Naruto: Why did Kaguya kill Madara?

Naruto is a series that intricately weaves the stories of its vast array of characters, each with their ambitions, goals, and plots.

One of the most significant and complex twists in the narrative is the revival and subsequent betrayal of Madara Uchiha by Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.

To understand why Kaguya killed Madara, one must delve deep into the lore of the series and the motivations behind these enigmatic characters.

Madara’s Ambition: The Infinite Tsukuyomi

Madara Uchiha, one of the series’ primary antagonists, had a dream to end the constant wars and conflicts plaguing the shinobi world.

To realize this utopia, Madara sought to implement the “Infinite Tsukuyomi” – a genjutsu that would trap everyone in an eternal dream, creating a world without hate or pain.

Infinite Tsukuyomi: Madara’s ultimate ambition

To activate the Infinite Tsukuyomi, Madara required the combined power of the Ten Tails, which he achieved by merging with it and becoming its Jinchuriki.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki: The Progenitor of Chakra

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki is an alien being and the progenitor of chakra on Earth. She consumed the fruit of the God Tree, gaining immense power and essentially becoming the first person on Earth to wield chakra.

As the series reveals, Kaguya didn’t use her newfound powers for peace. Instead, she became a tyrant, ruling over the land and casting it into an era of fear.

Kaguya had two sons, Hagoromo (the Sage of Six Paths) and Hamura. They opposed their mother’s despotic rule and her desire to reclaim the chakra she believed was stolen from her.

After an intense battle, Kaguya was sealed by her sons, but not before she merged with the God Tree to become the Ten Tails.

Madara as a Vessel: Kaguya’s Resurrection

Unknown to Madara, by becoming the Jinchuriki of the Ten Tails, he inadvertently set the stage for Kaguya’s resurrection.

The Ten Tails was not just a mass of chakra, but also a part of Kaguya herself. When Madara activated the Infinite Tsukuyomi and began to absorb the chakra from the trapped shinobi, he was also absorbing a significant amount of Kaguya’s essence.

This accumulation of power and chakra within Madara’s body made it a suitable vessel for Kaguya’s return. Essentially, Madara’s actions, driven by his ambitions, paved the way for Kaguya’s revival, turning him into a pawn in a much larger game.

Kaguya’s Motivation: A Threat Beyond the Stars

While Kaguya’s initial tyranny on Earth was driven by her desire to control and reclaim chakra, her later motivations had evolved. Kaguya was preparing for a threat from her own clan – the Ōtsutsuki clan from other dimensions.

This clan travels from planet to planet, draining them of their chakra and life force. Kaguya’s accumulation of chakra, including the creation of the White Zetsu army, was in anticipation of a potential confrontation with her own clan.

When she saw an opportunity to return through Madara’s actions, she took it. Kaguya viewed Madara as nothing more than a vessel – a means to an end. Thus, she betrayed and overtook him, usurping his role as the primary antagonist in the series.

A Web of Ambitions and Schemes

The reason behind Kaguya’s betrayal of Madara is multifaceted. It lies in the intricate interplay of Madara’s ambitions, the legacy of the Ōtsutsuki clan, and the very nature of chakra.

Madara, despite his immense power and cunning, became ensnared in a web of plots that spanned millennia. His death at the hands of Kaguya serves as a testament to the unpredictable and grand narrative scale of “Naruto,” where ambitions, no matter how grand, can be overshadowed by even grander cosmic schemes.

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