You can't beat me with strength.The World's Strongest Man is a character who is, well — the strongest man in the world or universe, or, at the very least the strongest human. He may be brainy or stupid (sometimes he Does Not Know His Own Strength), attractive or ugly, but one thing is for sure — you don't want to mess with him, as he will most definitely wipe the floor with you. He may be going on The Hero's Journey, or he may just be full of himself and his power. If he's a villain, he's often either the Big Bad or The Dragon. This trope may be played with by Samus Is a Girl or Fake Ultimate Hero. See also Super Strength. Note that this trope refers to a character type, determining just who is the strongest leads to arguments about Character Tiers. Almost certainly has at least The Strength of Ten Men. Likely to be seen with clowns, contortionists and circus brats. Often billed side-by-side with The Freakshow May overlap with World's Best Warrior, although "best warrior" doesn't necessarily mean "strongest". World's Most Beautiful Woman might be an arguable Distaff Counterpart, because Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty.
Speed can't beat me.
You're gonna find out, you, just, can't, beat, me... period!
I am the world's strongest man! You better be worried about surviving through the night.
Speed can't beat me.
You're gonna find out, you, just, can't, beat, me... period!
I am the world's strongest man! You better be worried about surviving through the night.
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Anime and Manga
- Afro Samurai : The wielder of the Number One Headband.
- Levi from Attack on Titan is reputed to be as strong as an entire brigade and dubbed Humanity's strongest soldier. He is shown downing Titans without effort and dominated the Female Titan in battle, the latter who murdered countless other soldiers, including Levi's own personal squad.
- Claire Stanfield from Baccano! and Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!!. Wordof God confirms that they are strongest person in their own series and top five in The Verse, which consists of Baccano!, Durarara!!, Vamp!, Hariyama-san and Etsusa Ōhashi series. And that's including immortals, vampires, and other supernatural creatures. The only beings stronger than them are: a living black hole and a Mook who goes From Nobody to Nightmare because the author made "strongest man in the history of time" the basis for his character.
- Baki the Grappler's Yujiro Hanma. His title is the "Strongest Creature in the World."
- And now Baki holds that title after Yujiro willingly gave it to Baki. Even after curb stomping Baki with ease after going all out in their Fabled final battle.
- Mako "Valkyria" Fujisaki from Brynhildr in the Darkness is the strongest witch known, a S-Rank who can use eight different types of magic. The usual is one, sometimes two. As a result, she is The Dreaded.
- A Certain Magical Index: Accelerator holds the title as far as the general public is concerned, being the strongest of only seven Level 5 espers in existence (as he is fond of reminding everyone). There are, however, several characters who outclass him, with the actual most powerful probably going to Aleister Crowley. The most powerful confirmed entity in the series is Crowley's mentor Aiwass, but he/she/it isn't human.
- Teresa from Claymore is known as the strongest Claymore of all generations. This is understating her capability; she's an order of magnitude stronger than anyone else, and when she goes rogue, she's capable of single-handedly curb-stomping an entire team of high-ranked Claymores.
- According to trainee twins, Raki is the strongest known human.
- In Date A Live, Ellen Mira Mathers has the title "The World's Strongest Wizard". Partially subverted, she's very arrogant about her title and turns into a Sore Loser at any perceived failure, like if someone she is curb-stomping manages to escape, not to mention her opponent is a sealed Spirit.
- Dragon Ball Z:
- Goku is the straight version of this trope. He holds this title at various points throughout the series although he has been upstage several times. After Piccolo merges with Kami, he become the strongest of all the heroes and Gohan held this title after the Cell Games once he become a Super Saiyan 2 and the end of Buu Arc once old Kai awakened all of Gohan's hidden power. ByBattle of Gods it's strongly hinted that Goku regains this status, which is why Vegeta freaks out when he hears Goku lost to Beerus with only two hits. After becoming a Super Saiyan God, Goku is able to fight on par with Beerus. It doesn't last long and he loses his Super Saiyan God form, but keeps the memory of godhood, which boosts his power to the point that there is no real power difference even as a regular Super Saiyan. Even then, he still loses to Beerus, who only uses 70% of his full power. In Resurrection 'F, Goku not only mastered Super Saiyan God, but can now he merge it with his regular Super Saiyan form, becoming a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan. He's still not on Beerus' level, but he's much closer to closing the gap and is the strongest thing on Earth. In Dragon Ball Super, after the revelation that Monaka isn't the powerful fighter that Beerus makes him out to be, Goku becomes the strongest mortal fighter in Universe 7.
- In a weird twist, Krillin ends up being the strongest normal human in the group, although some of his friends like Yamcha are sometimes pointed out giving him a run for his money. That is, if we're not counting Uub (biologically 100% human, but the magical reincarnation of an incredibly powerful djinn) and Tenshinhan who is, according to the Word of God, partially descended from an Alien race. On the female side of things, both Education Mama Chichi and Action Girl Videl are alternately pointed out as being the World's Strongest Women, both being ridiculously strong compared to average civilians. Android 18, while technically stronger than both of them, doesn't exactly qualify on the account of being a cyborg.
- Mr. Satan is touted in-universe as the world's strongest man, and it might actually be true if only counting humans who rely solely on muscle strength rather than being enhanced by Ki Manipulation. Especially since of the only other serious contenders, Yajirobe has long since gotten fat and lazy and Nam from the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament arc has long since retired.
- Master Roshi in the past.
- Gohan. At the end of the Cell Saga, he becomes the strongest character after becoming a Super Saiyan 2. By the end of the Buu arc, he was the strongest unfused character after Old Kai unlocked his full power. However, he fall behind both times because he lacks the dedication to train unlike his father and Vegeta and is more interested in academics than fighting. By the time of Resurrection of F he can only go up to a base Super Saiyan.
