pursued an Assimilation Plot.
  • Came Back Strong: A villainous example. He was resurrected in a younger form, in the prime of his life, but he kept the modifications that he made to his body (Mokuton, Hashirama's DNA, and the Rinnegan!) after he faked his death at the Valley of the End. Combined with the fact that he now has infinite chakra and an immortal body, he can now spam his Dangerous Forbidden Techniques without worrying about it affecting his stamina or lifespan. The only drawback is that his new body is still technically dead and can't be used as a host for the Ten-Tailed Beast, meaning he can't actually enact his own plan on his own. He is then fully resurrected in the flesh, which apparently let him use the full power of his modified body to give pause to nine tailed beasts combined. It is likely with his modifications he was stronger than Hashirama and definitely stronger when he became the Ten Tails Jinchuuriki.
  • Came Back Wrong: It's revealed that he was once one of the many reincarnations of Indra, one of the two sons of The Sage of Six Paths, along with Hashirama who was reincarnated from Asura. However, when he is brought back into flesh and blood in modern day Indra's soul had already moved onto Sasuke, with even the Sage stating Madara was no longer the exact same man as he was when he left the world. This trope is really just a matter-of-fact, as it doesn't really seem to play into Madara or his motives in the modern age. Muddying this trope is that the reincarnation of Indra and Ashura is treated more as their chakra/souls piggybacking on other souls rather than actually becoming new people (Naruto likening it to being possessed by a ghost, and recognizing the "one" on Sasuke as an independent being from Sasuke).
  • Characterisation Marches On: Prior to his backstory with Hashirama, Madara was portrayed as a stoic if not extremely cocky warrior typical of the Uchiha clan. A far cry from the Not So Stoic and The Comically Serious he's portrayed later on.
  • The Chessmaster: Moved the pieces into place prior to tasking Obito with implementing their plan. This included summoning the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path from the moon, producing the Zetsus (incidentally, he didn't realize they already existed and that he hadn't made them), transplanting his Rinnegan eyes into Nagato, planning Rin's death and Obito's subsequent Face–Heel Turn, and imparting Obito with the knowledge needed to implement the plan. But ultimately subverted since most of what he was planning for after this failed and when he was resurrected during the war, he became a Opportunistic Bastard.
  • Childhood Friends: He used to be friends with Hashirama.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Madara resurrecting himself brings him back at full power, but because he gave away his Rinnegan eyes before he died the eyes granted to him by Edo Tensei crumble into ash. Even while blind he still manages to repel Hashirama, Sasuke, and Naruto.
  • Clone by Conversion:
    • Madara's "Edo Tensei" body was created by Kabuto converting the body of another person as a vessel for Madara's soul with the Summoning: Worldly Resurrection jutsu (this jutsu also requiring a portion of the original Madara's body to be added to the sacrificed body). It ends up being a Modified Clone courtesy of Kabuto performing some augmentations so that Madara would be restored in his physical peak (normally the Edo Tensei summons someone in the same overall physical condition they were in shortly before they died) but still have access to the Rinnegan and Wood Release jutsu.
    • Madara is subjected to this by Black Zetsu, who uses his body as a vessel for Kaguya Ōtsutsuki until the Ten Tailed Beast is separated from Madara, returning him to his original form.
  • Colony Drop: Can summon asteroids to flatten his opponents. Onoki stopped one just in time, but Madara simply called down a second.
  • Combat Compliment: Seems to love issuing these, though often mixed with insults or remarks on how what he has just praised won't change the outcome of the battle.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Uses a gunbai.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Absolutely loves powerful opponents capable of putting a heavy dent in him and returning the favor. Escalated with his reactions throughout tanking Might Gai's 8th Gate techniques.
  • The Comically Serious: Is. He. EVER. Fans have found his "Oh, well." to be his best yet; especially considering the circumstances and everything that was going on.
  • Colonel Kurtz Copy: Many of Madara's characteristics pay heavy resemblance to Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, being a highly megalomaniacal being who had ties to a military section of a society, which he had since deserted, and having very lofty goals and desires of godhood, in addition to likening himself as one. Even his main motivation seems to be due to a combination of going against his superior's wishes as well as becoming obsessed with attaining ultimate power, all in pursuit of achieving peace, regardless of how twisted the plan is.
  • The Corrupter: He rescues Obito only to turn him into the Tobi we all know and loathe, specifically targeting Obito because he knew the nature of the Uchiha curse would have an especially profound effect on such a kind young man.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Aside from the flashbacks, this is often the result whenever he gets into a fight, with those battles being on his favor. Regardless if it's the five Kages, Tailed beasts, Hashirama, Tobirama, Sasuke, Naruto, or all of them combined.
  • The Cynic: He perceives the world as a dark place where there will always be winners and losers, and as being impossible to improve. However, he rejects the ultimate conclusion that nothing matters - if this world is hopeless, then he'll create a new one.
  • Dance Battler: His taijutsu style. Possibly the reason why he refers to fights as "dances".
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: After the First Hokage defeated him, Madara (who had already prepared Izanagi in advance to undo his own death) transplanted cells from the First into his own body (acquired by biting off flesh from Hashirama during the battle and swallowing it). He then went into hiding to continue his plans. Years later, he awoke the Rinnegan and was able to summon and control the corpse of the Ten Tails (the Gedo Statue), as well as regain the use of the eye he had sacrificed for Izanagi. However by this time he was already a very old man and сould not make full use of his new abilities. Because of this he transplanted his Rinnegan into a young Nagato to cultivate their power, and made do himself with another Sharingan eye he had acquired at some point. By this point he was near the end of his lifespan, left with no option but to hook himself up to the statue as a life support, leaving him unable to move further than what the roots of the statue tethered to him could extend, relying on the Zetsu produced by the statue to carry out further machinations.
  • Dark Messiah: He considers himself to be. He grew up in a warring states period that claimed most of his family, and learning that chakra was originally a gift that the Sage of Six Paths intended to connect humanity but instead ended up escalating wars, he determined that the only to peace was to become the Jinchuuriki of the Ten-Tails and trap the entire planet in a Lotus-Eater Machine.
  • Dead All Along: Downplayed. Although he was dead by the start of the story, he lived long enough to have met both Nagato and Obito despite supposedly having died around 80 years previous.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After spending most of his life in war and losing all his siblings, Madara finally lost all hope after discovering that human conflict led to people stealing chakra from god, which only made the world worse.
  • Despair Gambit: He pulled one in order to bring Obito over to his side by manipulating various shinobi, including Rin, to create a situation where Obito would witness the death of the one person who made his life worth living. The ensuing despair made him the perfect accomplice for Madara's plan.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: His power escalates through one of these after another.
  • Did Not See That Coming: Gets utterly screwed by Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, whose son has been manipulating him all along.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He apparently never thought about the fact that Obito had virtually no motivation for resurrecting him and intended to hijack the Moon's Eye Plan for himself. The seal he placed on Obito's heart prevented him from becoming the Ten Tails' jinchūriki, but (as happened during Obito's fight against Kakashi) could be removed (although considering Obito had to trick Kakashi and get stabbed in the heart to remove it, he was probably confident Obito would be hard-pressed to do so and live long enough to make it matter). He also never considered the possibility of Nagato dying before being able to use to resurrect him with the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique.
  • Discard and Draw: When he is finally revived for the sake of his plan, he loses his Edo Tensei immortality and the eyes recreated for him via the technique. However, he retains the ability to absorb chakra, in addition to stealing the Sage Mode of Hashirama Senju and gaining his high-speed regeneration, on top of the enhanced strength and speed provided by his modified body.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Madara's chill even as his plan to become the Ten Tails' Jinchuuriki temporarily goes down the dumper.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: With Nagato sealed away, Itachi breaking free, and Mu mere moments from being defeated, Kabuto brings him out as a trump card and technically Madara was his The Dragon. But later Madara shown that he knew the hand signs to perform the Edo Tensei jutsu and, though Kabuto was defeated before finding this out, this meant that he could take control of his body at anytime he chose, and could even refuse to be un-summoned. In other words, he only let Kabuto think he was his Dragon.
  • The Dreaded: Even decades after his death, his name alone is enough to make all the great villages ally against him. Tobi, aka Obito, takes advantage of this and pretty much goads the entire world into a war against himself just by impersonating him.
  • Driven by Envy: a portion of his motivations are more or less implicitly stated to be a combination of jealousy, arrogance, and stubbornness (though, by virtue of being an Uchiha, that's still not the full truth).
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Once his master plan in finally underway, he's abruptly replaced by Kaguya, who Hijacked by Ganon him.
  • Dynamic Entry: He loves making an entrance, dropping onto the ground like a ton of bricks and raising a dust cloud and rubble. One time, despite waiting for Hashirama, he still manages to pull it off by jumping the few meters from his "seat" to a cliff overlooking the newly arrived Hokage.
  • Energy Absorption: Using the Preta Path he can absorb an opponent's chakra. Even after being resurrected without his Rinnegan, he is able use the Senju cells within his body to drain Hashirama's senjutsu chakra and suck the Nine Tails chakra out of a number of Shinobi Alliance soldiers.
  • Epic Fail: When Madara spots Hashirama he screams out his name with a Slasher Smile... and Hashirama tells him to shut up and wait his turn, rendering Madara speechless with a comedic expression stuck on his face.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: According to Hashirama Madara truly loved his little brother, Izuna and Madara bonded over their love for their respective little brothers. He only wanted to protect the one younger brother he had left. It was after Tobirama killed Izuna that Madara became more unhinged and started to go off the deep end — and he made sure to let Tobirama feel this during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Madara, as egotistical and unscrupulous as he may be, was surprised that the Reanimation Technique was used to bring him back, calling it a violation of a natural order. It probably didn't help that his nemesis Tobirama was the inventor of this technique.
