Obito Uchiha, commonly known as Tobi in Masashi Kishimoto’s manga Naruto, is a character in Masashi Kishimoto‘s manga Naruto.
He initially appears as a young ninja in a “Kakashi Chronicle” side tale, sacrificing himself to save his companions (Kakashi Hatake and Rin Nohara, headed by Minato Namikaze) from a rival ninja gang.
Although he was thought to have died, Obito is eventually shown to be the real head of the terrorist organization Akatsuki.
However, he spent most of the group’s time behind the scenes. As one of the series’ main antagonists in the second half, he takes the alias of his benefactor, Madara Uchiha, and hides his true identity behind masks.
Obito has appeared in Naruto video games and anime adaptations in various forms.
Obito was established early in the series by Kishimoto to explore his relationship with Kakashi and explain how his friend possessed the Sharingan illuminated eye skill.
“Copy Wheel Eye,” English manga: “Mirror Wheel Eye”), an Uchiha clan exclusive.
Because Obito kept his identity hidden, Kishimoto teased fans by teasing Tobi’s true identity (most notably when the actual Madara Uchiha was revealed, which shocked fans and his voice actor).
Obito’s portrayal as a child soldier in Kakashi’s history and his participation in the manga and anime, particularly his battle scenes, has received an excellent critical response.
Design & Content : Obito Uchiha
Obito makes a cameo appearance on the cover of the manga’s 16th chapter in a picture with Kakashi Hatake, while not appearing for the first time until the series’ special chapters focused on his life as a child soldier.
One of the biggest mysteries in the earlier part of the series, according to Masashi Kishimoto, was why Kakashi only had one Sharingan eye technique (unlike Sasuke Uchiha and other members of the clan, who possessed the method in both eyes).
Kishimoto created Kakashi’s backstory to show him as a young ninja nearly slain in a skirmish when Obito gave him his Sharingan.
According to Kishimoto by chapter 16, Kishimoto had devised a storyline about Obito becoming an Uchiha and how it would affect Kakashi.
During the first part of the series, Kishimoto introduced the Akatsuki terrorist organization, which appeared to be far more potent than the (younger) protagonists.
As a result, Kishimoto altered the series, moving the tale forward to when Naruto and his companions would be able to confront them.
According to Kishimoto, he based Akatsuki on real-life organizations.
Because of his simple mask, Kishimoto’s favorite Akatsuki figure to draw was Obito in his Tobi guise.
His moniker (Tobi) stems from Obito calling him Guruguru, an onomatopoeia for whirling around in circles.
It can also mean “wrapped around,” alluding to Tobi’s role as Obito’s armor.
With the book nearing its conclusion, Kishimoto wanted to take his time establishing Obito’s character, seeing him as crucial to the story as Naruto and Sasuke’s.
Konan’s death at the hands of her former superior Obito, according to Kishimoto, was a statement about the loss of the peace dream that he, Nagato, Yahiko, and Konan shared and an indication of Naruto Uzumaki’s ascension as a bringer of light and hope.
When the actual Madara Uchiha appeared in the manga, Kishimoto refused to divulge Tobi’s true identity, instead suggesting that the two characters were linked and that he will be revealed in the following chapters.
Wataru Takagi voices Obito in the Japanese version; Sasuke Komori said his childhood self before Megumi Han took over in chapter 343.
In the English version, Obito is expressed by Michael Yurchak, while Vic Mignogna plays his younger self.
In Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, Nolan North does Obito’s Madara impersonation, and Todd Haberkorn voices him in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution.
Because the CyberConnect fighting game’s storyline was ahead of the television series, Neil Kaplan initially expressed Obito’s Madara impersonation in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2.
Obito is revealed to not be the genuine Madara in the game. Both his Obito persona and the actual Madara were tough for Kaplan to handle.
When Obito’s true identity was revealed in the anime Naruto Shippuden, the Pierrot team created a closing scene depicting his youth, noting that the series’ protagonist (Naruto) was not present. The location, in Pierrot’s opinion, was a success.
Throughout the series, Tetsuya Nishio, the character designer, was taken aback by Obito’s various designs and saw connections between him and Naruto Uzumaki in their youth and innocence.
Appearance : Obito Uchiha
Obito initially appears in the Naruto side tale “Kakashi Chronicle.” Obito (Kakashi’s comrade on Team Minato) aspired to be the Hokage of Konohagakure as a child during the Third Great Ninja War and had an unrequited love for his teammate Rin.
Obito’s right side gets crushed in a landslide as he and Kakashi rescue the kidnapped Rin during a mission.
Obito had Rin transplant his left Sharingan into Kakashi to replace Kakashi’s lost left eye, believing he would die.
Late in Part II of the manga, it is revealed that Obito was rescued and fitted with prostheses by an aged Madara Uchiha.
He becomes Madara’s pupil, and to shatter Obito’s spirit, he makes him watch Rin’s death at the hands of a reluctant Kakashi.
After concluding that he can utilize the Tailed Beasts to destroy the present reality and build a utopia, Obito takes Madara’s name and hides his voice after the ninja’s death; he then arranges similar circumstances for Nagato with Yahiko’s death to form the current Akatsuki incarnation.
Obito launches an attack on The Leaf Village, Konoha, while Kushina Uzumaki (then jinchuriki of Kurama, the Nine-Tails Kyuubi) gives birth to Naruto Uzumaki.
He takes the Kyuubi’s seal from Kushina when she is still weak from childbirth, and he enslaves the Nine-Tails, unleashes it on Konoha to rip the village apart and cause devastation.
He meets Minato Namikaze (the fourth Hokage) during his infiltration and the battle.
Obito is defeated by Minato, who then frees Kurama from Obito’s captivity.
After that, Obito escapes, leaving Konoha to face the Nine-Tails, ending in Minato and Kushina.