- Mr. Don from Eyeshield 21. When a guy can hand a Worf Effect to Kurita Ryokan, Yamato Takeru, Shin Seijuro, AND Gaou Rikaya, holy crap. Hell, Gaou, the heaviest hitter on the entire protagonist team, had to use a Delta Dynamite just to knock the guy off balance! Good lord.
- In Fairy Tail, Zeref is regarded as the most powerful human wizard in history. The only stronger being in existence is Acnologia, a Dragon Slayer who slew and absorbed the souls of countless dragons and can turn into one at will, so calling him "human" would be a stretch — he doesn't even consider himself human anymore anyway.
- Kenshiro of Fist of the North Star is the most powerful practitioner of Hokuto Shinken in general existence. Only a handful of warriors have given him a proper fight, much less been able to defeat him.
- Nuriko, the strongest Seishi in Fushigi Yuugi.
- Zekka from Gunnm. In a world where the average civilian is a cyborg capable of killing a human five metres away, his punches can kill at 2 Kilometres, without a shred of effort. A serious attack from him makes the victim and everything near them explode. And is ultimate attack, which he never uses due to it being overkill? It can obliterate continents.
- In Hellsing, Alucard is the world's strongest vampire, not only in magical power but physical strength as well. And Abraham Van Helsing was the one who defeated him. In the modern era, the strongest human was Father Alexander Anderson, until he discarded his humanity.
- America of Hetalia Axis Powers seems to be a fairly benign variation of this, in comparison to the rest of the cast, being the world's last superpower; he's seen lifting cars and swinging buffalo with little discernible effort. Of course, this isn't always so harmless.
- In High School Dx D, Archangel Gabriel is a woman and has the title "The Strongest Woman in Heaven".
- Sesshoumaru from InuYasha is the world's strongest demon. The only demons shown to be on his level of strength are the Big Bad Naraku, whose powers stem solely from absorbing other demons and the Shikon no Tama, instead of himself, the demon that was sealed inside the Shikon no Tama, and Magatsuhi, the evil spirit of said Jewel. Sesshoumaru kicks Magatsuhi's ass the moment he gains his very own Infinity+1 Sword (one of the most powerful weapons in the story). The abilities of said sword also happen to be the perfect counter to Naraku's From a Single Cell regeneration.
- Hayato Furinji in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Is called as such on several occasions, when he isn't being called the Invincible Superman.While using 0.002% of his full power he can crush trees like twigs and split the earth without problems.
- Lyrical Nanoha
- The last Sankt Kaiser, Olivie Sägebrecht, who was known as the queen deemed second to none in combat when she was alive. That was thousands of years ago, so there are multiple contenders in the modern era.
- Sieglinde Jeremiah of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid is known during the series as the "strongest teenage girl in all of the worlds and dimensions" who had never been defeated in battle. Einhart learns first-hand that the title was not just for show.
- Sinbad in Magi – Labyrinth of Magic by virtual of holding seven Djinn and having a supernatural amount of magoi for a regular human. Even Kouen has four fewer Djinn than him.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!
- Jack Rakan seems to currently hold this position. When you can blow up a mountain by accident or destroy a barrier dimension by flexing your muscles, you earn the position. On a scale in which an ordinary, non-magical human being is the baseline, and an expert magical warrior might break 1000, he estimated himself at 12,000 (he also likes to joke around, though, so it's possible he was exaggerating).
- Nagi Springfield was also one of these, being even more powerful than Jack, at least until he mysteriously disappeared.
- Maoyuu Maou Yuusha has The Hero (no, that's his name according to the books) being capable of curb stomping any army. This is how he is even introduced before meeting Maou.
- In Mother Keeper, Zelik Lindemann is the strongest man in the slums and most likely the world as no one in Eden seems to be likely to fare well against him, even with Syal in insanity mode, she's barely managing to keep up against him once the initial surprise wears off.
- This has been used to describe the First, Third, and Fourth Hokages at various points, as well as Madara Uchiha. Once the Shinobi World War arc starts to get going, Naruto himself starts to enter this competition. However, everyone In-Universe seems to think that The Sage of the Sixth Paths, the man who invented ninjutsu and the only person so far who could defeat the Ten-Tail' was the strongest man to ever live, and when Obito achieves a similar feat and becomes the Ten-Tails Jinchuriki, the former Hokage and even Madara Uchiha start to fear him.
- Orochimaru's primary goal is to become this. After getting defeated by Sasuke and dying and then getting his resurrected form immediately defeated by Itachi without much effort from either of them, he seems to have abandoned this goal after he's resurrected again in Chapter 593. Or at least he's willing to admit that he isn't (currently) capable of this goal - he still says he want to get Sasuke's Sharingan. He also says that he has become more interested in helping people with their own goals, rather than pursuing his own.
- Guy has been outright acknowledged as the best taijutsu user alive, and this is coming from Madara, who personally fought the First Hokage and judges everyone by that goalpost.
- The Sage of the Six Paths during his meeting with Naruto in the spiritual plane claims that his mother Kaguya was outright the most powerful being to ever live, since she was the one who claimed the power of chakra in the first place. She was a Physical Goddess while he was a "mere" demigod in comparison.
- By the end of the series, among people who are still alive it's pretty much considered to be a tie between Naruto and Sasuke, with the two of them working together being roughly equivalent to the Sage of the Six Paths alone.
- One Piece:
- Don Kreig thinks he is this. He's pretty strong, but not even close.
- During his lifetime, the Pirate King Gold Roger was considered to be the strongest man in the world, and Whitebeard was considered to be the closest to his strength. When he died is when the title, by default, went to...
- Whitebeard, who is called the actual world's strongest man... and it's probably not an exaggeration. He is powerful enough that the World Government find it necessary to pool pretty much their entire military might in preparation for his onslaught when a single crewmember of his is caught and scheduled for execution. Even with all their powers combined, they aren't certain of the outcome. This is partially because his long unknown Devil Fruit power is to create shockwaves. Big ones. As in "punch an island in two." However, his mere strength alone is still insane, with him stopping an entire ship that was pushed along the ground with his arm and not budging a bit, holding off the strike of a giant with one hand, defeating another giant, also with one hand and beating down Power-Nullifier Blackbeard, a very strong and powerful pirate in his own right, through strength alone. This is while he was suffering from a terminal illness, as well as being half deaf, half blind, missing half his face, and at death's door. It is implied he was way stronger twenty or so years ago, so, if anything, strongest man in the world is an understatement for him.
