Naruto is the story of a young ninja who at birth is infused with the power of 9 tailed fox and dreams of eventually becoming Hokage, leader of a town; think like its mayor.
The Sharingan and the Rinnegan are some of the most potent abilities present in the world of Naruto and deserve analysis as to what they do and who wields them in the world of Naruto.
What is the Sharingan
The Sharingan is a staple of the Uchiha clan since it is essential to note that people who wield these ocular power behemoths are born with it; the power is possible to obtain outside of genetics, but that involves removing eyeballs and placing them into the head.
The genetic inheritance has made the Uchiha clan one of the most powerful and feared groups of ninjas in the land, and with good reason since the awakening of this power grants the user a host of skills that make them very dangerous.
Abilities of Sharingan
The red-eyed ability first appears in “Naruto ep 9. Sharingan Warriors”. Where Kakashi takes on a swordsman and uses the eyes’ ability to mimic the sword wilder power to defeat him. It is then further explained as the show goes on that it grants the user a whole bevy of abilities beyond just copying.
To awaken said abilities requires extreme emotions. In Sasuke’s case, his witnessing his clan’s death at the hands of his brother was just what he needed. Upon awakening, the eyes change, becoming red with a black ring.
At its base form, it grants the wielder the ability to see chakra, react faster, extra speed, and even augmented strength. The wielder can keep powering up his eyes by merely using and training with them.
Each stage is marked by a tomoe in the eye; at three tomoe, the eyes are at their max level.
The eyes also grant the users’ abilities referred to as Jutsu that require chakra to activate. If the eye’s wielder is not an Uchiha, it will tax their chakra and leave them bedridden for at least a weak.
The two Jutsu they awaken is the Hypnotic Eye and the Eye of Insight these abilities are not restricted to one particular eye. The Eye of Insight is what the eyes are most famous for, allowing the possessor of the skill to copy an enemy’s movement, but only if he physically able to, and it seems not to be able to copy Jutsu like it such as Keke Genkai or other ocular Jutsu.
It also allows them to see chakra and gives it color. It can even see any quirks in the energy and determine if its self-inflicted or from an outside force. It also grants incredible insight allowing it to read incoming movements, read lips, even pencil movement, among others.
The Hypnotic eye, on the other hand, is used for mental manipulation and is fantastic. The most notable use is the Sharingan Genjutsu, which allows complete user control over the enemy (they have even been used to control tailed beasts). This can be useful for interrogation and even forcing the users will on his enemy. Using it subtly makes it even more helpful.
Once fully evolved, the eyes grant even more power to the eyes. Izanagi and Izanami. These late-stage powers are one use only since once used blinds one eye. Izanagi blurred the lines between dreams and reality and affected the user.
Pretty much allowing the user to negate any damage and even come back from the dead. The ability is so versatile it can be programmed to activate after a person’s death; Madura made this move after his battle with Hashirama.
Izanami, on the other hand, affects the enemy. It traps one’s enemy in an eternal time loop that feels like hell itself; it will even keep going after the person has died, living the same moment over and over till he finds repentance.
Noted users of the Sharingan have been Black Zetsu, Izuna Uchiha, Danzo Shimura, Shisu Uchiha, Itachi Uchiha, Indra Uchiha, Obito, Madara, Kakashi, and Sasuke, among many others. The entire Uchiha clan had access to it but not all were able to activate it.
What is Rinnegan
The Rinnegan is another notorious power in the world of Naruto, though not as prevalent since it has only been reported to have been used by six incredibly powerful individuals during the animes history.
The six sage path is legendary, and its explanation is legendarily cool. The power set seems to draw inspiration from eastern philosophy and religion of the extraordinary life and death cycle.
The wheel consists of six realms and influences the corresponding animes abilities. The most basic skill that is granted by these eyes is the ability to learn any Jutsu.
This means the wielder has only to witness a person perform a skill to know it; it also produces rods of chakra control. Then there is the Six sage path; each Path grants a power.
When Kaguya ate the Shinju tree’s fruit, she was magically blessed with chakra, and thus, she also learned all the Jutsu; this is where the Sharingan and the Rinnegan were born.
She is the mother of all ninja skills. Including the ocular abilities. The Rinnegan being one of the big three is passed down genetically, so descendants born with this power will awaken it and once awakened will change their eyes from average-looking to grayish with six black circles that grow smaller towards the middle.
A person can obtain the power of the Six Sage by other means than genetics. All of them are crazy difficult.
This includes combining the right type of chakra through Kaguyas Descendents. A character can also try eating the fruit of the Shinju tree; impossible since it was used to create Ten Tails and no longer exists.
The Sage of the six paths directly approaching a character and granting half of his Yin energy, and finally, ocular transplant; (good luck finding a willing patient). If somehow acquired, the amount of chakra required to operate the Rinnegan is massive, and not everyone can do it.
Abilities of Rinnegan
The power granted by the Rinnegan as the Six Sage is overpowered. The six different branches are categorized as paths: Diva, Asura, Human, Animal, Preta, and Naraka paths. Each is having power sets flavored according to its position on the wheel of samsara.
The Naraka Path allows you to call forth the King of Hell and interrogate someone if they lie, he rips their tongue out, and heal bodily wounds. The Preta path is one of hunger. It can be used to absorbed and redirect chakra for massive damage.
The Animal Path allows for control and summons giant beasts that cause great destruction.
The Human Path is more tactical as its principle is used to gather intel, but it rips out people’s souls.
Asura path is the Path of conflict and reflects this by allowing the wielder to manifest the most advanced weaponry available at the time in the anime, the wielder shot missiles, lasers, sprouted extra arms and grew blades.
Finally, Diva Path grants the wielder control over the forces of attraction with the Almighty Push “Shinra Tensei”, an omnidirectional force field that crushes as it moves forward, Almighty Pull “Bonsho Teninn” is a directed force that pulls. Finally, creating a gravitational field in one place makes a small planetoid that can be hurled as a weapon.
Noted wielders of the Rinnegan are Hagoromo Otsuski, Kaguya Otsusuki, Madara Uchiha, Nagato Uzumaki, Obito, and Sasuke. Some of them are enemies, others anti-heroes, all of them walking machines of destruction.
Evolution of the Sharingan into Rinnegan
In easier terms, you need the Sharingan to get the Rinnegan, like a prerequisite. The Rinnegan is the final evolution of the Sharingan. The final step requires acquiring the chakra of the sage of 6 paths to awaken. Once attained the user has all the abilities mentioned before and all five changes in chakra nature.
Who has both Sharingan and Rinnegan?
It should be noted that characters like Madara, Nagato, and Sasuke wielded both sets of eyes at one point. Mostly acquired through the whole ocular surgery way. There is no easy or safe way for someone to obtain and hold on to these. People will always be hunting for them.
Is Sharingan Better Than Rinnegan?
When directly compared in Naruto’s world, one can safely say that the Rinnegan is the way to go. In comparison, the Sharingan makes the user a dangerous and notorious shinobi that can take down hundreds.
The Rinnegan makes the shinobi a one-person army with nukes. There is no valid comparison since Rinnegan gifts way too many abilities. Its Rinnegan all the way.