ByGabriel Reed, writer at Creators.co
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Not only does DC have popular villains — Batman's Joker and Superman's Lex Luthor immediately spring to mind — but its baddies are also some of the most physically powerful characters in publication history. We've gotten to learn our top 20 strongest Marvel heroes and top 20 strongest Marvel villains. Seeing as that we just also wrapped up who our strongest DC heroes are, let's take a look at their villains:

20. Parallax

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  • First Comic Book Appearance: Green Lantern Vol 3 #50
  • Year of First Appearance: 1994
  • Most Significant Power: Fear Projection

Parallax is an ancient horror who happens to be one of the seven emotional entities. This creature is comprised of fear that can posses other beings. Parallax contains immense power and is known to ravage planets and strike terror into people's hearts. He has been known to take down the Green Lantern without any damage.

19. Lobo

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  • First Comic Book Appearance: Omega Men #3
  • Year of First Appearance: 1983
  • Most Significant Power: Czarnian Physiology

Lobo was a member of a powerful race known as the Velorpians. They were very difficult to kill, due to their ability to replicate themselves from any injury of any sorts. Because of this, it led to overpopulation and greed, therefore Lobo killed the other members of his race for the sake of being unique. Lobo is so powerful that he can easily lift 100 tons.

18. Genocide

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  • First Comic Book Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 3 #26
  • Year of First Appearance: 2009
  • Most Significant Power: Super Strength

Genocide was created by scientists of the Secret Society of Supervillains to be used as a weapon against . Genocide's creators set her on a path of destruction as their ultimate goal. Being known to have most or all of Wonder Woman's powers, Genocide is very powerful and outmatched Wonder Woman in hand-to-hand combat.

17. Draaga

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  • First Comic Book Appearance: Action Comics Annual #2
  • Year of First Appearance: 1989
  • Most Significant Power: Superhuman Strength

Draaga was a gladiator in service for Mongul. He was an undisputed champion until Superman arrived to his world, resulting in Draaga's defeat. Draaga then became furious with the Man of Steel because of the lack of honor Superman had for him. Ever since then, Draaga has been a recurring villain. Although he's not stronger than Superman, Draaga is always able to put up a good fight.

16. Kalibak

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  • First Comic Book Appearance: New Gods #1
  • Year of First Appearance: 1971
  • Most Significant Power: Super Strength

Nicknamed "Kalibak The Cruel," he is the first-born son of Darkseid and Suli. Kalibak is one of the strongest gods on Apokolips, being a member of Darkseid's Elite. He currently serves as Darkseid's second-in-command.

Kalibak has incredible strength and has been able to hold his own against some of DC's strongest heroes. Being a legendary warrior, his weapon of choice is the Beta-Club which can fire nerve beams at his enemies, causing them extreme pain.

15. Bizarro

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  • First Comic Book Appearance: Superboy #68
  • Year of First Appearance: 1958
  • Most Significant Power: Superhuman Physiology

Bizarro was the creation of Superman's arch foe, Lex Luthor. Luthor managed to recreate and perfect the duplicate machine, hoping to create his own Man of Steel to do Lex's bidding — but it was an imperfect creation. Bizarro has nearly the same powers as Superman, including strength.

14. Trigon

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  • First Comic Book Appearance: New Teen Titans #5
  • Year of First Appearance: 1981
  • Most Significant Power: Demonic Physiology

Trigon was born of celestial blasphemy. His sole purpose is to spread evil, corrupting worlds and civilizations into self destruction. He is the father of Raven, a member of the Teen Titans.

Trigon possesses immeasurable demonic powers including monstrous strength. He is known to be immortal and has been unbothered by attacks from Cyborg, Starfire and Donna Troy.

13. Solomon Grundy

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  • Alter-Ego: Cyrus Gold
  • First Comic Book Appearance: All-American Comics #61
  • Year of First Appearance: 1944
  • Most Significant Power: Superhuman Strength

Cyrus Gold died and was reanimated as Solomon Grundy through a cursed land just outside Gotham City, known as Slaughter Swamp. Grundy is arguably one of the strongest DC characters to date. Not only does he have incredible strength, Grundy is also very intelligent. Even as an "undead" character, he has been killed multiple times and is able to reanimate himself due to his powers.

12. Imperiex

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  • First Comic Book Appearance: Superman Vol 2 #153
  • Year of First Appearance: 2000
  • Most Significant Power: Energy Projection

Imperiex has the power of the Big Bang within him. He uses this energy to destroy planets and to wipe out all civilization, which he then rebuilds as his own. While able to control that amount of energy, Imperiex has held his own against Superman and Mongul at the same time.

11. Major Force

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  • Alter-Ego: Clifford Zmeck
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Captain Atom #12
  • Year of First Appearance: 1988
  • Most Significant Power: Quantum Field

Sgt. Clifford Zmeck was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. In exchange for pardon, Zmeck went through science experiments known as Project Atom. Currently known as Major Force, he is a dark reflection of the superhero Captain Atom. Just like Captain Atom, Major Force's abilities come from the Quantum Field, giving him numerous talents such as incredible strength — once knocking Superman across three states.