- In general the Four Emperors, of whom Whitebeard was a member, are considered the strongest people in the world, to the point where Admirals are called in at the merest hint of any movement. Another of the Four Emperors, Kaidou, has been described as the strongest "creature" in the world, though it's unclear whether he held this title before Whitebeard's death.
- To put this in perspective, Donquixote Doflamingo was given a Sadistic Choice where he would either be hunted down by the Admirals or incur the wrath of one of the Four Emperors (in this case, his business partner Kaidou). The Admirals are Nigh Invulnerable combatants whom only the strongest of pirates don't start screaming and running for their lives at the mere sight of. When his attempt to Take a Third Option fails, Doflamingo almost immediately chooses to take his chances with the Admirals. That's how terrifyingly strong the Four Emperors are.
- Saitama from One-Punch Man. Like the name of the manga suggests, he is a hero that can defeat any villain with one of his normal punches. This extends from genetically modified monsters, to a city-destroying giant, and it's made him bored of the hero life because there's no one alive who can give him a challenge. Only two major villains so far can hold up against his normal attacks, one being a regenerating space pirate Frieza/Goku Expy who shared his problem of being bored of life for being too powerful and a self-proclaimed Hero Killer who ran roughshod over every Hero he went up against and constantly got stronger if he ended up hurt, and both of them were ultimately beaten without him using even a third of his true power.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Madoka turns out like this, one-shotting Walpurgis Night and all. Too bad it's that kind of show, and the only thing left after defeating the most powerful witch is to become an even more powerful witch and destroy the world. It's at this point where Madoka surpasses mere physicality when, in accordance with her wish, destroys her own witch and becomes the concept of hope.
- In the manga Rain, Rain is reputed to be the greatest warrior and general in the world. It's not hard to see why, considering he wields an Infinity+1 Sword, absorbed the power and lifeforce of a dragon, and has yet to decisively lose a battle. The only people who have given Rain a hard time in single combat are the Big Bad, a powerful demon king in human form, and an immortal hero who saved the world from demonic invasion centuries ago.
- In Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, Adlet often calls himself this but it's known that Chamo is the strongest of them all. The worst part is that Chamo is a little girl.
- Sailor Galaxia of Sailor Moon fame is the strongest woman in the universe, capable of destroying Tokyo with a warm-up without even bothering to transform and access her full power (nearly happened in the manga). When she transforms, she can depopulate the world with a small gesture (she did in the anime) and kill Sailor Senshi and similar enemies without even trying. Cue Oh Crap! moment when she's found out to be the legendary hero the Sailor Starlights hoped would avenge them...
- The anime of Sengoku Basara awards this distinction to its incarnation of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, whose ability to punch things turns "physics" into a sad joke. Most named characters in the series show the ability to crack the earth with their blows. Hideyoshi uses one to split the inland sea.
- Black☆Star becomes this by the end of Soul Eater, to the point that even Big Bad Eldritch Abomination Asura compliments his strength that declares that he's transcended humanity to become some kind of warrior god (to which he shoots back that he's a human who surpassed godhood instead.)
- Tokyo Ghoul:
- The One-Eyed Owl, the legendary SSS ghoul. She is famous for murdering numerous strong Investigators, and leaving carnage in her wake as a serial cannibal. She is eventually dethroned by Kaneki, who defeats her in battle and leaves her seriously wounded. This all seems to have been according to her plans, though....
- Special Class Kishou Arima, the undefeated Ghoul Investigator and strongest (known) character in the series. He is described as a genius prodigy, and people seem to either worship him, fear him, or envy him.
- Tsuneyoshi Washuu is said to have been the strongest in his prime, earning him the title of "Demon Tsune". He has since settled into his role as a leader and patriarch of The Clan.
- In Toriko, the Eight Kings of the Gourmet World are the mightiest beasts in the Gourmet World. One of them is a Battle Wolf like Terry whose capture level is 6090. Another is a giant horse with From a Single Cell functional immortality whose hoofprint is the size of a mountain range.
- Thorkell the Tall in Vinland Saga, who is able to lift massive tree trunks with his bare hands, impale three men with a single javelin he threw from over a kilometre away, send Thorfinn flying with a single kick, and stop a galloping horse in its track by punching it out. And yet he's not the World's Best Warrior.
- Sensui from YuYu Hakusho — world's strongest human. Kuwabara later receives the title of world's strongest human. It's a shame that his other companions are stronger demons.
- Superman is generally thought of as the strongest superhero in the DC universe, though there are a number of cosmic and legendary beings who are comparable and may (depending on the writer) be depicted as stronger than him, including Heracles, Darkseid, Mongul, Doomsday, Despero, Monarch, Sodam Yat, Vartox (Pre-Crisis), Superboy Prime, Ariella Kent, and his Kingdom Come counterpart. Ostensibly Superboy Prime is, at the moment, the strongest character in the main DC universe - just not emotionally. Though aside from Heracles, none of these characters are regularly present on Earth so he has a reasonable claim to the title.
- Most of these are close enough that a writer could legitimately show it going either way depending on who's having an off day or who's more clever about how they apply their strength.
- Also, exactly how strong Superman is varies greatly depending on the writer or era in question. Because Supes has been around a long time and because of the need to keep stories interesting by continually putting him in situations where it looks like he might lose only to have him through at the last minute with a heroic effort topping anything he's done before, by the early 1970s he could reduce planet-sized objects to rubble with a single punch. He's been rebooted several times since then, each time depowering him back to less Godlike levels, but it never sticks for long (for essentially the same reason).
