"Listen. In this world, where there is light, there are shadows. As long as the concept of 'winner' exists, there will continue to be a 'loser'. The selfish desire of wanting to preserve peace causes wars. Hatred is born of the desire to protect loved ones. These are consequences that cannot ever be separated."
-- Madara to a young Obito.
Madara was born and raised in a world that was ravaged with endless war between his own Uchiha Clan and the Senju Clan. Ninja clans were far too numerous and there was constant war. He and his younger brother, Izuna, were equals in every way and they constantly competed to prove which was better. It was through their competitions that they awakened the Sharingan, and later awakened the Mangekyō Sharingan; the first ones in the history of the clan to do so. They used their power to take control and unite their clan, with Madara becoming its leader. Together they became both famous and feared as they were referred to as the strongest clans, their only rivals being the Senju.
As Madara was the first to discover the Mangekyō Sharingan, he was also the first to discover its downside and went blind as a result from using it too much. He became depressed and desperate, using many different techniques trying to regain his vision but nothing worked. Izuna agreed to give him his eyes so that Madara could take care of the clan, and Madara asked for forgiveness when he took his brother's eyes to replace his own. By doing this he attained the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan, a fusion of the two brothers' that would never lose sight, and he gained a new Mangekyō Sharingan technique in the process. Izuna unfortunately would die in battle some time later. Tired of the constant fighting and bloodshed between the two clans, the Senju proposed a truce. Madara was wary of this because of their shared animosity and tried to convince the Uchiha that it would end in disaster, knowing that their clan thrived on conflict, but no one else saw it that way and he reluctantly allied with the Senju.
He and the leader of the Senju clan, Hashirama, together made a deal with the Fire country and formed Konoha Village by uniting many other clans. Other countries quickly followed the one village/one country design and soon there was finally some stability and peace. But when the time came to choose a leader of the village, everyone rallied behind Hashirama, which made Madara angry and paranoid. Hashirama himself actually believed Madara should have been the Hokage and was all for his friend taking up the position, but his younger brother, Tobirama, still held negative feelings towards the Uchiha and made the decision vote based. Madara believed that the Uchiha had the right to rule and would become dogs of the Senju under Hashirama's rule, but his clan deserted him thinking that he was he was just greedy and power-hungry. He abandoned the village, but later returned with the Kyūbi (Kurama) under his control to get revenge. After a brutal day-long battle, Madara ultimately died, but their fight was so great that it shaped what is now known as the "Valley of the End", and there are statues of Madara and Hashirama engraved on the sides of its waterfall.
Unbeknownst to anyone, Madara had actually used a secret Sharingan technique, known as "Izanagi" which allows the user to literally rewrite any damage they take over a certain period of time to become just an illusion, while the user would still be unharmed. Madara had inscribed the technique into his eye in the event that he should lose his battle against Hashirama, and when he did, he woke up in a hideout in another location and was able to replace his "other" body with a clone. Madara then used a piece of flesh he had bitten off of Hashirama to implant himself with the powers of the Senju. He did this because of what was written on the Uchiha Stone Tablet, which told him that he can only end the cycle of hate and war with both the powers of the Uchiha and Senju. Nothing happened over many decades, but right before his first death, Madara awakened the Rinnegan, the eyes of the Sage of Six Paths. He was then able to summon the Gedo Statue from the moon, where it was originally sealed by the Six Paths Sage, and use it to cultivate and create clones from Hashirama's DNA. These clones came to be called White Zetsu and Madara then created a synthetic clone of Hashirama to gather natural energy for him to use.