    • On a more complicated case, his reaction to the revelations of Zetsu to him after his betrayal can also be considered a case of this. It was evident that he was not only angered by the betrayal but also horrified by the true endgoal of the plan that he followed through: the liberation of a godly being that will bring about the complete end the world. It was enough to bring him into a Heel Realization, internally asking his old friend where he had gone wrong in his path, to then ultimately admitting on his deathbed that he was mistaken/misguided and that Hashirama's path was the correct way.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • One might examine Madara's character and find he is this to Itachi. Both were born into their clans as prodigies, both were in constant competition with their brothers and both loved their younger brothers very deeply. Hashirama claims that Madara loved his brother Izuna as much as Itachi loved Sasuke, and it's revealed that Izuna's death is what pushed Madara over the edge, which was when he was noted to have "changed". which also made him more susceptible to Zetsu's deceit and manipulation. In terms of jutsu, Itachi's plan to use Kotoamatsukami to brainwash Sasuke is not so different from Madara's Infinite Tsukuyomi, in that it sacrifices free will to achieve peace and cooperation. Later on, Itachi's use of Izanami acts as a Foil to Infinite Tsukuyomi by making the victim accept their true self rather than an ideal dream. Their main difference is in their ideologies; both are extreme, but also polar opposites; Madara is a Blood Knight who believes war is inevitable, and Itachi is a Shell-Shocked Veteran who sought to avert war at any cost.
    • He is also considered to be one to Hashirama Senju. Both of them were best friends turned enemies, they’re both the founders of the Hidden Leaf Village, they were both considered to be the most powerful shinobi of all time and like Naruto and Sasuke, they are both the reincarnations of Asura and Indra respectively. However while Hashirama wanted to bring peace to the Shinobi world by stopping the other clans from fighting each other through cooperation and support, Madara’s version of peace is achieving it through total domination and later creating the Eye of the Moon plan to rule the Shinobi world as a god, this is due to the fact that Madara went mad after reading the Uchiha stone tablet. After their deaths both became renowned figures in shinobi history, with Hashirama being an All-Loving Hero and Madara being Hated by All.
    • He's another one to both Naruto and Sasuke, being someone who essentially has both of their powersets without most of their redeeming qualities. In fact, his relentless drive to save the world through forcibly changing everyone's minds against their will is a sick perversion of Naruto's Warrior Therapist streak.
  • Eviler than Thou: The Nine-Tailed Fox, self-proclaimed hatred incarnate, calls Madara's chakra evil.
  • Evil Former Friend: He and Hashirama Senju were friends as children, and the loss of that friendship was what caused Madara to first awaken his Sharingan. Even as an adult, Madara continued to acknowledge Hashirama as being the only person stronger than himself.
  • Evil Gloating: He constantly brags about how superior he is to everyone else.
  • Evil Is Easy: He effortlessly absorbs the Ten Tails, because he and the beast's goal are the same, stripping mankind of freewill. The Sage of Six Paths had to battle the monster, and Obito as well was being torn apart, since part of him subconsciously regretted the Eye of the Moon Plan. Not that it saves him when Black Zetsu backstabs him and the Ten Tails' will completely overpowers his and reshapes his body, his role as their Unwitting Pawn now complete.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy:
    • Kabuto brings him back with Edo Tensei for his own amusement. When Kabuto's defeat dispels Edo Tensei, Madara breaks free of his control and advises the Kages to chastise Kabuto for dabbling in forbidden techniques.
    • Then, shortly afterwards, Madara gets hit by this himself when his ultimate plan turns out to have just been the resurrection scheme of someone even worse, who immediately possesses him.
  • Evil Laugh: Once he regains his right Rinnegan eye, Madara muses about how he's about have fun, before erupting into laughter as he claims how he's able to "feel the fight".
  • Evil Mentor: To Tobi/Obito. And a damn superb one at that too, not only corrupting him into a twisted villain but turning him from a average shinobi into a Kage level fighter.
  • Evil Old Folks: When he was alive, though ancient and decrepit, he was still plotting to become a Physical God and trap the world in a Lotus-Eater Machine.
  • Evil Red Head: After becoming the Ten-Tails Jinchuuriki his hair turns pale red. In the anime, however, it turns white.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Neil Kaplan in the dub gives Madara quite a deep, raspy voice that puts further emphasis on his aloof and condescending nature as well as his raving, warlike nature whenever he gets excited about a battle.
  • Evil Plan: After his (supposedly) final battle with Harashima in the Valley of the End, he concocted a plan decades in the making to enforce his ideal of eternal peace upon the world. It involved a lot of schemeing, murder, kidnapping and corruption of a minor, not to mention the co-opting of someone else's organization into a club for S-Ranked Missing Ninja. The Fourth Great Shinobi war was fought over it. All to bring together all the Biju, re-create the Ten Tails and Divine Tree so he could trap everyone in a Lotus-Eater Machine.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: His Mangekyo Sharingan,Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan and Rinnegan.
  • Eye Scream:
    • After Madara resurrects himself, his edo-tensei-created eyes crumble away leaving only empty sockets.
    • In the manga, his true Rinnegan eyes are torn apart as part of his body transforming into Kaguya's. In the anime his eyes remain intact, though its still implied the transformation leaves him blind.
  • Face of a Thug: In events set in Konoha's early history, there is a scene where he is walking with Hashirama, and he scares small children just by looking at them; he wasn't glaring or anything, just a natural, neutral, stare. Later, when discussing the Hokage Monument, Hashirama jokes that the artist will have to make Madara's face more handesome.
  • Faking the Dead: Zigzagging trope. Believed dead after his battle with Hashirama, he used the following decades to perfect his Evil Plan until he died of old age well before the main story began. At that point his identity was assumed by Obito, his chosen successor who utilized Madara's reputation and apparent miraculous survival to his advantage.
  • Fatal Flaw: Cynicism. A lot of problems caused by Madara's actions, and problems he himself faces, are because of his cynical outlook on the world. Madara constantly talks about how much life sucks, and that there will always be losers as long as there are winners. Many people In-Universe and out see right through this and view him for what he truly is: A self-pitying Sore Loser whining about how life as treated him, but is too stuck-up to admit that most of his problems are self-inflicted.
  • Fallen Hero: He was once an idealistic shinobi that wanted to protect the ninja world and make sure that no one else would die. That love turned into hatred after a everything kept going wrong.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: One thing that can awaken Sharingan is the loss of a loved one. Madara's Sharingan was awakened when he ended his friendship with Hashirama.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Shown in the anime where him running into the Shinobi Alliance forces opposing him sent dozens of them flying.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Not ''forgotten'', so much as self-limited. Ever since his introduction, Madara has revealed to be able to use an incredible amount of techniques and jutsus, including, but not limited, to creating massive walls of fire, using Susanoo in more than one form (the final form being a hundred-foot-tall one), using Rinnegan and its derivative techniques (Chakra Absorption, and a stronger variation of Shinra Tensei), summoning meteors, using massively powerful Wood Release techniques, and the list goes on. Even when he becomes the Ten-Tails Jinchuuriki, he focuses only on using the Truthseeker Orbs (and "Limbo: Hengoku") instead of any other techniques, even if it would help him in the fight. Yet he only uses each technique once or twice (with some exceptions, such as Susanoo which he uses in three different fights during the war), simply so he can drag out the fights, and make things more interesting/fun for himself; even fighting against a Worthy Opponent - namely an Eight Gates Might Guy - doesn't have him drop his self-rule. It is possible that becoming the Ten Tails jinchuruki disabled some of his other abilities much as it did for Obito, but we are not told one way or the other.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: Co-founded the Leaf with Hashirama Senju and he is the one who gave the village the name "The Village Hidden in the Leaves" (or at least came up with the name). This is almost universally forgotten or voluntarily ignored by Naruto's time, given he tried to destroy the Leaf after leaving it.
  • Freudian Excuse: He lost all of his brothers in war against the Senju Clan. Even after all of this, he eventually agrees to a truce, only for his clan to later turn around and choose Hashirama as leader of the village over him. Then he reads a secret tablet about the history of the world, revealing that the war-torn world they lived in had always been that way and that even someone's successful attempt to steal and use a godlike power to end war didn't work. At this point he decides that the current world isn't worth caring about and pursues an Assimilation Plot.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He became this to the Leaf village. Hashirama wanted to name him the first Hokage but Tobirama pointed out that everyone, even the Uchiha Clan, would rather Hashirama be Hokage. After that Madara became even more hostile, to the point that he was effectively cast out of his own clan.
  • Gambit Roulette: He was the true mastermind behind Rin's death, since all of the abductors were being mind-controlled by Madara and Rin herself had a seal on her heart in order to she couldn't kill herself so Obito had to watch her be murdered not knowing she likely chose it. The entire thing was planned to destroy Obito's idealism and turn him evil via the Uchiha's curse. The fact that Rin committed suicide via Kakashi was a happy coincidence.
  • Game Face: Sports an epic one when he senses Hashirama's chakra.
  • Genius Bruiser: Given that he was the one who came up with the Moon's Eye Plan, he definitely qualifies. Taken a step further with his manipulation of Obito.
  • Genre Blindness: His entire plan is a massive case of Genre Blindness. He learns that his ancestor broke a taboo and tried to use the power of God to put an end to all wars, yet in the end she only managed to cause more strife and conflict. So what he decides to do? To obtain the power of God and use it to put an end to all wars, of course! As someone with such massive hubris, it ultimately ends as well for him as you might imagine.
  • Generation Xerox: Most notably with Sasuke with both of them torn between their friendships and with their Rivals, namely Hashirama and Naruto, and how every time they went to extreme lengths to acquire power to defeat said rivals, avenge previous losses and desire for world peace through particularly violent and self righteous methods and desire for personal reward without considering how others might feel and react. Literally as well, as Sasuke is the incarnation of Indra Ōtsutsuki after him.
