Top Ten Anime Rivalries

The Top Ten
1 Goku vs Vegeta - Dragon Ball Z

This is the best anime rivalry ever! Their rivalry is legendary and still stand strong 33 years after Dragon Ball first started / 22 years after it ended and continued till now in Dragon Ball Super. They are also two of the most recognized anime characters in a well-known anime series. This is truly the best!

This is the best and don't deny it dragon ball fans!

Dragon Ball Z is actual trash.

2 Naruto Usumaki vs Sasuke Uchiha- Naruto

I feel that this should be in the top 3...from the first episode to the last episode, some may call it bromance but I disagree. Other anime rivalries are pretty much stereotypical but this one stands among them.

They're Ying and Yang (if you watched Shippuden to the end you'll understand).

Two completely opposite forces that fit perfectly together in a YingYang.

It's like a magnet, it's the opposite forces that attract.

This is an epic rivalry. They're best friends and enemies at the same time.

best rivalry just because they were polar opposites from the very begining before they were even in school.

3 Light Yagami vs L Lawliet - Death Note

This rivalry was literally a matter of life and death, two of Japans smartest people battling head to head, how is this not the best rivalry?

This has got to be the greatest rivalry not just in anime but in entire human history

There rivalry got me hooked to Death Note!

Yeboi it'll burn yo brain

4 Johann Libert and Tenma Kenzo - Monster

This is a good one.

5 Yugi Moto vs Seto Kaiba - Yu-gi-oh!

Definitely a rivalry to consider in top anime rivalries. Kaiba being the world champion duel monsters player, then Yugi/Atem comes out of nowhere to defeat him. Now, Kaiba wants to reclaim his title. Also to consider, they are definitely two sides of the same coin. Yugi believes his friends will guide him, while Kaiba thinks that only using brute strength and superiority will win the game. WHo's side of the coin is the right one? That's what makes this rivalry so intense!

6 Inuyasha & Sesshomaru - Inuyasha
7 Lelouch Lamperouge and Suzaku Kururugi - Code Geass

They were enemies... for a while. But being enemies doesn't equal rivalry. If Lelouch ever had a rival it would be his brother Schneizel. Two genius trying to outsmart the other.

8 Roronoa Zoro vs Sanji - One Piece

I saw someone describe them as yin/yang and fire/ice.
I think that's pretty spot on. They are similar on some aspects, opposite and complemetary on others. One fight with the arms, the others with the legs; one cold and rational, the other fiery and emotional. And though they respect and like each other deep down, they get along like cat and dog. That's why they are the best.

The mix of rivalry and (tsundere) bromance makes it the best!

Get a room already!

9 Edward Elric vs Roy Mustang - Fullmetal Alchemist

The best part is that they actually do care for each other, but they're so similar that they can't stand it, and end up insulting each other and bickering all day long. THE best.

10 Spike Spiegel vs Vicious - Cowboy Bepbop
The Contenders
11 Natsu Dragneel vs Gray Fullbuster - Fairy Tail

They're not the best rivals but my most favorite.
(The best rivalry is Naruto vs Sasuke hands down)
They started off as just bickering pals but as the story progressed we got to know their past and how they were together since childhood and how much they actually mean to each other, and the actual conflict that comes between their friendship, and how much similar they are.

They're kinda rivals but in the end they are still close friends...

Ice and fire

12 Maka vs Crona - Soul Eater

They were rivals for literally 5 episodes.

13 Ryoko Habuki vs Ayeka Misaki Jurai -Tenchi Muyo

They're always fighting over Tenchi.

14 Red & Blue - Pokemon Origins
15 Izuku Midoriya vs. Katsuki Bakugou - My Hero Academia
16 The Marionettes vs The Saber Dolls - Saber Marionette J
17 Ranma Satome vs Akane Tendo - Ranma 1/2

When they first meet its clear that there was no way they could get along even though their fathers arranged for them to be married.

18 Ino Yamanaka vs Sakura Haruno - Naruto
19 Anna vs Ayame - Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai
20 Orihara Izaya vs Heiwajima Shizuo

Flying Vending Machine, enough said

21 Goten vs Trunks - Dragon Ball Z
22 Ichigo Kurosaki vs Renji Abarai - Bleach
23 Tina Foster vs Mayu Mizuki - Ai Yori Aoshi Tina Foster is a character from the manga and anime series Ai Yori Aoshi, born in America and raised in Japan she's extremely loud, aggressive, outspoken and is a long time friend to Karou Hanabishi, she has a very bad habit of greeting female characters by fondling and groping their breasts from behind more.
24 Issei Hyoudou vs Vali Lucifer - Highschool DxD
25 Kiritsugu Emiya and Kirei Kotomine - Fate Zero
8Load More
PSearch List