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 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.

Batman mastered 135form of martial arts (only use 127 form of them) and every type of hand to hand combat alongside his intelligence and great skills of strategy and tactics of offense-defense also peak human physical condition give him the advantage on great fighters like lady Shiva or Richard dragon because they flaunt in martial arts not intelligence and hand to hand combat.

Batman has mastered every hand-to-hand discipline there is. It doesn't get much better than that, but what makes him special is his intellect, which allows him to defeat people like Shiva or Bronze Tiger. - bzjeung

I believe he is the best due to not only his mastery of various forms of martial arts but also his strategic thinking in combat which puts his opponents to shame

Batmans intellect allows him to beat every one

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2 Lady Shiva

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. - bzjeung

If superpowers are a factor, then deathstroke should be ranked higher (canary also)

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

Shiva no. 1

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3 Richard Dragon

Richard Dragon should be number 1 since he trained Shiva

Best fighter

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. - bzjeung

Best artist matial

4 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. - bzjeung

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5 Deathstroke 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.

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

Another top assassin, Deathstroke can go toe-to-toe with Batman himself. However, he's pretty arrogant. - bzjeung

Honestly Slade should be in the top 3 if not 2, the only way Shiva outclasses him iis in her actual knowledge of martial arts.

Deathstroke has best just about everybody on this list. Some more than once (whole bat-family). That's just goes to show Deathstroke is top 2 if not 1st.

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6 Bronze Tiger

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.

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. - bzjeung

Bronze Tiger is a better fighter than batman. He has beaten Bruce. Have given Deathstroke a hard time.

He gets his ass kicked by Red Hood!

7 Black Canary 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. - bzjeung

She my beach

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8 Nightwing Nightwing

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.


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9 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. - bzjeung


10 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.


The Contenders

11 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. - bzjeung

12 Wonder Woman Wonder Woman

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.

They actually stated that she is the best fighter in the doc universe

Umm... Ok if we're gonna include Wonder Woman why don't we just put in superman in the list to? Seriously no point including her, even if she is skilled in martial arts she literally only has to lift a finger to beat the people on this list

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.

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13 O-Sensei
14 Green Arrow 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 more.

Green arrow is super awesome he trained with the best martial artists in the world on a deserted island

Green Arrow was trained by Natas the same man who mentored Deathstroke and has stalemated Batman once.

Green Arrow is an archer who was stranded on an island 10/10 - IGN


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15 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.

16 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. - bzjeung

17 Catwoman Catwoman Catwoman is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman.

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

She is a good fighter. She was trained by wildcat and richard dragon

Aye my beach did good in the movie right she black ayyyee

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18 Jason Todd

Jason Todd was trained by the best masters of his day and can go toe to toe with Nightwing and Batman.

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)

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?

Should be 1st

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19 Ra's al Ghul 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.

Ra,s al ghul trained Batman he is a better martial artist than anyone in the dc universe and yet he is rated 18 numbers lower than he student plus both of batmans students are rated higher than him so that means that he,a students student is a better fighter than himself the list you are making here is fake


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