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The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time

Updated October 29, 2020 191.0k votes 18.9k voters 83.9k views95 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
    Goku and Vegeta
    7,586
    2,136

    Goku and Vegeta

    Dragonball Z
  • 2
    Midoriya and Bakugo
    4,600
    938

    Midoriya and Bakugo

    Boku no Hero Academia

  • 3
    Naruto and Sasuke
    8,330
    2,541

    Naruto and Sasuke

    Naruto
  • 4
    L and Light Yagami
    8,098
    2,592

    L and Light Yagami

    Death Note
  • 5
    Zoro and Sanji
    5,653
    1,752

    Zoro and Sanji

    One Piece
  • 6
    Madara and Hashirama
    4,346
    1,271

    Madara and Hashirama

  • 7
    Meliodas and Ban
    3,701
    1,116

    Meliodas and Ban

  • 8
    Natsu and Gray
    5,940
    2,085

    Natsu and Gray

    Fairy Tail
  • 9
    Ken Kaneki and Himself
    3,726
    1,229

    Ken Kaneki and Himself

  • 10
    Kakashi and Guy
    6,128
    2,262

    Kakashi and Guy

  • 11
    Gon and Hisoka
    2,252
    721

    Gon and Hisoka

  • 12
    Ash and Gary
    3,690
    1,448

    Ash and Gary

  • 13
    Obito and Kakashi
    3,891
    1,545

    Obito and Kakashi

  • 14
    Natsu and Gajeel
    2,003
    539

    Natsu and Gajeel

  • 15
    Yugi and Seto Kaiba
    3,691
    1,686

    Yugi and Seto Kaiba

    Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • 16
    Jiraiya and Orochimaru
    3,067
    1,058

    Jiraiya and Orochimaru

  • 17
    Karma Akabane and Gakushuu Asano
    669
    187

    Karma Akabane and Gakushuu Asano

  • 18
    Spike and Vicious
    1,610
    729

    Spike and Vicious

    Cowboy Bebop
  • 19
    Alucard and Anderson
    1,747
    797

    Alucard and Anderson

    Hellsing
  • 20
    Sasuke and Itachi
    3,188
    1,475

    Sasuke and Itachi

  • 21
    Inuyasha and Sesshomaru
    3,351
    1,691

    Inuyasha and Sesshomaru

    Inuyasha
  • 22
    Asta and Yuno
    1,262
    285

    Asta and Yuno

  • 23
    Mugen and Jin
    1,228
    489

    Mugen and Jin

    Samurai Champloo
  • 24
    Sebastian Michaelis and Claude Faustus
    1,669
    772
  • 25
    Renji and Ichigo
    2,909
    1,484

    Renji and Ichigo

    Bleach