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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."

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.


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.
    • 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, he wields virtually absolute power over the Titans as well as the Subjects of Ymir. 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.
  • 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's Yujiro Hanma. His title is the "Strongest Creature in the World."
    • And now Baki holds that title after Yujiro willingly gave it to Baki. Even after curb stomping Baki with ease after going all out in their Fabled final battle.
  • 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.
  • Black Clover:
    • As the current Wizard King, Julius Novachrono is the strongest mage in the Clover Kingdom. Licht, 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.
    • 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, he notes that her massive power is not just from being royalty but also an unknown human strength.
  • Mako "Valkyria" Fujisaki from Brynhildr in the Darkness is the strongest witch known, a S-Rank who can use eight different types of magic. The usual is one, sometimes two. As a result, she is The Dreaded.
  • Guts the protagonist of Berserk 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’s 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 so far cannot harmed by any mortal means.
  • Bleach: The leaders of both the Soul Reapers and the Quincies prove themselves to be the strongest of their respective races:
    • 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 a 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.
    • Yhwach, the Big Bad of the final arc, is 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.
  • A Certain Magical Index: Accelerator holds the title as far as the general public is concerned, being the strongest of only seven Level 5 espers in existence (as he is fond of reminding everyone). There are, however, several characters who outclass him, with the actual most powerful probably going to Aleister Crowley. The most powerful confirmed entity in the series is Crowley's mentor Aiwass, but he/she/it isn't human.
  • Teresa from Claymore is known as the strongest Claymore of all generations. This is understating her capability; she's an order of magnitude stronger than anyone else, and when she goes rogue, she's capable of single-handedly curb-stomping an entire team of high-ranked Claymores.
    • According to trainee twins, Raki is the strongest known human.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Goku is the straight version of this trope. He holds this title at various points throughout Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, although he has been upstaged several times. After Piccolo merges with Kami, he become the strongest of all the heroes and Gohan held this title after the Cell Games once he become a Super Saiyan 2 (and Goku dies) and the end of Buu Arc once old Kai awakened all of Gohan's hidden power. By Battle of Gods it's strongly hinted that Goku regains this status, which is why Vegeta freaks out when he hears Goku lost to Beerus with only two hits. After becoming a Super Saiyan God, Goku is able to fight on par with Beerus. It doesn't last long and he loses his Super Saiyan God form, but keeps the memory of godhood, which boosts his power to the point that there is no real power difference even as a regular Super Saiyan. Even then, he still loses to Beerus, who only uses 70% of his full power (and we later learn that was severe overkill on Beerus's part). In Resurrection 'F', Goku not only mastered Super Saiyan God, but can now he merge it with his regular Super Saiyan form, becoming a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (or Super Saiyan Blue). He's still not on Beerus' level, but he's much closer to closing the gap and is the strongest thing on Earth. In Dragon Ball Super, after the revelation that Monaka isn't the powerful fighter that Beerus makes him out to be, Goku becomes the strongest mortal fighter in Universe 7, at least until Dragon Ball Super: Broly, where the titular Saiyan takes the title from Goku due to not only being able to defeat Goku, Vegeta and Frieza at their strongest, but requiring Goku and Vegeta to fuse into Gogeta and then transform into their most powerful form to defeat Broly's own strongest transformation. Even then, Goku in all likelyhood would probably put up a decent fight against Broly if he used Ultra Instinct, but since Goku cannot conciously access that power Broly can be reliably deemed stronger.
    • In a weird twist, Krillin ends up being the strongest normal human in the group, although some of his friends like Yamcha are sometimes pointed out giving him a run for his money. That is, if we're not counting Uub (biologically 100% human, but the magical reincarnation of an incredibly powerful majin) and Tenshinhan (who is, according to the Word of God, partially descended from an Alien race). On the female side of things, both Education Mama Chi-Chi and Action Girl Videl are alternately pointed out as being the World's Strongest Women, both being ridiculously strong compared to average civilians. Android 18, while technically stronger than both of them, doesn't exactly qualify on the account of being a cyborg.
    • In Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha!, the unnamed protagonist (who wakes up in Yamcha’s body after seemly dying) turns the desert bandit into the strongest Earthling alive to avoid getting killed. This version of Yamcha no sells every single Saibaman exploding him, kills Nappa effortlessly and then even holds his own in fight against goddamn Vegeta.
    • Mr. Satan is touted in-universe as the world's strongest man, and it might actually be true if only counting humans who rely solely on muscle strength rather than being enhanced by Ki Manipulation (outside of characters such as Yajirobe and Nam, who have since retired).
    • Master Roshi in the past. In the Dragon Ball Super manga, Roshi holds in his own against Jiren with his own Ultra Instinct power thanks to three hundreds of training as an Old Master, meaning he may be World's Strongest human once again.
    • Gohan. At the end of the Cell Saga, he becomes the strongest character after becoming a Super Saiyan 2. By the end of the Buu arc, he was the strongest unfused character after Old Kai unlocked his full power. However, he falls behind both times because he lacks the dedication to train unlike his father and Vegeta and is more interested in academics than fighting. By the time of Resurrection 'F he can only go up to a base Super Saiyan, and his poor performance during that time and the universe being in danger again causes him to start training again. It's worth noting Goku and Vegeta agree that Gohan's limitless potential exceeds either of theirs, even after they both obtained Super Saiyan Blue, Gohan could catch up and surpass his father if he committed to training.