- Wonder Woman is generally portrayed as the strongest woman in the DC universe. Depending on who's writing her, she's sometimes described as second only to Superman in terms of strength.
- Though Fridge Logic suggests that if she's not as strong as Superman, she might not be as strong as Supergirl or Power Girl either. She's certainly not as tough as the latter two as they don't have to dodge or block bullets like she does.
- Depending on the writer, she may be perfectly capable of taking a bullet without damage, but blocks them anyway because it's more effective psychologically. If you fire a bullet at someone and they no-sell it, maybe you just missed. If you fire a bullet at someone, she moves her bracelet to at least near where you were aiming, and there's a ricochet sound ... you didn't miss, she's just that fast. Also, even if they can't actually damage her, they might still sting, and "ow ow ow" is less intimidating than "kapwing kapwing kapwing".
- Though Fridge Logic suggests that if she's not as strong as Superman, she might not be as strong as Supergirl or Power Girl either. She's certainly not as tough as the latter two as they don't have to dodge or block bullets like she does.
- Power Girl is another contender for strongest woman in the DCU, being, powerwise, a female Superman (with more muscle mass than Supergirl).
- The Hulk's potential strength is theoretically unlimited, making him the Marvel Universe's strongest character. Green Scar in particular is the strongest version of the Hulk. Word of God is that the Green Scar Hulk is "stronger than any mortal and most immortals in the Marvel Universe." So he is literally the strongest man; anyone stronger than him is at least a Physical God, and he's stronger than most of those as the only heroes who were able to challenge the Hulk in Green Scar form were the Sentry (see below), The Mighty Thor (in a 'What If?' when he beat the Sentry to New York) and Ghost Rider (who only came to reason with the Hulk and never attacked since Hulk was not guilty).
- The Sentry has also been repeatedly called Marvel's most powerful hero. Having exchanged punches with Hulk (Green Scar version) and Thor, overloaded Absorption Man (who, mind you, could absorb Thor's strength and his hammer's properties) and, according to Spider-Man, beat up Galactus. But in the end, Marvel's most powerful depends on the story: sometimes it's Hulk, sometimes it's Sentry, etc.
- She-Hulk is generally billed as the Strongest Woman in the World in the Marvel Universe.
- Astérix the Gaul has Obelix, a dumb-but-super-strong sidekick who fell into a vat of strength potion as a child.
- The Dandy has Desperate Dan, who memorably once won a World's Strongest Man competition by lifting all the other competitors, plus everything they were lifting.
- Bamse is the world's strongest bear.
- Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol has Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery. He is so strong that he can alter the fabric of reality with the precisely tuned vibrations of his muscles, at one point turning the Pentagon into a circle. Which may be some kind of record.
- Some older adventure strips from The Beano featured characters like this such as Morgyn the Mighty.
- Captain Marvel is often considered the "World's Mightiest Mortal", with an advantage towards Superman due to his magical nature.
- Captain Marvel's tagline "World's Mightiest Mortal" originated when he was with Fawcett and there were no real contenders for the title other than Black Adam and (possibly) King Kull. Even when DC licensed the character, he was envisioned as living in the "Earth-S" monoverse and didn't really cross over with the other DC characters much until after the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths merged it with those containing Earths 1, 2, 4, and X. This is another case where Depending on the Writer is in full effect (their actual strength is usually treated as Too Close To Call, but The Big Red Cheese is likely to win a contest of opposed strength because of the "magic" clause in Superman's vulnerabilities). Most depictions have them exactly even (or so close that they might as well be) in terms of their basic Flying Brick powers; Captain Marvel's advantage is his magical nature (and ability to call down magical lightning), while Superman has long-range attacks in his arsenal like heat vision and freezing breath.
- In the New-52 timeline it is outright shown that Superman has the edge in physical strength, beating him in their fight in Khandaq.
- Thundra is another Marvel character, she is the worlds strongest woman in her timeline.
- The aforementioned Vartox is the most powerful warrior of planet Valerion. Pre-Crisis, he was depicted as having strength, speed, durability, senses, etc vastly superior to Superman's.
- Suske en Wiske: Jerom possesses all kinds of super powers that lend themselves to great gags, but also posed the story writers for a problem. It's so easy to use him as a deus ex machina that they need to send him off on vacation or give him a sleeping potion to make the stories not to predictable.
- Nero: Jan Spier, the local French fries seller, is very strong. He is able to lift an elephant with one hand, for instance. But author Marc Sleen at least didn't use him that often to avoid predictability.
- Ricky Flame from from iCarly gets this treatment iFight Crime With Victorious, ironic since he tried to wrestle fifth-graders in the show and was pinned by a 14-16 year old girl seconds after.
- Paul is definitely this in With Strings Attached, and takes great pride in it. It's one of the Blessed parts of being Blessed with Suck.
- In the Pony POV Series, General Hercules Beetle is presented as this, at least for his own species. Most Changelings are no match for an Earth Pony in physical strength (Changelings' specialty is stealth, in all other areas they're far weaker compared to the other types of ponies), Hercules Beetle is on par with one in a test of strength (and that's before he goes One-Winged Angel) and is stated to be the 'second most dangerous Changeling in existence' behind Queen Chrysalis herself by the Interviewers, and even then it's not clear if she's actually physically stronger than he is even if she's undoubtedly got more power than him. He shows this by being able to fight ten very powerful ponies at once for a prolonged period of time, including some of Equestria's best Royal Guards, several Gifted Unicorns, and a black belt , and just barely loses. With Chrysalis' death (which resulted in the Changeling Queen's Reincarnation into an infant Zebralicorn), Hercules is now undoubtedly the strongest Changeling on the planet.
- Ashes of the Past: Mewtwo is the World's Most Powerful Pokémon — and he will not let you forget it. It's bluntly stated by Dexter that this is not hyperbole, as the only Pokémon with the sheer power to match him is Arceus, the Pokémon equivalent of God, and even then it's a bit iffy. Arceus only edges out a win by the fact that he has far more control than the much younger Mewtwo, but since he's completely removed from the plot (and the world), the title defaults to Mewtwo.