With this new power, Madara finally had a chance to set his major plan in motion: casting a genjutsu on the surface of the moon so that it would reflect back onto the inhabitants of the earth and capture them in a dream world. Using the chakra from the Gedo Statue, Madara was able to live long past when he should have normally died, and thus was able to find and locate a suitable host for his Rinnegan, a young shinobi named Nagato, replacing his eyes with a spare Sharingan he had collected. Sometime afterwards, he ran into and saved a young and terribly injured Obito Uchiha. Since Obito had lost half of his body in a battle against enemy ninja, Madara attached a synthetic White Zetsu body for him to use, as well as gave him basic first aid in order to keep him alive. He took advantage of the fact that Obito was an Uchiha, like himself, and the fact that he had saved him to try and coax the young Uchiha into joining him in his master plan. He then secretly made arrangements for Obito's love interest, Rin Nohara, to be captured by Mist Village ninja after having the Three Tailed Beast sealed inside of her in the hopes of wreaking havoc on Konoha should she return their. However, Obito was informed that Rin and his other teammate were fighting the enemy ninja, and just as Obito reached the battlefield, he witnessed Rin's death. Because of this, Obito returned to Madara, fully intent on joining in his cause.
Madara then explained his plan; create an organization of strong, rogue shinobi, hire them to the various Hidden Villages to gain reputation and money, and go around collecting the various Tailed Beasts in order to create a powerful chakra weapon capable of wiping countries off the face of a map. The real purpose of the Tailed Beasts, however, was to empower Madara with the strength needed to cast his genjutsu on the surface of the moon. With his Rinnegan implanted in Nagato, Nagato would later use one of the Sage of Six Paths' techniques to revive Madara so that he could fulfill his role in the plan. No satisfied, he gave Obito his permission to walk the land using his name and finally detached himself from the Gedo Statue, passing away.
Fourth Shinobi World War
"Why did the masked man claim that he was Madara?"
"Madara is more than a man. He is an ideal. Even if the man behind the mask is nothing more than a lie, the world will still fear the idea of Madara. The name itself is power. It draws the attention of the world to him, and it became a superb bluff powerful enough to drag us all into war. We were all played for suckers..."
-- Shikaku and Tsunade discussing the real Madara's revival.
Madara would later be brought back by Kabuto Yakushi using the "Impure World Reincarnation" technique to fight in the 4th Great Ninja War, a war between all the great ninja nations of the world and the remnants of the criminal organization Akatsuki. Together with Mū, who was being controlled by Kabuto, they faced down a branch of the Shinobi Alliance headed by Gaara and Ōnoki, with the help of one of Naruto Uzumaki's Shadow Clones. Madara evaded Gaara's attack and used "Great Fire Annihilation" against the alliance, multiple "Suiton" (Water Style) users tried to stop the attack only for Madara to emerge from the smoke and violently cut down his enemies. Ōnoki attempted to raise the ground to push Madara into Naruto's "Chō Ōdama Rasengan", but Madara countered with Susanoo. Naruto then used Sage Mode and while Madara was distracted by the army, Gaara then used his sand to grab Madara by his feet and pull him out of Susanoo so that Naruto could hit him with the "Rasenshuriken". It seemed to work, but Madara absorbed it using the Rinnegan; he attained it shortly before his death after taking some of Hashirama's DNA during their battle. Wanting to test his power, Madara then caused an asteroid to fall from the sky.
