The 20 Most Powerful Marvel Characters of All-Time


There are several ways that one could go about defining the term “power” when it comes to describing the top Marvel characters ever. Some of the characters are incredibly rich, and they yield political and influential power. Others have special skills and abilities which give them the edge in a fight, and while there are some fairly impressive attributes ascribed to these characters, there are some who rise to the top of the power scale. The characters are larger than life, and we’ve compiled a collection ranking the 20 most powerful of the Marvel characters of all time for your consideration.


20. Vulcan

Gabriel Summers is our twentieth most powerful character within the Marvel universe. He’s a mutant who goes by the name of Vulcan, who was once the Emperor of the Shi’ar Empire. He’s gone to battle against Starjammers, Inhumans, and X-men at the same time. We’re impressed with his ability to control a total of seven elements, including water, wind, fire, earth and three additional ones beyond the norm, of electricity, darkness, and light.


19. Skaar

Skaar is the son of the Hulk. His father was one of the strongest characters, but the strength of Skaar even surpasses that of the hulk in an alternate reality. He can fall from outer space with a healing factor that goes beyond that of the great Wolverine. He’s one of the strongest characters in the Marvel Universe, and he’s really hard to kill, but we’ve kept him outside of the top ten because aside from these two amazing powers, there isn’t a lot more to say about him.


18. Odin

Odin is the patriarch of the mighty Thor, and he rises to the top in strength among all of the Asgardians. Odin is an immortal who commands control over magic and he can produce a variety of different effects. One of the best powers to his credit is the ability to augment his already great powers by absorbing the powers which exist collectively within the rest of the Asgardians.


17. Hercules

Hercules, like Skaar, is also stronger than the Hulk and Thor. He’s the son of the immortal Zeus who accomplished the feat of hauling the island of Manhattan into a different location. Now that’s some serious strength. He’s also one of the hardiest Marvel characters who have the ability to survive in outer space without any outside assistance, and he can also survive through a cosmic Nova blast, giving him an edge over scar when it comes to power.


16. Grandmaster

We can’t forget to include the Grandmaster in the top 20 most powerful Marvel characters. We put him at number 16 simply because of the fact that he cannot die. He’s an ancient and eternal being. The most impressive of his attributes is his vast intelligence and power, and his ability to revive the dead and bring them back to life.


15. Galactus

Galactus is the fifteenth most powerful Marvel character because he can literally eat planets. His cosmic knowledge and power are unlimited. This gives him a definite edge over many of the other characters in our top 20 list. What we think is really cool about Galactus is his use of technology that is paired with the biology of his existence. He influences the minds of those who are looking at him and they see him in the same form that they occupy, whether alien, human or otherwise.


14. Magus

Magus is the father of Adam Warlock who has a power that is right up to par with that of Galactus. Magus is also an immortal, but we ascribe a bit more power to him than that of Galactus because Magus can teleport, shapeshift and turn himself into any substance. In addition to this, he can split an entire star into two pieces.

Adam Warlock

13. Adam Warlock

Adam Warlock is the son of Magus and he was created to be a perfect example of a human being. He outdoes his father by having the energy to project along with the speed and strength of Magus on steroids. In addition to this, he can stand up against reality-warping and even Time Gem’s freezing ability is something he can resist. He also has the amazing ability to discern where there’s a wormhole and he can also create them.


12. Thanos

Thanos is the youngest son of A’Lars. He has the ability to manipulate energy which gives him an advantage against most other Marvel characters. He’s an immortal who is almost impossible to defeat as he picks fights with the Avengers. He has quite a few unmatched abilities including his intelligence, his speed, his durability, and his strength. He’s although telepathic, so we give him the 12th position among the most powerful Marvel characters of all-time.

Amatsu Mikaboshi

11. Amatsu Mikaboshi

This character has been rightly nicknamed the Chaos King. He has enough power to destroy an entire world. While his physical strength is outmatched by many of the other Marvel characters and deities, his magical powers are top-notch, adn so is his durability. He has the power to affect the astral bodies of people who have recently died, and he can capture and detail their essence at will.


10. Surtur

Surtur can be compared to Odin in his degree of superhuman strength, but we think that it goes a little beyond that. He’s a humungous fire demon who commands the power of a thousand suns. He is an immortal who also has the gifts of telekinesis, pyrokinesis and he can survive while living in a flame.


9. Cyttorak

Cyttorak is a deity who is among the most powerful of all Marvel magical beings. He is an omnipotent being who exists within his Crimson Cosmos and he is also the source of many elite magicians within the universe. He is also the source for Doctor Strange.

