Naruto is one of the most popular anime and manga franchises ever, and it's not hard to see why. The series is filled with memorable characters, epic battles, and a complex, ever-expanding mythology that keeps fans returning for more. Fans of shonen or adventure anime in general flock to Naruto for its incredible fight sequences, world building and narratives. In this article, we'll rank the 30 most powerful Naruto characters based on their abilities, strength, and overall impact on the series.
The 31 Most Powerful Naruto Characters, Ranked
31. Zabuza Momochi
- Abilities: Water Style Jutsu, Silent Killing Technique, Swordsmanship
Zabuza Momochi is one of the first major villains introduced in the Naruto series, and he made a big impact. His signature weapon is a massive sword that he wields with deadly precision, and he's a master of silent killing techniques. His Water Style Jutsu is also incredibly powerful, allowing him to control water in all its forms.
- Abilities: Immortality, Curse Techniques, Scythe Wielding
Hidan is a member of the Akatsuki, a notorious organization of powerful ninjas. What makes him stand out is his ability to achieve immortality by linking his life force to that of his enemies. His curse techniques also allow him to inflict incredible pain on his opponents, and his scythe is a deadly weapon in his hands.
29. Shikamaru Nara
- Abilities: Shadow Possession Jutsu, Strategy and Tactics, Intelligence
Shikamaru Nara is one of Naruto's closest friends and one of the most intelligent ninjas in the series. His Shadow Possession Jutsu allows him to control his opponents' movements, making them easy targets for his allies. And his strategy and tactics are second to none, allowing him to outmaneuver even the most powerful opponents.
28. Kisame Hoshigaki
- Abilities: Water Style Jutsu, Samehada Sword, Enhanced Strength and Speed
Kisame Hoshigaki is another member of the Akatsuki, and he's a force to be reckoned with. His signature weapon is the Samehada Sword, which can absorb chakra from his opponents and make him even more powerful.
He's also incredibly strong and fast, making him a formidable opponent in close combat. And his Water Style Jutsu is among the most powerful in the series.
27. Choji Akimichi
- Abilities: Partial Expansion Jutsu, Butterfly Mode, Human Bullet Tank
Chōji Akimichi is a member of the Akimichi clan. When he taps into this transformation, his physical attributes are significantly enhanced, granting him a remarkable boost in strength and speed.
Chōji Akimichi's unwavering loyalty, indomitable spirit, and unique abilities make him an invaluable asset to his friends and the Hidden Leaf Village.
- Abilities: Toad Summons, Sage Mode, Rasengan
Jiraiya is one of Naruto's early mentors and one of the most powerful ninjas in the series. He's a master of toad summoning, and his Sage Mode allows him to tap into the world's natural energy to increase his power and senses.
His Rasengan technique is also incredibly powerful, capable of destroying even the most formidable opponents.
- Abilities: Sand Manipulation, Shukaku Tailed Beast
Gaara is the Kazekage of the Hidden Sand Village and one of the strongest ninjas in the series. He's a master of sand manipulation, using it defensively and offensively to devastating effect. And as a jinchuriki of the Shukaku Tailed Beast, he also has immense reserves of chakra and strength.
24. Neji Hyuga
- Abilities: Byakugan, Gentle Fist Jutsu, Rotation
Neji Hyuga is a member of the Hyuga clan, one of the most powerful ninja clans in the Naruto universe. He possesses the Byakugan, which gives him an incredible vision and the ability to see through objects and barriers.
His Gentle Fist Jutsu allows him to strike accurately at his opponents' chakra points. And his Rotation technique is a defensive move that could deflect even the most powerful attacks.
23. Killer Bee
- Abilities: Eight-Tails Tailed Beast, Lightning Style Jutsu, Swordsmanship
Killer Bee is the jinchuriki of the Eight-Tails Tailed Beast, which gives him incredible strength and chakra reserves. He's also a master of lightning-style jutsu, which he can use to devastating effect.
And his swordsmanship is among the best in the series, making him a formidable opponent even without the help of his Tailed Beast.
- Abilities: Puppet Mastery, Poison Jutsu, Iron Sand
Sasori is a member of the Akatsuki, known for his mastery of puppetry. He creates countless puppets over the years, each with its unique abilities and weapons. He is also a master of poison jutsu, and his Iron Sand technique is one of the most devastating in the series.
- Abilities: Earth Grudge Fear, Immortality, Five Hearts Technique
Kakuzu is a member of the Akatsuki and is known for his incredible durability. He has the ability to reattach his limbs and has five hearts, making him virtually immortal.
He is also a master of Earth Grudge Fear, a powerful technique that allows him to manipulate earth and fire chakra to create powerful blasts.
