What land animal would win all fights?

Ok so, which land animal would beat all other land animals in a 1v1? My guess is the elephant but I know that rhinos, hippos, and Siberian tigers are also strong. 

EDIT: No equipment is allowed in the fights like an ak47 or call a friend. 

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Feb 26, 2021 - 8:27am

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Feb 25, 2021 - 8:52pm

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Feb 25, 2021 - 9:06pm

Kodiak bear hands fucking down for predators, but I'd probably give the edge to African elephants for overall. Bears are just demonically powerful animals, it's honestly disturbing how we've taken one of the most brutal predators in nature and turned it into some anthropomorphized cute critter that eats honey. They will run you down like a dog, chase you up trees, and tear you in half with a few paw swipes. Just look at what those fuckers do to trees. Elephants are self explanatory, and the ones in Africa are the biggest and baddest MFers on earth.


Feb 26, 2021 - 2:49am

Yeah that's true, I saw a video on how much people were scared of bears before because of their brutality, even when they got shot the bears were still in an attack. The books from earlier dates regarding bears even stated that the shots only made them angrier. 

Feb 26, 2021 - 10:04am

Yogi and Boo Boo don't fuck around. All the hippies out in the PNW will understand as they allow predators to start moving back in because hunting is evil and stuff. There's a reason the region was originally braved by outlaws and trappers.


Feb 26, 2021 - 2:47am

Dont believe a human is the correct answer to the question because in a 1v1 with a tiger, grizzly, silverback, rhino, elephant, lion and many other animals they would lose. The reason for why we are where we are is not because of our fighting skills I believe it is more because of intelligence.

Feb 26, 2021 - 2:57am

Ok so until now we have: Bear, tiger, panda, rhino, and elephant. 

I believe the elephant is too big and strong to lose against a bear or a tiger but the siberian tiger may be a better matchup than the tiger that lives with the elephants so we cant eliminate tigers yet in my opinion. Pandas I believe would get fucked by tiger and elephant. I have read that the rhino actually gets taken down by the elephant but given its speed, if it were coming at full speed towards the elephant maybe it would have a chance. Also, I have seen a fighting video between them where the rhino just bitched out. Believe any bear would get fucked by the tiger and also the elephant. 

So currently my list atm: Elephant and Siberian tiger. But what about the deadly snake? 

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Feb 26, 2021 - 7:55am

For all those saying Siberian tiger, yeah those fuckers are huge, and fast, but you also need staying power in a fight, and that means body fat. And the only land predator to have that are Brown and Polar bears. Still would take Elephants tho, they are insanely strong and get huge rage boni.

Feb 26, 2021 - 8:32am

Yeah doubt any bear would be able to take on an elephant, I read this from an article that was very interesting:

"Elephants are much larger than anything a polar bear shares habit with. Their height also means the bear can't reach its vital points without standing up on its hind legs. Such a move would just prompt the elephant to knock the bear over, and likely crush to death afterwords. And with elephants have been done to push over trees, knocking down a bear is trivial.

Also look at what else elephants are known to do. Large lion prides have run away rather than try to fight a single elephant. Elephants have walked into herds of hippos without the giant masters of the river lifting a finger against them. They've also been known to kill rhinos, which are much larger and stronger than a bear. In fact there have been cases of elephants using their trunks to flip over hippos and rhinos. If they can do that then they could likely kill a polar bear with a single blow.

A bear is simply not big enough to win against an elephant. It could do some damage, but at best the bear could leave some cuts in the elephant and if it persists, it would just make the elephant made and tire itself out to the point where the angry elephant can run it down and turn into a paste."

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Feb 26, 2021 - 9:17am

How the fuck has nobody said hippo yet? It is literally the most feared animal on the African continent, kills tigers, lions, crocs you name it. Bears? Get fucked with jaws that can crush the biggest bear on the planet's head with ease. Skin? Literally 2 inches think. Speed? 30mph on land. Weight? 4,000 Lbs. (the largest bear is like 1,500, so they are for sure getting fucked) Not to mention these things are aggressive, unlike elephants which are fucking pussies. Ask any African that lives near these fuckers and they will tell you do not fuck with them under any circumstances. Has the third highest bite forced after the saltwater croc and great white. Hippos have literally bit crocodiles in half. Their mouth opens 180 degrees and their tusks are 2 ft long. We are talking about a literal land tank here and you guys think a fucking tiger or a bear stands a chance???

Feb 28, 2021 - 10:48am

Hippos are dope and all, but I would still bet a Kodiak bear fucks a hippo up. Even though they're half the weight they've got more mobility and weapons, and I'd guess on the strength factor they're relatively evenly matched. And an African Elephant would wreck a hippo 1v1.


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Mar 19, 2021 - 6:22pm

You had me at "elephants are pussies. Ask any African..." 😂😂😂😂😂

Feb 26, 2021 - 10:45am

I would like to change my answer to the king cobra. It's venom can kill an elephant in a few hours so I'm assuming it would kill all other animals as well. And it's so small and fast that I feel like it would be able to escape just about anything. All it would take is one bite and the other one is essentially fucked

Feb 27, 2021 - 4:15am

Not sure why youtube links aren't getting posted properly, but the mongoose says hi

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Feb 26, 2021 - 10:48am

Have you listened to the Joe Rogan episode where he talks about polar bears for like 2 hours straight

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Feb 28, 2021 - 10:20am

I don't remember which one it was but listened to it on a long drive once and remember thinking "wtf did I just listen to?"

