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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''Sharingan'''|写輪眼|lit meaning=Copy Wheel Eye|viz meaning=Mirror Wheel Eye}} is a [[dōjutsu]] [[kekkei genkai]], which appears in some members of the [[Uchiha clan]]. It is one of the {{translation|Three Great Dōjutsu|三大瞳術|San Daidōjutsu|lit meaning=Three Great Eye Techniques}}, along with the [[Byakugan]] and the [[Rinnegan]]. The Sharingan is also called {{translation|"''Heaven's Eye''"|天眼|Tengan}}, because of the many abilities it grants the user.<ref>First Databook, page 193</ref> <section end=summary />
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<section begin=summary />The {{translation|'''Sharingan'''|写輪眼|lit meaning=Copy Wheel Eye|viz meaning=Mirror Wheel Eye}} is the <noinclude>[[</noinclude>dōjutsu<noinclude>]]</noinclude> <noinclude>[[</noinclude>kekkei genkai<noinclude>]]</noinclude> of the [[Uchiha clan]] that appears selectively among its members.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 12, page 7</ref> It is regarded as one of the "Three Great Dōjutsu", the others being the [[Byakugan]] and the [[Rinnegan]].<ref>Third Databook, page 313</ref><section end=summary /> While its powers originated from [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]]'s [[Rinne Sharingan]], its independent form was first manifested by [[Indra Ōtsutsuki]]<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 670, page 12</ref> ([[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]] in the anime).<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 461</ref>
   
== Abilities ==
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== Acquisition ==
<section begin=summary />The Sharingan's abilities consist of two parts: the {{translation|"Eye of Insight"|洞察眼|Dōsatsugan}} and the {{translation|"Eye of Hypnotism"|催眠眼|Saimingan}}.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 26, page 13</ref> The first of the Sharingan's powers is being able to see the flow of chakra. The Sharingan itself gives colour to chakra, allowing the wielder to differentiate them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 361, page 17</ref> They are also able to tell if a person is under a genjutsu because the person's chakra flow would be irregular. The Sharingan's second-most prominent ability grants the user an incredible clarity of perception, allowing them to easily recognise genjutsu and different forms of chakra, though not to the same extent as the Byakugan.<section end=summary /> This also allows the user to pick up on subtle details, enabling them to read lip movements<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 246, page 19</ref> or mimic something like pencil movements.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 41, pages 16-17</ref> As the Sharingan evolves, gaining more tomoe seals, this ability extends to being able to track fast-moving objects before finally giving some amount of predictive capabilities to the user, allowing them to see the image of an attacker’s next move from the slightest muscle tension in their body and counterattack or dodge without any wasted movement.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 230, pages 8-10</ref> However, even though the user may be able to see an attack or know it is coming, their body may not always have time to react.
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When a wielder of this kekkei genkai experiences a powerful emotional condition with regards to a person precious to them, their brain releases a special form of chakra that affects the optic nerves, transforming the eyes into Sharingan; for that reason the Sharingan is described as an {{translation|"eye that reflects the heart"|心を写す瞳|Kokoro o utsusu hitomi}}.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, pages 14-15</ref> Often, as per the Uchiha's so-called "[[Curse of Hatred]]", this emotion is a negative one, brought on by stress or loss.<ref name="First">''Naruto'' chapter 403, page 11</ref> The emotion can also be positive, driven by a desire to protect<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 242, pages 16-18</ref> or reunite with a loved one.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 700+4, page 16</ref>
   
