The concept of fictional power levels might seem rather stupid at first glance, and understandably so. After all, the fact of the matter is that there are several characters present across multiple fabricated universes that have simply gone above and beyond any semblance of logic when it comes to seeking out the best course of action that can be taken to improve one's power level dramatically. Thankfully, logic is not an important part of this conversation — the whole point of ideating new universes is that the rules in these dimensions are pretty flexible. This basically means that no matter how drastic an escalation in power might seem, it's feasible in the grand scheme of things if the editor wishes it to be.
Take the example of Naruto — the structure of the world is so vast and brilliant that, no matter what the situation might be, it's more than feasible that a character can experience a massive powerup without any questions that need to be asked.
Sasuke is one such character who experienced this dramatic burst of power within a short span of time. It's honestly hard to pinpoint characters who can actually achieve a higher level of power than Sasuke in the series, especially due to the massive boost he received near the final moments of the series. However, it must be said that — after looking at the other characters through a microscope — there are actually many characters who can or already have surpassed the lone Uchiha's power. Here are 30 such characters who have accomplished this seemingly impossible feat.
30 Madara Uchiha
It's hard to talk about powerful people in Naruto and not mention Madara Uchiha. The fact of the matter is that this antagonist caused no end of problems to the people around him, and could've razed the entire earth to the ground as we know it.
If it wasn't for the betrayal of the Black Zetsu, who knows what would've happened.
However, we didn't really witness the full crowing of a Six Paths Madara, which is quite a shame. A tussle between him and Sasuke would've been quite a fight indeed.
An amazing Uchiha vs. Uchiha fight, taken away from us.
29 Itachi Uchiha
However, let's not crib about the Uchiha vs. Uchiha fight that we missed out on — rather, let's talk about the fight that did happen. Sasuke's fight against Itachi was something that fans were pining for ever since Sasuke declared his hatred towards his brother.
While Sasuke was the victor, Itachi wasn't fighting at his 100%.
It's an observation that was also made by Zetsu, who was observing the battle — Itachi seemed quite sluggish and vulnerable during this battle, as compared to his previous combat performances. Zetsu suspected that Itachi had been injured before the fight, which is why Sasuke managed to get the upper hand.
28 Kakashi Hatake
There's a reason why Kakashi Hatake was considered worthy enough to be selected as the Sixth Hokage. The potential that the son of Konoha's White Fang sports is limitless, with him being able to achieve new heights of power with just a bit of perseverance.
He can certainly give Sasuke a run for his money.
After all, while Kakashi might lack any birthright advantage, the fact that he's able to copy everyone's moves effortlessly goes to show just how powerful he actually is. This, coupled with his intellect, meant that Kakashi was a force to be reckoned with.
27 Sakumo Hatake
Speaking of Kakashi and Konoha's White Fang, it's time to talk about the legendary Sakumo Hatake. During his prime, Sakumo was touted to be powerful enough to rival the abilities of the Sannin, which is no small statement to make.
However, things didn't end well for this ninja. After making a judgment call and prioritizing the lives of his comrades over a mission's objective, Sakumo was alienated by everyone — even the ones he thought to be closest to him. After experiencing a severe bout of guilt, the White Fang chose to take his own life instead.
26 Obito Uchiha
Of course, one can't even mention Kakashi without mentioning his best friend — and, to an extent, his mortal enemy. The fact of the matter is that Obito is definitely a contender who could've surpassed Sasuke in power, had he managed to hone the power he obtained after become the Ten-Tails Jinchūriki.
However, while Obito might've sought out a path of evil, the fact of the matter is that his intent was borne out of a misunderstanding, further fueled by a broken heart. These motivations are — to be very honest — quite disappointing.
If these motivations were somewhat more firm, then perhaps he could've sought more power and surpassed Sasuke's strength.
25 Hashirama Senju
The First Hokage of the Hidden Leaf village is also one of the most powerful ninjas of all time, featuring a unique kekkei genkai that has become the stuff of legends in the Naruto universe. It's obvious that we're talking about Wood Release — a form of nature transformation that is still revered in the Naruto series to this very day.
The regenerative power affording by Hashirama's cells are also quite applicable in Boruto's universe, and it's quite obvious that Hashirama would've certainly given anyone a run for his money, let alone Sasuke.
24 Tobirama Senju
Of course, how could we mention Hashirama without mentioned his younger brother and the Second Hokage? The fact of the matter is that Tobirama Senju would've definitely given Sasuke an incredibly hard challenge, if not the best one, of the lone survivors of the Uchiha wipe-out.
His mastery of Water Release is second to none, but perhaps the most impactful technique even devised by Tobirama has to be the Flying Thunder God technique — an ability that was adopted and further built upon by the Fourth Hokage.
23 Might Guy
Before the onset of the Chūnin Exams, not many fans of Naruto thought that hand-to-hand combat was a big deal. However, this wrong perception was completely altered once people witnessed just how effective Rock Lee's technique was.
