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The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time

Updated January 21, 2021 189.9k votes 19.5k voters 86.9k views100 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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  • Goku and Vegeta1
    7,529
    2,117

    Goku and Vegeta

    Dragonball Z
  • Midoriya and Bakugo2
    4,612
    1,090

    Midoriya and Bakugo

    Boku no Hero Academia

  • Naruto and Sasuke3
    8,346
    2,500

    Naruto and Sasuke

    Naruto
  • L and Light Yagami4
    8,136
    2,520

    L and Light Yagami

    Death Note
  • Zoro and Sanji5
    5,521
    1,755

    Zoro and Sanji

    One Piece
  • Madara and Hashirama6
    4,375
    1,241

    Madara and Hashirama

  • Meliodas and Ban7
    3,695
    1,154

    Meliodas and Ban

  • Natsu and Gray8
    5,842
    2,033

    Natsu and Gray

    Fairy Tail
  • Kakashi and Guy9
    6,098
    2,181

    Kakashi and Guy

  • Ken Kaneki and Himself10
    3,703
    1,248

    Ken Kaneki and Himself

  • Gon and Hisoka11
    2,336
    759

    Gon and Hisoka

  • Obito and Kakashi12
    3,896
    1,507

    Obito and Kakashi

  • Yugi and Seto Kaiba13
    3,626
    1,625

    Yugi and Seto Kaiba

    Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Ash and Gary14
    3,640
    1,430

    Ash and Gary

  • Natsu and Gajeel15
    2,012
    572

    Natsu and Gajeel

  • Jiraiya and Orochimaru16
    3,044
    1,049

    Jiraiya and Orochimaru

  • Spike and Vicious17
    1,587
    730

    Spike and Vicious

    Cowboy Bebop
  • Alucard and Anderson18
    1,721
    801

    Alucard and Anderson

    Hellsing
  • Sasuke and Itachi19
    3,174
    1,454

    Sasuke and Itachi

  • Karma Akabane and Gakushuu Asano20
    709
    220

    Karma Akabane and Gakushuu Asano

  • Inuyasha and Sesshomaru21
    3,275
    1,636

    Inuyasha and Sesshomaru

    Inuyasha
  • Mugen and Jin22
    1,219
    501

    Mugen and Jin

    Samurai Champloo
  • Sebastian Michaelis and Claude Faustus23
    1,633
    776
  • Renji and Ichigo24
    2,830
    1,450

    Renji and Ichigo

    Bleach
  • Asta and Yuno25
    1,304
    303

    Asta and Yuno