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"You can't beat me with strength.
Speed can't beat me.
You're gonna find out, you, just, can't, beat, me... period!
I am the world's strongest man! You better be worried about surviving through the night."
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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 (or neither), but one thing is for sure — you don't want to mess with him, as he will most definitely wipe the floor with you. He may be going on 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 and The Strongman. 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, Circus Brats and Girls With Mustaches. 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. World's Smartest Man is the intellectual counterpart. See also The Greatest Style, for a fighting or competition method which is better than all the others.

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Sub-Trope of "World's Best" Character, for being that, but only for pure strength.


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  • Afro Samurai: The wielder of the Number One Headband.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • Levi Ackerman is dubbed as "Humanity's Strongest Soldier", capable of slaughtering several Titans with ease. Unlike other examples, Levi's ability comes from his speed and mobility rather than raw strength. He was able to dominate the Female Titan and always curbstomps the Beast Titan. Even the Marleyan Titan Shifters are afraid of him. It takes being too close to a detonating Thunder Spear and suffering grievous permanent injuries to finally cost him this title, and that was more due to him letting his guard down at the worst possible time than anything.
    • Levi's uncle and mentor, Kenny Ackerman is this. He single-handedly murdered over a hundred members of the Military Police, the branch where only elite graduates can apply. He was the only person who could fight Levi on equal footing, and Levi was more keen on hightailing it in the other direction than actually fighting him face-to-face. Ultimately, he dies from injuries inflicted not in battle, but from being too close to a massive Titan initiating its transformation in too small a space and getting cooked from the heat and the collapsing cave.
    • Eren Yeager after the Time Skip becomes the most powerful Titan Shifter in the story. He has three of the Nine Titan powers and after unlocking the Founding Titan thanks to Zeke Yeager and Ymir, he wields virtually absolute power over the Titans as well as the Subjects of Ymir, to the point he can command any number of mindless Titans and even summon the past generations of Titan Shifters as mindless puppets. The Attack Titan enables Eren to see his future memories (although he does make a point that the memories go no further than a certain point, though there's no elaboration on why aside from suggesting that he is/will be the last wielder of the Attack Titan ever) and send his memories back in time to control his predecessors. The Warhammer Titan grants exceptional control over hardened Titan flesh and can create constructs powerful enough to punch through even over hardened Titans. The only reason he loses in the end is because he allowed his friends to defeat him, so that they could be recognized as saviours of humanity.
    • By the very end of the manga, with the Titans gone, the Titan Shifters Brought Down to Normal, Eren dead, and Levi crippled from his lasting injuries, this title likely falls to Mikasa Ackerman by virtue of being the only combat-capable-and-experienced Ackerman still alive by the end with her latent superhuman physicality while everyone else is "just" a Badass Normal at best.
  • Claire Stanfield from Baccano! and Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!! Word of 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:
    • 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.
  • Bakugan has several characters that could reasonably claim the title of the Ultimate Bakugan.
    • Pyrus Dragonoid, also known as Drago, is no doubt the most powerful Bakugan of all time. Over the course of the series, Drago has had many different evolved forms that allowed him to face enemy Bakugan capable of ruling or destroying the universe. He's also revealed to be a descendant of the Original Dragonoid, one of the first two Bakugan created by Code Eve, and this Drago has inherited his ancestor's powers and abilities thanks to the Ultimate Warrior Gene.
    • Hydronoid was the first Bakugan to aspire to become the "Ultimate Bakugan", and had the show ended at Season 1, he would have been the top contender, seeing how Naga was dead and Drago had managed to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence.
    • Naga after absorbing the Silent Core became this. With his newfound power he was able to overpower the Battle Brawlers, their Guardian Bakugan and his twin sister Wavern who had the Infinity Core. It wasn't until Drago absorbed the Infinity Core that he was able to to fight evenly and later defeat Naga using the Infinity Core's power.
    • The Legendary Soldiers of Vestroia were the strongest Bakugan of all time thanks to their status as legends and their awesome powers and abilities, each having a G-Power of 500.
    • Helios is perhaps the most powerful Bakugan on Vestal and was undefeated until Drago came along. He gained even more strength upon becoming Cyborg Helios, then Helios MK II and finally Infinity Helios, and additionally has the ability to combine with other Bakugan to further increase his power. In the fourth season, Helios is the only known Bakugan to change his attribute from Pyrus to Darkus after he evolved into Infinity Helios.
    • Farbros is the most powerful Mechanical Bakugan ever created, with it being the pinnacle of all Mechanical Bakugan. It was so strong, it managed to battle and defeat all of the Legendary Soldiers of Vestroia.
    • Dharak is another contender for this title as he is Gundalia's strongest Bakugan and the partner of Emperor Barodius. He, like Drago, is a unique Bakugan since he's from the same lineage as him, and has inherited the DNA of the biological makeup of one of the first two Bakugan. He projects a dark energy blast from his mouth to devastate his opponents and only Emperor Barodius can bring out the best of his abilities. He later evolved into Phantom Dharak after being infused with Blitz Dragonoid's DNA, and was able to battle evenly with Drago.
  • Zekka from Battle Angel Alita. 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.
  • Berserk:
    • The protagonist Guts is by far the strongest and most skilled mortal warrior in Midland (Zodd is a demon so he doesn't count). Guts is a unrivaled Master Swordsman who wields a BFS thanks to his Super Strength which helped him kill an Eldritch Abomination along with a 1000 other Apostles single handedly. Human enemies are not even a threat for Guts past the Golden Age arc, although to The God Hand this just makes Guts the equivalent of being the world's strongest termite, so this trope doesn't mean much in Berserk and Guts for all his strength still struggles every day to survive. Guts eventually needs to wear supernatural armor so he can be a credible threat to the horrors he faces.
    • Fittingly, Casca, Guts' Love Interest, is likely the strongest human female since she's the only capable female warrior shown in the series, albeit a Fragile Speedster. However, Slan of The God Hand far exceeds Casca being the most strongest/powerful female character in Berserk as a Demon Goddess.
    • Griffith was once Midland''s best knight and completely undefeated when it came to swordplay... until near the end of the Golden Age where Guts (who lost to him twice before) handed him his first ever loss. Which leads to Griffith's Villainous Breakdown and hell in a handbasket. When reborn as Femto, Griffith is nigh-omnipotent and cannot harmed by any mortal means. Where he stands in regards to the other God Hand members, however, it's likely they're all equal to him. If there's any one member stronger than he is, it's likely Void.
  • Beyblade:
    • Bakuten Shoot Beyblade:
      • Takao Kinomiya (Tyson Granger) is the only Blader in the original trilogy skilled enough to defeat every Arc Villain and Final Boss in every season, as well as the only multiple-time Beyblade World Champion, making him the World's Strongest Man in this continuity, or at least one of the best contenders for the title.
      • Kai Hiwatari is another contender for this trope. He was always portrayed as a powerful Blader due to being The Lancer and The Rival to Tyson, but by the final season his power and skill became so great only two other people could defeat him in a serious match. Tyson even considers Kai the strongest Blader in the world despite Tyson's own accomplishments.
      • Brooklyn in the final season G-Revolution is a Born Winner with so much natural talent at Beyblade that he doesn't need to train in order to defeat Kai in a match. He also possesses unexplained supernatural powers separate from his Bit-Beast like prescience and Reality Warping that he only used when forced to get serious, which altogether makes him the only non-protagonist that can be considered the strongest alongside Tyson and Kai.
    • Metal Fight Beyblade:
      • Ryuga built a massive reputation for being overwhelmingly powerful, to the point that he only ever lost two battles in the entire series. It's even more apparent due to the fact that he enjoys letting his enemies think they have a chance before one of his many One-Hit Kill attacks inevitably come.
      • Rago is generally considered one of the most powerful villains, as well as one of the strongest Bladers in the entire Beyblade franchise, and for good reason: He was one of the two Bladers who managed to defeat Ryuga, who himself has a reputation for being one of the most powerful Bladers. Not only that — he curb stomped Ryuga at his prime with ease. If that wasn't enough, he has the powers of every Legendary Blader, as well as the powers of every opponent those Bladers have ever faced. Given the large amount of strong opponents Gingka alone has fought, that should really tell you something. In the end, it took the powers of every Legendary Blader and the entire Beyblade world's power combined to defeat him, and Gingka barely won in the end. To cap it all off, he caused worldwide destruction and created a black sun almost the size of Earth with his power alone.
    • Beyblade Burst has Valt Aoi, who is regarded as the strongest Blader in the Burst saga since he's usually the one who puts up the best fight against the main villains of each season and has an excellent tournament record.
  • Black Clover:
    • As the current Wizard King, Julius Novachrono is the strongest mage in the Clover Kingdom. Licht or rather, Patry, who is an elf (who are all vastly stronger than most humans), thinks Julius is so inhumanly strong when they fight that he views him as an obstacle sent by nature against the elves for planning to violate natural law. The only two reasons that Patry is able to emerge victorious are because Julius was holding back since he didn't want to hurt Vangeance (who Patry was possessing) and so aimed to capture rather than kill, and Patry launching an attack on the citizens of the Clover Kingdom themselves, which forced Julius to use up a massive amount of his power to block and leaving him open to a fatal stab.
    • The first Wizard King, Lumiere Silvamillion Clover, was the most powerful mage of the Clover Kingdom during his time. His feat of stopping a great demon which was formerly his close friend — the real Licht who transformed himself in order to avoid Demonic Possession from an actual devil from destroying the kingdom is what started the tradition of the Wizard King in the first place. When he's unsealed in the present, even in a weakened state it's noted his mana is greater than that of even the reincarnated elves. His only possible rival was an elf in the form of Licht himself.
    • Licht, the real one from five centuries ago before the start of the series, was the strongest member of the Elf Tribe, a race of beings who were worshipped as deities in the past whose magical power far outclassed humans. He was implied to be equal in power to Lumiere, who was reputed to be the strongest mage of the Clover Kingdom in their era.
    • Lucifero is the strongest devil in the series no questions asked, even while half manifested and having half of his power, he was able to catch Asta's sword with a single hand, while the latter was in Devil Union form and then punched Asta so hard, he could not see straight. Lucifero also curb stomps the Magic Knight Captains and barely flinched after all of them attacked him, calling all their attacks pointless. Not even Mereoleona the Uncrowned, Undefeated Lioness, was able land a single hit. He more or less wins his fight with the magic knights, with his victory coming undone only because Asta's True Devil Union is capable of negating his magical advantages and inflicting wounds that won't regenerate, preventing him from leveraging any of his strength properly for its duration.
      Adrammelech: Lucifero's magic is beyond amazing, and so are his physical skills. Even if he's not complete. An ant can't beat an elephant, no matter how strong or weird it is.
    • There are two contenders for the title of the "Strongest Woman".
      • Mereoleona Vermillion is stated to be the most powerful woman in the Clover Kingdom and possibly the strongest Magic Knight. Her potential was such that she could easily have become Wizard King if she wished to. When she curb-stomps Rhya, a powerful elf himself, he notes that her massive power is not just from being royalty but also an unknown human strength. The only woman of the Clover Kingdom possibly her superior is the deceased Acier Silva, a Magic Knight who was the strongest of her time that Mereoleona without shame admits was her Always Someone Better when they were younger and died from a curse that would kill regardless of the victim's strength once triggered. It's not made clear how Mereleona as she is in the present day of the story compares to Acier when she was still alive.
      • Princess Lolopechka is the most powerful mage of the Heart Kingdom, possessing the power and knowledge of the past queens and the Water Spirit Undine. She has the power of an entire Magic Knight squad (including the captain) as well as being able to cover an entire country in her Mana Zone. And yet even she couldn't defeat Vanica on her own and wound up being cursed much like Acier.
  • In Bleach, there are a handful of Soul Reapers, Hollows, and Quincies that are highly superior to the other members of their respective race in power and skill:
    • As the Captain-Commander of the Thirteen Court Guard Squad, Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto is the strongest Soul Reaper in the history of Soul Society. When confronting Aizen, Yamamoto states that he has held that distinction for the past thousand years because, for those thousand years, there hasn't been a single Soul Reaper that has surpassed him. Aizen himself admits that he doesn't feel confident taking him on in a one-on-one fight, and had to create an Arrancar that was specifically designed to seal Yamamoto's Zanpakuto abilities. When said Arrancar does so, Yamamoto effortlessly beats the Arrancar using just his fists. During the Thousand Year Blood War arc, Yamamoto confronts the Sternritter Royd Lloyd disguised as his Arch-Enemy, Yhwach, and immediately releases his Bankai Zanka no Tachi which would eventually destroy Soul Society if left active for too long.
    • Kenpachi Zaraki is said to be the strongest Soul Reaper due to his love of fighting strong opponents, and he wears a special eye patch to control his immeasurable Reiatsu. He is however, second only to Yamamoto in Spiritual Power and Reiatsu. During the Thousand Year Blood War, he goes through some training with the first Kenpachi, Retsu Unohana, to become stronger and manages to surpass her. His Spiritual Power is so great, not even Gremmy, who was stated to be the strongest Quincy, next to Yhwach, was able to handle the sheer amount of raw power when attempted to replicate it, and in his bankai state, Kenpachi was able to rip off Gerard Valkyrie’s arm with his teeth and then cut him with a single slash. He was also listed as one of the Five Special War Powers for his specialty for combat.
    • Even as a child, Sosuke Aizen possessed a frightening amount of strength. He is gifted with extraordinary abilites, and is rivaled only by a few in terms of power, talent, skill, and intellect. He is able to effortlessly defeat Ichigo the first time they meet, and quickly subdues Komammura with a Kido spell that wasn't even at its most powerful. However, Aizen states that no matter how strong a person becomes, there is always a limit, and Aizen wishes to move past those limits. Aizen's goal is to become even stronger and ascend beyond the boundaries that limits Soul Reapers and Hollows. When he fuses the Hogyoku with himself, Aizen becomes nigh-unbeatable, with only Ichigo being able to fight him. When he is sealed in Muken for two years, his Spiritual Power grows exponentially, even beyond the time where he became a Transcendent Being fused with the Hogyoku. The Vandenreich have him listed as one of the Five Special War Powers due to him having the highest amount of Reiatsu out of any character in the series.
    • Ichigo Kurosaki manages to become this after reaching his full potential and forging his true Zanpakuto. Ichigo discovers that he is a hybrid of Human, Soul Reaper, Hollow, and Quincy with unbelievable power, and the potential to become a Transcendent Being akin to the Soul King. When he does reach his full potential, he is strong enough to take on four Sternritters without much difficulty, and was able fight Yhwach — who absorbed the Soul King to effectively become a Physical God. He can also transform into his Merged Hollow form, which is able to preform a Gran Ray Cero combined with his signature Getsuga Tenshō to wound Yhwach, and later even managed to kill the Quincy King using his True Bankai. He was also listed as one of the Five Special War Powers for his Latent Ability and mixed heritage. The novel Can't Fear Your Own World reveals that Ichigo has yet to master his powers and will only grow stronger in time.
    • Played with with Baraggan Louisenbairn. As the former self-proclaimed God of Hueco Mundo, Baraggan earned that right by carving out a kingdom, declaring his sovereignty, and then defeating all challengers to his power. However, Starrk, Yammy, and (as revealed in the light novels) even Szayelaporro (before he willingly weakened himself to remove his "imperfection") all have more Reiatsu than he does at their full power. What makes him so devastating is that his power is one of the only exceptions to the rule of "greater Reiatsu can mitigate or even negate its effects", meaning he could legitimately and even easily defeat even those technically stronger than him in a direct fight, which is what let him consolidate power so utterly before Aizen came along (who in turn had to rely on trickery and subterfuge to subdue Baraggan before he could use Respira rather than win through a physical contest) and why Szayelaporro was part of his court despite being strong enough at the time to qualify as the first Cero Espada. When he goes all-out, the only reason his foes survive is because he's so arrogant he constantly indulges in Just Toying with Them, and ultimately it takes being killed by his own power turned on him to defeat him.
    • Despite being ranked fourth among the Espada, Ulquiorra Cifer is far more powerful than he seems to be. Even before the true extent of his power is revealed, Ulquiorra states that he is forbidden from releasing his sword as its immense power could potentially destroy Las Noches itself and has to take the fight with Ichigo outside of the dome. When he releases his Resurreccion, Ulquiorra absolutely thrashes Ichigo, who was at his absolute strongest at the time. When Ichigo refuses to give up, Ulquiorra transforms into his Resurreccion: Segunda Etapa, revealing himself as the only Arrancar capable of unlocking a second stage of Resurreccion. Ulquiorra states that Aizen himself isn't even aware of it. If he was, Ulquiorra would've undoubtedly ranked higher. He proceeds to further demolish Ichigo and comes the closest out of any other villain in the series to outright killing him. Ichigo is only able to gain the upper hand thanks to his Inner Hollow.
    • Coyote Starrk is the Primera Espada, and is one the few Hollows who possesses power that rivals, or even surpasses that of Baraggan Louisenbairn. Before he officially became an Arrancar, his Spiritual Power was so immense that it caused other Hollows to disintegrate just by being in his presence. He's also one of the few Arrancar in Aizen's army that became the way he is naturally rather than being amplified by the Hogyoku. He is able to fight two of the longest-serving Captains of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads, and was able to effortlessly defeat two Visored that were once Captains themselves, and would've killed them as well had it not been for Kyoraku's intervention.
    • Yhwach, The Emperor of the Vandenreich, is not only the strongest Quincy in the world, but without question, the most powerful character in the entire series. As the progenitor of the Quincies, Yhwach has access to every one of their natural powers and abilities, and can use them to a greater extent. During his fight with Yamamoto, he steals his Bankai, which happens to be the most powerful one of them all. It's revealed that every time someone comes in contact with his soul, that person will eventually die, and their soul will be absorbed into him, and he will gain their memories and abilities. Each of the Sternritter have a Schrift, a ability that is unique to them, and as Sternritter 'A', Yhwach's Schrift is "The Almighty" which allows him to not only see into the future, but change it to his advantage. He eventually absorbs both Mimihagi and the Soul King into himself which makes him powerful enough to reform Soul Society, Hueco Mundo, and the Human World into one new world. In the end, it took the combined effort of Aizen's Shikai, Uryu shooting the Still Silver arrow at him from behind, and a well-timed slash from Zangetsu to ultimately take him down. Even after his death, his corpse contains enough Reiatsu to serve as a suitable replacement to the Soul King.
    • Lille Barro is the very first Quincy to recieve power from Yhwach. As a result, Lille became one of the strongest Quincies to ever exist. He is selected by Yhwach to lead his Elite Guard. His Schrift, "The X-Axis", enables him to pierce anything within his line of sight and become intangible. He can fight toe-to-toe with Shunsui Kyoraku, the new Captain-Commander of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads, and can even overpower him when he enters his Quincy: Vollstandig. He is also one of the only Quincy who can enter into a second form of his Vollstandig, which outright transforms him into a Transcendent Being that can only be injured by a weapon that is stated to kill the divine.
    • Discussed and ultimately subverted with Uryu Ishida. Uryu doesn't appear to be any stronger than the average Quincy, but more than one character has theorized that Uryu has the potential to become one of the strongest Quincies to ever live. Yhwach himself even states that his power could possibly surpass even his own. His Schrift, "The Antithesis", allows him to reverse the situation between himself and his enemy; he can transfer any wounds he sustained in a fight to his enemy, healing himself in the process. Haschwalth believes that it is one of the only abilites that could be a threat to The Almighty itself. However, while Uryu is indeed quite powerful, he never really did reach his full potential.
  • Brynhildr in the Darkness:
    • Mako "Valkyria" Fujisaki is the strongest witch known, an S-Rank who can use eleven different types of magic. The usual is one, sometimes two. As a result, she is The Dreaded.
    • After Mako dies, Hrist gets the title, and though she only demonstrates three types of magic, she is even more powerful than Mako.
  • 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.
  • Chainsaw Man:
  • Claymore:
    • Teresa 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.
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba:
    • Yoriichi Tsugikuni was the Demon Slayer. He was so overwhelmingly powerful that even Muzan was afraid of him after a one-sided Single-Stroke Battle and surely would have died after his defeat at Yoriichi's hands had he not escaped. Literally the only reason that he didn't win his final fight against Kokushibo (his twin brother and Always Second Best Demon Slayer) was that he was at least eighty and his body just gave out on him before he could properly inflict a killing blow. To put that feat in perspective, when Kokushibo is fought in the series proper, it took multiple Hashira working together, a few Heroic Sacrifices, and Kokushibo suffering a What Have I Become? moment and a Villainous BSoD to put him down for good. This guy almost did it by himself at the age of over eighty. Likewise, the only reason he didn't kill Muzan was because he paused his onslaught to ask Muzan what he thought of all the lives he took, which gave Muzan the opening he needed to escape.
    • Gyomei Himejima is the most powerful of the Demon Slayers' current generation, and the mightiest warrior humanity has to offer against the demon threat. Kokushibo even states that Gyomei is the strongest Demon Slayer he's faced in 300 years.
    • On the side of the demons, Muzan Kibutsuji is the strongest demon of the entire series as well as the progenitor of the demon race. He's so incredibly powerful that no Demon Slayer was able to match him until the aforementioned Yoriichi came into the picture. Even during the final battle with his body aged 9000 years by Tamayo's drug and severely weakened, he was able to overpower and mortally wound most of the Hashira, and it required almost every member of Demon Slayer Corps to finally finish him off.
    • As the holder of the title Upper-Rank One, the aforementioned Kokushibo is as powerful as a demon can possibly become without occupying Muzan's unique position as the Monster Progenitor. And thus stronger then every other fighter in the setting excluding his brother. It says something that Muzan of all people considers him more a partner than a subordinate. During his final battle, it takes the combined efforts of three Hashira with the Mark and a Demon Slayer enhanced by eating demonic flesh, to bring him down, and even then he only lost because he got distracted by an existential crisis.
