Originally Posted by Madara
Ever since he became Sasori's replacement in the Akatsuki, Tobi has hasn't done anything remarkable, but has pointlessly shown himself in all kinds of situations. Few are those who know the scope of his powers, or the face that lies behind his mask... Uchiha Madara: that is Tobi's true name. Madara is supposed to have met his demise in the Valley of the End, so why does he live, and what does he want to accomplish? That will become clear when Tobi takes off his mask, and Madara sets his ambitions in motion.
Needless to say, Mangekyou Sharingan is the greatest weapon at Madara's disposal. The eternal power he got ahold of by sacrificing his little brother's eyesight, the one that subdues even the Nine-Tailed Fox. But wherever an Akatsuki member is present, Tobi doesn't use Mangekyou Sharingan. Is it to keep his true identity concealed, or is there some other reason?
No one has a clue as to what Tobi-Madara's powers are. Even before Akatsuki members, he never exerted them. In his rare battle happenstances, jutsu hardly leave any traces upon him. An ability that lets attacks fail to connect without exception, keeps his body unscathed after Itachi's Amaterasu, and apparently transcends space so he can vanish into thin air. And here is the biggest question of all: why is Madara alive? Contemporary to Konoha's creation, the man supposed to have died at the Valley of the End lives to this day, his appearance unchanged. The jutsu that kept Madara alive, deceiving even Hashirama, the First Hokage, is known to Madara and him alone...
Was it to speed up the bijuu-gathering? Or possibly to keep an eye on Sasuke, the Uchiha survivor? The reason why Madara entered the Akatsuki as Tobi is a great mystery... What is his true motive for using a fake identity?!
[The Face of Deceit]
Under his Tobi guise, Madara is unreliable and behaves foolishly, completely at odds with his normal self. The extreme difference in personalities is perhaps a cover, so no one discovers his true identity.
Along with his continued activities as Tobi, Madara is paving the way to his own ambitions. Always nestled close by, stands Zetsu, an Akatsuki member draped in mystery. The connection between the two, as well as their goals, still lie within the darkness...
§ All that Madara ever wanted was prosperity for his clan, and nothing else. His continued battles against the Senju clan, his joining of hands with them, all of it was for the clan. But Madara didn't realize his clan was already tired of fighting.
Madara's ideology was deemed hazardous, and the Uchiha were kept away from Konoha's leadership. And eventually, he was estranged by his own clan. The flames of anger Madara harbored upon leaving Konoha are blazing, even today.
Before long Madara assaulted Konoha, with the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox at his command. However, this led to the worst possible consequences for the Uchiha. Years afterwards, when the Nine-Tails attacked Konoha, the village's higher-ups later reasoned that the Uchiha clan was [behind it]. The Uchiha clan was cast aside, and forced into confinement. §
Sasuke's always been reflected in Madara's eyes. Are his feelings affection towards a rare, fellow remainder of his clan, or interest in a useful pawn? In any case, Madara has been waiting for Sasuke's growth, and has pressed it along. For what kind of reason does it have to be Sasuke, rather than Itachi?
The web has been spun*. Sasuke grew up to his liking, and Itachi is dead. Only a few bijuu remain [to be captured]. There is nothing left to hinder his ambitions, everything has been carried out according to plan. Now, Madara removes Tobi's mask, and bares his fangs towards his enemies. Is his target the village of Konoha, or else...?
Before long, our goals will be fulfilled.
His evil eye is glowing from under his mask. The Uchiha's heroic figure lurks within eternity.
The whole picture remains unseen. The true power is hidden behind the mask.
A period of obscurity-dwelling, spent deceiving everyone.
Chagrin and hatred amplified over a long time.
§ Isolation caused by great pride; Uchiha's downfall, beckoned by Madara's violence. §
The opportunity has come up. A great, despicable ambition is on the move.
-The Mangekyou Sharingan in his eyes is eternal. From Konoha's creation to this day, what have they been reflecting?
-Whenever no one is around, the face of the all-seeing Madara sticks out.
-When he sports Tobi's mask, he's a lowly Akatsuki member. One word out of term, and he gets bullied back in line** by Deidara.
-The original Mangekyou Sharingan: those who carelessly look into Tobi's eyes will be speared through by the pupils lying within them.
-Tobi's body vanishes into nothingness. Is this, too, part of Madara's power?
-All attacks slip through Tobi's body. And yet it doesn't look like Shunshin no jutsu...
-Tobi approaches Sasuke, in the middle of a mission. To check on his progress?
-Even in a pinch, a bijuu chasing after him, he persists in concealing his abilities... A display of how at ease he feels?
-Confronted with Zetsu, it seems he quickly stepped up his game and revealed his true self.
§ -Shunned by a clan that rejected battle, Madara walks the path of loneliness.
-Madara spent day and night in battle, for the dignity of his clan.
-Madara and Hashirama's last battle. Vanquished, Madara disappears.
-16 years ago, an attack by Kyuubi occurred. The village's higher-ups suspected the Uchiha were involved. §
-Even the leader, Pain, abides by Madara's instructions.
-Perched atop his own statue, Madara observes Sasuke. He's been closely watching over his progress.
-Finally, Madara exposed the whole truth to Sasuke. It appears the time has come for him to get his ambitions going...
-Using Sasuke's emotions towards Itachi, Madara steers his mind with a clever speech.
*I find this sentence to sound more natural in English than the original "The machine is ripened".
**The original term refers to political purge.
The parts between §§ refer to the text with the black background on the third page (p.118).