Was it ever confirmed officially that Itachi was a pacifist? Narutopedia says the following and I wondered where they got it from...

Itachi was the first child born to Mikoto and Fugaku Uchiha. His early childhood was marked with violence: when he was four years old, the Third Shinobi World War waged and he witnessed first-hand many of the war's casualties. The death and destruction he experienced at such a young age traumatised Itachi and made him a pacifist,


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For me, not entirely.

If we base our definition of pacifist or pacifism from Wikipedia, we can read the following:

Pacifism is opposition to war, militarism or violence.

Yes, Itachi was indeed opposed to war and this was confirmed canonically. In Chapter 400, Madara explains that after Itachi witnessed the Third Great Ninja War:

That trauma made Itachi into a conflict-hating, peace-loving man.

However, if we look again into a more detailed definition of Pacifism:

Pacifism covers a spectrum of views, including the belief that international disputes can and should be peacefully resolved...

In the same chapter, Madara revealed that the Third Hokage tried to resolve the dispute peacefully but time ran out. Itachi, however, never did. He had already decided that wiping out the entire Uchiha was the only way to prevent another war.

...rejection of the use of physical violence to obtain political, economic or social goals...

Itachi, even though he was forced, massacred his clan in order to try to preserve peace.

So, while he might be a 'conflict-hating, peace-loving man', he is not entirely opposed to using violence to preserve peace. This conflicts some beliefs related to pacifism so with this, I do not think he is entirely a pacifist.

  • maybe it would be better to say Itachi is a peace-at-any-cost pacifist. maybe he is willing to sacrifice the individual so that the collective can prosper.
    – Neil Meyer
    Jan 29, 2020 at 10:26
  • @NeilMeyer Yes, I definitely agree he is that kind of person: taking all the burden all for himself. One of my favorite characters in the series :)
    – W. Are
    Jan 29, 2020 at 11:03

I don't know/remember if Itachi himself ever claimed to be a pacifist. Does it have to be a label you take on yourself or can it just be assumed to make it true? So even if, by definition, Itachi isn't a pacifist it probably wouldn't change much except making Tobi wrong. Since Itachi neither confirms nor denies it, no one could call him a hypocrite either (not saying that anyone has).

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