Top 10 Most Memorable Anime Rivals

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The only thing more intense than the legendary rivalries between some of these anime heroes are the rivalries between their respective fandoms, who have somehow mobilised to keep One Piece, Naruto and Bleach out of the top spots…

The ranking:

1. Sakata Gintoki & Takasugi Shinsuke (Gintama)

2. Date Masamune & Sanada Yukimura (Sengoku Basara)

3. Son Goku & Vegeta (Dragon Ball)

4. Yagami Light & L (Death Note)

5. Lelouch Lamperouge & Kururugi Suzaku (Code Geass)

6. Lupin III & Koichi Zenigata (Lupin III)

7. Uzumaki Naruto & Uchiha Sasuke (Naruto)

8. Kazuma & Ryuhou (s-Cry-ed)

9. Amuro Ray & Char Aznable (Mobile Suit Gundam)

10. Hikaru Shindo & Akira Toya (Hikaru no Go)


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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 21/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    mother of god! there is no K-On in list OMFG

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 21/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    How dare they ignore the thrilling rivalry of Yui and Ton-chan!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 22/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    lol that made my day

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:18 22/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tengoku no okaasan! No Shidous either. It's not meant to be an extensive list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:41 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...and here I was, expecting a comment about the 10-second memory of otakus. O_O.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:12 20/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    White Devil vs Red Comet is the only thing that qualifies as true rivalry in this list.

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    Comment by Suntears
    20:16 20/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    should be placed better tho

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:27 20/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    In first place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:17 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pfft. Amuro and Char butted heads maybe four times in the series, and they're only "rivals" in the sense that nobody else matches them-- they're shoehorned into the role because there isn't anyone else that can fill it from their respective sides, and later it's not even so much a rivalry as Char being a thick-headed downer and Amuro having to slap some sense into him. (Presumably because he never comes within arm's reach of Bright.)

    Lupin and Zenigata spend damn near every other episode at each others' throats, and it's regularly shown that others can match wits with the both of them. Lupin could probably take the old man out easily if he cheated, but he works against him on even grounds: it's a duel between respected foes. For all the huff and puff Zenigata makes about doing anything to take Lupin down, he doesn't want it to be handed to him on a platter, he wants to straight-up outwit him.

    Gundam's a good show, but the "rivalry" is tepid at best. They fight each other only because they have to. They're on opposing sides. They even end up working together several times, and their interaction mostly boils down to "yeah, I believe the same thing as you, but you're a dick, so no." There are also just as many times that either one has tried to short-change the other in a fight.

    Lupin and Zenigata are polar opposites in creed and desire: chaos and order, shadow and light, yin and yang, Gadget and Claw. Evenly matched, they fight ever onward. They hate each other deeply, but respect each other too much to cheapen it. A far better rivalry than a self-centered prong with delusions of grandeur and a whiny runt that waffles more than IHOP.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:36 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    9 is the strongest number... couldn't argue with its spot really... :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Trypticon and Metroplex

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    was going to shoot myself i didnt see them on this list

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:57 20/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    that should go straight to old museum's dusty corner. The anime isn't that great ⊙︿⊙

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:34 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh yeah, here comes the shounem jump tard whining because zoro vs mihawk, ichigo vs renji and others aren't in the list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:33 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    UC is overrated. Japan loves its crappy space soap operas too much. Gundam's pretty awesome, but look at the main hero/villain dynamics for ninety percent of the "universe defining" subseries (IE, anything that's not in a pre-existing universe, like UC). Wing: Heero/Milliardo. Seed: Kira/Athrun. Unicorn: Banagher/Frontal.

    Milliardo, Frontal, and Char even have the same "Blonde hair/white mask/red mech" shit going. The ones that don't, don't wear masks at all, because fuck, that wouldn't look right, they're not blonde ponces! (And one pilots a GREEN suit! The travesty!)

    They're practically carbon-copying the Amuro/Char dynamic for every damn series. Unicorn even double-dips in that they're basically rebooting UC WITHIN THE FUCKING UC STORYLINE.

    Amusing, though, that the ones that don't fall into the UC framework until recently were relatively panned in Japan but did halfway decent across the pond in America, and Japanese honestly don't understand why we like Wing or God Gundam. BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT FUCKING UC ALL OVER AGAIN.

