Record of Ragnarok: Who Are the 13 Human Combatants in the Ultimate Battle?

Record of Ragnarok, a popular manga and anime series, features an epic showdown between 13 human combatants and 13 gods from various mythologies. The stakes are high, with the fate of humanity resting on the outcome of these battles. The human combatants, chosen from throughout history, are a diverse and formidable group of warriors, each with their own unique skills and abilities. In this article, we will introduce you to the 13 human combatants, providing a brief overview of their backgrounds and fighting styles. Whether you’re a fan of the series or new to the world of Record of Ragnarok, this guide will help you better understand the human side of this ultimate battle.

Lu Bu

The Chinese general Lu Bu was named by Brunhilde as the first champion of humans. Ever since he knew how to wield a world, Lu Bu was already a bloodthirsty warrior. He became so strong that one stroke from his spear parted the clouds in the sky.

In the first battle between mankind and the Gods, Lu Bu defended humanity against the Norse God of Thunder, Thor. Indeed, the battle was so epic that both contenders showed their full strength. However, Thor was still the worthy victor. In real life, Lu Bu is remembered as a legendary figure in Chinese history and has been immortalized in various works of literature, including the classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms.


The father of mankind, Adam surprised his children in the second round of Record of Ragnarok season 1. Ironically, he battled the father of the Greek Gods, Zeus.

Adam was the first man created by God, alongside Eve. Although he and Eve were the roots of humanity, he still despised the Gods. Adam was such a relentless and tough opponent who almost bested an overpowered Zeus. Despite his efforts to defend himself, Zeus still took the win but also took a lot of damage.

Kojiro Sasaki

Known as the “Greatest Loser” is not a loser after all. When he was still alive, Kojiro Sasaki was a swordsman known to lose every single battle he ever took. Kojiro, who hailed from feudal Japan never won until his fight against the God of the Sea, Poseidon.

Who knew that his experience from all his losses would translate to a win against one of the strongest Greek Gods? Today, Kojiro Sasaki is remembered as one of the greatest swordsmen in Japanese history, and his legend has been immortalized in various works of art, including novels, films, and manga.

Jack the Ripper

Probably the worst man to ever exist, “Jack the Ripper” also makes an appearance as a human fighter for the tournament. As the infamous serial killer in Europe, his own people despised him. This was the first time mankind rooted for the Gods. In this fight, Jack meets with the most righteous God, Heracles (commonly known by some as Hercules).

Despite his victory against the pro-humanity Heracles, Jack was still booed by the humans and the Gods. He proved to be a formidable opponent with a lot of tricks in his bag.

In real life, the killer’s identity remains a mystery to this day, despite the efforts of police and investigators at the time and numerous later investigations. The case has captured the public imagination and has been the subject of countless books, films, and television shows.

Raiden Tameemon

“The strongest muscles” and “the strongest wrestler” Raiden Tameemon represented mankind against a top-tier God, the God of Destruction, Shiva.

In Record of Ragnarok season 2, Raiden was the human’s champion in the fifth round against a superior God. He was a famous Japanese wrestler and was considered the best in the history of Japan. He went toe-to-toe in hand-to-hand combat against Shiva, but the Gods were named victorious.


Technically, Buddha (Gautama Siddharta Buddha) is not human. He is listed as a God but chose to represent humanity instead. Alongside Heracles and the Valkyries, he is also against the fight between Gods and mankind and he does not want to destroy the latter.

Buddha’s appearance was short, which was a teaser for a possible Record of Ragnarok season 3. Buddha is slated to fight a Demon Lord in the name of Hajun in the sixth round. Who do you think would come out on top between these two? If you have read the manga, you probably know who did.

Qin Shi Huang

The Greatest King known to men, Qin Shi Huang gets picked as the man who will go against the God of the Underworld, Hades. Qin founded the Qin dynasty and was the emperor of the kingdom that built China.

Record of Ragnarok Qin Shi Huang
Screengrab Courtesy of WorldsAway (via YouTube)

The special ability of his eyes has posed a great threat to the Gods. Even Hades’s superb Godly powers didn’t stand a chance against Qin.

Nikola Tesla

“The Child of Light” and “Human History’s First Sorcerer” brought mankind to their feet when he revealed himself in the 7th round.

Record of Ragnarok Nikola Tesla
Screengrab Courtesy of WorldsAway (via YouTube)

In comparison to the previous champions, Nikola Tesla brought his gadgets and inventions against the demon Beelzebub. Aside from his out-of-this-world intellect and his superb machines, Tesla also had God-like strength. In addition, he loved his Plasma gun that most of his attacks were from the ballistic weapon.

Soji Okita

Kojiro Sasaki will not be the only Japanese swordsman to ever step foot in the Record of Ragnarok arena.

In what could be a perfect matchup, the outgoing fighter will battle it out against the God of Mischief, Loki. In the anime and manga, Soji Okita was depicted as a teenager although he was already a captain of a police force back then.

Michel Nostradamus

Ah, yes, “The Prophet of the Century”. Brunhilde’s very own trick against the Gods could perfectly work to secure another win.

Record of Ragnarok Michel Nostradamus
Screengrab Courtesy of Dark Karate Master (via YouTube)

Nostradamus gained fame in his lifetime for his reputation as a healer and his ability to predict future events. His predictions were often written in a cryptic language and included references to historical figures and events, leading many people to believe that he had a supernatural gift for foresight. His abilities in manga could also be the same as his real-life counterpart. However, his matchup is still unknown.

Sakata Kintoki

Sakata Kintoki, Simo Hayha, Leonidas, and Grigori Rasputin are all yet to make an appearance to the Record of Ragnarok manga. But to give you an idea of who this iconic Japanese figure is, here are some of his accomplishments as a man as well as his background.

Record of Ragnarok Sakata Kintoki
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Sakata Kintoki, also known as Kintaro, is a legendary figure from Japanese folklore. He is said to have lived during the Heian period (794-1185) in Japan and is often depicted as a muscular, wild-haired boy who possesses extraordinary strength and courage.

Today, Kintoki is a popular character in Japanese folklore and is often depicted in art and literature. He is seen as a symbol of strength, courage, and loyalty, and his legend has inspired many people throughout Japanese history.

Simo Hayha

Never judge a book by its cover. As for this one, you should definitely not judge Simo Hayha on how he looks. Known as the “deadlines sniper” in history, this Finnish marksman is not one to mess with.

Record of Ragnarok Simo Hayha

In total, he tallied a record 505 kills in less than 100 days. Here, he could add another kill to his books. What’s another kill if it’s a God, am I right?

King Leonidas

There is no official release for King Leonidas in the manga yet but some fans have made a fan art on how the Spartan King would look.

Record of Ragnarok Leonidas
Fan art made by a Subreddit dedicated to Record of Ragnarok

To those who do not know him, Leonidas was already a warrior even as a boy. He rose to leadership and became a King for the Spartans. In history, Spartans were known as battle-tested warriors who does not back down from any fight. It is also believed that Leonidas led a 300-strong army against the Persians.

Grigori Rasputin

One of the identified human representatives is the Russian mystic and religious figure, Grigori Rasputin. We don’t know anything yet about this champion (similar to King Leonidas, Simo Hayha, and Sakata Kintoki) apart from the possibility of his appearance in the future, probably in the final rounds.

As one of the final options to save mankind from perishing, the controversial and enigmatic figure in Russian history could face one of the strongest Gods – ODIN.

Who do you think amongst these fighters is the strongest? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. For more content, stay with us, here at Spiel Times.

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