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  • Animal Man started off with the ability to copy the abilities of any animal near him, but after an epiphany that he was connected to all life in the universe, he could take on the traits of any animal at any time from any planet.
  • Aquaman. That's right, Aquaman. The Butt-Monkey of The DCU for decades, the Trope Namer for This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman and requiring one Plot Tailored to the Party after another to be at all relevant, he is absolutely not as weak as common opinion believes. A combination of Required Secondary Powers (he can swim like a fish and punch people while under 500+ atmospheres of pressure, which is Superman level asskickery) and Fridge Horror (he commands everything that lives in the ocean; guess where Godzilla, Cthulhu, and the Leviathan live?) have had many writers portray him as horrifically powerful and outright feared by heroes and villains alike, and for very good reasons. And that is before considering that he is also the king of a lost civilization with its own military force of (slightly weaker) super humans, giant ocean monsters and super advanced weaponry.
    "He could control every creature that lives in the sea. But I don't think either of you know what that really means. Do you know, do you understand, do you have any idea how much life there is in just one single square mile of sea? I don't think you do... and if you multiply that by lots of miles in every direction... I'd never seen anything like it in my whole life... and God as my witness, I hope to never see it again."
    • Aquaman's wife Mera is no slouch in this department either. As an Atlantean, she has super strength and durability and has been shown as capable of jumping out of the water directly onto a flying plane. But her greatest weapon is her ability to control, manipulate and shape water to her will. Her feats include pushing back a tidal wave the size of a city, drawing the moisture out of a person's body, and collecting the water in a person's body to flood their lungs.
    • Garth the original Aqualad originally wasn't much to write home about, simply having the standard Atlantian physical stats but not on Aquaman's level. But then he became Tempest and learned magic from the sorcerer Atlan. Since then, Garth has gained the ability to not only manipulate water but also control it's temperature, meaning he can either heat water to the point of evaporation or freeze it solid. He can fire purple energy beams from his eyes, sense magical energies, travel through dimensions, wields minor telekinesis, summon demons, astral project and, if he possesses Poseidon's Trident, can travel through time.
  • Black Alice has the ability to instantly steal anybody's magical powers. And we do mean anybody. From Felix Faust to the freaking Spectre.
  • Blue Beetle. Jaime Reyes may be considered a combination of Spider-Man and Iron Man, but he's got more than just that. His alien scarab is a Do-Anything Robot which grants him vast destructive power and a wide variety of abilities whenever he needs it. He's got Super Strength, Flight, Voluntary Shapeshifting, Arm Cannons, Adaptive Ability to face his opponents, Nigh-Invulnerability, and much, much more. To give you an idea of what else he can do, he can turn invisible when he needs to, or breathe underwater whenever the situation calls for it, or make a special surfboard to ride the winds inside a tornado. His ability to adapt to any situation also deserves special mention, as he can produce Kryptonite radiation, and his blasts are strong enough to harm The Spectre.
  • Captain Marvel and his Evil Counterpart Black Adam. In addition to the standard Flying Brick power set, which enables them to go toe-to-toe with Superman or race The Flash, they're also The Needless and The Ageless in their superpowered forms (Black Adam is 5,000 years old), have powerful Healing Factors, are invulnerable (or at least incredibly resistant) to Mind Manipulation, and possess vast mental capabilities that include Super Intelligence, a Photographic Memory, and the ability to speak basically every language on Earth. Oh, and unlike Superman, they have no Kryptonite Factor and are not vulnerable to magic.
  • The Flash has a tendency to fall into this, Depending on the Writer. While Super Speed sounds simple enough on paper, it's more like an Imagination-Based Superpower in the hands of an author who knows how to use his Techno Babble. He's used his superspeed to time travel, travel between dimensions, become intangible (and make other people or things intangible), become invisible, cure himself of detrimental conditions, increase or decrease the speed of other people and objects (including turning someone into, effectively, a living statue), create whirlwinds strong enough to lift others aloft (sometimes just by spinning his arms), extinguish fires, melt large amounts of snow and ice, fly, and power large machinery, among other things. At one point he started fabricating items from pure speed, whatever the heck that means. One of his famous tricks? Infinite Mass Punch. It's exactly what it sounds like. And it should be able to oneshot anybody that has a physical form, even Superman. Flash eventually taught Supes the same move.
  • Green Lanterns have variously been shown to use their rings to control time, teleport, create sentient life, duplicate, become intangible, turn themselves into Kryptonians, temporarily recreate the entire rest of the GLC and pretty much anything you can imagine. Hal Jordan once survived being killed by pulling his own soul back into his body. In order to write workable stories they've slowly been depowered to "making any object they can imagine" which is still pretty awesome.
    • Sodam Yat. Take Superman, give him a Green Lantern ring, then merge him with the Ion symbiote which makes its host practically nigh-omnipotent and you've got Sodam.
    • As Kyle Rayner pointed out during the Nero arc, a GL ring can split atoms. Now imagine that power in the hands of a lunatic...
    • The Blue Lanterns are explicitly more powerful then the Green Lanterns, and can bring other ring users up to their level temporarily. It helps that they have a crippling Weaksauce Weakness, though.
    • And then there's the Orange Lanterns. They have all the powers of a Green Lantern, are a Hive Mind Virus, and can absorb other energy constructs with ease, something even Sodam Yat has trouble with. Thankfully there's (technically) only one of them.
    • The Black Lantern rings offer their reanimated hosts the benefits of the standard power aura and energy constructs that most of the other rings can generate, a Healing Factor that makes Wolverine's seem reasonable by comparison, and immunity to magic. This is on top of any superpowers the host might have had in life. Then again, since the ring also turns its host into a flesh-eating murderous zombie that has to (and worse, wants to) rip out hearts filled with emotion, and considering the host's soul isn't brought back either, and that you have to be dead in the first place, getting one of these rings isn't really a case of "winning" the lottery.
