So Sayeth the Odinson: The Odinson Makes a Power Scale for the Comic Book Multiverse

Greetings from the Odinson,

Who is more powerful?  It’s a question that has been asked countless times and a discussion every single fanboy has had at one point in time or another.  What if the Wrecking Crew is demolishing downtown?  Daredevil wouldn’t be the right hero to deal with that situation.  If bullet train A is heading eastbound and bullet train B is heading westbound and they are on the same track heading toward each other, what hero is powerful enough to stop this inevitable explosive collision?  What about when Doomsday shows up to ruin everyone’s day?  What hero is powerful enough to stand up to this juggernaut of mass destruction?  These are important questions and now I have the scale that will help answer them.

Using a scale of 1 to 10, the Odinson ranks the power levels of the comic book multiverse.

Power Scale

Level 1: The Norms – These are just basic everyday non powered citizens, normal human beings with no super human powers and/or above normal skills, physical prowess, and abilities.  Unfortunately, those in this particular category just happen to be the ones that need to be saved from time to time from the extraordinary events that usually occur in the very extraordinary comic book worlds they live in.  Examples for This Category: Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Aunt May, Mary Jane, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, and Jane Foster.

Level 2: Street Level Justice – These are those that, through rigorous training and unwavering determination and dedication, have achieved near physical perfection.  Their fighting prowess, combat skills, and near super human level agility allow them to take on multiple foes at once and make them more than a match for most non-super human adversaries.  Though they may be able to do a thousand push-ups and pull-ups, those at this power level will not be bench pressing cars any time soon.  Examples for This Category: Batman, Daredevil, Nightwing, Iron Fist, Green Arrow, and Shang Chi.

Level 3: Enhanced Humans – Those in this category are individuals who have through some outside means been enhanced to be more than any normal human being can be.  They can break chains, bend bars, leap higher, jump further, and run faster than normal humans can.  Their strength and speed are superior to even the greatest and most gifted Olympic athletes.  They can take damage and heal from wounds that would kill an ordinary man.  Examples for This CategoryCaptain America, Deathstroke, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Bane, Luke Cage, and Wolverine.

Level 4: Monsters and Super Science – Whether it is by supernatural means or by the use of technology found only in the realm of science fiction, those in this category are of a unique variety.  They can explore places, experience events, and see things that nobody else can.  They are more than man, less than divine.  They have the ability to challenge the gods themselves and explore their universe in ways that are beyond the abilities of others.  Examples for This CategoryIron Man, Doctor Doom, Dracula, Cyborg, Blade, the Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, Green Lantern, Ghost Rider, Sub-Mariner, and Spawn.

Level 5: Wizards, Witches, and Elemental Forces of Nature – The elements of the universe are theirs to control and manipulate.  They draw their power from the very fabric of Order and Chaos.  The realms of the mind, ethereal, and metaphysical are their playgrounds.  Natural laws of physics do not apply to them.  They are masters of the impossible.  They are a force of nature.  Examples for This Category: Doctor Strange, Phantom Stranger, Zatanna, Scarlet Witch, Dr. Fate, Firestorm, Magneto, Black Bolt, Captain Atom, Professor X and Swamp Thing.

Level 6: Demi-Gods and Super Aliens – They are the mightiest heroes walking the earth.  These are the beings that bridge the gap between mortals and immortals.  They are the beings with the power to shake the earth and strength to move mountains.  There are very few feats that are beyond their ability to achieve.  They are god-killers.  They make the impossible possible.  Examples for This CategoryThe Eternals, Thor, Martian Manhunter, Silver Surfer, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Gladiator, Wonder Woman, Ares, Supreme, Hyperion, Sentry, Dr. ManhattanHulk, and Superman.

Level 7: Lords of the Underworld – They are the lords of chaos and the masters destruction.  They are the things of nightmares and blights on the mortal realm. Their dark macabre power threatens our very existence.  They claw their way up from the stygian depths to plague mankind with suffering.  Nightmarish legions of demons, monsters, and the undead are at their beck and call.  All who live fear their icy touch and few who have met them face-to-face lived to tell the tale.  Even immortals fear them. Examples for This CategoryHela, Neron, Pluto, Darkseid, Thanos, Nekron, Nightmare, Dormammu, and Mephisto.

Level 8: Sky-Fathers – They are the rulers of mighty pantheons.  Epic poems have been written in their honor.  They dwell in the sky, far above all others and look down on the world with a judging glare.  Their names are legend and their power is supreme.  They manipulate the lives of mortal men as if moving chess pieces across the board.  In times past, they were worshiped as gods.  They are the immortals.  Examples for This CategoryOdin, Zeus, the Guardians, Zuras, the Elders of the Universe, and Highfather.

Level 9: Cosmic Deities and Divine Beings – They are titans.  Their power is without limit.  They are cosmic power incarnate.  To challenge their might is certain death.  They operate on a level of intelligence and see the universe in a way that no mere mortal can possibly understand.  Their merest thought can become reality.  Examples for This Category: The Watcher, Spectre, the Stranger, Eclipso, Korvac, Surtur and the Beyonder.

Level 10: World Killers and Universal Authority – They are the apocalypse.  They are Armageddon.  Whole worlds live and die upon their whims, blessings, and judgment.  They have the power to create life and the power to end existence.  Their names are only spoken in hushed whispers and to see them most certainly means death.  When beings like this do battle the universe trembles.  Entire realities and planes of existence have ceased to be in their wake.  Immortals like the Eternals and even All-Father Odin himself have knelt before their awesome power.  They are the cosmic hierarchy.  Examples for This CategoryGalactus, the Celestials, the Anti-Monitor, the Living Tribunal, Death, Eternity, and the Phoenix Force.

Level Beyond – An abstract of indescribable being and power.  Examples for This Category: The One Above All

This is Odinson bidding thee farewell


About Odinson

I am a lifelong comics fan and pop culture enthusiast. Comic books, novels, games, television, movies, I love it all. From fantasy to science fiction, drama to comedy, as long as the writing and execution are interesting, I love it, and I want to talk about it.

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