  • The Gift: Was born with exceptional chakra even by the standards of the battle-oriented and highly gifted Uchiha Clan. Madara was the first to unlock the Mangekyo Sharingan and the only one (until Sasuke obtained it) to have the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan. He was also the first person since the Sage of Six Paths to awaken the Rinnegan.
  • Godhood Seeker: His true goal of becoming the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki and using Infinite Tsukuyomi — with the most powerful chakra after taking away everyone else's, he'll rule over everyone as a god and "force peace" onto them.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: After failing to become Hokage, Madara dedicated his time to studying the Uchiha stone tablet and discovered that chakra was stolen from a god to stop human conflict but only made things worse. After concluding that mankind was cursed and any attempt at peace was futile, he decided to place humanity in a Lotus-Eater Machine to end all conflicts in the world, as the same tablet spoke of the Infinite Tsukyomi as the Uchiha's true salvation.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: As a zombie, he could afford to let himself be hit and just instantly regenerate. Even as a human it doesn't matter, since he can get replacement parts from Zetsu. As the host of the Ten-Tails, his entire right side basically explodes and he regenerates it almost immediately. Same goes for when the lower half of his body is cut off. There is implied to be a limit to how much he can heal as the Ten-Tails jinchuruki, but no one manages to cause quite enough damage to reach it.
  • Gone Horribly Right: He organized a Start of Darkness for Obito with two goals: Firstly in order to make Obito want to fulfill his plan and secondly in order to have him be fully loyal and unquestioningly obey his plan. The first part worked beyond any expectation, the second... not so much.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Madara Uchiha, one of the co-founders of Konohagakure, is steadily revealed as one of the biggest reasons for why the whole plot of the series happened in the first place. It is shown in flashbacks that he sabatoged peace talks with other villages out of spite towards Hashirama, making him partially responsible for the troubled state of the Ninja World, is even the one who originally came up with the Eye of the Moon Plan, and having arranged the death of Rin Nohara to corrupt and mold Obito into his disciple, is the cause of Obito's transofrmation into Tobi. Through Obito, Madara is indirectly responsible for almost every bad deed to happen within the context of Akatsuki's actions, Kirigakure's era as the Bloody Mist, the Nine-Tails attack on Konoha, and the tarnished reputation of the Uchiha Clan, indirectly fueling the misery and sorrow that Sasuke and Itachi would have to endure.
  • Green Thumb: Possesses the Mokuton via Kabuto's "modifications", though he also had access to it in his twilight years.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Courtesy of Sasuke, not that this actually stopped him thanks to his Healing Factor. His lower half was later found by the Hokage.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite being revived blind, he's able to use his sensing to easily deal with Sasuke's attacks and gain Sage Mode from Hashirama. Naruto in Sage Mode couldn't even put up a fight at all, and that was before he got Hashirama's Sage Mode.
  • Hated by All: By the end of the series, he's perhaps the most hated individual in shinobi history. Even his own protege Tobi/Obito hated him, and that was before Obito found out that Madara deliberately engineered Obito's Start of Darkness by arranging Rin's death. Not even Naruto made an effort to try and redeem him, though that can also be attributed to a general disconnect from and lack of knowledge of Madara's past. The only people who still care for him at all are Izuna (who died before Madara committed his worst crimes and whose death is the catalyst for why Madara turned out the way he did) and Hashirama, who gave up redeeming him after the severity of Madara's crimes became too much, while still eventually settling on reconciling with Madara while the latter was on his (third) deathbed. Madara acknowledges this and doesn't seem to mind too much.
  • Healing Factor: Hashirama's cells bestow him with regenerative capabilities exceeding Tsunade's.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Madara's desire to protect Izuna caused him to discard his friendship with Hashirama, and his failure to do so consumed him with hatred for the Senju to the point where he said nothing short of Hashirama committing suicide or killing his own younger brother would change his opinion. Hashirama's willingness to take him up on the former convinces Madara to give their old friendship another shot... until he overhears Tobirama criticizing Hashirama's wish to make Madara the First Hokage and stating that the village - including the Uchiha - would never accept him, causing Madara to become a Blood Knight nihilist and attempt to annihilate the village with the Nine-Tails. Only when he dies for a second time does he admit the error of his ways and make peace with Hashirama.
  • Hero Killer: He puts both Naruto and Sasuke on their deathbeds in just two chapters. It didn't stick, but that doesn't change the fact that he did it. He also would have possibly killed the five Kages if Karin and Suigetsu didn't heal Tsunade.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: In direct contrast to Obito, Madara effortlessly manages to tame the Ten-Tails after becoming its jinchuuriki because they both want the same thing.
  • Hope Spot: Madara summons a meteorite to hit the entire Fourth Division. When Onoki and Gaara managed to stop it with great effort saving everyone below. Madara...
    Madara: Now then, Onoki... What will you do about the second one?
    [Second meteorite falls on top of the first one]
  • Hot-Blooded: Whenever he gets into a fight and his opponent actually gives him a decent challenge he becomes this. This side of him is most commonly seen whenever he's in battle with Hashirama.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen:
    • The Dreaded, Shrouded in Myth, World's Strongest Man villain... spent the last few years of his life squatting in a cave, depending on Zetsu for life support, obsessing over the misery brought upon him and concluding the entire world was to blame. Obito's not too impressed with him when they first meet, and Zetsu appears to consider his creator (which was eventually revealed to be a lie) a loser despite doing his bidding; White Zetsu says to Obito behind Madara's back that the Moon's Eye plan is mostly based on Madara's own Wangst, not a desire for peace.
    • His short second life is even worse for him. He defeats Hashirama and Tobirama (though in their Edo, thus weaker forms), becomes the Ten-Tails Jinchuuriki, enacts the Infinite Tsukuyomi, has essentially turned into the most powerful being on the planet...only to get promptly betrayed and backstabbed by a supposedly-loyal minion, his body taken over and converted into a vessel for his Physical Goddess ancestor, and ultimately dies stripped of all the powers he worked so hard to obtain and knowing everything he did was All for Nothing. His only consolation is Hashirama's ever-persistent claim to friendship with him, which he accepts one last time.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He calls chakra a source of endless suffering and says that his ultimate goal is to save humanity by creating a dream world without chakra. Madara does not see any problem with making himself in this new world the sole owner of the chakra which he so despises.
    • He mocks Obito and tells him that he's too arrogant for thinking that he could manipulate other people without being manipulated himself. However Madara himself thinks that he sees through everything, has a perfect plan, etc. Black Zetsu mocks him for this, revealing to him that he was just a pawn, the same as Obito.
    • After activating the Infinite Tsukuyomi he states that Naruto has no right to intervene in people's lives. It sounds very hypocritical coming from a man who intervenes in many people's lives by forcibly taking away their free will and putting them under control of an everlasting illusion, especially compared to Naruto who helps people for purely altruistic reasons.
    • Despite claiming that his motivation for casting the Infinite Tsukuyomi is bringing peace to the world, it's clear that he absolutely loves battle and violence.
    • Despite initially claiming he cares about his clan, he played a role in their massacre by brainwashing and abusing Obito and passing his hatred to him—though it's YMMV if this counts due to the chronology of his character; there's no guarantee that the old Madara that had found Obito will really care for his clan in the same way that his past self did.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Almost every time someone gains an advantage over him, Madara finds a way to No-Sell it.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • During his legendary fight with Hashirama Senju, after they had both exhausted themselves, his opponent seemingly killed him by sticking a sword into his back. That didn't stick as winning the battle had never been Madara's main goal.
    • Also when Obito betrays Madara, declaring himself to be Obito once again, then plunges his hand through Madara's chest, taking Yin Kurama (who was in the Black Zetsu clinging to him) and small pieces of two other Tailed Beasts, which he then restores to Naruto.
    • He gets impaled by Obito's hand again, under the control of Black Zetsu, who has just betrayed him.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Had a truly massive one with the 1st Hokage. Much of the current conflict in the story can be traced back to his inability to accept being Always Second Best to him.
    • On a more tragic note, for all his overwhelming arrogance and conceit, a large part of what drove him off the deep end was also due to his personal sense of failure over protecting his brothers—of which he had four, all dead before the founding of Konoha.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Ok, so the newly founded village doesn't trust you, even after all you did for them (including name them). Your own clan stops trusting you because they see your dire warnings of them being wiped out as paranoia from a man who came second to Hashirama. So how to fix this? How about undermining everything Hashirama had done to create peace between the newly-formed villages, then try to kill him? That would definitely work out with no serious repercussions for your clan whatsoever.
  • Instant Armor:
    • His Susano'o guards him from all attacks and he can spawn it at any moment, even if he doesn't have any eyes.
    • His Susanoo's final form can function as this for a Tailed Beast. In his fight with Hashirama Senju, he used it for the Nine-Tailed Fox.
  • Instant Expert: It took him only a few seconds to fully master Sage Mode despite the fact that it was previously stated that no one is able to resist natural energy with the first attempt. He even lampshades how easy he finds it to control.
  • Invincible Villain: Word Of God confirms this, and he goes through various stages of it: an unbound, limitlessly regenerating zombie; a super-tough mortal that can replace limbs on a whim; and finally host to the Ten-Tails with all its powers and a Healing Factor that can regenerate basically any injury. It's only until Might Guy goes all Eight Gates that he finally meets someone not named Hashirama that can do more than mildly inconvenience him, and even that fight only ended in Guy's favor when Guy used a suicide technique to basically one-shot him, which didn't stick because of the aforementioned healing. When Naruto and Sasuke gain the powers of the Sage's sons and not only match him, but surpass him, he runs off and grabs his other Rinnegan eye, bringing him back on par with them and letting him enact his endgame. Word Of God even admitted at one point that even he had no idea how Naruto and the others could possibly defeat him. He is finally defeated when his own (seeming) subordinate forcibly converts him into an even more powerful antagonist.
