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->''You can't beat me with strength.\\
Speed can't beat me.\\
You're gonna find out, you, just, can't, beat, me... period!\\
I am the world's strongest man! You better be worried about surviving through the night.''
-->-- '''Wrestling/MarkHenry'''

The '''World's Strongest Man''' is a character who is, well -- [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the strongest man in the world]] or universe, or, at the very least the strongest ''human''. He may be [[GeniusBruiser brainy]] or [[DumbMuscle stupid]] (sometimes he DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength), [[{{Hunk}} attractive]] or [[{{Gonk}} ugly]] ([[RidiculouslyAverageGuy or neither]]), but one thing is for sure -- you don't want to mess with him, as he will most definitely wipe the floor with you. He may be going on TheHerosJourney, or he may just be [[SmugSuper full of himself and his power]]. If he's a villain, he's often either the BigBad or TheDragon.

This trope may be played with by SamusIsAGirl or FakeUltimateHero. See also SuperStrength. Note that this trope refers to a character type, determining just who ''is'' the strongest leads to arguments about CharacterTiers.

Almost certainly has at least TheStrengthOfTenMen. Likely to be seen with {{clown}}s, {{contortionist}}s and {{circus brat}}s. Often billed side-by-side with TheFreakshow. May overlap with WorldsBestWarrior, although "best warrior" doesn't necessarily mean "strongest." WorldsMostBeautifulWoman might be an arguable DistaffCounterpart, because MenAreStrongWomenArePretty.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/AfroSamurai'': The wielder of the Number One Headband.
* Levi from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is reputed to be ''as strong as an entire brigade'' and dubbed ''Humanity's strongest soldier''. He is shown downing Titans without effort and [[spoiler:dominated the Female Titan in battle, the latter who murdered countless other soldiers, including Levi's own personal squad]].
** Mike Zacharias, to a lesser extent. He is considered as Humanity's 2nd strongest, after Levi. [[spoiler:And it shows; he manages to kill ''five'' Titans in an area where there is only one building, with no wounds! Too bad the Beast Titan showed up.]]
* Claire Stanfield from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' and Shizuo Heiwajima from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' WordOfGod confirms that they are strongest person in their own series and top five in TheVerse, which consists of ''Baccano!'', ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', ''Vamp!'', ''Hariyama-san'' and ''Etsusa Ōhashi'' series. And that's including immortals, vampires, and other [[HeadlessHorseman supernatural creatures]]. The only beings stronger than them are: a living black hole and a Mook who goes FromNobodyToNightmare because the author made "strongest man in the history of time" the basis for his character.
* ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'''s Yujiro Hanma. His title is the "Strongest Creature in the World."
** And now Baki holds that title after Yujiro willingly gave it to Baki. [[spoiler:Even after curb stomping Baki with ease after going all out in their Fabled final battle.]]
* Mako "Valkyria" Fujisaki from ''Manga/BrynhildrInTheDarkness'' is the strongest witch known, a S-Rank who can use eight different types of magic. The usual is one, sometimes two. As a result, she is TheDreaded.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Accelerator holds the title as far as the general public is concerned, being the strongest of only seven Level 5 espers in existence (as he is fond of reminding everyone). There are, however, several characters who outclass him, with the actual most powerful probably going to [[spoiler:Aleister Crowley. ''The'' most powerful confirmed entity in the series is Crowley's mentor Aiwass, but he/she/it [[OurAngelsAreDifferent isn't human]].]]
* Teresa from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' is known as the strongest Claymore of all generations. This is understating her capability; she's an order of magnitude stronger than anyone else, and when she goes rogue, she's capable of single-handedly [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] an entire team of high-ranked Claymores.
** According to trainee twins, Raki is the strongest known human.
* In ''LightNovel/DateALive'', Ellen Mira Mathers has the title "The World's Strongest Wizard." Partially subverted, she's ''very'' [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arrogant about her title]] and turns into a SoreLoser at any perceived failure, like if someone she is [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] manages to escape, not to mention her opponent is a sealed Spirit.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ:''
** Goku is the straight version of this trope. He holds this title at various points throughout the series although he has been upstage several times. After Piccolo merges with Kami, he become the strongest of all the heroes and Gohan held this title after the Cell Games once he become a Super Saiyan 2 and the end of Buu Arc once old Kai awakened all of Gohan's hidden power. By ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'' it's strongly hinted that Goku regains this status, which is why Vegeta freaks out when he hears [[spoiler:Goku lost to Beerus with only two hits]]. After becoming a Super Saiyan God, Goku is able to fight on par with Beerus. [[spoiler:It doesn't last long and he loses his Super Saiyan God form, but keeps the memory of godhood, which boosts his power to the point that there is no real power difference even as a regular Super Saiyan. Even then, he still loses to Beerus, who only uses 70% of his full power. In ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'', Goku not only mastered Super Saiyan God, but can now he merge it with his regular Super Saiyan form, becoming a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (or Super Saiyan Blue). He's still not on Beerus' level, but he's much closer to closing the gap and is the strongest thing on Earth]]. In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', [[spoiler:after the revelation that Monaka isn't the powerful fighter that Beerus makes him out to be, Goku becomes the strongest mortal fighter in Universe 7]].
** In a weird twist, [[BadassNormal Krillin]] ends up being the strongest normal human in the group, although some of his friends like Yamcha are sometimes pointed out giving him a run for his money. That is, if we're not counting Uub (biologically 100% human, but the magical reincarnation of an incredibly powerful djinn) and Tenshinhan (who is, according to the WordOfGod, partially descended from an [[HumanAliens Alien]] race). On the female side of things, both EducationMama Chichi and ActionGirl Videl are alternately pointed out as being the World's Strongest Women, both being ridiculously strong compared to average civilians. Android 18, while technically stronger than both of them, doesn't exactly qualify on the account of being a cyborg.
** [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]] is ''touted'' in-universe as the world's strongest man, and it might actually be true if only counting [[{{muggles}} humans who rely solely on muscle strength]] rather than being enhanced by KiManipulation. Especially since of the only other serious contenders, Yajirobe has long since gotten fat and lazy and [[BadassNormal Nam]] from the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament arc has long since retired.
** Master Roshi in the past.
** Gohan. At the end of the Cell Saga, he becomes the strongest character after becoming a Super Saiyan 2. By the end of the Buu arc, he was the strongest unfused character after Old Kai unlocked his full power. However, [[BrilliantButLazy he falls behind both times because he lacks the dedication to train unlike his father and Vegeta]] and is more interested in academics than fighting. By the time of ''Resurrection 'F''' he can only go up to a base Super Saiyan.
* Mr. Don from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. When a guy can [[TheWorfEffect Worf]] [[GentleGiant Kurita Ryokan]], [[TheAce Yamato Takeru]], [[LightningBruiser Shin Seijuro]], AND [[TheBerserker Gaou]] [[{{Determinator}} Rikaya]], holy crap. Hell, [[spoiler:Gaou, the heaviest hitter on the entire protagonist team, had to [[UpToEleven use a Delta Dynamite]] just to knock the guy off-balance!]] Good Lord.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Zeref is regarded as the most powerful human wizard in history. The only stronger being in existence is Acnologia, [[spoiler:a Dragon Slayer who slew and absorbed the souls of countless dragons and can turn into one at will, so calling him "human" would be a stretch -- he doesn't even consider himself human anymore anyway.]]
