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The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time

Updated March 10, 2021 186.3k votes 20.5k voters 91.2k views104 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
    7,939
    2,336

    L and Light Yagami

    Death Note
  • 2
    8,131
    2,395

    Naruto and Sasuke

    Naruto
  • 3
    5,537
    1,695
    -1457191633500 added

    Zoro and Sanji

    One Piece
  • 4
    7,239
    2,377

    Goku and Vegeta

    Dragonball Z
  • 5
    4,416
    1,554
    Shaina Rosario Marjolino added

    Midoriya and Bakugo

    Boku no Hero Academia

  • 6
    5,837
    2,349
    shaurya-kapoor added

    Kakashi and Guy

  • 7
    5,494
    2,238

    Natsu and Gray

    Fairy Tail
  • 8
    4,238
    1,493
    shaurya-kapoor added

    Madara and Hashirama

  • 9
    3,489
    1,419
    impy added

    Meliodas and Ban

  • 10
    3,752
    1,683
    shaurya-kapoor added

    Obito and Kakashi

  • 11
    3,508
    1,479
    Gracie Martin added

    Ken Kaneki and Himself

  • 12
    3,441
    1,593
    Ahmed Maklad added

    Ash and Gary

  • 13
    3,413
    1,755
    iris21 added

    Yugi and Seto Kaiba

    Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • 14
    2,276
    1,019
    Owen_Paul_Sloane added

    Gon and Hisoka

  • 15
    2,892
    1,225
    shaurya-kapoor added

    Jiraiya and Orochimaru

  • 16
    1,903
    772
    JustRandall666 added

    Natsu and Gajeel

  • 17
    2,658
    1,387

    Renji and Ichigo

    Bleach
  • 18
    3,016
    1,556
    shaurya-kapoor added

    Sasuke and Itachi

  • 19
    3,009
    1,624

    Inuyasha and Sesshomaru

    Inuyasha
  • 20
    1,315
    576
    hangeandtitansco added

    Eren Jaeger and Titans

    Attack on Titan :D

  • 21
    720
    322
    12249375 added

    Karma Akabane and Gakushuu Asano

  • 22
    1,350
    298
    Lucifer6 added

    Asta and Yuno

  • 23
    1,591
    835

    Alucard and Anderson

    Hellsing
  • 24
    1,519
    782
  • 25
    1,494
    784

    Spike and Vicious

    Cowboy Bebop
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