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The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time 

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Updated January 24, 2020 165.7k votes 17.8k voters 77.9k views 96 items

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
Goku and Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goku and Vegeta
Dragonball Z
2
Naruto and Sasuke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Naruto and Sasuke
Naruto
3
L and Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
L and Light Yagami
Death Note
4
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
Midoriya and Bakugo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Shaina Rosario Marjolino added Midoriya and Bakugo

Boku no Hero Academia

6
Natsu and Gray is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Natsu and Gray
Fairy Tail
7
Meliodas and Ban is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
impy added Meliodas and Ban
8
Ranker Video
shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi and Guy
9
Ranker Video
shaurya-kapoor added Madara and Hashirama
10
Yugi and Seto Kaiba is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
iris21 added Yugi and Seto Kaiba
Yu-Gi-Oh!
11
Ranker Video
shaurya-kapoor added Obito and Kakashi
12
Ken Kaneki and Himself ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Gracie Martin added Ken Kaneki and Himself
13
Ash and Gary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Ahmed Maklad added Ash and Gary
14
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru
Inuyasha
15
Renji and Ichigo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Renji and Ichigo
Bleach
16
Sasuke and Itachi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Sasuke and Itachi
17
Alucard and Anderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Alucard and Anderson
Hellsing
18
Ranker Video
shaurya-kapoor added Jiraiya and Orochimaru
19
Spike and Vicious is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Spike and Vicious
Cowboy Bebop
20
Gon and Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Gon and Hisoka
21
Natsu and Gajeel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
JustRandall666 added Natsu and Gajeel
22
Ryu and Ken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Ryu and Ken
Street Fighter 2
23
Ed and Scar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Ed and Scar
24
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
25
Goten and Trunks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goten and Trunks
Dragonball Z