* Kenshiro of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' is the most powerful practitioner of Hokuto Shinken in general existence. Only a handful of warriors have given him a proper fight, much less been able to defeat him.
* [[PintSizedPowerHouse Nuriko]], the strongest Seishi in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''.
* Zekka from ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}''. In a world where the average civilian is a cyborg capable of killing a human five metres away, his punches can kill at 2 kilometres, without a shred of effort. A serious attack from him makes the victim and everything near them explode. And is ultimate attack, which he never uses due to it being overkill? It can obliterate ''continents''.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', [[HumanoidAbomination Alucard]] is the world's strongest vampire, not only in magical power but physical strength as well. And Abraham Van Helsing [[BadassNormal was the one who defeated him]]. In the modern era, the strongest ''human'' was [[ThePaladin Father Alexander Anderson]], [[HeWhoFightsMonsters until he discarded his humanity]].
* [[NationsAsPeople America]] of ''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers'' seems to be a [[BoisterousBruiser fairly]] [[LoveFreak benign]] variation of this, in comparison to the rest of the cast, being the world's last superpower; he's seen lifting cars and swinging buffalo with little discernible effort. Of course, this [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution isn't]] [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki always]] [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar so harmless]].
* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', ArchangelGabriel is a woman and has the title "The Strongest Woman in Heaven."
* Sesshomaru from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is the world's strongest demon. The only demons shown to be on his level of strength are the BigBad Naraku, whose powers stem solely from absorbing other demons and the Shikon no Tama, instead of himself, the demon that was sealed inside the Shikon no Tama, and Magatsuhi, the evil spirit of said Jewel. Sesshomaru kicks Magatsuhi's ''ass'' the moment he gains his very own InfinityPlusOneSword (one of the most powerful weapons in the story). The abilities of said sword ''also'' happen to be the perfect counter to Naraku's FromASingleCell regeneration.
* Hayato Furinji in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. Is called as such on several occasions, when he isn't being called the Invincible Superman. While using 0.002% of his full power he can crush trees like twigs and split the earth without problem.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** The last [[GodEmperor Sankt Kaiser]], Olivie Sägebrecht, who was known as the queen deemed second to none in combat [[PosthumousCharacter when she was alive]]. That was thousands of years ago, so there are multiple contenders in the modern era.
** Sieglinde Jeremiah of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' is known during the series as the "strongest teenage girl in all of the worlds and dimensions" who [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable had never been defeated in battle]]. [[spoiler:Einhart learns first-hand that the title [[CurbStompBattle was not just for show]].]]
* [[TheChosenOne Sinbad]] in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' by virtual of holding ''seven'' Djinn and having a supernatural amount of magoi for a regular human. Even Kouen has four fewer Djinn than him.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Jack Rakan seems to currently hold this position. When you can blow up a mountain by ''accident'' or destroy a barrier dimension by flexing your muscles, you earn the position. On a scale in which an ordinary, non-magical human being is the baseline, and an expert magical warrior might break 1000, he estimated himself at ''12,000'' (he also likes to joke around, though, so it's possible he was exaggerating).
** Nagi Springfield was also one of these, being [[UpToEleven even more powerful than Jack]], at least until he mysteriously disappeared.
* ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha'' has TheHero (no, [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep that's his name according to the books]]) being capable of [[CurbStompBattle curb stomping]] ''any army''. This is how he is even introduced before meeting Maou.
* In ''Manga/MotherKeeper'', Zelik Lindemann is the strongest man in the slums and most likely the world as no one in Eden seems to be likely to fare well against him, even with Syal in insanity mode, she's barely managing to keep up against him once the initial surprise wears off.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** This has been used to describe the First, Third, and Fourth Hokages at various points, as well as Madara Uchiha. Once the [[spoiler:Shinobi World War]] arc starts to get going, Naruto himself starts to enter this competition. However, everyone InUniverse seems to think that [[spoiler:The Sage of the Sixth Paths, the man who invented ninjutsu and the only person so far who could defeat the [[EldritchAbomination Ten-Tail']]]] was the strongest man to ever live, and when [[spoiler:Obito achieves a similar feat and becomes the Ten-Tails Jinchuriki, the former Hokage and even Madara Uchiha start to fear him]].
** Orochimaru's primary goal is to become this. [[spoiler:After getting defeated by Sasuke and dying ''and then'' getting his resurrected form immediately defeated by Itachi without much effort from either of them, he seems to have abandoned this goal after he's resurrected again in Chapter 593. Or at least he's willing to admit that he isn't (currently) capable of this goal -- he still says he want to get Sasuke's Sharingan. He also says that he has become more interested in helping people with their own goals, rather than pursuing his own.]]
** Guy has been outright acknowledged as ''the'' best taijutsu user alive, and this is coming from [[spoiler:Madara]], who personally fought the First Hokage and judges everyone by that goalpost.
** The Sage of the Six Paths [[spoiler:during his meeting with Naruto in the spiritual plane]] claims that his mother Kaguya was outright the most powerful being to ever live, since she was the one who claimed the power of chakra in the first place. She was a [[PhysicalGod Physical Goddess]] while he was a "mere" demigod in comparison.
** By the end of the series, among people who are still alive it's pretty much considered to be [[spoiler:a tie between [[TheHero Naruto]] and [[TheRival Sasuke]], with the two of them working together being roughly equivalent to the Sage of the Six Paths alone]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Don Kreig thinks he is this. He's pretty strong, but not even close.
** During his lifetime, the Pirate King Gold Roger was considered to be the strongest man in the world, and Whitebeard was considered to be the closest to his strength. When he died is when the title, by default, went to...
** Whitebeard, who is called the actual world's strongest man... and it's [[{{Badass}} probably not an exaggeration]]. He is powerful enough that the ''World Government'' find it necessary to pool pretty much their ''entire'' military might in preparation for his onslaught when a single crewmember of his is caught and scheduled for execution. Even with all their powers combined, they aren't certain of the outcome. This is partially because [[spoiler:his long unknown Devil Fruit power is to create shockwaves. Big ones. As in "punch an island in two." However, his mere strength alone is still insane, with him stopping an entire ship that was pushed along the ground with his arm and not budging a bit, holding off the strike of a giant with one hand, defeating another giant, also with one hand and beating down [[AntiMagic Power-Nullifier]] Blackbeard, a very strong and powerful pirate in his own right, through strength alone. This is while he was suffering from a terminal illness, as well as being half deaf, half blind, missing half his face, and at death's door. It is implied he was ''way'' stronger twenty or so years ago]], so, if anything, strongest man in the world is an understatement for him.
** In general the Four Emperors, of whom Whitebeard was a member, are considered the strongest people in the world, to the point where Admirals are called in at the merest hint of any movement. Another of the Four Emperors, Kaidou, has been described as the strongest "[[NotEvenHuman creature]]" in the world, though it's unclear whether he held this title before [[spoiler:Whitebeard's death]].
