ByGabriel Reed, writer at Creators.co
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Gabriel Reed

We've all heard it before, "Your hero is only as good as its villain." One of the things that makes Marvel so successful is the popularity of their villains. Supervillains are an integral part to the superhero mythology, which makes reading the comics or watching the films make it that much more entertaining.

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In this list, we're going to be utilizing the official Marvel "Strength Scale" — a scale that places heroes and villains alike into categories by physical strength. That's right: The time has finally come to talk about . Seeing as that we already discussed the top 20 heroes and the top 20 heroes, it's time to take a look at some of Marvel's strongest villains:

20. Ultimo

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  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Tales of Suspense #76
  • Year of First Appearance: 1966
  • Most Significant Power: Size-Alteration

Ultimo, a robotic construct, was a sentient weapon made by a group of aliens to destroy everything it encounters — saving the rest for its masters. This machine once arrived at the planet Rajak, where it wiped out all life. After a battle with survivors from Rajak, Ultimo crash landed in China where the Mandarin would soon find him — later fighting . The limit to Ultimo's strength is unknown, but it changes depending on his size.

19. Typhon

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  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Avengers #49
  • Year of First Appearance: 1968
  • Most Significant Power: Divine Powers

Typhon, son of Gaea and Tartarus, wanted nothing more than to overthrow Zeus, along with the other Olympian Gods. After being defeated by Zeus, he was sent to modern times where he becomes a recurring enemy of Hercules. Typhon has the physical strength of a god and his limit is comparable to Hercules's. Typhon once held his own against the Avengers and Hercules, ultimately being defeated by the two.

18. Sebastian Shaw

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  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: X-Men #129
  • Year of First Appearance: 1980
  • Most Significant Power: Energy Absorption

Sebastian Shaw is a powerful mutant, best known for his involvement in the Hellfire Club as a villain of the X-Men. Without absorbing enough energy, his strength is that of an ordinary human. However, he can absorb enough kinetic energy to maximize his strength, speed, and stamina. He can also absorb magic and electrical energy.

17. Mahkizmo

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  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Fantastic Four #151
  • Year of First Appearance: 1974
  • Most Significant Power: Berserker Strength

Also known as Nuclear Man, Mahkizmo is the ruler of Machus — an alternate future reality of Earth where men enslave women. He has held his own against the Fantastic Four while using his berserker strength. Mahkizmo possesses resistance to physical injury and has the power of infusing his physical punches with a certain type of energy, allowing him to deliver powerful punches.

16. Dragon Man

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  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Fantastic Four #35
  • Year of First Appearance: 1965
  • Most Significant Power: Superhuman Strength

Dragon Man is a synthetic lifeform created by a scientist to fill the void in his life after the death of his family. He is an occasional villain of the Fantastic Four and the and has been known to hold his own against the Thing and Spider-Man. The limit to his strength aren't known, however he has been known to lift at least 100 tons.

15. Blackheart

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  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Daredevil #270
  • Year of First Appearance: 1989
  • Most Significant Power: Supernatural Abilities

Blackheart is the son of Mephisto, ruler of a Hell-like dimension. Blackheart possesses vast supernatural powers such as superhuman speed, strength, and agility. His other powers include telepathy, levitation, and he can absorb energy and teleport at will. Blackheart is incredibly strong and has been known to fight , Ghost Rider, and .

14. Morg

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[Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Silver Surfer Vol 3. #69
  • Year of First Appearance: 1992
  • Most Significant Power: Power Cosmic

After his planet was approached by Galactus, Devourer of Worlds, Morg showed no fear, resulting in Galactus recruiting him to become on of his heralds. Morg is a brutal, remorseless being who is now strengthened by the Power Cosmic — the same power source the Silver Surfer draws from. Channeling the Power Cosmic, Morg is well capable of lifting at least 100 tons.

13. Ymir

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  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Journey Into Mystery #97
  • Year of First Appearance: 1963
  • Most Significant Power: Cryokinesis

Ymir is the most powerful of the Frost Giants, making him their ruler. He rules over the land of Niffelheim in Asgard and has been known to fight Thor and Odin. Being potentially immortal, Ymir can withstand all sorts of damage, using ice shards or fragments to reassemble and he can easily lift 100 tons.

12. Tryco

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  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Marvel Two-In-One Annual #7
  • Year of First Appearance: 1982
  • Most Significant Power: Power Primordial

Also known as the Champion of The Universe, Tryco is one of the Elders of The Universe, being born over 5 billion years ago. He travels from place to place to defeat all that he can so he can reign as The Champion. Tryco has grown to rely on his physical skills for his battles. On his own, he can lift 100 tons with minimal effort, whereas using the Power Gem, he has defeated beings such as Hercules, Gladiator and Beta Ray Bill.

11. Surtur

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[Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Journey Into Mystery #97
  • Year of First Appearance: 1963
  • Most Significant Power: Hell-Fire Abilities

Surtur is a malevolent and immense being who is slightly stronger than Ymir, the Frost Giant. He is the Lord of Muspelheim and is a vast threat to Asgard. Standing over 1,000 feet tall, Surtur is skilled combatant who can control fire, is incredibly intelligent, and possesses supernatural abilities and superhuman strength, easily lifting 100 tons.

