The Curse of the Uchihas: Uchiha Madara
However, Madara didn’t just have his family, when he was an adolescent, he made friends with another his age named Hashirama. Though they did not share their surnames with the other, they did eventually find out who the other was. Though they shared the same dream, a dream of peace where children didn’t have to fight, when Madara learned that Hashirama was a Senju, he ended their friendship, so he wouldn’t hesitate to kill him when he time came. This was the betrayal necessary to awaken his Sharingan. The two met on the battlefield often, neither one able to kill the other, even after Madara awoke his Sharingan.
Sometime afterwards, Madara attacked the Senju clan…and was defeated. Hashirama, who still considered Madara a friend, did not kill him, instead offering his own life to end the fighting. This act caused Madara to have a change of heart and peace was finally achieved between the two clans. With the two clan leaders being in a state of friendship again, Konahagakure was founded.
Unfortunately, Hashirama and Madara’s ideas of peace were very different; Hashirama wanted peace via cooperation with the other villages and Madara wanted peace via control. When it came time to pick a leader for Konaha, and Hashirama was chosen, Madara became paranoid, believing the Senju to be attempting a take over of Konaha. This only served to drive him deeper into madness and paranoia. Thus Madara left and returned with Nine Tails and challenged Hashirama; he lost, of course, but not before causing unimaginable damage and death.
According to Uchiha legend, to awaken one’s Sharingan, one must commit an act of betrayal, be it to a friend or family member, most often it’s a betrayal of the best friend. In Madara’s case, this happened when he chose to end his friendship with Hashirama instead of following their dream of peace. There is also a curse upon the Uchihas, called The Curse of Hatred. The name explains it expertly. Madara didn’t fall to the power of the curse as quickly as Izuna did, but after his death Madara became more and more susceptible to it. As many Uchiha’s, Madara possessed an amazing range of skills and a massive intellect.
Following is a list of his skills:
Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan
Blocking Technique Absorption Seal
Chakra Receiver Manifestation
Evil Disturbance Waltz
Puppet Master Seal