The Uchiha Clan is very specific in the world of Masahi Kishimoto’s Naruto. It was massacred by its own kin and left only with a few surviving members. Itachi Uchiha massacred his own clan, sparing only his younger brother, Sasuke. And while Itachi is going to be the focus of this article, we are not going to compare him to Sasuke, but rather to his former mentor, Kakashi Hatake, who is known for being one of the strongest Naruto characters of all time.
There is no essential difference between Kakashi and Itachi, which is why it is impossible to determine a clear winner in every possible scenario. Itachi is more talented than Kakashi, but not by much, and these two characters are more or less on the same level of power, which is why – regardless of the anime – there is no clear winner here.
Now that you have the short version of the answer, the rest of the article is going to be divided into three sections, with the first two introducing the characters, their powers, and their abilities. In the end, we’re going to give our final verdict and explanation on why this fight would end as a draw, i.e., why Kakashi and Itachi are equally strong.
Chakra and Physical Prowess
Kakashi is a natural genius, evidenced by the fact that he graduated from the Ninja Academy at the age of five, became a Chūnin at six, and a Jonin at thirteen; in addition to having had a long career as ANBU. During his career as a ninja, he has learned more than a thousand techniques (mainly by copying them through the Sharingan), being a Konoha expert in said field.
His chakra level experiences a large increase between the first and second parts, being able to increase the number of times he can use Raikiri per day (six times), with the addition that he has enough Chakra left to use his Mangekyō Sharingan. He is frequently entrusted with important tasks (such as keeping an eye on Naruto in case the Nine-Tailed Fox’s seal begins to fail), eventually rising to assume the position of Hokage.
Itachi Uchiha demonstrated extraordinary qualities from a young age, such as his intellect and exceptional talent for all ninja disciplines. He managed to graduate from the ninja academy at the young age of 7, become a Chūnin at age 10, and be an ANBU squad captain at age 13. He was also admired by the teachers, who ensured that his progress needed no help. It’s hard to name all of his accomplishments, but that can’t be said to measure Itachi’s true ability.
His true potential could only be understood by those who approached his level. In the few battles he was seen participating in, he proved to be an incredibly strong ninja, managing to defeat a large number of powerful shinobi with great ease. Despite his modesty regarding his abilities, his Akatsuki teammate Kisame Hoshigaki, as well as Orochimaru, recognized that Itachi was much stronger than them. Even Obito said that Itachi never ceased to amaze him even when he was dead.
It was absolutely impossible to discern the winner here, as both of these characters are extremely talented, having achieved amazing things thanks to their inherent talents. This is why we have decided to split the points in this one.
Points: Kakashi 1, Itachi 1
Kakashi’s Sharingan is a gift, interestingly, from Obito Uchiha personally, and it allowed him to copy any jutsu, see through any Genjutsu, perform Genjutsu, and predict the opponent’s moves. However, because Kakashi has no Uchiha blood, he cannot deactivate the Dojutsu, and he loses a large amount of Chakra when using it.
For his great mastery, he has received praise from other expert users, such as Obito and Sasuke, who acknowledged that despite being a borrowed power, he has completely mastered it. Kakashi was able to further enhance his Sharingan by developing his own Mangekyō Sharingan. This eye technique has the ability to manipulate space, and has been shown to be able to suck in targets or even rip parts off a target and send them to another dimension, as well as being able to use this technique on itself to teleport from one place to another by instant.
As Itachi was born into the Uchiha Clan he was able to develop his clan’s Kekkei Genkai, the Sharingan. However, unlike the other members, Itachi was able to awaken him at the young age of 8, being considered one of the most skilled of his clan. Like all bearers of this Dojutsu, Itachi could use its abilities, but to a high degree, being able to attack three Sharingan-bearing ninjas in one second.
This shinobi was mainly characterized by having the ability to study the movements of his opponent from a long distance and respond quickly, almost always using genjutsu. Like all bearers of the Sharingan, he was capable of inducing his enemies with simple eye contact.
Furthermore, he had trained his eyes so much that he was able to have the Sharingan activated for a long period of time with minimal chakra wear. Itachi possessed the Mangekyō Sharingan, which increased his power exponentially, easily surpassing any normal Sharingan, allowing him to use the eye techniques derived from it.
Kakashi actually received his technique from Obito Uchiha, whereas Itachi mastered it naturally and that is why we have to give this point to Itachi without much further thought.
Points: Kakashi 1, Itachi 2
Kakashi relies heavily on his mastery of Ninjutsu, of which he has a vast arsenal due to his Sharingan, of which Kakashi has been said to have copied a thousand techniques. With this arsenal, he can attack or defend against his opponents in numerous ways.
He has also shown to have impressive skills in Genjutsu, he has shown to be very skilled in Taijutsu, which, combined with his impressive speed, is able to effectively catch his opponents off guard and evade attacks, his Taijutsu skill has great level, thus being able to be on par with Hidan, defending himself only with a Kunai and without receiving a single scratch, knowing that Hidan was a member of Akatsuki, who had Taijutsu as his main form of combat, in addition to the fact that he was supported by Kakuzu.
Itachi was a great connoisseur of all the techniques of the Uchiha Clan, especially the capabilities of the Sharingan. He could use high-level ninjutsu, such as the Great Clone Blast. In Itachi’s techniques, the presence of crows was common, both in ninjutsu and genjutsu. For example, he was able to create a clone that split into large numbers of crows, which would attack the opponent with various shurikens.
