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The 15 greatest combat intelligence feats in Naruto

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Self-explanatory title.​

1. Itachi creating a big multi-step plan that involves making Sasuke fight him, getting pressured just enough to still believe it was a real fight, but also not get seriously hurt or killed, then getting pressured so that he'd rely on Orochimaru's power and release him, so that Itachi would seal him away and rid Sasuke of him, then manipulate Sasuke into awakening the Mangekyō through his death, and then awakening the EMS thanks to his eyes. He did all that while he had a failsafe in place to deal with "Madara's" interference through an implanted Amaterasu booby trap, and a plan to use Kotoamatsukami on Sasuke in case he went rogue through Naruto. He put all that together while dying of a terminal illness, and covering his tracks from both the Akatsuki, Konoha, and Sasuke; all while giving an Oscar worthy performance to boot!
2. Naruto and Tobirama's Hirashin-Rasengan Combo against Jinchuriki Obito after Naruto figured out that Senjutsu works on TSO and Obito without even having to talk about it with Tobirama.
3. Hiruzen breaking down the TSO's Effects right after getting hit by one.
4. Jiraiya figuring out Nagato's secret, all while dealing with the Rinnegan's abilities on the first try.
5. Kidomaru analyzing Neji's fighting style, and discovering all of the Byakugan's weaknesses.
6. Minato expertly countering Kamui on his first encounter with it.
7. Sasuke had some crazy big brain moments in his fight with Deidara. Figured out that his bombs are weak to Raiton, neutralized them, cleverly used genjutsu to trick Deidara, pretended to drop his sword and allowed himself to get mortally wounded just so he can get a chance to get close to the airborne Deidara, among other crazy moments. Oh I almost forgot his quick thinking that allowed him to survive C0 by summoning Manda, using genjutsu on it, having it take the brunt of the blast, and cleverly using reverse summoning.
8. He (Itachi) also quickly figured out how to counter the Rinnegan against Nagato, something that Naruto couldn't pull even with prior knowledge. And he figured out how to stop the seemingly flawless Edo Tensei, almost singlehandedly ending the war.
9. Minato thoroughly broke down the TSOs and their range, and was the first to do so to such an extent.
10. Shikamaru VS Temari.
11. Shikamaru had a multistep plan to get Tayuya's summons under his control, then used the shadow posession to break him out of the genjutsu, and used Tayuya's statement about her only having a flute as a weapon to his advantage, intentionally throwing out a kunai as a ploy to get Tayuya to come close so he can trap her with his shadow strangle.
12. Minato and Tobirama's Double Hirashin Manuever, capitalizing on Naruto and Sasuke's Amaterasu Rasenshuriken rush, against Obito without even having to talk about it with to Naruto and Sasuke.
13. Naruto figuring out how to incapacitate the 3rd Raikage by using his Hell Stab attack against himself.
14. Itachi knew Kabuto would go after Sasuke and protected him instead. He also figured out he and Sasuke could use genjutsu on each other to free themselves.
15. Naruto transformed into Kiba to confuse him and Akamaru, then when Kiba sniffed him out and smacked him, Naruto transformed again into Akamaru to play mind tricks on Kiba, then when Kiba punched Akamaru away, Naruto caught him slipping.

Hope this is fun or interesting. So, let's list?

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Off the top of my head;
  • Kidomaru analyzing Neji's fighting style, and discovering all of the Byakugan's weaknesses.
  • Sasuke had some crazy big brain moments in his fight with Deidara. Figured out that his bombs are weak to Raiton, neutralized them, cleverly used genjutsu to trick Deidara, pretended to drop his sword and allowed himself to get mortally wounded just so he can get a chance to get close to the airborne Deidara, among other crazy moments. Oh I almost forgot his quick thinking that allowed him to survive C0 by summoning Manda, using genjutsu on it, having it take the brunt of the blast, and cleverly using reverse summoning.
  • Sasuke using subtle genjutsu on Danzo to trick him into thinking he had an Izanagi left.
  • Minato expertly countering Kamui on his first encounter with it.
  • Sasuke's set up for Kirin against Itachi. Nobody could've seen that shit coming. Him using Amaterasu to his advantage was brilliant, too.
  • Shikamaru tricking and neutralizing Hidan.

There's waaaaay more examples of course, maybe even better ones, but this is what I remember for now.
 

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I don't think it'll be near the top but, the distractions with naruto clones, then tossing sasuke a giant shuriken, sasuke throws it at Zabuza but thr was another shuriken in its shadow zabuza avoids it but turns out to be a naruto transformation in which they free kakashi, thought it was pretty big brain when i was young.
 

