In Japanese, “uchiha” is simply another way of pronouncing the word “uchiwa” (団扇, paper fan), which is also the clan’s symbol. An uchiwa can be used to fan flames, making the flame hotter as you do it, which is also a reference to the fact that the Uchiha is a clan of Fire Release users.
Saying that, the rest of this article is going to explain the main aspects of the Uchiha Clan symbol in Naruto. You’re going to find more about the clan and the symbol, as well as whether just clan members have worn it, or whether it could be seen on some other characters as well.
Uchiha Clan Symbol Meaning in Naruto Explained
The Uchiha clan was once considered the most powerful clan in Konoha and one of the most powerful in the ninja world (with the one and only rival being the Senju clan with which he founded Konoha), but now they have almost disappeared after the events of the clan massacre. The symbol of the clan is a paper fan.
In the Japanese language, the word “uchiha” is simply another way of pronouncing the word “uchiwa” (団扇, paper fan), represented on the clan’s official symbol. An uchiwa can be used to fan flames, making the flame hotter as you do it, which is also a reference to the fact that the Uchiha is a clan of Fire Release users.
Now, in order to emphasize the importance of the clan, let us revise its history a bit, before we continue with the other topics.
The Uchiha clan descends from Indra Ōtsutsuki, the eldest son of Rikudō Sennin, who possessed the eyes and spiritual energy of the sage. He believed that in order to achieve peace, strength was necessary. But his father chose his little brother, who possessed the body and the physical energy of the sage and who believed that to obtain peace love was necessary.
Not accepting this decision, a cycle of hatred began between the two brothers who did not stop fighting. For Madara Uchiha, it is this hatred that is at the root of the rivalry between the Uchiha clan and the Senju clan.
The Uchiha clan was formed long after the death of Rikudō Sennin’s eldest son. They no longer possessed the Rinnegan but the Sharingan under unknown circumstances, and all mastered the Fire element which became their sign with the fan fanning the flames.
The Uchiha clan was renowned for its power and the positive results of the missions it had accepted. It was the only clan that could compete with the Senju clan. At that time lived two brothers who were always in search of power: Madara and Izuna Uchiha.
They developed their Sharingan at the same time and always wanted to push the limits of the power of their eyes and one day they acquired the Mangekyō Sharingan. Madara became the chief, respected by all.
He led the clan through the toughest missions and battles and their fame grew. But Madara had admiration for a man: Hashirama Senju. He was the head of the Senju clan, a rival clan of the Uchiha clan.
Madara then led his clan in every mission that the Senju clan led to always face his rival. In this desire to surpass Hashirama, he took the eyes of his brother to obtain the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan. But one day, Hashirama came to find him to make a truce with him. Both clans were tired from the endless fighting and Madara was forced to agree for the sake of the clan.
From this alliance was born the village of Konoha. Soon, Madara saw a threat to the Uchiha clan and sought to oppose it, but his people saw in this action a personal ambition and he was rejected by his clan. He then deserted the village in search of power to take revenge.
He faced Hashirama, having become First Hokage, but he was defeated and died. Later, Tobi posed as Madara, claiming that he had survived badly injured being more than a shadow of himself, and had been biding his time ever since.
To avoid any further rebellion, the Second Hokage, brother of the First Hokage, gave the Uchiha clan the charge of the Konoha military police, but some Uchiha thought it was in order to better monitor the clan, to remove it from political power. and thus avoid a rebellion. However, the majority of the Uchiha clan seemed proud of this position.
After the attack on Konoha by, it would seem, Tobi, the Uchiha clan was placed in a neighborhood guarded by Anbu forces and excluded from most decisions. The Uchiha clan began to feel that they were being cut off from everything and formed a coup to put Konoha Fugaku Uchiha, their leader, at the head.
He used his son, Itachi Uchiha as a spy in Anbu, but he turned against them by serving as a spy for Konoha. His desire for peace was such that he would rather sacrifice his clan than start a new war because of political instability. This desire was used by Shimura who gave him the mission to eliminate his clan despite the opposition of the Third Hokage.
His best friend, Shisui Uchiha gave him his left eye, to put Kotoamatsukami’s power away from Shimura, then he eliminated his clan a few days later. He only left his little brother Sasuke Uchiwa alive to kill him and become a hero in the eyes of the village.
He then deserted Konoha after asking the Third Hokage to watch over Sasuke. After this massacre, there were only three Uchiha alive, all of whom eventually joined the Akatsuki. This clan was nicknamed the Cursed Clan and the Sharingan earned the nickname “Eye of Hate”.
Who Has the Uchiha Symbol?
The Uchiha symbol is worn by members of the Uchiha Clan, a powerful Clan whose numbers have been reduced thanks to Itachi’s actions. The list of surviving Uchiha Clan members, who have the right to wear the symbol, includes:
- Itachi Uchiha, ho performed the massacre of the Uchiha Clan and was later killed by Sasuke (according to his plan), then reanimated, eventually to die again (permanently, this time).
- Sasuke Uchiha, who was spared by Itachi in hopes of making him strong. Still alive.
- Madara Uchiha, who was dead during the massacre, but was also later reanimated.
- Obito Uchiha, who also survived the massacre; in fact, he helped Itachi execute it (as Tobi).
- Sarada Uchiha, Sasuke’s and Sakura’s daughter, who also counts as a clan member.
There was an unnamed child that appeared in episode 359 of the Shippuden anime, “The Night of the Tragedy”, who wore a kimono with the Uchiha symbol on the back, leading to speculation that there are more surviving clan members. This was later confirmed to have been an animation error.
Why Does Kawaki Have the Uchiha Symbol?
The answer to this question is – we don’t know. Why? Because Kawaki doesn’t have the Uchiha symbol on his kimono, but rather a similar-looking one. Some speculate that it might be the symbol of the Kara clan, while others say that it is a completely new clan. Since Boruto is still ongoing, we’ll just have to wait and see.