Although comics are often criticized for having no real stakes because superheroes are usually too strong to feasibly lose, no one does ridiculously overpowered characters like anime. And the biggest offender of believability in this regard is quite possibly the seminal, beloved Naruto franchise. It might feature some of the most iconic anime characters of all time, but it also has some of the lowest stakes of any anime simply due to the ludicrous power levels its characters reach. Insert obligatory “It’s over 9000!” joke here. Using chakra, a mix of spiritual and physical energy that runs through the body like a second circulatory system in their universe, characters in Naruto are capable of everything from insane physical abilities to elemental mastery and reality-warping spells.
The series is still continuing with Naruto’s son, Boruto, as the protagonist of his own series. With so many new characters still being developed and introduced, it makes sense to run down some of the most powerful shinobi in Naruto lore. Point of reference: this list will be exclusive to the concluded Naruto and Naruto Shippuden series and will only include present characters. Otherwise, this list would just be filled with Edo Tensei reanimations and not reflective of Naruto as a series.
25 SASORI OF THE RED SAND
Ninja puppet masters are special shinobi who utilize life-sized weaponized dolls that are controlled through chakra threads. The strength of these special ninjas is measured not in how powerful their puppets are, but in how many they can control at one time. In this regard, Sasori of the Red Sand, so named because of the blood he spilled, is inarguably the most powerful ninja puppeteer in Naruto lore, capable of using up to a hundred highly-advanced puppets at once. Orphaned at a young age and raised by his grandmother in the Village Hidden in the Sand, Sasori demonstrated an aptitude for ninja puppetry early on. He was so talented in crafting puppets that he developed the ability to make human puppets, weaponized bodies protected from decay that retained the abilities of the people they once were. Sasori eventually left the Hidden Sand and killed the Third Kazekage, the village leader, in order to make a puppet from the powerful ninja’s body.
After a few years on his own padding out his collection of human puppets, Sasori managed the impossible, turning his own body into a weaponized puppet. With his new body, Sasori could connect his puppet collection directly to his chakra system, making the number of puppets he could control at once virtually limitless. With this ability, he conquered an entire country single-handedly. Sasori eventually died in a long battle with his grandmother, but he got the last laugh by murdering Chiyo with his unparalleled knowledge of poisons.
His time in the series was brief, but Kimimaro was one of the most instantly iconic and dangerous villains introduced in Naruto. As the last scion of the Kaguya clan, he was the sole remaining user of his family’s Kekkei Genkai, unique abilities that were passed down genetically within a single clan. Kimimaro’s clan had the ability to manipulate the calcium in their bodies, allowing them to use their own bones as weapons. The Kaguya clan was known for its ferocity and was wiped out in Kimimaro’s youth after a needless assault on a major village. Soon after, Kimimaro was found by the manipulative ninja scientist Orochimaru, who turned the lost youth into a powerful assassin with the help of his Curse Mark technique.
The Curse Mark helped Kimimaro develop new bone weapons.
Around this time, he developed new, innovative techniques like the abilities to shoot calcium bullets from his fingers, use his entire spine as a sword and to create a forest of bones. Using these forms, Kimimaro was able to tame the berserker Jugo, assist in the assassination of the Fourth Kazekage, lead the Sound Ninja Five and even consecutively fought off Naruto, Rock Lee and Gaara in a short span of time. Even more impressive, he did all of this while suffering from a degenerative illness that caused him immense pain. It was to this sickness that he eventually fell, dying mid-strike in his fight against Lee and Gaara.
In the world of Naruto, it’s rare for shinobi to be able to use all five of the natural chakra elements in their combat styles. Kakuzu, the short-tempered financier of the villainous Akatsuki organization, found a way around these limitations. All his abilities are derived from his unique body structure. Using a technique called Earth Grudge, Kakuzu turned his body into a shell held together by hundreds of grey tentacles. Physically, they allow him to contort his limbs and extend his reach, making him a dangerous combatant. On a metaphysical level, however, they allow Kakuzu to expand his lifespan by stealing and absorbing the hearts of others.
