Although not one of the principal protagonists, Kakashi Hatake was nevertheless one of the best and most beloved characters from Masahi Kishimoto’s Naruto franchise. The guy had a very specific approach to life, and because of his great relationship with the protagonist trio, Kakashi has become a fan-favorite character, and that is the principal reason why fans are always asking questions about him. In this article, we are going to explain how Kakashi Hatake got his scar in the Naruto series and why it is so important.
Kakashi Hatake lost his left eye during the Third Shinobi World War while he was with Obito Uchiha on a mission to save Rin Nohara after the latter had been kidnapped by Taiseki. During the mission, Taiseki ambushed the mission, and during the attack, he managed to wound and blind Kakashi’s left eye, which was later replaced with the Sharingan by Obito; this is why he has a scar on his left eye.
The rest of this article is going to focus on Kakashi Hatake and his history, i.e., how he got his trademark scar and how it reflected on his future life. You’re going to find out how exactly he got his scar and how this fact ties into the fact that he possessed the Sharingan. Kakashi Hatake’s importance for the series is difficult to overstate, which is why he definitely deserves a solo article.
How did Kakashi get his scar in Naruto?
Kakashi is the only son of Sakumo Hatake, also known as “The White Fang of Konoha.” His mother, it seems, died very young. Kakashi has been known from a very young age as an immensely talented prodigy, considered by many to be the best of his generation. He had received full marks and had shown an innate aptitude for the ninja arts.
This allowed him to be the first to graduate at the age of five and then become a Chūnin at the age of six; for this, he had to take the Chūnin Exams, where his team had to fight against Guy, Ebisu, and Genma Shiranui, in the Forest of Death, where Guy launches the attack, hitting Obito’s face. Still, it is unknown how this match turned out; It is only known that Kakashi continued until he reached the finals, where he had to fight Guy, who previously defeated Obito, where Kakashi defeated him and became a Chunin.
Despite his own success, his father fell from grace after choosing to save his companions instead of completing an important mission, causing the people of Konoha to despise him; even the companions he saved despised him for not completing the mission and did not thank him for saving their lives. Disgraced, Sakumo took his own life after a deep depression and a decline in his abilities, causing Kakashi to strictly follow the ninja code.
Following graduation, Kakashi joined forces with Obito Uchiha and Rin, guided by his Jōnin, Minato, the next Hokage. Since Kakashi is renowned as the aloof genius who had a problematic relationship with his comrades, which subsequently developed into a strong friendship, it has been observed that their relationships with Obito and Rin are quite similar to those of Sasuke with Naruto and Sakura, respectively. Later on, Kakashi was given a mission to complete by his teacher Minato Namikaze that might help Konoha win the war.
When his teammate, Rin, was captured by the enemy, Kakashi decided to continue with the mission and then go in search of his partner, but Obito rejected that alternative, stating that those who abandon a mission are scum, but those who they abandon their companions, they are worse than scum. Moved by Obito’s words, he goes to rescue his partner, but on the way, he loses his left eye in a battle against Taiseki, who uses his Hiding With Camouflage Technique to surprise Kakashi and take out his left eye.
After rescuing Rin, the enemy detonates the cave where they are. Obito sees that rock is going to fall on Kakashi, and he pushes him, crushing the right half of his body. He tells Rin to implant his Sharingan in Kakashi as a gift for being promoted to Jōnin. With the help of his new eye, Kakashi manages to get out of the cave and complete the mission, but at the same time, he is saddened by the death of his partner.
How did Kakashi replace his left eye?
His Sharingan, which enabled him to replicate any jutsu, see through any genjutsu, execute different types of genjutsu, as well as predict the opponent’s moves, was a gift from his former buddy Obito Uchiha, who donated it to him shortly after he had lost it as a gesture of appreciation for his efforts in saving Rin. The Dojutsu cannot be turned off because Kakashi lacks Uchiha blood, and employing it causes him to lose a lot of chakra.
Normally, Kakashi keeps his Sharingan hidden while he isn’t engaged in combat to keep him at rest. As a result, Kakashi only employs it when he believes it to be required. Itachi Uchiha, a true Sharingan inheritor, observed that Kakashi’s talent with the Sharingan is significantly greater than that of the true users and inheritors of it. Despite his handicap with the Sharingan, he is exceptionally skilled at using it.
Others who are skilled users have praised him for his amazing mastery, including Obito and Sasuke, who understood that despite the fact that the ability was borrowed, he had totally mastered it. Kakashi has gotten better at using it during the series. With the aid of this Dojutsu, he is able to learn any form of Ninjutsu, Genjutsu, or Taijutsu and wield it as if it were his own.
Kakashi mastered this skill and earned the title “Copy Ninja Kakashi”; it is said that he has copied over a thousand techniques, and his collection of weapons grew during the course of the series. As a result, he has access to many various elements’ techniques, including those of water, earth, fire, and lightning. Kakashi also develops the capacity to practice highly skilled genjutsu until his brain accepts it as real.
In addition to this power, he has the ability to hypnotize anyone with merely eye contact, making them do whatever they desire and losing all willpower. By combining these two skills, Kakashi can steal an opponent’s moves without them realizing it, giving the impression that the Sharingan holder has the ability to “see the future” and “read minds.” Kakashi also demonstrated his mastery of these two techniques during his battle with Zabuza.
Since he had two blades when he implanted his Sharingan and three at the start of the series, Kakashi has demonstrated over time that he can enhance it. Kakashi has also been able to lengthen the time during which he can employ the Sharingan. He could only wield it in the battle for a brief period of time in the first portion. He exhibited the capacity to quickly copy a huge number of seals during his battle with Zabuza, but he quickly collapsed and was forced to sit still for a week.
Kakashi was able to utilize it throughout the Invasion of Konoha by the time of the Chūnin Exams, barely tiring out, and in his battle with Itachi, his level was high enough to notice that he was a more skilled user of it than other users. He is shown in the second section to be able to wear it all day, as he proved when he battled Sakura and Naruto. He also shows improved seal-forming skills and the ability to quickly execute several different procedures. And while it did seem like the Sharingan solved Kakashi’s problem with his left eye, that wasn’t exactly the case.
Did Kakashi lose his Sharingan?
Namely, Madara Uchiha took the Sharingan from Kakashi during the Fourth Shinobi World War. Naruto repaired his left eye after that. Then he gave it back to Obito, who lost both of his eyes. He was able to momentarily reappear, though, thanks to the Kamui, manifesting the Sharingan in both of Kakashi’s eyes and causing him to do so. As a result, he was able to employ all of his potential, which was further enhanced by the Power of the Six Paths of Obito. After the Uchiha departed for the Pure World, Kakashi’s vision of the Sharingan vanished.
And this is the whole story of Kakashi’s left eye. In this article, we have summarized the whole thing, from the loss of his real eye during the Third Shinobi World War, to gaining the Sharingan to losing the Sharingan to Madara Uchiha during the Fourth Shinobi World War. In all honesty, it was a truly complex path for Kakashi, but it is a story that fits him as a character and his role in the story in general. Kakashi Hatake is a character that knows pain and tragedy, and this story is yet another great example of how much effort Kishimoto put into shaping one of the best characters in the whole series.