Welcome back to Naruto Battles, where we pit our favorite Naruto characters (and sometimes characters outside Naruto!) against each other and your votes determine the winner! This week is a team battle royale! So let's meet our teams!
(Kakashi vs Jiraiya results can be found at the bottom of this card)
Tobirama was renown as one of the most powerful shinobi in history. He was able to kill Izuna Uchiha — Madara Uchiha's brother and equal in both skills and power. Danzō Shimura stated that Tobirama's prowess was unmatched during his time as Hokage. He was able to survive a battle with the Gold and Silver Brothers — a fearsome duo who possessed the Nine-Tails' chakra and wielded the Treasured Tools of the Sage of Six Paths.
While he was immobilized on the battlefield by Madara's black receivers, he lamented that he was not able to send his soul to aid a dying Sasuke hinting at another ability that remained unseen.
In the anime, Tobirama was shown to be able to cast genjutsu to lock a target in perpetual darkness that even Hiruzen Sarutobi could not dispel.
Like his fellow students of the Third Hokage, Jiraiya is an exceptionally talented shinobi. It wasn't until the Second Shinobi World War that their skills became widely known; dubbed by Hanzō as the Sannin, the strongest of their generation. Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki of Akatsuki prefer to avoid a fight with Jiraiya as Itachi estimated that both he and Kisame would be killed. During his long career as a ninja, Jiraiya has had only two near-death experiences, once by fellow Sannin, Tsunade, and once by Naruto Uzumaki in a Nine-Tails' version 2 form. Though he finally dies against Nagato, Nagato believes Jiraiya would have won had he known the secret of the Six Paths of Pain, which Tobi feels is a major testament to the Sannin's abilities.
Kakashi is a natural prodigy. His feats and renown cause him to be recognized on sight by foreign ninja like Zabuza Momochi, Kidōmaru and the Fourth Raikage, deemed a dangerous opponent by Itachi Uchiha, and viewed by Pain as a major threat to Akatsuki's plans. To his allies in Konoha, Kakashi is valued highly for his combat prowess and leadership skills, such that many foresaw his rise to Hokage status years before it happened.
In general, Kakashi is a very versatile man with high proficiency in countless areas; Naruto Uzumaki says Kakashi is smarter than Shikamaru Nara, has a better sense of smell than Kiba Inuzuka, is more adept with the Sharingan than Sasuke Uchiha, and has better taijutsu skill than Rock Lee. He isn't seen using genjutsu very often, but his ability to keep up with and endure the genjutsu used by various Uchiha demonstrates his competency.
Sasuke is recognized as a natural prodigy of the Uchiha clan, graduating at the top of his class in the Academy. Powerful individuals have noted Sasuke's great potential: Orochimaru offers to help drastically increase his power; Madara Uchiha notes he would have liked to recruit Sasuke had he only been born a few years earlier. Under Orochimaru's tutelage for two-and-a-half years, Sasuke grows strong enough to fight members of Akatsuki such as Deidara and Itachi, two of the Five Kage, and defeat Danzō Shimura, one of Konoha's strongest ninja. With the Six Paths Chakra, he could help overwhelm Madara as the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, and Kurama compared Sasuke's prowess to that of the Sage of Six Paths. As an adult, despite losing his left arm, he could defeat all the kekkei genkai shinobi of the coliseum, and years later could fight on par with Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki. Also, as an adult, Sasuke is stated to be the only shinobi who is on par with Naruto.
Even within the Uchiha clan, Itachi was a ninja of prodigious talent, consistently showing prowess well-beyond his years and rising rapidly through the ninja ranks. He was highly proficient in all three main ninja skill sets and gained praise from allies and foes alike; Orochimaru, one of the Sannin, openly admitted Itachi was stronger than he was. Obito claimed that despite being crippled by illness, Itachi was still capable of killing Sasuke during their battle if he wanted to. Shisui Uchiha, who was hailed as the strongest Uchiha of his time, claimed that Itachi would go on to surpass him and would be the one to protect the Uchiha name. A pacifist at heart, Itachi did not actually like fighting and would avoid it when he could. When he couldn't, he would end the fight as quickly as possible, all the while holding himself back. Even when restrained in this way, multiple jōnin were still pushed to their limits against Itachi.