    • By the end of series, Tanjiro's demonic form, the aptly named "New Demon King", holds the title. For starters, due to being created with all of Muzan's remaining blood, it has much more raw power than the average demon, possibly on top of his Demon Slayer abilities. Second and most importantly, NDK Tanjiro is immune to sunlight. While it can still be killed by decapitation or wisteria poison, his extreme strength and regenerative abilities make it practically impossible to behead or poison via coventional means. Should Demon King Tanjiro have escaped or killed its enemies, its reign of terror would have lasted until the end times and beyond... which is likely why Tanjiro was turned back into a human 2-3 chapters later.
  • Tsukasa from Dr. Stone was always incredibly strong, but being one of the few to recover from the event that transformed all of humanity into stone, he's now pretty much the strongest human being left on Earth.
  • Mr. Don from Eyeshield 21. When a guy can Worf 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.
  • Fairy Tail
    • Zeref Dragneel is regarded as the most powerful human wizard in history. His magic power is so enormous that he couldn't even control it. He loses control when he cares about living things but when he doesn't care about others, he controls his magic power and becomes the ruthless and the cold-hearted Zeref that the legend speaks of. He was already powerful with his Black Arts but he becomes even more powerful when he absorbs the Fairy Heart and becomes a Physical God able to manipulate Time Magic.
    • Acnologia is unquestionably the most powerful character in the entire series. While his soul is thrashing the other Dragon Slayers, he boasts that he is the "Dragon King" because there is no dragon that has ever been stronger than him, and dragons are (or were, in any case) the strongest species on the planet, being immune to all forms of magic except the one they helped create. Even Ignia's boasting of the five Dragon Gods being equal or surpassing Acnologia loses weight when one remembers that in one timeline, Acnologia singlehandedly conquered the entire world, and considering Acnologia's views on Dragons, it's safe to say the five of them probably didn't survive.
    • Jura Neekis eventually becomes the fifth-strongest Wizard Saint of Ishgal, with his guild master stating that the four above him are so strong they might as well be gods amongst men, thus making Jura the strongest human around. During the Grand Magic Games, he repeatedly defeats several of the strongest members of other guilds and unleashes powerful feats of magic that leave Makarov wondering if they even have a chance of victory. This ends up being subverted when he's defeated by Laxus after a hard-fought battle at the end of the games, and then he loses easily to one of Alvarez's Spriggan 12, a group of mages who stand at the pinnacle of magic.
    • Hades/Precht Gaebolg is the strongest dark wizard in Earthland before the first timeskip and Zeref returning. He was so strong he was able to defeat Makarov Dreyar (one of the Ten Wizard Saints and Guild Master of Fairy Tail), overpower Team Natsu, and fight on par with Laxus (one of strongest members of the Fairy Tail guild). His magic power was even stated to be so monsterous it terrified Team Natsu and he also has the Devils Heart which made him nearly invincible in battle, the heroes only managed to defeat him by having the Devils Heart destroyed making him vulnerable and Natsu gaining a Next Tier Power-Up.
    • Laxus Dreyar eventually rises to the bat when his list of achievements include matching blows with one of Fairy Tail's former masters, wiping out the elite team of an enemy guild, defeating both his father and the aforementioned Jura in combat during the Grand Magic Games, and being one of two to defeat a member of the Spriggan 12 on his own with no outside interference (the other being Acnologia). He also holds the distinction of being the second-strongest male member of Fairy Tail over even Natsu, with one potential exception...
    • Gildarts Clive holds the distinction of being the strongest member of Fairy Tail, and his achievements include defeating the strongest subordinate of one of the most powerful dark guilds, easily handling Natsu in battle, facing off against God Serena and winning albeit against a weaker construct since the real one was dead, and fighting on par with the strongest of the Spriggan 12, August. It's been repeatedly mentioned that he could very well be the strongest man in the series.
    • Mard Geer is the strongest Etherious demon in the Tartaros guild second only to E.N.D. in power, with Curse power so immense that it was enough to scare Kyôka. He's also strong enough to fight evenly with the Celestial Spirit King, who's stated to be the strongest Celestial Spirit. During the battle between Fairy Tail and Tartaros he delivers a Curb-Stomp Battle to the Dragon Slayers Sting and Rogue while not even taking them seriously. In his Etherius form, in which is Mard Geer at his strongest, he was able to contend with Natsu and Gray, and his most powerful Curse, Memento Mori, was powerful enough to destroy everything in its wake. In fact, it's stated to be strong enough to destroy immortal beings like Zeref himself.
    • God Serena of the Ten Wizard Saints is strongest of them all and the first of the gods amongst men known as "Four Emperors of Ishgal", officially recognized as the most powerful mage on the continent. It's then subverted when he runs off to join the Spriggan 12, each of whom has magic power to rival his, and it's revealed he's not even the strongest one, despite being the one who kicks Jura's ass along with the other Wizard Saints on his lonesome. And then he decides to pick a fight with Acnologia, who kills him easily.
    • August of the Spriggan 12 is considered the strongest male member and leader of the group and is The Archmage of the highest caliber, being the equal of his fellow Spriggan Irene Belserion who's a dragon, and he's a normal human. He's the only person aside from Acnologia who can give Gildarts a run for his money, and he ultimately only falls by his own hand.
    • Irene Belserion of Alvarez's Spriggan 12 is considered the strongest female member of the group and in general can make a case for being the World's Strongest Woman, being an incredibly powerful Reality Warper able to transform a continent and who can claim to be one of the few people who are capable of defeating Erza Scarlet in a straight fight with no outside forces hampering Erza's abilities (while Erza even had back-up from Wendy). Like Acnologia, she too is a Dragon Slayer who eventually turned into a Dragon, albeit unwillingly, and ultimately falls by her own hand when she realizes that she can't bring herself to kill her daughter Erza.
    • After Zeref and Acnologia's deaths at the end of the series, the title presumably passes on to Natsu Dragneel, who defeated them both. However, both of Natsu's victories over them were only made possible through outside interference: Natsu would have died fighting Zeref if Lucy hadn't been supporting him through writing in his Book of E.N.D. combined with Zeref's own conflicting desires, and even then it took Mavis Vermillion sacrificing herself to finally kill Zeref after Natsu knocked him down. In regards to Acnologia, Wendy had to enchant the Dragon Slayer magic of herself and the other Slayers into Natsu for a final power-up while Lucy casted Fairy Sphere with the help of every mage on the continent to immobilize Acnologia long enough for him to deliver the finishing blow. As a result, Natsu's ability to lay claim to the title is rather suspect, given the strength of others on this list.
    • The sequel Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest adds the Five Dragon Gods as contestors for the strongest beings alive, being said to have power capable of challenging that of even Acnologia and even claimed to surpass the Dragon King. Although it's quite possible Acnologia was more powerful than them, as he was said to have conquered the world entirely in a Bad Future and likely killed them, and he definitely exceeded their powers after absorbing the magic of Space Between Time, with him gone, they are currently the most powerful beings alive. Even at half power and reduced to a mindless beast, the Water Dragon God Mercuphobia easily overwhelmed Natsu and the other members of the strongest team in Fairy Tail and it takes the intervention of the Fire Dragon God Ignia to give Natsu the boost needed to defeat him. Later on, the power of the Wood Dragon God Aldoron harnessed by his main avatar easily overwhelmed Natsu despite again only being at half power from his recent awakening and it takes him losing more power via the destruction of his other avatars by the rest of Fairy Tail alongside Natsu unleashing Dragon Force and drawing upon the power of every dragon he had defeated and consumed to finally deal the fatal blow.
  • 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.
  • In Gintama Umibozu is known as "the strongest man in the universe", being considered the strongest out of the Yato clan, themselves seen as the strongest species of the universe. He work as a mercenary tracking and killing the most dangerous aliens and even a few armed starships are no match for him.
  • 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 for the power to kill Alucard.
  • 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.
  • High School D×D:
    • Ouroboros Dragon Ophis is introduced as the most powerful character seen in the series when she's also revealed as the leader of the Khaos Brigade, with only Great Red as her rival in power. As a Dragon God, Ophis has power far exceeding even the Heavenly Dragons Ddraig and Albion whist both where in their prime. Even after Samael's poison took away a vast majority of her power, she's still twice as strong as the both of them.
    • Apocalypse Dragon Great Red is the second Dragon God in the series and the only Dragon that can rival Ophis in power, and in fact has power on the level of the Biblical God. Just a mere fraction of his power allowed Issei to defeat Jabberwocky, a being that several of the strongest Ultimate-class Devils had trouble defeating.
    • Archangel Gabriel is a woman and has the title "The Strongest Woman in Heaven" but of all the angels, Michael is the only angel that is stronger so the title is warranted.
  • Hunter × Hunter:
    • Isaac Netero is seen this way by pretty much everyone in the series, hailed as the most powerful Nen user. In his own opinion, he's gotten too old for the title to truly apply to him, but it's hard to tell whether this is true or not. Netero's true strength is seen when he battles the Chimera Ant King Meruem and uses his 100 Type Guanyin Bodhisatta, a summoned multi-armed construct which takes the form of a Guanyin.
    • The Chimera Ant King Meruem was literally born to be the strongest Chimera Ant of all. Meruem is able to shatter walls and kill both humans and other Chimera Ants in a single blow. During his battle with Netero, Meruem was able to fight him on even grounds and overpower him by ripping off his leg and arm, as well as surviving Netero's Zero Hand blast. He becomes more powerful and ascends to Physical God status after Netero's Poor Man’s Rose nuclear bomb fails to kill him.
  • Inuyasha:
    • Tōga, better known as Inu no Taisho, was said to be the world's strongest demon until his death, having defeated some of the most powerful demons in combat. Just one of his fangs turned into an extremely powerful demonic sword recognized as one of the strongest is enough to slay 100 lesser demon in a single swing. Only the extremely powerful demonic dragon Ryukotsusei was able to deal the finishing blow to him and in return he managed to seal away the dragon. He was also said to be significantly stronger than both his sons, even Sesshomaru, at the beginning of the series. Even dying, he still managed to defeat an entire castle of soldiers with ease before succumbing to his mortal wounds in order to save his son. Though, it turns out in the sequel series Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon that there was actually one demon in existence who rivaled Inu no Taisho's power, Kirinmaru.
    • Sesshomaru, Inu no Taisho's son, who has trained himself relentlessly in order to follow the legacy of his and Inuyasha's powerful yokai father, is the strongest demon alive after his father's passing. Throughout the series, he has proven himself to be much more powerful than his younger half-brother and repeatedly delivers a Curb-Stomp Battle on not only his brother (only ever losing due to outside interference or unexpected circumstances), but even the foes who give Inuyaha and his friends a decent struggle. Even the Big Bad Naraku, who had acquired great powers solely from absorbing other demons and the Shikon no Tama, instead of his own powers, acknowleged him to be much more powerful than himself and a fight between them has Sesshomaru pushing him onto the defensive entirely and he only couldn't kill him due to Naraku's immortality acquired from casting away his human heart and his special barrier. While Magatsuhi, the evil spirit of said Jewel, proved to be stronger than both him and Inuyasha at first, Sesshomaru 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. At this point, it was stated that he could very well be equal to, if not, even more powerful than his father. By the time his daughters were born, more than a decade later, he's specifically stated to be the only demon who can match Kirinmaru, his father's equal, single-handedly, which is a feat not even his brother, wife and niece as well as his niece and his daughters working together can pull off, and ultimately defeats him in their final match, taking the title of the strongest demon in existence.
    • The sequel series Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon adds Kirinmaru as another demon who could be the strongest demon alive. Being the equal of Inu no Taisho, who in the previous series was acknowledged to be the strongest demon alive, his power along with his rival's maintained the peace between the western and eastern lands, with Inu no Taisho ruling the former and Kirinmaru ruling the latter as equals, and they would periodically destroy the Grim Comet that would plague the lands every 500 years. Indeed, he proves his power by delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle to the main trio composed of two powerful half-demons and one quarter-demon who happened to be the granddaugthers of his rival. Though said fight happened to be with their powers sealed, in Kirinmaru's most recent fight with them, even having suffered injuiries and the protagonists having grown stronger and acquired more abilities, he is still able to come out victorious and ends up killing Setsuna and ultimately overpowering Towa and Moroha after they had unlocked their own full powers. Most prominently, he repeatedly proves to be equally matched with Sesshomaru, the strongest demon in the prevous series after he's grown even stronger, with the two of them being the primary competitors for the title of the strongest. It's only after he's suffered a Worf Had the Flu that Sesshomaru is able to defeat him and even then not without a serious struggle.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Jotaro Kujo from Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders is a weird case. While there have been Stands that are considered stronger than his (prior to the world being re-started) in terms of abilities, Star Platinum not only is insanely strong, fast, durable and precise, but his power, if used well, would take away the chance for other Stand Users to use their abilities. As such, even other people who have been barely introduced to the world of Stands know and are wary of his abilities. In Part 6, though Enrico Pucci manages to kill Jotaro, he not only had to wait years to plan how to reach the Heaven that DIO wanted, but also had to wait in order for Jotaro's strength to be diminished by age, and even then he had to lure him out and did not dare to confront him directly until he had Made in Heaven, and even with that Stand, if Jotaro had not tried to save Jolyne, then the fight almost certainly would have gone in his favor.
    • It's clear Jonathan Joestar was the strongest human at the end of Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Phantom Blood; he's so strong even Stand Users (like Jotaro above) comment what an absolute freak of strength Jonathan is in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle. Characters are even glad in their win quotes that Jonathan never awakened a Stand, and considering what DIO did with his body in Stardust Crusaders, it's probable he'd be utterly unstoppable with one.
    • DIO, the Big Bad of the franchise, can be considered one due to him becoming a vampire with his advanced physiology and unique powers and no normal human besides Jonathan was able to overpower him or even defeat him. However, with the introduction of the Pillar Men, practically being a more powerful version of a vampire with their own more unique abilities, Dio is ultimately outclassed in their department. This changes once more in Stardust Crusaders, where he arguably has the strongest Stand to his advantage, one that can stop time itself along with having the strength, speed, and durability to back it up. Finally, when he absorbs Joseph's blood to regulate his bodily functions, he becomes even stronger and is able to outclass Jotaro in all departments to where he nearly killed him in the end, and his time stop ability rapidly increases in duration with each usage during the fight. Unfortunately for him, due to his arrogance and recklessness, Jotaro ends up defeating him while taking advantage of his gloating and finally puts an end to his reign.
    • Possibly surpassing Jotaro, Jonathan, and DIO is Kars from Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Battle Tendency, who becomes the Ultimate Life Form, i.e. completely unstoppable and unkillable. Joseph Joestar only survives against him by pure luck, and a volcanic eruption launches Kars into space where he's no longer a threat.
  • Jujutsu Kaisen has two competitors for the title of the world's most powerful character.
    • Gojo Satoru is the unquestionably strongest sorcerer in the series, born with the almighty Limitless along with the Six Eyes as the most powerful member of the Gojo family. He was so strong as a child that curses naturally grew in strength to compensate for the power imbalance. In any fight he's been in, he's easily beaten any of his foes. Suguru Geto, who used to be his best friend and equal until Gojo left him in the dust as he grew much more powerful as well as another Special-Grade Sorcerer, even stated that he could kill all of humanity by himself, which he admitted to be impossible for him, and he has stated himself that he could overthrow the Jujutsu society had he wanted to. He even claims that he can defeat Ryoumen Sukuna, the strongest Curse, at full strength, although whether or not it was just an arrogant boast remains uncertain.
    • Ryoumen Sukuna, regarded as the King of Curses, is acknowledged as the most powerful Cursed Spirit ever. In the Golden Age of Jujutsu, he was an imaginary demon who had defeated and killed many Jujutsu Sorcerers who had sharpened themselves against him and after he is finally killed himself, his curse is so strong that no Jujutsu sorcerer, not even the aformentioned Gojo Satoru, can destroy his remaining fingers and Gojo even actually admits a fight between them would be difficult. Even with only fractions of his power recovered, he is able to deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to anyone he fights, even the most powerful of Curses.
  • Kengan Ashura has no shortage of insanely skilled fighters who can deflect bullets with their bare hands, but in terms of raw strength, two contenders for the strongest character are Julius, who is able to drag a racecar driving full speed to the opposite direction, and Wakatsuki, whose super dense muscles allow him to pack punches that can smash through concrete and steel.
  • 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 problem.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • 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.
  • Maoyu 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 when Syal fights him in insanity mode, she's barely managing to keep up against him once the initial surprise wears off.
  • My Hero Academia has a few Heroes and Villains that have the title of the strongest.
    • All Might, the Number One Hero and Symbol of Peace, is this thanks to One For All, which is the most powerful strength augmentation Quirk in existence. That being said, thanks to the injury he received from the other contender for the title, he was only able to use his super-powered form for three hours at the start of the series. After he passes the Quirk on to the protagonist Izuku Midoriya, that time begins to decrease until the last dregs of One For All finally leave him after the Kamino Ward arc.
    • Deku will become this once he masters All For One and thereby become stronger than All Might ever was, with Deku as the narrator flat-out saying this is the story of how he reaches that point. This is showcased when he's enabled to use 100% against Overhaul with no drawbacks: Overhaul, an extremely dangerous villain who multiple pros struggled with, doesn't stand a chance against him, even after going One-Winged Angel. And that isn't even as strong as he'll actually be once he reaches his true potential, as Deku begins unlocking the Quirks of One For All's previous Torch Bearers. As he will likely be the last user due to it being too dangerous to easily pass on at this point, Izuku's status as this trope will likely never be exceeded. Even at around 45 percent of his full power, Bakugo puts him as already being on par with the likes of Endeavor and the strongest pros still around.
      • The story dives deeper into this over time as it feeds into Izuku's absurd lack of self-worth. Once he drops out of school to pursue All For One and Shigaraki, Izuku's desire to save grows madder and madder until he's operating on no sleep, little sustenance outside of nutrient bars, and caked in blood and filth. Several characters like Hikage and Tsuyu note that Izuku is chasing the impossible fantasy of becoming a true superhero out of a comic book. The second user, by contrast, is in favor of this new drive out of the boy and believes that desperation will be the only way to stop All For One for good.
    • All For One, All Might's Arch-Enemy and Japan's top supervillain before he was finally defeated and captured at Kamino Ward. This is because his Quirk allows him to forcibly take the Quirks of others and use them himself. The only reason All Might and his predecessors were able to oppose him at all is because One For All can only be passed on to another willingly, making it the one Quirk All For One cannot steal. Even after All Might crippled him in their first battle, All For One remained a dangerous threat, and their second battle forced All Might to use everything he had to finally beat him.
    • Tomura Shigaraki becomes one after gaining the All For One Quirk and a bio-engineered body with abnormal physical prowess. Even in his incomplete state, he can easily destroy entire cities with a mere touch and even the top 10 pro heroes are no match for him. In practice, however, he is a puppet to All For One. Ultimately, he's so strong that it took America's own No. 1 hero, armed with a Quirk that alters the very rules of reality in her favour, pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to damage his Quirk factor from the inside out. This permanently destroys an untold number of his accumulated abilities, giving the heroes a viable chance of beating him. The only one who could possibly take the title from him even after all that is Izuku, who's starting to master the full variety of powers One For All grants him. Not to mention they are destined to fight for it. And it has been stated that Shigaraki has long since surpassed All For One.
    • America's #1 pro hero, Star and Stripe, is stated to be the World's Strongest Woman. This is because she's a Reality Warper thanks to her Quirk, New Order. Even All For One is wary when he learns that she's on her way to Japan, knowing he needs to take her down immediately or else she'll be a major obstacle in his plans. Also, while her Quirk doesn't naturally enhance her body, it does let her put rules on herself... namely one that makes her almost as powerful as full power All Might.
  • Naruto:
    • Hashirama Senju, the first Hokage and the God of Shinobi is acknowledged In-Universe to be the strongest shinobi in the world thanks to his immense power and chakra reserves, even by Madara Uchiha himself who is famous for his ego. He was the only natural user of the incredibly powerful Wood Release, and many characters sought to replicate his power but none could ever match him. He was in fact so powerful, his power and chakra were enough to rival that of a Tailed Beast and he can use his Wood Release to create and change entire landscapes. Hashirama even has Sage Mode that he can enter in a matter of seconds and it made him nearly unstoppable in combat. His reputation doesn't stop there either: Kabuto states that, even long after his death, there hasn't been a single shinobi alive since then that was stronger than him. When we saw him in action while he was still alive, he didn't disappoint, being able to fight and overpower Madara without tiring using both his Wood Release and Sage Mode despite the latter having the Nine-Tails under his control. It's only until the Fourth Shinobi World War that reveals there are beings stronger than him and that Naruto has managed to surpass him in power near the end of the series.
    • Everyone In-Universe seems think that, Hagaromo Ōtsutsuki aka the Sage of Six Paths, the man who invented ninjutsu and the only person so far who could defeat the Ten-Tails was the strongest man to ever live.
    • Jiraiya for a time held this title. He was flat-out said to be the only one strong enough to defeat Orochimaru during his invasion by Ebisu. Itachi and Kisame both considered him too great of a threat for both of them (this is huge since, despite Itachi's allegiance, it's possible he would kill Konoha shinobi to keep his cover if he had to), with Kisame even saying he was on an entirely another level. Not only that, he defeated Naruto's Four-Tailed Version 2 form within base (though he did nearly die doing so). Compare this to Orochimaru, who couldn't do anything to Naruto in that form (though the fight had no conclusion). And then his student Nagato considered Jiraiya strong enough that he would not have been able to win if Jiraiya had known his secret.
    • Tsunade was likely the World's Strongest Woman. With her Super Strength, she can wield Gamabunta's BFS to take out Madna then deliver a Megaton Punch to Orochimaru that forces him to flee. In the Fourth Shinobi World War, Tsunade breaks through Madara's Susanoo in a couple of hits. While Tsunade technically falls behind Kaguya when it comes to the title of most "powerful" woman, Tsunade still has more skill and physical strength. She was eventually overtaken in this department by her pupil Sakura.
    • Nagato/Pain arguably qualified for this, being the strongest member of Akatsuki as well as stronger than the five Kage. In fact, when he is brought back as an Edo Tensei zombie, he is explicitly stated to be the strongest member of the army outside of the real Madara Uchiha, even though said army includes many past Kage and other (in)famous shinobi from days long past. And Madara had the caveat of being tampered with by Kabuto to possess powers that he did not have until he was nearly dead of old age in his first life (Rinnegan and Wood Style) in a physically restored youthful body.
