Originally Posted by Nejifan
Why would you assume pity? Kabuto handled Sage mode perfectly fine. If itachi didn't have izanami he would have been able to beat sasuke and itachi at the same time, which, even with all the power creep we've seen, is **** impressive.
For all we know, he handled sage mode flawlessly. I could understand pity for losing, but not for "I knew you couldn't handle sage mode". That wouldn't make sense.
I think the actual message in the scene is more like "you're trying to be someone you're not, Kabuto". Itachi told him that as well and it's true. Kabuto was always pretending to be someone else since his childhood events that were shown in his flashback.