    • The wielders of the Indigo Light (compassion) can absorb and redirect the powers of other Lanterns of the rest of the emotion spectrum. What really sets them apart: by redirecting the power of a Green Lantern they can remove Black Lantern rings, destroying the zombie Lanterns.
    • And then there's the White Light, which was the original source of the other seven colors, and can not only override any and all of them, but can bring people back to life. Not that that means much.
  • The final Big Bad of the DC Comics series H.E.R.O. was a serial killer who found the power dial, which turns its user into a random superhero when used, and gained the power to have any super-power he could think of. Robby Reed, the dial's original user, points the trope out, saying that while your average dialed hero is pretty good, every now and then the dial hands out what he calls a "jackpot" — and the bad guy in question won bigger than anyone before or since.
    Robby: Most of the time, the dial gives you one power, or maybe a couple of related powers. This guy's going to hit the superpower lottery. We're talking Superman levels of power. Nightmare levels.
  • Justice League villain Amazo, by virtue of his All Your Powers Combined. The DCAU version became something similar through a variant of Power Copying, and eventually becomes a virtual god.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes:
    • There was a character in the Heroes of Lallor named Duplicate Boy. His power? To have any power he wanted. Fortunately, he was only a supporting character and rarely appeared.
    • In a similar boat: Nemesis Kid, who had the power to give himself whatever power was needed to defeat a single opponent. (Didn't stop him from getting his neck snapped by Projectra, proving that all the power in the world can't beat awesome.)
    • Then there is Earth-Man (formerly Absorbancy Boy), who has the ability to temporarily absorb as many powers as he wants, turning him, in his words, into a "one-man Legion". Unfortunately for the Legion, he's a sociopathic xenophobe who wants to wipe out all species except humans.
  • The Martian Manhunter. His full list of Post-Crisis demonstrated powers covers half the Stock Superpowers page, and his Silver Age version was even more arbitrarily powerful. And yet he is still always a victim of The Worf Effect. "Oh my gosh if he defeated Martian Manhunter how can Superman defeat him?" Apparently the answer to this question is always "Easily". The best power he has since lost is the ability to gain the powers of whatever form he changed into! He would lose his standard set (except for the ability to shapeshift), but who cares? Used sensibly (which it generally wasn't), this gives J'onn the winning ticket in the Superpower Lottery all by itself.
  • The Spectre, whose powers are whatever the authors feel he should have. Sort of justified in that the Spectre is more or less an extension of God (as in, the actual God, not some Sufficiently Advanced Alien pretending to be God).
  • Superman:
    • Superman has so many powers that an entire title's worth of X-Men could be fielded with them (generally include Eye Beams, Flying Brick, Nigh-Invulnerability, Super Breath, Super Speed and Super Strength). They also tend to be at the highest end of the power spectrum for each, rendering him immensely powerful even among other equally strong and widely powered individuals. While quite a few writers have managed to sort it out and write engaging stories with him in defiance of his closeness to being a Deus ex Machina, even other characters in the setting comment on (or become envious of) his many powers. The short form: With Superman around, the other guys in the Justice League can probably leave Supes to do his work.
    • The Silver Age Superman was given basically anything you could stick the word "super" in front of as a power and while modern Superman can juggle battleships, the old one could juggle planets.
    • Infamous character Superboy-Prime explicitly has the Silver Age level of power while modern Superman, while still pretty darned OP, has been scaled down from "destroy a solar system by sneezing" level. The insane, godlike absolute height of Superman's power... in the body of a bratty teenager. This is not a good thing, obviously.
    • Supergirl is Superman's cousin. She has all of his powers, and she's as powerful as him. And if that weren't enough, she has a Red Lantern Ring during the Red Daughter of Krypton story arc. In Supergirl vol. 6 #32 she says she might just be the most dangerous thing in the universe, and she is pretty right. This is why her parents sent her to Earth, apparently.
    • Lampshaded in Many Happy Returns:
      Kara: Did you hear that? People screaming... and some sort of roaring...
      Superboy: I don't — Are you hearing...?
      Linda: I got nothin'.
      Kara: And now I can see it, right in Metropolis, with my telescopic vision!
      Superboy: Her what? Is there any power she doesn't have?
    • The original Power Girl is an Alternate Universe older Supergirl. She gets Superman's full combo platter, except her Kryptonite Factor only exists in an alternate universe.
    • One cannot forget Linda Danvers, the Earth-born angel version of Supergirl. She was a Flying Brick with Psychic Powers (telekinesis and, for a while, pyrokinesis) and shapeshifting.
    • And then there's Matrix, an Artificial Human version of Supergirl from another dimension. In addition to being a Flying Brick, she was also a telekinetic, shapeshifter and could turn invisible.
    • Superboy-Prime isn't the only Superboy to win the lottery. Time travel and an Overnight Age-Up have revealed Kon-El will develop all of Superman's Kryptonian abilities, plus his tactile telekinesis will develop into full-blown telekinesis with which he can affect entire city blocks—and block magical attacks, one of Superman's few weaknesses.
    • There is also Kal Kent, the 853rd century Superman from DC One Million. "Faster than a speeding Tachyon, more powerful than a collapsing star, and able to leap between planets in a single bound". Full Kryptonian powers "evolved into the far future" with a bunch of add-ons like telekinesis, telepathy, and ten additional senses.
    • The end of DC One Million features the triumphant return of the original Superman, still alive and, after centuries of development, even more powerful than his descendant.
