Rivals are very common within anime. So I’ve decided to create a list of my Top 5.


  1. Naruto Uzumaki VS Sasuke Uchiha – Naruto/ Naruto Shippuuden

Sasuke Uchiha is naturally gifted at being a ninja, whereas Naruto isn’t. He’s good at everything, best in the class and all the girls have a crush on him, including Sakura who Naruto has a crush on. Naruto is at the bottom of the class and is ignored by most, so obviously he wants to beat Sasuke.

2. Natsu VS Gray – Fairy Tail

These two just don’t get along and pretty much always fight when they see each other. Natsu uses Fire Dragon Slayer magic while Gray uses ice magic, so it makes sense that these two don’t get along. They’re complete opposites of each other.

3. Ryuko VS Satsuki – Kill La Kill

At the beginning of the series, these two are considered rivals. Ryuko believes that Satsuki is behind her father’s murder, causing her to start fights against Satsuki.

4. Haruka Nanase VS Rin Matsuoka – Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

These two go to different schools and are part of different swim teams. Growing up, the two have always competed against each other in swimming races.

5. Ash Ketchum VS Gary Oak – Pokémon

I grew up watching these rivals on TV, so of course I have to include it in this list. Gary is constantly ahead of Ash throughout the series and also wants to become a Pokémon Master before Ash. They both carry half of a Pokéball during their journeys to become a Pokémon Master. It’s a shame that Gary disappears in later series of Pokémon and Ash gains new rivals throughout his journey.

That concludes this list. What are some of your favourite anime rivals? Leave a comment below!