10. Captain Axis

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  • Alter-Ego: Otto Kronsteig
  • First Comic Book Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #155
  • Year of First Appearance: 1972
  • Most Significant Power: Superhuman Strength

Kronsteig used to be one of Hitler's best scientists before Dr. Doom tested a machine on Kronsteig, thus turning him into Captain Axis. Not only does he have berserker strength, he also has superhuman durability and stamina. He's able to physically exert himself for at least 24 hours without fatigue. He's been known to hold his own against the .

9. Juggernaut

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  • Alter-Ego: Cain Marko
  • First Comic Book Appearance: X-Men #12
  • Year of First Appearance: 1965
  • Most Significant Power: Berserker Strength

Cain Marko is the step-brother of X-Men founder, Charles Xavier (Professor X). Marko is powered by the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak, where he is provided nearly limitless brute strength and durability. He is considered one of the strongest beings in the Marvel Universe. He's also been known to hold his own against Thor and Hulk.

8. Count Nefaria

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  • Alter-Ego: Luchino Nefaria
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Avengers #13
  • Year of First Appearance: 1965
  • Most Significant Power: Ionic Energy Form

Before gaining his powers, Luchino was an ambitious Maggia Don who hired mad scientists and super-villains for projects. Dr. Kenneth Sturdy later granted Luchino superpowers through an experiment, giving him combined powers of Power Man (strength), Living Laser (energy projection), and Whirlwind (speed). He's known as one of Marvel's strongest beings — known to hold his own against the Hulk and Thor.

7. Abomination

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[Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Alter-Ego: Emil Blonsky
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Tales to Astonish #90
  • Year of First Appearance: 1967
  • Most Significant Power: Berserker Strength

Craving the power of The Incredible , Blonsky injected himself with triple the amount of gamma radiation used on Bruce Banner. The process worked, however it did give him an amphibious, reptoid appearance that is stronger than a calmer Hulk. Though they both have similar powers (such as strength), Abomination can never return to human form again.

6. Kurse

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[Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Secret Wars II #4
  • Year of First Appearance: 1985
  • Most Significant Power: Dark Elf Physiology

Once Algrim The Strong, he gained his new powers through the Beyonder after being defeated by . Now known as Kurse, he became more enraged with Thor, thus seeking revenge to battle him once again. As Algrim, his strength was less than that of Thor's; however as Kurse, it is said that his strength is even double Thor's max strength.

5. Titannus

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[Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Marvel Team-Up Vol 3 #2
  • Year of First Appearance: 2005
  • Most Significant Power: Berserker Strength

Titannus was a Skrull who took part in the Super-Skrull project. This gave him enhanced strength and a healing factor alowing him to heal from any type of wound. Soon after the transformation, Titannus went on a rampage in cities to destroy their people. Titannus held his own against Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Nova, Carol Danvers, She-Hulk, and the Hulk all at once. He was able to easily defeat an enraged Hulk by delivering a knee to the stomach and two blows to the face.

4. Mangog

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[Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Thor #154
  • Year of First Appearance: 1968
  • Most Significant Power: Berserker Strength

One of Thor's deadliest foes, Mangog was born out of pure hared of a billion people. He was trapped beneath Asgard before being released by the Rock Troll Ulik. Mangog proves to be physically unstoppable with his strength easily surpassing that of Thor's. He also possesses mystical and psionic abilities.

3. Apocalypse

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[Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Alter-Ego: En Sabah Nur
  • First Comic Book Appearance: X-Factor #5
  • Year of First Appearance: 1986
  • Most Significant Power: Bio-Molecular Alteration

Known as one of the first recorded mutants, he is a longtime foe of the . Sabah's belief is that only the strongest mutants should survive. He possesses many superpowers such as invulnerability to most damage, super speed, teleportation, and vast superhuman strength, and has been known to restrain the Hulk with his bare hands.

2. Thanos

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[Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Alter-Ego: N/A
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Iron Man #55
  • Year of First Appearance: 1973
  • Most Significant Power: Cosmic Energy Manipulation

Commonly known as the Mad Titan, Thanos is a mutant eternal with the Deviant gene. He is extremely unique and powerful, capable of destroying planets with a single blow. Very few beings in the Marvel Universe can match his intelligence, strength or ambition of power. He has once yielded the Cosmic Cube, the Infinity Gauntlet, and the Heart of The Universe.

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1. Galactus

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[Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Alter-Ego: Galan
  • First Comic Book Appearance: Fantastic Four #48
  • Year of First Appearance: 1966
  • Most Significant Power: Power Cosmic

Commonly known as the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus gets his power from the Power Cosmic, the same power source of the Silver Surfer. He uses the energy taken from the planet's core, therefore he is able to sustain himself. He is ranked at the same level of power as Odin, Zeus, and other powerful beings. His strength and powers are near limitless, thus making him Marvel's physically strongest villains.

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