20. Tobirama Senju
- Abilities: Water Style Jutsu, Shadow Clone Jutsu, Edo Tensei
Tobirama Senju is the Second Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village, known for his mastery of water-style jutsu. He is also the inventor of the Shadow Clone Jutsu, a technique that allows him to create multiple copies of himself.
And he is one of the few ninjas who can use the Edo Tensei technique, which allows him to resurrect the dead and control them as his puppets.
19. Hashirama Senju
- Abilities: Wood Style Jutsu, Sage Mode, Healing Jutsu
Hashirama Senju is the First Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village. He is the first to master Wood Style Jutsu, which allows him to manipulate trees and plants to create powerful attacks.
His Sage Mode also makes him incredibly powerful, and he can use his Healing Jutsu to heal even the most grievous wounds.
18. Itachi Uchiha
- Abilities: Sharingan, Genjutsu, Amaterasu
Itachi Uchiha is one of the most tragic characters in Naruto but also one of the most powerful. He possesses the Sharingan, a powerful eye technique that allows him to read his opponents' movements and copy their techniques.
He is also a master of genjutsu, and his Amaterasu technique can burn anything to ash.
17. Kabuto Yakushi
- Abilities: Medical Ninjutsu, Sound Ninjutsu, Sage Mode
Kabuto Yakushi is a former member of Orochimaru's organization, and he was known for his incredible medical ninjutsu skills. He can heal even the most grievous wounds, and he also has the ability to use sound ninjutsu to disorient his opponents.
His Sage Mode also makes him incredibly powerful, increasing his strength and speed to incredible levels.
16. Nagato (Pain)
- Abilities: Rinnegan, Six Paths Jutsu, Summoning Jutsu
Pain is the leader of the Akatsuki. He possesses the Rinnegan, a powerful eye technique that allows him to use the Six Paths Jutsu, including abilities like controlling gravity and creating a powerful shockwave. He can also summon powerful beasts to do his bidding.
15. Obito Uchiha
- Abilities: Kamui Dimensional Shift, Sharingan, Wood Style Jutsu
Obito Uchiha is one of the most complex characters in the Naruto universe, and his abilities are equally impressive.
His Kamui Dimensional Shift allows him to teleport himself and others to another dimension, making him almost impossible to catch. He's also a master of the Sharingan, which gives him incredible reflexes and the ability to copy other ninjas' techniques.
His Wood Style Jutsu is also incredibly powerful, allowing him to manipulate plants and trees to devastating effect.
14. Hamura Otsutsuki
- Abilities: Byakugan, Tenseigan, Chakra Chains
Hamura Otsutsuki is the other son of Hagoromo, and he is known for his incredible power and skill with the Byakugan. He is also able to awaken the Tenseigan, a powerful eye technique that allows him to use the Chakra Chains to manipulate the chakra of his opponents.
- Abilities: Body Modification Jutsu, Snake Summons, Mastery of Various Jutsu
Orochimaru is one of the main villains of the Naruto series, and his mastery of jutsu is unmatched. He's a master of body modification, allowing him to change his appearance and abilities at will.
He's also a summoner of snakes, and his Orochi form is one of the most iconic images in the series. And his mastery of various jutsu makes him a versatile and dangerous opponent.
12. Isshiki Otsutsuki
- Abilities: Rinnegan, Byakugan, Space-Time Ninjutsu
Isshiki Otsutsuki is the final villain in Naruto and is incredibly powerful. He possesses both the Rinnegan and the Byakugan, making him one of the most powerful characters in the series.
He can also use powerful Space-Time Ninjutsu that allows him to teleport through space and time.
11. Might Guy
- Abilities: Super Strength, Eight Gates Technique
Much like his protege Rock Lee, Might Guy demonstrates the full potential of taijutsu—although he can use ninjutsu. Despite not being as powerful as some of the ninjutsu users deeper in this list, he is far and away the most powerful physical fighter in the entire Naruto universe.
10. Kakashi Hatake
- Abilities: Chidori, Mangekyo Sharingan, Complete Body Susanoo Briefly
Kakashi is arguably the first character to show to fulfill a ubiquitous anime trope of, "wow, that guy is pretty strong." He is also arguably one of the most influential archetypes in the genre, inspiring a myriad of copycat characters from Jujutsu Kaisen's Gojo to My Hero's Shouta Aizawa.
With the help of his Sharingan Eye, Kakashi boasts one of the most powerful ultimate techniques in the series: Chidori. Plus, he briefly gained use of an additional Sharingan during the Fourth Great Ninja War, giving him a Susanoo to rival some of the big players deeper in this list.
