Top 10 Strongest DC Characters

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If you ask most people who the most powerful character in the DC Universe is, they will quickly tell you with absolute certainty, the Man of Steel. And who could blame them? Superman is certainly portrayed as extremely powerful, especially in recent times. But is he the most powerful?

Below is a list of some of the most powerful characters (heroes & villains alike) in the DC Universe (in no particular order).

 

SUPERMANSuperman_Strongest

The Man of Steel has always demonstrated a staggering array of power. Super speed, flight, various forms of vision, freeze breath…. But the most notable of them all, is his super strength; in as recent as a few years, Kal-El’s physical strength has clocked in at roughly 6 sextillion metric tons (i.e., a number followed by twenty one zeroes). He could theoretically press this amount of weight—which is equivalent to the weight of our planet Earth-indefinitely, so long as he is operating at his normal solar-charged levels.

In addition, Superman has recently demonstrated a much more devastating power; the solar flare. This ability, which is an extension of his heat vision, allows him to expel all of his stored solar reserves all at once, and in all directions. It’s an ability that he can only rarely use, as it completely drains him of his powers for twenty four hours or more.

As powerful as Superman is, he is not without his own limitation. Various colors of irradiated rock from his now destroyed homeward, known as Kryptonite, has varying debilitating effects on him. Also, as a being of science, Superman is highly susceptible to the arcane, mystical energies of magic.

 

WONDER WOMANwonder_woman_strongest

As a demigoddess, Diana of Themyscira of conceivably the most powerful woman on earth. Like many other heroes, Wonder Woman possesses a wide array of abilities, all of which were bestowed upon her from the Olympian gods and goddesses, beginning with her own birth father, Zeus himself. However, her physical strength, which is magically endowed to her, places her on par with perhaps the Man of Steel himself. Diana draws her strength directly from the goddess Gaia, or Mother Earth herself.

This magical blessing not only gives her super strength, but also the ability to heal from nearly all wounds, even potentially fatal ones. But Diana’s power does not stop there; Wonder Woman’s bracelets are a signature aspect of her image. As remnants of Athena’s Aegis shield, they are mainly used defensively, as she uses them to deflect projectiles, concessive force, and energy attacks. However, she can also utilize the bracelets offensively, by clanging them together, to unleash a massive mystical energy release.

The purpose of the bracelets do not end there, for as much as they are designed to protect Diana from the world, they are also meant to protect the world from her. Unlocking and removing them unleashes the full extent of Wonder Woman’s power. However, no god is without their Achilles Heel, and Diana is no exception; it appears that the bracelets were intended as a failsafe mechanism, designed to keep her raw power in check. Thus, remaining unfettered from her bracelets for too long would cause Diana to go insane.

 

MARTIAN MANHUNTERManHunter_Strongest

What do you get for the man(hunter) who has everything? That is a question that only J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter could answer. J’onn possesses perhaps the most exotic cache of superpowers of all the superheroes. Flight, super speed, shape shifting, invisibility, telepathy, telekinesis, and Martian Vision (one part x-ray vision, and one part optic blast) are but some of his vaunted feats.

Add in massive superhuman strength, and sprinkle in a little altering of molecular density (J’onn can from being as intangible as an apparition, to as solid as titanium within a breath) for good measure, and you’ve got the recipe for easily one of the most powerful beings in the universe.

But, as we’ve seen with other heroes, the Manhunter from Mars is not without his own flaws, minute as they might be. The mere sight of fire—however small or large—is enough to debilitate J’onn (the effect is both psychological as well as physical), and extended exposure to flames could prove potentially fatal. Additionally, it was revealed early on after his inception, that J’onn loses access to all of his powers while he is invisible. Therefore, he must trade being a powerhouse for stealth.

 

SHAZAMShazam_Strongest

“World’s Mightiest Mortal” isn’t just a catch phrase. Imbued with the powers of six deities (the Wisdom of Solomon, the Strength of Hercules, the Stamina of Atlas, the Power of Zeus, the Courage of Achilles, and the Speed of Mercury) Billy Batson is one of the most powerful beings on the planet. As a being that serves as a magical conduit, Shazam always has access to his abilities, whenever he says the magic word (“SHAZAM!”) which acts as a code word to activate them.

