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17 Killer Anime Like ‘Naruto’ to Watch When You Need a New Shonen

Naruto needs little introduction. As it stands, Naruto is one of the most popular anime of all time among the likes of Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Pokémon. Created by Masashi Kishimoto in 1999, Naruto has gone on from one of Shonen Jump’s most popular series to a cultural stalwart that will impact generations to come. And if you need some anime like Naruto to watch, there’s no shortage of shows and films to watch to satisfy one’s craving.

It’s a beautiful show to have grown with, as Naruto begins as a relatively juvenile series for children. Once Shippuden hits, our characters have grown and matured. If you were a kid watching from the beginning, you aged with the characters and depth of the story. 

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Anime Like ‘Naruto’

Part of Naruto’s success can definitely be attributed to its depth, as critics have often raved about the coming-of-age elements of the storylines as well as the strong character development throughout the series. If you’ve finally managed to exhaust all the content available from this incredible franchise, we have 17 other anime for you to binge.

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1. ‘Dragon Ball’

As arguably the most recognizable anime in existence, Dragon Ball is required viewing for anyone that considers themselves a fan of the medium. The original show from the 80s is full of charm and has all the amazing textural qualities of older animation. I’m sure you all know who Goku is, so I won’t go into that; but Dragon Ball is chock full of other interesting characters like Piccolo, who is the main antagonist of the original series. There’s no shortage of Dragon Ball media to watch either, as some variation of the show has been on air from 1986 to the current day.

Famously, many of the characters from Dragon Ball often rank as some of the most powerful anime characters of all time.

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2. ‘Bleach’

Bleach is guaranteed to scratch the same itch if you love the depth of Naruto’s power system, full of shinobi with a wide variety of talents and abilities. In Bleach, each person’s characteristic sword carries a special ability, with a specific “Bankai” (the final and upgraded form). Along with the amazing power system, Bleach provides some of the coolest fights and compelling storylines in any anime. Ichigo, the main character, begins as a typical student when he is suddenly whisked into the world of “Shinigami,” which are effectively grim reapers. Once there, he must defend both the spirit world and the human world from hollows, which are deceased human souls that lose their hearts to despair or regret.

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3. ‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’

What better place to get more of your Naruto fix than to watch the show about his son, Boruto? The show raises interesting conversations in contrast to Naruto, considering that the characters now live in a completely different time. Rather than to be orphaned, what does it mean to be the son of a “Hokage?” Boruto also provides insight into the new and improved leaf village, with updated technology and wild fights. The series was originally drawn by Kishimoto’s own assistant, so the lifeblood of the original really imbues itself into this sequel. The show definitely has some rough spots, don’t get me wrong, but is well worth it if you are a fan of the original.

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4. ‘Soul Eater’

Soul Eater is easily one of my favorite anime of all time, and I feel like it’s criminally underrated in modern anime conversations. I think in large part this is because it aired in 2008, and isn’t as big as shows like Naruto for example. However, I think Soul Eater has one of the coolest backgrounds of any show, revolving around students at the “Death Weapon Meister Academy.” Soul Eater follows various teams of “Weapon Meisters,” who work in conjunction with “Weapons” capable of shapeshifting into people. Jam-packed with both emotion and over-the-top antics, I can guarantee that anyone who watches Soul Eater is bound to fall in love.

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5. ‘Black Clover’

If loudmouth protagonists like Naruto are up your lane, then Black Clover is without a doubt the show for you. Fair warning – some of the voice acting at the beginning of the show is so grating, I almost stopped watching. However, pushing through those first few episodes is well worth it once the showrunners ironed out a few kinks. The power scaling is akin to Naruto, albeit at a highly increased pace. Black clover follows a similar trope to Naruto though, as both shows’ protagonists consist of a competitive pair of boys. Asta’s a loudmouthed blonde kid, while Yuno is a too-cool-for-you all-powerful type (sound familiar?).

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6. ‘Sword Art Online’

By reading up about Sword Art Online, you’re bound to find reviews about its shoddy writing and weird timeline issues on occasion. But it’s an undeniable fact that the show has an incredible draw to it. For many, SAO was their introduction to anime and carries a special place in our hearts. The premise is amazing and increasingly relevant with VR gaming becoming more popular every year. In SAO, characters find themselves stuck inside a virtual reality game suddenly, realizing that if they die in the game, they die in real life. SAO is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for something with a tinge of eerie suspense.

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7. ‘One Piece’

There’s no other way to slice it, simply put One Piece is the most iconic anime of all time. It’s certainly the longest-running, at over 1,000 episodes, and the show has every reason to be this long. It’s jam-packed with humor, amazing story arcs, and emotion all bundled into a dazzling piracy package. Instead of the coveted Hokage position in Naruto, Monkey D. Luffy’s mission is to find the prized “One Piece,” ultimately crowning him as the greatest pirate of all time. If the sheer length of the show is daunting, find comfort in the fact that each arc is a very defined storyline, allowing a viewer to jump in and out as they please with every arc.

Luffy is also, in our opinion, the greatest anime main character of all time.

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8. ‘Fairy Tail’

Fairy Tail is another anime that I remember fondly from my youth, but doesn’t seem to be that popular anymore. It’s an amazingly fun show, showcasing a land of witchcraft and wizardry in contrast to Naruto’s ninja world. As part of the “Fairy Tail” wizard’s guild, the main protagonist Natsu Dragneel travels the land of “Fiore” in search of his adoptive father, the dragon Igneel. Alongside his companion Lucy and an anthropomorphic cat named Happy, Natsu embarks on a series of exploits, ranging from taking care of dark magic guilds to defeating demons created by Zeref, a wizard cursed with immortality and immense powers.

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9. ‘Baki’

If what draws you to Naruto is its intense hand-to-hand combat scenes, then Baki will be right up your alley. Baki the Grappler follows its eponymous character, Baki Hanma, as he trains to become the best martial artist in the world. To make matters more interesting, his primary opponent is Yujiro Hanma, a renowned warrior and also Baki’s father. After Yujiro kills a close friend of Baki’s, he vows to destroy his father and embarks on a worldwide training tour. Baki has been around for a while, so there are a few different pieces of media you have the option of watching. There’s the original 24-episode run from the early 2000s, but odds are people are more likely familiar with the 2018 Netflix adaptation, which now has three seasons.

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10. ‘Hunter x Hunter’

Hunter x Hunter will feel familiar to any fan of Naruto, especially considering the fact that Kishimoto and Togashi are close friends. Hunter x Hunter came first, which makes it hilarious when you’ve seen both shows and there are distinct similarities between several characters and themes. So similar are they in fact, that it’s essentially common knowledge that Kishimoto ripped off ideas from Hunter x Hunter. In any case, if the creator of Naruto of all things is copying this show you should be able to get an idea of its quality. 

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11. ‘Gintama’

If you’re a fan of Naruto thanks to its occasional humorous elements, then Gintama is exactly the show for you. This might genuinely be one of the funniest anime I’ve watched, and that’s coming from an American who doesn’t understand the intricate wordplay and idioms of Japanese humor. Set in an alternate reality during the late Edo period of Japan where humanity has been attacked by aliens known as “Amanto.” Earth’s samurai fight to protect against the invasion, however, the show focuses on Gintoki Sakata, a rather eccentric character who performs odd jobs for cash. 

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12. ‘One-Punch Man’

Created by the infamous ONE, who also wrote and illustrated Mob Psycho 100, One Punch Man asks the all-important question: What if the protagonist was actually just invincible? It’s a hilarious framing to base a show on because knowing the main character will win allows for all sorts of humorous scenarios to take place. In a sense, the limiting factors of the show have spurred its most iconic moments. One Punch Man follows Saitama, a regular guy who gains insane superhuman powers after doing 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and a 10km run every day.

Aside from being a delight to watch, One Punch Man features some of the most exciting fight scenes in the whole genre.

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13. ‘Inuyasha’

If Gintama’s Edo period setting isn’t enough history for you, Inuyasha is set during the Sengoku period a few hundred years before. In modern-day Tokyo, 15-year-old Kagome Higurashi falls into a well at her family’s shrine, transporting herself to some time during the Sengoku period. Once there, she befriends a half-dog half-demon character named Inuyasha. Unbeknownst to her, Kagome is the host of a sacred jewel that ultimately shatters into several tiny pieces. In order to restore balance to the world, Inuyasha and Kagome seek to restore the jewel before the evil half-demon Naraku gets there first. 

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14. ‘Tokyo Ghoul’

Okay, I’ll admit Tokyo Ghoul doesn’t share a ton of similarities with Naruto outside of being a shonen. It’s a short 12-episode series, but don’t let that stop you from watching because each episode is absolutely mental. Tokyo Ghoul is set in, you guessed it, Tokyo. However, in this world, ghouls (similar to vampires) live in secrecy amongst humans, feeding off of them to survive. The story follows Ken Kaneki, whose life is flipped upside down when a date with a girl named Rize Kamishiro goes south after she turns out to be a ghoul and tries to eat him. Ken wakes up in a hospital, realizing he’s undergone surgery and has had some of Rize’s organs implanted into him, making him a half-ghoul. In the ensuing drama, Ken tries to discover himself while simultaneously hiding his new ghoul identity from his closest human friends.

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15. ‘My Hero Academia’

I’ve always been a sucker for anime with cool power systems, simply because I enjoy seeing the creative applications of various abilities that showrunners and creators can come up with. Naruto has bar none some of the best power applications in any show ever (I still think about Naruto vs. Sasuke). That being said, My Hero Academia has some really cool abilities to showcase and incorporates them in a unique way. Each character’s superpower, or “quirk”, makes sense with their character and is used in a manner that aligns itself with their personalities. Once big fights start and people start chaining their various powers together you get a recipe for some awesome combat scenes. 

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16. ‘Attack on Titan’

Attack on Titan is without a doubt a modern-day classic. Created by Hajime Isayama, Attack on Titan is set in a world where humanity has experienced a calamity event resulting in all of mankind living within cities protected by three enormous walls. These walls, dubbed “Maria,” “Rose,” and “Sina,” protect the cities’ inhabitants from giant flesh-eating monsters. Attack on Titan’s story is immense and incredibly well executed, with each succeeding season of the show revealing world-breaking details that expand the universe in incredible ways. The characters are extremely well written, each with complex motives that transcend simple good versus bad. If you haven’t tuned in to Attack on Titan thus far, you have to.

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17. ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’

Jujutsu Kaisen is both explicitly and implicitly influenced by Naruto, invoking similar imagery and aesthetics for a lot of the primary characters. But in many ways, it’s like an ultra dose of the iconic shonen, with updated visuals and more of a dark narrative. It’s an anime like Naruto for the modern era.

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The 28 Best Fight Scenes in Movies

After watching a really good action movie, it’s easy to get super amped up and start throwing punches and kicks in the movie theatre parking lot. That’s especially true when sitting through a film full of sick martial arts action where the conquering hero beats the absolute breaks off of his biggest enemy. Legendary action movies, such as Rocky, The Warriors, and anything featuring the likes of Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Donnie Yen, have been afforded legendary status due to the astounding beatdown that takes place within them. With so many iconic battles that have erupted on the big screen, we watched a great number of them to arrive here with this action-packed compilation of the 28 best fight scenes in movies.

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Best Fight Scenes in Movies
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1. The Dojo Fight
‘Fist of Fury’

It’s always a good time when Bruce Lee hops onto the screen and utterly destroys a bunch of guys without breaking much of a sweat. He does that right here by using his hands, feet, and a pair of nunchucks to assault a dojo full of students. And once he overcame them all with ease, Lee proceeds to embarrass those same students’ sensei. This “one man vs. everyone” fight scene will never get old and it confirms just how much of an untouchable martial artists Lee truly is.

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2. Ip Man vs. 10 Black Belts
‘Ip Man’

We already covered one of Lee’s best fight scenes, so now it’s time to delve into his master’s cinematic martial arts prowess. In the first Ip Man, Donnie Yen delivers a triumphant performance by walking into a dojo full of Black Belts and making them all look like a bunch of inexperienced bums who just started training that very day. Ip Man’s became unhinged in this fight, which makes it even more exciting since he’s usually a pretty passive guy that only fights when necessary.

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3. The Warehouse Fight
‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

A lot of dirt has been thrown on this movie for good reason. But the one thing most detractors can agree on is this scene is the absolute greatest Batman fight scene of all time. That whole “SAVE…MARTHA!” moment was pretty cringe, but it led to Batman honoring Superman’s request and wiping out a warehouse full of hired thugs. When Batman squares up with two dudes at once and even flings a crate into another random hoodlum, “Batfleck’s” badassery was confirmed for us and everyone that watched this scene unfold.

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4. The Mall Fight
‘Police Story’

Jackie Chan is a madman! The dude has always been known to do his own stunts and pull off some highly irresponsible feats that make us prey for the man every time he goes airborne. In Police Story, Chan runs through a whole mall and proceeds to use it as his battleground to put a bunch of goons into the dirt. Jackie brings the pain via an escalator, expertly dodges steel pipe swings inside a clothing store, and even slides down a pole of electrified attachments to the shock of everyone watching this mall battle royal unfold.

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5. Lee vs. O’Hara
‘Enter The Dragon’

O’Hara literally did everything he could to land a single blow on Lee, but it was all for naught. As soon as they square up for the first time, it’s clear that Lee outclasses his scarred foe in every way possible. We’ll always christen this iconic Bruce Lee moment as one of the best fight scenes in movies simply due to the brutal way he finishes Hara off. That double-foot stomp, though? Total Mortal Kombat Fatality vibes.

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6. The Hallway Fight

Every action movie that’s ever featured a hallway clash is doing it in tribute to Oldboy. And for good reason – it’s the originator of this style of combat and the way in which it’s shot has made it instantly recognizable whenever other films take a stab at it. With a hammer in hand, Oh Dae-su (played by Choi Min-sik) shockingly comes out on top against a hallway full of weapon-wielding ruffians. The visceral feel of it all and the fact that Dae-su keeps on fighting even after getting stabbed gives this one extra points toward its cool factor.

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7. The Bride vs. The Crazy 88
‘Kill Bill Vol. 1’

So much blood can be seen flowing and splattering the club at the heart of this gruesome scene. The Bride (Uma Thurman) makes an incredible last stand in the first half of her revenge-fueled mission when she uses a sword gifted to her from legendary swordsmith Hattori Hanzō to rip through O-Ren Ishii’s (Lucy Liu) “Crazy 88” gang. The way The Bride leaves the entire gang either deceased or screaming bloody murder now that they’re left with one less limb is so satisfying to watch to this very day.

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8. John Nada vs. Frank Armitage
‘They Live’

Roddy Piper knew a thing or two about putting on a greatly choreographed fight (he’s one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, after all!). In his starring role as John Nada in this John Carpenter-helmed film, Piper gets into a nasty alleyway brawl just to make his friend Frank Armitage (Keith David) don a pair of sunglasses to see what’s truly going on in their world. This brawl has such an air of realism about it that makes it worth putting on this list of the best fight scenes in movies – this street fight wouldn’t look out of place on a random street corner in NYC.

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9. Rama and Andi vs. Mad Dog
‘The Raid: Redemption’

As a whole, The Raid: Redemption could take up an entire spot on this list. But we chose to pick a single confrontation from this classic martial arts film and it centers on a pair of brothers coming together to bring down one of the film’s most lethal antagonists. This whole two-on-one brawl takes place within a single room, which is why it’s so easy to stay focused on the sick counters and stiff strikes exchanged between both parties here. Mad Dog put up a good fight, but he just couldn’t overcome a shattered glass tube to the neck. Good riddance!

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10. Yu Shu Lien vs. Jen Yu
‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon had us and plenty of other moviegoers in awe of the pitch-perfect fight choreography happening onscreen. You could literally choose any clash from this film to make this list of the best fight scenes in movies. In our case, we chose to go with this weapons-filled test of skill between two graceful yet deadly ladies. Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and Ziyi Zhang (Jen Yu) put on a masterclass of a duel with swords, spears, metal clubs, etc. that ended in an oddly satisfying stalemate.

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11. The Pole Fight
‘Iron Monkey’

If you haven’t seen Iron Monkey, here’s a simple breakdown – it’s pretty much a cool Chinese take on Robin Hood. The awesome climax this martial arts classic delivers is a kick-ass acrobatic fight that takes place above a sea of flames atop a column of poles. This 2v1 encounter has it all – brutal-looking hits, flips that defy the laws of physics, and a hell of a final blow that puts the bad guy down in the most vicious way possible. This one had us on the edge of our seats and nervously biting our nails the first time we saw it.