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Itachi creating a big multi-step plan that involves making Sasuke fight him, getting pressured just enough to still believe it was a real fight, but also not get seriously hurt or killed, then getting pressured so that he'd rely on Orochimaru's power and release him, so that Itachi would seal him away and rid Sasuke of him, then manipulate Sasuke into awakening the Mangekyō through his death, and then awakening the EMS thanks to his eyes. He did all that while he had a failsafe in place to deal with "Madara's" interference through an implanted Amaterasu booby trap, and a plan to use Kotoamatsukami on Sasuke in case he went rogue through Naruto.

He put all that together while dying of a terminal illness, and covering his tracks from both the Akatsuki, Konoha, and Sasuke; all while giving an Oscar worthy performance to boot!

He also quickly figured out how to counter the Rinnegan against Nagato, something that Naruto couldn't pull even with prior knowledge. And he figured out how to stop the seemingly flawless Edo Tensei, almost singlehandedly ending the war.
 

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• Naruto and Kakashi figuring out how to perfectly time his Kamui get Naruto's Clone to smash a Rasengan into Obito's Face in the Kamui Dimension.

• Guy swinging his Nunchuck at Obito and then kicking it again so Obito couldn't grab him.

• Itachi big brain'ing on Kabuto with Izanami.

• Hiruzen breaking down the TSO's Effects right after getting hit by one.
 

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Minato left a kunai next to Ay when he teleported away so he could surprise counterattack Ay when he least expected it, then when Ay thought he had Minato's gimick figurde out, Minato just popped up next to Bee because he already foresaw Ay figuring him out.

Shikamaru had a multistep plan to get Tayuya's summons under his control, then used the shadow posession to break him out of the genjutsu, and used Tayuya's statement about her only having a flute as a weapon to his advantage, intentionally throwing out a kunai as a ploy to get Tayuya to come close so he can trap her with his shadow strangle.

Naruto transformed into Kiba to confuse him and Akamaru, then when Kiba sniffed him out and smacked him, Naruto transformed again into Akamaru to play mind tricks on Kiba, then when Kiba punched Akamaru away, Naruto caught him slipping.

Minato thoroughly broke down the TSOs and their range, and was the first to do so to such an extent.

Kakashi made Pain waste a Shinra Tensei on him and the Akimichis so that he had no way to counterattack when they wrapped him up and Kakashi blitzed him with a Raikiri (except of course the Asura Path).

Naruto threw smoke bombs then sent a clone disguised as a Rasenshuriken that slammed the Preta Path down to make way for an actual Rasenshuriken, then the clone covered up the Preta Path's eyes and the real Naruto came down from above with a Rasenrengan.

Itachi knew Kabuto would go after Sasuke and protected him instead. He also figured out he and Sasuke could use genjutsu on each other to free themselves.
 