The Sharingan's third and most well-known ability is that it grants the user the ability to copy almost any technique that he or she witnesses, apart from other [[kekkei genkai]] techniques. The user can memorise [[ninjutsu]], [[genjutsu]], and [[taijutsu]] with near perfect accuracy, allowing the user to use the techniques as their own, or even modify them to create their own new techniques, much like [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s [[Lion Combo]]. In order to reproduce a copied technique, however, one must have the necessary skill or ability to perform them. A prime example is [[Rock Lee]]'s brand of taijutsu. While Sasuke was able to copy some of Lee's moves, they put a much more significant strain on him since he hadn't trained nearly as much as Lee had. In addition to physical skill and kekkei genkai techniques, the Sharingan cannot reproduce techniques dependent on other factors, such as [[Summoning Technique|summons]] that the user has not signed a contract with.
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[[File:Sharingan Stages.png|thumb|left|An illustration of the Sharingan development.]]
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In the anime, it was shown that usually after first acquiring this power, the user's enhanced perception will throw off their timing, causing them to overstress their bodies from trying to keep up with the increased reaction time, forcing the user to adjust to properly move with it.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 454</ref> It was also shown during emotional states that begin to trigger the Sharingan's awakening, it can temporarily blur the person's eyesight until finally manifesting.<ref>''Boruto'' episode 19 and 20</ref> Assuming that the user is aware they have awakened the Sharingan,<ref name="First" /> they are thereafter able to freely use it.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 27, page 4</ref> When first awakened, each Sharingan usually will have only one {{translation|[[tomoe]]|巴}}, although in [[Obito Uchiha]]'s case, as well as Itachi and Indra's in the anime, they immediately gained two tomoe in each of their eyes. Through training and continued use, the Sharingan will develop a second tomoe and then, upon full maturation, a third. With full maturation, the Sharingan's ability to read the opponent's movements is fully developed, which can cause the user's movements to drastically differ from their earlier movements if their Sharingan matured mid-battle. When Hagoromo awakened the Sharingan in the anime, he had all three tomoe immediately. All the Sharingan's abilities are available to the user from its earliest stage, but with greater development comes greater proficiency with those abilities.<ref name="c230"/>
   
The Sharingan's final commonly-used ability is capable of inducing a unique brand of hypnosis that involves suggesting actions and thoughts to the opponent through genjutsu cast by simple eye contact between both parties.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 26, pages 14-16</ref> More advanced Sharingan users can take the hypnosis ability even further to the point where a powerful summon like Manda<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 363, page 11</ref> or even a [[tailed beast]] may be controlled.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 501, page 8</ref> When this was used against Manda and the [[Nine-Tails]], their eyes took on the tomoe pattern of the users' Sharingan while under hypnotic influence—with the user's eyes normally glowing bright red.
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As with any [[dōjutsu]], Sharingan can be transplanted into non-Uchiha.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 243, pages 16-18</ref> They are unable to deactivate it and its use has a greater chakra demand for them than for actual Uchiha, who need only minimal chakra to keep it active. For these reasons, non-Uchiha tend to cover their Sharingan when they aren't using it in order to conserve chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 15</ref> Sharingan that originate from the same Uchiha are still linked to some extent even when wielded by separate users, at times enabling those users to see the same things.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 604, pages 17-19</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 651, pages 2-4</ref>
   