The Power of Shazam is more than a match for Superman, whom magic is one of his weaknesses. At one point in his history, Shazam has been depicted as being able to move stars and planets, something that Superman himself is also capable of. That said, Shazam is not without his own weakness. Despite having the appearance and powers of an adult, he is still a child at his core. This means that not only is he susceptible to the manipulation of any normal child, but he also can exploited into saying his magic word, and reverting back to his vulnerable, unpowered human form.

 

BLACK ADAMBlack_Adam_Strongest

The Mighty Teth Adam is beyond a mere villain; he is a force of nature. The power that flows through him—six Egyptian deities, and their attributes; the Stamina of Shu, the Speed of Heru, the Strength of Amen, the Wisdom of Zehuti, the Power of Aten, and the courage of Mehen—has brought entire civilizations to their knees, in times both ancient and modern. Not to mention, Black Adam has gone toe to toe with many of DC’s heaviest hitters—Superman being amongst them—and was proven victorious more often than not.

However, as a ruler of his nation of Khandaq, which he rules with a firm hand, Adam is not without a level of arrogance, which has been his undoing in times past. Also, because of the similarities of their powers, Adam suffers the same weakness as that of Shazam; he too can be manipulated into reverting back to his depowered, human form. However, whereas it is usually Billy’s naivety that causes him to be tricked into saying his magic word, it is Black Adam’s ego that is always his undoing.

 

APOLLOApollo_Strongest

Andrew Pulaski wasn’t born with his powers. He’s not from another planet, nor, denote his namesake, was he descended from gods. He received his superhuman strength, speed, invulnerability and solar manipulation abilities by way of bioengineering. He has been seen walking on the surface of the sun, and is oftentimes depicted with an ambient orb of solar energy around his head, especially when he is in flight.

Though his powers behave very similar to the Man of Steel’s and others, the nature of his powers are slightly different. While Superman’s solar absorption is more ambient (meaning, he is constantly absorbing solar energy, and therefore for the drain of his solar reserves is far slower), Apollo’s metabolism of solar energy is much more immediate. This means that from a complete drain, Apollo can begin to replenish his solar reserves after a mere twenty seconds of solar exposure. However, the side effect to this, is that once he is cut off from sunlight, his powers begin to fade within moments.

This, along with the fact that he seems to have difficulty processing red sunlight (albeit without the debilitating effects that it has on Superman) are his only known weaknesses.

 

MISTER MAJESTICStrongest_Mister_Majestic

As a Kherubim Lord, Majestros’ powers are nearly identical to Superman’s, with the distinct difference of being able to shoot beams of energy from his hands. When the Windstorm Universe merged with the DC Universe proper, it was alluded that the planet of Khera might be a cousin planet to the planet Krypton, much in the way that the planet Daxam and Krypton are sister planets. Therefore, the Kherubim people gave similar physiologies to the Kryptonians and Daxamites, where all three races metabolize sunlight on a superhuman level.

However, unlike Krypton and Daxam, Khera orbits a yellow sun, & therefore most, if not all Kherubim possess super powers, to some extent or another. As a Kherubim lord, Majestros appears to be the most developed in regards to his superhuman abilities. Further, it seems that Mr. Majestic has inherited all of Superman’s powers, with very few of his weaknesses; Majestros is not susceptible to Kryptonite (neither are Daxamites), as he never inhabited the planet Krypton. It’s been alluded that he can be affected by magic, though the extent to which is unknown. It’s important to note that all Kherubim, though longevous, are all infertile. That, in addition to Majestros’ magnanimous ego, are perhaps his greatest weaknesses.

 

ICON Icon_Strongest

Referred to many times as the ‘Black Superman’, Augustus Freeman IV, known to this world as Icon, and to his native intergalactic civilization known as the Cooperative as Arnus (his native Terminan name), is every bit Superman’s equal, in more ways than one. Possessing staggering superhuman strength (he once punched Superman so hard in space, that Superman traveled several miles as a result of the impact!!), coupled with his super speed, flight, invulnerability and energy manipulation abilities (consisting of streams, waves, or bursts of Positronic energy, that he can emit from his hands, eyes, or entire body), Icon is a powerhouse to be reckoned with.