  • Irony:
    • Being an immortal zombie with endless chakra is what makes him truly invincible but it also prevents him from becoming the Juubi's jinchuuriki and completing the Moon Eye Plan.
    • One of the only blatantly sexist characters in the series turns out to have been dancing on a woman's strings. His body is even turned into her own.
    • Also, the flashbacks with him and Hashirama as children have him explicitly stating that he is always aware of his surroundings, especially who or what is behind him. Both Hashirama and Black Zetsu defeat him from behind.
    • Given his response to the Will of Fire below, it can only be called Irony that his final defeat happens due to a manifestation of the will of an even more powerful being.
    • Madara is a reincarnation of Indra like Sasuke, but he reverses their early bloomer and late bloomer dynamic with their Senju counterparts, to the point where he spent more than his lifetime trying to surpass his rival and eventually succeeded.
  • It's All About Me: As per the usual for Uchihas, which, considering he was once their Head and among the most influential in their history (founding Konoha alongside Hashirama) means he set the standard for them during the time of the Hidden Villages. First, he was mad because his clan wanted to stop fighting the Senju clan (because he believed that it would render the sacrifices of countless Uchiha - including his own brother senseless). Then after he agreed to a truce he threw a tantrum because he didn't get to be Hokage (because he believed that if the First Hokage was Hashirama, it would mean that the Second would be Tobirama and the Uchiha clan would come to an end). Then he was displeased that the Uchiha clan did not listen to his warning and decided to forget about them. Then he decided to read a secret tablet about the history of the world revealing that the war-torn world they lived in had always been that way and that even an attempt of his ancestor to use the power of God to put an end to all wars didn't work. After this, Madara in his turn himself decided to try to get the power of God and use it to put an end to all wars because he apparently believed that he will succeed where his predecessor failed. Herewith he decided to completely ignore the security and life of all those who stand in his way, including his best friend, his own clan, his own village and in principle all people living on the planet. All in all, his whole Infinite Tsukuyomi plan is a thin excuse for an ego trip. Madara gets to show off being the strongest being in existence while also getting to be a saviour of the world and ruler of it.
  • It's Personal: Possibly more so with Tobirama than Hashirama. After beating and immobilizing Hashirama, he merely steals the latter's Sage Mode. Once he beats Tobirama, he throws an extra and unnecessary stake through the latter's head for killing Izuna. He indicates he would have preferred to be able to really torture Tobirama, but that mutilating a reanimation is not satisfying at all since they aren't effected by pain.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: We have both seen him as a warrior in his prime and as a withered husk of a man. He was resurrected in his more dashing form by Kabuto.
  • Jerkass: During the process of his Heel–Face Turn,particularly after his defection from the village, Kurama claimed that Madara's chakra is more sinister than his own, and when he recognized Madara's presence in the war, he immediately pulled an Enemy Mine with Naruto. Madara is pretty much the biggest asshole in the entire series, and that says a lot.
    • He refused to stop his fight with Hashirama despite them both being zombies anyway and Obito's about to obliterate everyone in the barrier and acts offended that Hashirama considers that to be more important than fighting him again.
    • Constantly referring to the Bijuu as filthy beasts certainly qualifies. Remember that it's been established that all the Tailed Beasts have their own names and feelings; Madara keeps claiming that the Bijuu are nothing more than mindless monsters running around unsupervised and that they deserve to have a leash tied around their necks. What a jerk.
  • The Juggernaut: Nothing the good guys have tried has even come close to slightly inconveniencing him. A more powerful antagonist reviving herself was needed to defeat him.
  • Just Toying with Them: As of his resurrection, he is easily the second strongest ninja of all time after the Sage of Six Paths. He could easily wipe out the five Kage, but just ends up playing with them until his enjoyment is ruined, after which he proceeds to Curb-Stomp Battle them off-panel and crash Obito's party. Afterwards, he continues playing or sitting around and is largely content to just watch as the Shinobi Alliance battles with Tobi and the Ten-Tails, even though he could probably defeat everyone outright. He only gets serious when his plans are about to be disrupted, and even then, he is reluctant to interrupt his fun.
  • Karmic Death: He extracted Kurama from Naruto in order to become the Juubi jinchuuriki, putting him on the verge of death. After Kaguya regurgitates him, he dies shortly after due to no longer having the tailed beasts within him.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • He's the one who got Rin killed, with the Zetsus intentionally bringing Obito just too late to help, to Break the Cutie and get Obito on board with the Moon's Eye Plan.
    • He's quite the bastard, and refuses to allow Obito to escape him and/or redeem himself.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • Manipulating the Zetsu parts in Obito to make him do his bidding certainly counts. Bonus points for Obito being beaten half dead by Kakashi, and even more bonus points for the technique that Madara's forcing him to use being a fatal one. It's hard to feel sorry for Obito after all the atrocities he's committed.
      • Partially subverted now that it's known Madara manipulated Obito in order to enact his plan from the beginning by setting up Rin's death. Him controlling Zetsu also prevented Obito from using the Sage Rebirth Jutsu to revive those who died during the war as a way to atone for what he's done.
    • Then he gets this treatment from Black Zetsu - whose will is actually that of Kaguya. See You Have Outlived Your Usefulness. And for added irony, he's been the pawn of a woman all this time.
    • With the revelation that Sasuke's supposed Heel–Face Turn was really just an Enemy Mine, and his intent all along was to get Madara and Obito out of the way so he could start his own revolution, Madara impaling him through the heart suddenly seems a lot less cruel and more Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His arrival on the battlefield turns the table against the Alliance from a swift victory of hope to a losing Curb-Stomp Battle of despair. His complete revival quickly reverts all that the heroes fought to achieve and puts both of the protagonists at death's doorstep.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Given all the circumstances surrounding his final falling, let's say karma made him pay with interests for all the shit he pulled off:
    • He enacted the Infinite Tsukuyomi in order to force peace and become the savior of the world. Turns out the Infinite Tsukuyomi was only a scheme from the Black Zetsu to resurrect Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, and the only thing Madara achieved was to become the perfect vessel for her while allowing her to reclaim her former power.
    • He used the power of the shinju to drain the chakra out of the Allied Shinobi Forces trying to put a stop to his plan. His fall from grace begins when Black Zetsu forcefully pumps in the chakra of those who were caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi (i.e. nearly everyone on earth).
    • Deliberately manipulated and corrupted Obito in order to enact his plan, then nonchalantly forced him to sacrifice his life in order to fully resurrect him. Turns out Madara himself was unwittingly corrupted and manipulated all along by Black Zetsu, and once the plan was completed, Black Zetsu proceeded to sacrifice him to resurrect Kaguya while mocking Madara for thinking he was any different from Obito. Bonus points since he did it with the help of Obito's body, a man that Madara ruined the life of and mocked before. In a matter of moments Black Zetsu utterly destroys Madara's seemingly unbreakable pride as a perfect warrior and The Chessmaster who could see through everything and never make a mistake, revealing him to have been merely a pawn, albeit an important one.
    • Nigh invincible juggernaut with the most powerful bloodline limits grafted into his body, always proud to rub it in the face of everyone he crossed paths with. He eventually becomes the Juubi jinchuuriki while curb-stomping everyone in his path. His final defeat consists of getting unceremoniously stabbed in the back (while he was gloating about his triumph, no less) and forcibly converted into the vessel of a more powerful being. When Kaguya is sealed again, she expunges him from her body and he loses all the power he once obtained: The Rinnegan, the Mokuton and the tailed beasts, even his eyes are completely blind to reinforce this point.
    • Unlike his rival Hashirama, he rejected the idea of nurturing the younger generation for them to carry on his beliefs and continue his dreams. Indeed, he constantly dismissed people from younger generations while mocking their ideals. This included his own descendants whom he only saw as tools to be used. Turns out he was part of a long line of reincarnations of Indra who were only seen and used as tools by the Black Zetsu to resurrect his eldest ancestor. In the end, the youngsters he dismissed were the ones who saved the world from Kaguya and, ultimately, stopped the cycle of revenge between Senju and Uchiha that he and Hashirama failed to curtail. As he lies dying as a broken man, he is forced to admit that Hashirama’s way was superior, because the dream of his rival will continue through the Leaf Village and the Will of Fire while his own ends with his death. The only consolation that allows him to let go of his grudges and die peacefully is that Hashirama still considers him a comrade.
  • Laughing Mad: After his resurrection and receiving his Rinnegan he licks his blood and starts madly laughing, rejoicing in the taste of battle.
  • Light Is Not Good: After he becomes the Ten-Tails' new Jinchuuriki, just like Obito, he's clad almost completely in white, and his skin also turns this color.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's fast and strong enough to Curb-Stomp Battle almost everyone he faces.
  • Living Distant Ancestor: Madara was the head of the Uchiha Clan during the First Shinobi World War, and is this to Obito and Sasuke Uchiha following his resurrection.
  • Living Shadow: His "Limbo: Hengoku" technique (a high level Rinnegan ability he gains access to only after getting one of his real eyes back) creates an invisible, immaterial doppelganger for a limited time. The doppelganger is every bit as dangerous as Madara himself, being capable of sending all nine Tailed Beasts flying, and is immune to everything except Sage attacks. He gets four of them when he regains his other Rinnegan. Only Sasuke's Sage-granted Rinnegan eye can actually see the copies, though Naruto can sense their presence and location. The only downsides of the jutsu are that the copies cannot use jutsu themselves, and they can only be active for a limited time before merging back into Madara's real body.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: His ultimate ambition for world peace, despite the entire shinobi world being united against him to stop it from happening, though it turns out to belong to both Black Zetsu and Kaguya's ultimate plan, and he was their unwitting pawn.
