Naruto is considered one of the most popular manga and anime series in the world. We all have a special memory attached to the Naruto series. Released in the year 2002, the anime series continued till 2017 and became an important part of our lives as well.
The series is versatile, to say the least, with its variety of characters, shinobi, plots twists, backstories, tragedies, and so on. In the series, there were shinobi who held important ranks in the villages and stood in all the glory. However, there were also those who worked in the shadows to protect the village, without any acknowledgment from the public.
They were the Anbu Black Ops, a group of assassin Shinobi in Konoha. Short for Ansatsu Senjutsu Tokushu Butai, the members of the organization were the cream of the crop. The shinobi were even talented than the highest Shinobi rank in the village, the Jonin.
They didn't have any rank system and only the best of the best were chosen to be a part of it. Konoha produced some of the legendary shinobi in history, several of which, were once members of the Anbu Black Ops. Here, we will discuss the 5 strongest Anbu Black Ops in the history of Konoha.
5. Kakashi Hatake
Kakashi the Copy Ninja, Kakashi of the Sharingan, Kakashi of the Hidden Leaf; known by several aliases, Kakashi had enough talent to live up to all of them. Chunin at 6, Jonin at 10, and finally an Anbu at 13, Kakashi was the role model for every Shinobi in the village.
As a major character in the Naruto franchise, Kakashi played an important role in Naruto's life. After the Fourth Great Shinobi War, he became the Sixth Hokage and held on to the position until Naruto was ready to take the title of the Seventh.
4. Danzo Shimura
Danzo could be considered as the most hated character in the Naruto franchise. However, his powers were not be underestimated. Even without the Uchiha eyes that he inhumanely stole from Shisui and the others, he was powerful enough to rival the Third Hokage.
Being a village elder and leader of the Anbu Black Ops, Danzo held political powers in Konoha second only to the Hokage. He was involved in many barbaric acts, one of which was the annihilation of the Uchiha clan. However, his entire life, Danzo protected the village in his own way.
One of the three legendary Sanin, Orochimaru was a legendary figure in almost every Shinobi village. He was able to wield four Kekkei Genkai and several other powerful Jutsu. At some point, after Team Hiruzen was disbanded due to Hiruzen becoming the Third Hokage, Orochimaru joined the Anbu Black Ops.
However, he soon developed an interest in immortality and human test subjects and had to flee Konoha as a rogue. Several years later, Orochimaru played an important role in the Fourth Great Shinobi War and came back to live in Konoha under the supervision of the higher-ups.
2. Itachi Uchiha
Although he is ranked just above Orochimaru, the difference in their skills is worlds apart. Itachi was a direct descendant of the legendary Uchiha clan and one of the most genius Shinobi in the series. He was a Chunin before he became an Anbu at the age of 11 and an Anbu captain at 12.
Although the requirement for being an Anbu captain was at least 13, Itachi was talented enough to convince Hiruzen and Danzo to disregard the rule. He was forced by Danzo to annihilate his own clan in exchange for saving his younger brother, Sasuke. Itachi then joined Akatsuki as a spy for Konoha and ultimately died willingly in a battle with Sasuke.
1. Shisui Uchiha
He awakened his mangekyou Sharingan, kotoamatsukami, at the age of 7, around the time of the end of the third world war. His genjutsu was the most terrifying in the entire series, capable of manipulating a person's mind, without letting them ever know about it. He became a jonin at 12 and Anbu captain at 13.
Sadly, Danzo became greedy for his powers and stole his eye when the latter was just 16. To avoid Danzo taking another eye from him, Shisui gave it to Itachi and committed suicide by jumping off a cliff.