    • The Third Raikage, has been acknowledged to be the most powerful shinobi in the Hidden Cloud Village. When he was still alive, he was so strong that he was a literal One-Man Army during the Third Shinobi World War who was able to stop an army of 10,000 ninjas for three days before dying. When The Third Raikage was resurrected as an Edo Tensei zombie, he was able to fight on par with Naruto (who was in his Nine-Tails Chakra Mode) before he impaled himself.
    • Onoki, the third Tsuchikage, was acknowledged by Madara to be the strongest of the living Kages and the most difficult to break. Despite being almost a century old, he was able to stop one of Madara’s meteors with Gaara's help. He was unable to stop the second meteor from crashing into the the first one, but he still manages to survive that.
    • Obito Uchiha manages to become the strongest shinobi on the planet since the Sage of Six Paths by becoming the Ten-Tails' jinchuriki. All of the former Hokage, including Hashirama himself, acknowledged that Obito had become stronger than any of them. Even Madara Uchiha started to fear him. The only reason he lost to Naruto and Sasuke was due to his internal conflict; if it weren't for that he would have been unstoppable.
    • Madara Uchiha was considered this during his era alongside Hashirama. Even before awakening the Rinnegan and intergrating Hashirama's DNA into his body, he was already an incredibly powerful shinobi. Once resurrected and enhanced beyond his physical prime, Madara becomes one of the most powerful shinobi to ever walk the earth, to the point that he needs all Five Kage to face him together. Even then, they weren't enough when he starts to get a little serious, at which point he trounces them. Only Naruto is able to go blow for blow with him, which makes him of the few shinobi Madara regards as a serious threat. Later, when he is fully resurrected and reclaims one of his Rinnegan, Madara becomes far stronger than he's ever been (as in his first life he did not have Rinnegan and Wood Style until he was a decrepit old man, and as an Edo Tenshi zombie his power was mildly surpressed and some of his Rinnegan abilities couldn't be used). He then takes on Naruto and Killer Bee in their Tailed Beast Modes while backed by Gaara and all the other Tailed Beasts together before swiftly defeating them with a Living Shadow cast after regaining just his left Rinnegan. He then revives the Ten-Tails and becomes its third and far more complete jinchuuriki, though he is put on the defensive by both Guy with all Eight Gates unlocked and Naruto and Sasuke (each wielding half of the Sage of Six Paths' power). Madara even acknowledges Guy would've likely killed him if not for the benefits afforded by his status as the Ten-Tails' jinchuriki. When Madara more or less matches and even becomes stronger than them by absorbing the God Tree, recovering his left Rinnegan, and awakening the Rinne Sharingan, he gets undone by Black Zetsu to revive the much more powerful Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.
    • Might 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. This is notable because in his Eighth Gate of Death form, Guy was the only one who was able to deliver significant damage to Madara in a straight fight.
    • Kaguya Ōtsutsuki is stated by her son, The Sage of the Six Paths, to be the most powerful being that ever lived, 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. And she doesn't disappoint when she shows up in person. And even then she is holding back, as she is trying to absorb Naruto and Sasuke's chakra, plus she's an utter novice at actual fighting. Without both of those caveats, she'd have killed them in seconds. She can even transform into a monstrous rabbit form of the Ten-Tails that's extremely fast and can absorb everything that it grabs, and she can create a enormous Truth Seeking Orb so powerful, it was stated to destroy an entire dimension.
    • By the end of the series, among people who are still alive it's pretty much considered to be a tie between Naruto Uzumaki, and Sasuke Uchiha, with the two of them working together being roughly equivalent to the Sage of Six Paths alone.
    • In the sequel series Boruto, members of the Otsutsuki clan of Kaguya's generation are this when compared to the shinobi of the earth.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • 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.
  • One Piece:
    • During his lifetime, the Pirate King Gol D. Roger was considered to be the strongest man in the world, and Whitebeard was considered to be his equal. When he died, that 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.
    • Don Krieg thinks he is this. Compared to everyone else on this list, he's not even close. Notably, he's one of the few characters to wear armor. The rest don't need it.
    • 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.
      • 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 Kaido). 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.
    • Kaido, one of the Four Emperors, is described as the strongest "creature" in existence, and that his chances of defeating him, even with his alliance with Luffy, are 30% at best. This moniker of "Strongest Creature" is also used in the narration upon his first appearance in the flesh. The novels explain that this comes in reference to his own raw strength and durability, implying that even Whitebeard could lose to him. The only person who is known to have given him pause is Shanks, who made him back off and drop his plan to ambush Whitebeard as he traveled to Marineford, and even that was more likely a matter of Kaido just not wanting to go through the trouble of dealing with him and then being too worn-out to tackle Whitebeard after him. This is reinforced by the reveal that he currently has the highest bounty of all the Emperors, meaning that he is considered the greatest threat among them by the World Government, and thus the most dangerous living pirate in the world.
    • Another member of the Emperors, Charlotte Linlin is likely the World's Strongest Woman, as she has Nigh-Invulnerability and her Super Strength was pronounced since childhood seen when she killed one of the greatest Giants by flipping him over. Oh and Linlin is a freak even by One Piece standards being labeled a "Natural Born Destroyer." As an old woman, Big Mom, like Kaido, effortlessly defeats Luffy and proves to be The Juggernaut before she gets the cake she wants. Big Mom also gave birth to decuplets (ten babies)... Truly the strongest woman.
    • This is basically the goal of The Hero Monkey D. Luffy, who wishes to beat all competitors and claim the mythical treasure One Piece for himself. Subverted as it's revealed in Zou, Luffy doesn't technically need to be the strongest to become the Pirate King; he just needs to find Raftel, as Usopp is quick to point out. Judging by Luffy's reaction to this idea, he thinks that's a lame way of becoming Pirate King and wants the required strength to be "the person with most freedom in the world."
    • Like Luffy, Roronoa Zoro also wants to become the strongest, but his goal is a little different — he wants to become the World's Greatest Swordsman by defeating Dracule Mihawk, who is currently the greatest and strongest swordsman in the world, as well as one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. Some of Zoro's impressive feats were destroying a giant meteor (with Mihawk's help) and blocking a combined attack from Kaido and Big Mom long enough for his friends and allies to escape.
      • In Wano, Zoro along with Vinsmoke Sanji (another immensely strong fighter) defeats Kaido's lieutenants King and Queen, both of whom had bounties in the billion belly range and could match Marco (Whitebeard's Number Two), meaning they are both stronger than the strongest henchmen of the strongest creature in the world. Undoubtedly Zoro and Sanji are/or will be at least the strongest Pirates after their captain Luffy himself. Nico Robin even claims they're "Luffy's wings" that will help him fly to the top.
    • Before Kaido, before Whitebeard, and before even Gol D. Roger, there was Rocks D. Xebec, a man so balls-out powerful it took the combined forces of Garp (the strongest Marine alive even now) and Roger to bring him down, and his crew not only held three of the future Four Emperors, but a whole lot of other similarly strong and infamous pirates that utterly despised each other, and were only held together by Rocks' own will and power. The man nearly collapsed and usurped the World Government entirely in a single stroke.
  • One-Punch Man:
    • Saitama. 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 Piccolo/Vegeta/Frieza 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 got stronger every time he was defeated. Saitama dealt the former a One-Hit Kill after deciding to take their fight more seriously (and was still holding back even then), and he wasn't even trying to kill the latter.
    • Tatsumaki takes the title of the World's Strongest Woman on account of holding Rank 2 in the S-Class of the Hero Association and thus being the highest ranked female hero in the series (and since the #1 rank is a no-show most of the time, she essentially is the Association's ace in the hole). She regularly curb-stomps monsters that give even her fellow S-Class heroes trouble, and it says something that when going up against the more powerful Monsters of the Week she's the only other hero aside from Saitama who can actually be counted on to win. Much like Frieza in the Dragon Ball entry, Terrible Tornado was born this way this strong, with the implication being that she's never actually had to train or improve her powers. Until very recently, Tatsumaki was the strongest living thing on the planet and nothing was even close.
    • Rank #1 of the Hero Association belongs to a man called BLAST. Details about him are virtually nonexistent, but what we do know seems to be setting him up as a foil for Saitama.
    • Meanwhile, #7 in the Hero Association is King, who is specifically called out as the world's strongest man, said to be comparable to Tatsumaki in raw physical power. His reputation is such that he can turn the tide of a battle just by showing up, instantly terrifying monsters into submission. The secret of his strength is that it's all a fluke. King is a completely average guy with downright divine levels of luck who's constantly in just the right place at the right time to receive credit for Saitama's kills. It's always a complete coincidence. It won't stop happening. He hates it.
  • Outlaw Star:
    • One epsiode of the anime focuses on a "Universal Strongman Tournament" held between martial artists every year, which no one has ever won ten in a row. And despite C'Tarl C'Tarl being banned from participating (thanks to an ugly incident in the past), Aisha sneaks in to the Women's Competition with a disguise, battles her way to the top, and even defeats a Werewolf-C'Tarl who was likewise in disguise in the final bout, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt she truly is the titular "Strongest Woman in the Universe."
    • Before Aisha, the previous holder of the title on the women's side was Reiko Ando, who had won the tournament four times in a row and was going for a fifth when she had the misfortune of running into Iraga (the aforementioned werewolf), who ended her apsirations in under thirty seconds. From the ease at which she blew through the competition (including a Disguised in Drag Gene), it's implied Reiko would've won the tournament again if not for the presence of Aisha and Iraga. Even more impressive is the fact that she's a Terran (read: Earthling), meaning Reiko accomplished all this with nothing more than Charles Atlas Superpower.
  • Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time:
    • Peter Grill gains the title "The Strongest Man in the World" when he wins a fighting tournament. While he wins every fight he's in, he starts to regret this because several females want the seed of the strongest man and he doesn't have the discipline to refuse them, so they keep forcing him to cheat on his fiancee Luvelia.
    • Peter's sister Lucy is called "The Strongest Little Sister in the World". She is a mighty warrior roughly as strong as Peter.
  • 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 Red Ranger Becomes an Adventurer in Another World, Rosie Mist is a former S-Rank Adventurer who retired to become the bodyguard of Princess Teltina. He's the strongest swordsman in the world and wields the sword that once used by the hero to seal away the demon king. Red compares him to the Ender King's top brass, only even stronger, resorting to using the Maximum Kizuna Kaiser to defeat him.
  • 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 Moon:
    • Sailor Galaxia 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...
    • In the manga, Eternal Sailor Moon is eventually able to claim the position after beating Galaxia, depending on one counting Sailor Cosmos (who comes from the future) or not. In terms of physically strongest in the universe, however, it's either Sailor Venus or Sailor Uranus, both of which have defeated Sailor Jupiter (usually considered the physically strongest after them) with the same ease—one hit (a kick from Venus, and a judo move from Uranus). Which of them is strongest, however, remains a mystery, as they never had any reason to fight.
  • 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.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins:
    • Meliodas is easily the strongest member of the Seven Deadly Sins and one of the strongest characters in the series, possessing massive power that makes him a worthy heir to his father the Demon King. Throughout the series he was able to grow stronger despite already being powerful in his own right, and during the final battle against his father, he absorbs all of the Ten Commandments and gains a Demon King-like final form, making him a Physical God. And was capable of fighting the Demon King who was possessing his younger brother Zeldris.
    • Escanor is said to be the strongest member of the Seven Deadly Sins (at least, he is from late morning to early afternoon, as his strength waxes and wanes as the sun rises and sets); even Meliodas admitted that Escanor was more powerful than him. He easily defeated two members of the Ten Commandments, and his strength is even considered to be monstrous to both ally and enemy alike. His most powerful form is The One, in which he becomes the embodiment of invincibility for one minute at midday and was able to deliver a One-Hit Kill to Meliodas's Assault Mode. During his fight with the Demon King in Zeldris' body, he was able to achieve a new form called The One Ultimate which has him circumvent the time limit by using his own lifeforce to power it, which eventually kills him.
    • The Demon King, the father of Meliodas and Zeldris, is another contender. Since he's the first of his kind and the ruler of the demons, this makes him not only the undisputed strongest member of the Demon Clan, but also one of the strongest beings in the world and the Supreme Deity is considered to be his equal in power. It does make sense, as he and the Supreme Deity were both born from the primordial being Chaos during the world's creation.
    • The Supreme Deity is easily the most powerful member of the Goddess Clan, being the first of her kind and the one of the most powerful beings in the world. She is also considered to be equal in power to the Demon King himself and strong enough to be the Final Boss of the series.
    • Mael stated to be the strongest member of the Four Archangels and the strongest member of the Goddess Clan second only to the Supreme Deity herself. He was also the original wielder of Sunshine, a magical power that is currently used by Escanor. He was so powerful, in fact, that the original Gowther had to wipe all memories of him in order to end the Holy War.
    • Perhaps the strongest character in the series is none other than King Arthur, who was resurrected as the King of Chaos, the suitable vessel for Chaos a primordial entity that has created the world and leaders of the Demon and Goddess Clans. As the King of Chaos, Arthur has the power to warp reality, even letting him change the shape of his sword Excalibur at will. At first he didn't have any control of this power but in time he will learn how to better control his newfound powers under the tutelage of Merlin, accepting his new title as the King of Chaos.
  • Hao Asakura from Shaman King is so strong, no one else even close, which is why he (and almost everyone else) treats his victory as a foregone conclusion. Even at the end of the series, the 5 Elemental Warriors (Yoh, Ren, Horohoro, Lyserg, and Chocolove) put together don't measure up to half of his strength (though he was Shaman King at that point, with the Great Spirit backing him up).
  • Lu Bu and Thor from Shuumatsu no Walküre: Record of Ragnarok both share the title of the strongest with Lu Bu being the strongest hero in the history of mankind and Thor being the strongest of the Norse gods. Ironically, they're the first combatants to fight.
  • Soul Eater:
    • Lord Death/Shinigami is stated by Word of God himself to be the most powerful being in the series, what we see of him show it's real. He is the only being capable of defeating Asura and is the leader of the godly Great Old Ones.
    • Black☆Star becomes this by the end of the series, 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).
  • In Sword Art Online, Kayaba/Heathcliff is considered as the game's most powerful swordsman, thanks to his incredible reflexes, his impossible speed, his truly invulnerable shield, and his incredible sword. "The Strongest Man" is also one of his titles. Kirito is the only one who can contest him in this status.
  • Symphogear has Genjuro Kazanari, a man who is so strong that he can go toe to toe with the Symphogear users and their enemies with nothing but his bare fists. He doesn't often get to show this off, however, because not only is he The Leader, but he's still a squishy human when everything is said and done.
  • 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.
    • Nimura Furuta, aka Souta, aka Kichimura Washuu, is the strongest villain of the series. Originally a failed Human-Ghoul hybrid, after being impaled with Rize's kagune he turned into a full-fledged one-eyed Ghoul, making him strong enough to defeat Eto with ease. Furuta was also said to be combative with remarkable skills by Kishou Arima, as he trained under the Washuu Clanhis own family, was able to rip Matsumae's kagune with just his hands and throw it at a wall hard enough to crack it, and even fought on par with Kaneki.
    • Near the end of the series, Ken Kaneki becomes the one of the most powerful Ghouls in the series, if not the most powerful, surpassing the likes of Eto, Furuta, and even Arima. And it's all thanks to Rize granting him his powers and learning how to control them.
  • Toriko:
    • Acacia's three disciples are said be the strongest Gourmet Hunters in the world trained under the Gourmet God Acacia himself.
      • Ichiryu, the president of IGO, was acknowledged by both his allies and his enemies as the World's Strongest Man. He was implied to be able to defeat many of the Gourmet Corps top fighter simultaneously and was shown to effortlessly defeat multiple Gourmet World Beasts with capture levels in the hundreds. During his fight with Midora, Ichiryu was holding back and not trying to kill his opponent, only using a fraction of his real power and refusing to use his Appetite Demon even in his last moments.
      • Master Jirou is physically the strongest human character, so strong that Acacia had to put Knocking on him and teach him techniques to balance it. His Guinness Punch after having some of his Knocking removed is strong enough to travel 1/5 of the Toriko world's circumference and would have destroyed the Human World if not for Setsuno's Pressure Barrier.
      • Midora is stated by Toriko to be the most powerful person on the planet and can easily destroy it if he wished. During the Cooking Festival arc, Midora uses a powerful attack called Meteor Spice to annihilate all of the ingredients of the Human World, and even Jirou himself believes he is no match for Midora.
    • 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.
    • Acacia the Gourmet God, the master of Ichiryu, Jirou, and Midora, is without question the most powerful being in the series, and becomes even more powerful after eating his Appetite Demon Neo. His power was so immense he almost killed all of the Eight Kings and Toriko's group with ease, and the only thing strong enough to defeat him is Toriko's White Demon.
    • At the end of the series, Toriko himself seems to have become the most powerful Gourmet Hunter in the world after awakening his Blue Appetite Demon, eating GOD and CENTER and awakening the massively powerful White Appetite Demon during the Gourmet World Act. These new powers and abilities made Toriko strong enough to fight on par with a few of the Eight Kings and his own father, Acacia, though with a little help. Unlike most Gourmet Hunters, Toriko has three Appetite Demons, the Red, the Blue, and the White Demons, the latter of which was his original Appetite Demon and was inherited from his mother thanks to the white Gourmet Cells. With it, he was able to easily defeat Neo Acacia with a single blow.
  • The☆Ultraman has main Ultra Ultraman Joneus, who bears the title of the strongest Ultraman of Planet U40.
  • 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.
  • YuYu Hakusho:
    • Sensui was the world's strongest human in the setting and one of the strongest beings period. He managed to defeat all of the heroes with ease while still holding back his true power and killed Yusuke, and when Yusuke came back stronger, Sensui was still winning the fight. His defeat only came because Raizen took over Yusuke and powered him up, and even then, Sensui didn't bother to dodge the final attack. He also was already slowly dying due to illness, meaning he was not as strong as he could have been.
    • Yusuke mistakenly thought he held this position after defeating Toguro, only to receive a lesson in humility from three average-seeming high schoolers under the instructions of Genkai. After defeating Sensui, Yusuke finally did assume this position — at least in the human world, to the point where he wanted to go to the demon world just to find a good fight.
    • Hiei is one of the strongest demons in the series and most certainly the strongest S-Class demon in the series. During the Three Kings Saga, he becomes a One-Man Army who was able to defeat over 500 A-class demons by himself, and Genkai even believed he could wreck the entire planet. By the end of the series, Hiei is considered to be equal in power to Yusuke, but the only demons more powerful than him are the Three Kings themselves and new king of the demon world Enki.
    • Raizen, Yusuke's distant ancestor, was this in his prime. The demon world is stated to be an infinite plane where demons who dwarf even the likes of Yomi and Mukuro in sheer power exist, and Raizen at his best is all but stated to be the most powerful demon period. Raizen's old sparring partner Enki states that Raizen's full strength would make the other two kings piss their pants, and even during his self-imposed starvation he still possesses far more power than his peers. The only thing keeping him from steamrolling Yomi and Mukuro is that his stamina and defensive abilities have greatly diminished from severe malnutrition, turning him into a Glass Cannon.
    • Mukuro, according to Yomi's data, is the world's strongest demon, at least now that Raizen is starving. Mukuro was defeated by Enki, but at the time she couldn't give it her all in such a peaceful contest.

    Comic Books 
  • Asterix the Gaul has Obelix, a dumb-but-super-strong sidekick who fell into a vat of strength potion as a child.
  • Bamse is the world's strongest bear.
  • Some older adventure strips from The Beano featured characters like this such as Morgyn the Mighty.
  • In The Boys, Homelander is the strongest Superhero by a pretty hefty margin. In the finale, the military massacres all of the other Supers easily, but Black Noir (his physically-matched clone) is able to take the combined firepower of dozens of aircrafts and Humvees with ease, and only dies because he was already mortally wounded by Homelander. It's stated that even as a child, Vought had to keep a nuclear bomb next to him, as that's the only way they could kill him.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic Four:
    • Franklin Richards is often touted as Marvel's most powerful character or at least in the Top 5 at very least. Franklin is so powerful he is actually recognized as by The Celestials as their equal, which means Franklin is no less than a Physical God... Well, in the future at least.
    • Thundra is another Marvel character who can stake a claim to the title among the female stable, as she is the world's strongest woman in her timeline.
  • The Flash. The Flashes' speed powers are ridiculous, even by comic book standards, for their destructive potential. Beyond the simple potential for near/actually infinite speed, they can imitate Super Strength up to Superman tier, become intangible, generate and manipulate lightning etc. Their ability to Time Travel allows them to warp reality, whether intentionally or by accident, they can destabilize Green Lantern constructs and if they generate enough energy they can disrupt the various other elements of the universe including magic. Like the Hulk, writers wisely put in a clause that their powers are partially mental so they don't always have access to the full gamut, but in terms of just the humans, the Flashes are considered among the, if not the, strongest men.
  • Ghost Rider:
    • Similar to the Flash example, Ghost Rider is theoretically this in the grand scope the Marvel Universe. Johnny Blaze and other Riders possessing the Spirit of Vengeance are easily the most ridiculously powerful and nigh-invulnerable Earth-based characters in Marvel and even make a lot of DC heroes look reasonable in comparison. Johnny alone has humiliated the likes of Thor, Doctor Strange, gave the Earth's Mightiest Heroes an absolute clobbering in Uncanny Avengers and explicitly could've beaten World War Hulk too, if his heart was in it. Alejandra Jones (a Ghost Rider who came after Johnny) could rip Mephisto's heart out of his chest, and Johnny as the King of Hell can drag Mephisto — a character who's equaled Galactus in power in a fight that made the universe shake — around like a ragdoll. Then there's Cosmic Ghost Rider Frank Castle, who can not only beat the crap of Thanos, but eviscerated armies of Marvel's heroes and villains without effort and casually possessed a Celestial (you know, those guys who created the multiverse?). The Rule of Drama and holy weapons are the only things keeping Ghost Rider(s) solving from most problems in the MU. Cosmic Ghost Rider also got The Worf Effect courtesy of Hela, although that's mainly due him being undead himself whereas she's the Goddess of Death.