    • Bizarro and Bizarrogirl are imperfect Kryptonian clones/counterparts. They have the Kryptonian powerset, but some powers are opposite or reversed: flame breath instead of arctic breath, freezing vision rather than heat beams, and Bizarrogirl has petrifying vision in contrast to Supergirl's X-Ray vision.
    • Maxima, a Superman rogue, sometimes, abuses this nearly as badly as Martian Manhunter. On top of being near Kryptonians in all physical stats, she is able to teleport herself or others, create force fields, control over metals, manipulate inorganic matter (usually to change her clothes on a whim), Eye Beams, multiple forms of mental power, illusion projection, and telekinesis. Though this may be explained because she is a product of selective gene manipulation to produce powerful offspring.
    • Superman villain Hank Henshaw, alias the Cyborg-Superman. Originally an Energy Being who could infest and control all forms of technology, Henshaw upgraded his act by using Superman's birthing matrix to create a cyborg body that incorporated Kryptonian alloys and organic parts cloned from Superman. Then he upgraded again by adding Apokoliptian technology, again when he became Grandmaster of the Manhunters, and again when he joined the Sinestro Corps. The end result is a killing machine possessed of all Superman's powers, plus technopathic control over an army of robots, the ability to instantly manufacture any Kryptonian or Apokoliptian weapon, a Green Lantern Ring, and a complete inability to die. That last one is a real problem, as he'd really like to die now, please.
    • Doomsday's power is evolution. Whatever kills him, he comes back immune to that. Beat him to a pulp? He comes back much tougher. Throw him into space? He wakes up being able to live without air. He'll even develop defenses to get around those actively attacking him — he once was able to extend his bony knuckle protrusions and poison Superman and bellowed out fire to strike down the Martian Manhunter.
    • Vartox, an alien superhero and rival of Superman in the pre-Crisis days, who once admitted to Superman that he periodically discovered powers he didn't even realize he had.
  • Not only does Wonder Woman have strength, speed, and impact resistance within a hair of Superman, but she has a huge array of gear and minor abilities. Most people know about the block-anything bracers and the lasso that's unbreakable and made of truth (which is a "downgrade" from its old 'compel the target to do anything' powers, though recent writers have revealed it works by reaching down and grabbing someone's soul, which is fun), but did you know her tiara can cut anything? That she can speak with animals, and heals at an accelerated rate due to her connection to Gaia? That she's immune to fire? That thanks to the goddess Athena sharing her visions that she can see through illusions? That's not a complete list.
    • Donna Troy and Cassie Sandsmark have the Flying Brick powers and combat training that Diana possesses as well as a magic lasso of their own each. Donna's can mind control her enemies while Cassie's can channel Zeus's lightning.
    • Nubia, a reoccurring Amazon character, would qualify. The pre-Crisis version had the standard Amazon powers of enhanced strength, speed, stamina and durability and was a well trained combatant. She also possessed a magic sword given to her by Mars which was considered the only weapon that was a match for Diana's lasso. The post-Crisis version of Nubia had enhanced superhuman physical abilities, flight and 3000 years of combat experience due to her immortality. She could also travel to different realms of myth and possessed the ability to turn anyone to stone with her gaze, a power that was bestowed upon her by the Gorgons.
  • Shade, the Changing Man, Peter Milligan's version. He could create hallucinations, he could create physical objects, he could change himself, he could change others, he could bring himself back from the dead, teleport, make and grow interdimensional spaces, and even travel through time itself! A few reasons why this worked:
    • Non-heroic comic book. That means all other characters get no gimmicks, so their character development has to be focused on character. And so you had purely normal, believable personalities who were at least as interesting as the guy with the powers, or moreso.
    • Shade's powers were just as often the plaything of his own issue-riddled subconscious. And the more adept Shade got at using his powers, the more colossally his fucked up mind could fashion a Mind Screw.
  • Doctor Manhattan of Watchmen (main page picture, in center), who is basically a nascent Energy Being who is just discovering that he is more or less a Physical God. This in a setting completely devoid of superpowers above Badass Normal. He is however also hamstrung by being omniscient along his own personal timeline, meaning he always knows the events of his past and future with perfect clarity and thus has no free will. Every action he takes is utterly deterministic because he views his future actions as having already happened. Furthermore, his mere existence has significantly altered the course of history - and with the exception of some new power sources and the early adoption of electric cars, not for the better. He would go on to top all that by interfering in the DCU timeline to create the New 52.
  • Captain Allen Adam from the post-52 Earth-4 of DC's multiverse is a Reality Warper in a world where everyone else is a Badass Normal. (Doctor Manhattan was based on the original Charlton Comics Captain Atom; Captain Adam, in turn, is a combination of Manhattan and Captain Atom.)
  • Richard Swift aka the Shade. You'd think that being able to create constructs and sentient beings out of shadows, cause an absence of light and teleport vast distances in a short amount of time would be impressive enough. But he is also virtually unkillable (demonstrated when he survived getting his heart torn out by a Black Lantern). His powers are considered to be outside supernatural forces such as magic and continued to work when the Genesis event depowered everyone else. A future version of himself was able to create corridors through time made of shadow. It's been stated by Dr Fate that even the Spectre would have a tough time dealing with the Shade.
  • Eve Eden aka Nightshade has a similar power set to the above mentioned Richard Swift. Like Swift, Eve can create objects and beings made out of shadow, which she's used to create living shadow homunculi and two ravens which she used to serve as scouts. She can make herself intangibile by transforming into a two-dimensional shadow creature and also gains super strength in this form. She is able to teleport to other locations by passing through the Land of Nightshades, her realm of origin.