This also allowed him access to his victims’ chakra natures and, vicariously, all five chakra elements. He stored these hearts in masks that were sewn into his back and could detach into their own bodies at his direction. Additionally, Kakuzu was a keen strategist, who was capable of making the best use of his powers in any given situation. Since he technically had five hearts and his body could be restored by his Earth Grudge, he had to be killed five separate times in quick succession before he finally fell for good. Ultimately, it took several ninja including Shikamaru, Naruto and Kakashi to finish him off.
22 SHIKAMARU NARA
The resident genius of the Hidden Leaf Village, Shikamaru Nara was never as lazy, cowardly or simple as he liked to let on. Apart from being the series’ most brilliant strategist and easily the wittiest character on the show, Shikamaru was the sole heir to one of the Hidden Leaf’s most prestigious clans and inherited from them his repertoire of insanely creative abilities. His main technique was the Shadow Possession Jutsu, an ability that allowed him to control his opponents’ bodies by connecting his chakra to their shadow. Deriving from that are the Shadow Strangle Jutsu, which Shikamaru could use to physically grab his enemies once they were possessed, and the Shadow Stitching Jutsu, which let Shikamaru manifest his shadow as three-dimensional tendrils that could pierce and strap down his target.
These abilities make him a powerful shinobi, but his real power is his intelligence.
Shikamaru is easily able to think ten moves ahead of his opponents and quickly weed out the most efficient winning strategy. In his battle with Hidan, the masochistic zealot who killed his mentor, Shikamaru was able to predict the course of the battle so well that he ended up manipulating Hidan into helping the Leaf shinobi kill his partner, Kakuzu.
Yamato was pretty much destined to be one of the most powerful ninja in the entire series virtually from birth. As an infant, he was kidnapped and experimented on by Orochimaru, who implanted the baby with living cell tissue from Hashirama, the first Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village, a shinobi so powerful he was referred to as a ninja god. Yamato was the only survivor of the experiments and, as a result, developed the ability to use the first Hokage’s legendary Wood Style, a technique that allowed Yamato to directly control and generate arbor.
As soon as his unique ability generated itself, Yamato was scooped up by the shadowy ANBU Root foundation, an elite black-ops team the developed cult-like around Danzo Shimura. Under Shimura’s direction, Yamato perfected his Wood Style to the point where he could create wooden clones from his own body, generate entire forests and houses and even use his abilities to control the giant Tailed Beasts that are integral to Naruto’s lore. At a young age, he was integrated into the black ops team and was sent on multiple high-profile assassination missions. Eventually, he was tasked to be Naruto’s personal bodyguard as he was the only person who could hope to control the tailed beast within him.
20 KISAME HOSHIGAKI
The Seven Ninja Swordsmen were a revolving group of shinobi who wield seven legendary and powerful blades and continuously pass on their technique and swords to the next generation. The only member of their loose group to take prominence in the series was Kisame, an amphibious member of Akatsuki who wielded the living sword Samehada. Hailing from the barbaric Village Hidden in the Mist, Kisame was a master of water-based techniques, particularly ones that involved the creation and manipulation of shark clones. Kisame was so proficient that he was able to create a giant, mobile water prison by spitting out an entire sea’s worth of water to manipulate.
Kisame's real power came from his sentient sword, Samehada.
Samehada was a semi-sentient sword capable of eating and absorbing chakra. It could then redirect that chakra to its master in the form of stamina and energy. Though an innately temperamental weapon, Kisme appeased Samehada by consistently feeding it powerful chakra. They were bonded for so long that their chakra signatures eventually became identical, allowing them to merge into an anthropomorphic shark form that doubled Kisame’s strength and speed. Kisame was even able to hide inside Samehada for long periods of time, allowing him to infiltrate enemy territory in secret. He eventually sacrificed himself to his own sharks after being captured by his rival, Might Guy.