9. Momoshiki Otsutsuki
- Abilities: Rinnegan, Byakugan, Absorption Techniques
Momoshiki Otsutsuki is one of the main villains in the series, and he is incredibly powerful. He possesses both the Rinnegan and the Byakugan, making him one of the most powerful characters in the series.
He can also use powerful absorption techniques to absorb chakra from his opponents.
8. Hagoromo Otsutsuki (Sage of Six Paths)
- Abilities: Rinnegan, Six Paths Jutsu, Creation of All Things
Hagoromo Otsutsuki, also known as the Sage of Six Paths, is one of the most important characters in the series. He is the one who first discovered chakra, and he possesses the Rinnegan, a powerful eye technique that allows him to use the Six Paths Jutsu.
He can also create all things from nothing, including the moon itself.
7. Minato Namikaze
- Abilities: Flying Thunder God Jutsu, Rasengan, Space-Time Ninjutsu
Minato Namikaze, also known as the Fourth Hokage, is one of the most powerful ninjas in the series. He invents the Flying Thunder God Jutsu, a technique that allows him to teleport instantly to any location marked with his seal.
He is also a master of the Rasengan, a powerful spinning ball of chakra that he can use to devastating effect. His Space-Time Ninjutsu allows him to teleport himself and others through space and time.
6. Indra Otsutsuki
- Abilities: Sharingan, Susanoo, Indra's Arrow
Indra Otsutsuki is one of the sons of Hagoromo, and he is known for his incredible power and skill with the Sharingan. His Susanoo is a massive humanoid creature that can devastate his opponents, and he can use his powerful Indra's Arrow to take down even the strongest foes.
5. Hiruzen Sarutobi (Prime Hiruzen)
- Abilities: Proficient in All Five Nature Transformations, Shadow Clone Jutsu, Summoning Jutsu, Earth Release
Hiruzen Sarutobi, aka Prime Hiruzen, is a legendary shinobi and the Third Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village. As a prodigious ninja, he wields a wide array of formidable abilities that solidifies his reputation as one of the most powerful characters in the Naruto series.
Prime Hiruzen Sarutobi's exceptional mastery of various techniques, profound wisdom, and dedication to protecting his village makes him an iconic figure in the Naruto universe. His legacy as the Third Hokage inspires future generations of shinobi, leaving an enduring impact on the history of the Hidden Leaf Village.
4. Madara Uchiha
- Abilities: Sharingan, Wood Style Jutsu, Perfect Susanoo
Madara Uchiha is one of the most potent Uchiha clan members, and he was known for his mastery of the Sharingan. He is also one of the few ninjas who can use Wood Style Jutsu, which allows him to manipulate trees and plants to create powerful attacks.
His Perfect Susanoo is a massive humanoid creature that can devastate his opponents.
3. Sasuke Uchiha
- Abilities: Sharingan, Rinnegan, Susanoo
Sasuke Uchiha is one of the most important characters in the series, and he is Naruto's main rival. He is also among the few ninjas who could use the Sharingan and the Rinnegan.
His Susanoo is a powerful technique that creates a massive humanoid creature to do his bidding. He also has access to powerful lightning-based jutsu that he can use to take down even the most powerful opponents.
2. Naruto Uzumaki
- Abilities: Sage Mode, Rasengan, Nine-Tails Chakra Mode
Obviously, have to rank him #1 or #2. It could go either way.
Naruto Uzumaki is the series's main protagonist and one of the most powerful ninjas in the Naruto universe. He can use Sage Mode, which increases his strength and speed to incredible levels.
His Rasengan is a powerful spinning ball of chakra that he can use to devastating effect, and his Nine-Tails Chakra Mode allows him to access the power of the Nine-Tailed Fox that is sealed inside of him.
1. Kaguya Otsutsuki (Ten-Tails Jinchuriki)
- Abilities: Rinne Sharingan, All-Killing Ash Bones, Expansive Truth-Seeking Ball
Kaguya Otsutsuki, in her Ten-Tails Jinchuriki form, is the most powerful character in the series. She possesses the Rinne Sharingan, a powerful eye technique that allows her to use the All-Killing Ash Bones and the Expansive Truth-Seeking Ball.
Her power is so great that it took the combined efforts of Naruto and Sasuke to defeat her.
Who do you think is the most powerful Naruto character?
There you have it, the 30 most powerful Naruto characters ranked. From the powerful ninja of the Hidden Leaf Village to the god-like beings from other dimensions, the Naruto series had no shortage of incredible characters.
Whether you agree or disagree with this list, there's no denying that each character has unique strengths and abilities that make them powerful in their own right.
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