The Best Episodes of Naruto

Last Updated: Dec 8, 2018

In another world, ninja are the ultimate power, and in the Village Hidden in the Leaves live the stealthiest ninja in the land. Twelve years earlier, the fearsome Nine-Tailed Fox terrorized the village and claimed many lives before it was subdued and its spirit sealed within the body of a baby boy. That boy, Naruto Uzumaki, has grown up to become a ninja-in-training who's more interested in pranks than in studying ninjutsu.. but Naruto is determined to become the greatest ninja ever!

Beyond the Limit of Darkness and Light

#1 - Beyond the Limit of Darkness and Light

Season 2 - Episode 44

Transformed into Kyubi, Naruto and Gamabunta prepare to stop Shukaku by waking Gaara up. Though they succeed, the battle is far from over as Gaara won't stop until Naruto is dead. Naruto and Gaara prepare for their final attacks. Meanwhile, Sarutobi continues trying to defeat Orochimaru. And even though Sarutobi isn't strong enough to kill Orochimaru, he does have enough strength to take away Orochimaru's most prized possession...the use of his arms!

star 8.77
103 votes
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For a Friend...

#2 - For a Friend...

Season 4 - Episode 1

Kakashi learns the truth about the chase after Sasuke, and orders his dogs, including Pakkun, to go find Naruto and Sasuke. However, things are looking grim as the clash between the Chindori and the Rasengan ensues. The attacks are even, causing Naruto and Sasuke to both fly back. Naruto finally realizes how serious Sasuke is, and gets the snot beat out of him while he remembers how he always wanted to be friends with Sasuke.

star 8.76
101 votes
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The Beast Within

#3 - The Beast Within

Season 3 - Episode 41

Rock Lee's back and he's full of a special medicine that has Kimimaro on the run! Can he take out the fifth Sound Ninja?

star 8.76
86 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
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A Failure's True Power

#4 - A Failure's True Power

Season 2 - Episode 27

When it looks as if Naruto can't win, Neji continues to tell him that he cannot change his fate and that he has no idea what it feels like to carry a seal that cannot be removed. Naruto thinks back about his childhood and how he was treated because of the Nine-Tails sealed inside him. However, that same curse may prove to be his only chance at winning...

star 8.74
117 votes
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Gaara vs. Rock Lee: The Power of Youth Explodes!

#5 - Gaara vs. Rock Lee: The Power of Youth Explodes!

Season 2 - Episode 13

The second-to-last match finally arrives! Rock Lee must face down the mysterious and dangerous Gaara, a ninja who is said to have never been truly injured in a fight before.

star 8.73
120 votes
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A Plea from a Friend

#6 - A Plea from a Friend

Season 4 - Episode 2

Naruto proves to be too much for Sasuke to handle as Naruto fights back with renewed vigour. Finally acknowledging Naruto's strength, Sasuke puts on his forehead protector, symbolizing both as equals. But when Sasuke's Sharingan is upgraded to level 3, the tables turn on Naruto. Just when all hope seems lost for Naruto, he undergoes a startling transformation, but will it be enough?

star 8.68
106 votes
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Naruto's Ninja Handbook

#7 - Naruto's Ninja Handbook

Season 2 - Episode 43

Naruto and Gaara continue their fight. Naruto begins to get an advantage, and Gaara transforms into the final form of Shukaku of the Sand. As he begins to put the squeeze on Naruto, Naruto summons Gamabunta Oyabun, and his comeback begins. Once again, Naruto begins to get an advantage, but Gaara casts the technique of fake sleep, releasing the full power of Shukaku. Now that the demon is free, what will Naruto do?

star 8.66
108 votes
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The Demon in the Snow

#8 - The Demon in the Snow

Season 1 - Episode 19

Zabuza is no longer Kakashi's enemy, and thanks to a little speech by Naruto about how ninja are, Zabuza takes on Gato's men single handedly. The Demon of the Hidden Mist takes his vengeance on Gato and all of those dumb enough to follow him, and apologizes to Haku for what he did to the kind little boy. After the group takes care of the rest of Gato's men, Zabuza asks Kakashi one final request, to see Haku one final time. This is Zabuza's requiem.

star 8.66
170 votes
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Losing is Not an Option!

#9 - Losing is Not an Option!

Season 3 - Episode 34

Neji's on the run from Kidomaru's bow and arrow attacks. Will Neji make it out alive or will his new-found enemy hit his blindspot dead on?

star 8.63
70 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
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Absolutely Incomparable! A Hokage-Level Battle!

#10 - Absolutely Incomparable! A Hokage-Level Battle!

Season 2 - Episode 36

The battle of kings has begun as Orochimaru has summoned some unexpected help. How can the Third Hokage handle this uncomfortable situation? Meanwhile, Sasuke finally catches up with Kakurou, Gaara and Temari...

star 8.62
105 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
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Three-way Battle! Tsunade and Jiraiya vs. Orochimaru!

#11 - Three-way Battle! Tsunade and Jiraiya vs. Orochimaru!