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12. Neo vs. Multiple Agent Smiths

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‘The Matrix Reloaded’

All of The Matrix films feature some remarkable hand-to-hand contests that are magnified by some truly amazing special effects. Neo (Keanu Reeves) and his eternal rival Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) had a hell of a one-on-one fight in the first film. But it’s this multi-man skirmish that sticks out to us the most. Neo has to endure an onslaught from a seemingly neverending flood of Agent Smith clones. Even with the odds heavily stacked against him, Neo beats the mall back with the aid of his fists, feet, and even a steel pole. Watching Neo swing around that same pole to land some vicious kicks on his cloned adversaries still blows our minds!

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13. Superman vs. General Zod

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‘Man of Steel’

The whole time we sat through this highly destructive superpowered fight, one thought kept going through our head – “we can totally get a legit Dragon Ball Z movie now…” That’s because Superman (Henry Cavill) and General Zod (Michael Shannon) produced a spectacle of a fight that mimicked the mind-blowing anime brawls that have erupted between Goku and his biggest foes. Buildings are torn apart, airborne struggles take place, and smashed satellites come into play as these two ends Man of Steel on an extremely high (and somber) note.

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14. The Factory Fight
‘Drunken Master II’

Once Mr. Chan avoids being crushed by a pair of steel carts, the action truly begins. Two evil businessmen take aim at our charismatic hero and get an advantage on him at times. But ultimately, our good buddy Chan employs expert usage of his “Drunken Fist” technique to overpower his two assailants. Chan had us jumping out of our seats when he ripped off his shirt sleeves and used his head a whole lot more to secure the W. Drunken Master II’s epic climax is such a banger.

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15. Ip Man vs. Master Hung Chun-Nam
‘Ip Man 2’

We will forever be in awe of the ways Ip Man (Donnie Yen) and the other martial arts masters carefully carry out their sparring sessions on a circular table. Ip Man rises to the occasion here by utilizing his “Wing Chun” to stay balanced enough to stay in the fight. The first two dudes that step up to face Ip Man are cool and all, but it’s the final master that makes this fight worthy of earning its place on this list of the best fight scenes in movies. Master Hung Chun-Nam (Sammo Kam-Bo Hung) gives Ip Man a run for his money here, which is why this scene is such a joy to watch unfold.

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16. Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed

It’s easy to get caught up in all the drama surrounding Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) every time he steps into the ring against another superior pugilist. The very first time he comes to blows with a fellow boxer takes viewers on an emotional roller coaster that even had us jumping out of our chairs to cheer Rocky on to victory. Rocky’s ability to take tons of punishment and Appolo Creed’s (Carl Weathers) expert boxing techniques clash in the best way possible – both boxers provide eight minutes of cinematic excellence with every blow they land.

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17. Captain America and Winter Soldier vs. Iron Man

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‘Captain America: Civil War’

Iron Man: “Stand down. Final warning.”

Captain America: “I can do this all day.”

What. A. Scene! The heartbreaking dissolution between Captain America and Iron Man over the actions of the Winter Solider erupted into a tearjerker of a two-on-one battle. Iron Man’s unbridled rage comes into play here as he chases down his former Avengers crewmate through a tunnel and eventually blasts off Winter Soldier’s mechanical arm. This in turn enrages Cap, which leads to a fitting finale where he and his former best friend tear each other apart. This all-out MCU brawl is one of the best fight scenes in movies thanks to its brutality and emotional outcome.

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18. The Fight on Titan
‘Avengers: Infinity War’

They almost got him! But dammit all ’cause Thanos just can’t be relinquished of his Infinity Gauntlet so easily. Even with the likes of Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and Drax opposite him, Thanos still put up a strong defense that had our favorite MCU heroes down badly at certain points of this battle. The best part of this fight is the special effects spectacle that erupts when Doctor Strange brings his strongest spells into play to get an edge over his purple-skinned adversary. This is the MCU at its most gripping when it comes to good guy vs. bad guy excellence.

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19. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Maul
‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’

When lightsabers start getting swung and “Force” powers get thrown into the fray, onscreen fight scene greatness ensues. The Star Wars prequels might not have much in the way of great storytelling, but the laser beam shootouts and Jedi duels that erupt across all three films are still worth seeking out. The Phantom Menace features this amazing final battle where “Padawan” Obi-Wan Kenobi and his “Jedi Instructor” Qui-Gon Jinn engage in a lengthy struggle with the double-bladed lightsaber wielder Darth Maul. It still breaks our hearts to see Jinn lose his life here, but our mood is instantly uplifted once Kenobi finds a way to cut Maul in half afterward.

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20. The Bathroom Fight
‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

Is Henry Cavill the first man in cinematic history to load up his wrists? When we peeped that, we knew the shit had officially hit the fan. Tom Cruise and Mr. Cavill get the jump on a dude and manage to slide him into a stall to scan his face to see their mission through. But one that due wakes up, Cruise and Cavill are forced to take things up a notch. We’re not gonna lie – it looked like both men were on the verge of taking an L here! But luckily, they got some backup in the form of a concentrated headshot before things got really shaky.

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21. Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man vs. Thanos

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‘Avengers: Endgame’

“You couldn’t live with your own failure. Where did that bring you? Back to me.” After Thanos drops that banger of a line, one of the greatest battles featuring the three frontmen of the MCU Infinity Saga kicks into high gear. Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America kick off the final sequence of explosive events in Avengers: Endgame by ganging up on their biggest villain to date. Thor makes every attempt to “go for the head,” Iron Man gets a supercharge from the Norse God of Thunder to lay down some lasers, and Cap picks up Mjolnir to bring the viewing audience to their feet in this hype-worthy battle.

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22. Chen Zhen vs. Fumio Funakoshi
‘Fist of Legend’

There’s Jackie Chan. There’s Donnie Yen. And then there’s the great Jet Li. In the martial arts movie sphere, Li is considered royalty. And you can find evidence of his kung-fu god-like status in the movie Fist of Legend. As Chen Zen, Li gets challenged by the highly formidable Fumio Funakoshi (Yasuaki Kurata). After some hilarious pleasantries and a bit of shit-talking between them goes down, both men put on one of the most exciting sparring matches we’ve ever seen. When the blindfolds come into play, this fight gets even more insane!

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23. Thomas vs. Mondale’s Henchman
‘Wheels on Meals’

Our boy Jackie Chan does a great job of injecting a nice bit of comedy into his films. That fact is clearly evident in his film Wheels on Meals. Thankfully, it’s not all “hee hee, ha ha” moments throughout the duration of this movie. Chan (as Thomas) gets into some nasty scuffles with equally talented martial artists. One of them is Benny Urquidez, who takes on the role of an immaculately dressed henchman. We’re treated to one of the best fight scenes in movies here due to how hard both men go in beating each other to the point where Chan and Benny can be seen sporting purple eyes. The finale that sees Chan land a sick flying knee to Benny that launches him out of a window is so dope.

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24. Yuda vs. The Assassin
‘The Raid 2’

We loved each and every second of the first Raid and that’s equally true about our sentiments for The Raid 2. Yuda (Iko Uwais) comes back with a vengeance here as he engages in a bloody climax with The Assassin (Cecep Arif Rahman) who cuts through his targets with hook knives. Both men take full advantage of their kitchen environment by throwing pans at each other and getting smashing through glass panels. The visceral feel of this fight is maximized by the bloody nature of it all. Kudos to the two-on-one hallway fight that transpires before this gruesome brawl.

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25. The Warriors vs. The Punks
‘The Warriors’

Even with the odds stacked so high against them, The Warriors always found a way to come out on top whenever they were conformed by rival gangs with overwhelming group numbers. When The Punks come looking for a piece of them, this bathroom scuffle erupts and leads to a battle royal that wouldn’t look out of place in a wrestling ring. The tenseness you feel when one of The Punks knocks on all the bathroom stall doors to find one of The Warriors kicks this brawl off right. Baseball bats are swung, stiff punches are exchanged, and even the one woman who’s in the mix bites the hell out of someone for good measure.

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26. The Prison Fight
‘Kung Fu Killer’

Donnie Yen is just the gift that keeps on giving whenever memories of a fire martial arts film enter our headspace. In Kung Fu Killer, he plays the part of Hahou Mo and makes his services readily available to a police inspector that wants to take down a martial artist turned serial killer. In order to escape the confines of prison to see his mission through, Mo delivers one of the best fight scenes in movies by proceeding to easily dissect a huge group of inmates. Once he shows everyone their proper respect, he proceeds to wholly disrespect a room full of pissed-off criminals. Mo’s hammer fists are lethal in action, that’s for certain!

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27. The Antique Arms Shop Fight
‘John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum’

To see someone cause so much damage and have an exceedingly high body count to his name over a dog is unreal. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is the homicidal man we’re alluding to here and he’s done some fine work when it comes to eliminating the assassins hired to take him out. One of the best fight scenes in movies comes straight from the third John Wick film in which he and his pursuers use all the ancient weaponry around them to stab and slash each other to death. When John stabs that one dude in the eye, we cringe in our seats for a bit before screaming and jumping for joy like the true adults we are.

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28. The Final Battle
‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

The Transformers films are always a feast for the eyes thanks to the impressive special effects work dedicated to making the Autobots and Decepticons look their very best. In this final battle to determine the fate of Earth and its people, Optimus Prime and Sentinal Prime have a personal war for the ages once they start clanging their weapons as they fought. As they get into it, explosions go off around them as the two Cybertron factions also come to blows. Megatron’s entrance into this epic battle just puts this one over the top and gets the final nod from us on this collection of the best fight scenes in movies.

Popular Culture

Look Out! Here are the 22 Best Spider-Man Villains

Every superhero is defined by several key factors – their superpowers, their choice of attire, their everyday moniker as a regular citizen, and their closest friends/family are among those signature attributes. Another one of those crucial elements that make a superhero such a global icon is their infamous Rouges Gallery. Batman always engages in the most epic of feuds with Joker, Superman is regularly terrorized by Lex Luthor, Professor X and the X-Men usually butt heads with Magneto and the Brotherhood of Mutants, etc. In the case of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Peter Parker’s web-crawling alter-ego is surrounded by some of the most crazed and treacherous baddies in comic book history. We’re going to do the (dis)honor of listing all of the (worst?) best Spider-Man villains that we secretly cheer on whenever they come to blows with good old Spidey.

RELATED: Meet the People Who Created Spider-Man

1. Doctor Octopus
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #3 (1963)
Marvel Comics

You can’t possibly compile the very best Spider-Man villains and not mention the evil genius known as Dr. Octopus. The unrelenting mechanical tentacles attached to this lunatic bring plenty of pain to Spider-Man and anyone that gets in the doctor’s way. On top of all that brawn, Dr. Octopus also uses his brains to try and outwit Spidey every chance he gets. Never forget that this dude did the unthinkable by implanting his mind into Peter’s body shortly after the hero’s death and taking over his position to become the “Superior” Spider-Man. It doesn’t get any more wicked than that.

2. Green Goblin
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #14 (1964)
Marvel Comics

With all the money pouring in from Oscorp and the technological advancements being implemented into the company itself, it’s no wonder why Norman Osborn’s crime-ridden alter-ego is outfitted with so much firepower. Spider-Man gets put through the wringer whenever the Green Goblin violently glides onto the scene – he and his trademark “Goblin Glider” are responsible for some gnarly behavior, such as killing Peter Parker’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy. The Green Goblin is a vicious individual that is the biggest menace in the skies of Spidey’s home base of NYC.

3. Kingpin
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #50 (1967)
Marvel Comics

Wilson Fisk aka “Kingpin” doesn’t just have it out for Daredevil – he also makes a habit of targeting Spider-Man from time to time. His role as a lethal crime lord has afforded him the funds and hired hands that make a habit out of screwing with Spidey. And whenever Spidey gets close enough to throw hands with the boss himself, Kingpin taps into his massive physique and scary levels of strength to bring the pain to the web-crawler. We shed a tear every time that scene of Kingpin bashing Peter’s poor body to death in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

4. Venom
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (1984)
Marvel Comics

An alien symbiote found the second perfect host body in Eddie Brock and in the process, the mammoth Venom was born. And at first, the hulking creature gave Spider-Man hell every chance he could. Brock’s version of this villain used his complete and utter distaste for Peter to inspire him to hunt Spider-Man down. And whenever they got into another bout of fisticuffs, Venom’s overwhelming strength definitely gave Spidey a good run for his money. Venom eventually fought for the side of good as a “lethal protector.” But at first, he was a constant headache for Spidey that pushed him to the limit during their most epic encounters.

5. Carnage
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #359 (1992)
Marvel Comics

Once that relentless alien symbiote found another host in the form of the maniacal serial killer named Cletus Kasady, another one of the best Spider-Man villains came to fruition. And that Spidey menace ended up being Carnage, which is equal parts sadistic, homicidal, and certifiably psychotic. Carnage’s original run was so fearsome that Spidey and Venom were forced to join forces just to have a fighting chance. Anyone that makes two former foes come together to take a single force of destruction out has to be considered for a list like this.

6. Kraven The Hunter
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #15 (1964)
Marvel Comics

What we have here is a man that loves the thrill of the hunt (maybe a little too much…). Kraven: The Last Hunt showcases him at his most unrelenting and sadistic self. After years of failing to take down Spider-Man, Kraven finally claimed his prey by burying the hero alive and donning his suit during his short stint as the web-swinging hero himself. Kraven the Hunter is one of those Spider-Man villains that legit scares us ’cause he could totally be a real person if that person was a hunter that’s way too dedicated to their craft/hobby.

7. Mysterio
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #13 (1964)
Marvel Comics

Thank god for Spidey’s “Spider-Sense” and strong ability to discern the real from the fake. If he didn’t have those two superhuman skills in his repertoire, Mysterio would have found a way to put him down for good. This villain’s past life as a Hollywood stuntman and his affinity for using special effects to make Spider-Man second guess what he’s seeing are his two most noteworthy traits. Say what you want bout the dude wearing a fishbowl over his head – Mysterio will make you stop giggling as soon as his next bit of trickery comes to life in front of your very eyes.

8. Vulture
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #2 (1963)
Marvel Comics

Spidey fans have long realized how different members of the vast animal kingdom led to the inspiration of the hero’s wealth of bad guys. Another clear example of that ongoing trend is one of the biggest OGs in Spider-Man supervillain history, Vulture. The alter-ego of Adrian Toomes takes to the skies on regular occasions with reckless abandon and fights tooth and nail with Spider-Man whenever the chance arises. Those sharp claws and those extended wings of his make Vulture an airborne threat that scares the hell out of us.

9. Shocker
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #46 (1967)
Marvel Comics

We kind of have a bit of respect for Shocker’s one true love in life – CASH MONEY, BABY! And in order to get as much of it as he can, he dons a powerful battlesuit capable of sending out vicious vibrational shock waves during his duties as a mercenary-for-hire. We gotta be honest – if we had the opportunity to increase our savings account to an astounding level, we’d totally do the same things Shocker has done and are still doing. Taking this guy down in 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man was a lot tougher than we thought, by the way!

10. Scorpion
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #20 (1965)
Marvel Comics

You never have to wonder how a fight between a spider and a scorpion will go since you can open up a random Spidey comic and see how it goes down when this villain pops up. MacDonald Gargan’s high-powered skillset comes from his power suit and the many genetic enhancements applied to his DNA. With those powers in tow, Scorpion has shown up numerous times to give Spider-Man that work. Those deadly tail whips of his and all those superhuman traits that power him combine for an immense threat to Spidey’s well-being.

11. Lizard
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #6 (1963)
Marvel Comics

Poor Dr. Connors. The good doctor just wanted to do some research on growing one’s limbs back with the power of certain types of reptiles. By applying that science to himself in an attempt to regrow his right arm, another oversized creature was born which resulted in Spider-Man having to contend with a friend-turned-foe. The Lizard is swift, mighty, and damn near unstoppable whenever his levels of rage reach an even higher level. Although the man at the heart of this villain has some good left in him, it’s hard to take note of it whenever the big scaly baddie starts raging.

12. Sandman
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #4 (1963)
Marvel Comics

Flint Marko is a lifetime criminal. And with the ability to turn his body into sand at will and use it to overwhelm everything in his vicinity, Sandman is even more of a tough customer that can slip into a bank and deplete it of all its funds in one fell swoop. Spider-Man has had to employ some unconventional means in order to bring him down and some of them employ the use of water since it’s Sandman’s primary weakness. Catch him far away from a body of water and Sandman proves to be a headache for Spidey, which grants him his rightful spot on this list of the best Spider-Man villains.

13. Rhino
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #41 (1966)
Marvel Comics

Once Rhino gets going and picks up a whole lotta speed, his potential for mass destruction knows no bounds. And even though his brainpower is pretty low, this beefy supervillain is still capable of presenting huge problems for Spidey. A mixture of mutagenic chemicals, radiation treatments, and a protective polymer suit provides Rhino with the unbelievable power and speed he’s regularly equipped with. It’s always a good time whenever Rhino’s brawn comes into contact with Spider-Man’s brain.