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A summary of everything:
  • Kidomaru analyzing Neji's fighting style, and discovering all of the Byakugan's weaknesses.
  • Sasuke had some crazy big brain moments in his fight with Deidara. Figured out that his bombs are weak to Raiton, neutralized them, cleverly used genjutsu to trick Deidara, pretended to drop his sword and allowed himself to get mortally wounded just so he can get a chance to get close to the airborne Deidara, among other crazy moments. Oh I almost forgot his quick thinking that allowed him to survive C0 by summoning Manda, using genjutsu on it, having it take the brunt of the blast, and cleverly using reverse summoning.
  • Sasuke using subtle genjutsu on Danzo to trick him into thinking he had an Izanagi left.
  • Minato expertly countering Kamui on his first encounter with it.
  • Sasuke's set up for Kirin against Itachi. Nobody could've seen that shit coming. Him using Amaterasu to his advantage was brilliant, too.
  • Shikamaru tricking and neutralizing Hidan.
  • Naruto figuring out how to incapacitate the 3rd Raikage by using his Hell Stab attack against himself?
  • Sasuke using those rigged Fuma Shurikens against Itachi?
  • Shikamaru and Kakashi's multi-step plan to have Hidan take out one of Kakuzu's hearts
  • The distractions with naruto clones, then tossing sasuke a giant shuriken, sasuke throws it at Zabuza but thr was another shuriken in its shadow zabuza avoids it but turns out to be a naruto transformation in which they free kakashi
  • Obito taking advantage of his fight with Kakashi to get rid of the seal placed on his heart by Madara
  • Naruto tricking Black Zetsu using his clones and TSOs to cover the original's position.
  • Naruto figuring out that he can teleport the entire alliance outside the barrier by connecting his and everyone's chakra with Minato's, then using FTG.
  • Naruto and Tobirama's Hirashin-Rasengan Combo against Junchiriki Obito after Naruto figured out that Senjutsu works on TSO and Obito without even having to talk about it with Tobirama.
  • Basically all of shikamaru vs. temari
  • Minato and Tobirama's Double Hirashin Manuever, capitalizing on Naruto and Sasuke's Amaterasu Rasenshuriken rush, against Obito without even having to talk about it with to Naruto and Sasuke
  • Itachi creating a big multi-step plan that involves making Sasuke fight him, getting pressured just enough to still believe it was a real fight, but also not get seriously hurt or killed, then getting pressured so that he'd rely on Orochimaru's power and release him, so that Itachi would seal him away and rid Sasuke of him, then manipulate Sasuke into awakening the Mangekyō through his death, and then awakening the EMS thanks to his eyes. He did all that while he had a failsafe in place to deal with "Madara's" interference through an implanted Amaterasu booby trap, and a plan to use Kotoamatsukami on Sasuke in case he went rogue through Naruto. He put all that together while dying of a terminal illness, and covering his tracks from both the Akatsuki, Konoha, and Sasuke; all while giving an Oscar worthy performance to boot!
  • He (Itachi) also quickly figured out how to counter the Rinnegan against Nagato, something that Naruto couldn't pull even with prior knowledge. And he figured out how to stop the seemingly flawless Edo Tensei, almost singlehandedly ending the war.
  • Naruto and Kakashi figuring out how to perfectly time his Kamui get Naruto's Clone to smash a Rasengan into Obito's Face in the Kamui Dimension.
  • Guy swinging his Nunchuck at Obito and then kicking it again so Obito couldn't grab him.
  • Itachi big brain'ing on Kabuto with Izanami.
  • Hiruzen breaking down the TSO's Effects right after getting hit by one.
  • Jiraiya figuring out Nagato's secret, all while dealing with the Rinnegan's abilities on the first try.
  • The Five Kages' combo "Attack on Madara" to incapacitate and seal him
  • Minato left a kunai next to Ay when he teleported away so he could surprise counterattack Ay when he least expected it, then when Ay thought he had Minato's gimick figurde out, Minato just popped up next to Bee because he already foresaw Ay figuring him out.
  • Shikamaru had a multistep plan to get Tayuya's summons under his control, then used the shadow posession to break him out of the genjutsu, and used Tayuya's statement about her only having a flute as a weapon to his advantage, intentionally throwing out a kunai as a ploy to get Tayuya to come close so he can trap her with his shadow strangle.
  • Naruto transformed into Kiba to confuse him and Akamaru, then when Kiba sniffed him out and smacked him, Naruto transformed again into Akamaru to play mind tricks on Kiba, then when Kiba punched Akamaru away, Naruto caught him slipping.
  • Minato thoroughly broke down the TSOs and their range, and was the first to do so to such an extent.
  • Kakashi made Pain waste a Shinra Tensei on him and the Akimichis so that he had no way to counterattack when they wrapped him up and Kakashi blitzed him with a Raikiri (except of course the Asura Path).
  • Naruto threw smoke bombs then sent a clone disguised as a Rasenshuriken that slammed the Preta Path down to make way for an actual Rasenshuriken, then the clone covered up the Preta Path's eyes and the real Naruto came down from above with a Rasenrengan.
  • Itachi knew Kabuto would go after Sasuke and protected him instead. He also figured out he and Sasuke could use genjutsu on each other to free themselves.
 

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Basically every Amenotejikara move. Sasuke uses this to save people or himself. He can actually use it to attack his enemy, switching attacks. His combo with Boruto against Momoshiki is a clear example of a smart use of the technique, as Sasuke destroyed Momo's Rinnegan, so he couldn't absorb any chakra or ninjutsu.
 
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Deidara putting clay insides garras sand while getting his arm crushed dropping c3 as a decoy then sending a c1 bird to make garra block with the sand deidara put clay inside

Narutos plan to take out the naraka path- threw a smoke bomb then jumped up in the air, threw a RS that was a clone to tackle the preta path and cover his eyes so he wouldn't see naruto in the air, threw a RS that deva path had to deal with and killed naraka path with rasengan barrage

Shikamarus 9 step plan vs tayuya while low on resources

SASUKE VS DEIDARA
NEJI VS KIDOMARU

Sakura reading sasoris puppet attack patterns by the way his fingers were moving
 

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Deidara putting clay insides garras sand while getting his arm crushed dropping c3 as a decoy then sending a c1 bird to make garra block with the sand deidara put clay inside