The hypnotic ability coupled with the other aspects of the Sharingan can make the user appear as if they can "see the future". First, the user must perfectly mimic every move their opponent makes and possibly their thoughts and words through careful observation. Then, they suggest an action to the opponent such as hand seals for a technique that the opponent and Sharingan user already know and copy that. With these things done, the user can complete the action even before the opponent does, possibly using the Sharingan's genjutsu to confuse or delay them. As with other genjutsu, genjutsu cast by the Sharingan are capable of putting an opponent to sleep, inducing paralysis, replaying memories to someone else,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 386, pages 4-11</ref> or creating various illusions to deceive someone. The potency of the Sharingan's illusion is dependent on the user's knowledge and skill with implementing genjutsu. Two Sharingan users are also able to free each other from other forms of genjutsu by first using genjutsu on each other, allowing them to enter their comrades mind and free each other from the genjutsu.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 585, page 13</ref>
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== Abilities ==
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The Sharingan grants the wielder two broad abilities: the {{translation|"Eye of Insight"|洞察眼|Dōsatsugan}} and the {{translation|"Eye of Hypnotism"|催眠眼|Saimingan}}.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 26, page 13</ref> Although the abilities are not literally restricted to certain eyes, [[Madara Uchiha]] noted that the Sharingan can only be used to its full potential when both eyes are together.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 602, page 15</ref> Even within these two categories, there may exist several distinct though similar abilities:
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;"Eye of Insight"
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#The user can see [[chakra]], giving it colour in order to distinguish it by its composition and source.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 361, page 17</ref> Though not as capable in this regard as the [[Byakugan]], it can see chakra through some (but not all) obstructions<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 579, pages 9-10</ref> and detect irregularities in a person's chakra flow, such as those caused by [[genjutsu]] influence.
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#The user is granted incredible clarity of perception, enabling them to read lips<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 246, page 19</ref> or mimic something like pencil movements.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 41, pages 16-17</ref> Sasuke Uchiha's Sharingan was even able to see on a cellular level.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 361, page 5</ref> In combat, this allows them to see fast-moving objects and, once fully developed, offers some amount of predictive capabilities: they can anticipate an opponent's next move based on the slightest muscle tension in their body and act accordingly to dodge or intercept.<ref name="c230">''Naruto'' chapter 230, pages 8-10</ref> They can also read the enemy's hand seals to give them an insight of the performed technique's nature, regardless of the speed of performance, so long as the hands are not physically hidden from view.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 333, pages 16-17</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 361, page 13</ref> Although a Sharingan user can see these things, they also need the physical ability to actually act on the visual information. In the anime, it is shown that with advanced enough prowess, via eye contact, the user can even enter the target's mind to look through their memories.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 484</ref>, and even erase them within a long range for several targets.<ref>''Boruto'' episode 136</ref>
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#The user is able to copy almost any [[jutsu]] they see, memorising [[ninjutsu]], [[genjutsu]], and [[taijutsu]] with near-perfect accuracy. They can then either perform that jutsu or modify it to suit their needs, as when [[Sasuke Uchiha]] bases his [[Lion Combo]] on [[Rock Lee]]'s [[Front Lotus]]. Again, Sharingan users need the prerequisite abilities before they can mimic a jutsu they have seen, and for that reason they cannot, for example, reproduce [[kekkei genkai]] abilities they do not have or [[nature transformation]]s they haven't learned to perform.
   
In addition, more rarely used by the Uchiha clan, the Sharingan can allow the user to perform two very powerful and unique genjutsu: [[Izanagi]] and [[Izanami]], which alters or decide one's destiny, respectively. Using Izanagi, the user can warp reality for a short amount of time, changing reality into illusion and illusion into reality, thus escaping death and rewriting destiny; although to make use of this technique to its full extent, the user must have the DNA of both the Uchiha and [[Senju]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 497, page 9</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 510, page 10</ref> Izanami, on the other hand, is a genjutsu that traps the victim in an infinite loop disregarding their five senses;<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 581, page 16-17</ref> this technique was specifically created to counter anyone who would abuse Izanagi's ability to alter their destiny, by forcing the victims to relive the situation over and over until they accept it and cease using Izanagi. Both techniques have been labelled kinjutsu, because use of either causes the eye that performed Izanagi or Izanami to close forever.
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;"Eye of Hypnotism"
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#The user can perform what is generically called [[Genjutsu: Sharingan]]. While there are various manifestations and purposes of the ability, the better known one is to, through eye contact, suggest thoughts and actions to a target, coercing them to divulge information or act in a particular way, potentially without the target's awareness.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 26, pages 14-16</ref> In extreme cases, the Sharingan user can take complete control of the target's body, forcing them to do exactly as the controller wishes; this control is visually indicated by the Sharingan's design appearing in the target's eye.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 501, page 8</ref> The Uchiha are particularly infamous for using this ability on the [[tailed beasts]], and in fact can enter its or a [[jinchūriki]]'s subconscious to more precisely control the beast's chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 309, page 2</ref> Multiple targets can be taken control of in this way, though the more divided the user's attention is, the easier it is for targets to escape this control.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 567, page 7</ref>
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#While not an ability per se, the Sharingan user can appear as if they are able to "see the future". First, the user must perfectly mimic every move their opponent makes and possibly their thoughts and words through careful observation. Then, they suggest an action to the opponent such as hand seals for a technique that the opponent and Sharingan user already know and copy that. With these things done, the user can complete the action even before the opponent does, possibly using the Sharingan's genjutsu to confuse or delay them.
   