19 HIRUZEN SARUTOBI
The leader of a Hidden Village, called a Kage, is often the most powerful ninja associated with that land at that time. In the case of Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage of the Hidden Leaf, the Kage was the most powerful ninja in the village for multiple generations. He was made Hokage as a young man who then devoted himself to being the protector of his people and learning how to protect them as best he could. This involved him learning a multitude of high-powered Jutsu and techniques, including some forbidden ones. His battle arsenal was so extensive that he earned himself the nickname ‘Professor.’ He eventually retired but was forced back into his old job when his successor died suddenly.
In his youth, he was revered as a veritable god among shinobi. By the time Naruto starts, however, Hiruzen was well into his old age, and his abilities had deadened somewhat, but he was still able to deliver to audiences their first taste of Kage-level combat with his epic battle against his former student Orochimaru. In the fight, Hiruzen busted out his insane mastery of ninjutsu. He also demonstrated his unique summoning technique, calling the Chinese folklore character the Monkey King to fight at his side in the form of an expanding staff. Hiruzen ended the battle and his life with the ultimate sealing technique, a jutsu that summons the reaper itself to seal away the souls of both the jutsu’s victim and its user.
18 MEI TERUMI
In Naruto lore, the Village Hidden in the Mist had a barbaric history and reputation under the tyrannical control of the Fourth Mizukage. Whoever succeeded him would be burdened with the mission of rehabilitating the Hidden Mist’s image to the rest of the world. Fortunately, Mei Terumi was up for the job. Aside from her outgoing, flirty personality, Mei was born of two iconic clans in the Hidden Mist, giving her access to two different Kekkei Genkais.
As the child of two clans, Mei is a master of both Vapor Style and Lava Style.
With her Vapor Style, she could exhale a giant cloud of highly acidic mist that could melt through everything from flesh to metal to even the impenetrable chakra defenses of the Susanoo. It was so powerful and fast acting that Mei once used it to defend her village from falling meteorites, with the stones melting in midair before any significant damage could be caused. Mei’s other unique ability was the Lava Style technique, a jutsu that lets her spit out bursts or a steady stream of boiling lava, the shape, speed and temperature of which she can control at will. On top of her more specified powers, she’s also a master of lightning, fire, earth and water style jutsu, making her one of only a few ninja who can use up to four chakra natures.
17 LADY TSUNADE
A descendant of the first Hokage, Tsunade was born into one of the most powerful ninja clans of all time. But after a fairly tragic life, Tsunade was not meant for war. Instead, she applied her skills as one of the most proficient medical ninjas of all time. Her control over her chakra was so precise that she could stitch together virtually any wound and could even use her hand as a scalpel.
Tsunade was also the first person to realize the combat potential of medical ninjutsu. She was able to divert her chakra to specific limbs, increasing her physical strength tenfold. Her strength was so monstrous that she was able to cause seismic events with her punches. Tsunade also held the summoning contract with the slugs, allowing her to summon giant slug hivemind Katsuyu to help her both in battle and in healing. But her most impressive feat is, by far, her Mitotic Regeneration. By storing her chakra in a seal on her forehead, Tsunade can release it all at once to exponentially speed up her cellular regeneration, allowing her to heal almost instantly from any injury. Though this lets Tsunade openly engage in combat, it also shortens her lifespan every time she uses it. Still, the power it affords her gave her the strength to break through Madara’s supposedly unbreakable Susanoo defense. Tsunade earned herself the title of fifth Hokage through her devotion to her medical practice and the rules associated with it.