    • Frieza, at the time of his introduction, was the most powerful living mortal in the universe when everything stronger was a god, dead and training in the afterlife, or sealed away. Defeating him was akin to taking on a god in and of itself, and it took fulfilling an ancient prophecy of the Saiyan race to achieve. After coming back from the dead and buckling down to do some actual training with some extra mental training in Hell on the side, he managed to quickly rise the ranks once more, and while still weaker than the likes of Goku and Vegeta could very likely comfortably sit at "third-strongest" mortal. In Broly he actually lasts longer against the titular character than either Goku or Vegeta, and could be inferred as being the second most powerful mortal in terms of reliable power.
    • Jiren the Gray of Universe 11 is quite possibly the most powerful mortal in the multiverse, to the attempt that his power dwarfs that of the actual Gods of Destruction (including one who is stronger than Beerus), and most certainly the most powerful one of Universe 11. Of all the fighters in the Tournament of Power (constituting the best fighters of 8 of the 12 universes), Jiren is leaps and bounds above them all. Yes, including our heroes in Universe 7. When the Universe 6 Saiyan Kale loses control of her Super Saiyan form, Jiren casually blasts her to stop her (and this was a being who casually tanked a Super Saiyan Blue Kamehameha point-blank). When Goku and Jiren fought, Jiren shrugged off all of Goku's forms and even turned the Spirit Bomb on Goku. He even casually finds a way to break out of Hit's Time Stop! 11th-Hour Superpower after 11th-Hour Superpower gets smacked down by him. In the end, it takes Goku's Mastered Ultra Instinct, a form that not even the Angels and Gods can use, to actually give Jiren a serious fight... and it still isn't enough to beat him. The heroes only 'win' by dogpiling him and taking advantage of tournament rules by physically forcing him out of the ring.
    • Dragon Ball Heroes reveals Mr. Satan has an Alternate Self who is legitimately the strongest warrior of Universe 6 and next in line to become the God of Destruction. He is even stronger than Xeno Goku and Xeno Vegeta, though hilariously, he's never learned how to fly.
  • 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 is regarded as the most powerful human wizard in history. The only stronger being in existence on the physical plane is Acnologia, a Dragon Slayer who slew and absorbed the souls of countless dragons and can turn into one at will, so calling him "human" would be a stretch — he doesn't even consider himself human anymore anyway. Even though Zeref is immortal, he is terrified of Acnologia, fearing that Acnologia would spend an eternity torturing him and the similarly-cursed Mavis, and he feels that his only option is to reset time in order to prevent Acnologia from existing and undo his own evil actions.
    • After Zeref and Acnologia's deaths at the end of the series, the title presumably passes on to Natsu, 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.
    • As for the question of who is the strongest mortal man in the series, it becomes a bit murkier.
      • 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 gets 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.
      • 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 three Emperors' on his lonesome. And then he decides to pick a fight with Acnologia, who kills him easily.
      • 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 and 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 of course 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 in August. It's been repeatedly mentioned that he could very well be the strongest man in the series.
      • 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 ever defeated Gildarts in a straight fight, and ultimately only falls by his own hand, making him technically undefeated.
    • 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 to have actually defeated 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, leaving her technically undefeated.
  • 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 specie 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.
  • In High School D×D, Archangel Gabriel is a woman and has the title "The Strongest Woman in Heaven."
  • Sesshomaru from Inuyasha is the world's strongest demon (alive because their father was said to be far more so). The only demons shown to be on his level of strength are the Big Bad Naraku, whose powers stem solely from absorbing other demons and the Shikon no Tama, instead of himself, the demon that was sealed inside the Shikon no Tama, and Magatsuhi, the evil spirit of said Jewel. 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. His training comes from his desire to follow in the legacy of his and Inuyasha's powerful yokai father who no one stood a chance towards.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Jotaro Kujo from JoJo's 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 the chance right out of other Stand Users to use their abilities, 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, [[spoiler: 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 JoJo's 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.
    • Possibly surpassing Jotaro, Jonathan, and DIO is Kars from JoJo's 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.
  • Gojo Satoru in Jujutsu Kaisen is the unquestionably strongest sorcerer in the manga. Even the strongest Curse, Ryomen Sukuna will all the fingers recovered, is not enough to beat him and it's implied that he can pretty much kill the vast majority of humans in a large area by himself.
  • 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: The 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 with Syal in insanity mode, she's barely managing to keep up against him once the initial surprise wears off.
  • My Hero Academia has two contenders:
    • All Might, the Number One Hero and Symbol of Peace, 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.
    • 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.