14. Chameleon
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (1963)
Marvel Comics

This collection of the best Spider-Man villains wouldn’t be complete without the very first evildoer Marvel’s web-slinger ever came up against. And what a hell of a debut he gave comic book fans way, way, way back in the day. As his name suggests, he’s a master of disguise that can damn near impersonate anyone and everyone. Anyone that has it in him to produce robotic clones of Peter’s deceased parents just to mentally screw with the man has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

15. Morbius, the Living Vampire
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #101 (1971)
Marvel Comics

“IT’S MORBIN TIME!” Sorry, we just had to get that one out. The cinematic take on this character is horrid, but the one that terrorized Spider-Man in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man is the one everyone rocks with the most. With enhanced senses, advanced regenerative abilities, and extra sharp talons, Morbius presents one of Spidey’s most vicious foes. These days, he’s taken on the role of a fan-favorite antihero. But during his days as a sinister bad guy, Morbius engaged in some of the most violent encounters with Spidey and engaged in some truly disgusting behavior.

16. Electro
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #9 (1964)
Marvel Comics

We’d be super stressed if were Spidey and had the knowledge that there are multiple versions of this electrified menace wreaking havoc across the Marvel Universe. And that’s because of Electro’s “eccentric” personality traits and “shocking” toolset, which causes Spider-Man to fight for his life every time they cross paths. Electro is a madman that’s always up for electrifying everything and everyone unlucky enough to cross paths with him. This dude is another OG member of Spidey’s starting cast of iconic supervillains.

17. Hobgoblin
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #238 (1983)
Marvel Comics

Like the Shocker, the Hobgoblin has multiple aliases that are all severe hazards in the face of Spider-Man. Roderick Kingsley, Ned Leeds, Phil Urich, and more have all donned the horrifying suit, took to the air atop the signature glider, and forced the good people of NYC to run in the opposite direction whenever he lets those explosive Jack O’Lanterns bombs start flying. The Green Goblin freaks us out, for sure. But the Hobgoblin instills an extra bit of fear into us whenever we see him chasing down Spidey on those comic book panels.

18. Black Cat
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #194 (1979)
Marvel Comics

We’ve witnessed this woman emerge as another one of Spidey’s gorgeous heartthrobs – it’s always wild how she has Peter so flustered behind his mask whenever they link up on a rooftop. But we have to acknowledge the real reason for Black Cat making this list of the best Spider-Man villains – she’s a master cat burglar that initially forced her future lover to put a stop to her criminal deeds. She didn’t make it easy for him, though – Black Cat’s expert use of numerous styles of martial arts and acrobatics guaranteed that Spidey would have his work cut out for him.

19. Mister Negative
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #546 (2008)
Marvel Comics

Mister Negative sticks out to us as one of the coolest-looking villains Spider-Man has even come up against. The guy’s former life spent as a Chinese gangster that indulged in human trafficking is bad enough. But it’s his action under his supervillain moniker that makes him stand out even more as a POS. Mister Negative has attempted to create a bioweapon with a sample of Spidey’s blood to wipe out rival gang members, for God’s sake! His powers, which include healing, mind-control, and charging regular weapons with his energy are pretty damn fearsome when in action.

20. Tombstone
First Appearance: Web of Spider-Man #36 (1988)
Marvel Comics

The tumultuous world of Spider-Man sure is filled with a slew of crime bosses, isn’t it? Another one that’s worth showcasing here is the super-intimidating Tombstone, whose physical prowess is nothing to play with. His abnormally huge body stature can damn near withstand the most severe natural elements, plus his filed-down sharp teeth add to the terrifying design of this oversized baddie. When it comes to superhuman bad guys for Spidey, Tombstone is one of the best.

21. Morlun
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #30 (June 2001)
Marvel Comics

The Spider-Men (and women) that exist across the vast reaches of the Marvel multiverse all fear this individual. Morlun hops across that infinite place of existence with the sole goal of draining the life force of various versions of the web crawler, which increases his power tenfold and puts him on an equal level of power, agility, and stamina with his mortal foe. Spidey managed to take Morlun out at one point, but it led to him losing his life in the process. This ancient multiverse-hopping villain is terror personified and someone that has existed for ages, which explains why he’s accrued such power.

22. J. Jonah Jameson
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963)
Marvel Comics

What a hater! J. Jonah Jameson not only makes life hard for Peter by underpaying him for his photojournalism work, but he also puts salacious and unfounded stories out about Spider-Man out of pure spite. He may not present a physical threat to Spidey, but Jonah should still be considered one of the best Spider-Man villains due to his unhealthy infatuation with throwing dirt on NYC’s web-slinging savior. We love the guy’s signature toothbrush mustache, though!

Popular Culture

Who is the Best Batman? Ranking The 10 Best “Dark Knights”

Artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finge joined forces and ended up creating one of the greatest superheroes of all time with Batman. And on the fateful day of March 30, 1939, comic book readers everywhere were introduced to Gotham City’s savior in Detective Comics #27. Detective Comics’ “Dark Knight” has made his way from the comic book panes he debuted in to TV shows, blockbuster films, video games, and all sorts of other forms of media that fans have flocked to in droves. With so many different live-action and animated interpretations of Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego, an important question springs to mind – who is the best Batman? We’ve watched countless Batman movies, binge-watched his 90s cartoon series, revisited the Batman: Arkham games, and even embraced our inner child by watching DC League of Super-Pets to arrive at a definitive answer to that inquiry. So with all that being said, check out our ranking of the best Batmans that have been played by various actors over the years.

RELATED: The 16 Best Batman Games of All Time

10. Keanu Reeves
Played Batman in: ‘DC League of Super-Pets’
Warner Bros. Pictures

As we mentioned before, we took the plunge and sat down with DC League of Super Pets. And for the most part, it’s a solid piece of kid-friendly cinema. In one of the more unexpected voice actor roles we’ve ever heard, this movie placed the great Keanu Reeves as the “Dark Knight” himself. His performance here is passable at best – a few “ha ha, hee hee” moments break out here and there every time he mentions his deceased parents (as morbid as that sounds…) and how he’s clearly not Bruce Wayne under the cowl. Overall, Keanu’s Batman is nothing more than a footnote in the history of onscreen interpretations of DC’s iconic hero and will probably serve as a tricky trivia question in the next 10 years or so.

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Keanu Reeves’ Featured Scenes as Batman

9. George Clooney
Played Batman in: ‘Batman & Robin’
Warner Bros.

Being known as the lead star that’s featured in the dirt worst Batman movie ever made hangs heavy over the head of Geroge Clooney. Batman & Robin is incredibly hokey, overly colorful, and packed with cringe-worthy lines (“What killed the dinosaurs? The ice age!”). But for some, it’s so bad it’s good. Clooney did his absolute best to present a convincing Bruce Wayne/Batman, but the material given to him hampered his valiant efforts. That whole bit with the GothCard credit card that’s topped off with a *cha-ching* soundbite is a scene that lives in infamy when it comes to Clooney’s days as the “Dark Knight.” We love you, Clooney. But yeah…this wasn’t it.

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George Clooney’s Featured Scenes as Batman

8. Val Kilmer
Played Batman in: ‘Batman Forever’
Warner Bros.

Val Kilmer is one of the absolute GOATs – Wonderland, Tombstone, and The Doors are some of our favorites from his illustrious career. Do you know what’s not one of his finest works? Batman Forever. Now we will forever celebrate Jim Carrey’s over-the-top role as The Riddler, the amazing soundtrack (“Kiss from a Rose” by Seal and “The Riddler” by Method Man are all-time bops!), and those awesome glass mugs that McDonald’s sold at the time of the film’s release. But Kilmer just feels out of his element as Batman here and doesn’t mesh all that well with a film that reverts back to the look/feel of the 1960s comic book/TV show. With better material, Kilmer could have done some of his best work within the “Batsuit.” Sadly, that’s not the outcome we got here.

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Val Kilmer’s Featured Scenes as Batman

7. Will Arnett
Played Batman in: ‘The Lego Movie, ‘The Lego Batman Movie,’ and ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’
Warner Bros. Pictures

Will Arnett takes Batman in the direction of the ultimate dude-bro that loves his life as a wealthy playboy/superhero that has it all. We found ourselves laughing way more than we thought we would every time this LEGO-ized version of Batman spits out a one-liner about his awesomeness. The LEGO films this version of Batman is featured in are that much better thanks to his inclusion. Now we all know Arnett’s role here is nothing more than a hilarious parody of Batman that has some of the worst traits from the Batman that’s in All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder and the overly gruff voice of Christian Bale. Even still, Arnett’s “what if Batman was a frat bro that never grew up?” version of the character has its moments.

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Will Arnett’s Featured Scenes as Batman

6. Adam West
Played Batman in: ‘Batman’ (1960s TV Series)
Greenway Productions / 20th Century-Fox Television

Now Adam West’s placement here might seem like blasphemy to you. But when you consider the more serious and darker takes on Batman that have stood the test of time, West’s goofy days spent as “The Caped Crusader” are such a trip to watch unfold nowadays. He’s still the OG that put the show on the map for three seasons from 1966-1968 thanks to him embracing the silliness of it all. The dialogue-box-filled fights (BAM! POW!) and infamous “Shark Repellent” scene are obsolete parts of the modern-day Batman mythos, but they fit like a glove during the 60s brand of humor and action. West’s role as Batman is iconic and it’s hard not to have one’s head filled with images of him doing the “Batusi” go-go dance every time we hear West’s voice acting role on Family Guy.

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Adam West’s Featured Scenes as Batman

5. Ben Affleck
Played Batman in: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ ‘Justice Leage’ (2016 Movie), and ‘The Flash’ (2023 Movie)
Warner Bros. Pictures

“Batfleck” deserved so much better. Ben Affleck always gets into his acting bag for his most celebrated serious roles. And he damn sure showed out as the sinister, brooding, and battle-hardened version of Bruce Wayne/Batman that evokes memories of The Dark Knight Returns comic book. Say what you want about how disappointing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the original Justice League movie are – Affleck stood out in both films as a super intimidating, bulked-up defender of Gotham City that tapped into Batman’s highest levels of brutality. Batfleck stars in some lackluster DCU films, which sullies his image a bit. The way he talks down to Henry Cavill’s Superman (“tell me…do you bleed?”) and delivers the greatest Batman action sequence of all time in that warehouse still affords Affleck a nice spot on this list.

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Ben Affleck’s Featured Scenes as Batman

4. Robert Pattinson
Played Batman in: ‘The Batman’ (2022 Movie)
Warner Bros. Pictures

“Hold up…THE TWILIGHT GUY IS PLAYING BATMAN?” Yeah, we’re pretty guilty of blurting that out as soon as Sir Robert Pattinson got announced as the latest actor to don the cape and cowl. 2022’s The Batman convinced us all that we’re in for a hell of an entertaining ride with Pattinson in the driver’s seat. Pattinson excels as a Batman who’s in the early years of his days as Gotham’s masked vigilante. He’s full of angst (maybe a bit too much, to be honest…) but brings Batman’s penchant for being the “World’s Greatest Detective” to the big screen in the most impressive fashion possible. Watching Pattinson brutalize face-painted thugs, violently interrogate The Penguin, and save the people of Gotham from a vicious flood showcases his surprising greatness onscreen.

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Robert Pattinson’s Featured Scenes as Batman

3. Christian Bale
Played Batman in: ‘Batman Begins,’ ‘The Dark Knight,’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’
Warner Bros. Pictures

His Batman voice is the stuff of legend for all the right and wrong reasons. What’s so undeniable about Christian Bale’s role as DC’s night savior is the immense confidence he exuded across three quality Batman films. Bale’s unflinching playboy mannerisms are incredible – we always love watching him mingle with gorgeous women, ball out on private yachts, and check out the latest toys granted to him by Lucius Fox. And during Bale’s time spent in the “Batsuit,” he also did a spectacular job at tapping into his characteristics as a calculated brawler and relentless pursuer. Bale’s overly gruff Batman voice is less intimidating and more hilarious than anything else. But we still can overlook that one knock on his Batman thanks to the spectacular interactions he had with Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight.

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Christian Bale’s Featured Scenes as Batman

2. Michael Keaton
Played Batman in: ‘Batman’ (1989 Movie), ‘Batman Returns,’ and ‘The Flash’ (2023 Movie)
Warner Bros.

Michael Keaton is Hollywood royalty that’s great when it comes time to step into a comic book movie. We love him as the evil Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming and loved his comeback in the highly emotional Birdman. And we’ll always hold Keaton’s role as Batman in the 1989 film and 1992’s Batman Returns in high regard. As Bruce, Keaton comes off as an immensely curious and mysterious individual. But once he slips into his heroic moniker, Keaton plays Batman to perfection – you end up fearing for the lives of his latest victims due to how terrifying and unyielding he comes off as. There’s a good reason why Keaton has been placed back into the suit to reprise his role in 2023’s The Flash movie – so many fans are nostalgic about his onscreen mastery of such an important superhero role due to his outstanding performance across two films.

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Michael Keaton’s Featured Scenes as Batman

1. Kevin Conroy
Played Batman in: ‘Batman: The Animated Series,’ ‘Batman: Arkham’ Video Game Trilogy, and More
Warner Bros. Animation

RIP to the greatest man to ever attach his voice to Gotham’s iconic defender. Kevin Conroy will forever be associated with Batman thanks to the highly fitting voice he produced for the character in the excellent 90s animated series. Conroy’s work as Batman is so goated that it’s been applied to the incredible Batman: Arkham video game trilogy, tons of other DC games (his voice makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside in the Injustice fighting games!), and a bevy of other DC-based animated series. It hurts that he’s gone because we just can’t imagine another Batman cartoon coming out and not having Conroy’s booming voice coming out of our speakers. “I am vengeance, I am the night, I am Batman!” Well said. Mr. Conroy. Well said.

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Kevin Conroy’s Featured Scenes as Batman

Popular Culture

The 33 Best Fighting Movies of All Time

An unrivaled adrenaline rush is derived from watching a hyperactive, action-packed sequence take place on the big screen. And there’s a particular brand of high-octane brutality that comes from watching movies full of brutal hand-to-hand combat mixed in with sick kicks and the clashing of steel on steel. The best fighting movies encapsulate the type of action that makes you shadowbox and walk with a new sense of intensity after you watch one of them in the theatre. Allow us to recommend you all 33 highly entertaining films that put the most famous and inspiring action movie stars on display. We’re going to cover a wide gamut of the best fighting movies here, folks – we’re talking martial arts flicks, boxing films, a cinematic sci-fi pioneer, and more. So without further ado, let’s get into some big-screen action!

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Best Fighting Movies
Miramax Films

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1. ‘Enter the Dragon’

We’d have to be sentenced to solitary confinement if we made a list of the best fighting movies and did not mention the legend that is Bruce Lee. The iconic founder of Jeet Kune Do made waves as a cinematic GOAT as he starred in a wealth of films that defined the martial-arts movie genre. One of his best posthumous onscreen performances is Enter the Dragon, which is an amazing film where Lee brawls with the best during a sinister karate tournament. Lee’s underground prison infiltration scene sees him put in work on a bunch of hapless victims and deliver one of the best action sequences of all time.

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2. ‘Bloodsport’

Jean-Claude Van Damme was in his bag as the U.S. soldier who battles his way through the toughest foes imaginable during a high-stakes martial arts competition. Bloodsport is MMA before it even had a name – Damme and his fellow Kumite competitors use a variety of martial arts disciplines, which comes through in the form of exciting matchups that make this film such a fun watch. The final battle that takes place here between Damme and Bolo Yeung will always be a highlight-worthy encounter.

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3. ‘Rocky’

Chances are you, your fam, your friends, and anyone that’s a Philly native have seen this movie hundreds of times already. Even still, it bears mentioning how much of a triumph this Sylvester Stallone-fronted film is and always will be. The very first Rocky is all about coming from underneath, never giving up, and shocking the world with one’s undying passion & tenacity. You can’t help but root for Stallone here as he does everything in his power to overcome his rival in Appolo Creed. That Rocky theme song will always get us ready to run in the cold, boy!

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4. ‘Raging Bull’

This biographical film follows the boxing exploits of Jake LaMotta, which were amazingly detailed in the 1970 memoir Raging Bull: My Story. And in cinematic form, Robert De Niro embodies the indomitable spirit of the real-life pugilist during his in-ring clashes with the likes of Jimmy Reeves and the great Sugar Ray Robinson. De Niro’s acting here is top notch and his in-ring acumen comes through wonderfully during his epic defeat of Sugar Ray.