*** To put this in perspective, [[spoiler:Donquixote Doflamingo was given a SadisticChoice where he would either be hunted down by the Admirals or incur the wrath of one of the Four Emperors (in this case, his business partner Kaidou). The Admirals are [[NighInvulnerability nigh-invulnerable]] combatants whom only the strongest of pirates don't start screaming and running for their lives at the mere ''sight'' of. When his attempt to TakeAThirdOption fails, Doflamingo almost immediately chooses to take his chances with the Admirals. ''That's'' how terrifyingly strong the Four Emperors are.]]
* [[InvincibleHero Saitama]] from ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan''. Like the name of the manga suggests, he is a hero that can defeat any villain with one of his normal punches. This extends from [[UltimateLifeForm genetically modified monsters]], to a [[{{Kaiju}} city-destroying giant]], [[{{Deconstruction}} and it's made him bored of the hero life]] [[VictoryIsBoring because there's no one alive who can give him a challenge]]. Only two major villains so far can hold up against his normal attacks, one being a [[HealingFactor regenerating]] [[AliensAreBastards space pirate]] [[Anime/DragonBallZ Frieza/Goku]] {{Expy}} [[NotSoDifferent who shared his problem of being bored of life for being too powerful]] and a [[CardCarryingVillain self-proclaimed]] HeroKiller who [[CurbStompBattle ran roughshod]] over every Hero he went up against [[CameBackStrong and constantly got stronger if he ended up hurt]], and both of them were ultimately beaten without him using even a third of his true power.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka turns out like this, [[spoiler:one-shotting Walpurgis Night]] and all. Too bad it's that kind of show, and the only thing left after [[spoiler:defeating the most powerful witch]] is to [[spoiler:become an even more powerful witch and destroy the world]]. It's at this point where Madoka [[spoiler:surpasses mere physicality when, in accordance with her wish, [[BeyondTheImpossible destroys her own witch]] and [[AbstractApotheosis becomes the concept of hope]]]].
* In the manga ''Rain'', Rain is reputed to be the greatest warrior and general in the world. It's not hard to see why, considering he wields an InfinityPlusOneSword, absorbed the power and lifeforce of a dragon, and has yet to decisively lose a battle. The only people who have given Rain a hard time in single combat are the BigBad, a powerful demon king in human form, and an immortal hero who saved the world from demonic invasion centuries ago.
* In ''LightNovel/RokkaBravesOfTheSixFlowers'', Adlet often calls himself this but it's known that Chamo is the strongest of them all. The worst part is that Chamo is a little girl.
* Sailor Galaxia of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fame is the strongest woman in the universe, capable of destroying Tokyo with a warm-up without even bothering to transform and access her full power (nearly happened in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]]). When she transforms, she can depopulate the world with a small gesture (she did in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]) and kill Sailor Senshi and similar enemies without even trying. Cue OhCrap moment when she's found out to be the legendary hero the Sailor Starlights hoped would avenge them...
* The anime of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' awards this distinction to its incarnation of UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi, whose ability to punch things turns "physics" into a sad joke. Most named characters in the series show the ability to crack the earth with their blows. Hideyoshi uses one to [[spoiler:''split the inland sea'']].
* Black☆Star becomes this by the end of ''Manga/SoulEater'', to the point that even BigBad EldritchAbomination Asura compliments his strength that declares that he's transcended humanity to become some kind of warrior god (to which he shoots back that he's a human who surpassed godhood instead).
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'':
** The One-Eyed Owl, the legendary [[RankInflation SSS]] ghoul. [[SamusIsAGirl She]] is famous for murdering numerous strong Investigators, and leaving carnage in her wake as a serial cannibal. [[spoiler: She is eventually dethroned by Kaneki, who defeats her in battle and leaves her seriously wounded. This all seems to have been according to her plans, though...]]
** Special Class Kishou Arima, the undefeated Ghoul Investigator and strongest (known) character in the series. He is described as a genius prodigy, and people seem to either worship him, fear him, or envy him.
** [[BadassGrandpa Tsuneyoshi]] Washuu is said to have been the strongest in his prime, earning him the title of "Demon Tsune." He has since settled into his role as a leader and patriarch of TheClan.
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', the Eight Kings of the Gourmet World are the mightiest beasts in the Gourmet World. One of them [[spoiler:is a Battle Wolf like Terry whose capture level is 6090]]. Another is a giant horse with FromASingleCell functional immortality whose ''hoofprint'' is the size of a mountain range.
* Thorkell the Tall in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'', who is able to lift massive tree trunks with his bare hands, impale three men with a single javelin he threw from over a kilometre away, send Thorfinn flying with a single kick, and stop a galloping horse in its track by punching it out. And yet he's not the WorldsBestWarrior.
* Sensui from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' -- world's strongest human. Kuwabara later receives the title of world's strongest human. [[spoiler:It's a shame that his other companions are stronger demons.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}} is generally thought of as the strongest superhero in [[Franchise/TheDCU the DC universe]], though there are a number of cosmic and legendary beings who are comparable and may (depending on the writer) be depicted as stronger than him, including Heracles, ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}, Mongul, Doomsday, Despero, Monarch, [[GreenLantern Sodam Yat]], Vartox (Pre-Crisis), Superboy Prime, Ariella Kent, and his ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' counterpart. Ostensibly Superboy Prime is, at the moment, the strongest character in the main DC universe -- just not emotionally. Though aside from Heracles, none of these characters are regularly present on Earth so he has a reasonable claim to the title.
** Most of these are close enough that a writer could legitimately show it going either way depending on who's having an off day or who's more clever about how they ''apply'' their strength.
** Also, exactly how strong Superman is varies greatly depending on the writer or era in question. Because Supes has been around a ''long'' time and because of the need to keep stories interesting by continually putting him in situations where it looks like he ''might'' lose only to have him through at the last minute with a heroic effort topping anything he's done before, by the early 1970s he could reduce planet-sized objects to rubble with a single punch. He's been rebooted several times since then, each time depowering him back to less godlike levels, but it never sticks for long (for essentially the same reason).
* Franchise/WonderWoman is generally portrayed as the strongest woman in the DC universe. Depending on who's writing her, she's sometimes described as second only to Superman in terms of strength.
** Though FridgeLogic suggests that if she's not as strong as Superman, she might not be as strong as ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} or ComicBook/PowerGirl either. She's certainly not as tough as the latter two as they don't have to dodge or block bullets like she does.
*** Depending on the writer, she may be perfectly capable of taking a bullet without damage, but blocks them anyway because it's more effective psychologically. If you fire a bullet at someone and they NoSell it, maybe you just missed. If you fire a bullet at someone, she moves her bracelet to at least near where you were aiming, and there's a ricochet sound... you didn't miss, she's ''just that fast''. Also, even if they can't actually damage her, they might still sting, and "ow ow ow" is less intimidating than "kapwing kapwing kapwing."
* ComicBook/PowerGirl and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, as mentioned above, are other contenders for strongest woman in the DCU, being, power-wise, a female Superman (and [[AmazonianBeauty Power Girl]] [[MusclesAreMeaningful having more muscle mass than Supergirl]]).
