Part 1 Naruto Tier List
Okay so there have been a lot of tier lists that take into account all the current characters but I am going to do one for part 1. You guys might think it is pointless but in VS threads, part 1 versions of characters come up fairly often so it is a nice idea of knowing how powerful they are in comparison.
Hiruzen Prime - The guy was said to be the strongest Hokage back than and has too much hype over anyone else. It is debatable if the hype is still valid in part 2 but he was top dog in part 1. Also if he was just 10 years younger, he would have been able to seal Orochimaru away.
Minato - Well we didn't know his name back than but he is the 4th Hokage. Also he saved the village from the nine tails' attack so even though we know little about him, it is obvious he is very strong.
Itachi - Well Orochimaru himself said that Itachi was on a whole other level compared to him. Also he escaped the toad mouth trap and could use tsukiyomi or amaterasu against anyone below him. As a child, he killed the entire clan by himself, we don't know about Tobi or Madara just yet.
Orochimaru - Hiruzen himself said that no one in the village could compare to him (this includes old Hiruzen and Jiraiya). Despite losing his arms, he managed to hold his own against two Sannin. Anko thought that the only one who could stop Orochimaru was Minato who was long dead. This gives Minato more hype as well.
Jiraiya - Kisame admitted that Jiraiya is probably on a higher level than him. Jiraiya didn't show us that much but from what he has showed, he isn't too far behind anyone else in this tier.
Old Hiruzen - He put up a very good fight but ultimately failed to defeat Orochimaru. Although he would have beat Orochimaru if he was ten years younger. He managed to hold his own against three kage level opponents by himself even though Orochimaru was toying around with him.
Tsunade - She seemed to be inferior compared to the other two Sannin in their three way battle but she is almost impossible to kill, very intelligent, best medic ninja and very strong.
Kisame - Didn't show us much except for his strength, chakra sucking abilities and some water jutsu.
Hashirama - Well during part 1, he didn't seem all that powerful and I am putting him below Tsunade because we didn't know that he had healing abilities or many of his other abilities that we do now.
Tobirama - Again the same as Hashirama, not very impressive and showed us some water jutsu which used very few hand signs. A nice feat but not enough to be put higher.
4th Kazekage - Didn't show us anything in part 1 and Orochimaru killed him and his guards without anyone from the Sand Village knowing. He has no feats or hype but he is on this list just because he is a kage.
Gai - I changed Gai's location on the tier list because he was even faster than Kakashi even without gates. He also has no stamina issues unlike his rival and Gai himself can use gates which are pretty OP. We also haven't taken into account Gai's superior taijutsu skills and immense physical strength.
Kimimaro - Basically Kabuto said that no one from the Leaf Village is strong enough to beat Kimimaro. I don't know if this is cannon or not but did he solo the Sound Four? Despite being near death, he was able to fight 1000 Naruto clones, fight drunken and then gated Lee and finally fought Gaara who kept on burying him but he just kept coming back.
Gaara - Well he can create huge sand tsunamis which can easily solo many jounin level opponents without too much difficulty. He could also use his tailed beast. Everyone in Suna feared him and this includes all the jounin in the Sand village.
Kakashi - He was one of the most intelligent characters and still is. Arguably the strongest jounin in Konoha right next to Gai. He is placed above Gai because Gai didn't show us any gates. Edit: I originally had him a bit higher but EliteKakashi himself thinks that Kakashi should be lower so I placed him here. Since he is a fan of Kakashi, he is bound to know more about his character's limitations than most others.
Kabuto - He was said to be on the same level as Kakashi by Orochimaru. Also he is a very good medic, spy and is good at psychological warfare. Edit: Well Kabuto moves below Kakashi as well because I believe Kakashi was slightly stronger than him
Zabuza - He gave Kakashi a good fight but in the end, Kakashi was too fast for him. He could kill plenty of jounin level ninja using the mist and silent killing. He had built up a fearsome reputation by massacring 100 academy students as a child and also attempted to assassinate the Mizukage.
Kurenei - She was the best at genjutsu in the hidden leaf and managed to trap Itachi (best genjutsu user ever) in a genjutsu for a small amount of time. I moved her up because I think she is underrated and she can one shot a lot of people with genjutsu not named Itachi. She also trapped Kisame in a genjutsu as well so her trapping two high level ninjas in a paralysis genjutsu is very noteworthy.
Baki - He oneshotted Geko Hayate who was a Konoha jounin. He is skilled at using an invisible wind blade and his flak jacket was able to tank a sword strike from Hayate who was a sword master. He seems pretty fast and he is after all, the sensei of the elite Sand Siblings (strongest trio of kids in part 1).
Asuma - He was able to wound Kisame iirc. Well Kisame was just playing around with Asuma but Asuma did show us some great strength by holding Kisame off for a bit. He also soloed 7 sound ninja which not many jounin can do. He also has some good stats in the data book. If we take into account his part 2 feats, he'd be moved higher but in part 1, his jutsu arsenal wasn't very robust.
Shizune - She is a pretty skilled medic and studied under Tsunade so she is pretty good. Her evasive skills and intelligence is pretty high. She is also skilled at using medical equipment.
