ByMarc Mora, writer at Creators.co
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Marc Mora

Now before all the hate starts...I want to point out that Superman is easily in my top ten superheroes. I like the guy. However, he isn't the unstoppable man some of you all claim. I'll break it down for you guys.

Don't mind me, just recharging.
Don't mind me, just recharging.

Superman is basically a walking solar battery...that's it. That's where his powers come from. I'm sure you all knew that but I bet you didn't know that he can use his powers faster than he can absorb light.

His heat vision drains his power faster than any other ability. The above clips is an extreme example but you see, he is winded.
Also, Superman's invulnerability is powered by an aurora that his solar powered cells emit. As he uses his powers this aurora is weakened...hence why in tough battles his clothes rip but not when bullets hit him.

Okay enough of that...here's a list of heroes that could give a superman a run for his money if not beat him.

The Hulk:

Everyone always argues this...
Everyone always argues this...

Now before I get all the trolls coming out at me I'll say this...DOOMSDAY killed superman and arguably Doomsday is a rip off of HULK.

Even in the New 52.
Even in the New 52.

Now unlike Doomsday Hulk's strength can rise. Hulk has a superior healing factor to Superman and can hit harder than doomsday. If Superman doesn't end this fight immediately he will lose...Hulk won't be put down even by a mega heat vision attack.

Supes can't risk this happening to him.
Supes can't risk this happening to him.

Even if Superman went for his payload attack there's no certainty that it won't just piss off the Hulk more and if he went for his solar flare attack it could be even more dangerous to him. Really his only chance of beating the Hulk is to end it as soon as the battle begins but we've seen Hulk get beat around a bit just to get pissed off and attack with more strength. Also, let's not forget the Hulk punched the wielder of the Phoenix force down! Also New 52 superman is not as OP as the superman that was brought down by the original doomsday.

No more juice means human Superman.
No more juice means human Superman.

THE PHOENIX FORCE

Ladies can hang here too.
Ladies can hang here too.

Well actually the picture is misleading...I am simply referring to anyone wielding the phoenix force. Jean Grey as White Phoenix was able to hold an entire galaxy in her hands and heal it.

Yea, she did that.
Yea, she did that.

Cyclops as the wielder of the phoenix force stopped Thor's hammer as if it was nothing.


nice toy.
nice toy.

Necrom is a villain the wields only a fraction of the Phoenix Force and yet he can do some amazing stuff...Imagine what a full wielder can do.

Create suns...
Create suns...

But Jean Grey did one better.

Destroyed the sun and the life around it...
Destroyed the sun and the life around it...

A phoenix user could always just destroy the sun...or change its color.

THOR

an oldie discussion.
an oldie discussion.

This fight in my opinion is far more evenly matched. The Hulk and The Phoenix force would be too much for Superman but Thor and Supes would make for a spectacular match.

Thor is magic based which automatically makes all his attacks dangerous to Superman...hurting and weakening him in the process. Here's some feats.

I'm sure he felt that.
I'm sure he felt that.
Escape a Black hole.
Escape a Black hole.
He can teleport. No yellow sun anyone?
He can teleport. No yellow sun anyone?
Has always had a 'lightning flare' attack.
Has always had a 'lightning flare' attack.

Superman sorry bro, Thor did the ultimate attack first.

Flies faster than the speed of light.
Flies faster than the speed of light.

Also, dig that he can just chill right next to the sun.

He was dead..he willed himself back to life.
He was dead..he willed himself back to life.

It doesn't get much more powerful than willing yourself back to life. I could really go on as to why Thor is definitely on Superman level but let's move on.

THE SENTRY.

Now before you all start with the hate...let's look at this beast of a characters powers.

Sentry is an incredibly powerful telepath even if he has little control over it. I mean for one thing he split himself into two beings.

I wonder if that felt funny.
I wonder if that felt funny.
Talk about fighting your inner demons.
Talk about fighting your inner demons.

Here is sentry being thorn apart by molecule man...who honestly could also tear apart Superman but he is a villain so we won't touch that.

God like power.
God like power.
Boom goes the Sentry
Boom goes the Sentry
but not for long.
but not for long.
Yea...he was killed...came back and dominated.
Yea...he was killed...came back and dominated.
So...he could literally just tear superman apart.
So...he could literally just tear superman apart.

Even if superman managed to beat the Sentry and say...kill him...

Sentry dies.
Sentry dies.
Sentry comes back...again.
Sentry comes back...again.

But in his latest incarnation most of his abilities have been amplified.

Stopped Thor's hammer just by looking at it.
Stopped Thor's hammer just by looking at it.
Takes a killing blow from Thor.
Takes a killing blow from Thor.
Then beats him down with two punches.
Then beats him down with two punches.

Also Sentry lifted a Celestial...Let me put that into perspective.

Hello big guy.
Hello big guy.
Not anything like a cockroach.
Not anything like a cockroach.

Okay let's move on. Up next is Blue Marvel

Black Superman.
Black Superman.

This guy right here...he's a force and has a great story. Read it sometime. Anyway, though this guy can no longer touch the Sentry at one point he did the following.

What a punch.
What a punch.

Yea, he punched the Sentry into orbit...it doesn't matter that the Sentry came back and beat him down with one attack after this. Blue Marvel is a character that could go toe to toe with Superman. Also note that Blue Marvel beat King Hyperion who is comparable to Superboy Prime. Not quite as strong but close.

Also Hyperion is a hero in earth 616 and stop two universes from colliding by standing in the middle of them. King Hyperion is stronger that regular Hyperion. Regular Hyperion could put a good fight against Superman as well.


Alright, well I think I'll let the dust settle. I'll add some other heroes that could fight against superman but won't add the reasoning. I think you all are smart enough to note why.

Dr. Strange.

Silver Surfer.

Curbstomp from this guy.
Curbstomp from this guy.

Gladiator

A damn good fight.
A damn good fight.

Did I miss anyone? Feel free to add people to the list.

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