Ōnoki attempted to stop it, only for Madara to surprise everyone with a second asteroid which injured Ōnoki and wiped out most of the division. Madara tried to summon the Kyūbi, but Kabuto revealed that it's currently sealed inside of Naruto. Madara then created a vast number of trees using Hashirama's "Mokuton" (Wood Style) to attack the survivors, but Naruto managed to defend against the attack. Madara and Kabuto were about to attack and finish off Naruto's clone, but were stopped by the sudden appearance of Tsunade and Ay who were teleported to the battlefield along with Mei. Tsunade began healing Gaara and Ōnoki while Ay and Mei attacked to buy her time, and other Alliance ninjas attacked Kabuto. Madara dodged Mei's lava but was struck by Ay's punch and Mei attempted to bury Madara in lava but he defended with Susanoo. Madara tried to attack, but Gaara and Ōnoki blocked the attack together, and then Ōnoki piggybacked on Ay and used his "Light-Weight Rock" to make Ay faster, Kabuto tried to intercept but was sway aside and then Ōnoki used "Added-Weight Rock" to make Ay punch harder to send Madara and his Susanoo flying. Madara used Hashirama's power yet again, this time to grow immense flowering trees that produced a paralyzing pollen. Gaara tried to lift everyone out of it, but Madara used Susanoo to swat them down back and set the forest on fire around them. Ōnoki then used his "Jinton" (Particle Style) to destroy the trees and get rid of the fire. The Kages then attack again with Tsunade delivering a fatal blow to Madara, but it turned out to be a "Wood Clone" that Madara set up in the confusion and stabbed Tsunade. However, being near-immortal due to her regenerating jutsu, she broke off Susanoo's sword and tried to stab Madara with it, but to no avail. Madara retaliated by creating 25 Wood Clones, each using Susanoo. The Kages were able to hold their own against the army of Susanoo, but they were getting too worn down in the process. So they devised another plan, they are able to destroy all of the Wood Clones and almost seal Madara, but he gets angered and reveals the colossal Perfect Susanoo, stating that only Hashirama can beat him.
Then, in an impressive display of amazing destructive power, he uses one of the swords on his Susanoo to slice two nearby mountains in half, striking fear into the Five Kage. He then takes five steps towards them, and then is surprised to find that Ōnoki still has the will to fight left in him. As he prepares to strike them down, Itachi Uchiha had finished manipulating Kabuto into undoing the Reanimation Jutsu. When this happened, his Perfect Susanoo dematerialized unexpectedly and he found himself glowing. He then figured out that the Reanimation Jutsu was undone, so as his soul was going back to the afterlife, he prepared one final attack on the Kage, which Tsunade was able to deflect.
However, he had somehow managed to keep his soul bonded to his body, and then he revealed that one with knowledge of the seals of the Reanimation Jutsu can sever the contract binding them to the technique. So then he released himself from the Jutsu and began to act on his own. He defeated the Five Kage, left them for dead, and then went to the battlefield where Obito was fighting against Kakashi Hatake, Might Guy, Naruto Uzumaki, and Killer Bee.
Madara arrives, much to the shock of the ninja gathered, and chides Obito for starting their plan earlier than he was supposed to. Naruto realizes that if Madara is here then the Five Kage failed at stopping him and immediately asks Madara what happened to them. The older Uchiha only laughs and tells him they can't be doing good, which incites a rage in Naruto. He charges at Madara and intends to hit him with a "Rasengan", but Madara simply blocks it on his War fan and uses an Uchiha technique that reflects the attack back at Naruto, which sends him flying back. Madara tells Obito to handle Kakashi and Guy while he attempts to capture both of the Tailed Beasts in Naruto and Bee. He summons a Wooden Dragon used by Hashirama in the past that was able to subdue the Nine Tails when Madara himself used it, and this construct allows him to grapple and then eventually pin Naruto's chakra-Nine Tailed avatar in place. Much to Naruto's surprise, his avatar is broken as it is revealed that the Wooden Dragon has the ability to absorb chakra. The Dragon then captures Bee before he can jump in to save Naruto, and Madara materializes his Susanoo in order to take out Bee with one of it's spears. Naruto is able to gather some more chakra, though, and stops the attack, protecting both Bee and Kakashi. Guy then creates some more space between the two groups by attacking Madara with his "Hirudora" technique, but Madara's Susanoo was able to withstand the brunt of the attack. However, Madara would only need to sit on the side and watch as the Juubi had now finished awakening.
"All this fodder to entertain myself with. It's such a shame that you'll all be obliterated in an instant."
-- Madara noting how easy it would be to defeat the Allied Shinobi Alliance after the Juubi's final transformation.
