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 Light and L from Death Note, 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!

1
3,749 1,474
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
3,946 1,332
Naruto and Sasuke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Naruto and Sasuke Naruto

3
4,037 979
Goku and Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goku and Vegeta Dragonball Z

4
2,224 857
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
2,831 1,140
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shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi and Guy

6
1,902 631
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shaurya-kapoor added Madara and Hashirama

7
3,161 1,088
Natsu and Gray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Natsu and Gray Fairy Tail

8
1,998 1,107
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru Inuyasha

9
2,057 1,000
Yugi and Seto Kaiba is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
iris21 added Yugi and Seto Kaiba Yu-Gi-Oh!

10
1,631 832
Renji and Ichigo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Renji and Ichigo Bleach

11
1,609 754
Sasuke and Itachi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Sasuke and Itachi

12
1,864 953
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shaurya-kapoor added Obito and Kakashi

13
1,560 594
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shaurya-kapoor added Jiraiya and Orochimaru

14
2,010 760
Ash and Gary is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Ahmed Maklad added Ash and Gary

15
1,006 168
Midoriya and Bakugo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Shaina Rosario Marjolino added Midoriya and Bakugo Boku no Hero Academia

16
1,735 554
Ken Kaneki and Himself is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Gracie Martin added Ken Kaneki and Himself

17
896 487
Ryu and Ken is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Ryu and Ken Street Fighter 2

18
849 392
Spike and Vicious is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Spike and Vicious Cowboy Bebop

19
1,594 499
Meliodas and Ban is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
impy added Meliodas and Ban

20
1,375 1,644
Sakura and Ino is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Sakura and Ino Naruto

21
1,006 458
Alucard and Anderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Alucard and Anderson Hellsing

22
951 441
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time

23
1,113 779
Goten and Trunks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goten and Trunks Dragonball Z

24
876 449
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shaurya-kapoor added Ichigo and Uryu

25
1,047 481
Ed and Scar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Ed and Scar

26
1,052 675
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shaurya-kapoor added Rock Lee and Neji

27
841 386
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shaurya-kapoor added Inuyasha and Koga

28
893 609
Luffy and Ace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Luffy and Ace One Piece

29
722 176
Natsu and Gajeel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
JustRandall666 added Natsu and Gajeel

30
910 348
Gon and Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Gon and Hisoka

31
835 500
Goku and Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added Goku and Piccolo

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686 395
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
alex-kerr added Izaya and Shizuo

33
689 291
Mugen and Jin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Mugen and Jin Samurai Champloo

34
482 384
Dante is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added Dante and Vergil

35
538 359
Master Shen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time

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574 459
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shaurya-kapoor added Hiruzen and Danzo

37
469 373
Shanks and Whitebeard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
JessDaBest added Shanks and Whitebeard

38
474 186
Eren Jaeger and Titans is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
1518503812326 added Eren Jaeger and Titans Attack on Titan :D

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593 556
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shaurya-kapoor added Goku and Krillin

40
352 147
Yusuke and Hiei is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
katsuo0 added Yusuke and Hiei

41
285 309
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
ConnorDavis added Dio Brando and Jojo

42
398 387
Yamcha is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added Tien and Yamcha

43
407 338
Sebastian Michaelis and Willia... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Charlotte de R added Sebastian Michaelis and William T. Spears

44
651 412
Saitama and Sonic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Saitama and Sonic One Punch Man

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86 44
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Dimes11 added Himura Kenshin and Shinomori Aoshi Rurouni Kenshin

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354 312
Issei Hyodo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
-1458600382910 added Issei and Vali

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216 91
Asta and Yuno is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Alexander Davitashvili added Asta and Yuno

48
389 253
Kenshin Himura and Shishio Mak... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Kenshin Himura and Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X

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282 170
Yuri Katsuki and Yuri Plisetsk... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Angel Froese added Yuri Katsuki and Yuri Plisetsky Yuri!! On Ice

50
262 291
Mega Man X is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added MegaMan X and Zero