    • This is demonstrated in the Fantastic Four 90s cartoon where Galactus arrives on Earth and is naturally wrecking shop like one would expect of a borderline Physical God... until Daniel Ketch (the second Ghost Rider) rocks up on his bike and gives ol' purple helmet the Penance Stare which takes Galactus down as simple as that.
  • 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). Devil Hulk (the Hulk incarnation who stars in Immortal Hulk) is on the cusp of this trope now, given he defeated The One Below All (the counterpart to The One Above All) with one Shockwave Clap, though he admitted it only bought the protagonists a minute's breathing space to escape it. The last issue in the run outright confirms Hulk as the strongest character in Marvel as it turns out he's actually a direct creation/"child" of The One Above All meant the serve as the "counterweight" to creation by being the embodiment of destruction. Likewise, the reveal that The One Below All is actually the Superpowered Evil Side to The One Above All makes Hulk's aforementioned thunderclapping of the deity even more impressive given he essentially blow away the creator of everything.
  • Thragg from Invincible is the strongest Viltrumite and probably the strongest character in that verse to boot given he can No-Sell pretty anything the heroes hit him with, as well as rip his foes apart as easily as paper. The only one who equaled and wounded him in battle was Battle Beast, who fought him for days until Thragg eventually killed him. Another time it took a half dozen Viltrumites just to incapacitate Thragg, and then they had to trap both his arms afterward. In the final battle, Mark only manages to take Thragg down due to his wife Eve's near-death activated power boosting his own strength, and by flying Thragg into sun to weaken him. Mark only survives and killed Thragg thanks to Robot sending a suit in at the last minute to protect briefly protect Mark from the sun's heat, ensuring that Thragg would take more damage from the sun. Even with Mark ripping Thragg's throat out for good measure, it still takes time for Thragg to kick the bucket while burning and bleeding to death. It's safe to assume Mark gets this title at the end, becoming the Grand Regent Viltrumite after killing Thragg and left unchallenged to live a peaceful life with his family.
  • There is the Marvel Comics character Champion of the Universe, one of the Elders of the Universe. His first appearance had him dropping in for a fight for the fate of Earth with many heroes either being defeated or disqualified for not fighting the way he liked. He ends up being so impressed by his final opponent, the Thing, that he spares Earth.
  • 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.
  • The Sentry has also been repeatedly called Marvel's most powerful hero. Having exchanged punches with Hulk (Green Scar version) and Thor, overloaded Absorbing 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. The number of people calling Sentry the strongest anything decreased markedly after reader opinion turned against him, however.
  • Shazam! (aka "The DC Superhero Formerly Known as Captain Marvel") is often considered the "World's Mightiest Mortal," with an advantage towards Superman due to his magical nature.
    • Shazam's tagline of "World's Mightiest Mortal" originated when he was with Fawcett and there were no real contenders for the title other than Black Adam and (possibly) King Kull. Even when DC licensed the character, he was envisioned as living in the "Earth-S" monoverse and didn't really cross over with the other DC characters much until after the events of 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 virtually even, but The Big Red Cheese is likely to win a contest of opposed strength because of the "magic" clause in Superman's vulnerabilities). Most depictions have them exactly even (or so close that they might as well be) in terms of their basic Flying Brick powers; Shazam'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.
    • The New 52 timeline continues the dynamic with Superman. During a battle in Khandaq, the two traded blows fairly evenly. Superman got the last punch in, but he also started the fight with a sucker punch and had help from Wonder Woman. Likewise, Billy wasn't unconscious and capable of fighting, stopping only because the Justice League showed up. A later Justice League issue had Billy mention to Superman they should do some tests to see if one was stronger than the other.
  • She-Hulk is generally billed as the strongest woman in the world in the Marvel Universe, though this is contested whenever her Evil Counterpart and usual Arch-Enemy, Titania, enters the picture. Titania is commonly portrayed as stronger than a calm She-Hulk despite usually ending up on the wrong side of The Worf Effect, and both women can further increase their already impressive strength through various means.
  • Spider-Man usually wouldn't make this list — although it's wise not to sell him short; he's the upper crust of street-level heroes and defeats beings stronger than him on a consistent basis — but Cosmic Spider-Man makes a lot of these examples look tame by comparison. Cosmic Spidey using the Unipower can can literally do anything he wants and unlike most other characters who gained this power, Spider-Man is already superhuman so Peter's Super Strength and Spider-Sense are dialed Up to Eleven. Some of his feats include: punching Grey Hulk into space, humiliating Magneto and KO'ing Thor, all foes that are usually leagues beyond Spidey. Yes, Cosmic Spider-Man is given The Worf Effect in Spider-Verse, but considering how omnipotent this version of Spider-Man is normally, you can write it off as a case of Power Creep, Power Seep.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Emperor Palpatine was already an extremely powerful Force user but in Dark Empire he returns more powerful than ever in different clone bodies, effectively granting him Physical God status. Among his slew of powers is a Force ability known as the Force Storm, which can destroy multiple star fighters and distort space and time. Despite Luke having grown in power since the events of Return of the Jedi, Palpatine still eclipses him, only being defeated when Luke and Leia cut off his connection to the Force.
    • Darth Krayt from Star Wars: Legacy, the most powerful Sith of his era and one of the most powerful Sith to ever exist due to an immensely strong connection to the Force. He's only restricted by his Vong implants... which are eventually removed, allowing him to truly claim this title.
  • Supergirl:
    • Supergirl and Power Girl are other contenders for strongest woman in the DCU, being, power-wise, female Supermen (see his entry below). Sometimes, they're even depicted as being stronger than their cousin.
    • In Many Happy Returns, the original Pre-Crisis Supergirl was stranded in the Post-Crisis universe for a short while. Since she is an Earth-1 Kryptonian, she was the world's strongest being.
    • In Pre-Crisis continuity, Earth-1 Supergirl is the world's strongest woman. Power Girl lives on Earth-2 and is less powerful, Mary Marvel lives on Earth-S, Miss Martian doesn't exist and the Amazons are way weaker than Kryptonians. In Supergirl Vol. 1 #7 a dialog box calls Linda "The mightiest girl on Earth... Supergirl!"
  • Superman:
    • 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, Brainiac, Mongul, Doomsday, Despero, Monarch, Sodam Yat, Vartox (Pre-Crisis), Superboy Prime, Ariella Kent, and his Kingdom Come counterpart. Ostensibly Superboy Prime was 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. DC also gets to have its cake and eat it too with Superman whenever they say he's the strongest man in the universe: Because Superman gets stronger as he ages, when he's outmuscled it's because he's not the strongest that day, but his strength improves so eventually he'll outmatch his prior opponent, with the Strange Visitor Superman being the culmination of this.
    • There are some characters on DC Earth (mostly those tied into the Vertigo line) that Superman is almost never depicted as having any kind of chance against, such as The Spectre and Lucifer Morningstar (who, for a period of time, owned a bar in L.A.). Though those particular characters are very much magical (of the "divine" variety), as opposed to being physically stronger.
    • 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).
  • Suske en Wiske: Jerom possesses all kinds of superpowers 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.
  • Thanos becomes this in The Infinity Gauntlet storyline. With the power of the six Infinity Gems, he wipes out half the universe and curb stomps the surviving heroes who tried to fight him. If that wasn't enough, the Cosmic Entities Love, Hate, The Stranger, Epoch, Chaos, Order, and Galactus all joined the fray as well and Thanos kicked their asses too. It took Nebula taking the Gauntlet off Thanos's hand when he was distracted to actually defeat him. Though it's important to note even without the Gauntlet, Thanos has enough strength to beat the Hulk, Thor, Silver Surfer, and the Phoenix Force and has Psychic Powers and other abilities that can rival Doctor Strange's. At his absolute peak, Thanos is easily the strongest being in the MU, even if he's not quite as invincible as other cosmic characters.
  • Thor has frequently come close to this title in the Marvel Universe and taken it a few times.
    • Even with no additional buffs, he's considered the strongest and best warrior in Asgard (where everyone has Super Strength) and when it comes to battles on Earth, only the likes of Hulk, Juggernaut and Sentry can can get away with beating him up. Thor has pulled off truly epic feats like destroying planets, hurting cosmic beings like the Phoenix Force and Galactus and even damaged a nigh-invincible Celestial. Also in the Marvel Versus DC crossovers Thor has given both Superman and Shazam a hard time. Still, Thor is subjected to The Worf Effect on a regular basis, and writers tend downplay his might or nerf him to the extent where Thor falls behind the Hulk in terms of strength, as well as his father Odin and other Cosmic Beings in terms of power.
    • Played straight with Rune King Thor whom, thanks to sacrificing both his eyes for greater knowledge, became nigh-omnipotent, possessing power that's twice as strong as what Odin wielded.
    • Similar to Immortal Hulk, Thor is on the cusp of becoming this title again as of his 2020 series, where he becomes the new Herald of Galactus and has his already godly strength and power increased tenfold. Now Thor can swat aside Beta Ray Bill and effortlessly overpower and later kill Galactus himself. Later on, Herald Thor even defeats Black Winter, a cosmic being greater than Galactus who can consume entire universes.
  • DC's 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.
  • Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen; the Trope Codifier for Person of Mass Destruction, arguably Manhattan serves as Deconstruction of this trope and the concept of a "Superhuman" in general. Especially when he's compared to the other, more humble Crimebusters. Watchmen also gives a realistic reaction from the world to a being like Jonathan Osterman, as they see him as no less than a Physical God. The media has to label Manhattan as a superhero so as not to frighten people, and the U.S. government turns Manhattan into a nuclear deterrent against Russia (before he leaves to Mars and all hell breaks loose). Dr. Manhattan is so above petty problems that he eventually becomes apathetic with humanity and tells Ozymandias at the end that he will leave Earth to create his own worlds. In Doomsday Clock, Dr. Manhattan becomes a Canon Immigrant to The DCU and instantly becomes the most powerful thing in it, easily overpowering the likes of Superman and the Reverse-Flash.
  • Wonder Woman is one of the strongest, if not the strongest female hero in DC comics. In her earliest appearances Diana was explicitly "Stronger than Hercules", and she is generally portrayed as the strongest woman in the DC universe. Strength relative to other heroes depends on who's writing her; she's sometimes portrayed as matching Superman's strength, other times she's closer to "street-level", getting pierced by bullets and literally hurting her hands more than Mongul's face when she tries to punch him.
  • X-Men:
    • Apocalypse often boasts of being the strongest and fittest mutant, and while he is quite powerful more often than not there is Always Someone Better close nearby to make him eat those boasts. Sometimes this is explained away via Worf Had the Flu (his heavy loss to Stryfe in the X-Cutioner's Song story, for example) and other times it just is what it is (he never comes off the better in any encounter involving the Phoenix Force). He did defeat (a young and inexperienced) Exodus below, so he's at least got that going for him.
    • Exodus is at one point stated outright to be the "The most powerful mutant on Earth", around the time when the character was being groomed as Magneto's permanent replacement. Plans for this fell through after the Blood Ties (Marvel Comics) story and he has not yet to date exhibited the power he did there, though with his powers being psychoactive in nature it is heavily implied he could reach that level again or even surpass it under the right conditions.
    • Rogue can potentially be the strongest woman in the Marvel Universe thanks to her Power Parasite ability; at one point in Uncanny Avengers Rogue briefly supports the weight of a falling Celestial, and even before that Rogue has temporarily gained the Juggernaut and even Hulk's strength in the past. Though Rogue tends to get hit with The Worf Effect and the limitations of her mutation are enforced by writers. The recent Excalibur (2019) series pretty much confirms Rogue as the Strongest X-Woman seen when she overpowers Apocalypse and absorbs his power, killing him in the process. He gets better quick though thanks to Professor X and Hope Summers.
    • New Sun makes the likes of Exodus, Stryfe and most Omega-Level Mutants look like a walk in the park if you consider the capacity of power New Sun dishes out. In his universe (Earth-9921), New Sun straight-up killed his universe's Phoenix, who's given Galactus a hard time, and if that isn't enough to convince you New Sun is implied to have also killed Apocalypse as well. New Sun was so powerful that he couldn't control his powers and scorched the Earth to a crisp; the great irony is New Sun is actually an evil Alternate Self of Gambit, who's considered one of the weaker X-Men members. As it turns out, if Gambit didn't go to Mister Sinister to have some of his brain tissue removed in order to better control his powers, his ability to manipulate kinetic energy would've eventually evolved into "Total Kinetic Control", allowing him to do so at the molecular level and on a far greater destructive scale.]]
    • Juggernaut is a hypothetical example. He draws functionally limitless power from the magical Crimson Gem of Cyttorak, but as a result his exact power is dependent on the whims of the deity he draws it from. At his absolute peak, he can punch holes through dimensions, overwhelm the Green Scar Hulk head-on, overpower Thor, and manages to be completely invulnerable and unkillable, full stop. More often than not, though, he is used as a garden variety heavy hitter or is there for The Worf Effect. Even then, it still takes an entire team of X-Men to remove his helmet so Professor X can exploit his Achilles' Heel.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Mandrake the Magician, Lothar has always been billed as the strongest man in the world.
  • Popeye: Popeye is abnormally strong. The animated cartoons added a reason for his strength, though: his infamous spinach.
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    Fan Works 
  • 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.
  • Codex Equus:
    • The Enchanted Throne of Friendship Gardens turns whoever it deems worthy into the most powerful mortal on the planet by granting them the Majestic Power. This is because it grants them the power of the first mortal Queen of Ponykind, who is believed to have been the most powerful unicorn to ever live. The power was further increased after Queen Sunsparkle kept it during the Second Age and ascended to Godhood, increasing the Majestic Power's strength. The most recent pony to be deemed worthy of it? Fluttershy.
    • It's eventually revealed that the source of the Majestic Power was Queen Majesty, the most powerful mortal to have ever lived. Even though the power increases with each pony to permanently bond with it, Majesty lived in the Imperium Era and had access to a great deal of lost technology and magic, and was likely still much stronger than her successors at her strongest.
  • In the Mario fic Fallen Kingdom, Mario's father Antonio and Bowser’s father Morton Sr. were the strongest men in history. They crumbled mountains and shook continents when they fought. They both killed each other almost 50 years before the story proper, however. In Chapter 38, it is revealed Antonio not only still alive, but also the leader of Seven Stars, an N.G.O. Superpower that has been manipulating everyone behind the scenes. When he finally reveals himself, he fights everyone at once and very nearly wins.
  • In Power Girl story A Force of Four, Kara Zor-L is the world's strongest metahuman after her cousin's demise. No one else comes close to her.
  • Holo-Chronicles makes Sora Tokino out to be this, being compared to Satoru Gojo above by Kugeki himself. Each of her 13 knights are individually capable of destroying small countries, and her "Purity Trait" allows her to erase any attacks backed by negative intent... which pretty much makes for any attacks period most of the time. There is all of one weakness to her ridiculous defense, that being that an attack with either positive intent or no real intent at all can't be deleted, but that isn't something that most people aside from Roboco can make use of. All in all, she rightfully deserves her position at the top of the Seven Divas.
  • 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 to 16-year-old girl seconds after.
  • Incarnation of Legends:
    • Oryou is revered and feared as the strongest adventurer of the Far East, putting every other adventurer in the Amaterasu, Hachiman, Tsukuyomi, and Susanoo Familia to shame. She is also its only Level 6 Adventurer, and thus the only one on the same tier as the strongest adventurers of the Loki and Freya Familia.
    • Similarly, the Legiones of Rakia is his country's strongest adventurer, as one of the four outsiders to have defeated Orario's best, along with Oryou, The Radiance, and The Asura. He's revered with an almost god-like reverence in Rakia, with his soldiers demonstrating the same Patriotic Fervor as him and growing cross if anyone crosses the path of his march. Given that he's Romulus-Quirinus, the supreme god of Rome, this comes as little surprise.
  • Even if we discount his inherent eldritch tricks up his sleeve, the Good Hunter from The Night Unfurls can certainly contend to this title amongst the Bloodborne-Kuroinu 'verse, given that he is an unkillable hunter of beasts and otherworldly beings who is stronger, faster, and tougher like no other.
  • Paul's pride at being the strongest man in the world gets cruelly shot down in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World, when Andro casually informs him that he's the eighth strongest person they know about. Of course, this is with Paul at his low level of strength. At high, he's certainly still the strongest, but he doesn't dare go to that level... and he's also terribly jealous that Andro, now effectively the strongest person in the world, can behave like a normal human being, while Paul suffers from Power Incontinence.
  • Last Child of Krypton: In this crossover, Shinji is Superman and Asuka is Wonder Woman (Supergirl in the story's second version). They're the two strongest humans on the planet. In his first public appearance, Shinji beat a giant monster up with his bare hands.
  • In The Last Daughter and its rewrite The Girl of Tomorrow, Taylor is a Kryptonian. She's the strongest human in the planet. She's capable of shattering moons with her fists.
  • 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.
    • Queen Majesty is stated during the Rumors Arc to be the strongest unicorn royal who has ever lived. During her Origins Episode, her power is shown in full, and is outright said by the First Spellcaster of an elf kingdom she spends time in to be the strongest magic user he'd ever seen. She shows this by curbstomping an entire coven of witches (of Hydia's clan, who are stated to be much stronger) with no effort and no formal training. It's later shown she's as powerful as Lord Tirek, with the two considered the most powerful beings on the planet at the time.
    • Applebloom briefly becomes this when she gains the ability to restore reality after the Rumors Arc. During this time she's the most powerful mortal who has ever and will ever exist and a Reality Warper that outclasses Discord himself.
  • In Pro Hero Metal Bat, Izuku, after many months of training, has gained Super Strength. It is a downplayed case, as while he is strong enough to crater a hole under the zero-pointer by smashing at its wheels, there are others stronger than him, like All Might. What makes it count is that Izuku has no Quirk, making his strength purely training-based. The next strongest person based only on training is Mirio Togata, who spent years to accomplish less than Izuku has in months. Then he gains strength comparable to if not exceeding All Might, though it is implied to be situational.
  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear: WXD Unlimited takes Genjuro Kazanari's canonical strength and runs with it, having his Earth Bet counterpart beat Lung to within an inch of his life as well as outright kill Jack Slash when the madman was trying to recruit young Riley Davis into the Slaughterhouse 9.
  • Seventh Endmost Vision has Aerith Valentine, who was the most powerful of the 1st Class SOLDIER program due to the fic's role-swap premise putting her where Sephiroth normally goes. She's repeatedly mentioned as being the strongest person in the entire war, with only Elfe being mentioned as ever defeating her. Vincent's own POV indicates that he, at least, thought Tifa was able to defeat her, though the fic hasn't established what actually happened during their fight in Nibelheim.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Being half-Kryptonian, Asuka is the world's strongest woman. Even though there're other superheroines around, neither of them is so strong. During a battle, Asuka proves how unbelievably strong she is when she lifts a whole skyscraper.
  • the superhero game: White Lantern Kyle Rayner is considered to be the "Greatest of all Lanterns", the strongest member of the Era 2 Justice League, and thus, the strongest superhero in the world. When the combined mights of Eras 1 and 2 face off against a brainwashed Kyle at full strength, Jason Todd, their commander, doesn't even entertain the idea of them somehow defeating Kyle in combat and instead hinges victory on giving M'gann enough of an opening to invade Kyle's mind and break the brainwashing.
  • In Supergirl (2015) fic Survivors, Kara is the Earth's most powerful being by far. Only two men can contest that position, and one of them is her cousin.
  • Thousand Shinji: Due to her bio-augmentations granted by a War God, Asuka is the strongest human in the world. She can easily crunch bones or rip limbs off with her bare hands.
  • Ichigo in To Undo it All is strong enough to beat even Yamamoto when they both use bankai, with only the much older man's far superior skill letting him keep up. In Hueco Mundo, Ichigo accidentally forces Yammy to enter Segunda Etapa and still kills him by accident the moment he gets serious.
  • In Traveler, Lance is acknowledged as the strongest Pokémon trainer in the world. While the First's Rhydon is the strongest non-legendary Pokémon in the world,capable of manipulating stone like an Earthbender. Lance admits that it'd take him and probably at least two other Elite Four members to defeat it and even then he'd fear for their Pokémon.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl story The Vampire of Steel, Kara is and has been the world's strongest woman for more than one decade.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Films — Animation 
  • 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.
  • The Incredibles:
    • In a world filled to the brim with superheroes and supervillains, Mr. Incredible still manages to stand out. He's so strong and tough that the government had to come up with new definitions to categorize his abilities.
    • Brick in Incredibles 2 is the only other super who can match Bob's Super Strength, but she still lost due to being Dumb Muscle.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Albrecht in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989).
  • The Adventures of Captain Marvel film serial of the 1940s stars Captain Marvel, who channels the strength of Hercules, and is the strongest man in the world by virtue of being the only guy shown with out and out superpowers.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • For all intents and purposes, Clark Kent aka Superman is the world's strongest man, though his strength is matched by other Kryptonians in Man of Steel, in particular Zod, but Supes's strength proved to be greater. It can be argued there's a Deconstruction of this trope with DCEU Superman since Clark is treated as less like The Cape of the comics and more realistically like a Person of Mass Destruction (especially in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). The only thing that's an actual danger to Superman is the remnants (DNA and atmosphere) of Krypton which can hurt/weaken Clark, as a giant monster (Doomsday) created out of Zod's Kryptonian DNA successfully "kills" Superman... though it's shown a nuke can hurt him too.
    • Like as the comics, Diana aka Wonder Woman is DC's strongest human woman; her presence in Useful Notes/World is enough to quickly turn the tide in Belgium, then in the Final Battle she manages to destroy her brother Ares, the God of War, after discovering she is a Demi-Goddess, using The Power of Love + Lightning to defeat him. In BvS, Diana can hang tough and even incapacitate Doomsday (see above), who killed Superman, and while she is sadly overpowered by Clark in Justice League, Diana is still strong enough for Supes to wordlessly acknowledge and visibly struggle with her strength slightly while fighting her.