Both Madara and Obito jumped onto the top of the Juubi, and immediately they hooked themselves up to the beast to better control its actions. Madara tells Obito that he had intended to capture the Eight and Nine Tails before the Juubi had been revived, but there was nothing he could do about it now. The two Uchiha then begin attacking the four shinobi, using the Juubi's unnatural speed to land the first blows against the Tailed Beasts. When they retaliate with a barrage of Bijuu Bombs, Madara notes that there's no need to dodge such attacks as they would have little effect on the Juubi. He and Obito then fire off their own Bijuu Bomb, which blows through the combined assault of Naruto and Bee with ease, forcing them to take cover behind their tails. They are surprised, however, when they see that the Eight Tails has vanished, only to reappear again above their heads charging another Bijuu Bomb, but this time aimed at the Juubi's head. Unfortunately for them, the Juubi is able to swat away the attack with the flick of a finger, with Madara commenting that "Two flies seem to be buzzing around up there." With the damage sustained to the Eight Tails, he retreats back into Bee at the same time that Naruto's Nine Tails chakra runs out, with Kurama himself stating that he needs to gather some more. With things looking bleak, Madara and Obito aim to finish their enemies off, but are interrupted at the last minute by Ino Yamanaka, who uses her clan's secret jutsu to take over Obito and aim the Juubi's attack away from Naruto and the gang. As the dust settles, the rest of the Allied Shinobi Forces appear, having traveled from each of their own battlefields in order to back up and assist in the fight against the Juubi.
The Allied Shinobi then enact a plan to try and incapacitate the Juubi, which starts off with dozens of Cloud ninja using a laser jutsu to try and blind the Juubi while other ninja from Konoha release bugs into the air to try and disrupt Madara and Obito's chakra sensing. Sand ninja then follow suit with Wind style jutsu in that kicked up the surrounding dirt and dust to further prevent lack of sight, while ninja from the Stone village create a massive crater under the Juubi to restrict its movements. The Juubi is then assaulted by a mixture of ash, water, and fire jutsus which, after the fire hardens the liquid around the Juubi, becomes cement, apparently encasing the Juubi in a cement trap. The Allied Forces' joy soon turns to dread as they are all blown back before they could attack either Madara or Obito as the Juubi breaks free, never really trapped at all but just using that time to gather its strength and transform. Madara then agrees to show off the Juubi's new power and begins targeting distant villages and cities, showing the gathered ninja that nowhere is outside of their reach, which included the head of the Allied Forces.
Madara notes that neither him nor Obito can control the Juubi as well as they want, and that's why destroying the head of the Allied Forces took as long as it did. He then tells Obito that he can't become the jinchūriki of the Juubi with his current body and that he needs a live, flesh and blood one. Obito then tells him that he's at his mercy, for only he can perform the needed jutsu to bring Madara back, much to Madara's dislike, and thus he is forced to follow Obito's lead. The two then order the Juubi to send out Wooden spikes from each of its tails in order to impale the Allied ninja, and succeed in killing a large number of them, even Naruto's close friend Neji Hyuga. Naruto's sadness didn't last long, however, and soon he had regained enough Nine Tails chakra to disperse it to the remaining members of the Alliance. This powered them beyond their own levels of strength and speed, and soon they were able to race past the Juubi's defenses and attack Madara and Obito on his head, cutting Madara in half and severing both his and Obito's control over the Juubi.
After forcing the Allied Forces back, Madara and Obito begin to hammer them with a variety of attacks and jutsu, which included Fire style as well as incorporating the Juubi's itself. Every time, however, Naruto's Nine Tails chakra protected the Allied Forces, prompting Obito to teleport over there to attack him himself. Naruto dodges the attack and forces Obito to return to the Juubi, but since both his and Madara's connection was severed by the earlier attack, the Juubi began another transformation. At the same time, Madara sensed that elsewhere, his long time nemesis Hashirama had been revived by the "Impure World Reincarnation" jutsu as well and began to prepare for his arrival to the battlefield.