    • Izuku Midoriya and Tomura Shigaraki, the apprentices of All Might and All For One respectively are on their way to become this. Tomura undergoes a painful surgery to successfully obtain the original All For One Quirk and his body has been enhanced to handle stronger Quirks comfortably and possesses far greater physical strength and durability than the average person. And this is on top of his original Quirk, which at full power is an incredible and nigh-unstoppable offense and defense rolled into one. On the other hand, Izuku possesses One For All as well as all the Quirks of previous One For All users (he has seven Quirks including One For All). He can manifest all of them at a greater magnitude, and given One For All's cumulative nature, he is bound to be physically stronger and faster than All Might.
  • Naruto
    • This has been used to describe the First, Third, and Fourth Hokages at various points, as well as Madara Uchiha. Once the Shinobi World War arc starts to get going, Naruto himself starts to enter this competition. However, everyone In-Universe seems to think that The Sage of the Sixth Paths, the man who invented ninjutsu and the only person so far who could defeat the Ten-Tails was the strongest man to ever live, and when Obito achieves a similar feat and becomes the Ten-Tails Jinchuriki, the former Hokage and even Madara Uchiha start to fear him.
    • From the start of the present-day story to his death, 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.
    • Orochimaru's primary goal is to become this. After getting defeated by Sasuke and dying and then getting his resurrected form immediately defeated by Itachi without much effort from either of them, he seems to have abandoned this goal after he's resurrected again in Chapter 593. Or at least he's willing to admit that he isn't (currently) capable of this goal — he still says he want to get Sasuke's Sharingan. He also says that he has become more interested in helping people with their own goals, rather than pursuing his own.
    • 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 Final Battle 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 by Sakura.
    • Guy has been outright acknowledged as the best taijutsu user alive, and this is coming from Madara, who personally fought the First Hokage and judges everyone by that goalpost.
    • The Sage of the Six Paths during his meeting with Naruto in the spiritual plane claims that his mother Kaguya was outright the most powerful being to ever live, since she was the one who claimed the power of chakra in the first place. She was a Physical Goddess while he was a "mere" demigod in comparison.
    • By the end of the series, among people who are still alive it's pretty much considered to be a tie between Naruto and Sasuke, with the two of them working together being roughly equivalent to the Sage of the Six Paths alone.
    • 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:
    • 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.
    • During his lifetime, the Pirate King Gold Roger was considered to be the strongest man in the world, and Whitebeard was considered to be the closest to his strength. When he died is when the title, by default, went to...
    • Whitebeard, who is called the actual world's strongest man... and it's probably not an exaggeration. He is powerful enough that the World Government find it necessary to pool pretty much their entire military might in preparation for his onslaught when a single crewmember of his is caught and scheduled for execution. Even with all their powers combined, they aren't certain of the outcome. This is partially because his long unknown Devil Fruit power is to create shockwaves. Big ones. As in "punch an island in two." However, his mere strength alone is still insane, with him stopping an entire ship that was pushed along the ground with his arm and not budging a bit, holding off the strike of a giant with one hand, defeating another giant, also with one hand and beating down Power-Nullifier Blackbeard, a very strong and powerful pirate in his own right, through strength alone. This is while he was suffering from a terminal illness, as well as being half deaf, half blind, missing half his face, and at death's door. It is implied he was way stronger twenty or so years ago, so, if anything, strongest man in the world is an understatement for him.
    • In general the Four Emperors, of whom Whitebeard was a member, are considered the strongest people in the world, to the point where Admirals are called in at the merest hint of any movement. Another of the Four Emperors, Kaido, has been described as the strongest "creature" in the world (with the explicit mention that it's believed nothing and no one in the world can take on him one-on-one and win), though it's unclear whether he held this title before Whitebeard's death.
      • To put this in perspective, Donquixote Doflamingo was given a Sadistic Choice where he would either be hunted down by the Admirals or incur the wrath of one of the Four Emperors (in this case, his business partner 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 fully shows why he is worthy of the title of strongest creature in Chapter 923 when Luffy stupidly tries attacking him. Kaido reduces some of Gear Fourth Luffy’s strongest attacks into The Worf Barrage and with a sigh curbs stomps Luffy harder than any antagonist since the Time Skip.
    • Speaking 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”.
    • 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 entire in a single stroke.
  • One-Punch Man.
  • Outlaw Star has a universal "Strong Man" competition 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".
  • 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 manga Rain, Rain is reputed to be the greatest warrior and general in the world. It's not hard to see why, considering he wields an Infinity +1 Sword, absorbed the power and lifeforce of a dragon, and has yet to decisively lose a battle. The only people who have given Rain a hard time in single combat are the Big Bad, a powerful demon king in human form, and an immortal hero who saved the world from demonic invasion centuries ago.
  • In Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, Adlet often calls himself this but it's known that Chamo is the strongest of them all. The worst part is that Chamo is a little girl.
  • Sailor Galaxia of Sailor Moon fame is the strongest woman in the universe, capable of destroying Tokyo with a warm-up without even bothering to transform and access her full power (nearly happened in the manga). When she transforms, she can depopulate the world with a small gesture (she did in the anime) and kill Sailor Senshi and similar enemies without even trying. Cue Oh, Crap! moment when she's found out to be the legendary hero the Sailor Starlights hoped would avenge them...
    • 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.
  • Senki Zesshou 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.