Although the Sharingan consumes the user's [[chakra]] while active, the chakra levels that the user must exert is so insignificant that they can keep it active constantly. In fact, [[Itachi Uchiha]] was so masterful with the Sharingan that he was able to keep it active for most of the time, only once deactivating it after using [[Tsukuyomi]] on Sasuke and Kakashi, as well as [[Amaterasu]] to escape [[Jiraiya]], due to exhaustion. However, when a Sharingan is transplanted to a non-Uchiha, the chakra drain is significant, leading them to cover it up when not in use. This seems to be circumvented by acquiring Senju cells in order to boost their vitality.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 478, pages 11-12</ref>
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In addition to these abilities there are two other jutsu that a Sharingan user can perform: [[Izanagi]] allows the user to warp reality for a short time, changing reality into illusion and illusion into reality, thus escaping death and rewriting destiny;<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 497, page 9</ref> [[Izanami]] traps the victim in an infinite loop disregarding the target's five senses, specifically designed as a reprimand for those who would abuse Izanagi.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 581, page 16-17</ref> Use of either ability causes the Sharingan with which it is performed to be blinded afterwards, and for that reason the Uchiha classified them as [[kinjutsu]].
   
As mentioned above, the Sharingan, and particularly its evolved form, the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]], can be used to subjugate the [[Nine-Tails]]. It has been stated in Uchiha lore and by [[Madara]]'s declaration that the tailed beasts were destined to be controlled by the Sharingan. Strong users of the Sharingan can also use their abilities to enter the subconscious location within a jinchūriki to directly suppress their tailed beast's chakra, as Sasuke Uchiha demonstrated when he entered [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s subconscious and suppressed the Nine-Tails' chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 309, page 2</ref>
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== Transformations ==
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* The Sharingan can be evolved into the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] by experiencing the trauma of loss, granting unique, user-specific jutsu in addition to the Sharingan's standard abilities. Awakening the Mangekyō Sharingan will automatically fully mature a Sharingan if it isn't already.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 605, page 4</ref>
== Stages ==
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** Use of the Mangekyō Sharingan causes blindness over time, but this can be negated by transplanting another pair of Mangekyō Sharingan from a close relative, such as a sibling, to acquire "eternal" Mangekyō that never lose their sight.
[[File:Sasuke's 2-1 Sharingan.png|thumb|left|Sasuke with both the initial (right) and secondary (left) stages of the Sharingan.]]
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* A Sharingan can become the [[Rinnegan]], through mixing both Asura's chakra and Indra's chakra, which will bring out Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki's chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 671, page 6</ref> Both of [[Madara Uchiha]]'s Sharingan became Rinnegan several decades after he integrated [[Hashirama Senju]]'s DNA into his body.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, page 13</ref> [[Sasuke Uchiha]]'s left Sharingan became a Rinnegan after acquiring half of [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]]'s chakra. As shown with Madara, the awakening of the Rinnegan restores full eyesight to the eyes fixing the blindness caused from using Izanagi.
The Sharingan is not automatically activated in the user by birth. It is only first unlocked under some stressful or emotional condition after which the Sharingan may be used freely. When the Sharingan is first activated by a user, it has a different number of {{translation|[[tomoe]]|巴}} around the central pupil, varying between users.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 242, page 18</ref><ref name="First">''Naruto'' chapter 403, page 11</ref>
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* In the anime, Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki was shown awakening his Mangekyō Sharingan and his Rinnegan, through a similar method that other wielders awaken their own Mangekyō. Hagoromo's Rinnegan was unique in that it awakened simultaneously with his Mangekyō, and skipped over it entirely in the process.
 
