just for fun, I decided to make a list of who in the series can be considered kage level. as we all know, there is no real kage level, but kage level is just what we call nins who are not really kages, but are so much stronger than a jounin that the rank simply did not fit them anymore(in YYH terms, they would be the S-classes). now, might as well get started(yes, some kage levels actually are kages, but not all kages are kage level, so don't throw that in my face): 1st and 2nd hokage: said to be the best of their time, and showed quite a bit of impressive skill. 3rd hokage: god of shinobi. in his prime it has been implied that he was far stronger than even the sannin. 4th hokage: lots of rep, but few showings. made some S-class jutsu, basically won the great war for konoha. also, orochimaru hated him, yet never made a move against him. this should speak volumes. 5th hokage: makes kage level, but not for combat. while her actual fighting abilities would most likely not match up to most other kage levels, her other abilities bring her up to kage level quite easily. Jariya: a sannin, already shown many powerful abilites, and above all that oro seems to take a fight with him quite seriously. orochimaru: actually killed 2 kages, said to be able to destroy a country by himself. he has had one of the most impressive showings out of any nins in the series. Sasori: killed the strongest kage in the history of the sand, destroyed a country by himslelf, and is almost immortal. Garaa: after the time-skipl he has shown more raw power than just about anybody, and at a very young age.\ deidara: defeated garaa, can destroy an entire hidden village in one shot. Itachi: said by oro himself to be stronger than him(twice), defeated one of konoha's best nins easily. Kisame: has shown ability to match 2nd hokage, has the more than 2x the amount of chakra as kyubi naruto. Chiyo: not as strong as sasori, but even at her advanced age she still retained enough power to keep up with him. well, thats all I can think of for now, if you can think of anyone that should be added or struck from the list, please tell me who, and more importantly, WHY.