16 GAARA OF THE DESERT
One of the most popular characters in the series, Gaara of the Desert, began on the show as a sadistic and powerful young ninja with the eerie ability to manipulate sand. At his birth, Gaara became the unwilling vessel of Shukaku, the one-tailed demon of the desert. Though the demon gave Gaara incredible powers, it also drove him insane with whispered violent advice. By the time he was introduced to the series, Gaara’s control of sand was so precise that his go-to combat method was simply to encapsulate his enemy in a coffin of sand and crush them to death under extreme pressure. His sand seemed to have a life of its own, rising up to defend Gaara whenever a threat got too close.
With his Ultimate Defense, Gaara could encase his body in a dense sand armor.
In a worst-case scenario, Gaara could give control to Shukaku and even transform into the giant demon to wreak havoc on his opponent. Even when Shukaku was eventually removed from his body, Gaara had access to a plethora of powerful abilities, such as a third eye made of sand that could connect to his optic nerve, crafting otherworldly weapons out of sand, and even the power to control entire deserts at once. After being made Kazekage for his strength, he was subsequently made the leader of the Allied Shinobi Forces for his role in reinvigorating the older Kages. Oh, and he could also fly with his sand.
In Naruto, each of the chakra natures focuses on a different element in combat. Wind style is focused on cutting, water style is mostly about crushing and lightning style is primarily the tool of speed and piercing abilities. And nobody in the Naruto canon embodies this more than A, the Fourth Raikage of the Village Hidden in the Clouds. As a master of lightning style, A could use his chakra to surround his body with an electric aura that enhanced his speed exponentially, even compared to the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, who could teleport with a space-time technique. He’s so fast that he was able to use his speed to beat Tsunade in an arm wrestling contest. He’s also physically powerful, though not through any jutsu, he just works out.
Though both his speed and his incredible physical strength, A developed his own combat technique that Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto based largely on real-life professional wrestling moves. With his supernatural speed, A can move faster than the eye can follow and deliver devastating attacks before his opponents even know he’s there. No matter how strong he is, however, he’s at his most powerful when tag-teaming with his adopted brother Killer Bee. Together, they’ve beheaded enemies with their Double Lariat even without their respective augmented forms.
14 ONOKI THE FENCE-SITTER
As the third Tsuchikage, the leader of the Village Hidden in the Stones, Onoki is naturally a powerful ninja, but his abilities start to break the physical laws of the Naruto world. Using his expertise in Earth Style jutsu, Onoki can make himself so light that he can achieve flight. His abilities also work the other way, so he can make his enemies so heavy that they sink into the ground and can’t move. He’s also able to create rock golems, giant humanoid boulders that he can send into battle for him. But his ultimate technique is the one handed down to him by his predecessor, the Particle Style jutsu.
With Particle Style, Onoki can disintegrate matter on an atomic level.
By using three elemental types at once, Onoki can turn his target into nothing but dust. Due to his diminutive stature and middle-of-the-road nature, Onoki never bothered to learn much taijutsu, physical martial arts techniques, but he can accentuate his physical attacks by encasing parts of his body in thick, bulky rock armor so he can deliver powerful strikes. As a Kage, Onoki helped to break through Madara’s impenetrable Susanoo and even helped Gaara to stop the Shattered Heaven technique, which calls down a pair of meteors to strike a specific point.
13 KAKASHI HATAKE
Though Naruto is filled with powerful characters who push the limits of believably with their abilities, Kakashi Hatake was the first shinobi who was presented as being overpowered. As a child prodigy, Kakashi demonstrated his ability to manipulate four chakra elements from a young age. His strict devotion to the shinobi lifestyle drove him to train extensively and put him ahead of his peers. Under the tutelage of the Fourth Hokage, Kakashi grew into a powerful ninja capable of developing his own ultimate technique, the piercing lightning jutsu called Chidori.
