Shōnen 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 shōnen 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 ninja in the world of Naruto.
25 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.
24 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 Third 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.
Oh, and what amazing power it is.
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.
Now that's hella cool.
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.
21 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.
20 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 as 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 its 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.
18 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.
16 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.
14 Minato Namikaze
Time to talk about one of the most popular figures in Naruto, who just so happens to be the father of the main character as well. Minato is generally considered to be one of the most powerful ninjas of all time, and his sacrifice as the Fourth Hokage to protect the village is the stuff of legends.
There are many qualities that we can talk about for Minato, but the one thing that we'll focus on is his speed. You see, Minato was known as "Konoha's Yellow Flash" because of his blindingly fast Flying Thunder God Technique.
13 Might Guy
At this point, you might understandably be enraged. After all, how can Might Guy rank amongst the very top — that too above the esteemed names we've already mentioned? Well, the fact of the matter is that in terms of sheer raw power, there are none as powerful as Might Guy.
One need only take a look at the battle he had with Madara near the end of the series, where he opened all Eight Gates and unleashed a devastating blow called "Night Guy" on Madara. The recoil and aftereffects of using this mode were so severe that Guy almost burnt to ash and was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
12 Hashirama Senju
It's finally time to mention the original Hokage who shaped the Leaf Village as we know it, along with his friend-slash-rival Madara Uchiha. The responsibility that Hashirama fulfilled to bring peace and order to a region that was ravaged with war is commendable.
Of course, one can't talk about the power of the First Hokage without mentioning his unique Wood Release technique that has become a signature of sorts. It's so rare that the only other person who can use this form of Release is Yamato — and that's because of Orochimaru's experiments.
11 Obito Uchiha
The topic of Madara Uchiha will come time and time again, so it's time we mention the name of the person who adopted this alias to increase his influence on the world. We're talking about Obito Uchiha, who served as the antagonist of the series for the most part.
He was already a force to be reckoned with the Sharingan. However, it was after stealing Nagato's Rinnegan that he truly became towering presence with seemingly no equal. Thankfully, the humanity that was inscribed on him as a child was still present and helped in switching his mindset over to what was right.
10 Madara Uchiha
It's finally time to talk about the person who dictated the events that led to the Fourth Shinobi World War. Yes, the person we're talking about is none other than the legendary Madara Uchiha — a person so villainous and diabolical that calling him "evil" won't even begin to describe his vile actions.
The struggle that everyone had to overcome with this incredibly powerful shinobi cannot be put into words. In fact, chances are that he would've completely succeded with his Edo Tensei plan had it not been for the White Zetsu's betrayal.
9 Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki
Fair warning — the Ōtsutsuki name will see a ton of mentions near the latter half of the series. It doesn't take an expert to state why this is the case since it's the family that pretty much kickstarted the age of the shinobi.
While Momoshiki might be the weakest one of the lot, don't be fooled — his power could still rival adult Naruto and Sasuke, which is quite impressive, to say the least. However, his relatively quick and effortless disposal hurts his ranking on this list.
8 Kakashi Hatake
We've talked about the father, now it's time to talk about the son — or, more accurately, the prodigy. It seems that the idea of making Kakashi the Sixth Hokage was pretty much set in stone from the get-go by Kishimoto, seeing as to how the character was developed over time.
Known as the Copycat Ninja, Kakashi ended up developing his own brand of ninjutsu as he combined the best aspects of every technique he learned over time to become proficient in all forms of ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu.
7 Sasuke Uchiha
The arch-rival of the series' protagonist who ultimately became his best friend, it doesn't take an expert to state why Sasuke has made this list. After all, the last surviving member of the Uchiha clan has developed a vast number of techniques that have left him a cut above the rest.
The innate talent of Sasuke, coupled with the fact that he also receives the power of Yin-Yang Release from Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki, leads to a situation where Sasuke's powers transcend those of any ninja in the modern era... save for one special individual.
6 Naruto Uzumaki
The idea of placing Naruto above Sasuke in terms of power is something that will always divide hardcore fans down the middle. However, the fact that Naruto's massive chakra pool is further enhanced by a friendly Kurama means that he just edges out Sasuke in the strength department.
Of course, just like Sasuke, Naruto was also blessed with unmitigated power in the form of the Yin-Yang Release, further ascending his powers to a whole new level. Is it any surprise that he ended up being the Seventh Hokage?
5 Indra Ōtsutsuki
We've talked about Naruto and Sasuke, so now it's time to talk about the people they are a reincarnation of. Sasuke is the reincarnation of Indra — a shinobi who had all the natural talent in the world but was held back because of his arrogance.
The fact that he is considered to be the person who developed the entire concept of ninjutsu itself and was the originator of the Uchiha clan should be proof enough of just how powerful Indra actually was.
4 Asura Ōtsutsuki
But no matter how powerful Indra might've been, he would always live in the shadows of his younger brother, Asura. This was surprising since — initially — Asura didn't have any special talents. However, years of hard work and determination helped him bridge the gap between him and his brother, ultimately becoming the more powerful of the two warriors.
He is credited with being the originator of both the Senju and Uzumaki clans, which is no small feat. By proving his worth, he was chosen to absorb Hagoromo's teachings, which let him gain the edge to defeat his brother.
3 Kaguya Ōtsutsuki
The story of Kaguya Ōtsutsuki is equal parts mystifying and frustrating. Arriving on Earth a millennium ago, Kaguya was the first person with chakra in her body. This chakra was later distributed to her sons, Hamura and Hagoromo.
While the initial period of Kaguya's rule was pleasant, things soon became chaotic.
Thus, her sons were forced to seal their own mother to stop these transgressions. Honestly, Kaguya would've ranked further up the list, but the disappointing manner in which she is reintroduced and taken care of near the end of the series is still a sore spot for most fans and severely diminishes her importance.
2 Hamura Ōtsutsuki
Unlike the tenuous duo of Indra and Asura, Hagoromo and Hamura were comparatively more harmonious during their upbringing. This might've been because of a common hatred that they shared towards their mother... but we digress.
Hamura is one of the most powerful shinobi of all time.
The fact that he's the first person in existence to develop the Byakugan should be proof enough of his power, but he's also credited with founding the Shinobi of the Moon.
1 Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki
The sons of Kaguya Ōtsutsuki take the second and first spot on this list respectively. While Hamura is definitely one of the most powerful ninjas of all time, Hagoromo just edges him out due to the sheer bevy of techniques and raw power at his disposal.
There's a reason why he's called the Sage of Six Paths.
While the members of the Ōtsutsuki clan mentioned above have certainly shaped the ninja world in their own way, none of them have been as influential as Hagoromo. He is credited to be the ancestor of the Shinobi world and created the ninja world itself through his teachings of Ninshū.