- In Zero 2 A Revision, out of all the Digimons to have existed, Huanglongmon aka the creator of the Guardian Beasts is universally considered to be one of the strongest Digimon to have ever lived, stronger than both Xeedmilleniummon or even Belialmyotismonnote (Who is using the Guardian God's Digicore). His sheer power is so great that upon Myotismon's transformation into Huanglongmon both Dragomon and even the Digiknight fears him and it is only when their Digimons sacrifice themselves for the Digiknight does they stood chance against him.
- Harry Potter in Wizard Runemaster is stated to be a mage even stronger than the legendary Medivh by said man's ghost/spirit. Harry has yet to actually reach his full potential, which along with his sense of responsibility has Medivh name him Azeroth's new Guardian.
Films — Live-Action
- Fezzik, from The Princess Bride, played by André the Giant.
- Albrecht in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989).
- Werner Herzog's film Invincible tells the story of Zishe Breitbart, a real-life Polish-Jewish blacksmith known in his time as "The World's Strongest Man." Jouko Ahola, two-time winner of the World's Strongest Man competition, plays him.
- The Adventures Of Captain Marvel film serial of the 1940's stars Captain Marvel, who channels the strength of Hercules, and is the strongest man in the world by virtue of being the only guy with out and out superpowers.
- Dexter Reilly becomes this in the 1975 Disney film The Strongest Man in the World, thanks to a strength formula that he created.
- Film/Muscle Beach Party features the world's strongest man, Mr. Strangdour, smashing through a wall and saved Frankie (Avalon) from his lunkhead son, just by using an ear twist. Strangdour is played brilliantly by Peter Lorre.
Films — Animated
- Hercules due to him being a demigod. Even before he goes through hero training he's able to hurl a discus past the horizon effortlessly and destroy a town square by accident.
- Gerard in The Chronicles of Amber, who's effectively the Strongest Man in The Multiverse.
- Maybe. Ganelon manages to drop him, which the observers react to with varying degrees of surprise. Ganelon passes it off as Gerard being unprepared (and expresses his reluctance to attempt a rematch), but it still seems that Ganelon who is really Oberon, Gerard's father is at least a contender.
- Even so Gerard may still hold on to the title, since being physically the strongest doesn't necessarily make you the best fighter. In a contest between Gerard and his (half-)brother Benedict, the smart money would not be betting against Benedict, especially if swords or other weapons were involved. At one point during Corwin's struggle to claim the throne of Amber, he confesses that if Benedict expressed a desire for it, he'd give up immediately, because Benedict is just that good (and because depending on exactly how you interpret the legal ramifications of what amounts to a cosmic annulment, Benedict's claim may be even better than Corwin's).
- Saval Bork of the Matador Series, is established from the first book to be the strongest recorded man in the known universe. However, in Brother Death, he meets Brother Mkono, an assassin who's even stronger than him. After much existential angst, he remembers that he's also trained in the universe's most deadly martial art and proceeds to dismantle his opponent.
- Mr. Strong of The Mr. Men Show fame.
- While it's not stated outright in the novels, Conan the Barbarian might as well be this for his time; the only things he encounters that are unequivocally stronger than him aren't human. Of course, he runs into a lot of those.
- Jean Valjean of Les Misérables is not established as actually being the world's strongest man, but he is so unusually strong that in all his life Javert has never seen any other person possess such strength, which is what causes him to recognize Valjean. Interestingly, Valjean is also about as far as you can get from being a meathead.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, Ser Gregor Clegane is freakishly large and strong. He stands almost eight feet tall and wields a greatsword with one hand. While mounted, he makes even the largest destrier look undersized, earning him the name "The Mountain That Rides." His abnormal dimensions apparently cause him frequent migraines that drive him into a constant state of rage.
- The current top contender for World's Strongest Woman is probably Brienne of Tarth.
- Pippi Longstocking from the books of the same name is the strongest girl in the world. Amongst other things, she can lift her horse singlehanded.
- The Nameless Narrator of The Night Land is stronger than anyone he has ever encountered, and performs some truly incredible feats of endurance and strength (running for three days in full armor while carrying his girlfriend, for example).
- In The NeverEnding Story, the knight Hykrion claims to be the strongest in the world. Another knight named Hero Hynreck defeats him one-on-one with superior strength. Then, Hynreck himself is thoroughly outmuscled by the real strongest man in Fantasia, Bastian himself, who had used AURYN to give himself godlike strength.
- The Belgariad graces us with a number of phenomenally strong characters- there are so many Big Guys that they actually form their own Five-Man Band of Big Guys, but the knight Mandorallen is something of a standout, crushing a lion to death just by squeezing. Probably one of the most memorable bits, though, is when he was preparing to attack two opposing armies simultaneously, which his companions managed to talk him out of, as they considered it suicidal... although one of them noticed both armies were visibly relieved that he had been called off.
- Honorable mention (at least) to Barak, a berserker of the "turns into an actual bear" variety and pretty strong even in human form.
- Grettir of the Old Icelandic Saga of Grettir the Strong has the reputation of being the strongest man of Iceland.
- Fezzik in The Princess Bride, a Turkish Gentle Giant who nonetheless works for a time as The Brute before his Heel–Face Turn. However, although he's certainly the strongest character we see, the narration notes that what's special about Fezzik isn't his strength, but the ridiculous stamina in his arms - tell him to chop down a forest and the axe will break or his legs will fold beneath him before his arms get tired. This is how he manages to climb the Cliffs of Insanity with three people on his back.
- Spoofed with Artie from The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Yes, he is pretty strong, but it's by the Pete's standards, and we don't know if he's simply crazy or not.
