Anime Underground The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time  

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Who are the best anime rivals that you can't get enough of? If there's one thing that almost every anime has, it's an intense rivalry between two of the main characters. For this poll you'll be voting for the greatest anime rivalry of all time, regardless of genre or anything else. These characters are obsessed with being better than the other, whether it's a battle of wits like that between Yugi and Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh!, or a physical battle of strength and pride such as the rivalry between Goku and Vegeta in DBZ. Heck, the entire storyline of Samurai Champloo is pushed forward by the rivalry between Mugen and Jin. If not for the competitive nature of these two, they would have never agreed to follow Fuu.

Let the world know your favorite anime rivalry by voting for your top picks below. If there's a particular anime character rivalry you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we'll add it to the list!

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1
4,586 1,745
L and Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
L and Light Yagami
Death Note

2
4,816 1,627
Naruto and Sasuke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Naruto and Sasuke
Naruto

3
4,812 1,220
Goku and Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goku and Vegeta
Dragonball Z

4
3,027 1,029
Zoro and Sanji is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
-1457191633500 added Zoro and Sanji
One Piece

5
3,464 1,407
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shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi and Guy

6
3,802 1,317
Natsu and Gray is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Natsu and Gray
Fairy Tail

7
2,420 1,222
Yugi and Seto Kaiba is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
iris21 added Yugi and Seto Kaiba
Yu-Gi-Oh!

8
2,403 841
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shaurya-kapoor added Madara and Hashirama

9
2,322 1,303
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru
Inuyasha

10
2,269 1,121
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shaurya-kapoor added Obito and Kakashi

11
1,682 268
Midoriya and Bakugo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Shaina Rosario Marjolino added Midoriya and Bakugo

Boku no Hero Academia

12
2,363 901
Ash and Gary is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Ahmed Maklad added Ash and Gary

13
1,954 1,007
Renji and Ichigo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Renji and Ichigo
Bleach

14
1,885 726
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shaurya-kapoor added Jiraiya and Orochimaru

15
1,956 940
Sasuke and Itachi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Sasuke and Itachi

16
1,077 574
Ryu and Ken is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Ryu and Ken
Street Fighter 2

17
1,980 584
Meliodas and Ban is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
impy added Meliodas and Ban

18
2,164 685
Ken Kaneki and Himself is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Gracie Martin added Ken Kaneki and Himself

19
1,154 523
Alucard and Anderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Alucard and Anderson
Hellsing

20
1,041 468
Spike and Vicious is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Spike and Vicious
Cowboy Bebop

21
1,616 1,874
Sakura and Ino is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Sakura and Ino
Naruto

22
1,296 895
Goten and Trunks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goten and Trunks
Dragonball Z

23
1,239 762
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shaurya-kapoor added Rock Lee and Neji

24
1,210 556
Ed and Scar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Ed and Scar

25
1,111 409
Gon and Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Gon and Hisoka