Top 20 Strongest Naruto Characters
According to Jiraiya, Minato was one of the most talented shinobi who ever lived, a calibre that has yet to be met by anyone else.
During the Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha, Tobi believed Minato to be the only one capable of interfering with his plans and, indeed, it was only though Minato's actions that the attack was ended and the village saved from complete destruction.
When, years later, the invasion of Konoha loomed, Minato was believed to be the only one who could have stopped the threat Orochimaru posed to Konoha, and for that reason his death was deeply regretted.
He was hailed as one of the most powerful shinobi of his era and one of the most gifted shinobi in history.
A testament to his prowess was such that he was able to fight on equal ground and ultimately kill Izuna Uchiha — who was noted to be as strong as his brother Madara.
His skills were held in such high regard that an Anbu captain found his power hard to believe, even having high doubts that the Third Hokage could defeat both him and his brother despite the Third being revered as the God of Shinobi.
Upon entering the Fourth Shinobi World War after being reincarnated, and still not quite back at his full strength, he was able to hold his own against Obito Uchiha despite him being the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki.
10. First Hokage
Hashirama is reputed as the most powerful shinobi of his era, greatly respected by the shinobi world, with his might being so vast that it earned him the title of "God of Shinobi.
His prowess was such that Kabuto Yakushi claimed that there was no one living that could match it.
With his overwhelming power, Hashirama could subdue several tailed beasts and unify multiple clans together into the village under his leadership.
Even Madara Uchiha openly admitted his inferiority to the First Hokage, something that dated even back to their childhood.
A testament to Hashirama's power was his ability to defeat Madara on separate occasions.
During his time as a Konoha ninja, Obito's skills were average at best, struggling to match his classmates from the Academy and being unable to catch up with Kakashi's development.
Despite his poor performance, Madara saw great potential in Obito and for that reason selected him as his disciple.
Madara's hopes were proven accurate, as under his tutelage, Obito dramatically improved his abilities to the point where he became a near-mirror image of Madara in his prime.
At different times, Obito posed a challenge to Minato (the Fourth Hokage), defeated Konan (an S-class criminal), and held his own in a one-on-four fight against Naruto, Killer B, Guy and Kakashi.