  • 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.
  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the title of World's Strongest Man is very alternating, thanks to the ever-changing power chart, though certain characters come to mind.
    • Bruce Banner aka the Incredible Hulk is undoubtedly the strongest being from Earth with the only other mortal with comparable Super Strength being Carol Danvers, Abomination and Thor. In Hulk's first cinematic outing, the army armed with weapons specifically designed to hurt/capture Banner couldn't even faze him, nor could the Super Soldier turning himself into a Hulk-like Abomination succeed in defeating the Jolly Green Giant. By the time of The Avengers, Hulk almost singlehandedly stops an alien army, punches a Physical God like Thor around, and then literally wipes the floor with Odin's other son and this installment's Big Bad, Loki, who made the mistake of being in the same room as Hulk (ditto for Ultron). On the flip side, being so strong and nearly uncontrollable makes Banner a risk to society and his fellow Avengers, leading to Hulk leaving Earth after an incident with Scarlet Witch that caused the destruction of an entire city. This is subverted from Thor: Ragnarok onward; while Hulk is much more at home on Skaar with his unmatched strength quickly making him the Grandmaster's Gladiator Champion, he is matched by Hela's undead wolf Fenris and even briefly overpowered by Thor before being beaten utterly by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
    • Thor Odinson is likely the strongest male humanoid in the MCU. His strength alone exceeds everyone on Asgard save for his father Odin (and Odin even admitted he has more potential). In The Avengers, he easily destroyed the massive alien Leviathans and was able to fight for much longer than everybody else despite getting stabbed by Loki earlier. While Thor's World's Best Warrior status is also solid, he's still overshadowed by the Hulk despite touting himself as "Strongest Avenger" (though their battle in The Avengers does see Thor generally have the upper hand over Hulk despite not trying to hurt Banner, including a Punch Catch that startles Hulk). However, Thor's claim is given credence when he fully realizes his lightning powers (without his hammer) and wrecks the Hulk. If that wasn't enough, Thor gains a massive power boost with Stormbreaker, a weapon forged by Eitri with the express purpose of killing Thanos. With it, Thor becomes the strongest hero in Infinity War, overpowering Thanos while wielding all six Infinity Stones and mortally wounding him. In Endgame, however, Thor has let himself go and isn't quite as strong as he was in Infinity War but even then he can still effectively fight Thanos and dual wield both Stormbreaker and Mjölnir simultaneously.
    • Speaking of the Mad Titan, Thanos wielding the Infinity Gauntlet was the strongest character in the MCU. According to Bruce Banner, just possessing the Power and Space Stones automatically made Thanos the most powerful being in the universe... and with the rest of the Stones, Doctor Strange says that Thanos "could destroy life on a scale hitherto undreamt of". Thanos lives up to his reputation throughout the movie because not a single hero can overpower him in a straight-up one on one fight (as the Hulk, Doctor Strange, and Iron Man can attest); it takes a Combination Attack from the Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy just to briefly incapacitate him, and even this ultimately fails. In Endgame, even without the Gauntlet, Thanos — a younger one who traveled to the present from 2014 — still overpowers Iron Man, Thor with Stormbreaker and Captain America wielding Mjolnir! In a three on one fight, it takes Tony using the Infinity Gauntlet himself to put Thanos down for good.
    • Captain Marvel: Carol Danvers may be able to outshine them all, except Wanda. A human enhanced by the power of the Space Stone and a Kree blood transfusion, she can harness her might to fly at the speed of light and is bestowed with sufficient raw strength to take down Thanos's massive ship by herself, effortlessly shrugging of the same weaponry that was severely pressuring the other heroes and warriors on the battlefield. After performing this feat, she duels Thanos on her lonesome and manages to overpower him to such a degree that a direct blow from him fails to even move her, visibly terrifying him in the process and forcing him to rip the Power Stone out of the gauntlet and transfer it to his other fist to finally overpower her. Even then, a direct blow from the Stone itself only manages to temporarily put her out of commission, and she is none the worse for wear by the end of the movie.
    • Wanda Maximoff. By Phase 4, she becomes the most powerful Earth-based heroine. While her lack of training and emotional volatility often limit her effectiveness, she is capable of vast-scale destruction with a little bit of focus. In Endgame, she crushes Thanos, breaking his double-bladed sword, and comes seconds away from killing him when Thanos orders an indiscriminate bombardment to get her away from him. The closest match to her in the film is Carol Danvers, whose powers come from the Space Stone. But unlike Carol, who has fully mastered her abilities for as long as Wanda has been alive, Wanda still has a lot of room to learn and fears some of her abilities. And by WandaVision, she is a full-blown Reality Warper whose powers rival those of an Infinity Gauntlet. And the terrifying part is that it's mostly subconscious. Agatha mentions that, according to the Darkhold, the Scarlet Witch is more powerful than even the Sorcerer Supreme.
  • The Matrix:
  • Muscle Beach Party features the world's strongest man, Mr. Strangdour, smashing through a wall and saving Frankie (Avalon) from his lunkhead son, just by using an ear twist. Strangdour is played brilliantly by Peter Lorre.
  • Fezzik, from The Princess Bride, played by André the Giant.
  • Star Wars has a few Force users that are stated to be the strongest.
    • Jedi Grandmaster Yoda was considered to be the strongest Jedi of his time, if not of all time (at least in the Disney Canon continuity), having thousands of years of experience that makes him exceedingly powerful, both with a lightsaber and using the Force. Word of God straight-up describes him as being a Story-Breaker Power to explain his lack of activity. While Anakin Skywalker is described as having had the potential to surpass him, Yoda remained stronger than him in the end due to Anakin never fully living up to his potential. He was able to best the likes of Count Dooku (his former apprentice) singlehandedly, a feat that no one else but Anakin (and that's with him channeling his rage) and Palpatine was ever able to replicate, and can casually overpower, even fatally, numerous enemies whenever he gets into scuffles, situations that tend to give his fellow Jedi a hard time. He's also notable for being the only person who even Darth Sidious is wary of, and while they fought to an inconclusive standstill, Yoda was able to overpower Sidious in both a Blade Lock and a Force struggle, only breaking off the fight when unseen circumstances ultimately forced him to. Notably, he is the only person apart from Sidious who was able to tap into the veil of the Force, the World Between Worlds, freely, but unlike him, he could actually harness it, accessing temples and warping space and reality to talk to fellow Jedi from lightyears away. In The Last Jedi, his Force Ghost is even shown to be capable of affecting the physical world when he calls down a bolt of lightning to strike a tree while giving a pep talk to Luke.
    • Emperor Palpatine aka Darth Sidious is the strongest known Sith, as he focused more on the arcane aspects of the Force and using the Force over a lightsaber in general. Either way, he was able to singlehandedly defeat Darth Maul and Savage Oppress, two monstrous individuals, in lightsaber skills while being capable of casually tossing them around with the Force, Force Choke his apprentice Count Dooku from light-years away, and repeatedly manages to force Vader into submission, meaning his title as the strongest Force user remains unchallenged except by Yoda, who is the only person said by Word of God to be capable of contesting him. Although Yoda did come close to beating him (meaning Yoda is at the very least equal to, if not slightly stronger than Palpatine), the fact that Palpatine was able to manipulate even Yoda's perceptions and the greatest Jedi Master ultimately having to abandon the fight left Palpatine unmatched during his reign. His experiments and skills even went so far as to let him be able to tap into the veil of the Force, the World Between Words, which not even the heroes could do without the Force allowing them to. Granted, he could only access it to a limited extent, but that still meant he had partial access to a realm that allows people to traverse and view all of time and space.
      • In The Rise of Skywalker Palpatine's sheer level of strength is displayed by how he's been able to keep a telepathic connection with Ben Solo for decades, which is stated to be able to kill a person as powerful as Rey (even though she had yet to unlock her full strength at the time) and is shown to kill Leia in a matter of seconds (though Leia was already Secret Dying from the damage she sustained in the previous film while in the vacuum of space despite using the Force to save herself). Palpatine's power is such that his clones can't bear it, being left decrepit and withering, and despite being in such a state, he still easily subdues Ben and Rey and drains their lifeforce, afterward becoming powerful enough to disable an entire battle fleet by generating a Force Storm of lightning. Rey does manage to overcome him, but only via [[spoiler:harnessing power from all the dead Jedi, and the act of doing so immediately causes her own death.
    • Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader can qualify. As The Chosen One, he was touted as being the most powerful person in the galaxy in his prime as Anakin Skywalker, with Lucas (and the novelization of Revenge of the Sith) adding that if Vader hadn't taken a lava bath he would've certainly been this trope. The irony is because Anakin sought to be the most powerful in a misguided attempt to protect his loved ones from death, he lost his status as the child of destiny and became the Handicapped Badass Dragon we know today, never reaching the level where he could have been twice as strong as Palpatine and Yoda's power. Still, the only time we see Vader lose is when he pushes Luke's Berserk Button, leading his enraged son to overpower him. Darth Vader's power is still prevalent 30 years after his death, as Rey causes Kylo's Villainous Breakdown in The Force Awakens when she probes his insecurities and states that no matter what Kylo does he never be as strong as his grandfather, which makes him flip out.
    • After the deaths of Yoda, Palpatine, and Vader in Return of the Jedi, Luke takes up the title after having grown stronger through the years, essentially managing to live up to his full potential as Anakin's son. It was specifically stated that Snoke, who easily beat Ben and Rey in individual fights, was defeated by him and left weakened, and Luke was the only person who Snoke feared. And although it ultimately kills him, Luke was able to project himself from several light-years away in his final act, whereas Ben believed just trying would kill Rey, managing to last for a comfortable 30 minutes before he finally couldn't keep it up any longer and died.
    • Currently, it can be safely assumed that Rey Skywalker has taken the title. She was born as Palpatine's granddaughter, which makes her exceedingly powerful in terms of potential, even capable of exceeding Palpatine himself in the far future upon growing into her powers fully. At the beginning of her arc, she is untrained in the Force, yet Rey's great strength is already prominent, being able to resist the powers of Kylo Ren, Anakin's grandson, and even overpower him when he's weakened. It's later stated that her potential is no less than the Skywalker-related Leader of the Knights of Ren, and even Luke himself was wary and dreading what she could accomplish if she fell into the Dark Side while Snoke and Palpatine considered her a threat that warranted them to want her dead while they still could. After a year of training by the end of her arc, Rey was able to equally match Ren in terms of Force strength, although Ren being a more experienced fighter ultimately lead him to defeat her with superior skill anyway. After being easily beaten down by Palpatine, Rey is empowered by the spirit of all the Jedi that ever lived and defeats Palpatine even at his most powerful. Although she dies briefly, after coming back, with all the aforementioned characters dead and no other known Force user existing with the same level of raw strength, Rey is currently the most powerful being alive in the franchise.
  • Dexter Reilly becomes this in the 1975 Disney film The Strongest Man in the World, thanks to a strength formula that he created.
  • Tall Tale: John Henry, at least according to Pa's tall tales. When he loses the contest against the Steam driver, he gets so mad that when he drives a rail into the rock he's standing on, the whole boulder splits in half.

    Literature 
  • The Belgariad:
    • The series 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.
  • The Chronicles of Amber:
    • Gerard, 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 (it doesn't hurt that, depending on exactly how you interpret the legal ramifications of what amounts to a cosmic annulment, Benedict may actually have a stronger claim than Corwin; he's certainly the eldest surviving child of Oberon).
  • In the prehistoric world of The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, there's Thiazzi, the mage of the Oak Clan. He's strong enough to move a sedated polar bear and a boulder five times his large size. How unfortunate he's also a manipulative mage as well as the most violent and sadistic of the major antagonists.
  • 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.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Albus Dumbledore is considered by many to be the strongest wizard alive. Both Dark Wizards who were around in his time, Gellert Grindelwald and Lord Voldemort, feared him and only him. Dumbledore lived up to his title as he defeated Grindelwald even with Grindelwald's magic empowered by the Elder Wand, which was one of the few times that wand ever lost in a fair fight. Even in his older age, he dueled Lord Voldemort to a stalemate and drove him to retreat. Additionally, he is still able to effortlessly deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to multiple groups of powerful wizards and witches, using spells capable of causing great destruction as if it's naturally easy and like using normal spells, the most notable of which being a Firestorm capable of defeating an entire army of Inferi while Dumbledore was in a weakened state. Not to mention how he can overcome Voldemort's best protective efforts in hiding his Horcruxes and goes as far as to say even if he were captured and sent to the notoriously secure Azkaban, he would be able to easily escape as none of it's wardings would be strong enough to hold him! It's telling that his death is a Thanatos Gambit on his part to help keep up the facade of Snape's loyalty to Voldemort (that, and Dumbledore was already dying of powerful (read: painful) curse, and thus Snape killing him was considered a Mercy Kill).
    • That said, Gellert Grindelwald can also be considered a viable candidate for the status of having the greatest amount of power, at least with the Elder Wand, as Dumbledore described that he surpassed Grindelwald in skill alone and barely at that and in terms of power, they were about even. The Fantastic Beasts series all but confirms he is power wise comparable to Dumbledore. Like his old friend, Grindelwald's strength is enough to effortlessly dispatch groups of powerful wizards and witches by handing out powerful spells with a natural ease and one of his strongest spells, Protego Diabolica, proved to be nigh-invincible and unstoppable, requiring Newt and Theseus Scamander, both being exceptional wizards, just to briefly halt it at bay, easily killing Leta Lestrange with a single move, and just by releasing the spell upon Paris, but doing nothing more and simply leaving it after having manipulated it in his anger, he gave five powerful wizards, including the centuries years old Nicolas Flamel, a lot of trouble to stop the spell from destroying Paris. Not only that, just like Dumbledore's nonchalant confidence that he would be too powerful to be held in Azkaban, Grindelwald is all but confirmed to be capable of escaping MACUSA's prison, the magical spell binding him not even suppressing his ability to incinerate a fly with just a gaze of his eyes, and when he does escape, which he would have been able to do even without the help of his acolyte, he goes as far as to casually destroy one of the wands of his imprisoners, a feat stated to be quite difficult.
    • The youngest of the viable contenders is He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, Lord Voldemort. Dumbledore refers to Voldemort in both the films and books as "the most dangerous Dark Wizard of all time" whose "knowledge of magic is perhaps more extensive than any wizard alive." Additionally, Dumbledore says Voldemort was probably "the most brilliant student Hogwarts has ever seen." Additional accolades come from Rita Skeeter, who also refers to him as the most dangerous Dark Wizard ever, and Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge who proclaims Voldemort as "one of the most powerful wizards of all time." Voldemort's magical feats are commensurate with his reputation: in combat, he murders legendary duelists such as Amelia Bones and Mad-Eye Moody, and even defeats the supremely skilled Minerva McGonagall, Horace Slughorn, and Kingsley Shacklebolt at the same time when his powers are rendered nonlethal. Perhaps most impressively, he duels Albus Dumbledore to a stalemate in the Department of Ministries even when Dumbledore is wielding the full power of the Elder Wand. He's also able to fly without aid, violating Magical Law; hex Hogwarts' Defense Against the Dark Arts position to such an extent Dumbledore is unable to break it, and curse the Gaunt ring such that it proved fatal to Dumbledore.
  • 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.
  • 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 Mr. Men fame.
  • 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 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).
  • 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. She gets it from her father, who may be the strongest man in the world, but she's got stronger than him by their reunion.
  • 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.
  • Grettir of the Old Icelandic Saga of Grettir the Strong has the reputation of being the strongest man of Iceland.
  • The Silmarillion:
    • Melkor is the mightiest being on the world, able to wage war against all the other Valar, collectively the mightiest beings on the world who are capable of breaking apart and remaking Arda at will, all at once, by himself, and was winning until Tulkas descended upon the planet. Even after Melkor is literally evicted from the planet his will lingers, sowing discord among its creatures until the end of days.
    • Tulkas is an interesting case, as he isn't even the third mightiest Valar, but he is the physically strongest. Melkor can manipulate temperature, ice, fire, anything shrouded in darkness, the darkness itself, create powerful storms, change beings more to his likeness, create deadly plagues... but if Tulkas gets his hands on Melkor there isn't anything Melkor can do about it. What's more, Melkor became something of a Dirty Coward after Tulkas proved he was beatable and Tulkas is also the fastest of the Valar, so an instant of Melkor cowering rather than acting is enough for Tulkas to beat him again. More still, every Valar needs to rest after using their super powers or their might will start to diminish, every Valar except Tulkas, who never tires. This is part of Melkor's undoing, as he doesn't physically tire, and so continually wreaks havok in the world without allowing his might to recover. The only times Melkor rests are when the rest of the Valar bind him, blind him and leave him in solitary confinement.
    • If Ungoliant, a being shrouded in mystery from Parts Unknown, did not surpass Melkor as the mightiest being on the world as his might diminished, she did when she drained the life and light of the world trees and transformed from the shape of a Giant Spider to one defying description. However, like Melkor Ungoliant was a dirty coward who would not so much as tap the land of the Valar if Melkor wasn't with her and retreated back to parts unknown after she learned Melkor's balrogs could produce fire capable of hurting her, even in her transformed state.
    • After the Valar, the next mightiest beings are the Maiar, who were called to regulate aspects of the planet the Valar couldn't be bothered with after they were done shaping it. The mightiest of these is Arien, who eventually surpasses Melkor in might as his is diminished corrupting other Maiar into balrogs, elves into orcs, raising dragons, etc. Fortunately for him she's too busy keeping Arda and the sun in alignment to actively oppose him, though most of Melkor's creatures are repelled by sunlight, so she's still a hindrance he has to work around. Originally though, the strongest Maia was Mairon...who eventually became Sauron: but, like Melkor, made the mistake of not resting between uses of his powers. He's also less physically strong, and more magically strong: so when he decides to get into a physical fight, he usually loses even to beings supposedly much lower than him on the power hierarchy.
    • Outside of the ancient beings from before the world, the elf Fëanor was the mightiest who ever lived, but he gets himself killed making war on Melkor. The only other planet born creatures coming close to him had Divine Parentage, were Touched by Vorlons, or had tools blessed by the Valar.
    • However, Tolkien makes a distinction between might and strength. The strongest elf, is Angrod the second son of Finarfin (and older brother of Galadriel). His mother named him Angamaitë for the strength of his grip when he was a baby. His feats of strength are alluded to in the text, but no specifics are given. Note that he is NOT the mightiest warrior: that's Fingolfin, the elf who dueled Morgoth and wounded him eight times. But Angrod was evidently considered enough of a threat that Morgoth decided to eliminate him with fire, rather than try to send a lieutenant to kill him. Like the rest of his siblings, Angrod is also stunningly beautiful and very kind: and is only less intelligent compared to his unusually wise siblings Finrod and Galadriel. In all versions he is the only son of Finarfin who married during the Years of the Trees, in some versions Orodreth is their son and Gilgalad their grandson. In other versions, Orodreth is Angrod's brother. Angrod is also contrasted against his brother Aegnor who is The Berserker.
    • Among plain human beings, the mightiest to ever live was Húrin Thalion, who was curiously very short, much shorter than his father, wife, and son. Still, he had the strength to slay Melkor's trolls in single motions and the toughness to endure the caustic blood of theirs that eventually ate away at the ax he was using, making him the Sole Survivor when the Sons of Hador made their Last Stand against Melkor's army.
  • 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; he only uses it for battle and sparring, since outside it he can pop a man's skull with his bare hands and has. 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.
    • It's less emphasized, but it's hinted that Robert Baratheon qualified for this position during his Glory Days. He swung around a massive warhammer few people could even lift properly and was known for turning soldiers' torsos into paste if he struck true, no matter how thick their breastplate. He was also a fierce and spirited warrior back then, who put every last bit of this strength into his Rebellion, and ended up winning it more or less by himself. Age, fatness, and sheer, unrelenting distaste for his unwanted promotion to king led to severe decay in this regard, though he can still use that warhammer pretty decently.
    • The current top contender for World's Strongest Woman is probably Brienne of Tarth, who would be abnormally large and strong even for a man in the martial culture of the Seven Kingdoms. She is hinted at being a descendant of Ser Duncan the Tall, a famous seven-foot warrior featured in the series' companion short stories Tales of Dunk and Egg.
  • In Star Wars Legends, the New Republic and New Jedi Order era novels have Luke Skywalker, who has grown more powerful in the time since Return of the Jedi and has learned new Force abilities. He's been stated to be the most powerful Jedi of all time and his power surpasses that of even Yoda and other Jedi from different eras. He was able to fight on par with a resurrected Palpatine who could create Force Storms to destroy space and time, defeat multiple Yuuzhan Vong and their leader, and even use the Force to move an artificial Black Hole. The only being that's stronger than him is Abeloth.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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 yards, 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.
  • Arrowverse: Played with in regards to the heroes, as there's three contenders:
    • In the main universe alone, Barry Allen is likely this, with the applications of Super Speed granting him a great deal of power that makes him probably unmatched on the side of good. Even before achieving full mastery over his powers, he is still more than capable of taking out other Metahumans and while he struggles and even loses to particularly unique and powerful ones at first, when he learns how to fight them, he usually tends to quickly turn the tides. Recurringly, Barry also tends to be overwhelmed by other speedsters as they are much more experienced than him, but his raw potential quickly allows him to catch up and surpass his enemies. note 
    • Including the Earth-38 residents (who now inhabit Earth-1 after the Crisis), Kara Danvers/Supergirl is the most powerful hero; when the various heroes team up, she easily curbstomps everyone (except Barry) in training, and when she herself is brainwashed by the Dominators, only Barry could fight her on even ground, and even then he couldn't do anything to actually harm her (the only technique he had that possibly could, the lightning throw, she tanked). In her Season 2 finale, she battles her cousin, Superman, after he's brainwashed, and he admits after he was fighting at full strength and she still managed to beat him (something he's actually happy about). However, this is largely because the actual most powerful hero...
    • J'onn J'onzz, who Clark previously identifies as the most powerful being on the planet, is often forced to step aside thanks to some plot convenience as he's simply too powerful note , and the few times we see him fight, he's often holding back or about to fall victim to The Worf Effect. When we see him fight without holding back however, he utterly curbstomps Kara in seconds, and after being infected with White Martian blood, he easily overpowers the Cyborg Superman, who had previously been shown capable of beating Kara unconscious.
