Top 10 Most Powerful Superheroes of All Time

These are not the best, but the ten most powerful superheroes.
The Top Ten
1 Superman Superman is a comic character. And probably the first powerful superhero in the fictional world. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, high school students living in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1933. It was published by DC comics. The first animated superhero movie was superman... read more

Let me break this down. If Superman were to hit you with an Infinite Mass Punch, his strongest hit, nothing would be left but a crater. He can literally move worlds and once cupped a black hole in his hands. He has died and come back to life stronger. Additionally, he becomes a god (Superman Prime).

The big thing a lot of people don't understand is that Superman was born without limits under a yellow sun, and he doesn't have to recharge his solar batteries often. If he were to let go of his own mental blocks, he could (and eventually does) break down the gates of heaven itself.

Immensely powerful even before becoming a god, he becomes so powerful that he could survive the end of the multiverse to help The Presence (DC's representation of the true God) recreate it. If he can survive the end of reality and then shape and reform it to his will, what chance does anyone have to compare to his power?

2 Thor Thor Odinson is a fictional superhero appearing in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name, is the Asgardian god of thunder and possesses the enchanted hammer Mjolnir, which grants him the ability of flight and weather... read more

Thor is a god, not some alien from a red planet that was blown up. Every Kryptonian died from that explosion, all with the same powers as Superman. Do you think Thor would have died when Krypton was destroyed? Nope!

Thor has beaten Galactus, the destroyer of worlds. I'm pretty sure Superman would get owned by Galactus.

Thor is enchanted with magic. That is how he derives his immortality. His hammer is magical. Superman is as vulnerable to magic as he is to Kryptonite. Thor would win, no matter how invincible the writers choose to make Superman.

How many battles has Thor fought in over his lifetime? Thor is wise beyond Superman's years.

3 Hulk Robert Bruce Banner, also known as The Hulk or Bruce Banner, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and was portrayed by Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Hulk is most definitely stronger than Superman and all of these other characters up here. Hulk is powerful enough to completely destroy planets with his footsteps. He can lift and destroy structures built to withstand the power of gods. He has lifted 150 billion tons of mountain dropped on top of him in Secret Wars and has survived being blasted by Galactus himself.

Hulk has defeated all of Earth's heroes and villains effortlessly. He has even held a planet 150 times larger than Earth, which weighs 100 times as much. This means he can lift at least 660 sextillion tons and move its tectonic plates. The smallest tectonic plate weighs 5 quintillion tons. Therefore, he is much, much stronger than Superman, whose most famous bench press is 6 sextillion tons.

Hulk has even lifted a star that was 15 times larger than our Sun. He has punched through time storms and has even punched through dimensions. Hulk has destroyed an asteroid twice the size of Earth with one punch and has dropped from a planet's orbit without being hurt. Hulk should be first all the way!

4 Goku Son Goku (Kakarrot) is the main protagonist in Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. He has many abilities like, super strength, utilization of ki, flight, teleportation, super speed, enhanced reflexes, and Super Saiyan transformation that increase strength, speed, and durability... read more

No, this list isn't fair if Goku is on it. Is he even a superhero? Normally, I would say Thor or Superman, but not if Goku is around.

Superman can move planets? Well, Goku can destroy planets in seconds, if not one second. You say Superman is light speed? Goku can teleport, which is much faster than 999,999,999,999 miles per hour!

Thor may have an incredibly strong hammer, but even with all that magical power, it wouldn't make Goku flinch when getting hit - that is, if he could even touch Goku. If Thor is a god, then what is higher than a god? Because Goku fits that position well.

Goku is a nice guy, though. He wouldn't attempt to mindlessly kill anyone on this list. If anyone tried to kill Goku, they would essentially be digging their own grave.

5 Silver Surfer The Silver Surfer is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Born Norrin Radd, the Silver Surfer's abilities are given to him through the Power Cosmic. His first appearance was in Fantastic Four #48 in 1966 and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He was... read more

The only one who can take on Galactus (the most powerful being of all time in any comic universe) is the Silver Surfer. This is primarily because he was given powers from Galactus to do his bidding. It's a good thing the Silver Surfer realized what he was doing, turned to the hero side, and became the most powerful hero.

