Since the 1930s when Superman became a household word, one of the biggest debates in modern pop culture has concerned which superhero is the most powerful. Of course, given that comic book and movie superheroes get created regularly, there are always new heroes entering the fray.
However, over the years, certain ones seem to get the respect of the majority of fans. The ones below, at least today, are considered by most to be the top ten most powerful superheroes.
If Superman were to hit you with one of his famous infinite mass punches, nothing would be left but an enormous crater in the ground. His only weakness is kryptonite, and the sun is his unlimited power source. He can move worlds, he once held a black hole in his own hands, and has even revived himself from death.
He could sneeze away a solar system if he so desired. He survives the end of the multiverse and even helps recreate it. He is the ultimate and limitless superhero – an immovable object and an unstoppable force.
Though not a standard superhero, Goku has no apparent weaknesses. At the young age of 12, he could destroy the moon. In his twenties, he had the power to demolish the entire planet. Later, he gained the ability to transform into and travel at the speed of light particles.
He can travel at 186,000 miles per second and break up to 100 layers of steel with just two fingers. He even has more energy (known as ki in the comics and show) than the sun. His only weakness is his heart – he’s soft on his enemies.
The immortal god of thunder and guardian of Asgard, Thor derives unlimited power from the Tesseract. He can absorb all kinds of energy, and with a quick spin of his unstoppable hammer, he can instantly open a wormhole to an alternate universe.
Nothing can overpower The Hulk. With nearly unlimited strength, the ability of rapid tissue regeneration, and limitless stamina, he could easily take on both the DC and Marvel universes combined.
You better not be around during one of his angry rampages. While his powers are limited to physical strength, he outranks almost everyone in this category.
The Silver Surfer
Using the “power cosmic,” he can access a nearly unlimited source of power. The only superhero able to take on Galactus, the Silver Surfer can manipulate time, matter, and energy, and has a genius intellect, indestructibility, and the ability to travel faster than the speed of light.
Dr. Manhattan can separate, destroy, and even create matter. He can make entire planets disappear if he wants. His lack of compassion allows him to eradicate entire races without so much as batting an eye.
He has powers of invisibility, an impermeable shield, and the ability to generate any object or form of radiation. His ability to travel through both time and space allows him to teleport anywhere almost instantaneously.
He is invincible to intense temperatures, disease, and bacteria, and has the ability to distort his body. His ring grants him unlimited power: “The most powerful weapon in the universe.”
Not only is he the only superhero to take on Superman in a fight and win, but he has a rare feature when it comes to pivotal superheroes – the brains to outsmart his rivals. Given the eternal gift of rational and emotionless clarity from his traumatic past, Batman is truly incorruptible.
Through the power of the Speed Force, he can run, think, and act faster than the speed of light. He can travel through time, the multiverse, and matter, and even acquire knowledge at a hyper-accelerated rate.
Hailing from the planet Mars, and one of the strongest beings on Earth, comparable to even Superman, he has nine different senses, and both telepathic and regenerative abilities. He also has other capabilities common to Martians, such as flight, super speed, and super strength.
He once helped Superman and Wonder Woman move the entire planet Earth. He has complete control over his own molecular structure – he can increase his own size, increasing his overall strength in the process.
Everyone has a favorite childhood superhero. Whether you grew up reading about them in comics, or watching them in cartoons, television shows, or movies, these talented and powerful beings all fight for justice, honor, and valor. They influenced our childhood and allowed us to connect with them. Regardless of which is your favorite, some of the things we learned from them are:
- Play to your strengths.
- Defend the weak.
- Past experiences shape who you are today.
- Embrace your differences.