Sasuke Uchiha is a beloved and complex character in Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto franchise.
After leaving the Hidden Leaf Village on a quest for power and vengeance, it took him years to return.
In this news story, we’ll take a closer look at his journey and explore when he finally came back to the village.
Sasuke’s Departure from the Hidden Leaf
As the last Uchiha in the Hidden Leaf Village, Sasuke felt lonely and angry, but his circumstances were far darker than those of his friend Naruto Uzumaki.
On a quest to grow stronger and destroy his own brother, Sasuke left the Hidden Leaf after realizing the training he needed would never be offered by Sensei Kakashi Hatake or anyone else in the village.
Sasuke had a close relationship with his older brother Itachi, a ninja prodigy.
When Itachi betrayed him and the Hidden Leaf village by wiping out the entire Uchiha clan, it left a painful scar on Sasuke’s soul that would drive him to vengeance.
After Sasuke discovered his brother’s murderous deeds, Itachi forced him to repeatedly witness the death of their family and clan in an effort to ignite his vengeance and force him to become stronger.
Sasuke’s Quest for Power
Sasuke thought of nothing but gaining the power he needed to destroy Itachi.
During the preliminaries for the Chunin exams, Kakashi trained Sasuke to use his Chidori lightning technique, but it wasn’t enough.
When Orochimaru tagged him with a curse mark during the second phase of the Chunin exams, it triggered his desire to leave the village and study under a greater master.
As one of the Legendary Sannin, Orochimaru possessed skills and techniques that would empower him in ways Kakashi’s teachings never could.
When Orochimaru sent a team to collect Sasuke, he took the offer.
Sasuke’s Departure and Battle with Naruto
Sakura and Naruto were devastated by Sasuke’s departure, but Naruto vowed to bring him back.
When he caught up to Sasuke and learned the truth, an epic battle between the two set their rivalry in stone.
Naruto spent years not just training but also searching for Sasuke, and when he learned Sasuke was finally going to face Itachi, Team 7 raced off to try and stop him. They were too late.
Sasuke’s Alliance with Orochimaru and Taka
Orochimaru’s plans for Sasuke were presented outright from the start. In exchange for the power to destroy Itachi, Sasuke would become Orochimaru’s next host body.
Sasuke seemed to go along with this, but he was actually plotting things even Orochimaru didn’t see coming.
Having learned everything he could from his master, Sasuke waited until Orochimaru was in a weakened state to attack and consume his power for himself.
With everything he needed to confront Itachi, he left Orochimaru’s underground lair and formed a new team called Taka with three of Orochimaru’s former test subjects: Karin, Suigetsu, and Jugo.
Sasuke’s Rogue Status
The Hidden Leaf tried to intervene before Sasuke could kill his own brother, but they were unsuccessful. Becoming a murderer officially marked Sasuke a rogue ninja.
After Sasuke learned the truth about Itachi’s deeds from Madara, that they were prompted by the Third Hokage and the village elders, Taka temporarily joined the Akatsuki. He turned his vengeance and pain on the Hidden Leaf and