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  • Marvel's Celestials are each in their own Physical Gods that make Thor look like a fly in comparison (in both power and size), but the absolute most devastatingly powerful of them is Exitar the Exterminator; it took a weapon specifically created to pierce its armor to defeat it.
  • The Trope Namer is a very old term, but Marvel villain The Juggernaut is usually the Trope Codifier. He is primarily an X-Men villain, but his power has been tested against all of Marvel's Nigh Invulnerable characters at one time or another and he generally lives up to his Catchphrase: "Nothing stops the Juggernaut". Even in the rare instances when somebody is capable of causing him physical harm, the Juggernaut is hardly slowed down and quickly regenerates. For example, on one occasion the Juggernaut fights a powerful demon who magically incinerates his flesh, muscles, and organs... only to have Juggernaut's skeleton keep marching forward to clobber the demon. The Juggernaut's power, at least in the comics, comes from the "Gem of Cyttorak", which makes him an avatar of the god of unstoppability. Most of the time, the only way to beat the Juggernaut is to have a telepath attack his mind, or to send him somewhere else, either by teleporting him or using Super Strength to either lift him up and throw him away, hit him before he can start moving, or judo-throw him across the planet. Since Cyttorak provided him with a helmet that blocks telepathic intrusions, and trying to send him away is only a temporary measure, the majority of any fight with the Juggernaut usually consists of the X-Men desperately trying to remove the helmet so that whoever is the resident telepath at the moment can subdue him.
    • The worst part is, the Juggernaut isn't dumb. Calling him stupid is just a good way to make him angry. In the classic two part issue where he fought Spider-Man, he told the hero that he learned from all the times where he was beaten by getting his helmet yanked off, so he welded it on with a laser torch. Another precaution he apparently took was to build a skullcap out of the same material as the helmet, and wear it underneath, for added protection just in case. Clearly, the fact that he's smarter than he looks makes him even more dangerous.
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    • In the Fear Itself event, Juggernaut becomes possessed by an ancient being in service of an Asgardian god, The Serpent, becoming "Kuurth, Breaker Of Stone". In this incarnation he is even more unstoppable. Not only are all his usual weaknesses removed (telepathy doesn't work, draining his powers doesn't work, and teleporting him away will result in him teleporting back where he was immediately), but the X-Men's attempts to stop him quickly turned into something akin to the SCP Foundation's attempts to terminate SCP-682. They even resorted to having Adam X use his power to ignite a victim's blood, roasting him from within on the Juggernaut. The result: now he's unstoppable and on fire, or at least able to burn anything he touched. Ultimately, they resort to informing Cyttorak that his avatar is now serving another god. Cyttorak is naturally displeased, and Colossus volunteers to be his new avatar, gaining the power to stalemate Kuurth.
      • A few other attempts include Siryn and Dazzler hitting him with the full force of sound and light (remember, Dazzler can use Siryn's sonic scream as even more fuel), Gambit igniting Rockslide (don’t worry, he can reassemble himself after exploding) and sending him charging in, and Magneto DROPPING A FREAKING DECOMMISSIONED AIRCRAFT CARRIER ON HIM. Did any of this slow Juggie down even a little? ...what do you think?
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    • On those occasions when Juggernaut's a hired gun instead of pursuing his personal vendettas, there is something that can stop him: a bigger pile of cash than his current employer has offered.
    • Prior to World War Hulk, Marko had decided to try to be a good guy, or at least less of a jerk. Unfortunately Cyttorak wasn't happy about his decision and withheld most of his power from Marko, resulting in his Juggernaut status dropping considerably. After his first encounter with the returned Hulk which ended in being soundly beaten, Marko swore his complete fealty to being the true avatar of Cyttorak, which pleased the god so much that he restored Marko with all of the Juggernaut power, raising his usual power set to frightening levels. Though he was defeated again (through trickery this time, as Juggernaut had the upper hand in the physical fight), Marko told the others not to look for him, as they wouldn't like what they would find, and left, still fully powered...
      • Word of God has it that Juggernaut was gaining the upper hand in that fight, and Hulk only managed to keep him away from the scene for some minutes (by pushing him away).
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    • As mentioned on the page for Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object, Juggernaut has encountered the Blob on at least one occasion. "NOTHING MOVES THE BLOB" as he would truthfully boast. The Blob's name is from his physical appearance, but his mutant powers enable him to anchor himself to the ground by controlling gravity around him. His powers extend outward and downward. For someone like the Hulk, this means that he would have to lift up the ground underneath him to move him. For the Juggernaut, his magic was far stronger than the Blob's control over his anchoring powers.
  • Galactus is a universal force of nature whose existence is required to maintain balance. On the one occasion he was stopped, something even worse arrived to take his place.