  • Made of Iron: Madara literally became a human ping-pong ball for the Tailed Beasts when he charged headfirst into the fray, was hit with some of the strongest attacks seen in the series (Five-Tails horn attack that wounded the Eight-Tails, Six-Tails' pool of acid, etc.) - each attack getting stronger since the One through Seven Tailed Beast hit him one after the other - which finally culminated in ALL the tailed beasts smashing through his Senjutsu powered Complete Susanoo with their respective tails, and while they do destroy the Susanoo the only thing they get for their trouble as far as damaging the man himself is a slightly battered Madara missing a arm, which he quickly replaces and rapidly heals. The whole time, Madara expresses disdain for them, only expressing anger when Gaara and Shukaku nearly manage to seal him after Gaara turned him into a Person Puppet.
  • Magical Eye: In addition to the Sharingan above he has the Eternal Magenkyou Sharingan. He also bears the Rinnegan and with it the powers of the Six Paths, and later still awakens the Rinne Sharingan as the Ten Tails' jinchuuriki.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Subverted with Obito. Although he was responsible for his Start of Darkness and Face–Heel Turn, all the same, after his death he losing control of the situation since Obito took control of his plan and going to use it for himself.
  • Man Bites Man: Stole Hashirama's cells by biting off a chunk of his flesh during their battle in the Last Valley and swallowing it. Doing this, and later vomiting up the chunk in order to implant the flesh into his own body, turned out to be have been the true goal Madara had in this battle. He never needed to win, just get that flesh.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's the one who made Obito the way he is, organizing his Start of Darkness and manipulating him that he went along with his Moon's Eye Plan. Though not to tell that his manipulation fully went as he wanted. Madara, of course, would rather bite out his own tongue than admit this.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: He successfully casts the Infinite Tsukuyomi, thinking he saved the world by putting everyone in under a lie... only to be backstabbed by Black Zetsu who then tells him that the moons eye plan was itself a lie, its real purpose was to resurrect Kaguya and he was the perfect vessel for her return, leaving it up to the heroes who managed to evade the genjutsu to put a stop to Kaguya and fix the mess he made.
  • Mind Manipulation: He has extremely strong genjutsu.
  • Missing Steps Plan: His master plan was missing a few steps, such as how he planned to get revived the way he intended without help outside of the Rinne Tensei technique.
  • Narcissist: Thinks of himself as "extraordinary" and the greatest genius who ever lived; he's totally self-centred and cares nothing for anyone or anything but himself and his own grandiose ambitions. He is also insistent that he, and he alone, can complete his plan since no one except him is worthy to lead all in the infinite illusion. He is also was the leader of a clan especially known for their arrogance and even there he regarded himself as wholly superior.
  • Near-Villain Victory: He almost achieves his goal, where the Infinite Tsukuyomi is a success. But after Black Zetsu betrays him and pulls a Grand Theft Me on his body to become the host for Kaguya. And when her spirit is sealed off by the heroes, Madara loses his Sage form, undoing the Infinite Tsukuyomi and causing his body to die for good.
  • Nerves of Steel: To the point where Obito blowing his plan up in his face doesn't even make him change expressions from his deadpan smirk. Also when revived, he is mortal, alone, blind, and facing the entire alliance backed by the released bijuu. He simply states that he is going to hunt and capture all the bijuu by himself.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands:
    • Since his resurrection, Madara just kept on revealing one new ability after the other to No-Sell everything they threw at him. Pitched to collide against a Rasenshuriken? Activate the Rinnegan! Though this does set up The Reveal that Nagato's Rinnegan was actually always his but simply transferred before his death, which also fits Obito's claims that he "gave" Nagato the Rinnegan. Outnumbered five to one? Summon clones and have them use Susanoo! Faced with a barrage of elemental and disintegrating attacks? Summon a mountain busting Susanoo! The guy who summoned you got defeated? Break your contract and fight on with unlimited chakra! And the list goes on...
    • Once he is revived, no longer immortal, and, most importantly, lacking his Rinnegan eyes and thus access to the Six Paths, he somehow retains the ability to absorb chakra through his Senju cells and goes on to steal Hashirama's Senjutsu-enhanced Healing Factor. When he is crushed under a pyramid of sand enhanced by Shukaku he simply bursts out Susanoo despite having no eyes! Getting crushed by nine Bijuu tail whips and losing an arm? Have White Zetsu return your right Rinnegan and give his own arm as a replacement! You're the one against nine Tailed Beasts? Suddenly the ability Limbo appears which was created solely to catch the Tailed Beasts off guard so that Madara can easily defeat and seal them!
  • Noble Demon: Well, at one point, he was certainly noble enough to bring an end to the Warring Clans era, and co-found Konoha with his most hated enemy, and former friend. And then things changed...
  • Not So Stoic:
    • He remained fairly cool and level-headed despite being in the middle of a massive war where his side consists of two people and a barely-controlled monster. Then Hashirama shows up and Madara slips into Blood Knight mode. He soon goes back to his normal personality, only for it to slip twice when he goes mad with power on being resurrected and then joy when realizing Guy is a Worthy Opponent.
    • Also during his childhood and in the early days of Konoha's existence after the war ended, during which he had a Hair-Trigger Temper to the point where anything Hashirama did to intentionally unnerve him definitely put him off...
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • What people say or express on their faces when facing him. Even the Tailed Beasts, the strongest beings in the series besides the Ten-Tails and Kaguya, are scared when they realize their attacks are not even slowing him down.
    • However he is susceptible to it himself. One second and you can skip this in the manga (more noticeable in the anime) but a second before as Minato attacks Obito, when Madara tried to force Obito to fully resurrect himself, this is his face. Apparently, at this moment, he understands that Obito overcame his control and all this time he planned the absorption of the Ten-Tails into himself.
    • Also get a split second Oh, Crap! when Guy attacks with the 7th Gate.
    • A spectacular one pops in his face as he gets backstabbed by Zetsu and sacrificed to revive Kaguya.
  • One-Man Army: To the point where you have to wonder why he even bothered to build the Zetsu army in the first place. This man is basically the equivalent of a space age armada versus a group of cavemen armed with sticks.
  • One-Winged Angel: The absorption of the Juubi into the Ten-tails Jinchuuriki and becoming the equivalent of the Sage of the Six Paths.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Madara had a plan with actual claim to Chessmaster status before his resurrection. However, he was returned to life with a series of mishaps: his former apprentice having hijacked his old plan and him being revived by the dark Impure World Resurrection technique, and since then he has been trying to improvise his way to victory. Madara proceeded to wait for an opportunity to break free of the caster's control before finding his apprentice Tobi had already revived the monstrous Ten-Tailed Beast. Then Madara tries to regain control of the situation using his back-up plan but eventually got Out-Gambitted by Obito. Later Madara sits and waits for until the Alliance weakens Obito sufficiently so that Black Zetsu forces him to revive Madara.
  • Opt Out: He leaves the Ten-Tails to fight the shinobi forces, having decided to go fight the revived First Hokage.
  • Out-Gambitted:
    • Madara gets this from Obito. Obito knew that Madara was going use him for his own resurrection and he knew that Madara placed a seal on him heart which prevented him from becoming the Ten Tails Jinchuuriki. So, he goaded Kakashi into stabbing him in the heart to remove the seal and become the Jinchuuriki.
    • Later received another one from Black Zetsu which literally backstabs him and to use him as fodder for Kaguya's resurrection.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: That big thing on his back (see picture). Actually, not a paper fan. It's a type of Japanese war fan, more precisely a gunbai. They're usually made of wood or some other durable material. Obito kept it for him while maintaining his identity.
  • Passing the Torch: Does not believe in this, as he sees will as something that cannot be inherited. Interestingly, his entire plan is based around avoiding this - while he leaves Tobi in charge and counts on Nagato's power, the final phase is to resurrect him so that he can finish what he started.
    • He later admits this is his Fatal Flaw. He felt that he couldn't trust later generations to fulfill his dreams, so he tried to take a dangerous shortcut instead.
  • Pass the Popcorn: He's more than happy to sit back and watch the Ten Tails go on a rampage against the Shinobi Alliance. At least, he was until he got bored waiting for Hashirama to deal with Obito. Justified, since he and Obito don't have the same plans for the Infinite Tsukuyomi.
  • Peaceful in Death: He dies knowing he has failed in his ambitions, acknowledging that Hashirama's ideals were correct, and peacefully accepting the fact. All the while, Hashirama sits by his side in his final moments, saying to him that he still considers him his friend and offering for them to drink as war buddies in the afterlife; to which Madara replies that he's fine by that.
  • People Puppets: He can control anyone with Zetsu cells in their bodies.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: After his resurrection, explicitly deployed as one. He didn't disappoint, obtaining the 3rd highest bodycount (after the multiplied White Zetsu and Pain) over just two chapters. Sometime after that, he used his Susanoo to slice through an entire mountain range, ALONG with the giant meteorites he called down himself. In his legendary final battle with Hashirama Senju the two of them carved out the Valley of the End, and following his resurrection, he states the Kage are lucky Hashirama wasn't revived as well so that the maps wouldn't need to be redrawn "too much".
  • Pet the Dog: In the anime, while he's still part of the Leaf, he rushes over to help a girl up (the future wife of the Third Hokage) after she trips while running out of the Academy.
