Why are the ANBU agents the easiest to kill off in Naruto and Naruto Shippuuden?

Naruto's team was shown to be stronger than a team of ANBUs.

I'm just so confused why would they say that the ANBU are the best of the best when they are the easiest to kill off

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    It's not because Anbu is weak, it's just enemy is too strong.
    – Happy Face
    Feb 14, 2016 at 7:34
  • Anbu is not designed to be Heavy Hitter, they are more focused on Cloak & Dagger type mission. Feb 15, 2016 at 7:24
  • Wow what a coincidence, one of my cousins keeps asking this question. Feb 15, 2016 at 23:16
  • This reminded me of The ANBU vs Katon Jutsu Problem. :p
    – Masked Man
    Feb 16, 2016 at 15:51
  • Nartuo's team also had a member in it that used to be in ANBU and was considered an upper elite ninja before he started training them,
    – Joe W
    May 5, 2020 at 22:25

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In simple words because the enemy forces were seriously STRONG that ANBU agents were not able to defeat them (as said by Happy Face in the comments).

According to me, Naruto's team is an exceptionally very strong.

Kyuubi's Chakra + Sharingan + Healing = STRONGEST

So there is no doubt that they are stronger. They are exceptionally strong, so we might say that they are stronger than ANBU agents.

When some strong enemies come to their village let's say Nagato, aka Pain, then it's quite obvious that ANBU agents won't be able to defeat him because Nagato is really strong, but Naruto did because he is exceptionally stronger than the ANBU agents.

According to wiki :

One of the Fifth Hokage's ANBU bodyguards attributed his chakra supply to the Rinnegan. Nagato could also constantly alter the nature of his chakra to prevent him from being located by sensory type ninjas.

This is also written in wiki that:

ANBU commander is very observant, seen when he recognises that Pain's chakra-levels must be immense and that he is controlling the bodies used to destroy Konoha by chakra alone.

But that doesn't mean that all anbu agents are nothing. For example Yamato is also an ANBU agent, and if you have seen him then you may have know that he is not easy to be defeated by enemies just because he is strong.

There are many ANBU agents which differ from each other. They are responsible for carrying out assassinations, tracking, surveillance, and missions requiring specially trained ninja. Also some ANBU serve as interrogators. All ANBU agents have their own skills.

But there's a point that we must note:

ANBU are expected to destroy their bodies when they are badly injured on a mission like that they won't be captured.

Which might explain why they kill themselves every time they are badly hurt. Source

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    According to you is neither a good nor a authoritative and reliable source. Please try to reference canonical sources to back up your anecdotes.
    – кяαzєя
    Feb 14, 2016 at 18:17

Whilst Light Yagami's answer makes the plot hold itself together, I believe he's being naive.

Is more likely that they suffered the same fate as Stormtroopers did in Star Wars. They're the elite squad, but they can't take away the protagonists chance to save the day.


One word, Teamwork, AMBU agents are able to eliminate their comrades if the mission requires them to, The other teams work together & protect each other, this simple aspect makes any team stronger than AMBU.


The problem with the Anbu is that because they all wear masks, they are always essentially anonymous. They have a reputation for being very strong, but because no-one wants to see five anonymous men beat up one budding villain, they never win any fights, only ever being defeated, sometimes by the dozens, to show how strong some other ninja who actually has a name really is.

Comparing Naruto's team to the Anbu doesn't really make a lot of sense, at the beginning of the series their power is basically Kakashi, one of the top jonin in the leaf village, and Naruto sometimes being pretty helpful when his fox chakra comes out. Sasuke is very talented, but is still just a kid, and significantly weaker than any named jonin. As time goes on, Naruto becomes far more powerful, first defeating Nagato which the entire Leaf Village was unable to do, and then becoming basically a God by the end of the series.

  • That doesn't really make sense. The only reason the ANBU wear masks is to hide their identities. If they don't hide their identities their enemies could reach the ones they love and use them against them. Feb 16, 2016 at 0:22

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