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Tobi introduced himself as Madara to Nagato and Konan. Zetsu knows his real identity. He showed his real face to Kisame. Itachi at least knows that Tobi is not a goofball (if not his real identity). Why did he have to put up a goofball facade for Sasori, Deidara, Kakuzu and Hidan? There were reasons to keep his real identity hidden, but why did he not introduce himself as Madara to the whole group?

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    I don't think there's a proper answer to this one. Why? Probably to make us, the viewers unaware of his true identity. – Madara's Ghost Jan 2 '13 at 15:22
  • @MadaraUchiha Actually, that too can qualify as an answer. "The author wanted to make his character more mysterious, to get the readers/viewers excited in the later plotline of finding out his real identity." – Masked Man Jan 2 '13 at 15:29
  • Yes, only that isn't a fact, it wasn't told anywhere, that's my personal opinion, which does not constitute as an answer here on Stack Exchange, – Madara's Ghost Jan 2 '13 at 15:31
  • Ah, right you are. – Masked Man Jan 2 '13 at 16:20

Tobi acted like a goofball to hide his true nature. Pein was the leader of Akatsuki, but

Tobi was the one pulling the strings behind everything so he had to mask his true identity and seem unworthy of investigation.

Tobi made himself look weak and useless, which is perfect for his disguise.

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    But why? What did he gain from hiding his true identity from some Akatsuki members? Also, what does the image have to do with anything? – Madara's Ghost Jan 6 '13 at 16:25
  • I don't know, but the members who knew his true identity were probably part of his "inner circle", with the exception of Itachi (who Tobi had to deal with directly). And it's a given that Zetsu, Pein and Konan know his identity (to various extents). For the other members, the fewer people know that he is pulling the strings, the fewer threats his plans will face. The image was an example of Tobi making himself look useless. – Arturia Pendragon Jan 7 '13 at 12:12
  • The question is still unaswered i feel. He did it to hide his true nature - thats all fine. But what did he gain by it? – debal Dec 6 '13 at 7:05

Well, deidara did express some negative connotations and resentment towards the Uchiha clan and their sharingan. Since he was paired up with Deidara, if he had expressed his identity of Madara in the beginning, that may have created possible tension/conflict. But, that is only speculation and a small fragment of the possible answer.


Madara told Obito/Tobi to use his identity until he is revived. Since he used Madara's identity, he had to wear a mask, otherwise some may had revealed that he isn't Madara.

Found in this Wiki on chapter "Moving the Plan Forward" and from Chapter 606 in the Manga.

  • Thanks, but that is not my question. The question already acknowledges that he had reasons to assume Madara's identity. For a short while, after he "officially" joined Akatsuki, he kept fooling around, especially with "Deidara-senpai" (which is where I got my display name, by the way). The question is why did he do that instead of just saying, "I am Madara"? – Masked Man Jan 2 '13 at 13:03
  • @Deidara-senpai He might wanted to test the Akatsuki members out to find out how strong they really are and maybe he just wanted to not pull to much attention to himself by saying: "hey, i'm Madara, sup bro?" but all of this is pure speculation from me, I've no prove for or against it. Time might tell. – Tartori Jan 2 '13 at 23:04

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