Shonen anime in the action genre has always had its roots in providing fans with the most spectacular display of power possible. This can be in the form of high-powered fights, clever traps, or a mix of both. Regardless, the end product is a satisfactory visual experience that leaves little to the imagination as two powerful individuals duke it out in a fight for the ages. It's one of the major draws of shonen anime that has a heavy focus on action.
One of the anime series that comes to mind when one talks about such shows has to be Naruto. The fact of the matter is that this series, in particular, has become a fan favorite for a bevy of reasons. From sporting a ton of memorable characters to telling a story that was epic in every sense of the word, this series has come a long way from the times when it was nothing more than a self-contained ninja story, revolving around a one-dimensional.
By the end of the series, a large number of characters are either introduced strongly or developed to the point where they've truly cemented their reputation as some of the most powerful individuals around in the ninja world. Of course, this brings to mind one pressing question — out of the sheer number of characters in this universe, who exactly are the cream of the crop? Keeping this thought in mind, it's time to officially rank the strongest ninjas in the world of Naruto.
Updated December 16, 2021 by Ritwik Mitra: The sheer number of characters that are present in Naruto is truly immense. Most characters have a vital role to play in the plot in some way or another and have hung around long enough for viewers to get attached to even the most minor characters around. Most characters in the show have become extremely powerful either from the moment they're introduced or through sustained growth, and the most notable of the bunch are mentioned below!
35 Konohamaru Sarutobi
Watching Konohamaru evolve from an outspoken brat into a noble ninja was some great evolution to witness in Naruto. He might not be the most important character around, but he still has his moments.
Seeing Konohamaru as a responsible jonin in Boruto can take some while getting used to. His powers have definitely evolved, making him a strong and dependable ninja.
34 Shikamaru Nara
Shikamaru is definitely one of the smartest characters in the show. In fact, his brains more than compensate for his lack of brawn at times.
He might not be strong from a traditional point of view, but don't let that take away from the value he brings to any battle. With Shikamaru at the strategic helm, most fights are pretty much all but over.
33 Hinata Hyuga
Naruto's wife has some serious taijutsu skills. Of course, the powers she's attained in the Hyuga Clan are definitely quite noteworthy in their own right.
Her Byakugan allows her to access a range of abilities that make her a menace to fight. She might be shy at times, but Hinata is a force to be reckoned with in the current timeline.
32 Sakura Haruno
Sakura is a character that everyone loves to rip on. Given how Kishimoto has written her at times, it's easy to see why this is the case.
However, Sakura is nowhere near as powerless as some people might describe her. She can be quite a handful to deal with, and the mix of her healing abilities and monstrous strength make for a lethal combination.
31 Killer B
Let's start this list off with the jinchūriki of the Eight-Tails, Killer B. Making his entrance in the most over-the-top fashion (by rapping, of all the things), no one could've assumed that this person would be so powerful.
His friendship with the Hachibi is something to note. It's through this harmonious relationship that Killer B is able to unleash his full potential as a jinchūriki, educating Naruto about the benefits of using Kurama properly as well.
The new characters introduced in Boruto have shown a massive power ceiling that already makes them candidates for being some of the strongest ninjas around... provided they reach their potential. Sarada is one such character that falls in this category.
The daughter of Sasuke and Sakura has already shown incredible potential, with her mastery over both ninjutsu and genjutsu being quite excellent indeed. One can only wait and see how Sarada will develop over the course of Boruto.
Orochimaru's genetically engineered son has shown a ton of potential over the course of Boruto. The manner in which he's defeated powerful foes without even showing his full potential already makes him a force to be reckoned with.
His power is yet to be explored properly in the series. However, glimpses of this power have proven to be enthralling, and one can only wait and see how Mitsuki's character will evolve in the show.
Of course, it would be impossible to talk about the characters of Boruto without mentioning the titular protagonist himself. Boruto's powers have developed massively over the course of the series.
At this point, the only thing holding Boruto back is his age, with his true power bound to flourish during the timeskip. Only time will tell just how powerful Boruto will become over the course of the show.
There was a time when Gaara had so much hatred in his heart that he couldn't think about anything else but destruction. The child we were introduced to has grown a lot since his initial appearance.
The genuine bond of friendship that Gaara formed with Naruto was pretty endearing. Of course, his Sand Abilities were also pretty notable and made him an absolute tank in battle.
26 Tsunade Senju
The Fifth Hokage of the Leaf Village is also extremely skilled in the art of ninjutsu and taijutsu. Her skills are what convinced the majority of people that giving her the mantle of being the new Hokage was a good decision to make.
