ByLohith Nyalapogula, writer at Creators.co
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This article means to debunk the popular opinion that Superman is a bit too overpowered — he most certainly is not (in the DC universe anyway). Without wasting time, here are 10 superheroes who could defeat if they had to. This is excluding gods and people who have the powers of gods (e.g. The Spectre, The Phantom Stranger, New Gods, etc.)

1. Captain Atom

Captain Atom's strength itself is a match for Superman, but there is something else that will give him the advantage: Captain Atom can absorb and expel radiation, including red sun radiation, as shown here:

However, as you can see in the video, Superman could still beat . Yet, if Captain Atom can absorb and expel any radiation, that means he could release blasts of kryptonite radiation. If he truly can absorb radiation, doesn't that mean he can absorb the solar radiation inside Superman? In this way, Captain Atom could beat Superman quite easily.

2. The Atom

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[Credit: DC Comics]

Yes, the Atom and Captain Atom are two different heroes. The Atom (like the name suggests) can shrink down to subatomic sizes. Heck, he can become so small that he rides light and sound waves. So, he could paralyze Superman or worse, by destroying some part of his brain. He could do what his Earth-3 counterpart did to Superman and stab a sliver of green kryptonite inside his body, causing Superman to become seriously sick and weak. If left there for long enough, he'll die.

3. Doctor Fate

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[Credit: DC Comics]

Magic is a famous weakness of Superman's, so who better to oppose him than one of the world's greatest magicians? Even if you're a magician, it is likely that Superman can still beat you (e.g. break Zatanna's voice box before a single word escapes from her tongue), but if you are , then you stand more than just a chance against Superman. With access to one of the most powerful spells ever created, Dr. Fate can give Superman a fate worse than death.

4. Shazam

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[Credit: DC Comics]

While we are on the topic of magic, is another person who could beat Superman. Shazam's strength is equal to Superman's, but the fact that the origin of his power is magic gives him the upper hand. Everything that Shazam can throw at Superman will hurt the Man of Steel. Shazam is basically Superman with additional, magical powers. You can see in the video below that Superman admits he can't beat Shazam:

5. The Flash

Many people overlook the . Yes, he is fast — very fast; much faster than Superman.

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[Credit: DC Comics]

With his unimaginable speed, Flash can do things such as:

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[Credit: DC Comics]

There are many ways the Flash could beat (and even kill) Superman. Here are some of my ideas:

  • Trap Superman in the past or the future
  • Scramble his brain
  • Vibrate his hand through Superman and tear his heart out.
  • Trap Superman in the Speed Force.

6. Martian Manhunter

Ouch. [Credit: DC Comics]
Ouch. [Credit: DC Comics]

Yep, this guy can hold his own against the entire Justice League! He is far stronger than Superman, and that's not even the only way he can beat and kill him. He is one of the most powerful telepaths in the DC universe — he could drive Superman crazy, trap Superman in his own mind, or "fry" his brain. J'onzz can also become intangible so Superman's attacks pass harmlessly through him. Furthermore, Superman even admits that Martian Manhunter would be tough to beat.

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[Credit: DC Comics]

7. Wonder Woman

If it were a pure fight of brawn, then Superman would ultimately win, as he is stronger than , but that doesn't mean she can't inflict some serious damage on him.

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[Credit: DC Comics]

But there is something that Wonder Woman always has by her side that could easily kill Superman:

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[Credit: DC Comics]

Yes, Wonder Woman's sword can cut Superman, meaning it can kill him too. Wonder Woman's magical weapons, her strength and her Amazonian skills could easily allow her to defeat Superman.

8. The Green Lanterns

I believe that any Green Lantern that has knowledge of Superman's weaknesses can beat him (create a portal and send Superman hurtling into a red sun), but I picked a Green Lantern that can very easily defeat Superman. His name is Ch'p. Just watch and learn:

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[Credit: DC Comics]
[Credit: DC Comics]
[Credit: DC Comics]

So, yeah, that happened — a squirrel took down one of the most powerful beings in all of fiction.

9. Firestorm

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[Credit: DC Comics]

Firestorm has demonstrated the ability to fly at fantastic (but unmeasured) speeds, to render himself intangible and thereby pass through solid objects harmlessly, to generate destructive and concussive blasts of fusion energy from his hands, to absorb radiation, and display superhuman levels of strength.

However, his signature ability is the power to rearrange the atomic and subatomic structure of inorganic matter, creating objects of different atomic characteristics of equal mass. For example, he can turn oxygen into gold and even create kryptonite. So, he can use this ability to change the oxygen surrounding Superman into kryptonite. He could also absorb the solar radiation inside Superman, easily beating the Man of Steel.

10. Plastic Man

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[Credit: DC Comics]

I bet you didn't see this coming. In my opinion, is highly underrated. He has malleable physiology, density control, malleability (elasticity/plasticity), size alteration, shape-shifting, superhuman agility, superhuman strength invulnerability, regeneration, immortality, telepathic immunity and rubber organs. So, this guy is actually a very powerful superhero who could very easily defeat and kill Superman. Here is just one of many ways Plastic Man could kill Superman:

Plastic Man could strangle Superman's organs. [Credit: DC Comics]
Plastic Man could strangle Superman's organs. [Credit: DC Comics]

So what did you guys think? Agree or disagree? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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