1)Itachi said that he and Jiraya would either kill each other or have to give up and that was when he was a disease ridden fugitive who was nearly blind
2)This second reason is something people often forget, HE KILLED THE ENTIRE UCHIHA CLAN HIMSELF
3)In Kishi's official databook he was the strongest akastuki member with 35.5 points.
4)He intimidated pain and tobi that's why pain didn't go all out to get the nine tails because he knew that if he did Itachi would be on his ass, he even admitted it and the reason he joined the akatsuki was to keep an eye on tobi.
i'm not saying that itachi is the strongest because I think it is actualy a 3 way tie between madara uchiha, pain, and itachi. The overall champ would have to be the sage of the six paths because the origin of the Sharingan go back to him.
Itachi has continually astounded even the strongest ninja, everyone including danzo, madara (obito), jirriah, kisame, Kakashi, all acknowledge his extreme skill and mastery of gen jutsu several times throughout the series, as strong as sasuke was at the time of the danzo fight, madara still admits that he was a far cry from being anywhere near itachi's equal. Itachi was the strongest member of the akatsuki by far and I believe him to be the equal of any other shinobi in the series, and not to mention, itachi was just a complete badass, he was equal strength to sasuke even while he was half blind and on his deathbed, he also thought miles ahead of anyone else in the series not only giving naruto energy for when they finally battle, but also in planting an Amaterasu in sasuke to be activated when he was approached by madara. And he had danzo terrified so bad that he didn't even consider touching sasuke. Itachi was miles ahead of anyone in the series in both intelligence and skill, he was a true genius beyond anyone else I've seen.
Itachi is one of the strongest ninja on the Naruto series.
I'm gonna point out a few things now. And hopefully you'll get the idea of how truly great he was.
1: He was a prodigy, was considered to be the strongest Ninja Uchihas ever produced (along with Madara).
2: At the age of 7 he became chunnin (he passed all of his tests with 100% results), at the age of 8 he mastered Sharingan to the point he could keep his Sharingan activated for whole day with minimal drain of Chakra. At age 10 he joined ANBU, at 13 he became the captain of ANBU's top squad (the one that worked directly under Danzo).
3: At the age of 7 his knowledge about world was supposedly on par with that of a Hokage.
4: He respected his elders, and was a well mannered boy. When Kisame was fighting the Fourth Tails, Roushi, Itachi told Kisame to be respect Roushi as he was old.
5: He cared about his comrades. He would not allow Kisame to participate in battles he can't win.
6: He never became the victim of the "Curse Of Hatred" of Uchiha Clan.
7: He put the safety of Village and his brother over himself, he slaughtered his entire clan, even his parents (he was crying heavily when doing so) his lover, his friends everyone but his little brother. He accepted becoming villain instead of Hero, accepted hate instead of love. But his feelings for his little brother never changed (I cry when I think about it). In a sense he was the true Hero of Konaha and had it been not for him, there probably wouldn't have been any Konoha.
8: He was a extremely skilled and powerful Ninja. He beat Orochimaru in just a few seconds, he beat Deidra using just genjutsu. Beat Kakashi, Kurnai and Asuma without even using 80% of his power. His name alone was enough to strike fear in his opponents hearts. When he was in Akatsuki, Obito and Pain refrained from Attacking Konoha. When Itachi died, Obito stated "Itachi is dead Konoha is no longer off limits"
9: He disliked battles, but if he had to fight he'll end it as quickly as possible. Despite the fact that was very ill, he was still able to defeat Deidara, Orochimaru & Kakashi easily, within a few minutes. He never used his full power. He pushed Sasujes to his limits, selead Orochimaru, when he was near blind and was near death (It should be noted that Itachi never intended to kill Sasuke, he just wanted to removes Curse Seal Of Heaven). He also defeated Kabuto without much effort and he was (along with Madara) the only person to bypass Edo Tensi. Due to his mastery oof Sharingan he even acquired Izanmi, the ultimate Uchiha Jutsu.
10: While some people may not agree, but he is actually stronger than Nagato and most other Ninjas. The reason I said so is that first he sealed Nagato easily despite the fact that there were his creatures with Rinnegan which gave Nagato greater vision (it should also be noted that Nagato had his full powers). Also the fact that he never tried to get power for himself, he never tried to get Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan (which he could've easily gotten by translating his fathers eyes, but he didn't. Because he never seeked power for himself). Also note that Nagatos powers were not his own, Madara impanted his eyes in Nagato.