However, the jutsu never fully worked until Kakashi received his greatest gift: the Sharingan Eye. The exclusive eye jutsu of the Uchiha Clan, the Sharingan gives its user ridiculously enhanced visual perception. Kakashi was able to use his single Sharingan so proficiently that he could copy the techniques his opponents used by following their movements, earning him the nickname ‘Copy Ninja.’ Later, his Sharingan evolved into a Mangekyo Sharingan, giving him access to the Kamui ability, which lets Kakashi warp objects between dimensions. Apart from his extensive list of techniques available to him, Kakashi is a combat genius and is capable of making up new tactics and jutsu on the fly. For his role in ending the Fourth Great Ninja War, Kakashi was named the Sixth Hokage.
12 JIRAIYA THE TOAD SAGE
The only person to turn down the title of Hokage, Jiraiya was one of the three Sanin, a team consisting of himself, Tsunade and Orochimaru who represented the best shinobi of the Hidden Leaf during one of the many shinobi wars. Jiraiya was also the Toad Sage, a powerful shinobi capable of using sage chakra to enhance his strength and speed.
By merging with the Frog Lords, Jiraiya could reach the powerful Sage Mode.
Outside of Sage Mode, Jiraiya was extremely proficient with ninjutsu and had several unique abilities. He could summon the giant toad chiefs, manipulate and generate oil to use in his Fire Style techniques, melt into and manipulate shadows and grow out and control his hair with the Raging Lion’s Mane Jutsu. But his most powerful technique was the one he learned from his student, the Fourth Hokage: the Rasengan. This swirling sphere of pure chakra was capable of cutting through solid wood, blasting enemies several yards away and became the signature move of both Jiraiya and Naruto. Jiraiya even improved the Rasengan by creating a massive version of it so large that it could drill through an entire body. After being considered unbeatable for most of his life, he eventually died in a battle with his former student, Nagato, who had transformed himself into the Six Paths of Pain.
11 DANZO SHIMURA
Originally in consideration for the role of Third Hokage, Danzo came into power as a balance for Hiruzen. Whereas Hiruzen was benevolent and peaceful by nature, Danzo was paranoid and vindictive. He formed the Anbu Root organization to be a veritable cult around himself and began taking all personal precautions he could to ensure both his and his village’s survival. This involved stealing the Sharingan from multiple Uchiha and implanting them in his right arm and eye as well as implanting himself with cells from the First Hokage. In battle, Danzo is a master of Wind Style techniques, specifically vacuum-based suction attacks. The Sharingan implanted in his right eye was an evolved Mangekyo Sharingan which gave him the Kotoamatsukami ability, the power to cast an illusion so subtle that it can alter the will of its victims without them even realizing it.
He was also capable of summoning a powerful chimera beast to fight for him in desperate situations. He could even use Wood Style jutsu, though he didn’t have good control over it. His most powerful technique, however, came from the Sharingan in his arm. With them, he could use the reality-warping Izanagi, which allowed him to make slight alterations to the world around him at the expense of his sight in one of his many eyes. He was eventually killed by Sasuke, who was able to overcome his Izanagi with his own Sharingan eyes.
10 KABUTO YAKUSHI
Originally a sidekick and apprentice to Orochimaru, few could have predicted that Kabuto would become one of the most dangerous villains in the entire series. A medical prodigy, Kabuto’s combat ability was at first limited to turning his arms into sharpened scalpels with his chakra. After Orochimaru’s apparent death, however, Kabuto implanted himself with Orochimaru’s cells and transformed into an anthropomorphic snake. With his new body and abilities, Kabuto was able to learn sage techniques such as the blindingly painful White Extreme Attack, the environment-warping Inorganic Animation and could even manifest the abilities of those whose cells he’s absorbed, including the Sound Ninja Five. Despite this, his most powerful claim to fame isn’t at all related to his sage jutsu. Kabuto’s most dangerous jutsu is the Edo Tensei, the Impure World Resurrection Technique
With his technique, Kabuto can basically create ninja zombies.