  • The Death of Superman storyline featured a villain named Doomsday, who plowed through most of the Justice League in the months leading up the main event. When the two finally clashed, it took everything Superman had to stop him, and though he was successful, victory came at the cost of his life. Superman got better. Doomsday did, too — eventually.
    • It should be noted that throughout the first 3 Superman comics that Doomsday had one hand TIED BEHIND HIS BACK.
    • It was eventually revealed that Doomsday's actual superpower was immunity: anything that kills him once can't kill him again. Getting beaten to death by Superman? Won't work again. Being tossed into the sun? Won't work again. Using time travel to deposit him at the moment of "big crunch" at the end of the universe's lifespan? Won't work again.
  • Despero is probably DC's best representative of this trope. Starting out as a skinny Galactic Conqueror with (fairly strong) psychic powers, his numerous humiliating defeats at the hands of the League resulted in him bathing in the mystical Flame of Py'tar and turning into a hulking monstrosity with truly horrifying strength and durability, in addition to greatly amplified psionic abilities. While not officially a Physical God, he's actually more powerful than most of the representatives of actual pantheons within the DCU; in fact, he's so dangerous that it usually takes at least three or four teams just to slow him down, and even that is a dance with death. One team going up against him is absolutely a recipe for a Total Party Kill.
  • The Saint of Killers from Preacher has not been budged by a crashing pickup truck and stopped an advancing tank by kicking it. He responded to being hit with a nuke with a calm spitting and the quip "Not enough gun."
    • Neither Heaven nor Hell can contain this vengeful soul. When he arrived in Hell in his backstory comic, he put a literal spin to the term "When Hell Freezes Over". The only reason he doesn't kill Jesse Custer? He revealed that God set him up, and he came up with a way for the Saint to get even. That's where we see the part where not even Heaven can contain him.
  • The Shaggy Man in The DCU. The first time the Justice League fought him, the only way to stop him was to create a second Shaggy Man, then lure them both into a deep cavern, then seal it up, hoping the two incredibly angry monsters would just fight each other until the end of time. (And that actually worked... For a while.)
  • Black Adam counts as this in World War III of 52 where he spent several weeks circling the globe massacring everything in his path, and every superhero active could do little to stop or slow him down.
  • DC's multiversal Superboy-Prime has exploits in various crossover events that are worth mentioning. In Infinite Crisis, he shrugged off the entire extended Teen Titans, JSA, and Doom Patrol, got trapped in the Phantom Zone and got out, got trapped in the Speed Force and escaped, beat on both heroes and villains in the Battle for Metropolis, shrugged off getting rammed into a super machine by a different Superboy, broke through a 300 mile long wall of Green Lantern willpower like it was made of glass, and beat the entire Green Lantern Corps on his way to Oa. The only thing that could stop him was two Supermen who had to fly him through a red sun. Even then, he didn't actually die and the Green Lanterns imprisoned him inside the red sun.
    • In the Sinestro Corps War, the eponymous villains of the event manage to break him out. He then goes on to easily fight off the nearly the entire Justice League in spite of not being at full strength, beats up Sodam Yat (who was supposed to be the strongest superhero in the universe), survives a bomb strong enough to destroy the Milky Way, throws the weakened Anti-Monitor into space like a rag doll, and then kills a bunch of Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro Corps members. He only gets beaten when a Guardian of a Universe blows himself up to stop him. He survives that too and gets a tremendous power boost, hopping between universes and killing superheroes and villains alike trying to find his "perfect Earth." Even the Source Wall itself couldn't entrap him as he made a base of operations in it. This time around, he only gets stopped when a Monitor tricks him into fighting the Monarch, who's actually Captain Atom multiplied by 52. When Prime breaches Monarch's armor, the explosion is so massive, it destroys a universe. Of course, it's really too hard to keep a ridiculously powerful villain down.
    • In Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds, it's revealed that Superboy-Prime managed to survive that explosion, having only become lost to time and depleting his power boost. He gets brought to the 31st century by another supervillain to do what he does best: commit senseless acts of murder. It gets to a point that Superman gets brought to the future as well to help defeat him. Here's the kicker: he, Superman, determines that the only possible way to beat Superboy-Prime is to try and redeem him. Apparently, they finally realized repeatedly blowing him up with cosmic explosions wasn't working too well. It doesn't work, anyway, and he was only stopped when he punched the Time-Trapper, an older alternate version of him, in the face. He was finally subdued when he was defeated by the Teen Titans and imprisoned in the Source Wall. While it's supposed to be inescapable, so were some of the things he went through, so we'll see if it lasts.
