Throughout their history, comic books have created many incredibly powerful characters. At Marvel, characters like Galactus, Franklin Richards, Magneto, Iceman, Psylocke, and Hope Summers exist. Each of these and characters like them possess unheard-of power and can change the course of a battle just by showing up. The world of DC is no different.
Within DC lie some of the most powerful characters in all of comics. Some can manipulate the Emotional Spectrum while others can alter the very fabric of existence. With such a wide array of abilities, it’s really difficult to pinpoint which are the most powerful DC characters…but it isn’t impossible. Having said that, let’s take a look at our list of the strongest DC characters of all time!
Parallax is what’s known as an ancient horror. It has the ability to possess other beings by tapping into their fear…and it does this extremely well. Point and case, it possessed Hal Jordan and used him to wipe out the Green Lanterns. Yep. Hal Jordan, the most famous and strong-willed of all the Green Lanterns.
Hal shouldn’t be too upset, however. Parallax is a being who can corrupt practically anyone. He did it to Kyle Rayner, Barry Allen, and Superman (albeit under extreme circumstances). Parallax is what happens when we allow fear to overcome us instead of pushing through it. It is a constant reminder that succumbing to our fears never leads us down a good path. For these reasons and so many more, Parallax has cemented itself as one of the most powerful DC characters in existence.
Trying to learn as much as he could about the galaxy drove Krona insane. Krona was a scientist born on the planet Maltus. As a scientist, he attempted to learn as much as he could about the galaxy around him. More specifically, he tried to learn about the origins of the galaxy. Unfortunately, his thirst for knowledge cost him. And here’s how.
Krona sought to see the beginning of time. To do this, he successfully created a machine that allowed him to glimpse through time. What he didn’t foresee was that his peering into time caused the DC Universe to shatter into what would be called the Multiverse. Worse yet, its shattering caused the idea of evil to be born. As punishment, Krona was turned to energy and made to wander the galaxy forever.
Plainly put, the Anti-Monitor is power defined. The Anti-Monitor has the power to absorb the energy of his surroundings. His ability to absorb is so strong that he can absorb the energy of entire planets, stars, and universes if he wants to.
The Anti-Monitor is most known for his exploits during Crisis on Infinite Earths. The story saw the entirety of the DC Multiverse swallowed up and regurgitated as one somewhat cohesive Universe. Of course, this wasn’t without consequence as many of DC’s characters died in the process.
The Anti-Monitor is such a force that the mere mention of its name sends chills down the back of Superman, Wonder Woman, and every other superhero associated with the Justice League.
7. The Endless
The Endless are a group of seven powerful beings from the Sandman comics. Each is a representation of a human state of being. There is Death, Destruction, Dream, Delirium, Despair, Destiny, and Desire. Even though their origins aren’t entirely known, it is believed that they are the children of both Night and Time.
The Endless are thought to have existed before the Gods. In fact, some believe that the seven are actually more powerful than the Gods. The limits of their full power aren’t widely understood. What is understood is that each must operate by a set of rules. For example, Dream is not able to kill dreamers unless the dreamer becomes a vortex.
6. The Decreator
The Decreator has the distinct honor of being the Shadow of God. It was born while God built the Universe and after he said the words, “Let there be light.” As the Shadow of God, The Decreator can make things disappear from existence.
The Decreator is without reason, morality, or any other trait that humans use when trying to find reason. It most commonly takes the form of a giant eye and can’t be defeated. Its sole purpose is to destroy. The only thing that prevents it from being higher on this list is that although it can’t be defeated, its actions can be slowed down.
5. Mr. Mxyzptlk
If it seems strange to have a character whose name is impossible to pronounce on this list of powerful DC Characters, bare with me. Mr. Mxyzptlk is an imp who hails from the 5th Dimension. Because the mainstream DC Universe is set in the 3rd Dimension, Mr. Mxyzptlk is extremely powerful. This is primarily due to him not being limited to the laws (physical or otherwise) of the 3rd Dimension. What I’m saying is that if he wanted to warp reality, bend time to his will, or any other incredible feat, he could.
Where Mr. Mxyzptlk fails (and succeeds) as a character is that rather than using his power for gain, he uses it to pull pranks on his opponents. More specifically, he uses his power to pull pranks on Superman. The only true way to defeat him is by getting him to say his name backward…a feat that was not so easily done.
4. The Spectre
You’ll begin to notice that the next three characters all have something in common. Each has been given their power by DC’s version of God, The Presence (more on him later). The Spectre is the first of the three we will talk about.
The Spectre is the representation of God’s vengeance. As God’s vengeance, the Spectre has a list of powers that most only dream of. Immortality, reality warping, space and time manipulation, limitless control over matter, future seeing, omniscience, near omnipotence, cosmic awareness, cosmic energy manipulation.
Even though this may seem like a pretty awesome job, being The Spectre comes with a caveat. To be The Spectre means that the force of The Spectre must bond with a human soul. It does this so that it may judge the wicked fairly.
3. Michael Demiurgos
Michael Demiurgos is the first of the two sons of God on this most powerful DC characters list. As a son of God, Michael has been given the power of God and this makes him immensely powerful. In addition to being given the power of God, Michael can fly, is immortal, and possesses Godlike strength, speed, stamina, durability, and agility. In its simplest terms, Micheal is nigh-omnipotent.
Where Michael lacks power is his ability to shape matter. Whereas his brother Lucifer can shape matter, Michael can only create it from nothing. This means that the two brothers need each other like peanut butter needs jam.
2. Lucifer Morningstar
As an archangel and the son of The Presence, it’s easy to see why Lucifer Morningstar ranks second on this list of most powerful DC characters.
After rebelling against the Kingdom of Heaven, Lucifer was cast out and forced to rule over Hell. Once in Hell, Lucifer quickly gained control over its demons, beasts, monsters, and souls. Eventually, he became bored with the day-to-day happenings of Hell and left for Earth.
Like his father and brother, Lucifer is immensely powerful. Although he can’t create something from anything, he can shape matter into whatever his heart desires.
1. The Presence
There is no shortage of Gods that reside in the DC Universe. There are Greek Gods, Egyptian Gods, Gods who hail from other planets, and Gods of New Genesis and Apokolips. Although there are many Gods, each mighty and with varying degrees of power, one God trumps them all. That God is The Presence.
The Presence, for lack of a better description, is the God who no one dares to trifle with. He is the one who created all, can take it away, gave life to the likes of Michael Demiurgos and the Spectre, is able to resurrect the dead, and is unable to be defeated.
The Presence is the reason the DC Universe exists and until he says otherwise will always land at the top of the list of most powerful DC characters.