  • Physical God: He was already a ridiculously powerful character when he was first introduced; taking on the entire fourth division of the Allied Shinobi forces by himself with little to no effort; revealing that he possesses the Rinnegan, and brings down a meteor from space to crush the army. Gaara even flat-out states that fighting him is like fighting a god. He also has the First Hokage's Wood Release, and a Perfect Susanoo that matches the power of the Tailed-Beasts, which he refers to as destruction incarnate. He ascends to this trope in full after becoming the jinchuriki of the Ten-Tails, being able to utilize Yin-Yang Release, the most powerful Nature Transformation in the entire series, being able to fly, regenerate from any wound inflicted on him, use the truth-seeking orbs which negates all ninjutsu and reduces anything it touches to nothing, and cast the Inifinte Tsukuyomi across the world.
  • Playing with Fire: He created the strongest Fire technique so far without any strain, as a form of greeting.
  • Plot Armor: Villainous version. Since his resurrection, Madara got in a few situations in which he was very close to defeat, only to suddenly demonstrate a new power that had never been seen or even hinted at before, or just doing an impossible action without explanation. His most iconic one may be when he somehow knew how to terminate the Edo Tensei contract when the person who summoned him was defeated despite the fact that even the original creator of this jutsu does not know how to do it. And as if in confirmation of this when his Plot Armor disappeared (after activating the Infinite Tsukuyomi) he was defeated by literally one hit in the back from Black Zetsu which showed that he manipulated Madara all this time and to use him as fodder for Kaguya's resurrection.
  • Power Echoes: When he becomes the Ten Tails' jinchuuriki in the anime, his voice acquires a reverberating undertone that emphasizes he's attained a whole new level of power.
  • Power Nullifier: While the jinchuuriki of the Ten Tails, his attacks negate other jutsu, save for Sage attacks and pure taijutsu.
  • Predecessor Villain: He was the First Hokage's most powerful enemy, and he tried to destroy the Hidden Leaf Village long before Naruto was born. However, he's also the villain in the present time.
  • Pride: Big time. Uchihas, in general, don't have a reputation of humility, but Madara really takes the cake. When finally deciding to unleash his full Susanoo vs the five Kages, he takes the time to destroy a mountain range for no discernable reason other than showing off. He wasn't even aiming at the Kages.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: A Type C. He's incredibly powerful, intelligent, the head of his clan, and the co-founder of the Hidden Leaf Village... but declaring war on the Village (and by proxy kicking off the plot) is a bit of an overkill, regardless of reason. He also treats his newfound power as host to the Ten-Tails with great, almost child-like enthusiasm. When he's fighting Eighth Gate!Gai he starts behaving like an overeager child asking him to show him the best of his ability. Also, he is extremely cocky. That said, this is actually quite the deviation from his usual demeanour.
  • The Real Remington Steele: The reason he's such a Walking Spoiler.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Gives one to Tsunade after he finds out she is Hashirama's descendant because she needed to use hand seals to heal herself, while Hashirama could do it at will, but he later rectified after seeing her Sōzō Saisei, comparing to be equal to Hashirama. This didn't stop him from crushing her seconds later though.
    • Also gave one to the Kyuubi in a flashback, and a more general one to the current Kages. He pretty much thinks that everyone other than himself and the 1st Hokage sucks.
    • Gave one to Obito after he went against him, telling him the truth about the death of Rin and pointing that he's too arrogant for thinking that he could manipulate other people without being manipulated himself.
    • And in an ironic reversal of the above, Madara himself receives one just as he is betrayed by Black Zetsu, who mocks him for thinking about himself that he could manipulate other people without being manipulated himself, when in truth he was just the same as Obito all along: An Unwitting Pawn.
  • Red Herring: Tobi claimed he was Madara, and every clue pointed in that direction. Then Kabuto resurrected the real Madara, blowing away Tobi's facade.
  • Redemption Rejection: No matter how many times Hashirama extends an olive branch, Madara is simply too self-righteous to give up on the Moon Eye Plan. He only realizes his mistakes by the time he's about to die for the second time.
  • Reincarnation: Madara is the reincarnation of Indra, the Sage of Six Paths' eldest son.
  • Removed Achilles' Heel: Madara manages to overcome the eyesight deterioration brought by Mangekyo Sharingan usage by replacing them with Izuna’s Mangekyo.
  • Resurrection Gambit: Madara planned to have Nagato bring him back to life with the Rinne Rebirth jutsu. While he ultimately did return, it did not happen the way he had intended; Nagato used Rinne Rebirth to bring back everyone he had killed during his assault on the Leaf Village. Instead, Kabuto ended up bringing him back during the Fourth Great Shinobi War with his Edo Tensei. Although Madara was able to regain control of himself in this form, it was not sufficient to become the Ten-Tails' jinchuuriki; he had to be properly resurrected in order to do that. Ultimately he truly came back to life by having Black Zetsu force Obito, who had taken the Rinnegan from Nagato's body, to use Rinne Rebirth on him.
  • Retired Monster: In the many years between his disgraceful defeat at the hands of Hashirama and when he rescues Obito, time has worn away at whatever power Madara had once possessed. When Obito awakens to see him, he is a short, one-eyed, shrivelled old man who relies on the Mazo statue as a life support system to keep him alive, quite a whiplash from his previous appearance.
  • Revenge Before Reason: After Izuna's death, Madara decides to continue the war with the Senju clan even when other members of his clan wanted to give up. He eventually agreed to a temporary truce, but that didn't last long due to being rejected as a Hokage candidate and due to reading the falsely edited Uchiha tablet.
  • The Rival: To Hashirama, during the Clan Wars. It went on after the Leaf's foundation, since he competed with him (and lost) to become the first Hokage, despite Hashirama endorsing him. Worse yet, they also heavily disagreed on how to achieve world peace; Hashirama believed that the village system can serve as a starting point for later generations to improve upon while Madara believed in brainwashing humanity.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Was trapped in a small chamber due to having to use the Gedo Mazo as a life support system.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: He has become jinchuuriki of the Ten-Tails and thus, the third Sage of Six Paths.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Back in the early days of the village, Madara worried that the Senju Clan would eventually kill off the Uchiha Clan and wanted them to cut ties with the village because of this. While this did eventually happen, it was largely because Madara's own disciple (Obito) attacked the village and framed the Uchiha Clan for it; worsening the clan's relationship with the village and eventually leading them to plan a coup. That, in turn, leads to a massacre in which said disciple directly participated.
  • Self-Made Superpowers: Unlike his rival Senju Hashirama, Madara is a brilliant scientist and integrated Hashirama's DNA in him, granting himself his rival's signature Wood Release Kekkei Genkai and most importantly, the eyes of the God of Shinobi, The Rinnegan.
  • Semi-Divine: After combining the chakra of Asura and Indra by implanting Hashirama's cells within himself, Madara becomes the first person since the Sage of the Six Paths to wield the Rinnegan. He had them transferred to Nagato before he died of old age. As the Rinnegan were originally his, he's able to use the powers granted by them far better than either Nagato or Obito. After being fully resurrected, he regains his Rinnegan and ditches the 'Semi' part of this trope by becoming the Jinchuriki of the Ten-Tails.
  • Shy Bladder: He can't pee whenever someone stands behind him, as Hashirama demonstrated when they were young.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: Probably the biggest example in the series. Despite becoming one of the most powerful beings in the world capable of trashing anyone in combat, and despite the fact that he did complete the Moon's Eye Plan, he ultimately ends as the biggest loser in the series, not only failing to achieve any of his goals but only making things worse for himself and everyone else in the process. the destruction of the Uchiha clan, the animosity between the ninja villages, Akatsuki and their misdeeds, the Fourth Shinobi World War, all those events were caused directly or indirectly by his actions despite his stated intentions of bringing everlasting peace and protecting his brother and his clan. Even his grand plan to become the savior of the world ended in failure as it was actually the scheme of somebody else. In their final conversation, Hashirama points out that his problem was his cynicism, as he just refused to trust other people and share his burdens with them, a path that ultimately leads to his ruin. Madara concedes that Hashirama might have a point, but it's too late now. However, he accepts his defeat and is fine with dying by Hashirama's side with the notion of them spending time together once again as the best friends that they still are on the other side. Which, considering what we know of Naruto's afterlife, might actually be the case now.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: His response to the "Will of Fire".
    Madara: "You can't defeat power with will."
  • Sinister Scythe: His weapon of choice, used as a cane in his old age.
  • Skewed Priorities: Madara is personally and hilariously offended when Hashirama declares that dealing with the Ten-Tails is more important than fighting him.
  • Slasher Smile:
    • He sports one when he realizes that revived Hashirama is heading to the battlefield. He literally starts shaking with excitement; it's rather disconcerting to see the usually stoic Madara filled with psychotic glee.
    • He does it again when he's revived from the dead.
  • Smug Smiler: He sports one when Obito becomes the Ten-Tails Jinchuuriki. He then gives another one when he's about to sic Black Zetsu on Obito to revive him, while pinned down by the technique that held the TEN-TAILS in place.
  • Smug Snake: While he is certainly powerful and skilled compared with conventional representatives of this trope he, all the same, is fully suitable as this. He considers himself as a Chessmaster and Manipulative Bastard when in fact a large part of his plan relied on Obito who ultimately took control of his plan and used it for himself. If not for Black Zetsu, Madara would never have appeared in the war. But even his appearance in the war does not change the situation much since his back-up plan was Out-Gambitted by Obito who became the Jinchuuriki of the Ten-Tails. Even then Madara claims that he has everything under control when all that he does is wait until the Alliance does everything for him.
  • Smug Super: Despite losing his eyes after coming back to life surrounded by enemies, he casually states that he's going after the tailed beasts and seems unconcerned about any of the Kage level fighters around him. His arrogance here is not without justification as he does defeat the Tailed Beasts, reseals them into the Gedo Statue and even extracts Naruto and Killer B from their Tailed Beasts as well.