[[File:Sasuke3.jpg|thumb|A fully matured Sharingan.]]
 
The wielder of the Sharingan, through continued use and training, changes its form further, which involves gaining more tomoe up to a maximum of three per eye. As the Sharingan develops, the user gains heightened abilities through the heightened ocular sense. For example, they can at least copy hand movements with one tomoe, predict a person's movement and copy techniques with two and completely use the Sharingan's abilities when it is fully matured.
 
 
== Receiving the Sharingan ==
 
As already mentioned, the Sharingan needs to be activated by the user when they are faced with a difficult circumstance<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 242, pages 16-18</ref> or placed under emotional stress.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 403, pages 10-11</ref> After its first appearance, the user can use the Sharingan any time he or she pleases.
 
 
It is also possible to transplant Sharingan from one person to another as noted the case of both [[Kakashi Hatake]] and [[Tobi]] who both receive their respective left and right Sharingan from the former's dying comrade, [[Obito Uchiha]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 243, pages 16-18</ref> In Kakashi's case, his Sharingan cannot be deactivated and requires him to use more charka than an Uchiha would, covering the eye with his headband to conserve chakra while resting for long periods after extensive use in battle. But because both obtained their Sharingan from the same person, Kakashi's [[Kamui]] and Tobi's [[Space–Time Migration]] share the same [[other dimension]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 597, page 13</ref>
 
 
In a similar way, [[Danzō Shimura]] had a Sharingan instead of his normal right eye, that he gained from [[Shisui Uchiha]], which he kept hidden under his bandages.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 459, page 15</ref> Danzō also possessed ten Sharingan in his right arm, which were kept [[Sealing Arm Braces|sealed]] until he needed them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 475, page 17</ref> It is also possible to transplant it to animals, as Itachi did with Shisui's Sharingan with one of his [[Itachi's Crow|crows]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 550, page 3</ref>
 
 
== Mangekyō Sharingan ==
 
[[File:ItachiMangekyōSharingan.jpg|thumb|Itachi's Mangekyō Sharingan.]]
 
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The Mangekyō Sharingan gives the user access to several powerful techniques, including the powerful fire technique [[Amaterasu]], the use of [[Susanoo]] and the almost unbreakable genjutsu [[Tsukuyomi]]. Also, in the case of [[Obito Uchiha]]'s Sharingan, allows the user to use Space-Time Ninjustu such as the dimension-shifting technique [[Kamui]]. The Mangekyō Sharingan however erodes the eyesight of its users, eventually causing blindness, which can be prevented by obtaining another pair of Mangekyō Sharingan from a sibling. The new Sharingan is dubbed the {{translation|Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan|永遠の万華鏡写輪眼|Eien no Mangekyō Sharingan}}.
 
 
== Beyond Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan ==
 
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The Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan has been shown to be able to progress to the Rinnegan through unknown means. This was displayed by [[Madara Uchiha]] who noted that he was able to awaken this dōjutsu shortly before his death, which contrary to popular belief, did not occur at the battle at the [[Valley of the End]]. This fact was written on the Stone Monument of the Uchiha located in the [[Naka Shrine]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 560, pages 16-18</ref>
 