  • Black☆Star becomes this by the end of Soul Eater, to the point that even Big Bad Eldritch Abomination Asura compliments his strength that declares that he's transcended humanity to become some kind of warrior god (to which he shoots back that he's a human who surpassed godhood instead).
  • The Ultraman has main Ultra Ultraman Joneus, who bears the title of the strongest Ultraman of Planet U40.
  • Tokyo Ghoul:
    • The One-Eyed Owl, the legendary SSS ghoul. She is famous for murdering numerous strong Investigators, and leaving carnage in her wake as a serial cannibal. She is eventually dethroned by Kaneki, who defeats her in battle and leaves her seriously wounded. This all seems to have been according to her plans, though...
    • Special Class Kishou Arima, the undefeated Ghoul Investigator and strongest (known) character in the series. He is described as a genius prodigy, and people seem to either worship him, fear him, or envy him.
    • Tsuneyoshi Washuu is said to have been the strongest in his prime, earning him the title of "Demon Tsune." He has since settled into his role as a leader and patriarch of The Clan.
  • In Toriko, the Eight Kings of the Gourmet World are the mightiest beasts in the Gourmet World. One of them is a Battle Wolf like Terry whose capture level is 6090. Another is a giant horse with From a Single Cell functional immortality whose hoofprint is the size of a mountain range.
  • Thorkell the Tall in Vinland Saga, who is able to lift massive tree trunks with his bare hands, impale three men with a single javelin he threw from over a kilometre away, send Thorfinn flying with a single kick, and stop a galloping horse in its track by punching it out. And yet he's not the World's Best Warrior.
  • Sensui from Yu Yu Hakusho — world's strongest human. Kuwabara later receives the title of world's strongest human. It's a shame that his other companions are stronger demons.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    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.
  • Thragg from Invincible is the strongest Viltrumite and probably 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 equalled 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 afterwards. 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. And even 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 takes more damage from the sun and Mark ripping Thragg’s throat out for good measure. Yet 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.
  • Some older adventure strips from The Beano featured characters like this such as Morgyn the Mighty.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Fantastic Four: 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.
    • Speaking of 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Captain Marvel is often considered the "World's Mightiest Mortal," with an advantage towards Superman due to his magical nature.
    • Captain Marvel's tagline of "World's Mightiest Mortal" originated when he was with Fawcett and there were no real contenders for the title other than Black Adam and (possibly) King Kull. Even when DC licensed the character, he was envisioned as living in the "Earth-S" monoverse and didn't really cross over with the other DC characters much until after the events of 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; Captain Marvel's advantage is his magical nature (and ability to call down magical lightning), while Superman has long-range attacks in his arsenal like heat vision and freezing breath.
    • 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.
  • 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, most strongest men.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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).
  • 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 Captain Marvel 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 extent where Thor falls behind the Hulk in terms of strength, as well as his father Oden 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 Odin wielded.
    • Similar to Immortal Hulk, Thor is on cusp of becoming this title again as in his 2020 series 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 Galactus himself. Later on Herald Thor even defeats Black Winter a cosmic being greater than Galactus who can consume entire universes.
  • Supergirl:
    • Supergirl and Power Girl are other contenders for strongest woman in the DCU, being, power-wise, female Supermen.
    • 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 in Earth-2 and is less powerful, Mary Marvel lives in 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!"
  • Suske en Wiske: Jerom possesses all kinds of super powers that lend themselves to great gags, but also posed the story writers for a problem. It's so easy to use him as a Deus ex Machina that they need to send him off on vacation or give him a sleeping potion to make the stories not to predictable.
  • 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 deceased markedly after reader opinion turned against him, however.
  • 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 to space, humiliating Magneto and KO'ing Thor, 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.
  • 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 US government turns Manhattan into a nuclear deterrent against Russia (before he leaves to Mars and all hell breaks loose). Eventually Dr Manhattan is so above petty problems that he becomes apathetic with humanity and tells Ozymandias at the end that he will leave Earth to create his own worlds.
    • Dr Manhattan becomes a Canon Immigrant to The DCU in Doomsday Clock and instantaneously becomes the most powerful thing in it, easily overpowering the likes of Superman and the Reverse Flash.
  • Thanos becomes this in The Infinity Gauntlet storyline as 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, The Phoenix Force and Silver Surfer and has Psychic Powers and other abilities that can rival Doctors Strange. 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.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • 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.
    • Though Fridge Logic suggests that if she's not as strong as Superman in terms of invulnerability, she might not be as strong as Supergirl or Power Girl either. In any case she's probably isn't given the female Kryptonians as don't have to dodge or block bullets like she does. Although depending on the writer, she may be perfectly capable of taking a bullet without damage, but blocks them anyway because it's more effective psychologically.
    • More recent comics play this straight, as Diana actually has defeated Supergirl all by herself. Though Wonder Woman’s centuries of experience (plus being Semi-Divine) compared to Kara who hasn’t even figured out her limits is a unfavorable match-up.
  • 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 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 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 kills 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 the Evil Twin of Gambit, who's considered one of the weaker X-Men members.