With just a few bits of DNA from a dead shinobi, Kabuto can reanimate them into undead slaves to do his bidding. Kabuto claimed to haver perfected this technique and was able to summon an army of dead ninja to fight in the Fourth Great Ninja War. He eventually is caught in Itachi’s eternally looping Izanami illusion, forcing him to relive the same few minutes of his life until he has an epiphany. Kabuto manages to escape the illusion by coming to terms with his traumatic upbringing. After the war, he became a peaceful monk and opened an orphanage.
9 MIGHT GUY
Most ninja on this list became insanely overpowered because of their crazy jutsu and unique talents derived from their chakra. Might Guy is the exception that proves the rule. Though capable of using ninjutsu, Might Guy chose to specialize in taijutsu and is without a doubt the most accomplished and powerful physical fighter in the entire Naruto universe. Using just his fighting skills, Guy was able to hold off both Itachi and Kisame when they attempted to invade the Leaf Village.
When pushed to dangerous levels, he can use the Eight Inner Gates, a series of chakra stabilizers throughout a shinobi’s body which can be overclocked to temporarily grant them superhuman strength and speed at a physical price. As the gates progressively open, Guy is capable of using increasingly powerful attacks. For example, the Morning Peacock allows him to punch the air with such velocity that it makes a wreath of fireballs, the Afternoon Tiger sends a wave of condensed air at its target and the Evening Elephant sends multiple cannons of pressure waves to a single point, all done with nothing more than pure physical techniques. But his power doesn’t end there. By opening all eight Inner Gates, Guy turns his blood into pure fire and exude it from all of his pores. His already enhanced strength increases a hundredfold, and he moves so fast that even Madara, a god-like shinobi, recognizes him as a worthy opponent.
As the most powerful of the Hidden Leaf’s legendary Sannin, Orochimaru’s power was surpassed only by his twin ambitions of learning every jutsu ever created and achieving immortality. He specialized in body techniques and even created an Immortality Jutsu that allowed him to transfer his soul between different vessels to stay alive. He’s done so many modifications to his own body over the years that he’s practically more snake than human, and he could use his serpentine body to heal himself from even bisection. His knowledge of ninjutsu was unequaled, and he can use all five chakra natures. He can summon giant serpents, shoot an entire wall of shadow snakes from his sleeves.
Orochimaru can even transform into a massive, eight-headed hydra.
For defense, he can even summon a trilogy of giant Rashomon gates. Though he is incapable of using sage jutsu, Orochimaru crafted his signature Curse Mark technique by modifying sage chakra. The Curse Mark imbues its target with a sliver of Orochimaru’s elemental power to enhance their power. In a pinch, Orochimaru can even resurrect himself from the bit of his DNA in the Curse Seal. Moreover, he possesses the Grass Longsword, which can extend to any length and cut through virtually anything. He keeps this sword inside one of the many snakes that make up his body. In fact, Orochimaru’s true form is actually a giant, human-headed white serpent with other smaller snakes for scales.
7 OBITO UCHIHA
Obito Uchiha and the insane power levels he reached might just have been the most shark-jumping moment of the entire series. After being presumed dead during a mission in his childhood, Obito was recovered and healed by Madara, who kept him alive with cells from the First Hokage, giving Obito limited use of Wood Style. As an Uchiha, Obito was able to unlock the Sharingan and, when he witnessed his crush being killed by his best friend, Obito’s Sharingan evolved into its Mangekyo form. Like its twin that was used by Kakashi, Obito’s Mangekyo Sharingan gave him the Kamui ability to warp parts of his body in and out of other dimensions, making him virtually untouchable.
Apart from that, he was naturally gifted at fire style techniques, could summon the Gedo Mazo demon statue and became a master of sealing jutsu. He later acquired the Rinnegan, a supplementary eye technique several steps beyond the Mangkeyo which granted him access to Six Paths Jutsu, the powers of the legendary Sage of Six Paths. Not long after that, Obito became the jinchuriki host of the unstoppable Ten-Tails. In his new and final form, Obito could naturally fly, create additional limbs with a thought and had access to the Truth-Seeking Balls, indestructible flying black spheres which could be bent into any shape Obito needed. He was so powerful that even when he died in battle against Kaguya, he was able to lend Kakashi his chakra and Sharingan eyes from beyond the grave.