Madara possesses the Uchiha clan's famed Sharingan and it's special abilities, including enhanced sensitivity to movement, seeing chakra, copying actions that are within his ability, as well as casting and recognizing illusions. He also attained the Mangekyō Sharingan by killing his friend, and later the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan after attaining his brother's eyes. With these he's gifted with additional abilities, one of which being able to conjure Susanoo; a giant energy-based humanoid boasting great strength and endurance to protect Madara and fight on his behalf. After gaining Hashirama's DNA his eyes changed again, becoming the Rinnegan. Aside from granting its user all 5 basic nature transformations, it possesses 7 abilities based on the 6 paths of Buddhist reincarnation: gravity manipulation (Deva), body modification (Asura), telepathy and soul absorption (Human), summoning of creatures (Animal), chakra absorption (Preta), Summoning and control over the King of Hell (Naraka), and ruling over life and death (Outer). Having obtained Hashirama's power Madara is also capable of performing Wood style jutsu by combining water-based chakra with earth-based chakra using life force as the medium between the two.
In addition to these, Madara possesses the Uchiha clan's secret jutsus which include Grand Fireball and Phoenix Flowers, as well as the superbly powerful Great Fire Annihilation. And when the Kyūbi wasn't sealed, Madara was able to summon the monster and bend it to his will. His Susanoo was able to progress through all of its stages; ribcage, then to incomplete, complete, and then Perfect. With each evolution, his Susanoo's strength and power grew, and with just his complete form (Susanoo able to stand) he was easily defeating large numbers of the Allied Shinobi Forces and the Five Kage, all with what seemed to be limited effort on his part. His final form Susanoo, dubbed "Perfect Susanoo", has large wings and a sword capable of slicing the tops off of mountains miles away and going toe-to-toe with the First Hokage's Wood constructs.
The transformation Madara achieved after becoming the jinchuriki of the Jūbi.
In this form Madara's appearance changes drastically, as his hair turns dark red, his skin takes a pale gray color, a third Sharingan/Rinnegan mix eye opens on his forehead and his body morphs making it seem like he is wearing a long white mantle ornamented with several black Magatamas as well as black gloves, boots and pants (Although it's also possible that the mantel is in reality a protective chakra cloak).
Additionally, he gained access to several new powers. Some of them being similar to those of the previous Juubi's Jinchuriki Including :
- Truth Seeking Balls : Other than the usual Rikudou staff, Madara was also shown making use of the Gudōdamas for offensive purposes as high speed projectiles, or defensively applying shape manipulation to turn them into a simple protective wall or a large barrier covering his entire body.
- High speed regeneration : Madara was shown surviving and completely recovering from attacks that would have normally killed him. This includes regenerating in a matter of seconds from "Night Guy" (a technique which shattered his ribcage and caused nearly half of his body to melt), surviving Sasuke's Kusanagi sword stabbing his heart (which didn't seem to bother him in the slightest) and regrowing half his body after getting cut in half by while he attempted entering the Kamui dimension.
While some other abilities seem to be unique to him, this includes :
Infinite Tsukuyomi (Mugen Tsukuyomi): Using the power of his third eye and the moon as a catalyst, Madara activates the dreaded planetary genjutsu. Upon activation, the shining light of the moon reflecting Madara's eye illuminates the entire planet, leaving no shadows even in the normally enclosed dark areas. Any leaving creature exposed to this light is immediately immobilized and put under a dream like genjutsu where the victim can live its ideal reality. This makes trapping the victims with the "Divine: Deep forest emergence" easier.
- Divine: Deep Forest Emergence: After immobilizing the victims with the Infinite Tsukuyomi, Madara uses the Deep Forest Emergence to control the roots of the Shinju, spreading them around the whole planet in order capture every leaving person, enclose them within "cocoons" and use them as a Chakra source. Thus once again gathering all chakra in one place, which will sprouting the legendary Chakra fruit.
- Flight: Being able to float in the air or fly at high speed.
Further more, it would seem that the nearly inexhaustible chakra reserve of Juubi boosted the original power of his Rinnegan abilities. This was shown when he used Planetary Devastation (Chibaku Tensei) and ended up ravaging the mountains and land of the Frost Country, pulling their rocks while forming several absolutely massive meteors which (funnily enough) Madara refers to as "rain drops".