10. Monarch

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  • Alter-Ego: Hank Hall
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Armageddon 2001 #1
  • Year of First Appearance: 1991
  • Most Significant Power: Quantum Field

Monarch is a tyrant from 50 years into the future. Sending Matthew Ryder on a time-traveling experiment, he found out that Monarch was actually a hero in 1991 and goes on a mission to prevent Monarch from ever turning evil. Just like Major Force and Captain Atom, Monarch also gets his powers from the Quantum Field. He has immense strength and has fought the entire Justice League.

9. Superboy Prime

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  • Alter-Ego: Kal-El
  • First Comic Book Appearance: DC Comics Presents #87
  • Year of First Appearance: 1985
  • Most Significant Power: Kryptonian Physiology

Coming from an alternate Earth where there are no superheroes, Superboy Prime is basically an evil Superman. On his Earth, heroes such as Superman and other heroes are fictional characters living in comic books.

Superboy Prime wants nothing more than to take the mantle of "Superman," though he is a psychotic and murderous villain. Possessing nearly the same exact powers as Superman, he has incredible strength comparable to Superman and wears a sun-suit that enhances his strength and other abilities.

8. Black Adam

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  • Alter-Ego: Teth-Adam
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Marvel Family #1
  • Year of First Appearance: 1945
  • Most Significant Power: Power From The Egyptian Gods

Teth Adam was a Kandaquian slave thousands of years ago. He served the Egyptian Pharaoh for years before Shazam sought Adam as a successor to his godlike abilities. Now known as Black Adam, he often fights his counterpart Shazam (Captain Marvel).

Adam gets his powers through Egyptian Gods; the god Amon grants Adam his strength. He is so powerful that his strength is on par with Superman and Shazam. He once fought off the entire Justice League and the Teen Titans.

7. General Zod

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  • Alter-Ego: Dru-Zod
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Adventure Comics #283
  • Year of First Appearance: 1961
  • Most Significant Power: Kryptonian Physiology

General Dru-Zod, once the leader of the Kryptonian military, was exiled to the Phantom Zone after attempting to conquer Krypton. He escaped years later and found his way to Earth to defeat Superman, as depicted in Man of Steel:

Zod has almost the same powers as Superman, including incredible strength due to his physiology, and he is able to take on Superman in hand-to-hand combat.

6. Steppenwolf

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  • First Comic Book Appearance: New Gods #7
  • Year of First Appearance: 1972
  • Most Significant Power: New God Physiology

Steppenwolf is one of Darkseid's most elite soldiers. His powers come from the Source, which is where his immortal race gets its strength and abilities. He is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and has held his own against the Justice League.

5. Mongul

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  • First Comic Book Appearance: DC Comics Presents #27
  • Year of First Appearance: 1980
  • Most Significant Power: Near-Limitless Strength

Mongul is a cruel conqueror of Warworld who once attempted to enslave a planet before Superman showed up to stop him. He is very powerful and is known as one of the strongest DC characters. His physical strength can surpass that of Superman. He has also held his own against the Green Lantern, Supergirl and Martian Manhunter.

4. Despero

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  • First Comic Book Appearance: Justice League of America #1
  • Year of First Appearance: 1960
  • Most Significant Power: Telekinesis

Despero is one of the Justice League's oldest enemies. He is a physical juggernaut that gained his powers through nuclear energy. His well-known power is telekinesis, however he has incredible strength and is one of the strongest DC villains. He has singlehandedly defeated DC's strongest heroes such as Superman, Power Girl, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel.

3. Darkseid

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  • Alter-Ego: Uxas
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #134
  • Year of First Appearance: 1970
  • Most Significant Power: New God Physiology

Also known as the "God of Evil," Darkseid is a recurring villain for the Justice League and is powerful enough to fend them off. Darkseid has overpowered Wonder Woman, Superboy and Superman — and also went up against the Anti-Monitor. He is being set up as the DCEU's "big bad" for a reason: he's nearly unstoppable.

2. Anti-Monitor

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  • First Comic Book Appearance: Crisis on Infinite Earths #4
  • Year of First Appearance: 1985
  • Most Significant Power: Unique Alien Physiology

The Anti-Monitor is known as one of DC's strongest characters. He is so powerful that he has caused more deaths than anyone could count. He's destroyed universes, worlds and civilizations. Anti-Monitor is extremely strong and has held his own against Darkseid and was able to shrug off powerful blows from Superman.

1. Doomsday

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  • First Comic Book Appearance: Superman: Man of Steel #17
  • Year of First Appearance: 1992
  • Most Significant Power: Brute Strength

Known as the Hulk of DC comics, Doomsday is famous for (temporarily) killing Superman in hand-to-hand combat.

The reason Doomsday is number one here is because of his ability to keep fighting. What makes him even more powerful is his ability to come back to life after dying, completely immune to what killed him before.

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