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 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
4,462 1,720
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
4,692 1,604
Naruto and Sasuke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Naruto and Sasuke Naruto

3
4,724 1,191
Goku and Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goku and Vegeta Dragonball Z

4
2,907 1,004
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
3,377 1,367
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shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi and Guy

6
3,730 1,277
Natsu and Gray is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Natsu and Gray Fairy Tail

7
2,371 1,198
Yugi and Seto Kaiba is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
iris21 added Yugi and Seto Kaiba Yu-Gi-Oh!

8
2,283 1,286
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru Inuyasha

9
2,344 821
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shaurya-kapoor added Madara and Hashirama

10
2,214 1,104
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shaurya-kapoor added Obito and Kakashi

11
1,593 251
Midoriya and Bakugo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Shaina Rosario Marjolino added Midoriya and Bakugo

Boku no Hero Academia

12
1,915 979
Renji and Ichigo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Renji and Ichigo Bleach

13
2,318 882
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
1,845 717
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shaurya-kapoor added Jiraiya and Orochimaru

15
1,911 923
Sasuke and Itachi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Sasuke and Itachi

16
1,921 576
Meliodas and Ban is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
impy added Meliodas and Ban

17
2,098 670
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
1,060 564
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
1,134 517
Alucard and Anderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Alucard and Anderson Hellsing

20
1,015 463
Spike and Vicious is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Spike and Vicious Cowboy Bebop

21
1,584 1,837
Sakura and Ino is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Sakura and Ino Naruto

22
1,276 876
Goten and Trunks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Goten and Trunks Dragonball Z

23
1,212 753
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shaurya-kapoor added Rock Lee and Neji

24
1,193 548
Ed and Scar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Ed and Scar

25
1,072 402
Gon and Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Gon and Hisoka