Naruto is certainly one of the most popular shōnen manga and popular anime franchises in modern history. On the other hand, Superman is undoubtedly one of the biggest superheroes in history and a major character for DC Comics. Both of them are among the most powerful, if not the most powerful, characters in their respective franchises. But how would a fight between them end? Since both franchises rely on fighting, we have decided to compare the two protagonists – Naruto Uzumaki and Superman – and tell you which of them would win in a fight.
Superman would defeat Naruto Uzumaki with ease. Even in his prime, Naruto is simply nowhere near Superman’s level and that is evident by just observing the balance of powers between the DC Comics universe and the Naruto universe. Superman is better than Naruto in every category, and Naruto wouldn’t even be able to do any major damage to Superman, even in his basic form.
Now that you have the short version of the answer, the rest of the article is going to be divided into three sections, with the first two introducing the characters, their powers, and their abilities. In the end, we’re going to give our final verdict and explanation on why Superman would ultimately be able to defeat Naruto Uzumaki in a direct clash.
Superman and his powers
Superman is one of the most powerful characters in the DC Comics universe. Born as Kal-El of Krypton, he was sent to Earth by his parents, moments before the tragic destruction of his home planet. On Earth, he landed in Kansas, near the estate of ones Jonathan and Martha Kent, two local farmers who took him in and raised him as their own child, giving him the name Clark Kent. Young Clark was thus raised in Smallville, not knowing his heritage and the powers he possesses.
Superman’s body is capable of absorbing the radiations emitted by the stars and storing them, undergoing different effects depending on the type to which it has been exposed: a red sun like Rao, the star that illuminates Krypton, renders him powerless, while a yellow star like the Earth’s Sun gives him incredible abilities that make him one of the most powerful beings in the DC universe.
Superman’s costume is composed of exotic materials in the early stories that are as durable as he is, which is why he usually doesn’t tear up when performing his exploits. Superman’s body is supposed to emit an aura that renders any skin-tight clothing he wears invulnerable in later stories, beginning with Man of Steel #1 (1986), and as a result, his costume is as resilient as he is even if it is made of everyday fabric. Surprisingly enough, Superman was not able to fly in Action Comics #1. He moved at extraordinary speed, running and leaping, which he could do to a prodigious degree because of his power. In 1940, Superman developed the power to fly.
Since then, he can fly at great speeds, breaking the sound barrier and, in some stories, even faster than light to travel to distant galaxies. His enormous physical power, however, would seem to derive more from some sort of control over energy fields than from mere muscular power, which would explain how he is able to perform physically improbable actions such as supporting objects of colossal dimensions without them collapsing on themselves due to of the force of gravity.
He is also surrounded by a powerful, energetically super-charged bio-electrical aura, giving him superhuman strength and total immunity to all types of toxins and diseases, and is also capable of manipulating gravitons to fly at superluminal speeds. He has a highly durable body and is invulnerable for most practical purposes. At least, the bullets ricochet harmlessly off his body. In some stories, not even a nuclear bomb can harm him. His lungs are able to store and expel huge quantities of air with devastating power, managing to lower the temperature of the outgoing air to the point of being able to freeze anything that is hit.
Superman #129 (1959) featured the first use of the “super breath”. Instead, he has the ability to control the intensity and diameter of strong, pure heat rays that emanate from his eyes. He has some kind of x-ray vision that enables Superman to see through all solid objects (except for lead) and even electromagnetic fields. In Action Comics #11 (1939), he first employed this ability. Superman has the ability to hear frequencies that are above and below what humans can hear. Action Comics #11 (1939) introduced Super-Hearing.
He has also recently discovered that he can expel all the solar energy present in his body in one fell swoop, generating a colossal explosion of apocalyptic power (in English this faculty has been defined as Super Flare): given its cost in terms of energy, however, this ability cannot be used twice consecutively and leaves Superman completely unpowered for about a day.
Naruto and his powers
Naruto Uzumaki is the main protagonist of the anime and manga Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. He is a young ninja from the fictional village of Konohagakure. The villagers ridicule Naruto on account of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox—a malevolent creature that attacked Konohagakure during its history—that was sealed away in Naruto’s body.