  • The Sociopath: By his adult years, Madara turns out to be a complicated example of this; his genuine love for his brother Izuna, his concerns for his clan and him genuinely wanting peace may seem to subvert Madara from being a complete sociopath, but he still maintains a number of symptoms associated with that mindset. He leads life in a parasitic way, manipulating and twisting others into doing his bidding, a massive refusal to admit to his wrongdoings, an obscenely arrogant and narcissistic attitude that has him claim himself to be better than everyone else, prioritizing his own needs above everyone else's, and generally being very ecstatic about violence and destruction. Of the whole series, Madara is the Uchiha closest to being a sociopath, and while his affection and friendship with others are indeed genuine, they are not enough to completely overshadow his more negative traits. The chronology should also be noted, as it's very safe to assume that the Madara before Izuna's death and during Konoha's early days would not be the type of person to do the things he did after his defection and reanimation——he had a literal decades worth of time to fully transition into the more villainous Madara we were first introduced to.
  • Sore Loser: A big part of the series is due to Madara not being able to cope with Hashirama beating him in everything. More sympathetically, it was also due to his inability to accept the deaths of his brothers.
  • The Stoic: His expression next to never changes when he's revived, and he rarely says much more than "meh" in response to the brutalities occurring at his hands. He indicates later that this is in part due to how comparatively dull the sensations of an edo tensei body are, which is quite an issue for a Blood Knight like Madara. He gets a lot more emotive once he is fully revived and can truly "feel" battle again.
  • Story-Breaker Power: To make a very very long story very very short, he has basically every power that Sasuke, Pain and Hashirama ever had, all turned up a notch. By his own admission, Kishimoto has no idea how to beat Madara until he created an even larger threat. According to Shikaku, he's immune to everything except physical attacks. And as he went toe to toe with Eight Gates Gai and survived Gai's ultimately ultimate super final attack (albeit heavily injured and noting he nearly did die), he's clearly not too worried about physical attacks either.
  • Strong and Skilled
    • Played with. He has great natural talent and the skill to use them efficiently. He has the Sharingan to copy non-bloodline techniques flawlessly (provided he is capable of using the required element), was the first to gain the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan and thus lifelong access to its incredible abilities, and the Rinnegan, which allows the user to master all five Elements as well as any technique within a very short time as well as techniques unique to it. That said, he did not gain the Rinnegan until fairly late in life, past his prime, and thus did not get to utilize its full capabilities until after he was resurrected.
    • For most of his life, he was relatively Weak, but Skilled when fighting Hashirama due to the man's Wood style being a match for Madara's Perfect Susanoo and his incredible chakra reserves exceeding Madara's own, using his wit and versatility in order to match his stronger rival. As children, Hashirama knocked him down in a duel, but Madara still managed to get a good hit in with a rock that he threw into the air earlier. During their duel at the Valley of the End, Madara was still overall weaker, but used Genjutsu and Susanoo on Kurama in order to close the power gap. However, Hashirama's greater chakra reserves and thus endurance ultimately enabled him to win, tricking Madara with a wood clone after Madara was drained to the point that he had to turn off his Sharingan (as with it he could tell the difference between a wood clone and the real Hashirama). The weak part goes away once Madara implants Hashirama's cells, gains the Rinnegan, is revived in his prime, and becomes the Ten-Tails' Jinchuuriki.
  • Stunned Silence: When Hashirama finally arrives on the battlefield, Madara greets him like they're about to have another epic duel. Hashirama tells him they'll fight later, and that stopping the Juubi comes first. Madara spends a moment standing there with his Game Face sort of frozen there.
  • Sunk Cost Fallacy: This played a big part of his argument against the cease-fire, in that it would render the sacrifices of countless Uchiha - including his own brother - moot.
  • Super Mode: He absorbed Hashirama's natural energy to activate Sage Mode.
  • Superpower Lottery:
    • The Rinnegan, Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan, Sharingan, Wood release, unlimited chakra and an immortal body that regenerates to be precise. Even his regular fire techniques put most kekkei genkais to shame.
    • He loses his immortality when he's revived, and by extension the unlimited chakra, but gains the ability to heal near-instantaneously like Tsunade thanks to his Hashirama cells, can absorb chakra to replenish his levels, and can now use SAGE MODE after absorbing it from Hashirama. Besides that last bit, really, what's changed?
  • Super Senses: He's considered one of the best sensor-type ninja.
  • The Svengali: Taught Obito everything he knew and named him as his successor, but as it turns out, he was the one to arrange the events of Rin's death, in order to twist Obito into the hateful man Madara needed.
  • Take Up My Sword: Aggressively defied. In a series with a Central Theme of succession and passing things on to the next generation, Madara is defined by his refusal to trust anyone to serve as his successor. Even when circumstances force him to rely on Obito, he not only had Obito assume his identity but also made it impossible for Obito to complete the plan himself and left instructions that he was to be resurrected when the time was right.
  • Talks like a Simile: Madara constantly makes dance references, even more so in the Storm games. With Neil Kaplan behind him as the voice, this is more badass than it sounds.
    "Let's have another dance, shall we?"
    "I'd like to try some more jutsu, but you look too tired to tango, Ōnoki."
    "Seems you have a few dance moves left."
    "How could you have danced this long?"
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Madara and Obito may need each other, but that does not mean they like it. Madara thinks that Obito is being too impatient with the Moon-Eye Plan and wants to wipe out the Shinobi Alliance first to make sure they are not a bother. Obito thinks Madara is too immature to wield such power and this is just an excuse for him to test out the Juubi's powers like a child with a new toy. There's also the matter of Madara needing Obito to sacrifice himself to use Rinne Tensei in order for him to fully revive and become the Juubi's jinchuuriki, which Obito isn't exactly thrilled about.
  • Thanatos Gambit: He attempted to pull one off. He left Tobi in charge of carrying out his plans and intended for Nagato to revive him later. This didn't go as planned due to Nagato making a Heel–Face Turn and sacrificing his life to revive the villagers he killed and Tobi who going to become the jinchuuriki of the Ten-Tails himself and never had any intention of reviving him. Nonetheless, he gets revived as a zombie later on by Kabuto and subsequently hijacks the Jutsu so he can't be controlled.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Even after Izuna's death, Madara was willing to cooperate with Hashirama to form the Hidden Leaf Village, to the point where Hashirama wanted to make him Hokage. Tobirama, however, stated that the Hokage should be decided by popular vote, and that Madara's candidacy would never be supported, seeing as how everyone saw Hashirama as the leader. Madara, who was overhearing this, was coming to doubts. Seeing the tablet at the Naka Shrine is what truly made him come to the conclusion that there could never be true peace between the Senju and Uchiha, and it all went downhill from there...
  • There Are No Coincidences:
    • Madara points out that the circumstances revolving around Rin's death happened just a bit too perfectly to turn Obito to darkness, and reveals that he set the entire thing up.
    • Madara's resurrection in the Fourth Shinobi World War was also a case of this. Obito never intended to resurrect him as he aimed to take control of the Moon's Eye Plan. He would have succeeded at keeping Madara dead if not for Kabuto resurrecting Madara with the Edo Tensei. It's ultimately revealed that Black Zetsu was the one who led Kabuto to the location of Madara’s corpse as part of his plan to bring back Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Attempted this with the Fourth Battalion. See Colony Drop.
  • Third Eye: After regaining both of his Rinnegan and becoming the Ten-Tails' jinchuuriki, he gains the Rinne Sharingan, resembling that of Kaguya, by getting close to the moon.
  • This Cannot Be!: He falls under this after gets stabbed in the back by Black Zetsu. He only has a few moments to react, but those moments are devoted to screaming about how this can't happen to him.
    • It expanded this moment in anime where before he was to become the host for Kaguya he mentally asked Hashirama where he could make a mistake as he just could not believe that this was happening to him.
  • Tragic Villain: While it isn't an excuse for his actions, Madara is no doubt the product of a lifetime filled with tragedy. By the age of ten, he had already lost four brothers, resulting in his desperate dream for peace, which he shared with his best friend, Hashirama. However, he cherished last remaining brother, Izuna, more than anything, enough that he willingly turned his back on his friend and his dream. The casualties of this feud resulted in the death of the brother he sought to protect. Then, after finally giving in and joining Hashirama in building Konoha, he was denied the post of the First Hokage and learned the truth about the Uchiha-Senju feud from the tablet in the Naka Shrine, which finally drove him over the deep end and into the Madara we all know and (love to) hate. The fact that he was a pawn used to revive his distant ancestor is just icing on the cake.
  • Trash Talk: Can pretty much always be found belittling his current opponents or pretty much whoever is nearby.
    • His topic of choice, when he was first revived during the war, is how inferior he feels the current Kages are to him and the 1st Hokage.
    • In a flashback he was shown do this to even the Nine-Tails, telling him (more or less) that he's stupid and needs the Uchiha Clan to give him purpose.
  • The Undead: After being brought back by Kabuto's Edo Tensei Jutsu.
  • Understatement: Only Madara can under-sell pretty much massacring the five Kage in that cool and bored demeanor of stating things:
    Naruto: What happened to all the others!?!
    Madara: Who knows. They're probably... not okay. *cut to a shot of the Kage all lying in pools of their own blood*
  • Undignified Death: As brutal as the series can be, rotting away after being regurgitated still couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. That said, his actual actual death scene and his attitude as he lays dying are surprisingly dignified—it even included somber ost in the background.
