Which 5 anime ninjas could beat Naruto?

Savannah Howard
Anime ninjas which can beat NarutoCrunchyroll

Naruto is one of the strongest ninja in the “shinobi” world (as well as the anime world). However, there are five ninja out there who could take him on.

Naruto Uzumaki is one of the most recognizable characters in all of anime. And, as a trained shinobi and the Nine-Tails Jinchuriki, he’s one of the strongest ninjas of all time.

But are there any out there who can beat him? Although Naruto mastered the art of the ninja and has conquered a number of powerful enemies in his universe, we’ve thought of several other anime ninja who can take him on.

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From an ogre with exceptional powers to an immortal warrior, here are our top five picks.

Which 5 anime ninjas could beat Naruto?

Many anime ninja are cocky enough to think that they could defeat Naruto. However, you’ll be glad to know that we (and almost everyone else) don’t think many could. So, is there anyone who can actually beat him?

5. One Punch Man’s Flashy Flash

One Punch Man's Flashy FlashCrunchyroll

First up is One Punch Man’s Flashy Flash. Flashy Flash is the fastest ninja in the One Punch Man universe. As an S-Class hero, he’s know for his extraordinary speed, sword skills and his ability to battle any foe.

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Why do we think he can beat Naruto? Numerous debates have revolved around Naruto’s top speed for years. Naruto is definitely capable of moving at the speed of light, as we’ve seen him do this regularly. However, there is some debate around how often he is capable of performing such feats, which is why we think that One Punch Man’s Flashy Flash could take him on in a fight.

4. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime’s Souei


That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime’s Souei, an ogre trained in ninja arts, is a force to be reckoned with.

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Just like Flashy Flash, he is capable of moving incredibly fast with his reaction speed classified as Massively FTL+, which means he’s capable of moving 10 times the speed of light. While Naruto is a formidable warrior, anyone who’s watch the franchise will know that Naruto isn’t quite capable of moving at any of those speeds, which means he’d struggle to counter any of Souei’s attacks.

3. One Punch Man’s Speed O’ Sound Sonic

One Punch Man's Speed 'O Sound SonicCrunchyroll

Another One Punch Man character entry comes in at number 3 on this list. Recurring villain and anti-hero, Speed O’ Sound Sonic is a controversial choice and a slightly more even match for Naruto. However, we think he could just about beat him in a fight.

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Naruto is a better ninja in almost every way. He’s stronger, tougher and has immense battle practise. However, just like the entries before him, Sonic has an immense amount of speed and reflexes. He’s trained in ninjutsu, uses a variety of deadly weapons, can create multiple versions of himself to confuse his attacker, and we’ve watched him decapitate a legion of human fighters in a matter of moments.

Yes, Naruto is also extremely fast, a fantastic fighter and definitely wiser than Sonic. However, we think Speed O’ Sound Sonic could just about take him on.

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2. Naruto’s Kaguya

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Our next entry on this list is an obvious choice. After all, we’ve seen Naruto’s Team 7 struggle to take her on.

Multiple debates have been spawned online about whether Naruto at the height of his ability could beat Kaguya one on one. However, we’re not sure why because the answer is clear. As an immortal celestial being and the original wielder of chakra, Kaguya is the most powerful character in Naruto’s universe and easily capable of beating Naruto in a one on one fight.

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1. Gintama’s Utsuro

Utsaro from GintamaCrunchyroll

Utsuro, from Gintama, is an immortal ninja who is known for being a phenomenal fighter.

Set in a sci-fi version of feudal Japan, Gintama is filled with ninjas and aliens, and Utsuro is easily the strongest of them all. Estimated to be almost 1,000 years old, not only does he possess impossibly strong fighting skills (honed over centuries of fighting and dying), he also possesses rapid regenerative healing abilities as well. In other words, he’ll always be able to beat Naruto because he will never die.

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So there you have it. Here’s our list of five anime ninjas that could give Naruto a run for his money in a one-on-one fight. Whether you agree or not, the ongoing debates in the anime community make it clear that reaching a consensus won’t be easy. Still, we bet you’ll agree with at least some of our choices.

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Savannah Howard is an Anime Writer at Dexerto. She loves dystopian thrillers, sci-fi and action series. You can email her here: savannah.howard@dexerto.com