He can manipulate time, matter, and energy, has super-genius-level intellect, is 100% indestructible, can travel faster than light, and has several other powers I can't come up with off the top of my head. Goku couldn't hold a torch to his powers. Thor and Spider-Man are my favorites, but I can't deny the Silver Surfer's power. I'd have liked to see him and Thanos go head-to-head.

6 Dr. Manhattan Doctor Manhattan is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. He debuted in the graphic novel miniseries Watchmen, published in 1986 and 1987. Doctor Manhattan was created by writer Alan Moore with artist Dave Gibbons.

Dr. Manhattan, on this list? Manhattan is actually described as a super-god. It's not fair that he is on the list.

He also took on the entire Justice League, Superman (somehow at #1) included.

He has complete control over matter and can see the past, present, and future. The concept that matter cannot be created nor destroyed is interesting to him, but not a limitation.

His only weakness is that he has surpassed everything and everyone in our solar system, from what we can perceive to what we are not even aware of. He left Earth to create another form of life, for Pete's sake.

No one on this list comes even close. With a mere thought and a slight gesture, everyone else on this list could disappear, be turned inside out, or converted into snowflakes.

Frankly, I don't even think it's fair to have Dr. M on this list at all.

7 Captain Marvel Captain Marvel, also known as Shazam, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comics originally published by Fawcett Comics, and currently published by DC Comics.

He is Shazam and has the power of six gods. Nothing else to say. He can surpass Superman because he has the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus twice over, the courage of Achilles, and the power of Zeus. They are all gods, so he is definitely more powerful than the heroes above (Iron Man, Batman, etc.). He has no weaknesses whatsoever in his Shazam form if he uses all of the abilities he has received from the gods.

This man should be above Superman. He is on par with Superman in everything but has the magic of the gods. Superman is vulnerable to magic and kryptonite. Shazam would honestly win, but the writers won't allow it because Superman is the poster boy for superheroes.

8 Green Lantern Green Lantern is the name of a number of superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Invisibility, impervious shield, can generate any object or form of radiation (including kryptonite). Can achieve time travel, travel through space, and jump almost instantaneously anywhere in the universe. Invincibility to intense temperatures, disease, and bacteria. Can distort parts of the body, for example, make the Flash's head so big he's top-heavy and can't move fast. The only weakness is the wearer of the ring itself. These powers are only as intense as the will of the wearer.

Green Lantern could just think of millions of pieces of kryptonite and kill Superman instantly. He could also take a bazooka and shoot him, and Superman would die! (This doesn't mean I hate Superman.) However, the only weakness about him is that the ring's power runs out faster if he uses it too much.

9 Jean Grey Jean Elaine Grey-Summers is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character has been known under the aliases Marvel Girl, Phoenix, and Dark Phoenix.

I believe she is, without a doubt, number 1 on this list. The quintessential supreme being, she can control anything and everyone without lifting a finger. Her powers are beyond comparison. The thought of the Phoenix's unlimited abilities is abnormally scary.

I don't even need to go into detail on Jean. She can use her mind for literally anything. She can fly, create force fields, and burn you. Oh, and if by some miracle she is killed, Jean will just resurrect.

Dark Phoenix should be above everyone on this list, except maybe Dr. Manhattan. I love Supes and Thor, but Jean could wink them out of the universe.

10 Sentry

Sentry is the strongest superhero by far. His powers derive from The One Above All himself, the most powerful entity in Marvel, and nothing in DC Comics comes close. He can unleash the power of "one million suns," although he always holds back his full potential unless forced to.

His one weakness is his mind. Robert Reynolds, his human identity, is schizophrenic and afraid of the world. Even when transformed into Sentry, he is not totally mentally stable, allowing him to be manipulated.

The Contenders
11 Flash The Flash is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. His first appearance was in October 1956 and was created by Robert Kanigher. His main ability is super speed through the Speed Force and can run at speeds exceeding light.

Flash is incredibly OP. Unlike someone like Sonic, Flash can accelerate his molecules in so many ways he seems unbeatable. His Infinite Mass Punch is powerful enough to knock the Anti-Monitor through several realities.