Hailing from the Village Hidden in the Rain, Nagato was transplanted with the Rinnegan eyes, a signifier of the mythic Sage of the Six Paths, at a very young age. He was trained in ninjutsu by Jiraiya who revered the young war refugee as a reincarnation of the Sage. Nagato was capable of all five chakra natures, projecting an astral image of himself and others and could spy on people through rainfall. Later in life, he was crippled during a battle with his village’s leader and learned how to operate from a mechanical chair. Fortunately, his access to the Six Paths power let him create chakra receivers. By placing them in corpses, he could reanimate them and grant them a portion of his power while he controlled them remotely. He even gave himself a new name, Pain.
Nagato reshaped the peaceful Akatsuki organization into a criminal cabal.
With his six avatars, the Six Paths of Pain, Nagato could control gravity, summon a wide variety of giant animals, absorb chakra, control people’s souls and turn into a weaponized cyborg. He could even consort with the lord of the underworld to return the souls of the dead to their bodies in the ultimate deus ex machina. With his Rinnegan, he had shared his vision with his Paths and could strategize on the fly using information from all of them at once. With this power, he captured and killed several powerful jinchuriki, murdered his old teacher Jiraiya and even decimated the Village Hidden in the Leaves.
5 ITACHI UCHIHA
At a certain point, Masashi Kishimoto himself named Itachi Uchiha as the single most powerful character in the Naruto universe. That was long before newer characters revealed just how overpowered they could be, but an endorsement from the creator still goes a long way for this list. It also is worth mentioning that Itachi never once unintentionally lost a fight. He was a prodigy of the Uchiha, unlocking his Sharingan at an early age, joining Anbu black ops at age 11 and activating his Mangekyo Sharingan in his teens. He was so powerful, so early in life, that he was selected for an impossible mission. His clan was grumbling about potentially attempting a coup. To prevent this, Itachi had to slaughter most of his own family in one night, leaving only his little brother Sasuke alive.
However, this was an intentional ruse by Itachi. By forcing all of his brother’s animosity into one target, Itachi planned to end his clan’s Curse of Hatred by letting Sasuke kill him at the right time. In combat, Itachi is virtually unmatched. He can cast powerful illusions, dissolve his body into a flock of crows and is one of the strongest Fire Style users in the series. His real power, however, stems from his Mangekyo Sharingan, which grants him access to three legendary techniques: the torturous illusion Tsukuyomi, the unquenchable Black Fires of Amaterasu and the impenetrable defense of his Susanoo avatar. He eventually died at Sasuke’s hand, but that had been his intention all along.
4 MADARA UCHIHA
Madara Uchiha’s world-breaking powers made him one of the most powerful ninja to ever live. By implanting his brothers’ eyes into his own, Madara unlocked the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan, giving him access to, among other powers, the perfect Susanoo, an unbreakable, fully-formed chakra avatar that could be used for offensive and defensive purposes.
With the Shattered Heaven technique, Madara could send meteors down on his enemies.
Even without his Susanoo, Madara’s regular Sharingan was so powerful that he went up against the Allied Shinobi Forces single-handedly and made a significant dent in their numbers. He also mastered the Edo Tensei and was able to restore himself to full life when he was reanimated with it. By combining his Sharingan with the cells of the First Hokage, he was able to unlock the Rinnegan and all powers associated with it as well as the coveted Wood Style. During the Fourth Great Ninja War, he became the jinchuriki of the Ten-Tails and gained the powers of flight and the Truth-Seeking Orbs. With the combined power of the ten-tails and the Rinnegan, Madara was able to cast the Infinite Tsukuyomi, an illusion that enthralled the entire planet. While they were under his spell, Madara was even able to generate a forest large enough to cover the globe. Even without all his additional forms, he was able to control the tailed-beasts with just his Sharingan and his will.