    So, yeah. UC Gundam? A *little* overrated. Plenty of the side-stories and tangent shows about UC characters that aren't Amuro and Char (or carbon copies of them) are quite good, but Amuro/Char?

    Yeah, that shit's been played out waaaay too long.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 22/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, don't tempt fate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 21/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    What!!!, No Alucard vs. Anderson (Hellsing)

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    Comment by Octopi
    20:22 20/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    they forgot Ash vs Gary.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 20/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Get out of here kid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Red vs Blue fits more, dawg.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Blue is a girl.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 22/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    and you too.

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    Comment by OtakuX
    01:04 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Red vs Green. It's a Japanese ranking.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Red vs Green.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:12 20/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Dawg, that lasted a shortly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 21/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Ako-nee vs Riko-nee.

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    Comment by Shikishi
    05:09 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That is indeed a VERY strong rivalry.

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    Comment by Gustav
    21:15 20/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Ok, not really much to complain.
    And hey, it has Lupin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:07 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I know! I... I know! I must get rivalry from moe show... Eeem... Umm... Whole Houkago Tea Time band versus cakes? They fought and won, didn't they? It was epic, I mean, look how furiously Ritsu sticks her fork into that delicious cheesecake! Or that mental abuse Mugi did just before eating that cake with strawberry? If it could, it would make a brick factory in its pants!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:58 20/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    For those of you who want to say anime watchers only have short term memory.

    I proclaim...

    Kashiwazaki Sena & Mikazuki Yozora (Haganai)

    as the most fun rivalry in 2012.
    They are therefore number 1 in the list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:26 22/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I gotta go with this one.

    But I also liked Kurumi vs. Sawako.

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    Comment by Erranty
    00:02 21/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Where's my Ash & Gary?

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    Comment by H.exe
    03:08 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Red and Douche

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    Comment by Solid Jade
    02:56 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    19位 Tom Cat&Jerry Mouse(トムとジェリー)

    ...okay

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:11 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yup list fails

    Ranma vs. Ryoga (Ranma 1/2)
    Ayaka vs. Ryoko (Tenshi Myo)
    Vash vs. Knives (Trigun)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its all about Yugi Muto vs Ryo Bakura from Yu-Gi-Oh!

    "Trap card Activated!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:25 22/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Vash vs. Knives (Trigun)

    I like this one!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:44 22/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    look, i also watch those oldies too
    Ranma Ryoga is acceptable but in the end ryoga more content living as a pig or be with Akari.
    Ayaka and Ryoko, in the end less hostile to each other since its looks like ryoko winning tenchi.
    Vash and Knives, its a complex sibling feeling rather than rivals, vash not keen on fighting knives. they were happy together, only in the end they fight in anime, still doesnt quite capture rivalry.

    i have to agree on gintama, especially with gintoki (and katsura) vs takasugi's ideal is totally opposed even though they were once ally. now they both want to kill each other.

    plus the list have scryed rivalry. its total win list

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Cloud vs. Sephiroth.

    'Nuff said

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:37 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    not even an anime... :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Advent Children?

    And why limit ourselves? Cloud vs. Sephiroth is legendary!!!

    And didn't Sengoku Basara start as a game series?

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    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    08:31 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    so many missed yet this list aint bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:23 22/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    naruto and sasuke? arent they lovers?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 22/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Reinhard vs Yang Wenli (Legend of the Galactic Heroes)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 23/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOGH is amazing but this rivarly sucks;

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:09 24/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    where is hajime ippo!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:38 22/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    guts and griffith!! nobody on that list raped the woman of the other guy.

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    Comment by Sid Vicious
    19:56 20/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ataru & Mendou
    Ranma & Ryoga

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:05 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Where are the girls and the tentacle monsters?

    This fucking list is a fraud!

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    Comment by meloindex
    04:56 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    son goku & vegeta
    lupinIII & zenigata

    <3

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:03 20/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hurray GINTAMA ALL THE WAY ! Seems like people doesn't watch it here , shame.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 21/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I watch Gintama. Its one of my favorate anime, for that matter... But Gintoki and Takasugi topping this list just seems wrong. I didn't even realize they had a rivalry. Gintoki with Hijikata, maybe. Or even Jirocho. But Takasugi? Who even voted on this list?






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