Super Strength

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"It threw a forklift truck like it was a SOFTBALL! It was the most powerful thing I've ever seen."
Emil Blonsky, The Incredible Hulk

Likely the most primal super-power. In a way, it's one of the oldest "super-powers" that mankind came up with; ancient myths have plenty of tales about mighty warriors and demigods, apparently normal humans but with strength beyond any human limits.

Very common power from the Silver Age. Usually does not know Kung Fu. Usually, this is the linchpin power of a Flying Brick. Characters with a wide variety of Superpowers will very frequently include this as a baseline ability. Characters with super strength may demonstrate it with a Neck Lift. A must for The Big Guy. This is also the most common Charles Atlas Superpower. A source of strength could be Uninhibited Muscle Power.

See also World's Strongest Man and Required Secondary Powers. Villains show this off with a Neck Lift, Minion Maracas, Barrier-Busting Blow, or Hoist Hero Over Head; heroes do it by being a Load-Bearing Hero. Characters with this power may sometimes not know their own strength. They are often described as having The Strength of Ten Men. Children with this power have their own trope, as do characters with big stomachs.


Examples:

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  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, this seems to be a trait of several nations:
    • America could lift a buffalo as a toddler. He is also seen once dragging UK's car with one hand (and apparently he was walking about with said car for an hour). Moreover, during the 2010 Bloodbath, a party (possibly Finland) calls America and Russia "superhuman".
      • The 2011 April Fool's event confirms Russia to have this. He hides in a sewer and tosses around the the manhole cover (they typically weigh over 50 kg) like it's a pillow, even balancing it on his head.
    • One anime episode has a very angry China punching through a wall with eleven chops, kicking through another one with just one kick and even visibly cracking a third one with just his head before America stops him.
    • Greece is also implied to have this "power". One picture shows him wrestling down Germany seemly without trouble, in a strip he knocks out and carries around France's body like it's nothing, and in the Gakuen Hetalia PSP game he manages to move around several life-size stone statues and not even pant afterwards.
    • Belarus' introduction includes her clawing through a door and ripping its knob out with her bare hands. She also is able to break multiple fingers on Lithuania's hand with very little effort.
    • Hungary can beat up entire Prussian armies basically by herself.
  • Guts's entire life from Berserk has been one great big test of strength, ever since he was given a adult's longsword when he was just five years old and got stronger. Naturally he just picked bigger swords to slice people apart since then, Guts eventually graduated to the Dragonslayer sword which weighs approximately 400 lbs/180 kilograms of solid brutal iron which he can even lift in one hand. While it takes two normal humans to lift the "sword" and nearly crushed a child who tried to steal it, just clarify what a herculean freak Guts is.
  • In Black Butler, Finny of all people is able to easily lift and toss a large marble statue. He throws it with such force that it becomes A Twinkle in the Sky...before falling at terminal velocity toward Ciel's head.. Due to this super strength, is the only one able AND willing to play with Plu (a giant, demonic dog).
  • Bleach: Meninas McAllon is nicknamed "The Power" because of this trope. Her fighting style involves things like her lifting an enormous chunk of a street, including the lower foundations and at least three buildings, and throwing it down effortlessly at her enemies.
  • Blue Exorcist's Okumura Rin has this, on dint of his heritage. He tends to use it without thinking, since it was the one power he had even before his awakening, allowing him to lift up a car without even thinking about it.
  • In Brave10, Seikai and Byakugun end up facing off in the finale as the respective big guys from each of their teams since they're both blessed with this.
  • Miyazawa Kenji of Bungou Stray Dogs can pick up a van and toss it around like a beach ball... but only when he's hungry.
  • In Campione!, Godou Kusanagi can temporarily boost his strength to superhuman levels, said to rival Hercules himself, with the power of The Ox. The catch is that he's only allowed to activate it in a situation that would actually require super strength. For example, if he were fighting a bear or someone else with super strength, or if he needed to move a boulder or a train, he could use it. If he were fighting an ordinary person or needed to move furniture around, he has to rely on his normal strength.
  • In Castle Town Dandelion, Teru has this as his Royalty Superpower.
  • Cyborg 009 has Geronimo Jr., a.k.a., Cyborg 005, a massive Native American who has this as his main ability.
  • Daily Lives of High School Boys
    • Tadakuni's little sister Mei:in High School Boys and Tower she can lift two guys both older and bigger than her on her shoulders, and in High School Boys and UFO Catchers she can shake a UFO Catcher at the arcade which the main trio together couldn't even move.
    Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake, in unison: "Just what IS she?"
    • Habara shows signs of this in the unanimated skits. Remember, she was an Enfant Terrible-level bully when she was an elementary schooler.
      • In High School Girls are Funky — Superficially, she incidentally burst a volleyball.
      • In High School Girls are Funky — Megaton Poke, Yanagin had Habara try out the "punch machine" in the arcade in which the former just broke the new record. While Habara didn't get as many points as Yanagin by far... close inspections revealed a hole on the punching pad after Habara played with it, and upon asking Habara said she didn't know she has to clench her fist in the first place... Which mean she just stabbed her hand into the punch pad.
  • Barda "The Bear" in Deltora Quest goes from a strong warrior in the books to a full fledged superhuman in the anime. Especially in the Final Battle of Del where he faces a Ak-Baba, prys it's jaws open to get the Topaz and then after some reconciling with the ghost of his mom he gains the strength to behead the Ak-Baba (see it here 11:40 to 15:36). This most impressive since the larger cannon states packs of Ak-Baba can kill Dragons, making Barda as strong as at least one dragon.
  • Almost all Digimon have this to some degree. Most champions have no problem smashing up trees and boulders and even low tier megas can toss around pieces of skyscrapers like they were footballs. But by far the most impressive showing was when Lucemon blew up three moons at once by pile-driving another Digimon into one of them. A notable aversion would be Lillymon. Despite being an Ultimate level Digimon, and holding her own as well as the other Digimon, her physical strength is at the level a woman of her stature and build would have.
  • Dragon Ball
    • Fighters tend to always have at least super strength to rely on. Even Mr. Satan, the Fake Ultimate Hero, is shown in the anime to be able to drag multiple buses behind him and break stacks of telephone books. And not just the usual strongman demonstration of ripping them in half (which is in fact quite difficult), he breaks them with a karate chop. And does the same with a large stack of bricks. And his strength, while very impressive among Muggles, is a tiny fraction of what even the weakest fighters in the main cast can do.
    • Goku and Piccolo lifted a bus full of people one-handed in the greatest Filler Arc ever.
    • Goku at his weakest at the beginning of the series could break a stack of bricks with one finger and lift and throw Bulma's car which couldn't be any less than 1,354 kilograms with Bulma still inside it despite Goku being a just a kid.
    • The Saiyans strength is so great they can rip mountains up with their bare hands without even trying, for example. Even young Goten could throw rocks clean through a mountain without even going Super Saiyan.
    • In Dragon Ball GT Super Saiyan 4 Goku could lift a continent and was only left slightly out of breath.
    • And then Dragon Ball Super takes all this to the most insanely ridiculous degree, with Goku and Beerus being capable of destroying the whole Universe purely through the shockwaves caused by the clash of their fists!
    • Forget fighters: Some non-fighters seem to possess an abnormal amount of strength. Case in point, Maron was able to pick up a lawn chair and attempt to smack Master Roshi around with it. Bulma also uppercut Roshi several feet into the air. Granted, that did hurt her hand.
  • Heiwajima Shizuo in Durarara!!. Though he was born with the strength, he initially lacked the Required Secondary Powers and repeatedly broke his bones throwing stuff at people. Shizuo's body toughened up, though, so by the time most of the series take place he routinely chucks vending machines around and swings lampposts without suffering any ill effects.
    • Shizuo's Super Strength is somewhat realistic (if heavily exaggerated) in nature. The human body is surprisingly strong on its own, to the point that have a natural "block" on their physical strength so that they don't end up tearing themselves apart whenever they're physically active. Shizuo doesn't have these blocks.
  • Fairy Tail's Natsu has this, probably due to his dragon magic. Erza is even stronger than Natsu.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, during Scar's first fight with Major Armstrong, he comments that shiny man's strength is "almost superhuman". Hell, Armstrong and Sig use pretty much Good Old Fisticuffs to kill Sloth.
  • Shizuka Fujiyama, the top engineer on the Daiku Maryu in Gaiking: Legend of Daiku Maryu is the physically strongest person on the ship, despite having no apparent musculature, and can at once lift at least three of the metal plates that the rest of the crew struggle to lift even one of.
  • In Gate, the demigoddess Rory Mercury is pretty much the only character who can lift her halberd, which is so heavy that an ordinary person would get crushed under its weight. She can also hit the ground hard enough to shatter it, throw a gun at a man hard enough to send him flying, and knock a dragon back by hitting it.
  • Kagura from Gintama can toss around boulders and cars with ease and stop Gin's scooter by grabbing the back of it, among other things.
  • Apparently a standard ability of the vampires in Hellsing. Alucard dual-wields Hand Cannons that are explicitly said to be beyond human ability to lift, while Seras's BFGs keep getting bigger and bigger.
    • During a flashback sequence in Volume 3, Integra's father tells her during a lecture that vampires can rip humans apart, "like wet rags." Alucard, naturally, does exactly that in the same chapter to a SWAT team, including one instance of apparently bitch-slapping a man in half.
  • Standard feature of Youkai in InuYasha. The titular character, despite being half-human, is in the high side of the curve for Youkai. Not surprising, as his late father was one of the strongest youkai to ever live.
  • The antagonists in Part I and II of Jojos Bizarre Adventure all have superstrength to some degree. Even the basic zombies in Part I are so strong that it's almost impossible for a normal human to beat them without the Ripple. Actual vampires like Dio Brando even more so. Strongest of all are the Pillarmen of Part II. At one point, Wham upends a stone pillar and uses it as a club!
  • Eclair from Kiddy Grade has super strength as one of her main powers.
  • The title character from Kimba the White Lion has this power along with Super Vitality.
  • Lyrical Nanoha
    • In the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S prelude manga, Teana made the mistake of telling Subaru to put more strength into boosting her up during a wall climbing exercise in the Ground Forces Military Academy. Subaru did... and accidentally threw Teana all the way up to the sky in the process. This was our first clue on Subaru's cyborg nature.
    • In FORCE, most members of the Huckebein family sport some degree of boosted physical strength but so far Fortis is the only one who has done a clear demonstration by crushing a soda can to a little marble with barely an effort.
  • Ku Fei in Mahou Sensei Negima! is essentially the Badass Normal of the main cast yet still one of the top fighters. Even Negi has to resort to buffing himself with dark magic to match her sheer physical strength.
    • Quite a few of the girls in 3-A can enhance their strength with either ki or ki and magic combined, Asuna, Kaede, and Setsuna, for three. And if Ku Fei wasn't doing it in the early books, she certainly advanced to it by the Mahora War arc.
  • In My Hero Academia, this is the power granted by "One for All". While there are other Quirks that grant enhanced strength, "One for All" puts the rest of them to shame. All Might relying on the fading dregs of "One for All" can topple buildings with the mere shockwaves generated by punching into the air. "One for All" is so powerful that it's actually very dangerous for Deku to use it at full strength since it doesn't come with invulnerability. Deku has to figure out how to tap into its full power safely so he doesn't accidentally cripple himself for life.
  • Naruto:
    • Tsunade is the mascot of this trope for the series with monstrous super strength as her trademark ability. In her first appearance, she slams her finger into the ground and splits the earth before her into a large chasm. Orochimaru realized that she would put his life in danger if she was at full strength. Soon after this, she wields Gamabunta's Sword, slamming it down on Manda's jaw. In Part II, she smashes the Nigh Invulnerable Susano'o on her own.
    • The second example is her student, Sakura Haruno. She can now shatter boulders, launch Naruto over 300 meters (over 1000 feet) away with a single punch, and break the highly defensive Hiruko puppet's defense with ease.
    • Third is Naruto Uzumaki himself: he was able to stop a giant snake from hitting Sasuke during the Chunin Exams while tapping into the Fox's chakra. His most triumphant example is during the Pain Invasion, with him stopping Pain's giant ass rhino by grabbing its horn and then throwing it high into the sky while in Sage Mode; even without Sage Mode, he was able to shatter Preta's now stone body by just flexing his muscles. Later, he was able to fight Kyubi himself, slamming him flat on his back, although this was a Battle in the Center of the Mind.
    • Fourth is Jiraiya, Naruto's master, who could kill some of Pain's summons in just a few kicks; in Sage Mode he could punch a giant ram a significant distance out of a massive skyscraper that stood in Amegakure, and he could blind the insanely durable taijutsu body Human Path with just a single kick.
    • Fifth, we have Killer Bee and the Raikage, A, both of which demolished Sasuke in two separate occasions. Killer Bee could wield Zabuza's BFS with one hand and he doubles as being Made of Iron. A smashed through Sasuke's Susano'o on two separate occasions by just strength alone, and his Liger Bomb... causes mass destruction.
    • Sixth, but not least, are Rock Lee and Might Guy, whose entire philosophy is devoted toward physical power (being practitioners of the Strong Fist Style) and skill over ninjutsu. Lee, as a 13-year old child, was able to uproot trees. Guy can punch so hard that the friction from his hand hitting the air creates a fireball.
  • Most of the characters in One Piece, even Mooks, have super strength, so much so that it might be a requirement in being a good pirate.
    • Luffy is really strong, literally the first thing we see him do as a pirate is take out a sea monster with one elastic punch, in syrup village we see him tear the mast of Kuro's ship and crush mooks with it. Later in Skypeia Luffy overhead lifts a solid ball of gold considering the density of gold is 19.3 and by comparing Luffy height at the time (172 cm) to the ball, it could easily weigh over 600,000 lbs, or 300 tons. Even more impressively in Water 7 Luffy was able to push two buildings apart when he heard the news about Robin. Hilarious example in the Dressorsa Colosseum when Luffy shoulder flips a massive gladiator despite being a quarter his size.
    • Zoro from a earlier age could lift boulders (even with his mouth) and his regular training session since then incorporates a ridiculously amount of weights and massive dumbbells some which are twice as big as him. So it's no big surprise he is able to lift a house over his head and throw it at his opponent, Earlier in Whiskey Peak Zoro could also make the muscular Miss Monday faint just by gripping her head in his hand. After the timeskip in Dressrosa Zoro could cut though and brake apart Pica's gigantic amounts of stone without braking a sweat.
    • Sanji is known for his leg power which can smash buildings and Giants, but his upper body is superhuman too in first appearance he is seen dangling Fullbody by the neck with one hand. In Skypeia he could swing a 5 ton sledgehammer (5000 kilograms) like it was nothing and if Sanji hadn't aimed for the dial (which absorbed the impact) he would've smashed a hole in the Merry's deck. Filler Arc where all the crew lose their memories, Sanji could carry a sack of solid gold (19.2 tons) over his shoulder which Nami could barely drag across the ground. The
      • When all three of them work as together aka Monster Trio they're one massive force of super strength. Seen in Enies Lobby when three cannon balls are launched at them by Marines simultaneously, Zoro and Sanji just pick Luffy up and use his stretchy body to catch the cannon balls and then throw that shit straight back like a sling shot. At the same speed as the cannon balls were being fired at them too, at least 100 to 200 miles per second, the trio are true monsters of strength.
    Usopp: Are you guys even human?
    • Franky while not as quite strong as the trio above, is not slouch when it comes to physical might. Before he got his robotic parts Franky could brake Spandam's skull with the butt of a rifle and he briefly stops the seatrain which was taking Tom away but only for moment before getting wrecked. After the cybernetic upgrade however Franky is literally power house he can lifts Blueno up with one hand and rips apart the seatrain's carriage like it's a toy. In Thriller Bark Franky makes a nunchucks out two massive stone pillars and is strong enough to smash the crap out of giant spider monkey Tararan with ease.
    • Usopp himself pretends to have super strength to fool villains, like Miss Merry Christmas in Alabasta for example by seemingly lifting a 5 ton hammer and Usopp could scare her off briefly. However unlike Sanji in the next arc, Usopp can't actually lifts that kind of weight and was actually using a stick with two frying pans with a metal sheet over it, weighing just 2 kg. Usopp later uses 10 ton hammer against Perona which scared her enough to faint, but really was just a huge ballon which popped after hitting her.
    • Fishmen have super strength as a species-wide ability; the average fishman is ten times stronger than the average human, and when in the water they get even stronger.
      • With that said, there are fishmen that are even stronger than your average fishman, like Jinbe, Tom, and Fisher Tiger. In the case of Jinbe, his feats put Energy Steroid guzzling Hody Jones (who is also a fishman, by the way) to shame. When Wadatsumi (an incredibly strong gigantic fishman) ate an Energy Steroid, he tried to punch Jinbe, who casually counters with a roundhouse kick, which was so powerful that it injured Wadatsumi's fist and caused him to fall to the ground.
      • The Arlong Pirates and New Fishman Pirates were built up to be so fearsome, because of their immense strength as fishmen, but all in all, they're just your slightly above average fishmen that can be outclassed by several superhumans. This is one of the reasons why the Straw Hats were able to defeat Arlong's crew.
  • Lots of people in One-Punch Man have this, but Saitama is the main one. His strength is so high that anything he punches, no matter how powerful it is, will die in one punch. The only one who who put up any kind of fight against Saitama was Boros (surviving three of Saitama's punches, albeit with heavy damage each time). He even survived a "serious punch", though with such severe injuries that he died minutes later. Most of the time, Saitama is so far above his opponents that even a lazily-thrown, effortless love-tap from him can obliterate them in one blow.
  • Ikushima Saya in Onidere is often compared to a demon. She's the strongest Delinquent around and her biggest fear is that her beloved one would leave her.
  • Brock's Happiny in Pokémon is able to lift her trainer with ease, can fling a Seviper by the tail, and can even toss an entire frozen lake into an abyss.
  • A-ko in Project Ako has super strength as part of her powers of being the daughter of Wonder Woman and Superman. B-ko gains super strength via her Powered Armor.
  • In Ranma ½, most of the martial artists seem to have some level of greater-than-human strength, implicitly because of the fact they practice martial arts. Akane Tendo, generally considered the least skilled of the group, can carry a refrigerator up and down a flight of stairs in her arms, single-handed and at a jogging pace. Mousse, who generally prefers fighting with weapons to bare hands, is capable of splitting a huge temple bell with one punch. Ranma Saotome himself is generally considered Weak, but Skilled because he prefers agility and technique to brute force, as opposed to Ryoga Hibiki, who tends to break things around him without meaning to, but is still capable of feats like lifting multiple tons, smashing through solid rock and wood with his bare hands, bending steel and leaping multiple stories.
    • Ranma might be considered so in fandom, but Word of God doesn't think so. In any case, during tests of strength like arm wrestling and such, he's pretty much one of the strongest; whenever he is in a "strength vs strength" sort of lock or such with Ryouga, they're basically dead even.
  • In Rosario + Vampire, pretty much every monster out there is stronger than a normal human, but most especially the vampires, whose primary power is converting their Youki directly into strength - for vampires, muscles really are meaningless.
  • This seems to be a standard power of the titular Saber Marionettes. In her first appearance, Lime is capable of singlehandedly carrying half a sky scrapper (although this was extremely taxing) and Bloodberry is generally portrayed as being stronger still. Even Cherry, who is not as adept at fighting, is shown to be stronger than a human.
  • Sailor Moon has pretty much every single Sailor Soldier when transformed, but two have it even in civilian form (and are far stronger than the others when transformed:
  • Sonic, Knuckles, Hyper Metal Sonic, Metal Robotnik all display great feats of physical strength in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie. A clash between Sonic and Metal was enough to dislodge a stalactite the size of a mountain!
  • While most of the cast seem to be Made of Iron with regards to being physically injured, a few in Soul Eater demonstrate extreme strength. Outside of gods like Shinigami and Kid putting craters in the scenery when not using their Weapons, Black Star has been known to punch holes in walls thanks to his soul wavelength.
  • In Strike Witches, all Witches have enhanced physical attributes, further enhanced by the Striker Units, allowing them to carry heavy-duty weapons. Gertrud has more powerful version of this ability, allowing her to achieve feats like chucking an I-beam what was implanted into the ground.
  • This is a trait of gravekeepers in Sunday Without God. Scar can flip grown men one-handedly and without breaking a sweat, and Ai, being half-gravekeeper, has a surprising amount of strength for a little girl.
  • Ryoko in the Tenchi Muyo! worlds often has this ability; one manga episode had her rather crudely performing 'brute force barbecue': heat plus (surprised) cow.
  • The Tower of Druaga has ten-year old Coopa be capable of carrying Utu (who was still in armor) and Melt's rod bag with little difficulty.
    • Some time in Season 2, she was able to pull up the (big and presumably heavy) metal cage she was trapped in, while injured. And at the end of the season, she was able to pull up the entire band of True Companions from a dangling cliff.