SRA Naruto/Sasuke (only with KN1 and CS2) - Some of you guys may disagree but at this point, both Naruto and Sasuke were low jounin level. Firstly they were already high chunin level before they got their power ups especially Sasuke. The CS2 and the Kyubbi cloak increases their power quite a bit so at this point they became formidable opponents even compared to some weaker jounin level ninjas. Now I moved them up a tier since both the CS2 and KN1 cloak grants them immense raw power, healing abilities, solid defence and speed. Sure neither was "jounin" level if we look at pure skill but my list is about power than skill and prowess which they both lacked.
Rock Lee (only with gates)- Well the gates are super fast and OP so he can actually beat a lot of jounin level ninjas despite him being just a genin. The problem is that they don't last forever and are very dangerous for his health. For this reason, any ninja who has a good defence should be able to beat him. He is pretty one dimensional as well, nor does he have jounin level intelligence either. He may have the potential to beat some others above him but he isn't on their level.
Anko - She didn't do much but she did study under Orochimaru and he gave her his curse mark because he felt that she was above average.
Gemna/Raido - They did give the Sound Four a decent fight but the fight was too short so I can't say they were too impressive.
Gecko Hayate - Even though he was skilled with a sword, he still got owned at his own game. He does have sufficient hype and is titled a jounin so he is still a jounin level ninja.
SRA Temari - Well she had an OP summon that could level an entire forest in a small amount of time. It could one shot plenty of jounin level ninjas. Also when people fought against her, they were always forced to run for cover. She was also very intelligent and good at analyzing situations.
SRA Tayuya - She was also pretty intelligent and managed to overpower Shikamaru. She lost badly to Temari because Temari at that point was the only one who could counter her genjutsu so casually. Tayuya was also hyped to be one of the stronger members of Sound 4 iirc. Also Tayuya's demons can be very useful as they can suck chakra which is always a nice ability to have even in part 2.
SRA Neji - He was very impressive in part 1 and was able to solo Kidomaru who most people believe was the strongest member of the Sound 4. His rotation is a pretty good defence. Neji also had excellent speed and taijutsu. He was also pretty observant which was even more helpful since he has the Byakugan which lets him see all around him.
Kidomaru - Well he was very close to beating Neji and some may argue that he was overall stronger than Neji but a bad match up. Also his webs were very powerful and to date, only amaterasu and jyuken have broken them.
SRA Kankuro - Well now I have moved him to this tier because stuff like poison is very deadly and without knowledge, fighting against a puppet master is very difficult. I actually see him beating a few jounin level ninjas because of the trickiness of fighting a puppet user. Also bare in mind that puppetry uses very little chakra so he can conserve a lot of it while his opponents continuously get weaker because of poison. Kankuro is pretty smart as well and I see him being underrated here for some reason.
Sakon/Ukon - Well they had an ultimate defence (Rashoman gates), good healing abilities, they were a duo and could possess people's bodies and eat away at their cells. After manhandling Kiba, they lost to Kankuro because they were low on chakra and were a bad match up against Kankuro.
Haku - His kkg was pretty good and he was considered a prodigy. Apparently Zabuza held him with high regards so he is obviously very strong. Zabuza went on to say that if Kakashi beat Zabuza, Kakashi wouldn't have been able to beat him. Maybe Zabuza was imlying that Kakashi wouldn't have the stamina to beat Haku but this implies that Haku can potentially put on a fight against an elite jounin of the same calibre as Kakashi. On top of all this, Haku is pretty fast, pretty intelligent and can use make jutsus with one hand seals.
Ebisu - Well it was known that he was a jounin but he didn't really do anything so he is more like a fodder but since he is hyped to be one, he has to be on this list.
SRA Choji (only with pills) - Well with pills he becomes extremely powerful but they have a side effect so he can't use it all the time. Without pills he is pretty meh and only a low chunin candidate.
Jiroubo - He pushed Choji to use the deadly red pills so he is right next to Choji. His earth dome could have soloed the rescue squad if it wasn't for Choji. I think Choji a bad match up against hiim.
Chunin Exams Neji - Neji was slightly better than Sasuke during the chunin exams IMO. Apparently this is cannon hype as well.
Chunin Exams Sasuke - Well this is Sasuke after he trained his speed and chidori to take on Gaara. At this point Sasuke only has a two tomoe sharingan and couldn't use his curse seal to its full potential.
Chunin Exams Kankuro - During the chunin exams, Kankuro and Shino were around the same level so I put them together although I think Kankuro was superior but was up against a bad match up.
Shino - He was quite impressive but unfortunately he wasn't on the Sasuke Retrieval Arc even though he'd be very helpful in fighting anyone of the Sound Five, and yes this includes Kimimaro also. He tied with Kankuro but personally I think Kankuro was an all around better ninja than Shino but he was a bad match up against a bug user which is why he didn't pull off a legit victory.
SRA Shikamaru - Well he was a genius even in part 1. He didn't have much combat prowess though and he had pretty horrible chakra reserves during the good old days.
