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  • Black Adam: There's not much out there that can hurt Teth-Adam; there have been times when neither he nor Captain Marvel could hurt the other.
  • Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!: Captain Carrot originally seemed to have about the same durability level as the Tick. His origin story paired him with Superman, and made it plain that he was nowhere near as tough as Supes, but that he could still withstand a lot of punishment. In The Multiversity, his resilience now operates by Toon Physics, meaning he can survive practically anything, including decapitation.
  • Darkseid is essentially a god and there are very few things that could even slow him down. Only his son Orion and Superman have been able to stand a one on one match with him. Similarly, Darkseid is one of the few opponents who can hurt Superman by way of having powers that are just that strong (as opposed to having a Kryptonite ray gun or otherwise exploiting the rules of Superman's powers.)
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  • Immortal Man was endlessly reincarnated with his memories intact.
  • This is the sole power of Turtle in Legion of Super-Heroes. Literally, he's simply very nearly completely invulnerable. He can be harmed, but not much and not without an excess of effort. He was rejected from the Legion due to his lack of offensive capabilities, but joined the Legion Auxiliary along with Night Girl and his friend Sizzle with the hopes of eventually graduating to the Legion proper.
  • The Martian Manhunter has this naturally, but can augment it through his shapeshifting abilities. Mostly Made of Diamond, but can become Made of Air through Intangibility and Made of Liquid by altering his molecular structure. On top of that, he can also regenerate.
  • The poster kids for External Repair would have to be the Metal Men. It's hard to name a Metal Men story that doesn't involve most of the team getting destroyed, and they make the sacrifice cheerfully, because they know that as long as Doc Magnus can gather up their broken bits, he can fix them as good as new. Deserving special mention is Lead, who is most often used as a shield for the others. Not only is he very dense and durable, he blocks radiation — there aren't a lot of ways to hurt this guy. Also, as Mercury is fond of reminding readers at least once per issue he's "the only metal that's liquid at room temperature", so he's got both the Made of Liquid and External Repair versions of the trope.
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  • Plastic Man can survive practically anything. He's nominally Made of Rubber, but he's essentially a Blob. He can be cut and pierced without bleeding or pain, he reassembles himself if broken into pieces, and he doesn't age. One time travel story had him blown to bits in the distant past and scattered across the ocean floor, only to be reassembled in the present day (not without psychological harm, though). He's even invulnerable to most psychic attacks, owing to the fact that his body is made of homogeneous plastic "stuff" and doesn't have a distinct brain. It has been repeatedly claimed that he could be killed by sufficiently intense heat, but the fact that he was able to survive a fight with Martian Manhunter who had been turned into a flaming giant at the time, throws even this into doubt.
  • The Resurrection Man. He has a similar ability to Immortal Man's; every time he dies, he comes back to life with a new superpower. When combined with nanotech regeneration, it gets interesting.
  • The Shaggy Man is a giant ape with the toughness of Superman & an extremely effective Healing Factor. General Wade Eiling transferred his mind into a Shaggy Man body to escape his brain tumor and gained these powers as a bonus. Unfortunately for Eiling, becoming the Shaggy Man also lowered his intelligence to Shaggy Man level, reducing the once brilliant general to just another dumb superpowered brute.
  • Superman:
    • Of course, the original Flying Brick himself, Superman. Can survive in the heart of a supernova. Most versions of him can, anyway, and some also add super-healing and immortality on top of that. Originally, his skin could be pierced by a "bursting artillery shell", but his powers creeped and seeped. In his most invulnerable version ("The Strange Visitor"), he's the most invulnerable thing in the universe and withstands the Heat Death of the Universe.
    • Superman's cousin Supergirl has this, too. In Red Daughter of Krypton she gets dumped in a star and survives. In Demon Spawn she flies through a fire and crashes into walls.
    • In Young Love, Linda says her invulnerability saved her life when her rocket landed.
      Supergirl: The landing should have killed me. But by then I was already quite strong. Invulnerable, the reporters would call it.
    • Supergirl's invulnerability is brought up in The Supergirl from Krypton. Kara survives her rocket crashing when she arrives on Earth because she is invulnerable.
      Supergirl: Don't worry, Superman! I'm alive without a scratch!
      Superman: Great Scott, a young girl, unharmed! But... but that means you're invulnerable like me!