  • Swamp Thing. As an Avatar of "The Green" (the plane of existence for the hive-mind and life force of all plant-life on Earth), Swamp Thing can inhabit and animate vegetable matter anywhere, including alien plants, even sentient ones, and construct it into a body for himself. As a result, bodily attacks mean little to him, he can easily regrow damaged or severed body parts, and can even transport himself across the globe by leaving his current form, transferring his consciousness to a new form grown from whatever vegetable matter is present in the location he wishes to reach. He even grew himself a form out of John Constantine's meager tobacco supply on one occasion.
  • Vixen has the same powers as the aforementioned Animal Man. She's also been shown to be able to duplicate the abilities of mythological animals such as dragons or even the abilities of other metahumans. The DC Universe being a Fantasy Kitchen Sink sure helps.

  • Doctor Strange, Depending on the Writer, can go from "merely" one of the stronger Earth bound heroes to perhaps the most powerful superhero in mainstream comics. His powers enable him to do almost anything — at his best/worst, he is the Wizard who does it — as he has learnt to command the most primal eldritch energies permeating the universe and is backed up by a host of otherdimensional magical patrons. But in his own titles he needs that level of power, because his Rogues Gallery is also one of the most powerful in mainstream superhero comics, consisting of multiple Evil Sorcerers, The Legions of Hell, at least one nigh-omnipotent Omnicidal Maniac, and demonic Dimension Lords whose mere presence in our reality constitutes a doomsday event, amongst other diabolical horrors and cosmic menaces. Strange has collected and inherited artifacts that amplify his powers even further or protect him from numerous mystical dangers, and on top of all that he is a trained martial artist and a retired world-class surgeon. Put simply, there's a reason he's called the Sorcerer Supreme.
  • The Eternals, created by Jack Kirby, are an entire race of people who each won the Superpower Lottery at birth. Each and every one of them is born with their own innate Green Lantern Ring, in the form of cosmic energy that suffuses them. Basic Eternal powers include: Complete Immortality, invulnerability to most forms of harm (including disease, poison, and extremes of heat and cold), a Healing Factor (for anything they're not invulnerable to), Eye Beams, the ability to breathe underwater, Super Strength, flight, Telepathy, casting illusions, Mind Control, teleportation, and, last but not least, transmutation. And that's just the base power set. Some Eternals have trained themselves to use cosmic energy in different ways.
  • Fantastic Four:
    • Franklin Richards, son of the heroes Susan and Reed Richards, suffers from intermittent omnipotence, including at one point creating a universe in his hands out of boredom. In the many times Franklin has been given a temporary Plot-Relevant Age-Up, he for whatever reason always gets weaker after growing up. Supposedly, he's more powerful as a child because he doesn't know that half the things he does are supposed to be impossible. Or that they're probably bad ideas. In at least one Alternate Timeline, he marries the X-Men's Rachel Summers, another major winner of the lottery, and has a son. His son, Jonathan/Hyperstorm, of course far eclipses both his parents - or at least, what they were capable of. In another, Franklin becomes the next universe's Galactus.
      • The post Secret Wars (2015) incarnation was, for a while, basically God. As in, he repopulated the multiverse with literally millions of universes (albeit with his father's guiding hand helping him out).
      • Franklin's weakness is that he can be burned out by using his powers to their fullest. Most future versions of him come from after a time he's had to do this, making him a more manageable character (as Psi-Lord, he's basically non-Phoenix Jean Grey.)
    • The Super-Skrull has all the powers of the F4, the Skrulls' natural ability to shapeshift and his own hypnosis based powers.
    • The Invisible Woman originally started out as the most useless member of the Fantastic Four. Then she developed the ability to create force fields. Seems impressive enough but then she was able to create more complex shapes like swords, battering rams, discs, darts and bullets. She can, as she stated in the movie, create a force field inside a body and expand it with lethal - and messy - results. She also has the ability to make other people and objects invisible, as demonstrated when she once tricked Dr Doom into crashing into a mountain she made invisible. She was even able to kill a Celestial because her powers draw from the same source that made up the Celestial's armor. Today, Susan Storm is considered the most powerful member of the Fantastic Four and is surpassed in power level within her family only by her son Franklin.
  • Galactus, Silver Surfer, and any of G-diddy's other Heralds. The Power Cosmic lets them accomplish basically anything he wants, up to and including massive scale reality manipulation. Since Galactus is the primary holder he can bestow or revoke the PC as he pleases.
  • Cosmic Ghost Rider. Start with Frank Castle, give him the powers of Ghost Rider, then give him the Power Cosmic (as one of the aforementioned Heralds of Galactus), then let Thanos augment him for a few million years and take it from there. He has a piece of the Time Stone from his Thanos-ruled reality, so he can time-travel, and chains forged from the bones of Cyttorak (the guy who gave Juggernaut his powers: anything he wraps in them is completely unable to move). In his first solo series, he winds up fighting the Marvel roster from another dystopian future, and just slaughters whole teams of heroes at once.
  • The Incredible Hulk has unlimited strength, accelerated healing, the ability to breathe underwater, dynamic durability, and the ability to leap as high as Superman, and unlike Supes he has a high resistance to Mind Control. He also has a number of minor abilities like absorbing gamma radiation and seeing ghosts and astral forms. As a bonus, Bruce Banner is one of the smartest men in the Marvel Universe, to the point where Norman Osborn decided he preferred fighting the Hulk. Come Immortal Hulk, he adds Resurrective Immortality to the list. Note that most of these powers are directly proportional to his anger level, which will normally steadily increase over the course of a fight. The standard rule of thumb when fighting the Hulk is to hit him with everything you've got immediately and hope you can end the fight before it starts, because his powers will increase with every passing second that the fight continues.