Like other students of the Third Hokage, Orochimaru is an exceptionally talented shinobi, recognized as a natural prodigy; Hashirama Senju, a God of Shinobi, praises Orochimaru's skills. Orochimaru's power was known and feared throughout the ninja world, such that Akatsuki, of which he was once a member, viewed him as a threat that needed to be eliminated. Shortly before the Konoha Crush, Hiruzen believed that no one in Konoha, himself included, could defeat Orochimaru. Although his invasion fails, it is indeed through Orochimaru's actions that the Third Hokage dies among many others and Konoha's military force is temporarily crippled. Although Sasuke defeats Orochimaru, he admits that his victory was attributed partially to the Sannin's weakening body.
Like other students of the Third Hokage, Tsunade is an exceptionally talented shinobi. Tsunade's skills are popularly held as the reason for Konoha's victory during that war, and in the years following, she became known as the world's strongest kunoichi. She is selected to be Konoha's Fifth Hokage, and it is because of her that many villagers are saved from death during Pain's Assault. When they first meet, Madara Uchiha characterises Tsunade as weaker than Hashirama Senju, only to later admit from fighting her that she does in fact possess some of her grandfather's natural talent.
Minato was one of the most powerful shinobi in history, such that Jiraiya and the Fourth Raikage considered his abilities to be unmatched by anyone else. During the Third Shinobi World War, flee-on-sight orders were given to enemy shinobi should they ever see him. During the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha, it was only through Minato's actions that Tobi and the fox were defeated and the village was saved from complete destruction. When the Konoha Crush loomed years later, Minato was believed to be the only one who could have stopped the threat of Orochimaru, and thus his death was deeply regretted.
Naruto was an inept student in the Academy. Through sheer determination, however, his skills rapidly improve as he defeats strong shinobi such as Neji Hyūga, Gaara, and Kabuto Yakushi, earning acknowledgement from the Sannin for his potential. Under Jiraiya's tutelage for two-and-a-half years, Naruto becomes strong enough to fight members of Akatsuki, such that Konoha villagers praise him as a hero of Hokage-material after he defeats Pain. Although the Fourth Shinobi World War was initially meant for his protection, Naruto's eventual and required participation leads to the defeat of many reincarnated Kage, tailed beasts, and enemies of Ten-Tails' calibre; others believe Naruto has surpassed the previous Hokage and is the central force in winning the war. Naruto's skills further improve in later years; by adulthood, he achieves his life-long dream by becoming the Seventh Hokage. As an adult, Naruto is widely recognized as one of the most powerful shinobi of his time, with Sasuke being the only person who can fight on par with him.
Having been raised from childhood as Suna's "ultimate weapon", Gaara is very strong for his age. In Part I, he becomes a favourite to win the Chūnin Exams, as well as an essential element in the planned success of the Konoha Crush. His fame spreads from that point, such that he is recognisable to Kimimaro of Otogakure later on. By Part II, Gaara becomes Suna's Fifth Kazekage, tasked with leading and protecting the entire village. His fellow Kage initially doubt his suitability for the position due to his young age, but come to respect him by the start of the Fourth Shinobi World War, appointing him the commander-in-chief of the Allied Shinobi Forces' combat divisions. The reincarnated Kage that Gaara fights, including his father, also come to approve of his abilities after he defeats them. He could hold his own against five of Madara Uchiha's Susanoo-clad wood clones for some time.
Nagato's position as the leader of Akatsuki was well-deserved, being its strongest member and, as Pain, being called unbeatable at different points by Konan, Fukasaku, Tobi, and Zetsu. Jiraiya was frightened by news that Pain killed Hanzō by himself, as not even the combined Sannin could defeat Hanzō. Kabuto Yakushi also regarded Nagato (with limited mobility) as his second strongest reincarnated shinobi, behind only an artificially enhanced Madara Uchiha. Indeed, it took the combined efforts of Itachi Uchiha (an S-rank prodigy of the Uchiha clan), Killer B (a perfect jinchūriki), and Naruto Uzumaki (a nearly-perfect jinchūriki) to successfully defeat Nagato.
Sasori was a very powerful shinobi, being able to, with effort, defeat and kill the Third Kazekage, the strongest ninja in Suna's history. His use of his puppets was greatly feared throughout the Third Shinobi World War as he turned the sand red with blood, giving him the nickname, "Sasori of the Red Sand". His legacy was such that Kankurō knew of and feared him despite being born after Sasori already left the village. Deidara himself even admitted that Sasori was the stronger of the two of them.
So who wins!?
Comment how you think it would go down and which team comes out on top! Remember that teamwork will be an important factor in this battle!
Last Week's Results - Kakashi vs Jiraiya
And the winner is... *drumroll*
Whether it's a battle of ninja skill or pervy prowess, Jiraiya easily took this battle!
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