* [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk's]] ''potential'' strength is theoretically unlimited, making him the Franchise/MarvelUniverse's strongest character. [[ComicBook/PlanetHulk Green]] [[ComicBook/WorldWarHulk Scar]] in particular is the strongest version of the Hulk. WordOfGod is that the Green Scar Hulk is "stronger than any mortal and most immortals in the Marvel Universe." So he is literally the strongest man; anyone stronger than him is at least a PhysicalGod, and he's stronger than most of those as the only heroes who were able to challenge the Hulk in Green Scar form were the Sentry (see below), ComicBook/TheMightyThor (in a "WhatIf" when he beat the Sentry to New York) and Comicbook/GhostRider (who only came to reason with the Hulk and never attacked since Hulk was not guilty).
* ComicBook/TheSentry has also been repeatedly called Marvel's most powerful hero. Having exchanged punches with Hulk (Green Scar version) and Thor, overloaded Absorption Man (who, mind you, could absorb Thor's strength and his hammer's properties) and, according to Spider-Man, beat up ComicBook/{{Galactus}}. But in the end, Marvel's most powerful depends on the story: sometimes it's Hulk, sometimes it's Sentry, etc.
* ComicBook/SheHulk is generally billed as the strongest woman in the world in the Marvel universe, though this is contested whenever her EvilCounterpart and usual ArchEnemy, [[Characters/MastersOfEvilHelmutZemoMembers Titania]], enters the picture. Titania is commonly portrayed as stronger than a calm She-Hulk despite usually ending up on [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter the wrong side of]] TheWorfEffect, and both women can further increase their already impressive strength through [[TrainingFromHell various]] [[BoxingLessonsForSuperman means]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} the Gaul'' has Obelix, a dumb-but-super-strong sidekick who fell into a vat of strength potion as a child.
* ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' has Desperate Dan, who memorably once won a World's Strongest Man competition by lifting ''all the other competitors, plus everything '''they''' were lifting''.
* ComicBook/{{Bamse}} is the world's strongest bear.
* Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' has Comicbook/FlexMentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery. He is so strong that he can [[RealityWarper alter the fabric of reality]] with the precisely tuned vibrations of his muscles, at one point turning the Pentagon into a circle. Which may be some kind of record.
* Some older adventure strips from ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' featured characters like this such as Morgyn the Mighty.
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] is often considered the "World's Mightiest Mortal," with an advantage towards Superman due to his magical nature.
** Captain Marvel's tagline of "World's Mightiest Mortal" originated when he was with Fawcett and there were no real contenders for the title other than Black Adam and (possibly) King Kull. Even when DC licensed the character, he was envisioned as living in the "Earth-S" monoverse and didn't really cross over with the other DC characters much until after the events of ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' merged it with those containing Earths 1, 2, 4, and X. This is another case where DependingOnTheWriter is in full effect (their actual strength is usually treated as virtually even, but The Big Red Cheese is likely to win a contest of ''opposed'' strength because of the "magic" clause in Superman's vulnerabilities). Most depictions have them exactly even (or so close that they might as well be) in terms of their basic FlyingBrick powers; Captain Marvel's advantage is his magical nature (and ability to call down [[ShockAndAwe magical lightning]]), while Superman has long-range attacks in his arsenal like heat vision and freezing breath.
** The ComicBook/New52 timeline continues the dynamic with Superman. During a battle in Khandaq, the two traded blows fairly evenly. Superman got the last punch in, but he also started the fight with a sucker punch and had help from Wonder Woman. Likewise, Billy wasn't unconscious and capable of fighting, stopping only because the Justice League showed up. A later Justice League issue had Billy mention to Superman they should do some tests to see if one was stronger than the other.
* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Thundra]] is another Marvel character who can stake a claim to the title among the female stable, as she is the world's strongest woman [[LadyLand in her]] [[AlternateUniverse timeline]].
* The aforementioned Vartox is the most powerful warrior of planet Valerion. Pre-Crisis, he was depicted as having strength, speed, durability, senses, etc. [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter vastly superior to Superman's]].
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': Jerom possesses all kinds of super powers that lend themselves to great gags, but also posed the story writers for a problem. It's so easy to use him as a DeusExMachina that they need to send him off on vacation or give him a sleeping potion to make the stories not to predictable.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'': Jan Spier, the local French fries seller, is very strong. He is able to lift an elephant with one hand, for instance. But author Marc Sleen at least didn't use him that often to avoid predictability.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician'', Lothar has always been billed as the strongest man in the world.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'': Popeye is abnormally strong. The animated cartoons added a reason for his strength, though: his infamous spinach.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Ricky Flame from from ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' gets this treatment ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8532906/1/iFightCrimeWithVictorious iFight Crime With Victorious]]'', ironic since he tried to wrestle fifth-graders in the show and was pinned by a 14-16 year old girl seconds after.
* Paul is definitely this in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', and takes great pride in it. It's one of the Blessed parts of being BlessedWithSuck.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', [[TheDragon General Hercules Beetle]] is presented as this, at least for his own species. Most Changelings are no match for an Earth Pony in physical strength (Changelings' specialty is stealth, in all other areas they're [[MasterOfNone far weaker]] compared to the other types of ponies), Hercules Beetle is on par with one in a test of strength (and that's before [[spoiler:he goes OneWingedAngel]]) and is stated to be the 'second most dangerous Changeling in existence' behind Queen Chrysalis herself by the Interviewers, and even then it's not clear if she's actually ''physically'' stronger than he is even if she's undoubtedly got more power than him. He shows this by being able to fight ''ten'' very powerful ponies ''at once'' for a prolonged period of time, including some of Equestria's best Royal Guards, several Gifted Unicorns, and a black belt [[spoiler:, and just barely loses.]] [[spoiler:With Chrysalis' death (which resulted in the Changeling Queen's {{Reincarnation}} into an infant Zebralicorn), Hercules is now undoubtedly the strongest Changeling on the planet.]]
* ''FanFic/AshesOfThePast'': Mewtwo is the World's Most Powerful Pokémon -- and he will ''not'' let you forget it. It's bluntly stated by Dexter that this is {{not hyperbole}}, as the only Pokémon with the sheer power to match him is Arceus, ''the Pokémon equivalent of God'', and even then it's a bit iffy. Arceus only edges out a win by the fact that he has far more control than the ''much'' younger Mewtwo, but since he's completely removed from the plot (and the world), the title defaults to Mewtwo.
* In ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'', out of all the Digimons to have existed, Huanglongmon aka the creator of the Guardian Beasts is universally considered to be one of the strongest Digimon to have ever lived, stronger than both Xeedmilleniummon or even Belialmyotismon[[note]]he proves this when Huanglongmon instantly blasts Belialmyotismon to smithereens with his Spirit Destroyer[[/note]] (who is using the Guardian God's Digicore). His sheer power is so great that upon Myotismon's transformation into Huanglongmon both Dragomon and even the Digiknight fears him and it is only when their Digimons sacrifice themselves for the Digiknight does they stood chance against him.
