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In one of the scanlated versions of Naruto manga chapter 510, Madara mentioned the following two things:

  1. "Legend has it that Uchiha Madara was bested by Hashirama Senju... but is the legend true?"
    "The true winner is he who chose on the future... and the real fight is about to begin."
    "I fought that battle to gain access to his abilities."

    "I am Uchiha Madara! The man who obtained Senju Hashirama's powers!"
    "Two of the Six Paths are now one being!"

    (image of the panel)

  2. "You are the third of the Sixth Paths..."
    "Look at you, you overexerted your powers so much that the Uzumaki clan's trademark red hair turned snow white."

    (image of the panel)

So, what are the 6 paths that Madara was referring to, and how is Nagato the third one of them?

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    I am pretty sure the translations of your pictures are wrong. Perhaps try reading from a different source. In the second panel, the translation is supposed to say he is the second 6 paths, not 2 are being one.
    – krikara
    Aug 9 '13 at 3:31
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The six paths are related to the Sage of the Six paths and Pain. Recall that Pain had clones that each specialized in something? Well each one had contained one path from the six

  1. Deva Path - Attraction and repulsion
  2. Asura Path - Attack and defense
  3. Human Path - Ability to read minds
  4. Animal Path - Ability to summon
  5. Preta Path - Absorbing Chakra
  6. Naraka Path - Summon the Hell King

There is also the 7th path that Pain wasn't able to master, which was the Outer Path, the ability to control life and death. Pain used the Outer Path to revive the members of Konoha, however it costed him his life.

So when Tobi was talking about the 6 paths, he was talking about all the people that had control over the 6 paths. First would be the Sage of the Six paths, then it would be Madara, and lastly it would be Nagato.

On a side note, seeing as how he is not called the Sage of the Seven Paths, I think it is safe to assume he could not control life and death. Meaning he would also probably have to sacrifice his life in order to use the Outer Path.

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  • i dont have the direct reference, but wanst it Konan who noted that if Nagato had used Rinne Ribirth at "your current chakra level" or something like that, which she was interrupted by Nagato leaving the ominous you will die message unspoken. It seemed to me like nagato did not have enough chakra to use the jutsu and live, and since he just destroyed the leaf village and fought nine tails, that is no suprise. I am also 99.99% sure if a Shinobi overuses their chakra and runs completely out, they die (like kakashi had just done to save Choji)
    – Ryan
    Feb 22 '16 at 16:51
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I think that the translation is incorrect as well.

Obito says that he has the powers of the two Sage of Six Paths. He probably means that he has the power of the Uchiha and Senju, Indra and Asura. Of course, he could also be talking about Hagoromo and Asura since Hagoromo is the Sage of the Six Paths and Asura got all of his father's powers making him a Pseudo Rikudo Sennin maybe? Or Just the second Rikudo Sennin.

Another thing is that he probably means that he has the powers of the Uchiha and Senju, thus "Two of the Six Paths powers are now one being!" That's what I think.

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  • mostly right on. Indra + asura = Hagoromo = rinnegan / sage of six paths. The Two halves of the sage of six paths (indra and Asura) became one in Madara. Making him the 2nd Sage of six paths. if anything Nagato was a psudo Sage of six paths, arguably the third, but thats hard to tell. It really just looks like a low quality translation in that pannel, other translations of it are much more clear.
    – Ryan
    Mar 18 '16 at 15:29
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I thought maybe another version of the Six Paths could have been the paths of Indra and Ashura, Madara and Hashirama, Naruto and Sasuke; and the paths needed to create peace; six people, six paths of life.

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  • I think maybe you should read the manga first. It has been mentioned there. Feb 23 '16 at 4:37
  • Is it in shippuden right? Feb 23 '16 at 6:26
  • It was mentioned in the anime too. Check the Pain attacking Konoha arc. Feb 23 '16 at 7:06

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