3 SASUKE UCHIHA
As the anti-hero of the entire franchise, Sasuke Uchiha’s vengeful mission began when he witnessed his older brother massacre their family. Starting then, Sasuke trained diligently to one day become powerful enough to beat his brother. Though he didn’t learn as fast as Itachi, Sasuke had a wider variety of teachers. Kakashi taught him vigilance and, after his Sharingan unlocked, taught Sasuke the powerful Chidori technique. However, Sasuke’s thirst for power surpassed Kakashi’s teachings, and he eventually aligned himself with Orochimaru, trusting the Sannin to imbue him with the strength he needed. Under Orochimaru’s guidance, Sasuke became a more efficient fighter before ultimately killing Orochimaru.
After killing Itachi and unlocking his Mangekyo Sharingan, Sasuke could easily fight Akatsuki or multiple Kages simultaneously, and he even killed Danzo for his role in the Leaf conspiracy, overcoming the reality-warping Izanagi in the process. During the Fourth Great Ninja War, Sasuke was granted Six Paths chakra by the Sage of Six Paths himself, unlocking the Rinnegan in his left eye. While this gives him access to the Six Paths, it also grants him a special space-time technique called Amenotejikara which lets him instantly switch places with a target. His most powerful move, however, is Indira’s Arrow, which shoots a lightning bolt infused with demonic chakra from Sasuke’s full-bodied Susanoo with enough power to cut through a tailed-beast’s attack.
2 NARUTO UZUMAKI
The main character of an anime series is almost always ridiculously overpowered, and Naruto is no exception. In his most basic form, he’s capable of making thousands of physical copies of himself, using a series of giant Rasengan attacks and summoning giant Toad Chiefs. His next most powerful form is the use of the Nine-Tailed Cloak. By accessing the chakra of the nine-tailed fox named Kurama sealed inside him, Naruto can surround himself in a boiling aura of chakra that gives him beast-like abilities, lets him extend his limbs and allows him to use the devastating Tailed-Beast Bomb. The next level for Naruto is his sage mode, which lets him use the Frog Kata physical combat technique and the Rasenshuriken, a deadlier version of his already powerful standard attack that he can throw like a disc.
Without a doubt, Naruto is the most powerful human in the series.
After befriending Kurama, Naruto reached Nine-Tails Chakra mode, which turns his body into flaming chakra. Like this, he can grow additional limbs, move faster than lightning, can spread his chakra to an entire army and can manifest Kurama’s body in the form of a chakra avatar. This form is augmented by Six Paths chakra, letting Naruto use Truth-Seeking Orbs, fly, access the Six Paths and lets him hold the power of all nine tailed-beasts in his body at once.
1 KAGUYA OTSUTSUKI
The literal deus ex machina of the entire series, Kaguya, was the rabbit-demon puppet master pulling all the strings the whole time. The alien mother of the Sage of the Six Paths, it was Kaguya who first created and dispersed chakra. This gave her god-like powers, including flight, the ability to merge herself with nature, change environments, dimension-hopping, telepathy, chakra absorption, regeneration and the ability to create. In combat, she can use her bones as weapons and even a scratch from them will reduce a target to ash. She can shoot needles out of her hair and control its length and density.
Kaguya can also use the Expansive Truth-Seeking Orb, a giant ball of destruction that could feasibly wipe out existence so that she could remake it in her image. In addition, she wields all three major eye jutsu: the Byakguan, the Sharingan and the Rinnegan, and can initiate the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Once she has people under her control, she can even transform them into White Zetsu slaves. She can also absorb and transform into the Ten-Tailed Beast at will, instantly becoming a giant raging monster. Truthfully, considering that she can jump between realities, becoming a monster is one of her weaker abilities.