And yet, he too is not without weakness; though he is nigh invulnerable and can regenerate from harm, Augustus is susceptible to attack, and can therefore be injured if his attention is averted. Anything from slap to the face from a normal human, to a gunshot or worse can not only harm him, but also prove potentially fatal. Therefore, Icon’s self-awareness must always be maintained, lest his sole weakness would be exploited.

 

DARKSEIDDarkseid_Strongest

The overlord of Anti-Life is one of the most feared beings in the entire Multiverse. By his hand, have many galaxies been decimated. Darkseid feels no pity, no relent, no mercy. His machinations are exceeded only by his otherworldly strength and power. In one instance, he was depicted knocking Superman high into orbit with a single half-hearted punch.

Rarely does Darkseid get his hands dirty, but on those rare occasions, he seldom suffers defeat. No hero has ever laid claim of a true, clean victory over him in a fair fight. And whenever anything resembling a victory is won over Darkseid, it’s taken an entire League of heroes just to fight him to a standstill.

Still, his obsession with the Anti-Life Equation always seems to be his greatest shortcoming. He’s been known to abandon an otherwise successful invasion, for a glimpse of his most coveted prize. As with all powerful beings, hubris stands in the way of total conquest, and Darkseid is no different.

 

DOOMSDAYDoomsday_Strongest

One of the most infamous characters in comics, known universally as the ‘Superman Killer’, Doomsday is his name incarnate. As resilient as he is tremendously powerful, he’s even bested Darkseid in single combat in the past. In fact, aside from a heat vision lobotomy at the hands of Superman in Justice League Unlimited, and the one occasion of being pummeled seemingly to death by the combined might of Superman, Supergirl, and a host of Kryptonians, Doomsday has never been definitively defeated.

His one weakness, if it could in fact be counted as such, would be his lack of intelligence.

So what say you all? Who do you think os the most powerful in the DCU? Who would be on your top 10? Sound off in the comments below.

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  • fevasu

    Darkseid is!

  • WONDER WOMAN, ICON, BLACK ADAM… I could continue reading about them for days.
    Thanks for this list! I can’t help but daydream about a melee brawl, ‘last wo/man standing wins’ event! They are all powerhouses, in their own right.

    • Sabretruthtiger

      Superman would win.

      • Against whom? Surely not Wonder Woman. The rest? I’d let history tell it, even if I didn’t believe it.

        • ah1ddengamer

          Doomday will always win eventually

        • Kal-El

          Superman wins

          • That seems like an unenthusiastic reply. I’m not certain that I believe you believe that. Superman is marginally stronger, or a lot stronger. But, he does not have the fighting prowess of the Warrior Goddess that is Diana. He would have to hit her, and she would make that virtually impossible. Whether it is her agility or blocking with her gear, he’d be hard pressed to land an attack.
            Superman normally wins because he is the protagonist. But, that wouldn’t be the case here. Let’s really have a last wo/man standing event before we crown anybody. I’m sure there would be a surprise victor.

          • Personally I’d put my money on Static as the surprise victor, since his powers are linked to electromagnetism and -EVERYTHING- emits electromagnetic radiation. Seeing as he is a scientific genius, I wouldn’t be surprised if, given time, he could learn to use his powers to effect EM fields emitted by magic and kryptonite. He would, however, need a way to avoid draining too much of his own energy.

          • Kal-El

            Hello I am not making superman win because he is the protagonist…………I am saying he wins because he has much more powers and is stronger.Superman has his heat vision which he can use in multiple ways such focusing it through her brain which has been done already .And no she cant block it………he can focus it down to the microscopic scale to make it pass through atoms.Also he has froze her before with his ice breath………….also your wrong on superman not being able to land a hit on wonder woman.If you didn’t know Superman is massively faster than light ,he can also react faster than light.In essence even though wonder woman is the more skilled person in fighting……he would win………..and yes she can win but Superman would win about 7/10 times against wonder woman in a fight……Making superman the victor. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0021113780bfd93c5f938b99e0701113801eb8eea48e5e5c71ac479fc4f8fe5e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ff168befb159e6dfa27774cc736827c295ccffd60c357ced0f8988055eeec29b.jpg

        • Jean-Luc Rene Soto Pintor

          Superman holds back agains WW. WW goes all out. If Supes wanted to, he would kill WW, WW is not durable, she can bleed. Super skin is invulnerable unless he is close to kryptonite or magic.