Season 3 - Episode 13

With Tsunade in her current conidtion, and Jiraiya still under the effects of the drug, Tsunade and Jiraiya must work together to defeat Orochimaru. And with all three ninja having summoned their signature beasts, it's sure to be one heck of a battle!

star 8.61
80 votes
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The Fifth Gate: A Splendid Ninja is Born

#12 - The Fifth Gate: A Splendid Ninja is Born

Season 2 - Episode 15

The match between Gaara and Lee draws to an end as Lee unleashes his ultimate move. But will even this be enough to defeat Gaara? Even if Lee does make it out in one piece, even more shocking news awaits him.

star 8.61
119 votes
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Good-bye Old Friend...! I'll Always Believe in You!

#13 - Good-bye Old Friend...! I'll Always Believe in You!

Season 3 - Episode 31

With his life on the line against the Sound Ninja Jirobo, Choji looks back on the seeds of his friendship with Shikamaru. Can he defeat his fearsome opponent without any Chakra?

star 8.60
81 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
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The End of Tears

#14 - The End of Tears

Season 4 - Episode 3

The battle between Naruto and Sasuke comes to a close, as One-Tailed Naruto takes on Cursed Seal Level 2 Sasuke in one final Rasengan vs. Chidori clash! And this time...only one person will emerge victorious. Will Kakashi and Pakkun make it in time? And who is this mysterious ninja watching everything?

star 8.58
93 votes
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Vengeful Strike! The Bracken Dance!

#15 - Vengeful Strike! The Bracken Dance!

Season 3 - Episode 44

As Gaara demonstrates he has more than enough backbone to take on Kimimaro, Orochimaru recollects on how he brought him as a young man into the Sound Village.

star 8.57
81 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
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A Cry on Deaf Ears

#16 - A Cry on Deaf Ears

Season 3 - Episode 45

Finally catching up to Sasuke, Naruto does all he can to keep him from going to Orochimaru. Does he have enough strength to stop him or is Sasuke gone for good?

star 8.56
72 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
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Attack! Fury of the Rasengan!

#17 - Attack! Fury of the Rasengan!

Season 3 - Episode 11

With Tsunade still paralized with fear and Naruto being a low level ninja, it is up to Shizune and Jiraiya to defeat Kabuto and Orochimaru. Orochimaru and Kabuto summon two giant snakes while Jiraiya summons Gamakichi, who does nothing. Naruto tries to help Jiraya, but he too only summons a small frog that also does nothing. Orochimaru and Kabuto attack and Shizune is easily defeated. Naruto tries Rasengan but fails. Can he master the technique before Kabuto does anything to Tsunade? How far will he go to master it?

star 8.53
92 votes
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Showdown: Gaara vs. Kimimaro

#18 - Showdown: Gaara vs. Kimimaro

Season 3 - Episode 43

Itching to fight and with a sense of guilt from the past, Gaara tells Rock Lee to stand down and let him take on Kimimaro. Meanwhile, Naruto continues on his quest to catch the runaway Sasuke.

star 8.52
88 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
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I Wasn't Late for Nothing! Ultimate Move - Chidori Revealed!!

#19 - I Wasn't Late for Nothing! Ultimate Move - Chidori Revealed!!

Season 2 - Episode 32

With Gaara's ultimate defense in place, Sasuke's only hope of winning lies within the move Kakashi taught him...Chidori. But, how will Gaara react when Sasuke causes him to bleed?

star 8.52
87 votes
Forbidden Secret Jutsu! Shiki-Fujin

#20 - Forbidden Secret Jutsu! Shiki-Fujin

Season 2 - Episode 38

An unlikely ally appears to help Sasuke and allows him to continue to pursue Gaara. Meanwhile, the Hokage prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice to rid his village of Orochimaru!

star 8.51
96 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
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The Third Hokage, Forever...

#21 - The Third Hokage, Forever...

Season 2 - Episode 45

As the war draws to a close, Gaara admits his defeat to Naruto, and Orochimaru is forced to retreat as Sarutobi took away his arms. Now, all of the Konoha shinobi gather together to pay their respects to the person whom they respected the most...Sarutobi, the Third Hokage.

star 8.50
111 votes
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Zero Motivation: The Guy with Cloud Envy!

#22 - Zero Motivation: The Guy with Cloud Envy!

Season 2 - Episode 29

Shikamaru takes on Temari, only he doesn't want to fight. Can the lazy Shikamaru even last the round? Or is there more to Shikamaru than meets the eye?

star 8.48
106 votes
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The Sand Shinobi: Allies of the Leaf

#23 - The Sand Shinobi: Allies of the Leaf

Season 3 - Episode 42

Down for the count and at the mercy of the Sound Ninja, Kiba, Shikamaru and Rock Lee get help from an unlikely bunch of new allies.

star 8.47
77 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
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The Secrets of the Mangekyō Sharingan

#24 - The Secrets of the Mangekyō Sharingan

Season 3 - Episode 48

While Naruto is busy underwater, Sasuke remembers the fateful day in which his clan was killed. He remembers why Itachi spared his life, and why Itachi did what what he did. Now, in order to gain the same power as his brother, he must kill his closest friend...Naruto!

star 8.47
90 votes
A Mistake from the Past: A Face Revealed!

#25 - A Mistake from the Past: A Face Revealed!

Season 2 - Episode 37

While Naruto and Sakura continue to catch up to Sasuke, Temari trys to stall Sasuke long enough for Kankuro to get Gaara to safety, but Sasuke doesn't have time to waste on her! Meanwhile, The Third Hokage continues his battle with Orochimaru and is ready to use a move that not even he knows...

star 8.45
102 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
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