    Comic Books 

DC

  • DCU, this is one of the main powers of all Kryptonians powered with yellow solar energy. The exact limits of Kryptonians' strength are unknown, but they are capable of lifting far in excess of 100 tons. Different periods and intensities of exposure to Earth's solar radiation can cause their strength to fluctuate over time. Kryptonians' known feats include lifting an enormous pyramid and flying it to Mars without any strain and having the strength necessary to shatter small planets. Unhealthy levels of high exposure to specific radiation can exceed Kryptonians' "normal" strength level. The major example:
    • Superman:
      • Superman is the standard comic-book example, as well as one of the most over-the-top due to Power Creep, Power Seep. During the Silver Age, he tugged an entire galaxy of planets to the other side of the universe without breaking a sweat.
      • In All-Star Superman After submerging himself in the sun, Supes can push 200 quintillion tons one handed during testing, but this newfound power at terrible cost he absorbed too much solar radiation and his cells are dying. Clark does die but also becomes the Earth's sun.
      • In Krypton No More, Superman demonstrates his tremendous strength when he lifts a super-tanker, intending to throw it into orbit.
      • In the first issue of Kryptonite Nevermore, Superman rips off the roof of a plane to arrest several thugs.
      • Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man: Superman is strong enough to drive a Humongous Mecha into the ground. When he is about to hit Spidey during their mandatory fight, he manages to pull his punch, but the wind-blast strikes Peter "with the strength of a compact hurricane".
      • In War World Superman punches The Spectre with his full force. The blow's force shakes the surrounding terrain (but it does nothing to The Spectre).
      • More recently in the new 53 Superman bench presses 5.972 sextillion tons (the weight of the Earth) for five days in a row and was only out of breath.
    Clark: That's it?... that's all you've... got?
    Loud speaker voice: Um... yeah pretty much. Sorry.
    • Supergirl:
      • Kara Zor-El/Linda Danvers is also a textbook case. Depending on the version, she's nearly as strong or slightly stronger than her cousin Superman.
      • In the Red Daughter of Krypton storyline both cousins have a short fight. When Supergirl picks an ocean liner easily, swats her cousin with it, and Superman tanks it, it becomes apparent how massively strong Kryptonians are.
      • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, Kara has several chances to show off her tremendous Kryptonian strength: lifting cars, crushing bombs, ripping heavy vault doors off their hinges…
      • In one of the first scenes of Supergirl Being Super, Kara lifts a tractor with one hand.
      • In Demon Spawn Linda argues with bully and rival 'Nasty'. Afterwards she punches a wall out of anger and frustration. She accidentally cracks the wall and moves a cabinet to cover up the hole. Meanwhile, her co-workers wonder whether a plane crashed into the building, her punch resounds so loud.
      • In the original The Supergirl From Krypton story, Linda tests her strength by bending the iron leg of her cot straight.
      Supergirl: That proves I have super-strength too, just like my cousin Superman!
      • In the modern version of that same story, Kara wanders around the streets of Gotham City after leaving her rocket, and she bumps into three co-workers. One of them accosts her, and Kara crushes his hand. The second tries to threaten her with a hook, and Kara slams him into several boxes and bends the steel hook with her bare hands.
    • Power Girl is Supergirl's alternate universe self, and she's even stronger than Supergirl since she's older, her muscles are bigger and she's absorbed sunlight for longer. She's been seen stopping the fall of a spaceship as large as Manhattan.
  • Captain Marvel has this in spades due to having the Strength of Hercules, which is often further augmented by the Power of Zeus. Cap was one of the earliest superstrong heroes alongside Superman during the Golden Age and it's generally agreed that it was the rivalry between Superman and Captain Marvel that caused them to become so powerful over time. When Superman started out, he could lift a car over his head and rip steel doors off their hinges. By his third appearance, Captain Marvel was lifting over 200 tons worth of weight in either hand. They kept outdoing each other in this way until both were capable of affecting planetary bodies through sheer brute strength.
  • Wonder Woman. Granted by Demeter (Goddess of the Earth), Diana is literally as strong as the Earth because of her link to the planet granted to her by Demeter. She is said to be "stronger than Hercules".
    • Wonder Woman is as strong as Superman himself and able to physically outmatch other beings such as Supergirl
      • With her lasso she once lifted a a whole bridge full of traffic.
      • On a different planet, she tossed a alien tank around like a toy.
      • In one comic Diana stops a massive meteorite falling on a city.
      • And along with Superman she managed lift The Spectre who weighed as much eternity.
  • Doomsday is generally depicted as being even stronger than Superman (this varies from being nearly equal, to marginally, to dwarfing him in physical strength)
  • Batman. Yes even him, he bench pressed 1000 lbs and also leg pressed 2,5000 lbs. In Batman: Year One, Bruce kicks a tree in half, to smash a tree of that size required at least 70,000 lbs of force, making Bruce (unlike the rest of this list) a true super human.