  • Hulk can go into Juggernaut mode if you really piss him off. During World War Hulk, the most powerful characters in the MU, including Black Bolt, Hercules, Iron Man in Hulkbuster Armor, She-Hulk, Ares, Ghost Rider, Thing, Doctor Strange with the power of a demonic superweapon, The Sentry, and the Juggernaut himself couldn't stop him! Though Strange lost control and Ghost Rider had a lack of motivation rather than ability. Still, Hulk defeating Sentry was thought up until then impossible, and when they thought all his energy was used up doing so, he saw who was really responsible for bombing Sakaar and Hulked Out hard enough to nearly break Earth with his steps before he was finally stopped.
  • Omega, an Energy Being created by Legion of Super-Heroes villain Brainiac-5 for the purpose of using the Miracle Machine to destroy the universe. (The Machine could only do what its user envisioned, and because Braniac-5 could not envision destruction on such a grandiose scale, he used it to create someone who could.) Nothing could even slow Omega down as it trekked towards the Miracle Machine; Mon-El (who is as strong as Superman) couldn't hurt him in the least, and when Wildfire unleashed all the anti-matter contained within him at once, it destroyed the Legion headquarters, but failed to so much as dent Omega. Solution: The Legion promised Braniac-5 he could use the universe in return for the location of the Machine, and when he agreed, had Matter Eater Lad destroy it by eating it, causing Omega to disappear. (As for the promise, they were smart enough to realize they didn't have to keep it, and had the villain locked up in an asylum.)
  • Superman's enemy Imperiex has destroyed entire galaxies and nearly ended creation itself by the time he comes to blows with the Man of Steel. He blows through Superman and the JLA and vaporizes Doomsday (he got better). He is finally killed by being sent back to The Big Bang, which was the only thing powerful enough to destroy him.
  • Onslaught had near infinite strength, capable of going one on one when the Hulk had his greatest strength potential put out, not to mention knocking the Juggernaut, literally, across the country.
  • The Destroyer, a suit of magical armor created by Odin and other gods to battle the Celestials. As such, it is tremendously powerful and just short of invulnerable except against the aforementioned Celestials. Fortunately, it's mindless on its own, and can only be operated by the soul of another sentient, but it's still managed to nearly kill The Mighty Thor several times.
  • What If? Charles Xavier Became The Juggernaut? makes it even worse. He doesn't just have the Juggernaut's power, but spending years Buried Alive while telepathically sensing all the suffering mutants were enduring pretty much destroyed his idealism, resulting in Charles becoming a tyrant who sets mutants over humanity "for their own good", and managed to eliminate every non-mutant hero and villain. It gets to the point where the only one who can oppose him is Magneto and a small cadre of rebelling X-Men, who launch Xavier into space and hope he never finds a way back. It turns out Xavier really was Cyttorak's first choice to become the Juggernaut.
  • Alternate Enerjak from Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog definitely qualifies. He manages to beat nearly every powerful character in his own timeline as illustrated by the large number of victims shown as his prisoners.
    • Let's not forget about the Iron King. No matter how hard you try, he'll never fall unless his Achilles' Heel, the Fan of Fen Xing, is used against him.
  • Willy Pete from Empowered. Unlike most examples, he hasn't shown himself to have unusual physical strength thus far... But that's probably because his body burns hotter than the surface of the sun, so anything huge he could pick up would just melt. As a "goddamn fire elemental", he is literally a force of nature. Kills without mercy, and capable of flash-frying an entire squad of supers before they even realize he's there.
  • In The Black Knight Scrooge McDuck stories by Don Rosa, the Gentleman Thief Arpin Lusene, also known as the "Black Knight", acquires a substance invented by Gyro Gearloose called Omnisolve that instantly annihilates anything it comes in contact with other than diamonds. (In the story where it originally appeared, it was poured on the ground and ate a shaft down to the center of the Earth.) Wanting to end his career with the ultimate Impossible Theft, stealing all of Scrooge's money — or at least making it disappear so people will think he did — he coats a knight's armour and sword with diamond dust and then Omnisolve. With these, he's almost completely unstoppable, able to walk through any obstacle and absorb any attack, from cannonballs to gasses.
  • The Transformers has Galvatron. As a creation of Unicron, he's obviously ludicrously powerful, but throughout his entire history it shows. In one instance the Autobots unleash enough fire-power on him to level a city. Galvatron just laughs, waits for them to run out of ammo, then kicks the crap out of them. Ultra Magnus spends an entire issue fighting him. He loses. Nothing either the Autobots or the Decepticons have is actually able to do much more that hurts him, save three instances; Skalor's stun-beams, which just means he has one less arm to hit people with, Blaster's sonic scrambler ray, which just makes him lose what few marbles he has left, and Roadblaster's Pathblaster weapon, which takes off part of Galvatron's head. But by that point he's so insane it doesn't really register anyway. It eventually takes time itself to actually destroy Galvatron for good.
