Top 10 Strongest DC Heroes of All Time

No matter the superhero fandom, there is one classic question that never goes away: “which hero is strongest?”

For instance, fans will argue until the end of time about whether Batman should be able to defeat Superman. And the last thing we want to see is comics lovers bickering with each other.

That’s why we’ve put together our definitive list of the most powerful characters in DC Comics!


Wonder Woman

First Appearance: All Star Comics #8 (October 1941)

As a hero, Wonder Woman has many tricks up her bulletproof sleeves. Super-strength, invulnerability, flight...all of these help her in the fight against evil.

She’s also got a few surprises, including things like a Lasso of Truth and an invisible plane. Plus, we can’t discount the powers of her mind: in addition to the raw power, Wonder Woman also embodies the collective wisdom of the gods themselves!

Martian Manhunter

First Appearance: Detective Comics #225 (November, 1955)

Martian Manhunter is like the Swiss Army knife of characters. He has powers like flight, speed, and strength that help him into the big leagues. But it’s his other powers that really push him over the edge.

For instance, he can read minds and make himself invisible. Heck, he can shapeshift into anyone (or anything) he wants. If it weren’t for his pesky fire weakness, this character would quite possibly be the most powerful character in the DC Comics universe.


First Appearance: Superman/Batman #8 (May, 2004)

Thanks to the hit TV show, more people know about Supergirl than ever before. Long story short: she can do everything Superman can do, as both are Kryptonians powered by the yellow sun of our planet.

Unless a villain is packing some hard-to-find Kryptonite, almost no one can stand up to Supergirl. She’s got strength, speed, flight, and even entertaining abilities like laser eyes and freeze breath. Anyone that can literally destroy someone with a look is super-powerful!


First Appearance: Omega Men #3 (June 1983)

In many ways, Lobo started off as a parody of characters like Wolverine. That’s part of what makes him so strong: he has an absolutely absurd healing factor that helps him to recover from almost any injury.

He also has crazy amounts of raw strength and durability. He can survive everything from the vacuum of space to the fists of Superman. Along with his crazy space motorcycle, this is one “Main Man” that no villains (or heroes) want to make mad.


First Appearance: New Gods #1 (February 1971)

What makes Orion so powerful? To start with, he’s a god. As one of the New Gods, Orion has enough raw power to stand up to one of the greatest threats in the universe: Darkseid. And did we mention he’s Darkseid’s kid?

He’s strong enough to defeat Darkseid, and he’s also been powerful enough to take on Superman and Wonder Woman. With his combination of raw strength and high-tech gadgets (such as the Mother Box), it’s tough for anyone to stand in his way.


First Appearance: Whiz Comics #2 (February 1940)

What’s Shazam’s deal? Think of it this way: he is like Superman except he is powered by magic instead of by the yellow sun.

His “secret identity” is Billy Batson, a normal kid. But with the magic word (“Shazam!”), he can transform into someone whose power rivals that of Superman himself. Fingers crossed that his movie is as cool as he is!

Power Girl

First Appearance: All Star Comics #58 (February 1976)

Sadly, Power Girl is mostly known to casual fans for her wardrobe choices (including the infamous “boob window”). However, she should be known for being an absolute powerhouse.

She is actually a Kryptonian from another planet, which means that she has Supergirl’s powers. However, the extra time has given her even more power and experience and makes her even more of a bad guy threat.

Doctor Manhattan

First Appearance: Watchmen #1 (September 1986)

Most of the heroes in the Watchmen universe aren’t so super. The exception is Doctor Manhattan, whose ability to do anything he wants makes him a borderline magic character.

This guy can control matter down to the molecular level. That means he can make himself into a giant, teleport to other planets, and so on. Throw in his ability to see the future and move things with his mind and you have an ultra-powerful hero.


First Appearance: Action Comics #1 (June 1938)

Ah, Superman. What can we tell you that you don’t already know? He’s bulletproof, super-strong, able to fly, and has an entire plethora of other powers to go along with a very “super” intelligence.

While there are forces out there more powerful than Superman, he is arguably the most relentless force for good in his self-proclaimed “never-ending battle.” We’ll just put it this way: Superman has saved all of reality and even the multiverse on multiple occasions!


First Appearance: More Fun Comics #52 (February 1940)

The Spectre is another character with the power of a god. In this case, he’s a god of vengeance who inhabits a human host and then punishes those who have sinned.

He has a full array of magical and spiritual abilities, and he’s been able to handily defeat some of the most powerful characters like Shazam with a single blow. Fortunately, he’s on the side of the angels. Let’s just hope none of our heroes step out of line!

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