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5. ‘Gladiator’

“ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?” How can you not get goosebumps every time you hear that epic proclamation? If you don’t know where it comes from, just know it’s delivered by Russell Crowe’s Maximus, who fights for dear life throughout the entirety of Gladiator. You’ll get the ultimate adrenaline rush as you watch Maximus fight alongside his fellow warriors in the ultimate coliseum clash and watch as he clashes with an undefeated champion while tigers rampage close by.

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6. ‘The Way Of The Dragon’

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris goes down in The Way of the Dragon – that’s all the reason you need to watch this film from start to finish. Some of the other reasons you need to add this to your best fighting movies watchlist include Lee’s 2v1 battle and all the nasty work he put in with nunchaku in hand. Lee’s masterful fight choreography is all here and accounted for, folks.

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7. ‘House of Flying Daggers’

House of Flying Daggers is one of those beautifully shot action films that make you pause and appreciate the cinematic excellence taking place in front of you. Once the fighting begins, you’ll quickly realize why this film is still talked about with great passion and respect. The Robin Hood vibes are strong here, so you’ll definitely cheer on the main protagonists of this movie. The bamboo forest fight scene is simply awe-inspiring.

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8. ‘Police Story’

There’s a long line of Hollywood stars that are considered Kung Fu film royalty. We’ve already spoken about Bruce Lee and now it’s about time we dedicate a few spots on this list to the incredible Jackie Chan. Chan’s claim to fame is his outlandish stunts, which he’s known for performing in real without a stunt double to rely on. Police Story showcases those insane skills of his in a bus chase sequence that makes you understand just how awesome Chan has been and always will be. And the fight in the mall is just…*chef’s kiss*

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9. ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’

Everyone and their grandmother had to have seen this movie in theaters when it dropped in the year 2000. If you still haven’t watched it yet, you owe it to yourself to see what all the hype is about. Luminaries of the big-screen martial arts genre such as Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-fat, and Zhang Ziyi come to blows in this movie that’s all about vicious swordplay and other weapons being implemented into some wild displays of fighting action. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is simply goated.

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10. ‘Fight Club’

Fight Club is as gritty and gruesome as it gets. Edward Norton, Bradd Pitt, and Jared Leto are just a few of the big names that pop up in this film that’s all about an underground combat club that provides some sort of excitement in the lives of men living boring lives. The epic twist that goes down at the end of this film is pretty mindblowing – thankfully, the basement brawls that take place before that huge revelation are worth sitting through.

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11. ‘Nobody’

Fathers across the world totally vibed with this film. Bob Odenkirk plays the non-assuming, everyday guy known as Hutch Mansell, who reverts back to a more violent part of his life to take revenge on the individuals that robbed him and his family. Nobody shows how a mild-mannered man can lose his composure and turn into a killing machine when someone wrongs his loved ones. The bus fight scene and Mansell’s final crusade against the mob stand out as the most memorable scenes in this explosive piece of action cinema.

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12. ‘Once Upon a Time in China’

There’s Bruce Lee. There’s Jackie Chan. And then…there’s Jet Li. His martial arts movie run goes hand in hand with some of the most legit picks for the best fighting movies. One of the greatest Li movie performances we have to highlight here is his starring role in the first installment of this amazing series. Once Upon a Time in China shines the spotlight on a Chinese folk hero that rises up to protect his country from foreign invaders and protect Aunt Yee from certain harm. Li’s ass-kicking expertise comes through in full during a sequence where he and his foe battle atop sets of ladders.

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13. ‘The Matrix’

The Wachowskis changed the world of cinema and action movies as a whole when they dropped this mind-bending epic. Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss don their finest leather jackets and all-black drip as they fight against an army of cloned secret agents that seek to destroy them within their true reality. The slow-mo gunfights are equally on par with the martial arts spectacles that erupt at certain parts of this classic film. When Reeve’s Neo battles Mr. Smith in the train station, greatness ensues in The Matrix.

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14. ‘The Legend of Drunken Master’

Yep, it’s time to have a chat about Chan’s legendary status once again! And this time, we feel like it’s the appropriate time to talk about his time spent onscreen whuppin’ ass with his Drunken Boxing. The Legend of Drunken Master sees Chan put his skills to the ultimate test in a bid to keep some evil foreigners from stealing priceless Chinese artifacts. The final fight scene between Chan and fellow martial arts movie great Ken Lo is GOAT-tier fighting movie material.

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15. ‘Million Dollar Baby’

“I don’t train girls,” says Clint Eastwood’s character to Hilary Swank’s character…at first. But once that rule is broken and Morgan Freeman’s character chooses to assist Swank’s character to ascend to boxing preeminence, we truly get to witness a film on par with Rocky. Million Dollar Baby is another one of those films focused on the rough and tumble come-up of a boxer that wants to be more than just a nine-to-fiver. Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgerald’s in-ring clashes will get you out of your seat, we’re sure of it.

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16. ‘Iron Monkey’

Whenever the convo turns to the best fighting movies, we’re quite certain that any film starring Donnie Yen will come up during someone’s passionate speech about his performances. We adore that man, which is why we had to show some love for his Robin Hood-inspired classic Iron Monkey. Yen stars as the beloved hero that fights for the poor and downtrodden against a corrupt government. Do yourself and look up “Iron Monkey Pole Fight” on YouTube to have your mind completely blown!

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17. ‘Kung Fu Hustle’

Kung Fu Hustle is equal parts hilarious and hype when it comes to its display of badass hand-to-hand combat. The film’s simple premise of a housing complex community having to defend themselves against an infamous gang leads to some outlandish interactions and fight scenes that are truly over the top thanks to some wild special effects. Stephen Chow and Yuen Qiu’s characters in this film lead to some gut-bustlingly funny scenes and dope action sequences.

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18. ‘Southpaw’

Alright, let’s get back to these fire boxing movies! Next up is Southpaw, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a former boxing champion that hits rock bottom. In a bid to become great once again and restore his former glory as a competitor and family man, Jake’s character (Billy Hope) trains with Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker). In the process, we witness Hope climbing the championship boxing ladder once again. Hope’s climactic match with Miguel Escobar goes so damn hard, trust us on that one!

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19. ‘Kill Bill: Volume 1’

One of the best fighting movies we’ve ever seen also happens to have one of the best revenge stories we’ve ever become engrossed in. Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume 1 is all about Uma Thurman’s role as “The Bride,” who takes it upon herself to eliminate all the members of her former assassin clan that wronged her on her wedding day. A ton of blood is spilled and limbs are cut clean off during this gory movie full of exciting swordplay from an incredibly fearsome Thurman in all her action-movie glory.

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20. ‘The Karate Kid’ (1984)

“Man who catch fly with chopstick, accomplish anything.” That super inspirational quotable comes from this 80s martial arts movie classic. The Karate Kid will inspire anyone that watches it to rise up against their bullies as it focuses on a young Daniel LaRusso (played by Ralph Macchio) training with a karate master in order to defeat his foes, who just so happen to be trainees of the Cobra Kai Dojo. The final tournament battle between LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence (played by William Zabka) still slaps to this very day!

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21. ‘Fist of Legend’

First off, we gotta give a round of applause to Li’s drip in this movie. The man was suited up to perfection and still beating the absolute breaks off of everyone that tried to best him. Fist of Legend has so much for it – its story sucks you in, Li’s character of Chen Zhen is so easy to root for, and the fight choreography is God-tier. The dojo battles are worth the price of admission, but we really get a kick out of the fight that erupted between Zhen and Fumio Funakoshi (played by the legend known as Yasuaki Kurata). Fist of Legend will forever be held up as one of the best fighting movies.

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22. ‘Fist of Fury’

Lee plays the ultimate pacifist turned enforcer when he’s forced to take out the bloodthirsty drug ring that controls his factory and harms his family. Fist of Fury is definitely what you’d expect if you haven’t seen it but know what the great Lee is all about – highly satisfying fight scenes that still entertain due to the nonstop martial arts expertise Lee shows to the world here. The way Lee bodies an entire dojo full of students is next-level, plus his final battle with Robert Baker always gets a replay out of us.

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23. ‘Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior’

When this movie dropped in 2004, Tony Jaa hit the martial arts cinema scene as its most promising young star. And thanks to all the amazing feats of Muay Thai Jaa pulled off on the big screen, everyone who watched Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior emerged as a smash hit. The simple premise of a sacred statue head getting taken from a village leads to Jaa landing the nastiest strikes we’ve ever seen during his search for that object in the big city. All those underground fight club scenes show just how much of a killer Jaa can be.

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24. ‘The Raid: Redemption’

The Indonesian-born actors Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian are the two sole reasons why you need to seek out this film. The Raid: Redemption should be on everyone’s best fighting movies playlist thanks to the sick fight choreography that puts the martial art of Pencak Silat in the spotlight. After the cover of a SWAT team invading an apartment complex ruled by drug lords is blown, Uwais’ character must rise up to see his team’s missions through. Uwais’ dissection of all the machete thugs he runs into in the hallway is insane!

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25. ‘Rumble in the Bronx’

When this movie dropped in the States, a lot of folks finally started to recognize Jackie Chan as a mainstream star. As the Hong Kong policeman known as Keung, Chan embarks on a crusade against local street gangs that chose to terrorize a local Bronx store that belongs to a young woman. Chan ends up becoming the savior of the people residing in the famed New York borough – the vicious beatdowns Chan hands out during the supermarket sequence will have you in awe! Rumble in the Bronx is a bonafide martial arts movie classic.

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26. ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’

The fate of the multiverse hangs in the balance. And the only person who can bring balance to it all is a random laundromat owner played by the incomparable Michelle Yeoh. Everything Everywhere All at Once is such a trippy ride that features great bouts of action and a whole lot of hilarious moments strewn throughout it. All the different versions of Yeoh’s character are so dope to watch in action – watching the main universe iteration of Yeoh get into a keyboard battle with Andy Le’s character is a prime example of how wild this movie can be.

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27. ‘Ip Man’

Donnie Yen pops back up here in a biopic martial arts movie series that follows the exploits of Bruce Lee’s teacher/mentor, Ip Man. This acclaimed figure is the world-renowned grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun. Yen does a sublime job as the ultimate martial arts mastermind in this film that beats back all challenges with relative ease. The first Ip Man has to be considered one of the best fighting movies of all time simply based on the scene where Ip Man defeats 10 Black Belts like it’s nothing!

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28. ‘Warrior’

Warrior is a movie that’s all about family. Tommy (Tom Hardy) and Brendan (Joel Edgerton) are brothers who end up fighting their way into the same MMA tournament. And as you watch them notch hard-fought victories along the way, you’ll get exhilarated by the inevitable fight between the two siblings. Warrior ends up making this list of the best fighting movies thanks to how real-to-life its MMA fights look. When Tommy takes on Mad Dog in the gym, you’ll see why we hold this movie up as one of the GOATs.

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29. ‘The Fighter’

The Fighter is all about redemption. It stars Mark Wahlberg, who plays a fledgling boxer that just can’t seem to get a win even though he works hard to be the best thanks to his trainer’s (played by Christian Bale) advice. Eventually, Wahlberg’s inspirational boxer makes his way back from all his losses and finds a way to reunite with the family that got him into the sport in the first place. All the well-shot boxing sequences featured in this film are unforgettable alongside the top-notch acting of everyone involved. It’s worth noting that The Fighter follows the real-life exploits of boxer Micky Ward.

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30. ‘Cinderella Man’

And for the final pick on our list of the best fighting movies of all time, we have to mention this biographical film about James J. Braddock. Russell Crowe steps into the role of that sentimental character and shows the trials and tribulations that come with his career. You’ll find yourself absorbed in everything Braddock goes through as he’s forced to confront the spirit-breaking events that come with the Great Depression and his suffering a broken hand. And when it comes time to fight, Crowe looks great in the ring against all of his opponents (especially Corn Griffin!). Cinderella Man is required viewing.

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31. ‘Creed’

The spinoff of the legendary Rocky film franchise ended up being a whole lot better than expected. And that’s due to the quality acting of Michael B. Jordan and the incredible storyline of Rocky Balboa going out of his way to train the son of one of his greatest opponents. The first Creed film is an emotional roller coaster that’ll make you jump out of your seat as if you were actually in the crowd for the epic final fight scene, which brings it to a satisfying conclusion.

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32. ‘Creed II’

Jordan makes his return as Adonis “Donnie” Johnson in Creed II, which follows the boxing prodigy as he steps into the ring with a dangerous new rival. Rocky’s former nemesis Ivan Drago makes his return to the series with his own trainee named Viktor Drago, who definitely gives Donnie a run for his money in one of the most exciting boxing matches ever shot on film. The drama that takes place between Donnie, Rocky, and Drago will entice you while the fight scenes will excite you as you watch punches being landed in the most impactful manner possible.

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33. ‘Creed III’

And now let’s have a chat about the third film in the amazing Creed franchise. Creed III once again follows Donnie as he’s forced to contend with yet another intimidating pugilist. But this fight is a lot more personal since he has to throw hands with a former friend named Damian “Diamond Dame” Anderson (who’s excellently played by Jonathan Majors. The breakdown in both men’s friendship builds up to one of the most exhilarating boxing matches you’ll ever scream your head off for on the big screen.

Popular Culture

The 28 Most Powerful Anime Characters of All Time, Ranked

Being exposed to anime means you’ve also been exposed to some of the most dominant characters in all of media. If you’ve gotten sucked into the many action-focused anime series that populate the genre, then you already have a ton of names on the tip of your tongue for the list focused on the most powerful anime character. There are just so many options to choose from whenever you get the courage to answer this tough question – there are superpowers aliens, master psychokineses users, ninjitsu-powered individuals, overpowered pirates, etc. to choose from. The 28 anime icons we’ve placed onto this list are all viable picks when it’s time to crown one of them as the most unstoppable anime character there ever was and ever will be.

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28. Kenshiro
‘Fist of the North Star’
Toei Animation

“Omae wa mō shinde iru.” That translates to “You are already dead.” And whenever Kenshiro uttered that remarkable phrase, you already knew his latest victim was about to explode into bloody bits. The First of the North Star is defined by the furious fisticuffs and nasty footwork of this post-apocalyptic hero. As the master of the ancient art of assassination called “Hokuto Shinken,” Kenshiro went full Bruce Lee on a multitude of weak and super-strong rivals (Shin, for instance). Kenshiro’s the type of guy that’d hold his own against the other anime martial artists on this list. – Elton Jones

27. Tanjiro Kamado
‘Demon Slayer’
Aniplex of America

Tanjiro Kamado went from a weak and timid forest dweller to one of the most fearsome members of the “Demon Slayer Corps.” The tumultuous event that led to him and his sister embarking on a journey of revenge has turned Kamado into a highly-effective sword wielder. Since picking up his signature weapon, Kamado has showcased some staggering feats of skill – his enemies have been on the receiving end of his decapitating “Water Form” attacks and have paid the ultimate price for it. It’s going to be fun to see where Kamado’s power level goes by the time he reaches the end of his journey. – Elton Jones

26. Eren Jaeger
‘Attack on Titan’
Wit Studio

This is probably a controversial placement for the most powerful character in Attack on Titan. SPOILER: Eren has certainly asserted himself as the strongest of them all, now in possession of the “Attack Titan,” “Founding Titan,” and the “War Hammer Titan.” Nonetheless, I just personally feel that any character from the AoT-verse would have a pretty tough time with any energy/spirit power-possessing character from some of the anime to come on this list. One Piece’s Luffy, for example, doesn’t even crack the top five most powerful characters in One Piece, but it’s my professional opinion that he would whoop Eren. I could be wrong. – Charlie Kolbrener

25. Straw Hat Luffy
‘One Piece’
Toei Animation

Straw Hat Luffy isn’t even one of the top five strongest characters in One Piece. That said, he had to get a spot on this list because of his untapped potential. The show is still going on, so by the end, who knows? If this was a list of the anime characters with the most heart, he’d be right at the top. He’s certainly gotten exceptionally stronger throughout the run of the anime and has taken down some foes much stronger than him on paper. For all that and being the future “King of the Pirates,” he’s gotta be on the list. – Charlie Kolbrener

24. All Might
‘My Hero Academia’

All Might’s glory days may be far behind him, but no one will forget the heroic exploits of the former #1 hero in the world. From his young days right up until his final clash with his greatest rival All for One. As the eighth recipient of the “One For All Quirk,” All Might pulled off some inspiring feats of strength and superheroism that made him appear to be damn near unstoppable. His fists do immeasurable damage via special moves such as the cleverly named “New Hampshire Smash,” “Oklahoma Smash,” and the “United States of Smash.” – Elton Jones