Marvel

  • The Incredible Hulk is the standard to which other Super Strength wielders are compared in the Marvel Universe, and he only gets stronger as he gets angrier however, he's only the strongest in theory. In practice, because his strength is never the same at any given moment, there are tons of people whose physical strength can far exceed Hulk's own at the time, as Zeus demonstrates while at other times he can easily overcome people who are explicitly stronger than those who previously handed him his ass, like Juggernaut, Thor, or Zeus' own son, Hercules.
    • The reason why Hulk anger/strengh is not infinite is because it's not physically or mentally possible to stay angry forever (even in comics) and Hulk will eventually become apathetic. Bruce Banner is still the one of the strongest characters in the MU, his greatest feats include.
      • In his earliest appearances he could rip apart a titanium steel nuclear bunker.
      • In a team up with Spiderman, Hulk hammered a continent into place.
      • In Marvel Secret Wars Hulk could hold up a 150 billion ton mountain, something his cousin She-Hulk could barely lift when she tried, and she was second strongest there. None of this stopped Spiderman wise-cracking Hulk's face, though it did keep Hulk angry.
      • He once smashed through a whole stable mountain range of granite and threw it.
      • In one of the battles against Thanos Hulk withstands the weight of a star, your average star has weight ranging from Octillions to Decillions of tonnes.
      • After Planet Hulk where he loses everything, he becomes literally the angriest he can possibly be. At this point he can move tectonic plates around on a planet bigger than Earth, gives every Marvel hero on Earth a beating and at his peak of anger literally shatters the dark planet when clashing with his former love Betty Ross aka Red She-Hulk.
    • Unlike her cousin Bruce, She-Hulk doesn't get stronger when she's angry. However, her strength when she's "hulked out" is exponentially proportional to her strength as a normal human. A month of exercise and an extra pound or two of muscle mass can make her as strong as the Hulk at baseline; too bad for her she never goes to the gym except to show off when she's already big and green.
    • Betty Ross when she's transformed into the Harpy. As Red She-Hulk her super strength goes off the charts, in World Breaker Hulk she is equal to her former love Bruce/Hulk and can shatter a whole planet.
    • Red Hulk, though he can't reach the levels Banner can when not enhancing his powers by absorbing energy.
    • Hulk's villain Abomination possesses vast superhuman strength. Although the Abomination's strength surpasses that of certain classic incarnations of the Hulk such as Mr. Fixit or the Green Savage Hulk, his strength does not fluctuate like the Hulk's.
  • The X-Men have had many examples, with Beast being the earliest and Colossus probably being the best-known. Writers bounce back and forth over whether or not Wolverine has Super Strength or not. He was originally conceived as having strength roughly equal to Spider-Man's, and is often shown doing things that a normal human being shouldn't physically be able to do, but that could simply cross into Charles Atlas Superpower. At any rate, some writers say he has low level super strength, others say he doesn't technically have it as a power, but as a by-product of his indestructible bones and healing factor, he is able to exert more strength than a human would without injuring himself.
  • Thor's strength is immense, and the superbeings who can match him can be counted on the fingers of one hand (not counting cosmic entities). Besides the thunder, Thor is also the Asgardian God of Strength, and as such he is physically the strongest of the Asgardian gods. His feats include destroying an arch weighing over a million tons, crumbling Uru into dust, and lifting the Midgard Serpent who was large enough to coil around the Earth from head to tail multiple times over and crushing it in its grip.
  • Spider-Man has the proportional strength of a spider which means he can lift approximately 10 tons (which might seem small, but a car is roughly 1 and a half tons so he can lift about six of them), punch through steel and concrete effortlessly, pick up and crush a tank with his bare hands, and KO a mutant T-Rex in one hit.
    • Peter has to actively hold back to avoid killing the thugs he pummels on a daily basis. His strength was boosted to 20 tons following The Other, but this was reverted following One More Day. It's worth noting that while 10 tons may be the official statistic, Spider-Man has lifted far greater weights and on occasion struggled with far lighter ones, with Depending on the Writer being in effect even more than is traditional for comics.
      • One comic can depict him struggling with someone with lower Super Strength, and another had him literally support the weight of most of the Daily Bugle and lifting a 20 ton subway train while thoroughly pissed off.
      • When he was given cosmic powers Spiderman was near-unbeatable, as he once punched Grey Hulk into orbit.
      • Even when normal Spidey can flip 70 ton tanks like they're featherweights.
      • When a private plane was gonna crash, Spiderman literally gets outside while it's still flying and forces the landing gear out and then like the glorious nerd he is Spidey measures the weight of the plane 75,000 pounds and it's fuel 30-40,000 pounds combined with the thrust and Spiderman is supporting 155,000 pounds aka 57.5 tons. The equivalent of holding eight African elephants at once (or six T-Rexes).
      • One of the greatest Spiderman moments of all time concerns a feat of strength, in "If This Be My Destiny" where Aunt May is dying and Spiderman is unintentional cause of it (due to blood transfusion to her), Spidey is horrified and seeks out all the help he can find and manages to raise enough money for a cure. But then a important ingredient is stolen by a super villain named master planner It's Doc Ock steals it and Spidey goes on a brutal rampage, storming the villain's HQ and smashing it apart. However since it's Under Water Base he ends up bringing it down on him, trapped under gigantic mound of debris (129,8 tons) Spidey can do nothing while water pours in and cure sits in front him while Aunt May is dying. But Peter Parker swears he will not be responsible again for the death of his loved ones and with all his strength lifts it up.
    And Then— As agonizing ache in his limbs seems unendurable— As his superbly muscled body suffers the torment of virtually indescribable ordeal— Out from the pain— Out from the agony— comes '''TRIUMPH!'''.
    • Venom, being a combination of a human host and a Symbiote that mimicked Spideys powers, was originally stated to be slightly stronger than Spidey, although as years passed Venom got some serious power boosts. Even before that however, a weakened Venom once supported a weight that Death Battle estimated to be about 200 tons.
    • Spidey's villain Rhino is able to lift more than 75 tons and up to 100 tons with his suit on. He has on occasion, however, held his own against the far stronger Hulk, and while empowered by a magic stone was even able to almost kill Thor once. Earlier on, Thor had beaten a similarly empowered Thing.
    • Norman Osborn as Green Goblin is able to lift 10 tons under his own Goblin powers, so he can match Spider-Man blow for blow. This generally applies to anyone that takes the Goblin serum.
  • The Thing, from The Fantastic Four, can officially lift 85 tons, which isn't too shabby considering his original limit was "only" five tons. Despite this, he has achieved vast feats of strength that would require his power to be several orders of magnitude higher. A future version of him once easily beat him and said that he would continue getting Stronger with Age. Ben notably is something of a measuring pole for the Marvel Universe's top strongmen: If you can defeat him, you're part of the top brass.
  • After undergoing the original experiment, Luke Cage's strength was increased to superhuman levels. Over the years, Depending on the Writer, his strength level has been anywhere between Spider-Man's or the Hulk's.
  • Usually a default benefit of Powered Armor, especially if in comics, such as Iron Man, Doctor Doom, etc.
  • Squirrel Girl can lift items that weigh between 800 pounds and 25 tons.
  • Thanos has faced The Mighty Thor, and The Thing at the same time and won with minimal damage.note  On another occasion Thor managed to beat him, but it was retconned as a powerful clone. On one occasion Thanos even managed to hold his own against Odin for a little while, before being beaten. Titanian Eternals in general are far stronger than humans (though weaker than the Eternals on Earth). Thanos is much stronger than the rest of the Titanian Eternals because of the mutation that makes him look like a Deviant.

Other

  • This is a standard power for many of the heroes of Astro City. Of particular note is Cleopatra II, who has super-strength although her predecessor did not.
  • The Astérix comic books are about a village of Gauls who fend off the Roman empire with the aid of a magic potion that grants them the power to send Roman legionaries flying with their punches. Asterix's friend Obelix doesn't get a dose of the potion when all the other villagers are lining up for it, since he fell into the cauldron as a baby, an event which increased his strength permanently.
    • On one occasion only Obelix was given a tiny dose... so that he could punch his way out of a pyramid.
  • Old characters in both The Beano and The Dandy employ this trope, examples including Pansy Potter from The Beano and Desperate Dan from The Dandy.
  • Mother Panic has this, according to preview material from Young Animal. The extent of it, as well as their source, has yet to be revealed.
  • Popeye: Even without his spinach he is still capable of feats of strength even the strongest man can't do. With it? He's as strong as he needs to be.
  • In Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman, it's never suggested that Reid is more than an unusually strong person, but he routinely performs impossible feats of strength, like lifting cars and milktrucks. Justified by Rule of Funny.
  • The Savage Dragon and thus, many of his villains, have super strength as well.
  • All of the enhanced humans in Strikeforce: Morituri have above-normal human strength as a side effect of the process. Marathon had a variation where his strength grew the longer he refrained from using it, while Brava had strength exceeding that of the other Morituri.
  • The Tick has the proportional strength of a tick his size who engages in routine exercise.
  • Atomic Robo is significantly stronger than a human, with nearly a century's experience of hunting weirdness and access to super-science weapons that invariably break and force him to slug his way out. He'd still have a hard time taking Jenkins in a fight, though.