    • The Red Hulk had a very similar power set to the green Hulk as well as the ability to absorb any type of energy such as cosmic rays. When he was infected by Cable's techno-organic virus, he was able to control his body heat to burn the virus out of his system. He also does not revert to human form when rendered unconscious unlike the green Hulk.
    • Skaar and Hiro-Kala, the sons of Caiera and Hulk, inherited their father's gamma mutate powers and their mother's ability to control rock, known as the Old Power to the people of Sakaar. Hiro-Kala took it to even more absurd levels, being able to fire energy blasts, project force fields and manifest a water-like substance. Eventually, Skaar had his Hulk powers taken from him by his father in his Doc Green persona and Hiro-Kala has since forsaken the Old Power in favor of using his Hulk form.
  • Black Bolt, the King of The Inhumans, is probably the ultimate example of this in the Marvel Universe. A basic listing of his powers includes a supersonic voice that, at max power, can destroy a planet (and, amplified by technology, has split open reality itself twice); telekinesis; superhuman strength; matter and energy manipulation; transmutation; and flight. In nearly 50 years of existence, he's never lost a real fight, at worst being stalemated (or limited by circumstances). The only significant class of superpower he doesn't possess is telepathy, and that's because he's The Voiceless. It is stated in World War Hulk that he is that second most powerful hero, beaten only by The Sentry, so when Hulk, who is more angry than he as ever been before, shows up and gives him a beating, the Avengers know that they are in big trouble.
    • Crystal, Black Bolt's sister-in-law, is no slouch in this department either, being able to command the four classical elements of water, fire, earth and air.
  • The Mighty Thor, whose list of powers is pretty long even without including Mjolnir; and if he has full access to the Odinforce that week, then he's a full-blown Reality Warper. Also, the majority of other name Asgardians; even the weaker name ones tend to have a wide variety of physical powers, a magical weapon or two, and at least one schtick power.
    • For what that matters, Loki, Thor's adoptive brother and arch enemy, who is a master in sorcery and manipulation and even in his "Squishy Wizard" interpretation is still capable of lifting up to 30-50 tons with his bare hands - and that's '30-50 tons' as Marvel's relative power scale, meaning that he's actually capable of lifting far more than that. Killer Movies even has a list of his powers.
  • In Runaways, Nico's Staff of One lets her do anything (with the apparent limit of resurrection being off-limits)... but only once per effect. Lately, she's gained some measure of magic ability on her own, at least enough to fly around on her own power.
    • She also found out that, in a cross over with the Young Avengers, she can recast a spell if she says it in a different language. Go count how many languages there are out there, and then look at that "weakness".
    • Though at times the staff is surprisingly literal, and if she casts a spell from a word with multiple meanings, there's no guarantee which one will take effect.
    • Avengers Arena has basically confirmed that nothing is off limits for the Staff of One, provided the blood sacrifice is big enough. For example, when Nico is bleeding out, she's able to cast one last spell... that brings her Back from the Dead.
  • Thanos the Mad Titan is one of Marvel's archvillains for a reason. He's one of the Eternals mentioned above, and while he's from a weaker offshoot of the Eternal population, he's also a mutant with a Deviant-like appearance which granted him even more super strength and toughness. These are just his natural powers. He's also got a fiendishly cunning mind, access to advanced technology, and he has a tendency to seek out powerful cosmic artifacts like Cosmic Cubes and the Infinity Gems. The only weaknesses he has are purely psychological ones: his obsession with Death and his subconscious self-defeatism.
    • Thanos' son Thane may be even more powerful than his father. He has two powers: he can warp reality with his left hand, and trap people in a state of "living death" with his right. To put things in perspective, he was able to easily defeat his father Thanos with the second power without any practice. His only weakness is that he can't fully control his powers. Yet. However, it turns out that he's not up to his father in psychological combat, and so even the power of the Phoenix doesn't help.
  • Ultron may be one of the most overpowered supervillains ever. His entire body is made of Adamantium and Vibranium, which means he's Made of Indestructium to the point where even The Mighty Thor struggles just leaving a dent in it — before he repairs himself anyways. He's shown more durability than freaking Thanos, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. His energy blasts, at max, can wreck planets no problem. He treats some of the heaviest-hitters of the Marvel Universe as an annoyance, and went toe-to-toe with The Sentry and took no damage in the fight. His Technopath abilities deserve mention, as he could enslave the techno-organic Phalanx race through sheer force of will, and then used that to conquer the Kree Empire. He's so feared that even Doctor Doom (himself a lottery winner) has stated Ultron is the most terrifying thing that ever lived, a more than valid claim.
  • X-Men:
    • Scarlet Witch is pretty much all-powerful at this point, thanks to her initial Power of Probability being redefined into a Reality Warper by writers apparently haunted by Laplace's demon.
    • Jean Grey/Phoenix gets this, but she went mad with power. Now Jean didn't actually have god-tier power immediately after she fused with the Phoenix Force, but then she suddenly is more powerful than ever before, and more dangerous: Jean Grey alone can lift upwards of twenty tons with her brain (and, based on her displayed showings, this is a drastic underestimate). With limited Phoenix power, she can use external objects as a sense of touch and recompose matter at a molecular level (as in, turn anything into anything else by using her telekinesis at such a fine-tune level that she can take it apart atom by atom and make different molecules out of those atoms. Imagine performing several quintillion surgeries, so fast that it takes mere seconds.) Unhinged, she can teleport anywhere in the universe at will and devour stars. Then it turns out she has one more level beyond that where she can exist outside of reality proper and has total control over space and time itself. On top of all that, if you kill her she comes back basically whenever she feels like it. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
    • Jean and Cyclops' daughter, Rachel Summers, is arguably every bit as powerful as her mama, if not more so - for instance, she didn't need the Phoenix to master molecular manipulation, she's mastered Time Travel to the point of being able to travel across millennia, and she's effectively the only person to consistently and successfully control the Phoenix Force, to the point of being called 'the One True Phoenix'. Needless to say, she gets nerfed a lot, but she's still fairly impressive, flattening an entire Avengers squad in one shot during Avengers vs. X-Men.
