Sasuke Uchiha is one of the most important characters in the whole Naruto franchise. The antihero of the series, Sasuke, has been it all – the villain, the hero, and, finally, an antihero that beautifully complements Naruto’s heroic ideals. On top of that, Sasuke is also one of the strongest characters in the whole series. Sasuke’s story is one of the best-written ones in the series, and in this article, we will explore one part of that story. In this article, we will tell you how old Sasuke Uchiha was when his brother, Itachi, killed all the other clan members, i.e., during the Uchiha Clan Downfall.
Based on the established chronology, Sasuke Uchiha was seven years old when he witnessed his brother, Itachi, and Tobi, who was pretending to be Madara, slaughter the whole Uchiha Clan because of their planned coup d’etat. This event left a permanent scar on Sasuke, and it influenced his later story in an essential manner, as the whole Naruto story was actually focused on bringing back Sasuke (amongst other things).
The rest of the article will focus on Sasuke Uchiha and his story during the prologue of the Naruto main storyline, i.e., during the events known as the Uchiha Clan Downfall. You’re going to find out what exactly happened to Sassuke in the series, as well as how old he was in Naruto at the time and what his overall story in the prologue is. We’ve prepared an interesting article for you, so stick with us to the end, but be careful, as there will be spoilers.
How old was Sasuke Uchiha when his clan was killed?
The information we have about Sasuke’s age is based on the official information we have from Kishimoto’s manga, which means that the numbers aren’t really approximations but rather precise information from the manga. To start with, we have to confirm that it is officially known that Sasuke Uchiha was 12-13 years old during the first part of the Naruto manga, i.e., during the Naruto anime, before Shippuden. This was officially confirmed by the plot.
Now, we know that the Uchiha Clan Massacre happened five years before the start of the main story, which means that Sasuke Uchiha was seven years old at the time when his older brother, Itachi, and Tobi killed most of the members of his clan. This left a permanent mark on him, as Sasuke became traumatized by his brother’s actions, not knowing the story behind them.
What happened during the Uchiha Clan Downfall?
It all started when Itachi’s best friend, Shisui Uchiha, committed suicide in front of Itachi to prevent a planned Uchiha coup d’état. Upon Shisui’s death, Itachi awakened the Mangekyō Sharingan, and shortly before his death, Shisui gave Itachi his left eye, which Itachi placed in one of his crows. Later, many members of the Konoha Police Station accused Itachi of murdering Shisui since only these two were absent from a clan gathering.
Itachi, furious, attacked the police officers and, when his father ended the argument, stared at him hatefully with the Mangekyō Sharingan without him seeing it. This is when Sasuke saw the Mangekyō Sharingan for the first time. When Sasuke was delayed from shuriken training a few months later, he found all members of the Uchiha clan dead. Shortly thereafter, he also saw his parents and Itachi. Itachi was still alive, and Sasuke asked, confused, what had happened. Itachi didn’t answer but instead used his Mangekyō Sharingan and Tsukuyomi to show his little brother how he murdered their parents and killed the rest of the clan as well.
Sasuke ran away from Itachi in panic but was quickly caught up by him. He took the opportunity to ask his brother why he did this. But he didn’t get an answer from Itachi, just this much: Sasuke should fight, train, and get stronger until he – just like Itachi – had learned the Mangekyō Sharingan, and then come back to him. Meanwhile, Sasuke should hate and despise him.
Since then, Sasuke only wants to become strong enough to take revenge and kill his brother. In truth, however, Itachi was commissioned by Konoha’s village elders to kill the members of the Uchiha clan. The village elders of Konoha suspected that the Uchiha clan planned to seize power in Konoha to escape years of government discrimination. This would have led to a new war, which the village elders wanted to prevent with this measure. The masked man, who calls himself Madara Uchiha, helped Itachi in the mass murder.
However, Itachi didn’t have the heart to kill his innocent little brother. Wanting to ensure Sasuke’s survival, he challenged him to take revenge and train hard so that one day he could kill Itachi and avenge his murdered family. However, this should only lead to the Uchiha clan gaining respect again since the last surviving Uchiha would have murdered the renegade Itachi and thus would have done something good.
From Danzō Shimura, who, like Hiruzen Sarutobi and his two advisors, knew the truth, Itachi demanded never to lay hands on Sasuke. Otherwise, he would reveal all of Konoha’s secrets. Itachi asked the Third Hokage never to tell Sasuke the truth so as not to destroy his belief in honor of the Uchiha clan.