Sasuke Uchiha (Japanese: うちは サスケ, Hepburn: Uchiha Sasuke ) is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime franchise created by Masashi Kishimoto. Sasuke belongs to the Uchiha clan, a notorious and powerful ninja family allied with the village of Konohagakure. Most of its members were massacred by Sasuke 's older brother, Itachi Uchiha, before the series begins, leaving Sasuke one of the few living members. At first, Sasuke is distant and seeks revenge for his clan by killing his brother, but he later becomes empathetic toward his teammates Naruto Uzumaki and Sakura Haruno. His feelings of powerlessness force him to abandon his village and quest to become stronger, regardless of the cost. Sasuke appears in several of the series ' animated feature films and related media, including video games, original video animations (OVAs), and Boruto: Naruto the Movie ( 2015 ) and its manga sequel, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ( 2016 ), in which he is depicted as a vigilante supporting his village.
Kishimoto conceived Sasuke as a rival of the series ' title character Naruto Uzumaki. Despite Sasuke 's dark characterdevelopment later in the story, Kishimoto avoided portraying him as a villain ; he found designing the character challenging and had difficulty creating a suitable look for him. Nonetheless, Kishimoto has grown to enjoy drawing him. In the manga 's animated adaptations, Sasuke was voiced by Noriaki Sugiyama in Japanese and Yuri Lowenthal in English.