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
3,736 1,471
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
3,936 1,331
Naruto and Sasuke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Naruto and Sasuke Naruto

3
4,026 977
Goku and Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goku and Vegeta Dragonball Z

4
2,216 855
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
2,825 1,134
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shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi and Guy

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1,894 629
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shaurya-kapoor added Madara and Hashirama

7
3,151 1,086
Natsu and Gray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Natsu and Gray Fairy Tail

8
1,993 1,104
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru Inuyasha

9
2,053 997
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
1,630 827
Renji and Ichigo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Renji and Ichigo Bleach

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1,858 950
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shaurya-kapoor added Obito and Kakashi

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1,600 753
Sasuke and Itachi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Sasuke and Itachi

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1,556 593
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shaurya-kapoor added Jiraiya and Orochimaru

14
2,005 759
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
997 167
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
1,729 553
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
895 486
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
847 391
Spike and Vicious is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Spike and Vicious Cowboy Bebop

19
1,588 499
Meliodas and Ban is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
impy added Meliodas and Ban

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1,370 1,641
Sakura and Ino is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Sakura and Ino Naruto

21
1,005 457
Alucard and Anderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Alucard and Anderson Hellsing

22
948 439
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time

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1,109 777
Goten and Trunks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goten and Trunks Dragonball Z

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874 448
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shaurya-kapoor added Ichigo and Uryu

25
1,046 479
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

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1,050 674
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shaurya-kapoor added Rock Lee and Neji

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838 386
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shaurya-kapoor added Inuyasha and Koga

28
892 609
Luffy and Ace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Luffy and Ace One Piece

29
721 175
Natsu and Gajeel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
JustRandall666 added Natsu and Gajeel

30
908 347
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

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834 498
Goku and Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added Goku and Piccolo

32
685 395
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
alex-kerr added Izaya and Shizuo

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688 291
Mugen and Jin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Mugen and Jin Samurai Champloo

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538 358
Master Shen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time

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482 384
Dante is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added Dante and Vergil

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573 458
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shaurya-kapoor added Hiruzen and Danzo

37
468 373
Shanks and Whitebeard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
JessDaBest added Shanks and Whitebeard

38
470 185
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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593 555
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shaurya-kapoor added Goku and Krillin

40
284 309
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
ConnorDavis added Dio Brando and Jojo

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349 147
Yusuke and Hiei is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
katsuo0 added Yusuke and Hiei

42
396 387
Yamcha is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added Tien and Yamcha

43
405 338
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

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649 411
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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84 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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354 311
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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214 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
388 252
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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281 170
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

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261 291
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