    • Wolverine, through the effects of power inflation, has reached this point. In older stories, an injured Wolverine actually required medical treatment when his healing factor could not regenerate fast enough. Modern stories feature him being burned down to a skeleton and healing, or regenerating an entire body from a drop of blood. One storyline brought his regenerative abilities back to a more believable level, hand-waving all its previous exaggerated exploits with magic.
    • Iceman at his full potential is not just An Ice Person, but has full control over moisture itself. This includes absorbing bodies of water to increase his size, teleportation (not quite, but close enough) by traveling through water vapor, physical immortality, since he can reconstitute his body from any source of moisture, and he even killed a villain by drawing the water from her body.
    • Then there's Nate Grey, the Age of Apocalypse's Laser Guided Tyke Bomb answer to Cable (and thus son of Scott and Jean, brother to Rachel), with all Cable's potential and then some. Even as a barely trained teenager with an inbuilt flaw in his powers, he: crushed Ao A!Apocalypse and left him to Magneto's lack of mercy; repeatedly treated Apocalypse's Omnicidal Maniac son (a vicious Person of Mass Destruction) as a passing annoyance even when only his telekinesis was working; accidentally resurrected two people; beat the below-mentioned Exodus to a pulp; repeatedly resurrected himself; and beat waves of superheroes. Following some training and the genetic flaw getting fixed, he treated the multiverse as his personal step ladder, reality as his play-thing, death as a passing inconvenience, and time as an optional extra. He later got a boost from the Life Seed. Since the Life Seed is the Good Counterpart (broadly speaking) of the Apocalypse-creating Death Seed, capable of making AOA Wolverine into a Physical God, the results were... spectacular. As in, he casually warped the world, effortlessly flattened multiple teams of X-Men (including a significant number of the characters on this list) while simultaneously keeping Apocalypse as a prisoner and Magneto (among others) on a psychic leash, flattened Legion (a Reality Warper in his own right) in less than five seconds after a calm Breaking Speech, and then held off all of the above minus Legion, while carrying on a calm psychic chat with Jean, and taking everyone present out in one shot, taking them to his own plane of existence.
    • Cable himself, with most of his power going to hold back the techno-organic virus that's consuming him. When he's been freed from it, he's shown Phoenix-grade power. Needless to say, he doesn't get to stay that way for long.
    • The previously mentioned Exodus, Bennet du Paris, has Psychic Powers on such a scale that he could take on Apocalypse (ironically, the one who activated those powers in the first place) and entire teams of X-Men, and call himself "Magneto's heir in spirit and power" with perfect justification. He once boasted that his powers - which primarily include telepathy, telekinesis, and teleportation - were so vast that Rogue couldn't steal more than one. He was technically right about that, too. When Wolverine and Rogue asked their resident Blind Seer what he could do, the answer they got was "Whatever he wants".
    • Hope Summers, as the 'Mutant Messiah', technically lucked out power-wise - she's like Rogue, but she can copy as many powers as she likes, without draining those she's copying and dealing with their pesky thoughts in her brain, and she might well be an Omega Class telepath and telekinetic on top of that (if Stryfe is to be believed, anyway). Oh, and she's a former host of the Phoenix. Of course, if she's not around another mutant, her powers are largely reduced to being a Badass Normal trained by Cable.
    • A more recent addition is Darwin, whose power is to grow new abilities based on the situation at hand. His powers were initially supposed to be purely defensive, but apparently the situation then grew out of hand, and writers started adding offensive to overpowering. For instance, when fighting the Hulk, his powers merely teleported him into the next state for his protection... but that same fight saw one of the first offensive uses of his powers, when Darwin sucks the gamma radiation out of the Hulk.
    • Sage started as just a secretary with photographic memory, but experienced Power Creep, Power Seep until now she's telepathic, super-intelligent, more badass than Wolverine, able to control minds, and even able to enhance other mutants' powers.
    • Occasional Big Bad Apocalypse's mutant powers have never been quite clearly defined. He's generally portrayed with immortality, super-strength, laser beams, shape-changing, regeneration (when he doesn't have Nigh-Invulnerability), telekinesis, technopathy, and super-intelligence, and he once demonstrated minor intangibility. Essentially he has every single physical superpower, most of which ultimately could be derived just from his high-level shape-shifting. Most of his higher-end powers though come from taking advantage of Celestial technology that he discovered long ago. His default powers are immortality, super-intelligence and his bizarre skin colour; he also still had superhuman strength, speed, durability, endurance and healing, not to mention he was something like 12 feet tall, but they were nowhere near as nerfed as he is nowadays.
    • Depending on the Writer, Magneto really lucked out where superpowers are concerned. He went from menacing the X-Men with girders to controlling the entire electromagnetic spectrum, which should make him pretty much unbeatable (after all, he controls one of the four fundamental forces of the universe). And at times he was virtually unbeatable, being ranked as the most powerful being on Earth-616 in 1993. He's now officially classed as an Omega-level mutant, settling him on the high end.