Barry Allen as The Flash should be ranked #1 in any list involving the most powerful beings. Not only does he have super-speed, but once he reaches terminal velocity, he has shown other incredible powers.

During an attempt to measure his top speed, he strained every muscle in his body to run at about 10 Roemers, which is 10 times the speed of light. It's not just his running that is fast, but everything about him. His hand-eye coordination is second to none, and his reaction time is so quick that it allows him to process information fast enough that, to him, running at many times the speed of light feels slow. Not only this, but he is also immune to any form of telepathy due to his thoughts racing at such speed that they cannot be controlled. In fact, his mind is so fast that, when he taps into the Speed Force, he can see and weigh every possible outcome in a situation to decide on the best course of action.

In addition to running and thinking fast, Flash is also one of the only beings able to control every molecule in his body. This gives him the ability to vibrate so fast that light cannot make contact with him, making him impossible to see with the naked eye. He can also control the frequency at which he vibrates to such a degree that he can make his molecules collide with the molecules of anything he touches, causing it to explode, or simply pass through it, giving him the ability to phase through solid matter. When he vibrates at speeds exceeding the speed of light, he can rip holes in space and time, allowing him to travel through different dimensions.

As for his strength, it's not much more than that of an average human, but he can tap into the Speed Force to speed up his attacks, much like the rest of his powers. Since matter quadruples its destructive force when its speed is doubled, this has resulted in him having some pretty impressive punches. His strongest attack is his Mass Punch, which exploits the above physics. He can vibrate... more

12 Doctor Strange Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, best known under his alias Doctor Strange, is a fictional superhero created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Doctor Strange serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical... read more

He is said to be by far the most powerful humanoid in the universe. He can destroy mountains or entire planets with a simple energy blast. He's even destroyed an entire dimension. He can hold a planet together and has control over time. He once froze an entire planet in time and can reverse time or move someone forward, like when he turned a young Ancient One (conjured by Eternity) into an old man.

He has defeated the likes of Death herself and the reality-destroying Shuma-Gorath in his own dimension. He can call upon some of the most powerful beings in existence for a power boost or can outright absorb or steal power from others, including cosmic entities. His magic has virtually no limits.

Then there's black magic, which he rarely used prior to becoming Sorcerer Supreme and gave up using entirely after defeating Shuma-Gorath. He gave it up because of how destructive and corrupting it was. If he went into battles with the intent to kill, he'd be unstoppable. However, that isn't who he is. He holds back and would rather risk his life than take the alternative. That's pretty much the reason for any losses to other heroes or villains.

13 Ghost Rider Ghost Rider is the name of several fictional supernatural antiheroes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

The Ghost Rider represents God's wrath given form and can only be permanently destroyed by Him should a Rider go rogue. Johnny Blaze is the most famous character to hold the mantle of the Spirit of Vengeance. He sold his soul to the Hell-lord Mephisto to cure his father of cancer, but was betrayed as his dad died anyway. He becomes bonded to the fallen angel, Zarathos. Zarathos was the Angel of Justice who was dragged to hell and driven insane during his imprisonment. He was forced to learn of all the sins of humanity, causing him to fall and become a demon, the Spirit of Vengeance.

As the Spirit of Vengeance, Zarathos is obsessed with punishing the wicked and will stop at nothing to damn those who are guilty. The Ghost Rider possesses a lot of powers - too many for me to list here. All you need to know is that Ghost Rider was created to keep the forces of Hell at bay and punish the many sinners of humanity who have spilled innocent blood. To be a pain in the Devil's backside, you'd have to be very powerful, and the Rider is the strongest.

14 Deadpool Deadpool is a fictional antihero created by Marvel who appears in their comics. Deadpool's first appearance was in New Mutants #98 by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza in February of 1991. His powers include self-healing and super strength. He is regarded as one of the funniest characters in comics due... read more

He's been cursed to never be able to die by Thanos, on top of his super-fast healing factor that tops all other Weapon X people. But what really gives him the edge above all others on this list is his crazy ideas. Where Batman and Dr. Manhattan have brains and genius intelligence, Deadpool has genius insanity.