    • In the modern version of that story, Kara survives a crash-landing, swims to the surface ignoring water pressure, crashes the Batboat into Gotham's docks and is not harmed by the ensuing explosion, a car crashes into her and gets totaled, several cops open fire when they see her and the bullets bounce off her skin, she crashes into a dirigible... all of it happening in the first issue.
    • In her second title, gets showered with molten metal, slammed into a railway, sets on fire... and she takes it all.
    • In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, Kara's invulnerability works in weird ways, but she's thankful for it.
      Supergirl: Thank you, invulnerability. You are my very bestest friend...
    • In Krypton No More both cousins endure radioactive energy blasts, lightning bolts, freezing beams, flames and faster-than-light space travel.
    • In Bizarrogirl, Supergirl gets smashed into a building and gets hurt, but her body doesn't get damaged.
    • In War World, Superman is concerned about Warworld's offensive capabilities when Supergirl points out that they are invulnerable:
      Kara: What's there to be afraid of? We're invulnerable, aren't we?
      Kal: Invulnerability is a relative term, Kara! Aside from Kryptonite and magic, we've never come across anything that could really do us physical harm — but then, we've never come up against anything quite like Warworld! I've got the uncomfortable feelings that this time we may have met our match!
      Kara: Point well taken — I'll remember that!
    • In Kryptonite Nevermore, all Kryptonite has been reduced to ordinary iron, and people think that Superman "is really invulnerable". However Superman lost most of his power throughout the story, to the point a bullet could hurt him.
      Such is the force that his invulnerable body smashes through the roof as though it were paper...
    • His Omnicidal Maniac Alternate Universe version, Superboy-Prime, a relic from a destroyed alternate universe that was left in a paradise dimension with several other refugees, only realizing his destiny as a great hero was "stolen" from him. In the end, it takes two other Supermen, a legion of Green Lanterns, and being thrown through Krypton's sun to weaken him enough to be captured. Previously several Flashes were needed to restrain him. This is partly attributable to his having pre-Crisis power levels, unlike Superman himself.
    • Bizarro also counts, since he is an Evil Counterpart of Superman.
    • Mongul has generally been portrayed as being able to match Superman's strength. So has Cyborg-Superman/Hank Henshaw, due to most of his body being cloned from Superman's. Zod similarly has pretty much the exact same strength and durability as him.
    • Brainiac (the real one) is stronger than Superman and almost totally invulnerable to harm. Even Superman himself has trouble actually wounding him. The reverse isn't true. He also has cloned body parts and cybernetic enhancements for patching up any wounds he does take (like when Luthor broke his neck), and is capable of transferring copies of his mind to other bodies (though he hasn't used this ability in a while, he would constantly abuse it in the 1990s and early 2000s) qualifying him for the Made of Diamond, External Repair, and Body Surf categories. The force-fields he builds are even tougher than he is. The shields on his ship regularly tank the largest types of supernovas, and in New Krypton several dozen solar-powered Kryptonians working together weren't able to scratch them.
    • Kryptonian invulnerability becomes plot-relevant in storyline Crucible when the main characters find out that destroying Korstus' cloning facility will trigger a self-destruct mechanism. Supergirl and Superboy volunteer to stay behind and destroy it while their friends run away because they are the only ones who might possibly survive the explosion thanks to their superhuman toughness.
    • The Death of Superman: Doomsday as well, likely even more than Superman himself thanks to a combination of being The Needless, a powerful Healing Factor, the ability to adapt to anything thrown at him, and finally, if something did kill him, the power to come back to life immune to whatever killed him the first time. And in the Hunter/Prey miniseries he's revealed to be, essentially, a Kryptonian science experiment, so he'd be just as tough as Superman even without all the above.
  • Swamp Thing. When Alan Moore took on the title he retconned Swamp Thing as a mass of swamp growth with Alec Holland's memories, rather than a transformed Holland. He also explained the character's apparent death in the previous issue and subsequent survival with the summation "You can't kill a vegetable by shooting it through the head". Swamp Thing soon discovered he was the Earth's latest plant elemental (courtesy of John Constantine), and learned how to manipulate the planet's flora through the metaphysical plant-collective plane called the 'Green'; including growing new bodies for himself at an accelerating rate. (Several days with the first attempt, split-seconds soon after.) His invulnerability started at 'Blob' but soon encompassed 'Regeneration', 'Made of air', 'External Repair', 'The Proxy', 'Multiple Bodies', 'Can Only Kill Part of Him', and arguably 'Physical God'. Things only escalated when he absorbed the powers of Earth's other elementals...
