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When looking at Sasuke's Rinnegan, I noticed that he had 6 dots in it (the same kind you find on a Sharingan).

Sasuke

But Madara didn't have this. His just had a few circles but nothing else.

Madara

Is there a reason for this?

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The dots you're mentioning is actually called Tomoe, like you said, it is usually formed on Sharingan. Rinnegan are usually characterized by light purple irides with a ripple-pattern that spreads over the eyeball, a few well-known wielders are Pain (not really though), Nagato and Madara.

Back to the question, recall that Sasuke received half of Hagoromo's (aka Sage of Six Paths) chakra, thus awakened the Rinnegan. The Rinnegan Sasuke has is quite unique, it has 6 tomoe split between its first two ripples, this doesn't mean nothing, it indicates the Rinnegan is fully charged. What's the difference between a typical Rinnegan and a fully charged Rinnegan you ask? Well, it's simple. Fully charged Rinnegan wielder like Sasuke gains abilities typical Rinnegan wielders don't have. About the abilities, I bet you knew it already.

Sasuke cannot use the Rinnegan full abilities if he overuses it. At this point, the tomoe will disappear, preventing him from using its full power. Sasuke will keep his left eye closed until it is fully recharged. Sasuke is still able to use the powers of his Mangekyo Sharingan with his Rinnegan, but cannot use or form the Mangekyo in his other eye when it is recharging. (See the image, the Mangekyo doesn't form on his right eye when he loses Rinnegan's charge, and it is formed again when the Rinnegan is fully charged. This is also stated on Narutopedia.)

Here you can see it happen in the manga.

Sasuke recovering his tomoe

  • Alright, thanks. I guess it's like a counterpart to Naruto's truth-seeking orbs – Eames May 8 '16 at 19:23
  • Note that Kaguya and Madara both had a similar eye on their forhead, though it was red instead of purple. – Ryan May 9 '16 at 16:02
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    Then why doesn't Hagoromo or Madara have tomoe on their rinnegan? – Jeffery Tang Apr 29 '17 at 9:43
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I think what happened is, the Tomoe represent the charge of Sasuke's Rinnegan. When he overuses it, they disappear and he can't use its full power.

Hagoromo gave part of his power to Sasuke so he could activate the Rinnegan. Madara used Hashirama's cells to make himself fully as Hagoromo was, which means that Madara got the full portion of the Rinnegan power while Sasuke had only a small amount since he was given part of chakra to activate it.

In short, Madara can use his eyes almost forever and at extreme levels, but Sasuke's needs to charge to be fully functional.

There is proof of that in the mangas.

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    Welcome to Anime & Manga. This answer would be better if you could also provide the reference from the manga. You can always edit and improve your post. Meanwhile, consider taking a quick tour to understand how this site works. – Aki Tanaka Feb 23 '18 at 13:27
  • If you could post specifics from the manga, that would greatly improve your answer beyond just saying, "There is proof of that in the mangas." – Cyberson Feb 24 '18 at 1:25
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The reason as to why it's different is never really stated, but we can infer why.

First off, there are three different eyes in Naruto. From the weakest to the strongest, they are Byakugan, Sharingan, and Rinnegan. So the byakugan will stay a byakugan forever, but it can turn into a Tensaigan (I can't remember how, but that doesn't matter). Now for the most important Rinnegan and Sharingan, Sharingan can evolve into Rinnegan. However, before that, there are 3 things needed: a fully developed Sharingan, 3 Tomoe Mangekyou, then eternal.

So as for what the Rinnegan is, it's basically a mixture of a Sharingan and its own traits, but the Sharingan aspect is only useable to Uchihas. That's why Nagato can't use Sharingan's effects, but Sasuke and Madara can.

Now for why Sasuke's looks different, Madara took Hashirama's Senju chakra and combined it with his which caused the Sharingan to evolve which is sort of the only way to make a Sharingan evolve and Sasuke does something similar, except the sage of sixth paths gives Sasuke half of his chakra which is much more than Hashirama's. Thus, his eyes seem to almost turn into a Rinne Sharingan. Also, the reason for their abilities being different is because that's just how Rinnegans work as Mangekyou Sharingans do the same thing

  • the 3 requirements are a bit off. Hagoromo himself said that Indra+Ashura= Hagoromo(and Rinnegan), and Hashirama and Madara were trans-migrants of Indra and Ashura. The only other person to awaken the Rinnegan in any form, Sasuke, directly got hagoromo's chakra and awakened it. Nagato was given Madara's Rinnegan, and actually may have had access to the basic Sharingan features. – Ryan Oct 25 '17 at 4:37
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Byakugan is not the strongest. If you think about it, that was the Hyuga clan being arrogant. Susano, Kotoamatsukami, Amaterasu, Kamui? Byakugan has nothing on that.

Sasuke's Rinnegan is stronger than Madara's. The Tomoe pattern indicates what I am guessing is an incredible amount of sage chakra that Sasuke can gather thanks to Hagoromo's buff. It's clear that at the least it's an advanced version of Rinnegan, otherwise Madara would have had Rinnegan powers far greater than Sasuke's considering he had two, yet Sasuke displayed far greater teleporting abilities which Madara would have used if he could have.

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    But nobody says "Byakugan is the strongest"... – Aki Tanaka Aug 28 '18 at 2:45
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From what I've heard, it's called a Rinne Sharingan, which is the last stage of evolution for a Sharingan and Rinnegan.

  • Hi. Please do not post answers you are unsure of yourself as this can spread misinformation or misconceptions. Cite sources to back up your claim and do not just say that you heard it from someone or somewhere because that would just be a rumor, not a fact. As far as I know and from what I've read in the manga, your answer is incorrect. Thanks! – W. Are Dec 11 '18 at 2:02

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