As a shounen anime and manga, Naruto is full to the brim with exciting and blood-pumping fights. As it went on for quite a while, many characters had the screen time to show their capabilities in a fight, such as Naruto and Sasuke. While there was an abundance of characters, only certain ones had a good chunk of fighting screentime.
However, besides the two obvious choices for characters with the most fights, others had time to shine throughout the series. Here are ten characters from Naruto and Naruto Shippuden with the most fights.
Jiraiya was the mentor of Naruto, who also acted as a close family member, before succumbing to his battle against Pain to protect The Village Hidden in the Leaves. Although he died early at the beginning of Naruto Shippuden, he had a wealth of battles under his belt that were quite good.
The most famous example would be his battle against Pain where he went all-out with Sage Mode and summoned his giant frog, along with the two others. It was a battle with a melancholic conclusion, but a very impactful one on Naruto.
Tsunade became the Fifth Hokage after the Third Hokage died by Orochimaru during the Chuunin Exams. As the newly-appointed Hokage, she showed a wealth of battles throughout the series, being one of the first female characters in Naruto who even battled against antagonist Orochimaru and Kabuto.
As she is a medical ninja as well has amazing chakra control to amplify her strength, Tsunade’s battles were nothing but fun to watch.
8 Itachi Uchiha
After Jiraiya died, another emotional death was that of Itachi, Sasuke’s older brother, who was made out to be an evil character who killed his clan. After the truth of his character was revealed, he propelled to become one of the most beloved characters in the series as well as anime in general.
Itachi had most of his fights inside the Sharingan, as he had expert control of it and had his enemies believe he was harming them. The mental, as well as real-life battles, he introduced to the series were iconic and called back in many of the Ulitmate Ninja Storm games.
Gaara was first introduced in Naruto as an antagonist as well as a psychopathic murderer. However, he is also a character who managed to turn over a new leaf and even became the Fifth Kazekage. As he was known by the name Gaara of the Sand, his capabilities in battle were a delight to watch.
From his fight against Naruto when he turned into the One-Tail to his desperate battle against Deidara to protect the Village of the Sand, Gaara had many battles that were quite good.
6 Rock Lee
Rock Lee is a master of taijutsu, and as a character based on the fighting legend Bruce Lee, he did not disappoint. Although he is quite underrated in the fandom, his fights were all about Taijutsu and not Jutsu, as he was not born with any. However, because of this, all of his canonical fights were detailed and crips.
A famous example of this is his fight against Gaara during the Chuunin Exams in the original Naruto where he was able to overpower him, at the cost of a broken leg.
Most tend to forget that Orochimaru was the main villain in Naruto who killed the Third Hokage and basically tainted Sasuke into becoming evil for a large chunk of the series. However, the fights Orochimaru brought to the table were great, even in the original series.
One example of this is before anyone knew who Orochimaru was and he was disguised as a woman. There, he fought against Sasuke in the Forest of Death, which turned out to be one of the best fights in the series.
4 Sakura Haruno
Sakura Haruno barely did anything in the original Naruto series, but when it came to early Naruto Shippuden and the sequel series, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, her real fighting abilities shined through. As a kunoichi who trained under Tsunade, the Fifth Hokage, she not only learned how to be a medical ninja but to control her chakra to amplify her strength.
Although she is one of the main characters with the least amount of fights compared to the other members of Team 7, there were some remarkable fights, such as her battle against Sasori with Lady Chiyo and her most recent match against Shin.
Kakashi may not have had the flashiest fights, albeit he had an abundance, but he did have some of the best in the entirety of Naruto. As the sensei who taught the best shinobi in Naruto, Kakashi himself introduced the audience to some of the best fights in the series, such as him against Zabuza and Obito.
He displayed his capabilities as the Copy Ninja, and even without Sharingan, he is badass enough, as shown in Boruto.
2 Sasuke Uchiha
As the deuteragonist, Sasuke had an abundance of fights throughout Naruto. While Naruto may have had more fights that were also emotionally impactful, Sasuke had fights that dealt with a mixture of Jutsu and Taijutsu, as he used the latter more in the original series.
As he turned into an anti-villain in the latter half of the series, he also had more cruel fights than most. By using his Sharingan, and a mixture of hand-to-hand combat, Sasuke’s fights were often action-packed and fast-past.
1 Naruto Uzumaki
As the titular and main character of the series, Naruto Uzumaki had the most fights out of anyone in the series. However, that does not mean he had all of the best ones. While he had many fights where they got fans’ blood pumping, he also had an emotional attachment to these fights.
So, even while he would try and overpower his enemy, there were lessons with each of his fights, unlike with some of the other cast. Some of the most memorable fights included Naruto fighting against Kabuto, Pain, and Sasuke, and Naruto even fought Momoshuku with the help of Sasuke.
There were several battles in the Naruto anime, but some characters were given more action scenes than others.