    • 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, fullstop. More often than not,though, he is used as a garden — variety heavy hitter or is er 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.

    Fan Works 
  • 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 found out Antonio is still alive, and 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 advneturers 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.
  • In the Pony POV Series,
    • General Hercules Beetle is presented as this, at least for his own species. Most Changelings are no match for an Earth Pony in physical strength (Changelings' specialty is stealth, in all other areas they're far weaker compared to the other types of ponies), Hercules Beetle is on par with one in a test of strength (and that's before he goes One-Winged Angel) and is stated to be the 'second most dangerous Changeling in existence' behind Queen Chrysalis herself by the Interviewers, and even then it's not clear if she's actually physically stronger than he is even if she's undoubtedly got more power than him. He shows this by being able to fight ten very powerful ponies at once for a prolonged period of time, including some of Equestria's best Royal Guards, several Gifted Unicorns, and a black belt , and just barely loses. With Chrysalis' death (which resulted in the Changeling Queen's Reincarnation into an infant Zebralicorn), Hercules is now undoubtedly the strongest Changeling on the planet.
    • 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.
  • Ashes of the Past: Mewtwo is the World's Most Powerful Pokémon — and he will not let you forget it. It's bluntly stated by Dexter that this is not hyperbole, as the only Pokémon with the sheer power to match him is Arceus, the Pokémon equivalent of God, and even then it's a bit iffy. Arceus only edges out a win by the fact that he has far more control than the much younger Mewtwo, but since he's completely removed from the plot (and the world), the title defaults to Mewtwo.
  • In Zero 2: A Revision, out of all the Digimons to have existed, Huanglongmon aka the creator of the Guardian Beasts is universally considered to be one of the strongest Digimon to have ever lived, stronger than both Xeedmilleniummon or even Belialmyotismonnote  (who is using the Guardian God's Digicore). His sheer power is so great that upon Myotismon's transformation into Huanglongmon both Dragomon and even the Digiknight fears him and it is only when their Digimons sacrifice themselves for the Digiknight does they stood chance against him.
  • Harry Potter in Wizard Runemaster is stated to be a mage even stronger than the legendary Medivh by said man's ghost/spirit. Harry has yet to actually reach his full potential, which along with his sense of responsibility has Medivh name him Azeroth's new Guardian.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 on accident the moment he gets serious.
  • 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.

    Films — Animated 
  • Hercules due to him being a demigod. Even before he goes through hero training he's able to hurl a discus past the horizon effortlessly and destroy a town square by accident.
  • 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.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Albrecht in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989).
  • The Adventures of Captain Marvel film serial of the 1940's stars Captain Marvel, who channels the strength of Hercules, and is the strongest man in the world by virtue of being the only guy shown with out and out superpowers.
  • For all intents and purposes, Clark Kent aka Superman in the DC Extended Universe 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 argued there's 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.
    • Same as the comics Diana aka Wonder Woman is DC's strongest human woman; her presence in WW1 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 title of World's Strongest Man is very alternating, thanks to the ever changing power chart, though certain characters comes 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 Supersoldier turning himself into a Hulk-like Abomination succeed in defeating the Jolly Green Giant. By the time of The Avengers (2012), Hulk almost single handedly 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. Subverted in Thor: Ragnarok and afterwards. 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". 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 the Stormbreaker Axe, becoming the strongest Big Good in Infinity War as he overpowers Thanos while wielding all Six Infinity Stones and mortally wounded 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, Dr 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 still overpowers Iron Man, Thor with Stormbreaker and Captain America wielding Mjolnir! In a three on one fight, it took Tony using the Infinity Gauntlet himself to put Thanos down for good.
    • Lastly, Captain Marvel may be able to outshine them all, except Wanda. A human enhanced by the power of an Infinity Stone, 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 dueled Thanos on her lonesome and managed to overpower him to such a degree that a direct blow from him failed to even move her, visibly terrifying him in the process and forcing him to rip the Power Stone out of the gauntlet itself to get rid of her. Even then, a direct blow from the stone itself only managed to temporarily put her out of commission, and she was none the worse for wear by the end of the movie.
  • Neo The Chosen One from The Matrix, by the end of the first movie he has complete omnipotence inside the virtual world and forces the previous unbeaten Agents to flee like scared girl scouts. In the next movie Neo is directly compared to Superman and the Architect explains Neo is unique compared to previous chosen ones thanks to The Power of Love which helped resurrect himself and Trinity later.
    • The only character who matches Neo by the end is Smith his Evil Counterpart thanks Neo himself inadvertently turning Smith into a virus, in The Final Battle of The Matrix Revolutions Neo and Smith are so strong that they completely equal each other and make a near stalemate.
  • Muscle Beach Party features the world's strongest man, Mr. Strangdour, smashing through a wall and saved Frankie (Avalon) from his lunkhead son, just by using an ear twist. Strangdour is played brilliantly by Peter Lorre.
  • Fezzik, from The Princess Bride, played by André the Giant.