Franklin Richards

8. Franklin Richards

Reed Richards and Sue Storm had a son whom they named Franklin Richards. He’s a mutant who is classified as a rare and omega-level character. His most powerful characteristic is that he can warp reality as well as control the fundamental forces of the universe. He is one of the strongest mutants in existence with powers equal to that of the Celestials.


7. Eternity

Eternity is Infinity’s twin brother as well as being the sibling of Oblivion and Death. Eternity is more powerful than the mighty Galactus. Eternity has the ability to manipulate reality, as well as space and time. This definitely gives Eternity an edge over the Marvel characters who do not possess these abilities, nor the power to resist their influence.


6. Stranger

Stranger is a cosmic entity in the Marvel Universe who is possibly the most enigmatic. We’re not sure of his intentions, but he possesses a high does of cosmic strength. He’s strong enough to capture Magneto on a few occasions. He also has the power to create a living planet, such as Ego, one of his side projects. We’re not sure if he’s really a villain or a hero because he tends to flip flop between playing the two roles. He manipulated the Hulk in an attempt to conquer the Earth, but he’s also taken on Thanos, so it’s tough to tell where he fits into the good and bad guy genre. What we do know is that he’s even more powerful tht Zeus and Odin.

living tribunal

5. Living Tribunal

Living Tribunal is a mediator for every cosmic happening that takes place in the multiverse. This is an exponentially infinite number of interactions and it’s so mind-blowing that we have to gi e him the firth position for being the most powerful Marvel character. He’s as powerful as Infinity, and it seems that his power over the cosmos is unrivaled by any other Marvel character, although there are some who have a bit more diversity in their skills and abilities.

The Beyonder

4. The Beyonder

The fourth most powerful Marvel character of all-time has got to be the Beyonder. This character exists in only one universe, but this doesn’t diminish his extraordinary powers to any degree. The Beyonder has the ability to pit the strongest villains and heroes of Earth against one another. Doctor Doom once had the good fortune of absorbing the Beyonder. Even after beyond absorbed, Beyonder has the ability to quickly regain its powers and in addition to being one of the most powerful Marvel characters, The Beyonder can also manipulate reality. This is one of the top four most powerful Marvel characters of all time.


3. Death

Death is an eternal entity. It’s been in existence since the universe has been created. Death is the opposite of the powerful character Eternity. This character is portrayed as a female entity and she is the one who owns the responsibility for Thanos’ descent into a villainous trajectory. Death convinced Thanos to kill the pirate captain in charge of him, and he killed his offspring. It was Death who convinced him to destroy half of all of the existing life in the Universe. What makes Death so powerful is that she is invincible. In addition to this, she has unlimited cosmic power. She can also manipulate matter and Death, as far as we can tell doesn’t seem to possess any real weaknesses.

One Above All

2. One Above All

One Above All is the second most powerful character ever in the Marvel Multiverse. This character is even above The Living Tribunal in the food chain of those in the cosmic hierarchy. One Above All has a god-like status. This character is omnipotent and it’s tough to find a weakness within the fabric of this character. It has the ability to use all of the matter within the universe to direct it into any activities that it deems to be advantageous. The One Above has the ability to manifest itself in whatever physical form that it wants to take. It transformed into a homeless man when Peter Parker was in need of counsel for his grief. Having said this about One Above All, we now move to the next Marvel character who occupies the number one most powerful position of all-time.


1. Protege

If you can wrap your mind around all of the other powerful characters in the Marvel Universe, and imagine them all rolled into one character, you can arrive at the true essence of Protege. This character is the most powerful cosmic and it goes beyond this to be the most powerful in all classifications and categories of Marvel characters. Protege is a child-like god who as the ability to imitate any entity that is in existence in the multiverse. Even The Living Tribunal and One Above All could not defeat Protege. The raw potential of this character is all-encompassing. The reason that we are convinced of Protege’s unrivaled powers is that it can transform into any entity and assume its power base plus powers pulled from other entities to make an unbeatable opponent. Protege can meet and beat the power levels of anything that exists in all of creation.

Final thoughts

Marvel characters take on a variety of shapes, forms, genders, and categories, and while each of them is bestowed with unique gifts and abilities, they are not all created equally. Some have a harder time achieving victory in their battles because of certain weaknesses or deficits in their powers. We began with the strongest and most powerful and worked our way down to the characters with the least amount of weaknesses, who possess even more amazing skills and abilities as our list of the top twenty dwindled down to those omnipotent and omnipresent entities who are nearly unstoppable. It’s mind-blowing to imagine anything have so much power, and Marvel has done a good job of upping the game on the power score to bring us an impressive list of heroes and villains who just can’t be beat.

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