Although it is not an easy task, we have dared to select the strongest characters in Naruto. We have not only taken into account the Kekkei Genkai, Bijū, classifications and techniques (taijutsu, ninjutsu, genjutsu, etc.) to configure this list, but also the historical importance of each character throughout the events of the series.
If you haven’t watched the anime fully you might want to avoid reading this list as it contains major spoilers.
The Strongest Characters in Naruto
This powerful “artificial shinobi” is actually a union between the White Zetsu and the Black Zetsu. The white version consists of a human created artificially from the DNA of Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage. Meanwhile, the black version was created by the fearsome Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, with the aim of helping her to be reborn in the future.
In addition to being one of Akatsuki’s strongest members, Zetsu is on this list for being the “gateway” for the resurgence of the “Demon” (a “loving nickname” for Princess Kaguya Ōtsutsuki).
Former Shinobi of the Village Hidden by Sand, Sasori is one of those ninjas with whom we assure you that you would not like to stumble especially when he is in a bad mood.
Considered one of the most powerful members of Akatsuki, Sasori has in his account acts that demonstrate the dimension of his power and, at the same time, of his cruelty. Responsible for high-level crimes, this skilled puppet manipulator (Kugutsu no Jutsu) managed to assassinate the Third Kazekage (who was considered the most powerful ninja in the Sand Village).
Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough to prove his power, Sasori was still able to invade an entire country by himself!
18. Kakashi Hatake
From the beginning of the series, Kakashi has proved to be one of Konoha’s strongest characters in Naruto. In addition, his power was enhanced after receiving the Sharingan eye from Obito Uchiha, a friend of his who died during the Third Shinobi World War (or at least that was what everyone believed).
Before becoming the Sixth Hokage, just after the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kakashi’s skill and abilities made him gain the title of Captain of the Anbu and Commander of the Shinobi Allied Forces.
Kakashi is that sensei that inspires respect for everyone!
17. Killer B
Do not be fooled by the “delightful” rhymes of Killer B, the shinobi of the Hidden Cloud Village. This shinobi has impressive agility and gave Sasuke a lot of work when they were involved in combat.
In addition, Killer B is classified as a Jinchūriki, that implies, he has a Biju (Beast with Tail) residing in his body – Gyūki, also known as “Eight-Tails.” But, what makes Killer B an exceptional ninja is the fact that he is one of the few with the ability to fully control his Biju, empowering and perfecting all his power.
A legendary sannin of Konoha, considered the most powerful kunoichi (the female version of shinobi, for those who do not know) in the world, and also thanks to her experienced medical skills. Tsunade returned to Konoha as the Fifth Hokage and used all her immense strength to protect the village from enemies.
In addition to being very good at taijutsu, Tsunade also manages to master various Chakra skills, such as Fire, Water, Earth, Lightning, not to mention the Liberation of Yin and Yang.
This kunoichi also dominates extremely strong medicinal ninjutsus, which allows her to heal herself and her companions from severe wounds in a short time.
His exceptional intelligence and perception, coupled with his mastery of powerful ninjutsus and his ability to modify his own DNA, makes Kabuto one of the most strongest characters in Naruto.
Thanks to his DNA altering skills, this medical ninja managed to incorporate two super-powerful Kekkei Genkai into his own body: the Twin Demons Attack (splitting his body at the molecular level) and the Shikotsumyaku (ability to manipulate his entire bone structure).
As an Orochimaru’s assistant and spy is also capable of applying the Kyūinjutsu, a chakra absorbing technique, very useful to “steal” the enemy’s energy and store it in his own chakra reserve.
Kabuto may officially be a Genin, but his mastery of specialized techniques, such as Senjutsu, Hiden and Invocations, along with his great observation skills, makes him a difficult opponent for any Rank-S shinobi.
Gaara was always despised by the inhabitants of his land, the Hidden Village of the Sand, since, like Naruto, this shinobi was born under the “curse” of being a Jinchūriki. Gaara is home to Shukaku, also known as the One-Cola Biju.
Considered one of the most powerful ninjas in the Land of the Wind, Gaara of the Desert has unique traits that do justice to his title of Fifth Kazekage, such as the manipulation of sand and the Release of Magnetism (his Kekkei Genkai).
Gaara is also a Sensor type shinobi, a “Perceptive,” that can manage to identify the exact location of his enemies directly through his chakra. In other words, Gaara can defeat his opponents without even keeping an eye on them.