  • A few Force Users from Star Wars can hold a claim to this trope, though Sheev Palptine aka Darth Sidious tends to rise to the top in most cases, which is ironic for a seemingly frail old man. Palptine is pretty much unstoppable in combat, as The Clone Wars and Revenge of the Sith show. In fact, the sole Force User who surpasses Sidious in raw power at that point is Mace Windu, who not only overpowers Sidious but actually blows his Sith Lighting back at him. When Windu is killed by the combined efforts of Anakin and Sidious, this trope goes back to the Sith Lord. Yoda even warns Obi-Wan that he's the only one who stands a chance against The Emperor... but he still loses. In Return of the Jedi, Sidious isn't even beaten in a straight fight, as Vader gets him through a sneak attack when Sidious was busy torturing his son Luke.
    • Speaking of Darth Vader, as The Chosen One he was touted as being the most powerful person in the galaxy in his prime as Anakin Skywalker, with Lucas 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 Dragon Handicapped Badass we know today. Though despite being considered weaker than Sidious, from what's shown in the movies, Vader is the strongest warrior on the Dark Side thanks to Rogue One suggesting that he was holding back against Obi-Wan and Luke when he fought them. The only time we see Vader lose is when he pushes Luke's Berserk Button, and his son overpowers 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 no matter what Kylo does he never be as strong as his grandfather which makes him flip out.
    • The Rise of Skywalker 100% confirms Palpatine as the strongest Force user ever when he disables an entire battle fleet by generating a Force Storm of lightning. It's also revealed that he's been keeping a telepathic connection to Ben for decades, when Ben himself stated that trying to do the same for even a few minutes would have outright killed someone as powerful as Rey (and indeed, doing it for seconds does kill Leia). Rey does manage to overcome him, but only via harnessing power from all the dead Jedi, and the act of doing so immediately causes her own death.
  • 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.

  • The Belgariad graces us with a number of phenomenally strong characters — there are so many Big Guys that they actually form their own Five-Man Band of Big Guys, but the knight Mandorallen is something of a standout, crushing a lion to death just by squeezing. Probably one of the most memorable bits, though, is when he was preparing to attack two opposing armies simultaneously, which his companions managed to talk him out of, as they considered it suicidal... although one of them noticed both armies were visibly relieved that he had been called off.
    • Honorable mention (at least) to Barak, a berserker of the "turns into an actual bear" variety and pretty strong even in human form.
  • Gerard in The Chronicles of Amber, who's effectively the Strongest Man in The Multiverse.
    • Maybe. Ganelon manages to drop him, which the observers react to with varying degrees of surprise. Ganelon passes it off as Gerard being unprepared (and expresses his reluctance to attempt a rematch), but it still seems that Ganelon who is really Oberon, Gerard's father is at least a contender.
    • Even so Gerard may still hold on to the title, since being physically the strongest doesn't necessarily make you the best fighter. In a contest between Gerard and his (half-)brother Benedict, the smart money would not be betting against Benedict, especially if swords or other weapons were involved. At one point during Corwin's struggle to claim the throne of Amber, he confesses that if Benedict expressed a desire for it, he'd give up immediately, because Benedict is just that good (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.
  • Sam the World's strongest boy, one of four young carnival freaks starring in the Curiosity House series of mysteries. Thomas the Contortionist, Max the Knife thrower, and Pippa the Mentalist are the others. Performance work comes before playing Kid Detective, usually, but if it comes to that Sam can often uncover evidence professional investigators simply cannot and from areas they would not even consider looking in, or under.
  • In Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore is considered by many to be the strongest wizard alive, and is the only person the Dark Lord Voldemort ever truly feared. 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).
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    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, as of at least Season 3; thanks to the applications of Super Speed Barry is probably the most powerful being on the side of good. However, it's said that Barry's protege Wally is actually faster than him, but lacks his experience, and his ability to use his speed effectively is still developing, so he's more of a Glass Cannon compared to Barry. Other speedsters like Thawne, Zoom, and Savitar (the latter of which eventually turns out to be Barry's evil future self) are often introduced as being more powerful than Barry, but usually because of some cheatnote  and once things are evened, Barry is about even.
    • Including the Earth-38 residents, Kara Danvers/Supergirl is the most powerful hero; when the various heroes team up she easily curb stomps 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 powerfulnote , 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.
  • 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 she’s 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 a later episode she kills the half the cast before reality get 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 Illyria above 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 The Master and even defeated The Beast who's much stronger than any Slayer. Though Angel did outright lose to Spike (whose still 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.
  • 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 weight-lifting record, which was why the IMF recruited him for the pilot episode — they needed somebody who could carry a suitcase that contained a grown man inside without any outside observers being able to tell how heavy it was. Episodes in which he wasn't required to move heavy objects generally had him serve as an assistant to one of the other team members.
  • 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 and Religion 
  • Hercules in Classical Mythology is not only stronger then every man, he's stronger than the other gods too.
  • Also, Hot-Blooded Judge Samson from The Bible.
  • Jacob got his alternate name "Israel" (the exact meaning is not clear, but one possibility is "struggles with God") after an all-night wrestling match. At dawn, the man/angel (in some interpretations, God Himself) asks Jacob to release him, and gives him the new name. Jacob's strength is never particularly remarked on outside this incident, though, and it's at least implied that the contest was really more about stubbornness/mental strength than physical strength.
