Naruto's Clan Killer Itachi might be a pretty powerful person, but there are some characters who could handily beat him (and some who would fail).
Itachi, also known as the Clan Killer, is one of the Uchiha clan's finest ninjas ever in Naruto. Ever since Itachi was a kid, he excelled at everything, be it Ninjutsu, or Taijutsu. One of the youngest Uchiha ever to awaken the Sharingan, Itachi made sure to take his skills to the pinnacle and being the pacifist that he was, his goal was to bring about peace.
At the mere age of 7, Itachi had the wisdom of a Kage, making him one of the smartest characters in the entire series. To surpass such a shinobi would prove to be an arduous task for anyone, yet there are few who have achieved this feat. Here are five Naruto characters stronger than Itachi and five who are weaker.
10. Stronger Than Itachi: Sasuke Uchiha
Widely recognized as the strongest Uchiha of all-time, Sasuke is the younger brother of Itachi. Just like Itachi, Sasuke's fighting ability is frightening, and few can hope of standing up to him. In his case, he surpassed Itachi during the 4th Great Ninja War, where he gained the power of the Rinnegan, along with the Six Paths Yin chakra.
Consequently, Sasuke became one of the strongest characters in the entire series, with Naruto being the only human capable of matching him. He made sure to walk his own path and surpass Itachi, just like his brother wanted him to.
9. Weaker Than Itachi: Kisame Hoshigaki
Also known as the Tail-less Tailed Beast, Kisame was as strong as a regular shinobi could get. Being one of the Akatsuki members, Kisame was held in high regard even among all the S-ranked criminals in their ranks. He was partnered with Itachi Uchiha, and although some believe that they were equal, Kisame was, in fact, weaker than Itachi.
Even among the Akatsuki, nobody knew the true strength that Itachi possessed. His fighting prowess was phenomenal, and while Kisame was physically stronger, Itachi's Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi meant that it wouldn't take him long to subdue the former Kirigakure ninja.
8. Stronger Than Itachi: Naruto Uzumaki
Konoha's Seventh Hokage, Naruto Uzumaki is the strongest shinobi in the history of the series, even surpassing the likes of Madara Uchiha and Hashirama Senju. Naruto was powerful enough to fight Obito Uchiha, Madara Uchiha, Kaguya Otsutsuki, and then Sasuke Uchiha all in one day.
As such, there's no way for Itachi to be stronger than him. His abilities, when combined with his undying spirit, make him a force to be reckoned with. By adulthood, Naruto has fought and defeated characters such as Momoshiki Otsutsuki, who is considered to be a God of the verse. To date, he remains the greatest ninja in the series, and so, he's undoubtedly stronger than Itachi.
7. Weaker Than Itachi: Tsunade Senju
Tsunade Senju was the granddaughter of Hashirama Senju and the Fifth Hokage of Konohagakure. Blessed with immense talent, she became the finest medical ninja of her time and did an excellent job in raising the one who came after her.
As a member of the Legendary Sannin, there's no denying that Tsunade Senju was strong, but in comparison to Itachi, her strength withers away. Itachi is leagues above her in terms of skill. Orochimaru, another Sannin who is stronger than Tsunade, openly declared that Itachi was stronger than he was. Therefore, there isn't much of a threat that Tsunade poses to Itachi.
6. Stronger Than Itachi: Madara Uchiha
One of the founders of Konoha and the leader of the Uchiha clan, Madara Uchiha's talent was boundless. Ever since he was a kid, he could beat an average Senju warrior, and as an adult, even the combined power of the Five Kage wasn't enough to defeat him.
While there's no denying that Itachi is powerful, Madara is simply stronger, whichever way you look at it. With the powers of the 10 Tails and the Six Paths at his disposal, Madara is miles ahead of Itachi, and there's no way the latter can even put up a fight.
5. Weaker Than Itachi: Orochimaru
One of the legendary Sannin of Konoha, Orochimaru was arguably the strongest shinobi of his time. His knowledge about ninjutsu was such that he had mastered all the five elemental natures, and a bunch of Forbidden Jutsu on top of that. Truly, Orochimaru was a menace, but against Itachi, he could do nothing but admit his inferiority.
When the two fought, Itachi didn't even bother looking at him and he had him beat. After losing to Itachi, Orochimaru sought the body of his younger brother, since he believed it possessed even more potential than Itachi. Even as a Sannin, the gap between Orochimaru and Itachi was immensely vast.
4. Stronger Than Itachi: Obito Uchiha
Obito was a knucklehead ninja when he was a kid, and his skills were largely unpolished. Under Madara's tutelage, Obito grew drastically, and by 16 years of age, he could put up a fight against Minato.
While still weaker than an adult Itachi at that point, Obito continued to excel, until he reached the point where he became the second Jinchūriki of the ten-tails, Hagoromo Otsutsuki being the first. One look at him, and even the strongest of characters, such as Hashirama, couldn't help but admit they were weaker. Itachi is no different, and he would feel the same way if he were ever to cross paths with ten-tails Obito.
3. Weaker Than Itachi: Kabuto Yakushi
Kabuto Yakushi was a disciple of Orochimaru who eventually went on to surpass him. After slowly absorbing Orochimaru, and many other Kekkei Genkai, Kabuto began to gain tremendous strength. Seeking even more power, he went to Ryuchi Cave and learned the Snake Sage Mode there.
While he believed himself to be close to the Sage of Six Paths, the truth couldn't be further than that. Kabuto, while strong, was easily defeated by Itachi. Although Itachi did have backup from Sasuke during that fight, much of it was needed just to set up the Izanami. It is also important to note that Itachi wasn't going all-out against Kabuto because he needed him alive to release the Edo-Tensei.
2. Stronger Than Itachi: Kaguya Otsutsuki
The progenitor of chakra, Kaguya Otsutsuki is one of the strongest characters in the entire verse so far. She came to earth along with Isshiki Otsutsuki, who for some reason, wasn't seen in Naruto.
Nonetheless, Kaguya maintained absolute control over humanity. Her strength was such that her sons had to combine their strength to seal her away, and even that took months to accomplish. Itachi would be nothing more than a speck of dust to someone like Kaguya, who has enough power to wipe out an entire star.
1. Weaker Than Itachi: Jiraiya
The third and the last member of the Legendary Sannin, Jiraiya was an exceptionally competent shinobi. In his lifetime, he had trained people like Nagato, Minato, and even Naruto, all of which went on to become just as strong. Despite that, Jiraiya was, undoubtedly, weaker than Itachi.
Even though Itachi did say that a fight against Jiraiya would lead to both of them killing each other, the statement was merely for the purpose of avoiding conflict where he could since his intentions were always good. In truth, Itachi's Mangekyo Sharingan abilities of the Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi, and the Susano'o on top of that were enough to deal with Jiraiya.