11: He was extremely intelligent. He would find the loopholes & weakness in opponents techniques within few second, would create a battle strategy quickly. He a skilled planner, his death from Sasuke's hand implanting Crow with Shisui's eye in Naruto shows that how much of a great planner he was.
12: He was extremely fast, as he was able to keep up and even inflicted damage upon Naruto, who as using his Nine Tails Chakra mode (It should be noted that he Naruto in Nine Tails Chakra mode surpassed Ay in terms of speed. Also Ay was supposedly second faster after Minato).
13: He was a great brother <3
I could go on writing about why Itachi is so great. In my opinion, the title can simply be renamed to "Itachi" he was truly a great Ninja and is my favorite Anime character. There is no other character that I called in love with, as much as I did with Itachi.
Along with being incredibly talented, Itachi is mentally strong. He managed to do what no other character in the entire anime would be able to in his situation, and truly endured nearly any problems he had. He never thought about himself, and while he was away a lot, Itachi was a loving older brother and son. He isn't emotionless- he's introverted, and while he's awkward around people, it doesn't hinder his strength in the slightest since he still had people he wanted to protect. Itachi had the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan and all of it's benefits, along with an agile body, and a sharp, unbiased mind. Even with his situation, he was kind and loving and wicked cool when he fought. He's a character that you don't want to be on the bad side of, and his allegiance is clear and honorable.
Let's be real, I'm sure he's less powerful than the sage of the six paths, but we haven't ever seen that guy. And Naruto? Really? Naruto got his ass kicked by this guy. A lot. He's fast, has enough stamina to use Amaterasu tsukuyomi and Susanoo when he's on his death bed holding his own against sasuke who is a decent opponent, he destroyed his clan, he planned ahead to the point that he fixed his impure world resurrection. And as far as a mix of things, he comes out on top of everyone. That is why he had to die, if he didn't the manga would've just been over too quickly because Itachi is a bad ass.
Itachi is the strongest ninja ever he can use a lot of powerful strike like Amaterasu yes the Amaterasu if it touch you you done for it, you will disappear for ever, and susanoo the susanoo with totsuka blade itachi is invincible.
And the Izanami one of the ultimate jutsu ever.
He killed his whole clan to protect the village how many uchihas did he kill? He came back just to let danzo know if he touches his brother he will come after him. Naruto also knew the truth and itachi said not to tell anyone cause he wanted to maintain the Uchiha clans honour. And he broke free from the edo tensei just like Madara. He did everything in the dark like a true ninja. He should be at 2nd place or 3rd but 4th place is offensive. He was at pair with Madara. After my opinion.
How can he not be the strongest? This is Uchiha Itachi, the man who can rise above his emotions and everything for the well being of the village, the man who can plan strategically well beyond death, not to forget awesome abilities. And his full power wasn't shown. Enough said.
He's a genius the only person who was able to defeat the reanimation jutsu, the only person who was able to get out of the reanimation jutsu. he plans everything before he does it he does every thin for a reason even letting sasuke kill him. uchiha is one of the strongest clans there are and he's one of the strongest in it him and obito were able to kill the whole of the uchiha clan by them selves no one could stop them. he was the best ninja in the hidden leaf village and became leader of the black ops at a very young age. people don't think he's good because he lost to his wek little brother sasuke but that was all pert of his plan by doing that it made sasuke stronger. his father was also a great uchiha he was the head of it but then itachi killed him. he could have easily become hokage if he wanted to he's the strongest and smartest ninja there is and he dosnt brag about how strong he is unlike every one else like Naruto sasuke madara obito he's just pure good not even jiraiya could stop him nor kakashi asuma or guy. no one could and he's always got another trick up his sleeve there's no way you could beat him when he's trying. he even beat nagato who had the rinnigan who killed jiraiya and couldn't die but itachi came and just beat him straight away after killer bee (8 tails) and Naruto (9 tails) couldn't with all this added up there's no way anyone cold kill him
Itachi has his own power - susanoo, amaterasu and tsukuyomi with an invincible sword. Besides, he has Uchiha Shisui's eye implanted in his crow, with which he can control literally everyone. You have to agree, he is the strongest and in fight of one vs one, no one could defeat him
Well this is in My opinion, Greatness of Ninja is really measured not just by power, but also other facts like how well can he/she control there emotion. As you guys have seen, those who won't control there emotion end up like sasuke, obito and Nagato. Well Itachi has suffered lot of Pain but he din't end up like them. So I will Forever love Itachi and consider him as strogest Hate me if you want to
He never defeated by anyone... He defeated all his opponents quite effortlessly! His true power was never revealed... Everyother characters in naruto was defeated minimum once in their lifetime.. That proves the gr8ness of itachi...