With his crazy ideas and reality manipulation, he can come up with the most inventive ways to do anything. As long as he has an ounce of motivation to do something, he can make it happen. With his magic satchel (a term for where characters can pull stuff out of nowhere, mostly seen in cartoons like SpongeBob and such), he can literally do the impossible simply because people deem it impossible.

15 Martian Manhunter The Martian Manhunter is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Joseph Samachson and designed by artist Joe Certa, the character first appeared in the story "The Manhunter from Mars" in Detective Comics #225.

How in the world is Goku number one and Superman second? Martian Manhunter can actually kill anyone with his mind, including Superman. Plus, he can just shapeshift and defeat Goku. Superman would be easily killed by MM.

A battle between Silver Surfer and Dr. Manhattan would be tough, but guess what? MM would win because he overcame his weakness to fire and now has no weaknesses. Plus, he can just read their minds, find out their weaknesses, and then defeat them. MM is the best.

Manhunter has so many powers that he probably could inflict the weakness of any superhero, since he has that power. He could defeat Hulk and Superman with telekinesis and psionic blasts. I'm pretty sure his strength rivals Thor's too. If he took away Thor's hammer, he would defeat him. Surfer would lose to him, but it would be a close fight.

16 Wonder Woman Wonder Woman is a fictional superhero created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter, appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character is a founding member of the Justice League, a goddess, and Ambassador-at-Large of the Amazon people. In her homeland, the island nation... read more

When the world is in trouble, Wonder Woman is one of the first on the scene. She is a warrior who is just, not a psycho. I would prefer Wonder Woman, confident that things will be set right.

Wonder Woman is the best. I once watched a cartoon where Wonder Woman defeated four strong women. So, I think Wonder Woman should be considered the third strongest hero.

She is a goddess and has beaten Superman, Hercules, and Thor in the crossover comic. If she can beat them, that means she can also take out The Hulk.

17 Iron Man Iron Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, as well as its associated media. The character was created by writer and editor Stan Lee, developed by scripter Larry Lieber, and designed by artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. He made his first appearance... read more

Iron Man's armor possesses standard powers that he continually upgrades. The more modern armors enable him to lift over 82 tons, though his Hulk Buster armors can lift over 200 tons. He can fly at supersonic speeds of over Mach 8 and hover in place. He also has remarkable durability and can withstand the force of a gamma bomb. Additionally, his armors feature powerful armor plating, which greatly increases durability.

Tony can generate weaponry on his gauntlets, shoulders, back, helmet, and legs. He can create force fields to protect allies and himself. Iron Man can control various forms of energy, ranging from kinetic to solar. Tony also possesses superhuman speed, made possible by jet-propelled roller skates.

18 Saitama Saitama is the main protagonist of the webcomic and anime series One Punch Man, who could easily destroy a continent with one punch. He is bored with his extreme power. He is registered with the Heroes Association as a C-Class Superhero and is tasked to defend Z-City against Mysterious Beings.

He's strong, but characters like Superman and Flash would defeat him. I will explain: one punch is what it would take to defeat somebody, but not Superman, especially not if he has the power of the sun with him. He would definitely not be able to land a punch on Superman or Flash because of their amazing speed stats. Superman would defeat Saitama.

Green Lantern would probably just trap him in a shield box and throw him into space, making sure he stays up there. Saitama may be powerful, but he's no Superman.

19 Wolverine Wolverine is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly associated with the X-Men. His powers and abilities include a healing factor and his signature adamantium claws and adamantium skeleton.

Wolverine has an innate ability to heal from almost anything, and he also has superb martial arts skills which allow him to take down his enemies with ease. He has adamantium claws that can cut through anything, even Hulk's skin. He also has limitless strength thanks to his adamantium bones.

He is not as strong as Goku or Superman, but he is very powerful. He has healing powers, which makes him immortal. Other superheroes may die, but he will live forever. Even Thor has a lifespan of 5,000 years. He deserves to be in the top 10.

