Top Ten Martial Artists in the DC Universe

The most powerful of all martial artists in the DC universe. These powerhouses use their bodies and their intellect to beat those most powerful.
The Top Ten
1 Batman Batman aka Bruce Wayne is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. In film, he has been portrayed by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael... read more

Honestly, there are other martial artists in the DC Universe that are better than Batman but he grabs the number one spot because he's probably got a plan to take them out. The man is crazy prepared and is the only man worthy of leading the League of Assassins.

And the fact that a normal human could be the type to to take on and defeat metahumans much stronger than he is shows why Batman is the best.

Batman is definitely the best fighter of the DCU and not only for the fact that he has mastered 127 styles of martial arts but also because of his intellect.

He is always 4 steps ahead of his opponents and can also adapt to situation much faster than average intellect the way let's not forget that once in the comics Ra's Al Ghul has taken down the justice league with Batman's plans.

2 Lady Shiva Lady Shiva is a fictional supervillainess and antiheroine appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.

The world's deadliest assassin and arguable most powerful martial artist, Shiva has beaten almost anyone she's laid hands on. Her technique is perfect and is in a constant state of evolution as she discards old techniques and improves new ones. Her skill is so impressive that she is able to kill a man with a single blow.

She should be number one. People are only saying Batman because he's more popular.

Kicked Batmans ass When Batman and her had no gadgets and even then She beat him with all his gagets together too.

3 Richard Dragon

The world's master of Leopard and Dragon Kung Fu, Richard Dragon was trained by O-Sensei. He is responsible for training Batman, the Huntress, and many more powerful martial artists. As an old-school Zen master, he's the best.

4 Bronze Tiger

DC's most powerful black martial artist, Bronze Tiger's ferocity and agility is so noteworthy, he can go toe-to-toe with Batman. He has trained many skilled martial artists. He was trained by Sensei, and then O-Sensei.

Classic but beaten batman, tied with Richard Dragon, and was still active while Dragon hung his boots. Batman don't deserve no 2 spot, not saying turner does but bats is below but in martial arts ranking.

Bronze Tiger on a bad day ties with Batman.
Has beaten Richard Dragon once out of 2 fights.
Draw with Deathstroke.

5 Cassandra Cain

Cass has repeatedly been said and shown as one of the best fighters in DC comics, she has her own unique fighting style that she created herself. Not to mention her mother is Lady Shiva and her father is David Cain, both of who are on this list. She can read the body movements of her opponents that only one other person is able to do that, her mother.

As one of the few to defeat Shiva, Cassandra has received training from her father David Cain and serves as the protégée of Batman himself. However, she resists the urge to kill, which sometimes inhibits her abilities.

6 Deathstroke Deathstroke is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. He is a mercenary and assassin who first appeared in The New Teen Titans #2.

Deathstroke is basically batman but better, he has beat up Batman, The Justice League, Damian Wayne, Tim drake, Jason Todd, Dick Grayson (both Robin and Nightwing), Ras'a,ghoul, Talia'a,ghoul, League of Assassins, Young Justice League, Deadpool, etc. He is one of the strongest fighters out there, he has insane strength, and Crazy reflexes. On top of that he is a tactical genius. he has some of he best gear ever, master of weaponry and he is a master of martial arts. This guy must be rich if he's a mercenary

I love Batman but Deathstroke could easily stand toe to toe with any character on the list. He is a tactical genius and even without his weapons Is a force to be reckon with. Plus unlike most on this list he is willing to take the extra step and kill his opponents

7 Black Canary Black Canary is a fictional superheroine in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by the writer-artist team of Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino, the character debuted in Flash Comics #86.

Once approached as Shiva's successor, Canary is one of the world's most powerful female martial artists and has proven capable of going toe-to-toe with Shiva. She once was described as having the ability to defeat Batman himself. However, her ace in the hole is her sonic scream.

She should be in the top five. As someone who became the apprentice to Lady Shiva and gone up against the best fighters in DC Comics she earned her rank without using her meta human ability.

One of Canary's feats is one-shotting a perfected human through power armor. With her foot.

8 Nightwing Dick Grayson is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Batman.

Nightwing has gone toe-to-toe with Batman, stalemated Cassandra Cain and held his own with Lady Shiva with a broken rib. He has also stalemated Deathstroke multiple times. He should easily be in the top 5.