* Literature/HarryPotter in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8933408/18/Wizard-Runemaster Wizard Runemaster]]'' is stated to be a mage even stronger than the legendary [[Franchise/{{Warcraft}} Medivh]] by said man's ghost/spirit. Harry has yet to actually reach his full potential, which along with his sense of responsibility has Medivh name him Azeroth's new Guardian.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': In this crossover, Shinji is Superman and [[spoiler:Asuka is Wonder Woman (Supergirl in the story's second version)]]. They're the two strongest humans on the planet. In his first public appearance, Shinji beat a giant monster up with his bare hands.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': Being half-Kryptonian, Asuka is the world's strongest woman. Even though there're other superheroines around, neither of them is so strong. During a battle, Asuka proves how unbelievably strong she is when she lifts a whole skyscraper.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Due to her bio-augmentations granted by a WarGod, Asuka is the strongest ''human'' in the world. She can easily crunch bones or rip limbs off with her bare hands.
* In ''Fanfic/TheLastDaughter'' and its rewrite ''Fanfic/TheGirlOfTomorrow'', Taylor is a Kryptonian. She's ''the'' strongest human in the planet. She's capable of shattering ''moons'' with her fists.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Fezzik, from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', played by Wrestling/AndreTheGiant.
* Albrecht in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'' (1989).
* Creator/WernerHerzog's film ''Film/{{Invincible}}'' tells the story of Zishe Breitbart, a real-life Polish-Jewish blacksmith known in his time as "The World's Strongest Man." Jouko Ahola, two-time winner of the World's Strongest Man competition, plays him.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel'' film serial of the 1940's stars Captain Marvel, who channels the strength of Hercules, and is the strongest man in the world by virtue of being the only guy with out and out superpowers.
* Dexter Reilly becomes this in the 1975 Disney film ''Film/TheStrongestManInTheWorld'', thanks to a strength formula that he created.
* ''Film/Muscle Beach Party'' features the world's strongest man, Mr. Strangdour, smashing through a wall and saved Frankie (Avalon) from his lunkhead son, just by using an ear twist. Strangdour is played brilliantly by Peter Lorre.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' due to him being a demigod. Even before he goes through hero training he's able to hurl a discus past the horizon effortlessly and destroy a town square by accident.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Gerard in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'', who's effectively the Strongest Man in TheMultiverse.
** ''Maybe''. Ganelon manages to drop him, which the observers react to with varying degrees of surprise. Ganelon passes it off as Gerard being unprepared (and expresses his reluctance to attempt a rematch), but it still seems that Ganelon [[spoiler:who is really Oberon, Gerard's father]] is ''at least'' a contender.
** Even so Gerard may still hold on to the title, since being physically the strongest doesn't necessarily make you the best fighter. In a contest between Gerard and his (half-)brother Benedict, the smart money would not be betting against Benedict, ''especially'' if swords or other weapons were involved. At one point during Corwin's struggle to claim the throne of Amber, he confesses that if Benedict expressed a desire for it, he'd give up immediately, because Benedict is ''just that good'' (and because depending on exactly how you interpret the legal ramifications of what amounts to a cosmic annulment, Benedict's claim may be even better than Corwin's).
* Saval Bork of the ''MatadorSeries'', is established from the first book to be the strongest recorded man in the '''known universe'''. However, in ''Brother Death'', [[spoiler: he meets Brother Mkono, an assassin who's even stronger than him. After much existential angst, he remembers that he's also trained in the universe's most deadly martial art and proceeds to dismantle his opponent.]]
* Mr. Strong of ''TheMrMenShow'' fame.
* While it's not stated outright in the novels, ''ConanTheBarbarian'' might as well be this for his time; the only things he encounters that ''are'' unequivocally stronger than him aren't human. Of course, he runs into a lot of those.
* Jean Valjean of ''Literature/LesMiserables'' is not established as actually being the world's strongest man, but he is so unusually strong that [[spoiler:in all his life Javert has never seen any other person possess such strength, which is what causes him to recognize Valjean]]. Interestingly, Valjean is also about as far as you can get from being a meathead.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Ser Gregor Clegane is freakishly large and strong. He stands almost eight feet tall and wields a greatsword with one hand. While mounted, he makes even the largest destrier look undersized, earning him the name "The Mountain That Rides." His abnormal dimensions apparently cause him frequent migraines that drive him into a constant state of rage.
** The current top contender for World's Strongest ''Woman'' is probably Brienne of Tarth.
* Literature/PippiLongstocking from the books of the same name is the strongest girl in the world. Amongst other things, she can lift her horse singlehanded.
* The [[NoNameGiven Nameless Narrator]] of ''Literature/TheNightLand'' is stronger than anyone he has ever encountered, and performs some truly incredible feats of endurance and strength (running for three days in full armor while carrying his girlfriend, for example).
* In ''Literature/TheNeverEndingStory'', the knight Hykrion claims to be the strongest in the world. Another knight named Hero Hynreck defeats him one-on-one with superior strength. Then, Hynreck himself is thoroughly outmuscled by the real strongest man in Fantasia, Bastian himself, who had used AURYN to give himself godlike strength.
* The ''{{Belgariad}}'' graces us with a number of phenomenally strong characters- there are so many [[TheBigGuy Big Guys]] that they actually form their own ''FiveManBand'' of [[TheBigGuy Big Guys]], but the knight Mandorallen is something of a standout, ''crushing'' a lion to death just by squeezing. Probably one of the most memorable bits, though, is when he was preparing to attack two opposing armies simultaneously, which his companions managed to talk him out of, as they considered it suicidal... although one of them noticed ''both'' armies were visibly relieved that he had been called off.
** Honorable mention (at least) to Barak, a berserker of the "turns into an actual ''bear''" variety and pretty strong even in human form.
* Grettir of the Old Icelandic ''Literature/SagaOfGrettirTheStrong'' has the reputation of being the strongest man of Iceland.
* Fezzik in ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', a Turkish GentleGiant who nonetheless works for a time as TheBrute before his HeelFaceTurn. However, although he's certainly the strongest character we see, the narration notes that what's special about Fezzik isn't his strength, but the ridiculous stamina in his arms - tell him to chop down a forest and the axe will break or his legs will fold beneath him before his arms get tired. This is how he manages to climb the Cliffs of Insanity with three people on his back.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Spoofed with Artie from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete''. Yes, he is pretty strong, but it's by the Pete's standards, and we don't know if he's simply ''crazy'' or not.
** His on-camera feats include hitting a golf ball 300,003 feet, pushing a house to the left an inch (he wanted to knock it over, but he had strained a muscle earlier while lifting a brassiere emporium), rolling a bowling ball from whatever state Wellsville is in into Canada, skipping a stone on ''Neptune'', and leaping across the city in a single jump.
* The blink-and-it's-gone goofy '80s fantasy-comedy ''Series/WizardsAndWarriors'' had TheHero's sidekick Marko, the "strongest man in the kingdom" who often performed clearly superhuman feats in keeping with the show's over-the-top nature.
