In this list, we are going to talk about the top 5 strongest Akatsuki members of all time.
In all of anime, there always have been good vs evil for the most part. Just like the feared Phantom Troupe of the HunterXHunter realm or the Twelve Kizuki in Demon Slayers, the group of all evil villains in the Naruto realm is the Akatsuki. The Akatsuki have been in a part of the story from the earlier days of OG Naruto and were a crucial part of the series with the beginning of Shippuden. The Akatsuki contains a series of evil villains who are feared in all of the Naruto realms. Throughout its course, the group consisted of several powerful members, including the OG villain and string by all possible means, Orochimaru, the one who killed the Third Hokage. Apart from this, the group also consists of members such as Deidara, Kakuzu, Zetsu, and many others, including Hidan, who killed Asuma. But as for the top 5 strongest Akatsuki members of all time, they all fail in comparison to the ones who are on the list today. Let us have a look at the strongest of them all.
Disclaimer: This listing is purely based on our personal preference and is no by no mean a worldwide accepted topic. There might be different contenders as per others so take it with a grain of salt if it’s different from your list.
Coming at number five of the top 5 strongest Akatsuki members of all time is Konan. Konan is one of the original members of the Akatsuki and has been a part of the group alongside Nagato and Yahiko. She is also the only female member of the group and one of the strongest ones so to speak. Even to very few of her abilities and fighting skills were shown in the anime, here and there, her fight against Obito, one of the strongest characters in the series, truly wins her all the marks. Even for a brief fight as shown in the anime, Konan nearly pushed Obito to the brink of his death and the only reason that he survived was sacrificing one of his Sharingan by performing the Izanagi.
4) Kisame Hoshigaki
Often regarded as a tailless-tailed beast, with his might Samehada sword, comes Kisame Hoshigaki at the fourth spot in the list of the top 5 strongest Akatsuki members of all time. He had chakra reserves much more than a normal shinobi and packed enormous power. He was initially revealed as Itachi’s Akatsuki partner and an ex-member of the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist. Most of his original battles in the anime were all against Might Guy. He gave a tough time to Leaf Jonins like Kurenai and Asuma in the early days of Naruto and the whole team 10 with Might Guy in the early days of Shippuden. It was also shown that he took care of the four-tail Jinchuriki, all on his own. He remained a fierce and loyal character to his last breath.
3) Pain / Nagato Uzumaki
The third spot is definitely taken up by Pain, the one who destroyed the entire leaf village in a blink of a second. As the wielder of the Rinnegan, Nagato Uzumaki, lead and controlled the six paths of pain to achieve the sole goal of peace, he became one of the strongest characters in the series. Four main instances come into action when justifying Pain/ Nagato’s power level, the first one is during Yahiko’s death when Nagato summoned the Gedo Statue and made Hanzo step back. The second one is during his brief fight against Orochimaru, where Pain defeated him in seconds, like a single Almighty Push and Orochimaru was like “Nah, Sharingan will do.” The third instance is surely his fight against the Utakata, the six tails Jinchuriki, and the final one at the leaf village, where he took plenty of lives and bricks, until fighting against Naruto’s Sage Mode and Nine-tail wrath.
2) Itachi Uchiha
The coolest and one of the most tragic characters in all of anime is Itachi Uchiha. The man we all thought to be one of the main villains, from the initial Naruto days, came to have surprised the anime world with his tragic twist. There are plenty of reasons why Itachi Uchiha holds the second spot in the list of the top 5 strongest Akatsuki members of all time. The first is that he was a true genius from an early age, being a Jonin at 10, part of the Anbu Black Ops, and awakening his Sharingan at the age of 8. He killed his entire Uchiha clan, the most powerful clan in the leaf village, with the help of Obito and that takes a lot of power. Itachi’s visual prowess is off the charts and time after time he had proven it, against Orochimaru, Kakashi, Sasuke, and Mizukage Yagura, reanimated Nagato and Kabuto in the fifth great ninja war. We all know the major reasons for his death were his poor health conditions and he wanted to die at the hands of his kid brother, Sasuke. You may disagree or put him in a lower order on this list but you will never be satisfied with that reality where you are already under his Genjutsu.
1) Obito Uchiha
One of the biggest plot twists in Naruto was Tobi being Obito Uchiha. He possesses one of the most broken Mangekyou Sharingan abilities called Kamui, which let him phase through everything. He had been the mastermind of Akatsuki behind the scenes, caused the fifth great ninja war, helped Itachi kill half of the Uchiha Clan, summoned the nine tails attack in the village, took numerous lives in the war, and defeated a lot of strong shinobis along the way. Even all of the shinobi alliance couldn’t take on Obito, and with the revived Hokages, Naruto and Sasuke, only then did they have some chance. Obito Uchiha is truly the number one strongest Akatsuki member of all time.
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