  • The Teen Titans villain Trigon is more or less invincible to any form of damage from all of the Titans. Only Raven in her ultimate form was able to vanquish him.
  • In Watchmen, Doctor Manhattan's god-like powers first manifested in the ability to reform himself after the complete disintegration of his original body. He would later demonstrate intangibility and indestructibility as well. Manhattan's source of inspiration, Captain Atom, is also nigh invulnerable - at one point he survives a direct hit from a tactical nuclear warhead.
  • Zigzagged with Wonder Woman; she can take tremendous impacts and spar with Superman, but unlike Superman, she can be physically wounded (if you can get past her lightning-fast reflexes) by sharp or piercing objects. She can still take far, far more damage than normal humans and still keep fighting.
  • In the J-horror inspired DC Comics comic, Crossing Midnight, Toshi first discovered this when she jumps from the Treehouse of Fun in her yard and doesn't get impaled by the wrought iron fence.
  • The Saint of Killers from Preacher. Scratch the "Nigh"; presumably a living saint walking the earth is considered an exception by the laws of physics, and they find it comfortable to ignore him. His utter immunity to damage (of the Divine Protection sort) is first shown when he ignores a hail of gunfire from a dozen cops. The villain, after he sees that the Saint is bulletproof, is smart enough to bring a battalion of tanks to their next clash, only for the Saint to shrug off multiple tank shells to the face and proceed to kill everyone present. The villain, who anticipated even this, drops a nuclear bomb on him as a coup de grace. Cut to the Saint, standing amidst the nuclear fire, completely unharmed.
    Saint: [spits] Not enough gun.
    • Cassidy also has this to a much lesser degree, of the Healing Factor variety. He can take damage but heals even "mortal" wounds quickly, much faster if he feeds, and nothing but the sun can actually kill him. Decapitation outright incapacitates Cassidy until his allies stitch his head back on. Cassidy's Healing Factor is actually used against him when Starr's associate tortures him by repeatedly shooting him with a .303 rifle. It gets to the point where even Cassidy was unsure how much more he could take, physically or mentally.
  • Deconstructed in the story of Element Girl in The Sandman comics. She is tired of being an invulnerable superhero, but she cannot commit suicide because her body keeps involuntarily changing to a form that will survive each attempt.
    • The "divine protection" form is tweaked slightly for Cain. He is not himself invulnerable to harm, but he has a mark from God that makes it clear anyone killing Cain will face God's wrath. The mark is sufficient to warn off deliberate attacks, but probably wouldn't save Cain from accidents and such. Lucifer however is not intimidated by the mark, presumably because he already suffered God's wrath in the past. He still lets Cain go unharmed out of amusement. Cain is deeply shaken by the encounter.
  • The Council of Spider's member code named Goliath has a low level of invulnerability. When Red Robin blows up the cave the Spiders are in he shields the members who are more susceptible to damage with his body to no apparent ill effects but he can be cut with the blade hidden in Tim's staff.
  • Dynaman of The Golden Age has this, as one of his creators says that his invulnerability is based on his stamina, and that it would take an infinite number of punches to wear Dynaman down. During the final fight between him and the Golden Age heroes, where most heroes found themselves unable to do anything more than just crack Dynaman's helmet, Alan Scott as the Green Lantern uses his ring-powered punches to turn Dynaman into hamburger, softening him so that Libby Lawrence as Liberty Belle could pierce him through with the broken part of Starman's cosmic rod and electrocute him to death.


  • The Canadian superheroes Alpha Flight have a villain-turned-hero called Diamond Lil —though she does not have superstrength, she effectively hits twice as hard as normal because her fists absorb none of the impact energy. (Given that she's also a six-and-a-half-foot-tall weightlifter, that's gotta hurt.) She's so nigh invulnerable that she has very little sense of touch and sometimes isn't even aware of low-power attacks against her. (She was created, like Bethany of the Next Men below, by John Byrne.)
  • Butterball, from Avengers: The Initiative, has a variation on this power; he is completely immutable, and therefore cannot be harmed in any way. This power is apparently all-encompassing, as he has extreme difficulty learning new subjects, can't lose (or gain, for that matter) weight, can't get in shape, etc, etc....