    • For a time, Mar Novu aka the Monitor held the title through the entire Multiverse. With numerous vast cosmic powers that he acquired from being exposed to cosmic radiation, he is literally a Physical God and easily defeats any of the heroes attempting to challenge him in Elseworlds (2018). However, he loses that title when the Anti-Monitor arrives in Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019). Far more powerful than Novu, Mobius is a Physical God as well, only with contrastingly different abilities to Novu, capable of manipulating Antimatter and destroying entire worlds. He defeats all the heroes at the climax with ease, kills Novu without much effort, and succeeds in destroying the Multiverse. Even in a weakened state, he is still too much for the heroes to beat in direct combat and requires them to use a surprise shrinking bomb to permanently get rid of him, as he can't be killed for good.
    • That said, the real title of "Arrowverse's Strongest Being" currently falls to whoever has the title of the Spectre apparently. Described as channeling the entire Multiverse, Oliver Queen as the Spectre proved to be more powerful than Mobius and was able to destroy his physical form and leave him extremely weakened while simultaneously undoing his destruction of the Multiverse.
  • The Boys has Homelander as the most powerful Superhero in the world, and has a reputation for being unkillable. Madelyn Stillwell states "there isn't a weapon on Earth they haven't thrown at him that's worked". Whether this includes nuclear weapons or any kind of WMD isn't outright mentioned. If Homelander has any kind of physical weakness, it is as of yet unknown.
  • Buffyverse:
    • By the end of Season 7 and into Season 8, Buffy is the strongest Slayer and enhanced human female character (though she technically falls short of Illyria below). Buffy has defeated the likes of The Master, The Mayor, ADAM (with help), Glory, The First Evil and even becomes a Flying Brick in the Season 8 comic.
    • Illyria from Angel Season 5 is the strongest female character and in this series, that's saying something. Technically speaking, she's an Eldritch Abomination forced into the body of a human, which makes her a Humanoid Abomination, but nevertheless she stands above the rest of the cast in terms of power. In one of her first scenes, Illyria stops time and then in a later episode she kills the half the cast before reality is rewritten. From then on Illyria is depowered i.e still godly strong but she can't mess with time and space.
    • Marcus Hamilton, fittingly played by the towering Adam Baldwin, is by the far the strongest person at the end of the TV franchise thanks to being second only to the Senior Partners. Hamilton's Super Strength is so great he actually beats up the abovementioned Illyria (though admittedly she was weakened), then he no sells Angel's attacks... until Angel drinks his blood.
    • TV-wise, Angel is the strongest Vampire by the end of the series, outstripping the likes of The Master and even defeated The Beast who's much stronger than any Slayer. Though Angel did outright lose to Spike (who's still the World's Best Warrior according to Buffy) in a straight fight but it's evident Angel's heart wasn't in the fight and at all other times and with proper motivation he can mop the floor with Spike... even as a puppet.
  • Game of Thrones: Even in comparison to the show's other hulking badasses, such as Hodor and Tormund, the Mountain is insanely strong. Fittingly, as of the fourth season, he's played by the second-strongest man on Earth (who, as noted in the Real Life section, would later go on to claim the #1 spot). After Qyburn's treatment, he seems to be even stronger — but he's not exactly human anymore.
  • Get Smart:
    • In "The Greatest Spy on Earth", Maxwell Smart and 99 encounter Hando, the circus strongman. He's so strong he can lift a locomotive with one hand, crush diamonds with his teeth, and stop a four engine plane from taking off... by breaking the pilot's legs.
    • In "Survival of the Fattest", the Villain of the Week is Mary Armstrong, a KAOS agent who is the world's strongest female secret agent.
  • 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.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • Kamen Rider Zi-O presents Oma Zi-O, the future self of Sougo Tokiwa. Besides the total jackpot he hits in the Super Power Lottery and being without question the greatest Time Master in a whole series full of them, Oma Zi-O has obtained the power of EVERY SINGLE Heisei Kamen Rider that existed in that era (including the previous contenders for this title) and obtained a level of nigh-omnipotence unrivaled by any other previous Rider or otherwise in the whole franchise. This is proven without a shadow of a doubt in the final episode where, having just gotten the power of Oma Zi-O, Sougo One-Hit Kills some of the most prominent Final Bosses from previous Kamen Rider series, which includes other candidates for this trope, with little effort.
  • In the all-but-forgotten Saturday morning comedy series The Kids from C.A.P.E.R., 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 weightlifting 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.
  • 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.
  • The blink-and-it's-gone goofy '80s fantasy-comedy Wizards & 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.

    Myths & Religion 
  • 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.
    • Also, and in a much more tangible sense, Hot-Blooded Samson, one of the Judges of Israel. His Dying Moment of Awesome involves collapsing a building upon himself and everyone else inside, and he had quite the body count against the Philistines.
  • Hercules in Classical Mythology is not only stronger then every man, he's stronger than the other gods too.
  • Older Than Dirt: Gilgamesh, the first recorded epic hero, of The Epic of Gilgamesh.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Norse Mythology:
    • Magni, 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."
  • 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.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • This is pretty much a stock wrestling character. Mark Henry is currently billed as the World's Strongest Man in the 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.
  • 1890-1910 wrestler Josie Wahlford, aka Minerva, the first pro wrestler ever known to be called a "world champion"(though Cora Livingston is more widely accepted as the first), was also a circus strongwoman in the Guinness Book Of World Records for the most weight ever lifted by a woman at 3000 lbs. Now it involved 18 men on a platform connected to a harness, but if that counts as an assisted lift 3000 lbs is still 3000 lbs. Incidentally, in weightlifting competitions and the circus she was billed as the world's strongest.
  • Al Szasz, and his wife, Ada Ash, were billed as the strongest man and woman in the world. Ash would prove her strength by breaking 2X4s with her bare hands, removes spikes from them with her teeth and then driving them into new pieces of wood, also with her teeth. And Szasz would pull motor vehicles attached to ropes and chains with his teeth while Ash was ontop of them. They also happened to be more famous for wrestling alligators and bears than for other human beings. Ash never won a title belt. Szasz won title belts in the light heavyweight and junior heavyweight divisions of California and Portland, but his great strength wasn't enough to make up for his height at 5'7" and let him have much success against heavyweights.
  • 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). In Mark Henry's case, it took a decade for him to overcome this curse (and the curse of atrocious booking) to finally make the gimmick work with his "Hall of Pain" run.
  • 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Deities And Demigods book of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons gives Magni (mentioned in Mythology above) the maximum possible strength score of 25 and says that there is "nothing he cannot bend, nothing he cannot break, and nothing he cannot lift". This ability is explicitly stated to apply even to things which are otherwise unliftable, such as his father's hammer.
  • The Emperor of Warhammer 40,000 was the strongest and most powerful human ever to live. He possessed physical strength far beyond any human and he was also the greatest psyker ever. Most of the few other beings in the setting with power rivalling The Emperor are gods.

    Video Games 
  • Asura's Wrath: Asura cements himself as this when ending the game by beating up Chakravartin, who's essentially God.
  • BlazBlue has several people in the series who can claim the title.
    • Ragna was this in the very first game, sort of, even though he has the reputation of one. On his own, while absurdly powerful and much stronger than most of the cast, there are a good number of characters who supersede him in strength. When he activates the Azure Grimoire, however, only the absolute strongest characters in the entire series can hope to match him. This, combined with him staying strong while others are getting weaker due to the Embryo's effects and a Dangerous Forbidden Technique is the reason why, in the end, he's the only character that's in the same ball park as Susano'o, a Physical God.
    • Hakumen is by far, the most powerful character in the cast (well until the introduction of Susano'o, who uses the exact same body as him). Even at a quarter of his full power, he can defeat most of the cast. The only other beings considered in the same league as him at full power are other prime Six Heroes like Jubei (the "strongest living creature in existence" at his prime during Dark War and still sufficiently powerful in the present), Terumi, Relius, Izanami, Onlookers, Ragna with the Idea Engine's limiter on the Azure Grimoire removed, and Azrael (likely at full power).
    • Azrael is the strongest fighter of the entire cast in terms of physical strength, especially since his powers aren't the result of magic or technology and he appears to have limitless stamina. To put it simply, even Hakumen found fleeing to be a preferable alternative than continuing his battle with Azrael.
    • Jūbei, a cat who is word for word described as the world's strongest living being. His powers, or at least the full extent of them, have never been shown within the series thus far. However, being one of the Six Heroes, he is likely exceptionally powerful, and several powerful figures in the BB cast, amongst them Hakumen and Terumi, agree with the claim that Jūbei is the strongest creature alive. Hakumen stated during the Dark War, where he was at full power, that even if he were to go all-out, even he may not be able to defeat Jūbei. It is implied that Jūbei is nigh-undefeatable in combat as none have dared to engage in battle against him. This is furthered by the fact that when he catches Hazama off guard in Hazama's gag scenario, Hazama seems to just accept the fact that Jūbei will kill him and does not even try to put up a fight, as well as the fact that Jūbei casually intercepts a punch thrown by the game's resident Mighty Glacier, Iron Tager. In Taokaka's Continuum Shift Story Mode, Relius admits that he would be no match for Jubei. Prior to receiving his injuries, anyway.
    • Susano'o — Terumi's true idenity once he forcibly reclaims the Susano'o Unit from Hakumen — is the strongest character of the entire series. Considering Terumi and Hakumen were already two of the most powerful characters in the series, you can imagine how ridiculously strong the combination of the two is. Case in point, he was able to effortlessly defeat Ragna, Jin, Noel, Izayoi and Jubei at the same time. Ragna says he's even stronger than Azrael. He's so powerful that it takes Ragna overloading the Idea Engine and activating the full power of the Azure Grimoire (nearly destroying his body in the process) to even come close to matching Susano'o. If not for Terumi not being fully fused with the Susano'o Unit, giving Ragna the chance to rip him out of it, he would be completely unstoppable.
  • Castlevania:
    • Dracula is the strongest, most powerful character in the whole series as well as being an Invincible Villain to boot... Dracula is so omnipotent that even Death is just his henchman. Being immortal Dracula will return every 100 years once he's been "killed" which has led to the Belmonts fighting him for millennia as their Arch-Enemy. It took Julius Belmont, Dracula's Dhampyr son Alucard, and several others to permanently put the Count down (by trapping his castle in a solar eclipse and cutting off the Dark Lord from his source of power)... but then he just reincarnates as Soma Cruz a few decades later.
    • As for strongest Vampire Hunter it probably comes down to either Richter Belmont from Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, whose power Alucard admits are "supreme among vampire hunters" to the point that no else can beat him... or Juilus Belmont from Aria of Sorrow, who is dubbed "the most powerful Vampire Hunter" and technically the only Belmont who truly killed Dracula in 1999.
    • The strongest female character (not including she-vamps like Carmilla) is undoubtedly Shanoa from Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. Her shapeshifting powers make her more versatile than Sonia Belmont (previous female protagonist) and Shanoa is strong enough for Dracula to compare her directly to the Belmont clan in terms of power.
    • In the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow games, Gabriel Belmont, the Founder of the entire clan in the Alternate Continuity, was already the strongest man alive, with it specifically being said that he was the most powerful warrior in the entire Brotherhood of Light, which is composed of thousands of well-trained individuals, even compared to his later descendants. He can casually defeat and kill even powerful monsters, including even taking down an actual god and killing two of three of the Lords of Shadow, essentially the Monster Progenitor of the Vampires and Werewolves, with the third and strongest Lord of Shadows being afraid of Gabriel's strength and using the underhanded means of placing in his arm the Dark Gauntlet that could allow him to control Gabriel and thus make him the only person Gabriel can't defeat. After that, Gabriel defeats Satan himself, albeit granted Satan was in a weakened state, physically overpowering him and magically besting him before sealing him back. He is also able to battle the Forgotten One, the sovereign of the elemental plane of darkness, even more powerful than Satan himself, although the demon was just at a fraction of his strength and he couldn't possibly fight him at his height.
      • By the time he's absorbed the Forgotten One's strength and kills him with a swipe of his hand, Gabriel becomes the Dracula of the Lords of Shadow and is effectively the most powerful being the world has ever seen, if not the single strongest entity in all of Castlevania, apart from God, though he doesn't count. Just his feelings alone could create weapons of great magical power, and he was in command of all the hordes of dark creatures, actually using his reign of terror for some measure of goodness in that he isn't as evil as Satan and Zobek, but his strength has exceeded them a long time ago to where they wouldn't dare fight him, effectively meaning he's the Barrier Maiden to the dark forces who are even worse than him in terms of sheer evil but inferior in terms of raw strength. The single time he is defeated, it's obvious that Gabriel threw the fight because it was against his son and grandson, with it specifically being indicated he could have killed them several times over. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 displays just how overwhelmingly mighty Gabriel as Dracula is as he casually fights the entire Brotherhood of Light, with even the Paladin Roland De Ronceval being only a moderate challenge, before overpowering a holy spell cast by Roland and turning it against him to create a devastating explosion that all but utterly destroyed the entire organization. Even with his power fractured, he is still able to casually hand Curb-Stomp Battle to the dark creatures who turned against him and defeat Satan's Acolyte. He's only ever defeated by the second acolyte due to him having the Home Field Advantage, and as soon as it is gone, he instantly recovers from the pummeling and quickly kills him. At the final stage of his quest for redemption, which marks the end of his long journey against evil and starts his new life with his restored family, Dracula defeats Zobek while hardly even breaking a sweat and he overpowers Satan at his full strength, even despite Satan using his son's body warranting him to hold back, before killing the Devil once and for all, clarifying his status as the single mightiest creature alive in the world.
  • Darkstalkers:
    • Morrigan Aensland is likeliest contender for strongest female character and strongest Darkstalker in general, being a S-Class succubus. Although Demitri, Pyron and Dark Messiah Jedah have all given Morrigan a run for her money at multiple points, Morrigan's potential exceeds them all as she's so powerful her father Belial Aensland had to split her soul apart, concluding that she would destroy herself otherwise. Judging by Morrigan's ending in Darkstalkers 3, where she fuses with Lillth (the remaining third of Morrigan's soul given shape by Jedah), this doesn't seem to be the case.
    • Anita is likely more powerful than even Morrigan. Even Jedah just about craps himself in her presence and it's strongly hinted that she's the true "ruler" of Makai that Jedah speaks of.
    • The aforementioned Belial bears mention, being not only the strongest of the Three High Nobles of Makai (which also included Jedah) but a Class S+ Darkstalker. When Demitri (a Class A) had the gall to challenge him for the throne, Belial responded by flinging Demitri and his castle out of reality, exiling him to the human world in the process — a drubbing that Demitri hadn't fully recovered from by the time the first game rolled around. Jedah considers Belial's death prior to the events of the third game a major factor in the collapse of Makai (hence his Assimilation Plot), and the fact that Belial sees Morrigan as having the potential to surpass him speaks volumes about her power.
    • Donovan Baine is this, at least in the the OVA. In the climax, after getting a Heroic Second Wind by accepting his demonic blood, Donovan singlehandedly defeats super alien Pyron, the Big Bad who ran roughshod over every other Darkstalker up until that point, albeit with help from the aforementioned Anita.
    • As far as mortals go, Fake Cutie Baby Bonnie Hood (or Bulleta in Japan) is the strongest human being, able go toe to toe with the A and S Class demons with nothing but her own strength, tricks, bombs, and More Dakka. This is especially notable considering that Class B demons are at One-Man Army levels of power, able to solo an entire platoon of trained marines, and most of the cast is B+ or higher.
  • Devil May Cry:
  • EXTRAPOWER: Hero Zophy is a normal human who has built himself up to physical perfection through a lifetime of training. Giant Fist gets to show this off by giving Zophy the opportunity to casually lift bears or elephants, break DurableDeathtraps with his hands and feet, and avoid an Indy Escape by just lifting the boulder and throwing it back at his attackers!
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy VI, Sabin Rene Figaro easily takes the World's Strongest Man title. While other members of the cast like Terra and Celes are more "magically powerful" than him, Sabin — with just his Ki Manipulation and pure Bare-Fisted Monk physical strength — is able to beat the piss out of the likes of Typhon (who is able to flip the Planet upside-down with its power), Gilgamesh, and Shinryu. In-story, he clobbered Big Bad Kefka so hard in Doma, the Monster Clown literally flees from his onslaught. Of course, even when Kefka has become a literal god, he still isn't safe from Sabin's fists. On a comparatively mundane but memorable level, Sabin also bears the memetic distinction of being able to suplex a Ghost Train so hard he destroys it.
    • In Final Fantasy VIII, Ultimecia is stated to be the most powerful sorceress in history. As such, she added all of the sorceress power in existence to her already tremendous magic power, gaining god-like abilities. Ultimecia even has complete control over Space-Time magic and can warp reality to deceive her enemies, culminating in her ultimate goal of "time compression", a singularity where all of time and space is condensed into a single moment. This is isn't even counting her One-Winged Angel forms in the final battle; in her final form, her powers have skyrocketed to Physical Goddess levels, becoming the single greatest threat in existence that must be stopped.
    • Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels have Lightning. While not necessarily the strongest member of her party in the first game (as all of the party members are l'Cie and Fang and Vanille additionally are two halves of Ragnarok, the legendary beast destined to destroy Cocoon), but she officially becomes this after becoming the champion of Etro, Goddess of Death, in XIII-2. This allows her to fight on par with Caius Ballad, who has the Heart of Chaos — Etro's very own heart — that makes him immortal and gives him control over the power of chaos, allowing him to travel through time and transform into Chaos Bahamut. As the Savior in the third game, Lightning becomes so strong she manages to kill/seal Bhunivelze, a Physical God within the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology. This feat alone arguably makes her the strongest protagonist in the entire Final Fantasy franchise, a title that Motomu Toriyama, director of the XIII series, agrees with.
  • Final Fantasy VII and the subsequent Compilation of Final Fantasy VII deserve their own separate mention.
    • Sephiroth is the biggest example of the strongest being in the Compilation, which even extends to crossovers.
      • He's called both the strongest being and the greatest warrior on the Planet by pretty much everyone: Being the most powerful fighter of the N.G.O. Superpower of the game and responsible singlehandedly for many of its victories, Sephiroth's might was said to be so great that the tall tales of his abilities actually understate him rather than the opposite. The creators themselves have stated that there's nothing stronger than him in the world. True, Cloud and company do defeat him (three times counting Advent Children) but according to Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy's creator), Sephiroth was still holding back against AVALANCHE. The developers also confirmed his defeats at Cloud's hands that didn't have Sephiroth being taken by surprise or weakened previously were only possible due to Sephiroth's hatred of Cloud and hubris making him hold back from killing Cloud as quickly as possible and instead toy with him, and even then is Sephiroth still shown to be easily more than a match for Cloud until Cloud gets the Heroic Second Wind needed to put him down. This is really driven in by Final Fantasy VII Remake, where he takes on the entire party five-on-one in his human form. Although he was being pressured, his overall demeanor makes it evident he still wasn't going all-out, apparently as he still needs the party or at least Cloud for his new plans, and Sephiroth subjects Cloud to a Curb-Stomp Battle, easily disarming him in the process. Just to hammer the point home, the penultimate boss is a Kaiju-sized embodiment of fate that's implied to be fighting the party because trying to stop Sephiroth would be outside its abilities.
      • In the Dissidia Final Fantasy series, where Sephiroth and various other powerful main villains from across the Final Fantasy series are subservient to the Physical God that is Chaos and the heroic side is comprised of the best heroes of their own games, Sephiroth is feared and respected by ally and foe alike. In fact, it's suggested Sephiroth is the strongest fighter on Chaos's side, possibly surpassed only by the gods and Shinryu themselves. He's the only one who has ever defeated a Warrior of Cosmos on his own (Firion and Tifa), and he has even taken on three of them at the same time (Tidus, Cecil, and Firion) and walked away. Even the Warrior of Light, Cosmos's second-in-command, can't truly beat him, with Sephiroth being casual about it and the Warrior being shocked by just how powerful and different he is from the others, while Lightning, who is indicated to be on par with the Warrior and has defeated her world's Physical God, is nearly beaten by him as well. Cloud may have defeated him, but it's specifically made clear that he has only ever beaten him because Sephiroth allowed him to win. When Sephiroth finally lets loose in NT, Cloud ends up being the loser.
      • In Kingdom Hearts, Sephiroth is portrayed as Cloud's darkness and while he's weaker than his main counterpart, he's still a strong fighter, even serving as a tougher-than-the-Final Boss superboss in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. When defeated by Sora, he calmly states that only Cloud can defeat him, implying that he wasn't taking his fight with Sora seriously. Cloud himself struggles to keep pace with Sephiroth until he's rallied on by Tifa (implied to be Cloud's inner light in this continuity) in his time of need, and the final outcome of their battle isn't shown.
      • In Mobius Final Fantasy, he not only repeatedly stomps Cloud, very nearly killing him, but he also beats the main hero and Cloud. Cloud specifically makes it clear that Sephiroth is the strongest fighter in his universe.
      • In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he's described as having "boss-level strength" as a character and is considered to be one of the best characters playable. Perhaps most of all, while his true might is only seen in his reveal trailer, said trailer shows Sephiroth effortlessly slicing down Galeem, the Final Boss of World of Light and a Physical God capable of wiping nearly out all existence in the universe, and plowing through a majority of the Smash Bros. cast (including characters who'd qualify for this trope or Story-Breaker Power in their own games, such as Bayonetta), even recovering from Cloud's Omnislash Version 5 and activating his strongest form, Safer Sephiroth, in response (though the trailer ends before we see the outcome).
