Naruto is a manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, which tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who constantly seeks recognition and dreams of becoming Hokage, the leader ninja of his village. Check our listings on Naruto:
The Naruto series has showcased many powerful ninjas. Their unique powers and abilities kept upgrading from one season to another. But among all the unique ninjas, there have been some characters whose development is remembered even after the end of the series.
Those characters were the strongest and most famous among the anime watchers from all across the globe, whether they were the protagonist or antagonists. So, without any further ado, let’s check out the list of strongest characters in Naruto.
Not to mention, their backstories were also not of any flowers and honey types, and that was the reason they could muster their ninja techniques with time.
The List of 10 Strongest Characters in Naruto
The most fantastic fact is the power rankings of these characters are kept intact throughout the whole series. Get it rolling then.
1. Naruto Uzumaki
The main protagonist of the Naruto series. A hyperactive, energetic boy with so many adventures in mind. He was introduced first as the good-for-nothing ninja who knows nothing to resist any incoming blows towards him. Yet this knuckle-headed ninja had quite a positive personality inside him.
In the first episode of season one, this happy-go, lucky ninja showed attitudes sometimes that would result in some heated situations among the trainers or people around.
His character went through many developments to turn him into a savior and a more mature person. This comic protagonist is the number strongest character for nothing. After all, Kurama, the infamous nine-tailed beast, was sealed inside him.
With an unlimited amount of chakra mastered, his physical ability, leadership attributes, and positivity turned into one of the strongest Hokage in history.
He and Naruto shared a similar history in their childhood. Like how the nine-tailed Kurama was sealed inside Naruto, the one-tailed Shukaku was also sealed inside Gaara.
Naruto was feared as a child for being the Jinchuriki of the nine-tailed Kurama. The same event happened with Gaara as well.
One positive aspect of these beasts being sealed inside the vessels was that they gave the vessel an unlimited amount of chakra inside their body, which makes Gaara the second strongest character in Naruto.
The death of Gaara is also an important episode in Naruto Shippuden. He was once defeated by Deidara. Later, members of Akatsuki kill him and extract the Shukaku from his body. He was later revived by the village elder Chiyo.
Due to rejection from the world, Gaara went on to become a ruthless killer wandering around. After Naruto defeated him in a duel, he became friends with Naruto and eventually ended up being his village’s Kazekage (protector).
3. Sasuke Uchiha
He could be introduced as a gray-shaded character, for his vengeance turned him into an aggressive criminal. Later his character developed into that of the protagonist of the series.
His main source of power is his legendary rinnegan.
The only guy that could rival Naruto, Sasuke managed to defeat the Seventh Hokage multiple times, proving himself a place among the top 3 strongest characters in Naruto.
It’s villain time! Not necessarily only heroes should be included in the list just because they’re “heroes”. We may not like the antagonists, but we definitely can’t ignore their infamous powers and abilities.
Topping the list is Kaguya Otsutsuki, the ultimate antagonist in the Naruto series. For whom, Naruto and Sasuke’s powerful abilities had to be combined to seal her away.
Mother to Hagoromo Otsutsuki, the original owner of Sasuke’s Rinnegan, Kaguya was the very first wielder of chakra. Her powers and abilities made her alone a difficult foe for Naruto and other shinobis combined.
From manipulating space and time, telepathy and visual powers made her the only one to master these techniques completely. Although an evil entity, she wasn’t someone who Naruto could handle alone.
5. Hashirama Senju
Another one who received the right to be placed in the top 10 powerful characters in Naruto. Known as the founder of the Hidden Leaf Village, Senju is none other than the God of Shinobi.
He’s got a unique ability in his pocket and that is to manipulate any wood. When Madara Uchiha became almost undefeated due to his Rinnegan Powers, Hashirama Senju was the only one to rival Madara.
His ability to manipulate the wood gave birth to the trait Kekkei Genkai in his clan, and this very Kekkei Genkai was the power of resistance against the Uchiha’s Sharingan.
6. Madara Uchiha
Speak of Senju’s rival, and he shall appear. Introducing you to the infamous Madara Uchiha. One of the main antagonists in Naruto, Madara Uchiha was the strongest Uchiha ninja, second only to Sasuke.
Madara Uchiha’s two rinnegan gave him enough power to stand against the God of Shinobi himself. After his revival, he attained so much power that he was able to become the vessel to the ten-tailed beasts.
As one of the Hidden Leaf Village founders, his amazing visual powers and fighting techniques were some that shouldn’t be reckoned with. He dueled with the 5 Kages alone and won, turning him into a force to not mess with.
Ultimately, Madara Uchiha made peace and was ultimately killed by Hashirama Senju.
7. Obito Uchiha
Another villain in the Naruto series is Obito, the childhood friend of Kakashi. Plus, it was Obito himself who granted Kakashi his Sharingan.
Obito was taken under Madara’s tutelage and eventually turned into one of the most powerful ninjas and unlocked his true powers in his later years.
His powers were such that he once controlled the nine-tailed Kurama and caused a disturbance in the ninja nations. (Like a teacher, like a student!)
8. Kakashi Hatake
Who could ever forget the teacher of two of the most powerful shinobis in history? Kakashi Hatake is the teacher to both Naruto and Sasuke and is a father figure to Naruto.
He is also one of the most powerful ninjas that people across the history of Naruto. A powerhouse ninja-like Kakashi kept surprising the viewers with his continuous showcases of unique abilities.
An evil like Zabuza was no match against Kakashi, and no one can deny this fact. Kakashi may not top certain powerful characters, but he is still the wielder of some of the most powerful ninja techniques.
Techniques like the Chidori and Lightning Blade techniques were only used by him properly in the series. Kakashi’s power and personality earned him a spot as a Hokage.
Jiraiya is a legendary ninja in the series. There was a prophecy that he would teach a person who one day will either destroy or save the world. That person is none other than the one sitting at number 1 on this list.
Other than Naruto, he also got students like Nagato and the 4th Hokage; he was one of the Legendary Sanin.
An underrated evil genius he is. This guy has all types of evil jutsus available in the world in his pockets, plus creating some of his own “evil” Jutsu.
Another reason why Orochimaru is the most feared villain in Naruto is his “necromancy” ability. He can bring dead ninjas back to life and can also summon many powerful ninjas from the past and control them.
So this is the list of 10 strongest characters in Naruto. Alongside powers, they have quite the backstory and personality that made the viewers either love or hate them immensely.
Hats off to the talented writers and artists of this manga and anime who developed such unique characters with their passion and creativity.