  • Doctor Strange has the unenviable task of fighting various demons, gods, and things that are almost impossible to kill or even hurt. The worst is Shuma-Gorath. It's extremely difficult to even hurt it in the first place, it can recover from just about anything, and if by some miracle someone does slay Shuma-Gorath its power will simply possess its killer and transform him/her into a new Shuma-Gorath! Even Death, as in the Anthropomorphic Personification of death itself, can't permanently kill this monster.
  • While a lot of superheroic characters have some level of invulnerability, the aptly-named Eternals may stand out for special mention: they possess a "psychic lock" on their molecular structure that allows them to restore virtually any injury they can't flat-out ignore.
  • While not nearly as durable as Plastic Man, Reed Richards from Fantastic Four is Made of Rubber and can survive most attacks, at least as long as he sees them coming in time to stretch with the impact.
  • Galactus's armor is made of a metal-like substance so tough that nearly zero attacks can even scratch it. Galactus himself is somewhere between an Energy Being and an Anthropomorphic Personification, making him immune to physical ailments. His Herald, the Silver Surfer, is a more straightforward case of diamond durability: His skin was designed to easily withstand the rigors of deep space and is virtually indestructible. He's also been shown to have a Healing Factor from time to time. Pretty much every Herald has some version of this. Galactus builds his minions to last.
  • Ghost Rider. When transformed, he's just bone, hellfire, and a biker outfit. He can take insane amounts of punishment, and only magic attacks can hurt him.
  • Craig "Mr. Immortal" Hollis from the Great Lakes Avengers (a comical offshoot of The Avengers, whose members all had powers considered too useless to be in the main organization). He had no special abilities, no power to withstand damage, but if he actually died, he just stood up again three seconds later, fully healed. Since he was a child, he's been haunted by Deathurge, a psychopomp-like being who convinces people to kill themselves, but decided to take Craig in as a sort of adoptive son. It's been said somewhere that he's destined to be the last living creature in the universe. In the GLA miniseries, he's revealed to be "Homo Supreme", one step beyond mutant (which caused Flatman, who'd just come out as gay, to mutter "Always have to one-up me, don't you?").
  • The The Incredible Hulk is an extreme example; he is both super tough, invulnerable to all conventional weapons, and has an extremely fast healing factor, so fast that it was not discovered in the continuity until he was wounded while he was slowed down because he was Joe Fixit. Basically, he has shrugged off point blank heavy nuclear weaponry, planet-splitting impacts, or strikes from cosmic entities, healed within seconds from having over 80% of his flesh repelled off of his body, and one incarnation eventually managed to restore itself from being blown to powder. Lampshaded in "The Last Titan" wherein the immortal Hulk just keeps on going alone in the wasteland after the rest of humanity destroys itself. (The alien empires were said to host an enormous celebration.)
    • When Amadeus Cho accused Reed Richards of killing the Hulk, Richards maintained that was impossible, "Because the Hulk doesn't die."
    • One of the Hulk's enemies is the super intelligent Leader. The Leader uses pink, rubbery biological androids called Humanoids as Mecha-Mooks. They fall into the "made of rubber" category, being resilient and stretchy enough that punching them doesn't do any harm.
  • Luke Cage's skin is as hard as metal and his muscle and bone tissues are considerably denser than the tissues of an ordinary human, granting him much greater resistance to physical injury than an ordinary human. He can withstand conventional handgun fire and cannot be cut by any blade forged of conventional material. He can withstand up to one-ton impacts or blasts of 150 pounds of TNT without serious injury, and is highly resistant to extreme temperatures and electrical shocks. He has withstood impacts from superhumans a good deal stronger than him, destructive energy attacks including electricity, and falls from great heights such as ninety story high skyscrapers.
  • Madcap has this as his primary power (his secondary power being inducing euphoria in others). He has been dismembered, decapitated, burned to ash, and even vaporized, yet always managed to regenerate within a few hours at most.
  • Man-Thing is both something of a blob (he's a mass of plant matter with no internal organs to damage), and even if something manages to destroy him, he'll simply regrow from swamp matter back home.
  • Slapstick has been shot with bazookas, burned with fire, zapped with electricity, twisted into a knot, and kicked across New York City with no ill effects. The only thing that can really hurt him is a specific frequency of energy that disrupts the molecular bonds of his electroplasm body, and that only works temporarily.
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  • Thanos is one of the Titans, a weaker offshoot of Earth's Eternals. Due to the mutation that made him resemble a Deviant he possesses strength and durability far greater than that of any other Titan. And that's before he gets his hands on sources of great power like the Infinity Gems.