  • Undying Loyalty: Deconstructed. He was fanatically loyal to the Uchihas, to the point of stealing/asking for his brothers' eyes so he could face Hashirama in their War, though it was heavily implied that his brother had given his eyes upon said brother's insistence, and not Madara's. This extended to also fanatically fighting for the Uchiha dignity to the point of being banished from his Clan and the Village that he helped create. Needless to say, he didn't take the news well.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Every time Madara defeats someone, he spends his time throwing this in the face of his opponent to show them how superior he is to them. And this ultimately leads to his fall.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Madara himself turns out to be one to Black Zetsu and Kaguya Ōtsutsuki. All that scheming, death, betrayal and evil in order to "save the world"? Nope, just a long plan by Black Zetsu to trick one of Indra's descendants into awakening the Rinnegan, becoming the Ten-Tails Jinchuriki, and casting the Infinite Tsukuyomi so that he could steal their body and use it as the new host for Kaguya's spirit.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: One of the figures who would become part of the Big Bad Duumvirate was once a dorky child who was so sensitive to his surroundings that he couldn't pee if someone was nearby and became frantically apologetic if he hurt someone's feelings.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Zig-Zagging trope. He really wants to bring peace to the world and thinks that his plan is the only way it can happen. But at the same time as he wants bring peace he also more concerned to implement the plan independently since thinks that only he is worthy to lead all in the infinite illusion.
  • Villain Ball: He catches it when trying to get his second eye back. When Madara wants to retrieve his Rinnegan from Black Zetsu, Obito does not allow him to do so. Instead of, y'know, trying to take his eye immediately because any sensible man at that time could see that Obito was not his friend since Obito himself had said that he never considered Madara an ally and also betrayed him when he became the Ten-Tails Jinchuuriki. Also, Madara has forced Obito to resurrect him through a Jutsu which kills the user and any sensible person would understand that Obito would be displeased by this. Madara is not one of these people. He tried to convince him to give the Rinnegan voluntarily and then he was surprised that Obito went against him. And later when Obito and Naruto teleported into another dimension, he spent all his time fighting with Guy rather than trying to retrieve his eye and preventing Obito from resurrecting Naruto.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He takes it pretty badly when Black Zetsu betrays him and reveals he contains Kaguya's will instead of his own. He only gets a few seconds to express it, but given his usual unflappable behavior, it's pretty notable.
  • Villain Override:
    • A key part of his new plan involves Obito sacrificing his life to use Rinne Tensei to revive him completely. Obito is understandably hesitant about this. His solution is to force Obito's body to perform the Jutsu by taking control of the latter's Zetsu cells. Of course, Obito did not take this lying down and overrode his override. But later he succeeded in accomplishing his revival by using Obito after the latter was defeated and stripped of the tailed beasts powering him.
    • Madara himself ends overriden by Black Zetsu under Kaguya's will after casting the Infinite Tsukuyomi.
  • Villain Respect: To his friend and rival, Hashirama, and later on, to Might Guy, whom he calls the finest Taijutsu expert he's ever seen. He's even impressed that Guy came close to killing him.
  • Visionary Villain: He says he has a clear goal and plan to achieve the utopia which he envisions, though how much is a genuine desire to make a utopia for everyone or to become an almighty god and finally one-up Hashirama is debatable. Considering he conceded to the fact that his dreams may have been misguided, it can still be assumed that there was a genuine desire for peace in there.
  • Walking Spoiler: He is critical to several major plot twists that come after more than 550 chapters of the manga, making it almost impossible for him not to be this.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: He admits to Hashirama that he might have been wrong in his approach as he lies dying after being regurgitated by the Ten Tails.
  • We Can Rule Together: Made the offer to Obito Uchiha, training him as his successor. Following his complete resurrection, he makes the offer to Sasuke Uchiha, but is turned down (probably didn't help that he had considered out loud taking Sasuke's EMS until he could get his Rinnegan back before the offer).
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Played With. His ultimate goal is to replace the war-torn world with a more peaceful one. Though this could easily be interpreted as a flimsy excuse for, or at least partly motivated as well by what is actually an ego trip. That said, he does genuinely view himself as the savior of mankind, and was unaware of the true purpose of the Infinite Tsukuyomi.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Along with everything else, one more reason to hate this guy is his attitude towards the Tailed Beasts - he doesn't care about (or otherwise completely ignores) the fact that they have minds and souls of their own, treating them like nothing but weapons for humankind (especially himself) to use as they will. This starkly contrasts Naruto, who is the first human since the Sage of the Six Paths to show the Tailed Beasts care and compassion - to the point that they've practically sworn loyalty to him.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: In the anime, his hair turns white when he becomes the Ten-Tails' Jinchuuriki.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: A fairly dark example, though not always the case before his Face–Heel Turn. His entire murderous scheme was based around the flimsy promises of what was essentially an in-universe fairy tale and one that had been grossly tampered with to boot. And as elaborate as his plans were, he's chided for how they were all just attempts at taking shortcuts to true world peace and a refusal to accept his own failures. He comes around to accepting this fact moments before his death.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Every single strong character who's faced Madara to date has been subject to this. Madara himself suffers from it when Guy's Night Moth shatters at least his ribcage and right arm and leaves a hole in his side, and he happily admits that without the regenerative abilities of being the Juubi Jinchuuriki he would have been killed by it.
    • Is further subjected to this when Naruto and Sasuke, each carrying half the power from the original Sage of the Six Path, drive him into a corner where he is forced to absorb the trunk of the Shinju and get his other Rinnegan back to keep up with them.
      • His ultimate defeat tantamounts to getting unceremoniously stabbed in the back by Black Zetsu and used as a vessel to revive Kaguya Ōtsutsuki who is many times stronger than him.
  • Worf Had the Flu: He struggles against Naruto and Sasuke after they get their power-ups because he lacked his other eye, not to mention him being deprived of most of his Truth-Seeking Orbs during his fight with Guy. Once he got his eye back, Kakashi remarks how much more powerful Madara had become than before, though Madara doesn't have long to show off before he gets betrayed and usurped by Black Zetsu.
  • World's Best Warrior: Superb Taijutsu, Awesome Ninjutsu, Epic Genjutsu, Senjutsu, Kenjutsu and Bukijutsu skills all taken up a notch. Madara is the master of them all.
  • World's Strongest Man: Considered this during his era alongside Hashirama, Even before awakening the Rinnegan and intergrating Hashirama's DNA into his body, he was already an incredibly powerful shinobi. Once resurrected and enhanced beyond his physical prime, Madara becomes one of the most powerful shinobi to ever walk the earth, to the point that he needs all Five Kage to face him together. Even then, they weren't enough when he starts to get a little serious, at which point he trounces them. Only Naruto is able to go blow for blow with him, which makes him of the few shinobi Madara regards as a serious threat. Later, when he is fully resurrected and reclaims one of his Rinnegan, Madara becomes far stronger than he's ever been (as in his first life he did not have Rinnegan and Wood Style until he was a decrepit old man, and as an Edo Tenshi zombie his power was mildly surpressed and some of his Rinnegan abilities couldn't be used). He then takes on Naruto and Killer Bee in their Tailed Beast Modes while backed by Gaara and all the other Tailed Beasts together before swiftly defeating them with a Living Shadow cast after regaining just his left Rinnegan. He then revives the Ten-Tails and becomes its third and far more complete jinchuuriki, though he is put on the defensive by both Guy with all Eight Gates unlocked and Naruto and Sasuke (each wielding half of the Sage of Six Paths' power). Madara even acknowledges Guy would've likely killed him if not for the benefits afforded by his status as the Ten-Tails' jinchuriki. When Madara more or less matches and even becomes stronger than them by absorbing the God Tree, recovering his left Rinnegan, and awakening the Rinne Sharingan, he gets undone by Black Zetsu to revive the much more powerful Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Considered Hashirama, considering how much he drones on and on about how everyone except him and Hashirama (and maybe Naruto and Sasuke) sucks.
    Madara: Hashirama "Wood Style" Senju... the future First Hokage, the man who stood at the top of the ninja world and the person that I respected most.
    • Also considers Might Guy one; even after becoming the Jinchuuriki of the Ten-Tails, he's impressed that Might Guy gave him a close fight that even he wasn't sure he could win. He straight-up admits that Guy is the greatest taijutsu master alive and one of the worthiest opponents he had ever faced, which is why he planned to land a finishing blow rather than just let Guy die from the effects of the Eight Gates — he considered such a gesture the greatest honor he could give.
    • After Naruto and Sasuke receive new powers from the Sage of Six Paths, he knows fighting them without his other Rinnegan would be a bad idea.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In fact, he'd bisect one with a giant blunt object just out of spite for her grandfather.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He orchestrated Rin's death and Obito's Face–Heel Turn.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Played with. Onoki asks him why didn't he display this much power when he last fought him; he replies with "Which adult would go serious on a child?" though this seems to be more Madara being condescending than serious. As seen above, he's perfectly willing to hurt children.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: From the moment of his resurrection Madara has been trying to improvise his way to victory. Madara proceeded to wait for an opportunity to break free of the caster's control before finding his apprentice Tobi had already revived the monstrous Ten-Tailed Beast. To him from becoming the Ten-Tails jinchuuriki and completing the Moon Eye Plan Madara must be alive and not an immortal zombie. His solution is to force Obito to sacrifice his life to revive him completely by taking control of the Zetsu cells of the latter's. This does not work and backfires when Obito becomes the Ten-Tails jinchuuriki. But later Madara successfully forces Obito to revive him with the aid of Black Zetsu.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Does this to Obito. Upon finding out that Obito is fatally injured, Madara takes over Obito's Zetsu parts in order to force him to use Rinne Tensei (which kills the user if they don't have enough chakra) on him so that he will be truly restored to life, allowing him to become the Ten-Tails' jinchuuriki. This backfires when Obito overrides his will and becomes the Ten Tails' jinchuuriki himself.
    • After Obito's defeat at the hands of the entire alliance, Madara simply pulls this on him again by having Black Zetsu ambush him and take control of his weakened body.
    • Madara himself ends up becoming victim to this when Black Zetsu literally backstabs him and reveals that he's actually a manifestation of Kaguya Otsutuski's will.

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