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!
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3,043 1,216
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
3,316 836
Goku and Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goku and Vegeta Dragonball Z

3
3,196 1,129
Naruto and Sasuke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Naruto and Sasuke Naruto

4
1,824 660
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
2,236 995
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shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi and Guy

6
1,698 878
Yugi and Seto Kaiba is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
iris21 added Yugi and Seto Kaiba Yu-Gi-Oh!

7
2,561 950
Natsu and Gray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Natsu and Gray Fairy Tail

8
1,489 509
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shaurya-kapoor added Madara and Hashirama

9
1,625 1,007
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru Inuyasha

10
1,494 845
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shaurya-kapoor added Obito and Kakashi

11
1,337 703
Renji and Ichigo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Renji and Ichigo Bleach

12
1,655 637
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
1,263 607
Sasuke and Itachi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Sasuke and Itachi

14
1,231 485
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shaurya-kapoor added Jiraiya and Orochimaru

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15
1,146 1,429
Sakura and Ino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Sakura and Ino Naruto

16
741 411
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
1,333 449
Ken Kaneki and Himself is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Gracie Martin added Ken Kaneki and Himself

18
1,267 432
Meliodas and Ban is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
impy added Meliodas and Ban

19
858 580
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shaurya-kapoor added Rock Lee and Neji

20
873 406
Ed and Scar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Ed and Scar

21
834 392
Alucard and Anderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Alucard and Anderson Hellsing

Professional Wrestlers Who Died Young

22
937 669
Goten and Trunks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goten and Trunks Dragonball Z

23
685 337
Spike and Vicious is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Spike and Vicious Cowboy Bebop

24
715 369
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shaurya-kapoor added Ichigo and Uryu

25
760 502
Luffy and Ace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Luffy and Ace One Piece

26
802 363
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time

27
712 321
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shaurya-kapoor added Inuyasha and Koga

28
541 102
Midoriya and Bakugo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Shaina Rosario Marjolino added Midoriya and Bakugo Boku no Hero Academia

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29
694 404
Goku and Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added Goku and Piccolo

30
588 336
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
alex-kerr added Izaya and Shizuo

31
742 286
Gon and Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Gon and Hisoka

32
444 116
Natsu and Gajeel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
JustRandall666 added Natsu and Gajeel

33
414 328
Dante is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added Dante and Vergil

34
478 387
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shaurya-kapoor added Hiruzen and Danzo

35
397 313
Shanks and Whitebeard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
JessDaBest added Shanks and Whitebeard

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36
448 305
Master Shen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time

37
558 254
Mugen and Jin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Mugen and Jin Samurai Champloo

38
504 465
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shaurya-kapoor added Goku and Krillin

39
226 259
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
ConnorDavis added Dio Brando and Jojo

40
358 286
Sebastian Michaelis and Willia... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Charlotte de R added Sebastian Michaelis and William T. Spears

41
305 118
Eren Jaeger and Titans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
1518503812326 added Eren Jaeger and Titans Attack on Titan :D

42
257 111
Yusuke and Hiei is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
katsuo0 added Yusuke and Hiei

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543 362
Saitama and Sonic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Saitama and Sonic One Punch Man

44
299 270
Issei Hyodo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
-1458600382910 added Issei and Vali

45
323 335
Yamcha is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added Tien and Yamcha

46
324 221
Kenshin Himura and Shishio Mak... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Kenshin Himura and Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X

47
228 250
Mega Man X is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added MegaMan X and Zero

48
210 124
Yuri Katsuki and Yuri Plisetsk... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Angel Froese added Yuri Katsuki and Yuri Plisetsky Yuri!! On Ice

49
222 279
Saber and Rin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Saber and Rin Fate Stay/Night

50
249 316
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added Piccolo and Android 17