23. Muzan Kibutsuji
‘Demon Slayer’
Aniplex of America

Tanjiro’s whole reason for joining the “Demon Slayer Corps” is that he wants to end this man. It’s certainly not going to be an easy mission to see through to a successful end – Muzan Kibutsuji’s immense blood-focused energy, his status as the “King of the Demons,” and his menacing stature paint him as Demon Slayer’s terrifying final boss. When he managed to disappear into the crowd so quickly after turning an innocent bystander into a demon, it became clear that Kibutsuji is nothing to play with. – Elton Jones

22. Kaido
‘One Piece’
Toei Animation

Beastmaster Kaido has to find his place on this list simply because he’s one of the only ultra-powerful One Piece characters that we’ve actually witnessed. He is an immensely powerful “Haki” user with an incredible “Devil Fruit” power and enormous stature and prowess as one of the “Four Emperors.” Rocks D. Xebec has been becoming a growing part of the lore in recent chapters and episodes, but when it comes to characters we’ve actually seen in combat, Kaido has to be the strongest. Nonetheless, compared to some of the planet-demolishing characters on this list, even the strongest One Piece characters pale in comparison. – Charlie Kolbrener

21. Yusuke Urameshi
‘YuYu Hakusho’

Yusuke Urameshi not only has some of the best drip we’ve seen in an anime, but he also has access to spiritual capabilities that kept him alive during some death-defying scraps. This famed “Spirit Detective” blows the opposition away with his “Spirit Gun,” does even more ranged damage with his “Spirit Shotgun,” and can rip them apart as efficiently as possible via his “Mazoku Form” transformation. By the time YuYu Hakusho finally came to an end, Yusuke emerged as a true force to be reckoned with. – Elton Jones

20. Izuku Midoriya
‘My Hero Academia’

The prospect of just how uber-powerful Izuku Midoriya could be by the end of My Hero Academia is so hype! In his current state, the current wielder of the “One for All Quirk” has grown into a fine young superhero. And thanks to an abundance of school training and life-or-death situations that have pushed him to his limit, young Midoriya has figured out new ways to fully tap into this super moveset. The immense power that he put on display at his 100% form against Kai Chisaki’s full form shows just how badass Midoriya can be. – Elton Jones

19. Shanks
‘One Piece’
Toei Animation

Similar to Gold D. Roger, we have to rely on hearsay a lot when it comes to Shanks. The recent film One Piece: Red provides a little more information about the enigmatic character, but if we’re sticking strictly to the anime, he’s still shrouded in a lot of mystery. We mostly know that he possesses some of the most powerful Haki in One Piece, is one of the “Four Emperors,” and boasts a $4 billion berry bounty. He—like Gold D. Roger—does not possess a “Devil Fruit” ability, making his strength all the more impressive. – Charlie Kolbrener

18. Gon Freecss
‘Hunter x Hunter’

Spoiler warning: Gon is a pretty special case on this list. By the end of the show, he no longer possesses the ability to use “Nen,” making him a pretty weak character. That said, at his peak, when he manages to imbue himself with all of the power he would ever possess in order to defeat Neferpitou, he becomes—for a brief moment—potentially the strongest character in all of Hunter x Hunter. There’s a moment where Pitou seems fearful that he could even defeat Meruem in such a state. For that, he’s got to nab a spot on this list. – Charlie Kolbrener

17. Enki
‘Yu Yu Hakusho’

We honestly don’t know a ton about Enki. That said, Yu Yu Hakusho’s final arc gets rushed and cut pretty short, with Yusuke abruptly waking up to find out that Enki has won the “Demon World Tournament.” And with our knowledge of the other participants in the tourney (most notably, Yomi), it is clear that he is an unimaginable force to be reckoned with. Yomi was able to defeat an Upper S class Yusuke in his Mazukou Form (if you recall, Toguro is deemed B-class at the end of the “Dark Tournament Arc”), meaning that Enki’s power must be truly inconceivable. – Charlie Kolbrener

16. Light Yagami
‘Death Note’

Including Light Yagami on the list is sort of cheating. He, without the “Death Note,” is by no means “powerful.” That said, armed with the show’s eponymous book, he is essentially able to kill or manipulate anyone at his whim. So although he doesn’t possess the power to defeat any of the other members of this list in a true duel, his power is pretty boundless when it comes to the rules set up by the Death Note. – Charlie Kolbrener

15. Gol D. Roger
‘One Piece’
Toei Animation

Because of the expansive nature of the One Piece universe, a lot of the characters that we know to be the most powerful are actually those we’ve seen the least. So we’re left to trust the lore and the descriptions left by the contemporary characters who knew them. When it comes to raw power, Gol D. Roger was certainly an unmatched combatant, but his “power” grows even more in light of the fact that he spurred the “Great Pirate Era.” Thus, he can be credited with catalyzing the power of a myriad of other earth-shattering characters across the “Grand Line.” Although we may have seen some pretty incredibly powerful characters in the show’s 1,000-episode run, Gol D. Roger is probably still the most powerful character, both physically and culturally. – Charlie Kolbrener

14. Chairman Netero
‘Hunter x Hunter’

Until the “Chimera Ant” arc, Chairman Netero was firmly cemented as the strongest character in the Hunter x Hunter universe (excluding anyone on the Dark Continent). His incredible work ethic and training made him the strongest “Nen”-user on the planet, but even his power paled in comparison to Meruem. He boasts the coolest Nen ability of any character in the entire show—and potentially one of the coolest powers in all anime writ large. – Charlie Kolbrener

13. Naruto Uzumaki

As is the case with a lot of Shonen anime, often our beloved protagonist is one of the strongest characters in the lore.” The Hero of the Hidden Leaf’s” ability to create gigantic Chakra creatures often means he can punch a bit above his weight class. So while Kaguya may be the definitive most powerful character in the universe, Naruto’s confidence and techniques (which develop throughout the show) make him a force to be reckoned with. – Charlie Kolbrener

12. Tetsuo Shima
Streamline Pictures

The destructive power that Tetsuo Shima holds within his average frame was put on display in the most fascinating fashion in the genre-defining anime film, Akira. His psychic abilities led to untold levels of carnage that had an entire military, the Espers, and his own friend Shotaro Kaneda trying everything to stop him. When Shima loses full control over his powers at the end of Akira, it’s hard to imagine him losing to some of the other characters on this list. – Elton Jones

11. Kaguya Otsutsuki

Kaguya Otsutsuki is one of those classic Shonen anime characters whose power is fully boundless. It’s the kind of character that Saitama aka “One Punch Man” was created in response to. A member of the all-powerful Ōtsutsuki clan and the first wielder of chakra on earth, it’s sort of just accepted knowledge now that Kaguya is the most powerful character in the “Narutoverse.” – Charlie Kolbrener

10. Yhwach
TV Tokyo / Hulu

Yhwach is another classic “you can’t believe how strong this dude is” type of character. The son of the “Soul King,” Yhwach boasts a pretty wide range of unique abilities, including the ability to impart pieces of his soul to other living beings. I won’t lie, I have yet to finish Bleach. But when I asked my friends who have watched it who the most powerful character was, I received a scoff, and then: “Yhwach.” – Charlie Kolbrener

9. Satoru Gojo
‘Jujutsu Kaisen’

Jujutsu Kaisen is still just getting started, but they’ve managed to do a pretty good job demonstrating just how powerful Gojo is in a short amount of time. We’ve yet to see him face any foe that can even make him sweat, so we barely know the true extent of his power. He’s also one of the sauciest dudes in all of anime, so we might be putting him a little too high on this list for the cool factor alone. – Charlie Kolbrener

8. Meruem
‘Hunter x Hunter’

Meruem is the most powerful character in Hunter x Hunter. And while a lot of HxH characters rank lower on this list because of how seemingly low their power scaling seems compared to Dragon Ball and other worlds, Meruem earns this ranking because of how untapped his power is by the conclusion of the show. By the conclusion of the “Chimera Ant” arc, he isn’t even a few months old yet and has yet to develop a “Nen” ability, but he’s already unthinkably powerful, only able to be defeated by something as seemingly mundane as vicious radiation poisoning. If he had spent years training like Netero, he very well could have become a planet-destroying power fit for the pages of Dragon Ball. – Charlie Kolbrener

7. Beerus
‘Dragon Ball Super’
Bandai Namco Entertainment

Goku couldn’t even defeat this dude by the time Battle of the Gods came to a close. Even with his new Super Saiyan God form pushing him past his limits, Goku still couldn’t definitively finish off the famed “God of Destruction” known as Beerus. This fearsome feline gets a nod on this list of picks for the most powerful anime character since no one can seemingly defeat someone who’s capable of destroying planets in a split second. – Elton Jones

6. Shigeo Kageyama
‘Mob Psycho 100’

Tapping into one’s latent psychokinetic powers is the best method toward becoming one of the scariest beings on Earth. In the case of Shigeo Kageyama, he’s just scratching the surface of his power and is already known for defeating his foes with relative ease. All the proof you need of Shigo’s frightening esper abilities is via his epic battle with Hanazawa Teruki. As Mob Psycho 100 keeps rolling along, we’re all gonna be treated to even more devastating displays of power from this superpowered Esper. – Elton Jones

5. Giorno Giovanna
‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind’
Viz Media

There’s a long line of JoJo descendants that could have made this list. I even considered giving Jotaro Kujo his just due here since he was the one to finally put Dio Brando in the ground. But after seeing the devastation that Giorno Giovanna can dish out via his “Stand,” it’s only right that he gets mentioned along with the other greats on this list. Giorno’s Stand “Gold Experience” and its evolved form “Gold Experience Requiem” are both capable of doing some amazing things.

In its base form, it can literally create and manipulate life. But when you factor in the evolved version’s ability to reset every action done to Giorno and completely nullify any harm that comes his way, the dude is damn near invincible. Catching a never-ending beatdown from a Stand that can trap you in a time loop is pure hell for anyone that makes the grave mistake of running Giorno’s fade. – Elton Jones

4. Whis
‘Dragon Ball Super’
Bandai Namco Entertainment

Anyone that’s formidable enough to train both Goku and Vegeta without catching a landing blow from either Saiyan warrior has to be considered among the candidates for the most powerful anime character. Beerus even gets the fear of god put into him whenever Whis make some sort of idle threat toward him! His unassuming appearance led many to believe Whis was nothing more than a lowly handler for the “God of Destruction.” But once avid Dragon Ball Super viewers saw how easily he knocked Beerus out and how he didn’t even break a sweat during a sparring session with Goku, they were convinced of Whis’ shockingly high power level. – Elton Jones

3. Vegeta
‘Dragon Ball Z’
Bandai Namco Entertainment

It’s hard being a Vegeta fan – for as many triumphs the so-called “Prince of All Saiyans” has experienced, he’s also been dealt some devastating losses. Even still, he’s always managed to keep up with his rival Go…well, Kakaraot. Vegeta’s power is scary as hell in action – he’s consistently upgraded himself to insane levels of Super Saiyandom. He can definitely get the nod as someone who could be labeled as the most powerful anime character due to his amazing abilities (that “Final Flash” of his has always been mean!) and penchant for fighting to his very last breath. – Elton Jones

2. Goku
‘Dragon Ball’
Toei Animation

Goku’s Saiyan strength has ascended to the point where he’s going toe to toe with his universe’s “God of Destruction” and sparring with its “Guide Angel Attendant.” Ever since he made his grand debut in the original Dragon Ball, Goku has mastered Master Roshi’s Turtle School teachings, tapped into the “Kaio-ken” technique, gone crazy as a “Super Saiyan” with multiple forms, and even upgraded to the ultimate level with his “Ultra Instinct” transformation. It’s easy to bring up Goku as the most powerful anime character since he’s defeated so many friends and foes with the strongest abilities possible (that” Dragon Fist” of his is especially deadly!). – Elton Jones

1. Saitama
‘One Punch Man’
Viz Media

Whenever people argue about power scaling and Saitama, they miss the point. The very logic of One Punch Man is simple: he can defeat any enemy in one punch. There is no amount of strength another character could possess to defeat him; there is no list of accolades or enemies befallen that comprise a prerequisite to his defeat. It’s a running gag in the show. They will present an otherworldly being with a resumé that rivals Goku or any other galaxy-crushing level threat. The episode builds up the villain’s immense power with a history of battles, their incredible abilities, and their unquenchable bloodlust. Then, with the strength it takes for an adult to defeat a gnat, Saitama—glistening from his daily 100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 air squats, and a 10-km run—defeats the titan in a single punch.

He is the most powerful anime character of all time simply because that is the very premise of the show. – Charlie Kolbrener

Popular Culture

Come On Grab Your Friends: The 31 Best ‘Adventure Time’ Episodes

Adventure time. Come on grab your friends. We’ll go to very distant lands. You know the rest. From 2010 to 2018, the animated fantasy series Adventure Time graced our television screens and mobile devices, giving us loads of entertainment, laughter, and quality family moments. And while the show might be over in terms of producing new episodes, we’ll always be able to relive the magic through our multiple streaming services. One of the most successful Cartoon Network series in history with some episodes averaging roughly three million viewers, the show continues to have something comparable to a cult following, with new fans coming on board everyday.

During the eight years Adventure Time was nationally syndicated, the series brought forth a total of ten seasons and 283 episodes. Today we’re going to take a look at what we feel is the best out of those 283 episodes. So if you’re willing to stick with us on this journey, scroll down to see our take on the best Adventure Time episodes ever.

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1. Stakes Part 2: Everything Stays (Season 7, Episode 7)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9.3/10

In the episode “Everything Stays,” we are given a look into the life and feelings of Marceline. Not only do we get the beautiful song “Everything Stays” sung to a young Marceline by her mother Elise who makes her first appearance in the show, but we get to learn more about Marceline as a person aside from her vampire slaying ability.

2. Crossover (Season 7, Episode 13)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9.2/10

Season 7 gave us a lot of gems including this “Crossover” episode which is centered around a wish that Finn asked Primo to make, that finds Finn in the multiverse facing an ice wizard version of himself. Now Finn has to stop the alternate dimension of himself along with another villain to prevent the entire multiverse from being destroyed.

3. The Light Cloud (Season 8, Episode 27)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9.5/10

Finn along with Jake, Susan, and BMO are trapped on the island by Finn’s mom who traps them on her computer in the hopes of being able to protect Finn from what she feels is a dangerous future. Finn in turn decides to leave the island with the hopes of getting everybody else to come with him as well, leaving the computer with no other choice but to let him go when he sees all the positive attributes Finn has contributed.

4. Death in Bloom (Season 2, Episode 17)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

Taking it back to season 2, Jake and Finn have to deal with the consequences of accidentally killing Princess Bubblegum’s beloved plant, which requires them to sneak into the Land of the Dead to try to bring it back. Of course because it’s the land of the dead, they end up running into a creepy character named Death, who in they turn challenge to a music battle. It makes no sense but it kinda does. That’s the best way to describe this episode.

5. The Tower (Season 6, Episode 4)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

In “The Tower” Finn decides he’s going to build a tower to space, but this episode is so much more than the actual building of the tower. The process of building the tower is a therapeutic one for Finn that focuses on addressing grief, healing, and trauma. This is one of those animated episodes that you understand a little better as you start to get older because you catch the context clues and subtle references.

6. Ocean of Fear (Season 1, Episode 16)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

Okay a good percentage of us are afraid of the ocean, so Finn wasn’t alone with this one. That said, it’s always nice when you have a best friend that is willing to help you face your fears, which Jake does beautifully. Sure there visions of a post-apocalyptic disaster along the way, which was kind of a DJ scratch, but that doesn’t change the beauty in the message right?

7. Too Young (Season 3, Episode 5)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

There was a lot going on in “Too Young.” Princess Bubblegum has regressed to the age of Finn, which Finn is initially happy about, but then a challenger by the name of Lemongrab arrives to prove that he is the one worthy of the royal throne. We’ll let you see how this one plays out for yourselves.

8. Thank You (Season 3, Episode 18)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9/10

In “Thank You,” Finn and Jake encounter a fire-breathing wolf cub lost in the woods, and become friends with him. The episode explores the similarities and differences between the cub and a snow golem, painting a pretty picture of how opposites attract and work together.

9. Islands Part 5: Hide and Seek (Season 8, Episode 24)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9.2/10

In “Islands Part 5,” Susan Strong begins to have flashbacks to when she was younger, which results in her beginning to learn more about who she actually is. Little was known about Susan and her background before, and the possibility of being human is one that starts to be explored.

10. The Hall of Egress (Season 7, Episode 24)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9.4/10

Finn can’t help but to check out a cave while on an adventure with Jake, which leads him trapped inside a mysterious dungeon unable to find his way out. And because it’s Adventure Time we’re talking about here, Finn finds that he has to solve a series of riddles partially dependent upon his own imagination to get out.