Rock Lee (without weights) - Well without weights I put him on the same level as the Sasuke that fought Gaara but I feel Sasuke was superior to him because of sharingan precog, ninjutsu and intelligence.
SRA Kiba - He was pretty average although the wolf fang over fang is a very powerful jutsu. He also has a keen sense of smell which is always nice to have in the ninja world. Also he can have Akamaru attacking separately so it is always a 2 VS 1 against him. Kiba also had great speed but he lacked intelligence.
Chunin Exams Temari - She only had one jutsu but that one jutsu was very useful. Her jutsu wasn't strong enough to cut a tree yet which is why there is a huge power gap between SRA Temari and CE Temari, who could casually mow down trees. For a genin who specialized in long range combat, her taijutsu was actually rather impressive.
Chunin Exams Shikamaru - This version of Shikamaru had even lower chakra than the one in SRA. He only had the shadow possession jutsu and couldn't do anything else at this point. He couldn't even use the shadow strangle which he learned after the chunin exams.
Dosu - He died pretty early or else he would be a lot stronger. His sound based attacks are very useful against a close range fighter. He was also a keen analyzer.
Rock Lee (with weights) - I'm not trying to underrate Lee but with weights his speed is kind of average and he has no genjutsu or ninjutsu prowess either.
Chunin Exams Naruto - This is Naruto without the nine tails chakra. At this point he did not even have the rasengan so he was inferior to Sasuke at this point. He did have kage bunshins and some decent taijutsu but other than that he was kind of meh.
Chunin Exams Kiba - Well he did give Naruto a good fight but he lost to Naruto who did not even have the nine tails chakra. There was some plot no jutsu involved so I view Naruto and Kiba at this point as equals.
Chunin Exams Choji - Without pills, Choji was rather meh but he does have great physical strength and stamina.
Demon Brothers - Well they had some cool chainsaws and it seemed like they were decently skilled. It seemed like Sasuke did a pretty good job against them but still, Sasuke was considered pretty elite since he was an Uchiha and all. They did get fodderized by Kakashi though but that is to be expected of an experienced and prodigious sharingan user such as Kakashi.
Mizuki - Well he could use academy level jutsus and had the upper-hand in the fight against Iruka. He was also skilled with the usage of shuriken and kunai. He had basic ninja skills covered although he lost to early part 1 Naruto.
Iruka - Well he lost to Mizuki so he is lower than him but he was still known as a chunin level ninja. Well the standards are pretty low if people like him and Mizuki are considered chunin level ninja but whatever. Since he taught the academy, he must have mastered all those basic academy level jutsus though and since a master with a rock can beat a rookie with a kunai, I guess he could potentially be up here.
Zaku - Well he had a powerful sound blast that could cut rocks so he had a pretty good jutsu although he wasn't very skilled.
Kin - Well she was alright with her sound attack but she is pretty arrogant and got owned pretty easily.
Hinata - Well she did okay against Neji but than again, Neji barely broke a sweat. She had no role in the Sasuke Retrieval Arc either.
Tenten - Well she could spam kunais which is good and all but why didn't she do something else when those kunai failed? She didn't have any other skill so she is a very one dimensional fighter. I don't blame her though since Temari is pretty boss and all so I do think Tenten is more powerful than the way the manga has portrayed her to be but if I put her above Hinata, her fans will be upset and since Hinata did put up a better fight against Neji than Tenten did against Temari, I am inclined to put Hinata above Tenten.
Misumi - Well he was matched up against Kankuro so it was not only a bad match up but his opponent was elite so I don't think he was fodder but he only had that one jutsu and it won't always be helpful.
Ino - She would have beat Sakura fair and square if it wasn't for Naruto. Plot no jutsu strikes again.
Sakura - She wasn't very impressive in part 1 despite being a main character with a lot of screen time. She had no ninjutsu except for substitutions and clones. Well she could bite others lol and was very intelligent although because she had very little combat skill, it didn't matter. Sakura's most impressive feat was making two clones to distract Ino and then attacking her with those two distractions.
Yoroi - This guy was a joke, his only attacking ability was by sucking the opponent's chakra. This ability is pretty good although he fought against an opponent who was already dangerously low on chakra and still got owned so badly. Also he has to go up close to use this ability which means he can't beat mid-long range attackers. He also can't beat CQC specialists either because frankly speaking, his skills, despite being a CQC fighter, in CQC suck. I don't see how he can beat anyone else in the manga if he is that bad. It took him time to absorb someone's chakra and that is all he can do and wait for the other person to fall unconscious. Pretty sure even Ino and Sakura would dominate him in the fight because they are both CQC. Now since I talked smack about him so severely, I will say that his ability could have been amazing at interrogation since he can tire the enemy into giving up.
Gatou's Bodyguards - These Samurai were pretty meh and were easily beaten by two early part 1 Naruto shadow clones. Well they aren't ninja so I can see why.
If I missed anyone, free feel to tell me and also give feedback if you can. If you guys want, I might add different versions of each character because the ones in the Sasuke Retrieval Arc were a lot stronger than the ones from the Chunin Exams Arc.