After studying the First Hokage’s parchment, which lists the village’s forbidding techniques, Naruto learns the superior Technique of the Multiplication of the Body, which becomes a sort of his trademark given the versatility with which he will be able to use it. At first, Naruto is portrayed as a very untalented student who spends his time inventing useless techniques like the Eroticism Technique and later the Harem Technique.
From this moment Naruto manages to improve enormously thanks to his unlimited desire to learn and train under the tutelage of Kakashi and above all of Jiraiya, who teaches him various skills (such as exploiting Fox’s chakra up to the third tail while maintaining his personality and to improve energy concentration) and two techniques that will prove to be fundamental for him: the first is the Recall Technique, with which he becomes able to summon toads that support him in fights and in the use of some techniques, while the second is the Rasengan, of which he will create numerous variations.
In addition to having a chakra reserve that is at least four times greater than Kakashi’s (and over a hundred times greater when taking into account the fox’s chakra), Naruto also has a remarkable physical resistance that has been boosted by the fox. Due to his propensity for the Wind-type chakra and other factors, he excels in close-quarters battle, but he also has long-range skills. He mostly uses ninjutsu and taijutsu in combat, but he has also demonstrated a great deal of expertise with ninja tools, especially while working with Sasuke.
After Jiraiya’s death he decides to follow the teachings of the hermit toad Fukasaku and thus learns to use the Sage Mode, skills that not even the legendary ninja and the Fourth Hokage were able to control perfectly. Kurama’s power offers Naruto several advantages including faster-than-normal healing speed and, by taking advantage of his chakra, exceptional power and speed.
Over time Naruto learns to control the fox’s chakra to the point where he can develop up to the third tail of the demon’s mantle; at the development of the fourth, however, he undergoes a radical transformation and loses his reason, to the point of no longer distinguishing friend from foe. To avoid harming others and himself, Naruto has decided not to resort to the demon’s chakra as a resource in an emergency, relying on his own strength at the expense of the Demon’s assiduous requests.
Passing the tests, Naruto gets a part of the chakra of the Fox: when it uses it is covered with an orange chakra and increases, in addition to its strength, also its speed, being compared to the Fourth Hokage; he also obtains greater control over some of his old techniques, the possibility of manipulating the Fox’s chakra at will and finally the ability to perceive evil presences even at a great distance.
Despite this, the transformation initially has some disadvantages: Naruto, unlike Killer Bee, could not transform into the Fox and could not share the chakra with the latter otherwise the demon could have taken the opportunity to suck up his chakra and kill him. During the war, however, Naruto finally manages to be accepted by Kurama, who gives him all his power to be able to face Tobi: Naruto’s appearance changes further, becoming similar to that of the Hermit of the Six Paths, and also manages to shape his chakra by rebuilding in all respects the shape of his tailed beast.
Superman vs. Naruto: Who would win?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we will use what we have learned about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Let us continue.
This is a clash of two worlds really, and a clash in which Superman definitely wins. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to properly compare these two worlds. The world of DC Comics functions on a wholly different level than the world of Naruto, and the power balance between the characters in each respective world is very different. Superman is one of the strongest DC Comics characters, whereas Naruto is the strongest character in his own universe, but that means very little in comparison.
If you just look at what Superman can do, Naruto, who is the strongest in his own universe, cannot match in most categories. He is not as fast as Superman, he is not physically strong as Superman, he doesn’t have the right amount of powers, and his endurance is nowhere near Superman’s. In a regular martial arts fight, Naruto could not even injure Superman because of the Man of Steel’s resistance.
Naruto’s Chakra-based attacks and techniques could, definitely, do some damage, but not nearly enough to defeat Superman. On the other hand, Superman would overpower Naruto with ease in every situation imaginable. He would outrun him, he would punch him into oblivion, and he would use one of his attacks to defeat him easily. And that is just the basic Superman, not Superman One Million or some other upgraded version of your basic v1.0 version of Clark Kent.
And that is why the winner here was obvious from the very start and it was Superman. It’s not because we favor Superman over Naruto, but we have to objectively state that the power levels of DC Comics’ characters are simply above those in Naruto and that is why Superman takes this one with absolute ease.