- His on-camera feats include hitting a golf ball 300,003 feet, pushing a house to the left an inch (he wanted to knock it over, but he had strained a muscle earlier while lifting a brassiere emporium), rolling a bowling ball from whatever state Wellsville is in into Canada, skipping a stone on Neptune, and leaping across the city in a single jump.
- The blink-and-it's-gone goofy '80s fantasy-comedy Wizards And Warriors had The Hero's sidekick Marko, the "strongest man in the kingdom" who often performed clearly superhuman feats in keeping with the show's over-the-top nature.
- Nadine from Twin Peaks is already pretty strong earlier in the series (she involuntarily mangles a steel rail with her bare hands), but after she comes back in her "perky schoolgirl" persona on recovering from her overdose the gloves really come off. In the school gym, she's seen leg-pressing unfeasible amounts of weight without effort, to the astonishment of the watching jocks, and in a touch-down celebration she gleefully whirls the hunky quarterback round in her arms, before, forgetting her own strength, she flings him what appears to be about a hundred feet through the air.
- Damaras of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger has the title "The Strongest Man in the Universe". When he finally goes into action against the Gokaigers, it shows us that he deserves it.
- In the all-but-forgotten Saturday morning comedy series The Kids From CAPER, small-statured Bugs had immense strength, as long as he could see his hands. Another "kryptonite" for him was the word bananas, which caused him to have hysterics for several minutes.
- Willy Armitage from Mission: Impossible was literally the world's strongest man, as his dossier from the early seasons stated that he had once set the world weight-lifting record, which was why the IMF recruited him for the pilot episode - they needed somebody who could carry a suitcase that contained a grown man inside without any outside observers being able to tell how heavy it was. Episodes in which he wasn't required to move heavy objects generally had him serve as an assistant to one of the other team members.
Myths & Religion
- Hercules in Classical Mythology is not only stronger then every man, he's stronger than the other gods too.
- Also, Hot-Blooded Judge Samson from The Bible.
- Jacob got his alternate name "Israel" (the exact meaning is not clear, but one possibility is "struggles with God") after an all-night wrestling match. At dawn, the man/angel (in some interpretations, God Himself) asks Jacob to release him, and gives him the new name. Jacob's strength is never particularly remarked on outside this incident, though, and it's at least implied that the contest was really more about stubbornness/mental strength than physical strength.
- Magni, from Norse Mythology, who had the combined strength of both parents at the age of two. For the record, his parents were a giantess and Thor.
- In one legend, Thor kills a giant who then falls on top of him, and none of the other gods can free Thor from under the giant until Magni arrives. Magni is "three nights old" when he lifts the giant's foot from Thor's neck. It may perhaps be worth noting that the name Magni literally means "Mighty".
- Older Than Dirt: Gilgamesh, the first recorded epic hero, of The Epic of Gilgamesh.
- Bhima in the Mahabharata. When he was two, his mother dropped him by accident on a stone and the stone broke. Keep in mind, he was two.
- Omobe in Yoruba tradition, who was able to force his way into the spirit world and proved strong enough to best some of the orishas(equivalent to gods or angels) in wrestling matches.
- In Japanese folklore, Nurarihyon is known as the most powerful of all youkai and the commander of the Hyakki Yakou. So what has earned him that fame? No-one knows. Aside from breaking into people's houses and acting like he owns the place, (which no-one, not even the actual owners, ever even thinks of questioning until he has left,) he never really does anything. Though very little aside from this is known about him, one has to admit that it is quite impressive that all of Japan's unruly spirits obey him.
- This is pretty much a stock wrestling character. Mark Henry is currently billed as the World's Strongest Man in WWE; apparently he was a winner of several Strongest Man competitions as well as an Olympic weightlifter, and he is the current world record holder for the ungeared squat at 430 kg. Previous World's Strongest Men include Bill Kazmaier (who also won a few Strongest Man competitions, and came to the ring holding a giant inflatable globe to evoke images of Atlas) and Ken Patera (who was an Olympic weightlifter). And let's not forget one of the first with this billing, Ted Arcidi.
- Doug Furnas, a Knoxville Tennessee football player who made his pro wrestling debut ripping a door off of a cage. He continued to be billed as such during his brief WCW and SMW days.
- The late Dino Bravo in WWE, though being a heel, he was usually billed as the Self-Proclaimed World's Strongest Man.
- And sometimes he was billed as Canada's Strongest Man. Guess sometimes people just need more realistic goals...
- The first WrestleCrap book posited that any wrestler using this moniker will inevitably fail, especially if used to promote weightlifters who cannot actually wrestle (which is often the case).
- The Iron Sheik is legendary in strongman circles thanks to his Persian Clubs challenge. 75 lbs. may not sound like much, but swinging that much weight on what is essentially a lever is extremely difficult. Mark Henry was the only wrestler to beat the challenge.
- While the weight's been surpassed, at the time Bruno Sammartino had bench pressed more weight than anyone else in recorded history, earning him the moniker "The Italian Superman."
- Magnitude Kishiwada is billed as "The Strongest Man in Osaka". Although he is pretty small in stature to the gimmick standards, he has a real powerlifting background, and is exceptionally strong for his size.
- Claudio Castagnoli, better known as Cesaro, is currently billed as being "pound for pound, the strongest superstar in the WWE." Zeb Colter insisted Antonio Cesaro was the strongest man in the world but the rest of the roster had their doubts.
- Determining just who is the strongest man in the world was the stated purpose of Akira Maeda's Fighting Network RINGS, a shoot wrestling promotion turned mixed martial arts.
- Dekar in Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals boasts himself to be the world's strongest warrior (which he actually is). The remake makes him a Jack-of-All-Stats Multi-Melee Master, but he's still Crazy Awesome and possesses the attack with the highest multi-target damage potential in the game.
- Jax Briggs of Mortal Kombat fame is considered the physically strongest man on Earth, even before his enhancements. He still can't match the inhuman strength of bosses like Shao Kahn due to to their unnatural powers. Among non-humans, Raiden is regarded as the most powerful kombatant in the series. Not surprisingly, he was Superman's counterpart when their worlds collided.