Lee has only one person to thank for his amazing development — Might Guy. If one is wondering whether taijutsu is enough to beat an all-rounder shinobi like Sasuke, we just want to take you back to the time when Might Guy opened all Eight Gates and went absolutely berserk on Madara.
It was a thing of beauty.
22 Hiruzen Sarutobi
At the start of Naruto, Hiruzen Sarutobi is shown to be the Third Hokage, who seemed quite old and fragile. However, as we soon saw during the Chūnin Exams, he could actually whip some serious tail if he was instigated to that breaking point.
This can be seen in the fight between Orochimaru and Hiruzen, where the Third Hokage manages to hold his own against the First and Second!
Ask yourself — can Sasuke handle the aggressive powers of two Kage at once?
One of the most beloved and endearing characters on the show has to be Jiraiya. It's quite surprising as to how someone with an immature attitude like Jiraiya can still be so charming. While his demeanor certainly plays a major role in garnering his approval ratings, the fact of the matter is that his strength is also a dominant factor in this regard.
There's a reason why Jiraiya was mentioned as one of the three legendary Sannin, after all — he's a master of Senjutsu and a formidable shinobi warrior to boot.
Speaking of the Sannin, it's time to take about the man who played a substantial role in turning Sasuke into the vile human being that he transformed into during the time skip between Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden.
Orochimaru is an amazing ninja with the perfect combination of brains and brawn. However, his apparent disregard for human life led him to perform numerous experimentations on his body, while also toying around with the lives of other people.
While one might state that Sasuke is way above Orochimaru, the latter could very well overpower the former in his prime.
Time to round off the entire group of Sannin is the Fifth Hokage, and one of the baddest females in Naruto — Tsunade. We've already talked about the effectiveness of taijutsu in the Naruto universe, and Tsunade manages to add further weight to this statement with her devastating punches.
Her potency is further enhanced with two aspects — the fact that she had a massive store of chakra on her forehead, along with her talents in medical ninjutsu.
The man who hid behind the alias of Pain is certainly a figurehead who could give Sasuke a tough challenge, had he not been grievously injured beforehand. These injuries were incurred because of a horrifying chain of events that involved the demise of his best friend, Yahiko.
Hanzō of the Salamander was the reason behind this horrible memory, and the ensuring rage that Nagato experienced led to him receiving a massive number of injuries. This included the loss of his legs in a kamikaze attempt to retrieve a taken Konan.
17 Killer B
While one might debate Killer B's rapping talent, no one can deny the fact that he's one of the most powerful Jinchūriki of all time. After all, he was the first ever container of the Tailed Beasts to befriend the monster inside of him and tap into an insurmountable level of power, unlike anything that was ever seen before.
The entire reason why Naruto managed to become as powerful as he is right now was because of Killer B. So, to write him off in a fight against Sasuke would be a horrible decision to take.
16 A (Third Raikage)
Of course, how can we mention a powerful shinobi without mentioning his elder brother, who is equally — if not more powerful — than his kin? The Third Raikage is one of the most powerful individuals of all time without a shadow of a doubt.
One need only look at the duel between him and Sasuke to realize just how much of a threat he can be, if given the chance. While he did lose an arm in this battle, things could've panned out in A's favor as well.
15 Shikamaru Nara
There's a reason why Shikamaru became Naruto's advisor once the latter was crowned as the Seventh Hokage. The fact of the matter is that the intellect of this person is beyond comparison in the Naruto series, boasting an IQ that would put the likes of Einstien and Stephen Hawking to shame.
While Sasuke might have a clear advantage in terms of sheer raw power, the quick-witted Shikamaru can certainly think on his feet and devise a way to take care of Sasuke through clever, ingenious tactics.
As the Fifth Kazekage, one would obviously expect someone with that title to boast a level of power that would humble his or her adversaries. This is the best way to encompass the talents of Gaara, who can wipe the floor with any threat if he wishes to do so.
His control of sand is something that most people only dream of having, and as the years have gone by, it's evident that his power has just kept on scaling to reach new heights.
13 Rock Lee
A lot of people might be fuming to read this name on a list of people who could challenge Sasuke. After all, Rock Lee didn't exactly receive the best treatment in the latter half of Naruto, so one might understandably assume that his taijutsu skills simply aren't up to the mark.
However, keep in mind that we've already mentioned the absolute powerhouse that is Might Guy, and it's a fine assumption to make that his prodigy is certainly pulling his weight by surpassing what his master taught and reaching new heights.
A fight between adult Sasuke and Rock Lee should be a spectacle indeed.
12 Kabuto Yakushi
Whoo boy, if the entry of Rock Lee would've irritated you, then mentioning Kabuto would certainly be throwing into a fit of pure rage right now. We can understand why — Kabuto's not exactly a person known for destroying mountains or wasting entire groups of people.