  • Huezilian

    That was an awesome list indeed. I wonder how, like, Big BArda compares do those guys.

  • Don Webb

    No no and no! Any list without mr frag aka lobo is no list at all!!! I mean lobo has unlimited everything not to meant ion he can not die or even be hurt. Instant regeneration just in case. And he knocked superman out with a punch of little effort

  • Max Strauss

    Dr. Fate deserved a mention at least.

    • DCUO Master

      Dr Fate is powerful not strong

  • Cameron Patrick Gaul

    Um. The Spectre.

    • DCUO Master

      Powerful not strong

      • Carey Leiterman

        why do you keep saying that? They don’t mean strength as in physical strength. They mean strength as in overall power, as specified by the final question. Who do you think is the most powerful….

      • ah1ddengamer

        SUPERMAN PRIME 1000000

  • Sabretruthtiger

    Can anyone imagine Wonder woman moving a planet or sun? No. They’re powering up wonder woman to be Superman’s equal but she never moves at super speed and she’s vulnerable to flesh impacts, she can’t fly although they’re ridiculously changing that.
    Sorry but this feminist nonsense just doesn’t ring true. In nature the strongest warriors are always men and in super hero comics they should be men as well, after all comics stem from our psychological mythical archetypes.
    Of course the Marxist new world order social engineering has infested every aspect of our pop culture now with this feminist crap.

    • Pamp Lusa

      Don’t be ridiculous, Wonder Woman has always been equal to Superman, since her creation in 1941. And in all ancient Mythologies there are powerful Women. For instance, Zeus swallowed Metis who was pregnant with his child because it had been prophesied that Athena (a female) would overthrow him, Athena was one of the most widely worshipped deities in Ancient Greece

      • Sabretruthtiger

        Not even slightly true. Superman has always been more powerful. The strongest warriors have always been men because it’s basic evolution, men are the warriors and protectors, women are the nurturers.
        Women can overthrow men by social manipulation and backstabbing.

        • lacrossegirl56

          Stop being ridiculous. Woman can be way more powerful than men.

        • charlottexlilyx1

          I can’t believe ones self would actually say this… it’s got nothing to do with if you are male or female. It’s about that persons strength overall.

    • Emma

      This is crap. As speaking as a woman, we are powerful. I don’t care if you respond back, but we are powerful. If you don’t think that why don’t you talk to me.

      • Make me Sandwich

        Bull he is talking strength not “I’m so strong I had a child” crap

    • Steve Nieves

      I’m So glad DC has “powered up” Wonder Woman. I always felt, even as a child growing up while reading comics, WW’s powers & abilities were never really fully fleshed out & confirmed. As much as I found WW’s invisible plane cute, I always kinda thought it was silly & never made any sense. WW’s background is Ancient Greek Mythology & as advanced & intellectually superior she & her fellow Amazons are, DC Comics always had them fighting with medieval swords & bows & arrows. I kinda liked how the “Thor” movie portrayed the Azgardians as Old & New, Ancient & Futuristic at the same time. And that’s how I saw WW’s Paradise Island with their science, weaponry & advanced yet ancient technology. So, that’s how I accepted her invisible jet plane. The Amazons are Ancient & also advanced, futuristic with a lot of magical toys. And since WW’s origin was finally confirmed or changed from her not coming from clay & instead she’s the daughter of Zeus, I like that cause it makes perfect sense. As far as DC powering up WW, that’s fine with me. WW is a demigoddess, so why shouldn’t she be as powerful as Hercules. Why shouldn’t she be able to fly w/o the help of a invisible jet plane unless she wants to carry a few passengers. I also don’t understand how WW can withstand a punch from Superman or Darkseid but knives & sharp objects can pierce her skin? WW can handle fire & extreme heat but can’t handle a mere mortal sword or knife cut. WW should be as invulnerable to knives & bullets as she is to fire & receiving a major league beat down from an alien God, Darkseid. WW’s indestructible bracelets can always be used against multiple gun attacks, concussive laser beam attacks & Supes heat vision. But mortal weapons shouldn’t do much harm to WW’s demigoddess skin. I enjoyed seeing WW in the recent movies clang her bracelets together & it created a massive concussive wave or stream. I’d like to see more different magically powerful abilities from WW when she uses her golden lasso besides it making whomever tell the truth. I’ve seen cartoons where WW was mentally controlling her golden lasso, invisible plane & communicating with animals, so it sounds like WW has telepathy & telekinesis abilities. DC Comics should expand those abilities to include mental control(telekinesis) of all of her magical weapons & mental communication(telepathy) to whomever she chooses, be it her common &/or superhero friends.