     Fan Works 
  • The iCarly Fan Fic, iFight Crime With Victorious, has several characters with this power. Sam has a Muscles Are Meaningless version that she rotates with Carly and Freddie's powers, while Ricky Flame, the pathetic adult who tried to prove his strength in a junior league wrestling tournament, becomes a Smug Super after getting the World's Strongest Man version of this.
  • In The Bridge, due to their previously titanic nature requiring a solid constitution just to be stable, many of the kaiju who find themselves in Equestrian bodies have this trope to some degree. Godzilla, now an alicorn sized unicorn, is strong enough to plow through a small crowd of royal guards.
    • It also seems to scale with how strong they were in their original body. Destroyah, now a large pegasus, was one of the physically most powerful kaiju. During a fight, she was powerful enough to grab an Earth pony Anguirus and Gryphon Rodan by the collar and ram through a portion of the palace.
    • When Kaizer Ghidorah is turned into a human, he can still tear chunks out of a tree with his bare hands. When Enjin is turned into a "human", it can trade punches with Kaizer Ghidorah, hit ordinary people hard enough to kill them, and shatter a tree with a single punch.
    • When Irys is turned into a human, she can still tear apart a car door.
    • On the pony side, King Sombra can crack the ground with stomps and trade punches with a unicorn form Xenilla. Princess Luna, Celestia, and Cadance displayed similar feats.
    • Aria Blaze started out at a human level of strength, but her strength rises every time she feeds on Monster X or Kaizer Ghidorah, copying some of their abilities. She's eventually able to shake a van just by punching it, and crack a tree by backhanding it. After unlocking her full power and gaining a Super Mode, she is able to curb-stomp Enjin... until Bagan revives Enjin and boosts its power, at which point Aria was unable to break free from Enjin's tentacles.
  • Paul in With Strings Attached. Two levels: “low,” where he can lift about 15,000 lbs., and “high,” whose upper limit is unknown, but greater than 90 tons. Both levels give him proportional Power Incontinence. He doesn't find a whole lot of use for his strength, since he's an Actual Pacifist.
    • In fact, in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World, he confesses that he actively hates his magic because it's so dangerous in everyday life, and he has nightmares about what he could do to someone (especially his family).
    • John is also fairly strong, able to knock someone out with one punch or break a door down with one kick.
  • Sarah Squall, aka Stratogale, from Rise of the Galeforces, practically rivals Mr. Incredible in terms of physical strength. Note that this power was one of her abilities in canon, at least according to her official NSA profile.
  • In Renegade, Kaidan Alenko has superhuman strength thanks to being a Tiberium mutant in this timeline, to the point that he can chuck a two-ton Mini-Mecha with a bit of help from his biotics.
  • In The Wizard in the Shadows, Emrys develops this. To what level is hard to tell (so far), but he's seen easily killing Trolls and tearing an armoured Uruk in half with his bare hands without breaking a sweat.
  • In The Three Kings: Hunt Rex Raptor has this.
  • Krysta from My Little Unicorn, Word of God said she can lift 3,000 times her own weight.
  • Sailor Moon: Legends of Lightstorm: Every Justice Champion (including Sailor Scouts) had this during the Silver Millennium to some degree or another. As with all abilities, it gets stronger over time. At the time the story takes place, the strongest wielders of this ability are Sailor Jupiter and Venus. It is explained that this is because Sailor Jupiter regularly works out and has a lot of muscle mass. Sailor Venus doesn't work out as much, but she's been active for longer, meaning that her ability has had more time to develop.
  • While many characters in Soul Eater: Troubled Souls display a certain degree of high strength, two Original Characters—Noel Ricardsen and his daughter Rowena—explicitly have superhuman physical strength. For example, Noel can swat people through several walls and Rowena easily wields an extremely heavy sledgehammer about as tall as she is.
  • Last Child of Krypton: In this crossover, Shinji has Kryptonian DNA. He first demonstrates his superhuman strength when he defeats a massive eldritch monster with his bare hands.
    She forced her eye open and she saw, through the Eva's eyes, as the impossible happened. The Angel stopped in its tracks, great spindly arms flailing, as if it were confused. For a moment, she wondered how, why the creature would stop in its relentless advance, stop trying to murder her and reach its goal. Then she spotted the tiny blue figure pushing against it, pushing it back. She willed the Eva and Eva answered her, tightening her view. This was not possible.
    There was a person, and he was pushing the Angel back with his bare hands. She gasped, the pain momentarily forgotten, as the tiny figure wound up, drew a fist back, and punched the Angel full on in the face. To her shock, it moved, it actually moved, he was pushing it back.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: In this story, Asuka is Supergirl and Kal-El's biological daughter. She is inhumanly strong. People were aware of this since she started out her hero career, but they never suspected that she could lift a skyscraper.
    Then the building on the screen moved, trembling like it was caught in a mild earthquake. Which wouldn't have been hard to believe—Japan often experienced seismic activity, after all—except it was the only building to move like that.
    She and the rest of the staff on the command center watched silently as the building trembled again, then began to rise up into the air. Bits of it fell off and struck the ground as it ascended, but an impressive amount of it remained intact. It had been designed to move after all, just not quite like this.
    "No way," Makoto breathed. "Can it really be her?"
    The faux skyscraper went higher and higher, slowly rising above all the other buildings in the area around it. As the dust and debris that had fallen from the structure as it had been brought upwards dispersed, one of the cameras NERV had around the city finally managed to capture the image. A blue and red blur was buzzing around the bottom of the structure, too quickly to ever see clearly.
    Not that there was any real question as to what it was, of course.
    "What in the world…?" Misato muttered.
    "The structure's not designed to have all of its weight resting on one spot," Aoba spoke up, sounding dazed. "It would collapse. She must be moving from place to place on the building, pushing it up… and doing it at such extreme speed it's like she's supporting its entire base."
    "I know Supergirl is fast and strong," Maya said quietly. "But this…?"
  • Thousand Shinji: Asuka eventually develops this due to the energies of the Warp mutating her body and transforming her into a Super Soldier.

    Films — Animated 
  • The CG-film version of Beowulf (2007) certainly implied that the title character has beyond normal strength and fortitude. As he should: The original poem states that he had the strength of 30 men in each arm.
  • In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Quasimodo is quite strong for a man of his size. Some of his feats include picking up an armored with one hand, sliding a massive stone slabs aside, scaling a catherdral wall with one hand while carrying Esmeralda and Djali in his other arm, and even breaking down brick walls.
  • Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles has super strength and (apart from some degree of implied invulnerability) that's pretty much it. It's actually quite a hassle, because if he doesn't concentrate on keeping it in check he can accidentally saw a plate in half when cutting his steak or indent his fingerprints into his car, and the only way he can believably work out is to rig up an exercise machine with entire locomotives used as weights.
  • Tai Lung from Kung Fu Panda: Having a giant boulder hanging on a chain from each paw was not enough to restrain him, he sends rhinos flying like rag dolls and tears a piece of stone bigger than himself from the temple's stairway to hurl it at Shifu; he distinguishes himself even in the world where unnatural strength automatically comes with kung fu mastery.
  • Oddy from The Legend of the Titanic is strong enough to throw whole icebergs. Later on, he's shown to be strong enough move the Titanic, up to and including putting it back together after it gets split into two pieces.
    • However, he can't pick up a bathysphere from the ocean floor. Than again, said bathysphere was probably wedged into the ocean floor.
  • One of Stitch's powers in Lilo & Stitch. He is stated to have the capacity to lift 3,000 times his own weight (which, granted, is seemingly lower than that of a grown man). The series played with this by saying this was the exact amount he could lift: Gantu flicks a piece of paper onto a weight Stitch is holding up and Stitch immediately collapses.
  • Implied in The Little Mermaid when Ariel manages to move an underwater boulder (most likely sealed shut with an imbalanced volume on both sides) blocking her Grotto with relative ease.
    • The rock maybe was more hollow, or simply that in the sea being lightweight in the water, although for that it would have to be at least something hollow from inside, or the same rock was more hollowed by the time or simply Ariel was hollowed the itself. Or a simple goof of weight.
    • Even more implied with Flounder. How the heck was he even able to get a giant statue of a Prince into Ariel's Grotto. (Assuming the only people who knew about the Grotto were Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian.)
  • Gloria the hippo from Madagascar can smash through brick walls. This makes sense, because she's a hippo.
  • Ginormica from Monsters vs. Aliens has Super Strength as side-effect of her growth in size, able to muscle her way through an energy field, punch through enormous metal doors and lift a falling chunk of machinery that probably weighs a good 500 tons.
  • The title character from Wreck-It Ralph can smash more then just windows. For instance, he easily splits a jawbreaker that Vanellope says is indestructible and trashes most of the racing stadium.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Adventures of Captain Marvel film serial of 1941 showcases one of the earliest film examples (which makes sense, given its the first superhero film of all time) with the titular Captain Marvel. Throughout the 12 episode serial, the Captain lifts enormous stone columns, large fallen trees, elevator cars, and other feats of strength, to the point where he ends some of his fist fights with criminals by casually slapping them.
  • Blade Runner: Nexus-6 Replicants are built to be far more durable and stronger than human beings, at the cost of a reduced lifespan. In the climax, Roy Batty lifts up Deckard's entire body weight using only one hand to save Deckard's life.
  • The Chronicles of Riddick:
    • Riddick. The benefits of being a Human Alien from a high-gravity death world. Combined with the savagery and brutality that He displays in combat, he tends to shred through his opponents like they were made out of tinfoil.
    • The Necromongers display prodigious levels of physical strength, especially when you start getting into the higher ranks, like Vaako and The Lord Marshall. Again, it's been pointed out that the Necromongers hail from a heavy gravity world, and they make use of gravity-based energy weapons along with gravity engines and drives for their ships and vehicles.
  • Elysium: Aside from being able to rip off the heads from droids and throw people around like dolls, the Exosuits increase the user's physical performance dramatically. They move more quickly then the average combatant, and Kruger was able to leap a great distance and height using his Exosuit. Max was able to rip himself from a gurney, and pretty much pulverize Crowe into the floor of the Armoury before throwing him like a shotput.
  • Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series has this ability from Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives and onwards after he becomes an undead zombie, some of his feats of strength include ripping a man's arm off just by slightly pulling it, and decapitating someone with one punch.
  • Game of Death. Jabbar's character shows supernatural strength and can lift James Tien with ease. That is, as long as he is not blinded by the light.
  • Ghost Rider gives an impressive visual example of super strength violating the laws of physics, as the Rider snares a helicopter with his chain and pulls it down. Unless he's heavier than a helicopter, tugging on the chain should have launched him toward it. Whatever demonic powers were at work somehow knew which he was trying to achieve.
  • Godzilla gives two examples; Godzilla himself, able to throw kaiju of equal proportions over his head, and Titanosaurus, the only kaiju in the entire series to lift Godzilla by the head using only his own head and neck.
  • The Golem in the silent movie classic The Golem is arguably super-strong, single-handedly supporting the ceiling of the Emperor's palace at one point.
  • It Runs in the Family: Big Dicky of the redneck gang that makes a conflict with the old man can tear the porch right off of a house.
  • Obviously the larger dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park franchise are much stronger than people, but they are also shown to be much stronger than their real life counterparts as well. This is most noticible for Rexie , the Spinosaurus, and perhaps especially the Indominus.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Mr. Hyde is a hulking monstrosity with super strength, unlike his book version.
  • In Man of Steel, adolescent Clark can push a school bus out of a lake and adult Clark can lift an entire oil rig.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Tony Stark's Iron Man suits have the power to lift well over a 100 tons. Even his first suit in Iron Man can smash open steel doors, and his later suit can catch a car full of people, which only drained the suit power an forced Tony to go down on one knee. In Iron Man 2, with his portable suit-case suit, he kicks his own car (with Pepper and Happy inside it) like a soccer ball to get them out of the way. In The Avengers his suit has the power to go toe-to-toe with freaking Thor and come out with only a bumps in his armor. Even Black Widow suggests to Captain America he stay out of the fight despite being a superhuman unlike Tony. The two most impressive things Tony with his suit has done are jump-start the Helicarrier's turbine by pushing it, which even required some excursion of force from Tony's himself — though unfortunately and hilariously Stark got himself sucked under the turbine blades when he got it working, although thanks to his suit Tony was saved being turned into mincemeat. The second feat is catching the nuke fired at the New York in the climax and flying it into the wormhole and exploding Thanos's fleet with it; most nukes can weigh up to 39,000 to 42,000 pounds, which makes Tony's technology all the more impressive.
    • The title character of The Incredible Hulk can rip apart buildings and throw forklifts and a tank like Emil Blonsky says "like it was a softball" and by the end of the movie Hulk defeats Blonsky when he becomes the Abomination. In Avengers Hulk can rip the Hellcarrier from the inside out, beat the crap out of Thor and in the climax brings down the Chitauri Leviathan with one punch. It's almost goes with saying that Bruce Banner is the strongest person on Earth and since he states he is "always angry" it means he can be threat any time and is only held in check by his fellow Avengers with Tony being forced to subdue him in Avengers: Age of Ultron with the Hulk Buster but not before Hulk had smashed up half a city. The main reason why Hulk was not in Civil War is because according to the directors any side which Banner picked would automatically become the winning side.
    • Thor The God of Lighting and Odinson maybe second only to Hulk in terms of strength in the Avengers. In his first movie he could flip a entire golden banquet table over, take on the entire Jotunn (Ice Giant) race with no trouble as his brother Loki says "You could kill them all with your bare hands", and Thor flies into Jotunn's ice beast so hard he puts a hole clean though it. In Avengers he is the only person capable of trading blows with the Hulk even catching his punch, and in the New York battle brings down multiple Leviathans despite having been stabbed by Loki earlier and questions the heavily wounded and exhausted Captain America if he can keep going. In Thor: The Dark World he fights the Red Infinity Gem powered- Malekith without Mjolnir and throws teleport spears with enough velocity to impale the Dark Elf. Even without his God powers, Thor still somehow stays super human, bringing down over dozen elite Shield Agents with brute force alone.
      Agent Coulson: You made some my best men look like overweight mallcops... that's hurtful.
    • Captain America and Red Skull were shown to possess some in Captain America: The First Avenger as a result of the Super Soldier serum. One punch from Cap can stagger Shmidt but the Red Skull returns the favor, with his punch leaving a impact in Cap's old shield, suggesting Red Skull might be slightly stronger or savage. Regardless, Cap in the first movie can smash through pressured glass in a Hydra boat, send highly armored tecno-Nazis flying and fight Shmidt equally by the end of the movie. In The Avengers, the first thing we see Cap do is beat a punching bag apart which requires over 80 pounds per square inch to do. Later he fights Loki, who's no less than a God in the eyes of humans, to a standstill before being aided by Stark. When breaking up Iron Man and Thor's pissing match, he manages to reflect a strike from Mjönir; while the Shield does most of the work, if Steve wasn't superhuman he would've been compressed by the blow. On the Hellcarrier he manages pull himself back on board after getting blown out of the hole by climbing a electricity cord and in the Battle for New York he fights dozens upon dozens of Chitauri despite not being as powerful as Iron Man, Thor and Hulk. In The Winter Soldier he jumps out of a Quinjet in the ocean without parachute and doesn't get his legs broken, later in one of the most awesome escape scenes of all time Cap jumps off his bike and brings down Quinjet with his shield alone. In the climax with three Hellcarriers, Cap not only beats the previously unrivaled Super Assassin Bucky but also lifts a massive girder off his old friend which weighed well over several tons. In Avengers: Age of Ultron he rips a log apart like a wishbone. But most impressively, in Civil War he keeps a helicopter down with one arm. Considering most military helicopters can lift 20 metric tons Cap's strength is amazing — and makes many a female heart flutter.
    • Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. the titular soldier in Winter Soldier, though it's debatable whether Bucky just has great physical strength as Cap or is it his robotic arm that does all the work. All his feats for strength are done through the metal arm, including catching Cap's Shield.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors: In his dreams, Kincaid is a superstrong bruiser who can bend steel with his bare hands. Not strong enough for Freddy, however...
  • Jet Li's characters in The One get this thanks to the in-universe Conservation of Ninjutsu. At one point, Yulaw uses a pair of police motorcycles as boxing gloves.
  • Fezzik in The Princess Bride. Most noted during Westley's first encounter with the giant, as Fezzik holds an enormous boulder in one hand, and nonchalantly chucks it over his shoulder when they decide to fight hand-to-hand combat.
  • Spider-Man 2: Spider-Man demonstrates super strength far beyond his expected capabilities, stopping a subway car with two web lines and his own back.
  • Augments from Star Trek tend to have this as standard, but it's most apparent with John Harrison/ Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness, who can swing around a beam cannon like it weighs nothing (one-handed no less), send men flying with a single blow, and crush peoples' skulls with his bare hands. The only one who can fight him evenly is Spock, since Vulcans (including a Half-Human Hybrid like him) are much stronger than humans.
  • The 1975 Disney film The Strongest Man in the World revolves around Medfield College student Dexter Reilly inadvertently gaining super strength from a strength formula that landed in the cereal of his best friend, Richard Shuyler.
  • The Turtles have this in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). Donnie is able to throw Raph with enough force to bash in a Humvee and send it rolling down a hill, and flip another truck over with only his bo staff himself. Earlier when hyped up on adrenaline they all broke through their unbreakable glass cages.
  • David in Unbreakable can rip car doors off and lift over five hundred pounds. It's unclear what his maximum potential is, as lifting anything heavy requires great effort, and he never fails at lifting anything.
  • The same trick is used in Underworld: Evolution by Marcus. It's possible that Marcus is gripping the cave floor with his clawed feet, but it's not shown.
  • X-Men:

    Literature 
  • The Alteriens in Alterien all have a degree of superhuman strength on par with most enhanced human soldiers.
  • In Astral Dawn, the Keepers and Defilers both endow the bodies they possess with above normal strength. This is a natural side-effect due to their intense energy.
  • Golden Boy in the Wild Cards franchise had super strength that the authors tried to portray realistically. If a speeding car or tank slammed into him, for instance, his super strength did nothing to anchor him to the ground and he'd get tossed around like a ragdoll—he had to drop down to the ground and let the tank run part of the way over him, then lift it up and hurl it aside.
  • Earthcrafters in Codex Alera can give themselves super strength by using their furies. Particularly powerful ones tend to wade into battle wielding huge BFSs and warhammers to get the most out of this ability.
  • Eponymous character in Aatomik has super strength as his main power.
  • Most nonhuman creatures in The Dresden Files, especially when compared with puny humans.
    • Magic practitioners can also use Kinetomancy, which results in this and limited Super Speed.
    • Harry Dresden himself gains this after becoming the Winter Knight, at one point he mentions bench-pressing 400 kilos.
  • Trapped on Draconica: All dragokin have this though it varies between them. Daniar may have the greatest but she's too honorable to use half of it on humans. Rana, however, is often stated as the strongest of the Dragonkin.
  • In Tales of an Mazing Girl Sarah can toss tanks around. But she also knows at least the rudements of Kung Fu.
  • An interesting version shows up in the John Ridley books Those Who Walk In Darkness and What Fire Cannot Burn. People with superstrength tend to look scrawny and lack muscle tone because they are unable to strain their muscles enough to gain visible musculature.
  • John Carter had this in comparison to the Martians due to weaker gravity of Burroughs' Mars, along with an ability to leap incredible distances. Carter supposedly wound up being an inspiration for Superman's creators, as Earth's weaker gravity became one of the justifications for Superman's own great strength and invulnerability.
  • Pippi Longstocking is an example from children's literature. Actually there are a number of super-strong children in folklore.
  • Mr Strong has this as his defining trait. One example of his strength involves him lifting a barn house over with his arms as if it was a flower, even after filling it up with water.
    • One of Mr Impossible's feats involves kicking a football so high up that it is covered with snow by the time it comes back down to earth.
  • In Tales of MU Puddy is easily the strongest character in the series, though how is unclear. In her first appearance she pins Mack to the wall with ease, later on Mack (a half-demon) is shown to be strong enough to wrestle a half-ogre and dent concrete with her fists.
  • One of the more common gifts to be granted by the titular Bond Creatures of Spirit Animals.
  • Several characters in Devils Cape have this, including Behemoth, Argonaut and Scion, and Bedlam.
  • Pewterarm Mistings in Mistborn: The Original Trilogy have this power, as do the titular Mistborn.
  • In Vampire Academy, Strigoi have super strength which increases with age and the consumption of Moroi and dhampir blood. Isaiah, an ancient Moroi, was observed giving a light push which packed the force of a small car.
  • Fearless plays with this: Gaia is technically super strong, but only in comparison to other humans (in a hypothetical battle against, say, Superman, she would get curb-stomped). This is because she doesn't feel fear and therefore isn't held back from unleashing everything she's got when she fights, like most people are.
  • Rumor's Block has Allspades, who has high muscle density.
  • The superhumans in Star Trek The Eugenics Wars all have enhanced strength, among many other improvements. One of the toddlers almost breaks Robertas fingers by accident.
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: Bronwyn Bruntley, and her brother Victor have the shared peculiarity of super strength.
  • One of the most common powers or side effects of powers in Super Powereds. A number of students at the Lander University Hero Certification Program have superhuman strength and endurance to varying degrees. For example, Roy is a typical strongman: tough, able to give and take a Megaton Punch. Chad is the top student in his class in terms of combat ability. Using his power of body control, he has been able to improve his muscles, bones, and brain to superhuman levels and even attain a small Healing Factor. Stella can turn her body into steel, which boosts her strength and endurance. Violet becomes superstrong when increasing her density. Later on, Vince learns to absorb and put out kinetic energy, allowing him to take any punch (it feels no worse than light tap) and then give it right back, which also allows him to survive falls. Sasha can deal increased damage thanks to her Super Speed. Outside the school, Roy's father Titan is widely believed to be the physically strongest man alive. In fact, he almost never uses his full strength in a fight for fear of collateral damage. He finally gets to show off his full strength in the Corpies spin-off. In Super Powereds: Year 3, Roy is demonstrated by a boosted strongman that there is Always Someone Better... who then gets the same lesson from Titan.
  • Nikita in The Girl From The Miracles District, when she goes berserk, has enough strength to tear men apart with her bare hands.
  • The Primarchs in Horus Heresy are superhumanly strong even if one takes under consideration that they're three metres tall. Roboute can easily punch a man's head off with his bare hands, and Vulkan once sends an entire tank flying through the air with a swing of a hammer.
  • The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps:
    • Captain, despite looking rather unimpressive, is the strongest man in the band. At one point he takes up a half-full barrel and hurls it upwards to a balcony just to show Suresh his displeasure.
    • Demane, though not as strong as Captain, is still a demigod. When he means to kick a jug of alcohol from Barkeem's hands in anger, he makes it explode instead.
  • In Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain, Ray gets this as one of his powers, after drinking Penny's Super Serum. The sequel has Remy's eldest brother, who insists that everyone calls him Chief Fawkes (or else he'll punch them), who has even greater strength, flight (including through space), and the ability to breathe in vacuum.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Subverted in The 4400, when a guy gets super strength, and uses it to kick the drug dealers and hoodlums out of his neighbourhood park. Then one stabs him. Fortunately, his death inspires the people of the neighbourhood.
  • Bill in Alphas can temporarily get this by boosting his fight-or-flight response. In the pilot, he moves a car that's blocking his driveway but clearly straining and sweating.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • One of the basic abilities of a Slayer.
    • Vampires also have super strength. Joss also admitted in interviews and commentaries that he never set a definitive limit to the strength of either vampires or slayers as that could get in the way of writing the story. So for the sake of the plot, they're all Strong as They Need to Be.
    • Vampire strength varies greatly, with older vampires tending to be stronger. "Bloodline" seems to matter too; those turned by truly ancient vampires like the Master seem to be unusually strong even by vampire standards, from the moment they're turned. The most commonly seen vampires in the Buffyverse, Angel and Spike, benefit on both counts.
    • Willow also gets this temporarily. After casting a spell on herself, she's able to take on Buffy and win.
    • Forrest has this pre- and post-transformation.
  • Done subtly in Doctor Who, where the Doctor is physically stronger than a human of his height, weight, build and apparent age should be, but not so much that it's relevant that often — the Doctor rarely physically fights people anyway, even though when he does he's usually extremely good at it — and it Depends on the Writer. At the absolute peak of his physical strength he's shown to be able to do things like punch down a sealed steel door, though this is only apparently possible in extreme biological circumstances. Generally, he's somewhat stronger and a lot more physically resilient than a human equivalent to his current body — he can lift middle-sized rocks without difficulty but wouldn't be able to lift a car. Other Time Lords also have this ability — even the small and slight second incarnation of Romana is able to easily carry a metal robot the size of a large dog.
  • The human/Gua husks in First Wave are normally designed to be stronger than humans. In the second episode, a Gua easily kills a guy with a Neck Snap. In a later episode, a special husk with a higher percentage of Gua DNA is made for an assassin sent to kill Cade. She can punch through metal containers like cardboard. It takes a heavy cargo container dropped on her to finally stop her.
  • Game of Thrones: Owing to his uncommonly large frame, Hodor is absurdly strong, easily capable of breaking a man's neck like a dry twig and throwing wights around like rag dolls. Given his nature, though, this mostly just translates to him merrily hauling Bran around.
  • In Haven, Duke Crocker eventually learns that he (and the rest of the Crocker family) has super strength (enough to send a guy flying twenty feet with a shove or tear a car door off its hinges), but it only activates when the blood of a Troubled person makes skin contact with him (the blood absorbs into his skin), and it only lasts for a few minutes or seconds. While active, his eyes glow and he becomes semi-berserk.
  • In Helix this is exhibited by people and animals infected with The Virus NARVIK-B, called "Vectors".
    • Patient Zero, Peter Farragut, can rip through restraints and 600 kV stun batons don't faze him.
    • Infected monkeys can rip off cage doors from the inside.
    • Infected rats can barrel through glass partitions, or topple the shelves on which they're caged with little trouble.
  • Heroes
    • Niki has super-strength. It's more easily accessed by her "Jessica" side, though.
    • Volume 3 introduces Knox, a villain who's Super Strength is powered by fear. While Niki has run-of-the-mill super strength, as long as Knox is surrounded by fear he can get stronger and stronger, kinda like The Hulk is with anger. On the other hand, he's powerless if nobody around is afraid.
    • There was also Mohinder, after he injected himself with a formula for super people. It started to kill him, but he got an improved formula that allows him to use without fear.
      • The writers seem to really hate this power, which is strange considering it's one of the cheapest effects to do. Volume four Mohinder is the first character with this power that wasn't either killed off in one episode, permanently insane from his power, or required some gimmick to make it work (such as fear).
  • Percival in Merlin. He's HUGE and his first scene in the show involves him saving the lives of Arthur and Co by causing a rock slide.
  • Calven from My Wife and Kids can throw refrigerators across the room and move factory trucks by pushing them.
  • In No Heroics She-Force is the world's third strongest person. And apparently sexually clumsy...
  • Jim Powell on No Ordinary Family is super-strong.
  • Elliot Reid from Scrubs has it. What? She has the finger strength of a rock-climbing jazz pianist, once lifted J.D. off the ground by his neck, and is described to be "thick through the trunk"!
    • She also has powerful legs, demonstrated when she snapped a food tray in half and served as the bottom third of the World's Most Most Giant Doctor for about 15 seconds; Lonnie isn't as sturdy as she is.
  • An episode of Stargate SG-1 has the titular team (minus Teal'c) get special armbands that grant them Super Speed and Super Strength. When using a Tok'ra device to measure his strength (which involves squeezing a metal sphere), O'Neill accidentally crushes the device. He also casually makes a hole in the drywall of General Hammond's office to prove a point. Naturally, a whole army of Jaffa is not enough to stop them at that point. Daniel is even able to effortlessly carry an extremely-dense brick of weapons-grade naquadah that are shown to require two Jaffa (stronger than regular humans) to carry on a stretcher.
  • In Star Trek, Vulcans, Klingons, Gorn, and the Jem'Hadar are all several times stronger than humans. And of course there is Data...
  • Many of the creatures of Supernatural including demons, werewolves, vampires, and djinn, are much stronger than humans.
  • Thumb Wrestling Federation: After winding up, the Big Time can slam his opponent to the mat so hard that he causes a nuclear explosion.
    • Gogochog has been shown moving a stone wheel and a boulder without even the slightest signs of exhaustion. Both objects were also bigger then he was.
  • Practically all Henshin Heroes from toku shows have this as an Informed Ability. It borders on All There in the Manual, since with every hero debut there are released statistics, like jumping height or punching powers. Those are mostly counted in tons. Then there are alternate forms whose main feature is to bestow even greater strength.