Nightwing can match the best of DC and has. He also started training much younger than Bruce Wayne and before fighting his life in the circus had a lot of transferable physical skills

In one of the early 2000 comics I have, they make a statement saying Nightwing is best hand to hand fighter, even able to best batman.

9 Connor Hawke

He stalemated Richard Dragon, held his own against Lady Shiva, defeated Silver Monkey on his 2nd try, easily defeated Bamboo Monkey someone who has defeated both Nightwing and Red Robin at the same time, and Batman called him the 2nd best martial artist, Connor deserves more credits.

With his defeat of Silver Monkey, the second in the martial arts sect the Cult of the Monkey's Fist, Connor has proven to be among the world's top martial artists. He can go toe-to-toe with Richard Dragon and even fought Shiva.

10 David Cain

Arguably the world's top assassin, Cain trained his daughter Cassandra Cain, as well as training a young Batman and has defeated Shiva in the past. His strategy is good enough to kill an assassin with broken limbs.

The Contenders
11 Green Arrow Green Arrow is a fictional superhero who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Morton Weisinger and designed by George Papp, he first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941. His real name is Oliver Queen, a billionaire businessman and owner of Queen Industries, also a well-known... read more

Oliver Queen should be in the top five. He has beat up more people than most superheroes. Plus for five years Green Arrow trained from many great martial artists. He knows many different fighting styles that can make him better than Batman.

He killed Damien Darhk (A former member of the league of assassins)
He defeated Malcolm Merlyn (A former member of the league of assassins)
He defeated Slade Wilson so he should be before him.
He killed Prometheus who was trained by Talia Al Ghul

12 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

Not only has Batman said that she is equal and or beats him without her powers, it's telling that she has said the same about Batman as though she judges him on the same level. That amazon training is something special. She also beats the God of War in straight sword fights without having any physicals on him.

Batman stated that WW is the best melee fighter in the world and she is the 1st partner he wants on his side when the odds are stacked against him. She also trains him and Black Canary at the JLA, holding back on her meta-strength-and-speed advantage. She schools them---literally--on technique.

13 Silver Monkey

Once the best in the Cult of the Monkey's Fist, only behind Shiva, he defeated Connor Hawke for the first time, but was defeated the second time.

14 Constantine Drakon

Seriously. This guy speedblitzes multiple green arrows, catches arrows like a boss. This guy flattens three fourths of the people above him on this list.

15 Ra's al Ghul Ra's al Ghul is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.
16 Catwoman Catwoman is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman.

Catwoman has been featured in many media adaptations related to Batman. Actresses Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, and Eartha Kitt introduced her to... read more

Catwoman is EXTREMELY underrated and it's a bit irritating. If she can hold herself up to Bruce than she can do a lot considering Bruce is arguably the best in DC. If Wonder Woman didn't have her powers she could even go toe-to-toe with her.

CATWOMAN is amazingly underrated. She has gone toe to toe with BATMAN, and even defeated him on numerous occasions. For that alone she deserves a higher place on this list. And what's more she was trained by RICHARD DRAGON and WILDCAT. She is an Olympic level acrobat and is literally lethal fighter she deserves a 2 or 3 along with DEATHSTOKE and BLACK CANARY

17 Jason Todd

Jason has beaten Nightwing, Lady Shiva, Cass Cain, Ra's Al Ghul and Deathstroke in the comics. Has never outright lost to Batman, either. He was trained by Talia Al Ghul, Batman, Lady Shiva, Bronze Tiger, the All-Caste and various other League teachers. Jason should be AT LEAST right under Nightwing.

He master was batman who if getting pissedoff is able to kill everybody in this list also jason don't have any fear from bleeding do you want more?

He can fight with any Martial Artist in this entire list but what makes him Dangerous that he will not hesitate to kill any of his opponent. (He also fights dirty sometimes)

18 Huntress
19 Damian Wayne
20 Talia Al Ghul Talia al Ghul is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Batman.
21 O-Sensei
22 The Question (Vic Sage)
23 Sensei

He may be old but can fight Batman to a standstill. His age would indicate many more years of experience. His ruthlessness and leadership over the League Of Assassins would make him a possible match for Lady Shiva. There's a fight I would like to see.

24 Prometheus

Prometheus is a fighter with superb ability and intellect to match that. He is a master strategist having devised plans to defeat every meta human on the planet. I am pretty sure he can beat mostly everyone including batman.

25 Wildcat
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