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Some characters believe that the Sharingan was somehow derived from the [[Hyūga clan]]'s [[Byakugan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 78, page 13</ref>
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* The kanji {{translation|"Rin"|輪|lit meaning=Wheel}} is also used in Rinnegan and Rinne Sharingan, potentially linking the three terms etymologically.
* The Sharingan and its derived forms have shown the ability to spin,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 456, page 8</ref> true to its name of "Copy ''Wheel'' Eye".
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* [[Kishimoto]] stated in the [[Tō no Sho|third databook]] that if a Sharingan user and a Byakugan user were to mate, their offspring would have one Byakugan and one Sharingan.
* In the anime, two of [[Sasori]]'s [[Red Secret Technique: Performance of a Hundred Puppets|hundred puppets]] are seen with what appears to be Sharingan.<ref>''Naruto Shippūden'' episode 26</ref>
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* From what characters have noted, this dōjutsu apparently "glows" in the dark.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 507, page 12</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 602, page 1</ref>
* No female has been observed wielding the Sharingan.
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* In the anime, two of [[Sasori]]'s [[Red Secret Technique: Performance of a Hundred Puppets|hundred puppets]] are seen with what appear to be Sharingan.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 26</ref>
* In ''[[Naruto 6: Road to Ninja]]'', [[Menma (movie)|Menma]], Naruto's counter-part, temporarily received the Sharingan in his right eye, while under Tobi's possession.
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* Although the Sharingan originated from [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]]'s [[Rinne Sharingan]], it was rumoured to be derived from the [[Byakugan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 78, page 13</ref>
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* In the novel, ''[[Itachi Shinden: Book of Bright Light]]'', activating the Sharingan is described as dyeing the user's vision red, in addition to allowing them to see chakra.
   
 
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This is the article on the dōjutsu. For the genjutsu, head to Sharingan.
Sharingan
Sharingan Triple
Name
Kanji 写輪眼
Rōmaji Sharingan
Literal English Copy Wheel Eye
Other Heaven's Eye (天眼, Tengan)
Viz manga Mirror Wheel Eye
Debut
Manga Volume #2, Naruto Chapter #12
Anime Naruto Episode #5
Novel Naruto Jinraiden: The Day the Wolf Howled
Movie Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Game Naruto: Clash of Ninja
OVA Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Novel, Game, Movie
Data
Clan
Classification Kekkei Genkai, Dōjutsu
Known Wielders

Jutsu

The Sharingan (写輪眼, Literally meaning: Copy Wheel Eye, Meaning (Viz): Mirror Wheel Eye) is the dōjutsu kekkei genkai of the Uchiha clan that appears selectively among its members.[1] It is regarded as one of the "Three Great Dōjutsu", the others being the Byakugan and the Rinnegan.[2] While its powers originated from Kaguya Ōtsutsuki's Rinne Sharingan, its independent form was first manifested by Indra Ōtsutsuki[3] (Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki in the anime).[4]

Acquisition Edit

When a wielder of this kekkei genkai experiences a powerful emotional condition with regards to a person precious to them, their brain releases a special form of chakra that affects the optic nerves, transforming the eyes into Sharingan; for that reason the Sharingan is described as an "eye that reflects the heart" (心を写す瞳, Kokoro o utsusu hitomi).[5] Often, as per the Uchiha's so-called "Curse of Hatred", this emotion is a negative one, brought on by stress or loss.[6] The emotion can also be positive, driven by a desire to protect[7] or reunite with a loved one.[8]

Sharingan Stages

An illustration of the Sharingan development.

In the anime, it was shown that usually after first acquiring this power, the user's enhanced perception will throw off their timing, causing them to overstress their bodies from trying to keep up with the increased reaction time, forcing the user to adjust to properly move with it.[9] It was also shown during emotional states that begin to trigger the Sharingan's awakening, it can temporarily blur the person's eyesight until finally manifesting.[10] Assuming that the user is aware they have awakened the Sharingan,[6] they are thereafter able to freely use it.[11] When first awakened, each Sharingan usually will have only one tomoe (), although in Obito Uchiha's case, as well as Itachi and Indra's in the anime, they immediately gained two tomoe in each of their eyes. Through training and continued use, the Sharingan will develop a second tomoe and then, upon full maturation, a third. With full maturation, the Sharingan's ability to read the opponent's movements is fully developed, which can cause the user's movements to drastically differ from their earlier movements if their Sharingan matured mid-battle. When Hagoromo awakened the Sharingan in the anime, he had all three tomoe immediately. All the Sharingan's abilities are available to the user from its earliest stage, but with greater development comes greater proficiency with those abilities.[12]

