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5 Things you didn’t know about Sasuke Uchiha

Young Sasuke Uchiha

Sasuke Uchiha is the main rival of Naruto, and as such gets a lion’s barrage¬†share of screen time. So for the most part everyone knows everything they need to know about Sasuke. Except me. I decided to dig into every interview with the creator, extra content, and filler I could find. The result is 10 tidbits of info that you probably didn’t know, enjoy!

1. Sasuke was named after the Third Hokage’s father

Sasuke’s father Fugaku Uchiha asked for the Third’s blessing in naming his son after the Third’s father Sasuke Sarutobi. Sasuke Sarutobi was a very talented and praised ninja and Fugaku hoped that his son would grow up to be as talented as his namesake. The Sasuke Sarutobi of the Naruto series is himself named after another famous ninja from Japanese culture. In Japanese fictional works he was the leader of the Sanada Ten Braves who work for a warlord in the Meiji period.

2. Sasuke Uchiha’s character design was based off a Yu Yu Hakusho character

For all the old school anime fans, you’ll love this one. If you’ve never seen Yu Yu Hakusho I totally recommend it. One of the classic anime series everyone should watch. Masashi based Sasuke’s design after Hiei. Check him out, the resemblance is uncanny.

Sasuke Uchiha character design

Red eyes, spiky jet black hair, and even shares a lot of the same personality traits. Masashi also went on to state that Sasuke was the most difficult character to draw, but also became his favorite character to draw.

3. The last name Uchiha is a reference to a fan

Sasuke Uchiha's crest

Uchiha is one of the pronunciation for the word Uchiwa. In Japanese means Uchiwa means “paper fan” which is used to fan the flames of a fire. This reference is used throughout the series. The Uchiha crest is a Uchiwa fan itself, and the Uchiha clan is known around the ninja world for their affinity for fire style jutsus.

4. Sasuke Uchiha originally wasn’t in the Naruto series

Sasuke Uchiha drawing

That’s right in Masashi Kishimoto’s original concept of the Naruto series there was no Sasuke. It was only after he talked to one of his editors about the future of the series that the idea of a rival for Naruto was brought up. This is where Sasuke Uchiha was created. It’s a good thing too because the Naruto series would have been very short-lived without him.

5. Sasuke doesn’t use honorifics with anyone outside of his clan

Sasuke Uchiha

If you’re a long time watcher of anime you’ve heard honorifics used. It’s usually the sama or san at the end of someone’s last name. Such as Orochimaru-sama. It is used to refer to someone whom you have a lot of respect for or is of high status. It is also very disrespectful to not refer to someone like a respected elder with these honorifics. So Sasuke comes off very arrogant and disrespectful in the series. Only using it to refer to his clan members also suggest that he thinks anyone outside of the Uchiha clan is worthless.

Your turn

Do you know any cool facts from Naruto? Doesn’t have to be about Sasuke Uchiha or any character in particular. Just something interesting you wouldn’t think too many people would know. Comment your facts in the comment section below!

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