    Mythology and Religion 

    Other 
  • Inverted in Tarot Cards with the Major Arcana Strength, that despite usually showing a woman holding open the jaws of a lion (don't try that) with no effort represents self-control and gentleness over brute force. In some interpretations, the inverted Strength card plays it straight.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Mutants & Masterminds separates this out from enhanced strength. Enhanced Strength applies to all abilities using strength such as increased lifting capability, melee damage, and skill checks and for all practical purposes, just directly increases your strength score. Super-strength only applies to lifting and "feats of strength" involving sustained force like forcing open doors, grappling, etc, but is available at a fifth of the price. It's also traditional used for power stunts like super-breath, Ground Pounding, and the like. The reason for this is that a raw Strength score so high the character could do things like lift a freight train would be a Game Breaker of epic proportions, so it was mechanically easier to create a separate power for increasing carrying capacity and the like. Third Edition just uses Enhanced Strength (Limited to lifting), due to the greatly accelerated progression of carrying capacity.
  • GURPS
    • The game lets you buy Lifting or Striking strength separate from normal strength. To simulate people like Superman or the Hulk the Super Effort enhancement increases normal strength exponentially when you really need it.
    • GURPS newsletter Roleplayer #10 (May 1988), adventure "The Isle of Night". The Eldritch Abomination T'Soquat has a strength of 300, which is fantastically high by the game's standards. When it hits it does approximately 30-180 Hit Points of damage.
  • Represented in the old Marvel Super Heroes RPG with a good roll for your Strength stat...if you were playing a character type with access to the upper echelons, that is. (Incredible is about Spider-Man strength. Monstrous or...whatever the level after that was...lets you hit people with oil tankers.)
  • Vampire: The Masquerade
    • Potence gives vampires supernatural strength. On strength rolls, each level of Potence adds an automatic success. Ghouls also get Potence automatically.
    • Vampires can temporarily augment their strength using their vitae. This can give even the most noncombat-oriented vampire the strength of a powerlifter for a short time. Strength gained in this way must be rolled in strength checks like normal, however.
  • In Vampire: The Requiem, Potence is replaced with Vigor, which does pretty much the same thing.
  • The Paramount Strength gift in Nobilis. You can also take it as an Affliction, in which case you won't know your own strength.
  • In the Hero System, this is simply a matter of having a high enough Strength stat. Every +5 doubles the amount of weight the character can normally lift (an average human in good shape at STR 10 is considered able to briefly lift, if not really move with, up to 100 kilograms or about 220 pounds; thus, the usual by-the-book human maximum of 20 is already four times that), and Strength is pretty cheap as characteristics go (one character point per +1, twice that past 20 for "normal" people). As a result, superstrong "brick" characters are a perennial stock archetype especially in the superheroic genre where normal human characteristics maxima don't apply.
  • The Atomic Robo RPG, which runs on Fate, uses Absolute Physique for this. It lets you bypass most or all rolls of Overcome for Physique and just lift something automatically. Note that you'll need another Stunt to do more damage, though - Overcome actions are largely independent of Attack ones. (Robo himself handles this with a Weapon rating on his melee attacks.)

    Toys 
  • BIONICLE:
    • Granted by the Mask of Strength.
    • Different Kinds of Toa have a degree of it ingrained naturally. The Makuta all posses it. Some Characters with impressive strength include Nocturn, Takutanuva, Tren Krom, and especially Mata Nui. It's justified for that last one; he's actually a Humongous Mecha .
    • In fact, Word of God has stated that the average Toa would probably be capable of lifting at least a ton, without any help from their masks. Toa of Stone, Earth, and Iron are stronger still.

    Video Games 
  • Super Mario Bros.:
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Ganondorf is not only a very dangerous magic user but also extremely physically powerful especially in his Ganon form. His feats include breaking free from heavy chains, destroying the floor of his throne room with one punch, destroying pillars which require the most powerful weapons for it to destroy with ease, dual wielding huge swords, breaking free from a giant castle rubble and many more to list. Triforce of Power everyone.
    • Link in many of his variations, is either at peak physical condition or super human (Hylian). Even at his smallest in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Link can swing a Darknut sword twice his size, and a even bigger sword in The Legend Of Zelda Skywardsword. But Link in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is easily the physically strongest Link, even working the ranch he could stop the charging bulls (35 miles per hour) with his bare hands and subdue them, later Link picks ups and throws Gorgons who weigh as much as boulders (175 pounds) and tosses even bigger Gorgon warrior Dangoro (who is armored).
  • Resident Evil series:
    • Wesker is capable of lifting missiles with one hand, piercing through his enemies' chests with his fingers, and holding Chris with one hand by the throat, among other feats of strength after his last upgrade in Resident Evil 5. The man's practically a living, breathing machine and shows almost no damage after having a crane full of steel girders dropped on his head. Then again, he's not exactly human after the first game, either.
    • Chris Redfield has defiantly bulked the hell up since his introduction, rather too drastically as it earned him the new nickname Chris Roidfield. The reason for this prior to RE 5 Chris went rigorous physical training, now able bring down B.O.Ws with one savage punch and fight equally with Wesker which was the the reason why he trained his body to that peak in the first place. In the volcanic climax Chris evens beats a massive boulder out of his way which is both utterly ridiculous and awesome.
    • Leon pretty much only uses kicks since 4 but somehow he just super humanly strong as Chris, he suplex thousands of Plaga-infested humans and in Resident Evil: Degeneration he holds up the combined weight of Angela Miller and her brother Curtis whose mutated into the massive G-Creature with one while dangling by legs from a metal bar.
  • Ike in Fire Emblem holds a two handed sword with only one hand, can jump absurdly high and has shown to rival Zelgius in power, someone who can choke a grown-up with ease.
  • ''God of War II': After becoming a god, Kratos gains Super Strength as his core power; it takes time for him to build force, but no sliding door can stand in his way, given a few minutes and his BARE HANDS.
  • "Sasha", the minigun of the Heavy Weapons Guy from Team Fortress 2, is said to weigh 150 kilograms (a bit over 330 pounds), but he has no problems lifting it. Or running around with it as long as he isn't spinning up or firing it. He also dishes out the same melee damage with his bare hands that the other characters need bats, wrenches, shovels, and huge knives to deliver, and in one of his taunt animations, he effortlessly spins his holdout weapon, a 12-gauge shotgun, like it was a pistol.
  • While a number of characters in Final Fantasy VII have displayed Charles Atlas Superpowers, Sephiroth, the main villain of the game, has explicit Super Strength, wielding his 8-foot Masamune as if it were a dagger, and at one point, impaling a subway-train sized snake with a tree.
    • Cloud, the main character, has his own massive sword (not as long as Seph's Masamune, but wider and almost certainly heavier), and wields it with similar ease.
    • It seems to be part of the standard package for SOLDIERs and the other Bioaugmented Super Soldiers in the series.
  • In Final Fantasy VI, Sabin/Mash Rene Figaro is also noteworthy for supporting a collapsing building and later a collapsing ceiling.
    • And for suplexing a friggin' train.
  • Super Strength is a powerup in Backyard Football.
  • Alex Mercer in [PROTOTYPE] is the size of an average human, but can lift a car over his head and chuck it like a baseball. At maximum upgrade with Musclemass, he can throw one at least a city block if not more. Same goes for the destroyed shells of tanks and helicopters.
  • Kratos from God of War can rip people in half, knock pillars over, and go toe-to-toe with various monsters and gods. Justified because he is Zeus' son.
  • Dante from Dante's Inferno.
  • King Dedede's hammer weighs close to a ton according to Snake in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but he can run and jump with it like it was nothing. In Kirby Super Star Ultra he mechanizes it into an even larger form, then there's his appearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe in which he tears a decorative ax off the wall that is three times longer than he is tall and wields that.
  • Lara Croft from Tomb Raider is able to push around blocks of solid rock measuring roughly 2 metres per side, which puts them at a weight of about 20 metric tonnes.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog is known best for his Super Speed, but he's also capable of sending cars flying like footballs. Shadow the Hedgehog is (at least) just as strong and Knuckles is even stronger, capable of shattering boulders ten times bigger than him with his fists. When in their Super Forms, their strength is unimaginable.
  • From Halo, all of the Spartans are capable of lifting a few tons and running at in-human speeds, thanks to their augmentations.
  • Done subtly in Mass Effect 2 with Commander Shepard, who is rebuilt with extensive cybernetic upgrades. The super strength isn't obvious, but Shepard is shown to be capable of wielding weapons that would be impossible for normal humans to use, i.e. a shotgun that would break normal humans' arms or carrying an antitank rifle that normally can only be fired while prone (or used by geth). Shepard can also lift and push aside heavy steel girders or debris, can punch out krogan soldiers in hand-to-hand combat, knock out fully-armored soldiers with his/her bare fists in the Arrival DLC, and take on the Shadow Broker in hand-to-hand combat (the Shadow Broker being a three meter tall alien massing several times that of a normal human).
  • Zig-zagged in Minecraft. Players can fill up their inventory with feathers (a total of 4.6kg) and not carry any more... but they can carry up to just short of 50,000 tons (filling the inventory with nothing but gold blocks), without any difficulty whatsoever.
  • In Chrono Trigger, both Robo and Ayla display feats of massive strength:
    • In the factory level in 2300 AD, Robo holds a steel security door that must weigh several tons open.
    • Ayla can easily toss enemies larger than herself several meters up into the air.
    • In a combination technique, Ayla and Robo bat enemies larger than themselves back and forth like a baseball.
    • In another combination technique with Marle, Ayla hits the enemy with a chunk of ice that is at least five times her own size.
  • Byakuren Hijiri from Touhou Project specializes herself in magic that augments her own physical abilities, which allegedly grants her super strength, among other useful powers such as Super Speed. One of her spellcards is aptly named 'Superhuman "Byakuren Hijiri"'.
    • Others characters with super strength are Suika Ibuki, who is capable of tearing down a whole mountain on herself; Yuugi Hoshiguma, a.k.a. Yuugi the Strong, who is probably even stronger than Suika; and the two Scarlet Sisters (Vampires are in Touhou canon stated to be as strong as Oni and as fast as Tengu).
  • This is a basic power that the 8 Guardian Generals in Asura's Wrath have. The degree of how much it is depends on the general. Augus, Yasha, Asura, and Deus are shown to be physically the strongest, able to punch through legions of multi Kilometer Sized Gohma like wet tissue paper. Asura follows the Incredible Hulk principle of getting stronger as he gets angrier.
  • At the beginning of Baldur's Gate 2, Minsc shatters the steel cage he is trapped in if you make him angry enough.
    Minsc: The bars! They bend and twist with my berserker strength! Minsc and Boo are free!
  • In Astal, the title character punches a hole in the ocean floor during the opening sequence, and in-game does things like picking up and throwing trees.
  • The Skylanders giants are more then capable of throwing boulders across maps and shattering walls that normal Skylanders can't without bombs. If that isn't enough info, try the feats of strength events on for size.
    • The only giant who doesn't use brute force when doing most of the above is Ninjini, who instead uses the Mind over Matter technique.
  • Fighting Pokémon in general are pretty strong, but Regigigas can move the entire continents of the world using rope.
    • Pokemon with the Huge Power ability count as this (such as Azumarill, Diggersby, and Mega Mawile), as the ability DOUBLES their Attack stat, making weak Pokemon great and great Pokemon destructive powerhouses.
  • The Tank from Left 4 Dead can pull chunks of concrete out of the ground and throw them at the survivors without a problem. It also has enough arm strength to punt cars and dumpsters out of its way and will send the survivors flying with every hit it lands.
  • Mr. Sandman from Punch-Out!! doesn't need a wrecking ball to demolish a brick building. He's strong enough to destroy it with his bare hands! Plus, he can curl the ring ropes as if they were strings.
  • James, Rico and Captain Cori from Papa Louie 2 are capable of pushing boulders around. Special mention to Captain Cori, whose weapon is an anchor.
  • The Gargantuar from Plants VS Zombies uses a telephone pole, road crossing sign or another zombie as a club to smash your plants with. Sure, all of its weapons are smaller than it, but have you ever tried pulling a telephone pole or sign out of the ground... or for that matter, wielding somebody else using one hand? Not only that, but if you fail to find any brains during a "Brain Ball", the newspaper clearly shows it holding up an entire house looking for brains.
  • Several characters from Mega Man (Classic), most of which are ground type. Arguably the most obvious example being "Guts Man", who can pick up boulders as if they were pebbles and throw them with extreme force.
  • Karalau and Tamaki in Aquapazza have it. One is a warrior who carries a BFS, the other is a schoolgirl who can do lots of German Suplexes.
  • The Bizarre Adventures Of Woodruff And The Schnibble: Woodruff gets this power once you make the Strength Formula. It also seems to be permanent, as Woodruff doesn't need to repeat the Formula each time he needs to use this power, as he needs to do with all other Formulas.
  • Despite being unnaturally slender, Bayonetta displays a supernatural physical strength, particularly in cutscenes, doing things like throwing an entire church at a gigantic angel and casually holding up a trolley car with one arm before tossing it several hundred feet into the air.
  • City of Heroes had this as a possible powerset for Brutes and Tankers, as well as implied super strength in the Titan Weapons powerset, as some of the weapons looked like they were ripped out of the ground.
    • Similarly, Champions Online has the Might framework, with many super strength powers (including several that are the same as City of Heroes - two-handed strikes, a hand clap, an uppercut, and even Rage-based mechanics).
    • Strangely averted by DC Universe Online, where strength (super or otherwise) only affects what you can lift. There's no full super-strength powerset, despite being set in the same universe as the most well-known Flying Brick of all.
  • Sven the Rogue Knight in Dota 2. He's extremely strong that his skill set includes: Throwing a magically enhanced gauntlet so strongly that the magical properties get ignored that the enemies in the area where it landed gets stunned; swinging his sword so strongly everyone nearby gets damaged with a big percentage of his strength, yelling so hard everyone gets a boost of speed and toughness, and ultimately, his God's Strength pumps up his already absurd strength to even more godlike levels, it's not that rare to see Sven whacking his enemies to death with his strength and bigass sword.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Fate/stay night all Servants are notably stronger than humans, but two stand out even among Servants. Berserker is insanely strong, as a result of Mad Enhancement increasing Hercules' already spectacular strength. Rider has the ability Monstrous Strength, which increases her strength at the cost of slowly transforming into the Gorgon.