* Nadine from ''Series/TwinPeaks'' is already pretty strong earlier in the series (she involuntarily mangles a steel rail with her bare hands), but after she comes back in her "perky schoolgirl" persona on recovering from her overdose the gloves really come off. In the school gym, she's seen leg-pressing unfeasible amounts of weight without effort, to the astonishment of the watching jocks, and in a touch-down celebration she gleefully whirls the hunky quarterback round in her arms, before, forgetting her own strength, she flings him what appears to be about a hundred feet through the air.
* [[TheDragon Damaras]] of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' has the [[RedBaron title]] "The Strongest Man in the ''Universe''". When he finally goes into action against the Gokaigers, it shows us that he ''deserves'' it.
* In the all-but-forgotten Saturday morning comedy series ''Series/TheKidsFromCAPER'', small-statured Bugs had immense strength, as long as he could see his hands. Another "kryptonite" for him was the word ''bananas'', which caused him to have hysterics for several minutes.
* Willy Armitage from ''Series/MissionImpossible'' was literally the world's strongest man, as his dossier from the early seasons stated that he had once set the world weight-lifting record, which was why the IMF recruited him for the pilot episode - they needed somebody who could carry a suitcase that contained a grown man inside without any outside observers being able to tell how heavy it was. Episodes in which he wasn't required to move heavy objects generally had him serve as an assistant to one of the other team members.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Hercules in Myth/ClassicalMythology is not only stronger then every man, he's stronger than the other gods too.
* Also, HotBlooded Judge Samson from ''Literature/TheBible''.
* Jacob got his alternate name "Israel" (the exact meaning is not clear, but one possibility is "struggles with God") after an all-night wrestling match. At dawn, the man/angel (in some interpretations, God Himself) asks Jacob to release him, and gives him the new name. Jacob's strength is never particularly remarked on outside this incident, though, and it's at least implied that the contest was really more about stubbornness/mental strength than physical strength.
* Magni, from Myth/NorseMythology, who had the combined strength of both parents at the age of two. For the record, his parents were a giantess and Thor.
** In one legend, Thor kills a giant who then falls on top of him, and none of the other gods can free Thor from under the giant until Magni arrives. Magni is "three nights old" when he lifts the giant's foot from Thor's neck. It may perhaps be worth noting that the name Magni ''literally means'' "Mighty".
* OlderThanDirt: Gilgamesh, the first recorded epic hero, of ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''.
* Bhima in the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''. When he was two, his mother dropped him by accident on a stone and the stone broke. Keep in mind, he was two.
* Omobe in Yoruba tradition, who was able to force his way into the spirit world and proved strong enough to best some of the orishas(equivalent to gods or angels) in wrestling matches.
* In Japanese folklore, Nurarihyon is known as the most powerful of all {{youkai}} and the commander of the [[TheWildHunt Hyakki Yakou]]. So what has earned him that fame? [[ShroudedInMyth No-one knows.]] Aside from breaking into people's houses and acting like he owns the place, (which no-one, not even the actual owners, ever even thinks of questioning until he has left,) he never really does anything. Though very little aside from this is known about him, one has to admit that it ''is'' quite impressive that all of Japan's unruly spirits obey him.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* [[http://www.wwe.com/classics/classic-lists/strongest-superstars This is pretty much a stock wrestling character]]. Wrestling/MarkHenry is currently billed as the World's Strongest Man in WWE; apparently he was a winner of several Strongest Man competitions as well as an Olympic weightlifter, and he is the current world record holder for the ungeared squat at 430 kg. Previous World's Strongest Men include Bill Kazmaier (who also won a few Strongest Man competitions, and came to the ring holding a giant inflatable globe to evoke images of Atlas) and Wrestling/KenPatera (who was an Olympic weightlifter). And let's not forget one of the first with this billing, Ted Arcidi.
* Doug Furnas, a Knoxville Tennessee football player who made his pro wrestling debut ripping a door off of a cage. He continued to be billed as such during his brief Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{SMW}} days.
* The late Dino Bravo in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, though being a {{heel}}, he was usually billed as the ''Self-Proclaimed'' World's Strongest Man.
** And sometimes he was billed as ''Canada's'' Strongest Man. Guess sometimes people just need more realistic goals...
* The first Website/{{WrestleCrap}} book posited that any wrestler using this moniker [[TheWorfEffect will inevitably fail]], especially if used to promote weightlifters who cannot actually wrestle (which is often the case).
* Wrestling/TheIronSheik is legendary in strongman circles thanks to his Persian Clubs challenge. 75 lbs. may not sound like much, but swinging that much weight on what is essentially a lever is ''extremely difficult.'' Wrestling/MarkHenry was the only wrestler to beat the challenge.
* While the weight's been surpassed, at the time Wrestling/BrunoSammartino had bench pressed more weight than anyone else in recorded history, earning him the moniker "The Italian [=Superman=]."
* Magnitude Kishiwada is billed as "The Strongest Man in Osaka". Although he is pretty small in stature to the gimmick standards, he has a real powerlifting background, and is exceptionally strong for his size.
* Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli, better known as Cesaro, is currently billed as being "pound for pound, the strongest superstar in the WWE." Zeb Colter insisted Antonio Cesaro was the strongest man in the world but the rest of the roster had their doubts.
* Determining just who is the strongest man in the world was the stated purpose of Wrestling/AkiraMaeda's Fighting Network RINGS, a shoot wrestling promotion turned mixed martial arts.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Dekar in ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' boasts himself to be the world's strongest warrior [[MightyGlacier (which he actually is)]]. [[VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals The remake]] makes him a JackOfAllStats MultiMeleeMaster, but he's still CrazyAwesome and possesses the attack with the highest multi-target damage potential in the game.
* Jax Briggs of [[Franchise/MortalKombat Mortal Kombat]] fame is considered the physically strongest man on Earth, even [[VideoGame/MortalKombatII before]] his [[ArtificialLimbs enhancements]]. He still can't match the inhuman strength of bosses like [[ThatOneBoss Shao Kahn]] due to to their unnatural powers. Among non-humans, [[PhysicalGod Raiden]] is regarded as the most ''powerful'' kombatant in the series. Not surprisingly, he was Superman's counterpart when [[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse their worlds collided]].
** Shao Kahn however is stronger than Raiden, since the only time Raiden's ever beaten him was when amped up by the PowersThatBe. After all, he's managed to stay Emperor for a reason.
** [[OurBansheesAreLouder Sindel]] is the most powerful female of Mortal Kombat, while her [[BodyguardBabes bodyguard]] [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Sheeva]] is the physically strongest.
* Alex Mercer from ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' is clearly the strongest man in his universe [[spoiler: At least, until the sequel...]]. He can throw a destroyed helicopter at another helicopter with ease.
** Debatable as Mercer [[spoiler: was just the human that unleashed the [[TheVirus Black light virus]] which you play as]]
** There are references in both games to... something known only as Pariah which according to the web of intrigue is like Mercer, [[UpToEleven only even stronger]] and [[FromASingleCell harder to kill]]
* In the world of ''StreetFighter'', while Akuma, Oro and Gen fight for the position of WorldsBestWarrior, the Strongest Man in the game (in pure strength) is Zangief.
** Chun-Li is the self-proclaimed Strongest Woman in the World: [[BadassBoast "No Man Can Compare!"]]
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'': Asura cements himself as this when ending the game by beating up [[spoiler: Chakravartin, who's essentially ''God'']].