  • Thor is nigh-invulnerable due to being a literal Physical God, what with being the son of Odin and Gaia. He's one of the few non-cosmic beings in the Marvel universe capable of going toe-to-toe with the The Incredible Hulk and can survive blows from him, Galactus, and other such powerful beings.
    • His one time foe Harald Jaekelsson was so invulnerable that when Thor struck him in the head with Mjolnir it did no damage despite the fact both of Thor's wrists snapped from the force of the blow.
    • Another foe, Jormungand the Midgard Serpent, is also insanely tough mostly due to being big enough to encircle the Earth. Even Thor can't afford to hold anything back when he's fighting the planet-sized snake.
  • Ben Grimm from Ultimate Fantastic Four. Pretty much nothing is capable of seriously hurting him. Even more so after he evolves.
  • Ultron, essentially being evil computer software, falls under this, since no matter what, a portion of him always exists in cyberspace. And more importantly, most versions of Ultron are made entirely of adamantium. Destroying him in the first place is an epic challenge.
  • The Vision covers so many bases at once, it's hard to tell which to mention first. He can control his own density, for starters — meaning that he can be Made of Diamond or an Intangible Man, depending on what would suit his purposes. He's also a synthezoid (read: super-sophisticated android), so he can just replace any parts from attacks (like certain energy attacks or surprise attacks) that get around his density control. Finally, if push came to shove, he potentially could just be uploaded into a new body, much like his father Ultron (noted above).
  • Wolverine, who possesses quick regeneration abilities and a skeleton that's pretty much indestructible due to being laced with adamantium. He can survive pretty much any attack up to (and probably beyond) a direct hit from a nuclear warhead. The time it takes for him to regenerate depends on the severity of his wounds and who happens to be doing the writing, but chances are, Wolverine will be back up on his feet by the end of the page.
    • After Nitro's attack on an Elementary School, only Wolverine's BRAIN hadn't been completely incinerated because of his Made of Diamond skeleton, and he regenerated even when it was completely implausible that he could be ALIVE, let alone able to regenerate. Although that wasn't his Healing Factor. Didn't you know? An angel of death did it. Which is sadly the more reasonable explanation. Anyway... his Healing Factor is back to "normal" after Wolverine had a talk with said angel.
    • One other notable example is from the Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk series, in which the Hulk rips Logan in half, throwing the lower portion of his body on top of a mountain, necessitating the need for him to climb a mile up with his intestines hanging out of him. Once the remaining issues of Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk were shipped, readers were treated to an even better sight — Ultimate Nick Fury interrogating Wolverine's disembodied head, with the former surmising Ultimate Wolvie's real mutant power must be to survive anything.
    • In Uncanny X-Men Annual #11, Wolverine regenerated completely from a single drop of blood. To be fair, his healing factor was supercharged with the power of the Crystal of Ultimate Vision. We don't talk about what happened to the adamantium.
      • After he was resurrected with the Crystal of Ultimate Vision, he came back as an actual god. He was going to use his power, but then realized that as a man it was not right for him to have that much power, and smashed the Crystal with his claws. Supposedly the implication was that he gave himself adamantium bones with his god-like powers in order to break the Crystal.
      • Marvel editors continually raise the question with this: If Wolvie's arm or finger gets cut off, could it grow a new Wolverine?
    • Wolverine has survived direct hits (or near enough) from nuclear weapons, at least two times. Once in a Venom miniseries - while bonded with a clone of the Venom symbiote - and once in Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk.
  • X-Men:
    • Colossus has the superhuman ability to convert the tissue of his entire body into an organic steel-like substance. In his armored form Colossus is invulnerable to most forms of bodily harm. His armor is capable of withstanding ballistic penetration, including that of a 155 millimeter Howitzer shell. He can survive extremes of temperature from 70 degrees above absolute zero (-390 degrees Fahrenheit) to approximately 9000 degrees Fahrenheit. He can survive a collision with a loaded, ten-ton flatbed truck at 100 miles per hour or an explosion of 4500 pounds of TNT. He can also survive falls from great heights while in his armored body. He can now go toe-to-toe with any incarnation of the Hulk (barring the tragedy-enhanced "Green Scar" incarnation from World War Hulk). It should be noted, though, that his nigh invulnerability is only in effect when he's in metal form. If an enemy manages to catch him off-guard in human form, he can be taken down just as easily as any normal human. Well, as easily as any normal human who happens to be about seven feet tall, built like a bear and an extremely experienced hand to hand combatant.