    • Although usually not quite near Sephiroth's own level of strength, Cloud Strife can also claim this title after he defeated Sephiroth three times, albeit with Sephiroth either taken by surprise or holding back. Before being injected with Mako energy and Jenova cells, he was strong enough to lift and throw a weakened Sephiroth while being impaled using sheer willpower. After being experimented on, he was powerful enough to help defeat Sephiroth who became stronger after entering and merging with the Lifestream and was ultimately the one who dealt the finishing blow. By the time of Advent Children two years later, Cloud has grown even stronger and was able to contend with the three remnants of Sephiroth despite being ill with Geostigma, and once he's cured, Cloud completely dominates Kadaj in a 1v1 duel. He's able to slice Bahamut SIN, which was stated to be the second strongest form of Bahamut in the FFVII series, in half with some help from his friends. While he is once again overpowered by Sephiroth in terms of overall might, he still ends up winning by using all his power in an emotion-driven attack that one-shots him. He can be considered the strongest man alive and active until Genesis's return to activity in Dirge of Cerberus (who as a SOLDIER 1ST Class able to fight even Sephiroth would plausably be above Cloud, or at least equal given the latter's own feats). The aforementioned Sephiroth trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate depicts Cloud as literally the only member of the roster able to go toe to toe with the One-Winged Angel, even briefly overwhelming Sephiroth with Omnislash Ver. 5 exactly like he did in Advent Children.
    • Arguably an even stronger candidate for the title of the strongest man would be Zack Fair, particularly if one goes by Crisis Core and its version of events. Already an exceptional SOLDIER with the might to casually take out entire groups of enemies and defeat Summons, Zack steadily grew stronger to the point of defeating Angeal and Genesis, who are two of the three best SOLDIER First Class — made even more impressive by how they are revealed to have been the Jenova Project's second greatest under only Sephiroth himself and were powered up into giant monsters at the time. While Cloud needed support from his friends to kill Bahamut SIN, Zack was able to defeat the even stronger Bahamut Fury by himself, suggesting he is even stronger than Cloud's peak and the entire party in their diminished state. The only character whose strength definitely surpasses his is Sephiroth, and even he had to put in a significant amount of his strength to beat Zack, who managed to last quite a while and, according to Crisis Core, wore Sephiroth down enough for Cloud to be able to defeat him in the first place. His last act was to take out hundreds of Shinra's goons, leaving only three, and in Remake he even defeats them all and survives! Overall, with Sephiroth hardly even able to be considered a human anymore, Zack is possibly the mightiest human in the series, both enhanced and unenhanced.
    • Tifa Lockhart likely takes the title of strongest unempowered (or not) character and female character in FFVII. Her world-traveled mentor Zangan considers her his top student out of over a hundred and her massive physical strength has Tifa able to pick up and piledrive the humongous Ancient Weapons of the Planet like they're toys. During the Fastball Special against in Bahamut SIN in Advent Children, her contributing throw for Cloud is shown to be far more effective than any others. In the fight with Sephiroth himself in Remake, her response is to straight-up somersault kick the guy, sending him flying and giving the others pivotal time to get up. The Remake continuity additionally shows that Tifa has impressive Ki Manipulation, making her powerful enough to be directly comparable to the Lifestream- and Mako-empowered Sephiroth and Cloud in terms of strength and power.
  • God of War has Kratos as the strongest being in both the Greek and Norse Era's.
    • If there was anything or anyone else stronger than him in Greece, it's because he wasn't there to kill it. He starts off a powerhouse, and then powers up exponentially throughout the series, reaching levels to where he can overpower and kill members of the Greek Pantheon and Titans, at times even with his bare hands. He has even been able to defeat Thanatos himself, the Primordial God of Death! Granted, Thanatos did nearly win, and he ended up killing Deimos, who previously defeated him only because Kratos allowed him to, but when Kratos unleashed all his power, he ends up being the victor.
    • After moving to Midgard in the PS4 installment, it's clear he's still one of the strongest, if not the strongest being there. The developers confirmed that they had to restrain his abilities here because he is taking care of his son, placing the burden of having to hide his powers as he doesn't want Atreus to know he is a god, and if he were to be allowed to use his full power during regular gameplay, the game would be too easy. Even with such restrictions, he can still casually kill off normal creatures and remains able to kill gods, as displayed by his victories over Baldur and Magni. While he does struggle against them because of such reasons, his final struggle against Baldur is so difficult primarily because even with the fact that Atreus knowing he is a god has removed his restraints, he is still burdened with protecting his child as Atreus is hardly prepared to fight such a high-level opponent. When they fight solo, Kratos repeatedly murders Baldur and it's only his invulnerability that keeps him from dying for real. Even the Top God of the Aesir, Odin, is afraid of him by the end where he is confirmed to be a participant of Ragnarok.
  • 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) and able to easily hold his own against The Underworld Army and Palutena's Army on his own when almost every other human gets slaughtered or in the case of his friend Gaol, uses a suit of magical armor to level the playing field. When Pit first meets Magnus, he questions whether he's even human.
  • In Killer Instinct, Tyler-Johnson "T.J Combo" Garrett is considered by Ultratech to be the greatest human fighter in the world. You could make the argument that Black Orchid is better due to the fact she has killed a God before, but she has magic powers; T.J fights in a tournament with an alien, a cybernetic killing machine, a genetically engineered dinosaur, a skeletal warrior, and a man who is made of fire with only his fists.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Mickey Mouse is all but confirmed to be the strongest Keyblade Master on the side of the light. Word of God specifically notes that he was the strongest character in the first game, Yen Sid outright states Mickey is stronger than Sora and Riku, and later installments show he is still stronger than any other hero, being generally held in high regard by all of them and even earning the respect of Xehanort himself. He is the primary One-Man Army and The Worf Effect comparisons among the heroes, with an uncanny work style that has him primarily act alone and handle himself well whereas Sora and the others would need teamwork, being able to one-shot powerful Heartlesses and Nobodies that give many other characters trouble and storm entire castles of such enemies without a scratch. Kingdom Hearts II even turns this status into a gameplay mechanic, with Mickey having the potential to mow down some of the strongest bosses and make it easy for Sora to finish the fight, along with being among the strongest allies who can aid Sora in battle. In Kingdom Hearts coded, Mickey proves able to easily weaken the data of Sora's Heartless that had been beating down Data Sora. Even in Kingdom Hearts III, Mickey's superior strength is still evident: He is able to force the Demon Tide to flee by himself after it had knocked out Riku; is able to fight Xemnas, Larxene, Marluxia, and Luxord by himself for quite some time; and after he, Sora, and Riku defeated Ansem, Xemnas, and Young Xehanort, he is the only one who is strong enough to push back Master Xehanort a bit using his Ultima spell before Xehanort's Stopza spell overpowers it. Taken further in the Re:Mind DLC, where when pushed and left alone against 13 Replica Xehanorts, Mickey displays what he is fully capable of and singlehandedly defeats all of them!
    • Master Xehanort is stated to have been the most powerful Keyblade Wielder of them all according to his character file in III, and even in his old age he can still give powerful Keyblade Master-level opponents a good run for their money, thanks to combination of immense strength and a nearly unrivaled command of magic. In Birth by Sleep, he leaves the World of Departure in complete ruins with a single spell, can overpower Terra (the physically strongest member of the Wayfinder Trio) in direct battle, and was able to grab and lift Ventus with one hand, crushing his armored helmet and then freezing Ventus solid with an ice spell. In III, Xehanort casts a Stopza spell to repel and overpower Mickey's Ultima spell during the climax of the second Keyblade War (though Mickey wasn't at his full strength as he was worn out after repeated battles). He later absorbs his Replicas into himself and is able to manipulate the structure of Scala ad Caelum at will, then wields both the legendary χ-blade and the power of Kingdom Hearts in his final battle against Sora, resulting in a Near-Villain Victory that's only thwarted when Donald and Goofy bring Sora back from the brink and help him triumph over Xehanort.
    • Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, is the most powerful Heartless in the series. He has the power to control other Heartless and he's one of the rare Heartless that has retained both his form and his intelligence. Ansem can manipulate darkness into different weapons and use his Guardian to help him in combat, as well as transform into two different One-Winged Angel forms in I and Dream Drop Distance to become stronger. Even without his Guardian can he still give Keyblade Wielders a tough fight.
    • Xemnas is the original and most powerful of all the Nobodies as well as the strongest member of the original Organization XIII. He has the Power of the Void, most commonly manifested in the form of his personal weapons called Ethereal Blades, nothingness molded into the form of Laser Blades that can also be fired as projectiles. He can even use this power to turn members of the Organization into Dusks if he so wishes. It's telling that Marluxia, the second strongest member of the Organization with his own slew of powerful abilities, wanted to bring Roxas (Sora's Nobody and the third strongest member at full power) into the fold before openly rebelling against Xemnas. After merging with his damaged artificial Kingdom Hearts, Xemnas' powers increased to the point where he could manipulate The World That Never Was, and in his final form, he could easily hold his own against Sora and Riku before he was finally taken down, nearly extracting Sora's heart from his body at one point and then damaging Riku's leg when he intercepted another attempted deathblow on Sora. According to Tetsuya Nomura, Xemnas was the strongest being in the setting after his merger with Kingdom Hearts.
    • A meta example: Donald Duck of all characters ended up becoming perhaps the most powerful mage in the series through his ability to cast Zettaflare unassisted, a feat only matched by godlike entities in other Square Enix titles. While the move does exhaust him considerably, and it's ambiguous if he is even alive after that, it's still a shockingly impressive feat from the least likely of characters, with the implication that he's done this at least once before.
    • The real strongest Keyblade Master and character would most certainly be the Master of Masters. Though little is known about him and he hasn't been seen fighting yet, the Foretellers and Luxu, extremely strong Keyblade Masters in their own right, all acknowledge he is on another level and that he has the power to forcibly stop all of them.
  • 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.
  • LISA: The Painful RPG:
    • Buzzo. You can try to fight him to avoid giving up an arm or a party member, but he is completely invincible and will "wreck"note  your entire party in one turn. It is possible to use poison to beat him through a Good Bad Bug, but that will just cause a Non Standard Game Over — canonically, he can't be touched. It speaks volumes that Brad is able to fight against a man who could take a motorcycle to the back without flinching, yet Buzzo is a Hopeless Boss Fight.
    • Played for Laughs with Demon X, who at first seems like a joke. Fighting him reveals that he's invincible like Buzzo, instantly chopping your entire party, and giving you a Non-Standard Game Over if you exploit poison to kill him. In spite of this, he's outsmarted when the Salvation Rangers go in to a door that the horns in his costume can't fit through. He later figures out how to get around the door by turning himself. Namely, by tilting his head so that his horns go straight up and down.
  • 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 awesome and possesses the attack with the highest multi-target damage potential in the game.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda: Humanity has only had biotics for a generation and some spare change, so not only are human biotics exceptionally rare, but they're pretty weak compared to the other species that have them. Cora Harper is the most powerful human biotic in existence, to the point that she was able to toss cars around even without a biotic amplifier. She ended up being not-quite thrown out of the human military because she was simply too powerful for them to deal with, and was sent to join the asari huntresses. The huntresses are the greatest biotics in the galaxy (every asari is a biotic, and the huntresses are their elite units), but Cora was able to keep up with them, and graduated from their training with honors.
  • Mega Man:
    • From the classic timeline, there's Duo, an intergalactic police officer of nearly planet-busting levels of power whose presence trivializes pretty much every threat in Mega Man 8, complete with an opening scene where he's halfway responsible for vaporizing part of Saturn. Naturally, the game continually finds ways to write him out of the plot so that he doesn't wrap up the conflict in minutes. If that wasn't enough, Duo himself may very well be a Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond; no other members of his organization are seen (with Duo's position in its hierarchy unknown), and the evil robot he clashes with at the start of the game is just about his equal, able to both visibly injure Duo (a feat only matched by that game's Wily Machine courtesy of a Wave-Motion Gun powered by an energy source originating from said robot) and deal enough damage to him that it takes half the game for Dr. Light to finish repairing Duo after he crash-lands on Earth.
    • As far as 20XX is concerned...
      • It's always been a toss-up between X and Zero, the former being the Super Prototype of all Reploids and ultimate creation of Dr. Light, the latter being the ultimate creation of Dr. Wily. Even as X has continuously grown into using his power and surpassed all expectations to become a warrior capable of taking on and defeating planet-destroying threats, Zero has repeatedly shown himself to be the only one capable of equaling and even surpassing each benchmark X set. Notably, their fated battle in Mega Man X5 ends in a Double Knockout regardless of the circumstances (which, in one non-canon scenario, involves Zero being reawakened to his true nature by The Virus).
      • Sigma was this briefly, being the most powerful and advanced Reploid of his time as expected of his position as leader of the Maverick Hunters at a time when X was still in his Reluctant Warrior phase unwilling to reach his full potential. He was even strong enough to fight evenly with an Ax-Crazy Zero, though he made the mistake of not taking Zero seriously until the latter got the edge and beat him to near-death and only won via well-timed distraction. After that and his infection/merging with the Maverick Virus, Sigma would go on to constantly have new battle bodies made and tested that would repeatedly prove themselves a match for X and Zero even at their best, though as his mind and sanity degraded from repeated failures and resurrections he lost this status and became more feared solely for his raw power than the fearsome intellect he paired with it.
      • High Max was a definite attempt to be this, designed by Gate with on-paper superior specs to both X and Zero which he proudly boasts about. While the first fight with X lends credence to it, by the end of the game both X and Zero decisively prove him wrong when they destroy him.
    • By the time of Mega Man Zero, the most powerful Reploid on the planet is Omega, a destroyer who caused a planet-wide war and disaster that the world hadn't fully recovered from even a century later, and who it took X and Zero who despite being in an inferior copy body still had all his skills and experience post-X series to just defeat, not kill him. The irony, of course, being Omega is Zero's original body upgraded to its full potential as a pure killing machine, so it seems Zero was always the true World's Strongest Man between himself and X—though the power X wields as a Cyber-elf despite only being 1/5 of his original existence (the other four parts of his soul being used to the create the Guardians mentioned below, while his body served as the seal on the Dark Elf until the end of Z2) calls this into question. When he reappears in the present, he defeats two of the Four Guardians (Reploids made with X's DNA who are at least near the same level as him) on his own at his weakest, and at his full power it takes Zero and the surviving three Guardians just to whittle him down, and he still would have pulled through were it not for the Dark Elf overcoming its own brainwashing to turn back into the Mother Elf and negate Omega's Healing Factor.
    • By the time of Mega Man ZX, it's basically the goal of The Chosen Many in the Game of Destiny to solidify themselves as this in order to become the Mega Man King and receive the power of Model W, but for specifics...
      • By the end of ZX, Vent/Aile have in their possession Biometal Models X, Z, H, L, F, and P and the ability to switch between them on the fly. Due to how these Biometals were made by Ciel, who created a physically perfect copy of X in her teens, this means they possess the powers of X, Zero, and the Four Guardians at their beck and call. Their feats back this up, as they defeat Prometheus and Pandora (who have centuries of battle experience under their belt), Serpent (who has his own Biometal Model W and further merges with a Model W Core that absorbed hundreds if not thousands of Cyber Elves to power up), and Omega Zero (albeit in a questionably canonical scenario). In Advent, despite only using Model ZX, they fight the Model A Mega Man (who possessed five Pseudoroid and four Mega Man forms on top of their normal Mega Man transformation) rather evenly and take on all four enemy Mega Men (who were using the stolen Four Guardian Biometals) to a standstill during the endgame, going strong the whole time.
      • Master Albert sought to become this in order to fulfill his plan to Restart the World, merging all the Model W Cores into the ultimate Biometal Ouroboros and Megamerging with it at the end of Advent. According to Albert, as the Mega Man King he's both the Ultimate Life Form and a god, possessing the power to assimilate all life on the planet and wielding their powers at his beck and call in order to remake it as he sees fit.
      • The biggest contenders of all would be the Model A Mega Man Grey/Ashe in Advent, who thanks to their A-Trans letting them gain the powers of their foes manage to defeat the enemy Four Guardian Mega Men, Model ZX Aile/Vent, Prometheus and Pandora, and ultimately even Albert himself despite him possessing the superior A-Trans of Model W and Ouroboros with its world-rending power, along with Model A being just a pale imitation of Model W's full strength by Albert's own design.
    • Mega Man Battle Network (an Alternate Timeline to the main continuity) has three contenders for the title in MegaMan.EXE, Bass.EXE, and Serenade.EXE, with a possible fourth in Colonel.EXE.
  • The Metal Gear series gives us two strong contenders for the setting: Senator Steven Armstrong and The Man on Fire.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Originally Liu Kang was The 'Verse's strongest man, becoming Champion in every single Mortal Kombat Tournament he fought in. He's defeated the Evil Sorcerer Tsung Shang, the four-armed Shokan Goro, and even punched a hole straight through Shao Kahn (see below). Liu Kang being so ridiculously strong also ends up becoming a major issue when he dies at the hands of the Deadly Alliance (Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, who have to resort to trickery and foul play to kill him; the game's intro shows Liu Kang dominating them in a straight fight) and — in a different timeline — is inadvertently killed by Raiden and comes back as one of Quan Chi's undead revenants. Mortal Kombat 11 plays it straighter again as Liu Kang becomes a Fire God via a Fusion Dance with Raiden and delivers a Curb-Stomp Battle to Kronika, the goddess of time who turns out to have always feared him and Raiden — hence her manipulation of time inevitably putting the two at odds some way or another. In the end, Fire God Liu Kang takes over for Raiden and undoes Kronika's tampering with the sands of time by wiping the universe's slate clean.
    • Shao Kahn the Conqueror is stronger than Raiden, with the only time Raiden's ever beaten him was when amped up by the Powers That Be for the finale of MK9 — something that the Elder Gods only decided to intervene in at the last minute because Shao Kahn did not merge the realms he invaded and conquered in accordance with their laws. However, it's established that Raiden, as Earthrealm's protector, is at his strongest when on his home turf, which he's usually drawn away from for the final battles of most games. Deception also implies that Shao Kahn once held a similar title to Raiden in Outworld, which would account for his power. In short, he's managed to stay Emperor for good reason, though Deception threw a major wrench into the works by introducing Onaga, who pulled Eviler Than Thou on every other villain up to that point and was the previous Emperor of Outworld until Shao Kahn, then an advisor/subordinate to the Dragon King, backstabbed him. Even so, Shao Kahn would go on to become the winner of the Battle of Armageddon and receive godlike power in the process, a result that led to Dark Raiden reaching out to his younger self (and setting off the events of the reboot) in the first place.
    • Jax Briggs can be considered the physically strongest kombatant from Earthrealm, even before his enhancements. He still can't match the inhuman strength of bosses like Shao Kahn due to to their unnatural powers. In Mortal Kombat X, Jax even defeats Liu Kang, though it's implied Liu Kang's loss was part of Quan Chi's plan.
    • Sindel is the most powerful female of Mortal Kombat (particularly for her magical prowess, which completely kept Shao Kahn out of Earthrealm until he revived her in MK3), while her bodyguard Sheeva is the physically strongest. Sindel also has the highest body count canonically, since she kills half the cast in MK9, albeit only after receiving one hell of a power-up from Shao Kahn beforehand in the form of all the souls housed within Shang Tsung's body.
    • Surprisingly, Johnny Cage of all people becomes the strongest male kombatant by the time of MKX. At the start of the game, two years after the end of the previous game, Johnny kicks Scorpion and Sub-Zero's asses simultaneously before defeating the aforementioned Jax as an evil undead revenant. But that's nothing compared to when Johnny manages to hand the Fallen Elder God Shinnok's ass to him a sliver platter, due to Johnny using The Power of Love to protect Sonya from Shinnok and unlocking his inner power in the process. NetherRealm Studios foreshadowed this development in Johnny's MK9 bio and Arcade Ladder ending, where it's established he's descended from an ancient Mediterranean cult that bred warriors with might surpassing that of ordinary mortals — a status he surely lives up to in X.
    • At the end of MKX, Johnny's daughter Cassie inherits his power and also beats Shinnok (in his One-Winged Angel form after corrupting and absorbing Earthrealm's Jinsei), therefore giving her a stake on the claim of strongest female character.
  • Neptunia, due to being a series with multiple Physical Gods, has two top contenders for this role, both of whom have the distinction of The Older Immortal.
  • Zarya, Overwatch's resident Brawn Hilda/Husky Russkie, is the World's Strongest Woman. Mother Russia Makes You Strong, after all.
  • In Planescape: Torment, reaching the maximum 25 points in the Strength stat will make you "one of the strongest men in the Multiverse". Vhailor can also become this if you resurrect him for the final battle against The Transcendent One.
  • Pokémon has Mewtwo. A man-made Pokémon cloned from Mew, it is called the most powerful Pokémon in the world thanks to its vast psychic powers. In Gen I and Gen II, its offences were unparalleled. If that wasn't enough, its Mega Evolutions give Mewtwo a higher stat total than Arceus (and therefore all the other Pokémon, only matched by Mega Rayquaza and only outright surpassed by the unobtainable Eternatus Eternamax) and the highest base Special Attack (Y) and Attack (X) stats of all Pokémon.
  • [PROTOTYPE]:
    • Alex Mercer is clearly the strongest man in his universe. At least, until the sequel... He can throw a destroyed helicopter at another helicopter with ease.
    • There are references in both games to... something known only as Pariah which according to the web of intrigue is like Mercer, only even stronger and harder to kill.
  • Resident Evil:
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has Revan, who is both the strongest Jedi and Sith of his era. He studied both the light and dark sides of the Force and was able to channel them simultaneously, easily able to defeat his opponents with little effort.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic has the respective leaders of the Jedi Order and the Sith Empire.
    • Satele Shan being the Grand Master of the Jedi Order and a descendant of Revan, the remarkably powerful Jedi-Turned-Sith-Turned-Jedi, Satele is likely the most powerful Jedi alive by the events of the game. Besides, you'd pretty much have to be the strongest to even qualify to make Grand Master. Eventually she loses this distinction to the Jedi Knight or Consular, who become more powerful than her towards the end of their class quests.
    • Emperor Vitiate is the most powerful Force user of his time and one of the most powerful of all time, possibly only surpassed by Dark Empire Palpatine who was born over 3,000 years after his death (a source of debate among fans).
  • Street Fighter:
  • 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.
