Top 8 Strongest Naruto Characters Without Kekkei Genkai

As we all know that just like in real life, the ninja world of Naruto also has some gifted people.

These gifted people have access to a special ability that only they can use because of their bloodline.

These characters with rare and special abilities are known as shinobi with a Kekkei Genkai.

These are shinobis who have access to rare abilities due to their family DNA.

We have seen numerous characters/clans with Kekkei Genkai. A few of them are the Uchiha Clan, Hyuga Clan, Kaguya Clan, Yuki Clan, etc.

There are several more in different villages.

Anyways, this article isn’t about them. Here we will be discussing and appreciating the characters who despite having no Kekkei Genkai or a special clan, became one of the strongest characters and are Kage level in their overall abilities.

Note:
This list contains only those characters who achieved supremacy on their own, without any Kekkei Genkai, Special Clan Technique, and Hax like being a Jinchuriki or 7 Swordsmen of the Mist.

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  1. Hiruzen Sarutobi

Hiruzen the Third Hokage is one of the strongest shinobi to ever exist. It has been stated several times in the manga that Hiruzen is indeed really powerful. Hiruzen was known as the strongest Kage of his time.

Furthermore, Iruka calls him “The Professor” Who is stronger than all the Hokage who died before him. Unfortunately, we never got to see Hiruzen in his prime.

The significant aspect is that the Sarutobi clan is not known for having any rare Kekkei Genkai.

Despite this drawback, Hiruzen achieved greatness and he is also known as a shinobi who can use all the chakra natures and furthermore, he was said to have known all the Jutsu that exist in Konoha.


  1. Jiraiya

Jiraiya aka the pervy sage is a legendary shinobi. The very teacher who taught Naruto and helped him decided his ninja way. We never actually see which clan Jiraiya is from.

We don’t even hear Jiraiya’s second name throughout the run of the series. Jiraiya is either referred to as a Toad Sage or Pervy Sage by the people around him.

Jiraiya is not only a good shinobi but a wonderful teacher, after all, he taught two of the strongest Hokage’s.

As for his abilities, he is one of the rare shinobis to have mastered Sage Mode and he knows various jutsu in collaboration with the toads.

Overall, he is another shinobi without a Kekkei Genkai clan.

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  1. Sakura Haruno

Sakura was someone who used to always depend on Naruto and Sasuke but she reached a level where they could depend on her, all thanks to the special training she received from Tsunade Senju one of the Legendary Sannin and the Fifth Hokage.

Under Tsunade’s tutelage, Sakura developed into a great shinobi and an exceptional medical ninja.

She trained under her through excruciating methods of controlling chakra to increase her destructive powers and to master the Byakugou Seal by storing chakra.

You might be thinking, Why Sakura made it above Jiraiya in this list?

In the databook it is stated that all Legendary Sannin are equal. However, after Jiraiya’s death war happens, tsunade gets a lot stronger.

Sakura is Tsunade’s apprentice, so she has the strength of Tsunade in later part of Shippuden.

In the war arc when Sakura finally activated the Byakugou Seal and was capable of summoning Katsuyu, she reached Kage level.

Sakura’s attack potency scales to Naruto and Sasuke when she punches Kaguya and injures her, who is far above any other villain.

It is said that she also surpassed her teacher in skills which is a tremendous achievement. As for her clan, she is from the Haruno clan which is not really a well-known clan but it’s more like an average household or maybe not even a clan.

About Jiraiya’s scenario, due to his death, we did not get to see him in his supreme.

However, if we analyze that Jiraiya defeated one of the Six Paths of Pain without any intel beforehand, we can certainly rank Jiraiya above Sakura.


  1. Kabuto Yakushi

Kabuto was an orphan who had no memories of his past or his family. The name he got was also given to him by the orphanage where he spent his childhood and learnt medical ninjutsu.