Narutos plan to take out the naraka path- threw a smoke bomb then jumped up in the air, threw a RS that was a clone to tackle the preta path and cover his eyes so he wouldn't see naruto in the air, threw a RS that deva path had to deal with and killed naraka path with rasengan barrage

Shikamarus 9 step plan vs tayuya while low on resources

SASUKE VS DEIDARA
NEJI VS KIDOMARU

Sakura reading sasoris puppet attack patterns by the way his fingers were moving
PREACH
 

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A summary of everything:
  • Kidomaru analyzing Neji's fighting style, and discovering all of the Byakugan's weaknesses.
  • Sasuke had some crazy big brain moments in his fight with Deidara. Figured out that his bombs are weak to Raiton, neutralized them, cleverly used genjutsu to trick Deidara, pretended to drop his sword and allowed himself to get mortally wounded just so he can get a chance to get close to the airborne Deidara, among other crazy moments. Oh I almost forgot his quick thinking that allowed him to survive C0 by summoning Manda, using genjutsu on it, having it take the brunt of the blast, and cleverly using reverse summoning.
  • Sasuke using subtle genjutsu on Danzo to trick him into thinking he had an Izanagi left.
  • Minato expertly countering Kamui on his first encounter with it.
  • Sasuke's set up for Kirin against Itachi. Nobody could've seen that shit coming. Him using Amaterasu to his advantage was brilliant, too.
  • Shikamaru tricking and neutralizing Hidan.
  • Naruto figuring out how to incapacitate the 3rd Raikage by using his Hell Stab attack against himself?
  • Sasuke using those rigged Fuma Shurikens against Itachi?
  • Shikamaru and Kakashi's multi-step plan to have Hidan take out one of Kakuzu's hearts
  • The distractions with naruto clones, then tossing sasuke a giant shuriken, sasuke throws it at Zabuza but thr was another shuriken in its shadow zabuza avoids it but turns out to be a naruto transformation in which they free kakashi
  • Obito taking advantage of his fight with Kakashi to get rid of the seal placed on his heart by Madara
  • Naruto tricking Black Zetsu using his clones and TSOs to cover the original's position.
  • Naruto figuring out that he can teleport the entire alliance outside the barrier by connecting his and everyone's chakra with Minato's, then using FTG.
  • Naruto and Tobirama's Hirashin-Rasengan Combo against Junchiriki Obito after Naruto figured out that Senjutsu works on TSO and Obito without even having to talk about it with Tobirama.
  • Basically all of shikamaru vs. temari
  • Minato and Tobirama's Double Hirashin Manuever, capitalizing on Naruto and Sasuke's Amaterasu Rasenshuriken rush, against Obito without even having to talk about it with to Naruto and Sasuke
  • Itachi creating a big multi-step plan that involves making Sasuke fight him, getting pressured just enough to still believe it was a real fight, but also not get seriously hurt or killed, then getting pressured so that he'd rely on Orochimaru's power and release him, so that Itachi would seal him away and rid Sasuke of him, then manipulate Sasuke into awakening the Mangekyō through his death, and then awakening the EMS thanks to his eyes. He did all that while he had a failsafe in place to deal with "Madara's" interference through an implanted Amaterasu booby trap, and a plan to use Kotoamatsukami on Sasuke in case he went rogue through Naruto. He put all that together while dying of a terminal illness, and covering his tracks from both the Akatsuki, Konoha, and Sasuke; all while giving an Oscar worthy performance to boot!
  • He (Itachi) also quickly figured out how to counter the Rinnegan against Nagato, something that Naruto couldn't pull even with prior knowledge. And he figured out how to stop the seemingly flawless Edo Tensei, almost singlehandedly ending the war.
  • Naruto and Kakashi figuring out how to perfectly time his Kamui get Naruto's Clone to smash a Rasengan into Obito's Face in the Kamui Dimension.
  • Guy swinging his Nunchuck at Obito and then kicking it again so Obito couldn't grab him.
  • Itachi big brain'ing on Kabuto with Izanami.
  • Hiruzen breaking down the TSO's Effects right after getting hit by one.
  • Jiraiya figuring out Nagato's secret, all while dealing with the Rinnegan's abilities on the first try.
  • The Five Kages' combo "Attack on Madara" to incapacitate and seal him
  • Minato left a kunai next to Ay when he teleported away so he could surprise counterattack Ay when he least expected it, then when Ay thought he had Minato's gimick figurde out, Minato just popped up next to Bee because he already foresaw Ay figuring him out.
  • Shikamaru had a multistep plan to get Tayuya's summons under his control, then used the shadow posession to break him out of the genjutsu, and used Tayuya's statement about her only having a flute as a weapon to his advantage, intentionally throwing out a kunai as a ploy to get Tayuya to come close so he can trap her with his shadow strangle.
  • Naruto transformed into Kiba to confuse him and Akamaru, then when Kiba sniffed him out and smacked him, Naruto transformed again into Akamaru to play mind tricks on Kiba, then when Kiba punched Akamaru away, Naruto caught him slipping.
  • Minato thoroughly broke down the TSOs and their range, and was the first to do so to such an extent.
  • Kakashi made Pain waste a Shinra Tensei on him and the Akimichis so that he had no way to counterattack when they wrapped him up and Kakashi blitzed him with a Raikiri (except of course the Asura Path).
  • Naruto threw smoke bombs then sent a clone disguised as a Rasenshuriken that slammed the Preta Path down to make way for an actual Rasenshuriken, then the clone covered up the Preta Path's eyes and the real Naruto came down from above with a Rasenrengan.
  • Itachi knew Kabuto would go after Sasuke and protected him instead. He also figured out he and Sasuke could use genjutsu on each other to free themselves.
  • Sasuke and Kawaki being able to fool Isshiki and get Kawaki some time to run and hide. Kawaki then uses a shadow clone to fool Isshiki again.
  • Basically every Amenotejikara move. Sasuke uses this to save people or himself. He can actually use it to attack his enemy, switching attacks. His combo with Boruto against Momoshiki is a clear example of a smart use of the technique, as Sasuke destroyed Momo's Rinnegan, so he couldn't absorb any chakra or ninjutsu.
  • Naruto farting in Kiba's face to nullify his sense of smell during the Chunin exams
  • Deidara putting clay insides garras sand while getting his arm crushed dropping c3 as a decoy then sending a c1 bird to make garra block with the sand deidara put clay inside
  • Narutos plan to take out the naraka path- threw a smoke bomb then jumped up in the air, threw a RS that was a clone to tackle the preta path and cover his eyes so he wouldn't see naruto in the air, threw a RS that deva path had to deal with and killed naraka path with rasengan barrage
  • Shikamarus 9 step plan vs tayuya while low on resources
  • SASUKE VS DEIDARA
  • NEJI VS KIDOMARU
  • Sakura reading sasoris puppet attack patterns by the way his fingers were moving
 