  • Magni, from Norse Mythology, who had the combined strength of both parents at the age of two. For the record, his parents were a giantess and Thor.
    • In one legend, Thor kills a giant who then falls on top of him, and none of the other gods can free Thor from under the giant until Magni arrives. Magni is "three nights old" when he lifts the giant's foot from Thor's neck. It may perhaps be worth noting that the name Magni literally means "Mighty."
  • Older Than Dirt: Gilgamesh, the first recorded epic hero, of The Epic of Gilgamesh.
  • Bhima in the Mahabharata. When he was two, his mother dropped him by accident on a stone and the stone broke. Keep in mind, he was two.
  • Omobe in Yoruba tradition, who was able to force his way into the spirit world and proved strong enough to best some of the orishas(equivalent to gods or angels) in wrestling matches.
  • In Japanese folklore, Nurarihyon is known as the most powerful of all youkai and the commander of the Hyakki Yakou. So what has earned him that fame? No one knows. Aside from breaking into people's houses and acting like he owns the place (which no one, not even the actual owners, ever even thinks of questioning until he has left), he never really does anything. Though very little aside from this is known about him, one has to admit that it is quite impressive that all of Japan's unruly spirits obey him.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • This is pretty much a stock wrestling character. Mark Henry is currently billed as the World's Strongest Man in WWE; apparently he was a winner of several Strongest Man competitions as well as an Olympic weightlifter, and he is the current world record holder for the ungeared squat at 430 kg. Previous World's Strongest Men include Bill Kazmaier (who also won a few Strongest Man competitions, and came to the ring holding a giant inflatable globe to evoke images of Atlas) and Ken Patera (who was an Olympic weightlifter). And let's not forget one of the first with this billing, Ted Arcidi.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Your older brother Gou in Big Bang Age is self-titled as the "weakest man in the world." The reality is that 99.9% of his power goes towards sealing the final boss. In the endgame he releases his seal and gets his power back. Unless you were seriously powerleveling Ryouga, Gou is bar-none the strongest character in the game.
  • BlazBlue:
    • There are several people in the series who can claim the title. There's Jubei, who is word for word described as the world's strongest living being, but suffers a Game-Breaking Injury caused by Phantom and Terumi. There's Hakumen, who is noted as being far more powerful than anyone else in the cast even though he only currently has access to 20-40% of his power. And then there's Azrael, who, to put it bluntly, is an unstoppable juggernaut; even the previously mentioned Hakumen refuses to fight him in a prolonged battle and prefers retreat to trying to take him down. Susano'o is a whole different story, being a god and possessing 100% of the Susano'o Unit's power after ripping Hakumen out of it and reclaiming it.
    • Ragna was this in the very first game, and he had a reputation and bounty to match it. Even in the later games, he can still hold his own against the characters listed.
  • Castlevania:
    • Dracula is the strongest, most powerful character in the whole series as well as being a 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.
  • 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. Though not canon to the games, Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers sees Anita effortlessly stop Oni, Akuma's Super Mode/One-Winged Angel. (Note that Akuma himself is a strong contender for World's Best Warrior in Street Fighter canon.)
    • 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:
  • Final Fantasy VII:
    • Sephiroth is called the strongest being on The Planet by pretty much everyone, with it being said that the tall tales of his abilities actually understate him rather than the opposite. The makers themselves have stated that there's nothing stronger than him in the world. True, Cloud and company do technically defeat him (four times counting Advent Children) but according to Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy's creator), Sephiroth was nowhere near his full power, and it's suggested he was holding back against AVALANCHE.
    • This is really driven in by Final Fantasy VII Remake. Despite taking on the entire party five-on-one, his overall demeanor suggests he is Just Toying with Them 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.
  • Kratos is the strongest being in all of Greece, if there was anything or anyone else stronger than him, it's because he wasn't there to kill it.
  • 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.
  • 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 Crazy 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:
    • As far as the classic timeline 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).
    • 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) 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.
  • 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 deilvers 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.
    • 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:
  • Street Fighter:
    • While Akuma, Oro and Gen fight for the position of World's Best Warrior, the strongest man (in terms of pure strength) is Zangief, who wrestles grizzly bears in the Siberian wilderness in his spare time.
    • According to Ryu in Street Fighter V, Abigail (who is the largest character in the series) has more physical strength than any of the aforementioned four. Luckily, he's also completely devoid of technique.
    • Ryu himself is a contender for this title, having been taught by both Gouken and Oro, and succeeding in defeating M. Bison (three times), as well as Seth and Necali. In the Ryu Final manga (which is a Distant Finale), Ryu manages to kill Akuma by making peace within himself. In the (non-canon) comics and other media, Ryu has also overpowered Oni (essentially Akuma's One-Winged Angel form) with his own Superpowered Evil Side and even defeated Dark Messiah Gill.