    • In general, any Omega-level mutant falls to this, with the possible exception of Mr. Immortal. Essentially, an Omega-level mutant has no upper limit to whatever specific thing their powers control. Note that many famously ultra-powerful mutants like Magneto and Apocalypse were not officially classified as Omega-level for a very long time (Magneto now is). Let's not think about Squirrel Girl.
    • Then of course, there's Mimic, who is basically All Your Powers Combined personified. He can copy up to five other mutants at a time, but only gets half their power. Sounds kind of weak, until you realize that the different powers interact. In his first appearance, he'd mimicked Wolverine, Beast, and Colossus, among others. Yes, his claws were bone, and only half as long as Wolvie's. Yes, he was only half as strong as Beast. But when he turned himself into living metal, those claws became much deadlier, and his animalistic strength got taken Up to Eleven. This is a guy who can rig the Superpower Lottery.
    • The "normal" Marvel Universe version of Mimic also gets this to some degree. He has permanently taken on the abilities of the original five X-Men, and can take also on the powers of anyone else he's around. He returned after a long absence by proving to be comatose... until Wolverine stood too close. It hasn't happened yet, but he could easily hit god level if he has their full potential instead of being stuck at the level the powers were when he got them. Unfortunately, unlike Exiles Mimic, he is not entirely stable. note 
    • At last count, Legion had a thousand powers, with more developing. The thing is, each power is under the control of a separate personality, and they're the only ones who can use it (although there are ways around even that). A sane and functional Legion would be a reality warper of terrifying scale. As it is, he still caused the Age of Apocalypse and the Age of X.
    • Meggan Puceanu a.k.a. Gloriana won pretty big: she's got standard flying brick powers up to class 50, she's an extremely powerful shapeshifter who can take on the abilities of whatever she changes into (as shown when she turned into a female version of the Silver Surfer) and might be The Ageless because of it, a powerful empath who could sway demons in the Hell Realms (they ended up becoming her Badass Army in her conquest of and escape from Hell) and an elemental who can touch off volcanoes. The only two caveats are, 1) she's powered by magic, making her rather less powerful outside of Britain, 2) until recently, her shapeshifting was at least partially dictated by the perceptions of others, and it was implied that this extended to her emotional state - for example, her husband Brian was worried when she came on to him one time because he thought that she might not be making the choice of her own free will (as it turned out, she was), 3) equally until recently, she was something of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, making it a little difficult to get her to focus.
    • Rogue's mutant power is using her touch to absorb memories and abilities — and that includes powers, be they mutant or not. This, for instance, is how she was a Flying Brick in The '90s: she had absorbed the original Ms. Marvel's powers while she was a member of the Brotherhood. Throughout the years, this has brought plenty of trauma to her, putting quite a damper on her relationship with Gambit (at least until Xavier helps bring her powers under control). Though her Power Copying abilities are usually balanced out by Power Incontinence and the psychological trauma that sometimes comes along with absorbing other people's powers, there have been times where she has had complete control over her abilities, and even briefly having the ability to use any power of anyone she had EVER touched. Simultaneously. That list of people includes nearly the entire extended roster of the X-Men and the Avengers just for starters.
    • Vulcan, emperor of the Shi'ar and the infamous "Third Summers Brother", plays with this. While he was born with a very powerful Energy Absorption ability, and technically was always an Omega-level mutant, originally he was not as crazy strong as he would later become — rather, like other mutant Superpower Lottery winners described above such as Iceman and Jean Grey, his potential initially laid fallow. But then M-Day happened, depowering several million mutants, and the energy backlash work him up while being trapped inside a dead evil mutant island floating in space (it's a long story). The sum total was that Vulcan busted out of that evil mutant island turned space rock with his powers heightened a hundredfold — and a major case of With Great Power Comes Great Insanity going on. After that, it took the entire Shi'ar Imperial Guard (mainly Gladiator, a high end Flying Brick) or a sun-dipped Havok to put him down. Even Black Bolt screaming at full volume only slowed him down. And this is all despite the fact that he's barely trained, incredibly arrogant, and moments of cunning aside, a bit thick.
    • Betsy Braddock as Psylocke has historically been a powerful telepath, telekinetic and ninja, especially after getting upgraded by the Phoenix Force Jean from an alternate dimension. Then she gains the power of the Amulet of Right, the artifact that powers her twin brother Brian to become Captain Britain, and takes the title. Keep in mind that she still retains her innate mutant powers (whereas her brother wasn't a mutant and thus had no powers beforehand), all while she has the vast powers of Captain Britain. This means she effectively has two different sources of power: her mutant abilities and her magical empowerment. For the former, she's the third most powerful telepath in the world, can create powerful forcefields, psionic weapons, read minds, control minds, and use a variety of special TK-based abilities. For the latter, she can fly at vastly superhuman speeds, benchpress over 500 tons, is practically Nigh Invulnerable to most forms of normal damage, and can manipulate a nigh-indestructible forcefield for both offense and defense. She's even more overpowered than her brother!
    • Ororo Munroe aka Storm. Her power of Weather Manipulation has made her one of the most powerful mutants in existence granting her control over water, ice, air and lightning. She has also demonstrated the ability to control natural forces that include cosmic storms, solar wind, ocean currents, and the electromagnetic field. She has demonstrated the ability to separate water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen via electrolysis, allowing her to breathe underwater. While in outer space, she is able to affect and manipulate the interstellar and intergalactic media. Storm can alter her visual perceptions so as to see the universe in terms of energy patterns, detecting the flow of kinetic, thermal and electromagnetic energy behind weather phenomena and can bend this energy to her will. She also has the Required Secondary Powers that grant her immunity to the effects of her abilities. This isn't even getting into her mastery of martial arts and thievery, telepathic resistance and magical potential due to her ancestry.
