Re: 10 Strongest Shinobi >>> Fodders Only!
Tbh, I never made a list, but going by the fact that it is the chunin exam, you saw Shikamaru became a chunin despite losing. The other thing is, surely the main event was 1 vs 1 battle, but in order to get to the main event, you had to prove a lot of things first. One being the ability to obtain information without being caught (or at least by using certain technique like byakugan, bugs, or sand). The other being proving yourself in a team test. So IMO those 2 disciplines are just as important as the actual final battle. Also later on, you have to prove yourself in many ways, the actual tests are nothing compared to actual shinobi missions, or war for that matter. Which is where your real skills finally will be set to shine.
Originally Posted by KiraGirl K
Take the small konoha platoon with Anko as leader, who was able to locate Kabuto, but as they did, they by chance saw the entire zetsu army, thanks to a byakugan user. They then managed to use bugs to bring this information to HQ, but all (except Anko) died. So they were fodders yes, but measuring by what they did, they could easily be placed in top of that list as well. Though they are probably all jonin rank.
So does that mean he is better ranked than Naruto in a top 10 list (at the time)? IMO yes, but Naruto surely wouldn't lose to him. So it depends how you make your criteria. If I were to make a list over fodders, it would not be much different from yours:
1. Zetsu (black/white) Yeah he is extremely useful, records fights, endless amount of clones, can move through the ground, can communicate with clones (like yamato could with his clone)
2. Sakura (to me she isn't a main character), exceptional healing abilities, intelligent, can 1-shoot almost any opponent
3. Karin, her sensor abilities are out of the ordinary, her healing ability can restore chakra in no time, she is as smart as sakura, though lacks direct combat ability
And I could go on, but it's not really with any point. IMO you can't make a perfect top10, since it would always depend on the situation. If you say, you make a top10 given the ability to 1 vs 1 battle, I obviously would not have any of the 3 listed above in the list.
But if t was an overall list to work in a team, I don't see any other "fodders" that would be more useful than one of the 3 in terms of skill. I mean you always need a medic and someone who can "sense".
Personally I would probably prefer Karin, since she can heal/sense, but for some occasions it is probably important that your sensor can fight as well. Take Naruto for instance (though he isn't fodder).
So IMO the perfect criteria for lists, you need to have one, which goes by
and you can easily justify that one character can appear in every list, Naruto could be an example, I could see him being a good team leader in the end of the story, he can heal, he got power, and he can sense.
But atm, it would be interesting to make lists for everything, since that would be the only way to get an actual overview, over the best combination for a 4-man team, and you would surely need 1, with abilities in every area.
And I would of course make the ranks, for healing only, power only, etc. So the best sensor is probably Naruto, but not because of his ability to fight, but because of his huge range, which he can sense within, and using bunshins in huge amounts is also under the sensing category, just like using dogs would be.