    Webcomics 
  • A standard trait of Constructs in Girl Genius, as shown by the Jägers, Punch and Judy, and Von Pinn. This fact has led to some Wild Mass Guessing on whether or not Gilgamesh is a Construct after he managed to lift and throw a Humongous Mecha.
    • It also seems to be a power of any sufficiently powerful Spark when they're in The Madness Place. Then there's the Baron.
  • Subverted in Van Von Hunter. The magic gauntlets acquired by Van's sidekick let her lift very heavy things, but not throw them, push them, or manipulate them in any other way.
  • Mr. Mighty from Everyday Heroes has this power, as does his daughter.
  • In the Walkyverse, the majority of abductees have superhuman strength and durability as standard powers.
  • Nova from Overlord Academy has this power.
  • A few characters in Homestuck possess MANGRIT, which is basically Super Strength but manlier and grittier. John eventually develops enough MANGRIT to Dual Wield sledgehammers. John's Dad is strong enough to bend jail cell bars and throw around safes. The troll Equius also possesses considerable STRENGTH — too much in fact, such that his STRENGTH is always referred to in all caps. He injures his Lusus with grateful pats on the head which are done as gently as possible — made even more impressive by said Lusus being one of the strongest on the planet and the only one that could survive raising Equius. Every time he tries to enjoy a glass of milk the glass breaks and he spills it. He wants to be an archer but has to settle for being FISTKIND because he always breaks the bows. No one knows exactly why Equius is so STRONG... he was just born that way. A freak of nature.
    Dave: dude how do you even wield a broken bow? just go around clubbing shit with the two halves?
    Equius: D-->Yes. Sometimes.
  • Demon Lord Horribus from Sluggy Freelance was treated as an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain for years, until his demons finally got their own major story in "That Which Redeems". When he finally confronts Torg in the climactic ending, the gloves really come off. Though it has already been hinted that a Demon Lord is very powerful, his true power is revealed when he attacks the heroes by knocking down stone buildings, picking them up and using them as projectile weapons.
  • The Order of the Stick
    • Roy is able to body-slam a half-dragon by his tail after he obtained a Girdle of Giant Strength.
    • Thog, when in his berserker state, can shatter steel prison bars and break the support pillars of a palace.
    • Sabine can use her hand to impale a man in the chest.
    • The Monster In The Darkness bats Miko Miyazaki through a castle wall while trying to win a game of "Who Can Hit The Lightest?".
  • Gunnerkrigg Court has Jones, who can crush a stone with her hands.
  • In El Goonish Shive, enhanced strength was a side effect of Nanase having access to magic; with it she could bench press 200 pounds.
  • Sally from Cloudscratcher, even in comparison to regular bovines.
  • Alchione from Visseria is shown to be able to destroy metal doors and punch large dents in steel armor... And then we see what she can do to flesh.
  • The Adventures of Sue and Kathryn! shows that zombies have access to "zombie strength''. In Sue's case, she can easily lift a moving van over her head with one hand.
  • Heroes Unite: As a Superhero Shared Universe this is a common power possessed by Titan, Peligroso, and Sparkle amongst others.
  • In Godslave, this appears to be a classic for gods' minions, as both Turner (of Heru) and Edith (of Anpu) have it.
  • Grrl Power: Local spaz Sydney wants to play with a BFG bigger than she is, which overpowered team leader Maxima is vocally against. Peggy insists she let Sydney do as she wants... and it quickly becomes apparent that Sydney can't even lift the gun an inch.
    Maxima: Okay, sometimes I forget that things have weight.
  • Plume: the sphere artifact called Powerstone gives exactly this, up to 60x original strength.

    Web Original 
  • Scientists in the Global Guardians PBEM Universe have determined that this is the most common superpower in the world. An estimated 60% of all metahumans have Super Strength to some degree or other, ranging from people who are still within normal ranges for athletic humans (but who obviously are much stronger than their height, weight, build would indicate) to people capable of lifting megatons worth of weight.
    • An example of the first would be Audrey Cohen, a seven year old girl featured in a People Magazine cover story in 1995. In front of a dozen witnesses, Ms. Cohen lifted nearly two hundred pounds over her head. She was retested in 2010 at age 21, where it was shown that her maximum lift capacity was about 320 pounds.
    • An example of the second would be the supervillain Rampage, for whose strength no upper limit has ever been found.
  • In the New Vindicators universe, this power pops up, but its not too common and is often the result of another power-set: Greystone of the European PCs is able to gain super-strength as a result of his shapeshifting, Bulwark is made of rock, Coach Crag gains this when he turns into rock, and so forth. Only a few characters (Crusader, Paragon, both kind of inspired by Superman) have super-strength just cause, in a Muscles Are Meaningless kind of way.
  • Pretty common in the Whateley Universe, ranging from Exemplars who are just really strong to 'flying bricks' like Lancer who has a PK field so he can lift that car without breaking it. (However, as a nod to "realism" and in line with the generally assumed slightly lower power level of the setting most characters' superstrength explicitly tops out in the "some single-digit number of tons" range. Thus, even a character who can lift a car can't necessarily do the same with an entire bus.)
  • Let us all not forget that Tristan Taylor's Voice gives him Super Strength.
  • Also common in the Less Than Three-Verse. Mr Perfect, The Richards Brothers and The Freak all have super strength, as do a number of background characters.
  • A fair amount of characters from Darwin's Soldiers have this power but Alfred, a Funny Animal bison, is quite possibly the strongest of them. He has thrown boulders weighing hundreds of pounds at his enemies, fought a cybernetic warrior to a standstill and disabled his gun arm - by smashing the ammunition feed port and tied a knot in a piece of rebar.
    • Aimee also has some degree of this (demonstrated when she crushes the barrel of a pistol) with her cybernetic arms.
    • It is mentioned that bovids in general have some degree of this.
    Random Bystander: Bovids naturally have incredible strength. Trust me, I once saw one tie a knot in a piece of rebar.
    • Subject 18 from New Divide has this and it is further augmented by a set of experimental gloves he stole.
    • Gustave Chiumbo, a Funny Animal Nile crocodile, is the strongest character in the RP.
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: This is one of Smug Super Captain Hammer's powers, along with Nigh-Invulnerability.
  • This is one of the side effects of becoming inHABITed, although you probably won't enjoy the front row seats to what he makes your body do with it.
  • In Red vs. Blue, a handful of characters have super strength. Caboose has it (especially when angry), which Church calls "God's way of compensating". In one of his most impressive feats, he entered an area where gravity had been multiplied several times and he didn't notice anything was wrong. Agent Texas has it, in part thanks to her robot body; she's shown catching a very large storage crate as it's dropped on her and then throwing it clear across a warehouse at her assailants. And Agent Maine/The Meta has it, able to stop a charging 'Warthog' LRV and kick it across a parking lot, and also able to punch a man in the head hard enough to kill him despite the presence of a reinforced-titanium helmet.
  • Dad from the Dad Series. Litterally, he's always bursting through walls with his bare hands and throwing heavy objects such as vending machines.
  • Hank, an otherwise Badass Normal, can rip a man's body parts off with his bare hands [also included are hearts and ears], and impale people with blunt objects just as easily as with swords or knives. As of Aggregation, he has now gotten even stronger after being revived once more.
  • In Happy Tree Friends, Splendid has this power. It also applies to Flippy, who once stopped the blades of a biplane with his bare hands.
  • Quite a few characters in RWBY:
    • Yang Xiao Long has demonstrated several feats of superhuman strength so far, the most spectacular of which include: sending an abnormally tall grown man flying across a nightclub; smashing a grizzly bear-sized Grimm through several trees; catching a punch from a house-sized Mini-Mecha with one arm and then promptly shattering the mech's arm to a thousand bits with her counter punch; shoulder-hoisting a giant speaker that was enough to cause her teenage sister Ruby, a table and a chair to jump up off the ground when she put it down; and punching a car with enough force to send it flying down the street, wiping out several Grimm in the process.
    • There's also Nora Valkyrie, who is capable of smashing giant monsters down with her hammer, and in one "battle" against the aforementioned Yang, hit her with enough force to send her flying through the ceiling and several hundred meters in the air.
    • And then finally there's Penny, who is able to stop a speeding truck with her bare hands.
  • SCP Foundation