  • William "Billy" Kaplan (Wiccan) of the Young Avengers takes after his mother, who happens to be the Scarlet Witch. He has both magic and the ability to warp reality at will. Although he's only in his teens, his power is so immense that it's pretty much just his inexperience and human squishiness holding him back from being a Physical God. Thus far, he's managed to access his full power (or close to it) exactly once. He proceeded to use said power to instantly destroy an Eldritch Abomination and then step outside of his own universe to make adjustments at will, and he did it all with about as much effort as most people use to edit a text file. He's also going to form Utopian dimensions from scratch at some point in the future, so not only can he warp reality, he will one day be able to create it.
  • Due to bombardment by extra-dimensional energies, Monica Rambeau can transform herself into any form of energy within the electromagnetic spectrum. Among the many energy forms she has assumed and is able to control are cosmic rays, gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet radiation, visible light, electricity, infrared radiation, microwaves, radio waves, and neutrinos. In many of these forms she can turn invisible and intangible and in human form can project the energies she transforms into in the form beams for offense. If she encounters a new or unfamiliar form of energy, she can duplicate it if given enough time for analysis, as seen in a Marvel/DC crossover when she duplicated Kyle Rayner's ring energy. Avengers: No Road Home has revealed she is also immortal.
  • The Blue Marvel, being a Superman Substitute, also fits this trope. In addition to the standard Flying Brick powers, he is a powerful and skilled energy manipulator (thanks in part to his PhD in Theoretical Physics). He can manipulate matter at a molecular level which not only allowed him to heal Monica Rambeau (mentioned above) but boost her powers as well. His physiology also allows him to age slower than normal humans.

  • In All Fall Down, as Siphon, Sophie Mitchell has this in spades— but at a terrible cost.
  • Jenny Quantum and the Doctor in The Authority, as their powers seem to be defined as "anything they can think of". They've occasionally been shown defeating the other members of the team at their own specialties. Suspense usually comes along because the Doctor's powers rely heavily on 'thinking'. Scare the bejeebers out of him (or attack when he's snookered on heroin) and you can slide past his defenses.
    • The Military Industrial Complex put a psychotic pedophile hillbilly through a 6 billion dollar cybernetics program to give him over 1,000 super powers to kill the Authority. These included X-Ray strength and Psychic Defacation.
  • The Homelander, a Superman Substitute in Garth Ennis' The Boys, is a nigh-invincible Flying Brick who can easily slaughter his way through ordinary humans, and pretty much any other superhumans too. Until his even stronger clone, Black Noir, turns against him.
    • Other characters of roughly the same insanely high power level include Stormfront (a Captain Marvel/Storm/Thor expy), Queen Maeve (Wonder Woman expy) and Black Noir (though he's not shown actually using any superpowers until near the end of the series, it's clear from how everyone else treats him that he's no lightweight).
  • Jackie Estacado in The Darkness. The full extent of his power has yet to be explored, but the ones we've seen are impressive indeed. He has enhanced strength, agility, speed, stamina, and what-have-you. Second, he can make just about anything out of darkness. Things like BFGs, Combat Tentacles, and the infamous Darklings. The only limitation on this power seems to be that these creations crumble in direct sunlight. Finally, he has an in-universe form of Contractual Immortality: the Darkness refuses to let him stay dead until he has produced a male heir. After being blown to atoms by a bomb he merely had to wait in Hell while the Darkness built him a new body.
    • An example of Jackie's "enhanced strength" would be that he made Superman's lip bleed by punching him.
  • The Plutonian, star of Mark Waid's Irredeemable, used to be Earth's most prominent superhero. When he goes rogue, he makes it very clear who won the lottery - it's all his former allies can do to stop him from slaughtering them all in moments. Hell, they can't even protect themselves from his wrath; he lets them get away several times for his own sadistic pleasure.
    • Then when Charybdis/Survivor got a power boost, it seemed like he and Tony were on equal terms, except Survivor had the edge in actual combat technique. Then it's revealed that Tony is really a godlike Reality Warper and all of his powers stem from him subconsciously altering the laws of physics around him.
  • Milestone Comics' Dakota-verse had the Big Bang, which literally was a superpower lottery in which everyone present got a random superpower from it. Unfortunately, it took place in the middle of a gang war.
  • Done literally in the Power & Glory holiday special, where the organization responsible for giving A-Pex his powers raffles off an opportunity for a regular person to become a similar superhero for a week.
  • In Über, the "battleship"-class superhumans are virtually indestructible, strong enough to casually fling tanks around and can wipe out whole armies with their incinerating Eye Beams. The more common "tank"-class supers can barely slow them down.
  • In the pre-reboot universe of Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, Knuckles the Echidna was this. Genetic alteration by his father granted him amazing Chaos Energy-based powers that, when accidentally unlocked to the fullest, made him a Reality Warper. Enerjak, which Knuckles was once, was also a Reality Warper with the same level of power.
  • Spawn of Image Comics fame has a ludicrous array of powers. He's strong enough to chuck skyscrapers and throw giant demons around, fire Hand Blasts of necro-energy, summon as many guns as he wants, cure illnesses, control the flow of time, read minds, creating portals to-and-from wherever he wants, and restore damage from almost any injury. That's not even the full list! If it wasn't for the fact that his powers are Cast from Lifespan, he'd probably be outright invincible.
  • Played with in Strikeforce: Morituri, as the Morituri process grants random superpowers to its subjects. While no one ever received a story-breaking power, some powers were definitely more useful than others. Characters with truly useless powers would not survive the deathtraps in "the Garden."

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