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Ranking Every Kage In Naruto From Strongest to Weakest

Updated November 5, 2020 45.3k votes 4.8k voters 106.7k views24 items

Who is the greatest Kage in all of Naruto? Sure, it’s easy to say it’s the knuckleheaded ninja himself, Naruto Uzumaki. However, what about the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze? After all, he was the creator of the Rasengan. It’s also tempting to say Kakashi Hatake, since his strength as a ninja was already remarkable, before taking up the position of Hokage. Even someone as elderly as Hiruzen Sarutobi deserves recognition for the incredible sacrifice he made for the Village Hidden in the Leaves. 

That’s just the top of the iceberg. The world of Naruto goes beyond the gates of the Hidden Leaf village. There’s the Kage of the Hidden Village of the Land of Wind, such as Gaara. Or, the Fourth Raikage from the Hidden Village of the Land of Lightning. Also, there’s Mei Terumi from the Village Hidden by Myst. Naruto is filled with legendary Kage, but which one is the strongest of them all? 
 

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  • Naruto Uzumaki
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    The class clown that would be Hokage. Throughout the original series and Naruto Shippuden, Naruto pushed himself to the limits, in the hopes of becoming Hokage and winning the respect of the people in the Hidden Leaf village. After all the loss and pain he endured on his journey, Naruto’s dream finally came true. While being the vessel for a demonic fox is what got him shunned by his fellow ninjas, he managed to use that power to master incredible attacks, such as his Tailed Beast mode.

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  • Hashirama Senju
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    Hashirama Senju was the First Hokage of the Village Hidden in the Leaves. As the original “God of Shinobi,” Hashirama envisioned a peaceful world for shinobi. It’s because of that dream that Hashirama founded the Hidden Leaf Village with his clan. His most memorable friendship/rivalry was with the legendary Madara Uchiha of the Uchiha clan, which mirrored the rivalry between Naruto and Sasuke. Hashirama’s strength as a shinobi was unrivaled at the time. He successfully defeated and killed Madara, who had control of the Nine-Tailed Fox demon. His signature attack was the Wood Release technique, which allowed him to create and manipulate trees through his chakra.

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  • Minato Namikaze
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    Regarded as one of the greatest ninjas of the Hidden Leaf Village, Minato Namikaze was the fabled Hokage who sealed the demon fox inside Naruto. As noble as that act was, it cost Minato his life. Even worse, the people of the Village Hidden in the Leaves vilified Naruto, when he specifically told them to treat Naruto as a hero, before leaving the living world forever. Minato was nicknamed the “Yellow Flash” for his Hiraishin no Jutsu, which allowed him to teleport to any location. He is also the creator of the Rasengan, which is the ninja technique that Naruto would learn and improve upon.

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    A (Third Raikage)
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    The Third Raikage was regarded as the greatest Raikage of the hidden village of the Land of Lightning. He was an honorable man who cared very deeply for his people. It’s why he did everything he could to subdue the rampage of the Eight-Tails, resulting in a self-inflicted wound on his chest and later the life of his nephew. Despite his injuries to his body and pride, the Third Raikage would always take on the Eight-Tails to save his people from harm. The Third Raikage also mastered the nature transformations of Lightning, Fire, and Earth Release. He could harness the lightning chakra in his fingers and use it to pierce his enemies.

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