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The 14 Greatest Hero Vs. Hero Fights In Anime History

Updated March 23, 2020 30.6k votes 7.2k voters 183.3k views14 items

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Heroes don't have skirmishes with other villains exclusively - sometimes, one hero has to fight another, especially in anime. In fact, many epic scenes involve anime heroes fighting each other. They are often complex and nuanced, which makes anime heroes battling one another all the more interesting.

Often, hero vs. hero anime fights involve two objectively good people who want vastly different things. Other times, the argument is due to a misunderstanding. It's not always complicated, though - sometimes, heroes just want to test their skill level, like when Genos and Saitama of One Punch Man spar to see how strong Saitama truly is.

Whatever the reason, there's no denying that these epic anime battles are series highlights.

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    Luffy Vs. Usopp - 'One Piece'

    Luffy and Usopp have been close friends since the beginning of One Piece, but a painful rift forms between the two when they can't agree on what to do when Going Merry - their beloved sentient ship - cannot be repaired. Luffy decides to accept the truth and get a new ship, while Usopp considers this to be a betrayal of everything they stand for. He challenges Luffy to a fight.

    Usopp uses every weapon and trick in the book. He tells Luffy he's bleeding, which lowers Luffy's guard. He shoots off explosives at his friend. Luffy survives all of Usopp's frantic attacks, and he finishes the fight with a blow to the chest.

    The fight ends with Usopp keeping the ship and Luffy leaving. Their parting is devastating, and both lament the loss of their friendship.

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    Tanjiro Vs. Inosuke - 'Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba'

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    Some friendships don't always start off on the right foot. Take Tanjiro and Inosuke, for example. In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, their first meeting with each other results in a duel. When Inosuke threatens Zenitsu to open the box concealing Nezuko, Tanjiro takes matters into his own hands and lands a hefty blow on Inosuke. Of course, this gets Inosuke riled up and ready to show off his skills. This fight is a memorable one as it marks the show's first hand-to-hand combat. It reveals Inosuke's impressive speed and flexibility as well as his hilarious yet strange personality. Tanjiro also gets to show off his surprising strength with a literal skull-crushing blow. It's a fight that is simultaneously thrilling and funny.

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    Quatre Vs. Trowa And Quatre Vs. Heero - 'Gundam Wing'

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    Gundam Wing is full of moments where characters deal with PTSD following the trauma of war. After Quatre Winner's father is killed in front of his eyes, he becomes unstable. This gets even worse when he connects to the ZERO System, which allows him to merge his brain with a mobile suit.

    He can't take the stress and ends up destroying a satellite and a civilian colony - though thankfully it's one that had already been evacuated. His comrade Trowa Barton has to stop his rampage, which he does by trying to block one of Quatre's attacks. Trowa dies in the explosion created by the attack.

    The same thing happens later when Heero Yuy goes on a destructive rampage and Quatre has to stop him. Life is tough for child soldiers.

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    Sanada Yukimura Vs. Date Masamune - 'Sengoku Basara'

    Sanada Yukimura and Date Masamune might be warriors from different clans, but they often find themselves fighting the same enemy - namely the cruel Nobunaga Oda. Though they're generally on the same side, they consider each other rivals and frequently try to display their might to each other for the sake of honor.

    In one particularly memorable and well-animated battle, the two duke it out using their swords. They battle over the right to kill a mutual enemy, the general of Imagawa.

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