* [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] is the strongest being in all of Greece, if there was anything or anyone else stronger than him, it's because he wasn't there to kill it.
* Duke in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' was heralded as a hero in the war against the Entelexeia, beings that could wipe out entire towns single-handed.
* Your older brother Gou in ''Big Bang Age'' is self-titled as the "weakest man in the world". [[spoiler: The reality is that 99.9% of his power goes towards sealing the final boss. In the endgame he releases his seal and gets his power back. Unless you were seriously powerleveling Ryouga, Gou is bar-none the strongest character in the game.]]
* There are several people in the ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'' games who can claim the title. There's Jubei, who is word for word described as the world's strongest living being, but suffers a game-breaking injury caused by [[spoiler:Phantom and Terumi]]. There's Hakumen, who is noted as being far more powerful than anyone else in the cast even though he only currently has access to 20-40% of his power. And then there's Azrael, who, to put it bluntly, is an unstoppable juggernaut; even the previously-mentioned Hakumen refuses to fight him in a prolonged battle and prefers retreat to trying to take him down.
** [[TheHero Ragna]] was this [[PowerCreepPowerSeep in the very]] [[BadassDecay first game]], and he had a reputation and bounty to match it. Even in the later games, he can still hold his own against the characters listed.
* Yuugi Hoshiguma of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. Oni are already feared and respected by everyone, from youkai to celestials, for the freakish strength they have that allows them to tear the sky and mountains apart with barely any effort. Among the oni, The Big Four of the Mountain are particularly infamous for their power, and among the four, [[RedBaron Yuugi the Strong]] is known for her physical strength.
** The two strongest contenders for the Strongest Woman of Gensokyo title, however, are the Youkai of Boundaries, Yukari Yakumo, who's borderline omnipotent within the realm, and Yuuka Kazami, the AxCrazy Youkai of Flowers, who despite not having as much skill as Yukari, compensates with pure, raw power. Youkai get StrongerWithAge. Yukari's age is indetermined, and all that's known of Yuuka is that she might as well be a TimeAbyss.
** Cirno proudly boasts of being "the strongest", sometimes adding "fairy". The problem is that ''Touhou'' fairies are idiot {{Mook}}s; while Cirno is indubitably the strongest and probably one of the smartest amongst them, she's still mentally an eight-year old at most, and while she can be ''very'' dangerous, as seen in ''Fairy Wars'', she's too easily distracted to ever act on her true power.
*** Even then there's the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Lampad]][=/=]Hell fairy, [[VillainousHarlequin Clownpiece]], who is, frankly speaking, ''[[ThatOneBoss strong,]]'' so Cirno is just the strongest fairy in Gensokyo, anyway.
* Magnus from ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' is a very muscular human with a sword almost as large as his body (when Pit uses it, the game classifies it as a club) able to easily hold his own against The Underworld Army [[spoiler: and Palutena's Army]]. When Pit first meets Magnus, he questions whether he's even human.
* Sephiroth in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is called the strongest being on the planet by pretty much everyone. The makers themselves has described him as nothing stronger than him in the world.
* ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'', due to being a series with multiple {{Physical God}}s, has two top contenders for this role, both of whom have the distinction of TheOlderImmortal.
** Rei Ryghts is the most powerful character in the entire series as she's capable of [[DimensionalTraveler opening dimensions, distorting dimensions, and if she was ever serious, she could also fuse dimensions together]]. And in this setting, GodsNeedPrayerBadly but because she was tyrannical and a despot, she had no followers whatsoever after she [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed destroyed her own nation of Tari]]. Didn't stop her from doing any of these stunts in the present though, several thousand years later. And when she ''does'' get some shares, things went from bad to worse. The only thing stopping her is the fact that when she's not DrunkWithPower, she's an [[ApologizesALot absolute pushover]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone who regrets everything]] and eventually [[DefeatMeansFriendship gets some sense permanently slapped into her]].
** [[spoiler:Kurome Ankokuboshi, the [[TomatoInTheMirror original Uzume aka Orange Heart]],]] comes just shy of her due to her [[RealityWarper ability to make her wishes reality]], which she used to rewrite Gameindustri's history despite being nothing but a [[SealedEvilInACan wandering spirit at the time]]. As she gains strength, she attempts to perform the same trick as Rei by fusing dimensions together and can fight all the [=CPU=]s after they get a [[NextTierPowerUp upgrade]]. Similarly to Rei, she had no followers either, but instead learned to [[ThePowerOfHate channel Negative Share Energy born of her resentment]], [[spoiler:as well as make liberal use of PowerParasite and FusionDance tropes]]. Unlike Rei, she's considered the more dangerous one due to her [[SoftSpokenSadist sadistic]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] and [[ConsummateLiar deceitful]] [[PragmaticVillainy personality]] regardless of her human or CPU form.
* Starting with his "first" appearance in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Ganondorf has been fairly consistently portrayed as this in the world of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda''. A brutal MagicKnight as a thief, he has become the destined bearer of the Triforce of Power, which literally imbues him with inexhaustible strength and magical power. The most prominent portrayal of this aspect is his first appearance in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'': Ganondorf appears in the newly conquered Temple of Souls on his own with a fairly small army of stalkids at his back. Facing him is the united army of Hyrule; a huge army of Hylian soldiers led by Zelda, Impa, Darunia, Ruto, Midna, Agitha, Fi ''and'' Link with the unleashed Master Sword. The Hylian reaction? A massive OhCrap followed by ''every single one of them fleeing for their lives''! In the following chapter, Ganondorf amasses an army to defeat Hyrule by marching into the Gerudo Desert and beating down every single monster there, defeating three giant beasts in order to further intimidate them into swearing loyalty to him.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''; Kerri Hicks at the Darkmoon Faire is the World's Strongest Woman. (Well, that's her title at least, and being a circus performer, it may not be entirely accurate.)
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* [[AwesomeEgo Gilgamesh]] from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is quite firmly established as ''the'' strongest being in the story by a '''HUGE''' margin. WordOfGod even confirms that he would be able to take on all the Servants and Masters on at the same time and easily win. And he is still only in the bottom of the top 5 of the {{Nasuverse}}.
** As far as physical power goes, 5th War Berserker (Heracles) is on top, bar none - rank A+ strength and A for endurance and agility even outside [[PowerBornOfMadness Mad Enhancement]], which would have added an additional rank on top of those had it ever been used. Until Gilgamesh shows up to mess with the war, Berserker is the biggest obstacle to anyone else winning, and certainly fulfills the spirit of the trope if not its literal truth.
** Of note is that during their battle, Berserker came very close to defeating Gilgamesh (insofar as that he would have won if he was able to get close enough to attack, and he may well have gotten close enough if he either had an additional life, his sanity, or didn't have to shield his master; looking purely at the results, it was still a flawless victory on Gilgamesh's part), and multiple servants and masters have abilities that would logically counter Gilgamesh's if used properly (and canonically were, in two cases). Given the WordOfGod in the Nasuverse is [[FlipFlopOfGod self conflicting, one would be advised to take it with a grain of salt]].