As with any dōjutsu, Sharingan can be transplanted into non-Uchiha.[13] They are unable to deactivate it and its use has a greater chakra demand for them than for actual Uchiha, who need only minimal chakra to keep it active. For these reasons, non-Uchiha tend to cover their Sharingan when they aren't using it in order to conserve chakra.[14] Sharingan that originate from the same Uchiha are still linked to some extent even when wielded by separate users, at times enabling those users to see the same things.[15][16]

Abilities Edit

The Sharingan grants the wielder two broad abilities: the "Eye of Insight" (洞察眼, Dōsatsugan) and the "Eye of Hypnotism" (催眠眼, Saimingan).[17] Although the abilities are not literally restricted to certain eyes, Madara Uchiha noted that the Sharingan can only be used to its full potential when both eyes are together.[18] Even within these two categories, there may exist several distinct though similar abilities:

"Eye of Insight"
  1. The user can see chakra, giving it colour in order to distinguish it by its composition and source.[19] Though not as capable in this regard as the Byakugan, it can see chakra through some (but not all) obstructions[20] and detect irregularities in a person's chakra flow, such as those caused by genjutsu influence.
  2. The user is granted incredible clarity of perception, enabling them to read lips[21] or mimic something like pencil movements.[22] Sasuke Uchiha's Sharingan was even able to see on a cellular level.[23] In combat, this allows them to see fast-moving objects and, once fully developed, offers some amount of predictive capabilities: they can anticipate an opponent's next move based on the slightest muscle tension in their body and act accordingly to dodge or intercept.[12] They can also read the enemy's hand seals to give them an insight of the performed technique's nature, regardless of the speed of performance, so long as the hands are not physically hidden from view.[24][25] Although a Sharingan user can see these things, they also need the physical ability to actually act on the visual information. In the anime, it is shown that with advanced enough prowess, via eye contact, the user can even enter the target's mind to look through their memories.[26], and even erase them within a long range for several targets.[27]
  3. The user is able to copy almost any jutsu they see, memorising ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu with near-perfect accuracy. They can then either perform that jutsu or modify it to suit their needs, as when Sasuke Uchiha bases his Lion Combo on Rock Lee's Front Lotus. Again, Sharingan users need the prerequisite abilities before they can mimic a jutsu they have seen, and for that reason they cannot, for example, reproduce kekkei genkai abilities they do not have or nature transformations they haven't learned to perform.
"Eye of Hypnotism"
  1. The user can perform what is generically called Genjutsu: Sharingan. While there are various manifestations and purposes of the ability, the better known one is to, through eye contact, suggest thoughts and actions to a target, coercing them to divulge information or act in a particular way, potentially without the target's awareness.[28] In extreme cases, the Sharingan user can take complete control of the target's body, forcing them to do exactly as the controller wishes; this control is visually indicated by the Sharingan's design appearing in the target's eye.[29] The Uchiha are particularly infamous for using this ability on the tailed beasts, and in fact can enter its or a jinchūriki's subconscious to more precisely control the beast's chakra.[30] Multiple targets can be taken control of in this way, though the more divided the user's attention is, the easier it is for targets to escape this control.[31]
  2. While not an ability per se, the Sharingan user can appear as if they are able to "see the future". First, the user must perfectly mimic every move their opponent makes and possibly their thoughts and words through careful observation. Then, they suggest an action to the opponent such as hand seals for a technique that the opponent and Sharingan user already know and copy that. With these things done, the user can complete the action even before the opponent does, possibly using the Sharingan's genjutsu to confuse or delay them.

In addition to these abilities there are two other jutsu that a Sharingan user can perform: Izanagi allows the user to warp reality for a short time, changing reality into illusion and illusion into reality, thus escaping death and rewriting destiny;[32] Izanami traps the victim in an infinite loop disregarding the target's five senses, specifically designed as a reprimand for those who would abuse Izanagi.[33] Use of either ability causes the Sharingan with which it is performed to be blinded afterwards, and for that reason the Uchiha classified them as kinjutsu.