    • Iceman in his living ice form. In that state, you can blow a hole through his chest, shatter him into a million pieces, melt him, evaporate him... it doesn't matter. His body will always re-form itself. The only way to harm him is via psychic attack or catching him in his normal form.
    • Another invulnerable mutant is the Blob that is a very large guy with that name — who has stood up to everything from Wolverine's claws, to flamethrowers, to the Hulk's punches. Though not, apparently, Wolverine's head-banging in a certain 2009 movie... though this is probably because in the comics his head was always vulnerable compared to the rest of his body. He's generally more vulnerable to sensory assaults - Banshee once stunned the Blob with his sonic scream, while both the The Incredible Hulk and Sleepwalker exploited his blubber. The Hulk stretched the Blob like a piece of taffy, while Sleepwalker used his warp vision to wrap a steel girder around the Blob and squeeze him. In both cases, it was pretty painful.
    • The Juggernaut. It's almost impossible to inflict even minor damage on him, he quickly regenerates in the rare cases (almost always involving magic) that somebody can can hurt him, and once he gets up some steam, he just plows right through any obstacle in his way. At full power, Juggernaut has a force field that he can summon at-will just inches away from himself. One time, a demon mystically melted his flesh and organs... and Juggernaut's bones still kept moving forward. The demon was literally too stunned to do anything about that. He's practically a Physical God, as he is an avatar of Cyttorak, an evil god thing.
    • Emma Frost is LITERALLY Made of Diamond. One of her powers is to take on a diamond form, while losing her psionic powers in the process. This can of course be reverted.
      • Before Emma, Penance of Generation X was as hard as diamond, and she couldn't turn it off.
      • In one future, Emma Frost and Scott Summers' daughter, Ruby, has a similar ability. Contrary to the name, it is just as much diamond as her mother. The red hue is due to her father's powers.
    • From New Mutants to X-Force to X-Men, Sam "Cannonball" Guthrie's power renders him Nigh Invulnerable (as he repeatedly says himself), but only when he's "blasting" — which is to say using his pyro-plasmodic forcefield in flight. And as if that didn't do it, he's supposedly also an External (an immortal mutant). This has since been quietly ignored.
    • Cell, one of The Morlocks from X-Men-related comics, is a giant single-cell organism, meaning he can regenerate any damage done to him at all and absorb organic matter for nourishment. Basically the only catch to this is that he can't digest inorganic objects, meaning he had a bullet stuck harmlessly in his head for a while. His teammates Shatter and Litterbug, however, were just super-tough; Shatter was made of some kind of super dense obsidian-like rock, while Litterbug had a layered, chitinous exoskeleton.
    • The X-Men foe Apocalypse is usually nigh invulnerable (his first powerless child incarnation was an exception) thanks to a combination of his original mutant powers and Celestial technology. Any time he is killed, his followers Clan Akkaba take steps to ensure his rebirth.
    • Nate Grey, the Age of Apocalypse version of Cable, Apocalypse's eternal foe, was also functionally invulnerable, once boasting that "My body's only vulnerable until my mind decides otherwise." As a psychic so powerful that he was a functional Reality Warper, considering his track record of tanking punches from Captain Britain and Colossus when caught off-guard, with only instinctive telekinesis protecting him, as well as first resurrecting himself through sheer willpower, and later transmuting himself into energy and merging with all of humanity at once to poison the well for an alien race that wanted to eat the Earth, before repeatedly recreating and dispersing himself at will, once Faking the Dead, he had a point. Honestly, until he fried his nerves overdoing it with his powers, there was no really conceivable way to make him stay dead. And even now, if someone killed him, he'd probably just come back with his full powers and a bad mood.
    • Short-term X-Man Paulie Provenzano had Nigh-Invulnerability as his mutant power, but it came with the limitation that he had to be able to be generally aware of the attack. He learned of this limitation when he made the mistake of taunting Northstar with a homophobic slur, which resulted in the speedster punching him so fast he couldn't even register it.