- Alex Mercer from [PROTOTYPE] is clearly the strongest man in his universe At least, until the sequel.... He can throw a destroyed helicopter at another helicopter with ease.
- In the world of Street Fighter, while Akuma, Oro and Gen fight for the position of World's Best Warrior, the Strongest Man in the game (in pure strenght) is Zangief.
- Chun-Li is the self-proclaimed Strongest Woman in the World: "No Man Can Compare!"
- So far, Asura's Wrath has a lot of potential examples, though Asura himself seems to be a likely candidate by the end of the game.
- Ending the game by beating up Chakravartin, who's essentially God makes one more than just a likely candidate.
- Kratos is the strongest being in all of Greece, if there was anything or anyone else stronger than him, it's because he wasn't there to kill it.
- Duke in Tales of Vesperia was heralded as a hero in the war against the Entelexeia, beings that could wipe out entire towns single-handed.
- Your older brother Gou in Big Bang Age is self-titled as the "weakest man in the world". The reality is that 99.9% of his power goes towards sealing the final boss. In the endgame he releases his seal and gets his power back. Unless you were seriously powerleveling Ryouga, Gou is bar-none the strongest character in the game.
- There are several people in the Blazblue games who can claim the title. There's Jubei, who is word for word described as the world's strongest living being, but suffers a game-breaking injury caused by Phantom and Terumi. There's Hakumen, who is noted as being far more powerful than anyone else in the cast even though he only currently has access to 20-40% of his power. And then there's Azrael, who, to put it bluntly, is an unstoppable juggernaut; even the previously-mentioned Hakumen refuses to fight him in a prolonged battle and prefers retreat to trying to take him down.
- Yuugi Hoshiguma of Touhou. Oni are already feared and respected by everyone, from youkai to celestials, for the freakish strength they have that allows them to tear the sky and mountains apart with barely any effort. Among the oni, The Big Four of the Mountain are particularly infamous for their power, and among the four, Yuugi the Strong is known for her physical strength.
- The two strongest contenders for the Strongest Woman of Gensokyo title, however, are the Youkai of Boundaries, Yukari Yakumo, who's borderline omnipotent within the realm, and Yuuka Kazami, the Ax-Crazy Youkai of Flowers, who despite not having as much skill as Yukari, compensates with pure, raw power. Youkai get Stronger with Age. Yukari's age is indetermined, and all that's known of Yuuka is that she might as well be a Time Abyss.
- Cirno proudly boasts of being "the strongest", sometimes adding "fairy". The problem is that Touhou fairies are idiot Mooks; while Cirno is indubitably the strongest and probably one of the smartest amongst them, she's still mentally an eight-year old at most, and while she can be very dangerous, as seen in Fairy Wars, she's too easily distracted to ever act on her true power.
- Magnus from Kid Icarus: Uprising is a very muscular human with a sword almost as large as his body (when Pit uses it, the game classifies it as a club) able to easily hold his own against The Underworld Army and Palutena's Army. When Pit first meets Magnus, he questions whether he's even human.
- Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII is called the strongest being on the planet by pretty much everyone. The makers themselves has described him as nothing stronger than him in the world.
- Rei Ryghts in the Neptunia series is the most powerful character in the entire series as she's capable of opening dimensions, distorting dimensions, and if she was ever serious, she could also fuse dimensions together. And in this setting, Gods Need Prayer Badly but because she was tyrannical and a despot, she had no followers whatsoever. Didn't stop her from doing any of these stunts though. And when she does get some shares, things went from bad to worse.
- Starting with his "first" appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf has been fairly consistently portrayed as this in the world of The Legend of Zelda. A brutal Magic Knight as a thief, he has become the destined bearer of the Triforce of Power, which literally imbues him with inexhaustible strength and magical power. The most prominent portrayal of this aspect is his first appearance in Hyrule Warriors: Ganondorf appears in the newly conquered Temple of Souls on his own with a fairly small army of stalkids at his back. Facing him is the united army of Hyrule; a huge army of Hylian soldiers led by Zelda, Impa, Darunia, Ruto, Midna, Agitha, Fi and Link with the unleashed Master Sword. The Hylian reaction? A massive Oh Crap! followed by every single one of them fleeing for their lives! In the following chapter, Ganondorf amasses an army to defeat Hyrule by marching into the Gerudo Desert and beating down every single monster there, defeating three giant beasts in order to further intimidate them into swearing loyalty to him.
- Gilgamesh from Fate/stay night is quite firmly established as the strongest being in the story by a HUGE margin. Word of God even confirms that he would be able to take on all the Servants and Masters on at the same time and easily win. And he is still only in the bottom of the top 5 of the Nasuverse.
- As far as physical power goes, 5th War Berserker (Heracles) is on top, bar none - rank A+ strength and A for endurance and agility even outside Mad Enhancement, which would have added an additional rank on top of those had it ever been used. Until Gilgamesh shows up to mess with the war, Berserker is the biggest obstacle to anyone else winning, and certainly fulfills the spirit of the trope if not its literal truth.
- Of note is that during their battle, Berserker came very close to defeating Gilgamesh (insofar as that he would have won if he was able to get close enough to attack, and he may well have gotten close enough if he either had an additional life, his sanity, or didn't have to shield his master; looking purely at the results, it was still a flawless victory on Gilgamesh's part), and multiple servants and masters have abilities that would logically counter Gilgamesh's if used properly (and canonically were, in two cases). Given the Word of God in the Nasuverse is self conflicting, one would be advised to take it with a grain of salt.
- In Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! they're only high school students, but...