    • Kal-El

      She was kinda Superman’s equal still

  • Legit Frieza

    BTW Doomsday not being intelligent is a power if anything. He can’t even register pain. I believe there was a storyline where Doomsday did gain intelligence, and lost to Superman because he now felt pain.

  • Dog Sing

    Where’s The Presence? Lucifer Morningstar? Michael Demiurgos? The Spectre? This list suck!

  • felinith909

    “This means that from a complete drain, Apollo can begin to replenish his solar reserves after a mere twenty seconds of solar exposure. However, the side effect to this, is that once he is cut off from sunlight, his powers begin to fade within moments.”
    Really? I’ve seen Apollo fight for hours during nightime, without sunlight. Has this been changed recently?

  • Howie Xie

    What happen to Batman even though he has no power but he beat Superman and basically all the other DC superheros lol. How can you forget about Batman like seriously he is also one of the most powerful Superheros and he is technically Bruce Lee in the comics and he knows martial arts lol Batman is badass.

    • Hancock

      They aren’t counting on the basis of plot armor.

  • G Rant

    This might be an interesting list, but the spelling, vocabulary, and grammatical errors are utterly distracting. You must have typed this on a tablet and ignored suggested spellings. “Who do you think os the most powerful in the DCU?” My iPad won’t even let me type “os” without overriding the spellcheck. You don’t know what the word “denote” means, which is kind of ironic. “Doomsday is his name incarnate,” is a sentence without meaning. Seriously, that is not how you use that word. Commas and apostrophes have actual functions and rules; Learn them.

  • Kingswood1

    You forgot Orion.

  • Chris McElfresh

    Elaine Belloc. She’s God, so…. Yeah.

  • Quinn “Fellow Gamer” Gillespie

    Amazo

  • Griffin

    Dr Manhatten?

  • Vaibhav

    This is totally shit…
    The flash is the most strongest
    he can pause time for million of years
    his infinite mass punch can knock out anyone weather wonderwoman or superman
    he has more speed than speed of light
    how can he not be the strongest hero…huh

    • TheFlash

      true, he could also get infinite time remnants of himself to destroy DC entirely

  • Jack Heo

    I think Batman deserves a spot in the list, he has access to most of the characters’ weaknesses

  • Leonard Eng

    Where is Dr Manhattan??

  • Night Core

    Where is the Flash? He can go back in time and through worlds. I mean even realms, so I say He should be the most powerful and fastest, since he is faster than superman according to many Comics. He’s the most powerful because if he enters the speed force he can destroy or kill anything. That all I can say. Sorry if my grammar isn’t perfect, I try.

  • Jamarr Hill

    Bar none Dr. Manhattan is the strongest DC character. He’s a walking GOD and cannot be defeated in any shape or form. He can also kill characters who were thought to be immortal.

  • Adam

    Where the hell is batman ffs he knows how to defeat every strong hero he also made a audiolog on how to defeat the whole justice league!!

  • Nadir Daoud Brikci

    Have you heard about our lord and savior The Flash…Speed Force hello ?

  • LOLOLO

    Batman is the strongest and smartest superhero.

  • Marcio Alessandro Moreira

    Shazam (Captain Marvel) is truly one of the strongest and most powerful heroes. When he belonged to Fawcett, Achilles gave him also fighting skills beyond courage, and Zeus also gave him invulnerability. Shazam used super-breath too. The wisdom of Solomon allows him to read and understand other languages and incantations. He can increase Hercules’ strength with the power of Zeus.