    Western Animation 
  • Raseem in The Arabian Knights.
  • In Batman Beyond, the Batsuit gives Terry McGinnis super strength.
  • A few of Ben's aliens in Ben10 possess super strength compared to humans. Four-Arms and Humongousaur are two of his strongest forms, though others are also far stronger than the average human. Vilgax is also incredibly strong, whether it's due to cybernetics or powers he took from defeated opponents, to the point that he can easily manhandle Ben's stronger alien forms.
  • One of Bravestarr's animal-based powers is "strength of the bear."
  • It varies from episode to episode, but chances are that Shnitzel from Chowder will be capable of lifting tons at a time.
  • Cow and Chicken has Supercow, who can throw groups of villains off of herself, and the Red Guy, who can throw away a crystal several times his size.
  • Comet Guy, a frequent annoyance to Darkwing Duck, has this, as do most of those from his homeworld.
  • Ord from Dragon Tales can launch a baseball out of bounds by throwing it, and who knows what happens when it lands?
  • Ed from Ed, Edd n Eddy is shown to have incredible feats of strength such as lifting the pavement out of a sidewalk, uprooting a tree and carrying it along with him, carrying a cow on his shoulders while running, bending swing sets and monkey bars into the shapes of chickens, lifting a whole house off the ground, etc... His strength tends to vary Depending on the Writer, and also depending on when it would be funny.
    • Rolf and Sarah are also shown to be incredibly strong too, and are pretty much in the same boat as Ed.
  • On The Fairly OddParents, The Crimson Chin has this power. Francis and Trixie get it briefly in "The Big Superhero Wish".
  • Radioactive waste gave Lois this power in one Family Guy episode.
  • Edwardo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends can carry the bus around extremely easily. He doesn't even break a sweat while doing so.
  • The eponymous gargoyles from Gargoyles. Even the smallest, Lexington, is physically much stronger than a normal human, able to bend steel and iron and rip walls out with ease. Goliath and Demona are the strongest of them all-Goliath was actually stated to be able to use a bus as a weapon, and Demona yanked out a massive boulder with ease and uses it as a wrecking ball.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: "Then, the true meaning of Christmas shone through, and the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches, plus two!"
    • He does this is in the movie version too, but given the expanded theme of the movie (how materialism is bad, and one of the reasons for his dislike of Christmas), finding the spirit of Christmas isn't what gives him strength; in fact, that makes him consider letting it fall, seeing as he realizes "they're only toys" and not worth risking his life. Then, however, he sees that Cindy Lou is on top of the sled, and with something truly worth saving on it, he gains enough strength to lift it.
  • Laney Penn from Grojband easily lifts up Trina in the episode "Pop Goes the Bubble".
  • The power of the Ox Talisman in Jackie Chan Adventures.
  • The Gnormans on Jimmy Two-Shoes.
  • The titular character of Kaeloo, whenever she transforms.
  • Hego from Team Go in Kim Possible has Super Strength as his power.
  • Jenny frequently used hers on My Life as a Teenage Robot; her Bragging Theme Tune claims she has "the strength of a million-and-seventy men."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • An extremely common piece of Fanon was that the entire Earth Pony subspecies gets Super Strength as a special ability, to correct a perceived "imbalance" between the Pegasi that have flight, unicorns that have magic, and earth ponies that otherwise have neither. This was eventually confirmed in the season four finale, when Celestia notes that Lord Tirek has been absorbing pony magic, she specifically points out that earth ponies got their strength stolen, as opposed to unicorns (who lose their magic abilities) and pegasi (who lose the ability to fly). Earth ponies breaking through walls or doors or being called on to do the heavy lifting is a common sight. Though even considering that, Maud Pie and Big Macintosh are implied to be especially powerful even by Earth Pony standards.
    • Big Macintosh is regularly shown as far and away one of the strongest ponies in the show — at one point, the CMC tied a house to him and it only barely slowed him down for a second before he continued on his way, dragging the house behind him.
    • Pinkie's sister Maud is capable of chucking rocks so hard that they explode as well as shattering boulders with her bare hooves. It's foreshadowed a bit earlier than that, too — she thinks a gem from Rarity's hat is rock candy (in this universe, it's made from actual rocks, but apparently ones that aren't as hard as your average stone found on the ground) and has no trouble crunching into it.
      • It's implied Pinkie may have this as a latent trait, too. In The Cutie Re-Mark, in the Crystal War timeline, she's shown alongside her sister shattering a boulder with her forehooves, easily keeping pace with Maud. Combined with their dad later being shown to easily bite into and eat a rock, it's likely that Super Strength runs in the Pie family.
    • Applejack fits here too. When you can clear all of the apples out of a tree in a single kick (something that Appleloosa ponies have to do in groups and with multiples kicks) even while sleep deprived, stop a speeding runaway cart going down hill dead in its tracks with a single kick, send a bell flying sky-high during a bucking contest, and knock over a tall tree with a single kick, you definitely qualify as this trope.
      • Rainbow Dash arm wrestled Applejack (who harvests apples for a living mind you) and won. Of course, that was with AJ's front hooves ("applebucking" uses the rear hooves in standard horse-kicking fashion.)
    • In "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", an unnamed Earth Pony schoolfilly was strong enough to casually uproot and lift a building with her head. In the same episode, a colt could lift a seesaw off the ground and carry it around with ease by picking it up with his teeth.
    • Bulk Biceps is a pegasus example, with ridiculously large muscles and a dumbbell cutie mark. He has demonstrated the ability to bench press weights with another pony sitting on it, and smash through solid walls.
  • The Powerpuff Girls are all smaller than even the smallest human child in their age range, yet have the ability to lift tons at a time.
  • How about the Bull Dog from the "Barbeque Story" episode of Rugrats? That thing literally pulled its own dog house out of the ground, nail by nail! Just imagine what it could've done to Tommy and Chuckie if Spike didn't come to their rescue.
  • This is one of her powers in SheZow, as SheZow can lift anything heavy rendering her indestructable.
  • Lisa Simpson had this power in a Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Patrick, who can at times throw boulders as if they were pebbles and break through steel walls.
    • There's also Mr. Krabs, who can move the entire Krust Krab establishment.
    • Lets not forget Sandy Cheeks or Larry the Lobster.
    • Squidward and Plankton have occasionally been shown having this, like in "Patty Caper" and "Bucket Sweet Bucket", respectively.
  • Steven Universe: Some Gems have this power, like Rose Quartz, and Steven.
  • From Teen Titans, Cyborg, Starfire, Beast Boy (depending on form; his gorilla form is the go-to for feats of strength, although it is dwarfed by his Elephant and Tyrannosaurus rex forms), Pantha, and Aqualad.
  • In Transformers Animated, there's the freakishly strong Bane knockoff Colossus Rhodes, who uses futuristic steroids to bulk up to enormous sizes and toss around car-sized robots. Later, after Sari discovers she's half-Cybertronian, she's able to casually lift a full oil drum with each hand.
  • Brock Samson of The Venture Bros. fame has what's best described as Charles Atlas Superpower but there are times (particularly when angry) when he pushes into the realm of Super Strength like when he ripped apart a car that had been programmed to kill him with his bare hands.
    • Whilst shedding Manly Tears (the car in question being his own beloved Charger)
  • Winx Club has spells that bestow this ability:
    • During the final battle of the second season Faragonda and Griffin are faced with a magic-proof monster, and dispatch it by using such a spell on Codatorta. As Codatorta already had minor super strength and the skills of an experienced warrior, the monster is quickly defeated.
    • Back in first season Darcy used one such spell on herself before stomping the ground with such strength to split it and cause a minor earthquake. She never did it again.

    Real Life 
  • The protein myostatin limits muscle growth in people and other mammals. Rare mutations can suppress the production of myostatin, or reduce the body's sensitivity to it, resulting in heightened muscle development. Scientists bred this condition into "mighty mice", and at least one German child was born with the condition, resulting in double the normal amount of muscle mass. The obvious drawback to this condition is that subjects would starve to death much more quickly during famine than normal because they could not catabolize their muscle mass properly.
  • The human body normally limits itself in order to prevent damage to itself, as well as to preserve endurance, but it is possible to exceed said limits, especially under the effects of adrenaline. The body does limits itself for a good reason, though - you can easily tear muscles or ligaments by exceeding the safe amount of weight, and it also means that you tire out much more quickly than usual and are diverting your energy from other body systems to your muscles. When under the effects of stress, however, you might do things which your body knows will cause it damage in order to save your life (or the life of another). This can make someone APPEAR to be stronger than they are under ordinary circumstances, but research has shown that adrenaline does not, in fact, cause an increase in tetanic contraction - in other words, the maximum strength you have available to you is fixed. The effects of adrenaline are frequently greatly exaggerated for effect or due to lack of understanding of physics - while lifting a car off of a trapped person may seem like it would take an enormous amount of strength, in reality the car is in an unstable position and the weight is distributed across multiple points, meaning that it is more about taking advantage of leverage than raw strength - though it still can require a considerable amount of strength, it does not require a literal ton of force.
  • Without relying on adrenaline and going with a strict commitment to exercise, if someone has put in the training and effort necessary to be able to bench press 300 or more pounds, they're stronger than 99% of the people on the planet.
  • Super Strength in the original sense of the trope (the superpower before all superpowers, which makes your Kung-Fu superfluous) is encountered in the animal kingdom - in bears. The ordinary bruin is able to do a lot of things while obviously not built for them, like sprinting for a short time as fast as a racehorse, digging with the force of an excavator, raising truck-sized boulders to get its food and beating most other land animals to a pulp if cornered, despite the common "Bear vs. Gorilla" forum babbles. Beyond all shortcomings of its supposed heavy and unwieldy ursine build, it all plays down to insane muscle power.
    • Bears are just one animal with huge strength: elephants have been used in heavy duty construction work when lifting machines aren't the most practical.
    • The rhino is also strong enough to do damage to construction machines without much effort...and good luck trying to stop an angry one from impaling you on its horn.
      • There is an absolutely huge number of super strong animals. For example; The eagle can fly away while carrying something 4 times its size. Oxen aren't easily exhausted by things that weigh 900kg, even when pulling it across rugged terrain. Tigers can carry things that weigh 55kg up a tree. A single gorilla can lift the weight of 30 average sized humans. Anacondas can squeeze the life out of animals that weigh as much as they do.
  • The Rhinoceros Beetle is among the strongest animals for its size, being able to lift things that are 850 times heavier then it is without exhausting itself.
    • Research proves that the Horned Dung Beetle is even stronger, as it can lift 1,141 times its own body weight.
  • Servants of God/Venerables/Blesseds/Saints of the Catholic Church are usually recognized for healing injured or ill people through their intercessions. One of the very few exceptions is the apparent miracle that allowed the beatification of the Croatian nun/Order founder Mother Marija Petkovic: allegedly, her intercession gave a Peruvian Navy lieutenant the physical strength he needed to open a hatch against several thousands of pounds of water to save his fellow sailors during the sinking of the submarine they worked in. Said lieutenant would claim that he had been praying to Mother Petkovic right before pulling this physically impossible display of strength.


Alternative Title(s): Super Strong

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