11. Simon and Marcy (Season 5, Episode 14)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9.6/10

Marceline finally comes clean to Finn and Jake about her Ice King past and connection from nearly 1,000 years ago while playing basketball. In short, the two go way back and have a special relationship in which Ice King has protected Marcy, showing that his heart isn’t made purely out of ice after all.

12. Is That You? (Season 6, Episode 19)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9.2/10

Jake and Finn do a funeral ritual after Prismo dies which leads to Jake eating the last pickle that Prismo made for him. After eating the pickle, Jake gets transported to Prismo’s lair where Finn is left with the task of saving his butt…again.

13. Islands Part 7: Helpers (Season 8, Episode 26)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9.3/10

Finn, who has been on the search for his mom, finally finds her but discovers that things aren’t what he thought they would be as she’s trying to help people suffering from a deadly virus on the island. In the meantime, Susan is also dealing with the effects of seeing someone from her past life.

14. Rainy Daydream (Season 1, Episode 23)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

Jake can’t control his imagination while he and Finn are trapped inside a treehouse during a dreadful rainy day, and because he can’t control his imagination, it brings many dangers to the treehouse. The mind really is a powerful thing.

15. Finn the Human (Season 5, Episode 1)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9/10

The ultimate “be careful what you wish for” cautionary tale, Finn wishes that Lich never existed which has awful consequences including Finn being transported into an alternate dimension where he becomes a mere mortal farm boy that is the complete opposite of who he is. Oh, and Finn’s wish has a direct negative impact on everyone he knows. Impulsive acts rarely ever turn out good, which is something we should all keep in mind.

16. Three Buckets (Season 9, Episode 14)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9/10

Fern is what we’ll call the imaginary twin of Finn as he was accidentally created by Finn during an episode in season 8, and kind of looks exactly like him. Anyways, the two decide they are going to embark on a visit to an ancient ruin together, which quickly turns ugly because they start fighting due to Fern’s insecurity of “not being the real Finn.”

17. Stakes Part 8: The Dark Cloud (Season 7, Episode 13)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9.1/10

Vampire King’s Vampuric Essence (sounds toxic doesn’t it) is released into the air, transforming into a nearly unstoppable force. Without Marceline’s assistance, Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum are left to tackle this one by themselves, which they fail at doing. Good thing Marceline got her mojo back and realized who she was because they would have been completely and utterly screwed without her help.

18. Stakes Part 7: Checkmate (Season 7, Episode 12)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9.1/10

In “Checkmate,” Marceline’s archenemy pays her an unwelcome visit, which is just in time with her regaining her powers after defeating the Vampire’s King Court. There’s a lot of depth and realization to this episode as the two essentially have to work together for the greater good despite being enemies.

19. Islands Part 6: Min and Marty (Season 8, Episode 25)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9.5/10

At this point in the series, Finn still knows nothing about his biological parents or origins. Susan comes to the rescue with the answer to all of his questions, which leads Finn down a path of discovery addressed in later episodes.

20. The First Investigation (Season 10, Episode 8)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9/10

Finn and Jake are given the task of investigating reports of ghostly haunting at Joshua and Margaret’s old office which ends with a lot of time travel, and Jake encountering his blue alien parent Warren Ampersand. 

21. I Remember You (Season 4, Episode 25)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9.6/10

“I Remember You” just might be the saddest Adventure Time episode ever as The Ice King asks Marceline to help him write a song to help remember who he was before (Ice King who is also known as Simon is suffering from Alzheimers). Together they are able to recall smaller moments of his past proving that sometimes it’s the small things in life that matter the most.

22. Jake the Brick (Season 6, Episode 20)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 8.8/10

We can all identify with wanting to be something or somebody when we were kids. While it might seem unconventional, Jake has always wanted to be a brick. And because he has always wanted to be a brick he conducts an experiment of being a brick in a brick shack, and leaves his imagination to take over the rest.

23. Card Wars (Season 4, Episode 14)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

Card games have a way of leaving you riled up and bringing out the worst in you (ask anybody who has ever been involved in a heated match of UNO or Spades). In “Card Wars,” Finn decides to join in on Jake’s favorite card game and things get emotional real fast as passion and poor sportsmanship take over real fast.

24. Puhoy (Season 5, Episode 16)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9/10

Ladies and gents, this episode got the Adventure Time squad an Emmy, and it’s easy to see why when you watch it. “Puhoy” focuses on a depressed Finn dealing with his feelings for Flame Princess. Sometimes when things aren’t going your way romantically you’ve got to start fresh, which is exactly what Finn does when he decides to enter a pillow fort and start a new life for himself.

25. Stakes Part 6: Take Her Back (Season 7, Episode 11)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9/10

With Marceline facing death if she doesn’t get The Moon’s healing power in her system soon, Princess Bubblegum is out to search for a cure, while Jake and Finn battle an evil vampire.

26. The Comet (Season 6, Episode 43)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9/10

A visually cool episode set in the midst of space, Finn, Jake, and Orgalorg cross paths with a comet where they encounter an ultimatum of dying in space or starting anew.

27. Betty (Season 5, Episode 48)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9/10

In “Betty,” The Ice King is reverted back to his human self after losing his powers, which causes him to start withering away. Determined to not let this happen, Betty is tasked with defeating Bella Noche in the hopes of being able to restore The Ice King aka Simon’s powers.

28. Stakes Part 3: Vamps About (Season 7, Episode 8)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9/10

Diving more into Marceline’s backstory, five foes from her past come back to cause trouble for the land of Ooo. We also learn more about Marceline’s transformation from a vampire-slayer into a vampire herself.

29. Bonnibel Bubblegum (Season 10, Episode 4)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9/10

Princess Bubblegum is left with no other choice but to go back to the creation of the Candy Kingdom after a precious artifact is lost, which sees her creating her own family who predictably turns against her, because isn’t that what always happens?

30. Stakes Part 1: Marceline the Vampire Queen (Season 7, Episode 6)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9/10

Where the “Stakes” storyline all starts off. In Part 1, Marceline asks Princess Bubblegum for a favor as she wants to come to terms with being a vampire before she dies. 

31. Distant Lands: Together Again (Season 1, Episode 3)
Cartoon Network
  • IMDB Rating: 9.6/10

In “Distant Lands: Together Again,” Jake and Finn go on perhaps their most important journey together which is dying and coming back to life, and strengthening their brotherly bond.  

So, we’re all rewatching Adventure Time again as a family right? Cool! Make sure to keep up with us for entertainment content and updates.


35 Best Multiplayer PS4 Games to Play with Friends

One of the best ways to enjoy video games is with a friend. Whether that entails joining them in an effort to complete a co-op campaign or handing them a few devastating losses in a competitive multiplayer environment, playing a game with your closest chums is always a good time. And one of the best ways to engage in that activity is through the enjoyment of the best multiplayer PS4 games.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 console has been around for a long time now and has amassed an impressive slate of must-play titles. And several of the best ones just so happen to be the types of games that allow for two players or more to enjoy some fun times together. There’s a wealth of genres to find a great multiplayer experience within—fighters, racers, sports games, third- and first-person shooters, puzzlers, etc. Digging into the PS4’s massive library of games and making an effort to find the best ones with multiplayer features can be a long, arduous task. But it doesn’t have to be if you want our expert gaming assistance.

Since we’re always here to help (you’re welcome for putting you onto a bunch of games that are like Overwatch, by the way), we’ve decided to lend PS4 owners a hand in finding 35 of the top multiplayer games that need to be on their playlists. Prepare to laugh, shed a few tears, and scream uncontrollably as you play each and every one of these awesome PS4 multiplayer experiences.

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1. ‘Overcooked! 2’

A game that’s all about preparing and cooking food is more fun than you’d think. Overcooked! 2 presents this seemingly regular activity and turns it on its head with some whacky elements. Up to four players have to work together and produce a number of delicious meals while trying to brave the elements across a variety of stages. One minute, you’ll be asked to cook up baked goods in a frosty environment; the next minute, you’ll find yourself and your fellow cooks crafting all sorts of hot delicacies while riding atop neighboring boats. Overcooked! 2 is a fun online four-player game, but it’s even better when experienced in a local co-op setting. 

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2. ‘A Way Out’

Leo and Vincent are two convicted prison mates who want to retrieve their freedom. Both men have legit reasons as to why they want to get out of their current predicament. A Way Out lets you and another player take on the roles of both characters as they go on a dangerous trek on the road to redemption. The story told within this third-person adventure is enthralling, which is the main reason why you’ll want to see it through till the very end. A Way Out is jam-packed with all sorts of minigames that present fun co-op/competitive situations that are all worth delving into.

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3. ‘Rocket League’

The combination of soccer and rocket-powered cars has morphed into one of the hottest multiplayer games in recent memory. In Rocket League, each player hops into their favorite ride for some exciting matches in massive arenas. The moment-to-moment gameplay makes for some nail-biting player exchanges and successful plays. Cars flip all over the place, boost up to ridiculous speeds and crash into a massive ball in an effort to nab that important extra point during a heated game. Rocket League lets you link up with a team of fellow speed freaks against the AI and enjoy even more hype-inducing online matches against human players.

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4. ‘Castle Crashers Remastered’

Anyone old enough to remember the golden age of Xbox Live Arcade definitely has some love in their heart for this beat ‘em up. The Behemoth’s signature animation style was popularized once Castle Crashers landed on the Xbox 360 in 2008. The remastered rendition of this four-player medieval masher arrived on PS4 in 2019, and it’s still as addictive as it was during its last-gen run. Each color-coded knight has access to their own weapon of choice, magic spells, and an oh-so-cute pet to take with them into battle. Get the crew together so you can all run roughshod over the evil wizard’s army.

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5. ‘Fortnite’

Epic’s world-renowned battle royale extravaganza seems like it’ll never die. And that’s the perfect reason to hop online and fight for survival with your band of animated scavengers. The main pull of Fortnite is its marquee battle royale mode, which lets you squad up with your people across different gaming platforms. Battle Royale isn’t the only reason to give this third-person shooter a spin, though–you can also hop into the game’s horde mode known as “Save the World.” You can spend hours just mastering your building skills and attempting to become the last man standing or keeping those zombie “husks” from taking down your beloved fort.

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6. ‘Tekken 7’

Now what we have here is one of the best fighting games ever made. Tekken as a franchise has been going strong since 1994 and has consistently evolved into a complex yet still approachable 3D fighter. The release of Tekken 7 brought with it a bunch of evolutionary mechanics that made it as much fun to play, as it is to watch in action. There are super hype slow-motion camera shots that activate during big moves, flashy super moves to dish out, and a fast-paced combat system that will keep you for months/years to come. Tekken 7 features a massive roster full of fan favorites, series newbies, and several surprising guest characters to play around with. So there are plenty of character choices to go around when you’re ready to play an intense set of matches with your local/online rivals. Akuma from Street Fighter vs. Negan from The Walking Dead is entirely possible thanks to Tekken 7.

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7. ‘Soulcalibur VI’

It took far too long to get another entry in the Soulcalibur series after the disappointment that was Soulcalibur V. Once 2018 rolled around, Bandai Namco Entertainment revived the weapons fighter and sent fans into a frenzy. Soulcalibur VI brings the band of historical weapons masters back together again, plus the newbies lend themselves well to the long-running franchise’s legacy. The combat is as fast and fluid as ever, plus the added Reversal Edge mechanic provides a fun rock-paper-scissors maneuver that can change the tide of every battle. Soulcalibur VI has the power to make you utter the phrase “just one more” after every battle and force you to sharpen your skills before you hop online to take on the world.

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8. ‘Borderlands 3’

It’s time to go vault-hunting and planet-hopping in Borderlands 3. And for anyone who’s been attached to the series since its inception, you already know what you’re getting into with this sequel. Varied character classes, beautiful cel-shaded visuals, a wealth of main/side missions, and an overwhelming amount of guns to arm your Vault Hunter with. From a local standpoint, two players can go running and gunning together. But if you’d rather hop online and go all guns blazing, you can link up with three other players and rack up some incredible loot during your travels. The world of Pandora is home to all sorts of locales and hazardous situations. You can brave all of those dangers alongside your most trusted Vault Hunters and finally put an end to the Calypso Twins’ reign of terror. Borderlands 3’s running, gunning, and looting action make up the perfect example of the best multiplayer PS4 games.

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9. ‘Warframe’

Everyone has that one gamer friend that always sends them random invites to a game they don’t even own, right? Have you ever been knee-deep in a whole other game and spotted an invitation from your friend who’s addicted to Warframe, for instance? We have. And it was definitely annoying at first…until we finally took the plunge on Digital Extremes’ incredible third-person shooter/action RPG. Warframe is all about countless space ninjas traveling around the galaxy and eliminating anyone unlucky enough to test their mettle. Four players can group up with their leveled-up melee/ranged weapons wielders and save the day. Or you can enter the PvP Conclave and go to war with everyone else’s Tenno warriors.

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10. ‘Destiny 2’

Once Bungie’s online multiplayer first-person shooter gets its claws in you, it won’t let go. It’s actually a nice problem to have if you ask us. Destiny 2’s strong gunplay, ever-expanding sci-fi universe, and rewarding sense of exploration are just some of the best elements that make it such a pleasant experience. Tackling the game’s array of story campaign missions is accomplished by hooking up with two other Guardians. That number increases to five when you get the strength to run into tough Raids with your friends. As for the PvP portion of Destiny 2, it’s just as addictive as the co-op adventures you’ll find your Guardian in. The added campaign missions and a healthy dose of events keep the community more than satisfied. This means you and your Guardians will always be willing to take on new challenges on a daily basis.

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11. ‘Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2’

There’s going to come a moment when the younger gamer in your household may want to go gallivanting with you in a digital world. And if you’re a respectful gamer, you won’t leave them out in the cold with a controller that’s not even working and make them think that they’re really playing with you. One of the safest multiplayer games you and a child can enjoy together is the Lego line of action/adventure games. If that kid happens to be addicted to the MCU, then this choice should please them. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 lets you and a local partner hop and bop around iconic Marvel destinations as some of your favorite superheroes. Kang the Conqueror must be stopped and the best way to do that is with your little brother/sister by your side. As far as the best multiplayer PS4 games, this one’s great for older gamers that want to enjoy something appropriate enough for their children.

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12. ‘Lego DC Super Villains’

Now if you and that kid are more inclined to go exploring the DC Universe, then this other local co-op option is a better option. Lego DC Super-Villains features the same slapstick humor, helpful offering of playable characters, and fun puzzle-solving mechanics the Lego games are known for. And the best part about this entry is that you can do all of those activities while running around with members of DC’s infamous rogue gallery. But the cool twist comes in the form of a villain creation system that feeds into the young creative minds of your little gamer buddy. The expansive world of Lego DC Super-Villains allows for plenty of anarchy and laughs, which makes it a worthy option on our list.

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13. ‘Monster Hunter: World’

Capcom’s monster-bashing series has had a high barrier of entry since its inception. Monster Hunter: World does a fantastic job of streamlining the franchise’s more difficult mechanics and makes it far more approachable than ever before. When the time comes for you to take down an enormous beast, you can choose to go it alone or align yourself with three other powerful hunters to do the job. Let that SOS Flare fly and you’ll be ready for anything once your four-man army goes to work. Slaying massive Elder Dragons with a squad, then heading back to base camp to build new gear from your last successful hunt is always better with a friend. The huge array of content in Monster Hunter: World makes it one of the best multiplayer PS4 games that seemingly never run out of things for players to do.

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14. ‘Overwatch 2’

Blizzard’s 6v6 online multiplayer shooter has maintained its pull of players ever since it launched in 2016. And ever since then, Overwatch has constantly been updated with new heroes, maps, and character skins. Along with those awesome updates, the game’s meta has changed significantly and given the community new methods of attaining victory. Now that the game has moved into its 2.0 phase, Overwatch 2 has changed to a 5v5 player format and incorporated a new mode called “Push” that plays like an epic version of tug of war. PvE modes are also on the way, so you can enjoy some co-op action alongside the game’s traditional competitive action soon enough.

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15. ‘Apex Legends’

Survival is the name of the game in Apex Legends. Like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, Respawn Entertainment’s FPS is purely a battle royale experience. You and two other players must choose their respective class-based characters and then rocket down onto a map filled with plenty of other competing three-person squads. Scavenging for weapons and other essential items is key as you work together with your online friends and try to claim the top spot during heated matches. The gunplay feels amazing (which comes as no surprise since it comes from the studio behind the Titanfall games) and the seasonal updates/balance adjustments keep Apex Legends alive and well.

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16. ‘Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate’

FINISH HIM! FINISH HER! Those extremely loud phrases always signal the arrival of a painful Fatality within the Mortal Kombat games. NetherRealm Studios went above and beyond on the gruesome scale with the 11th official entry in their long-running fighting game series. Mortal Kombat 11 brings back a ton of beloved roster members, throws in a few awesome newcomers, and also includes a fun collection of surprising guest characters. Hopping online to show off your custom variations of each character is just part of the fun. You can link up with other players to take on special tower challenges, get into some hard-fought King of the Hill battles and even compete in some private matches with your most competitive rivals. This definitive edition of the game comes with every bit of DLC, which is why you’ll want to add it to your collection.

