From the beginning of Naruto, fans learn that Kakashi is a prodigy. The name of the splendid ninja is recognized throughout the world and feared by the enemies of the Hidden Blade. Kakashi graduated from the academy at age 5 and his strength gain was to be expected. He has mastered the sharingan, learned thousands of jutsu, and possesses a keen intellect to aid him in battle. The man has no weaknesses, something that makes him almost invincible. Almost.
Despite his talent, there are other ninjas capable of taking on Kakashi. Some possess incredible levels of chakra, unique kekkei genkai, or inhuman physical abilities that Kakashi simply cannot match. But even when Kakashi seems to be defeated, he somehow finds a way to win.
8 Kakashi vs Zabuza: Zabuza was defeated thanks to Kakashi’s mastery of his Sharingan
A significant moment in Naruto Zabuza’s presentation introduced fans to the first ninja to go head-to-head with Kakashi sensei. Zabuza is one of the legendary Seven Ninja Swordsman Of The Mist. Extremely cruel, Zabuza killed more than a hundred students in training, giving him a cruelty that some ninjas lacked.
In terms of skill, the jonin was on par with Kakashi, pairing him up in taijutsu and using his mastery of mist and water to annoy the Hidden Blade ninja. Undoubtedly a worthy opponent, Zabuza was defeated thanks to Kakashi’s mastery of his Sharingan.
7 Kakashi vs Gozu: Kakashi formulated a perfect strategy to defeat Gozu, proving that brain is sometimes better than muscle
Another troublesome disciple of Orochimaru, Gozu was a ninja who possessed incredible physical strength. During his battle with Kakashi, Gozu enhanced his physical attributes with his ninja skills to initially overwhelm the leader of Team 7. The blade jonin apparently had no response to Gozu’s relentless attack and quickly grew tired while on the defensive.
However, Kakashi is an expert at identifying the weaknesses of others while covering his own. Thanks to that brilliant analytical mind, Kakashi formulated a perfect strategy to defeat Gozu, proving that brain is sometimes better than muscle.
6 Kakashi vs Kakuzu: Kakashi was able to take advantage of Kakuzu’s arrogance
A member of the notorious group known as Akatsuki, Kakuzu was something of a legend. The villain once fought the first Hokage and survived, no doubt a testament to Kakuzu’s skill and strength. The rebellious ninja was close to immortality, possessing several hearts that needed to be destroyed in order for him to die.
Furthermore, Kakuzu was one of the few ninjas who mastered all the natural elements and used it to bring Kakashi closer to defeat. However, he hated teamwork and arrogantly believed that he could defeat anyone. Because of this, Kakashi was able to defeat him, thanks to a plan formulated by Shikamaru.
5 Kakashi vs Deidara: Kakashi introduced us to the fans, an ability of his Mangekyou Sharingan
A powerful member of the Akatsuki, Deidara had unique abilities that made him a difficult opponent. Possessing an explosion release kekkei genkai, Deidara could combine ground and lightning release to make incredible blasts. His firepower combined with his intelligence meant that Deidara was a match for almost anyone.
Kakashi fought in this battle, due to his opponent’s talent but also because he was trying to control Naruto at the same time. Kakashi had to dig into his arsenal of jutsu to stay alive. Just when victory seemed unlikely, Kakashi introduced fans to kamui, an ability from his Mangekyou Sharingan, and wounded Deidara, forcing him to retreat.
4 Kakashi vs Kabuto – As a master of deception, Kabuto was using a separate body to distract Kakashi
A brief but brilliant battle, fans initially believed that Kabuto was a below average ninja, struggling to pass the Chunin exams after several attempts. Of course, this turned out to be a ploy and Kabuto was indeed one of Orochimaru’s most talented disciples. Easily dispatching several ANBU ninjas, Kabuto attempts to kill Sasuke before Kakashi interrupts.
The Sharingan user then disarms Kabuto, pinning him to the ground. An easy win for Kakashi. Or so the fans thought. But as a master of deception, Kabuto was in fact using a separate body to distract Kakashi, and he quickly jumps out of the building revealing his Anbu member disguise.
3 Kakashi vs Obito: Even in skill, the fight ends with Kakashi piercing Obito with his lightning rod.
According to a large number of fans, this is the best fight of Naruto. During a time when some ninjas possessed divine powers, this battle was a beautiful dance; elegant, skillful and very emotional.
Kakashi and Obito had a unique relationship, which ended with Obito gifting Kakashi with his Sharingan moments before his death. Occasionally recalling a similar fight they had as children, Obito and Kakashi displayed epic taijutsu and transformations of nature. Equally matched in skill, the fight ends with Kakashi piercing Obito with his lightning rod.
2 Kakashi vs Sasuke – Before fans can see what Kakashi plans to do, Naruto intervenes and the two force Sasuke to retreat.
The Battle of the Sharingan saw the former student and the teacher go head to head. When Sakura tries to kill Sasuke, she is quickly outmatched and about to die. Fortunately, Kakashi intervenes, saving one of his students while fighting another.
They both demonstrate immense skill, seeming evenly matched until Sasuke reveals his Susanoo, showing his sensei just how far he’s come. Before fans can see what Kakashi plans to do, Naruto steps in and the two force Sasuke to retreat. Although it was not a perfect victory, Kakashi saved his student’s life and that is considered a victory.
one Kakashi vs Kaguya – Combined with the efforts of the rest of Team 7, Kakashi and his friends defeated Kaguya and saved the world.
Considering that Kaguya was a god, it would be hard to imagine Kakashi being of much use. Sure, he’s talented, but Kaguya could literally create other dimensions and manipulate reality. However, before Obito passed to the other world, he left Kakashi one more thing, his other Sharingan.
Now armed with two sharingan, Kakashi quickly overpowered the perfect Susanoo. Combined with the efforts of the rest of Team 7, Kakashi and his friends defeated Kaguya and saved the world. Not bad for a guy with average chakra.
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