When it comes to being argumentative, some signs are more, ahem… crabby than others. A zodiac sign’s personality is not just indicative of their actions, but their reactions; astrology can reveal how each sign reacts to others when they aren’t feeling so chipper.
Take, for example, Leo and Cancer — two of the strongest zodiac signs in a fight. The Lion and Crab are aggressive and transparent fighters who will defend themselves until the very end.
Just like these signs, Scorpios, Libras and Pisces will never let it go. If you get into an argument with Pisces, they’ll be more self-critical of themselves than they are of you, Libra will just straight-up lie about how they feel to avoid conflict at all costs, and Scorpio will hold on to a grudge until their dying breath.
For better or worse, each zodiac sign responds to adversity and conflict differently. Understanding the strongest zodiac signs in a fight and the astrological signs you don’t ever want to mess with can help you know how to approach them.
Which Sun signs are fair fighters, and which are those you never want to cross?
Worst Zodiac Signs To Fight With, Ranked:
1. Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Naturally, the sign of the Scorpion comes in first as the sign you absolutely do not want to get into a fight with.
It’s not that they are the most aggressive of the signs (that’s Leo, usually), but rather, they have a very hard time letting go of things once they’ve happened. If you get into a fight with Scorpio, they will not forget about it, even if it seems as though they return to acting as normal.
Scorpios aren’t the most vindictive, but they are the darkest and most sensitive when they feel criticized or unfairly judged. It’s not the intensity of Scorpio’s wrath that you should fear, but the longevity of it. In their minds, your arguments will go on for years.
2. Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Leos are the Fire sign that will come after you in a fight. If you insult or attack them or anybody they care about, they will be the most vicious in retaliation.
The Lion is a fierce protector and doesn’t like the feeling of being threatened or impeded upon.
Though Leos won’t hold grudges in the way that Scorpios might, they will be the most ruthless of everyone, and you’re bound to get your feelings hurt more than anybody else with Leo.
3. Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
When you get into an argument with Taurus, you are also likewise in an argument with everyone they know and love.
Tauruses are very tribe-oriented people, and they are also stubborn. That means that even if they’re totally in the wrong, they will be the last people to admit it, which can be frustrating.
If you get them in a bad mood, they are one of the worst zodiac signs to fight with because their words will hurt you deeply.
Though they are intense when aggravated, they are not the most obvious about it. While Leos will be very transparent about their feelings, Tauruses will put on a façade that everything is still okay, which is perhaps the scariest tactic of all.
4. Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Cancers are tough to get into arguments with because they are, after all, the emotional Crab.
They will take whatever you say, exaggerate and inflate it, and then turn it around and use it against you, which makes them one of the powerful zodiac signs that can fight. They take everything so personally and become very bitter if they think you have intentionally tried to wrong them.
Do not anticipate continuing to be friends with Cancer after a major fight has happened. They might forgive you, but in the back of their minds, they will truly never forget.
5. Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Sagittarians are uniquely argumentative because they always think they are right.
Sagittarius will not be aggressive in their fighting style; rather, they will try to find the most logical and cunning argument and then gently slaughter you with it in a very polite tone of voice.
They are difficult to argue with because you will need to present a rationale that is superior to theirs to get them to listen to you at all. Otherwise, they will hold to what they think is true, even if they are totally disillusioned about it.
6. Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Like Sagittarius, Aries will argue with logic. However, unlike Sagittarius, Aries will become absolutely indignant about the fact that they even have to fight with you in the first place.
Not only do they think that arguing is beneath them, but they also tend to get annoyed if someone doesn’t innately understand something that they perceive to be self-evident. You will have to give them a little bit of time to accept if they are wrong about something; they won’t immediately admit it to your face.
But Aries like to be peacekeepers, so though they will argue for what they think is just, they will usually let it go for the sake of keeping relations peaceful.
7. Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Aquarians are not confrontational, despite what some people would believe. When they get mad, they’d much prefer to subtweet on Twitter or just make a passive-aggressive comment and then vent about it to someone else later.
They don’t like to argue, though they are highly opinionated people. If you end up in an argument with an Aquarius, they will try to find a common ground more than they will try to prove that they are right.
However, if they think you are being blind or ignorant to something, you will know. It’s against their nature to not speak out about stuff like that.
8. Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
It takes a lot to make Capricorn mad, so if and when you do, beware. However, they are not that difficult to argue with because they will be more focused on how you can arrive at a mutually agreed upon solution, rather than how far they can push it to prove themselves “right.”
Capricorns believe in rules and logic, and like thinking in black-and-white terms. It will frustrate them if you defy their clean lines of thinking with an argument that doesn’t seem logically sound to them.
But they won’t really lash out at you over it. They’ll go home and reconsider how they think for themselves.
9. Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Geminis are so dependent on other people that they will go to great lengths not to ever have to argue with the people they know and love.
However, when push comes to shove, they will lash out in an almost shockingly aggressive way if they need to. (Beware if you insult their partners or kids — that’s when they are fiercest.)
But that type of reaction usually doesn’t come from Gemini unless it’s totally deserved. Geminis are lovers, not fighters, and that side of them never comes out unless what they love is being threatened.
10. Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Virgos can get testy if you insult them (they are very sensitive) but in the end, they will be more concerned about what they are potentially doing wrong than they are identifying what you are doing wrong.
Virgos are such humanitarians by nature that they will do anything to keep the peace. They are not aggressive fighters and will be open-minded if you present to them an idea that perhaps they haven’t considered before.
All in all, while they might seem easily agitated by their own anxieties, they are not the worst people to fight with.
11. Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Pisces don’t want to argue with anyone, but they are so sensitive that they can get overwhelmed by their emotions if they feel insulted or ashamed.
Not to worry, though — Pisces are more inclined to take out their frustrations on themselves than they ever are anyone else. If Pisces is mad, there is a good reason and they’ll express how they feel, but they’ll also move on quickly.
There are also multiple Pisces symbols, and all of them are very gentle animals; therefore, it makes sense that they wouldn’t do well in fights.
12. Libra (September 23 – October 22)
The sign of the lovers and the Scales, Libras are among the least likely to ever want to be in an argument with anyone — ever.
They would actually prefer to keep their social circles small and concise in an effort to avoid conflict as much as possible, as they aren’t at all aggressive like the other zodiac signs that can fight.
The only downside to this is that it will take a lot for you to find out how Libra really feels. They are the least likely of all the signs to be transparent and honest about their thoughts and emotions.
Brianna Wiest is a writer, editor, author, and regular contributor to Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, Thought Catalog, and others. She’s the author of “101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think” and other collections of poetry and prose.