Itachi can beat Kakashi and Naruto. He even Killed everyone in his clan except Sasuke and Madara.
Itachi Rock Man I think he is the strongest ninja in leaf Village because he beat naruto and Kakashi 2 times. The first time itachi beat both of them is in the first naruto. The second Itachi beat them is in Naruto Shippuden
Itachi is the strongest for many reasons. His suzano with the ability to lock someone away. The sword orochimaru has searched for. He kept the akatski away from the leaf village. And right when he died tobi knew now that they can destroy the leaf. They feared him. He took out the uchiha clan. Including his parents and family. You know how much strength that would take. Just to walk around and know you did that. His eyes where by far the strongest. His intelligence was amazing. He knew by letting sasuke win would give him those eyes. Because he was sasuke best friend. He got out of edo. He always planned ahead. He sealed away negato. He was amazing. And fun to watch.
Every opponent who fought with ITACHI praised his skills. No matter he didn't have the stamina to fight for long time (as he was ill), he used so many techniques while fighting with Sasuke. Everyone was amazed by his skills. Even Hashimara praised him. Itachi should be NO ITACHI IS NUMBER 1 NARUTO CHARACTER. Batman also beat Superman twice with his skills.
Itachi died really young and he was a lot stronger than everyone except for pain and tobi that where older than him so, if itachi wouldn't have been sick it would have become stronger than every ninja in the history
One of the three prodigies. Madara, Hashirama, and Itachi...the only three to defy edo tensei. Itachi is a genius, and had the mind of a Hokage at age 7. Plus he has not ever gone all out once.
As said itachi never showed his full potential so I think he should be higher. He can get you with just a point of his finger. But I'm a kakashi an guy fan all honesty they should be a bit higher to
Itachi the best of the best uchihas ever existed. He would defeat anyone in his way to get to the goal. He really is the best.
I think he is the strongest even tobi knows he has no chance against itachi
He has many complicated skill using his eye... Plus the skills that madara does not have with sharingan.. If madara and itachi got fight.. The result may unexpectable
Itachi is Invincible. He is the strongest Ninja in Naruto world He must be at the 1st spot.
One word he is Itachi... Master of the sharingan... He is classy... I never saw him under pressure... He was sick and he took on everybody with ease... Itachi rules
I believe Itachi is the strongest because he has the best defense, attached and strategy. He can easily trap anyone in his Genjustu and if that doe not work he can do maximum the physical damage using Amaterasu. On the other hand, he has the best defense which is Susana. Moreover, Susana is also a good attack. As we have seen in the anime, no one was ever able to break through Susana, as the time when 5 Kages were fighting Madara, they had to take him out of Susano and then attack him but they could never harm Madara as long as he was inside the Susano. On top of everything, beside the fact that he has best defense and attack, he is very smart and calm. We have seen that he always analyze his opponent and take the best counter attacked. That's what separates Itachi from others. We have seen many times in Naruto anime that, even strong characters like Madara, get scared at lose focus at some point when they face strong opponents which is not the case for Itachi. He is always calm and try to find his opponent weakness or an opening to win a fight, which is exactly what happened as he fought Pain.
Itachi is one of the strongest because he is abosoulty brilliant! With such little time left before dying he managed to hold off tobi (who is super strong and even though wouldn't stand up to itachi) beat suske with little effort at full strength (just a warm up for him) beat pain (after releasing himself from control over the resurrection spell) come on this guy never loses he's always a step a head of the game. It's like his eyes can see the future anything you could probably come up with he has areadly comprehended and has a plan to stop it. Plus he's my favorite character (sorry naruto) haha