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Feb 28, 2021 - 12:40pm

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Feb 26, 2021 - 12:01pm

Has no mentioned Gorilla? They weigh around 150kg, similar to a female polar bear (granted, less than a 400kg male polar bear), but have much more flexibility as far as their movements go (can punch, kick, strangle, bite etc.) compared to pretty much all land animals. It may take a while for a Gorilla to fuck up an elephant, but provided the Gorilla avoids getting stepped on, the elephant doesn't have other tactics.

Feb 26, 2021 - 1:51pm

Don't discount the strength of a gorilla. Those things are fierce and strong af. Gorilla vs Grizzly would be an interesting bout.

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Feb 28, 2021 - 12:41pm

with Joe Rogan commentating, that would be very interesting

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Feb 27, 2021 - 4:00am

Aight doing another recap.

The gorilla is unfortunately not going to win a fight against tiger, elephant, hippo and I believe the grizzly would take it to even though the gorilla is very strong.
The hippo is high on the list I believe we can set it as top 5 somewhere, but it against the elephant would lose. 
The liger was very interesting I do not know how it would have performed in a fight, if the liger's mother is a tiger and its father is a lion the liger is huge. Do not know where we can put it on the list though. 
The King Cobra can kill an elephant in one bite, as long as it does not get stamped on I don't see why it would lose any fights. Never mind, the mongoose is immune to the venom and can kill these snakes, damn. 

The giraffe's kick is said to could kill a lion and has been seen to kick the lion's head off. But going against the elephant it would be no match.

Right now, I don't know yet how to rank it but at the top, we have: Elephant, King Cobra, Liger, and hippo. 

Feb 27, 2021 - 3:43pm

Hannibal nearly took sacked Rome because of his elephants. So I'll go with a war trained elephant.

By strongest if we look from a genome perspective I think that chickens would win. Due to the domestication of chickens we have nearly 27 billion chickens on our planet. Chickens typically only live for 3-5 months if they are used for food.  So every year nearly 100 billion chickens are killed and born. Which is kind of crazy to think about.  

Feb 27, 2021 - 4:45pm

Adding "Chicken Genocide" to my list of future band names, that's metal af

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Feb 28, 2021 - 12:48pm

Hannibal nearly took sacked Rome because of his elephants.

He also lost the battle of Zama because of how unpredictable they are

Feb 27, 2021 - 4:43pm

I think the arena matters a lot and the context - does "winning" mean surviving longer? If so I'll just take a regular camel in the desert, who can just run away and chill for 7 months without food or water while the other animal dies. I think that's a valid fighting tactic.

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Feb 28, 2021 - 11:30am

Yeah that's true I was actually thinking about that, because Tardigrades as mentioned above will be the last animal to be killed when the earth goes under if it were to fight an elephant in a space where it could hide, and the world was about to go under they would have won the fight because as mentioned in the comment of "The Slackbone Group" if the solar system fucks us up they are the last to die.

So in a space where there would be no place to hide it would all go down to actually fight. and I believe that is how we should approach this matter.

Feb 27, 2021 - 6:34pm

Someone posted this on here a while back and I think we all pretty heavily discussed it haha

Feb 28, 2021 - 11:32am

haha never seen it but yeah if the rats would have been hungry and 10,000 of them there would have been a huge fucking problem but don't know about their speed and stamina though, maybe you could have ran away. The 50 birds would may be the best in my opinion.

Feb 27, 2021 - 5:44pm

After reading through the responses it's very hard to decide because it also depends on what they're facing. Like I said a cobra could kill any animals with a single bite, but gets annihilated by the mongoose. However, a bear, tiger, or hippo would eat a mongoose for breakfast. I feel if we did a cage match of our chosen animal vs. all other common animals and the winner was whoever won the most fights, it would be the elephant. They would have a few losses to things like the cobra, but would dominate the gorilla, rhino, tiger, lion, and just about anything else. But I guess if the elephant had good enough reflexes it could even stomp on the cobra before the venom killed it.

Feb 28, 2021 - 11:39am

Shit, to be honest, I believe there is no animal such that would win all fights. I believe the ecosystem in the world is made up such that it is not possible. Think about it, we have come to the conclusion that an elephant would win MOST fights but there are animals that can and have killed it too. So in the end I believe the most accurate question we can ask is: What land animal would win the most 1v1 fights, no tools allowed and in a big cage or in a colosseum. Then out of my knowledge of what I have learned the elephant is the one I would have put my money on to win the most fights.

Feb 28, 2021 - 11:55am

Most insightful post on WSO this year! Seems like a lot of people here would appreciate Discovery Channel's Animal Face-off show. It's straight up hilarious how the producers go into detail of an animal's traits, behavior, features, temperament etc. to create a profile for each animal and then have them fight like 100 battles to see which one would prevail. Oh, and it is of course all animated in shitty 2000s CGI. Hands down one of my old favs from Animal Planet/Discovery. 

Check it out:

Mar 19, 2021 - 9:41pm

Some wiki results:


"The lion is one of Africa's apex land predators. The saltwater crocodile is the largest living reptile and the dominant predator throughout its range.

Apex predators have a long evolutionary history, dating at least to the Cambrian period when animals such as Anomalocaris dominated the seas."

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Mar 20, 2021 - 11:42am

I brought this question up with a couple friends at dinner and drinks.  Made for some hilarious convo.  Cheetah!  Cheetah!  I used a Family Feud format so took them awhile to get the most brought up animals on this tread like Hippo and African Elephant.  Later we played brain teasers.  Thanks for posing the question.

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