  • Ben Grimm from Ultimate Fantastic Four is much, much more imposing in the Ultimate Universe than his 616-incarnation. So much so that when Reed designed outfits for the team tailored to their powers he invented a new kind of shock absorber to layer in Ben's suit to act as a Power Limiter - otherwise the mere act of walking around would shake the Baxter Building apart. It's rather telling that he managed to survive a possession attempt by Thanos - anyone else Thanos managed to possess burned out their bodies after a short time, while Ben managed to fight the Mad Titan and drive him out, leaving him just a bit winded.
    • After Warren Ellis left the title, Ben's strength was considerably toned down by the following creative teams. Officially, only The Mighty Thor and Namor are stronger than Ben. The Hulk, normally stronger than him, is weaker in the Ultimate Universe, so Ben is able to fight him and win during Ultimate Power.
    • Ben is not only capable of surviving on the ocean floor, but he's strong enough to move around normally (so long as he has an air supply). It's also implied that he can survive nearly any atmosphere as his lungs can convert unsuitable "air" into something he can breathe, which Nihil discovered to his great shock.
    Ben: [after Nihil breached the visor on his helmet] Reed, this air tastes like crap.
    Reed: The atmosphere in here is highly corrosive... you're basically breathing acid.
    Ben: Huh. Good to know.
  • The Transformers Megaseries: Thunderwing was originally a weedy scientist, with some concerns about the damage the war was doing to Cybertron. Then he tested a mad idea of his on himself, "polydermal grafting". The result created a giant, unstoppable walking war-machine, with no mind and no response beyond destroying everything in front of it. It took the combined firepower of both the Autobots and Decepticons just to slow it down, and a sizable chunk of the planet exploding just to get rid of it for a while. When it returned, Megatron was pretty convinced destroying Cybertron completely was the only way to get rid of it. Fortunately it didn't take that, but Thunderwing still wasn't destroyed after that.
  • Shakara: Nothing can stop Shakara on his quest for revenge. He wipes out whole crowds and destroys alien ships with startling ease, when he's captured his head simply turns into a toothy maw to eat his interrogator's arm, a psychic alien's attempt to mind probe him causes the entire area to explode with the alien catatonic in the center, and to boot he can't even really be hurt because he's not actually corporeal, being the psychic energy of the dead Shakara encased in what is essentially Powered Armor.
  • In Invincible, the two characters that best fit this are Battle Beast and Thragg. Battle Beast made his debut curbstomping Invincible, only leaving Earth because the fight was too boring for his taste. Thragg is the strongest of the Viltrumites, having been born and raised to be their ultimate warrior and easily smacked down Battle Beast in their first encounter. Battle Beast and Thragg eventually have a rematch that is much more even-handed and consists of an epic brawl across a planet that lasts for days. It ends with a heavily injured Thragg tearing out Battle Beast's heart. Mark is only able to stand up to Thragg after Eve's death-activated superpower revives them both and makes them even stronger in the process. And even then, Mark has to fly himself and Thragg into a sun to weaken Thragg, with the timely intervention of Robot sending one of his suits to briefly protect Mark from the sun's heat ensuring that Thragg takes more damage from their environment. It ends with Mark tearing out the weakened Thragg's throat with his teeth and leaving him to sink into the sun, bleeding and burning to death, and it still takes some time.
  • Paperinik New Adventures has a few examples:
    • The first is Xadhoom, who, through a scientific experiment, effectively became a living star, capable of flying faster than light and with enough firepower to blow up a planet. While she can be knocked out by physical strength, as she's (relatively) weak physically, she'll recover in minutes without any damage. The only three things that have shown the potential to stop her are a containment field strong enough to hold back a star, a device capable of draining all her energy, and herself blowing herself up to turn into an actual star... And as it turns out, none of these can actually stop her for good: the containment field only meant she would have to get serious and blow up Earth as collateral damage (luckily, another way was found), the draining device took too much time, and as for blowing herself up, she explained herself it actually takes her blowing herself up, reforming and blowing herself up again like the core of an actual star.
    • Moldrock. He doesn't have Xadhoom's sheer firepower, but can easily counter enough firepower to destroy a city and punch out buildings while his powers were drained (at full power he once turned a desert planet in a lush garden, and he still was getting the hang of those). To stop him, Paperinik resolved to Trauma and his ability to make people relive their worst fears... And Moldrock willed himself through it.
    • The Rettificators. Not much is known, but they seem comparable to Xadhoom, as three of them took on an Evronian Planet Spaceship with its fleet and an armada capable of fighting evenly against it and won.


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