  • Adam Destine of ClanDestine is completely invulnerable, as well as being immortal. He can withstand superpowered combat, large-scale explosions, lasers, crashing on Earth from space in a bus with broken windows (albeit with a spaceship engine attached, courtesy of his Gadgeteer Genius son) and who knows what else with nothing more than Clothing Damage. He also apparently doesn't need to eat, drink, or breathe to survive - he once went a decade without doing any of the above, with no ill effects. The power was given to him by his wife, a very powerful genie.
  • Similarly to Wolverine is Deadpool. He has a variation of Wolverine's healing factor that was accidentally super-charged by his own cancer. As such, Deadpool is always healing, no matter what. This has allowed him to effectively regrow limbs and possibly be effectively immortal (one possible timeline had Deadpool trapped in a refrigerator for a thousand years and came out of it with a split personality because he got bored.
  • Drax the Destroyer is almost impervious to conventional harm, able to stand up to the likes of The Mighty Thor without worry. Unfortunately, his main opponent was Thanos, who punches well above Thor's weight classnote . For the rare occasions when Drax's body was damaged, he also possesses a low-grade Healing Factor. For the even rarer occasions when his body is completely destroyed, he fortunately combines this with the Body Backup Drive option.
  • The Ultimates: The Liberators are a deadly group of genetically enhanced Super Soldiers... but Loki is a God. He can completely No-Sell punches from The Hulk and even shrugs off blows from Mjolnir before Odin strips him of his powers.


  • Alpha from Christos Gage's Absolution is functionally indestructible.
  • The Black Knight: Arpin Lusène, aka Le Chevalier Noir, was the most dangerous foe Scrooge ever faced. Already a master thief, he inadvertently stole Gyro Gearloose's Universal Solvent before using it to cover a black suit of armor coated in diamond paint (the one material impervious to the solvent), making him invulnerable. He could walk through walls, shrug of having buildings thrown on top of him, and even take a bath in an acid pool by soaking it up like a sponge.
  • Image Comics super-pensioner Brit is made of some material stronger than diamond — he is totally indestructible. He has no super strength or special abilities other than indestructibility — but when you can strap a nuclear device to your back and drop into enemy territory to detonate it, who needs super strength?
  • In the game of The Darkness, one of the powers The Darkness grants Jackie Estacado is to protect him from virtually any harm... and if he does manage to die, it just rewinds time to a point when he's alive (the justification for the game's checkpoint system), or sends his spirit to The Otherworld while it rebuilds his body.
    • Jackie does indeed have that power in the comic. One particular scene that springs to mind is his body being reconstructed from the surrounding organic matter after blowing up a warehouse.
  • Werecheetah Britanny Diggers, along with all other lycanthropes in Gold Digger, can only be harmed by silver or magic (other injuries regenerate almost instantly). Alas, magic is pretty common in the Diggerverse.
  • The Heap is capable of withstanding a few gunshots or axe strokes without being impaired, and it is able to quickly heal any wounds that it did have.
  • Invincible and other comics taking place in that universe are teeming with nigh-invulnerable characters, but Guardians of the Globe member Dupli-Kate is a particularly good example of Hive Mind-style invulnerability. When all her copies are apparently killed in a brawl, her husband, brother and team mourn her death — only to learn that her 'zero' has been holed up in a remote location for, apparently, years as proof against just this kind of scenario.
  • Max Damage from Irredeemable/Incorruptible grows more and more invulnerable to harm the longer he stays awake. However, it resets whenever he falls asleep. From the same series, The Plutonian (a Superman expy and an Ax-Crazy ex-hero who snapped when his "Lois Lane" had a response to the Big Reveal that can be summed up as "you mean all this time you've been lying to me?") is ... well, forget the "nigh" part.
  • The various Miracle-people in Alan Moore's Miracleman all have skin-tight forcefields that render them invulnerable to pretty much anything in the universe. (It's also implied, though never explored, that this forcefield is also what gives them their super strength.) Of course, there are ways to get around this. When Kid Miracleman, who's a psychopath, finally breaks free and begins tearing London apart, Miracleman, Miraclewoman, a pyrokinetic and two aliens with teleportation powers have to stop him. They throw cars at him, blow up gas mains in his face, throw him through buildings, and nothing does any real damage. One of the aliens tries teleporting KM into the side of a building, but he just busts free a second later: the forcefield doesn't let anything through. So, being the logical type of alien, he just tries the reverse: he picks up a small chunk of rock and teleports it within KM's forcefield, and into his head, which does the trick. After a little while.
  • The primary power of the title character Painkiller Jane, a comic turned TV series, is to recover from anything. It still hurts though, hence her name.
