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5 Naruto characters stronger than the third Raikage (and 5 weaker)

The Raikage is the title given to the leader of the Kumogakure village and is usually the strongest shinobi in the entire village. The Raikages have a rich history of being absolute and totally dominating beasts. They are known to dominate the lightning element, and their speed is said to be unsurpassed. The Third Raikage, A, is said to be the strongest Raikage to have assumed the mantle.

His exploits of single-handedly facing the Eight-Tails and fighting a massive army of 10,000 shinobi demonstrate just how strong he was in his prime. His ultimate weapons, ultimate shield, and ultimate spear gave him supernatural stamina and striking prowess. His appearance in the Fourth Shinobi War was about to spell the end of the allied forces, if not for Naruto ended up defeating him with his own spear. Despite his defeat, the Third Raikage is undoubtedly one of the strongest shinobi to ever exist.

10 STRONGER: Sasuke Uchiha with his Rinnegan, Sharingan and Genjutsu

Sasuke Uchiha, one of the last surviving members of the Uchiha clan and current Shadow Hokage, is a shinobi whose only equal is said to be none other than Naruto Uzumaki. Gifted with prodigious abilities from a young age, this revenge-motivated deserter nearly caused the destruction of the entire shinobi world, then redeemed himself. He has the Rinnegan in one eye and the eternal Mangekyo Sharingan in the other.

Endowed with huge reserves of chakra and the ability to trap even tailed beasts in genjutsu, Uchiha Sasuke is a tough foe to beat. A would definitely be far out of reach in a battle against the Uchiha.

9 WEAKER: Gaara can’t wield the ultimate spear of the third Raikage and his inhuman stamina

The fifth Kazekage and pride of the Arena, Gaara, was once a feared villain who later became an influential leader who played an important role in the final war. Gaara is widely known for his control over the arena and his mastery of Ultimate Defense, a style of battle in which his arena unconsciously protects its wielder. Even after losing Shukaku, Gaara continued to retain his sand manipulation skills and even used his powers to ward off a Susanoo in battle.

Despite having the ultimate defense, Gaara would undeniably fall to the ultimate spear and inhuman resistance of the Third Raikage.

8 STRONGER: Minato Namikaze with his speed and mastery of the Flying Thunder God technique

Minato Namikaze, Konoha’s Yellow Lightning and fourth Hokage, was once a shinobi whose name made enemy squads flee. Known as the fastest shinobi to ever exist, Minato’s mastery over the Flying Thunder God Technique was such that it left even the creator of the jutsu, Tobirama, in awe. It was later revealed that half of Kurama was sealed inside Minato, which he easily brought to light during the final war.

Minato, an absolute demon of speed, was hailed as one of the strongest shinobi that ever lived. The third Raikage would definitely give Minato a run for his money, but he would ultimately come up short in the face of the yellow flash.

7 WEAKER: Shikamaru Nara’s Strategic Mind Is Not Enough

Shikamaru, a lazy but enormously intelligent shinobi, is a master of tactics and a skilled shadow manipulator. He tends to shy away from any type of work, often considering it a hassle, yet always seems to rise to the occasion when called upon. Like his father, Shikamaru tends to shine the brightest when it comes to tactical warfare, and his instructions during the final war saved countless lives.

Shikamaru is second to none when it comes to the battle between brains, but in a one-on-one battle against the monstrous Raikage, he would have no choice but to admit defeat immediately.

6 STRONG: Tobirama Senju with his great variety of techniques to use

The second Hokage and the progenitor of numerous jutsu, Tobirama Senju was one of the strongest kage ever. He worked hard for peace and prosperity during his tenure as Hokage and managed to establish many pillars that would later support the village for years.

He was a very skilled shinobi and his use of jutsu, such as the Flying Thunder God Technique, and the explosive tags made him a fearsome enemy. Tobirama would certainly have a close match with A, but the former has too many moves in his arsenal to help ensure his victory.

5 WEAK: Darui falls short compared to his fellow Raikage

Former right arm of the Fourth Raikage and later to become the Fifth Raikage, Darui is a shinobi known for his ability with the Black Lightning. Darui is one of the only characters to use the Black Bolt and this was passed down to him by his master the Third Raikage. He truly demonstrated his explosiveness in the battle against the Gold and Silver Brothers, eventually emerging victorious and protecting his squad.

Being the student of the monstrous Third Raikage, Darui has done his best to make his master proud. But he still falls short in terms of power and ability against the strongest Raikage in history.

4 STRONGER: Madara Uchiha with his Rinnegan and his unmatched abilities

Madara Uchiha, who once led the Uchihas and then went on to etch his name in history as one of the strongest shinobi to ever exist, is nothing less than a monster whose mere name can leave entire countries in dismay. He once possessed the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan and later went on to wield the Rinnegan, making him an almost omnipotent god.

He orchestrated the entire Fourth Shinobi War and even almost succeeded in his plans. Against a character whose equality is almost nil, the Third Raikage wouldn’t even be able to put up a proper fight and would undeniably lose horribly.

3 WEAKER: Mei Terumi can’t take down her Ultimate Shield or Ultimate Spear

The Fifth Mizukage, Mei Terumi, is known to possess two elemental Kekkei Genkai, Lava Release and Boil Release. He assumed power after the horrible reign of Yagura and subsequently established an era of peace and prosperity in his village. His Kekkei Genkai are strong enough to melt Sasuke’s Susanoo, and he was able to hold out, albeit for a short time, against Madara Uchiha.

Mei Terumi is undoubtedly one of the strongest kunoichi in the series, but she’s nowhere close to taking on the disastrous Third Raikage and his combination of the Ultimate Shield and Ultimate Spear.

2 STRONGER: Hashirama Senju as one of the best Shinobi in history

God of the Shinobi, Hashirama Senju was the hero who saved Konohagakure from his then rival Madara Uchiha. Born a prodigy, Hashirama quickly led the Senjus who were in endless war with the Uchihas, and later went on to create Konohagakure together with Madara Uchiha. Its wooden throw is known for its ability to subdue even the biggest enemies and has enough chakra to put even a real jinchuriki to shame.

He played an important role in the final war and his skills helped the alliance overcome that huge travesty. As someone who once stood on the top of the world, Hashirama Senju has more than enough ability to completely destroy the Third Raikage in a single battle.

1 WEAKER: Hizuren Sarutobi falls short in a close duel

The Third Hokage, Hizuren Sarutobi, was widely known for his wisdom and knowledge. He was a disciple of the First and Second Hokage and was known as the strongest shinobi of his generation. He had the ability to use almost any technique, and his mastery of all the elements earned him the nickname God of the Shinobi.

Even in his old age, he was able to fight Orochimaru and his reincarnated Hokage face to face and even seal them at the cost of his life. The Third Raikage would definitely have his hands tied against the Hokage, but he would likely emerge victorious in what would be an extremely close match.