However, the case for Kabuto is similar to that of Shikamaru — his intellect means that he can certainly bring himself out of a tight spot and lay waste to his enemies. While Sasuke will definitely give Kabuto's mind a run for its money, it's not like Kabuto can be completely written off either.
Being a Kage definitely puts you amongst the very top of powerful shinobi who will lay waste to their enemies. This is certainly the case with the Third Tsuchikage, who might seem fragile but will definitely give any of his opponents a run for their money.
Ōnoki is the only known character to possess both a Kekkei Genkai and Kekkei Tōta, making him all the more formidable. In his prime, there's no reason why he couldn't lay waste to Sasuke.
10 Mei Terumī
Speaking of Kages, it's time to bring up the power and mettle of the Fifth Mizukage, who — and let's be honest here — is a character who has been written off by many to be a pathetic excuse to squeeze in some much-derided fan-service.
However, the fact of the matter is that Mei Terumī is definitely one of the most powerful shinobi around who could definitely wipe the floor with Sasuke if given the opportunity. She has two Kekkei Genkai — both Lava and Boil Release can definitely prove to be quite damaging if need be.
9 Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki
Since we're talking about the most powerful individuals around (since that kind of power level is required to even match Sasuke's power, let alone surpass it), it's time to take a look at one of the most powerful and historic ninja clans around — the Ōtsutsuki clan.
We start off by talking about the first proper antagonist of the Boruto series — Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki. While he might've been a threat who was dispatched off early on, that doesn't mean that his power level wasn't enough to give Sasuke a tough time in a one-on-one confrontation.
8 Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki
Of course, to simply give the title of the first proper antagonist in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations would be doing a great disservice to his partner-in-crime, whose power level is also something that is definitely revered in every sense of the word.
Yep, the person we're talking about is none other than Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki, who is definitely someone to be feared. While he might be considered as a mere afterthought after being absorbed by Momoshiki, the sheer power boasted by this absolute tank is still nothing to scoff at.
7 Kaguya Ōtsutsuki
There was no way that we could have the conversation of shinobi who could surpass Sasuke and not mention the very person who's responsible for bequeathing the gift of chakra unto the shinobi. Yep — we're talking about none other than Kaguya Ōtsutsuki herself.
It took the combined efforts of Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura to put an end to this threat, and even that seemed slightly premature and a complete waste of a character who could've easily wiped the floor with every single shinobi around her, let along Sasuke.
6 Indra Ōtsutsuki
The sibling rivalry of Indra and Asura has become the stuff of legends amongst the Naruto faithful. It's a rivalry that has spanned generations, being carried forward by the duos of Hashirama & Madara and Naruto & Sasuke.
Indra is a natural prodigy who managed to devise the Nature Release transformation for the very first time and opened up the ninja world to a whole host of possibilities, unlike anything ever imagined before.
5 Asura Ōtsutsuki
However, while Indra might be a naturally-gifted ninja, the fact of the matter is that his brother is quite powerful in his own right. We say this because what Asura lacked in natural talent, he more than made up for with a relentless drive to learn and excel in all departments.
With this fortitude, Asura became incredibly powerful in his own right and dethroned his elder brother from the esteemed spot of inheriting his father's teachings, which sparked a sibling rivalry that is still palpable in the world of Naruto to this very day.
4 Hamura Ōtsutsuki
Kaguya managed to obtain numerous accomplishments and established the Ōtsutsuki clan as one of the forerunners in devising spirituality. So, it's obvious that her sons would also boast boundless power as well.
This is the case with one of her sons, Hamura Ōtsutsuki. To not take this character into consideration as a person who could surpass Sasuke would be a grave oversight in every sense of the word.
3 Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki
This name was bound to come up at some point or the other. The Sage of the Six Paths is a well-known figure in the Naruto universe who has been built up ever since the introduction of the series.
His power easily surpasses that of Sasuke's.
In fact, the entire reason why Sasuke has become so powerful in the first place is because of Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki! So, it would be unforgivable to not mention this legendary figure as a contender who can easily take care of an imposing shinobi like Sasuke.
2 Minato Namikaze
The discussion of the Kages is not over yet — we still have to talk about the Fourth Hokage, who also happens to be the father of our titular protagonist. Can anybody really question Minato's ability to deal with Sasuke in a full-blown battle?
Because we certainly can't.
Not only is his speed beyond compare, but his ninjutsu prowess will certainly prove to be quite a hurdle for Sasuke to overcome.
1 Naruto Uzumaki
You knew this name was coming.
After all, who else is the best contender to rival — if not surpass — Sasuke's power in the series other than the titular character himself? A character who matched his abilities at all times, and surpassed them at times as well?
The debate between Sasuke and Naruto's power level is eternal.
While fans might always argue as to who's the strongest out of both, Naruto has definitely convinced the fans about his power level every single time with each of his resounding victories.