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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1
3,915 1,506
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
4,108 1,376
Naruto and Sasuke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Naruto and Sasuke Naruto

3
4,174 1,007
Goku and Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goku and Vegeta Dragonball Z

4
2,326 889
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
1,986 660
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shaurya-kapoor added Madara and Hashirama

6
2,939 1,173
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shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi and Guy

7
2,054 1,141
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru Inuyasha

8
3,287 1,110
Natsu and Gray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Natsu and Gray Fairy Tail

9
2,109 1,020
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
1,685 850
Renji and Ichigo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Renji and Ichigo Bleach

11
1,936 975
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shaurya-kapoor added Obito and Kakashi

12
1,674 786
Sasuke and Itachi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Sasuke and Itachi

13
1,618 615
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shaurya-kapoor added Jiraiya and Orochimaru

14
2,076 782
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
1,121 180
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
1,813 568
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
879 407
Spike and Vicious is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Spike and Vicious Cowboy Bebop

18
921 498
Ryu and Ken is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Ryu and Ken Street Fighter 2

19
1,654 510
Meliodas and Ban is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
impy added Meliodas and Ban

20
1,433 1,674
Sakura and Ino is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Sakura and Ino Naruto

21
1,028 469
Alucard and Anderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Alucard and Anderson Hellsing

22
986 455
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time

23
1,137 795
Goten and Trunks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goten and Trunks Dragonball Z

24
909 459
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shaurya-kapoor added Ichigo and Uryu

25
1,078 488
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
1,081 689
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shaurya-kapoor added Rock Lee and Neji

27
866 391
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shaurya-kapoor added Inuyasha and Koga

28
910 622
Luffy and Ace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Luffy and Ace One Piece

29
766 184
Natsu and Gajeel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
JustRandall666 added Natsu and Gajeel

30
936 354
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
851 510
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
700 400
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
alex-kerr added

33
711 293
Mugen and Jin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Mugen and Jin Samurai Champloo

34
493 390
Dante is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added

35
543 367
Master Shen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time

36
587 470
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shaurya-kapoor added Hiruzen and Danzo

37
501 194
Eren Jaeger and Titans is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
1518503812326 added Eren Jaeger and Titans Attack on Titan :D

38
472 379
Shanks and Whitebeard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
JessDaBest added Shanks and Whitebeard

39
603 564
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shaurya-kapoor added Goku and Krillin

40
365 149
Yusuke and Hiei is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
katsuo0 added Yusuke and Hiei

41
294 314
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
ConnorDavis added

42
103 48
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Dimes11 added Rurouni Kenshin

43
405 393
Yamcha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Son Goku added

44
423 344
Sebastian Michaelis and Willia... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Charlotte de R added Sebastian Michaelis and William T. Spears

45
665 421
Saitama and Sonic is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Saitama and Sonic One Punch Man

46
241 97
Asta and Yuno is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Alexander Davitashvili added Asta and Yuno

47
355 318
Issei Hyodo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
-1458600382910 added

48
397 257
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

49
299 176
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
238 136
Haruka Nanase and Rin Matsuoka is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Yalonia added Haruka Nanase and Rin Matsuoka Free!