Transformations Edit

  • The Sharingan can be evolved into the Mangekyō Sharingan by experiencing the trauma of loss, granting unique, user-specific jutsu in addition to the Sharingan's standard abilities. Awakening the Mangekyō Sharingan will automatically fully mature a Sharingan if it isn't already.[34]
    • Use of the Mangekyō Sharingan causes blindness over time, but this can be negated by transplanting another pair of Mangekyō Sharingan from a close relative, such as a sibling, to acquire "eternal" Mangekyō that never lose their sight.
  • A Sharingan can become the Rinnegan, through mixing both Asura's chakra and Indra's chakra, which will bring out Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki's chakra.[35] Both of Madara Uchiha's Sharingan became Rinnegan several decades after he integrated Hashirama Senju's DNA into his body.[36] Sasuke Uchiha's left Sharingan became a Rinnegan after acquiring half of Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki's chakra. As shown with Madara, the awakening of the Rinnegan restores full eyesight to the eyes fixing the blindness caused from using Izanagi.
  • In the anime, Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki was shown awakening his Mangekyō Sharingan and his Rinnegan, through a similar method that other wielders awaken their own Mangekyō. Hagoromo's Rinnegan was unique in that it awakened simultaneously with his Mangekyō, and skipped over it entirely in the process.

Trivia Edit

  • The kanji "Rin" (, Literally meaning: Wheel) is also used in Rinnegan and Rinne Sharingan, potentially linking the three terms etymologically.
  • Kishimoto stated in the third databook that if a Sharingan user and a Byakugan user were to mate, their offspring would have one Byakugan and one Sharingan.
  • From what characters have noted, this dōjutsu apparently "glows" in the dark.[37][38]
  • In the anime, two of Sasori's hundred puppets are seen with what appear to be Sharingan.[39]
  • Although the Sharingan originated from Kaguya Ōtsutsuki's Rinne Sharingan, it was rumoured to be derived from the Byakugan.[40]
  • In the novel, Itachi Shinden: Book of Bright Light, activating the Sharingan is described as dyeing the user's vision red, in addition to allowing them to see chakra.

References Edit

  1. Naruto chapter 12, page 7
  2. Third Databook, page 313
  3. Naruto chapter 670, page 12
  4. Naruto: Shippūden episode 461
  5. Naruto chapter 619, pages 14-15
  6. 6.0 6.1 Naruto chapter 403, page 11
  7. Naruto chapter 242, pages 16-18
  8. Naruto chapter 700+4, page 16
  9. Naruto: Shippūden episode 454
  10. Boruto episode 19 and 20
  11. Naruto chapter 27, page 4
  12. 12.0 12.1 Naruto chapter 230, pages 8-10
  13. Naruto chapter 243, pages 16-18
  14. Naruto chapter 459, page 15
  15. Naruto chapter 604, pages 17-19
  16. Naruto chapter 651, pages 2-4
  17. Naruto chapter 26, page 13
  18. Naruto chapter 602, page 15
  19. Naruto chapter 361, page 17
  20. Naruto chapter 579, pages 9-10
  21. Naruto chapter 246, page 19
  22. Naruto chapter 41, pages 16-17
  23. Naruto chapter 361, page 5
  24. Naruto chapter 333, pages 16-17
  25. Naruto chapter 361, page 13
  26. Naruto: Shippūden episode 484
  27. Boruto episode 136
  28. Naruto chapter 26, pages 14-16
  29. Naruto chapter 501, page 8
  30. Naruto chapter 309, page 2
  31. Naruto chapter 567, page 7
  32. Naruto chapter 497, page 9
  33. Naruto chapter 581, page 16-17
  34. Naruto chapter 605, page 4
  35. Naruto chapter 671, page 6
  36. Naruto chapter 606, page 13
  37. Naruto chapter 507, page 12
  38. Naruto chapter 602, page 1
  39. Naruto: Shippūden episode 26
  40. Naruto chapter 78, page 13

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