In the first half of Part II, the character plays a supporting role.
Tobi, Obito poses as the carefree flunky and becomes Sasori’s replacement and Deidara’s partner early in Part II, adopting the persona of the spiral-patterned Zetsu that served as his bodysuit during his recovery.
Obito takes a special interest in Sasuke Uchiha after Itachi’s death and takes him under his wing by disclosing the truth about their clan’s massacre.
After Nagato’s death, he disguises himself as Madara and tells the Kage about the “Eye of the Moon” Plan and his plan to become the Ten-Tails Jinchuriki and bring all life into an Infinite Tsukuyomi.
Obito announces the Fourth Great Ninja War after the Kage refuses to surrender to him and establishes an uneasy alliance with Kabuto Yakushi, who blackmails him with the genuine Madara’s body.
Obito travels to Nagato Uzumaki’s body to recover his Rinnegan (, lit. “Sara Eye”).
Konan opposes him along the process. Their debate swiftly escalates into a battle, with Konan affirming her faith in Naruto and Obito (still imitating Madara) claiming original ownership of the Rinnegan.
Konan tries to catch him in a series of large-scale paper bomb detonations, but he fools her with the Izanagi technique and stabs her in the back; he then uses genjutsu to locate Nagato‘s body and chokes her to death.
He successfully recovers Nagato’s body as well as Rinnegan.
Obito uses the kidnapped Tailed Beasts’ power by transforming the reanimated bodies of the captured Jinchuriki into his own “Six Paths of Pain” (, Pein Likud).
He battles Naruto Uzumaki and Killer B, who stop the Six Paths of Pain and leave Obito to resurrect the Ten-Tails and recover the Tailed Beasts.
Kabuto then reanimates Madara Uchiha’s body, revealing Obito’s true identity.
Obito becomes the Ten-Tails host, but Naruto and Sasuke, with the help of the Allied Shinobi Forces, destroy him.
Like Nagato before him, a guilt-ridden Obito tries to resurrect everyone who was killed in the war, only to be possessed by Black Zetsu and forced to renew Madara.
On the verge of death, Obito turns against Madara, restrains Black Zetsu, and makes a move to rescue Naruto’s life.
After Madara forcibly reclaims his Rinnegan, his defiance is short-lived, and he is rendered unconscious.
To aid in the struggle against Kaguya, Naruto uses his abilities to restore Obito’s life.
While protecting Naruto and Kakashi from Kaguya’s onslaught, Obito is killed; however, he thanks Naruto for reminding him of his true personality.
After defeating Kaguya, his ghost stays among the living long enough to assist Kakashi by temporarily giving him his chakra and Mangekyo Sharingan (, Mangekyo Sharingan, lit. “Kaleidoscope Copy Wheel Eye”).
In other forms of media : Obito Uchiha
Obito features several video games in addition to the main series. The origin of the Akatsuki organization is shown in the game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution.
Obito appears in his Madara avatar in the sixth Part II film, Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (2012).
He manipulates Naruto’s opposing persona, Menma, and locks Naruto and Sakura in a parallel universe.
Obito releases Naruto and Sakura after Naruto defeats Menma and declares the mission a failure.
Sasuke’s reflections after Itachi’s death are explored in the Naruto light novel Naruto Jinraiden: The Day the Wolf Howled (2012).
Obito’s first contact with Nagato is depicted in Akatsuki Hiden (2015).
Reception | Obito Uchiha
The Naruto Shippuden anime series’ exploration of Obito’s youth was well-received.
\Sci-Fi Online liked how his, Rin’s, and Kakashi’s pasts were handled, as it had a significant impact on the series’ primary plot.
IGN listed Obito’s fight with Konan as the 11th best in Naruto and Obito’s duel with Minato Namikaze as the fourth-best in the series.
Matsuyama’s prior favorite characters in the Naruto series were Shikamaru Nara and Itachi Uchiha, according to CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama.
Obito was rated the 19th most popular Naruto character in a manga popularity poll.
Due to how dark he is compared to his youthful image, Takagi’s portrayal of the character in the final conflict was praised by viewers of the anime.
Before his identity was revealed, Jason Thompson of Anime News Network was taken aback when he learned that Tobi was the true leader of Akatsuki (rather than Pain) and that Tobi refers to himself as Madara Uchiha.
Thompson admired Kishimoto’s depiction of Tobi’s teleportation method and was taken aback when Tobi revealed the truth about Itachi to Sasuke Uchiha.
After learning about Tobi’s ambition to establish a peaceful world with the mighty Ten-Tails, he labeled him a “crazy idealist” (similar to Nagato).
Because of his capacity to reanimate the six-tailed creatures, a UK Anime Network critic loved Obito’s action scenes with Naruto, Killer Bee, Kakashi, and Guy.
The reveal of Tobi’s true identity was well received by Bryce Coulter of the Fandom Post, who praised the story’s depiction of Kakashi’s emotional struggle as he “confronts the horrors of his past.”
Tobi’s true identity was anticipated, but the backstory reveal was “perhaps the most engaging flashback sequence of the series to far,” according to UK Anime Network.
Tobi’s identity as Obito astounded Jason Thompson, who thought the “most humanitarian person in the manga” carrying a grievance against the universe was out of character.
The animation of Kakashi’s fight versus Obito and the references to the warriors’ childhoods were complimented by Amy McNulty of Anime News Network.
McNulty thought the character’s death was predictable, and he chastised Obito for briefly giving Kakashi his eyes’ techniques after he died, saying it went against the underlying concept of “hard effort.”
Chris Beveridge had mixed feelings about how Obito’s death was handled in the anime adaptation; the story begins with flashbacks and his childhood fantasies (which had already been presented), ignoring the current battle with Kaguya.