Written by Shiggins
To remember the reason this blog even exists, it is time to celebrate the legacy of Naruto once more with a battle list! Yes, I am writing down the top 10 battles to feature in the Naruto franchise and judging them by their variety, impact on the franchise and any other elements I think are worth mentioning.
Obviously, spoilers ahead. And canon works only. No filler here.
10. Sakura and Chiyo vs Sasori
Let's start with the fight that really got my hopes up for Part 2. Before the timeskip, it almost felt like Kishimoto was unsure what to do with Sakura Haruno. Is she a master of Genjutsu? Medical jutsu? Strategy? Or is she just a damsel in distress for Naruto and Sasuke to save? Well, we finally got an answer when Sakura learned super strength and medical jutsu, combining them into a badass combination that could have made her one of the fiercest forces in the entire series.
|She is literally punching his heart out! Why is she not the most awesome character ever?|
To this fight's credit, it really does give Sakura time to shine. I would argue that this is truly Sakura's finest moment, as she works alongside the wise old puppet master Chiyo to take down the first of the Akatsuki, Sasori of the Red Sand! Sasori uses every trick in his extensive arsenal, from poison spikes to iron sand to a literal army of puppets that can take down a nation, and Sakura has to improvise and fight back against them all without room to breathe.
|Well, that just doesn't seem likely...|
9. Naruto vs Gaara
The conclusion to one of Naruto's greatest arcs might not be able to surpass some of the other battles during the Chuunin Exams (more on them later), but it certainly provided an exciting way to finally put an end to the villainous Gaara's reign of cruelty. Never before has sand been such an evil device, and the way Gaara uses his makes Crocodile look like a poser.
|Subtle or whacking us over the head?|
|Speaking of whacking over the head... ouch!|
8. Kakashi vs Obito
By far the shortest battle on this list, Kakashi's fight against his childhood rival and former friend Obito Uchiha is one of great sadness and suffering that breaks Kakashi's heart to even take part in. After finally discovering that he was alive, something Kakashi always dreamed of, he is forced to stop Obito from literally destroying the world of Shinobi in a one-on-one in Obito's pocket dimension.
|Fight to get your colours back!|
|Naruto had a LOT of sexual tension when you look back on it.|
7. Naruto vs Sasuke Final Battle
A lot of you are probably shocked to see this fight not even in the Top 5, but that is by process of elimination, I assure you. Taking place in the end of the war and serving as the final battle of the main series, before we were supposed to give a shit about Boruto and whatever his nonsense is, this is the final climax between Naruto and Sasuke.
|I'm too busy laughing to appreciate how cool this is.|
|I don't have any jokes here. This is just incredible.|
6. Team Asuma vs Hidan and Kakazu
Shippuden's biggest problem was, arguably, the treatment it gave the supporting cast of Naruto's generation. Hinata, Kiba, Shino, Rock Lee, Neji and Tenten are practically forgotten, but Shikamaru, Choji and Ino, also known as Team Asuma or Team 10, finally got their time to shine when the villainous Hidan and Kakazu appeared and murdered the beloved Asuma. Fuelled with a need to avenge him, the three set out with Kakashi to take the bastards out.
|If they ever do a Naruto Super, I want to see Hidan's head make a return.|
|Kakazu: Hidan, what does the scroll say about his Chakra level!?|
Hidan: IT'S OVER 8000!!!!
5. Sasuke vs Itachi
And now we come to the battle that had been building up since the very first arc. The fight between Sasuke and the one he has been planning to kill for years, his own brother Itachi. The Uchiha clan have always been quite the overpowered band of hotties, but this time it is Uchiha against Uchiha and being overpowered can only get you so far.
|Sasuke, you might want to get tested after this because... well, that's a lot of blood.|
|Oh no. It's over so soon. I totally believe that. What a shock. Such a surprise.|
4. Rock Lee vs Gaara
How damn cool is this one? I just felt like I needed to say that because this fight is so freaking awesome! After receiving hints of Rock Lee's strength during skirmishes with Sasuke and the Sound Ninjas, we finally saw just how strong he was when the lottery during the Chuunin Exam pitted him against the terrifying force known as Gaara of the Sand.
|Hitting a guy from below? Rock Lee did it first!|
3. Naruto vs Sasuke First Battle
Often seen as the turning point of the series, this battle takes place between a heartbroken Naruto who wants to save his friend, and Sasuke who wants to join evil so he can gain enough power to kill Itachi. And both of them are losing it, emotionally and spiritually.
|The next generation of Kamehameha vs Galick Gun|
|Yes. Apparently only transvestites stand a chance against Itachi.|
2. Naruto vs Neji
Often seen as the perfect example of what makes Naruto so... Naruto! This is the perfect representation of what these characters can do physically, all while displaying some phenomenal writing and showing that Naruto can find similarities in even the coldest bastard out there. In this epic match, Naruto seeks to avenge the broken Hinata by battling her cousin Neji in the first round of the final Chuunin Exam.
|"KAMEHAM..." Oh wait, I made that joke already.|
1. Naruto vs Pain
A predictable one perhaps, but I stand by this choice 100%. Many call this arc the highest point of the Naruto franchise, and it is hard to argue with them really. After a long training period where Naruto goes to learn the Sage Mode from a bunch of frogs, he returns to his home village to find it completely trashed and the cruel antagonist Pain standing before him.
|If Marvel can take Quack Fu seriously, then why not Frog Fu?|
|Gotta go fast!|
|Naruto vs Haku|
|Guy vs Kisame|
|Guy vs Madara|
|Rock Lee and Gaara vs Kimimaro|
|Minato vs Masked Man|
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