Being an orphan Kabuto never got the chance to the ninja academy to learn ninjutsu and become a full-fledged shinobi.

He stayed at the orphanage and dedicated himself to serving the village with the usage of medical ninjutsu until he was ordered by Danzo to become a spy for the Leaf.

Kabuto’s past is tragic where his identity was warped by the village and he was used as a pawn.

After Orochimaru took him as his servant Kabuto developed into a completely different shinobi and followed his path.

Soon after Orochimaru’s death Kabuto had lost the meaning of his existence and mastered the Sage Mode which even Orochimaru couldn’t master, he also perfected the reanimation jutsu.

After achieving Sage Mode, he claimed that he is the closest shinobi to the Sage of Six Paths which puts him in one of the strongest shinobi in the series.

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  1. Kakashi Hatake

Kakashi was a prodigy who looked like he will achieve greatness in no time, he also became Jonin and Anbu at a very young age which is an extremely rare feat. Furthermore, he was gifted with Obito’s Sharingan which made him a top-tier character. With help of the Sharingan Kakashi got the title of the copy ninja where he’s known to have copied over 1000 jutsus.

In Naruto Shippuden, he was able to use the Mangekyou Sharingan and use Kamui which is one of the most valuable abilities to have in the series. He was also a top candidate to become the Hokage after Tsunade.

Apart from this Kakashi is known and respected by most people in all the great nations.

Kakashi finally did become the Sixth Hokage after the war where he rebuilt his entire village and further developed it enough for Naruto to take over.

He did all of this in his lifetime despite not being in any of the Kekkei Genkai clans.


  1. Rock Lee

Rock Lee is not known to be of any clan and is one of those students who couldn’t use ninjutsu and struggled every day at the academy because his dream was to become a shinobi.

If he had never met Might Guy and receive the special training, he might’ve never become a shinobi.

Fortunately, there was a perfect teacher available at the academy who had the same problem as him, that is to perform ninjutsu.

Might Guy took Lee under his tutelage and transformed him into one of the strongest characters of the series. He taught him the Eight Inner Gates formation, which is an ability that surpasses all the Five Kages.

Rock Lee as a Genin was able to open up to 5 Gates which puts him way above other genins. In Shippuden, he is known to be able to open up to 7 Gates, which makes him Kage-level shinobi.

Finally, in Boruto he is known to be the strongest Taijutsu user who now can open all the 8 Gates, making him one of the strongest characters in the series.

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  1. Minato Namikaze

The Yellow Flash of the leaf was from the Namikaze clan. Some speculations are there about the Namikaze clan being the descendants of the Senju but this is not proven.

We never saw any character from the Namikaze clan or never heard about the existence of such a clan. The Namikazes would just be a simple household without any ninja history because we never see Minato’s parents nor do we ever hear about his ancestors.

But we see this one shinobi with Namikaze as his second name who becomes one of the strongest shinobi to ever exist and is an absolute perfectionist.

He’s a tactician and a genius who is known to have come first at the academy and become Hokage at a very young age.

He perfected the Flying Thunder God which makes his teleportation light speed and is also a great user of Sage Mode.

Overall, Minato is a rare and great character and I’m thankful for his existence.


  1. Might Guy

Might Guy is the strongest character in the entire verse without being from a Kekkei Genkai clan.

Might Guy reached superiority through nothing but extreme levels of physical strain and excruciating training methods.

His training regime is impeccable and his dedication towards his goal is unmatchable.

Might Guy didn’t even have a decent teacher, to begin with, his father who taught him the 8 inner Gates died early while fighting against the seven swordsmen.

Might Guy had to train and practice all by himself to achieve the level that he reached today. We never know from which clan he is from.

Maybe he’s not even from a clan, but just an ordinary being who wanted to become a shinobi. But what matters is that Might Guy had no special gifts or talent, he couldn’t even do basic ninjutsu yet he reached the highest level and there are several things that we can learn from a character like him.

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