A legendary Konoha sannin (along with Tsunade and Jiraya) and one of the most famous and dangerous missing-nin of the Hidden Leaf Village, Orochimaru’s power is terrifying!
Leader of the Hidden Village of Sound (which is merely a place for Orochimaru to do his extreme experiments), this shinobi managed to kill the Third Hokage and give Naruto a lot of work in his Four-Tailed form.
Body modifications are typical of Orochimaru, who manages to completely manipulate his body shape at will, whether to attack, defend himself, or heal himself.
The power of the white snake, as its body modification ability is known, also allows Orochimaru to use the Living Corpse Reincarnation to transfer its soul to other bodies, thus maintaining its immortality.
Orochimaru mastered even high-level ninjutsu, managing to use all five chakra elements, in addition to the Liberation of Yin and Yang. However, the types of ninjutsu he uses the most are those involving snake techniques, with the ability to summon giant snakes and use them to attack his opponents.
Reviving the dead and using various secret techniques is also on the “curriculum” of Orochimaru, a ninja who is not easily defeated by anyone.
Jiraya is one of the legendary sannin of Konoha, along with Tsunade and Orochimaru, all under the training of Sarutobi (Third Hokage).
Even without any Kekkei Genkai or special skills, Jiraya is one of the most outstanding shinobis in the ninja world. Popularly known as Gama Sannin, this “super pervert” has the ability to summon gigantic toads and to masterly use Senjutsu. Besides, Jiraya still has the most powerful Rasengan there is (except for Naruto, of course).
Jiraya’s powers are comparable to those of a Kage. By the way, he was initially the one elected to take over the Fifth Hokage’s position, but since that was going to hinder the production of his adult magazine series (Icha Icha), he ended up rejecting it.
11. Itachi Uchiha
We can say that Itachi is the “Professor Severus Snape” of the Naruto world (Harry Potter fans will understand this correctly).
This shinobi prodigy is one of the most powerful of the Uchiha Clan, occupying promptly the position of Captain of the ANBU squad. Everything was going well until Itachi decided to kill all the members of his clan, with the only exception of Sasuke, his younger brother.
Itachi becomes a Missing-nin of Rank-S, one of the most wanted international criminals, and joins Akatsuki’s team.
Obviously, as an Uchiha, Itachi’s Kekkei Genkai could not be anything else but the Sharingan. Also known as one of the most powerful Sharingan we can find in Naruto.
This strong shinobi also has the ability to summon crows to defend him, as well as to control various chakra elements, such as fire, water, wind, yin and yang.
10. Obito Uchiha
Under the pseudonym of Tobi, Obito manipulated Akatsuki with the aim of destroying the world and replacing it with a new one.
Obito (or Tobi) is a Rank-S ninja traumatized by the war and has a lot of hate for the world and, because of this, a great danger for all shinobi nations.
This shinobi is one of the most remarkable members of the Uchiha Clan, being, consequently able to master the Sharingan and the Mangekyō Sharingan. In addition, Obito also possesses a Rinnegan which belonged to Nagato.
The full power of Obito was shown in the Fourth Great Ninja War, where after absorbing the Ten Tailed Beast, he fought simultaneously the previous Hokages, Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi, Might Guy and Killer Bee.
9. Minato Namikaze
Also known as Konoha’s Yellow Flash, because of his incredible skill in Lightning Release, Minato is one of the legendary shinobis of the Hidden Leaf Village and also Naruto’s father!
Minato was able to demonstrate his full power when Konoha was attacked by the terrible Nine Tails and, living up to his title of Fourth Hokage; this shinobi did everything to protect his village.
Using a powerful sealing technique, Minato managed to contain the Nine Tailed Beast, locking him in the body of his newborn son, dying heroically in the process.
Due to his enormous chakra reserves, Minato was able to use very powerful ninjutsus (such as Rasengan), as well as Senjutsu, Fūinjutsu and excellent Taijutsu.
The founder and leader of Akatsuki, this ninja acts under the alias of Pain, and concluded that people would only come to appreciate peace after feeling the meaning of true pain.
Nagato is the most powerful member of Akatsuki (and the only one not classified as a Missing-nin in his village, Hidden Rain Village), being the bearer of an exceptional amount of chakra. And because he owns a Rinnegan, he learns quickly and develops a wide range of powerful ninjutsu.
Nagato was even able to control all of nature’s transformations during his childhood, which left Jiraya, his sensei on Team Ame Orphans, quite in shock.
But Nagato’s most powerful technique is undoubtedly the Six Paths of Pain, which allows him to control six different bodies as if they were his own, from the reincarnation of dead ninja bodies.
