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Who Would Win Wednesdays: Raiden vs. Sephiroth

Posted by Robert Ramsey

Round 12

Greetings loyal Push Square readers, and welcome to yet another Who Would Win Wednesdays. In a rather brutal twist of fate, this bumbling associate editor completely forgot about this week's contest, but luckily, we've had a brawl waiting in the wings for just such an occasion – and what a battle it is. Of course, we can't forget about last week's fight either, in which Alduin and Bahamut burned each other to ashes. Final Fantasy's colourful dragon emerged victorious, but will the franchise go on to notch up another win today? Let's find out.


Not many PlayStation characters can say that they've made the jump from being a hated protagonist to one of the most badass creations in gaming, but Metal Gear's Raiden is one of them. Even before his ridiculous transformation, Raiden was already a dangerous and deadly soldier, but after it, he's probably one of the most powerful fighters to ever grace the PS3. Picking up gigantic mechs and flinging them across an entire city is all in a day's work for this overpowered cyborg, and yet he still finds the time to think up incredibly cheesy one-liners as he makes mincemeat out of platoons of robotic grunts. With his iconic high frequency blade in hand, not much can stand in the way of Raiden – especially when those magic words, "rules of nature", echo across the battlefield.


Final Fantasy VII's antagonist is easily one of PlayStation's most recognisable villains, and for good reason. Creepy mother issues aside, Sephiroth has all the makings of master fighter: insanely powerful magical abilities, a consistently confident smirk, and a blade that's bigger than himself. Wielding masamune, this well groomed psychopath attempts to bring about the end of the world by dropping a massive meteorite on it. Of course, his plans are ultimately thwarted, but let's not forget that Sephiroth is just one man with a really large sword. Possessing almost unmatched agility, strength, and cunning thanks to his biological enhancements, it's safe to say that the iconic killer would be a tough opponent for just about any character that you can think of – just don't mention a certain Mr. Strife.

In this week's clash of utterly ridiculous sword skills, who would end up being sliced and diced? Vote for your winner in our poll, and tell us how you think the battle would unfold in the comments section below.

Who do you think would win this Wednesday? (50 votes)





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User Comments (26)



rjejr said:

Sepiroth. B/c I'm afraid he'll come to me in my nightmares and kill me if I dont choose him.

And he has the best theme music ever, he should win for that alone.

I still say PSASBR would have sold better if he were the final boss. I would have bought it. Even if the game cheated and he always won, I still would have bought it just to fight him over ad over again w/ all the different characters.



Chouzetsu said:

Raiden would cut him to shreds IMO. I mean, he cuts everything to shreds.



Cloud7794 said:

Sephiroth for sure. Raiden may be tough, but genocidal alien-human hybrids with unfathomable magical power are probably something a little above his capabilities.



charlesnarles said:

They don't have nanomachines in FF7 universe, right? But MGS has no magic. Raiden could survive fire/ice/lightning attacks but Seph couldn't survive getting chopped up



ThreadShadow said:

It all depends if Raiden can get to Sephiroth before he casts anything big. I would say for sword skills they are evenly matched, but I haven't seen Sephiroth do anything near as swordy as Raiden has. So Raiden may have the "edge" there! I just don't know who to vote for. Cloud defeated Sephiroth and he doesn't have the mad crazy sword skills of Raiden.



mitcHELLspawn said:

As bad ass as sephiroth is.. He got his ass beat by cloud and thats the end of him.. raiden gets [BESTED IN BATTLE], arm chopped off eye gouged out and only comes back stronger.. I gotta say raiden takes it.



Yajuu said:

If Raiden's character can get destroyed by Platinum Games he would be no match for Sephiroth.




sajoey said:

I'm saying Raiden, but only because he's hyper fast, can slow down, can see attacks coming, and with the HF blade, would be able to cut Sephiroth's sword into bits. One of the most iconic swords ever would be obliterated in seconds.



Kayoss said:

Sephiroth wins hands down. Why? He impaled Aerith...enough said.



get2sammyb said:

Oooft, the comments are one-sided, but the poll is quite close. This is a fun one.



kingandaval said:

@Kayoss No he didn't. That was Jenova

Jenova is a shape shifter and was being controlled by Sephiroth's body which was locked in the mako deposit in the north crater.



Jaz007 said:

I'll choose Sephrioth. It's close, but he is a beast. And I pretty sure I literally fought him over 100 times before beating him in Kingdom Hearts 2. Maybe I should make that 200. Not to mention you have to have a really powerful blow to finish him once he's at 1 HP. Man, that let him beat me so many times. He is just over powered. Thinking about out it more, he just really is a hard person to beat. Good match up guys.



Beaston61 said:

Tough one! I went for Raiden, Just because he is the son of Gray Fox. - Sephiroth would hit him and Raiden would respond "HURT ME MORE!" (hopefully)



alphadrago5 said:

So I chose Raiden. Hypothetically, lets say this is a more realistic world where Sephiroth's "Super(overpowered)nova" move would actually destroy anything it touches in one hit (including the earth). I've learned from all the games I've played, movies and shows I've watched in my life... every attack has it's weak point. Supernova is a huge and devastating spell, so logically it must take a good amount of time to cast (in addition to the fact that it would probably kill Sephiroth too.. since he wouldn't have a planet to stand on or air to breathe).
Raiden is a cyborg, so he's fast, strong, and he can spot weaknesses in his enemies. Not to mention that his sword is easier to handle than Masamune (because it's shorter) and is capable of shredding through Sephiroth's fleshy body in an instant. Meanwhile it would take quite a few hits from Sephiroth to cut through Raiden's metal. Also there's Raiden's Defensive Offense ability...



Kayoss said:

" As Aeris finishes praying, Sephiroth descends from the ceiling and impales her with the Masamune. "
You know who Jenova is right? Jenova is an alien from space. They use jenovas cells to make sephirith. When sephirioth found out he hated man kind and tried to destroy the planet.

Oops never mind I did not see that emoticon. Keep calm and chive on brother.

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