By Revold 17 Comments
Madara is the one of the characters in Naruto that is not short of forms: from EMS Madara, to Edo Tensei, to Post-Revival Madara, then to Juubi Jinchuriki Madara. But for some reason I realised, after every power-up, he always loses something in the process, making the upgrade less than definitive.
From EMS to Edo Tensei
Now many people think that Edo Tensei Madara is a downgrade from EMS Living Madara, and I can prove that it's certainly not the case.
For starters, EMS Madara never had Perfect Susanoo! This may be a surprise to people, but it's true. He may have perfect-ish Susanoo cloak on Kurama, but as Susanoo itself, we only got to see it as the Armored Susanoo form.
This is the exact same case with Sasuke, and rightfully so since they both have double EMS. However, Edo Tensei Madara has the Rinnegan, which allowed him to cast Perfect Susanoo. According to Kabuto, the Rinnegan (which at the time he thought he was responsible for) made Madara stronger than his EMS prime, which turns out to be very true.
Adding to the fact that he also have Wood Release, which include releasing poison gas, he can definitely overwhelm EMS Madara if he doesn't have Kurama ready. Not to mention he's immortal and EMS Madara has no way to put him down.
However, as you'll see later this form does has its drawbacks in mobility.
From Edo Tensei to Post-Revival
When Madara got revived, he seems to gain a sudden boost in mobility, which Hashirama claims to be Madara regaining his "past strength". This past strength is immediately followed up with the explanation on Choku Tomoe, which is Madara's name for Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan. Even though Madara does not possess the eyes themselves, he does possess the blood of one who has awakened an EMS.
However, all of these comes with a cost, which is losing his immortality. Honestly if not for the sake of plot, he could've been finished off with one Amaterasu. However, Naruto thought that Madara could absorb Ninjutsu, which led Sasuke to think that Amaterasu didn't work. But in truth, Madara only got lucky because the flames only touched his Edo Tensei body right before they dissolved.
After he gained one Rinnegan, things become a little different. He can perform Jutsu that his Edo Tensei can't, such as the Outer Path techniques. And unlike his Edo Tensei body and Nagato, his living body possesses Six Paths Chakra, which allows him to use his unique ability Limbo.
However, with only one right Rinnegan, he can only use three out of six paths. In other words, he couldn't use the left Rinnegan paths, namely: Preta, Deva and Human. Here's why I think so:
- Out of the six paths, Sasuke, a left-Rinnegan only-user, only ever used two of them: Preta and Deva.
- Out of the six paths, Obito, a left-Rinnegan only-user, has never used any paths. However, he did mention he could use Human Path.
- Madara, with just the right Rinnegan, didn't use Preta Path at times he totally should've and could've. For example, when he reacted to Naruto's Lava Rasenshuriken, and Sasuke's Chidori.
- The moment Madara got his left Rinnegan back, the first Jutsu he performed is Chibaku Tensei. Coincidence, I think not.
Note that it's impossible for me to definitively prove a negative, that is, Madara can NOT used these Jutsu. However, all of these points add together is a strong indication.
From Revived to Juubi Jinchuriki
Ok, this is one power-up without real drawbacks. But for what's worth, Juubi Jinchuriki's cannot go intangible with Kamui.
Pre-Shinju to Post-Shinju
Absorbing the God Tree with the third eye is important, but before that he already lost nine out of ten Truth Seeking Balls. Many people try to downplay TSBs but feats prove that they're very versatile and relevant even among god tiers.
On top of that, taking a direct hit from Night Guy also turned his Truth Seeking Staff into a normal orb, which should signify something significant.
My take is that Madara used up his Six Paths Yin Power to heal himself from a near-death experience. After all, the staff is made up of the "Moon" symbol, which parallels with the "Moon" symbol in the form of a seal on Sasuke's left hand.
One Rinnegan to Two Rinnegan
Right before he gained one Rinnegan, he lost half a body worth of chakra. Whether that actually translates to losing half of his chakra is unclear, but it is enough to manifest Hagoromo himself into the real world, which must mean a significant amount. This might explain why Naruto's Shadow Clones could match his Limbo Clones, despite Naruto already admitted not being able to beat the weaker 1-Rinnegan Madara alone.
Two Rinnegan to 3 eye
Awakening the Rinne Sharingan is good but right afterwards, he lost a lot of chakra performing Infinite Tsukuyomi, which turned his 9-Tomoe Rinne Sharingan into 6-Tomoe.
Ok so as you can see, Madara loses a lot of his powers on his way of gaining powers. Even if you ignore Edo Tensei immortality, a "Composite" Juubi Madara might be more powerful than you think. "Composite" as in only canon manga, but assumes that Madara did not lose his powers in the midst of gaining other powers.