Tsunade has been through a lot in her life. From being one of the legendary Sannin to losing both her brother and lover to war, Tsunade has been through a lot in her life. These experiences have ultimately shaped her up to be the woman we all know and adore.
The Fourth Raikage is properly introduced during the Five Kage Summit Arc. Once Tobi and Sasuke infiltrate the summit for their own personal reasons, we are finally able to witness the power of Killer B's brother first-hand.
His fight with Sasuke is so intense that the Uchiha's eyesight is permanently damaged after he uses his powers to its absolute limit. Even after being hit with the permanent flames of Amaterasu, A doesn't even flinch as he disposes of his burning hand.
Kawaki has been introduced in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. As of right now, we know very little of the character and his origins. However, the fact that he apparently disposed of a powerful ninja like Naruto pretty much guarantees him a place on this list.
Only time will tell us as to how extensive Kawaki's powers actually are. For now, this character is shrouded in a veil of mystery, which means that we can only wait and watch as Boruto: Naruto Next Generations continues.
23 Hiruzen Sarutobi
The Third Hokage and probably the most powerful ninja we see in the early parts of the series, Hiruzen Sarutobi was a legend in his heyday. His mastery of the ninja arts is nothing to scoff at, and he was fully deserving of receiving the rank of Hokage.
Just take the battle with Orochimaru where he lost his life — Hiruzen was so skilled that he was able to fight off both the First and the Second Hokage, while also keeping Orochimaru's offense at bay.
Not many people can accomplish this feat.
22 Danzo Shimura
One of the newest characters in Naruto Shippuden was Danzo Shimura. This imposing character was easily one of the most fascinating people in the entire show, with his fight against Sasuke being a massive highlight.
He was an easy character to hate, mainly because of the atrocities he committed against the Uchiha. Watching him fall was one of the highlights of the series by a country mile.
21 Tobirama Senju
Speaking of the previous Hokage, it's time to talk about the Second — a Hokage who admittedly didn't have as much screen time and thought put into him like the others. However, that still doesn't take away from the fact that he's stupidly strong in his own right.
The ability to use all five nature transformations, along with an impressive array of powerful genjutsu turned the Second into one of the most powerful individuals of all time, without a shadow of a doubt.
We've already talked about Sarutobi, but now it's time that we talk about one of his pupils that ended up haunting the village for the days to come. Of course, the person we're talking about right now is none other than the infamous Orochimaru.
We've already talked about Orochimaru's attack on Konoha, but this ninja's transgressions go way beyond this solitary incident. From performing unethical experiments to unlocking a questionable form of immortality, Orochimaru has done it all.
19 Itachi Uchiha
One of the most beloved characters in the entire series, it's amazing just how much of a drastic cycle of character development Itachi went through as the series progressed. For the most part, he was viewed to be nothing more than just another villain — that is, until his actual intentions were brought to light.
It must be said that Itachi's expertise with the Sharingan is nothing short of extraordinary. From being able to utilize the most complex genjutsu possible, all the way to unlocking some of the most powerful eye techniques — Itachi has done it all, and then some.
It's time to wrap up our talks of the Sannin with the third member of this elite group. Introduced as a rather lewd person, no one could've predicted just how powerful Jiraiya actually was — in fact, it's arguable that he is the most powerful of the three Sannin.
His mentorship of Naruto is something that definitely shouldn't be ignored since he helped one of the most powerful ninjas unlock his hidden potential time and time again. This intellect, coupled with his devastating powers, made Jiraiya a person to be feared by anyone who opposed him.
17 Sakumo Hatake
To be very honest, very little is known of Sakumo Hatake. Nicknamed as the "White Fang," the fact that he was the father of Kakashi already places him amongst the elite, and rightfully so. He was considered to be one of the best shinobi of his generation by a country mile.
To give this statement some much-needed context, it's a widespread notion that Sakumo's abilities were above that of the three Sannin, which is a massive compliment in itself. Unfortunately, his selflessness made him prioritize the lives of his comrades over the completion of a crucial mission. The blame and subsequent fallout proved too much for him, and he ended himself.
One of the infamous Ame Orphans who sported the most powerful eye technique in the ninja world, Nagato was an anomaly in every sense of the word. While initially perceived to be weak, his abilities grew to such an extent that he would've become incredibly powerful... had it not been for the tragic incident that led to the demise of his friend Yahiko.
The Rinnegan allowed Nagato to master all ninjutsu with ease. Even after his body weakened, he was able to awaken the Six Paths Of Pain who roamed the world in his stead.
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