The term ‘Konoha’, village hidden in the leaves was coined by one of the most powerful Uchihas of all time, Madara. He along with Hashirama Senju laid the foundation for the village hidden in the leaves. Despite that, he was feared and despised by people in and around Konoha due to the nature of the Sharingan. Itachi joined the Akatsuki for two reasons, to protect Sasuke and the village from the shadows.
.As time passed, things got trickier, especially in Tobirama’s era, where he assigned the Uchihas to the police force and kept them on the border.The Uchihas were quick to realize this and their hate towards the village started building up over time. By the second great ninja war was over, their hate was at the peak. The Uchiha clan grew powerful and arrogant and decided to start a coup d’tat. But a single member from the clan changed the fate of the Uchihas, “Itachi”. Itachi met Obito Uchiha, and slaughtered the entire clan on that fateful day. He even had to kill the love of his life Izumi Uchiha, but before that he did put her through a genjutsu, where she dreamed of all the good things that would’ve happened, had the coup d’tat not taken place. Finally to sign things of, Itachi had to kill his parents. Fugaku Uchiha, Itachi’s father asked Itachi of a favor. He asked him to protect Sasuke till the end, hence Itachi joined the Akatsuki from where he can keep a close eye on Sasuke as well. After the third hokage died, Itachi returned to Konoha, to tell Danzo that he’s still alive and if he did something nasty such as try to steal the Sharingan, then Itachi would leak all the secrets of the village to the Akatsuki.
Itachi experienced war at a very young, he knew what it was to lose people close to you, he knew the thirst for blood and the emotions that flowed along with it. Hence he decided to take the burden on himself and bring down the Uchiha. So, on one fateful night he drew his sword, comprised with his inner self and ripped the clan apart, leaving only his younger brother Sasuke.
Now that Itachi had killed his clan, he was branded a traitor. He could no longer stay in Konoha, hence he left the village to join the Akatsuki. Itachi joined Akatsuki for just one reason, guess what? The Akatsuki was a group of highly skilled rogue ninjas, with most of them being wanted in all the the five countries. Itachi knew the danger that these ninjas possessed, hence he joined the Akatsuki to spy on them while keeping a close tab on Sasuke. He along with Hoshigaki Kisame formed a deadly pair who could take on almost any kage level shinobi.
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