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17. ‘Everybody’s Golf’

Don’t sleep on golf games, people. The simulation-based golf games may be a bore, but there are a few arcade golfing titles that are more fun than you’d initially think. One of those games is the PS4 exclusive, Everybody’s Golf. This selection should be familiar to fans of the Hot Shots Golf series since it’s inexplicably tied to those games. You can put your golfing superiority on display in local/online multiplayer matches and enjoy the game’s standout Turf War mode with a few friends. Driving golf carts around each course, picking your spot, and trying to get a hole-in-one can be replicated in a local/online setting with this addictive digital golfer. Everybody’s Golf is a pretty fun and lighter take on golfing that endears itself to gamers of all ages that want to play one of the best multiplayer PS4 games centered on sports.

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18. ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’

Arc System Works knows a thing or two about crafting amazing anime fighters. When Bandai Namco Entertainment approached the studio in hopes of them making one for Dragon Ball, they made sure to rise to the occasion. One of the most visually explosive fighters on the market today is none other than the 3v3 hype fest known as Dragon Ball FighterZ. Super Saiyans, androids, human martial artists, a God of Destruction, and several other Dragon Ball archetypes come together to send out beam attacks and blow up mountains. Hours upon hours of heated gaming sessions with this amazing anime fighter are to be expected. Simply put, Dragon Ball FighterZ is a manga/anime fan’s dream.

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19. ‘Street Fighter V: Champion Edition’

The Street Fighter V you see today is miles ahead of the one that launched back in 2016. This final update of the long-running fighter helped the fledgling fighter further rise from mediocrity and introduce the type of beneficial features that fans have been requesting for ages. Nowadays, the game’s roster is massive—familiar faces like Ryu and Sagat are on hand, as well as fresh faces such as Ed and Laura. The combat mechanics allow for some fun matches full of double-digit combos, epic comebacks, and flashy uses of each character’s V-Skill and V-Trigger specials. Throwing a local tournament in your basement or hopping online to increase your rank are both possible with Street Fighter V: Champion Edition.

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20. ‘Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled’

Crash Bandicoot’s comeback to modern-day gaming has been joyous, to say the least. His first three platforming adventures got the remake treatment and now his kart racing ventures have been revived with an HD coat of paint. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled acts as a best-of collection that compiles the most memorable characters and standout tracks from the original Crash Team Racing, Crash Nitro Kart, and Crash Tag Team Racing. The game’s Grand Prix updates regularly provide it with even more characters and additional tracks, so you’ll always have a wealth of content to race through with your friends. You can also hop into the game’s battle mode for some explosive mischief, which just adds to the high replay value this remake thrives on.

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21. ‘Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle’

Capcom’s library of IPs has a few dope beat ‘em ups littered among them. In an effort to showcase a few of them to a new audience and reintroduce them to longtime fans, the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle was unleashed. There’s no need to drop $20 in quarters here to continue on after getting squashed by a cheap boss—this treasure trove of brawlers allows for free drop-in/drop-out co-op play on your PS4. You can bash in the brains of Mad Gear Gang members in Final Fight, take down robotic goons in Armored Warriors, and beat up all sorts of other baddies in Capcom’s seven-game beat ‘em up compilation.

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22. ‘SEGA Genesis Classics’

If you’re an old head who came up during the days of “SEGA Does What Nintendon’t,” then you probably have an affinity for classic 16-bit games. Sitting on your living room carpet while you and your crew of neighborhood friends go wild as Sonic the Hedgehog hits top speeds brings back warm memories, doesn’t it? It’s possible to relive those retro days by copping the SEGA Genesis Classics compilation. Fifty games come included with this throwback collection, plus a number of them have co-op and competitive multiplayer modes for you to enjoy. Feel free to compete in head-to-head races in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, beat down some baddies with a friend in Streets of Rage & Golden Axe, and even pull off a few risky co-op heists in Bonanza Bros. Local and online multiplayer can be accessed here, so you can go either way if you want to step back into a bygone era of 16-bit gaming.

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23. ‘Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout’

In short, Fall Guys is amazing. Released in August of 2020, the last-man-standing style game provides gamers with a much-needed spin on the ubiquitous battle royale. Up to 60 players participate in a series of mini-games in a quest to be the last man standing. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, vividly colorful, and new, then look no further than Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

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24. ‘Grand Theft Auto Online’

We could catch a little flak for putting this game so low on the list, but the ranking is mostly due to its antiquity. That said, GTA V’s massive appeal seven years out from its release is merely a testament to the game’s unbelievable playability and Rockstar’s unwavering commitment to constantly updating and remastering the game. It’s just as fun as it was in 2013, and the online mode still provides gamers with one of the greatest outlets for playing with friends that you could ask for. Hopping into an RP (roleplay) server that gives you a ton of freedom to do whatever you want alongside tons of other players makes will convince you why this pick is one of the best multiplayer PS4 games.

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25. ‘Titanfall 2’

Titanfall 2 is one of the older games on this list but still packs a punch. Although Respawn Entertainment may be better known in 2020 for Apex Legends (number 15 on the list), the Titanfall series was previously one of their most successful titles. The game allows you to take on the role of a titan pilot, operating a dynamic exoskeleton in a fast-paced first-person shooter setting. For lovers of Apex who want to mix it up, Titanfall is definitely worth returning to.

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26. ‘Injustice 2’

Fighting games rule and everyone knows it. Injustice 2 is a great iteration of the tried and true fighting game format, employing characters from the DC Universe in the sequel to 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us. The game is more customizable than its predecessor, and the franchise’s invocation of a slew of iconic superheroes makes it a great activity for comic book aficionados and fighting-game fanatics alike. 

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27. ‘Dead by Daylight’

Although Dead by Daylight came out three years ago, it remains one of the best asymmetric survival horror video games ever released. For those who have never played, the game embraces a one versus four-online multiplayer mode, where one player takes on the role of a savage killer. The other four play as survivors, attempting to escape the killer, making it a perfect game for playing with a group of friends. If you’re looking to scare the pants off of you and your buddies, then playing Dead by Daylight is a must since it’s one of the best multiplayer PS4 games and one of the spookiest.

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28. ‘EA Sports FIFA 23’

Ultimately, all the FIFA games of the last five or so years are pretty interchangeable. Aside from minor tweaks in controls and graphics, the games have remained fairly static in their playability and massive popularity. We’d be remiss to not include such a legendary game on the list, and it is still one of the best multiplayer PS4 games of all time for gamers and soccer fans alike.

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29. ‘Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0’

Where would this list be without Warzone? Although the franchise’s Battle Royale iteration has certainly pumped new blood into the iconic series, Call of Duty has long been one of the most played, most culturally relevant games across all platforms. PS4 is no different. Touting a massive battle royale mode (and constant updates and tweaks, with new modes to keep you busy), Call of Duty: Warzone is a must-play for those looking for a good PS4 game to jump into with friends.

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30. ‘Diablo III: Eternal Collection’

Four local/online players can engage in some top-down dungeon exploring in the legendary action RPG series’ third entry, Diablo III. The Eternal Collection features seven classes to choose from -Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Necromancer, Witch Doctor, or Wizard. And once you get accustomed to mastering your chosen class, you’ll have a blast combining your skills with three other players to do some real damage. This definitive edition of Diablo III is definitely one of the best multiplayer PS4 games to get sucked into.

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31. ‘Resident Evil: Revelations 2’

Navigating the deformed horrors of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is a must if you have someone that’s confident enough to brave them alongside you. One-half of this episodic survival horror experience focuses on Claire Redfield and Moira Burton, while the other half brings Barry Burton and Natalia Korda to the forefront. You can expect to get into some harrowing situations involving gunplay, puzzle-solving, and intense chase sequences. This two-player co-op horror romp is definitely one of the best multiplayer PS4 games.

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32. ‘Cuphead’

Whoever you choose to accompany you on the punishing local co-op journey Cuphead is all about better be the most reliable friend you know. This gorgeously animated side-scrolling shooter challenges two players to overcome the toughest boss fights of all time and also navigate obstacle-filled stages that truly test both players’ mettle. Cuphead is one of the best-playing, best-looking, and best-sounding picks on this selection of the best multiplayer PS4 games.

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33. ‘Hot Wheels Unleashed’

Publisher/developer Milestone took a childhood toy favorite and finally did right by it in video game form. This arcade racer is pretty much a multiplayer thrill ride across those famous orange race tracks that Hot Wheels collectors have become all too familiar with. Competing with your friends in a local/online setting with a wide array of toy cars that you can take control of is always a hype experience. And that’s thanks to Hot Wheels Unleashed’s topsy-turvy loop de loops and exhilarating sense of speed.

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34. ‘Gran Turismo 7’

Only the most hardcore sim racing game fans know all about the amazingly lifelike look, feel, and sound of everything the Gran Turismo games have to offer. The latest entry in the series will take hold of you and your fellow sim racing fanatics, then proceed to scratch the competitive itch of everyone involved as you you all hit the track during local/online circuit competitions. Gran Turismo 7 is home to a garage full of hundreds of cars and real-world track layouts that will easily grab hold of you. When it comes to outstanding racers, Gran Turismo 7 deserves high praise as one of the best multiplayer PS4 games.

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35. ‘Minecraft Dungeons’

On the local and online multiplayer front, Minecraft Dungeons is worth taking a chance on since it appeals to dungeon-crawling fans young and old. Just imagine Diablo for kids and you have a clear idea of what’s being offered here. The blocky textures popularized by the Minecraft universe mesh so well with your typical top-down, action RPG mechanics. Up to four players can run headlong into battle and band together to beat down the evil hordes of the wicked Arch-Illager.


Exploring the Street Style in ‘Creed III’

Like many others this past weekend, we saw Creed III starring Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors, and…*DJ scratch*… that’s where our “standard movie review” ends. Indeed the movie was excellent, and we definitely agree with the sentiment that this is the best movie in the Rocky/Creed series, but that’s not the topic of discussion today. In addition to the beautiful storytelling, cinematography, and acting, we also found the street style in Creed III to be quite intriguing as well. We’re going to do a breakdown of some of the movie’s best style moments from start to finish. Ready? Check them out below.

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Los Angeles 2002

Creed III starts in early 2000s Los Angeles, and while not set there for very long, we did catch some classic Y2K LA streetwear looks such as a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball jersey (baseball jerseys were huge in the 2000s), baggy jeans, bandanas, ballcaps, and sneakers that we’ll just assume were some form of Jordans/Nike’s be it Jordan 1s, Air Force 1s, or even the Nike Cortez (Cortez sneakers are somewhat of an L.A. Legend).

Adonis Creed

For much of the movie, Adonis Creed (Jordan) dressed like a wealthy accomplished all time boxer with a business to run. During the course of the film Creed wore a lot of sweaters, blazers, suits, and slacks (some of whom were designed by Ralph Lauren, which we’ll get into later) because, well, he was a man with a business to run. Creed’s watch and jewelry game was on point as well—if we might add.


As you all know (or will know), Damian’s story is a lot different from Adonis’, so we mostly see him wearing athletic apparel such as joggers, hoodies, tanks, and beanies. The athletic/athleisure look seems to be Damian’s overall go-to style because even when he does come into some money, he doesn’t switch it up.


At this point in the Creed story, Bianca is fully immersed in the world of being a mother and working from home as a producer, so we pretty much see her in nice comfortable loungewear around the house. That said, she still knows how to get dressed up when the occasion calls for it such as parties and fight nights.

Fight Night Scenes

Speaking of fight nights, there are two major fight scenes in this movie, one of which is a representation of how things go when you are attending as a spectator. While you and I might wear casual clothes to a major fight, anybody who is “anybody” shows up rocking their finest, which often includes formal wear. For the first fight scene where there’s more attention on the audience, we see many of the important folks wearing suits and upscale wear.

Boxing/Training Apparel

And lastly with Creed III being a boxing film, that means the boxers were obviously rocking boxing/gym apparel to train and fight in. Throughout the movie there were loads of boxing shorts, technical jackets and joggers, hoodies, sweatshirts, tanks, and running/workout shoes sported.

That’s not all either. A couple of days before the release of the movie, Ralph Lauren announced a brand new collection called “Adonis Creed for Ralph Lauren,” which introduces the Ralph Lauren Purple Label for Adonis Creed in a first-of-its-kind partnership.

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To celebrate, Ralph Lauren has provided six different exclusive tailored looks worn by Jordan in the film that are available to customers through a special Made to Measure program. The collection boasts a variety including double-breasted pinstriped suits, and more relaxed pieces such as sweatshirts.

While the style in Creed III wasn’t the main focus of the film, it was a small yet integral part of accompanying the story. As you can imagine, Creed III is already off to a hot start, raking in $51.1 million during opening weekend. Make sure to catch it if you haven’t already.

Popular Culture

The 28 Best Anime Fight Scenes of All Time

As an avid anime watcher, one of the best parts about it is sitting through its epic action sequences. When the drama buildup is just right and the right characters are set to come to blows, excitement ensues. Since the dawn of manga/anime, fans have become acquainted with some of the most iconic protagonists and antagonists of all time. And watching them tear each other to shreds thanks to a whole host of insane power levels and upgraded battle forms has always gotten viewers like us to hop out of our seats while screaming at the top of our lungs. Series like Dragon Ball, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia, and more are responsible for gifting us with the best anime fight scenes of all time. Now with that being said, here are the 28 most memorable anime clashes that we go back and watch when we’re in the mood to watch a super hype fight.

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The Best Anime Fight Scenes
Bandai Namco Entertainment

Let’s get into it!

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1. Goku vs. Vegeta (First Fight)
‘Dragon Ball Z’

Before “Super Saiyan” transformations came into play in their second encounter during the “Buu Saga,” Goku and Vegeta brutalized each other in their base forms when they first clashed. I got so wrapped up in all the drama produced by their back-and-forth brawl – both of these pureblood Saiyans only got stronger and angrier the more they took damage from each other’s stiff strikes and energy attacks. Watching Goku tap into his “Kaioken” technique to even the odds and witnessing Vegeta transform into a Giant Great Ape to terrorize Goku & his buddies only added to the epic feel of this classic “Saiyan Saga” encounter. – Elton Jones

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2. Goku vs. Frieza (First Fight)
‘Dragon Ball Z’

When Frieza was forced to embrace his “Final Form,” I grew legitimately scared of what was going to happen next to Goku, Gohan, and Krillin. It turns out those fears were well warranted since Frieza blew Krillin to smithereens with ease. Then…it happened! Goku’s exceeding levels of rage pushed him to transform into a Super Saiyan for the very first time, which put him on an equal playing field with his heartless opponent. What follows next is one of the longest yet highly engrossing fights in DBZ history. There are nasty punches, sick kicks, tail whips, pimp slaps, and even biting going down in this one. I cheered so damn hard when Goku used a final energy blast to wipe out Frieza and escape an exploding Planet Namek just in the nick of time. – Elton Jones

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3. Gohan vs. Cell
‘Dragon Ball Z’

These days, there are rare moments where Gohan gets his “face” back. And what I mean by that is moments where the Gohan of old exhibits power levels that even supersede that of his father Goku. When Cell finally unlocked his “Perfect” form, he gave Teen Gohan and the rest of the Z-Fighters hell! Goku squared off with Cell for a bit before he threw the match and pinned Planet Earth’s hopes on the shoulders of his teenage son.

From there, I was locked in on every emotional development and brutal blow Gohan and Cell landed on each other. This fight is full of so many wild moments – Cell’s sudden bearhug on Gohan, Gohan unlocking his true potential at the sight of Android 16’s head getting smashed to bits, Gohan tearing the Cell Jr.’s apart with ease, and that iconic Father-Son Kamehameha that finished off Cell are all breathtaking moments derived from this encounter. – Elton Jones

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4. All Might vs. All For One
‘My Hero Academia’

I’m still not over the fact that All Might can no longer tap into his “Quirk” and save the day. But at least he used the remaining embers of “One for All” to incapacitate his greatest rival one last time. This fated battle was one for the ages – All Might pushed his body and powers to the limit while All for One chastised his heroic ideals and strengthened his abilities simultaneously. I couldn’t help feeling like the rest of the heroes, students, and quirk-less onlookers that cheered on All Might as he used a decisive “United States of Smash” to punch All for One into oblivion. That final image of a weakened and bloody All Might holding up a fist of victory defines this superpowered brawl as one of the best anime fight scenes I’ve ever seen. – Elton Jones

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5. Endeavor and Hawks vs. High-End Nomu
‘My Hero Academia’

This is the fight that made me accept Endeavor as the new #1 hero. He finally won me over by going above and beyond to protect everyone around him as he was forced to push his mastery of inner flames to extreme levels in order to defeat a mega-powerful “Nomu.” I especially love how this fight primarily takes place in the air – Endeavor and Hawks’ offensive push against their solo threat looks so damn cool as they combine their respective Quirks to gain the advantage in the skies above. Endeavor ends up losing an eye during this drag-out melee but still finds the will and power within him to keep on going. What’s so effective about this fight is how even though Shoto Todoroki still hasn’t forgiven his father Endeavor for what he’s done to him and his siblings, he can’t help but feel thankful that he ultimately prevails. – Elton Jones

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6. Tanjiro and Nezuko vs. Rui
‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’

Demon Slayer is one of those anime shows that clearly has a huge budget provided to its animators. There’s always an episode or two where my eyes are treated to some of the most awe-inspiring moments that are usually tied to the series’ greatest battles. This 2v1 skirmish is proof of just how much love and care is put into making Demon Slayer’s violence a true thing of beauty.