  • Tekken:
    • The title probably goes to Craig Marduk. In his (non-canon) ending in Tekken 5, he's shown performing feats of strength such as grabbing all the ropes on a side of a boxing ring and simultaneously pulling them until they snap and punching one of the corner posts so hard it bends around his fist. One of his intros in 7, on the other hand, has him lifting up and tossing a SUV. The only characters in the series shown to exceed these feats were either supernatural beings or combat robots built for extreme strength, while Craig is a normal human.
    • Another contender for the title of strongest mortal man in Tekken is Heihachi, who lacks the demonic powers and/or supernatural sensitivity of the other Mishima family members. Yet Heihachi can catch a hatchet/bullet with his teeth, survive humongous explosions at point-blank range (as well as being flung miles away and crash-landing into rubble), and even overpower his Devil-powered son and grandson and wife. True, he was ultimately killed by his son Kazuya but only after he had beat his son out of his One-Winged Angel form and forced Kazuya to fight normally. He also survived Akuma's Raging Demon, which usually spells certain death for its victims, possibly implying Heihachi was already weakened during his final battle with Kazuya.
  • Lara Croft from Tomb Raider is likely the strongest woman in her world considering she can move blocks of Egyptian stone like featherweights and blow up a helicopter with one throw of her pickaxe.
  • Touhou Project:
    • Yuugi Hoshiguma. 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 Youkai of Flowers, who despite not having a fancy special ability like Yukari does, compensates with pure, raw power. Youkai get Stronger with Age. Yukari's age is undetermined, 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.
    • Even then there's the Lampad/Hell fairy, Clownpiece, who is, frankly speaking, strong, so Cirno is just the strongest fairy in Gensokyo, anyway... and even that might not hold water any longer seeing as Clownpiece recently moved to Gensokyo.
  • Trails Series:
    • While many characters could apply, few can compare to McBurn, an Enforcer of Ouroboros and one of the strongest characters in the setting, to the point that most of the time the protagonists fight him, it's either a Heads I Win, Tails You Lose situation, or they actually manage to put up a fight, and in that case... he actually gets serious. In fact, part of his motivation for working with Ouroboros is to find someone that can actually give him a challenge.
    • Arianhrod, the Steel Maiden, a female Knight in Shining Armor and Anguis of Ourobors more than capable of overpowering any opponent with her massive lance. To put it into perspective, she's stated to be able to fight McBurn to a standstill, and she already has. It helps that she's an immortal Awakener.
  • World of Warcraft: Kerri Hicks at the Darkmoon Faire is the World's Strongest Woman. (Well, that's her title at least, and being a circus performer, it may not be entirely accurate.)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2:
    • Mythra is the true power of the legendary Aegis and gives a Curb-Stomp Battle to almost everyone until Chapter 6 where Jin shows his true form. It's stated that she has the power to blow three titan continents away (which isn't an exaggeration). She's so strong that Fan La Nore could only weaken Mythra, rather than completely disable her power. She can also wield the element of light. In gameplay terms, she's a Purposely Overpowered Game-Breaker that is generally considered the best playable Blade in the game (although this isn't the case after the DLC due to some of the Blades you get through the DLC Challenge Battle Pack, as well as Poppi QT Pi).
    • Jin is the strongest Blade in Torna and has the power to manipulate Elementary Particles, meaning he can go faster than the speed of light which makes all of Mythra's powers completely worthless including Foresight and Siren's Particle Cannon. Rex gets absolutely destroyed by him in a matter of minutes and he's able to break Mythra's sword! It's only when Rex gets a new power-up (Pneuma, which is the combined power of Mythra and Pyra) that Jin is able to be defeated.
    • Malos, who is second-in-command of Torna, is an Aegis like Pyra/Mythra, thus making him equal in power to them (and by extension Pneuma) and far more powerful than Jin, he can manipulate the power of darkness as that is his element, wields an Aegis sword that resembles the Monado and he’s also powerful enough to destroy matter itself. As the Final Boss of the game he controls the most powerful artifice Aion, which has the power to destroy all of Alrest.
    • Zenobia is a Physical Goddess and as such is very strong indeed. In story terms she's so strong that every Unique Monster falls to her easily, leaving her completely bored. When she finally has a Worthy Opponent to fight, she reveals that she was never taking the fight seriously until the very end. She admits, however, that she would never be able to defeat Mythra due to Mythra being more skilled.
  • Yakuza:
    • The most prominent and dominant contender for the title of the strongest in the entire series would be Kazuma Kiryu, the legendary Dragon of Dojima, which is only further augmented by the fact that he is also the most skilled fighter. The infamously deadly Amon Clan specifically consider him to be the "ultimate lifeform" after he repeatedly proves too strong despite their usage of many deadly technology and being extremely strong fighters in their own right, not only casually besting the Amon siblings, but also being particularly despised yet also acknowledged by Jo Amon, the leader of the clan. Be it strength, resilience, and speed, Kiryu easily displays the greatest amount of physical power: He is capable of curb-stomping dozens of enemies, going as far as to take out buildings and 100 Tojo Clan members while hardly breaking a sweat, can readily handle dangerous real beasts without much effort, and being bitten and attacked by them doesn't do much. Bullets are also of little threat to him, as he can easily react to them with his body and even if he does get shot, he can shrug off explosions caused by missiles and has survived repeated lethal shots to the end. He is also able to overpower some of the most formidable fighters of the underworld, including legendary individuals and strong fighters in charge, most prominent examples including the likes of Ryuji Goda, who happens to also have the nickname of the Dragon of Kansai, meaning Kiryu, after having also handily defeated Keiji Shibusawa, is the "true dragon", Akira Nishikiyama and Masato Aizawa, despite fighting the latter two Koi tattooed Yakuza in a weakened state and their dedication to acquiring the strength to defeat him having made them rigorously train themselves, Daigo Dojima and Masaru Watase, the reigning heads of Tojo and Omi, with the former straight up admitting he was no match for him, and regularly defeats Goro Majima, a fellow yakuza legend with the title of the Mad Dog of Shimano. Even after his time has passed and he's in his 50s, Kiryu's strength is still prominent and overwhelming, as displayed when he quite casually handles Kasuga Ichiban, a rising dragon in his own right, and his group, imagined to be so powerful that he was like a real dragon, and when he is summoned as an ally, his strength can create a large dragon and slam it at the target to be among the most powerful attacks available.
    • The other candidate is Taiga Saejima. He has no legendary title unlike Kiryu or his sworn brother Majima and his "legendary act" was done by surprise and using a gun rather than physical prowess... But even so, he quickly establishes himself as the most physically powerful character, with all his moves capitalizing on his insanely overwhelming strength and physical resilience, along with having the sufficient speed, even if he isn't particularly reliant on acrobatics or agility. Saejima's abilities as a playable character have him accomplishing feats that not only rival Kiryu, but also at times even exceed his, such as picking up vehicles and slamming them on others, stopping a speeding car to move out of the way, ripping off extremely thick objects and swinging and using them against enemies with ease, and even slamming the ground with enough force to cause a shockwave as well as being able to grab heavyset sumo enemies that can push aside even Kiryu. Story-wise, he is the only fighter thus far who is capable of reaching an actual stalemate with Kiryu in a fair, all-out battle, keeping up with him pretty well in their first fight despite being injured, and reaching a Double Knockout in their second fight. The only time where Kiryu can defeat him is the Victory Road Tournament Finals, which is of dubious canonicity. Overall, while who is truly more powerful cannot be accurately estimated, Saejima can still reliably be considered the only person who can contest Kiryu's spot as the strongest character in the series. Likewise to Kiryu, he's defeated an Amon Clan member and does it without breaking much of a sweat, and he's won against Majima in all their fights as well. During a fight against Kasuga Ichiban and his group, with him and Majima working together, while both were holding back, Saejima is shown to be visibly less affected by the fight and even confidently states he'll get serious, indicating like Kiryu, he could have wiped the floor with them without much effort either. As a poundmate, Saejima, like Kiryu, can actually induce a disaster-like attack with sheer power alone, causing a huge cyclone just by spinning a metal object.

    Visual Novels 
  • Fate Series:
    • Fate/stay night:
      • Gilgamesh 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 while a small handful of stronger entities exist in the Nasuverse, Gilgamesh is the strongest regular Servant as well as the strongest that isn't an out-and-out god or Eldritch Abomination.
      • 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.
      • Heroic Spirits' power can potentially be much greater than what they were were in life (which is saying something because many were very explicitly superhuman to begin with), based on the age and the fame of their legend. Gilgamesh's legend is the oldest heroic tale on Earth, so in addition to granting him great power on the basis of age, this status pretty much makes his fame self-reinforcing. And Heracles is the most famous hero, period. Heroic Spirits also get even greater strength if they're fighting on the "home turf" of their legend, meaning Gilgamesh would be stronger in Mesopotamia and Heracles in Greece. Though Fate/stay night took place in Japan, which was pretty much neutral ground for the Servants who got summoned note  but all of this muddies the waters about which Servant really is the World's Strongest Man.
    • Fate/Grand Order:
      • The Cosmos in the Lostbelt storyline introduces the Kings of the Lostbelts. Each one is so titled because they were determined by the Tree of Emptiness within their respective Lostbelts to be the most powerful living beings within it, bar none. Even the weaker ones among their numbers such as Ivan the Terrible or Qin Shi Huang have the capacity to devastate entire countries and continents with their power. The strongest ones can destroy the entire planet with only some level of effort, with it being indicated they could wreck the whole solar system and beyond going all out.
      • Fate/Grand Order also introduces the concept of Grand Servants. The Grand Servants are the absolute strongest of their respective Class and they are meant to be summoned against threats against humanity while the regular Servants are meant to be mere backup. Grand Servants are granted bodies much more powerful than regular Servants. There can be multiple candidates for the position, but there can only be one filling the position at a time. It is also noted that Servants with Divinity are barred from the position, meaning that Servants like Karna, Gilgamesh and Heracles are barred from these titles despite being otherwise the most powerful Servants of their classes. The first arc introduces Grand Caster, Solomon, with Merlin and Gilgamesh named as potential candidates, as well as the Grand Assassin, the first person to hold the title of Hassan-i-Sabbah. The second arc reveals that the Grand Archer and Grand Lancer are previously introduced Servants, Orion, unconstrained by Artemis hijacking his vessel, and Romulus, fully unleashing his normally suppressed divinity. Romulus becomes Grand Lancer despite being a god through the loophole that he used to be human and is still greatly connected to humanity. The arcade version of the game reveals that the Grand Rider is Noah, builder of the Ark.
  • In Majikoi! Love Me Seriously!, 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 just so 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 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.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • 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.

    Web Comics 
  • Kill Six Billion Demons:
  • In Problem Sleuth, the title (which allows its holder to wield the Megaton Key) is first held by Mobster Kingpin and later by Ace Dick.
  • Survival Story of a Sword King in a Fantasy World: It's left unclear if protagonist Ryu Han-Bin is actually the strongest, but at the very least, Hanbin's glitched Guideline has resulted in him gaining physical strength and fighting abilities greater than most opponents he encounters, to the point that his sword swings can re-arrange the landscape, and the most damage he takes in a fight thus far comes from him finally unlocking his aura subconsciously during an intense fight, which is so powerful that it proves as damaging to Hanbin as it is to his opponent. It's to the point that Hanbin often has to be absent or separated from his allies in order for them to have any serious stakes in the plot, and Hanbin is often waylaid by external factors that mean he doesn't want to or can't utilise his full strength in a fight, the main one being that, if he shows off his strength too much, people might identify him as an Otherworlder.
  • Tower of God has four contenders: Jahad, Enryu, Phantaminum, and Urek Mazino. All of them are Irregulars i.e. people who entered the Tower from Outside.
    • Jahad conquered the Tower and became its hegemon, establishing a mighty civilization across the Tower in his own name. It was noted that he was the most powerful of the original Irregulars who climbed the Tower, with Arie Hon, who was the strongest of the 10 Family Heads, admitting inferiority after having lost to him all the ten times he challenged him. Just receiving his blood is enough to turn people into mighty warriors. Before the arrival of Enryu and Phantaminum, Jahad firmly held the rank of one throughout the entire Tower and despite his inactivity and the truly superior might of those two, it was regarded by Po Bidau Gustang, a Family Head who knew both Jahad and Urek Mazino, another Irregular who held the title of the strongest Ranker active in the present until his return to activity, that Urek would be incapable of killing him, making him the current strongest man active upon coming out of his hibernation.
    • During the reign of Jahad, Enryu appeared on the 43rd Floor and slaughtered its Guardian, a feat impossible for even Jahad. During that battle, the 43rd Floor was reduced to a wasteland and many of Jahad's followers perished. After that incident, Enryu vanished and currently his whereabouts are unknown. He overtook Zahard as the strongest person in the Tower until the arrival of Phantaminum.
    • Phantaminum is currently the most powerful being of the Tower, being an Axis whose power and status is above the story, meaning no one apart from another Axis is capable of challenging him at all. Even Enryu was confirmed to be no match for him, while Phantaminum was stated to be fully capable of obliterating the entire Tower if he wanted to. To wit, the series creator seriously doubted that he would ever appear in the story. Without people even knowing his status and power as an Axis, Phantaminum infiltrated Jahad's fortress by himself and massacred most of its personnel, all of them High Rankers. Almost everyone who survived his rampage lost his mind out of sheer terror over witnessing his power. Like Enryu, Phantaminum mysteriously vanished after the incident, but since then he was regarded as the strongest, with the people of the Tower giving only Enryu a snowball's chance in hell in a fight against him and at one point considering Urek Mazino, who personally came into the Tower tracking down Phantaminum, as being the loser in a fight between them.
    • Another Irregular, Urek Mazino, while not as powerful as the aformentioned three, still managed to accomplish many stupendous feats upon entering the Tower that led to him earning the rank of four through the entire Tower and surpassing the might of the 10 Family Heads (who are all also Irregulars; notice a pattern?), which included climbing the Tower in just fifty years, stalemating Arie Hon (the strongest of the 10 Family Heads before getting to the Top), and establishing an N.G.O. Superpower as influential as the 10 Great Families, if not more so. Overall, with Enryu and Phantaminum's whereabouts unknown and Jahad in hibernation, Urek took the title of the strongest man active until Zahard's return.

    Web Original 
  • Mr Mendo, though she's only "The Internet's Strongest Man." (IRL, she can leg press over 1000 lbs.)
  • 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.
    • It turns out that Scion is neither a parahuman nor a superhero. He's the source of most powers and the final enemy.

    Web Videos 
  • Crypt TV: Whilst every monster appears capable of merely ripping apart a normal human on top of possessing supernatural powers, there are a select few that are implied to be the top of the pack known as the Divine Creatures of Darkness, not to mention that that at least two beings are essentially gods, one of whom seeks to use their power to end the world. However, among the former group is a member called the Look-See, with a Word of God reply indicaing that it is the strongest of them all, or at least the most deadly. Whilst the comment implies it was a top-of-the-head observation, when the Look-See did battle with other monsters in the creepypasta episodes, inlcuding a fellow Divine Creature who embodies the concept of death and a monster made with a literal death wish against the Look-See, not only did it never techically lose, but even won against the latter.
  • False Swipe Gaming: Snorlax is the absolute best Pokémon Gen 2, and every single video covering Gen 2 will always mention this.
  • Supermarioglitchy4's Super Mario 64 Bloopers: The creators of the series have gone on to create a tiering list for their various characters, with Zero placed at the front of the S-Tier, the highest possible level. And a good deal of evidence supports this position; not only does fellow S-Tier Mellony struggle against him battle, but Zero is later revealed to be the fusion of two Meme Guardians. As two Meme Guardians need to work together to harness the power of memes, which enables one to do almost anything, this means Zero has a massive advantage over pretty much everyone, on top of his corruption, life draining and physical abilities.

    Western Animation 
  • 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. The former means a properly trained Avatar can counteract almost any bending style, while the latter is makes the Avatar a Person of Mass Destruction who can reshape continents.
    • Firelord Ozai was considered the world's strongest Firebender, with only his brother Iroh giving him any competition, during his rule in the closing days of the war. In fact, it's on more than one occasion stated that other than Iroh and the Avatar, no other bender of any element might be able to beat him. Not Azula, not Toph, not the members of the White Lotus. This is especially true during the passing of Sozin's Comet, at which point he can create fires so massive he'd have been able to single-handedly burn down a decent portion of the Earth Kingdom (from atop an airship, mind you). He loses this title at the end of the series, when Aang takes away his bending.
      Zuko: Uncle, other than the Avatar, you are the only person in the world who might be able to defeat the Firelord.
      Iroh: Even if I could defeat him, and I'm not saying I can, history would just remember it as one brother killing another for power.
    • Katara is all but explicitly the most powerful Waterbender alive, and is likely one of the most powerful benders in the world (alongside Zuko and Toph). The only thing stopping her and the rest of the original team from being more active is their advanced age.
    • 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. By the time of Korra, she is very likely the most powerful non-Avatar earthbender who has ever lived, and is probably in the running for the strongest bender alive at that point (rivaled only by Zuko and Katara).
    • Zuko, much like the rest of the surviving members of the original Team Avatar, is still far and away one of the greatest benders alive and still holds his own in a fight; it's just that nothing can make up for the fact that he's almost a century old and that does hold him back... if other factors also work against him. It's noted just above that despite hypothetically being in a situation where he shouldn't even be able to firebend, he still does.
    • 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. To help put this further in perspective, the creator of Bloodbending needed the full moon to boost her Waterbending to a high enough level to do so. Amon can psycically Bloodbend without a full moon, so he's always that strong.
  • Castlevania (2017):
    • Dracula is hands down the strongest character, so much so that his power is considered a force of nature or that of the Devil rather than just one strong vampire. This is especially evident in the final battle: Dracula, despite being in a badly weaked state due to having refrained from drinking blood and generally being at the end of his tether because of the loss of his wife Lisa, demolishes Alucard (his half-vampire son), Trevor Belmont, and Sypha Belnades with only mild difficulty. The heroes don't even defeat Dracula either; he simply has a Heel Realization and My God, What Have I Done? moment after nearly killing his own son and lets himself get staked. At full health, Dracula is shown in a flashback to be no less than an Invincible Villain.
    • As far as squishy mere mortals go, Vampire Hunter Trevor Belmont is easily the strongest human man we see in the show (which is fitting given his Heroic Lineage). Even without his holy whips, Trevor can kill a massive Werewolf with his bare hands, send a demon flying with a kick, and equal Alucard in a sword fight. While Trevor might've been physically outclassed by Dracula, the Morning Star Whip wielded by Trevor was the only thing that succeeded in actually hurting Drac during the whole fight. In Season 3, Trevor Dual Wielding both his whips was able to one shot the Visitor, a super demon who had just absorbed the souls of an entire town. In Season 4, Trevor is able to fight The Man Behind the Man Death who was going to use Dracula himself like a puppet to usher in the apocalypse and Trevor using the Godzilla Threshold actually manages to kill Death. While he almost died in the process, Trevor in all probability is the mightiest character in the series for that feat.
  • 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.
  • The Flintstones: Bamm-Bamm is billed as the strongest baby in the world, and in later cartoons the strongest teen in the world. By the time of "Hollyrock A-Bye Baby", his and Pebble's baby daughter Roxy is the new strongest baby in the world.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures episode "The J-Tots" has Bartholomew Chang assemble the Chang Gang, consisting of Evil Counterparts of the J-Team members. Tohru's counterpart is Helga Sorenson, the world's strongest woman, who is shown to be even stronger than the world's strongest man.
  • Masters of the Universe:
  • 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."
  • Steven Universe:
    • At the top of the pyramid are The Diamonds, leaders of Homeworld, who are considered to be the universe's strongest Gems. Peridot says that while each Gem type has their own strengths and weaknessnes, the Diamonds do not, and are supposedly perfect in every way. "Perfect" may just be propaganda to keep their image up among their citizens, but they're still powerful enough to instantly poof most other Gems and are difficult to best in combat. Between the four of them, White Diamond is even larger, stronger, and even thinks of the other Diamonds as being flawed compared to her.
      • The difference in power between normal Gems and Diamonds is best showcased in the "Reunited" two-parter. Blue and Yellow engage the full roster of Crystal gems and, despite a few good hits particularly from Lapis Lazuli, they dominate the fight. Yellow is able to instantly poof any gem she desires because she naturally generates the energy that Jasper and other homeworlders had to use a special tool to utilize. Blue has the ability to manipulate emotion, which she has weaponized to a degree that she can simply stop the CGs from fighting her. At no point during the battle is either Diamond at risk of being defeated.
    • Among lesser gems, there are Lapis Lazulis. Their power is absolute control of water, with a later episode directly stating that her race's purpose in the Gem hierarchy is terraforming entire planets. Even among them, The CG!Lapis stands out. In "Ocean Gem", she is able to control the entire ocean, even with her gem cracked. In the same episode, she is able to create water clones that can easily defeat the main characters. When Steven repairs her gem with his previously mentioned healing powers, she also gets the ability to create water wings to fly, which she can summon even without a nearby water source. In general, the series counterbalances this by making Lapis a flighty PTSD sufferer who has no interest in the overall conflict, and tends to leave the scene whenever possible. The few times she does participate in fights, she dominates the opposition, even if they're other Lazulis.

    Real Life 
  • The current record holder for an assisted bench press is Ryan Kennelly at 1,070 pounds.
  • The world record for deadlift at 1,122 pounds is held by Brian Shaw, who has won the World's Strongest Man and Arnold's Classic competitions multiple times.
  • The World's Strongest Man, an annual competition pitting 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. Similar to Minerva's "assisted" feat in the pro wrestling section, 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. He would also go on to win the 2018 World's Strongest Man competition, after making the podium on five other occasions. He also dramatically won the January 2015 "World's Strongest Viking" contest in Norway by carrying a 650kg (1,433 pound) 9.8m (32 foot) "monster log" on his shoulders and carrying it for thre steps. This was based on the feat recorded in The Icelandic Sagas of Orm Storulfsson the Strong carrying the mast of a viking longship (said to be that same length and weight) for three steps before breaking his back. Storulfsson's record had stood for a thousand years until Björnsson broke it (and notably didn't break his back).


Alternative Title(s): Worlds Strongest Woman

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