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Naruto Shippuden brought the saga of Naruto Uzumaki, created by Masashi Kishimoto, to some of its greatest heights. While the show has continued well past the end point of Kishimoto’s original manga, we wanted to spotlight some of the top most exciting, epic and intense battles that we’ve been graced to watch from Naruto Shippuden. For the purpose of this list, we are excluding filler battles, battles from the movies, or anything that wasn’t adapted from the original manga. Here are our Top 5 Naruto Shippuden Fights!
5. Sasuke vs. Killer BÂ (Episode 143)
Killer B is a shinobi of Kumogakure and the jinchuriki container of of the Eight-Tails beast, Gyuki. Eventually in Naruto Shippuden, Sasuke’s team, Taka, runs afoul of Killer B in order to capture him. But of course, the only physical matchup for Killer B is the group’s leader, former Team Seven member Sasuke Itachi. Sasuke at this point is one of, if not the strongest, characters in the Naruto series that’s been introduced at this point. However, Killer B is actually able to keep up with Sasuke with his unpredictable, flowing style, not to mention being in perfect sync with his Jinchuriki monster. The battle was so intense, Sasuke couldn’t even track Killer B with the Sharingan. This battle really served as a proper introduction to the Killer B style and that he was not one to trifle with. If not for the presence of his teammates Karin and Jugo, Sasuke might not have even survived this battle. While Sasuke might have been strong enough to deal with Gyuki and Killer B, the fight ended with Killer B escaping capture from Taka using cunning and deception. Sorry Sasuke, this round goes to Killer B. You failed. This fight is awesome because at one point it has Killer B using a lariat, a popular wrestling move, to get the drop on Sasuke. Sometimes, you got to just slam your arm into someone’s neck.
4. Sasuke vs. Itachi (Episode 137)
This fight was a longtime coming. Ever since his youth, Sasuke had been on a path to take revenge against his older, more skilled brother Itachi Uchiha, a man who had betrayed and slaughtered his entire clan; save for Sasuke. Itachi ultimately left Konohagakure and became a missing nin, joining the criminal shinobi group called Akatsuki. Sasuke was so driven and possessed by his third for revenge that he was willing to leave the village as well and become the apprentice and future container for the sinister Orochimaru; all in order to gain his revenge against Itachi. This time around, Sasuke is not the weak youth he was during his last confrontation with Itachi. This time, Sasuke is able to break one of Itachi’s strongest techniques, the Tsukuyomi. However, this fight reveals the true intentions of Itachi all along. While the fight ended with Itachi’s demise, Sasuke was unable to quell the desire and hatred for revenge he so desperately sought after. The truth was revealed. Through everything, Itachi had still always loved and remained loyal to his little brother to the very end.
3. Obito vs. Kakashi (Episode 375)
At long last, the curtain had finally been raised on the masked man and would-be leader of Akatsuki that is Obito. Many fans had speculated for years that the mischievous Akatsuki member was really another member of the Uchiha clan and the former teammate of Kakashi in his youth, Obito Uchiha. This was in fact the truth. At long last, Obito was finally revealed as having survived a deadly mission during the Third Shinobi World War. In fact, much like many characters in the Naruto saga, Obito had grown to be a vengeful and bitter person, driven to destroy the current Shinobi world for all the grief, death, strife and destruction it had wrought. In episode 375, Obito and Kakashi, former friends and teammates, finally have their long-awaited, fated battle. Kakashi and Obito’s fight primarily takes place in Kamui’s Dimension, and Obito finally brings to light what caused him to become this way. This was really one of the biggest, momentous fights that had been building up all throughout the Naruto Shippuden series.
2. Naruto vs. Pain (Episode 167)
This was a knockdown, drag out brawl for the ages. Naruto was finally pitted against the assumed leader of the criminal organization Akatsuki, Pain. It was a fight that put all of Naruto’s ninja skills to the test. However, after seeing Pain mortally wound Hinata, Naruto loses control of chakra of the Nine-Tailed demon fox, Kyuubi, entering a Four-Tailed form. The level of the battle increases, and Naruto unleashes a more savage and deadly Six-Tailed form. Even Pain is unable to trap Naruto in his miniature moon technique, as Naruto breaks free with an insane Eight-Tailed form. Just as Naruto is ready to release the seal on Kyuubi within his body, Naruto finally comes face-to-face with the one and only, long-thought dead Fourth Hokage. The connection between Naruto and the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, would finally come to light. Naruto, he’s your father! This was a brutal and emotionally devastating battle that nearly saw Naruto become engulfed by his hatred; not much different from his friend Sasuke. Thankfully, the Fourth Hokage’s spirit was within Naruto’s seal to bring him back from the bring of total despair.
1. Naruto vs. Sasuke (Episode 476)
Naruto and Sasuke’s final battle had finally arrived. At long last they reach the Valley of the End for their highly anticipated rematch. Naruto has achieved full mastery and become in-sync with the Kyuubi. However, Sasuke has also mastered Mangekyo Sharingan and is now able to create a perfect Susanoo. This fight was symbolic of how far both characters, the two shinobi at the center of the Naruto saga, had come. After many trials and tribulations, and overcoming the Fourth Shinobi World War, this was the battle all of Naruto Shippuden had ultimately been building toward, and it was a doozy. Naruto and Sasuke are no longer the green, budding ninjas they were at the start of the show. They are now young adult ninjas and their prime and more powerful than ever. Fans were finally treated to an incredible fight. This wasn’t just about a fight for ninja ideology. It was a fight between two friends and brothers.