  • A running gag in Phil Foglio's comics is The Winslow, an immortal, indestructible being who is the focus of many violent religious sects. As the Platonic Essence of living beings (whatever that means), it was created during the Big Bang, and will exist through all successive Big Crunch/Big Bang cycles forever. The joke is that The Winslow is a small, cute, furry, green and yellow alligator-like creature with the attention span of a gnat.
    • Just how indestructible is he? If you're a cultist looking for him, and you know what planet he's on, the simplest way to search is to reduce the whole planet to dust. When you sift through the remains, The Winslow will be the largest remaining piece.
  • J. Michael Straczynski's Rising Stars series had a character, Peter Dawson, whose special power was that he was effectively indestructible: a microthin energy shield surrounded his entire body, protecting him from literally everything, and also lined the inside of his lungs and stomach, making poisons ineffective, too. However, the usefulness of this power is called into question, and the power as a whole subverted, in the issue where Dawson appears. Since the shield can't tell what is and isn't an attack, he can't feel any sensation whatsoever—the only sense he really has available (besides sight and hearing, of course) is taste, causing him to overeat until he's a pudgy blob. While he was in high school, the football coach tried him out on the team, but as he discovered, Dawson's invulnerability doesn't make him any tougher or stronger—the other team would just run right over him. Dawson later applied to be a bodyguard, a policeman, anything where his ability might conceivably be useful, but his obesity meant he failed all the physicals. The only job he ends up getting is as a mechanic in a local garage.
    • Even more interesting, though, is that the only issue in which Dawson appears, he's been murdered. (That's not really a spoiler, since you know it from page one.) The doctor who's been called in takes most of the issue recounting his life before finally revealing how it was done: his killer snuck in at night, while Dawson had fallen asleep in his armchair, and taped his arms and legs to the chair—since Dawson didn't have any feeling, thanks to the shield, he didn't notice. Then the killer simply pulled a plastic bag over Dawson's head and waited. Even though Dawson's shield could filter out inhaled poisons, he still needed oxygen.
  • Flint of Stormwatch has the Made of Diamond variant as her entire superpower. Super Strength seems to be more of a side-effect of having indestructible muscles.
  • The Tick, for whom this trope is named. His primary power is always listed as "nigh invulnerability." Like all of his abilities The Tick's invulnerability is tied to his Drama Power and thus he's exactly as invulnerable as the situation calls for — to the point that he could safely poke his head in a black hole with no serious injury in order to save the galaxy from a Doomsday Device.
  • John Byrne's Next Men had a group of teenagers who each had one of the classic 'stock powers'—one guy was super-strong, one was super-fast, one could see the entire electromagnetic spectrum, etc. Bethany was completely invulnerable, of the Made of Diamond type, and the series actually showed some of the logical extremes of this power: she could use a single strand of her hair to saw through an iron bar (and if you try to grab her hair, you lose your fingers), and she eventually lost the ability to feel hot and cold as the series went on.
  • Battleships in Über are a deconstruction of this power: they are impervious to nearly all sorts of conventional damage and can survive injuries that would kill normal humans. However, this means that anything that could conceivably harm them is next of impossible to treat since they lack regeneration and are immune to anesthetics. Not even the destruction of their hearts and brains will kill them instantly. One American battleship tried to fight a Nazi one that was fully enhanced had his entire upper body melted and twisted apart and he was still alive and suffering during the whole time. It took a industrial drill to Mercy Kill him, and even that took hours to complete. The fastest manner of killing a Battleship-class Uber is through severe blood loss as seen with Siegfried that required a Death of a Thousand Cuts to put him down and that is after half his head was blown up.
  • IDW’s The Transformers Megaseries:
    • Thunderwing is effectively invulnerable thanks to the experiments which turned him into a mindless Person of Mass Destruction. The Autobots and Decepticons had to team up to stop him in the past, and even their combined firepower wasn’t enough to kill him. In the present they defeat him not through damage, but by forcing him to spend so much energy that he runs out of fuel and shuts down.
    • Sixshot has a self-regenerating power core and a body made from the compacted metals of a star’s core. Together they let him shrug off most attacks and keep fighting indefinitely: direct hits from artillery cannons don’t leave a scratch, and a punch from the powerful Optimus Prime merely staggers him. His only weakness is a Trigger Phrase which forces him to shut down.


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