The 19 Best Fights in 'Naruto,' Ranked

The episodes with the best fight scenes and where to watch them

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Dattebayo, fam. We got a laundry list of ninja clashes, iconic rivalries, mind-blowing jutsu debuts, and enough emotional sucker punches to rival Sasuke's "Amaterasu." Grab your headband. For fans of the Shonen genre (and other anime like Hunter x Hunter), epic battle sequences are one of the best parts. Seeing the most powerful characters in anime go head-to-head is arguably the most exciting part of the genre. So with this in mind, we compiled the 19 best Naruto fights, ranked. These are the episodes with the most memorable fight scenes, and where you can watch them right now. And if you want to watch some more anime like Naruto, we've got you covered.

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19. Team 7 vs. Zabuza and Haku

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18. Naruto & Sasuke vs. Kaguya

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  • Episodes: 46o (Naruto Shippuden)
  • Key techniques: Six Paths, Nine-Tails Chakra Mode, Sage Mode, Chidori, Inda's Arrow

Why it's epic: Naruto and Sasuke don't just throw their strongest attacks around. They strategize, adapt to Kaguya's abilities, and use their unique skills to complement each other, showcasing their bond and growth as teammates. Plus, the stakes are incredibly high with Kaguya threatening to enslave humanity with the Infinite Tsukuyomi.

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17. Naruto vs. Pain

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  • Episodes: 163-169 (Naruto Shippuden)
  • Key techniques: Rasenshuriken, Planetary Devastation, Talk no Jutsu (of course)

Why it's epic: In this battle, Naruto confronts his inner demons, the legacy of Pain, and the power of forgiveness. It’s an emotional rollercoaster. And it will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about ninja philosophy.

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16. Kakashi vs. Obito

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15. Might Guy vs. Kisame Hoshigaki

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  • Episodes: 250-251 (Naruto Shippuden)
  • Key techniques: Eight Gates, Dynamic Entry, Water Style Release: Great Shark Bomb Jutsu

Why it's epic: This is a clash of titans, pitting raw power against tactical brilliance. Witness Guy, the eternal underdog, pushing his body to the limit with the Eight Gates and unleashing a whirlwind of taijutsu against Kisame's devastating water jutsu.

High-octane action. Breathtaking animation. In this match, Guy protects Naruto at immense personal cost. It’s truly a sight to behold.

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14. Might Guy vs. Madara Uchiha

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  • Episodes: 418-421 (Naruto Shippuden)
  • Key techniques: Eight Gates, Taijutsu mastery, sheer willpower

Why it's epic: It’s Might Guy again. Sorry, not sorry. I have a soft spot for him, don’t ask me why. Plus, this fight defies logic and physics.

Guy, the underdog, pushes his body to the absolute limit in a desperate attempt to stop Madara. Witness the true meaning of "burning bright."

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13. Sasuke vs. Itachi Uchiha

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12. Naruto vs. Sasuke (Valley of End, Part 1)

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11. Kabuto Yakushi vs. Itachi Uchiha and Sasuke Uchiha

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10. Minato Namikaze vs. Obito Uchiha

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  • Episodes: 248 (Naruto Shippuden)
  • Key techniques: Flying Raijin Jutsu, Kamui, Spiral Zetsu jutsu

Why it's epic: More than a teacher vs. student showdown, the Minato-Obito fight is a glimpse into the legendary Fourth Hokage's prowess. Minato protects Konoha against his former student, a bittersweet reminder of the hero who died too soon.

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9. Jiraiya vs. Six Paths of Pain

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8. Hashirama Senju vs. Madara Uchiha

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7. Killer B vs. Sasuke Uchiha

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  • Episodes: 143 (Naruto Shippuden)
  • Key techniques: Eight-Tails Jinchuriki powers, Mangekyou Sharingan, epic rap battles (not really)

Why it's epic: This battle is a great showcase of the contrasting paths between jinchuriki and ninja-seeking revenge. Bonus points for Killer B's epic raps.

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6. Orochimaru vs. Third Hokage Hiruzen Sarutobi

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  • Episodes: 69-73 (Naruto Shippuden)
  • Key techniques: Forbidden jutsu galore, epic summonings, emotional baggage

Why it's epic: Another teacher vs. student showdown. Hiruzen sacrifices himself to protect Konoha from his former pupil. It’s a heart-wrenching fight with emotional depth and powerful flashbacks. Definitely worth a rewatch.

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5. Rock Lee vs. Gaara

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  • Episodes: 48-50 (Naruto)
  • Key techniques: Eight Gates, Taijutsu, Sand Manipulation

Why it's epic: This ain’t your typical ninja battle. It's a testament to Lee's determination against seemingly insurmountable odds. Witness Lee's brutal sacrifice and Gaara's initial transformation from villain to potential ally.

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4. Neji Hyuga vs. Hinata Hyuga

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  • Episodes: 46 (Naruto)
  • Key techniques: Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms, Gentle Fist style, surpassing destiny

Why it's epic: You get Neji's fatalistic view of destiny pitted against Hinata's belief in herself. The match culminates in a poignant moment of self-discovery for both characters.

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3. Kimimaro vs. Rock Lee

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2. Shikamaru Nara vs. Hidan

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  • Episodes: 87 (Naruto Shippuden)
  • Key techniques: Shadow Jutsu, Kekkai Genkai, strategic genius

Why it's epic: This fight is a testament to Shikamaru's tactical brilliance. It's not about flashy jutsu but about meticulous planning and outsmarting your opponent. Shikamaru is calm under pressure and manipulates Hidan's immortality through strategy. Even the "smartest guy in Konoha" gets his hands dirty.

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1. Naruto Uzumaki vs. Sasuke Uchiha (Final Battle)

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What makes Naruto battles special

Naruto's fight scenes are more than just explosions and jutsu. You can feel the heart, emotion, and character development through the fights themselves. These battles aren't just about winning or losing, it goes deeper.

The warriors of Naruto push physical limits, defy destinies, uphold their values, and learn the true meaning of friendship and connection.

What’s your favorite Naruto fight scene?

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