* In ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' they're only high school students, but...
** Momoyo is considered a "god of martial arts" and is pretty much ''the'' strongest person in the world by the beginning of the game;
** Mayucchi's father told the [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Prime Minister of Japan]] that his daughter had already surpassed him in skill. Mayucchi's father, who just happens to be the current [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sword Saint]], a.k.a. the strongest swordsman in the world;
** Though she doesn't get many chances to show off, Miyako is a skilled enough archer to be counted as one of the "Five Bows Under Heaven";
** And finally, there's the "Four Sky Kings" that Momoyo belongs to, of which Ageha is also a member. Tsubame, one of the new heroines in the upcoming sequel, makes her cameo early as a member in the anime. [[spoiler: Mayucchi]] also gains this distinction at the end of her path via KlingonPromotion.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'', the title is first held by [[BigBad Mobster Kingpin]] and later by [[TheLancer Ace Dick]].
* The ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'' was under the supreme rule of [[GodEmperor Zahard]], the first man to climb up and settle down, and his supporters. Then [[RealityWarper Phantaminum]], an existence ShroudedInMyth, came and not only scaled the tower much faster than Zahard, but in the process killed many of his high rankers. These are the 1000 strongest of 100,000 rankers, and even the lowliest ranker can give the main characters a run for their money. After StormingTheCastle of the ruler, Phantaminum disappeared, never to be seen again, however, similar Irregulars followed, shaking the Tower up once more. It should be mentioned that StormingTheCastle is the only battle he participated in and even so was immediately declared strongest.
** Before Phantaminum came, the title belonged to Enryu for being the only known person to [[KillTheGod kill a]] [[PhysicalGod Guardian]]. People speculate both in-universe and out on which one is stronger.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has [[spoiler:Pom Pom]], as depicted in "[[http://homestarrunner.com/10years.html The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest]]". In [[Literature/TheHomestarRunnerEntersTheStrongestManInTheWorldContest the original book]], he offered to share with [[spoiler:Homestar]], who was disqualified.
** Strong Mad isn't billed as "The Strongest Man in the World," but he's definitely one of, if not the, strongest people in the Homestar Runner universe. He can knock people halfway across Free Country, USA with one punch, and has also kicked a kickball so hard it flew all the way around the world and hit him from behind.
* The strongest man in the Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse was the aptly named Strength, a supervillain working for Tarot. During the entire run of the game, they never found an object too heavy for him to lift.
* Chuck "MemeticMutation" [[Creator/ChuckNorris Norris]].
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'': Scion is the first and strongest superhero, so far beyond the rest that fights against [[{{Kaiju}} the Endbringers]] almost always end up boiling down to "HoldTheLine until Scion shows up to deliver a CurbStompBattle." The next strongest three are known as the Triumvirate: Alexandria, ''the'' FlyingBrick, Legend, ''the'' FlyingFirepower, and Eidolon, who can choose any three powers at one time. On the villainous side are Glaistig Uaine, whose ability to summon three ghosts of dead parahumans made her too strong for any other hero to beat and lets her stand up to Scion, and the Siberian, the only one to ever hurt Alexandria in direct combat.
* [[AgonyBooth Mr. Mendo]], though he's only "The Internet's Strongest Man".
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the Avatar is regarded as the strongest bender on the planet no matter what, by virtue of having access to all the bending arts and the Avatar State.
** Toph and Bumi shared the status of being the strongest earthbenders in the world when they were both still alive. This is mainly because a duel between them ended in a draw. After Bumi died, the title went to Toph, whose strength only grew with time and ''more'' than lives up to it, even into her old age.
** [[spoiler:Amon/Noatak is arguably the strongest non-Avatar bender in the ''entire franchise''. He was a prodigy waterbender and bloodbender, mastering his father's psychic bloodbending at the tender age of fourteen, and ''never'' lost an onscreen fight.]]
%%* Marshal Bravestarr from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Timmy once wished to be the toughest guy on the beach - ergo, he'd be stronger than the toughest fellow to turn up on that beach. This was going fine and dandy until a ''whale'' beached itself.
* Bamm-Bammfrom ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' is billed as the strongest baby in the world, and in later cartoons the strongest teen in the world. By the time of "Hollyrock a-bye baby", his and Pebble's baby daughter Roxy is the new strongest baby in the world.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': He-Man, '''''THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE UNIVERSE!!!!''''' His power-set is actually defined as being [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe exactly as strong as he needs to be for any given task]]. Meaning that he'll alway be at least slightly stronger than anyone he fights, no matter how strong they are.
** His twin sister [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]] probably counts as the World's Strongest Woman. And given that she spends most of her time on another planet she probably qualifies as the Strongest in Etheria regardless of gender.
** He-Man's completely insane feats of strength include:
*** Pushing a moon out of orbit (which he's done ''twice'').
*** Pushing aside mountains.
*** Reversing a tornado by swinging his sword in spirals fast enough to create a counter-vortex.
*** Running in circles fast enough to create a vacuum in order to cause a waterspout.
*** Drilling to the center of the planet with only a broken stalactite.
*** Dragging a huge spaceship down to the ground with a grappling hook.
*** One of his most dramatic feats may be this: ''Picking up Castle Greyskull and throwing it across half the continent''.
** In [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 the 2002 remake]], naturally it's still He-Man. The most obvious example is when he disposes of [[ArtifactOfDoom a several hundred ton tower that turns everyone around it into evil Snakemen]] [[HurlItIntoTheSun by picking it up and tossing into the sun]]. A flashback episode reveals that in a previous generation, the title was held by [[HeroicLineage his ancestor, King Greyskull]]. As in, "ByThePowerOfGreyskull"
* WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} has reached this level when spinached up; even without it, he's pretty strong.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'': While a moose rather than a man, Bullwinkle J. Moose every so often performs feats of incredible strength, which he attributes to his "mighty moose muscle," or sometimes just "moose-le."
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* The current record holder for an assisted bench press is Ryan Kennelly at 1,070 pounds.
* The World's Strongest Man, an annual competition taking place around Christmas time, pits strongmen from all over the shop in a very broad range of events designed to test all-round strength. Events vary from from traditional weight lifting to dragging, flipping, carrying, pushing, pulling, holding, throwing and otherwise manipulating incredibly heavy items such as tractor tyres, anvils, tractors, trains, cars, beer kegs, giant stone pillars, and the iconic Atlas Stones. The former page image was four time champion (and two time runner-up) [[AwesomeMcCoolName Magnus ver Magnusson]], whose name means "Big Guy Son of Big Guy who was the son of another Big Guy").
* American Olympian Paul Anderson was for a time credited for having lifted 6,270 pounds in 1957, earning him a reputation as the strongest man in the world. The Guinness Book of World Records later withdrew their recognition of the feat for some questionable circumstances.
* Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson, the actor who plays Gregor "The Mountain That Rides" Clegane in the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' series, holds the world record at keg tossing, a sport in which involves tossing a 15.5 gallon barrel (Which weighs about 33 pounds) over a high bar set at various heights. As of November 2015, the record (Breaking one he had set himself earlier that year) is 24 feet, 6 inches.
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