    • The other contender for World's Strongest Man is surprisingly Cody Travers. While he was always a One-Man Army in his own series, defeating an entire criminal organization, his immigration into SF canon has portrayed him as so ridiculously strong that he handicaps himself on purpose by wearing handcuffs. Even then, he's strong enough to break out of prison on a regular basis, voluntarily returning when he's bored of his time fighting in the outside world. If that weren't enough, Cody's win quote against Oni in Street Fighter IV has him proclaiming his excitement over getting a decent challenge at last. In the comics, when Cody removes his handcuffs, he knocks Ryu unconscious with a single uppercut.
    • Chun-Li is the self-proclaimed "Strongest Woman in the World": "No Man Can Compare!" In actuality, R. Mika is more likely the physically strongest woman given she's Zangief's pupil and knows "Muscle Power/Muscle Spirit", though Chunners has more technique and more muscled thighs. She was also trained by Gen, one of the few people who has given Akuma a genuine fight.
  • 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 show performing feats of strength such as grabbing all the ropes on a side of a boxing ring and simultaneously pulling them until they snapped and punching one of the corner posts so hard it bent 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).
    • Zenobia is a Physical God 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.
    • 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.

    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. There can be multiple candidates for the position, but there can only be one filling the position at a time. 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 supressed divinity.
  • 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, who just happens to be the current Sword Saint, a.k.a. the strongest swordsman in the world;
    • Though she doesn't get many chances to show off, Miyako is a skilled enough archer to be counted as one of the "Five Bows Under Heaven";
    • And finally, there's the "Four Sky Kings" that Momoyo belongs to, of which Ageha is also a member. Tsubame, one of the new heroines in the upcoming sequel, makes her cameo early as a member in the anime. Mayucchi also gains this distinction at the end of her path via Klingon Promotion.

  • 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.
  • Tower of God has three contenders: Jahad, Enryu, and Phantaminum. 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. Just receiving his blood is enough to turn people into mighty warriors.
    • 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.
    • Phantaminum is currently the most powerful being of the Tower, rumored to be capable of obliterating the entire Tower if he wanted to. One day, Phantaminum infiltrated Jahad's fortress by himself and massacred most of its personnel, all of them High Rankers. Those who survived his rampage went insane. Like Enryu, Phantaminum mysteriously vanished after the incident, but since then he was regarded as the strongest.

    Web Original 
  • Mr. Mendo, though he's only "The Internet's Strongest Man."
  • Homestar Runner has Pom Pom, as depicted in "The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest". In the original book, he offered to share with Homestar, who was disqualified.
    • Strong Mad isn't billed as "The Strongest Man in the World," but he's definitely one of, if not the, strongest people in the Homestar Runner universe. He can knock people halfway across Free Country, USA with one punch, and has also kicked a kickball so hard it flew all the way around the world and hit him from behind.
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, the Avatar is regarded as the strongest bender on the planet no matter what, by virtue of having access to all the bending arts and the Avatar State. 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Dracula from Castlevania is hands down the strongest character, so much so his power is considered a force of nature or the devil rather than just one strong vampire. It’s especially evident in the Final Battle where Dracula despite having refrained from drinking blood badly weakening him and generally being at the end of his tether at loss of his wife Lisa, still regardless demolishes Alucard (his son), Trevor Belmont and Sypha Belnades with only mild difficulty. Oh and in the end the heroes don’t even “defeat” Dracula he just has Heel Realization after kicking Alucard’s ass to point of nearly killing his son and lets himself get staked. At full health Dracula is shown in a Flash Back 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 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.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983): He-Man, THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE UNIVERSE!!!! His power-set is actually defined as being exactly as strong as he needs to be for any given task. Meaning that he'll always be at least slightly stronger than anyone he fights, no matter how strong they are.
    • His twin sister She-Ra probably counts as the World's Strongest Woman. And given that she spends most of her time on another planet she probably qualifies as the Strongest in Etheria regardless of gender.
    • He-Man's completely insane feats of strength include:
      • Pushing a moon out of orbit (which he's done twice).
      • Pushing aside mountains.
      • Reversing a tornado by swinging his sword in spirals fast enough to create a counter-vortex.
      • Running in circles fast enough to create a vacuum in order to cause a waterspout.
      • Drilling to the center of the planet with only a broken stalactite.
      • Dragging a huge spaceship down to the ground with a grappling hook.
      • One of his most dramatic feats may be this: Picking up Castle Greyskull and throwing it across half the continent.
    • In the 2002 remake, naturally it's still He-Man. The most obvious example is when he disposes of a several hundred ton tower that turns everyone around it into evil Snakemen by picking it up and tossing into the sun. A flashback episode reveals that in a previous generation, the title was held by his ancestor, King Greyskull. As in, "By the Power of Grayskull!"
  • Popeye has reached this level when spinached up; even without it, he's pretty strong.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: While a moose rather than a man, Bullwinkle J. Moose every so often performs feats of incredible strength, which he attributes to his "mighty moose muscle," or sometimes just "moose-le."
  • Steven Universe: The Diamonds, leaders of Homeworld, 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.

    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 5 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 3 steps before breaking his back. Storulfsson's record had stood for a thousand years Björnsson broke it (but notably didn't break his back).

Alternative Title(s): Worlds Strongest Woman


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