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!

Their rivalry is really something worth remembering.

2 Naruto Usumaki vs Sasuke Uchiha- Naruto

Naruto literally brought Sasuke back from the village. Both of them had an AMAZING fight that ended in both of them losing their arm. Naruto will do anything to make sure that his rival is alive and well, Sasuke will do the same.

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.

3 Light Yagami vs L Lawliet - Death Note

HOW IS THIS NOT ONE? Both characters have amazing development and personality and are from Death Note, one of the best animes of all time. Plus their relationship is so interesting, L is trying to put Light behind bars and Light despises anyone that gets in his way of creating a new world, but at the same time, L is probably the only character in the show that Light may have seen as a friend. And all of the "battles" are so epic.

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?

4 Johann Libert and Tenma Kenzo - Monster
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!

These rivals actually have a lot in common, so Yami once said.

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.

I just love how they fight and Nami has to hit them both on their heads to shut them up.

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 Natsu Dragneel vs Gray Fullbuster - Fairy Tail

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

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.

The Contenders
11 Maka vs Crona - Soul Eater

They were rivals for literally 5 episodes.

12 Spike Spiegel vs Vicious - Cowboy Bepbop
13 Ryoko Habuki vs Ayeka Misaki Jurai -Tenchi Muyo

They're always fighting over Tenchi.

14 Red vs Blue - Pokemon Origins
15 Izuku Midoriya vs. Katsuki Bakugou - My Hero Academia
16 The Marionettes vs The Saber Dolls - Saber Marionette J
17 Ino Yamanaka vs Sakura Haruno - Naruto
18 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.

19 Goten vs Trunks - Dragon Ball Z
20 Anna vs Ayame - Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai
21 Orihara Izaya vs Heiwajima Shizuo

I mostly enjoy how they totally hate each other from the start and have these amazing battles with flying vending machines, sign posts and trash cans around. The awesome moves and how they are toe to toe each other in different ways which is the only reason their rivalry could keep going for years just excites me.

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... read more
24 Erza Scarlet vs Mirajane Strauss - Fairy Tail
25 Issei Hyoudou vs Vali Lucifer - Highschool DxD
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