Also, he could summon ravens to use as a distraction. Itachi was also a common user of the Shadow Clone Jutsu and the Crow Clone Jutsu. During his battle with Sasuke, when they were continuously performing a shuriken attack, Itachi was able to create a shadow clone and attack his brother with it. As an experienced member of the Uchiha Clan, Itachi was a great user of the Fire Release.
He knew jutsu like the flames of the phoenix or the great ball of fire, a jutsu characteristic of his clan. He was also shown to be a user of the Water Release, whereby he could use jutsu such as the Water Dragon Missile jutsu without needing to be near pre-existing water.
As a fully trained ANBU from Konoha, Itachi was also proficient in Kenjutsu, mainly demonstrated in his battle with Kabuto Yakushi after being reincarnated. Itachi also had great skill with Fūinjutsu, as seen when he performs the Transcription Seal: Amaterasu on Sasuke just moments before his death.
The fact is that Kakashi Hatake was the teacher of most of the principal characters of Naruto. This means that he is an exceptionally skilled shinobi and that Itachi, despite all of his skills, has to concede to his former mentor here.
Points: Kakashi 2, Itachi 2
He masters both taijutsu and fūinjutsu. His taijutsu is, according to Naruto, as good as Lee’s. He also fought on equal terms in a taijutsu fight with Hidan and his scythe. His knowledge in Fûinjutsu is also recognized by Orochimaru because Kakashi knew how to stem the cursed mark of Sasuke. Despite all of his powerful techniques, combat experience, and intelligence, his greatest flaw is his limited chakra reserve as he himself admits.
However, do not believe that he does not have many, far from it, but compared to Naruto or Sasuke, he pales in comparison. During the war, he seized Zabuza’s sword and used it to face the seven sword ninjas. He reinforced her with lightning chakra which allowed him to literally slice Kisame’s master in half.
Although his most common attacks were genjutsu-based, Itachi was also highly skilled in taijutsu. His skill was at a high level, even though he was not a specialist in it. This was shown when he easily defeated Tekka, Yashiro and Inabi, all of whom were his superiors and members of the Konoha Military Police.
In the first part, during the meeting in the Land of Gire, he was able to stop his brother Sasuke’s Chidori with one hand, thus avoiding the attack, then grabbing his wrist, breaking his arm, and kicking him to the other side. from the room to hit him again. In Part II, he was able to keep up with Sasuke, who had improved his taijutsu under Orochimaru’s tutelage, being gravely ill with severely impaired eyesight, and in the Fourth Shinobi World War, again demonstrate his skills in this area. during a battle against Naruto in his Kyuubi chakra mode and against Killer B.
Even expert Sharingan users, such as Kakashi and Sasuke, had difficulty seeing his movements. He was also skilled with the Body Flicker Jutsu and capable of attacking a target, then immediately moving to the location they had retreated to, giving them no time to initiate a counterattack. He also displayed a considerable amount of physical strength, enough to cause small craters in the ground with a few kicks.
There doesn’t seem to be a difference between these two in this category, as they either balance each other out, or are completely equal, depending on the field and the technique. This is why we are going to split the points in this final category.
Points: Kakashi 3, Itachi 3
Kakashi Hatake vs. Itachi Uchiha: Who won?
We could, actually, give you a proper analysis of the things we have written above but that wouldn’t really do the trick when compared with what we have decided to go with. Namely, as Kakashi and Itachi have, indeed, fought in the manga and the anime, we thought that it would be better for us to just recap this fight for you to see how it could help us understand this comparison.
Arriving in Konohagakure, Itachi and Kisame Hoshigaki were intercepted by Asuma Sarutobi and Kurenai Yuuhi. A fight ensued between the four shinobis. However, when things looked bad for Asuma and Kurenai, Kakashi showed up as a savior and took over the fight against Itachi. Itachi used his Mangekyou Sharingan and attempted to trap Kakashi, Asuma, and Kurenai in a genjutsu.
However, he was only able to do this with Kakashi, since he saw through the technology with the help of his Sharingan and warned the others not to look into Itachi’s eyes. However, Kakashi himself used his Sharingan to look Itachi in the eye and thus became trapped in Itachi’s Genjutsu. Unlike normal Genjutsu, a Genjutsu created by the Mangekyou Sharingan cannot be disintegrated by the victim. Itachi used Tsukuyomi to torture Kakashi for 72 hours.
In Genjutsu, Kakashi was tied to a pole, and Itachi and his clones stabbed him with a sword for 72 hours. This happened in the real world within a few seconds. Kakashi wasn’t really wounded as a result, but he was mentally drained and lost consciousness. When Itachi and Kisame then heard from Kakashi that he knew about Akatsuki, they wanted to take him with them, but Maito Gai was able to drive them away for the time being.
Itachi and Kisame then pursued Naruto and Jiraiya who were looking for Tsunade to appoint her as the next Hokage. Itachi knew if they fought Jiraiya, they had little chance of taking Naruto with them. So Itachi put a beautiful woman under a Genjutsu. This woman lured Jiraiya away from Naruto, allowing Itachi and Kisame to kidnap Naruto easily. However, Sasuke intervened and insisted on a fight against Itachi.
However, Itachi was superior to his brother and used his Mangekyou Sharingan to knock him unconscious. Just before they could then take Naruto away, Jiraiya arrived in time to protect Naruto. Since Jiraiya is very strong and Itachi used the Mangekyou Sharingan too often, the two retreated from Akatsuki.