20 Spider-man Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics existing in its shared universe. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko, and first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) in the... read more

I think Spider-Man is the most powerful superhero. Sure, he might not have Superman's powers, but Spider-Man is strong in his own way. For example, he's very smart! If he's in a tough situation, he always figures a way out.

Spider-Man also has enhanced strength. He can pick up cars and climb buildings! He can even kick a lizard in the face. Additionally, Spider-Man has Spidey senses, which allow him to sense when danger is coming his way. He usually dodges everything.

While Superman can fly, sometimes strength comes from the person, not their superpowers, and I think Spider-Man is the strongest of them all.

21 Gogeta Gogeta is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

Let's be honest here, Gogeta is immensely strong. No one can beat him at all. Not even Saitama and Superman together should be able to beat this monster. It's a combination of Vegeta and Goku, and as we all know, they both can go Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan in the series right now.

Heck, even Goku can unleash his Kaio-Ken x10 power while going SSJSS. I really think that would make them invincible, to be honest. Last time they did the fusion, they didn't even have Super Saiyan 3. Imagine how powerful they would be right now. They could blow up anything, really, anything.

There's no doubt this Saiyan beast should be at the number one spot, after all. Superman is strong, but to be honest, I really don't think Superman is going to be able to land a single punch on Gogeta. After all, I don't think Superman could even take Gogeta Super Saiyan 3. To all you Super-Fans out there, do your research and find out who Gogeta really is. After all, I think all of us Dragon Ball fans know who Superman is.

22 Shazam Captain Marvel, also known as Shazam, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker created the character in 1939. Captain Marvel first appeared in Whiz Comics #2, published by Fawcett Comics.

Shazam is literally the best. He is indestructible, has no known weaknesses, can fly, and can summon lightning. Oh, and did I mention he is super smart, fast, and is better than Superman in every single way?

Shazam, the guy who has the power of six gods and beat Superman, is number 53!? I am done with this planet. Aliens, take me please.

23 Doomsday Doomsday is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, usually depicted as an adversary of Superman.

Are you kidding me?! Where the hell is Doomsday? Killer of the Man of Steel, and whatever kills him makes him immortal too! End of story.

If Goku or anyone on this list kills him, he automatically becomes stronger, being impervious to any form of energy or damage dealt to him during battle and causing death (which is near impossible). He has unlimited strength. He doesn't eat, sleep, or breathe, which means he has potentially unlimited stamina, also being able to fight Superman for a full day and not break a sweat.

He's been known to take on the abilities of heroes and villains just by simple contact of skin. His bones can cut through Superman's skin with ease. Killer of beings like Darkseid and Imperiex! A blast of energy that wiped out one-third of a planet reduced Doomsday to ash, and he later regenerated and still came back to finish the job. He is beyond life or death, being millions of years old.

Killed by gods, superheroes, villains, and beings that could alter reality with the blink of an eye, he still has come back to life. This gives him the ability to surpass any Marvel or DC hero with far greater speed, stamina, and strength because of his regenerative adaptation. It doesn't matter how powerful, strong, smart, or fast these guys are. If you make the mistake of killing Doomsday, you have a being more powerful than you.

24 Invisible Woman Invisible Woman is a female superhero who is a part of Marvel's Fantastic Four. Her powers include invisibility, cosmic rays, invisible force field, and more.

She can destroy you from the inside but doesn't do it because she is a good person. Her force fields can hold back any character, even a pissed-off Hulk.

While holding back, she turned off the Hulk's lungs, thus knocking him out. It was stated that if she wanted to, she could have ended his life.

25 Captain America Captain Steven Grant Rogers, most known as Steve Rogers or Captain America, is a fictional superhero appearing in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was a World War II veteran and is known as the world's first superhero. The character was created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon and... read more

Captain America is one of the most humble superheroes out there! He is the real definition of a hero. He has patriotism and class. He is the most realistic because, I mean, have you seen Chris Evans? He's pretty much already Captain America. It's not strength that makes Captain America. It's spirit.

He is the definition of a true hero! Unlike the majority of people on this list, Captain America wasn't born with his amazing gift. Instead, it was given to him because of his beliefs and values. Not only does he excel in personal traits, but he has also gone head-to-head with the Hulk and Thor.

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