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Itachi creating a big multi-step plan that involves making Sasuke fight him, getting pressured just enough to still believe it was a real fight, but also not get seriously hurt or killed, then getting pressured so that he'd rely on Orochimaru's power and release him, so that Itachi would seal him away and rid Sasuke of him, then manipulate Sasuke into awakening the Mangekyō through his death, and then awakening the EMS thanks to his eyes. He did all that while he had a failsafe in place to deal with "Madara's" interference through an implanted Amaterasu booby trap, and a plan to use Kotoamatsukami on Sasuke in case he went rogue through Naruto.

He put all that together while dying of a terminal illness, and covering his tracks from both the Akatsuki, Konoha, and Sasuke; all while giving an Oscar worthy performance to boot!

He also quickly figured out how to counter the Rinnegan against Nagato, something that Naruto couldn't pull even with prior knowledge. And he figured out how to stop the seemingly flawless Edo Tensei, almost singlehandedly ending the war.
bro is really batman he really planned sasukes life and STILL had 2 failsafes
 

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Naruto defeating Kakuzu also counts, he analyzed his fighting style and mixed himself with Shadow clones to nail him and he would have got him had the Rasenshuriken not fizzled out on him.

He then did it again the second time but he tricked Kakuzu with another clone using the Rasenshuriken so the real one could actually nail him when Kakuzu attacked the clone.
 

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I think some of the Shikamaru strats and the Naraka path one should definitely be there. I'd also put Minato vs Obito higher. That was an incredibly big brain move for far more than just the surface level reasons. Not only did he nearly instantly figure out how Kamui worked whereas Kakashi Naruto Sakura Kiba Shino and Hinata couldn't in a whole battle, but he then realized Obito knew his own weakness about being vulnerable when he attacks, so Minato intentionally slowed down his Rasengan to let Obito think he had the upperhand and remain solid, then used a creative application of his technique to catch Obito offguard by throwing his kunai and pretending like he meant the kunai to stay inside his head while Obito attacked or just that it would hit, and in the same moment had the foresight to plant a marking on Obito's back.
It's funny because there are almost none really big brain moments in Naruto. It's simple strategies, but effective.
Uh...I wouldn't say that.
 
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