This is a very advanced and forbidden technique, mastered only by Nagato and Obito Uchiha.
7. Sasuke Uchiha
One of the most iconic characters in the entire series, Sasuke is undoubtedly one of Naruto’s most loved and hated shinobis. It doesn’t matter if you’re #TeamNaruto or #TeamSasuke, because the incredible power this ninja possesses is undeniable!
Considered one of the last members of the Uchiha clan, Sasuke is in control of two of the three Great Dōjutsu (“Eye Techniques”) the Sharingan and the Rinnegan. He even developed the powerful Mangekyo, an advanced form of Sharingan that is only developed in people who have experienced very intense trauma.
6. Hashirama Senju
The First Hokage of Konoha couldn’t be out of this list. Known as the “God Shinobi,” Hashirama founded the Hidden Leaf Village in collaboration with Madara Uchiha, who was his friend until then.
Hashirama was able to master countless different techniques, with Wood Release being his specialty. To give you an idea of the level of power of this shinobi, after his death, his cells were studied by the entire ninja world.
5. Hamura Ōtsutsuki
Son of Kaguya, Hamura is the brother of the legendary Sage of the Six Path (Hagoromo), Hamura Ōtsutsuki is considered one of the first human beings to be born with the chakra. Also, he is also the founder of the Clan Hyūga (Hinata’s Clan), being the bearer of a very powerful Byakugan.
Together with his twin brother, Hagoromo, he was able to lock up the Ten Tailed (an evil version of his mother), an act for which he has earned a place among the strongest characters in Naruto.
4. Madara Uchiha
Madara is the legendary leader of the Uchiha clan, known to have founded Konoha alongside his former friend Hashirama, the First Hokage.
As he is the most powerful member of the Uchiha, it is clear to say that Dōjutsus, as the Sharingan and the Mangekyō Sharingan are powerful in Madara. But, as if that wasn’t enough, he also developed the Rinne Sharingan, dōjutsu which originated the Sharingan and the Rinnegan.
Besides the powerful dōjutsu, Madara also masters several other techniques at the highest level, from its taijutsu to senjutsu. However, it doesn’t end there. The peak of Madara’s power materialized in the form of the fearsome Ten Tailed Beast, the representation of Kaguya Ōtsutsuki with the Divine Tree.
Madara’s fight with the Shinobi Alliance is breathtaking. We can say that he is the Chuck Norris of the ninja world!
3. Naruto Uzumaki
Dattebayo! It is clear that Naruto must be among the strongest characters in Naruto’s world, after all, the boy spent his life talking about becoming a Hokage and did not give up until he succeeded.
The current Seventh Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village evolved quite a bit over the course of the series and became a true living legend, being able to enchant up incredible jutsus. Not to mention his ability to control all nine types of Bijū (Tailed Beasts Chakra) that reside in his body.
Dattebayo! (Believe it) is the slogan of Naruto Uzumaki, which he uses at the end of most of his sentences, as a way to make his speeches and statements unique.
2. Kaguya Ōtsutsuki
No one would say that the world’s first “ninja” was actually an alien. Kaguya Otsutsuki is the matriarch of the Clan Ōtsutsuki and came to Earth over a thousand years ago, at a time when wars between humans were endless.
Considered immortal, Kaguya was the first to consume the fruit of the Divine Tree, being able to generate and control the chakra, the central energy of all ninja art. Therefore, this Princess has the unique gift of being able to absorb all the chakra of the world.
Everything was going well, until Kaguya lost all the love she had for humanity and created chaos among mortals by creating an incredibly powerful beast, known as the Ten Tailed Beast.
Kaguya manages to create dimensional portals and change his powers according to his surroundings. In addition to being able to control all the elements of nature, he also has the Sharingan and the Byakugan.
1. Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki
Also known as the Sage of the Six Path, Hagoromo is none other than the creator of the ninja world and ninjutsu, the well-known technique used through chakra concentration.
In addition, Hagoromo was the only one (with the help of his brother Hamura) to succeed in defeating his powerful and terrifying mother, Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, who had transformed herself into the legendary Ten-Tails.
He did not actually manage to destroy her, but was able to confine her inside himself through a sealing jutsu, thus becoming the first Jinchuriki (people who keep tailed beasts inside their body) in the world.
As if all this were not enough to elect him the strongest character in Naruto, Hagoromo is also known as a divinity among the shinobis, mainly because of his battle to spread peace and wisdom to all corners of the planet.