- Momoyo is considered a "god of martial arts" and is pretty much the strongest person in the world by the beginning of the game;
- Mayucchi's father told the Prime Minister of Japan that his daughter had already surpassed him in skill. Mayucchi's father, who just happens to be the current Sword Saint, a.k.a. the strongest swordsman in the world;
- Though she doesn't get many chances to show off, Miyako is a skilled enough archer to be counted as one of the "Five Bows Under Heaven";
- And finally, there's the "Four Sky Kings" that Momoyo belongs to, of which Ageha is also a member. Tsubame, one of the new heroines in the upcoming sequel, makes her cameo early as a member in the anime. Mayucchi also gains this distinction at the end of her path via Klingon Promotion.
- In Problem Sleuth, the title is first held by Mobster Kingpin and later by Ace Dick.
- The Tower of God was under the supreme rule of Zahard, the first man to climb up and settle down, and his supporters. Then Phantaminum, an existence Shrouded in Myth, came and not only scaled the tower much faster than Zahard, but in the process killed many of his high rankers. These are the 1000 strongest of 100,000 rankers, and even the lowliest ranker can give the main characters a run for their money. After Storming the Castle of the ruler, Phantaminum disappeared, never to be seen again, however, similar Irregulars followed, shaking the Tower up once more. It should be mentioned that Storming the Castle is the only battle he participated in and even so was immediately declared strongest.
- Homestar Runner has Pom Pom, as depicted in "The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest". In the original book, he offered to share with Homestar, who was disqualified.
- Strong Mad isn't billed as "The Strongest Man in the World," but he's definitely one of, if not the, strongest people in the Homestar Runner universe. He can knock people halfway across Free Country, USA with one punch, and has also kicked a kickball so hard it flew all the way around the world and hit him from behind.
- The strongest man in the Global Guardians PBEM Universe was the aptly named Strength, a supervillain working for Tarot. During the entire run of the game, they never found an object too heavy for him to lift.
- Chuck "Memetic Mutation" Norris.
- Worm: Scion is the first and strongest superhero, so far beyond the rest that fights against the Endbringers almost always end up boiling down to "Hold the Line until Scion shows up to deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle." The next strongest three are known as the Triumvirate: Alexandria, the Flying Brick, Legend, the Flying Firepower, and Eidolon, who can choose any three powers at one time. On the villainous side are Glaistig Uaine, whose ability to summon three ghosts of dead parahumans made her too strong for any other hero to beat and lets her stand up to Scion, and the Siberian, the only one to ever hurt Alexandria in direct combat.
- Mr. Mendo, though he's only "The Internet's Strongest Man".
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, the Avatar is regarded as the strongest bender on the planet no matter what, by virtue of having access to all the bending arts and the Avatar State.
- Toph and Bumi shared the status of being the strongest earthbenders in the world when they were both still alive. This is mainly because a duel between them ended in a draw. After Bumi died, the title went to Toph, whose strength only grew with time and more than lives up to it, even into her old age.
- Amon/Noatak is arguably the strongest non-Avatar bender in the entire franchise. He was a prodigy waterbender and bloodbender, mastering his father's psychic bloodbending at the tender age of fourteen, and never lost an onscreen fight.
- In The Fairly OddParents: Timmy once wished to be the toughest guy on the beach - ergo, he'd be stronger than the toughest fellow to turn up on that beach. This was going fine and dandy until a whale beached itself.
- Bam-Bam from The Flintstones is billed as the strongest baby in the world, and in later cartoons the strongest teen in the world.
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983): He-Man, THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE UNIVERSE!!!! His power-set is actually defined as being exactly as strong as he needs to be for any given task. Meaning that he'll alway be at least slightly stronger than anyone he fights, no matter how strong they are.
- His twin sister She-Ra probably counts as the World's Strongest Woman. And given that she spends most of her time on another planet she probably qualifies as the Strongest in Etheria regardless of gender.
- He-Man's completely insane feats of strength include:
- Pushing a moon out of orbit (which he's done twice).
- Pushing aside mountains.
- Reversing a tornado by swinging his sword in spirals fast enough to create a counter-vortex.
- Running in circles fast enough to create a vacuum in order to cause a waterspout.
- Drilling to the center of the planet with only a broken stalactite.
- Dragging a huge spaceship down to the ground with a grappling hook.
- One of his most dramatic feats may be this: Picking up Castle Greyskull and throwing it across half the continent.
- In the 2002 remake, naturally it's still He-Man. The most obvious example is when he disposes of a several hundred ton tower that turns everyone around it into evil Snakemen by picking it up and tossing into the sun. A flashback episode reveals that in a previous generation, the title was held by his ancestor, King Greyskull. As in, "By the Power of Grayskull!".
- Popeye has reached this level when spinached up; even without it, he's pretty strong.
- Rocky and Bullwinkle. While a moose rather than a man, Bullwinkle J Moose every so often performs feats of incredible strength, which he attributes to his "mighty moose muscle", or sometimes just "moose-le".
- The current record holder for an assisted bench press is Ryan Kennelly at 1,070 pounds.
- The World's Strongest Man, an annual competition taking place around Christmas time, pits strongmen from all over the shop in a very broad range of events designed to test all-round strength. Events vary from from traditional weight lifting to dragging, flipping, carrying, pushing, pulling, holding, throwing and otherwise manipulating incredibly heavy items such as tractor tyres, anvils, tractors, trains, cars, beer kegs, giant stone pillars, and the iconic Atlas Stones. The former page image was four time champion (and two time runner-up) Magnus ver Magnusson, whose name means "Big Guy Son of Big Guy who was the son of another Big Guy").
- American Olympian Paul Anderson was for a time credited for having lifted 6,270 pounds in 1957, earning him a reputation as the strongest man in the world. The Guinness Book of World Records later withdrew their recognition of the feat for some questionable circumstances.
- Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson, the actor who plays Gregor "The Mountain That Rides" Clegane in the Game of Thrones series, holds the world record at keg tossing, a sport in which involves tossing a 15.5 gallon barrel (Which weighs about 33 pounds) over a high bar set at various heights. As of November 2015, the record (Breaking one he had set himself earlier that year) is 24 feet, 6 inches.