Tanjiro certainly had his hands full with Rui and his extra sharp webs. Even when things got dire once Tanjiro’s blade got broken, his sister Nezuko arrived on the scene to defend her brother with a rabid assault of her own. I’m not gonna lie – when Nezuko got caught up in Rui’s web, I started losing all hope…until my man Tanjiro pulled out a final strike with the power of flames enveloped around him and his severed blade! That final demon beheading is reason enough alone for this getting on this list of the best anime fight scenes. – Elton Jones

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7. Kyojuro Rengoku vs. Akaza
‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train’

I was not ready for Kyojuro Rengoku to die! I figured he’d find a way to overcome another one of the “Twelve Kizuki,” but I was sadly mistaken. But I must applaud Rengoku for putting on a valiant effort before he met his untimely demise – with Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke watching close by, Rengoku tapped into his flame-breathing fighting technique to stay in the fight for as long as he could. Azaka is such an easily hateable character, which made it equally easy for me to cheer on Rengoku as he kept up with his enemy’s powerful blows and responded with devastating sword slashes in retaliation. Azaka almost got his ass beheaded! But in the end, Rengoku went out like a G and showed his fellow “Demon Slayers” what it means to be a great protector. – Elton Jones

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8. The Demon Slayers vs. Daki and Gyutaro
‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’

Demon Slayer can confidently lay claim to having the best anime fight scenes due to the fact that it seemingly goes over its allotted animation budget every time a climactic scuffle breaks out. That damn sure is the case for this multi-person battle royal! Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui, Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke finally came to blows with Daki and Gyutaro. AND IT WAS GLORIOUS! Tengen and Tanjiro presented a strong united front against Gyutaro while Zenitsu and Inosuke did the same during their struggle against the domineering Daki. I damn near woke up my neighbors cause I screamed like a schoolgirl when Tengen rushed in to hack off Gyutaro’s legs! The “Entertainment District Arc” of Demon Slayer certainly went out with a bang. – Elton Jones

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9. Jotaro vs. Dio
‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders’

I remember playing Capcom’s JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure fighting game and totally digging the wild punching standoffs Jotaro and Dio’s respective “Stands” would get into. Once I finally watched the source material for that slept-on fighter, I became a believer. Jotaro and Dio’s epic exchange had me on the edge of my seat at several intervals – I almost thought Jotaro was a goner after Dio slammed a damn construction vehicle on top of him! But I breathed the biggest sigh of relief when Jotaro popped up right behind Dio and used “Star Platinum” to break “The World” Apart with a vicious punch to the leg. I regularly return to this fight cause I love how much of a savage Dio is and appreciate Jotaro’s sheer will in the face of certain doom. – Elton Jones

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10. Cioccolata vs. Giorno Giovanna
‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind’

Shout out to the homie Giorno Giovanna for overcoming his harsh upbringing and coming out on the end of it as a formidable Stand user once all was said and done. I grew to appreciate him even more when he got into it with the unrelenting Cioccolata. Speaking of Cioccolata, that dude still freaks me out – anyone that’s capable of still surviving with severed limbs and using his Stand’s mold to destroy his foes is the purest form of nightmare fuel! Even with all that being said, my boy Giorno and precious #5 of the “Sex Pistols” did a damn good job of getting rid of Cioccolata once and for all. Watching Giorno explain how he outsmarted and ultimately defeated the crazed Cioccolata in the end certainly qualifies this clash as one of the best anime fight scenes ever. – Elton Jones

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11. Mob vs. Koyama (First Fight)
‘Mob Psycho 100’

Mob ain’t tryna hurt nobody! But throughout Mob Pyscho 100, he’s pushed to his limit by other “Espers” that threaten him and his friends. That fact is readily apparent the first time Mob catches Koyama in an alleyway for their very first encounter. After capturing Mob’s older brother Ritsu, Mob steps up to do battle in order to rescue him. What ensues is one of the grittiest yet still flashiest psychic power-fueled fights in Mob Psycho 100. The small alleyway Mob and Koyama battle in is adequate enough to withhold all the vicious fisticuffs that break out during their encounter. When Mob reaches 100% and finally incapacitates Koyama, I gave that young hero a round of applause that lasted more than an hour! – Elton Jones

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12. Ash vs. Leon
‘Pokémon Journeys: The Series’

Since the mid-90s, I’ve followed Ash Ketchum’s journey to becoming the greatest Pokémon trainer of all time. And while I fell out of following his exploits across the more recent generations of “Pocket Monster” collecting and battling, I made sure to show up for his career-defining win against one of his strongest rivals. Ash and Leon delivered the type of trainer battle that took me back to those days of pitting my level 100 creatures against a fellow junior high school student’s equally powerful party of Pokémon.

The greatest moment of all in this one happened between two of my favorite OG Pokémon, Pikachu and Charizard. When it looked like all hope was lost, Pikachu landed one final lightning-charged headbutt to net Ash the biggest victory of his career. When you consider that moment and the proceeding battles that took place shortly before it, you have to take notice of this encounter as one of the best anime fight scenes in the history of one of my favorite genres. – Elton Jones

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13. Eren vs. Annie
‘Attack on Titan’

This is a quintessential Attack on Titan fight scene and one of the first times that the viewer really sees two human-like titans fighting rather than seeing a pure titan taken on by a human. It foreshadows so much of what we end up seeing for the new few seasons, where members of the nine titans fight against each other, demonstrating the combat IQ and technical skill they all have. The female titan is the very first titan we see that isn’t a pure titan, meaning it can think intelligently and operates more like a human, so their fight is the culmination of one of the largest narrative shifts in the show up to that point. – Charlie Kolbrener

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14. Spike Spiegel vs. Vicious
‘Cowboy Bebop’

Spike and Vicious are such incredible foils to each other in Cowboy Bebop. Both the show’s protagonist and antagonist grew up together in the Red Dragon crime syndicate, and—in many ways—the show is an exploration of how the two of them have evolved distinctly from their similar past together.

From an aesthetic perspective, this scene is such an incredible set piece, perfectly encapsulating the noir style of so much of the show’s run. Spike and Vicious even mirror each other visually, with parallel but different hairstyles and outfits. Their final battle also finally gives fuller context to the rose motif sprinkled throughout the series. – Charlie Kolbrener

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15. Chairman Netero vs. Meruem
‘Hunter x Hunter’

We didn’t do a ranked list for this one, but if we had, this would have been in the top three. The “Chimera Ant” arc of Hunter x Hunter is an exploration of the dichotomy between “monster” and “man.” The most pivotal battle of the series comes when humanity’s fiercest warrior, Netero, faces off against the fiercest warrior of the monsters.

SPOILERS: What makes the final arc so interesting is the evolution the human characters go through as they lose their humanity. In order to defeat Meruem, Netero eventually needs to use humanity’s most unethical weapon, essentially a nuclear bomb. Simultaneously, Meruem is becoming more sympathetic and human-like, finding great joy in battle and respect for the strength of his opponent. It’s a beautiful culmination of the themes of the show, rivaled only by the meeting of Gon and Neferpitou. – Charlie Kolbrener

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16. Yusuke vs. Younger Toguro
‘Yu Yu Hakusho’

Tournament arcs are such a tried and true method of creating an epic fight because of the means through which they can build stakes. You should someone crazy strong beat someone crazy strong. And then you show someone beat them! Dang, they’re strong!

And amid numerous tournament arcs, the Dark Tournament is truly the blueprint. Toguro’s on-the-nose ability to consistently raise his power level provides an explicit stakes-raising component throughout the fight, and we finally get to see Yusuke putting his evolving power to the test. – Charlie Kolbrener

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17. Edward Elric vs. Father
‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’

This one is pretty hard to sum up with brevity for this article. If you haven’t watched Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, go do it. Seriously. While the fight itself is certainly visually appealing, it’s more so the narrative weight this battle holds that makes it such a compelling sequence. The music, the dialogue, and the ability to tie up so much of what has occurred over the complex run of the series make this one of the most incredible fights in anime history from a purely narrative perspective. – Charlie Kolbrener

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18. Rock Lee vs. Gaara

Rock Lee vs. Gaara has potentially the most epic “this boy nice” sequence in the entirety of anime. Up until this point, Gaara has been pretty explicitly positioned as the strongest character competing in the Chunin exams, while Rock Lee has been seen as an unbelievably hard worker who may not rival any of the other competitors.

That said, when Guy Sensei instructs Rock Lee that he can remove his ankle weights (to scoffs from the onlookers) and reveals that Lee relies entirely on Taijutsu, the fight truly begins. It is really one of the coolest demonstrations of speed, skill, and tenacity in anime. Most Naruto viewers can probably vividly remember witnessing Rock Lee land his first blow on Gaara. – Charlie Kolbrener

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19. Gon vs. Neferpitou
‘Hunter x Hunter’

Similar to Meruem vs Netero, Gon vs Neferpitou is the ultimate culmination of the themes developed throughout the lengthy Chimera Ant arc of the series. Whereas Netero eventually has to rely on a man-made weapon to defeat his opponent, the metaphor becomes even more explicit in this battle; to win, Gon needs to fully become a monster.

By summoning all of the power he will ever possess, Gon becomes a bloodthirsty version of himself (so immensely distinct from the boy we begin the show with) in order to defeat the series’ second most powerful antagonist. And in this sequence, Pitou even notes that Gon could potentially rival the king himself. The run-up to Gon’s transition when he realizes that Kite is gone for good is one of the most heartbreaking moments in anime, and the final battle is the perfect culmination of the complex themes of the arc. – Charlie Kolbrener

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20. Luffy vs. Rob Lucci
‘One Piece’

Many fans view Enies Lobby as One Piece’s best arc, and it’s hard to argue with them. Nearly 300 episodes into the anime, this is the arc that many points to as when it “really gets good.” Rob Lucci is the antagonist throughout “Water 7” into Enies Lobby, so the stakes for this fight are inherently higher than some previous ones. Plus, the added weight of it being the culmination of a Nico Robin rescue arc makes the battle even more fulfilling to witness.

Perhaps the most exciting part of this encounter—both visually and narratively—is the debut of Luffy’s “Gear 2.” His first foray into using the gear ability foreshadows a lot of how he will develop as a devil fruit-user for the arcs to come, and finally starts to solidify Luffy as powerful enough to take to the New World. – Charlie Kolbrener

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21. Luffy vs. Kaido
‘One Piece’

It could definitely be recency bias, but this is certainly one of the most compelling one on one fights in One Piece. I personally had to decide between this and Luffy’s fight with Katakuri but opted for this because the latter begins to drag a bit.

The stakes in this battle are just so high; Kaido has been hinted at and teased for literally hundreds of episodes leading up to this showdown. The fight also fully demonstrates the efficacy of Snake Man, which we had only seen previously in the battle against Katakuri. Visually, battles that feature Luffy fighting someone big are always the most fun to watch. – Charlie Kolbrener

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22. Saitama vs. Genos
‘One Punch Man’

One of the funniest fights in the show, the early battle between Saitama and Genos sets up the primary narrative of the series. Whereas Genos has both trained immensely and developed his cyborg tech tirelessly for years, his power pales in comparison to Saitama’s measly workout routine. Saitama’s punch blasting away the entirety of a mountain is a nice finishing touch in the sequence and a demonstration that we have yet to even begin to see his true power. – Charlie Kolbrener

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23. Saitama vs. Boros
‘One Punch Man’

I love Saitama vs Boros because of how it establishes even more fully the direct logic of the show. When people get into power scaling conversations about Saitama (“Goku solos Saitama!”), I point them to this fight. Boros is a galaxy-destroying threat. Within his own universe, he is Goku. The very point of the show is that there is no amount of relative power one can possess within their own diegesis that will rival Saitama. He is the “One Punch Man.” And for that, he is also the most powerful anime character of all time. – Charlie Kolbrener

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24. Asuka vs. Mass Production Eva Series
‘The End of Evangelion’

Mecha narratives have become such a quintessential part of anime, and no series really does the genre more justice than Neon Genesis: Evangelion. What sets Evangelion apart is that it’s incredibly gory; the machines possess a human-like quality, so the violence is always much more disturbing than we witness in other mecha anime.

In all honesty, I still get pretty lost in the iconic alternate ending to the mind-bending and emotionally rich mech classic. If you do too, check out this helpful guide.

What I can say is, big robot fight make brain go brrr. – Charlie Kolbrener

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25. Naruto vs. Sasuke (Final Fight)
‘Naruto Shippuden’

Even after all the monumental clashes that assaulted my screen with outlandish special attacks and towering beasts, I got the most pleasure from watching Naruto and Sasuke kick off their final encounter with simple fisticuffs. As this scuffle reached its later stages, I loved how everything both ninjas learned came into play and raised the stakes even higher than I expected.

Naruto tapped into his devastating “Six Paths Sage Mode” and Sasuke went deep inside himself to utilize the full power of his “Rinnegan” – the result of both friends turned enemies relying on their unleashed power led to one of the greatest Naruto fights I’ve ever seen. The “Valley of the End” was quite fitting as the final battlefield where two characters fans grew up with from the very start of the series went head-to-head for the very last time. Man, those flashbacks did something to me emotionally! – Elton Jones

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26. Universe 6 vs. Jiren
‘Dragon Ball Super’

It really took the combined strength of Goku, Vegeta, Android 17, and even Goku’s mortal enemy Frieza to force Jiren from Universe 11 out of the ring during the finale of the “Universal Survival” arc! Jiren’s insane power levels had everyone on the ropes – Vegeta even got eliminated from the fray before his three other mates! I love how the intensity of this clash intensifies the longer it goes – Goku taps into his “Super Saiyan God Supr Saiyan” and “Ultra Instinct” forms and Frieza dons his “Golden Frieza” drip to go over the top to engage in a hype combined front to weaken Jiren. And at that moment, the tears started flowing as I realized the Dragon Ball Super anime had come to a close with the image of Goku and Frieza coming together to beat back a common foe. Shout out to Android 16 for staying in the ring long enough to win the tournament for his universe and save the multiverse at large. – Elton Jones

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27. Naruto vs. Pain
‘Naruto Shippuden’

I’m not the biggest Naruto fan, but I can definitely appreciate just how much of an inspiration the main character has been and always will be. After playing out this chaotic battle in the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 game, I got inspired enough to watch a few scenes to bring me up to speed on the lead-up to this encounter. Naruto makes the entrance of a lifetime to a demolished “Hidden Leaf Village” and gets into one of his most memorable fights with the cold-hearted and extremely formidable Pain. What follows is a clash that brings forth vicious hand-to-hand skirmishes, “Animal Path” summons, Naruto’s “Sage Mode,” and one of the biggest versions of the “Rasenshuriken” I’ve ever seen. The sheer level of destruction that erupts during this fight is another reason why I get such joy out of rewatching this epic battle. – Elton Jones

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28. Deku vs. Todoroki
‘My Hero Academia’

If your action anime doesn’t feature a tournament, then what are we really doing? My Hero Academia thankfully went that route and it resulted in a bunch of young heroes-in-training testing their might during some crazy 1v1 battles. The fight that stood out to me the most during the U.A. Sports Festival’s Fighting Tournament was between Deku and Todoroki. I loved how their backstories came into play and made their aspirations clear as they looked to best each other in the heat of battle.

Deku tapped into “One for All” to bash the massive ice cycles thrown at him, while Todoroki pushed his “Half-Cold Half-Hot” powers to the extreme to throw Deku off his game. The stalemate at the end had my jaw on the floor – even though Cementoss throws up some barriers to negate the clash of Deku and Todoroki’s biggest attacks, the stadium still took a huge brunt of the force they both delivered. What a hell of a way to have this one end in a tie! – Elton Jones