Two of the three reigning champions of Shonen Manga (from the 2000s), Naruto Uzumaki and Monkey D. Luffy have carved a place for themselves as leaders and heroes of their respective worlds. Naruto’s journey saw him go from being an underachieving orphan to becoming Hokage and a father. Luffy has gone from a food eating child to one of the most powerful pirates at sea.
Because of the popularity of Naruto and One Piece, the two heroes have garnered the question, who would win in a fight? Since they are similar in many aspects, especially being knuckleheads, it can be hard to decide who is better.
10 Luffy - Better Childhood Training
While Naruto was born (and then implanted) with his powers thanks to the 9-Tailed Fox Demon, he didn't begin training effectively until he was 12. Luffy, on the other hand, started training when he was about 7 and ate the Gum-Gum Fruit. Not wanting him to be a pirate, Luffy’s Grandfather sent him to live with bandits.
While that choice is a bit weird, it causes Luffy to enter a lot of bad situations that end up strengthening him. The most crucial was when he gets captured by Porchemy and tortured to get information. While the torture doesn’t work, Luffy gets stronger as a character, furthering his durability.
9 Naruto - Team Strength
There is no denying that Luffy is a charismatic guy. Everywhere he goes, he seems to make friends, even making a crew out of a bunch of prisoners, some of whom hated him. Naruto, on the other hand, has shifted the views of an entire continent in his favor.
Early on, Naruto's tomfoolery and his dark secret may have caused the village of Konoha to look down on him, but he grew into his savior role quickly when push came to shove. During the battle with Pain, the village began to support Naruto and after the Fourth Great Ninja War, he commanded the respect of all nations. Maybe Luffy could reach that level, but there will always be people who hate pirates.
8 Luffy - Eats More
As if a fight between these two wouldn’t include some part where they eat a ton of food. Naruto is known for his love of ramen, specifically from Ichiraku, challenging anyone who shows up to eat more than him, though that typically just gets him free food. Luffy, on the other hand, has an iron stomach.
Since he can stretch himself at will, he would have no problem facing Naruto in an eating battle. For reference, Naruto isn’t even the best eater in the village. That honor is claimed by Hinata, Naruto’s wife. For Luffy, there is no challenger that could stand up to him in the Naruto universe, let alone Naruto himself.
7 Naruto - God Puncher
Luffy once punched a man that goes by the name dragon to awe-inspired gasps, but Naruto has, on multiple occasions, punched god-powered beings. While Luffy is great in a fight against regular humans or even multiple humans, he has lost quite a few times. Naruto has as well, but he is typically able to mount a comeback by the end.
Naruto's fights against Pain, Sasuke, and Kaguya all ended with Naruto coming out the winner, in one way or another. Kaguya is a god herself, and he managed to confuse her enough that he could punch her. That kind of chaotic energy is hard to go up against.
6 Luffy - Speed
Naruto is extremely fast, able to move faster than even the most powerful Sharingan can track, but that doesn’t make him the fastest in the anime universe. Luffy, as he has powered up, has become faster and faster. Able to expand parts of himself and use the air to move quicker, he constantly speeds up.
When he gets Fourth Gear Snakeman, Luffy's speed level increases as well. That speed, mixed with his general durability, gives Luffy an edge over Naruto, at least at his base power. Since there is more to come from Luffy, it is unclear if this is the fastest he can go.
5 Naruto -Massive Power
At his base power, Naruto is very strong. When he taps into his Six Paths Sage Mode and his Kurama Mode combined, he is stronger than anything Luffy will ever face. Even if Luffy were to get 10 more gears, he still wouldn’t be strong enough to stand up to Naruto in this mode.
With so much chakra running through him, Naruto can cause the greatest destruction with a flick of his wrist. In his final battle with Sasuke, he even destroys the area around them for miles with one attack. Luffy might be a good fighter, but it moves beyond fighting at this level.
4 Luffy - Defensive
Naruto is good at his offensive prowess, but his best defense has been to take hits and then use his chakra to heal from them. Defensively, he doesn’t have much going for him. Luffy, on the other hand, is mostly defense. Since his body is rubberized thanks to the Gum-Gum Fruit, he can take powerful hits as long as they are bludgeoning-based.
With Naruto’s main specialty move being Rasengan and Kurama fists, his attacks play into the Straw Hat's hand. Luffy can take those hits on the chin without them affecting him too much. His training as a child made sure that this was the case.
3 Naruto - Ranged
Since Luffy fights with his actual body, Naruto has a leg up. While Naruto can use close-quarters moves, like Rasengan, he can also use various techniques and weapons that can be applied from a distance. His signature Wind Release: Rasenshuriken is a slicing wind throwable weapon made of chakra. Since it is throwable, he can use it without getting into combat range with Luffy.
Additionally, Naruto has gotten used to having not only himself in battle, but his Shadow Clones as well. The real Naruto can stand back as his many clones fight Luffy head-on, creating the perfect range combo.
2 Luffy - Doesn't Need Hands
Without their hands, a ninja in Naruto would have a hard time performing anything other than Taijutsu. Naruto alone needs his hands to do his main ninjutsu of Shadow Clones and Rasengan. If Luffy were to take out Naruto’s hands, he’d be more likely to win. The inverse is not true.
Luffy doesn’t need his hands to fight. Once, he had his hands locked up in a wax binding, but since his powers don’t require him to do special movements as most jutsu do, he was able to fight well. A no-handed Luffy is simply stronger than a no-handed Naruto.
1 Naruto - Water Advantage
As someone who ate a Devil Fruit, Luffy has a big weakness, especially when you consider the fact that he is a pirate. He cannot survive in water. One of the first things you learn as a shinobi in the Naruto universe is how to walk on water using your chakra, which can be done at will.
All Naruto would need to do is get Luffy near water and get him in. Naruto stays above water easily while Luffy sinks to the bottom and dies. Naruto is also fairly adept at learning new techniques and there are several that focus on water specifically, so a bit of study and the power of Kurama behind him, Naruto could easily dispatch Luffy.