Naruto is one of the most loved Shounen series in the anime universe due to its incredible storyline and strong characters.
Throughout the anime, new powerful characters have been revealed many times, and old characters have received power boosts on several occasions.
The series ended a while back, and a new sequel to Naruto called “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations” is going on at the moment.
Now that the long-running anime has finally reached its end, fans are wondering about the strongest characters in Naruto. Therefore, we’ve ranked the 10 most powerful characters in the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden series.
10. Kakashi Hatake
Kakashi is an exceptionally strong Shinobi and a Copy Ninja, whose powers are often undermined in the show.
Fans get to see Kakashi’s true strength in the Fourth Shinobi War when he receives the second Sharingan from Obito. Even without the Sharingan, Kakashi is an incredibly powerful and talented Ninja.
The Copy Ninja became an Anbu at the young age of just 13. What’s more, he’s also the inventor of the lightning technique called “Chidori”. Kakashi has displayed his strength on multiple occasions and is more than worthy to be a part of this list.
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Next on the list is Orochimaru, a former member of the Legendary Sanin and incredibly powerful Shinobi.
Orochimaru is often underestimated by fans and is not considered strong enough to be on the list. However, the evil genius is not to be taken lightly, as he mastered almost all of the Jutsu in the Naruto Universe.
Furthermore, Orochimaru has also invented Jutsu of his own. The Villain is so intelligent that he even corrected the minor mistakes in the Jutsu of the 2nd Hokage and made the reanimation Jutsu workable.
What’s more, Orochimaru is one of the significant Villains in the Naruto series and has demonstrated his power on multiple occasions.
8. Itachi Uchiha
Itachi Uchiha is one of the strongest Genjutsu users and Uchiha of all time. He has always been an extraordinary child, exceeding his limits in various ways.
Itachi became an Anbu at the age of 11 and had to carry a lot of burdens on his shoulders at such a young age.
The young Uchiha is displayed as an enemy of Konoha and Sasuke at first by making him murder his entire clan.
However, fans later find out that Itachi holds a deep love for the two and was actually trying to protect them. Itachi’s notable Genjutsu powers allowed him to break Kabuto’s Edo Tensei.
7. Minato Namikaze
Up next, we have Minato Namikaze, the Yellow Flash of Konohagakure. Minato is arguably one of the strongest Hokage of all time due to his unique fighting style and his contribution to the village’s safety.
The fourth Hokage is considered the fastest Shinobi in the entire Naruto universe.
As the Hokage, Minato managed to defeat hundreds of Iwagakure Shinobis in the 3rd Ninja War.
What’s more, he also managed to stop Obito from causing further destruction to the village and sealed Kurama into Naruto. Minato further played an important role in the fourth shinobi war as well.
6. Hashirama Senju
Following Minato, we have the first Hokage, Hashirama Senju. Hashirama is an incredibly powerful shinobi who single-handedly defeated a man as powerful as Madara Uchiha. Not only that, Hashirama was invincible during his time period.
Hashirama’s strength as a shinobi was unmatched even when he was revived by Orochimaru. The first Hokage laid the foundation for the Leaf Village and protected it till his last breath.
Even after being revived by Orochimaru with half of his strength, Hashirama did an incredible job in holding back his rival, Madara.
5. Obito Uchiha
Next on the list, we have another unbelievably powerful Shinobi, Obito Uchiha. Obito had quite a rough past, witnessing the death of the love of his life at the hands of his best friend.
Obito turned evil afterward and even killed Minato and Kushina using Kurama.
Initially, Obito is presumed to be dead while on a mission with Kakashi, but Madara Uchiha saves him later on.
Since then, Obito became really powerful, unlocking the Mangekyou Sharingan, getting Rinnegan, and using the Six Paths Jutsu.
Obito even managed to become the jinchuriki of the strongest beast, Ten Tails.
4. Sasuke Uchiha
Sasuke is one of the main protagonists of the Naruto series and also an antagonist for a short period. He turned vengeful after witnessing the massacre of the Uchiha clan at the hands of his brother Itachi.
The young Uchiha always craved power and went to Orochimaru to get more powerful.
Sasuke was born with a lot of potential as an Uchiha, and he certainly surpassed his limits every time. He unlocked the Mangekyo Sharingan and the Rinnegan, giving him an unbelievable amount of power.
Furthermore, Sasuke’s powers didn’t end there, and he continues to grow in Boruto as well.
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3. Madara Uchiha
Madara Uchiha was the biggest and the most terrifyingly powerful antagonist of the Naruto series. He is, quite literally, a one-man army capable of taking on hundreds of shinobis at a time.
He is the strongest Uchiha to have ever lived, and he continued to surpass his limits after being revived as well.
Madara unlocked the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan, giving him the perfect Susanoo while he was alive. The Uchiha is even capable of sending Meteors down his enemy.
Madara was practically invincible during the fourth ninja war from the beginning to the very end.
2. Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto is the main protagonist of the series and is also ridiculously powerful as well.
Despite being the main character, Naruto wasn’t always strong and had to work hard to reach where he is now. He has large Chakra reserves and is capable of making thousands of copies of himself.
Naruto is the Jinchurki of Kurama and can completely use his chakra as well. Sage mod, along with Kurama’s Chakra, further boosts his attributes, making him the second most powerful Shinobi of all time.
The young Uzumaki can use the Six Paths Chakra as well and can withstand the power of all the tailed beasts in his body all at once.
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1. Kaguya Otutsuki
Finally, the strongest character in the Naruto Universe is Kaguya Otsutsuki. Kaguya is an invincible being possessing God-like powers, abilities, and physical strength.
The woman is the mother of the Sage of Six Paths and is the creator of Chakra as well.
Kaguya played an antagonistic role in the war, using a man as powerful as Madara as her puppet. She is capable of using all three Kekkei Genkai Dojutsu, allowing her to initiate infinite Tsukuyomi at any time.
The woman possesses all the powers in the Naruto Universe and can even become the Ten-tailed Beast at will.
Jiraya, who is a member of the Legendary Sanin, and one of the most respected characters in the anime universe deserves an honorable mention on the list.
Toad Sage is a remarkable shinobi and the strongest of the three legendary Sanin. Jiraya’s strength is easily observable by the fact that he taught some of the strongest characters in Naruto; Minato, Nagato, and Naruto.
The pervy sage is popular for his sage mode, Rasengan, ninjutsu, and abundant Chakra.
Due to his unmatched strength, Jiraya almost became the Hokage as well. If Jiraya was alive in the Boruto Universe, he would’ve contributed a lot to the war and to the growth of Boruto.